Old School Cleaning Tips and Ideas for Businesses and Families

A Quick List of Often Overlooked Areas When Cleaning a Medical Facility

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Quick List of Often Overlooked Areas When Cleaning a Medical Facility

When you’re in charge of a medical facility, you need to ensure that you keep it cleaned and well-maintained. This is so you avoid fines and penalties from your local municipalities but also to ensure the health and safety of your patients and staff. Hiring an outside company that specializes in such cleaning like Delron Carpet Cleaning Service can be a good choice, but you might also want to make up your own checklist for cleaning in between their visits. There are many area that get dirty throughout the day that are often overlooked when the facility is cleaned. Note a few quick items to include and that many medical facility managers overlook. 1. Mat cleaning The mats at your entryway are your first line of defense against dirt and mud being dragged into your facility and in turn, compromising its overall cleanliness and neatness. Very often mats are overlooked when it comes time to clean the floors and they may be given a light vacuuming at most. Instead of this, be sure mats are thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis with a good steam cleaner or carpet shampooer. You can also have the mats replaced by a rental agency every week so that you always have a fresh new mat at your entryway. 2. Hand dryers and soap dispensers When cleaning a medical facility, you may have the bathrooms cleaned thoroughly but then overlook the hand dryers and soap dispensers. If you still use the type that require someone to push a button for the dryer to work or for soap to be dispensed, these surfaces can collect germs and irritants. A person may not have done a thorough job washing their hands or may use the soap dispenser before they even get their hands wet. These should be wiped down with antibacterial soap or otherwise cleaned regularly, even every day. 3. Entryway doors As with soap dispensers, people may be touching entryway door handles with very dirty hands and in turn, spreading germs and bacteria. This can include your own staff. You can upgrade to automatic doors to avoid this problem or if not, be sure these handles and other areas of the door are cleaned thoroughly. This should also be done for doors inside your facility; doorknobs need to be cleaned regularly as well as handles to sliding cabinets. For any entryway door or any type of handle, be sure cleaning is done regularly and thoroughly so germs don’t...

read more

Useful method on how to remove red wine stains from your carpet

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Useful method on how to remove red wine stains from your carpet

You may be having a social gathering or party where there are many people drinking wine or you may be on your own, unwinding after a long day at work with a glass of red wine in your hand. Either way, spillages can and will happen; it’s only a matter of time. People can accidentally knock over glasses or perhaps get bumped into, resulting in the wine tipping out of the glass. While it is hard to prevent these accidents from occurring, there are some ways in which you can be prepared when it does happen. If you can act fast and nip the stain in the bud, you have a great chance of having no permanent blemishes on your carpet. White wine is not as big of a deal, as it normally blends into the carpet, but red wine will stand out like a sore thumb. Here is some advice on how to effectively clean your carpet when red wine has been spilled on it. Take into consideration any special requirements Certain types of carpet have individual requirements due to the material they are made from. This means that you may not be able to use certain detergents and cleaning products to clean up the red wine spill. If you do not know if the carpet has any special requirements, you should find out by contacting a professional or researching it online. This will help you prevent the carpet’s dye from running and causing visible damage to the material. Wiping The moment you find out that red wine has hit your carpet; you should be in action mode. Grab a clean towel (you don’t want to accidentally use a dirty towel and cause more damage and stains to the carpet) and start by blotting the stain. Using this method, try to remove as much of the red wine stain as possible without scrubbing into the carpet.  If you start scrubbing, you will simply be making matters worse as this will only send the stain further into the carpet, making it harder to remove. Use special solutions When you have soaked up the wine as best you can, you should proceed to use some specific detergents that are suitable for your carpet. You should always keep these stocked in your house for such an emergency. Before applying the solution to the entire stain, test it out on a small patch of carpet first in order to ensure that it won’t leave a mark. You should follow the directions on the product and you should be able to get all of the stain out with a bit of elbow grease. If you can’t get the stain out by yourself, cleaning services that utilize chem dry technology can help get out that wine...

read more

Carpet Cleaning | 3 Simple Homemade Tricks To Free Your Carpets From Pet Hair

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Carpet Cleaning | 3 Simple Homemade Tricks To Free Your Carpets From Pet Hair

