Merry Maids Takes the Guesswork out of #SpringCleaning with Its Step-by-Step, Room-by-Room Plan of Attack

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - April 24, 2017 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Spring cleaning is the time to give your entire house - and everything in it - a thorough cleaning. To ensure everyone has a stress-free spring cleaning season, Merry Maids, the nation’s largest home cleaning provider and a ServiceMaster (NYSE: SERV) company, is sharing its expert tested, tried-and-true, room-by-room plan of attack.

“While spring cleaning can seem overwhelming, it’s a huge relief to rid your home of dust, grime and clutter,” says Debra Johnson, Merry Maids home cleaning expert. “A roadmap will help you get there - from baseboards and windowsills to linen closets and kitchen pantries.”

To simplify spring cleaning and help you tackle every area of the home, Johnson offers her expert advice on how to get every nook and cranny to its cleanest state.

All Rooms and Common Areas

  • Purge, Organize and Dust All Rooms
    Start by ridding rooms of clutter - gadgets, clothes, towels and more - making them easier to organize. “Rearrange” furniture to refresh your room and give a good, hard dusting to difficult-to-reach, dust-collecting spaces with microfiber in hand.
  • Washing the Window Treatments
    Rid your home of pollen, allergens, dust and dirt by showing TLC to windows and their treatments. Steam clean curtains, take a dryer sheet to mini blinds or wash shades using warm water, soap and your trusty microfiber cloth.

Kitchen

  • Make it “Like New” Again
    Restore your kitchen and appliances to like-new condition by tackling their interiors and exteriors. For cabinets, use microfiber cloth and cleaning solution appropriate for their surface. For grimy stovetops, ovens and microwaves, create a paste of warm water and baking soda and scrub with a microfiber cloth to remove stuck-on food.
  • Eat-Off-the-Floor Clean
    Make it your mission to vacuum every piece of dirt and debris off your kitchen floor, from tile grooves to cabinet baseboards. Mop with a battle-tested mixture of one half-cup vinegar to a gallon of warm water for a natural, spotless clean! For extra-stubborn stains, a microfiber cloth and fresh batch of baking soda paste will do the trick.

Bedrooms

  • Five-Star Hotel Room Clean
    Five-star hotel rooms are notoriously clean. To achieve that feeling at home, start with your mattress, vacuuming every inch of it (top, bottom and sides). Use a microfiber cloth or duster to reach difficult places, like behind the headboard and the bedframe. Lastly, launder the mattress cover and then reassemble a fresh, clean bed.
  • Dusting the Decor
    Leave no sentimental artifact un-dusted this spring. Take your trusty microfiber cloth to every cherished (but dust-collecting) item on your dresser, nightstand or bookshelf.

Bathrooms

  • Deep Cleaning the Ins and Outs
    Three areas are frequently forgotten: doorknobs, the in- and outside of your bathroom vanity and medicine cabinets, and the shower doors or curtains. Scrub fixtures, doorknobs and shower doors and curtains with lemons. Wash vanity drawers or cabinets using warm water and a microfiber cloth.
  • Like-New Light Fixtures
    The light fixtures and fans in bathrooms can take a beating from steamy showers. Use a microfiber cloth to remove dust and polish them back to their out-of-the box condition. And make sure you never touch a hot light bulb!

No time for spring cleaning this year? Your local Merry Maids will deep clean room by room for you with this same attention to detail, using the same tools and methods Johnson recommends. To find the nearest Merry Maids location, visit MerryMaids.com. Merry Maids can customize a cleaning plan for your home, ensuring a consistent, reliable and thorough cleaning every time.

About Merry Maids

Merry Maids is the largest home cleaning franchise network in the United States. Merry Maids provides services in 49 states and the District of Columbia through approximately 450 franchised outlets. Through its company-owned and franchise locations, Merry Maids employs more than 7,400 home cleaning professionals that service homes on four continents, including more than 200,000 homes in North America every month. Merry Maids is a business unit of The ServiceMaster Company, LLC, one of the world's largest residential and commercial service networks. The company’s brands include Terminix, American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Restore, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic and AmeriSpec. Go to www.merrymaids.com for more information about Merry Maids or follow us at twitter.com/MerryMaids and facebook.com/MerryMaids.

About ServiceMaster

ServiceMaster (NYSE: SERV) solves the homeowner’s dilemma. Every day, we visit more than 75,000 homes and businesses through our extensive service network of expert professionals. Technology powers our trusted experts to engage with customers so they can order, buy and receive services when, where and how they want them. Our well-recognized brands includes American Home Shield (home warranties), AmeriSpec (home inspections), Furniture Medic (furniture repair), Merry Maids (residential cleaning), ServiceMaster Clean (janitorial and residential floor cleaning), ServiceMaster Restore (disaster restoration) and Terminix (termite and pest control). Like, follow or visit us at facebook.com/ServiceMaster, linkedin.com/ServiceMaster, twitter.com/ServiceMaster, or servicemaster.com.

Contacts:

Jenna Walsh
For Merry Maids
617-939-8471
jwalsh@conecomm.com

Alison Bishop
For Merry Maids
901-597-8978
alison.bishop@servicemaster.com

SOURCE ServiceMaster

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