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How to Clean a Bathroom

Cleaning a bathroom may not be at the top of any favorite cleaning lists, but it’s certainly a necessary home cleaning chore. Bathrooms are the source of much unpleasantness, and one of the key rooms that can sell a house or drive guests away. Cleaning a bathroom is a big deal—but that doesn’t mean you have to like it.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of steps that can help you deep clean your bathroom faster and better than ever before. (Of course, there is always the option of hiring a cleaner to tackle bathroom cleaning.)

Put together a cleaning container.

If you have more than one bathroom to clean, a container with cleaning supplies can be your best friend. Your container should contain all the normal bathroom cleaning supplies: window cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, multi-surface cleaner, sponges, etc. A container is easy to carry from bathroom to bathroom, and everything you need is at arm’s reach.

In addition to cleaners, a cleaning container should also contain equipment to protect you as you clean. This could include gloves, masks, and other equipment that protects your skin and your body (even if you use natural cleaners).

Remove all the bathroom “stuff.”

Before cleaning any surface in a bathroom, always remove all the items that line the counter tops, shelves, bathtub, and shower stalls. This task is also your chance to clean toothbrush holders, trash cans, and other items that need sanitizing.

Start cleaning from top to bottom.

Like any room, the best place to start cleaning is at the top. Start dusting and cleaning bathroom fans, the top of shower stalls and medicine cabinets, and any other surfaces near the ceiling. The logic behind this cleaning process is simple; as you clean, the dust falls downward and can be cleaned up as you work your way to the floor.

Let bathroom items soak.

For easier cleaning (without scrubbing!), soak items in a cleaner. These can include any items that don’t have metal or could rust, such as toothbrush holders and light covers. Best yet, a good soak can loosen dirt and grime, making it easier to rinse off.

Launder shower curtains and all linens.

If you want to make laundering shower curtains a breeze, check washing instructions to see if the curtain can be laundered in the washing machine. It makes cleaning the bathroom easier and gets you on to doing something you actually enjoy.

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7 Essential Fall Building Maintenance Services that Pay Off

It’s easy to put off fall building maintenance services, especially when there are other tasks that directly impact the bottom line. It’s easy to put machine repairs and other necessary building services at the top of the list. However, re-prioritizing can have long-term financial implications from repairs stemming from long-overdue building maintenance.

It makes cents (pun intended) for companies to complete these important building maintenance tasks that maintain property value and prevent those random repairs.

Exterior Building Clean-Up

Facility exterior cleaning is an important part of building maintenance; gutter cleaning, for example, can prevent ice dams and other issues throughout the winter. Exterior building clean-up also includes a full roof inspection, building pressure washing, window washing, and other essential building maintenance services.

HVAC Check

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system maintenance is an essential part of extending the life of the equipment. Fall is an ideal time for HVAC maintenance; it is an ideal time to do a full check-up of system parts, replace worn items, and ensure the system is ready for heating.

Lot Maintenance

Parking lots and sidewalks take the brunt of daily car and foot traffic, making them a top priority for fall building maintenance. Lot maintenance can include (but not limited to) trash pick-up, pressure washing, flower bed maintenance, sealing, and vegetation trimming.

Floor Cleaning

A comprehensive deep floor clean is a preventative measure that reduces the risk of injury and build-up of grime. Fall is an ideal time for this cleaning task, especially before the snow and ice of winter is tracked in by building visitors. Flooring cleaning should be paired with laundering rugs, an important part of keeping snow and grime off of company floors. Floor cleaning can be completed with minimal interruption to daily operations or during off-hours when the building is empty. For an off-hours flooring cleaning, it can be cost-efficient to hire building maintenance professionals that can complete the floor cleaning efficiently.

Duct Cleaning

A periodic duct cleaning is an essential part of healthy and safety management. Regular duct cleaning is an important part of maintaining high indoor air quality and preventing employee illnesses. Most importantly, a complete duct cleaning removes the mold, pollen, and dander that can exacerbate employee allergy symptoms and respiratory illness symptoms.

