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How to Motivate Your Office Staff to Clean Their Dishes Without Causing a Riot

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Nobody likes doing the dishes, especially when the sink is already piled high with someone else’s dirty plates and cups. Coming face to face with a precariously balanced stack of dirty crockery is bad enough at home, but when it is in your office and no one wants to take responsibility, things can get depressing to say the least.  You want your staff to be happy and to have somewhere to relax at lunch time, but if they can’t clean up after themselves it can be tempting to take away the convenience of having their own kitchen. Obviously, you don’t want that. So, how do you deal with it? Here are some simple methods of gently motivating your staff to clean up after themselves. Have Everyone Label the Dishes they Use Call a meeting and inform your staff that from now on each person must label their cups, dishes and cutlery. According to a survey conducted in Britain, just 2% of office staff stated that their office kitchen had been cleaned in the last week.  By having your staff label their utensils, dishes and cups, they will will be forced to take responsibility. The same can be done with anything left in the fridge to avoid moldy food stinking the place out.  Create and Enforce the “Throw Away” Rule Inform your staff that anything left in the sink come the end of the working day will be thrown out, as dirty dishes breed bacteria and, the dirty dishes would be causing a health risk.  Paper Cups and Plates Purchase paper cups, plates and cutlery for your staff to use at break time. Your bins will be fuller, but your sink will be empty.  One Dish and One Cup Per Person This can be employed in tandem with the labeling rule. Each staff member has only one cup, plate and set of cutlery.  Reward Staff for Keeping Kitchen Clean Staff respond much more favorably to rewards than punishment. At the end of each day, check the kitchen. If it is spotless, award your staff with a star or point to go towards a treat at the end of the week or month. It could be something as simple as a free dinner or a day out, but it will encourage staff to work together to keep the kitchen clean.  You may be tempted to put up signs, but in most cases, this passive-aggressive approach has little to no impact and could even cause a mini-sign war! Another solution is to hire a commercial office cleaning service to ensure your kitchen stays clean and germ-free, and to allow you to continue to provide your staff with a...

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How Asbestos Affects Your Dog

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Asbestos is a highly dangerous compound made up of multiple types of particles. It used to be common in home and building structures because it is strong, durable, and fire-resistant. Unfortunately, it has also been known to cause mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer. While it is more commonly associated with humans, this type of cancer can also affect dogs. Here are some things to know about asbestos exposure to dogs and the consequences of that exposure.  How do dogs get exposed to asbestos? This is one of the bigger questions asked when a dog or other pet is exposed to asbestos. There are two different ways that a dog can become exposed to the dangerous particles of asbestos. The first way is directly, which occurs when the asbestos particles are released into the air. This is the most common way for humans to get it as well. For example, if you are pulling asbestos tiles from your roof, and some of the particles end up in the air low to the ground, the dog might run past and inhale those particles. The dog can also get it through what it known as secondary exposure, which occurs when the dog is around someone with asbestos on their skin or clothing, which are then transferred to the dog. What are some symptoms to look for? One thing to note is that the symptoms of asbestos exposure with dogs is similar to that of humans. The symptoms often begin with obvious breathing or lung problems, such as shortness of breath. If you notice that when you take your dog for its daily walk and suddenly can’t make it the entire way without stopping to breathe properly, that can be a sign of lung problems associated with mesothelioma. The dog might also have spots on its body that are hard lumps. Some other symptoms include having abdominal discomfort and lower appetite, extreme weight loss, and frequent coughing. Even if these symptoms are not due to asbestos-related illnesses, they are still good reasons to visit your veterinarian.  How do you prevent it? If you believe you might have asbestos in your home, it is important that you get it tested right away. An asbestos removal company will do the testing for you and remove the materials if necessary. Asbestos is often found in materials like drywall, flooring tiles, plumbing, roofing materials, and insulation. Make sure you keep your family and pets away from the area when it is being tested. Having the materials removed is the best way to prevent exposure to your dog. Even if you don’t have reason to believe there is asbestos in the home, testing an older home prior to purchasing it is always a good...

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What Types Of Situations Call For A Garbage Chute And What Minimum Requirements Must You Have?

