Monthly Archives: October 2014

Why green cleaning is good?

While there are many green practices worth adopting, switching to green cleaning products is one of those actions that is fairly simple, cost-effective and can make a big impact.  What most people don’t always think about is the “why” behind their actions.  Let’s take a look at the reasons why green cleaning is good for you and the environment.

  • According to National Geographic, only about 30% of the roughly 17,000 chemicals found in household products, including those used for cleaning, have been sufficiently tested for their effects on human health.
  • Healthier and safer cleaning products offer natural, non-toxic, and biodegradable alternatives that are just as effective as synthetic chemical cleaners. Fewer rashes, and allergic reactions are reported in green products.
  • The use of synthetic cleaners has adverse effects on air and water quality. The disposal of chemical cleaners can also have an adverse effect on land fills and disposal areas.
  • Many of the chemicals in household cleaners are harmful not only in their use, but also in their manufacturing process.
  • Green cleaning can be cost effective if done properly.

Hard Water Stains

While rain water is incredibly beneficially to our environment, it can wreak havoc on cars and windows.   In some areas of the country, the water has a high content of minerals, such as calcium and magnesium. This water is called hard water. Hard water is a designation that means the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) count in the water is very high. It also means that once the water has evaporated from the surface unsightly and hard-to-remove stains appear.  These spots can even cause irreparable damage to your windows if you don’t get rid of them quickly.

Bathroom surfaces, outside facing windows and car surfaces are the most common areas to find hard water stains.  Ordinary cleaning techniques usually don’t completely erase water spots caused by hard water, unless of course it is cleaned right away Let’s be honest,  who really has the time to clean every single time we use the water after we wash the dishes or water the lawn?   A professional cleaning company can maintain the beauty of your windows but you may want to also try some home remedies that may egin to solve the problem.

  • Water and Vinegar Solution – Prepare a mixture of 50% water, and 50% white vinegar. Soak a wash towel in the mixture and then press against the windows keeping the area wet.  The vinegar should soften the water water stains.  Wipe and press the towel on the window until the spots disappear. You may need to repeat the process several times for sites with a lot of water spots.
  • Toothpaste! Believe it or not white toothpaste can remove stains. Squeeze a dollop of toothpaste on a paper towel, add a little water, then apply the mixture on the glass as if you’re waxing a car. Thoroughly rinse the glass, then use a squeegee to remove excess water and toothpaste. The spots should be completely gone or at least reduced.
  • Steel Wool –  Steel wool doesn’t scratch glass, and actually polishes it. Lots of car owners use steel wool to clean their windshields when water spots form on them. You may use steel wool in combination with whatever cleaner you want, whether vinegar or a commercial window cleaner.

Costly Gutter Repairs

Preventing gutter problems is measured in pennies, fixing gutter damage is measured in dollars.  Preventing damage whether it is your business or your home may not be on the top of your list of fall maintenance but it should be.

Fall is the perfect time to think about gutters, since leaves dropping from trees are a main cause of clogging. Unfortunately gutters and downspouts can be blocked by other things, too, including pine needles, twigs, “helicopter” maple seeds and (if your have kids) tennis balls.

How often should they be cleaned? Experts recommend checking your gutter system at least twice a year, in the spring and in the fall after trees have shed most of their leaves and needles. If your property is populated by many trees that hang over the building your may need to clean the gutters every few months.  For gutters that are blocked by screens or a professional gutter protection once a year may be appropriate.

What is the potential damage of clogged gutters? Clogged downspouts and gutters cause water to overflow the gutter, which can damage fascia or soffit boards.  This can  erode landscaping, or cause a roof leaking. This, in turn may create additional exterior or interior damage. Clogged gutters can also be related to pest and rodent infestation.

A professional gutter cleaning company can remove all leaves and other material from the roof, gutters and downspouts, as well as a check of overall gutter condition and repair of any loose gutter spikes.

Benefits of Scotchgard

The first thing clients probably notice about your business are the pieces of furniture and carpeting in your lobby.  You probably spend  quite a bit of money to decorate this “first impression” area so that clients will have nothing but a positive first experience right? Well, if you think choosing the right carpeting and furniture was critical, maintaining the professional and clean look of that furniture should be of utmost importance as well.  That is where scotchgard can come in handy for your lobby pieces.

What is scotch guard? Scotchgard is a 3M brand of products, a stain repellent and durable water repellent applied to fabric, furniture, and carpets to protect them from stains. The original formula for Scotchgard was discovered accidentally in 1952 by 3M chemists Patsy Sherman and Samuel Smith.

Benefits of Scotchgard –

  • Helps protect against both oil and water based stains.
  • Help carpet fibers resist soiling.
  • Helps spills blot up before they become stains.
  • Helps stains release more easily when carpet and upholstery is professionally cleaned.
  • Helps Carpet and upholstery stay cleaner longer.

In all, Scotchguard is a very advantageous product to use to keep your office carp[et and furniture clean and sharp looking.  Continue to make a positive impression on your clients by maintaining your investment in your office furniture.

Importance of a Clean Lobby

A first impression can never be made again.  When a client visits your office you want that first impression to make a statement about the type of business you run.  What does your lobby say about you and your company?  Does it convey your organization, professionalism, and cleanliness?  Putting your best foot forward in your office lobby is one of the best ways to make a positive first impression.  Here are some easy ways to make a great impression in your customer reception area.

  • Keep high traffic areas clean – You know the areas in your reception area that see the most foot traffic.  These are the areas to keep an eye out for soil or other stains that can detract from the overall appearance. One of the best lines of defense is an entrance mat for your lobby. These are perfect for trapping dirt, debris, and moisture carried in from outside.  Mats can also be customized to include your company’s logo – adding to your lobby’s professional appearance.
  • Keep HVAC clean and working properly – Other than visual cues, customers rely on their sense of smell to tell them how clean an area is.  If your office has a musty smell be sure to have the HVAC system cleaned regularly.  Office deodorizers are also a pleasant way to have a client enter into a pleasant smelling lobby.
  • Dust, Dust, Dust – Keeping tables, lamps and nicknacks in the lobby free from dust is also an important part of leaving clients with a good impression.  As clients wait for appointments they have a chance to look around the lobby and may notice dust and unclean items first.  Make dusting a weekly ritual.
  • Windows!  If your lobby has lots of windows you will want to maintain them regularly.  Smudges, fingerprints and streaks can detract from the sun shining into your lobby.

Making sure your lobby sets the tone for your clients experience with you and your company.  Regular maintenance from employees or a professional cleaning company can set you apart by making a positive impression right from the start.