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Cleaning all machines
Vacuum all cupboards
Cleaning the sink
Breadth and mop the floors
Scour the whole floor of the washroom
Check the sink, latrine or tub for obstructs
Clean the sink, shower head, and every metallic surface
Use cleaning cleansers that will murder any microscopic organisms
Clean the cabinets, tables, and bookshelves
Vacuum the floor and underneath the couch
Clean any noticeable stains on the dividers and switches
Clean any molds you find on the dividers utilizing blanch.
Clean the windows from within leaving a sans streak wrap up
Make certain that the windows open and close securely
Vacuum all the furnishings, which incorporates couches, sleeping cushions, and seats
Clean all wooden furniture with a material and a wood-accommodating cleanser
Mats and Curtains
Vacuum window ornaments and mats appropriately to evacuate any earth or residue
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The servant’s activity must be most unpleasant employment at any lodging. maid services play out the most physically requesting work, cleaning a normal of 10 to 14 rooms every day, yet are frequently undetectable to the run of the mill visitor. So here are five legends, uncovered, about what an inn servant’s activity is truly similar to.
1: There’s actually no compelling reason to tip a lodging servant.
A great deal of Americans appear to accept that, since 31% don’t tip inn house cleaners by any means, as indicated by TripAdvisor. However these are the laborers who are stripping and redoing beds, cleaning washrooms, disposing of the garbage and vacuuming your room. All things considered, servants and maids make just $21,800 every year, as indicated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
So tipping them for their diligent work appears to be a smart thought. The American Hotel and Lodging Association prescribes tipping maids $1 to $5 every night, contingent upon the degree of administration and cost of the inn. Jacob Tomsky, a veteran lodging laborer and the creator of the inn uncover, Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles thus Called Hospitality, proposes the high side of that figure.
“It’s forever my most posed inquiry,” Tomsky says, “and I propose leaving $5 per day. Put it in an envelope and spot that envelope on one of the pads.”
Tomsky likewise instructs leaving a tip each day concerning your remain, not toward the part of the arrangement.
“Your maid services may have the day away from work the morning you’re looking at, so the substitution servant would get the whole tip in the event that you left it,” he calls attention to.
At any rate one lodging network has chosen to address the issue head-on. Marriott International as of late cooperated with Maria Shriver’s A Woman’s Nation to dispatch another tipping activity. They’re calling it “The Envelope Please” to urge inn visitors to leave a tip for maids.
It might be useful for nature when lodgings practice environmental awareness, however it’s not without its drawback for inn servants.
“There are lodgings with green projects that enable the visitor to skirt a room cleaning, or to skip it for a couple of days ” says Annemarie Strassel, chief of correspondences for UniteHere, an association that speaks to in excess of 100,000 inn laborers in the United States and Canada. “With the goal that implies when a lodging maid at long last cleans it, the room is significantly dirtier.”
A dirtier room implies that the maid needs to utilize all the more cleaning supplies and is presented to more synthetic concoctions. It’s additionally more physically requesting work.
“They don’t have more opportunity to clean that room,” says Strassel. “Each servant has a portion. On the off chance that the standard for that room is 30 minutes, at that point it needs to get cleaned in thirty minutes, regardless of whether it hasn’t been cleaned for a considerable length of time. Everything gets speeded up and there’s reprisal on the off chance that they don’t do it in time.”
Strassel of Unite Here says that maids have half higher damage rate than all other lodging laborers, and many have endured business related torment.
“Servants can get incapacitating wounds, endure torment and even require careful mediation,” says Strassel. “Think about those extravagance pad top beds that numerous inns currently have. A maid might lift 100 pounds just to make the bed. Numerous inns don’t furnish them with fitted sheets to make it simpler. In washrooms, they’re frequently required to scour the floor on their knees on virus tiles.”
Tomsky takes note of that maid services can interact with natural liquids that can imperil their wellbeing, since “Whenever you clean a restroom, you’re presented to liquids, and in the event that they incorporate bloodborne pathogens, it tends to scare.”
In this present reality where most maids are overwhelmingly female, he additionally makes reference to one other conceivable peril in their every day lives, which is inappropriate behavior from male visitors.
“The truth of the matter is that it very well may be perilous to stroll into a suite at specific occasions of day,” Tomsky says.
You may not catch wind of them all the time nowadays, however kissing bugs stay a tireless issue and the housekeeping staff of each lodging is prepared to search for them.
“I was working at an inn in New York City when the kissing bug thing began,” Tomsky reviews. “There was a kissing bug vault and visitors were continually coming up to me and indicating their arm and asking, ‘Is that a nibble?'”
A ton of it was dread based, he stated, and keeping in mind that blood suckers are genuine, inns will more often than not isolate a space to contain the issue.
“The exemplary way that maids search for kissing bugs is to destroy up the sheets to get to the sleeping cushion, “he says. “Each bedding has a texture lip and if there are blood suckers, that is the place they remain during the day. They’re little and clear in shading since they haven’t eaten at this point.”
