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Spring Cleaning: 6 Quick Tips for a FASTER Deep Clean

mop cleaning floors during spring cleaningSpring cleaning may be a necessary chore, but it doesn’t have to take up your whole day (or weekend). A good deep house cleaning certainly doesn’t have to keep you from enjoying the beautiful spring weather! Here’s how to make this seasonal clean a faster spring cleaning so you can enjoy a clean house and spring fun.

Make a list.

The fastest spring cleaning starts with an organized approach. Before you start your spring cleaning, do a little bit of prep work, such as moving furniture and appliances. Use a spring cleaning checklist so you can get through your tasks quickly and efficiently.

Gather your cleaning supplies.

Before you start wiping or waxing floors, gather all your cleaning supplies into a bucket or caddy. Move from room to room with the caddy and vacuum cleaner, cleaning as you go. This simple effort can save you a lot of time running back and forth for supplies.

Start at the top.

As you clean every room, start at the ceiling. Wipe down the ceiling, ceiling fans, cabinets, top of appliances and tops of doors. This simple step saves you time so you don’t have to clean surfaces twice as dust falls.

Make it a team effort.

If you have any family members assisting with spring cleaning, divide up the tasks on the spring cleaning checklist. For quicker spring clean, contact a cleaning service to do the more intensive deep cleaning tasks. Schedule a home cleaner to mop floors or deep clean the bathrooms.

Don’t wash windows on a bright sunny day.

Window washing is on every spring cleaning checklist. While it might be tempting to clean the windows on a bright sunny day so you can appreciate your work, the sun can dry the cleaner quickly and leave streaks. Though the sun gets the job faster, it also makes it slows down your progress because you have to clean it again.

Be extra careful about floor cleaning.

Don’t be in such a hurry to get floors cleaned that you damage your floors in the process. Be careful not to leave puddles on wood floors which leave water stains. When moving furniture, place cardboard under the heavy items to avoid scratching floors. If you decide to hire a home cleaner for the floor cleaning, contact an experienced cleaning company with experienced cleaners (use these tips for hiring the right cleaning company for your home). The result is a faster spring clean that you can be proud of as you head outside to enjoy the spring weather.

What can a cleaning service do for your business?

The question, “what can a cleaning service do for your business?” is a loaded question with a two-fold answer. One answer is that a commercial cleaning service can keep your office and warehouse space organized, your restrooms clean and your tenants satisfied. If you hire a commercial cleaning service like ZBM Clean, you can also request preventative maintenance done around your building, ensuring that your HVAC unit lasts longer and your building condition is prime.

The second answer to the question is an itemized list of potential cleaning, organization, preventative maintenance and construction tasks that can be done at your primary building or rental commercial space. While the list for many commercial cleaning services would stop at cleaning and organization, ZBM professional commercial cleaners can also do preventative maintenance and construction tasks needed around your business, including:

  • cleaning your office kitchen,
  • window and blind cleaning,
  • dusting office cubicles and counters,
  • regular vacuuming,
  • floor cleaning and waxing,
  • parking lot maintenance,
  • refilling supplies in the restroom,
  • landscaping,
  • removing and replacing ceiling tiles,
  • fixing drywall patches,
  • painting walls,
  • fixing and repairing HVAC units,
  • building inner offices,
  • restroom repairs,
  • installing new interior and exterior doors,
  • other facility preventative maintenance.

This list of cleaning and preventative maintenance tasks can be customized to your business’ needs on a schedule you specify. And while this answer is a very long answer to a very common question, ZBM Cleaning can answer other common commercial cleaning questions about cleaning and preventative maintenance tasks with a simple phone call, and back their answer up with prompt and quality cleaning and preventative maintenance service.

7 Spring Organization Tips that’ll Get the Job Done

stack of colorful boxes used for spring organization and cleaningSpring is in the air, and so is our urge to get our homes in order.  If you’re just itching to tackle your home spring organization, but am completely overwhelmed at the amount of work that needs to be done, use these organization tips from the pros.

  1. Don’t tackle all your spring organization at once. Plan to get a little bit done every day.  Make a to-do list for every day, and check off each job as you get it done.
  2. Keep your eye on the goal. Don’t forget why you’re organizing in the first place: so you have a clean, clutter-free home that is easier to work and play in.  If you’re more organized, it’s easier to find items, move (if you’re considering it), and keep your household schedule.
  3. Take it room by room. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and you’re spring organization doesn’t need to be done all at once.  If you’re overwhelmed by the amount of work, break it down.  Tackle your spring organization room by room, list by list, until the job is done.
  4. Turn your pile into piles. Go through the pile, and sort. For example, create a pile of “office supplies,” another pile of “outgrown clothes” and a third pile of “don’t need anymore.”
  5. Invest in shelving and boxes. Create an organization system that works for you—whether it’s a series of drawers, containers, shelves or an armoire where you can keep things (cleanly, not in piles).
  6. Have a plan for items you don’t need any more. Give away, sell (rummage sale anyone?), donate your unwanted stuff, especially items that don’t fit, don’t get used, or won’t get used any time soon—including furniture. If you donate to a charitable organization, keep a record of the items you donate for a possible tax deduction next year.
  7. Hire pros to take on cleaning and organizing. If you have asthma and can’t handle the dust, a bad back, or don’t have the time, hire a cleaning service to take on your spring cleaning and organization project so you can start enjoying the beautiful weather—and the benefits of an organized home.

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.

