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5 Products That Will Help You Avoid Using Cleaning Chemicals

Posted by Licensed & Insured Cleaners on December 21, 2015 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)


There is no denying the harmful effects chemicals can have on the human body, as well as the environment. Not only can they be absorbed directly through your skin and into your bloodstream, but also breathed in through your lungs when you spray liquid concentrates and sprinkle powder cleaning products. Prolonged usage of these types of agents have been known to cause headaches, skin irritations and even cancers. Not to mention the dangerous ripple effect chemicals have once they go down the drain and into our oceans and natural habitats. Especially living on an island where damage is being done every day at an alarming rate. 



Today we will discuss 5 of our favorite products which you can use to avoid these types of chemicals and create safe havens in your home and on the job. 




The doTERRA On Guard Cleaning Concentrate is a product we always have in our caddy. It is non-toxic AND biodegradeable, making it a safe choice all around. Not only is it safe, but it WORKS! This is a multi-purpose cleaning product made using CPTG doTERRA essential oils that eliminates odors, cuts grease, and helps improve the cleaning process. OIls used are Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary, leaving behind a freshly cleaned scent that is undeniable. 





Norwex Envirocloths are a product we accidentally stumbled across. Once introduced, purchased and used for cleaning, we knew we had to have more. These amazing microfiber cloths are a perfect cleaning tool for anyone. Using ONLY WATER to clean with, the tiny microfibers inlaid with stainless steel fibers collect and remove dirt, dust and grease from all washable surfaces. Once rinsed off an wrung out, you can hang the cloth to dry and the cloth with self-purify itself, making it ideal for use many times before washing. They are not your average microfiber! Save on money, water usage, space, and time by cleaning with these cloths. Just prepare to rinse them a lot if cleaning large areas and multiple rooms. 






One of the hardest things to do is find a good substitute for bleach. Bleach is an almost irreplaceable item for some cleaners- however we've found a suitable stand in with Ecover Zero. Use it as you would with other bleaches and be amazed at how well it bleaches- for not being bleach! 

Learn More: ECOVER ZERO




This mop system has proven to be a great tool for us. It has a large head which has velcro on the bottom for switching out the two pads it comes with. One dry pad for dusting the floor and collecting hairs, crumbs and dust. The other pad is for wet mopping, again, using ONLY WATER! The pad also uses the same silver self-cleaning fibers, giving you peace of mind knowing your floor is clean and safe. You won't need to wash this mop after every use. Just rinse it off, wring it out and hang the pad to dry. The dry mop pad can be cleaned using a rubber brush. For us, being a cleaning company, we do have to rinse the mop pads often since we use it on large areas and multiple rooms. But, it beats dragging around a heavy bucket full of gross water and chemicals! 

Learn More: Norwex Mop Systems





Ovens can be hellish to clean without the right product- and lets face it, Easy Off is one of the best products you can use. It also seems to be the most dangerous! Don't breathe it in or get it on your skin for crying out loud (unless you like chemical burns). We've found that Turbo Chef Oven Cleaner is the best safe oven cleaner out there. It does a great job and won't melt your lungs. It's made to clean Turbo Chef ovens, however it works on any oven. Give it a try.

Top 5 Most Annoying Messes Made During the Holiday Season

Posted by Licensed & Insured Cleaners on December 18, 2015 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)



With Christmas and New Years closing in, we'll be counting down the top 5 most annoying holiday messes. These messes may be fun to make, but are so annoying to clean up. They are as much of a tradition as they are a pain. 






With all the family gatherings, parties and company get together's, there are bound  to be more than a few beverage spills- but nothing is as annoying as spilling wine. It stains everything it touches, has a powerful smell and can be a major pain to clean up. Horrible on pants, couches, carpets and tile- holiday wine spills can leave your home with more than a few scars. 




The holiday season is about giving. Giving gifts, to be more exact. And each gift comes with wrapping paper, tape and ribbon. If you have children, multiply the wrapping paper and ribbon ten fold. When Christmas morning comes and the present frenzy begins, the last thing children do (and some adults) is look for a trash can to place their paper shredding, ribbon ripping mess into- instead they toss the mess to the floor and reach for another present. All this paper, toy packaging and candy cane wrapping piles up quickly... making it one of the more annoying messes to deal with during the holidays. 