Restroom Sanitation

A complete restroom sanitation minimizes the risk of widespread workplace illness, especially before the start of flu and cold season. This fall building maintenance should accompany a cleaning of common areas, such as the kitchen, printers, and conference rooms.

Light Bulb Maintenance

Fall is the start of shorter days, a prime time for light bulb maintenance. For minimal interruption, outsource this property maintenance task to a cleaning company that can monitor and maintain interior and exterior lighting.

bathroom after a deep clean

The Ultimate Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

Of all the rooms in our house, most people would agree that a good bathroom cleaning is at the top of the list. A dirty bathroom can be a real turn-off to guests (even our own family members!) That’s why we’ve put together the ultimate bathroom cleaning guide that can get your bathroom sparkling clean and ready for guests.

Of course, if bathroom cleaning isn’t on your to-do list—or you don’t have time to add it—there is always the option to bring in a professional home cleaner to get your bathroom cleaned and disinfected. (Use these questions to hire the right cleaner for the job.)

Bathroom Cleaning Supply List

  • Grout Cleaner
  • Toilet Brush
  • Toilet Cleaner
  • Floor Cleaner
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Countertop/Tub Cleaner
  • Shower Door Cleaner
  • Microfiber Cloths
  • General Cleaner
  • Disinfecting Spray
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Rubber Gloves (and other protective gear)
  • Mop

Bathroom Cleaning Tips

  • Always start at the top of the bathroom and work your way to the floor.
  • Gather up bathroom cleaning supplies and keep them together in a tote for a faster clean.
  • Use manufacturer-approved flooring cleaners to make sure the warranty is not voided.
  • Never use a steam cleaner on wood floors which can damage the floor.
  • If there is a film or hard water spots on shower doors, test the cleaner on a small area to see if it works and avoid damaging the glass.
  • Wear protective gear to avoid any health problems from abrasive cleaners.
  • Completely remove vent covers and light fixture covers for an easier clean in another area (like a sink).
  • Use a vacuum cleaner to remove spider webs and dust from corners (especially in the room corners).
  • Don’t forget to clean and disinfect accessories like soap containers and toothbrush holders.
  • Always test grout cleaners before using to ensure it doesn’t discolor grout.

Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

___ Completely clean and dust ceiling light/fan fixtures

___ Dust the frame and clean the glass on hanging artwork and photos

___ Wash vent covers

___ Remove dust and cobwebs in corners

___ Wash windows

___ Dust blinds/Launder curtains (if recommended in cleaning instructions)

___ Dust all door trim, crown molding, ledges, and shelves

___ Wipe down top of cabinets and cabinet doors

___ Deep clean shower door and shower door frame

___ Wipe down around top of shower surround or tile

___ Scrub tile grout in shower

___ Clean shower and tub faucets

___ Scrub sink and sink faucet

___ Deep clean bathroom countertop

___ Wipe down wainscotting

___ Deep clean tub

___ Clean mirror

___ Wipe down toilet (from top to bottom)

___ Clean wall behind toilet

___ Dust trim behind toilet

___ Clean floor around toilet

___ Scrub bathroom floor grout (for tile)

___ Deep clean bathroom floor

___ Dust bathroom door

___ Wipe away dust on floor trim

___ Disinfect waste basket

BIG Restroom Cleaning Mistakes

restroom signs pointing to bathroom where cleaners used restroom cleaning checklistIt may be time to move restroom cleaning to the top of the business cleaning checklist. Though it may seem like a small task, a clean bathroom is an important part of every customer experience—and one they relate directly to your business (even if the space is rented).

Not scheduling periodic restroom checks

Even when a business is busy, it’s important to ask an employee (or employees) to clean the restroom. Customers aren’t going to return to a business if the restroom is dirty, and most customers don’t make allowances for businesses in rented spaces or for a busy time.

To prevent a dirty bathroom, don’t just ask employees to check the restroom; make your expectations clear to prevent any misunderstandings (and dirty restrooms). Provide employees with a complete restroom cleaning checklist that they need to complete when finished. In addition to cleaning, periodic restroom checks should also include refilling paper towels, soap, toilet paper, and other essentials. If that is not possible, or during an incredibly busy event, hire a local cleaning service to periodically clean the restroom during the day.

