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5 Best Wall Paint Colors for Summer

5 Best Wall Paint Colors for Summer

Filipinos love summer – going to the beach, feeling the breeze, all the fun and sun! We love everything about it, we want a part of it in our homes – except the heat.

Here are five of the best wall paint colors to keep your home cool this summer season (and probably your best home improvement you will do!):

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This is the best color to paint since almost all of its variations reflect the most light. White also gives the impression of cleanliness and simplicity. This color is always available in hardware stores.

Apart from helping your place become cooler during summer, painting your walls white makes your place look more spacious. It blends well with most of the other light colors, so you could play around with the color of your trimmings.

We recommend:
Boysen B-7410 Hygienic White odorless or Boysen HH-706 Tulle White
Davies BF+-50501 Satin White


Light pink, Light Pink orange, call it whatever you like, you get the idea. Peach colors remind us of the feeling of looking at a beautiful sunset on the beach. In the Psychology of colors, Peach promotes feelings of joy and warmth.

When using the color Peach, work around its spectrum – Light Red, light orange to light yellow.

We recommend:
Boysen HH-5-G72 Fresh Melon
Davies BF+-50551 Almost Peach


This is one of the main colors of Summer – yellowish white sand, the yellow sand and yellow flowers! The color yellow is associated with sunshine, hope, laughter, warmth, happiness, and energy.

If you want the color yellow to stand out in your space, add around it a few of its complementary colors – green and blue! If you want it to blend well with other colors, choose between Red, orange and light green.

We recommend:
Boysen HH-15-G116 Gingko Tree
Davies BF+-50545 Yellow Lark

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Sky Blue

Not dark blue, not marine blue, nor indigo – sky blue. The color of a cloudless summer sky mid afternoon on the beach. Sky blue gives off the feeling of calmness, peace, and relaxation – something we all want at home.

Sky blue is fun to blend with jewel tones, cream, white and gold colors. If you want this color to stand out, add a touch of yellow or light pink.

We recommend:
Boysen HH-26-G56 Obagi Blue Peel
Davies BF+-50523 Blue Rays




What is the next best thing we love about summer? – Water! Specifically, the color of it on the beach or pool. According to DesignAI, Turquoise is a calm, friendly, and cheerful color, radiating the tranquility of blue, the growth of green, and the vitality of yellow.

Adding Turquoise with most other colors sends off different moods and meaning, it is so much fun to work with! Pair it with other neutral shades, wood tones, and darker shades of blue and you get fantastic results.

We recommend:
Boysen HH-24-G51 Facial Mask
Davies BF+-50525 Ocean view

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Wall paint color plays a big role in keeping control of the temperature of your home. You would want your home feeling cooler during the summer time, so, choosing the right colors that also match your preference, will help keep your place cool. Dark colors absorb light (infrared rays), making the space warm, while light colors reflect light and lessen the heat.

Early summer in the Philippines is the best time to have your space painted. Humidity is not that high and the paint dries and cures properly. This is another reason why most construction and renovations are done during this period.

HOW TO: Use Toilet Bowl Cleaners

HOW TO: Use Toilet Bowl Cleaners

Have you ever asked yourself if you really know “how to use a toilet bowl cleaner”? Because no matter how much you use it, and scrub it, on your toilet bowl, it still can’t remove the stains? We understand how you are feeling, and we have several feedback and testimonials that their chosen brand of toilet bowl cleaner doesn’t seem to work.

But don’t worry, we are here to show you how to use toilet bowl cleaners effectively.


  • Wet the toilet bowl
  • Spray your favorite toilet bowl cleaner
  • Soak
  • Scrub
  • Rinse your toilet bowl

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Step 1 – Wet Toilet Bowl

Start with wetting your toilet bowl with plain, tap water. You can use your bidet or a water hose to do this, and give your toilet bowl a good wetting. This will moisten and loosen up the stains and dirt a bit. Most toilet bowl cleaners already have water in them, but applying them directly on a dry toilet bowl can be costly on your part. Apart from body fluids, minerals from hard water contributes most of the stain in your toilet bowl.

