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House cleaners in Albuquerque?

I'm interested in hiring a house cleaner for my Albuquerque home. I'd like bi-weekly or monthly cleanings of the public spaces and both bathrooms (around 2,00 sq. ft.), as well as those "major cleaning" things, such as windows, on a schedule. I'd like them to use effective cleaners that are also somewhat green-ish (clean trumps green). Because I do animal rescue, I do have cats/dogs in the house (most foster dogs are crated when I'm not home). Any recommendations?
posted by answergrape on Mar 3, 2014 - 1 answer

What do you use to clean floors? How about grease spots in laundry?

We've been using Pine-sol cleaner for years. The pine oil in it dissolved grease and killed germs. Unfortunately, the old formula has been replaced by a new "original formula" that is advertised as having a longer-lasting scent. It stinks! It smells like very bad cheap imitation floral perfume now, a long-lasting scent that makes the house smell horrible. We can't have this scent in our house. What should we use instead? [more inside]
posted by Ery on Dec 23, 2013 - 25 answers

How to discuss possible theft with house cleaner?

I have had the same house cleaner every two weeks for close to 20 years with no issues. He is very honest. The main guy comes every time and I trust him enough to have a key to my house, but his crew of 2 or 3 that accompanies him seems to change. On Sunday night I wore a diamond pendant and 3 not-valuable stacking rings. I recall removing them and placing them in the drawer where they live when I'm not wearing them. The cleaning people came Wednesday. I went to wear them again today (Friday) and found the necklace and one of the three stacking rings missing. [more inside]
posted by cecic on Nov 22, 2013 - 17 answers

Best dry cleaner in Bay Area for a white satin designer suit?

I need to clean an expensive white Oscar de la Renta skirt suit that's lined in taffeta/tulle; it has some faint smudging here and there on the thick reverse silk-satin fabric. I wouldn't trust a normal dry cleaner with this, and don't know where else to go. Alex's seems exorbitant and gets awful reviews; Peninou seems doubtful as well; and I read somewhere about Crystal in San Mateo but don't have much to go on. Does anyone know a cleaner (preferably in San Francisco, but I can drive elsewhere if necessary) who works with designer items, maybe wedding gowns, who would know how to work with tricky white silk fabric? Many thanks!
posted by roxie110 on Nov 13, 2013 - 5 answers

Apartment Vacuum Cleaner - Challenge: Cat fur x2, roaches, and budget!

I need to get a new vacuum cleaner, as the one I have has given up the ghost. Also I'm poor. [more inside]
posted by robot-hugs on Mar 8, 2013 - 13 answers

Cleaning lady inflating work hours

Our cleaning lady, who otherwise seems to be pretty honest and is regarded like a family member, has been inflating her billable hours. We know this for sure. How should we deal with this? [more inside]
posted by lost_lettuce on Feb 28, 2013 - 65 answers

I Wasn't Sent by the Agency, Sir: Hiring an Independent House Cleaner?

Help me hire an independent house cleaner. [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant on Oct 31, 2012 - 19 answers

How to clean a TV screen?

I need a cleaning towel for my large screen DLP TV. The manual says to use a cotton towel, but I find that solution to be less than perfect, a lot less than perfect. I've considered a microfiber cloth, but I don't have any experience with them, and the ones that get good reviews (from Amazon) are too small for the task I need them for. A cleaning solution is something I've considered, and plenty of them are labeled "safe for TV screen", but words are cheap and my TV isn't. Basically, I'm hopelessly lost, and would appreciate some suggestions on a TV screen cleaning kit with a proven history of reliability and customer satisfaction. Thank you.
posted by Beholder on Sep 12, 2012 - 13 answers

Shirt ironing service in Toronto for male and female shirts

Toronto-filter: Is there a good place to get shirts (both male and female) washed and ironed for a reasonable price? I've tried dry cleaners but while male shirts seem to be ok from a price perspective (although still expensive), female shirts (exact same material, some form of cotton blend) are charged at twice and sometimes three times the price, even though they are, almost literally, just smaller men's shirts. Any recommendations would be helpful. Thanks.
posted by apcmwh on Sep 7, 2012 - 4 answers

They Took The WD40!

This is quite possibly the weirdest question I'll ever ask here: what is the best food safe lubricant/cleaner to replace WD40 in an industrial environment. [more inside]
posted by strixus on Jun 10, 2012 - 11 answers

can't believe I'm asking this

Dear Ask MetaFilter, I never thought this would happen to me: requesting recommendations for a private house cleaning service in Durham, NC. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Mar 6, 2012 - 3 answers

Vacuum shopping with a few requirements

Can anyone suggest a vacuum cleaner that has a washable HEPA filter, doesn't vent out the front, isn't heavy, is reasonably priced, and has a button to turn off the brush? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Mar 1, 2012 - 11 answers

Hey, Cleaner, leave those machines alone!