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Most of us have garbage removal services that take away the waste from our homes or businesses. However, there are times when you either have an excess amount of waste or you have to remove it from a difficult situation or area. For cost and time savings, a garbage chute hire may be a smart alternative to manually removing it yourself. What is a garbage chute hire? It is a waste system that allows you to drop waste from above into a chute to be collected to a container below. Outlined below are the specifics about what types of reasons you would use a garbage chute for and what requirements you need to have to use one. Reasons for a garbage chute hire The main reasons why you need a garbage chute for hire is because you have an excessive amount of waste and getting to the area to remove it will cause an obstacle. For instance, if you are doing a home improvement project where you need to remove an excessive amount of trash, but a dumpster would disturb the area, a chute is ideal. Other reasons for a garbage chute is that you can remove waste from an area that has obstacles such as stairs or reduced doorway space. Instead of wasting additional time to remove garbage from an area, having a chute allows the inhabitant to send it down a tunnel to end up where it needs to be. Hotels, apartments and shared spaces Hotels, apartments, and shared space dwellings are a perfect area for a garbage chute for hire too. When you need to remove waste from a location, and you don’t want to disturb other people in the same space, sending it out a patio door or a window presents an excellent alternative. That eliminates the necessity of carrying dirty waste through the hall or disturbing people who live in the area. What requirements are needed? If you want to use a garbage chute for hire, you need to have a place for the chute to secure to and for it to have a downslope to carry the waste to the disposal bin. Therefore, you need a window, door, or another opening in a building. Advantages of using a garbage chute The major advantage of using a garbage chute is that you don’t have to pay the man-hours to move rubbish from one place to the next. Eliminating the time spent on waste removal, a chute is an excellent choice for business costs and personal cost too. The other advantage offered is less mess and less of a probability that someone will get hurt when removing waste from difficult areas or situations. Garbage chutes are a great way to handle various kinds of waste removal in both big and small spaces. To figure out if they are right for your situation, take into consideration both cost, safety, and convenience. Talk with a garbage chute company, such as Qwik Chutes, or other garbage removal services for more...

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4 Ways a Commercial Cleaning Company Can Help Keep Your Carpet Looking Spotless

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Do you have a considerable amount of flooring on your commercial real estate that is made of carpet that needs to be maintained? Then you can hire a commercial cleaning company to do just that. By finding out that specific type of maintenance tasks that a commercial cleaning company can perform, you’ll have a better idea about if such a service is worth the investment. With that thought in mind, here are some of the ways in which a commercial cleaning company can keep your carpets looking great. 1. Replacement jobs: if you have section of your carpet that is beyond cleaning because they are torn or have holes in them, then they will need to be replaced. Some stains might be of the permanent kind such as when bleach comes into contact with the carpet. Once that happens no amount of steam cleaning can get it out. A good quality cleaning company can see to it that the necessary sections of carpet are replaced so that they look as good as the surrounding sections. 2. Regular vacuuming: a commercial cleaning company will typically vacuum clean your carpets at the end of every work day. So that the next day when employees come into work they are greeted by clean carpet. It’s important to find a carpet cleaning service that can come in at flexible hours. For example, if your employees work to late hours in the evening, then it would be beneficial if the cleaners can come in during the night. 3. Steam cleaning: it is important that any carpet cleaning service that you hire performs steam cleaning several times a year. That’s required because it can get particles out of your carpet that vacuum cleaning cannot such as bacteria, parasites and mites. However, steam cleaning is a job that causes a significant amount of disturbance, and furniture will need to be moved about. Therefore, you should have that job completed during the holidays, or weekends when nobody is going to be working. 4. Get rid of Odours: it can be a serious nuisance when a carpet has foul odours that just won’t go away. It can cause disruption to the workplace, and even result in the degradation of personal health. A commercial cleaning service can use the right approach for the job that will get rid of any foul odours, and instead leave behind a fresh smell caused by the cleaning...

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3 Ways to Trim Costs for Your Small Cleaning Company