You probably love the idea of curling up with your pet on the floor as you watch your favourite television show. But while furry pets are marvelous to snuggle with, the possibility of fur getting embedded in your carpets is inevitable. While regular vacuuming is necessary for carpet cleaning, deeply entrenched pet fur is a lot harder to remove. Here are some simple homemade tricks to help you free your carpets from pet hair. Sponge Mop Pet Hair Removal To get this process started, you will need a clean sponge mop, a spray bottle and a vacuum. Start by vacuuming the carpet as thoroughly as possible to eliminate as much hair as possible from the surface. Lightly spray water onto the sponge mop. Gently dab this mop across all areas of the carpet, so that embedded hair sticks to the sponge and gets removed from the surface. Pet hair will clump on to the mop, so wash it after a few dabbing attempts. This carpet cleaning method is good for removing the residual pet hair that gets left back after vacuuming. Fabric Softener Pet Hair Removal For this carpet cleaning process, you will need liquid fabric softener, water, a spray bottle and a vacuum. Start by vacuuming the floor to remove as much pet hair as possible from the carpet surface. Mix fabric softener into the spray bottle filled with water. Gently mist the carpet surface with this solution, but take care not to saturate it. The fabric softener will loosen the residual pet hairs from the carpet surface. Let it dry and vacuum once again to remove the loosened pet hair.   Baking Soda Pet Hair Removal To get this carpet cleaning process underway, you will need baking soda and a vacuum. You’ll naturally want to use a vacuum that is strong enough to pull out pet hair from carpet fibres, so be sure to invest in a powerful machine when you have pets. Sprinkle baking soda generously over your carpet surface and let it sit for a few minutes. This will loosen the pet hair from the surface, so you can vacuum your carpets more easily. Baking soda also acts as a natural disinfectant that deodorises the room to give it a pleasant odour. While these simple cleaning methods are highly effective, they may not always be able to completely eliminate pet hair from your home. It’s always best to get a professional carpet cleaning company to tackle the problem every once in a while for a thorough cleanup...

read more

Benefits of Enlisting Professional Window Cleaning Services

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Benefits of Enlisting Professional Window Cleaning Services

Homeowners can concur that window cleaning is an arduous task. However, this is a necessary evil, as the benefits cannot be ignored. You  may not like to sacrifice your downtime to this labour intensive task and, as such, you find that grime and dirt keep accumulating on your windows. Instead of leaving this grime to accumulate undeterred, you could consider professional cleaning services. Here are some of the benefits of enlisting professional cleaning services. Window cleaning enhances your residence’s curb appeal No matter how tidy your year or exterior are, dirty windows will still be an eyesore to anybody outside looking in. This becomes especially apparent if you are thinking of putting your home on the market, as it will have a less-than-stellar appearance. Instead of risking devaluing the resale of your home, it is best to opt for professional cleaning services that will ensure the entire exterior of your home is spic and span. Window cleaning provides protection for your glass Letting dirt and debris accumulate on your windows is not simply an eyesore. The tiny sediments can also wreak havoc on the glass by gradually causing scratches and chips. As such, you may eventually have to spend extra money to replace your windowpanes when you could have avoided this by keeping them clean. Additionally, as the debris is left to accumulate, it can begin etching into the panes, thus obstructing your views of the outdoors. This will also necessitate the replacement of your windows, meaning additional costs overall. By investing in window cleaning, you ensure that your glass is protected from the damages of debris and sediment. Window cleaning services enhance the longevity of your windows Although grime and debris are common concerns for windows, other elements will compromise the longevity of your windows. Regular exposure to acid rain, oxidation and even hard water can compromise the structural integrity of your windowpanes. Some of these contaminants may not come off with regular cleaning detergents; hence, you may assume you are cleaning your windows properly but find that remnants of these elements stay on the glass. Professional cleaning services not only have the right cleaning solutions, but they are armed with the appropriate equipment to ensure a thorough job is done. Window cleaning services are safer for you Cleaning low-level windows may seem like a breeze, but the same cannot be said for higher windows. Using a ladder may give you access, but you also face a risk of falling and incurring medical bills. Professional cleaners have the right safety gear as well as insurance in case of injury, so they are better suited to this task. For more information, contact local window cleaning services like Launceston Cleaning...

read more

How to select the best commercial cleaning service

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to select the best commercial cleaning service

