Bathrooms, Cleaning, DIY, Hacks, Home maintenance, Tips

Q&A: Shower Door Build-Up

Question: How do I remove hard water deposits and build-up from my glass shower doors?

Answer: There are many techniques, but our favorite is a mild abrasive, a sponge, glass cleaner (optional), and a microfiber rag.

28124702_1412956412165760_256370012_o (1)While our favorite powdered abrasive is natural Bon Ami, other great options include Barkeepers Friend, Comet, Ajax, and baking soda. Wet your sponge and apply a quarter-sized amount of cleanser to the scrubber side of the sponge. Scrub the affected area in a circular motion. Use a dry microfiber cloth to buff off excess cleanser. Shine with glass cleaner and a clean microfiber (optional).

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While this technique works for many examples of soap scum and hard water deposits, there are some that will need additional attention, and more extreme examples of hard water deposits may etch the glass.

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NEW: Home Maintenance Service!

While we have always offered recurring services at Southern Hospitality Cleaning & Concierge, we are proud to announce the addition of a signature Home Maintenance Service to our array of offerings for 2018!

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This service option is designed for the busy family, and is intended to keep your home refreshed on your schedule. For more information on this service and our other recurring options, visit our Services page. Contact us for pricing.


Whether you have a cleaning question or want to discuss services, we are happy to help! Contact us or complete our quote request form for more information.

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Tips for Maintaining a Happy Home

Creating positive household habits can help keep your home clean and flowing smoothly between cleanings. Straightening key areas and tackling messes as you go are great ways to keep up your space. Here are some additional suggestions for maintaining a happy home:

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Keep the kitchen clean. If you’re like our family, the kitchen is the center of your home. Not only is ours front-and-center, but we are constantly moving in-and-out, entertaining, and cooking. By cleaning up right after meals, keeping the dishes flowing and the counters clear, we create a sense of calm at our home’s hub. If our hub feels clean, our home feels cleaner overall.

pexels-photo-277253.jpegMinimize weekday meal preparation mess. Save yourself from chaotic evenings and minimize mess by preparing or planning quick and easy meals for weeknight dinners. Planning and preparing ahead of time helps streamline your family meals and makes keeping the kitchen clean an easier feat for busy families.

No time to plan? Invest in a time- and dish-saving device like an Instant Pot. Try a meal service such as Hello Fresh. Looking for something local? Try Dining Wisely for pick-up or delivery, or Foster’s Market for pick-up.

Tip: each weekend, we make a large batch of something we can use all week, such as shredded chicken for salads, sandwiches, soups, chili or pasta sauce we can stretch for multiple meals. Less cooking means fewer dishes to do!

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Do a little every day. We keep a busy, active lifestyle. Each of us reserves fifteen minutes twice a day to knock out some household chores as necessary. In the morning, we empty the dishwasher, start and switch loads of laundry, do a quick dust to keep allergies under control. Tip: open a window or two while completing your morning routine to refresh your home!

In the evening, we pick up from dinner and take out the trash. We load and start the dishwasher and switch the laundry. Finally, we quickly pick up any belongings from the common areas. By working together and doing a little each day, we keep the housework from accumulating.

Each household and family are different, so what works for us, may not work for you. We’re always happy to help troubleshoot your home maintenance needs.


Whether you have a cleaning question or want to discuss services, we are happy to help! Contact us or complete our quote request form for more information.

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Home Care from the Heart

At Southern Hospitality Cleaning & Concierge, we stand by our motto: home care from the heart. We are devoted to showing we care by supporting our clients, team, families, and community members.

CFAR-logoWe devote a portion of our budget each month to providing complimentary services to women undergoing cancer treatment via our partnership with Cleaning for a Reason. We are proud to offer these services and to support women in our community when they need us the most.

In addition to our participation with Cleaning for a Reason, we offer our own Neighbors in Need program. We designate additional service hours each month to provide complimentary services to members of our community struggling with illness, disability, mobility, and more. To nominate someone you know who may be in need of assistance, please complete our nomination form.neighbors

While we strive to give back as much as we can, we are a small business and do have to be mindful of our budget. We will contact nominees as space becomes available. Thank you for your interest in our program!


Whether you have a cleaning question or want to discuss services, we are happy to help! Contact us or complete our quote request form for more information.

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Q&A: Hardwood Floor Maintenance

floorsQuestion: How do you maintain hardwood floors?

Answer: With a flat mop, a lightly dampened microfiber mop head, and an appropriate cleaner.

The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) recommends dusting as needed with a dust mop or broom, vacuuming weekly, and traffic-based cleaning with the floor cleaner recommended by the manufacturer monthly. Spot clean as-needed, and wipe up spills immediately.

For traffic cleaning, rather than a traditional mop and bucket, manufacturers recommend a flat mop with a clean, microfiber pad. Wet the pad and wring it out so it is lightly dampened. Spray and mop a small section of the flooring at a time with a hardwood-safe cleaner and rinse your pad between rooms.

Hardwood-safe floor cleaners we love? Bruce and Pledge Floor Care (*). Want to be extra safe, and prolong the beauty of your floors? Use plain water, or water with a drop of wood-safe all purpose for scent. Avoid anything with the words “finish”, “polish”, or “oil”, as those products will build up on your floors.

Using a steam mop or wet mop can damage your hardwoods, especially when used routinely. While there are newer models on the market that are safer for hardwoods, the NWFA advises avoiding steamers altogether to prolong the life and beauty of your floors.

Have questions? Let us know! We’re happy to help. Want more information on floor cleaners? Check out Good Housekeeping’s wood floor cleaner reviews or the EWG’s guide to healthy cleaning.


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*We have not been paid for any product reviews for this post. All product suggestions are our professional preference.

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Introducing!

NEW to our array of services, our Welcome Home package! This package is designed to provide moms-to-be with comfort and peace of mind before and after the arrival of their bundle of joy. This package is a great option for families and friends looking for a shower or push present, too! Please contact us for more information or book your Welcome Home appointment today!

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