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Spring Cleaning ideas

Happy Spring!

As the weather warms up, Spring Cleaning is probably on your mind. Have you thought about simply decluttering your home in addition to a total deep-clean?

Here's our favorite decluttering tip:

Don't keep it if you wouldn't buy it now!

Take a good, hard look at all your belongings -- we know they may have some special significance, but honestly assess the situation. Would you actually buy that item again right now? No? Then toss it, donate it, or give it away to a friend who needs it. Take back your home again!

Here's a few more golden rules of decluttering

From levo.com

From levo.com

What do you normally neglect in Spring Cleaning?

If we only do deep cleaning once a year, there's most likely areas that you miss out on. We found a list of the top 10 neglected areas of spring cleaning on premeditatedleftovers.com and completely agree. 

  1. Trash cans
  2. Medicine cabinets
  3. Blinds
  4. Behind Appliances
  5. Under sink
  6. Oven
  7. Mattress
  8. Dishwasher
  9. Door jambs and trims
  10. AC vents

Want more Spring Cleaning tips and other cleaning hacks? Follow us on Pinterest!

We always focus on cleaning tips that are helpful, practical, and quite frankly, things that we see every day here at Chicago Loop Cleaners!


Do you live in a high-rise building in downtown Chicago? We're offering a Spring 50% offer right now! Claim your offer online today! We look forward to giving you a home where you can come home and rest.

You're invited to a Jazz Brunch!

You are invited to our mid-winter Jazz Brunch! Chase away the winter blues by coming to Scafuri Bakery for some live jazz music from Shorty and the Sugar Pushers, hot drinks, tasty Italian treats, and brunch food.

And this jazz brunch is extra special! Since it's Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Scafuri is excited to partner with the Young Activist Council from CAASE (Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation) for this event to bring awareness of human trafficking in Chicago and to support survivors. A portion of profits from the bakery sales will go directly to help survivors of human trafficking to get the help they need. CAASE will also have a drawing that day to give away free gift certificates from local businesses. Donations are accepted.

Scafuri Bakery has been serving the Little Italy neighborhood for over one hundred years. For five generations the Scafuri family has been helping customers reconnect with memories of grandma's kitchen, celebrate life's milestones and enjoy a sweet moment every day. The bakery is famous for Italian cookies, cannoli, and specialty cakes, while the coffee, donuts and cafe menu have the neighbors coming back for more.

So make sure you come out to 1337 W. Taylor Street on Jan 31 from 11am-2pm. Entry is free. Also, the space is small, so if you invite lots of friends, try to come at different times so that we can all fit. We'll see you there!

RSVP on the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/905949879519144/

Thanksgiving cleaning tips that will make your day hassle-free!

What's the part of Thanksgiving everyone hates?

You guessed it: the least favorite part of Thanksgiving is cleaning up after dinner. Prepare yourself beforehand! We've put together our favorite cooking and post-meal cleaning tips that will take away some of the clean-up stress of the big day.

Have the dishwasher empty before eating so it can be loaded right away after dinner.

Before you even begin getting close to eating, make sure the dishwasher is empty and ready to be served after everyone has cleaned their plates. This will make transition much easier on you.

Line pans with foil

If there is any chance that the food will spill over (pies boiling over, food that touches the bottom of the pan, etc...), line the pan with foil so that it can be thrown away and keep the dishes clean. In fact, if you have the time, line the bottom of the oven with foil!

Use Clorox/Lysol wipes 

Although they aren't good for making your counters LOOK nice, Clorox/Lysol wipes are super important when cooking and cleaning large meals, especially when raw turkey is involved.

Wipe down surfaces frequently

Don't wait until the dinner is completed before you start cleaning. Throughout the prep process, keep up with the mess. Wipe down counters and other surfaces (cupboard tumors in oven door) frequently. Later, you can use a microfiber cloth with water and soap to get the shine back on your counters.

Arm yourself with these few cleaning tips and you can expect to have a much smoother post-dinner cleaning process. 

Happy Thanksgiving from Chicago Loop Cleaners!

PS: Here's some really great make-ahead Thanksgiving dinners and recipes. Check them out!

 

Fall is here in Chicago!

Fall In Chicago

What have you been up to this Fall? We love seeing the unique views that come as a result of the season change. 

