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Establishing A Cleaning Schedule Monday, August 31, 2009

“How often should I clean?” This is  a question that we all commonly ask ourselves, and depending upon your cleaning needs the answer can vary from person to person.  Some kind of cleaning is probably necessary for most people on a daily basis, not only to keep your home, restaurant, or business looking great, but for health purposes as well.
If you run a business, than a thorough daily cleaning is probably necessary because of the amount of traffic that your company may receive and the variety of allergens that can be in the air affecting your clientele.  Of course, things like carpet shampooing must be scheduled on a monthly or bi-monthly basis, but dusting, glass cleaning, and vacuuming should be occurring every day.  It is even more crucial that you clean every day if you run an eating establishment, because the wrong health violation can shutdown a business and ruin its reputation for good.  There are professional companies in San Diego that can be called upon to clean your restaurant or office area.
For your home cleaning needs this really depends upon your individual lifestyle, the size the home or apartment, and your schedule.  If you are a person who suffers from allergies than daily cleaning can help alleviate your discomfort while you are indoors.  If you live in a small studio or one bedroom apartment than cleaning every few days should be enough to meet your basic sanitary needs.  If there are multiple people living in your home than cleaning at least twice a week will probably be necessary, prioritizing sensitive germ areas such as the kitchen and bathrooms over others.  Some form of daily maintenance will probably be necessary in all areas of your house, but especially in those germ sensitive locations.  Dusting is a commonly neglected cleaning habit, but if left unchecked dust can become a major cleaning chore for you to do later.
The best cleaning method is to form a detailed schedule that is designed around your lifestyle so that every area of your home is hit on a regular basis.  It helps, particularly, in large homes not to try and clean your whole house from top to bottom in one big cleaning endeavor, but to tackle the job in sections.  Waiting until cleaning becomes a giant job to tackle is not only a bad use of your time, but an extremely unsanitary habit.  It may feel good to get that house cleaned from top to bottom in one go, but the amount of time you may be allowing between cleanings for germs and diseases to buildup and spread will be bad for you and your family in the long run.  Developing a cleaning plan requires some forethought and time to sit down and actually write or type out a schedule you will stick to, but the planning pays off in a big way in the future.

San Diego Restaurant Cleaning: Countertop Cleaning Tips Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Cleaning your countertops is not as straight forward a job as some people might assume.  Depending on what type of countertop you have the method for cleaning can vary.  For example vinegar is a great cleaning solution for laminate countertops, but it is far too acidic for stone countertops.
There are, however, some general countertop cleaning rules that will help you keep healthy cleaning habits for all types of countertops.
1)    Don’t move beyond the basic cleaning until you get professional advice for your specific countertop.  Making un-informed assumptions can cause major damage to your countertop so calling a San Diego professional cleaning company first and getting their advice is essential.  There are heavy duty cleaning solutions out there that can work for your countertops, but stick to the basic cleaning methods until you know which one is best for your surface.
2)    Wipe of up spills when they happen.  Spills if left to sit for too long can cause long term or permanent damage to almost any countertop surface.
3)    Dust your countertops regularly.  Some countertops that have porous surfaces can take on a dingy look if left undusted for too long.

4)    Use a microfiber cloth lightly dampened with water for basic everyday wipe downs.
5)    Use potholders to protect your countertops from heat damage.  Many countertops are resistant to heat, but no countertop is impervious.
Know your countertops special needs, and don’t be afraid to call in the professionals to give it that extra pampering.  Doing what is required to keep your countertops looking new is an investment in the future of your home or business.

San Diego Professional Cleaning Tips: Sparkling Showers Friday, August 21, 2009

Let’s focus  on  showers since this is such an important area of concern when it comes to cleaning.  There are 4 great cleaning tips that will help you make sure that your showers remain sparkling and clean at all times.  As stated in previous posts, wet areas are breeding grounds for mold and mildew; they look nasty and they smell terrible.
Start by wearing your gloves at all times when cleaning, never mix ammonia and bleach, and follow these steps:

  • Keep it dry and ventilated.  The more you allow the moisture in your bathroom to sit the more mold and mildew will attack your tiles and ceiling.  Keep a dry towel to quickly wipe down the tiles after every use, and open a window at all times to encourage air flow.
  • Use bleach OR ammonia mixed with water as a cleaning solution, but never both at once since the combination of these two fumes is toxic.  Ammonia is great for removing soap scum from glass and bleach kills mold and mildew on contact.
    Shower tracks can collect buildup so be sure to loosen the dirt with a small brush and vacuum it up.  Consider pouring a cleaning solution into the tracks as well in order to kill germs  and remove tough dirt.
  • Wash your shower curtain.  This is a step that most people never think of, but it works.  Throw your curtain in the washer with some bleach, vinegar, and laundry detergent and wash in warm water.  Hang the curtain to dry.  Baking soda can also be substituted for the bleach and vinegar.

Call your local San Diego cleaning company for further information and tips about what chemicals to use and which chemicals are safer than others.  Remember if you want to get clean by taking a shower than be sure to keep your shower clean at all times.

