When Life Gives Us Lemons

When Life Gives Us Lemons, We Start Cleaning!

Lemons Are Pretty Good

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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Why Choose A Professional Cleaning Service?

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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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How To Choose a Cleaning Service

How To Choose a Cleaning Service

How To Choose A Cleaning Service

In order to choose a cleaning service that will meet the needs of your facility, there are many factors to consider in addition to cost. First, start by getting three estimates. It is often helpful to call a variety of companies, one small company, one large company, and a third company of your choice. Also, one can ask neighboring businesses or business associates which company they use to clean their office.

Next, GET REFERENCES! A reputable company will gladly provide a potential customer with several references. When checking a company’s references, ask how long one has used a particular cleaning service, whether or not the cleaning service is responsive to needs, and if they are reliable and show up at scheduled times. One could also ask if the cleaning service is trustworthy when it comes to locking doors, setting alarms, etc.

You may want to Google potential companies, just to make sure the company you’re considering doesn’t have lawsuits or complaints against them.

Lastly, choose the company that seems to be able to meet your needs. Look for friendliness and enthusiasm! One should choose a company that seems eager, positive, and attentive to individual needs! Most people don’t want to have to spend hours of their time each week just to remind their cleaning service to get the job done right!

Not all cleaning services are created equal. One should consider the overall value of the service, and not just base their decision to use a particular service on price alone. A good cleaning service is an investment in the appearance of your facility, and in the health of building occupants. Always remember, most companies price according to their worth!

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Secretly Dirty Places

Secretly Dirty Places

1.Credit Cards
These essential pieces of plastic get handled often by many different people. In addition, cards are swiped through various credit card terminals. Give cards an occasional wipe down with rubbing alcohol, paying attention to the crevices around raised numbers!

2. Women’s Handbags
To clean finished leather purses, use a product specifically designed for leather. And, if you place your purse on the floor in a restaurant or even worse, in the ladies’ room, never put it on your kitchen table or countertop.

3. Toothbrush Holder
Soak the holder in a solution of 1 part bleach to 3 parts water and rinse. Then air dry upside down. Or simply wash on the top rack of your dishwasher on the “air dry” cycle!

4. Doorknobs, Locks, and Handles
Yes, these can be very dirty places. They are often overlooked during routine cleaning. An occasional wipe down with a disinfecting wipe will help keep germs under control.

5. Trash Cans
Trash cans of all types tend to be breeding grounds for ick and germs. In warm weather, most cans can be taken outside and hosed down. In colder weather, consider cleaning your can in your bathtub or shower. (Be sure to disinfect the sink and shower afterwards). Thoroughly spray the trash can with a cleaner that contains bleach and let it stand for 10 minutes. Rinse clean and dry. Before adding a new garbage bag, be sure the can is completely dry.
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