Three Ways To Make Cleaning With Kids More Fun For You And Them

Three Ways To Make Cleaning With Kids More Fun For You And Them

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Ask any parent about cleaning with kids and they’ll probably tell you it’s difficult, at best. They’d rather be playing, or hanging out with friends than helping do domestic chores. Parents know that learning how to care for a home is a valuable skill that every child should learn. Oftentimes, it’s simply easier to do it yourself than to struggle and fight to get their help. However, by incorporating three simple techniques, cleaning with your kids will be easier and more fun for everyone.

Make a Job Chart

Kids don’t always understand, nor remember, all of the things that they’re told to do. So, it makes good sense to make up a list of tasks that need to be completed, and who should do them. A simple, yet effective way to get them involved in the process is to make a job chart. Gather up some colorful markers, stickers and a piece of poster board. Let each child choose a color and put their names across the top. Down the side, list the tasks they’ll do, in the same color. When the job is done, place a sticker on the square below their name. It’s a visible reminder of their jobs, and a reward at the same time.

Play Upbeat Music

Let’s face it, cleaning isn’t the most fun thing to do, for anybody. To get your kids in the mood to work, put on some happy, upbeat music and turn up the volume a bit. Sing along, dance with the broom and create a fun atmosphere that makes them want to participate. This will make it feel more like playtime than work, and you’ll soon see that they begin to look forward to it. To avoid conflict over the type of music, make a playlist that includes songs and artists that each child likes. For younger kids, find music that is not only upbeat and fun, but also has an educational element. They’ll learn as they work!

Tools & Supplies

Kids really love to have their own, special, tools to complete their tasks. Put together a small bucket, or tote, that contains the supplies they will need to do their specific job. For example, a pink duster for your daughter who will be dusting the living room. A kid-sized broom with super hero tape wrapped around the handle will encourage your son to sweep the entryway. Consider special t-shirts that you decorate together that are only worn when cleaning day arrives. When it’s time to get to work, they’ll be excited to pull their own supplies out, especially if they’ve been able to make the choice themselves.

Granted, it’s not always going to be easy to get your kids to cooperate on cleaning day. However, if you give them some degree of control and don’t expect more than they can actually handle, it’s totally possible. By far, the most important thing is to keep it fun, and teach them that whatever job they’re tasked with is worth doing well. And, of course, be appreciative and reward them for their help with small tokens such as stickers, extra time on the video game, or a special movie when the job is done.

Let the Experts Take Care of Your Holiday Cleaning Needs

Let the Experts Take Care of Your Holiday Cleaning Needs

Holiday house cleaningThe holidays are almost here, and it’s time to start thinking about hosting parties, guests, and events. If you’re preparing to have company at your home, there’ s a lot to take care of before they arrive, and cleaning your home is likely on the top of your list. Rather than worrying about getting your home spick and span, let the professionals at Custom Cleaning of the Palm Beaches take care of your holiday cleaning needs.

We Deep Clean Everything

Do you have a bathtub ring that simply won’t go away or cobwebs hanging from hard-to-reach corners in your living room? We’ll go over each room, from top to bottom, and get rid of the dirt and grime that’s built up over the course of the year. We’ve got an eye for details and will take extra care to make sure each room looks as good as possible.

We Have the Right Tools for the Job

When you clean your home yourself, you’ll likely have to head out to the store to stock up on supplies. At Custom Cleaning, we want to save you money. Our cleaning teams arrive with everything they need to get the job done. Whether we’re dusting the crown molding in your entryway or giving your windows a streak-free wipe-down, we’ll get the job done with the best cleaning solutions available.

If you’re unsure of what cleaner works best to get rid of stubborn mildew in your bathroom, rest assured that our products will take care of the problem. However, if you have a preferred cleaning solution, we’re happy to use it instead, just let us know.

Don’t Stress This Holiday Season

At Custom Cleaning, we know you have more important things to worry about than cleaning your home in preparation for guests. Let our experienced cleaning professionals get your home ready for the holidays. Contact us today to schedule a free estimate.

