Anniversary Interview with Jenny

This is Daly, Carpe Diem’s Branch Manager, checking in today with an interview of Jenny our bookkeeper on her 6-year anniversary with Carpe Diem!

Anniversary Interview with Jenny | Carpe Diem CleaningHow did you start at Carpe Diem?
I moved to the Triangle area from Albany, New York, over six years ago. After my family settled down, I was looking for a job. I found Carpe Diem Cleaning to be the right place where I could enjoy the pleasures of the moment and not worry about the future.

What do you like about working at Carpe Diem?
Carpe Diem is a nice, comfortable workplace with smart and organized management.

Any advice for preparing your home for a cleaning?
Before your cleaning team comes, put a note on some items which are easy to break or put the items in a certain place where they won’t be cleaned. It’s not about the reimbursement from the cleaning company; it’s about the item which you love but can’t find the replacement.

As of this month, Jenny has been with us for 6 years.  We appreciate her sweet spirit, her great laugh, and how she keeps all of our bookkeeping and paperwork under control.  Jenny lives in Cary with her husband and younger daughter, still in high school, while her other daughter lives and works in Atlanta. We have loved having you as a member of our office team for so many years!

Ready to book your next clean day? We offer house cleaning services in Cary, so give us a call today!

Prepping for the Holidays

Preparing your home for the holidays and for house guests can be a daunting task, lucky for you we’ve come up with a handy checklist to help you get your household in order. Click here for a printable PDF and here to watch Carpe Diem’s Wendy Clark share holiday tips with NBC-17’s My Carolina Today.

Prepping for the Holidays | Carpe Diem CleaningGeneral Housekeeping Tips

Cover your bases!

Carpets: If carpets have obvious stains, have them cleaned before guests arrive. If carpets are in good shape, wait until after the holidays so you can start the new year with clean carpets (we can help – that’s right folks, we clean carpets too!)

Nightlights: Place nightlights in the rooms that guests will be using.

Sidewalk Salt: Have salt on hand for your driveway and sidewalks in case there’s some unexpected icy weather.

Prepping for the Holidays | Carpe Diem CleaningHospitality

Happy house guests make for a happy holiday – make sure everyone is comfortable!

Sleep Areas: Vacuum sofa beds and sofas, making sure all surfaces inside and out are clean. Put clean sheets and blankets on beds.

Towels & Toilet Paper: Make sure that items like bath towels and toilet paper are available and easy to find.

Personal Care Kits: Create care kits containing little soaps and toothpastes, pain reliever, and allergy pills if you have pets.

Prepping for the Holidays | Carpe Diem CleaningKitchen

Be prepared and let no guest go hungry!

Food: Clean out your fridge and pantry, then stock up on some basic foods in addition to your holiday meal shopping. Show your house guests what foods are available if they get hungry. If you have a guest with food allergies, make sure your buy foods which are appropriate for them.

Food Storage: Buy some basic plastic containers or Ziploc bags so you can easily give out leftovers after parties and meals. These will also help for storing extra holiday food if you have a shortage of containers.

Labeling: Make sure you have a Sharpie (or multiple Sharpies) handy for labeling and dating leftovers.

Prepping for the Holidays | Carpe Diem CleaningChildproof

A word to the wise: always childproof your home BEFORE visiting children arrive.

Electrical Outlets: Make sure you have covers for all of your electrical outlets.

No Tinsel: Do not decorate with tinsel as it is a choking hazard both for children and for pets.

Baby Gate: Get your old baby gate out of the closet if there is an area that you would like to partition off from little people (or pets).

Don’t forget that we offer house cleaning services for Chapel Hill residents! Contact us for a free estimate today!

Saturday Cleanings and Holiday Schedule 2017

Vibrant leaves, crisp air, pumpkin spice – the Holiday Season is upon us!

As you clean up after goblins and ghouls and start prepping for Turkey Day, here are the changes you can expect to Carpe Diem’s usual schedule.

