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Tough Carpet Stain Removal Tips Thursday, March 31, 2011

Your San Diego janitorial company regularly cleans and maintains your office carpets, keeping them spot and stain free. When tough stains occur, however, and your next cleaning visit is several days or even weeks away, how can you make sure that a tough carpet stain doesn’t make your office look unsightly and unprofessional? By following these carpet stain removal tips.

Pet Stains: Even if your workplace is normally a pet-free workplace, all it takes is one visit from an employee’s four-legged friend to cause a pet stain problem. For urine stains, diluting the spot with a cloth dampened with warm water and then lightly blotting the area with a solution of one-quart water and one teaspoon white vinegar. Follow up promptly with a steam-cleaning treatment.

Gum: Gum can be difficult to remove, since it is naturally sticky and adherent. Most commercial cleaning supply stores carry specially designed gum and adhesive removal products, which can be applied to the gum and then used in conjunction with a bristled brush to remove it. Removing gum from carpets is often accomplished with the use of a steam-cleaning machine, but however you remove the gum; make sure to use an anti-bacterial cleaning solution on the surface afterwards in order to remove germs and bacterial residue.

Mildew: Mildew on carpet can lead to a host of health problems, in addition to causing permanent damage to the carpet itself. Apply an enzyme detergent to the area and carefully blot it with an absorbent cloth. Spray an ammonia solution of one-tablespoon ammonia and one half-cup water and use a soft-sided sponge to spread the solution around. Rinse with warm water, apply oxidizing bleach, and then carefully rinse the area and blot it dry.

Check back often for more tough stain removal tips from your San Diego janitorial company.

Food Safety And Food Handling Tips From Your San Diego Restaurant Cleaning Service Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Every restaurant owner’s worst nightmare is to discover that their staff or their customers have contracted a  food-borne illness as a result of improper food safety and food handling procedures in their restaurant. Thanks to your San Diego restaurant cleaning service, you know that your kitchen and restaurant are kept clean and sanitary on a regular basis. Unfortunately, even the cleanest kitchen can still harbor dangerous bacteria, and if proper food handling and safety procedures are not observed, infection and illness can occur.

Make sure that your employees understand why and how to keep food at specific temperatures. Cold food must be kept at 45 degrees, while hot food should be kept at 145 degrees or above. If food if not stored at the optimal temperature, bacteria can multiply rapidly. Check the temperatures of your refrigerators, freezers, and hot and cold food holding units on a regular basis in order to ensure that they are working properly.

Personal hygiene is also an important consideration. Never allow sick employees to come to work, and make sure that workers with abrasions, cuts , or open wounds are not allowed to serve or handle food.

Following these tips will help to ensure that optimal food safety and food handling practices are observed by all employees, and that your restaurant remains a healthy and safe place.

San Diego Restaurant Cleaning Tips: Food Safety And Glove Tips Tuesday, March 1, 2011

As your San Diego restaurant cleaning service will tell you, proper food handling and food safety tops are essential. Hand washing is one of the most important things that you, your employees, and your cleaning services can do to help prevent the spread of bacteria, germs, and foodborn illnesses.

Unfortunately, many people believe that wearing gloves when handling and touching food preparation services is all that is necessary for proper hygiene. Glove wearing does not replace proper hand washing, and when wearing gloves, the correct procedures must be followed.

  • Always wash hands before putting on gloves and after removing them.
  • Change gloves at least once an hour and use gloves that fit properly.
  • Change gloves when you change jobs, particularly when switching between handling raw food and ready to eat food.
  • Always change gloves after touching a gloved hand with a bare hand.

Be sure to ask your San Diego restaurant cleaning company for more food safety and handling tips.