Monthly Archives: March 2016

Spring Cleaning Tips for the Kitchen

Portrait of happy mother and two daughters cooking in clean kitchen after spring cleaningThey say the kitchen is the heart of the home; it should also be the heart of your spring cleaning.  Because of the sheer amount of time spent in the kitchen, and the grease and dust from cooking and baking, you’d be surprised at the amount—and the places—that get dirty (really, really dirty).  We’ll never forget the story of the couple that moved into a house and discovered a thick layer of grease covering the tops of the kitchen cabinets—even though the previous owner had only lived in the house for seven years.  The result was days of cleaning to remove the sticky grease, and a couple of sore necks. Of course, cleaning the top of your kitchen cabinets shouldn’t be the only item on your spring cleaning kitchen checklist:

Give your appliances a good once-over, inside and out.

Your kitchen, coffee maker, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, stove, oven, pizza oven…clean every appliance in your kitchen.  Unplug appliances such as the toaster and a pizza oven as you work for safety reasons.  For larger appliances, wash down the inside and outside, under and around the sides and backs.  If possible, wash the floors and walls around the appliances, and vacuum out any cobwebs or excess dust.  Be careful not to damage any part of your appliance, such as wires, as you clean your appliances.

Look up at the light fixtures (and ceiling and top of appliances).

Don’t forget to do a thorough top-to-bottom cleaning.  The rationale is this: if you start at the top and work down, dust can fall and get cleaned up as you work.  Clean the top of your cabinets, fans, light fixtures, appliances, range hood, and anything else high up first.  If you have décor items on top of your cabinets, dust or wash those items as well.  For light fixtures, remove the covers and wash them down.  Wipe down the outside of your range hood, and clean the grease filter(s).

Wash down the walls and back splash.

Your walls and back splash take the brunt of your cooking so make sure you take the same care when you clean it.  Lightly wipe down your cabinets as well, to remove all the splatters and water spots.

Get all the snow and salt off the floor.

Whether you have wood, tile, or vinyl floors, give your floors a good clean.  Weekly sweepings should take care of all the debris tracked in.  A good, thorough spring cleaning can rid your floor of all the snow and salt that was tracked throughout the winter—though the exact deep clean for your floor depends on the kind of kitchen floor.  Follow directions from your local flooring store for your wood floor, as sitting water can warp and damage your solid wood floor.  If your tire floors have grout, don’t forget to scrub the grout and tiles.

Clean the windows.

Wash your windows, but try to avoid one of the most common mistakes of cleaning: washing your windows on a sunny day.  It’s so tempting to wash those windows when the shining sun reveals the dog noses, fingerprints and streaks that you don’t normally see. Unfortunately, the sun is also the enemy as you wash windows, drying out your cleaner before you get the job done.

If you don’t have time to hit all the items—or any of the items—on your kitchen spring cleaning checklist, hire the experts to give your kitchen a thorough spring cleaning. A good cleaning service can get your kitchen clean—and give you more time to enjoy the spring weather.

4 Tips to Keep Your Workplace Floors Clean

commercial flooring in an officeWe all try to keep our floors clean, at home and at work, but company floors in the workplace carry extra risk: slippery floors are a liability risk that could result in workman compensation claims and lawsuits—among other solid reasons to keep your facility floors clean.

Use rugs

Locate rugs by all exterior entrances to keep mud, sand, and other abrasive elements off your facility floors.  Hire a rug cleaning service to clean the rugs and get rid of everything on those rugs.  Rugs also have another benefit: they keep water off of warehouse, office, and facility floors and reduce the chance of workplace falls and injuries.

Know your cleaning supplies

Be conscientious of risks to your employees when selecting your floor cleaning supplies. Implement safety procedures and educate your personnel about proper use of the cleaners and avoiding injury while cleaning facility floors.  Keep personal protective equipment in convenient locations for employees that use cleaning supplies that could cause injury.

Bring in the experts

To eliminate risk and still get clean workplace floors, contact a reliable, experienced commercial cleaning company with optimal dates and times.  A good cleaning company can meet your time frame when employees are not on the floor (i.e. overnight, early morning, late evening, etc) and leave you with a clean floor you’ll be proud to show off—and limits the risk of slips, trips, and falls.

Don’t wait too long

In some cases, waiting too long to clean commercial flooring can lead to an unintended consequence: extra expense.  Over time, the build-up of dirt and grime can lead to an increased amount of labor to get your floors back in peak condition.  Put simply, if you wait too long, you may need extra labor, time, and cleaning supplies to take your floors back to their original condition.  All that effort, and supplies, can cost your company extra money and interrupt daily operations.

How much does a home cleaner cost?

washing plates a daily chore that can be done by a home cleanerThe questions “how much does a home cleaner cost?” or “how much does it cost for a home cleaning?” has a lot of answers, largely because the total home cleaning cost depends the amount of cleaning you require or the total square footage of your home. Home cleaners can do as many—or as few—-cleaning jobs you request. In general, most home cleaners can:

  • Fold clothes,
  • Clean floors,
  • Bathroom clean-up,
  • Wash dishes,
  • Wipe down and clean a kitchen,
  • Clean and wax floors,
  • Carpet cleaning,
  • Wash windows,
  • Change sheets on beds,
  • Mop floors,
  • Deep cleaning (i.e. spring cleaning, appliances, etc.),
  • Vacuum

Any home cleaner can (or should be able to) do whatever you ask, and the total cost is dependent on 1) whether the cleaner charges based on square footage or hourly; 2) whether you hire a home cleaning service or individual; and 3) the frequency of the home cleaner’s visits (i.e. weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, as-needed, etc.).

There are advantages and disadvantages to hiring an individual home cleaner or home cleaning service, and the choice is completely up to you. In general, you should base your decision on these factors:

  • Proof of insurance. Whether you use an individual or a cleaning service, ask for proof of insurance just in case any items at your business are damaged. Every cleaning service should be able to provide proof, as this is a routine part of business. Not every individual home cleaner has insurance. Another difference between the two entities is accountability; it’s far easier to hold a cleaning service accountable in case of an accident or a problem than an individual.
  • How much you need regular cleanings. One of the disadvantages of hiring an individual to clean your house is the “just-in-case” scenarios. What do you do when your cleaner gets sick—or their kids get sick, or they have an emergency? What do you do if your cleaner goes on vacation for two weeks when you have your kids’ birthday party scheduled? A cleaning service has back-up cleaners available to come clean when those scenarios occur—back-up cleaners with the same training and experience.
  • Amount of cleaning needed. In general, cleaning services can offer more services than an individual cleaner. Individual cleaners also usually require a regular home cleaning schedule. Hiring a cleaning service gives you the flexibility to bring in cleaners when you need to do the cleaning tasks you need.
  • Schedules. Your home cleaner should be able to come when you need. Often, individual home cleaners have limited availability, while home cleaning services have multiple home cleaners on staff that can come on a schedule you request.
  • Budget. Typically, individual cleaners offer cheaper rates than cleaning services but don’t offer proof of insurance or a flexible schedule—two factors that can mitigate cost. To find out if a cleaning service is within your budget, contact a cleaning service for a free quote. They’ll help you find out if a home cleaner is within your budget, and all the perks of a clean and organized house.