Old School Cleaning Tips and Ideas for Businesses and Families

Clean Office | 3 Ways Window Cleaning Will Have A Positive Impact On Your Business

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Clean Office | 3 Ways Window Cleaning Will Have A Positive Impact On Your Business

When you run a small business, you need to do everything in your power to maximise your business profits at minimal costs. While you’ve probably got your business model cracked down to a tee, sometimes overlooking small factors can hurt the way you run your business. This guide aims to show you how getting your windows cleaned by professionals can have a positive impact on your business. Brings Down Your Electricity Consumption Dramatically Inviting the sun into your office at specific periods during the day can reduce the amount of heating you need to use during winters because the natural light and heat will make your office comfortable without having to rely on artificial heating solutions. According to leading Australian energy supplier AGL, electricity usage increases by approximately 10 percent in most states during winter. When you get your windows cleaned regularly, you will optimise the entry of sunlight without blocking it in any way, which will eventually bring down your electricity consumption and bills. You can re-invest these savings into making your business more successful and profitable in the long haul. Presents A Powerful Impression For Your Business With Clients And Stakeholders When you run a small business, a good impression can make a big difference to your bottom line, so don’t take clean windows for granted because it is a reflection of how you run your business. Windows are easily visible from outside, so your clients and stakeholders will start forming impressions before they enter into your office. Dirty windows imply that you run your office haphazardly –– even if it’s not true. This can have a negative impact on your long-term bottom line. On the other hand, clean windows indicate your commitment to running your business in an efficient and organised manner, which will make a good impression on important stakeholders of your business. Reduces Health Risks To Employees Dirty or grimy windows left untouched for a long time not only present an unprofessional business appearance, but can also pose a health hazard to employees inhaling dust and mouldy grime regularly. This will lead to more employees calling in sick, which will reduce your productivity and profitability. Getting your windows cleaned will eliminate this ill-causing dirt and grime from your windows, allowing your employees to perform their job more productively in healthy and dust-free office conditions. Getting your office windows cleaned is not only smart from an aesthetic perspective, but it also effectively supports successful business performance, so don’t take it for...

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How to Get Ready for a Big Rubbish Removal Job

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Get Ready for a Big Rubbish Removal Job

When it’s time to clean out the basement, attic, backyard, or any large area of the house, it might be good to get a skip bin and have it on your property for the day or the weekend, or even a full week. This can ensure you have a place to put all that rubbish while you’re cleaning, and can also mean avoiding any fines you might face from trying to put that rubbish out with your regular trash. However, beyond getting a skip bin, note a few other tips you might need to get ready for the work and ensure it’s done safely and as quickly as possible. Get some tools ready It might be good for you to break down the items you’re tossing out, so you don’t create wasted space in the skip bin. If you’re throwing away old furniture items, you might unscrew the legs and backs of the pieces and then stack these pieces in the bin. Take doors off old appliances and other pieces and you can then toss more rubbish inside them, and also ensure the doors don’t swing open when you’re adding pieces to the bin. Have heavy-duty tools ready for this work, including a power screwdriver, pry bar, and even a sledgehammer. Get a dolly or wheelbarrow Work will get very tiring very quickly if you try to lift and haul all your heavy pieces to the bin on your own, or even with a helper. Rent a dolly or wheelbarrow; these are usually available at any home improvement or hardware store. They make it much easier and even safer to haul heavy or bulky items to the bin and can keep you from getting physically tired before the work is done. Set aside a space for recyclable items Ask your skip bin company if they recycle items that are in the bin; they may pick through your rubbish and pull out wiring, metal, recyclable plastics and the like. If they don’t, set aside a space for recyclable items. You can call a separate company to pick them up or arrange to take them to a recycling center. This keeps these items out of landfills and may also earn you some money from them when you drop them off at a center. You might also arrange a trailer bin, meaning one you pull behind your car, in addition to your rubbish bin, and use that trailer for bringing recyclable items to the recycling...

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Exiting a Rental Property – Cleaning Checklist

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Exiting a Rental Property – Cleaning Checklist

If you’re moving out of a rental property and don’t like the sound of losing your bond, you need to ensure you left the home in exactly the same state (if not better) that you found it in. It is therefore important that you remember to clean everything in the house. You’ll be surprised how many owners forget the simple things in the crazy rush of trying to pack and move.  When it comes to renting or even purchasing a property, people will often have very different standards as to what would constitute ‘clean’. For some, it’s a quick wipe-over with a damp cloth, but for others, it’s a military operation involving every cleaning spray bottle and fluid known to man. When you move out of your rental property, its wise to ensure you’ve allowed for every eventuality.  Here is the cleaning checklist for when you’re exiting a rental property:  1 – Floors  If you have wooden floors, you’re going to need to clean it properly with a good quality wood-specific floor cleaner. If it has a glossy finish, make sure you give it a good varnish too. This will ensure that any scratches or dents aren’t as visible but also to make it look nice for the next prospective tenant. You wouldn’t appreciate it if you moved into a dirty house.  If you have carpets, hire a carpet cleaning company. By the time you’ve hired a carpet cleaner or asked around friends and family to borrow one, as well as paying out for the expensive solutions, you’ll wish you’d cut your losses and just called a professional in the first place.  Make sure you read your rental contract. Some rental companies specify that when you move out, you should employ the cleaning services from a reputable company to get a high-quality deep clean.  2 – Walls  Make your way from the top of the wall to the bottom, spot-cleaning dirty marks. Unless the walls are especially dirty (look behind a photo on the wall to see any discoloration), you don’t need to wipe them all down, but it is polite to do so.  You could also consider giving the wall a once-over with a lick of fresh paint, although you won’t be under obligation to do so as long as you haven’t altered the original appearance.  Make sure you clean the windows as well as the window frames, air conditioning vents, insect screens, doors and door frames, ceiling coving, etc. Give the curtains a wash too. You’ll be amazed how dirty they could be if you haven’t washed in them in a long time.  3 – Ceiling  Make sure you brush and dust away any cobwebs and clean all light fixtures and fittings. Put new bulbs in the lights that have blown and make sure you give ceiling fans a dust down too. Don’t forget those air conditioning vents again. This does sound like a lot of work, but remember you have lived in this house for a while, and there’s a good chance certain areas are going to be much grubbier than you anticipated.  4 – Kitchen  You need to make sure you pay extra special attention to your kitchen because this is the room that has the potential to be much dirtier than others despite your rigorous...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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