Nobody will guarantee that the TV remote, which is famously hard to clean, is sparkling clean. Yet, it has organization with regards to the dirtiest articles in any lodging.
“I generally point to the minibar glasses,” Tomsky says. “They don’t have dish cleanser on the housekeeping trucks and those glasses should be without spot. So a few maids will wash the glasses in the sink with high temp water and cleanser. In any case, a large number of them use furniture clean since it leaves the glasses without spot and that is the most significant thing when the room is checked.”
On the off chance that that is not awful enough, make certain to hurl those improving pads on the floor when you check in, since that is the thing that each other visitor has been doing, Tomsky says. With respect to that remote, Tomsky has taught companions to wrap a shower top around it, “a kind of condom for the remote,” before utilizing it to sit in front of the TV.
BEIRUT, Sep 13 2007 (IPS) – Driven by poverty and conflict in their home countries, women from Africa travel to Lebanon only to find themselves hungry, abused, raped and subjected to conditions akin to slavery.
Amira is 25 years old. She comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo. “One time, Madame found dust on the furniture. She told me that the house was dirty like my skin.”
For four years Amira has been confined to the apartment of her employers – only leaving to take out the trash. She came to Lebanon as a domestic worker on a six-year contract due to ongoing conflict in her country. Awakened daily at 5.30 am, she is subjected to 18 hours of back-breaking labour without time off.
“Even the dogs are allowed to go out, but we're stuck,” she says from across the balcony. “We're like slaves here.”
Amira is among the over 30,000 African domestic workers in Lebanon. Mainly from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Nigeria and Sudan, they provide the bulk of household and cleaning services in Lebanon.
Traditionally, households would employ young Lebanese women, mainly from poor rural areas, Palestinians, Syrians or Egyptians as domestic workers. These days, Arab women rarely do such work in Lebanon – viewing it as degrading or unacceptable – leaving it instead to migrant workers who take on poor working and living conditions and low wages.
“Sometimes they don't feed me. If they provide lunch then it is only bread and cheese,” says 19-year old Aisha from Nigeria. “If I run away and the police catch me without papers, then I will be arrested.”
The employer confiscates the maids service passport and other identity papers, which are returned when the employee is “released” at the end of the contract.
“Confiscating passports is seen as securing their investments,” says Najla Chada, director of the Caritas Migrant Centre. “Domestic workers are not under the categories of workers, so they are not covered under Lebanese labour laws. They are considered servants.”
Migrant domestic workers in Lebanon are covered under the Kafala or sponsorship system, which states that women must attain a legal sponsor for the duration of their contracts, forcing migrants to be dependent on their employers, and vulnerable to abuse.
Sixteen-year old Elisa is from Ethiopia. Her mother died last year, and six months ago she came to Lebanon to work and send money home to her family. For 100 dollars per month she maintains five houses a day.
“When I started work with this family I was sexually abused all the time by the father of my employer. The kids would beat me everyday and I would try to explain to Madame but she wouldn't do anything. Sometimes the father would come to sleep with me and threaten that if I refused he would beat me. So I left the house.”
According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), there are currently over 20,000 Ethiopian women working as maids service in Lebanon. Before leaving Ethiopia the agency told Elisa that if the employers beat her then she would need to call the Ethiopian embassy in Beirut.
Ethiopia has yet to establish an embassy in Lebanon due to political relations between the two countries, which leaves an understaffed consulate with the overwhelming task of protecting the interest of Ethiopian migrants. Many women enter into debt to pay the agency fee in their home countries for sponsorship abroad. Although Elisa fears taking on a new employer, she says she still wishes to stay in Lebanon to work.
“Maybe I will have the same problems with my new employer but because I have problems to take care of in Ethiopia I will have to take a chance.”
Although Lebanon is a member of the advisory committee to the UNHCR, it has not signed the 1951 Geneva Convention dealing with migrant workers. Lacking the normal rights of citizens to access public forms of assistance, migrants are faced with the option of running away and becoming illegal, or coping with the daily abuse. Despite pressure from labour organisations, the Lebanese government has done nothing to address the issue.
Keeping your dishwasher in good working order will safe you lots of money in the long-term, and it’s easy to do. For starters, shake baking soda onto a damp sponge and wipe it around the edges of your dishwasher to remove any food residue.
If you’ve got oily food stains on a beloved shirt, it can be saved thanks to an unlikely ally. Add a simple cake of coke into your washing machine along with your detergent and run it on a normal cycle. The acid in the drink will help dissolve tricky stains.
And that’s not all that this humble soft drink can offer in terms of cleaning. Get a grubby loo back to sparkling white by pouring in a can of cola. Let it sit in the bowl overnight, give it a quick scrub with a brush and then flush the next morning for a great effect.
Why is it that so many of our favourite foods leave our fridge stinking? Cut a lemon in half and put one on the top shelf, one on the bottom shelf, to mask any strong smells in your fridge.