Not sanitizing the restroom

Restrooms are a hot bed for the germs that cause illnesses. When cleaning, every business should use products that clean and sanitize to prevent the spread of illnesses and diseases. Though many illnesses are associated with winter (“cold season”), sanitizing a restroom should be a year-round effort.

Sanitizing a restroom is not just for businesses where customers visit regularly. Restroom disinfection should also be a major part of restroom cleanings at businesses with employees. Employee illness can disrupt productivity and service (or product) delivery. In addition to restroom sanitizing, businesses should also put out disinfection products in common areas that can help employees stay healthy (i.e. hand sanitizers, keyboard wipes, etc.)

Not providing protective equipment for employees

Many restroom cleaning products come with warnings about health hazards that can come from repeated exposure or contact. One of the top restroom cleaning mistakes companies make is to ignore these warnings and not provide adequate protective equipment for employees. Every business should provide a restroom cleaning kit that includes masks, gloves, and other protective equipment when needed.

Ignoring restroom deep cleaning

A regular restroom deep clean is an essential part of keeping a restroom neat and in good working order. Unfortunately, many businesses skip this important part of restroom sanitation. A restroom deep cleaning should include all the elements of a regular cleaning plus:

  • grout and tile scrubbing,
  • thorough cleaning of all toilets (top to bottom) and any spaces that don’t get cleaned often (behind toilets, toilet stall walls, sanitary containers, etc.),
  • disinfection of all restroom surfaces,
  • cleaning and removing graffiti,
  • washing down walls.

These restroom deep cleanings should be scheduled for times when traffic is low in the building, such as after hours or during holiday breaks by cleaning staff or outsourced to a commercial cleaning service.

Bedroom Cleaning Checklist

Happy young mother playing and having fun with her little son on bed at homeYou spend a lot of time in your bedroom, which is why the steps on this bedroom cleaning checklist is so important. Regular bedroom cleanings can rid your home of the dust can interrupt a good night’s sleep.

Unfortunately, dust in the bedroom is not the only mess that disturbs your slumber. Bedrooms are also home to pet dander, dust mites, and pollen. That’s why we’ve put together a list that guarantees a clean bedroom (quickly!) so you don’t have to continue to sneeze and wheeze. This list also includes the master bathroom, which can also cause annoying allergy symptoms because of its close proximity to the bedroom.

If you don’t want to suffer through the cleaning (ah choo!), it can be helpful to buy a mask for cleaning and a HEPPA filter for the vacuum cleaner. Another option is to hire a cleaning service to take on those regular bedroom cleanings for you. (These tips for hiring the right home cleaning service can help you choose a cleaner you can trust.)

Bedroom Deep Cleaning

Tip: if you have outdoor allergies, don’t hang out laundered items. Laundered items can attract outdoor allergens and bring them into the bedroom, which can trigger allergy symptoms.

___ Clean light fixtures and ceiling fans

___ Clean doors

___ Remove cob webs and dust in corners (from ceiling to floor)

___ Dust artwork and photos

___ Launder bedding

___ Wash windows

___ Dust furniture (i.e. night stands, desks, dressers, etc.)

___ Clean window treatments

___ Launder pet bedding

___ Clean mattress (or mattress cover)

___ Dust door and wall trim

___ Dust trim molding, ledges, and shelves

___ Dust artwork and photos

___ Deep clean carpet or hard floors

Master Bathroom Deep Cleaning

___ Clean bathroom fan and light fixtures

___ Dust artwork and photos

___ Wipe down duct covers

___ Remove dust and cobwebs in corners

___ Wash windows

___ Clean window treatments

___ Dust crown molding, ledges, and shelves

___ Clean top of cabinets

___ Wipe down shower door and shower door frame

___ Clean around top of shower

___ Scrub tile grout/wipe down wainscoting

___ Deep clean tub

___ Clean mirror

___ Scrub bathroom floor grout (for tile)

___ Deep clean floors

___ Clean doors

___Wipe down/clean trim

___ Disinfect waste basket

How to Get the Best Building Maintenance Company

very clean and well-maintained buildingBuilding maintenance is an essential part of facility operations that comes with multiple considerations. A building needs regular maintenance to extend system life and preserve property value while still staying in-budget and considering the long-term needs of the company.

