All You Should Know About Hiring a Maid in Dubai

Even if you live solo, keeping the house uncluttered and clean can be tedious. With a spouse, children or pet; it becomes a real tough job with a feeling of endlessness. This is perhaps the only reason why people throw a dirty dish towel in the dustbin and prefer hiring a maid in Dubai or any other region. It’s indeed bit of a luxury and doesn’t happen for free however the end results are worth the price.

House maid in Dubai

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Just like any other service, you need to know more about the individual or maid agency before they pour in your home with a mop and broom. We can classify a maid in Dubai in two types: independent cleaner who work on their own to earn a living and trained professionals employed at an agency. The independent service may turn foreboding lately as you’re responsible to look after various issues such as quality of cleaning, reliability, cost and insurance if they break something in your home.

On the contrary, such issues are dealt by the management if you hook up with a professional housekeeping service. Either way, make sure they’re certified and insured for your as well as their own safety. Insurance bond is important lest the cleaner broke something in your home or somehow injure himself as you won’t be held accountable.

The countless benefits

A typical maid in Dubai provide services that you mightn’t even though in the first place such as organising the wardrobe; something teenagers would definitely fall for, do the dishes and laundry as well.

  • Beyond the typical brooms & mops

Prices vary exorbitantly to the service as some cleaners would charge per hour while others do it per the number of tasks. Basic cleaning chores include the usual sweeping, mopping, dusting, wash interior windows and doors, laundry, cooking and much more.

  • Run a background check

This is important as you’re literally allowing stranger(s) in your home so always ask for references from the neighbors, friends and work colleagues who previously exploited the service. Conduct personal background check for reliability and perfection in work that’ll actually show up.

  • The walk through

This is where you relay demands to the cleaning agency, sort out the type and number of service(s) required. An agreement would be devised accordingly which you’ll sign but only after reading it thoroughly! Professional housekeepers always have a checklist prepared for each client thus saving time, cost and effort.

  • Children & pets

If you’ve children or pets in the house, it requires daily cleaning and maintenance. Do communicate with the service agency prior agreeing to the terms and conditions as cost may vary per the tasks. You don’t want to face any inconvenience or last-minute hassle when payment is due!

  • Employee relations

You should note that maids are hard-working individuals who clean up the mess we create. So they deserve respect and well treatment. Lest they aren’t carrying the job well, talk to them first rather than complaining straight to the higher management; this will strengthen the trust and communication gap.


Whether hiring a maid in Dubai or elsewhere, let the above information guide you all through!

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4 Hassle-Free Ways to Rid Oil stains Off the Clothes

Collecting oil stains on the clothes usually mean you’ll discard your favourite shirt or trousers for good. There’s, however, an effective way to clean those nasty marks be it from motor or cooking oil rather easily. Unlike the typical talcum powder or cornstarch, you don’t want to make it messier and tougher to clean. Here’s how to remove oil stains from clothes and breathe a sigh of relief!

  1. Fresh spots

Pre-treatment is the best strategy for almost any type of stains on clothes especially oil-based. If you’re quick to tackle the mark the moment it happens, chances are high that you can clean the clothes completely without any prominent or hidden spot. Start by absorbing as much oil as possible while it’s still fresh using a paper towel or a clean rag. Simply dab on the stain till it stops appearing after which you can wash the garment as usual.

Cornstarch is, however, good to clean fresh oil stains! Just sprinkle some directly on the mark and let it sit for five to ten minutes. Brush off with your finger; don’t rub or you might set the stain deeper! The next thing is coating the oil-based blemish with industry-grade laundry pre-treatment products available in liquid, gel and stick forms. Once applied to the laundry or a particular piece of cloth, wash immediately either by hand or in a machine.

  1. Well-set stains

If you’re unable to treat the oil spot immediately as it happens, cleaning would be tough but not impossible! Luckily, there are certain steps you can still take to loosen it from the fibre before dumping the cloth in a washing machine. Start spreading layers of paper towels directly on the stain followed by application of a dry cleaning solvent, easily available at every convenient store. Lay another sheet of paper towel over the solvent and gently rub.