At the end of the normal work day, you probably do not have the time or the energy to clean up after yourself. In the morning, however, you do expect your office to be spick and span, all surfaces dusted, the carpet vacuumed and the waste bin emptied. If you do not have the time or energy in your schedule to do this, the next logical thing would be to hire outside help to clean up for you. There are many such commercial cleaning services in Australia, and therefore, the process of weeding out the bad from the good can be quite cumbersome. Here are a few boxes that the aspiring company has to tick off before being considered for the post. The company’s reputation When you embark on the search for a company offering cleaning services, you would want one that has been there and done that. The ideal company must have worked with other clients and subsequently did excellent work for those clients. When the company has a good reputation, this means that it was engaged multiple times due to the good quality of its work that yielded good results according to the client. Accreditation of the company also points to its reputation. One should look for a company that has been given excellent accreditation from a reputable institute or establishment in the cleaning service field. The accreditation is a testament of the quality of the company’s work. In Australia, apart from having a license to operate in commercial spaces, cleaning service companies must have accreditation from Quality Assurance, Risk Management, and Occupational Health and Safety Systems. Types of services offered Before you go ahead and hire a company to take care of your cleaning, you should take into account the kinds of services that they offer. You could end up hiring a company that does excellent work with carpets but whose quality is lacking when it comes to the sofa in the break room. The price quoted for the service should also be indicative of the scope of work that the company promises to offer. There should be a balance struck between the price quoted by the company and the services offered. Hiring policy of the company Before you settle on the company to clean your premises, you should check to see how it handles its hiring practice. Do they look at the criminal background of their employees? This is important because these very employees are going to be roaming about on your premises after hours, surrounded by hordes of your sensitive information. The company should also train its employees so that you are sure that they are qualified to do the service that you are hiring them to...

read more

Questions to Ask About an Office Strip Out

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Questions to Ask About an Office Strip Out

An office strip out refers to the full removal of everything in an office, from old furniture and desks to carpeting and ceiling tiles. Having an office strip out done can give you a blank footprint needed for remodeling the office, opening up the space, putting up walls to create new suites, and the like. Before you hire any company for an office strip out job, note a few important questions to ask so you know what’s included and ensure you hire the right company. 1. Can they remove kitchen appliances and bathroom fixtures? Don’t assume that an office strip out company can remove kitchen appliances or bathroom fixtures, or anything connected to plumbing. Even if you have the water shut off to the location, this work involves capping off the pipes and lines to the fixtures and appliances, and this may be outside the area of expertise of some strip out companies. They may also have a limit as to the types of large items they remove, and something like a full-size refrigerator or stove may not be included. Always ask if you need to have a kitchen or bathroom included in the strip out and note if this means an extra fee as well. 2. What is included in rubbish removal? A strip out company may remove desks and electronics as well as carpeting and ceiling tiles, but may not remove actual rubbish. If employees in an office have not emptied their trash or there is a kitchen with full garbage cans, these may need to be handled by another company. This is typically because an office strip out company will take their items to a recycling center or other station that doesn’t handle food waste, and they may even store such items offsite for many days before visiting such a facility, so they cannot accommodate such trash. 3. Can they assist with needed permits? Very often an office strip out will require the use of rubbish bins that are kept on the property and you may need permits for these. A strip out company may be able to obtain these permits themselves or they may be able to assist you with knowing where to file for such permits and how to obtain the necessary paperwork for the job to begin. Don’t assume they’ll provide the permits for the job but ask how that is handled so you know if you need to get assistance with permits...

read more

Should You Remove Your Own Asbestos? Five Questions to Help You Assess the Sitution

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Should You Remove Your Own Asbestos? Five Questions to Help You Assess the Sitution

If you have asbestos in your home, it is legal, in most cases, for you to remove it yourself. However, the practice can still be risky. Before you begin to remove your own asbestos, guide yourself through these five questions. They can help you determine if self removal is the best option for you: 1. Is the asbestos intact? In many cases, asbestos lurks in old flooring or insulation. If the asbestos-containing item is intact, it basically holds the asbestos fibres in, and you don’t have to remove it. Instead, you can simply cover it with new flooring or paint. However, if the asbestos-containing item is not intact, it releases asbestos fibres into the air that when inhaled can be toxic and lead to dangerous health issues. If your asbestos is intact, you may want to just leave it where it is rather than face the dangers potentially involved in removing it. 2. Are you willing to take the health risk? Although most of the health effects tied to asbestos are linked to long term exposure, even short-term (acute) exposure can be risky. It has been linked to lesions related to colon cancer. 3. Do you have personal protective equipment? To minimise your health risks when dealing with asbestos removal, you should wear personal protective gear. This gear includes coveralls, gloves and respirators. If you have to invest in all of this gear, it may ultimately be less expensive to simply pay a professional to remove the asbestos for you. However, if you have the right protective gear, you may prefer to save money and do it yourself. 4. Can you remove the asbestos without power tools? The more vigorously you attack the asbestos-containing item, the more likely it is to break up and release asbestos into the air. If you cannot remove the item without power tools including pressure hoses and cutting discs, you may want to turn the job over to a professional who has the experience to remove it without spreading the fibres. However, if you can simply pick the item up and carry it out, you may feel confident about removing it on your own. 5. Do you know how to dispose of the asbestos legally? There are a number of rules you must follow in order to dispose of asbestos legally. You cannot simply pop it into rubbish bags and send it to the landfill. Instead, you must seal it and take it to a landfill that accepts asbestos. There are also rules about transporting asbestos. If you know and understand all of the rules, you may be fine to remove it on your own, but if you don’t understand the relevant laws, you may prefer to minimise the risk of fines or danger by outsourcing the work to a professional asbestos disposal...

