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Cindy Inman
Cindy Inman
Cindy Inman is a local Westchester County, NY Columnist
Ask Cindy How - House Cleaning Insights


Are Cleaning Products Safe Around Babies?
In Ask Cindy's world of all things clean, I always err on the side of caution when cleaning around infants and toddlers. After all, if your sense of clean is tied to aromas of strong bleach, the surrounding air flow can be irritating and leave behind a harmful residue on surfaces. This cannot be good for babies to ingest, touch, and breathe in, as they explore their environments. This is easily avoidable.
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Ask Cindy's Foolproof Scenario for Holiday Entertaining Faux Pas
Your home is all ready for the holidays. You’ve worn out a pair of rubber gloves preparing. Ding-dong — here they come, with children in hand. Your heart sinks as you think of potential disasters like salsa, coffee, and red wine dotting your fluffy white rug, and turning it into a Jackson Pollock painting. Do I need to cocoon everything in plastic to prevent mishaps? Nonsense! Just do some what-if planning. Here are a few tips.
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Our Darling Little Ones are Heading Back To School: Let’s Clean-Up Their Rooms!
During the school break period our homes are busier and a tad bit more used than usual. Children’s bedrooms aren’t quite ready for “America’s neatest room.” Orderly with a clean appearance is desired. Okay. Ask Cindy has 6 action steps to get these rooms arranged and cleaned, one by one.
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Post-remodeling Clean-up for your Masterpiece
If you are like most who get involved with home remodeling, you reach a point you are praying the contractors will finish and allow your family to move on with life. Your dynamic contractors have committed to leaving you “broom swept” remodeled rooms. These contractors are not promising detailed clean rooms. Cleaning just isn’t their strength.
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House Cleaning Respect
Most of us try to clean as you go, and then a few times a year do a deep cleaning. You can spend an entire day getting everything spic and span – and feel it all over your body – for the next two weeks. The reward is that you do enjoy your home when the whole house is clean! Let’s take a look at some of the often forgotten areas so that next time you’re in a cleaning mood, you can be sure that you’ve left no stone unturned.
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"Ask Cindy's" foolproof scenario for no-mess holiday entertaining
Your home is all ready for the holidays. You've worn out a pair of rubber gloves preparing. Ding-dong — here they come, children in hand. Your heart sinks as you think of potential disasters like salsa, coffee, and red wine dotting your fl uffy white rug, and turning it into a Jackson Pollock painting. Is the only prevention to cover everything in plastic? Nonsense! All you need is my "Ask Cindy's Foolproof Scenario For No- Mess Holiday Entertaining."
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Four steps to a cleaner kitchen!
Over the river and through the woods - friends and relatives are coming. You know how they always wind up in your kitchen. There's no hiding now. Is your kitchen clean and ready for entertaining, or does it look like the last rose of summer? Well, ladies and gentlemen, here's a holiday gift to you: "Ask Cindy's four steps for a cleaner kitchen"
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Could your home get the "Ask Cindy's" housekeeping seal of approval?
Maybe your home didn't quite make the grade in my recent "Ask Cindy's ABC's of a Really Clean Room" (Inside WC, August 2011). Well, here's another chance for a fresh look-see! The "Ask Cindy Make Up Test." Give yourself an "A" if your home passes muster in the following subject areas: your floors, rugs, glass and windows, furniture and decor pieces, and air quality.
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Back to school: The ABCs of a really clean room
The children are headed back to school in their crisp new clothes, and shiny new shoes. Now's the time to have rooms in the home looking just as spiffy.
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All hands On Deck!
It's that time of year, as we wrap up the end of another school term, congratulate our newly minted young adult's :), we are also switching out clothing, bringing out the summer furniture and cookout accessories and so much more.
