Monthly Archives: November 2014

6 Time-Saving Holiday Hosting Preparation Tips

Aunt Bonnie is coming over. And Uncle Joe. And Uncle Joe’s girlfriend and son. And, and, and…whether you are hosting 5 or 50 for the holidays, you’re feeling the pinch of preparing for the holidays and for the holiday family get together. The good news: there are services you can use during the holidays to keep up with the ever-growing list of to do’s (and that’s in addition to your busy professional schedule and kids’ commitments). So what can you do to tackle your holiday to-do list?

  1. Hire a cleaning service for the month or day. You have a million other things to do…gifts to buy, a menu to prepare, cookies to make with the kids (along with work and school)…why spend your time cleaning? Hire a local cleaning service for the month of December or for a day right before your family gathering. Have the cleaners give your home that deep clean from top to bottom, so you can focus on the important holiday prep details.
  2. Have your gifts wrapped at the store. When you have tons of presents to buy and organize, be efficient. Have the professionals at the store or online store wrap your gifts. If you are buying presents online for family and friends that live out-of-state, have the gifts wrapped and shipped directly to them—saving you a trip to the post office.
  3. Leave snow removal to the professionals. Save your back and time. Hire a snow removal service to clean your driveway for winter. Make sure you ask them to come and clean an area for parking right before your family arrives.
  4. Make a list (and check it twice). Now is not the time to be inefficient. Make a to-do list, and check it twice to make sure you are staying ahead of the work. If you can’t keep up, look for services (decorating, cleaning, etc.) to help check items off the list.
  5. Use a party planning app. There are several party planning apps that help break down the list of what needs to be done and when. Download your preferred app on your phone so you can stay on top of your holiday party details no matter where you are.
  6. Prepare as many dishes as you can ahead of time. Find recipes that allow you to prepare your dishes a few days or even week in advance. Avoid the last minute rush. Use slow cookers and roasters to help you prepare appetizers and side dishes.

The first step: take a deep breath. Then, get organized. Make a list of services you trust, such as a local cleaning service and snow removal company. If you are planning on heading up north with your family for the holidays, contact a cleaning service to clean your cabin and have it ready before you head to northern Wisconsin. Don’t forget to make the biggest preparation: for the celebration after it’s all done and everyone has gone home.

Breaking through the Home Cleaning Service Myths

Myths about home cleaning services are about as common as stoves in kitchens. You’ve heard them: you have to be rich to hire a home cleaning service, you have to be home when the cleaners come, blah, blah, blah.  Before you listen to the naysayers when you’re overwhelmed with, well, life, take a deep breath. Then break through the talk and find out the truth about those pesky home cleaning service myths:

You have to be rich to hire a cleaning service. Not true!  Hiring a cleaning service is far more affordable than the myth implies. In addition, the old adage “time is money” rings true when considering whether to hire a cleaning service. Do you make more money working at your own business or cleaning your house? Do you want to spend every minute of your time away from the office cleaning your house?

Cleaners clean the whole house. Home cleaning services are flexible. If you only want the cleaners to clean the high traffic areas, or just the bathrooms and kitchens, contact the cleaning service and specify the jobs you want done. They clean the areas you want, when you want.

You have to be home when the cleaners come. You don’t have to be home when the cleaners come. Just call your cleaning service and make the necessary arrangements for entry.

You have to hire a cleaner to come on a daily basis. How often do you need or want a cleaner to come? You can arrange for a weekly, monthly or quarterly clean—or even just when you have guests coming to visit. Cleaning services come when you want, on your schedule.

People who hire cleaning services are lazy. Not sure where this myth came from, but let’s be serious. Homeowners who hire cleaning services understand what their time is worth, and where to put their efforts. Working, volunteering or being with their kids is a higher life priority.

Have any more questions? Contact your local cleaning service. They can give you truthful information straight from the source. A cleaning service can also provide references and give you an estimate so you have a clear idea of cost. With a little bit of research (and a lot of breaking through the home cleaning service myths), you can achieve your goal of a clean house without sacrificing your professional or family commitments.

Cracking Commercial Cleaning Service Myths

Commercial cleaning is a term associated with myths about almost every aspect of the industry: pricing, the scope of work and processes used by professional cleaning technicians. However, a clean business for your customers and employees is important, and so invaluable that it’s worth cracking those commercial cleaning service myths one by one:

An employee cleaning your business is cheaper. This myth is not always true, and in two different respects. Do your research when assigning cleaning a staff member in addition to their other jobs. Can you hire a cleaning service for cheaper? Is your staff member spending more time cleaning than working on tasks you need done for customers or smooth operations? A full evaluation of your staffing needs, and analysis of your financial resources, can prove that you are paying more for that staff member to clean than the cost of a cleaning service. The second part of this myth is that hiring a cleaning employee specifically for that purpose is not always cheaper. As a business owner, do your research. Often, the cost of salary and benefits exceeds the expense of a cleaning service.

Cleaning services only clean. Though this myth sounds obviously correct, the answer is surprisingly different. Many commercial cleaning services offer business maintenance services as well. For example, commercial cleaning services offer services such as parking lot maintenance, building exterior clean up and repair jobs throughout your warehouse or office.

Businesses have to supply the cleaning products. This myth is right and wrong. Though some businesses do supply their own cleaning products for professional cleaners, businesses can also opt to have the cost of cleaning products included in the cleaning service. In addition, businesses can also choose to hire the cleaners to restock products in restrooms and kitchens as well.

Commercial Cleaning Services don’t use green products. Absolutely untrue. ZBM professional office cleaning technicians are trained in traditional and earth-friendly practices and the use of advanced eco-friendly products and equipment to provide a variety of janitorial and building maintenance services. If your business is trying to reduce your impact on the environment, you can still hire a commercial cleaning service.

One more myth to crack: commercial cleaning services can also clean tenants’ office spaces and multiple business locations, not just one location or building. The truth is that commercial cleaning is dependent on your business: professional cleaning technicians come into your business on a schedule you specify to do the services your business needs for a cost that fits within your budget.