Monthly Archives: October 2016

5 BIG Tips for a (Much!) Cleaner Home

home bathroom ready for spring cleaningIf the old adage is true and “cleanliness is next to godliness,” it’s easy to feel like you’re falling short—especially when you’re busy at work and at home.  But a cleaner home isn’t an impossible endeavor if you use these tips to keep your home clean and well-kept in between your spring and fall deep clean.

Keep up with daily cleaning

Make routine cleaning a habit: wipe down your counters after every meal, clean the toothpaste after you brush your teeth, sweep and vacuum your floors on a regular basis.  A few tasks done every night and every few days and you’ll have a cleaner house. If you want to get your kids to help, add regular cleaning tasks to their daily chore list. The result is a home that is picked up, bathrooms that aren’t gross, and an overall cleaner home.

Organize

An organized home is much easier to clean in between deep cleanings.  Make sure that you keep key areas like your mudroom organized with shelves, cubbies, and hangers.  Use organizers in your kitchen and bathroom to keep everything clean and in its place.

De-clutter

Make your house cleaning easier: give yourself less to keep clean in your home. Go through your home and give away items you haven’t used in years, or won’t use in the future.  To be clear, you don’t have to get rid of all your valuables or knickknacks; just make sure you’re only keeping what you want to keep and use.  If you think you can use items as a tax deduction, donate the items to local charity and keep documentation of your donation.

Keep the mud out

If you want to minimize the amount of cleaning you have to do, take steps to keep the mud where it belongs: outside. Place mats and rugs by exterior doors. Ask guests to take off their shoes at the door. Help your kids and pets 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.

Bring in the pros

There is no shame or blame in bringing in a professional home cleaner when you’re busy or for tasks that you don’t want to do. One of the neat benefits of a home cleaning service is they can do whatever you need them to do—whatever you want them to do.  All you have to do is contact them with a cleaning list and enjoy the benefits of a cleaner house.

Your Complete Fall Home Cleaning Checklist

cleaning supplies for your fall deep cleanMove over spring cleaning: fall is a prime season for giving your home a deep clean. Fall is right before the weather gets cold and you’re stuck inside for the winter. It’s an ideal time to get rid of allergens that cause your indoor allergies to flare up. It’s a necessary time to get ready for the family holiday you’re hosting.  The reasons to tackle a full deep home cleaning could go on and on, and so could the tips to make the job faster and more efficient. One of those ways is to have a checklist of fall home cleaning tasks that you can check off as you go (it makes you feel like you have more accomplished too!).

Living Room

  • Vacuum floors.
  • Mop down hard floors.
  • Carpet clean rugs and carpets.
  • Clean the windows.
  • Wash down walls.
  • Dust cabinets and TV cabinets.
  • Dust ceiling fans.
  • Wash curtains.
  • Dust blinds.
  • Wash light fixtures.

Kitchen

  • Wash the inside and shelves in your refrigerator.
  • Wipe off the top of your refrigerator.
  • Wipe down the wall behind your refrigerator.
  • Vacuum (carefully) the back of your refrigerator.
  • Clean your microwave.
  • Clean your oven.
  • Wash down your coffee maker.
  • Clean out the debris in your toaster and pizza oven. (Unplug appliances such as the toaster and a pizza oven as you work for safety reasons.)
  • Clean light fixtures.
  • Wash the ceiling.
  • Wipe down the tops of your cabinets.
  • Wash down the walls and backsplash.
  • Clean the windows.
  • Sweep/vacuum the floor.
  • Mop the floor.
  • Wash curtains.
  • Dust blinds.

Bathroom

  • Washing down counters and mirrors.
  • Cleaning toilets and urinals (bowl, seat, handle, and tank).
  • Disinfect handles (toilet and paper towel dispenser), door knobs, and faucets.
  • Sweeping and mopping floor.
  • Scrubbing grout and tile in the shower and tub.
  • Disinfect all surfaces.
  • Washing down walls.
  • Deep clean soaking tubs.
  • Clean the windows.
  • Wash curtains.
  • Dust blinds.

Bedroom

  • Wash sheets and bed coverings.
  • Vacuum floors.
  • Mop down hard floors.
  • Carpet clean rugs and carpets.
  • Clean the windows.
  • Wash down walls.
  • Dust dressers.
  • Dust ceiling fans.
  • Wash light fixtures.
  • Wash curtains.
  • Dust blinds.

Basement

  • Vacuum floors.
  • Mop down hard floors.
  • Carpet clean rugs and carpets.
  • Clean the windows.
  • Wash down walls.
  • Dust cabinets and TV cabinets.
  • Dust ceiling fans.
  • Wash light fixtures.
  • Wash curtains.
  • Dust blinds.

Laundry room/utility room/mudroom

  • Vacuum floors.
  • Mop down hard floors.
  • Carpet clean rugs and carpets.
  • Clean the windows.
  • Wash down walls.
  • Dust shelves and benches.
  • Dust ceiling fans.
  • Wash light fixtures.
  • Wash curtains.
  • Dust blinds.