Saturday Cleanings & Holiday Closings

Saturday Cleanings and Holiday Schedule 2017 | Carpe Diem CleaningThis year’s Saturday cleanings are available this year on

November 11th & 18th

December 9th & December 16th

Book your Saturday cleanings today to guarantee a clean home for the holidays!

…And don’t forget, we will not be servicing homes on November 23rd and 24th (Thursday and Friday), December 25th (Monday) or on January 1st (Monday). So if your regular cleaning falls on one of these days, be sure to contact us to reschedule.

Interview with Team Member Belkis

This is Daly, Carpe Diem’s Branch Manager, checking in today with an interview of Belkis on her 2-year anniversary with Carpe Diem!

How did you start at Carpe Diem?
I found Carpe Diem through a job posting on Craigslist.

What do you like about working at Carpe Diem?
I enjoy working as a team with my co-workers and making sure our clients are satisfied with our work.

Any advice for preparing your home for a cleaning?
My advice is to pick up around your house before your cleaning team arrives.

 

As of this month, Belkis has been with us for 2 years.  We appreciate her friendly, outgoing spirit and how she works so well with our cleaning teams.  Belkis lives here in Raleigh with her husband and son, and her daughter attends college in the Dominican Republic.  We have loved having you as a driver for the past couple of years!

Don’t forget that we provide house cleaning services for Durham and the surrounding areas!

How to Find a Friendly, Reliable Pet Sitter

The holidays are fast-approaching, and with the holidays comes the chance to travel to visit loved ones!  If your family pet isn’t up for a trip away from home, consider hiring a pet sitter!  Having your pet stay in their own home can be easier for them in your absence.  Here are some tips on finding and hiring the perfect pet sitter for your furry friend!

How to Find a Friendly, Reliable Pet Sitter | Carpe Diem CleaningWhere to Find Pet Sitters

You’ll want to make sure that anyone who you’re giving a key to your house to is reliable and trustworthy.  These days it’s easier than ever to find pet sitters who are reliable and a great fit for your pet.  You can view profiles of pet sitters on sites like rover.com and care.com and sift through reviews of them as well.

You can also ask for recommendations for pet sitters in the Triangle through sites like the neighborhood social network nextdoor.com or a local Facebook group like SoDu Parents Posse.  While reviews can help you to weed out sitters who might not be a great fit for your family, you never truly know what someone is like until you meet them!

 

How to Find a Friendly, Reliable Pet Sitter | Carpe Diem CleaningHow to Interview Your Pet Sitter

If the sitter who you have in mind hasn’t met your pet before, schedule an interview so they can meet you and your pet at your home.  That way you can ask about their pet experience, how they would deal with things if your pet isn’t having a good day (indoor cat gets lost outside, dog won’t eat, etc.), and see how they get along with your animal.

If you have a dog, consider going for a walk with the pet sitter to see them in action. If you have a cat or other animal, make sure they get along with your pet and feel comfortable handling it. You will, of course, want to make sure that your pet sitter is knowledgeable about caring for pets and is comfortable caring for yours.  Someone who has experience only with large dogs wouldn’t be the best person to feed your child’s snake while you’re away from home. ;-)

How to Find a Friendly, Reliable Pet Sitter | Carpe Diem CleaningIf your pet generally takes a while to warm up to new people, they may not bond with the potential pet sitter right away.  However, if she/he is patient, knowledgeable and comfortable with your pet, they could still be the right person to care for your pet.

Make sure to discuss what your expectations are from them as your pet sitter.  Will they stay at your home for the duration of your trip? Or would they visit just to feed your pet and clean out the litter box?

Do you want to receive a picture or video of your pet each day that you’re away?  Or would you rather your pet sitter only contact you in case of an emergency? Setting expectations from the start will ensure peace of mind while you’re away from home for both you and your pet sitter.

Let us know below what kind of pet you have!

Don’t forget that we offer house cleaning services in Raleigh!  You can come home from your holiday trips to a sparkling clean house.

Our Recommended Painters & Window Cleaners

Autumn is in full swing, and it’s time to think about getting our homes in tip-top shape before winter hits and the holidays take over!