While this seems contradictory, it is possible to find solutions that satisfy all those components. One of those solutions is outsourcing building maintenance to professionals. This effort can be cost-effective because it is often cheaper to contract with a company versus the total compensation of an employee. A comparative analysis can be done in three steps.

Evaluate building needs.

The evaluation starts with compiling a full list of building needs. The list should include what services are needed and the frequency that those services need to be performed. The list of building needs should be comprehensive and include daily and weekly tasks, such as vacuuming and floor cleaning, and seasonal spring and fall maintenance, such as HVAC maintenance.

When compiling this list, consider the amount of time required for the maintenance. Not every building requires full-time help or the cost of hiring a part-time employee. If the building is in another location or is a rental, it may be more convenient hiring a service rather than monitoring an employee.

In addition to building needs, companies should also consider the party responsible for monitoring the employee or communicating with a third-party service. This party is typically the facility manager or maintenance manager.

Interview prospective companies.

If a full analysis concludes that outsourcing is the right solution, the company should identify third-party vendors that can complete tasks on the building maintenance list. This list can include an HVAC company, cleaning company, and parking lot maintenance vendor. In addition to the cost quoted by the third-party vendors, companies should also consider service quality and the cost of working with multiple companies.

The latter should be a consideration for companies that want multiple services done without corresponding with multiple companies. Some companies offer more than one services, such as cleaning and building maintenance services, that add convenience to facility management.

Review contracts.

The last step is to review contract fine print. This should be part of the initial process and a continuing effort to control costs and refine services. Some consideration should also be given to future building maintenance that can reduce long-terms costs, such as light bulb maintenance. While there may be more up-front cost, the long-term savings can be worth the initial investment.

From Front to Back Door: Your Whole House Deep Cleaning Checklist

home bathroom ready for spring cleaningThere’s something deeply satisfying about being in a house after an intensive deep clean. Everything feels new, fresh, and well…incredibly clean.

The good news is that you can get that feeling after a few days (or weeks, depending on the time available) of elbow grease or after a really good cleaning by a home cleaner. (If you choose the latter, make sure you use these steps for hiring a home cleaner and provide a full list of cleaning tasks that you would like done. Some home cleaning services also have cleaning packages that you can choose from.)

No matter what option you choose, here is a list of house deep cleaning tasks and tips that can take your home from grimy to fresh and shiny clean.

Deep Cleaning House Tips

  • Always start at the top of every room, such as light fixtures and tops of cabinets.
  • Use cleaners that won’t damage furniture and appliances.
  • Be extra careful about cleaning computers and other technology.
  • Don’t use a lot of water on wood items (in some cases, none) and never leave standing water on floors or tables.
  • If anyone in the home has allergies, consider adding a full home duct cleaning to your house deep cleaning list.

