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San Diego Office Cleaning: Cleaning Office Water Coolers Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Most offices have a water cooler and dispensing system, designed to provide employees and visitors with fresh, cold, clean water. In some cases, the company that provides the water will also provide periodic cooler cleanings. Your San Diego office cleaning service may also provide this service as part of their contract service package. In any case, it is sometimes necessary to do the job yourself, in order to maintain the sanitation of your cooler and the water that it dispenses.

Here are some tips to help you:

  • Water coolers should be cleaned every three months. Do this before changing the bottle. Unplug the water cooler and prepare a disinfectant solution of bleach and white vinegar.  Use approximately 1 Tablespoon of bleach mixed with one gallon of water or 4 ounces of white vinegar mixed with one quart of water.
  • Fill the tank with the solution and use a soft-sided sponge to gently clean the exterior of the tank.  After approximately two minutes, flush the solution through the cold water tap on your water cooler.
  • Use clean tap water to rinse and cycle through the tank, reservoir and taps approximately four times.
  • Wash the drip tray with warm water and a mild detergent or soap.

San Diego Office Cleaning: Cleaning Your Office Microwave Monday, August 30, 2010

The office microwave: a staple in any office kitchen, and possibly one of the dirtiest appliances used by you and your employees on a daily basis. Think about it: when a microwave is dirty, every meal that is cooked in it absorbs the dirt from the previous meals.  If that doesn’t make you want to clean your office microwave, nothing will.

  • Unplug your microwave, and in a small, microwave-safe bowl, heat water and a mixture of baking soda (a few teaspoons is all that is needed) for approximately 30 seconds. Let it set for another 30 seconds and then use a soft sponge to remove dirt and debris from the sides and bottom of the oven.
  • Heat a second bowl of water  with  a slice of lemon or two teaspoons of lemon juice for 30 seconds and let it sit for another 30. This will deodorize your microwave.
  • Be extremely careful with microwave-heated water, which can be very hot even if only heated for a short period of time. Use gloves if necessary to protect yourself from burns.

San Diego Office Cleaning: Cleaning Your Computer Screen Thursday, August 26, 2010

When it comes to office cleaning, one of the most important, but sadly overlooked areas are office computers. Think about it, and you’ll realize that  most office workers are in constant contact and proximity with their computer over the course of the work day.  Computer screens are subject to dirt and debris in the air, and from the fingers of the people that use them.  Here are some  tips from your San Diego office cleaning company to help keep your computer screens sparkling clean:

  • Unplug your computer before cleaning the screen. Otherwise, you run the risk of cleaning solution or water coming into contact with hot electronic components inside of your computer, which can cause these components to short out or corrode.
  • Glass computer monitors can be cleaned with a traditional household glass cleaning product. LCD and flat panel monitors require special cleaning solutions.
  • Use a lint free absorbent cloth and a small amount of glass cleaner to distribute the cleaning product evenly. Use a second cloth to remove any remaining traces of the cleaning product.
  • If your screen has an anti-glare or protective coating, use an absorbent cleaning cloth and plain water to clean it, as glass cleaner cans strip this protective coating over time.

Office Cleaning Tips: Lighting Choices Tuesday, August 24, 2010

if you are a regular reader of this blog, you may be wondering:what does office lighting have to do with office cleaning and the overall office environment? The answer is quite a lot.  Inadequate lighting can cause eye strain, leading to headaches and loss of productivity. Inadequate lighting can also contribute to a less-than-clean office, since it is hard to spot dirt, stains, and mold in weak light.

When choosing lighting, think soft and bright. Not so soft that you and your employees are (literally) in the dark, but not so bright that it blinds you and leads to eyestrain.  The once-common method of simply installing a series of bright florescent lights in the ceiling has been eclipsed by recommendations by the Illuminating Engineering Society Of North America that a mixture of light and dark areas in work spaces is best for productivity.

Consider installing switches at your employee’s desks that allow them to manually control the lighting levels in their own workstations or work areas. This will help to eliminate complaints from people who prefer lighter or darker work areas than others.

San Diego Commercial Cleaning: Keyboard Cleaning Tips Monday, August 23, 2010

Office keyboard bear the brunt of employee fingertips, crumbs from lunch and snacks, spills, dust, and dirt. Over time, the exterior, as well as the sides and interior of computer keyboards can become very dirty. If not cleaned regularly, dirt and debris can fall into the electronic components of the computer, impairing proper function of the keyboard and possibly other parts of the computer as well, in the case of laptop computers.

  • Turn off your computer and unplug the keyboard (if applicable) use a solution specially designed for keyboard cleaning, household glass cleaner, or a solution of 2 teaspoons of white vinegar mixed with two cups of warm water and a soft, absorbent cleaning cloth (moistened only slightly) to clean the top of the keyboard.
  • Use a Q-tip and the same cleaning solution or a small amount of rubbing alcohol to clean the sides of the keys.
  • Using a can of compressed air, carefully blow the air into the spaces under keys, turning the keyboard (or laptop) upside down to make sure that the dirt and debris are dislodged.

San Diego Office Cleaning:Dusting Tips Thursday, August 19, 2010

If your office is dusty, it will look less professional. Not only that, but a dusty office can also be bothersome to people with allergies. Dust can carry pollen and other allergens in it, and over time these allergens can accumulate.  Your San Diego office cleaning company likely dusts the counters, picture frames, and other surfaces in your commercial space on a regular basis, but in between visits, here are some dusting tips to keep your office looking great.

Don’t use a feather duster when dusting. This may seem counterproductive to what you’ve heard and seen, but the truth is, feather dusters collect dust and if not properly cleaned, can actually spread dust around the room when used.

Use furniture polish sparingly. Often, a lint-free cloth is all that is needed to remove dust. Using furniture polish on surfaces that are dirty as well as dusty is a good idea, but using furniture polish every time that you dust can actually lead to a build up of the polish on the surfaces of the objects that you dust.

Don’t forget pictures. We mentioned pictures frames in the first paragraph, but the fact is, many people forget that these items, as well as decorative wall hangings and free-standing decorative items should also be dusted periodically.