We are asked all the time if we clean windows, and that is outside of our expertise, we can recommend Labor Panes as top-notch window cleaners!  They are one of our fellow tenants in the John O’Daniel Exchange at our Durham branch, and we know firsthand how well they make windows shine.  Labor Panes also offers pressure washing, soft touch washing, and gutter cleaning!  You can visit their website for a free quote or call them at 919-747-4154.

If you’re looking for painter to transform the inside of your home, then look no further than Graduate Custom Painting!  With over 15 years of experience, owner Ahmad and his team of painters can solve any paint problem you have.  Want a whiteboard or chalkboard wall?  Call Ahmad at 919-672-2927 for a free estimate or fill out this contact form.

Don’t forget to contact us for a free house cleaning consultation!  Just email info@carpediemcleaning.com!

Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Here in North Carolina we get to experience all four seasons which means that our homes and yards can take a beating!  It can be challenging to keep track of what needs to be done this time of year, so we develop routines around seasonal events to remind us to get.things.done.  Today we’ll talk about the fall home maintenance that you can do yourself or outsource to keep your yard beautiful and your home’s heating costs low.

Air FilterInside Home Maintenance

Lower your heating costs by replacing old caulk around your windows and doors.  This will prevent your house from feeling drafty, and you can do the same on your tub faucets to keep them looking fresh.

Change air filters and service your HVAC system and furnace before your service providers are busy with heating and air emergencies in the winter.  We’re all about building habits to make keeping your home in order a breeze!  We recommend changing your fans and filters with daylight savings time.

It’s that time of year again to reverse the direction that your ceiling fans turns. Reversing your ceiling fan actually pushes the hot air that rises to the ceiling back down. This will help you keep your heating bill lower with the flip of a switch!

Outside Home Maintenance

When you schedule your HVAC service call, go ahead and have your chimney cleaned and inspected while you’re at it!  An annual chimney inspection prevents ash from coming into your house and even home fires.  The chimney inspector can sweep your chimney of any debris that’s entered the chimney such as a bird’s nest or soot build-up, if needed.  That way when the cold weather hits, your home will be a cozy place for you to relax with your family instead of a potential fire hazard!

Fall is the perfect time to prepare your grass to be beautiful and weed-free next spring and summer.  Schedule a day for your grass company to aerate and seed your lawn or plan a day to do it yourself!  Make sure to pull out any weeds so they don’t choke your new seed.  Then schedule times to water your grass for best results.

Don’t forget to unhook your hose from the outdoor water source before any below-freezing nights!  You do not want your pipes to burst from getting water stuck in them.

Now is the time to cut down dead trees, especially if they could fall on your house! We never know if we’ll have a huge ice storm in the Carolinas or not, so it’s best to be prepared.

Fall is the perfect time of year to trim branches that are encroaching on your house while they are free from most of their leaves.

As fall arrives and sprinkles colorful leaves everywhere it doesn’t take long before they begin to overflow your gutters.  To prevent water damage to your roof and foundation, keep your gutters clear by installing gutter guards, and call our friends at Labor Panes for help!

Tell us what home maintenance routines make the most impact on your home.  Don’t forget, we offer house cleaning in Raleigh and will make your house sparkle!

Saturday Cleaning Schedule + Holiday Closings 2017

Hey!  This is Madeline, Carpe Diem’s General Manager, checking in to let you know about our Saturday cleanings and holiday closings for 2017!

Schedule your Saturday cleaning today!

Saturday Cleanings – November/December 2017

Love them or hate them, the Holidays are on their way! The Holiday Season is one of the busiest times of the year for us, so typically we’ll open up a couple of Saturdays for overflow. This year we will be open for business on the following Saturdays.

Saturday – November 11th
Saturday – November 18th
Saturday – December 9th
Saturday – December 16th

Please contact our office if you would like to reschedule your maintenance cleaning or schedule an extra holiday cleaning for one of these Saturdays.

Holiday Closings

Please note that, due to the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day holidays, we will not be servicing homes on the following days:

Thursday – November 23rd
Friday – November 24th
Monday – December 25th
Monday – January 1st

Rescheduling options are on a first-come, first-served basis. If your regular maintenance cleaning falls on a day when we’ll be closed, you’ll want to contact us well in advance to reschedule.

