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Posted by Hillman Homes on 2/27/2019


Can anyone keep up with this New England weather? We sure can't. The good thing is, spring is right around the corner and with the random 60+ degree February days, it's a great opportunity to get a jump start on your spring cleaning checklist so you're not stressing about it when the weather finally stays nice (hopefully.) Check out this article for some great spring cleaning tips: http://massrealestatenews.com/outdoor-spring-cleaning-tips/

If you're still not feeling motivated, don't worry, we've got you covered. Give us a call or send us a message if you're looking to list your home and we can put you in touch with some great professional cleaners!

Posted by Hillman Homes on 10/10/2018

Let's admit it- most of us don't like cleaning the bathroom. It requires probably the most work out of all the house chores and even when it's finally clean, it finds a way to get dirty within the hour. Fortunately, the article below provides some great tips on how to efficiently clean and even how to speed-clean for when you forget you have company coming over and you receive that "Be there in 5 minutes" text message.

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If you'd rather skip the cleaning and are looking to sell your home, give us a call - We work with some great professional cleaning companies!

Posted by Hillman Homes on 10/3/2016

Woman doing chores in bathroom.The bathroom is, indisputably, the grossest room in a house to clean. Since your bathroom has so many sources of water (sink, toilet, tub, and steam from the shower) that leaves a lot of opportunity for the growth of mold and mildew, and the spread of all kinds of bacteria. As such, cleaning the bathroom thoroughly and often is one of the most important chores you can do in your home. Unfortunately, the bathroom is also a room that takes a long time to clean, in spite of it usually being one of the smaller rooms in your home. Luckily for us, there are several cleaning hacks that will help you save time scrubbing away in the bathroom and help you save money on expensive cleaning supplies. If it's your turn to clean the bathroom, read on for a list of helpful tips to save you time and money when cleaning the bathroom.

  • Grout cleaning. The grout between your tiles can get pretty filthy. To make it shining and white again, combine baking soda and vinegar (not too much vinegar; you want it to form a semi-thick paste). Then use an old toothbrush to scrub the grout and rinse it dry with your shower head.
  • Shower head. Speaking of the shower head, is it getting brown or "rusted" looking? Mix equal parts vinegar and water into a plastic bag. Place the bag over the shower head so it's fully submerged in the solution and wrap a rubber band around it to keep it in place. Forget about it for an hour or so then wipe it off in the tub.
  • Toilet scrubbing. After you scrub your toilet bowl clean, pour some extra cleaner into the bowl and submerge your scrubber in it for an hour. Then rinse and let it hang dry. For added cleanliness, pour some disinfectant in your scrubber holder.
  • Drain cleaning. Straighten out a metal wire hanger and then bend a small (about 1in.) hook into the end. Fish around in your pipe and remove any hair or buildup. Then, pour 1/3 cup baking soda into the drain and add vinegar until it foams to the surface. Let this sit for a half hour and then rinse it down the drain.
  • Toothbrush holder. Toss it in the dishwasher. If it isn't dishwasher safe, add a drop of dish soap and let it soak overnight, then rinse.
  • Curtain liner. Many are washing machine safe. Wash them with a couple hand towels and be sure to use a cold, gentle wash setting. To avoid mold growth, wipe them down with a towel after you shower.
  • Ceiling vent. Rather than trying to reach your vacuum to the ceiling, use a can of compressed air to blow any dust and buildup from your vent.
  • Chrome fixtures. It seems impossible to keep the chrome fixtures on your sink clean and free of water marks for long. After you wash them, let them dry and then polish with plain baby oil to help them shine longer.

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Posted by Hillman Homes on 9/19/2016

For some people, cleaning the house is a relaxing way to pass the time. It's a mindful activity and living in a clean space can help improve your mood and focus. However, for many of us it can be hard to find time to clean after a long day of work, cooking dinner, caring for kids and pets, and so on. Many people try to keep up with the mess by cleaning one room at a time. However, it actually takes much longer to clean if you do it on a room-by-room basis. The most efficient way to clean is by chore. You wouldn't dust or vacuum just one room; you'd do the whole house because it saves you the pain of taking out the vacuum cleaner every time one room needs to be vacuumed. In this article, we'll go over how you can avoid having one long, excruciating cleaning day by spending 5-10 minutes per day cleaning your house.