Step 2 – Spray your Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Now you can spray your favorite toilet bowl cleaner on the toilet bowl. Don’t forget to shake it well before spraying and apply evenly on the surface. Add a few squeeze on the top part so that it would run down and cover other surfaces. Most of the stain trail marks starts from the top as well, so cleaning it in the same direction as how it was stained would help a lot. If you are asking us what is the best toilet bowl cleaner, you can check out our post on the Toilet and Bath Challenge. For other cleaning solutions, you can check out our list of Brand Names of Chemicals for Cleaning.

Step 3 – Soak

This is a very important step and should not be missed. Majority of the time toilet bowl cleaners fail is because it was not given enough time to react with the dirt and stains. Soaking for 5 – 10 minutes will help the toilet bowl cleaner work its magic, the ingredients will under go chemical reactions with the stains and will greatly help you in scrubbing later.

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Step 4 – Scrub

After soaking, scrub your toilet bowl to separate the dirt and stains. You can use basically any toilet bowl brush, or if you want to really get down and dirty, use a scouring pad (scotch brite). Don’t forget to use rubber gloves and face mask to for the unavoidable splashes.

Step 5 – Rinse

Once you’re done scrubbing, rinse your toilet bowl with water. If there are still leftover stains, repeat steps 2 – 4 until you are satisfied with the results. 

You can use these steps when cleaning your bathroom as well. Always remember when cleaning, soak your cleaning solution before scrubbing so that they can effectively clean your surfaces. When using a new brand of cleaning solution, check the label for instructions on how to use. Most of the time they are very helpful.

Want other tips on cleaning? Send us a mesage here or on our social media pages!

Household Chores Filipinos Hate Doing

Household Chores Filipinos Hate Doing

We’ve asked Filipinos what household chores they love and hate doing. Some chores seem to be expected, others came out surprising! Check out the results below and see if you belong to the general group of Filipinos who love and hate doing these chores.

We sent out a survey in January 2023 and collected 106 responses over a period of 30 days. 67.9% of the respondents were women, while 28.3% of them were men. Majority of the respondents were between the age group of 36-45 years old (60.4%).

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Household Chores Filipinos Hate

  • Cleaning the toilet bowl – 75.47%
  • Cleaning someone else’s bedroom – 66%
  • Finishing the laundry (hanging, folding and ironing) – 56.5%
  • Cleaning the bathroom – 56.5%
  • Cleaning Pet Pee – 51.5%
  • Cleaning kitchen – 47.16%
  • Cleaning inside refrigerator – 42.45%
  • Cleaning the garage – 38.68%
  • Washing dishes – 37.73%

Household Chores Filipinos Love to Do

  • Cooking – 66.03%
  • Do the Laundry using washing machine – 47.17%
  • Cleaning your own bedroom – 42.45%
  • Sweeping the floor – 37.73%
  • Cleaning the sala – 36.79%
  • Wiping table tops – 33.02%

Household chores with Neutral take:

  • Taking out the trash
  • Vacuum floors

#1 Cleaning the Toilet Bowl

We have expected this result since when we were doing our research, surveys across the globe also show – “Most of us humans hate cleaning the toilet bowl”. Luckily, 78.3% of the respondents have someone to help them do their chores, which includes cleaning the toilet bowl.

The smell, the water in the toilet bowl splashing back (sometimes on your face), the yellowish stains within and around the toilet seat, and other horrific things we could add about the toilet bowl make most of us hate cleaning it. Some stains are even difficult to remove and the lingering smell of old pee drives some of us crazy.  Since it is part of the bathroom, cleaning the bathroom comes number 4 on the list.

There are already cleaning products that are specially made to clean toilet bowls. These toilet bowl cleaners do help in cleaning, but a “No Scrub” version is yet to be invented.

#2 Cleaning Someone Else’s Room

We don’t like the mess we did, much more someone else’s mess. Cleaning someone else’s room, even if it is for a family member comes number 2 on the list Household Chores Filipinos hate. 

We don’t know where their trash came from, what body fluids they left, and whatever other gross stuff they left in their room. We don’t want to know what other surprises we get from cleaning their room, so we hate doing it. After all, isn’t it suppose to be an adult’s job to clean their own room? The fact is, it is not always the case. Someone has to clean it, especially on cases where weird smells are coming from the room already, or worse, crawling and flying insects are already nesting there.

