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Carpet Cleaning Methods Thursday, October 21, 2010

People who have never cleaned a carpet before may not realize that there are a variety of carpet cleaning methods and processes in existence. Depending on the type of carpet that you have in your office or commercial space and the condition of your carpet, one method may be a better choice than another, whether your San Diego commercial cleaning service does the cleaning or you elect to tackle the job yourself.

Carpet Shampooing: This is often a generic term used for carpet cleaning, and involves a cleaning solution or shampoo, spread throughout the carpet and whipped into a foam with the agitator brush in the carpet cleaning machine. Once the shampoo has been spread evenly and allowed to sit for a period of time, a wet dry vac is used to remove it.

Foam: Foam carpet cleaning machines work by spreading a highly concentrated cleaning foam throughout the carpet, similar to the way that a shampooing machine does. Once the foam has been absorbed, it is then lifted out via high-powered extraction.

Hot Water Extraction: This is the preferred method of carpet cleaning by many cleaning professionals. High powered machines spray a solution of hot water and cleaning solution into the carpet and then extracted immediately.

Be sure to ask your San Diego commercial cleaning service about the type of carpet cleaning method that they use most often and what they recommend for your carpets.

San Diego Cleaning: Tips For Cleaning Painted Walls Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Cleaning painted walls is necessary for maintaining a neat and hygienic appearance in any commercial or residential space. The type of paint is the major determining factor in the cleaning methods and products that should be used for optimal results.

General Purpose Enamel Paint: Walls painted with general purpose enamel paint should never be cleaned with abrasive sponges or scoring pads. This type of paint is naturally stain resistant, and should be cleaned with a mild commercial or natural cleanser and a white nylon-backed scrub pad.

Latex Paint: Latex paints are not as stain resistant as some other types of paints, and as such, require more vigorous cleaning methods. A hard-backed sponge or scouring pad and a multi-purpose cleaning solution should be used.  Be careful not to scrub too hard, however, unless you want to remove the paint from the wall.

Oil-Based Paints: Oil-based paints should be cleaned with water and a soft cleaning cloth only, since oil-based paints care not resistant to most commercial cleaning products.

San Diego Janitorial Cleaning: Cleaning Tips From The Pros Thursday, October 14, 2010

If you’ve ever observed a commercial cleaning service in action, you have probably noticed how efficient the cleaning crews are. Janitorial and commercial cleaning professionals are required to undergo training in cleaning techniques and methods, as well as training to ensure that they are qualified to operate the specialized cleaning equipment that they use. Fortunately, there are some professional cleaning tips that everyone can benefit from to help improve the cleanliness and appearance of thier office or commercial space in between visits from their San Diego janitorial cleaning company.

Plan Ahead: Janitors and other cleaning professionals often wheel supply carts with them as they work. Why? Because these supply carts are full of all of the necessary cleaning equipment and supplies that workers need to complete their tasks, without having to run to the utility or supply room in between tasks. You can plan ahead too by making sure that you bave all of the equipment and supplies required to complete your cleaning tasks on-hand before you start.

Time Yourself: Cleaning professionals work under time constraints, which forces them to be efficient and focused while working. Break larger cleaning jobs into a series of small tasks, and allot yourself a reasonable amount of time to complete them. This will help to keep you focused on the task at hand.

San Diego Commercial Cleaning: Ceramic Tile Cleaning Tips Wednesday, October 13, 2010

When it comes to ceramic tile cleaning, a little maintenance goes a long way. Your San Diego commercial cleaning service is likely the main party responsible for keeping the ceramic tiles in your commercial space in good condition, but in-between cleaning visits, here are some tips that everyone can use:

Know Your Tile: Glazed ceramic tile is more water and stain resistant than unglazed tile, but both types require periodic maintenance. Unglazed tiles should be mopped with clean water and a mild solution every few days in order to keep spot and stains from setting. Glazed tile should be mopped on a weekly or bi-weekly basis with clean water and a mild cleaning solution.

Grout Cleaning: Having your tile grout sealed is the best way to protect both the grout and your ceramic tile from dirt, stains, and debris. Ceramic tile grout must be cleaned with a specially formulated solution, but can also be cleaned with a 50/50 solution of hydrogen peroxide and water and a gentle-bristle toothbrush.

Vacuum: Vacuuming your ceramic tile and grout on a daily or weekly basis as needed can help to prevent dirt buildup as well as tile scratches and abrasions caused by tracked in debris. Use a vacuum with a hose attachment and carefully vacuum the tops and sides of each tile.

Bathroom Cleaning Tips: Toilet Bowl Ring Removal Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Once they form and are allowed to harden, toilet bowl rings can be difficult to remove. In commercial spaces, cleanliness speaks volumes to potential customers and clients and even the smallest details, such as unsightly bathroom appliances can give these important people an unfavorable impression of your business.

In any case, toilet bowl rings are unsightly, but the good news is that they are easily removed, provided that you flollow these expert tips.

  • Clean the bowl ring thoroughly with a toilet brush and an acid-based commercial¬† toilet cleaner
  • If the ring remains, use a hard-sided sponge or scoring pad along with the cleaner
  • Old rings can usually be removed with a pumice stone. Wet the stone and scrub it along the ring, re-wetting the stone periodically if needed. Never use a pumice stone on colored, enameled, or plastic toilets.
  • Once the ring is removed, keep it from coming back by making sure to lift the toilet lid and scrubbing the top of the toilet bowl during every cleaning.

San Diego Restaurant Cleaning: Kitchen Cabinet Cleaning Tips Monday, October 11, 2010

When it comes to restaurant cleaning, the list of tasks can seem never-ending. Not surprisingly, small tasks are often neglected even by the most careful cleaners. While your San Diego restaurant cleaning service likely takes care of the bulk of the cleaning tasks in your restaurant, it is a good idea to do some periodic spot cleaning on your own. Because they are used to store various appliances and dishes, kitchen cabinets can become dirty quickly.  Keeping them clean is best done with periodic upkeep.

Plastic, Laminate, And Metal Cabinets: Use an alkaline cleanser, available from a janitorial supply store, or a mult- pupose cleanser and a soft, absorbent cleaning cloth to remove grease, dirt, and other residue buildup from the surface of the cabinent. Remove the contents of the cabinets and repeat the same procedure for the interior and the shelves of the cabinet.

Wood Cabinets: Wash surface interior and exterior of the cabinets with water and a mild dish washing detergent, using a clean, absorbent cloth to remove grease and debris. Apply furniture polish once a year to retain the natural lustre of the wood.