Why Your Cleaning Service Should Offer You A Free Estimate

Why Your Cleaning Service Should Offer You A Free Estimate

Cleaning services should offer free estimateWhen it comes to any project done in the home, communication with the company hired to complete it is key. You wouldn’t want
a contractor you hired to remodel your bathroom to come in and get to work without discussing their plans first. If they are a credible business, they wouldn’t want this, either. Communication is just as key when having your house cleaned by a service, which is why it is important for the client to get an estimate beforehand. It should be a free estimate at that, and we’ll tell you why.

As a client, the benefit of a free estimate is obvious. Meeting up with your service in your home gives you a chance to show them firsthand what you want. Your home is unique and, as such, has unique needs. How else can you show them all those nooks and crannies that might otherwise be missed? What better way to explain to them that your antique table can only be cleaned with a specific product? Or if a certain product is bothersome to members of your family?

For the cleaning service, the estimate is beneficial, as well. If they pride themselves on their customer’s satisfaction, they will use this time to prepare their workers to do an exceptional job. Custom Cleaning of Palm Beaches believes in this practice. We use this time in your home to give you an estimate on how long it will take to clean your home and how much it will cost. Detailed notes will be taken and relayed to our employees assigned to your home so they may perform to your standards.

So, if you’ve been considering the use of a cleaning service to ease your busy schedule, contact Custom Cleaning of Palm Beaches for your free estimate, today.

Do NOT use these products on your floors

Do not use these floor productsWhat Cleaners You Shouldn’t Be Using On Your Floors and The One You Should

Keeping floors in clean condition is hard work, especially if you have a busy household. After all that sweeping and mopping, the last thing you want to think is that you are harming your floors. Yet, you might be surprised to discover just what you shouldn’t be using on your floors since some of the most popular brands do more harm than good. Here’s a few cleaners to avoid, but don’t worry…we also have a better solution.

Murphy’s Oil

This floor cleaner is most people’s go-to product when they have wood floors since it’s been marketed for years as being natural and biodegradable. While this is true, it doesn’t matter since the oil-based formula will leave a sticky residue behind. Over time, this oily film leads to delamination, separation at the joint lines and warping. Once this product has been used for awhile, it is necessary to strip the floors and have them refinished due to the dull, streaky appearance that Murphy’s Oil leaves behind.

Swiffer Cleaning Fluid

When the Swiffer first came out, people were excited to finally have disposable pads that made cleaning floors seem more hygienic. Now, the extra expense and waste has made this sole benefit seem irrelevant since regular mops do the same thing while being reusable. The true problem with the Swiffer, however, is the fluid. Although there are several products designed for different purposes, they all contain chemicals that pose a risk to your home as well as your floors. Like Murphy’s Oil, you will begin to notice a streaky residue after you clean your floors. Since the fluid is never rinsed off, it just continues to build up and attract even more dirt.

What Works

At Custom Cleaning of the Palm Beaches, Inc, we only use a neutral PH floor cleaner that is designed to be used on all types of floors without causing warpage and residue. Since we know floors sometimes need a mop between our visits, we are happy to provide you with a gallon for purchase. This way, we can work as a team to give your floors long lasting shine.

Fall has arrived

Take The Stress Of Cleaning Out Of Your Life With Custom Cleaning This FallFall House Cleaning

Fall is coming and it can be a messy time in Florida. As the weather turns cold, your family will turn to sneakers and boots instead of the usual sandals and flip-flops. When you combine that with rain, you end up tracking mud into your home. And if you have pets? There’s going to be paw prints on your nice wood floor and hair floating through the air as they blow their summer coats in preparation for fall. This can cause a lot of stress and reduce your enjoyment of an otherwise pleasant season.

But fear not—fall messiness doesn’t have to mean stress! Custom Cleaning of the Palm Beaches, Inc. can help take care of the mess while you can enjoy the cooler weather with your family and friends. With the weather getting colder and the days getting shorter, you’re going to want to retire at night in your warm house with your loving family, after all.

If you want to make hot chocolate to drink on the patio, you don’t have to worry about sweeping up the leaves or getting the dishes clean as soon as possible. If you carve pumpkins with your kids, you don’t have to fret the whole time about the pumpkin guts and seeds that could ruin your carpet. If you want to throw that Halloween party for the family, you don’t have to spend the next week cleaning up (after already spending weeks planning.)