Burnt your dinner? If the house now smells of burning, just sprinkle some salt over your burnt pans or any food mess to reduce it. Then cut your losses and order a take away!
Tin foil has many uses – for one thing you can use it in place of a scourer. Just scrunch it up into a ball and give pots and pans a scrub. It’s a great way to recycle your sandwich wrapping, as well as saving you money.
Scissors get blunt so easily, especially if you use them to cut paper or wrap presents. But you don’t need to replace them. Just use your scissors to cut up a piece of aluminium foil to sharpen them in an instant.
Keep your iron working well by removing excess limescale. Simply heat it up, unplug it and let it cool a little. Fill the reservoir with one part white vinegar to one part water. Leave it for an hour, then empty and rinse.
If you’ve got a duff envelope that just won’t seal, or you want to reseal a letter that’s been opened, use a blob of nail varnish to stick it back down. Opt for clear nail polish if you don’t want it to look strange! We also like to use clear nail varnish to stop ladders spreading in our tights, so it’s worth investing in a bottle to keep in the house.
Stop your wooden or laminate floors getting scuffed by chairs or other furniture by cutting tennis balls in half and popping them onto the end of chair, table and sofa legs as floor protectors.
As well as having great health benefits, olive oil can be handy around the home. Put a few drops onto a duster and use it to polish your wooden furniture – so much nicer than chemical polish, and it won’t cause any strong smells.
Got a hole in your tights? Don’t throw them away – give them a wash and then use them as a duster. The same goes for odd socks (which we always seem to end up with, no matter how carefully we wash our clothes).
Get tricky-to-reach crumbs and burnt bits out of your toaster by unplugging it and sweeping with a pastry brush. This will help your toaster last longer as well as making crumbs less likely to catch and smell.
It sounds weird, but rubbing finger marks with a slice of white bread will give your walls a new lease of life! We’re not sure how someone discovered this, but we’re grateful they did…
Stinky washing machine? Run it empty on a hot wash with a cup of white vinegar inside. This will also help remove limescale and mildew, making the machine last longer and clean more efficiently.
If you’ve got a dirty iron, remove built-up dirt from the bottom with salt and tin foil. Turn on the iron, and run it over a piece of aluminium foil sprinkled with salt.
Get rid of water marks or stains in your bathtub by cutting a grapefruit in half, sprinkling on some rock salt and giving it a good scrub. Have the other half for a nutritious breakfast!
Remove limescale from your kettle by filling it with half white vinegar, half water and soaking overnight. In the morning, give it a rinse and the limescale should disappear. Not only will your kettle last longer, but your drinks should taste better too (assuming you’ve washed away the vinegar!)
Clothes moths make us so angry, and once you’ve got them they can be tricky to remove. Make a natural repellent for clothes moths by bagging up some dried herbs including lavender, cloves, bay, rosemary or thyme and popping it into your wardrobe and drawers.
Lacking shoe polish? Use some trusty petroleum jelly to shine them in a jiffy. It’s cheap too.
If someone hasn’t used a coaster and has marked your coffee table, use a hairdryer on it before wiping the area with a tiny amount of olive oil. Hey-presto – good as new.
Blinds can be a magnet for dust, dead insects and floating pet fluff. Get them looking good as new with an old sock. Mix one part white vinegar to one part warm water, and give your blinds a rub with an old sock to remove dust and grime.
Pop two cups of undiluted vinegar into a dishwasher-safe bowl on the top shelf of an empty dishwasher and run it on a hot cycle. It should help clear pipes and make it smell better.
If your whites and linens have gone yellow or are marked with orange foundation stains, squeeze the juice of one lemon into 4.5l of hot water, and soak your clothes in it for an hour. Then rinse in the washing machine or by hand and dry.
There’s no need to cry over rusty cutlery – unless cutting an onion makes you weep. If your knives and forks have rusted, stick their ends into an onion a couple of times and the rust should lift straight off.
If your plastic food tubs have seen one too many packed lunch or leftover dinners, and are smelling or stained, you don’t need to replace them. Simply treat them to a night at the spa! Soak them in the sink overnight in warm water with a spoonful of baking soda, and the next day, after a rinse, they’ll look and smell new again.
If your grandchildren have been liberal with their sticker book and applied them to walls, doors, furniture or basically anywhere you don’t want them, you’ll know that peeling them off can leaving a sticky mark. To tackle this, dab them repeatedly with vinegar and leave it to soak for 15 minutes. Then come back with a sponge and scrub the mark off.
If you’ve just given your shoes a good polish, and want them looking spick and span for as long as possible, give them a quick spritz of hair spray and you’ll find they shine for much longer.
If you get annoyed when, after a hot bath or shower, you can”t see yourself in a misty mirror, toothpaste could be the answer! Just rub your bathroom mirror with toothpaste and wipe clean with a clean, dry cloth before you shower and hey-presto – one easy to use mist-free mirror.