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The Footsteps of a Clean Home (Part II)
In one of my last columns, I spoke of what hits my eyes when I walk into a home that sends signals of a less than a "good house keeping seal" of approval. I referenced 5 areas that grab me right away. As promised, I will now add a few more:
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The Footsteps of a Clean Home (Part I)
I have been asked by many, "what do you notice in a home that determines whether it is relatively clean or not?" Well, I have made many notes about this issue both mental and actual. I thought I would share a few of these points with the readers of this column.
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Renewed Life After Remodeling
Unfortunately, many people don't make the initial after remodeling cleaning plan and consequently are often shocked when they realize that they must add the cost to an already taxing budget. Well, allow me to say that "After-construction or After-remodeling Clean-up is an absolute imperative in order for you family to be able to move on with your lives.
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Introducing Ask Cindy How
Get the Dirt on Cleaning House ... From a Pro. Is your home a little messier than you would like? Are dust bunnies taking over, or is an unidentifiable object lurking in the back of the refrigerator? Don't feel bad. You're not alone.
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It Can Be a Perfectly Cleaned Home After All!
Through my Ask Cindy detail vision I will guide you through a few "six star," * * * * * *, cleaning approaches. This question and answer survey will surely address unsightly areas in your home.
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Your home should be your haven
Each person should be able to feel that when they enter their homes they actually enter a haven - at least externally. What are the necessary ingredients that allow a homeowner to have a haven?
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Holiday Seasons Cleaning
Holidays are for kids (from 1-102) and it's that time of year again. Holiday time! Whether you will celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Three King's Day or Kwanza we here at Ask Cindy wish you a wonderful time with family and friends throughout the holidays. Actually, no matter the celebration, I'm sure that they all will be observed with lots of gifts, food preparation, dinner guests, clothing selection, special school schedules and oh yes - house cleaning tasks.
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Experiencing Cleaning Professionals in your Domain
Well, while it may seem still a long way off, the holidays are actually closer than you might think. Actually, Hanukah, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's will have come and gone and we will be again wondering - what happened?
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Family life renewal through cleaning intervention
Based on my 20 years of being involved with residential and commercial cleaning, it never ceases to amaze me when a customer is taken back after I explain the requirements of an initial clean-up. Unfortunately, most homeowners think of house cleaning with a mind-set of the spray & wipe mode rather than the detail scrub & restore mode that is really required to give lasting satisfaction.
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House Cleaning Staging: Limit your risk exposure
Everytime we allow a service into our homes, we are opening ourselves to a certain amount of risk. This risk is not necessarily one that presents danger to health or well being. However, there can be certain risk to property damage due to negligence or ineptness.
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Upgrading Your Approach to House Cleaning
Happy New Year! My, how time flies - 2006! Why not let's begin with a new house cleaning approach? You might even start from scratch, why not? After all, we are all one year smarter. On that positive, I want to lay out a flawless set up for a better house clean.
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Ask Cindy's Cleaning Things For The Holidays
As we think gifts and giving during the season, let us not forget to put the house on the holiday list. Let's face it; if there was ever something that endured abuse during the year, it was our home. Every home certainly deserves gifts too.
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It can be a perfectly cleaned home after all!
You can bet on that - first of all it's cheaper to accomplish than botox, or paying for a personal trainer. (Smile) Through my askcindy 40/40 vision, I will guide you through great six star cleaning approaches.
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Help! - I Do Want To Organize A Cleaning Station In My Home
It is my absolute pleasure to help everyone set up a cleaning station for their homes. A cleaning station will save you time and eliminate aggravation. This organized closet or organized open space area will have a place for all of your cleaning supplies.
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Cleaning and maintenance with a common sense approach
My grandmother, a domestic, once told me that as she carried me around when I was a young child, I was always fussy about things being just so-so. Well, I assure you that I have not changed in the 40 years since then. Some might even refer to me as finicky. I think that I simply have never gotten comfortable with dirt.
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Cindy's Cleaning Things for the Holidays
As we think gifts and giving during the season, let us not forget to put the house on the holiday list. Let's face it; if there was ever something that endured abuse during the year, it was our homes. They certainly deserve gifts to.
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