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Office Chair Cleaning Tips Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Working in close contact with the same people day in and day out increases the chances that germs and bacteria will be shared by everyone. When you clean and disinfect your workspace, make sure that you don’t forget about your office chairs, particularly if many people sit in them throughout the course of the day.

The first step to effectively cleaning an office chair is to make sure that you are using the right cleaner. Vinyl, leather, and upholstery chairs require different types of cleaning products, so read the back of the bottle to make sure that it is appropriate for your chair. You can also do a spot test by spraying some of the product on an area of the chair that is less noticeable and waiting to see if it damages or discolors the fabric.

Once you have the right cleaning product for your chair, use a soft, absorbent cleaning cloth rather then a paper towel, which can leave residue behind. Apply the cleaning solution, allow it to set for a few minutes and then rub it in with the cleaning cloth. Use another cloth to remove any excess residue, and allow the chair to dry thoroughly before using it.

Once you have cleaned the fabric of the chair, make sure to use sanitizing wipes on the arms and back of the chair. Make sure that you clean your office chairs at least once a week to keep them from becoming a breeding ground for germs and dirt.

San Diego Office Cleaning Tips: Disinfecting Your Work Space And Staying Healthy Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Even the most non-germaphobic among us know that the office is a breeding ground for germs and illness. What can you do to help keep yourself and others in your office healthy? Here are some quick and easy tips:

  • Take a few minutes at the beginning and end of every day to wipe down the surface of your desk, drawer and cupboard handles, your computer keyboard and mouse, desk telephones, and other exposed surfaces with anti-bacterial sanitizing wipes.
  • Keep a small bottle of anti-bacterial gel with you and use it frequently throughout the day.
  • Make sure that your desk and the office break room is well stocked with tissues
  • Spray an anti-bacterial fabric spray on your office chair once a week

San Diego Office Cleaning: Cleaning Office Equipment Monday, May 24, 2010

Keeping your office equipment clean not only makes it look better in the aesthetic sense, it also helps to extend the life of the equipment. Your San Diego office cleaning company may or may not clean your office equipment, but even if they do, it is still important to do some regular cleaning on your own. Here are some tips to help:

  • Spray compressed air into your keyboard periodically to remove dust and debris from between the keys.
  • Use a lint free cloth and an anti-static cleaner to clean computer, scanner, copier, and telephone screens.
  • Never spray cleaning products directly on to electronic surfaces
  • Be sure to use only cleaning products designed for specific surfaces
  • Regularly disinfect desktops and other surfaces with anti-bacterial wipes
  • Make sure that the ink and toner in your office fax machines, printers and other equipment is refilled on a regular basis.

San Diego Commercial Cleaning Tips: Cleaning Your Artificial Plants And Flowers Friday, May 21, 2010

Everyone knows that plants can add a touch of beauty to any space, particularly an office or a restaurant. Many people simply don’t have time to care for live plants, however, which is why artificial plants and flowers have become so popular. Here’s how to keep your silk and other artificial fauna looking their best:

  • Dust your artificial plants with a feather duster, a cleaning cloth, or compressed air on a weekly basis.
  • To remove stubborn stains, use a small amount of Windex or plain water. You can also wash your artificial plants once a week in the sink. Make sure to check the manufacturer’s label and website for cleaning and care tips.
  • To remove light amounts of dust and dirt, wipe your plants with a dryer sheet. This will remove the debris while leaving behind a fresh fragrance at the same time.

San Diego Restaurant Cleaning Tips: Cleaning Your Commercial Kitchen Thursday, May 20, 2010

If the idea of cleaning a commercial kitchen sounds like a big job, that’s because it is. Like all big jobs, the best way to accomplish it is to break it up into a series of smaller tasks. In between visits from your San Diego restaurant cleaning service, it is important to keep your commercial kitchen spotless, both for aesthetic and health and safety reasons.

  • Clean and sanitize all cutting boards, countertops, and surfaces after each use. Wipe surfaces with a damp rag, and then again with a dry one, before using a sanitizing solution to clean and disinfect. Many foodborne illnesses are caused by improper cleaning and sanitation practices.
  • Wipe down ovens with a scrubbing pad and a solution of soap and water on a daily basis or as needed. To remove stubborn stains from grills, allow them to warm up and then use a wire brush and a damp rag to clean them.
  • Empty your kitchen trash cans as soon as they fill up. This will help to keep your kitchen clean and sanitary and will also discourage pests.
  • Set aside time for larger tasks, such as mopping the floors, cleaning range hoods, etc. at a time when the restaurant is closed and on a weekly, monthly, or yearly basis as needed. Be sure to ask your San Diego commercial cleaning service for more cleaning tips and advice.

San Diego Restaurant Cleaning: Cleaning Restaurant Grease Traps Wednesday, May 19, 2010

While cleaning grease traps may not be the most pleasant task in the world, the good news is that with regular maintenance, cleaning grease traps does not have to be a particularly difficult or time-consuming task.

  • The first step is to remove the cover. Be sure to do this carefully so that you don’t accidentally damage the gasket. Remove the grease and oil at the top of the trap, and then carefully remove the baffles.
  • Clean the baffles with a soft sponge and soap and water and then rinse them thoroughly.
  • Once the baffles are clean, use a flexible brush to clean the inside of the bypass vent. Then, carefully replace the baffles.
  • To dispose of the grease, place it in a lined garbage bag and take it to the local dump. In some cases, your cleaning service may dispose of the grease for you.