New Years Parties can get crazy. Just the whole concept of confetti in and of its self is a mess. Throw in a bunch of cheap, throw away hats, sprakelers, horns and poppers and you've got your self the start to a nice sized mess. Beer cans and bottles will start to stack up too, and if you've got a New Years Cake, expect to be cleaning up cake crumbs and maybe even some cake vomit. Yum. One plus side is that you may be able to coerce some of the left over guests to help you clean up. Maybe. 



Everyone hates doing dishes, but whats worse than doing every day dishes? Doing the dishes after a Christmas dinner. Not only do you have to spend the better part of your day planning, cooking and presenting a meal for your family, extended family and friends, and even some of their friends, you've got to clean every pot, pan, dish and glas that gets used. Not to mention the silverware and table arrangements. What makes this task especially annoying is that after eating a giant Christmas dinner, you'll be tired and lazy, and thats the worst time to have to clean. 



If you've ever used a real Christmas tree for Christmas, then you know the joys- wonderful, authentic smell... uhhhh.... Thats it. The list of cons far out weighs the pros- its heavy, expensive, kills trees, dirty, sappy and worst of all... it sheds. It sheds more than your cat and dog combined. It sheds all day, all night. It sheds its needles in the living room, on its way out the door, in and on the car and right into the dumpster. Cleaning up Christmas Tree Pines is the most annoying mess that will happen to you this holiday season. 


The 'Secret' to Cleaning

Posted by Licensed & Insured Cleaners on December 9, 2015 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (1)

 



In the world of professional housekeeping, there seems to be one thing that all cleaners have- a secret. A trade secret, to be more exact. Some special cloth, or a homemade cleanser. Maybe they only polish counters with a particular pattern or movement. I've interviewed cleaners that swear by 'spit' shining, an act where the very concept seems to be counter productive to the overall goal.

 

Secret window solutions seem to be the favorite. I've had employees bring their own mixtures and refuse to disclose it's contents. I've had a cleaner pass me her secret recipe on an old, yellowed script of paper. Most of these secret recipes seem to be similar- some mix of vinegar, alcohol and Dawn dish soap, or just vinegar and Dawn dish soap. Or just Dawn dish soap.

 

Another popular secret among cleaners seem to be scrubbing powders. Mrs. Meyers, Bar Keepers Friend, Bon Ami and even Zud (all products you can just go and buy at Ace, or Lowes) are often referred to as secret cleaning products. I've had more than a few of my cleaners claim that the best scrubbing powder is a secret formula of Baking Soda and Vinegar, with a little lemon, or Baking Soda and just vinegar. Or just baking soda.

 

One of the better 'secrets' I've heard as of late is the use of Howards Orange Oil on stainless steel to shine it up. It's something I've actually started doing, and if you apply just the right amount, it looks perfect. Just make sure you don't get over spray on the floor, otherwise it could become a slipping hazard.

 

The point is, everyone seems to have some secret that helps them get a better result than the competition. So, what's my big cleaning secret?

 

For me, the biggest secret to cleaning effectively is understanding what form of abrasion to use on what surfaces. If you're looking to remove gunk, grime and dirt from a surface then you need to think about the best way to efficiently separate said filth from the surface its on.

 

Have you ever used a metal scrubber, such as a chore boy, to clean stubborn sticker glue and other gunk off of window glass? Most people are afraid of scratching their glass so they'd never try it. However its pretty much impossible to scratch glass with metal (unless you're smashing against it with all your weight). The metal scrubber is denser than anything sitting on top of the glass, however not dense enough to scratch the glass- so its going to scrub whatever's on the glass right off. With a tiny bit of elbow grease, you'll find that using a metal scrubber is a faster and less expensive way to remove hardcore gunk off of windows than products like goof off. Its the only way to clean the tint residue off- don't even waste your time with razors.

 

Cleaning porous surfaces requires bristles that can dig into the holes and scrape the gunk out. Slick tile and porcelain can mostly be scrubbed with nylon brillo pads, with more stubborn marks requiring a scouring stick (just be sure to use a pumice stone that won't scratch- some are denser than others!)

 

 

With the right scrubber and knowledge of the surface you're cleaning you can really put together an all instance tool box of scrubbing pads, pumice stones and cleaning brushes. Coupled with the right product, you can clean anything perfectly.



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