School Busses Will Be Rolling

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The School Board of Pasco County located Land O’Lakes, FL is in high gear, getting ready to welcome back teachers and students for the 2014-2015 school year. The Cleaning Pros will say good-by too many of the students that they have gotten to know during the summer.
Hundreds of teachers have been diligently working over the summer to prepare themselves for the first day of school on August 18. Many have attended District sponsored staff development seminars that focused on new and innovative teaching techniques.
The Walmart on SR 54 in New Port Richey, is selling massive amounts of school supplies. The Office Depot located in Port Richey have the challenge of keeping their shelves stocked.
Many teachers advise parents to keep a portion of their school supply budget in reserve. On the first day of school, many teachers will pass out supply lists to their students. These lists may contain items that are specific to the content area class. (ie: 5 section binder notebooks, protractors, graph paper, clipboards)
If you live in West Pasco County, and drive to work, the roads from Holiday to Hudson Fl, will soon be filled with busses. Plan your traveling time accordingly.

Cotton Swabs – The Cleaning Pros has found useful ways to use them besides your ears!!

Here are 4 Ways to Use Cotton Swabs to Clean

Cotton swabs and the different uses we have for them.  No, not your ears!  You are only suppose to put your elbow in your ear. (I still use cotton swabs since my elbow doesn’t work…but I’ve heard that using a watered down concoction of hydrogen peroxide or even slightly warmed olive oil will do the trick more safely.)

However, cotton swabs are handy little cleaners for around the house. Here are 4 ways to use them to clean things OTHER than your ears:

1. Clean around the edges of sinks – Ewwww…have you looked at that edging around your sinks and tub lately?  They also work well along the edges of the counter.  A soft cotton swab dislodges the dirt, and then a clean cloth will just wipe it all away.

2. Clean jewelry – those little grooves and edges can be a nightmare to clean! Use some jewelry cleaning solution and a cotton swab to clean out even the tightest areas of your favorite jewelry.  Especially under and along the edges of the stones.

3. Clean between keyboard keys – Ever sat down at your computer and wondered where all the grime, dust, crumbs and certainly germs have come from?  Take a cotton swab to get to hard to reach areas of your keyboard. The tapered end type of cotton swabs would be especially useful to get into those really tricky spots.  They easily slide between the keys and remove everything.  It really helps to moisten the tip.

4. Use cotton swabs to clean up messes with nail polish either on yourself or on tables and counters.  When applying nail polish, it’s so frustrating when you get that gorgeous bright red polish smeared messily beyond your nail, on your furniture or even on your clothes. (Be sure to test in a hidden area to make sure that it won’t remove the finish or color on your clothing.)  A cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover is a quick and easy solution for this messy situation.

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Are your chrome faucets lacking their original sparkle?

The Cleaning Pros to the rescue.  We have solutions to help with these annoying issues.

Your sink may be spotless but what can you do about the watermarks and fingerprints on your chrome faucets? We have found a few easy ways that will help you capture the original luster that the chrome once had!

1. Try rubbing the faucets with some baking soda on a dry cloth, the very light abrasive element in the baking soda will buff away any imperfections that you see.

2. You may also want to try to polish the chrome by rubbing it with some newspaper, the ink will work as a polishing agent, you won’t believe how good it will look when you’re done and it is so inexpensive.

3. Best of all, try rubbing alcohol on a soft cloth to clean the fixtures. It’s inexpensive and the results are so incredible you may need shades!

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Chuck Terpstra is quoted in Angie’s List article.

Angie’s List has an article in their local Tampa Bay publication quoting local experts on how to choose a reputable house cleaning company.  Chuck Terpstra, owner of The Cleaning Pros, is one of the experts quoted in the article.

Tampa house cleaners provide boon for busy homeowners.

by Nick McLain

For Emily Williams of St. Petersburg, hiring a regular house cleaner offers peace of mind.  More than a decade ago, Williams began hiring house cleaners as she juggled work obligations and care for her elderly mother. But the companies didn’t always impress her. “One didn’t even bring their own equipment or supplies — they had to use mine,” she says.

Eight years ago, the Angie’s List member hired A-rated FairyDust Services of St. Petersburg. “I consider it a gift to myself to come home to order out of the ruckus of life,” says Williams, who pays $130 for a twice-weekly cleaning.

Whether you need regular service or an occasional deep clean, experts say you can ensure your hunt for a house cleaner goes well. Donna Brown, owner of FairyDust, suggests asking for proof of insurance, especially liability, to help determine whether a company is reputable. “If someone gets hurt while on your property and they don’t have coverage, it means the homeowner is now liable,” Brown says.

Chuck Terpstra, owner of highly rated The Cleaning Pros in New Port Richey, works as a reserve officer for the Tampa Police Department. He suggests homeowners inquire whether a potential provider holds a fidelity bond or commercial crime insurance policy to cover them in the event of a theft by an employee. Terpstra also conducts thorough background checks of his employees, and suggests avoiding companies that can’t provide references or proof of insurance. “It’s cheaper now for some to create a nice website to hide behind, and when the homeowners get burned by them, it gives everyone in our industry a bad name,” he says.

Also be sure to mention any allergies or chemical sensitivities that might affect your family. Most companies offer green cleaning programs and nontoxic products, according to the Association of Residential Cleaning Services International,

                Photo courtesy of Chuck Terpstra | Employees of The Cleaning Pros leave a sheen and shine on a client’s home in New Port Richey.

a nonprofit educational and advocacy group. “Quite frankly, we’re seeing more and more that cleaning is becoming a health issue as much as an aesthetic one,” ARCSI executive director Ernie Hartong says.

Visit to see which companies belong to the organization, which requires members to adhere to a code of ethics, including a pledge to comply with applicable laws, deal promptly and courteously with consumer complaints and offer fair prices.

Experts say the price for a cleaning varies depending on the size of the home and other factors.  You should budget about $80 to $150 per session for a twice-weekly cleaning. Terpstra says his average cost for a deep cleaning is about $175.

Member Jennifer Carter of Riverview finds the $150 she pays A-rated A Home Maid Clean in Tampa for twice-weekly cleaning, plus a few extras, worth the expense. “It was a matter of not having enough time and my house was showing it,” says Carter, who appreciates the respect the workers demonstrate in accommodating her busy in-home video-editing business. “Having clients come here and see a well- kept house is very important.”B

Check to find highly rated house cleaners in your area.

Angie’s List – February 2012

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