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Planning Ahead For The Holidays
December 23, 2016 onthespot

planning-ahead-for-the-holidaysMerry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Happy Kwanzaa, Eid Mubarak or just a Joyful Greeting for whichever holiday you celebrate. But most of all Happy New Year!

Ahhhh the new year – that moment when all starts over fresh again. New beginnings, new chances to make things right, time to refocus on new goals, drop that extra 10 pounds from the holiday, be healthier, a time to de-clutter and reorganize our lives, clean out the cobwebs of 2016 and move onto a brighter and better 2017…..

Okay hogwash. The change of a calendar’s number from 2016 to 2017 doesn’t do anything except screw you up when you try to write checks for the first few weeks of the new year. Does it suddenly give you the gift of motivation to do things differently? Yes? Okay, then let’s run with the guise of renewed determination and try to get something done that will help out your harried self next year. Because at the very least, it’s time to get our holiday decoration put away.

If you are like most people when you get past Thanksgiving the urge to decorate every square inch of your home for the holidays hits. (Except for that one neighbor whose lights have been burning since the day after Halloween.) But after the festivities of Thanksgiving, many people long for the homey feel of whatever holiday traditions they celebrate. And if you are like most, you probably have in the range of 5 – 60 totes in your attic of treasured items to unpack and stack precariously all over your home – and don’t even get me started on the outdoor lights and blow up figures!

So as you lugged out the containers this year you might have been struck with the same sight that greets a majority of the population at this time this year. A mess of randomly thrown, half wrapped and grotesquely stuffed crates full of stuff that you have to sort through to remember where it goes in your home. And some of it you probably don’t know why you have because you never put it out anyway. How did this happen?

Lets step back to January 2016……………

After putting up with the sounds of the new electronic toys your sister, who you now hate, gave your children, visiting in-laws camped out in your guest room, multiple drop-ins from your neighbors bringing cookies you will never eat and days of feasting and drinking, you are done.

Just done. When one is motivated to move past the holidays, and erase every indication of them in your home, they can move and pack things away at the speed of the Flash. It’s easy; open all the totes and randomly cram in everything just to get it packed away again. You may have had enough forethought to pack Great Grandma’s Holly ceramic candy dish, wrapped in holiday store advertisements, between the two snowman pillows that Aunt Ruth gave you this year – but chances are you just want to cram that thing away before someone else fills it with Reese’s Peanut Butter cup minis again. But stop. A little time and planning here can make the “holiday
decorating mode” you much happier in 11 months. Here are a few tips that I hope can help:

Use the right storage – Head over to a large big box store right after the holiday and treat yourself to a stack of new clear plastic totes. Okay I know that the clear ones are not as strong as the old rubber ones but they make things much easier when you go to look for them next year. Still resistant to them? Ok, buy red or green totes to instantly recognize then in the abyss of your attic next year. Don’t celebrate Christmas – they sell blue and grey ones too – the purpose here is to use a not traditional color so that you can spot them instantly when crawling on your knees in a cold attic full of dormant spiders. (ewww)

Label your totes – on all four sides – I know it seems excessive but it will help. You don’t have to ask for a labeling system for Christmas for this, but if you do, it’s a great way to try out your new toy. A roll of masking or Duct tape and a sharpie marker will work just as well. Label your totes like this: Upstairs kids bathroom, Dining room table, living room – piano, Living room – sofa table and coffee table. Use a locations in your home, not a specific item. Trust me, you will see why in a minute.

Pick up lots of tissue paper during the “after holiday” sales – You can grab it when you are picking up those totes. DO NOT get that kind that has the sparkles in it. That stuff was created by evil scientists and it sheds glitter everywhere! Take the time to wrap up the things that are special to you to avoid the sadness of discovering in a few months that Hubby chipped a beloved item when he put the totes into storage (you know it will be his fault no matter what.)

You might even want to consider bubble wrap for very special or fragile items.

Okay we have the supplies, now comes the work:

Scatter your totes in the vicinity of the area that you are packing up and section by section work through to fill them snuggly with the items from that area. This means wrapping them and turning them like a game of Tetris until they are braced and spatially take up the smallest possible area for storage. If you have breakables cushion them with holiday towels on the bottom of your tote. Placer larger pieces in first and then fill the space around them as best you can.

