Monthly Archives: June 2016

Top 10 Tips for Keeping Your Floors Clean this Summer

commercial cleaningMud, water puddles, sand…summer in Wisconsin comes with its own set of challenges for homeowners and their floors.  To keep your floors clean this summer, use these top 10 tips to keep your carpet, hardwood, laminate, or tile floor in top shape (until fall and winter, anyway!).

  1. Keep towels easily accessible by the pool or lake to avoid water puddles that could damage your laminate or wood floors.
  2. Do not use a lot of “elbow grease” when cleaning up carpet stains to avoid damaging carpet threads.
  3. Test all cleaners on a part of your floor that can’t be seen (under a couch, TV stand, etc.) before you clean a stain in a public area.
  4. Clean up all puddles and stains as soon as possible.
  5. Try to sweep and vacuum your floors regularly to keep your floors clean in between cleanings.
  6. Schedule a professional cleaner to come and give your floors a deep clean (carpet clean, mop, etc.) during summer when you can keep the windows open.
  7. Sweep up sand and gravel as soon as you find to avoid scratches.
  8. Put felt pads on all your furniture so it doesn’t scratch the floor.
  9. If you need to move furniture, put a piece of cardboard under it so you don’t scratch the floor while moving.
  10. Use cleaners approved by your flooring manufacturer so you don’t void the warranty (and get it clean and keep it clean this summer!).

6 Ways to Keep Your Employees Safe(r)

yellow caution sign that says "Caution wet floor" part of a safe workplaceNo one expects to go to work and get hurt.  While it’s inevitable that some injuries or illnesses happen on the job—no matter what you do—there are steps you can take as an owner, facility manager, or supervisor to keep your employees safe.

Eliminate hazards

Remove hazards on the job that can cause the most common workplace injuries.  For example, slips and trips are one of the most frequent injuries on the job.  Keep your floors clean and use proper signage to indicate slippery areas—or outsource your facility maintenance to a company that can.

Keep them well

One case of flu or a stray cold can spread through a workplace like wild fire.  Stock cleaning wipes so employees can clean their computers and other electronics—especially when an illness is going through the building. Keep dish soap on hand for cleaning lunch plates and silverware.  For a thorough workplace sanitation, hire a crew that can do a deep clean during off hours.

Lean on expert advice

If you have any questions about workplace safety, don’t be afraid to consult the experts to make sure your workplace is safe.  An outside pair of eyes can often spot workplace hazards that you don’t see because you are familiar with your facilities.

Know your products

All products around your company need to be marked with instruction given on how to handle them properly.  Most companies do this for the most hazardous workplace products, but overlook more “ordinary” products.  For example, if you stock any cleaning supplies that can injure your employees if not used properly, establish and train your employees in protocols to avoid any workplace accidents.

Keep protective equipment readily available

If you want to protect your employees, provide protective equipment such as gloves, helmets, and gloves in areas that are easily accessible to your employees.  Provide training so they know where to find the gear and how to use it.

Don’t stop

Workplace safety is an on-going process, so continue to look for ways to protect your employees.  One of the most elementary ways to keep your workplace safe is to keep it clean.  As you delve into all the ways you can protect your employees, decide whether you should outsource your efforts or use employees to establish a safe and healthy workplace.

11 Tips for a Cleaner House This Summer

happy young family have fun on swimming pool  at summer vacationSummer is a time for fun, right?  Not for cleaning your house.  To minimize the amount of time you have to spend cleaning your house, use these tips to keep every room in your home clean—and give you more time for summer fun!

Entryways/mudroom

Use door mats and rugs to your advantage. Keep dirt at bay by keeping mats and rugs at every doorway to keep the sand and mud out of your home. If you have pets, check them over at the door for muddy paws and dirt.

Don’t be afraid to live out of bags. Whether you travel or play all summer long, don’t be afraid to stay organized with packed bags for each activity or to keep your items pre-packed in luggage for a quick getaway.

Laundry Room

Have a container ready for wet clothes.  Whether from the pool or an unexpected down pour, expect wet clothes to come in on a regular basis.  Have a system ready to dry them out, wash them, and get them ready for the next round of summer fun.

Organize your laundry room. Dirty shirts and shorts are a part of summer. Ready yourself for those unexpected surprises, and organize your laundry room so you can spot shot as soon as possible.

Bathroom

Train other members of your household to maintain a clean shower. A bit of daily maintenance can go a long way toward saving you from hours of shower and tile scrubbing. Make sure everyone remembers to crack open a window or turn on the fan to prevent mildew and mold from growing. Give your shower door a regular spray-down or a daily squeegee to keep soap scum away.

Wipe down your bathroom counters daily.  Leave a damp cloth near your bathroom counter, and wipe it down every day so you don’t have to scrub down any stains later.

Kitchen

Wash dishes after every meal.  Don’t let your pile of dishes get higher than you.  Wash down your pots and pans on a daily basis to prevent lengthy wash-downs later.

Do a quick wipe down.  Your counters, toaster, microwave…give everything in your kitchen a quick wipe down with a damp cloth.

Bedroom 

Pick up your clothes.  Keep your bedroom clutter-free.  Put your clothes into a laundry hamper every night, or—even better—straight into the washer!

Every Room

Don’t be afraid to hire cleaning help. Hiring a home cleaning service does not have to mean that you give up cleaning your house. If you need a cleaning service on days before you entertain, schedule accordingly. Or if you only want a certain room clean, give your cleaning service specific instruction. If you need someone to clean your whole house from top to bottom, there’s nothing wrong with that. Summer is meant to be enjoyed—not spent trying to keep up with a messy house.

Patio/Deck

Keep the grill and patio clean. Use outside dining to your advantage, which means easy clean up after meals. Use a bucket of water and soap to wash down your patio and furniture. Use a brush to keep your grill ready for another day of grilling.