It sounds mad, but toothpaste is actually a pretty good substitution for Polyfilla, especially if you’re in a hurry. Dab holes in the wall or ceiling with toothpaste, and use food colouring in the paste befoe you apply if you need to match a wall colour.
As well as lifting pet hair from your clothes (why do they always love your smartest outfit the most?!) lint rollers are a handy tool for removing dust from lampshades, mantlepieces and even shelves. Just roll it over and hey presto!
Grubby blender? These little tools see some serious use in winter, from making hearty soups to blitzing cranberry sauce or even mashed potatoes. All that work can leave them looking dirty, so for an easy clean, squirt in some washing up liquid and a little warm water and run your blender as normal – making sure to pop the lid on first! Then just give it a rinse.
How Clean Is Your House star Aggie Mackenzie stresses the importance of keeping your iron in tip-top shape. To remove any excess limescale on an older iron (which will block the steam holes) heat the iron, then unplug it and leave to cool down. Fill the reservoir with a solution of one part clear vinegar to one partwater, leave for an hour or so, then empty and rinse out a few times with clean water.
If you’ve got a leather sofa, jacket or shoes that are a bit scuffed, you can buff them up easily with toothpaste. Just make sure you use non-bleaching or non-whitening paste to prevent staining. Rub it in with a soft cloth then rinse off with a damp one.
If you’ve got an annoying sticky cupboard door, or drawer that makes a noise every time you open it, get things running smoothly again with a dab of Vaseline. It also works to loosen hinges with ease.
Remove fingerprints, old food and smudges from your stainless steel pans and appliances with just a drop of baby oil, rubbed in on a square of kitchen roll. It’s worth noting that this only works for brushed stainless steel though.
If you’ve sat in chewing gum, or managed to get it on any of your clothes, you’ll know what a pain it is to remove. But here’s where your kitchen comes in! Pop your clothing into the freezer for a few hours – frozen gum is much easier to pick or chisel off.
It’s easy for sweat, oil and general grime to stick to a shirt collar and ruin your otherwise smartest outfits. If it refuses to budge int he washing machine, don’t get rid of it! Just gently rub some of your normal shampoo around it, give it a little scrub and then pop it back into the washing machine.
If your sofa is looking a worse-for-wear, try dabbing a little shaving foam on any stains, leave it to settle, then blot it away to remove the shaving foam – and the stain!
Block unpleasant smells from drawers, shoes or bags by filling a coffee filter with baking soda and adding a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Secure it with an elastic band and place it anywhere that needs freshening up!
Easily clean the small nooks and crannies in your keyboard or other small electronics by placing the pointed lid of a squeezy ketchup bottle over the end of a vacuum. It will quickly get rid of any dust or crumbs.
If the vacuum isn’t getting rid of unwanted animal hair, try using a squeegee as an effective solution on the sofa, carpet, or other delicate upholstery!
If you’re worried about your remote-control collecting dirt and bacteria from daily use, try cleaning it with a small amount of hand sanitizer and a paper towel. For extra effectiveness, use an cotton bud to get those hard-to-reach bits between the buttons!
A&K Robotics has developed a device that transforms floor cleaning machines into self-driving robots
A robotic floor scrubber powered by A&K Robotics follows a preset path in UBC’s Life Sciences Centre. (UBC)
A Vancouver company founded by three University of British Columbia graduates has developed a technology that transforms conventional floor cleaning machines into self-driving robots which suck up grime and polish the floors in two buildings on UBC’s campus.
Eventually, its owners say they hope to make robots a part of everyday life.
“Today marks the beginning of a new future,” said Anson Kung, co-founder of A&K Robotics on Friday at a news event at UBC to demonstrate the technology.
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“A future where robots will become as commonplace as the phones in our pockets, a future where robots and people will work hand in hand to increase productivity, safety and most important of all, our quality of life.”
‘When we first started almost four years ago, we had a vision to change the world,’ says A&K Robotics Anson Kung. ‘We knew that robotics was the next big thing that was going to change the world.’ (CBC)
Kung, 25, founded A&K Robotics in 2015 with Matthew Anderson and Jessica Yip with the goal of expanding the robotics industry in Vancouver. They now employ more than 20 people and have sold the technology to UBC, the Vancouver International Airport and customers in the U.S. and Europe.
“We are trying to make the best technology and we are competing head on against big American companies that have a lot more resources, much bigger sales and marketing teams than us,” said Yip, who graduated from UBC in 2014 with an English literature degree.
What separates A&K Robotics from other companies, according to Yip and Kung, is that their technology attaches to floor cleaning machines used by custodians and is easy to operate. It costs around $10,000 for the most basic technology A&K offers to attach to floor cleaners.
The automation module developed by A&K Robotics is mounted on top of an automatic floor cleaner to create the robotic floor scrubber. (UBC)
“It’s super intuitive,” said Yip. Even someone with an arts degree like her can learn to use it, she joked. The machines are programmed to move around a space on their own and avoid people and objects.
