Labor Panes — Our Recommended Window Cleaners

Labor Panes -- Our Recommended Window Cleaners | Carpe Diem Cleaning

Labor Panes Crew in Action!

We are asked all the time if we clean windows, but that area of cleaning is outside of our expertise. However, we can recommend Labor Panes as top-notch a 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 in the Triangle!  You can visit their website for a free quote or call them at 919-747-4154.

Don’t forget to contact us for a free house cleaning consultation in Raleigh and the surrounding area!  Just email!

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 and 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 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.

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!

Free Fridge or Oven Cleaning with the Purchase of a Deep Cleaning!

Free Fridge or Oven Cleaning with the Purchase of a Deep Cleaning! | Carpe Diem CleaningFree Fridge or Oven Cleaning Special

The holidays are right around the corner, and if you’re planning on doing extra cooking and baking or hosting loved ones, you’ll want to have a clean kitchen.  Until October 15th, get a free fridge or oven cleaning when you schedule a deep cleaning! Make sure that you’re kitchen is in tip-top shape before the holidays arrive…they’ll be here before you know it!

You can give us a call 919-682-5326, or shoot us an email to schedule your carpet cleaning today!

Interview with Team Member Maria

This is Daly, Carpe Diem’s Branch Manager, checking in today with an interview of Maria on her 5-year anniversary with Carpe Diem!

Interview with Team Member Maria | Carpe Diem CleaningHow did you start at Carpe Diem?
I was referred by a former Carpe Diem employee who I’m related to.

What do you like about working at Carpe Diem?
I enjoy being able to make other people’s lives easier.

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, Maria has been with us for  5 years.  We appreciate her calm spirit and how she’s such a rock of our cleaning teams.  Maria lives here in Durham close to her children and grandchildren.  We have loved having you as a member of our teams for so many years!


Don’t forget that we provide cleaning services for Raleigh!  Contact us today to set up a free consultation.