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Operating a small cleaning company or cleaning houses independently can be very profitable, but only if you know how to manage your costs properly. Unfortunately many who are self-employed or who run a small company don’t understand the cost savings opportunities available to them, and may not think of how their purchasing habits affect their overall profits. Note a few ways you can trim your costs for your small cleaning company. 1. Check your insurance rates You may know to shop around for good auto insurance rates but have you shopped around recently for good insurance rates for yourself if you’re self-employed? You may be obligated to have worker’s compensation insurance along with liability insurance in case of property damage, and increasing your deductibles for these or lowering the coverage limits may save you money on your premiums. Don’t get too skimpy with your insurance in case you do need to make a claim in the future, but be sure to shop around every six months so you know you’re with the cheapest company and aren’t paying for insurance you don’t need. 2. Investigate affordable marketing strategies Ads in a newspaper, phone book, local radio, and TV stations may be more expensive than many online sites. Social media pages are also free, and you can place ads on many of those sites for much less money than an ad that runs on the radio or TV. Business cards are good to have as you can leave these in people’s doors or on the countertops of other local businesses; look for websites that offer cheap business card printing rather than having them printed at a local office supply store. Ultimately, find out which marketing strategies are working for you, and which options could help you get more customers. 3. Note where you get your supplies Getting your commercial cleaning supplies from a warehouse-style supermarket can help you save money, but even then there may be better options for savings. It pays to look for those same supplies online as you may find them at wholesale prices, or may find that buying in bulk from an online store saves you quite a bit on the price overall. Shopping online at stores that specialise in commercial cleaning supplies can also mean finding supplies that might not otherwise be available to you, so you can offer more services or more options to your customers. This might include eco-friendly or organic materials, or services like carpet shampooing and floor polishing....

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Top Tips for Cleaning Upholstery the Right Way

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Are you trying to clean your sofa or other upholstery, but can’t seem to do a thorough job? Then you should take the time to learn a few simple steps that you can help remove the toughest of stains. As a result you will have upholstery that is looking as good as new. If you’re interested in cleaning your upholstery the right way then read on for some tips. What Type Of Stain Is It? Before you clean the stains on your upholstery, you must identify them, because different types of stains require different types of treatment. For example, you can steam clean stains such as coffee, wine, dirt, food and pet excrement. However, other types of stains will require chemical-based treatment to come out such as oil based ones. In the event that you cannot identify a stain, then you should try steam cleaning followed by chemical treatment. A trial and error methodology will eventually get any type of stain off your upholstery. Vacuum Clean Before you proceed with any type of treatment you should vacuum clean the upholstery to remove dirt, debris and pet hair. This will prevent it from getting even dirtier once you begin the cleaning. For example, loose bits of dirt can rub against the surface of the upholstery cause small tears that will be costly to repair. Furniture Tags All furniture will have documentation and tags when you purchase them that indicate what types of cleaning they can undergo. This will include the chemicals that can be used so that the quality and colour of the upholstery are not compromised. If you cannot find the furniture tags then look of your upholstery online, or something similar. Nowadays manufacturers of furniture will provide online instruction manuals with guidance on how to clean them. Renting Equipment Is Cheaper Than Buying It is more than likely that you will only need to steam clean your upholstery twice a year. Therefore, you should rent the steam cleaner as opposed to buying it as it will be considerably cheaper to do so. When selecting a steam cleaner try to find one with wheels as it will easier to move it from one room to the next. Another feature that’s worthy of note is the attachments that come with steam cleaners. The right attachments can ensure you access to every nook and cranny of your upholstery. Know that you can employ services such as Busy Bell to take care of the job for you. You can let them know what the situation is and they will come equipped with the proper...

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3 Simple Tips For Getting Your Rental Properties Occupied

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

An empty rental property not only fails to earn you money, but it also costs you money as well. You still need to pay any mortgage on the property as well as utilities and taxes even when the property sits empty, which is why you should consider every option possible to get and keep tenants. Note a few simple tips from rental pros for how to increase your occupancy percentage in a rental complex or attract tenants in single units. 1. Know where to advertise How people find rental properties is not the same as how they find a house to buy. Many areas have booklets that come out every month with available properties listed, and these are often given away at supermarkets and retail stores. The booklets may be a favorite choice for prospective tenants. The internet is also always a good place to advertise rental properties, but rarely will prospective tenants look at sites that have just one property listed in one page. Most prefer to look at a site with dozens of properties grouped together, so their search is fast and easy. Don’t rely on just signs outside the property to advertise. Use the internet and the sites that list several properties for maximum response. 2. Stay on top of the competition Apartment complex managers should call around to other complexes and ask about their current rent and any specials they have. If a complex won’t give that information to a competitor, you may simply pose as an interested tenant. It’s vital that you do this so you can keep your own rates and specials competitive. If you cannot lower your prices, you may be able to offer incentives like cable television or internet in each apartment. Whatever you decide to do, always stay competitive and check regularly, as prices and specials change every month. 3. Keep your units as presentable and attractive as possible Before showing a unit to anyone, no matter the price, you want to make it as attractive and presentable as possible. This means inside and outside the unit. Invest in a good domestic cleaning service like Bras Cleaning Pty Ltd to give it a thorough cleaning inside, and this should include the inside of the kitchen appliances and every nook and corner. Make sure you have a landscaping company that does a thorough job outside, and never underestimate the power of attractive flowerbeds when you’re trying to rent an apartment or...