Today is pick-up day. After the weekend your home is likely to have a lot of things laying around out of place. Do a quick tidying up in each room of your home. That includes: picking up clothes, clearing off tables and surfaces, and putting away any children's or pet toys that might be on the floor.


Dusting. With your duster in hand, run through each room of your house hitting all of the surfaces. Grab a microfiber cloth for things like TVs and computer screens that might have fingerprints and put it in your back pocket. In your other pocket, keep a lint roller or lint brush for your sofa, bed, chairs, etc.


Floors. Get out your Swiffer, mop, vacuum cleaner and whatever else you use to clean the floors of your home. Sweep each room into a pile, starting from the walls and working your way in. Once all rooms are swept, grab your dustpan and pick up each pile. From there you can run your Swiffer or mop through your rooms with wood floors or tile. Finally, vacuum any carpets or rugs you have.


Kitchen day. Mix some white vinegar and water, toss in a few drops of lemon or lime juice, and you've got an all-purpose kitchen cleaner that's free of any harsh chemicals that you don't want going near your food. For areas that need to be scrubbed, like your sink or countertop, sprinkle some baking soda down after you spray the vinegar solution. Once you're done, tuck your spray bottle and baking soda within reach under your sink--you'll need it again tomorrow.


Bathroom day. There's no denying it--it's the worst room in the house to clean. But, think about how you'll have the next two days off from work and cleaning and you'll have the motivation to get through it. First, go grab your rubber globes, vinegar spray, and baking soda from yesterday. Today, you'll need them for the sink, tub, and toilet. Other useful items to keep for cleaning your bathroom: an old toothbrush for scrubbing tile grout and baby oil for polishing the chrome on your sinks.   Follow this schedule and you'll be on your way to cleaning the whole house in just 5-10 minutes per day so you don't have to dread those marathon cleaning days.

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Posted by Hillman Homes on 7/4/2016

If your household is like most homes in America, mornings are a hectic, harried time with everyone rushing about, frantic to get ready for work and school: anxious to get out the door and about their day. Arguably, when the bathroom is in a chaotic state, so often are those persons using it. Nothing can get everyone’s day off to a bad start like wanting to use the sink to shave or wash your face, only to find the sink clogged, or to jump in the shower and find there are no clean towels handy. Maintaining a clean and functional bathroom helps everyone in the household have a functional day. Setting aside a few minutes daily to maintain order in the bathroom will help clear the chaos. Whatever gets done in the time you can allocate is enough for today. Tomorrow’s time can include other tasks. What’s That Odor? Focus on anything that may have an unpleasant smell. Does the trash bin need to be emptied or damp towels put in the laundry? Is a toilet clogged or a drain sluggish? Locate the smell and enact a solution. Turn On The Fan Operate the bathroom exhaust fan while you are giving the bathroom a quick tidy up. The fan will remove excess moisture in the air and help prevent mold and mildew. Clear The Clutter Remove anything that doesn’t belong in the bathroom. Sort miscellaneous items and put them in their right place. De-cluttering will help clear vanity, cabinet tops, and the floor. This task includes picking up all the dirty laundry and putting it in the hamper. Put Bathroom Items Back Where They Belong Put the cap back on the toothpaste and return grooming tools and cosmetics to their spot in drawers or baskets. Whatever it may be, ensure each item is returned to its proper place. Tomorrow’s routine will be a lot smoother if you don’t have to waste time looking for your hairbrush. Put A Shine On Keep a bottle of organic bathroom cleaner under the sink. Use a sponge or disposable wipes to give a quick “lick and a promise” to shower/tub, bathroom sink and counter tops. You can do a detailed cleaning of all bathroom surfaces another day. Swish And Sweep Grab the toilet bowl brush and cleanser and do a quick swish of the bowl. Use a handful of disinfect wipes to clean outer toilet surfaces. Sweep the floor to remove debris and dust. Replenish And Replace Take a moment to replenish a fresh supply of towels. Replace toiletries and tissue. Sparkle And Shine Use disposable glass cleaning wipes to give mirrors and faucets a fast once over to restore sparkle and shine while disinfecting to remove germs and bacteria.

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