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Spring Cleaning Tips for Offices

With all the snow and ice in the forecast here in Boston lately, we thought it would be nice to look ahead to warmer spring (cleaning) days on the way. People are more productive in a clean, organized work space, but where do you even begin?

  1. Clean All Surfaces. Use a microfiber cloth and disinfecting cleaner to wipe down all of your hard surfaces, including desks, chairs, tables, and shelves. Electronics are just as important. Don’t forget that your phone, keyboard, and mouse are high germ zones. You should also clean off your printer, fax machine, computer screens, and other electronic surfaces with an appropriate cloth or cleaner.
  2. Give the break room some TLC. Notify everyone in the office that you will be cleaning out the Break Room. Areas to include are: Refrigerator, Microwave and Coffee maker. Clean the fridge at the end of the day so they can come and mark what they’d like to keep before the cleanup starts. It is most helpful to schedule these clean-outs on a Friday afternoon at the end of the day. The end of the workweek ensures that you’re not throwing away anyone’s lunch by mistake.
  3. Be realistic. While is the worker’s responsibility to clean their work space, it’s the employer to offer a clean environment. If you can’t get help from your staff for cleaning, hire a professional cleaning company like us Boston’s Ultimate Cleaning. While we take care of cleaning your office space your team do what they were hired to do.
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Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring is just around the corner, and that means it’s almost time for spring cleaning. This is a popular time of year for making positive changes in both your home and your life. Spring cleaning gives you the opportunity to declutter, get organized, and detox your home.

Here are a few ways to create a healthier environment for you and your family this spring.

  1. Start with De-Cluttering. Our homes, particularly our bathrooms, are full of items we don’t use. Go through your bathroom and discard expired cosmetics and beauty products. It’s also a good idea to replace batteries and update your first aid kits. If you have children, chances are you’ll be using first aids kits a lot more in the coming months. You should also take a look at items around your entire home. If something is no longer functional, re-purpose it or remove it. Use this as a time for thrift store donations or hand-me-downs.
  2. Air out your home. One of the easiest and best ways to bring a natural and clean feeling to your home is to simply air it out. This will flow out toxins and rejuvenate your home in a completely natural way. The best part: All you need to do is open the window!
  3. Air-dry your laundry. During spring cleaning, you might be taking the time to wash many larger items like blankets and comforters. Find a clothesline and air dry these if possible.
  4. Cleaning your furniture. Use a combination of olive oil and lemon essential oil to clean and polish your wood furniture. This cleaner produces a shiny and pleasant smelling finish.
  5. Always Work from Top to Bottom. This will force dirt downward and keep you from having to re-dust or re-clean your space. If you have a vacuum with a long extension hose, use it to get cobwebs and dust from your ceilings and fans. Then dust your furniture and other items before vacuuming all the dust from your floors.
  6. WINDOWS AND DRAPES. Depending on the material, you may be able to just vacuum these guys, but check the label to be sure. For really stinky drapes, it’s best to hand wash them in cold water.
  7. BEHIND AND UNDERNEATH FURNITURE. Scoot that sofa to the side and you’ll probably uncover a secret world of dust and dirt. As you clean, keep an eye out for loose change between those cushions, too!
  8. AIR FILTERS. Changing your air filters regularly will prolong the life of your furnace and keep the air you breathe free from dust and allergens. Plus, it only takes about five minutes!
  9. MOLD AND SOAP SCUM. Mold is most common in dark, moist areas such as your bathrooms, basement and attic. To kill mold and soap scum, mix a solution of water and hydrogen peroxide!
  10. MATTRESSES. Flipping your mattresses will prolong their life by distributing the wear. Flip your mattresses over so the top becomes the bottom, and turn them so the foot becomes the head.
  11. REFRIGERATOR. Banish bacteria and prevent food poisoning by clearing out your fridge. Toss anything that’s rotten, expired or questionable. Tip: Keep things fresh with a box of baking soda!
  12. DRYER DUCT. Lint builds up in your dryer duct throughout the year, and can create a serious fire hazard if it’s not cleared. Make sure you clean both the duct and the exterior vent!
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Should I hire a House cleaner or Housekeeper?

House cleaner and housekeeper — they sound the same, but they actually involve two very different jobs and duties.

Are you looking for someone to clean the kitchen, scrub the toilets and make appliances shine? Or, are you looking for someone to change the sheets, wash and put away dishes and do some meal preparation?

Housekeeping duties

A housekeeper is an individual who remains in the home for a longer period of time and may have many projects within the home to keep them busy. A housekeeper is usually hired by a family who provides everything needed for the job, and those supplies and materials stay in the home.

• Light cleaning (not deep cleaning), dusting, sweeping, mopping

• Washing and drying dishes

• Washing, folding and ironing clothes

• Changing bed linens and making beds

• Separating and removing garbage and recycling

• Restocking personal care products, toilet paper, etc.

• Picking up toys and/or clutter and other general organizing

• Running errands for the family

• Preparing meals

• Replacing light bulbs

• Scooping litter boxes

• Other light duties as requested

House cleaning duties

A house cleaner is an individual or a team of cleaners who arrives on a scheduled day and time with all the proper cleaning supplies, products and equipment.

They are usually in the home for a specific amount of time and take their supplies with them when they leave for their next cleaning appointment. Cleaners may be independently employed or employed by a house cleaning company.

Typical duties of a house cleaner may include:

• Deep cleaning most surfaces (countertops, sinks, tubs, toilets, floors, appliances, etc.)

• Scrubbing and sanitizing kitchens from top to bottom, including the exterior of cabinets and drawers, exterior of appliances like stoves and refrigerators, countertops, sinks and drains, backsplashes, light switch plate covers, knobs and handles

• Cleaning tables and chairs

• Scrubbing and sanitizing bathrooms from top to bottom, including toilets, tubs, showers, sinks and drain openings and polishing chrome

• Dusting trim work, baseboards, doors, picture frames, light fixtures, etc.

• Vacuuming upholstery and carpet

• Vacuuming and mopping hard floors

• Interior window cleaning

If you think in terms of light-duty work with some organizing thrown in, that’s for a housekeeper. If you’re looking for a top-to-bottom cleaning of your home, that’s for a house cleaner.

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Many times after we finish our job, clients ask us what should they do to maintain their homes clean and organized. That’s why we decided on blogging about it. So stay put and wait for awesome content and tips on cleaning, organizing and maintaining your home just how we left it.