Front Entry

___ Clean interior of door and door frame

___ Dust artwork and photos

___ Wipe down/clean trim

___ Dust crown molding, ledges, and shelves

___ Wipe down duct covers

___ Remove dust and cobwebs in corners (from ceiling to floor)

___ Deep clean floor

___ Dust furniture

___ Wash windows

___ Clean out front closet

___ Clean blinds and window treatments

___ Wash walls

Living Room

___ Dust ceiling fans

___ Wipe down duct covers

___ Dust artwork and photos

___ Clean window treatments

___ Remove dust and cobwebs in corners (from ceiling to floor)

___ Wash windows

___ Clean light fixtures

___ Wash walls

___ Clean doors

___ Dust crown molding, ledges, and shelves

___ Clean appliances (i.e. television, computers, DVD players)

___ Dust furniture

___Wipe down/clean trim

___ Sweep/vacuum floor

___ Deep clean floor

Bathroom

___ Clean bathroom fan and light fixtures

___ Dust artwork and photos

___ Wipe down duct covers

___ Remove dust and cobwebs in corners

___ Wash windows

___ Clean window treatments

___ Dust crown molding, ledges, and shelves

___ Clean top of cabinets

___ Wipe down shower door and shower door frame

___ Clean around top of shower

___ Scrub tile grout/wipe down wainscotting

___ Deep clean tub

___ Clean mirror

___ Mop & scrub bathroom floor grout (for tile)

___ Deep clean other types of flooring

___ Clean doors

___Wipe down/clean trim

___ Disinfect waste basket

Kitchen

___ Clean lighting fixture and ceiling fans

___ Dust artwork and photos

___ Wipe down duct covers

___ Wash windows

___ Dust crown molding, ledges, and shelves

___ Remove cob webs and dust in corners (from ceiling to floor)

___ Clean top of cabinets

___ Clean doors

___ Wipe down range hood

___ Deep clean appliance exteriors

___ Clean behind refrigerator, microwave, and stove

___ Deep clean floor

___ Clean cabinets (front and above cabinets)

___ Dust baseboard and window trim

___ Disinfect waste baskets

Dining Room

___ Dust cove ceiling and other woodwork

___ Remove cob webs and dust in corners (from ceiling to floor)

___ Clean light fixture

___ Wash windows

___ Dust artwork and photos

___ Clean interior and exterior of cabinets

___ Dust furniture

___ Wipe down duct covers

___ Dust crown molding, ledges, and shelves

___ Wash walls

___Wipe down/clean trim

___ Clean table

___ Deep clean area rug

Bedrooms

___ Clean light fixtures and ceiling fans

___ Remove cob webs and dust in corners (from ceiling to floor)

___ Dust artwork and photos

___ Launder bedding

___ Wash windows

___ Dust furniture

___ Clean window treatments

___ Dust door and wall trim

___ Dust trim molding, ledges, and shelves

___ Deep clean floors

Hallways

___ Clean light fixtures

___ Dust artwork and photos

___ Wipe down duct covers

___ Wash windows

___ Dust door and wall trim

___ Clean doors

___ Dust crown molding, ledges, and shelves

___ Deep clean floors

Laundry/Utility Room

___ Clean light fixtures

___ Dust artwork and photos

___ Wipe down duct covers

___Clean doors

___ Dust crown molding, ledges, and shelves

___ Clean shelves

___ Wash walls (especially behind appliances)

___ Wipe down appliances

___ Wash windows

___ Scrub tile grout

___ Wipe wainscoting

___ Deep clean floor

How to Hire a House Cleaning Service (With Step-by-Step Checklist)

washing dishes as part of a winter deep cleanIf you’re ready to throw in the towel on your house cleaning, these tips for hiring the best house cleaner are for you. The good news is you can hire a home cleaner to help with as much or as little cleaning as need done.

There are two options for home cleaners: an individual home cleaner or a home cleaning service. There are advantages or disadvantages to both. Some homeowners like the comfort of having one cleaner come every time (which can be done with an individual cleaner or home cleaning service). Others choose to hire a home cleaning service because of the availability, training, and assurances (i.e. for complaints, insurance, etc.)

The main difference between the two is availability. Home cleaning services always have employees available to clean, both for random cleanings (“I really need my home cleaned up before my party!”) or for regular weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly cleanings. Individual home cleaners typically require a more flexible schedule with an occasional break. Some cleaners require a set number of hours from homeowners.

Unfortunately, hiring either type of home cleaner comes with a process (a short process!) that ensures that both parties are satisfied.

Hiring a House Cleaning Service Checklist

____ Make a list of home cleaning services.

  • Ask friends and family for recommendations.
  • Do an internet search for local house cleaning services (i.e. “cleaning services near me,” “house cleaning near me.”
  • Research reviews on local cleaning services (i.e. Yelp, Facebook, etc.)

____ Decide what cleaning tasks you need done.

  • Make a list of all the cleaning tasks you need done.
  • Contact cleaning services for a free quote.

