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San Diego Commercial Cleaning: Vinyl Baseboard Cleaning Tips Thursday, September 30, 2010

Baseboards are one of the most overlooked areas when it comes to both commercial and residential floor cleaning. The reason for this may be because baseboards are not the first thing that most people look at when entering a room, even if they take the time to notice the floor. Nevertheless, dirty vinyl baseboards can make the entire floor and the room itself look dirty, so it is important to keep them clean.

Simply sweeping or vacuuming your vinyl baseboards can go a long way towards improving the over all appearance of the floor itself. Once you’ve done this, use a soft-sided mop and a mild cleanser to remove the rest of the dirt and debris from your baseboards, and then move on to the rest of the floor if necessary. Allow the baseboards to air dry.

If your baseboards are especially dirty, you may want to scrub them with a soft-sided sponge after sweeping or vacuuming them.  This method works well for particularly stubborn ground-in dirt, as well as for the times when you need to clean your baseboards but not necessarily the rest of your floor.

How To Clean Your Vacuum Cleaner Wednesday, September 29, 2010

With all of the tasks that go along with cleaning, it is easy to forget that the tools used to clean periodically require cleaning themselves. Vacuum cleaners are no exception, and without proper cleaning are more prone to needing repair and replacement parts and won’t function as effectively.

After unplugging your vacuum, the first step is to empty the bag if it is more than half full. Bag less vacuums should have their bins or trays emptied. Next, use a screwdriver to remove the plate covering the inner vacuum parts. Remove the brush roll and clean all the strings or hair from it, using your fingers and a small pair of scissors if necessary. If the vacuum axle does not spin properly, remove the bearings and clean them as well.

If the belt in your vacuum is worn or slack, it should be replaced. In general, vacuum belts should be replaced once a year.  Filters should also be replaced on a periodic basis once they become worn or extremely dirty and dusty.

San Diego Commercial Cleaning Tips: Vacuuming Monday, September 27, 2010

Vacuuming is one of the most common types of cleaning tasks. If done frequently, vacuuming can help to improve the appearance and quality of your floor, but there are right and wrong ways to vacuum, and learning the right ways can save you time and also help to yield better results.

Don’t turn on your vacuum, point the hose and hope for the best. Instead, take the time to remove medium to large pieces of debris and trash from the floor before vacuuming.  Next, take an extra few minutes to ensure hat the bags or dust trays in your vacuum are clean and empty. Vacuuming with dirty bags or trays can reduce the effectiveness of your vacuum, and can also spread dust and dirt particles around the room.

If your vacuum has carpet or floor level settings, make sure that they are set appropriately. Thsi will increase your vacuum’s effectiveness. Don’t forget to switch the settings back and forth as necessary. Now that you are ready to vacuum, plug your machine in and concentrate on one strip of carpet or floor at a time, moving your vacuum wand or hose across the area two or three times before continuing to the next section. Repeat this process until the carpet is clean.

Once the main floor area has been cleaned, use a nozzle attachment to clean the corners and edges of the floor, as well as the small spaces underneath furniture where nozzle attachments can’t fit.

San Diego Commercial Cleaning Tips: Marble Cleaning Tips Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Marble is beautiful and unique and is a popular floor covering for many commercial spaces because of its elegance and versatility. Unfortunately, marble is also soft, very porous, and prone to staining. This doesn’t mean that you should shy away from it or worry about cleaning it however. Your San Diego commercial cleaning service likely takes care of cleaning your marble floor, but if not, or if you need to clean it yourself between professional cleanings, here are some things to keep in mind.

Identifying the stain is very important when it comes to make sure that your marble tile is cleaned properly and with as little damage as possible. Most stains will come off of marble tile easily simply with the use of a clean clot ahdn hot water, so triy that first. If hot water doesn’t take care of the stain problem, the next step is to use a commercial marble tile cleaner or  clear amonnia.

Of course, the best way to keep your marble clean is to prevent stains from setting in in the first place. Wipe any water, liquids, or spills as soon as they occur to prevent them from staining the tile. Dust your marble tiles approximately every two weeks as well to help prevent dust and dirt buildup.

San Diego Restaurant Cleaning Tips: Keep Your Surfaces Staph Free Tuesday, September 21, 2010

If you own, manage, or work in a restaurant, then you know how important it is to keep your countertops, food preparation areas, and other surfaces clean and sanitary. Preventing staph, an infectious bacteria that lives on humans skin and lead to serious illness, is of particularly crucial importance.

Use anti-bacterial wipes and hand sanitizer on your own hands and encourage your fellow workers or employees to do the same. Place small bottles of hand sanitizer near sinks, food preparation surfaces, and other areas. You can also use anti-bacterial wipes to give your surfaces a quick spot disinfectant treatment.

Clean with anti-bacterial spray cleaners specially formulated to prevent staph and other bacteria. Spray the product on the surface and allow it to sit for several minutes before using a clean cloth to wipe it away. Disinfect your counter tops periodically throughout the day, and disinfect food preparation surfaces between each use.

Make  a bleach solution of one part bleach and nine parts water and pour it into an empty plastic spray bottle. Use this solution alternately with your disinfectant cleaner to ensure that your restaurant surfaces remain hygienic and staph free.

San Diego Commercial Cleaning Tips: Easy Bathroom Cabinet Cleaning Tips Monday, September 20, 2010

When it comes to an office or restaurant bathroom, the tendency for most busy people is to clean the surfaces that  are the most visible and neglect the surfaces like cabinets that are not. Unfortunately, this can lead to odors and damage to the cabinets, and over time, simply shoving more and more products into already over-crowded cabinets creates problems as well.

Before cleaning bathroom or any type of cabinets, remove everything from the cabinet shelves and throw away any outdated, expired, or unneeded products.  Next, use a damp cloth or a paper towel to remove loose dirt from the bottom, sides, and shelves of the cabinet.

Using a multi-purpose cleaner or a specific cleaner designed for the material of your cabinets, thoroughly wipe down all surfaces. To remove particularly stubborn spills or stains, use a soft-sided scrubbing sponge. Don’t forget about the cabinet doors as well.

Once the cabinet is clean, allow it to air dry and then carefully replace the contents of the shelves.