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3 Tips to Better Care for Your Oriental Rugs

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Oriental rugs are beautiful, but they are expensive, so it is important that you know how to properly care for your rugs so they will look beautiful for many years to come. In addition to regular professional care from a carpet cleaning service, there are also many things you can do in order to maintain your Oriental rugs. Vacuum You need to take steps to keep your Oriental rugs clean between professional cleanings from a carpet cleaning service. While they are delicate, they can still be treated much the same as regular carpeting. For instance, they need to be vacuumed, and you should do this regularly, preferably once each week or even more frequently. Only use a vacuum that has a canister, and avoid using one that has a brush that rotates, as they can be rough on rug fibers. Be sure to vacuum both with and against the pile, to suck up as much dirt as possible. Make sure that the vacuum cleaner doesn’t suck up the fringes, as they are easily damaged. Instead, use your fingers to brush out dirt and straighten the fringes. Every so often, flip the rug and go over the underside with the vacuum to get dirt that is deeply lodged into the weave. Cleaning There are ways that you can keep your Oriental rug clean between professional cleanings. Be sure to allow no one to walk on your rugs while wearing outdoor shoes. This way, they aren’t going to track dirt in and grind it into the rugs. It also prevents damage caused by hard soles and high heels. If anything is spilled onto an Oriental rug, be sure to blot it up immediately with a clean, dry towel or paper towel. It is a good idea to have these specialty rugs treated with water repellants to prevent staining. Basic Care In addition to vacuuming and cleaning, there are other things you can do to keep your Oriental rugs looking new and beautiful. Rotate the rugs at least once a year, to keep them from wearing down in any particular spots. Avoid smoking near Oriental rugs, as it not only makes the rugs dirty, it can also damage them over time. Even fireplace smoke can damage these delicate rugs. If your home is damp, a dehumidifier will help to protect your rugs from mold and mildew. Never set furniture or other heavy items onto an Oriental rug, as they will leave permanent indentations. For more tips or assistance, contact resources such as Hercules Carpet...

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Want Variety? Five Exciting Services Offered by the Cleaning Industry

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are hiring a cleaning contractor for your home or business, you may just want someone to pop over and do a bit of hoovering and dusting. However, if you want something else, you can also find cleaning companies who provide a range of exciting extra services. Here are five of the diverse cleaning services you may find: 1. On-demand cleaning services One of the hottest trends to hitting the cleaning industry lately is on-demand cleaning services. To enable on-demand services, the cleaning company gives the client a tablet or has the client download a special app onto his or her own tablet. When the client needs to have something done, he or she simply hits his or her selection in the app, and a cleaning professional arrives forthwith. On-demand services can cover anything from basic cleaning to restocking the work fridge or taking care of immediate emergency bathroom clean-ups. Depending on the company and their staff availability, you can schedule services for next month or for that very afternoon. 2. Costumed cleaners Rather than sending over cleaners in boring work clothing, some cleaning contractors are getting creative. Clients can order cleaners in uniforms that match the client’s professional vibe. 3.  Allergen-free cleaning products and services If you, your employees or your family members have allergies, most cleaning contractors are willing to work around that. They may adjust their cleaning products to ensure they don’t bring certain allergens into your home or office. In other cases, you can opt to work with a cleaning company specialising in environmentally safe, toxin-free cleaners. 4. Deep cleaning or seasonal cleaning Even if you don’t have cleaners on a regular basis, you can get them seasonally. Deep cleaners can handle anything from helping you purge and organise your closets to stripping and waxing your floors. They do wall washing, rug beating, carpet shampooing and anything else you only need done once in a while. Similarly, these cleaners can also help with one-off jobs. They can clean homes or offices that have been foreclosed upon, or they can help with end-of-lease cleaning. 5. Disaster clean-up If your home or office has experienced a disaster, professional cleaning contractors can help with mitigating dirt, damage and debris. Post-disaster cleaning professionals know how to deal with the effects of floods and fires, and their efforts can help you salvage your stuff.   For more information, contact a local cleaning...