Top Bathroom Cleaning Tips Friday, August 21, 2009

Probably the most important place in any home or office you will ever clean is the bathroom.  It stinks, literally, but because bathrooms are so prone to germs and the spreading of diseases if left unchecked it’s crucial that this area is routinely thoroughly cleaned and regularly maintained.  This task is especially hard to keep up with in a business setting where the bathroom areas are not only being utilized by multiple employees, but sometimes complete strangers; the job can get out of hand really fast.  If you own a business in San Diego the most efficient way to be sure your bathrooms are remaining clean is to research and hire a San Diego professional cleaning company to regularly maintain your facilities.
The first spot to start with when cleaning a bathroom is the shower or tub area.  The reason this is a good first place to start, and also the area of the bathroom that is most likely to need constant cleaning is because these places are ideal breeding grounds for mold and mildew.

Start by spraying the tiled area of the shower with a mildew removing spray, and then let it sit for 15 minutes while you move onto the toilets.  After the tile has had time to soak you will most likely have to do some gentle scrubbing to fully remove all the scum, but the first thing you might try is gently rinsing the tile off if you have a removable shower head or mopping the tile.  If your showerhead has calcium buildup on the nozzle you can purchase decalcifying gel and use a brush to remove it.
When cleaning a toilet always remember to use gloves.  Some of the reasoning behind wearing gloves should be obvious, but it’s also important to protect your hands from the chemicals you will be using to clean.  Use a toilet bowl cleaning solution of your choice on the inside of the toilet and make sure to cover the entire area.  Let the inside bowl soak while you continue on to the outside.

With a bucket, cleaning sponge, your chemical of choice and water thoroughly scrub the toilet from the top to bottom, and wipe down with paper towels or a dry cloth.  Scrub the inside of the toilet bowl with a toilet brush last.
The floors of our bathroom are important because, being the lowest point in the bathroom; they collect a lot of dirt and germ buildup, which we then carry to the rest of the house on our shoes and feet.   That being said the cleaning solution is easy, sweep and mop.  Don’t take this job lightly, however, and be sure to use a strong disinfecting solution when you mop so that you kill all the germs.

Leather Cleaning And Stain Removal Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Leather is sensitive and therefore it is important to know a lot about the type of leather you have in order to know how to clean it without causing damage.  General cleaning care for your leather depends on first ascertaining whether your leather is finished like luggage, garments, and most furniture or unfinished like baseball gloves, work boots, and saddles.

Both types of leather may be found within your home or office depending upon your decorative style.

For finished leather apply a small amount of soap onto a lightly dampened towel and gently rub into lather on the leather surface.  Do not apply water to wash away the lather, rather wipe the soap away when finished and polish with a dry cloth. Follow up these steps with a leather conditioner, seeking out the advice of a professional cleaning company within San Diego as to which conditioners and methods work best.  For Unfinished leather rub saddle soap into a light lather and wipe away.  Preserve the leather with a leather conditioning oil.
Leather stains can be trickier depending on the type of stain, but some common leather stains are easily dealt with if you know the right way of handling them.  For water allow the soaked area to dry naturally without recourse to a heat source and simply apply a leather conditioner.  For ink spray with hairspray then wipe away with a clean cloth.  Ink is particularly hard to remove so consulting a professional may again be necessary.
Mildew can be remove using a watered down rubbing alcohol solution and again treating with a leather conditioner.  Gum is easiest removed when it is hardened by freezing it and removing the residual with a hair dryer.

Talcum powder removes a variety of grease stains, and once again consulting a professional cleaning company is the best way to get really tough stains out of leather without ruin the look of your leather permanently.  It can be a tricky task, but any San Diego cleaning company should be able to assist you in getting your leather looking like new once again.

Top San Diego Restaurant Cleaning Quick Tips Tuesday, August 18, 2009

It takes a lot to meet the highest cleaning standards for your restaurant, and customers should expect no less than a clean healthy environment where they can eat without worry.  For San Diego restaurants, meeting that standard takes constant diligent cleaning and attention to detail, and in order to save time and money it’s a good idea to utilize a trusted San Diego restaurant cleaning company so you know the job is being done right every time.  Here are some helpful cleaning tips, however, that will help you keep your restaurant clean and healthy at all times.
Keeping a clean eating establishment goes beyond simply washing down tables and floors and keeping the dishes clean.  These tasks are an obvious every day, or multiple times a day tasks.  The real job is in the deeper cleaning chores.
1)    Pressure washing building exteriors and floors is a good way to kill germs, blast away the toughest dirt, and keep your customers impressed.
2)    Regular disinfecting of all sinks and rags.
3)    Regular restroom maintenance is very important.  In a busy restaurant the restrooms are the easiest thing to neglect when attempting to meet the rush of customers, but it is crucial to keep to a strict cleaning schedule not only for health reasons, but to keep the eating experience appetizing for the customers.
4)    Keep the kitchen floors clean, sanitized and dry, and regular wash and disinfect mats.
5)    Don’t ignore the dumpster area simply because that’s where the trash goes.
These are just some of the often overlooked areas of restaurant cleaning, but they are crucial to making sure your restaurant is healthy and safe for customers to enjoy their eating experience.