Watch one of the machines in action:
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A&K Robotics floor cleaner now roaming UBC
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UBC Building Operations partnered with the company to help with the trial for the technology with its custodian staff. Two of the robotic floor cleaners are already in use at UBC’s Henry Angus and Life Sciences buildings, with five set to be in place by November.
Does it make jobs redundant?
As robots, self-driving cars and other artificial intelligence technologies continue to advance, there is a worry they will make some jobs redundant.
A 2016 study from the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Toronto’s Ryerson University estimated 42 per cent of the Canadian workforce is at high risk of being replaced by technology and computers.
Robots rising: How far do we want them to go?
But A&K Robotics says its technology enhances the workplace for humans. It allows custodians to focus on other tasks rather than pushing floor cleaners for hours along hallways. Some machines weigh up to 386 kilograms, according to UBC.
“It’s a common misconception that robots take away jobs because in the custodial industry, custodians have a scope of work that’s very big and they only have so much time,” said Kung.
CUPE local 116 says the school discussed the use of the robots with it and was told that their use would not result in job losses or have an impact on hiring.
The president of the local, Dave Lance, says the union will keep talking with its members about their experiences as the additional robots are put in place.
The company now plans to apply the technology to electric wheelchairs to help people with disabilities get around.
Kung says the company hopes to attract local professionals who wish to stay in Vancouver.
“We have some of the smartest people in Vancouver in Canada and they work amazingly hard to make this happen, together we’re here to change the world,” he said.
Common household items such as cleaners, detergent, auto supplies and paint may contain dangerous chemicals. Here are tips for storing and handling these substances safely.
Potentially dangerous chemicals can be found in every room in your home. If not properly stored or used, these products could cause minor to serious and even life-threatening health problems for you or your children.
What are these every day household chemicals? Let’s take a tour of the rooms of your home and discover what some of these chemicals are and what health harms they may cause.
Keep in mind that most household cleaning product and pesticides are reasonably safe when used as directed, and that the level of toxicity of a product is dependent on the dose of the product used (never use more than the amount listed on the label) and the length of exposure to the product.
Antifreeze. Ethylene glycol, the main hazardous ingredient of antifreeze, is extremely poisonous. Though inhalation of the fumes can causes dizziness, swallowing antifreeze will cause severe damage to the heart, kidneys and brain. Antifreeze can be fatal if swallowed.
Motor oil. Used oil or waste motor oil may be contaminated with magnesium, copper, zinc and other heavy metals deposited from your vehicle’s engine. Oil contains chemicals that can cause nerve and kidney damage and that are suspected of causing cancer.
Latex paint. Unless ingested in large quantities, water-soluble latex paints are not highly toxic. However, some latex paints emit formaldehyde when drying. High levels of formaldehyde can give you a headache and irritate your eyes, nose and throat.
Oil-based paint. Oil-based paint contains organic solvents that can be irritating to eyes and skin, and can cause cracking of skin. Inhaling paint fumes can result in headaches, nausea, dizziness and fatigue. Most of these symptoms go away once you go out into fresh air. However, frequent exposure to these chemicals in the presence of poor air circulation can cause kidney, liver and blood problems.
Batteries. Most wet-cell batteries in use in today’s cars, SUVs and trucks are sealed so you cannot be exposed to the batteries’ contents, which include sulfuric acid and lead. However, when activated, the electrolyte solution in the battery produces explosive gases that can be easily ignited.
Batteries that contain sulfuric acid must be labeled. Sulfuric acid fumes are strongly irritating and contact can cause burning and charring of the skin, or blindness if you get it in your eyes. Lead is poisonous in all forms and accumulates in our bodies and in the environment.
Windshield washer fluid. Common chemicals in windshield washer fluid are methanol, ethylene glycol, and isopropanol. Collectively, these products can irritate the lining of your nose, mouth and throat and can cause damage to the nervous system, liver, kidneys, heart and brain. Ingestion can result in drowsiness, unconsciousness and death.
Laundry detergents. These products contain enzymes (as noted by the names “cationic,” “anionic” or “non-ionic” on the label) to loosen stains and ground-in dirt. Cationic detergents are the most toxic when taken internally. Ingestion can result in nausea, vomiting, shock, convulsions and coma. “Non-ionic” detergents are less toxic but can irritate skin and eyes or make you more sensitive to other chemicals. Asthma can develop if a person is exposed to large quantities of detergent. Detergents are also responsible for many household poisonings from accidental swallowing.
All-purpose cleaners. There are numerous “all-purpose” cleaning product on the market. These products usually contain detergents, grease-cutting agents, solvents and/or disinfectants. The specific chemicals in these ingredients include ammonia, ethylene glycol monobutyl acetate, sodium hypochlorite and/or trisodium phosphate. Depending on the ingredients used, all-purpose cleaners can irritate the skin, eyes, nose and throat. They can be highly poisonous to both humans and animals if swallowed.