Cleaner of 1+ year is using our clothes washing machine(s) without permission. She's a smoker and it makes the machines smell. Is this an expected perk? Regardless, what's an indirect way of saying "Please don't use our washing machine."? [Ridiculously detailed story inside…] [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 - 37 answers

Is this very expensive robotic pool cleaner worth it?

We have a pool and we need a pool cleaner. The pool shop has recommended this Pandora robotic cleaner. It costs a lot – A LOT – of money. And I can’t find any consumer reviews telling me if it’s worth the almost $2000 AUD. Does anyone have any experience with either this particular model, or the other models of robotic pool cleaners that are a step up from the Kreepy Krawly or Baracuda-style suction cleaners, but a step below a commercial pool cleaner? [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Oct 26, 2011 - 1 answer

I'm getting steamy!

Tell me about steam cleaners. [more inside]
posted by essexjan on Aug 24, 2011 - 6 answers

Seeking archival professional laundry in Houston, Texas

Do you have a recommendation for a trusted laundry in Houston who can clean treasured linens, quilts, and hand-knits and -crochets and wrap them with archival paper? [more inside]
posted by Addlepated on Apr 22, 2011 - 2 answers

Help find a replacement electric motor for my vacuum cleaner

Help me find a replacement electric motor for my vacuum cleaner? [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl on Mar 28, 2011 - 2 answers

Help me breathe easier!

Can you advise on how best to test/improve the air quality of my home? [more inside]
posted by LittlePumpkin on Jan 15, 2011 - 5 answers

How to clean a Macbook's DVD drive

How do you clean a slot-loading DVD drive on a Macbook? [more inside]
posted by bookwibble on Jan 15, 2011 - 4 answers

How to get out stain or marks on sidewalk?

How do you get reddish brown marks off sidewalk caused from the snowblower scraping along the concrete? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Mar 30, 2010 - 6 answers

Worried about drain cleaner

Am I being too paranoid about drain cleaner? [more inside]
posted by cellphone on Dec 16, 2009 - 6 answers

Would an household all-purpose cleaner ruin a suit?

Would an household all-purpose cleaner ruin a suit? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on Aug 30, 2009 - 6 answers

How to get a toilet bowl cleaner stain off a marble counter?

I left a new bottle of toilet bowl cleaner on the bathroom counter while unpacking groceries. It leaked, and I didn't notice until the next day. Now there's a rough white stain on the counter (marble) that won't come off. Any ideas on how to remove it?
posted by shelayna on Jul 27, 2009 - 8 answers

Is it safe to use Resolve Carpet Cleaner?

Is it safe to use Resolve carpet cleaner? [more inside]
posted by capitalist.pig on Jul 11, 2009 - 8 answers

Well, that wasn't very good...

Those pretentious Dyson vacuum cleaner commercials have me thinking about the potential inferiority of my trusty steed... [more inside]
posted by who else on Feb 1, 2009 - 36 answers

Vacuum cleaner for cat owner with wool carpets?

I've read the prior discussions, and I've seen Consumer Reports - but the wool carpet issue hasn't been addressed. I'm looking for a good vacuum cleaner for my wool carpets (and my sofa and such). I have cats. I don't have stairs. I'd like a vacuum cleaner that will last. And I'd like something not too heavy, something easy to move around. If it has a bag, it has to be easy to change it. [more inside]
posted by jeri on Jan 19, 2009 - 16 answers

Turning The Toilet Water Green?

Is it possible to make homemade drop-in toilet tablet automatic cleaners (the kind that go in the tank and usually turn the water blue)? Anyone know a recipe? [more inside]
posted by Gianna on Jan 3, 2009 - 15 answers

Recommendations for a Seattle cleaning service

Looking for a service to clean my Seattle apartment. Any recommendations? General recommendations on how to pick a cleaner or service are welcome. [more inside]
posted by grouse on Nov 10, 2008 - 9 answers

Is penny-wise pound-foolish with replacement filters?

With some products, the off-brand is as good as any other brand, sometimes even coming off the same production lines in the same factories. With other products, there is a quality difference between brands. How about for replacement HEPA filters for a Kenmore air cleaner? (And, as a bonus, should I believe the warning against washing and reusing the charcoal pre-filters?) [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Oct 30, 2008 - 4 answers

Something is rotten in my state (not Denmark).

Last Wednesday I was assaulted by a foul smell in my front (guest) bathroom. I have been trying to pinpoint the cause for several days. I'm about to go out of town and need advice on what to do, especially since I'm extremely broke and have tried all the usual methods of attack. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Oct 27, 2008 - 13 answers

Will my hand really turn skeletal?