Cleaning high-rise Chicago Loop homes is always interesting and different every day! Here's another great snap shot:
 

Shower cleaning tip

Your shower cleaner is too expensive!

Meet Clean Building Bathroom Concentrate, affectionately known at CLC as "Pink Stuff". A 1- gallon bottle is less than $15, and since it comes highly concentrated, it will last a VERY long time. This is the solution that we trust to cut soap scum, and not get us high on fumes while we clean. Pour some in a spray bottle and get going- just remember that the ratio is 1:20 Pink Stuff to water.

Happy cleaning!

Celebrating Champions of Change with CAASE

Please mark your calendars for an exciting event this fall hosted by Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation. They're hosting a cocktail party to celebrate sexual exploitation survivor leaders who inspire and guide us as CAASE seeks to transform our community’s response to rape, prostitution, and sex trafficking. The event is Thursday November 15th. Register here today.


In between cleaning? Use our favorite products!

What happens to your home between cleanings? Do you need a touch-up between your appointments with your cleaner? That happens sometimes, and we get it! So what are the absolute essentials you should keep on hand?

The beauty of the supplies we use at CLC is that they are SO simple! Start with just two basic tools: tools that WE are never without. 

Bar Keeper's Friend

 We swear by this stuff! This scouring powder is great for taking rings out of sinks and tubs, disasters off of stove tops, and water spots off of faucets. Unlike other similar products, it won’t scratch surfaces. Sprinkle some powder on the surface you want to scrub, and get it damp. You can use it with a scrub brush in the sink or tub, or, for smaller jobs, use it with our next recommended product….

Microfiber cloths

These are the cloths we use to clean absolutely everything. Dry or just barely damp they are great for dusting. Get them a little wetter, and they are perfect for wiping down counter tops and stoves. They should be thoroughly wetted if you want to use them to scrub with Bar Keeper’s Friend. Buy a package and keep several in the kitchen and several in the bathroom, and you will never be without a way to clean up a mess. 

You can get both these items at Home Depot, Menards, and sometimes at a local grocery store. Of course, you can also order them off Amazon, at these links:

Bar Keeper’s Friend: http://goo.gl/b9NnJp

Microfiber cloths: http://goo.gl/iXHBSF 


Check out the circus in Downtown this month!

What to do in September

Well, how about the circus? It’s a little different, and we like that. And it’s outside, in a tent, in a park. 

We really like that. 

Midnight Circus is a troupe of performers who use their art to help support local Chicago parks. Events are held in the parks, and staffed by volunteers. Their 2015 tour goes through October, so be sure not to miss out! 

http://midnightcircus.net/

Cleaner tip! Let's think about Patio Doors.

If you want your patio doors cleaned, ask soon! Window cleaners don’t typically to the exterior of patio doors, and your cleaner can only do them weather permitting.   Advance warning is appreciated if you would like your doors cleaned, as it takes extra time to do the cleaning.

Summer ISN'T over!

Follow our lead and decide to ignore all mention of “Back to School”! Instead, revel in these late-summer activities that WE love spending our warm evenings attending:

Shakespeare in the Park: Check the schedule for performance locations in parks all across Chicago. This year the fantastic cast of Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier is performing a medley of Shakespeare’s “Greatest Hits”: most famous and well-loved scenes of his best plays. It’s a little unusual, but a fun ride! (I got to enjoy it at the Garfield Park Conservatory City Park, not long ago.)

 Info: https://www.chicagoshakes.com/plays_and_events/parks2015/parks2015_where_and_when

SummerDance: You’ve missed out if you haven’t gone yet, but these free summer dances are going on through September in Grant Park, just south of Congress. One of my personal Chicago summer favorites, Summer Dance is fun for all: from professional dancer to professional observer. Live music, lessons, open dance, and a wide variety of genres guarantee a great time, 3 nights a week.

Info: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_summerdance.html/

 

More interested in having a picnic and watching others dance? Take a look at our Pinterest page for some ideas on what to eat and drink while enjoying the evening out.


I want to give a shout-out to the Running Forward team- a youth running team that Chicago Loop Cleaners sponsors. Last month, the team ran their first half-marathon, and they crushed it! Everyone on the team finished, and Coach Epi says the response from the team afterwards was: “We HAVE to do this next year!!!”

Well done boys, and major kudos to you, coaches!