Bleach. Household bleach contains the chemical sodium hypochlorite in different concentrations ranging from 0.7 percent to 5.25 percent. These percentages are the amount of the chemical in the liquid; the rest of the liquid is mostly water. Chlorine bleach liquid and vapors can irritate the skin, eyes, nose and throat. Dermatitis may result from direct skin contact. Ingestion can cause esophageal injury, stomach irritation and prolonged nausea and vomiting.
Never mix chlorine bleach with any other household cleaning product and especially not with ammonia. Doing so can result in different types of poisonous gases being released, which can cause very serious breathing problems.
Pet flea and tick treatments. Many of the pet flea and tick treatment products contain pesticides that consist of the chemicals imidacloprid, fipronil, pyrethrins, permethrin and methoprene. These chemicals can cause headache, dizziness, twitching and nausea.
Insecticides. Insecticides contain some of the same pesticides found in pet flea and tick treatments. In addition to permethrin, other pesticide chemicals commonly found in insecticides are diazinon, propoxur and chlorpyrifos. These chemicals can cause headache, dizziness, twitching and nausea.
One of the most important tasks that facility management needs to address is commercial carpet cleaning.
There are a lot of processes involved and deciding which ones to get might be confusing especially with the myriad of choices we have.
AJS Carpet Cleaning Highland has compiled helpful tips for managers looking to maximize their facilities.
Tip # 1
Constant vacuuming has tremendous effect on the efficiency of carpet care, having a working vacuum schedule and pattern can reduce the need for multiple deep cleaning.
However, there are instances when using a regular carpet vacuum cleaner might not be right for the job due to furniture and other obstacles.
Offices usually have cubicles and workstation that are loaded with partitions which can hamper the effectiveness of a standard carpet cleaning device; such process must be used with a backpack cleaner.
These backpack cleaners have pinpoint extraction points which can zigzag its way to most corners.
This type of carpet cleaning machine is compact and can navigate its way through the convoluted paths of a busy office.
By regular cleaning, we mean vacuuming the carpets daily, which can be a hassle, especially if the office is large.
Regular carpet cleaning is not only recommended by professional carpet cleaning but also by carpet manufacturers. This can sometimes be impractical, to which we can reduce the minimum to once or twice a week.
Foregoing carpet cleaning can cause health hazards since foot traffic brings in a lot of germs and bacteria, as well as dust mites, dander, skin, dust, pollen etc.
To prevent these impurities from multiplying, frequent cleaning is necessary.
One of the most common fixtures we see in an office is a first aid kit, and just like human emergencies, be sure to have a carpet ‘first aid kit’ that is accessible to employees so that they can blot the spot after an accident.
It should be noted to provide complimentary training to employees to handle the situation.
As time passes by the stain might be harder to remove especially when it crept deep into the carpet’s fibers.
But removing these stains should require some training, or else the spots will spread or make it permanent.
Without regular maintenance, carpet’s life is hastily shortened. We need to instill responsible cleaning habits to make our carpets last longer and the office environment healthier too.”
Every commercial establishment needs professional carpet cleaning once in a while, so it goes to say that looking for the right professional for the job requires some screening too. One way to find out is if the company is certified.
Without these certifications, you might end up with a worse carpet than before.
The certifications to look for when hiring commercial carpet cleaning Highland UT are the CRI and the IICRC’s seal of approval. CRI stands for the Carpet and Rug Institute, while IICRC stands for Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification.
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Duct cleaning has become popular in recent years, with commercial cleaning services popping up everywhere. But is the service worth it, or is it a scam? Here’s some information to help you decide whether or not your home might benefit from having the ac cleaning ducts in your house cleaned.
Duct Cleaning Services
Professional duct cleaning services use specialized blowers, vacuums, and brushes to clean out the supply, intake, and return ducts throughout your home. Duct cleaning should also involve a thorough cleaning of the air handler, registers, grilles, fans, motors, housings, and coils of the ac cleaning
There’s no research at present proving that routine duct cleaning improves the air quality or reduces dust in your home. There is, however, evidence that dirty heating and cooling coils, motors, and air handling units can make your HVAC unit less efficient.
While duct cleaning alone doesn’t seem that necessary, there are cases where cleaning the HVAC unit and ductwork could be useful.
Floor duct with cover grate removed.
Ducts in your home may be dirty and need cleaning after remodeling.
Should I Have Ducts Cleaned?
Due to growing concerns about indoor air quality, it’s easy to convince homeowners that their ducts need cleaning. But unless ducts are really dirty, there’s no reason to clean them. The EPA takes a similar stance on the issue, recommending cleaning only if the ducts and HVAC unit are contaminated.
If done properly, duct cleaning doesn’t hurt; but it’s not something that needs to be on your regular home maintenance list. You probably don’t need to have your ducts and HVAC system cleaned unless:
Renovation: If your home has been remodeled – especially if there was asbestos abatement, lead paint removal, or significant dust – your ductwork may need to be cleaned. Ducts should be sealed off during home renovations; but if they weren’t, dangerous dust and debris may become lodged inside the ductwork.
