Best mop for hardwood and tile floors

When you want a great looking floor it has to be clean and streak free. After testing several methods including spray mop systems, hand washing and sponge mops I have to put my vote on the O Cedar Spin Mop system.

FHP_17_1000_07_Easy_Wring_Packaging_redesign_41317_3D-210x208Spraying a cleaning solution every few minutes is far too time consuming. You also fall for a “razor and blade” strategy where you may get a bargain on the initial purchase but the supplies will cost you. I’d say the same for those damp disposables that Swiffer and Bona make.

Tradition sponge mops just don’t clean that well in my opinion and they leave the floor too wet. This is critical for wood and laminate floors that can warp if left wet. Also wetness leads to spots and streaks.

The spin mop makes it easy to wring out most of the water leaving the mop just damp enough for wood floors. You can choose to use fewer spins and leave more water in the mop if the floor calls for it, such as a very messy kitchen floor–as long as it is not wood.

I also love that the mop head is washable. I’m not a big fan of single use, disposable anything unless really necessary. The mop head goes in the washer with the rest of my cleaning cloths and comes out great.

Whether you hire Appleton Home Services to mop your floors or do them yourself, here’s to a clean, streak free floor.



Kindness and understanding are the key qualities you need in a home organizing pro.

There are many choices when trying to find someone to help you bring order to chaos. They have systems based on buckets, boxes and even bugs. ( OK the bug one was totally cute.) What you need to look for is kindness and understanding.

Nobody buys a home and says “Let me fill this with stuff. So much stuff,  that I can’t organize it all. And I want to have my belongings overwhelm me.” It just happens. Life happens. Stuff we did not want to happen– happens.

So find someone who understands. Someone who can bring joy to this process, and love you, and your stuff.

Look for someone with a sense of humor and someone who brings joy and understanding along with the cleaning supplies and trash bags. Nobody wants or needs to be judged. We are all on a journey. Find someone who can add light and joy to your journey.


Appleton Home Services offers kind, thoughtful home organizing services. Call 484-320-7961 today. You will be glad you did.


Overwhelmed by even the thought of cleaning out that extra room or basement

You have the best intentions. Over the years you place stuff you don’t need right away in a safe place, an extra room, basement or closet. Then almost suddenly it looks like this:

Overwhelming spare room

You want to clean it but the task is so daunting. Maybe another day…

May I suggest you get help? “I specialize in helping people straighten out these rooms, lovingly guiding them to decide what to keep, what friends and relatives might need, and what to donate or toss,” says Glynis, Appleton Home Services Organizational Expert. “Having a guide makes this job so much easier.”

Glynis tackled this room:

  • She helped the home owner Susan decided that the treadmill can stay, and she arranged for a repair person to come and fix the broken switch.
  • They decided together that the extra pillows and bed linens could be donated to a local women’s shelter. Glynis dropped them off and arranged for Sue to get a donation receipt.
  • Glynis arranged books and albums on the bookshelves. Sue is happily re-reading the classics that she could not easily access before.
Organized spare room

Have a space you need to tackle? Call for help: 484-320-7961. You will be glad you did.

First cleaning $79. New Year Special

Most cleaning companies charge substantially more for the first cleaning because it takes longer to clean a home you’re not familiar with. We’re doing the opposite– as a special offer to Welcome 2018 your first cleaning is only $79!

Give yourself time for your resolutions–have Appleton Home Services clean your home.Let us keep your home clean and free your time for yourself, your family, and your career. Call 484-320-7961 today for a no obligation estimate. kitchen

* $79 offer is good for the first cleaning for new clients only. Homes larger that 2500 square feet or having more than 3 bathrooms may be charged extra.

‘Tis the season for sharing. Germs that is.

Nobody wants a cold or the flu but most of us, especially children can catch up to a dozen colds a year. Luckily as we get older, most adults catch only 2 to 4.
At Appleton we offer the following suggestions to help decrease the number of colds your family members catch:
• Place boxes of tissues throughout the house. While not the highest fashion for your décor having a tissue very close at hand can help assure sneezes are caught and tossed, not sprayed.
• Wear mittens or gloves when out. Not just to keep your hands warm but to avoid touching common surfaces such as door knobs. Then toss the mittens in with the weekly wash.
• Wash your hands as soon as you get home from school or work.
• Frequently wipe shared surfaces including door knobs, light switches, stair rails and the microwave door with a disinfectant wipe. Our professional cleaners disinfect these surfaces with our regular cleaning, however an extra wipe or two between cleanings is a great idea during cold and flu season.
• And while you have a wipe handy, give the TV remote and computer mice and track pads a quick wipe too. We hope these tips help keep your family healthier so you can enjoy sharing the good times and holiday cheer.