A picture taken at the #Sochi Olympics by Canadian snowboarder Sebastien Toutant shows that there is some expected bathroom etiquette one must follow. Apparently, #toilet fishing is something that is highly frowned upon!
When Life Gives Us Lemons, We Start Cleaning!
The clean, crisp smell of a lemon is refreshing and invigorating. A lemon fragrance is often equated with cleanliness. Many name brand cleaning products, air fresheners and detergents offer a lemon scented version.
While scent is a popular reason to choose lemons when it comes to cleaning, there is more to lemons than just their scent! Lemons are acidic and can provide some antibacterial and antiseptic properties that make them excellent choices for cleaning purposes.
Go ahead and clean that microwave!
Save time and energy by mixing 4 tablespoons lemon juice into 2 cups water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on High for 7 -10 minutes, letting water stand in microwave for 2-3 minutes. Allow the steam to penetrate the stuck on food on the inside walls and ceiling of the oven while the citric acid goes to work killing bacteria. Then just wipe away the softened food with a sponge or paper towel!
Get Whiter Whites!
Ordinary household chlorine bleach can cause the iron in water to precipitate out into fabrics, leaving them with a dingy appearance. For a mild, all natural alternative to chlorine bleach, soak white clothing in a mixture of water, lemon juice and baking soda for at least half an hour before washing.
Get Busy In the Shower!
Squeeze the juice from six lemons and pour the juice (without pulp) into a spray bottle. Let stand for a minute or two, then scrub with a sponge to break up soap scum and rinse. The citric acid will help break up hard water deposits while sanitizing and deodorizing!
Make Your Own Furniture Polish!
Mix 1 cup of pure olive oil with ½ cup lemon juice and you have a fresh smelling, chemical free furniture polish for hardwood furniture.
When life gives you lemons, put them to work, then sit back with a tall glass of lemonade and enjoy your fresh, clean home!
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Cleaning is cleaning, right? Most of us have some experience when it comes to cleaning. As children, we probably learned to clean by helping our parents with the household chores. As adults, we probably spend more than a few hours a week vacuuming, dusting and maintaining our homes! Since most everyone knows how to clean, why not choose a cleaning service based on price? And why not save even more by doing it yourself?
The true value of a professional janitorial service is often poorly understood. A cleaning service should not be viewed as a cost or expense. A good cleaning service is actually an investment that can pay off in many ways, many times over. In fact, there are multiple and often overlooked advantages to using a professional cleaning service!
- A clean workplace makes a great impression, and can even set a business apart from its competitors. A potential client’s first impression of any business should be a clean, fresh smelling office. Dirty, smelly restrooms can really leave a negative impression with prospective customers and guests.
- A clean office is a healthier workplace. There is a direct correlation between a good cleaning program and improved employee health. A clean office can help increase productivity and decrease sick days. Needless to say, lowered productivity and increased sick days can cost an employer money.
- While no cleaning service can make everything look new, a good cleaning service can really help protect building assets. Regular cleaning will extend the life of carpeting, bathroom fixtures, tile, exhaust fans, wood, and furniture. Keeping hard water in kitchens and restrooms under control can really go a long way towards increasing the longevity of toilet bowls, sinks, and faucets.
- A clean building smells, looks, and feels like a nice place to work. Clean surroundings create a pleasant environment for building occupants!
- A good cleaning company will use up to date and well maintained equipment, such as vacuums with HEPA filtration systems. HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air filter. HEPA filters are designed to trap the majority of fine particulates in the machine, so they aren’t simply spewing dust back into the air.
- A quality janitorial service knows how to clean for the health and safety of building occupants. A good cleaning service is knowledgeable about the chemicals they use and their application. A credible cleaning service will not water down their cleaning chemicals and will spend the appropriate amount of time to allow the products to work effectively.
A professional janitorial service can play a vital role in the health, morale, and productivity of building occupants. A reputable cleaning service can help a company make a positive impression on clients and customers. An expert cleaning service will be your business partner. Investing in a professional cleaning service has many advantages, and who couldn’t use an advantage now and then?
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Where do these cute little guys come from, anyway?
It probably won’t surprise you to learn that these cute little dust balls aren’t actually bunnies! The exact composition of a dust bunny can vary depending on area, weather and season. Typically, house dust is composed of stuff like dead skin cells, hair, pet dander, carpet fibers, clothing fibers, pollen, dead insect parts, and other particulates that entered your home through the windows and was tracked in on the soles of shoes. Dust bunnies are usually held together in clumps because the fibers that compose them become entangled and get matted, much like lint does. There are also electrostatic forces between the dust particles themselves that help the bunnies form in the first place. They can actually be a little bit gross!
