Monthly Archives: November 2015

Tips to Keep Your Home Safe this Holiday Season

home holiday safety tipsThe holidays are a crazy, busy time. People are thinking about gifts, food, parties, family gatherings…not about safety. But winter is a notorious time for fires and accidents if you’re not careful (and sometimes even if you are).

  • Keep your home disinfected. The holidays are a time when you want to feel your best—and not like you’ve been hit by a truck or a germ. Keep your common surfaces clean and disinfected.
  • If a member of your family does get sick, wipe down door knobs, phones, faucets and anything else they may have touched with a disinfectant. Give your bathrooms a deep clean (or hire a house cleaner to do the job). Launder all bedding ASAP.
  • Call your gas company for emergency service IMMEDIATELY if you smell gas (or an odor that smells like rotten eggs), and get out your home. Call IMMEDIATELY.
  • Have your chimney inspected. Contact chimney professionals to schedule an inspection so you can prevent carbon monoxide build up or a fire.
  • Place a fire-proof screen or sturdy covering in front of your fireplace. Keep stray embers from injuring family members, pets or guests.
  • When preparing food for your Thanksgiving or holiday meals (or any meal), follow proper storage and food preparation guidelines to minimize your risk of food-borne illnesses. Thoroughly clean your counters after preparing and serving food.
  • Be careful with space heaters. When leaving your home, make sure your space heater is turned off. Also make sure that a space heater is clear of curtains and furniture.
  • Make sure all holiday candles are out before you go to bed or leave the house. Place candles several feet away from curtains, drapes or other flammable materials.
  • Check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. If there is a problem with your furnace, you want your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors working and ready to alert you and your family.
  • Have your furnace inspected to make sure it is working properly and safely. Keep the area clear around your furnace and clean. Keep flammable items away from your furnace and make sure the area is clear of lint and other dust that could cause a fire.
  • Clean up melting snow and water spills off your floor to prevent slips. Place rugs by all doors. Keep your walks and driveway clear of snow and ice to protect yourself and your visitors from injuries.

If you have any questions, or you need help cleaning up after your holiday gatherings, contact us. Happy holidays!

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Holiday Company Down Time

The holidays are a time for celebration in the office and at home, and a unique opportunity for businesses to take advantage of down time and shop shut downs. Most businesses have lower employee attendance, less traffic, and slower production schedules and customer orders during Thanksgiving week and between the Christmas holiday and New Year’s.

Facility Maintenance

Company down time is an opportunity to make repairs that need to be done, but you haven’t had the time to tackle during busy times. Schedule maintenance tasks like removing and replacing ceiling tiles, fixing drywall patches, painting walls, fixing and repairing HVAC units, building inner offices, restroom repairs, and installing new interior and exterior doors.

IT Maintenance

Most businesses have (or should have) a regular back-up system for electronic files. The holidays are an ideal time for server maintenance, upgrades and comprehensive back-ups when you don’t have a lot of online users affected by the down time. If your IT crew has any new software to download or upgrade, now is the time to take advantage of an empty office and production floor.

Floor Cleaning

Take advantage of an empty shop and office. Schedule a floor cleaning and wax of your production floor when your shop is down for the holidays. Ask your office employees to clean items off the floor before they go on vacation so you can coordinate carpet and rug cleaning before they come back to work.

Inventory

The holidays are a prime time to take advantage of decreased shipping schedules. Inventory your receiving and shipping areas to ensure you have accurate numbers, and double check your computer amounts.

Building Cleaning

The key to coordinating and flawlessly executing these tasks during down time is to plan ahead. Contact your vendors and IT crew now to coordinate schedules during your scheduled shut down or down time.

Call your local southeastern Wisconsin cleaning company to schedule down time cleaning for your commercial building or rental property. Holiday downtime is an ideal opportunity for regular and deep cleanings of your office, kitchen, restrooms and production space. Your tenants, employees and shop workers will be amazed when they return to their office or shop in the new year.

Holiday Cleaning Tips

The holidays are here…how did that happen?! We can’t tell you where time went, but we can give you tips to make your holiday cleaning go faster and your home is ready for your family Thanksgiving, Christmas dinner, New Year’s party, or any other holiday family gathering.

Prevent the mess

An ounce of prevention saves you time and effort. Place rugs by all the doors. Ask guests to take off their shoes at the door. Make sure your kids rinse off sand and mud before they come in. If possible, use a mudroom as a staging area for your kids, pets and visitors to shed the dirt and snow before they track it into your home.

Clean before you decorate

Dust, wipe down and vacuum your home before you put up holiday decorations. You don’t want to hang pine garland only to find a layer of dust under it. In the same way, clean your floors before you put up your tree. If you have hardwood or laminate floors, make sure you lay a tree protector under a real holiday tree or felt pads on the bottom of an artificial tree to prevent scratches and damage.

Try to keep up with the daily cleaning

A bit of daily cleaning saves you a lot of effort later. Wipe down the counters in the kitchen and bathrooms. Sweep the floor. Clean the bathrooms. Wash dishes. Do as much of the work now so you don’t have to later.

Carry your cleaning products around with you

When you start cleaning your home, gather all your supplies before the cleaning begins and put them in a carrier. If you do so, you won’t have to stop your cleaning to go after another bottle of cleaner. You can just keep moving from room to room, cleaning as you go—and getting done sooner.

Don’t do any more than you have to

If you’re pressed for time, don’t go over and above in your holiday cleaning. Clean the surfaces your guests see, and clean the floors in high-traffic areas. Try to avoid the urge to deep clean or organize your storage areas.

Get help

You don’t have to do it all alone. If you feel you need more help with holiday cleaning, contact us about increasing your cleanings, or ask for a free quote. One of the benefits of a house cleaning service is they can do whatever you need them to do; assess what you need, and make a specific list of housekeeping tasks. The result is a clean house ready for your next family holiday gathering—and you don’t even have to tell them you used a cleaning service for your holiday cleaning. Just enjoy your family and friends, and take the credit for your beautiful home.