Maintain Carpet After Professional Cleaning

Maintain Carpet After Professional Cleaning

So you have just got your carpet cleaned but how do you maintain it. While it’s not all that expensive to get a professional carpet cleaning company to come back to your home after three months to do another round of carpet cleaning. It’s much better on your wallet to only have to do it every six months.

Let the Carpet Dry Properly

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is thinking you know better than the carpet cleaning company that just cleaned your carpets, who clean carpets day in and day out. Yes, some people still think they know better, a little odd, right?

So the mistake you shouldn’t make is to walk on the carpet before you were told to. The professional carpet cleaning company will likely tell you the carpet will need a few hours to dry and there was a reason for that! You can damage your carpet.

Wear Socks when Possible

Walking on the carpet with shoes damages the carpet. Everyone knows this and your carpet cleaning company would have told you this also but there is a little known fact about walking on carpets that most people don’t know and that is those bare feet just after professional cleaning took place do more damage than shoes.

Why?

The natural oils in your feet will be absorbed by the carpet and cause damage. What actually happens is that oil then attracted dirt and grime over time. So as time goes by you will start to see a footprint in your carpet but they will not be fresh they will be from when you walked over your carpet after it was cleaned by a professional.

For the few days after getting your carpets done don’t walk on the carpet with shoes or barefoot. You’ll need to walk on your carpet so just wear socks as this solve the problem.

Immediately Attend to Stains and Spills

The longer a stain stays on the carpet the harder it is to remove and the more damage it actually causes to the carpet. It’s that simple. Be prompt with getting a spill dealt with.

Regular Vacuum Cleaning

Vacuum cleaning is not just about making the carpet look nice and getting that freshly cleaned smell in your home. That is a bonus. The real reason you want to clean carpets is to remove all the dirt, dust and sand that ends up in your carpet.

The longer you leave your carpet the more damage your are doing. This is because all the foreign object in your carper rip up the carpet fibres over time. You can’t see most of them so you need to vacuum on a regular basis if your carpet looks dirty or not. This also applies, and in fact, applies more importantly, just after you have professional carpet cleaning done. As your carpet is more susceptible to damage when it was just professional cleaned.

There you have it. If you follow these tips and tricks after you get professional carpet cleaning done then you will extend the life of your carpets in your home.

Things to Consider with Picking a Cleaning Company

Things to Consider with Picking a Cleaning Company

Picking a cleaning company is not as easy as one, two three. There are many things that you need to consider when picking the right cleaning company for the job and it does not matter if you are in need of house cleaning or office cleaning.

Today we present you with a mini guide on picking a cleaning company. By the time you are done reading this, you will know exactly how to pick the right cleaning company for the cleaning work, you need doing.

References

A great way to start looking at the cleaning company you are looking to hire is to ask for some references. In today digital age this could be as simple as going on their website and looking at their video testimonial or their reviews on places like Yelp.

If this is not available then ask them for real references the old school way by asking them for a client who you can call to speak to.

Experience

Ask what ongoing training program the company has for their staff. While experience is a great thing. One step, better is a company who keeps their staff up to date with the best practices and standards.

Certifications

Depending on the company that you are going to deal with and the type of cleaning that you need the certifications the company holds will differ. That being said there is never a time a company will not have certifications so if they have none, run!

Association

What associations are they part of? Associations are not just fancy clubs. Associations hold their members accountable to certain standards. So a company that is part of an associations (or two) will generally do higher quality worth than a company not part of an association.

Insured and Bonded

Is the cleaning company insured and bonded? Let’s say you hire an office cleaning company and water or some other liquid gets split on a computer. If the company is insured then getting a claim pushed through should be a breeze.

If the company is not insured you might have to take them to court to pay up if they don’t admit to their fault and this could take months, even a year.

Availability

Find out what the companies schedule is like. There is no point taking a conversation any further if you are looking for an office cleaning company that can only do weekend cleaning as they are fully booked.

Something else to ask is how they deal with emergency call outs. Are the possible?

Accountability

Find out how the cleaning company measures their work? Do they just come and leave? Or do they provide you with a checklist with everything that has been completed and signed off?

This is important as you don’t want to find out after the job is done that something you wanted to be completed that was never dealt with.

Custom Cleaning Programs

Do you need a custom cleaning program? Does the cleaning company that you are looking to hire provide this? It’s best to speak to them about the standard cleaning programs and bring up that you need something custom quite fast if their standards won’t work. Not all companies do custom cleaning solutions so priorities this question.

Safety

Does the cleaning company comply with occupational health and safety laws? It doesn’t matter what country you need cleaning in. All countries have their set laws that cleaning businesses need to stick. It’s best to ask for a compliance certificate to see that they are telling the truth.

Supplies and Equipment

Ask what supplies and equipment are provided. If you are getting office cleaning done with the janitorial supplies for the stuff be restocked as part of your quote or will that come at an extra cost? Asking this question will reduce any surprises down the line. The last thing you want is to walk into your office in the morning and notice there is no toilet paper!