There are people who, despite the messy state their room is already, do not want others to touch their stuff, much more have it cleaned. But even your own home can make you sick, so someone must clean it.

It is a good thing we can hire professional cleaning companies like CMDA Cleaning Service to do such Home Cleaning.

#3 Finishing the Laundry

We love doing the laundry using a washing machine,it even falls on number 2 on Household Chores we LOVE doing. BUT, hanging the laundry to dry, folding the laundry and ironing clothes comes third in what we HATE the most.

With the number of laundry shops opening over the past few years, it really shows how people hate drying, folding and ironing clothes. We would rather send and pay someone to do our dirty laundry and receive it back after 3 to 5 days clean, folded and wrinkle free!

This could partly be due to the reason that only 44.34% of the respondents say they could manage their time doing chores. This may only include starting the washing machine, but doesn’t include the time hanging, folding and ironing clothes. With our busy schedule, the amount of time processing our laundry seems too much for us.

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#4 Cleaning the Bathroom

Removing stuck hair in the drain, removing yellowish-brownish stains on tiles, removing hard water stains on faucets, the list goes on, giving us a lot of reasons why we hate cleaning the bathroom.

Probably one of the biggest reason we hate cleaning the bathroom is the toilet bowl, which is number 1 on the chores we hate doing. It would be difficult to clean the entire bathroom without cleaning the toilet bowl. 

There are also stains that can’t seem to go away no matter how hard we brush. Are they really stains? Are they already molds? Or are the tile grout (tile adhesive) worn away? We have a separate blog article to help you with this.

#5 Cleaning Pet Pee

Cat and dog pee give out very strong odors, the smell lingers for a long time, and using bleach can’t seem to remove them completely. We hate cleaning up after our pet, that is why most of us let them out on the streets and let them do their business elsewhere. Little wee accidents even become horror stories when our fur babies pee on the carpet. Thankfully there are carpet shampoo services available. 

For cat fur-parents, they are lucky that cats use litter boxes instinctively. You can just simply open the box, scoop out the poop (and pee) from the sand on the tray, put back the box, and that’s it! The only dragging task is cleaning the entire box once a week to remove the lingering smell inside.

Dog fur-parents are not so lucky. Training their dogs on pee pads and hopefully the pup doesn’t miss the big target, replacing the pee pads when full, rolling the pee pad when there’s poop on it, and pray the pup doesn’t drag and play with it.

Filipino Housekeeping Practices

While some of us have a household helper, some who don’t have shown that they are happy doing the chores. Around 44% said they are happy cleaning their home and only 22% thinks it’s a drag. This would be because most of us know how to clean already (88.9%). From a very young age, we were already taught how to pack away our toys, organize our stuff and probably our parents have occasionally handed us a broom to help sweep the floor. Maintaining a clean home is actually part of our culture.

Despite having good housekeeping practices incorporated within us since we were young, some of us fail to keep our home clean. 62% of the respondents say they cannot, or are not sure, if they can manage their time to do household chores. With busy work schedules, heavy traffic going to work and returning home, who would have time to clean, right? But despite these set backs, we still try. 77.8% of the respondents said they have the right tools already. It could be in the form of robot vacuum, hand held vacuum cleaners like from Dyson or Deerma, and other common cleaning supplies we have at home.

Thankfully, there are solutions on how to work around these tasks like using good brands of cleaning products, or getting the service of a professional cleaning company.

The Most Commonly Used by a Room Attendant in Cleaning

The Most Commonly Used by a Room Attendant in Cleaning

Have you thought of maintaining your space like hotel  room attendants? Cleaning multiple rooms in a very short span of time? You may have thought about what “the most commonly used by a room attendant in cleaning” to help you clean your space better and faster.

Here in CMDA Cleaning Services, we also provide housekeeping training for homes, offices and hotel room attendants based on TESDA and ASEAN modules and curriculum. Our custodians who clean your spaces undergo the same training as the room attendants in hotels and are familiar with the most commonly used equipment and materials the industry use.

