Monthly Archives: February 2015

Get a Jump on Home Spring Cleaning

No matter what the ground hog predicted, spring fever is in the air.  Wisconsin residents are ready for the warm spring temperatures, even though winter is in full force. While we can’t bring you spring, we can bring you spring cleaning tasks you can tackle even in the middle of our cold Wisconsin winter—spring cleaning tasks that are sure to bring hope for spring:

  1. Winter is an ideal time to sort, organize and clear out unwanted clutter. A few minutes of organizing and cleaning a day, or a few hours on one day, can keep your home neat, tidy and free of clutter.
  2. Remove cob webs. It’s amazing how even if you don’t see a spider, webs seem to magically appear throughout your home. Take a good broom to those pesky cob webs, and a towel to clean the walls around the web if needed.
  3. Clean tile grout. For tile in your bathroom or kitchen, give your tile a good washing and your grout a good scrubbing. Tile can be wiped down with a soft, non-abrasive cloth; grout should be cleaned with a brush specially produced for the project. Use water for mild dirt, or a vinegar-water mixture to lift the stains.
  4. Wash the inside of your windows. No one wants to be outside in the biting winds getting frostbite from our cold Wisconsin winter. Go after the problem from the inside; use a soft non-abrasive cloth for wiping the glass. Use a second rag to wipe down the window frame (do this before cleaning the glass).
  5. Blind and curtain cleaning. As long as you’re cleaning the window, you might as well clean the blinds and curtains too, right? Use a long narrow duster for plastic blinds, or spray and wipe down with a cloth. Throw washable curtains in the wash machine to give them a much-needed clean.

If you don’t have time for spring cleaning now or even in the spring, hire a professional cleaner to give your home a deep clean. We can’t give you spring, but we can give you a spring cleaning that makes you feel like it’s spring—even with a foot of snow outside.

How to Create a Clean Workspace Your Employees Love

Is the pile on your desk taller than you are? With a few exceptions (very, very few exceptions), most employees thrive in a clean and functional workspace. Achieving that goal—a clean and functional business—is not one that comes without continual effort and work:

  • Keep your common areas and warehouse organized. This is as simple as having separate bins for your paper supplies, designated spaces for products and clean countertops. Make sure that you have the proper shelving and amount of shelving to accommodate functional organization of your products and supplies.
  • Designate cleaning duties. Be clear about who is responsible for cleaning up clutter in common areas such as by the printer and in the warehouse. Regularly clean during slow times to keep the clutter to a minimum.
  • Preventative maintenance & cleaning. Regular preventative maintenance and cleaning can not only keep the office and warehouse clean, but also prevent disrepair and breakdowns that can cause future shut downs and problems.
  • Hire professional cleaners. This can be done in one of two ways: by hiring an employee or professional cleaning service. Base your decision on payroll costs, training and orientation expenses and benefits versus the fixed cost of a cleaning service. Factor in the amount of work that needs to be done to keep your building and office clean. A professional cleaning service can perform as much—or as little—as you need done.
  • Purge excess items. While it’s tempting to keep extra parts “on hand” for future use, make sure you throw away parts and items that are not going to be used. If you don’t, the excess inventory can build up over time, jeopardizing your organization and minimizing your usable space.

The good news is that creating a clean and functional workspace is not a goal that needs to be accomplished alone. Contact a reputable, local commercial cleaning company in southeastern Wisconsin for information about pricing and scheduling so you can achieve your goal of a clean and functional business.

5 Valentine’s Day Gifts Your Sweetheart Will Love

All right all you Valentine’s-Day-gift-procrastinators: time is getting short, and it’s time to decide on a gift for your sweetheart. If you’re racking your mind for a gift idea, we have some traditional and unique Valentine’s Day gift ideas your sweetheart is guaranteed to love:

  1. Flowers & chocolates. You can’t get more traditional than this. Stop on your way home or have the flowers and chocolates delivered as a surprise.
  2. Tickets to her favorite activity. Does she like the theatre? A day at the spa? A sporting event? Is her favorite band coming to town? Surprise her with tickets (perhaps hidden in a box or flowers).
  3. No housecleaning! Give her the gift of not doing a weekly cleaning, or doing laundry, or mopping the floor. Call ZBM Cleaning and pre-pay for weekly or monthly cleanings, and let your sweetheart set up the cleaning schedule. She can even choose what cleaning chores she wants to the cleaner to do.
  4. Jewelry. Again, you can’t more traditional than a beautiful necklace, ring or bracelet for your favorite Valentine.
  5. A vacation to your cabin without the spring cleaning. Is your sweetheart stressed about finding the time to spring clean your cabin before your summer trips up north, or before your renters arrive? Contact a local cleaning company about setting up a cabin cleaning without your or your sweetheart having to travel.

We can’t help with the flowers and chocolates or gifts 2 & 4, but we can assist with gifts 3 & 5. Call ZBM Clean to set up your sweetheart’s gift (without her finding out!), and make her Valentine’s Day a special, clean-free day.