Office Cleaning Tips for the Budget Minded Business Owner

Office Cleaning Tips for the Budget Minded Business Owner

Let’s face it. Not every business can afford a daily janitorial services company to help keep their offices clean or evening office cleaners to come by. Today we are going to explore some office cleaning tips that keep being budget minded at hand.

Even if the budget is there for office cleaning then you can still implement these office cleaning tips.

Cleaning Plan

Just starting to clean your office is a bad plan. Like they say if you fail to plan you just planned to fail. The first thing you should do is create a plan that is specific to your office so nothing gets missed.

De-Cluttering

The first thing you want to take care of is to declutter the office floor. Put away anything that can be put away. Throw away anything that can be thrown away.

For example and cups, bowel or anything else that should be back in the staff kitchen should be put back there.

Rubbish lying around should be thrown in the bin and any extra boxes that are lying around that seem to accumulate in office spaces should be broken down and recycled.

Desk Cleaning

Next, more on to desk cleaning. Make sure all desks are free of all the items that seem to accumulate during the day like sticky notes, pens, pencils, markers, staplers, paper, folders and so on. Implementing an evening clear desk policy is a perfect way to get your staff to do this themselves before leaving for the day.

Windows

It’s very easy for a window to build up dust and dirt if there is no regular cleaning schedule. It is very east to take a cloth and wipe down the windows. For the actual cleaning, there is no need for any commercial chemicals to be used. An office will have a lot of windows so a jumbo sized bottle of window cleaner can be bought and the windows will be cleaner normally.

The outside of the windows should be of no concern to you as the property management company should be taking care of this.

Bins

Bins need to be cleaned out on a nightly basis. There is not one office on the planet today that doesn’t have staff who eat lunch at their desk. Food will start to smell and rot if not taken care of. Bins can easily get overfilled if not dealt with also.

Electronics

Computers, phones, keyboards, calculators and other kinds of electronics are a breeding ground for germs. A quick wipe down with a cleaning solution and then a sanitiser solved the germ problem on electronics.

Bathrooms

Next is the staff bathrooms. When it comes to keeping your staff healthy you need to keep toilets clean and sanitised otherwise you might get staff becoming sick quite often.

Daily cleaning is required. That is not an option. This is a comprehensive cleaning guide for restrooms you should take a look at and implement.

Staff Kitchen

A staff kitchen is no different to a home kitchen. It’s generally bigger and doesn’t have an oven. That’s it.

Make sure all the dishes are cleaned. Countertops wiped down. Tables wiped down. Microwave wiped down daily and properly cleaned once per week. The floors should also be swept and mopped nightly.

Walkthrough

The last thing you want to do is a walkthrough. Simply walkthrough the office and look for anything that was missed and attend to it. Make sure nothing is out of place and everything is tidy.

Having a clean office is not just about the hygiene aspect. It also affects staff and the ability to perform. If staff are thinking about they dirty office they work in then it will impact their performance and this will end up costing the business money.

Even on a budget, professional office cleaning is something that every business owner should consider. It’s really an investment to keep your staff happy. It is also a good idea to check your office lease to see if you are legally required to employ a cleaning company as if you don’t you might be breaking the terms of your lease.

You can also watch this video for more office cleaning tips.

Why is Cleaning Important

Why is Cleaning Important

Having a clean home is very important. There have been studies that have taken place that have linked clean homes to physical fitness. So having a clean home is not just for show and tell. And this makes perfect sense as if you live in a dirty home you are more likely to get sick and more often. So you wont be as fit as the person who is out and about being active more often.

But there is more to a clean home than your own fitness. Lets expand on why a clean home is important.

Less Stress and Fatigue

This might not be an obvious thing to pick up on but when you have a mess home you are subconsciously reminding yourself that you should clean. So your eyes never get to really rest and the mess is always in sight. This stresses you out and fatigues you.

It’s actually proven that to much clutter is a really bad thing for your mental health.

Cleaning Reduces Allergies and Asthma Symptoms

Asthma and allergies can flare up if you live in a dirty environment.

This is not some hogwash. It actually very obvious. The less you clean your home the more dust floats around the rooms you are in. Not cleaning also allows more moisture to take place. More moisture means asthma can be triggered.

Even if you don’t have either of these issues living in a home that has to must dust will make you sneeze a lot more than you are supposed to. And breathing in dust is never a good thing.

Clean Means Safer

A clean home means the home is safer to live in and walk around in. Did you know that falls and fire are the most common ways injury and death occurs in a home?

Tripping over clutter is how most falls that require a hospital visit occur. Clutter is also responsible for most house fires spreading. When a home doesn’t have clutter and the fire has less to catch on to burn it give the fire brigade more time to save the home.

Pests

Clutter is a perfect place for pests to hid. Cockroaches for example love to hid under clutter. They are generally just annoying to see in a home over anything but they can also spread dangerous diseases to humans.

The same goes for mice, rats and all sorts of pest and vermin. Having a messy home attracts them.

A good way to avoid getting a pest infestation is to keep an overall clean home. Wash dishes and plates once your are done and to not leave food outside.

So there you have it. A clean home is a health home. In summary if you keep your home clean with a regular clean once a week. Avoid clutter and clean up food once you are done eating you will keep your home healthy and more importantly you will stay healthy.