read more

Benefits of Professional Pressure Washing Services

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Benefits of Professional Pressure Washing Services

One of the biggest investments that you can make is purchasing a home. As such, it would be in your best interests to keep it in the best condition possible. This could be for the simple reason of maintaining the glory of your investment or enhancing its curb appeal in the event that you put it on the market later on. No matter the reasons, your cleaning methods should not make the quality of your home deteriorate. To avoid all this, it would be best to enlist the services of professional pressure washing services like Southern Cross Cleaning (SA) Pty Ltd. Here are some of the benefits of hiring these professionals. Eliminates touch washing Typically, when it comes to exterior washing, homeowners will roll up their sleeves and get dirty. This will entail vigorously scrubbing the surfaces of your walls that have accumulated stains over time in the hopes of restoring their former lustre and shine. Although this intense scrubbing may rid you of the stains, it also scratches off the finishing on your walls. As such, you find specks of paint also are scrubbed away as well as inflicting scratches and a range of other abrasions on your walls. In the long run, you will find that this cleaning method will make your home look old rather than clean. Professional pressure cleaners do not negatively affect the different surfaces of your home. The water pressure is just enough to remove stains and grime without posing the risk of damage. Hence, you get clean surfaces that are still well preserved. It is environmentally friendly There a myriad of cleaning options offered by professional services. One thing to note though is that some of these methods will employ the use of harsh chemicals to eliminate stubborn stains. Although the chemicals may be fine to use on various surfaces, they may not be particularly safe for your environment. Thus, you will find some methods may require you, your loved ones and even pets to vacate the premises while the cleaning process is underway. You do not have to worry about chemicals and harsh solvents when you opt for pressure washing. Since this method exclusively makes use of water that is being pumped at high pressure, there is no need for additional chemicals to dissolve the dirt. You also do not have to worry about chemicals adhering to your grass and plants, which could end up being ingested by pets and children as they play...

read more

Reasons to Enlist Office Cleaning Services

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Reasons to Enlist Office Cleaning Services

Employers and employees typically spend more time in their office environment than they do in their own homes. As such, it is pertinent to ensure that this environment is not only safe but also boosts productivity so as to make the most of that time. One of the ways of doing this is through professional office cleaning services. Office cleaning may seem like a menial task. However, if you are tasked to do it on a daily basis, you will notice than not only can it be arduous, but it also takes away from your own work time. Here are some of the reasons why you should enlist professional cleaning services to enhance your work environment. Employers and employees have peace of mind Workstations tend to get dirty pretty fast. From crumbs falling into keyboards to dust accumulating, both employers and employees may not be comfortable working in such environments. As such, people may tend to take time out of their work to ensure that their station is clean and tidy. When you hire professional cleaning services, all the workers can have peace of mind as they do not have to deal with dirty work stations. This increases productivity too as time is not taken out from the work schedule to keep the workstation clean. Employers and employees have a healthy work environment As aforementioned, both employers and employees spend a significant amount of time in the office. This makes them more susceptible to falling ill if there is bacteria or viruses present in their workstations. By enlisting professional cleaning services, you can rest assured that the workstations are kept sterile. A regular cleaning schedule with professionals will reduce the amount of germs that the workers are exposed to, thus decreasing the amount of sick days that people will have to take off work. Employers and employees give a food-first impression Whether you are meeting someone or hosting potential customers, first impressions count. If a prospective client strolls into the office unannounced and you do not have ample time to tidy the place, you could leave them with a bad first impression. More often than not, this will lead to them being wary about bringing their business to you. With a professional cleaning service, you do not have to worry about the office not being presentable. A set schedule ensures that these cleaners keep your work environment spotless and ready for any spontaneous visits from both current as well as potential...

read more