Don’t have time to tackle the complete list of fall cleaning tasks? Contact a home cleaning service to get your home deep cleaned on a schedule that’s convenient for you—and in time for your family holiday, holiday party, and before the weather turns really cold.

Company Shutdown Facility Cleaning & Maintenance Checklist

employee in facility during shutdown ready for commercial cleaning and maintenanceThe countdown to the holiday clocks are starting to pop up everywhere; it seems everyone’s getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas—especially facility managers.  The holidays are a valuable time for facility managers, employees, and vendors to get caught up on all the maintenance and cleaning they can’t tackle when employees are on the floor and production schedules are at peak.

The months before Thanksgiving and the holidays are just as important; they’re a strategic time when facility managers can order supplies for maintenance, schedule vendors for cleaning and maintenance, and start compiling a facility cleaning and maintenance checklist specific to their facilities. We’ve assisted with cleaning and maintenance at numerous commercial facilities, and we’ve given you a complete list that you can use to compile your holiday shut-down to-do list.

Facility Remodeling

If your company has renovations or remodeling that’s been on the ‘to do’ list but can’t be tackled while employees are on the floor or in the office, take advantage of an empty building and parking lot—or contact a vendor that can complete a light remodeling project on deadline.  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 can all be started and finished without aggravating any allergies or interrupting employee productivity.

Building Maintenance

Even with our severe winter weather, the holidays are an ideal time for interior and exterior maintenance that couldn’t be performed while employees and machines are running. Parking lot maintenance, pruning trees damaged by ice and snow, swapping filters, and other building maintenance can be done while you have easy access and don’t have to worry about employee and vehicle traffic.

Machine Maintenance

If you have machines in your production areas or warehouses, now is the time to flush and change fluids, lubricate parts, and perform any other preventative maintenance without interrupting production schedules.  Order parts and fluids now so you are ready to start and finish your preventative maintenance before the machine needs to run.

Fleet Maintenance

For companies with delivery vehicles, cars, trucks and other company vehicles, the holidays are ideal for oil changes, brake replacement, and other fleet maintenance that needs to be done.  If you haven’t had time, the holidays are also an ideal time to allocate staff time to winterizing lawn mowers and other vehicles stored for the winter.

Floor Cleaning

Schedule a floor cleaning and wax of your production floor while your shop is still during the holidays. Send out a request to your office employees to clean items off the floor before they leave for vacation or during shutdown so carpet cleaning, rug cleaning, and hard floor cleaning can be completed before they return.

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.

Inventory

For facility maintenance, holiday shutdown is an ideal time to inventory machine and vehicle parts, lubricants, and other supplies needed for regular repairs and maintenance.  For shipping and production, an empty floor is an opportunity to double check inventory numbers and ready for a busy new year.

Building Cleaning

To keep your employees safe and productive, coordinate deep cleanings of your office, kitchen, restrooms and production space. If you don’t want to incur overtime costs for employees, contact a cleaning service for those deep cleaning tasks that you don’t have time for when the office, warehouses, and shop floor are busy and productive.

Your Winter Facility Prep Checklist

warehouse floor after cleaning ready for winterFall is a busy time for businesses as they prepare the interior and exterior of their buildings for winter. Commercial buildings come with their own checklist of winter preparation tasks needed to get your company—and your employees—ready for another Wisconsin winter.

Interior

Energy audit-have your facility inspected from the roof to the floors to check for energy leaks that could be costing your company thousands.

Office pick up-fall is an ideal time to clean up piles of paper throughout the office and shred unneeded papers (or hire a professional shredding service to get rid of the paperwork).

Kitchen cleaninghire the professionals to deep clean your office kitchen. Clean out the refrigerator, wash counters, deep wash the floors, clean your appliances, and give your employees a safe place to eat their meals (full kitchen clean checklist here).

Curtain & blind wash-for the sake of the allergy sufferers in your workplace, as well as the condition of your window curtains and blinds, dust or wash all your window curtains and blinds.

Floor and rug cleaning-get your floors ready for the inevitable tracking of snow, ice and salt across your warehouse and office floor (both for appearance and safety). Hire a professional cleaning service to clean your rugs and wax, polish and carpet clean your facility during business off hours so your floors are protected from the winter grime.

Restroom sanitize-before the inevitable sick days and loss of productivity, hire the pros to give your facility restroom a thorough top-to-bottom cleaning that’ll impress your customers and keep your employees healthy during the cold and flu season.

Exterior

Parking lot maintenance-get ready for the winter traffic and snow: maintain the parking lot and pick up the parking lot, lawns and outside areas around your workplace.

Building exterior maintenance-power wash the building and keep the exterior of your building looking professional and clean. If needed, hire a cleaning service that can handle interior and exterior cleaning.

Winter preparation landscaping-a thorough autumn landscaping is not optional, especially when preparing for winter. Hire a maintenance service to clean out dying vegetation (such as flowers, shrubs, etc.), trim trees so you don’t have any issues with ice building up and dropping branches, clean up branches and leaves so your storm drains are clear and clean off walks and steps before they are coated in snow.