HouseholdChemicalsFilter: Due to a latex allergy, general hatred of inner-glove dampness, I prefer to clean the house without using gloves. Am I putting myself in any grave danger? [more inside]
posted by sunshinesky on Sep 28, 2008 - 17 answers

How do I remove this parking-deck-drip stain from my car's paint and windshield?

How can I get this parking-deck-drip-residue off of my car's paint and windshield? [more inside]
posted by Askr on Jan 18, 2008 - 7 answers

dirty deeds done dirt cheap?

Where can I find a Saeco Piccolo steam cleaner in the US? [more inside]
posted by melissa may on Dec 13, 2007 - 5 answers

Looking for cleaner in Wimbledon

Searching for good household cleaner for Wimbledon (SW19), London [more inside]
posted by kiwi.es on Nov 10, 2007 - 2 answers

How to remove a blue stain from my friends carpet.

How to remove a deep blue Lysol toilet cleaner stain in the carpet [more inside]
posted by unsurmountable on Aug 16, 2007 - 4 answers

Where is there a full service laundromat in Quincy, MA?

Does anyone know of a good full service laundromat in Quincy or Milton in Massachusetts? [more inside]
posted by pikaboy202 on Jul 25, 2007 - 0 answers

Recommendations for a cleaner in West London?

So. We've upgraded to a two-bedroom flat and can now justify a cleaner. Any recommendations for a good weekly domestic cleaner in London? We're in W3.
posted by goo on May 12, 2007 - 2 answers

Good experiences with leather/ suede cleaners in San Francisco?

Good experiences with leather/ suede cleaners in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by hwickline on Mar 5, 2007 - 2 answers

Help me keep it clean!

Anyone have first hand experience with ultrasonic cleaners that they purchased for jewelry and eyeglass cleaning? [more inside]
posted by 6:1 on Feb 21, 2007 - 6 answers

lousy DVD recordings

Problems with recording DVD's. Do I need a cleaner? or a different machine? I get lousy recordings, some of the time. One and a half years ago I bought a reconditioned Toshiba DVD and VCR Recorder/Player. D-VR3SU/ I basically like it, it was relatively easy to learn how to use it, though that took a while. My old VCR had died, and it made sense to me to go digital, but I have a lot of tapes I wanted to copy. And I was busy. For a while, it seemed to work fine, but many of the copies i didn't watch, so it was hard to tell. [more inside]
posted by judybxxx on Feb 6, 2007 - 4 answers

Know any good cleaners in south London?

Know any good cleaners in south London? [more inside]
posted by adrianhon on Sep 26, 2006 - 2 answers

Do the wave?

Best inexpensive, small, ultrasonic cleaner? I want to clean pretty small stuff lke bicycle chains, casettes, and derailers, nothing huge.
posted by fixedgear on Sep 14, 2006 - 3 answers

Big dust bunnies in Toronto

Can anyone recommend a a good non-agency house cleaner in Toronto? (Also bonus points: out of curiousity, does anyone know the maid service that Globe and Mail reporter Jan Wong worked for in her series, "Maid for a Month"? [more inside]
posted by typewriter on Jul 26, 2006 - 6 answers

Is this a contact lens conspiracy?

I use Miraflow as my daily contact lens cleaner. I use either AOSept or AMO UltraCare as a disinfectant. All three products have completely disappeared from the shelves, in stores and online. What is going on, is anyone else experiencing this, and can anyone suggest an alternative for cleaners or disinfectants - even my eye doctor's doesn't know what's going on.
posted by The_Partridge_Family on May 12, 2006 - 9 answers

Vinegar - tasty condiment or household disinfectant?

Is vinegar really effective as a household cleaner? [more inside]
posted by catfood on Apr 12, 2006 - 33 answers

SteamVac needs some fixing

A recently purchase (6 months old) Hoover SteamVac Dual V died... [more inside]
posted by tundro on Mar 4, 2006 - 2 answers

Record Cleaning

I just added Guns and Roses - Appetite for Destruction with the orig artwork but the vinyl seems dirty and sounds bad. Does anyone have any preferences or suggestions for a good record cleaner?
posted by BMF on Aug 11, 2004 - 13 answers

How do I remove adhesive residue from a graphite pool cue?

I got a beautiful graphite pool cue for Christmas, but someone (not the gift giver) put a sticker on the shaft that has left a terrible gummy adhesive residue. How do I go about removing the residue without damaging the finish or the shaft itself? Google doesn't have all that much to say-- mostly companies selling professional adhesive removers. I have heard that WD-40 or nail polish remover would work, but would either hurt the cue? Thanks.
posted by pheideaux on Dec 25, 2003 - 17 answers

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