____ Interview each service.

  • “How long have you been in business? Can you provide references from past clients?”
  • “Is your service insured? What process should I follow if anything in my home is damaged?”
  • “Do you perform background checks on all your home cleaners?”
  • “Does your service supply the cleaning supplies and equipment?”
  • “Who should I contact to schedule a home cleaning?”
  • “Do I need to be here when the home cleaner comes?”
  • “Should I secure my pet when the cleaner comes over?”
  • “Who should I contact if I have any complaints?”
  • “Do I need to sign a contract?”

____ Hire the house cleaning service.

  • Review all contracts and proof of insurance.
  • Reiterate your list of cleaning tasks and expectations.
  • Sign all necessary paperwork before the first cleaning.

____ Schedule a home cleaning and enjoy the perks of a shorter to-do list.

Office Cleaning Services: 10 Useful Office Cleaning Tips from the Pros

A dirty office is the source of everything bad: disorganization, bad first impression for customers, allergy attacks, workplace injuries, and the spread of many illnesses. That’s why we’ve put together a complete list of office cleaning tips that get you a safer, cleaner office. (For an after-hours office cleaning, bring in professional office cleaners.)

Your Complete Commercial Office Cleaning Checklist

6 Tips that Keep Your Office Allergy-Free

20+ Office Cleaning Tasks that Don’t Get Done

Spring Office Cleaning: 6 Easy Ways to Boost Productivity and Morale

Your Office Kitchen Deep-Clean Checklist

(Expensive) Commercial Cleaning Mistakes to Avoid at Your Business

Employees sick? Stop the Spread of Germs in the Workplace

4 Tips for Keeping Your Company Floors Safe

4 Cleaning Tasks to Schedule at Your Company During Summer Vacations

5 Tips for Keeping Your Company Restrooms Clean

Home Water Damage Restoration Tips

room restored and repaired after water damage with new drywallFlooding in your home is never a welcome sight, but the mere presence of water should prompt immediate action. Quick water removal and restoration is the key to getting your home back to its original condition—and you back to enjoying a water-free home. Here’s why, and other water damage restoration tips for a smooth and easy recovery process.

Why do I need to remove water and clean up water damage right away?

It doesn’t matter if the water damage is from a leaky roof or heavy rainfalls. Water damage needs to be cleaned up immediately (or addressed by a water restoration company). The Environmental Protection Agency recommends throwing away items that haven’t been dried out and restored within 48 hours.

Delaying the water removal and restoration work can lead to health hazards, both in the long- and short-term. In optimal conditions, mold can grow as soon as 24 hours after a home is flooded. Over time, mold can spread, cause more damage, and even become a major health hazard. This process can also lead to more expense and repairs.

What should I do when I find water in my home?

  • Never enter a flooded room if the electricity and gas is still on. Always turn off the power and gas (without wading through the water) to prevent electrocutions and accidents.
  • Be very cautious about wading into sewage back-ups and water that could contain chemicals. These conditions can cause injuries and may need more extensive disinfection and clean-up.
  • Always take pictures of the flooding and water damage for future use. These photos can be invaluable when communicating with the insurance company.
  • Contact your insurance company as soon as possible to initiate the water damage restoration process.
  • Hire a water damage restoration company that has experience working with insurance companies; these businesses are familiar with the process and can make the recovery process easier with less hassles.
  • If the water damage is caused by a repairable issue, such as a leaky roof, take preventative measures (i.e. putting a tarp over a hole, turning off the water) to keep more water from coming into your home (if possible).

What is water damage restoration?

Water damage restoration and repair is more than just water clean-up. Reputable water damage restoration companies come into flooded homes, remove the water (if needed), and start the drying out process with fans and de-humidifiers.

Professionals start cleaning hard surfaces (and disinfecting, if needed) and removing porous materials that absorb water. Removal of these materials is necessary because these materials are more susceptible to microorganism growth. Specifically, removing drywall and sub-flooring boards is a way to find any hidden water damage (and mold) and dry out wet surfaces.

The last step is restoration and repair, which returns the space (and many of its contents) back to the original condition. In a flooded room, insulation and drywall are rehung. The drywall is mudded and textured. When completed, the space should look as “good as new”—or at least, as good as it was before the water damage.