When you finish packing a tote leave it there! I know hubby or significant other will be
immediately at your shoulder assisting you and waiting for your containers to be ready to move to the attic or basement for you (yeah right.) But hold off on moving things for a little bit.

Once you have packed all of your totes, move them to your storage space in order from closets to the attic to furthest away. Pack them from the back of the space you utilize forward. Why?

Because, when you unpack the totes back into your home next year, the boxes for the rooms furthest away will be first out of the space. This allows you to drop them off and work your way backwards so you aren’t tripping over the ones that are deposited in the rooms you need to walk through carrying a large tote that obstructs your view…. safety first.

Now fast forward to Christmas 2016 and decorating time…

Since you took the time to carefully pack your boxes last holiday, this is a breeze. Everything is labeled with the geographic area that the contents adorn. No guesswork here – distribute the totes and unpack. You can then pack the items that reside in that space the other 11 months of the year that are now displaced back into the same tote. No more trying to figure out what to do with Uncle Harry’s urn. And you will know right where it will be after the holidays. (okay seriously
if you are packing away Uncle Harry that might not be the nicest thing to do for Christmas but it’s your home and your Uncle.)

I know some of this seems like common sense but around the holiday and the hustle and bustle of preparations, and then the rush to return to normalcy, sometimes we take short cuts that make our lives harder later on. So pour a glass of eggnog, add a healthy dose of nutmeg (and rum if you are so inclined) and set yourself up for success next year – your harried 2017 self will thank you for it. Happy Holidays!

 

The Best Approach To Summer Cleaning
June 14, 2016 onthespot

newjerseycleaningHas your spring cleaning been bypassed because you just didn’t have the get up and go to get up and clean? Don’t be hard on yourself that’s pretty common – life is very full for most of us and taking an entire week to change over your house and scrub it top to bottom seems to be more of a thing that our grandmothers did than something we can manage. It’s a wonderful mental picture to see yourself pulling down the drapes, hand washing them and hanging them in the sun to dry. Taking all your old bedding off and laundering it, lovingly folding
it and storing it away in your cedar trunk in favor of your lightweight coverlet and fresh summer linens – and don’t forget emptying your pantry and swapping out the shelf liners with new fresh paper or rotating and refolding all of your linens and towels…. Okay I’m exhausted.

It seems like something out of Cinderella to have all that time and energy to complete that huge list of tasks, but remember, Cinderella had a whole bevy of woodland creatures to help her with her chores… you may be lucky to get a teenager to lift their feet off the bed while you wrestle with stripping their sheets, but that’s probably about it.

So what do you do? How can you tackle a seasonal changeover and make the time needed to complete a task as daunting as a full home cleanout? The answer is easy, you can’t. Instead you have to realistically look at the time you do have in chunks and match select tasks to that available time. And do yourself a favor – don’t say “I’ve got all day Saturday 6am to 8pm to handle cleaning until I go to that party in the evening.” Number one, who wants to spend an entire day cleaning? And number two, you’ll be exhausted for the party if you even think of trying that. No you have to be 100% honest with yourself – “what do I realistically think I can manage on one day?” If you take too big a bite and can’t get it done the “I’m a failure mode” sets in and
suddenly you ditch your whole cleaning schedule because “what’s the point?” So my goal here is not to dissuade you from a deep spring cleaning – it’s to get you to evaluate what really needs to get done and parcel your efforts into chunks to actually make some progress.

If you’re anything like me, the promise of an entire weekend trapped inside cleaning is not my idea of a fun time. And while I have friends that revel in reorganizing their panty and flash me pictures of their OCD stacked soup cans, that not me. So the only way that I can get through a big project is to be realistic and chop it into manageable pieces. Much like I do my standard home cleaning – each day on the calendar is assigned a task and that is my target for the day, 1 thing! So for your large cleaning projects you HAVE to realistically figure out how much effort you can set aside each day and make a plan of attack that matches what you have. Only an hour – clean out a drawer (and really throw things away.) You have two hours – refold your linen
closet and donate the old towels and lines to your local animal shelter (yes they need them desperately) have half a day -tackle your bedroom closet, you really weren’t going to ever fit in those pants again anyway were you? So here are some hints and suggestions for you – your times and chores may vary.
Tackle your toughest first:

If you can handle it try to do your toughest, least favorite job first while you have the drive to do it. I hate bathrooms so my first call to order is cleaning out the cabinets and throwing out old products and expired medicines and those pesky q-tips that manage to migrate out of the box and get really nasty in the bottoms of my drawers. It’s time for everything to come out and get a fresh wipe down with a mixture of vinegar and water – even the walls and shower curtains which I hang in the sun to dry.