Business Spring Cleaning Tips

cleaning serviceSpring may not seem like an occasion to cheer about at your business. After all it’s just another business day in Wisconsin, and business as usual. However, spring is an opportunity to clean out the clutter that has accumulated throughout the winter and get your office, shop and warehouse ready for all the business that comes your way.

Don’t feel like the brunt of your business spring cleaning needs to land squarely on one employee’s shoulders. After all, business spring cleaning is a task that should be done by every employee and coordinated with your commercial cleaning service for maximum effectiveness. A full spring cleaning should include, but not be limited, standard spring cleaning tips that keep your business running smoothly:

  1. Clean out the file cabinets. Determine what files need to kept for financial and business reasons, and shred excess papers from your file cabinets. For electronic files, delete old files, make sure that employees are following organization standards for your shared/common drive and your back-up system is regularly storing documents, graphics and financial records. When your system-wide electronic purging is complete, challenge your staff to do the same with their computers so they have a clean and organized PC as they do business.
  2. Clear off desks. Is the pile of papers on employee desks as tall as the staff? Though you’re all busy, set an hour or afternoon for spring cleaning desks and shared common cabinets. Bring in a shredder or large boxes for unneeded papers. Sort, organize and shred all unnecessary paper piles.
  3. Organize and inventory. In your warehouse and office, clean, sort and take inventory of office supplies, product and raw materials. Dust and take stock of what you have so you’re prepared to process orders and customer inquiries efficiently and expediently.
  4. Give the floors a professional cleaning. Spring means no more tracking snow, ice and salt across your warehouse and office floor. Take this opportunity to get your floors cleaned beyond regular vacuuming and an occasional spot clean. Hire a professional cleaning service to wax, polish and carpet clean your facility during business off hours.
  5. Keep your outside as maintained as your inside. If you own your building, or are have an agreement with your landlord to maintain the parking lot, pick up the parking lot, lawns and outside areas around your workplace. Hire a professional cleaning service to power wash the building, seal the parking lot and keep the exterior of your building looking professional and clean. Remember curb appeal matters when you’re dealing with a steady stream of customers, suppliers and community traffic.

To ensure that the interior and exterior of your building are part of the spring cleaning, hire a cleaning service that can make repairs, perform interior and exterior maintenance and clean your bathrooms, office space, warehouse and kitchen. With their assistance, your business spring cleaning can be a coordinated effort with a successful completion.

Spring Cleaning Checklist

It’s clear to spring has come to Wisconsin. The temperatures are rising, snow is thawing and the spring mud is threatening our homes. That’s right: threatening. While Wisconsinites love spring, trying to keep your home clean and tackle spring cleaning among the mud is a challenge for even the most fastidious homeowner. What’s even more of a challenge is trying to stay organized in your spring cleaning efforts (and to keep your family on task).

Take a deep breath. Don’t worry. We’ve come up with a spring cleaning checklist suitable for most Wisconsin homeowners so you can check off your finished spring cleaning tasks:

  • Cleaning your appliances (including the dishwasher, fridge, washer or stove).
  • Removing spider webs.
  • Window cleaning.
  • Dusting ceiling fans and washing light fixture coverings.
  • Blind and curtain cleaning.
  • Clean the top of cabinets.
  • Grout cleaning.
  • Carpet and floor cleaning.
  • Power washing your house.
  • Vent cleaning.
  • Washing comforters and quilts.
  • Fireplace stone/tile and mantle clean up.
  • Cleaning sliding door tracks.
  • Scrub down showers.
  • Dust inside of cabinets.

If you are a fastidious homeowner who doesn’t have time to clean up that spring mud, and get all the other essential spring cleaning tasks done, contact a professional cleaner who can give your home a deep spring clean. Enjoy your finished checklist of spring cleaning tasks, and then head outside with your fellow Wisconsinites to enjoy the warm spring temperatures.

Get a Jump on Home Spring Cleaning

No matter what the ground hog predicted, spring fever is in the air.  Wisconsin residents are ready for the warm spring temperatures, even though winter is in full force. While we can’t bring you spring, we can bring you spring cleaning tasks you can tackle even in the middle of our cold Wisconsin winter—spring cleaning tasks that are sure to bring hope for spring:

  1. Winter is an ideal time to sort, organize and clear out unwanted clutter. A few minutes of organizing and cleaning a day, or a few hours on one day, can keep your home neat, tidy and free of clutter.
  2. Remove cob webs. It’s amazing how even if you don’t see a spider, webs seem to magically appear throughout your home. Take a good broom to those pesky cob webs, and a towel to clean the walls around the web if needed.
  3. Clean tile grout. For tile in your bathroom or kitchen, give your tile a good washing and your grout a good scrubbing. Tile can be wiped down with a soft, non-abrasive cloth; grout should be cleaned with a brush specially produced for the project. Use water for mild dirt, or a vinegar-water mixture to lift the stains.
  4. Wash the inside of your windows. No one wants to be outside in the biting winds getting frostbite from our cold Wisconsin winter. Go after the problem from the inside; use a soft non-abrasive cloth for wiping the glass. Use a second rag to wipe down the window frame (do this before cleaning the glass).
  5. Blind and curtain cleaning. As long as you’re cleaning the window, you might as well clean the blinds and curtains too, right? Use a long narrow duster for plastic blinds, or spray and wipe down with a cloth. Throw washable curtains in the wash machine to give them a much-needed clean.

If you don’t have time for spring cleaning now or even in the spring, hire a professional cleaner to give your home a deep clean. We can’t give you spring, but we can give you a spring cleaning that makes you feel like it’s spring—even with a foot of snow outside.