So relax, spend cozy quality time with your family and call Custom Cleaning to take care of your cleaning needs this fall.

Top 5 Things You Could Be Doing Instead Of Cleaning In Palm Beach!

Fun Things To Do In Palm BeachTop 5 Things You Could Be Doing Instead Of Cleaning In Palm Beach! 


Sun, sand, and fun! The bright and lively community of Palm Beach, Florida has an abundance of entertainment, and family friendly activities. So instead of being stuck in the house all day cleaning away, Custom Cleaning of The Palm Beaches, inc. is happy to do the work for you while you get out and enjoy what Palm Beach has to offer!

You have better things to do in Palm Beach than to clean so check out these top 5 activities!

1) Palm Beach Maritime Museum 

Dive into history and fun at the Palm Beach Maritime Museum where you’ll discover artifacts, interactive exhibits, and plenty of displays to take you back in time. This museum offers two public facilities: Currie Park Site and Peanut Island. Currie park is a suggested donation of $2 and has a ferry that will take you over to Peanut Island where John F. Kennedy’s very own bomb shelter still sits.

2) Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

If you’re more of the active type, then stand-up paddle boarding is a great way to get out on the ocean and get moving! This water activity will allow you to challenge your balancing skills while getting a fantastic view of the clear waters that Palm Beach is known for! Check out Salty Dog Paddle for paddle boarding opportunities, and did we mention they’re dog friendly?

3) Ghosts of Palm Beach

Are you ready to get scary? Uncover the spooky past with Ghosts of Palm Beach tours where you’ll spend a fun evening out while learning a bit about the history of Palm Beach. With fall approaching, this is a perfect way to get in the Halloween spirit!

4) Beaches, Beaches, Beaches!

Of course there are plenty of beaches to explore in beautiful Palm Beach! From snorkeling beaches with breathtaking coral and exotic species, to sandy dunes and wavy shores, you’re bound to find the perfect beach for you and your family to enjoy!

5) Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society 

Nothing beats a good day at the zoo! If beaches aren’t your thing, but you want some outdoor fun in the sun, stop by the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society for close encounters with exotic animals.

If it’s time for a day off, then put down the mop and broom and call us today! We’re happy to get you out of the house and clean for you!

Cleaning For A Reason

We Are Now Cleaning For A Reason!Cleaning For A Reason

We are excited to announce that we are partnering with Cleaning For A Reason to help local women facing cancer. Here is a rundown of what we will do, who qualifies, and how you can help.

This wonderful organization has
been matching up cancer patients with professional home cleaners since 2006 in order to “reduce the stress and ease the burden a woman faces once a cancer diagnosis is received.”

Who qualifies? Any woman aged 19 or older with a diagnosis of any kind of cancer can apply to receive free professional cleaning services for her home.

Why do we offer this? We understand that cancer and its treatments take a huge toll on a person’s energy and time. For some women, the time they would have spent cleaning their home is now being eaten up by doctor appointments and tests and treatments. When they do get a free minute, they are often too exhausted to want to clean. Yet the added stress of knowing the cleaning isn’t getting done is no good for healing. We want to ease the burden by taking care of the housecleaning.

How can you get these services? You can apply at the Cleaning For a Reason website. They will match you or your loved one up with a local cleaning service. If you are in the Palm Beach area, that could be us!

What do you get? Once they approve your application, you will get four cleanings, one per month, free of charge. That is a fantastic deal.

What if my loved one has another serious illness? This partnership focuses solely on cancer patients. But that doesn’t mean family and friends of others can’t get together and purchase our services on their behalf.

How can I help? You can donate money to help cover the costs of cleaning. We can not accept volunteer cleaners as Cleaning For A Reason has very strict guidelines for the companies they work with regarding hiring and vetting of employees. We want all of our clients to feel safe letting us in their homes.

Through this partnership we look forward to easing the burden that some of our local women carry.

