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

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MEMPHIS, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#SpringCleaning–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

For Merry Maids
Jenna Walsh, 617-939-8471
jwalsh@conecomm.com
or
Alison
Bishop, 901-597-8978
alison.bishop@servicemaster.com