Animals: If there’s evidence of animal infestation or nesting in your ducts or HVAC system, have the animals removed then clean the ductwork and HVAC unit.
Mold: If there is visible mold growth inside the ductwork, the ducts and HVAC system should be cleaned.
Contaminants: If noticeable debris, pet hair, odors, or other contaminants are being released into the room through the ducts after the registers have been cleaned and vacuumed; then the ducts may need to be cleaned.
Illness: If someone in your family is suffering from an unexplained allergy-related illness, and you’ve taken every other possible step to decontaminate your home, you may want to consider having your ducts cleaned to see if the HVAC system was the culprit.
Cleaning Heating and Cooling Ducts
By: Danny Lipford
Special oscillating vacuum cleaner brush being inserted into ducts for cleaning.
Oscillating vacuum cleaner brush being inserted into ducts for cleaning.
Over time dust, dirt, and other contaminants can accumulate in the ductwork of the central heating and cooling system in your home. Cleaning HVAC ducts is done by removing and cleaning the vent covers, then inserting a special oscillating vacuum cleaner brush into the ducts to dislodge and suck up the dust.
When all dust has been removed, the ducts are fogged with a disinfectant solution to kill any remaining biological contaminants. This same solution is sprayed on other surfaces that could harbor germs, such as vent grills.
The cost of duct cleaning varies widely, so make sure you get several bids. Once the system has been cleaned, be sure to install a high quality filter on the air return, and change the filter every 1-3 months.
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“If you use Emotion and Love to drive your sales and your business, you will create Loyalty Beyond Reason. And I promise you, you will build relationships and enjoy a business that exceeds beyond your wildest expectations”
My name is Patti Page. I have owned and operated a cleaning service for over 20 years and I am also the former founder and owner of Aromatherapy Naturals- Natural Aromatherapy Cleaning Products. I would like to share what I have learned through the years in hopes of helping others who are thinking about starting their own cleaning service.
First of all, before you decide to start your cleaning business, make sure this kind of work is right for you. You will need to be in good physical condition. Cleaning is very hard strenuous work. You will need to have good customer relation skills. You will need to have basic office skills and some accounting skills.
If you are planning on leaving your full time position to start a cleaning business, make sure you have at least six months of savings. Or keep your full time job and start out part time.
Research all the aspects of the cleaning service business. From customer service to advertising, taxes, employees, insurance and bonding, what to charge and how to clean a home professionally. Cleaning your own home and cleaning professionally is totally different. Learning how to clean professionally takes a lot of time. When a client pays for your services they expect to come home and find their home spotless.
Getting those first clients takes time, persistence and patience. You won’t get a hundred clients overnight.
The hardest part of starting your own cleaning service is obtaining those first clients. Most clients want to know how long you have been in business and want references. The best thing to do is let clients know that, yes, you are new to the business but that you have thoroughly researched all aspects of the cleaning business and assure them that you know what you are doing and that you are quite capable of cleaning their home to their specifications. Be confident. I can’t stress this enough. Clients love to see confidence. It relieves their worries and lets them know that their home is in good hands.
To get a few good references when starting out, ask some friends or family members if you can clean their home for free or at a discounted rate. The sound of working for free may not be appealing but it will be worth it to get some good testimonials.
When cleaning those first homes, go for quality, not how fast you can clean the home. Cleaning efficiently takes a long time, but you will get to the point where you can do a thorough cleaning in a short time. After cleaning make sure you go back and double check all rooms to make sure you didn’t miss anything. Impress those first clients and word of mouth will spread soon.
A great place to purchase all your advertising materials is Vista Print. They have business cards, brochures, post cards, ect. all at a very reasonable price.
Your company image is everything. Before you start advertising, decide what image you want to portray on your advertising material. Your image is very important. Be consistent with all your advertising. If you have a logo be sure to use it on all your advertising materials. I think it is best to have a website developed before you start advertising. When advertising, stick with the same logo and colors.
Advertise in Local Paper: Start by running a text ad in your local newspaper. Try to come up with an eye catching ad Don’t sell your services on low rates, sell your services on your quality of work and what you can do for the client that other companies don’t. There is a lot of competition in the cleaning service. You have to stand out from the rest.
Magnetic Signs or Lettering for your Vehicle: Having your business name and contact information on your vehicle is a great way to advertise. We use the vinyl lettering. The lettering looks much more professional than the magnetic signs. Note* If you decide to use lettering on your vehicle, you will need a commercial auto policy.
Door Hangers: Door hangers are a great way to get new clients. Pick the neighborhood you would like to work in and hang the door hangers on the doors. When people get flyers or ads in their mailbox they usually throw them away with the junk mail. But if there is a door hanger on the door they will take the time to look at it.
Business Cards: Start passing out your business cards to friends and family members. You can also ask your local businesses if you can leave some cards on their counters.
Referral Program: A great way to obtain new clients is through a referral program. Offer existing clients a discount when they refer a friend. You can give your existing clients a discount when the friend uses your services three times.