Interview with Team Member Raymunda

This is Daly, Carpe Diem’s Branch Manager, checking in today with an interview of Raymunda on her 5-year anniversary with Carpe Diem!  She’s an amazing helper, and we appreciate how she sees needs and fills them.

Interview with Team Member Raymunda | Carpe Diem CleaningHow did you start at Carpe Diem?
I was referred by a former Carpe Diem employee.

What do you like about working at Carpe Diem?
I love the hours of operation and working as a team with my co-workers.

Any advice for preparing your home for a cleaning?
My advice would be to pick up before your cleaning team arrives.

As of this month, Raymunda has been with us for 5 years!  We appreciate how hard she works to give our clients a great experience and how well she works with her fellow team members.  Raymunda lives here in Durham close to her daughter and granddaughter.  We have loved working with you!

How to Unclog your Drain

Some things in our homes are easier to clean than others, but unclogging your drain can be one of the worst.  Like most things, if you ignore it, it’ll only get worse. Here are a few simple ways to unclog your kitchen and bathroom drains!

How to Unclog your Drain | Carpe Diem CleaningKitchen

Use mix dish soap into hot (but not boiling) water and pour down the drain.  Let it sit for 5 minutes before pouring more hot water down the drain to clear away the gunk.  Repeat as needed!  This works wonders on your kitchen drain because the dish soap de-greases the food and oil buildup from the walls of your drains, allowing them to wash down the sink.

If your kitchen sink is completely clogged, then your best bet is going to be to use a plunger.  Make sure that you have plugged any other drains that it are connected to before you start so that the plunger trick actually works!  Use either a (clean) toilet plunger or a kitchen-specific plunger to flush the built-up residue all the way down the drain.  Then chase the pipes with hot water or dish soap and hot water (see above).

How to Unclog your Drain | Carpe Diem CleaningBathroom

Pour 1/2 cup of salt down your drain and then chase it with 2 cups of hot (not boiling) water.  Repeat 3 to 5 times until the drain is clear.  The water will melt the soap build-up, and the salt acts as a scouring agent to scrub it away from the pipe walls.

If you have hair clogging your drain, then you’ll want to use a wire hanger that’s been untwisted and hooked at the bottom to pull the hair out.  It might take up to 5 tries to clear out your drain, depending on how clogged it is.  You can also purchase a drain cleaning stick with grooves that will pull the hair up even easier!  Just make sure to wear gloves and to have a trash bag handy because–yuck!

How to Unclog your Drain | Carpe Diem CleaningPrevent Clogged Drains

Some people swear by using baking soda and vinegar to clean their drains.  This combination bubbles and fizzes, but it does not actually break down the fat that usually clogs drains.  It can actually cause metal pipes to corrode over time, so only use baking soda and vinegar if you have PVC pipes.

Make sure that you’re only using this method occasionally to clear out particles and that you chase it with hot water so that any baking soda that doesn’t dissolve is removed from your pipes.

Usually kitchen sinks are clogged by fats or food residue that are rinsed down the drain and stick to the pipes.  Emulsified fats harden as they cool and stick to your pipes, eventually causing your sink to smell and back up.  Take an extra minute when cleaning out your dishes and cookware to wipe food residue and fats into the trash can.  Make sure to pour bacon grease into a can lined with foil, and once it hardens in the fridge, you can toss the grease in the trashcan and recycle the can!

Most bathroom drains are clogged by hair and soap scum.  Make sure that you and your family members are only using the amount of conditioner that you need for each washing.  That way it won’t just wash down the drain and stick to your pipes and the hair that’s down there.  Install a hair catcher for your drain.  You’ll have to clean it out more often than you would the drain, but you’ll save yourself the headache (and the smell!) of pulling out mildewed and rotting hair in the future.

What ways do you keep your drains cleaned out? Remember, we can help to keep your home spic and span in Durham! Call us today to set up a free consultation.