It’ll discharge some of the oil stains on the paper towels and do replace with a cleaner piece if it saturates completely. Repeat the process till the oil stops appearing on the sheet after which you should cover the affected area with a standard laundry treatment powder or solution and wash immediately.

  1. Wash the oiled clothes

If you’ve successfully pretreated the stains following the above two steps, a regular wash cycle in the machine is ought to do rest of the cleaning rather effectively. Carefully read the washing instructions to preserve the quality of the fabric. If it’s safe to wash with hot water, keep the temperature as high as possible and use plenty of detergents.

In case the garment is white, you can substitute ordinary detergent with bleach but, do test it first on an inconspicuous area for surety. Once washed, allow it to air dry and expose the fabric to sunlight; avoid dryer unless there isn’t another option.

  1. The finishing touch

Most of the stains would go off completely but if you still find some, it’s time to get even by immersing the garment in a solution of hot water and grease-fighting liquid dish soap. Rub it with a clean toothbrush for finishing touch or simply take it to a professional cleaner.


Let the above steps be your ultimate guide on how to remove oil stains from clotheshassle-freely!

How to keep your carpet just as new

Homes and vehicles have carpets which get stained and discoloured over time. The haunting question remains on how to clean them as regular vacuuming and cleaning makes them older than they actually are. A simple cleaning solution like baking soda can be used to remove odours and stains. Take 1tsp. baking soda in a cup of water and dissolve it. Clean up pet stains before steam cleaning.

Khal Mohammadi hand woven, masterpiece from Afghanistan

Carpet made of wool or nylon can easily be dyed which makes them look new and extends its life. Note do not dye carpets made of acrylic, polypropylene or polyester as the fiber does not absorb dye properly and causes damage extensively. Carpet dyeing is a better alternative than to replace it if the carpet fiber is in a good condition.

Dying the carpet on one’s own – If one thinks one can do the job after the consultation with the professional then one should remember the quote given while doing the job on one’s own. If a wall-to-wall carpet dyeing has to be done then all the furniture needs to be shifted from the room. One needs to have a carpet steam cleaning machine in order to clean the carpet extensively according to the instructions of the machine. The carpet and pad need to dry completely before dying.

Right fabric dye – One needs to choose appropriate fabric dye for the carpet by reading the dye packaging carefully and make sure that it is safe to use on these materials. Usually the retailers, carpet and home supply stores sell a variety of standard colours in carpet dye in spite of having unique carpet colours. Choose a color which is darker than the original carpet color. This is because in case of a heavily stained carpet the darker color produces best results on stains.

Follow the instructions The dye needs to be mixed with warm or hot water. Spray the dye on the rug. A stiff bristled brush needs to be used for scrubbing the dye into the fibers. One could use the carpet cleaning machine for this too.

How to apply– One needs to apply the dye from the farthest curve of the room and work one’s way towards the exit door. This will ensure that one does not step on the wet dye.
Voila! One has a carpet just as new.

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A Mover’s Guide While Shifting

If you don’t have room in your existing space then consider the self-storage for storing home or office items. Though most storage units are safe, dark and remote, you need to take extra precautions to protect them inside by properly wrapping and packing them. This will decrease their chances of shifting or breaking during shifting and also protect from dust, heat and humidity during long periods of storage.


Make an inventory of items before you start shifting. By using the list, outline the type and amount of packing supplies that would be needed. You should also know the size of the storage unit that you will be renting. This enables you to visualize the items to be placed where and how they are stacked together. Purchase enough boxes and tape – rolls so that you can save shopping trips while packing diligently. Usually, merchants allow one to return unused or not opened supplies with relevant receipt. Make sure you read the return policy.


Note that the items can be kept in self—storage more than you can expect. For long-term protection, use quality products. There are some common household items that save money but could be problematic. For instance, people often use newspapers to wrap fragile items but they can scratch delicate things, smudge inks onto items and also attract insects and rodents. Then, plastic trash bags are often used which retains moisture and ruin items within it.