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The most common equipment and materials used by room attendants in cleaning

Basic Equipment and Materials

Room attendants bring along these basic equipment and materials in their cart. Apart from putting in new toiletries and replacement of towels (and hopefully fresh bed sheets and linens), they will always have these in their cleaning cart:

  • WASHCLOTH (basahan)



A vacuum cleaner is a room attendant’s best friend. It collects all the dirt without passing it around, as compared to a broom, and you can even use it in the bathroom to get those loose hair and dirt on the floor! It can get the job done fast so that the attendant could attend to other housekeeping needs of the room.

If you are thinking of using the same thing in your home, make sure to get a “Wet and Dry” vacuum. It has to be that way because they are designed to collect liquid particles without getting the vacuum motor damaged. Imagine breaking an expensive vacuum cleaner because you just randomly checked out one from the store.


Bringing in different cleaning materials will occupy a lot of space in the attendant’s cleaning cart. So what they do is just bring along a bottle  of concentrated multipurpose cleaners. Need to clean the toilet bowl? Pour in a cap full of multipurpose cleaner, soak for a few minutes, and then scrub and rinse. Cleaning the floor? Mix multipurpose cleaners with water, scrub and rinse. Using mutlipurpose cleaners in different concentration can help clean spaces faster. 

Hotels use industrial grade multipurpose cleaners, but the great thing about this is that there are cleaners that are as good as well and are available in your nearest sari-sari store, Lazada and supermarket. If you want to know the brand names of these multipurpose cleaners, you can check it out in one of our articles.


These other materials are used to help remove dirt, and most of all, dry up the space.

Plastic scrubbers will be your go-to for this one. Metallic steel brush scrubbers can leave scratches on your surfaces. Don’t forget to soak for at least five minutes before brushing away to save time and energy.

Use a washcloth that you are comfortable in using. If you don’t have experience with one, old clothes will do. If you are eyeing to buy one, get those Flannel Rag Cleaning Cloth, which doesn’t leave fibers or marks when used. Micro fiber washcloth tend to leave fibers if not washed well prior to use, so it is better to buy something you can use, grab and go.

We highly recommend Rotating Floor Mops which usually goes with the brands iMop and tornado mop. You can get them from your supermarket, hardware store or from Lazada. Rotating floor mops can easily wipe stuff on the floor, and is easy to  clean and dry.

These are not just commonly used by housekeeping and room attendants, but are also among the must have cleaning tools and equipment at home.


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When using multipurpose cleaners, especially bleach, it leaves an unpleasant scent (for most of us). Apart from that, there are some odors that are left even after we clean, like the musty smell in your refrigerator or ammonia odor in your bathroom. Using deodorizers and scents can change these.

Using charcoal, a slice of lemon or an opened box of baking soda can remove bad odors. There are deodorizing sprays as well that comes with your preferred scents. Keeping a good air circulation can greatly help as well. Keep in mind though that this could be a band-aid solution to your bad odor problems. It is still best to look for the source of the smell and clean it.

Room attendants use oil based scents to deodorize rooms. If you have noticed, different hotel chains have different room scents almost unique to them. This ensures that your experience in every stay you spend with them is the same. At home, you can use scents from sprays available commercially. Alternatively, you can use scented candles which lasts longer (and doesn’t come off strong to your senses). 


It would be difficult to clean something without water, unless you are just vacuuming the floor or changing the sheets. Cleaning solutions always need water to dilute them (unless they are ready to use, but would mean more expensive). Water is commonly used by room attendants by cleaning the bathroom, sink, toilet bowl, shower area and bathroom walls. Part of it is used with disinfectant to wipe surfaces, but rarely on the carpet floors.

Cleaning is a labor of love, be it done by a room attendant, or by you on your own home. It can be tiring at times, but there are always ways to help you with cleaning your space. 

Alternative Natural Materials for Cleaning

Alternative Natural Materials for Cleaning

Most of us are always looking for ways to help the environment, be it biking to reduce our carbon footprint, or using alternative natural materials for cleaning to reduce harmful chemicals from going down our drains and into natural waterways. 