Website: People live very busy lives so they use the convenience of the internet to shop for the services they need. A lot of working women will shop for services while at work. We obtain 90% of our new clients from our website. Everyone who owns a business should have a website. It shows clients that you are serious about your business and allows them to research your company in their own time.
Cleaning Business Website Design
Flyers: Free Cleaning Service Flyers and Gift Certificate Templates This is a good place to get free cleaning service flyers. Just click on the free download link, download to your computer and replace the text with your text. Hang flyers at Hair Dressers, Laundromats, Restaurants, Bakeries, Grocery Stores, etc. Put flyers on car windows at local groceries stores and businesses. You can even go door to door in neighborhoods you would like to work in. You cannot put them in mailboxes. but you can put them in the front door.
Free Cleaning Service Forms I wanted to share a link to a great website with free business forms for everyone that has a cleaning business. This site is filled with all kinds of business forms for cleaning services and other businesses. Just click on the forms you want and download them to your computer
I highly recommend using natural cleaning products. By using all natural products, you can offer your clients a healthy cleaning experience and protect yourself and your employees against harsh chemicals. In 2008 I created a uniquely different product line for use in our clients homes and for homeowners and cleaning services. I now sell the products throughout the United States and Canada. Read the entire story behind Aromatherapy Naturals!
Tip: Always carry hand sanitizer and wash your hands often while cleaning homes. Wear gloves when cleaning bathrooms. You will be exposed to a lot of different germs in clients homes. Remember most customers prefer that you bring your own cleaning supplies. That way they don’t have to worry about going to the store for cleaning supplies before you clean. Some customers have special cleaners for certain appliances or floors in their houses. These customers usually will have these cleaners on hand for you to use.
I mentioned earlier that you should sell your services on your quality of work and not your low rates. If your rates are too low, clients will think that your work is sub-standard and that you are not experienced. Also you want to attract the clients that can afford your services. I made the mistake of pricing my work too low when I first started out. Cleaning is hard work, charge what you are worth. As the old saying goes “You get what you pay for.”
Some companies charge by the hour, some charge by the room, some charge a flat rate per home and some charge by the square foot. I always give a flat rate charge per home. I think it is better to charge by the home, not by the hour. If a client knows they have to pay one set fee, they don’t care if you take 2 hours or 5 hours. Also your clients will know what they are paying up front and won’t have to worry about added expenses.
No two houses are the same. And there is no set charge for all homes. You have to clean for awhile yourself to get some experience and to work out a system to clean efficiently. Only you know what you want and need to make. Decide what you need to make hourly to cover all expenses and still make a good profit.
A word of advise: Make sure when you start your company that you charge what you would charge if you had employees. Some people make the mistake of under charging when they start out just to get customers and then later on when they grow and need to hire help they aren’t making enough money on their houses to pay help. Don’t under price your work. Cleaning homes is very hard physical work and you didn’t get into this business to work for nothing.
Giving House Cleaning Estimates
If you decide to do this type of work you will need more equipment. You will need ladders, window cleaning kits with long extensions, a shop vac, etc. These types of jobs are usually 2 to 3 person jobs. New construction cleaning requires a lot more cleaning. You may have to remove stickers and labels from windows and bathroom showers, sinks and toilets. Some require that you clean the vents to remove dust from construction work. There will be ceiling fans to clean, scrubbing floors, and cleaning woodwork to remove dust. New construction cleaning rates depend on the area you live in. Here is a link to a very good article on How to Start a New Construction Cleaning Business
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If you start out cleaning the homes by yourself, you will eventually get to the point where you need to expand your business. Start out with one part time employee. Train her and let her take your place one day a week. Then have her take your place 2 days a week and so on. This will give you the free time that you need to market your business and obtain more clients. After you get more clients you will be able to hire more part time help. Eventually you will be able to stop doing the cleaning yourself and just run the business end, which is the only way you will be able to grow your business. When training new employees, always, either train them yourself or have a lead person train them. Make sure there is a lead person on each and every cleaning job. Employees have a tendency to slack off when they are on their own.
You will eventually get to the point where you have enough employees and lead people and you will be able to stop working in your business and start running your business. You will find that after awhile it will get to be too much trying to clean everyday and at the same time giving estimates, answering calls, scheduling, doing book work, obtaining new clients, etc.
After you have been cleaning homes for awhile, you may decide to offer additional services to your cleaning company. There are so many services you can add:
Remember one of the most important qualifications for a cleaning service is TRUST. A client has to know they can trust you alone in their home. After you acquire a few cleaning positions ask the clients if you can use them for a reference. Most of the time they are more than willing to let you use them for a reference. This is how you build your business and acquire new clients is through referrals. Be dependable. Most clients will want to be set up on an every week or every other week schedule on the same day of the week. Try to always keep this same schedule unless the client asks you to switch to another day. If you have to cancel a cleaning date, make sure you try to reschedule at the earliest possible date to make up the cleaning