The following is the inventory for common and not-so-common packaging supplies available at local home improvement stores, shifting companies and storage facilities.
1. Boxes (Various Sizes)
Advantages to buying cardboard boxes are that they’re sturdy and clean. These boxes are new and haven’t been broken or weakened by moisture, heat, dust, age, or different things previously kept in them. By stating this, it’s forever best practice to avoid wasting and utilize the [undamaged] box that an item originally came in. Besides the advantages of the setting, custom-designed packaging is going to be a better safeguard for any item.
2. Special Boxes for Dishes
These cuboidal cardboard boxes are nice for stacking dishes, china, glasswork and different fragile things.
3. Mini China Boxes
Small cuboidal boxes could go along with handles. They’re designed for holding smaller plates, fine china and different fragile things.
4. Lamp Boxes
Various sizes are tall and slim, specially designed for holding each lamp and lampshades.
5. Wardrobe Boxes
These boxes are tall or short, with a bar for hanging garments to stay them safely spaced for air circulation, and wrinkle-free. Lay-down wardrobe boxes are used for pleated garments, Christmas trees, wreaths and accessories.

6. TV Boxes
Various sizes are doubled in thickness for side sturdiness. These boxes may also be used for storing microwaves, computers, stereos and different electronic devices.
7. Mirror/ image Boxes
These boxes can vary in size. Some boxes are all one piece whereas others are two-part boxes designed so one box slides over the opposite box for side sturdiness.
8. File Boxes
Small cuboidal boxes with flat removable lids would simply be the appropriate size for storing documents.
9. Mattress Boxes
While it should appear extra to place a mattress in a box, mattresses are extremely at risk of mildew, microscopic insects, and structural damage. Ideally, mattresses and box springs are going to be kept flat (not on their sides), wrapped in cloth fabric and guarded in cardboard.
10. Utility Boxes
Tall slim boxes designed to carry brooms, mops and vacuum cleaners.
11. Furrowed Boxes
Affordable, however, sturdy for heavier things, resist breakage while carrying. 
12. Furrowed Wrap
Single-face furrowed rolls are made of sleek fiberboard on one side. The opposite side has raised furrowed flutes. This offers nice protection for irregularly formed things. Interweave protects against scratches. Furrowed wrap conforms to any form and absorbs shock.
13. White Tissue wrapping paper
It is ideal, for wrapping, fragile things that break. Since the coloured papers tend to bleed and damage things, they’re not suggested for future storage. Tissue Paper is soft and can forestall scratches. Rummage around for acid-free paper once storing vintage textiles, scrapbooks, a marriage dress, and similar precious things.
14. Bubble Wrap
Use it to wrap fragile things and electronics. Bubble wraps aids in removing dust and static. Confirm that the item is enclosed entirely in bubble wrap. For side security, wrap the item more than once thus tiny movable objects are certain to stay stationary. Secure the plastic bubble wrap in its place with string or packaging tape.
15. Shrink Wrap
Use it to wrap boxes along for side protection throughout a move. Shrink-wrap may also facilitate shield things from moisture, dirt and felony.
16. Scissors
A good, durable pair of scissors is must-have for each packing and unpacking.
17. Packaging Tape
Seal boxes for storage. Tape is offered in many shapes, sizes and makes. For sealing boxes, any robust tape can do (except masking paper, that doesn’t age well). However, if you choose  to apply tape to it, say, appliance door, you’ll need to decide on one thing that comes off simply while not an excessive amount of residue, like blue painter’s tape.
18. Markers
Use permanent markers to put in writing on boxes and labels. Use code words to label expensive or precious things. It’s an extra precaution on the terrible off-chance that a troublemaker breaks in.
19. Labels
Use to put in writing on the surface of a box the name of the owner of the box and what’s within.
All of the above will help you have hassle-free shifting which otherwise is quite tedious when you actually have to do it.