As a professional cleaning service company, we use most of these alternative natural materials for cleaning, and they are effective when used properly, we also know that using these products can be frustrating for novice users or to those who have just jumped into the “natural and organic”. In all honesty, these materials are unlike your commercial brands which are “ready to use” and cleans easier and faster. 

To make things easier, we will list down below alternative natural materials for cleaning and how to use them. We have limited the listing on natural and the least processed material as there are materials listed as “natural” but have studies on them that they still cause environmental damage.


  • Baking Soda
  • Ripe Lemon
  • White Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Olive Oil
  • Charcoal

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Sodium Bicarbonate or commonly known as Baking Soda can be naturally found near mineral springs. Commercial baking soda brands are already manufactured and not sourced from the springs, but they act the same way. It is a good abrasive, odor absorber and acid neutralizer, so it has a lot of uses:

  • Multipurpose Household cleaner – mix 1/4 cup of baking soda, half cup vinegar and half a cup of lemon (as a scent) in 1 gallon water.
  • For deep cleaning and scrubbing – turn your baking soda into paste and add a little salt, apply on the surface and scrub. Good for toilet stains and ovens.
  • Metal cleaner – 1 part baking soda with 10 parts cold water, soak for 10 minutes and scrub.
  • Silver cleaner – 1 part baking soda with 10 parts hot water, soak for 10 minutes and scrub.
  • Drain Cleaner – pour ¼ cup baking soda and ½ cup vinegar in the drain, cover it for 15 minutes and then pour in 2 liters of boiling water.
  • Deodorizer – sprinkle a few in the laundry during the wash cycle. Keep a box open in toilets.
  • Mouthwash – 1 part baking soda with 10 parts cold water
  • Fire Extinguisher – pour on electrical fire (do not use on fire in deep fryers)

*Do not use to clean aluminum as it will remove the aluminum’s protective layer

You can mix baking soda with vinegar and lemon to add more cleaning strength, or lemon for scent. It is also important to note that this chemical has “time honored” properties, which means you need to soak it on surfaces long enough to take effect and not a moment too soon.


Ripe lemons contain more citric acid compared to unripe ones, and that is the compound that we will need to clean and deodorize. They are also naturally produced and very biodegradable. They are not a good abrasive though but they are really good deodorizers.

  • Multipurpose Household cleaner – mix 1/4 cup of baking soda, half cup vinegar and half a cup of lemon (as a scent) in 1 gallon water.
  • Metal cleaner – apply lemon juice on metallic surfaces with hard water stains (ie. faucets), let it soak for 15 minutes and then rinse.
  • Degreaser – Add 1 part lemon juice to 2 parts hot water, soak for 15 minutes and then rinse. Use half a lemon fruit as a scrubber for dishes with heavy grease.
  • Wood Polish – Add 2 parts olive oil and 1 part lemon, wipe on wooden furniture and floor.  


White vinegar does not occur naturally, but is produced from organic materials (like sugarcane) using natural processes such as fermentation. It contains acetic acid which we will need for cleaning. White vinegar is recommended because other vinegars may contain coloring (natural such as tannic acid or artificial) that can stain surfaces. Though a very good cleaner, the downside of using vinegar is the odor it leaves after cleaning. Adding lemon may help remedy this.

  • Multipurpose Household cleaner – mix 1/4 cup of baking soda, half cup vinegar and half a cup of lemon (as a scent) in 1 gallon water.
  • Glass Cleaner – mix 1 part water in 2 parts vinegar.
  • Drain Cleaner – pour ¼ cup baking soda and ½ cup vinegar in the drain, cover it for 15 minutes and then pour in 2 liters of boiling water.
  • Tile cleaner – mix ¼ cup vinegar in 1 gallon water, pour and soak for 5 minutes before scrubbing and cleaning.

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From this list, salt is the most basic and the most naturally occurring material with the very least processing made. It is very neutral (pH 7.0) but has been used since the medieval times as cleaning and antibacterial agent. 

  • For deep cleaning and scrubbing – turn your baking soda into paste and add a little salt, apply on the surface and scrub. Good for toilet stains and ovens.
  • Mild disinfectant – place items (ie. sponge, washcloth) in a container filled with water and salt and soak them for an hour.
  • Unclog Drain – Pour in a gallon of hot water with ½ cup salt. Wait for 15 minutes and then pour ¼ cup baking soda and ½ cup vinegar in the drain, cover it for another 15 minutes, and then finally, pour in 2 liters of boiling water.