Keep dust bunnies under control with regular vacuuming and dusting.
Vacuum with a machine that has a HEPA filter. HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air filter. HEPA fliters are designed to trap most of the fine particulates in the machine, so they aren’t simply spewed them back into the air. Make sure to use the vacuum attachments every few months to reach dust that lurks under furniture, in sliding glass door tracks, behind the refrigerator and under other large household appliances. Metro Cleaning Service Albuquerque recommends using a microfiber cloth, dusting mitt, or a refillable duster instead of a feather duster. While feather dusters can be great for dusting delicate items such as figurines and small glass objects, they don’t do a great job at trapping dust. Dusting sprays can be a good choice when used in combination with a microfiber cloth.
Here’s hoping all your bunnies may be made of Chocolate!
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The kitchen sponge is a handy and common clean up tool! Sponges save both money and the environment because they are re-useable. What you may not be aware of is that some sponges are actually dirtier than an average toilet seat. Some studies have found that kitchen sponges contain as many as 10 million bacteria per square inch. If you routinely use a sponge to wipe your kitchen counter top, plates and cups, or cutting board, those surfaces could also end up being dirtier than your toilet seat! Before you swear off sponges, here are a few tips to help you keep them clean and safe!
1. Let kitchen sponges dry thoroughly between uses.
Rinse and thoroughly wring the sponge after use. Purchase a binder clip (from office supply store) and clip it to the bottom of the sponge. The clip will serve as a “base” and allow the sponge to stand upright so that it will dry faster.
2. Sanitize your sponges!
Never let food and dirt remain on the sponge, and never use a sponge to wipe a cutting board or plate used for cleaning raw chicken. Sponges can be sanitized by soaking them in 1 quart of hot water mixed with 3 tablespoons of household bleach. Soak for five minutes, squeeze excess water out, and let air-dry.
3. Use your microwave!
Make sure your sponge is thoroughly wet and then microwave on high for 2 minutes. You can also place the sponge in a microwave safe bowl with a small amount of water. Do not microwave any sponge or scrub pad that contains metal, do not microwave dry sponges, and do not microwave sponges that contain any type of cleaning solution or chemical! Also, be very cautious when handling freshly microwaved sponges as they can be extremely hot.
After microwaving the sponge, there will be quite a bit of steam and moisture in your microwave… which provides the perfect opportunity to remove some of that stuck-on gunk and debris from the microwave interior!
4. Replace sponges often!
The average sponge should be replaced after two to eight weeks, depending on frequency of use!
Always remember, if your sponge has developed an unpleasant or musty odor, it is probably best to be cautious and throw it out!
Microwave sponges at your own risk! Although many laboratory studies have been unable to duplicate this result, there have been rare instances of people reporting sponges catching fire while being microwaved. Make sure you adjust microwave times according to size of sponge and power of microwave. Never microwave metal, never microwave a dry sponge, and never microwave a sponge that contains cleaning solutions or other chemicals.
At Metro Cleaning Service, we love cutting down on waste as much as anyone else. Reusable mugs are wonderful, but not if they are going to make you sick!
What if your mug isn’t as clean as you think it is? It might not be! Approximately twenty percent of office mugs carry fecal bacteria, and 90 percent are covered in other germs. It is common practice to give our office mugs a not so thorough scrub that includes a squirt of liquid dish detergent, a kitchen sponge and a quick rinse off under the kitchen faucet. Most office sponges and kitchen scrub brushes are breeding grounds for bacteria. Office sponges and brushes are used many times daily, by many different individuals and are rarely sanitized. When these handy (but potentially dirty) kitchen tools are used to clean a coffee mug, they can simply end up transferring germs from one mug to another.
Before you trade in your coffee mug for a styrofoam replacement, you might want to make it a point to give your mug a nightly run through in the dishwasher, complete with the dry cycle. At the very least, you may want to consider passing up the kitchen sponge, and opting for a paper towel instead. Rinse mug in the hottest possible water, and dry with a clean paper towel. Lastly, don’t leave your dirty mug on your desk overnight. Bacteria need just a small amount of residue to begin multiplying!
At least it happens only one day per week!
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