Tips To Keep Your House Clean and Organized in Between House Cleanings

Cleaning tips to keep your home cleanTips To Keep Your House Clean and Organized in Between House Cleanings

Keeping up your house in between cleanings doesn’t take a lot of time or thought. Everyone loves that feeling on cleaning day when you know you’re going to walk into a clean house, with lavender still hanging in the air and remember that the housekeeper has come and gone. To maintain that great feeling in between those days, just focus on keeping the house as your housekeeper left it.

Pick Up: It takes a few seconds when passing through a room to grab things here and there that are out-of-place. Maybe you put them away right then or keep a basket out-of-the-way to fill with random items and set one time aside later to put everything back where it belongs. Clutter can get away from you quickly. Develop a habit that become second-nature before too long.

Delegate: Recruit family members for minor tasks and a clean theme throughout the home. Let them know what you’re trying to accomplish and have several eyes and hands helping out a little all the time.

Tackle Unusual Big Jobs: If you throw a party or decide to let the kids make mud pies in the kitchen, decide in advance that you will clean this up entirely. It’s tempting to ignore messes as cleaning day gets closer, but when your housekeeper walks in on new and unusual messes, the normal housekeeping will suffer and once it falls behind it’s hard to catch up again.

Work on keeping that just cleaned look and feel all the time, without wondering if you are the housekeeper!

Cleaning Estimate: What You Need To Know

What You Should Know About Getting A Cleaning Estimate


What to expect during a cleaning estimateIf you have decided that professional cleaning is something you would like to try in your  Palm Beach County home or office, we would be happy to come and give you an estimate.

We base our prices on the size of the home or office and the length of time it takes our cleaning team to complete the job to your satisfaction.

Here is what you can expect when we come out to do your cleaning estimate:

  • We will tour your home or office and all the rooms/areas you need to be cleaned.
  • If there is something you don’t want done, please mention it.
  • We would like to know anything that previous cleaning companies have been overlooking so we can take care of it for you. We would also like to know your pet peeves so we can give extra care to the things that are the most important to you.
  • The more specific you are about how you like things done, the better job we can do for you. So don’t hesitate to tell us, in detail, what you need. We take careful notes and keep them on file so we always remember what you want.
  • If there are specific cleaning products you don’t want us to use or smells that you don’t like or are allergic to, tell us that too. We would be happy to use your products if you prefer. Let us know where you keep them.
  • If you would like us to use your vacuum cleaner rather than ours, that is fine. Just let us know where you keep it and we will be glad to use it instead.

Once we see your home or office and get an idea of how you want things done, we will be able to give you an estimate. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

The Kids Are Back In School. It’s Time for House Cleaning Help!

Back To School House CleaningWhen the Kids Go Back to School It’s Time for House Cleaning Help


Back to school in Palm Beach County means stocking up on school supplies, helping your kids pick out their favorite new “first day of school outfit,” and getting a handle on a new school and after-school activities schedule. It’s also the perfect time to begin scheduling recurring house cleanings. Here’s why:

Summer Is Rough On Your Home

When the kids are home all summer, it can be really hard to keep on top of cleaning. The increased foot traffic from your kids and their friends running in and out of the house, sand from days at the beach, wear and tear from playtime sessions, and food and beverage spills all accumulate to leave your house less than sparkling. Undo the grime and wear of a long, fun Palm Beach County summer with a professional house cleaning and then let us return each week (or however often you’d like) to maintain your freshly clean home.

The Kids Are in School

The kids being away at school all day also frees up blocks of time for our cleaners to come tackle your home, without getting in the way of the children’s fun. Plus, with the kids at school you won’t have the added stress of trying to keep your children out from underfoot when our cleaners are hard at work.

Your Life is Busy Enough

Back to school brings a more structured schedule, school drop-offs and pick-ups, homework time, school lunches to pack, and after-school sports and other activities. The relaxed pace of summer is behind you and now is the time to find ways to make your suddenly hectic life easier and more streamlined. Delegating cleaning to our staff will eliminate a major chore from your list and free up your time.

Back to school time can be hectic, but we are here to help. To learn more about our house cleaning services in Palm Beach County and how we can best serve you, feel free to contact us anytime.