This natural material does not also naturally occur but can be manufactured through processing the fruit of the olive tree. It doesn’t necessarily “clean” but it does recondition surfaces (shine) to make it look better, and also, it acts as a protective layer.

  • Wood Polish – Add 2 parts olive oil and 1 part lemon, wipe on wooden furniture and floor. 
  • Protective coating for leather and metal – place a few drops of olive oil on those surfaces and wipe. 


This natural material is not used directly for cleaning your home, however, it helps clean your air and get rid of bad odor. It can be used though as an abrasive when cleaning dark colored surfaces.

  • Use as water filter
  • Deodorize by placing a few chunks in the refrigerator or under your sink

We were in the middle of a global climate crisis prior to the coronavirus pandemic. With the lockdowns in the beginning of the pandemic, it has reduced the carbon emissions globally, and helped in “resetting” the climate. Using alternative natural materials for cleaning can help protect our environment further.

How Often Do You Need to Clean Your Home

How Often Do You Need to Clean Your Home

Hint: It depends on your living and cleaning habits. 

With the recent pandemic and lockdowns, a variety of people became “clean freaks” – worried that the coronavirus might enter their home and make them sick, they clean and disinfect spaces every thirty or so minutes. While others stayed with their old ways and just cleaned “when needed”, which usually translates to “it’s so dirty I have bugs and rats as roommates”.

As cleaning experts for almost a decade already, as well as one of the leading people who give out housekeeping training to home and office cleaners, we are sharing below our professional advice on how often you need to clean your home.

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The best practice to make sure your home is always clean, is to have a Home Deep Cleaning first, and then maintain it on a regular basis. It would be hard to maintain the cleanliness of something that was not that clean to begin with.

No matter how fast or long it takes your space to become really dirty again, maintaining the cleanliness of your space will be difficult if there are “extra” spaces you need to clean during your routine cleaning. With regular and proper maintenance, you would only need to get a home deep cleaning every 3 months. 


Now that you’ve deep cleaned your home, you can either hire a professional cleaner to clean your home weekly, or, get yourself organized with your home cleaning. Some “professional organizers” and “clean freaks” suggest cleaning every 15 minutes, setting up a timer with specific cleaning goals. However, with our busy lives, this is certainly not doable, unless you work from home and have the time to do such.

To help getting things more organized, we have listed below our recommended cleaning schedule to keep your home always clean:

  • Balcony: Twice a month
  • Toilet and bath: Twice a week
  • Bedroom: Once a week regular cleaning / Once a month deep cleaning
  • Living Room: Once a week
  • Kitchen / Dining Room: Daily (keep pests away)
  • Garage: Twice a month
  • Air-conditioning: Filter – once a week / whole unit: 2-3x a year
  • Refrigerator: Once a week regular cleaning / Once a month deep cleaning
  • Microwave / Ovens: Once a week regular cleaning
  • Bed: Bed shampoo once every 3 months / dispose after 6 years
  • Sofa / Couch: Sofa shampoo once every 3 months / dispose after 7 years
  • Carpet: Carpet shampoo once every 3 months / dispose after 10 years
  • Vacuum every other day to keep dust and dirt to a minimum. Vacuuming collects them instantly in a container, unlike a broom which moves them to spaces hard to reach.

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Occasionally, you will need to clean up some things as soon as possible to avoid stains or future cleaning problems. 

They include:

  • Colored liquid (ie. wine, coffee) spills on carpets, beds, sofas, chairs
  • Chemical (ie. paint, alcohol) spills on carpets, beds, sofas, chairs, wooden floor
  • Food scraps falling on the table, counter, floor
  • Body fluids from you or your pets (ie. blood, snot, saliva)


Chlorine Bleach

With all these, it goes without saying that you need to take away the trash at the end of the day to keep pests away. While some of these are difficult to remember, you could bookmark this page, or hire a professional home cleaning expert such as CMDA Cleaning Services.