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Carpet Steam Cleaning Is Sanitary

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Carpet steam cleaning is fast becoming the leading substitute to the conventional shampoo method. The typical person spends plenty of time inside their house or office space. With as many pollutants found in inside the home than outside, it is imperative that carpets ought to be cleaned regularly. While there are many methods of cleaning carpets, they don’t often produce excellent results. Enter carpet steam cleaning into the fray and what you get is sparkling clean carpets. Indeed, there are numerous benefits to the carpet as well as occupants when carpet steam cleaning is used. Benefits to the Carpet Unlike shampoo methods, carpet steam cleaning performs a deeper treatment strategy to eliminate dirt, dust, pet hair and other rubbish that often work their way down into the carpet fibers themselves. Steam cleaning method utilizes a steam cleaner that sprays hot steam water into the carpet fibers to effectively eliminate germs, bacteria and other pollutants that are present. The amount of heated steam applied on the fibers is easily regulated based upon the type of carpet surface being cleaned up. This helps to prevent any damage caused by hot moisture to the underlying material. The dirty water is then removed using a suction component of the steam cleaner. The depth with which carpet steam cleaning method works not only eliminates dangerous toxins, but also improves a great deal the overall appearance and life of the carpet. Many brighteners often result in yellowing spots on the carpet, however with the use of hot water and steam; chances of discoloration to your carpeting are next to nil. Additionally, this method typically dries very quickly, while the natures of shampoo techniques require longer drying period. Furthermore, re-soiling is also considerably reduced when the carpet is thoroughly dried before use. Benefits to the Occupants The harsh chemical detergents used to clean up carpet surfaces can adversely affect the occupants and pets, particularly those suffering from asthma and allergies. A major advantage to using carpet steam cleaning is the minimization of harsh chemicals during the clean up process. This in turn minimizes the chances of dangerous residues polluting the indoor environment. Thus, the indoor air quality remains healthy and clean for the occupants. While the average homeowner can perform carpet steam cleaning on their own, a licensed technician skilled in such practices and with advanced equipment can churn out better outcomes. Engage the services of a technician who is certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (ICCR). By doing so, you can rest assured your carpeting is in the hands of a certified...

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Tips For Maintaining A Clean And Healthy Office Space

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Although hiring a cleaning company to carry out the cleaning duties for your office is simply the best way to keep and maintain a clean and healthy work office, a small company can save money by doing some of the cleaning themselves. It is a good idea to set a few rules that all employees are subject to. This article examines some tips for maintaining a clean and bug-free working environment. Food Many employees eat their lunch at their desk or in a staff room. This is where the potential for bugs is—rotten or moldy food is an attraction that few bugs can resist. In order to avoid this happening, consider some of the following points: Vacuum regularly in these areas, and ensure that any food is removed from the premises Consider starting a ‘clean out the refrigerator’ routine. All items of food left in here for longer than, for example, a month, will be put in the trash. Ensure that staff will clean leftover food from plates and dishes as soon as they have finished eating Any mess made in the microwave should be cleaned immediately; waiting so that the food dries will only cause annoyance and frustration for other people who wish to use the oven, as well as attracting bugs. Use Special Wipes Most computer outlets will provide you with specialized cleaning wipes that are suitable for computer monitors and keyboards. It is worth picking up a pack of these and insist that any employee who eats at their desk should use these special wipes to clean their equipment. Move Furniture Regularly In order to keep a thoroughly clean working environment, make sure that you or your employees move the heavier pieces of office furniture, such as filing cabinets or sofas, and clean behind them. It can look unsightly and lazy when you notice that an office is clean, except for the hard to reach areas. Maintain Your Plants Plants thrive in a clean and well aired environment. Use these as a guide, and remember to properly care for the plants. Water them, and dispose of any leaves that have been shed or are dry and withered. A beautiful and vigorous plant is indicative of a clean and healthy office space. Imagine A Client’s Perspective Occasionally, it is a good idea to enter your office as a client would do. Walk slowly around the office as your clients would do, and look for things that could be cleaned or improved. This simple exercise is often enough to spot areas in need of improvement. It is a good idea to draw up a rota for your employees, so that everybody can take their turn to help maintain a clean and healthy office. For more tips, talk to your cleaning service, such as Southern Cross Cleaning (SA) Pty...

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