Be reasonable:

There is only so much you can do at once. If you try to accomplish too much you will quickly get sloppy, cut corners and it will become no more than a regular cleaning. Handle what you can manage and take pride in completing it. Something is better than nothing.

Learn to let go:

The best spring cleans are purges. Why do you have that honey mandarin pomegranate candle
that Aunt Marge gave you for Christmas three years ago. You almost passed out when you smelt it then, do you really think that you will grow to like it? And for gosh sake STOP saving things for a garage sale that you will never have. Pack it up and drop it off the same day to your local good will or church thrift store – there will be market somewhere for your 1960’s Corel dishes. Embrace the ZEN of tossing the collected artifacts of yours, your mother’s, your grandmother’s and great grandmother’s life. Kids artwork? Take pictures of the whole darn collection and order a picture book from an on line photo company. Take one of your favorites from each child frame them and hang them in their rooms.

Take it further:

So I am not going to bore you with a whole blog of cleaning tasks – you know what you avoid cleaning on a regular cleaning basis, yup – it’s time to tackle those jobs. If you regularly skip moldings and the dust bunnies have collectively make them look like they are sprouting beards, it’s time to get on your knees and scrub them up. Not a fan of the under the bed clean out – time to work one room at a time and tackle the black holes. And while you are at it – wipe down the front door. That is everyone’s first impression of your home and it is worth a quick polish.

I hope that in some way I’ve inspired you to maybe consider taking a chunk out of some seasonal spruce up. It doesn’t have to be a huge chunk – but anything will make you feel victorious!

Happy Cleaning!

Top 5 reasons a professional cleaning service is superior to a private cleaner or cleaning lady March 17, 2016 onthespot
cleaning11If I had a dollar for each time I hear about how “cheap” a cleaning lady would be I am speaking with potential clients about professional cleaning services, I could skip the professional life and be sipping drinks with umbrellas poolside in Fiji. The fact of the matter is that if you are truly looking to save money and avoid problems, you should use a professional cleaning service because using a private cleaner could cost you much more in the long run.

So here are a few big questions to ask yourself when you are trying to decide what type of service is best for you:

1) Are you ready to be an employer?

If they determine that you are the cleaner’s employer, you may be required to withhold and pay their Federal Income, Social Security and Medicare taxes. (See IRS for more information).

It sounds great — you hire an individual who will charge less than a cleaning company and all youhave to do is provide the cleaning products and supplies for the cleaner to use, right? Well, maybe, but the IRS may require you to supply Publication 926 for Household Employees and Employment Verification Form I-9. If the cleaner is a contractor (1099 worker), they must provide their own business license, cleaning supplies and products, and hopefully, they are also licensed and bonded.

2) Does the cleaning company you’ve hired have employees or contractors?

Before you hire a house cleaning service, ask if their cleaners are employees or contractors. If they are contractors, the cleaning service you hire doesn’t need to provide liability insurance (in case something is broken or stolen at your house), and in most cases, they can’t even ensure how the job is done — only the end result.

3) Is your property insured against theft or damage? Who will pay for cleaning mishaps?

Things happen. Objects can break, cleaning products, if used incorrectly, can damage surfaces and it is even possible that something from your home could go missing. Even worse someone could be hurt on your property when working for you, leaving you liable for large medical bills and legal headaches. Your key as a homeowner is to make sure that you are prepared and covered for every possibility that might occur. The best way to do this is to work with a reputable company, check their references and ask to see their certificate of liability and workman’s compensation. Private cleaners that you might hire probably don’t have this and it will leave them, and you open to potential costly issues.

4) If someone is out sick, will your house cleaning still get done?

If you book with a single service provider there is no back up. If they are ill you are out of luck even if you have 20 guests coming over that night for a party and were counting on them. If they have a family emergency, take a vacation or even if their previous job runs late, you pay the price. So while you may save money in the short term what is the cost of reliability? Professional cleaning services usually run multiple teams and canl make last minute adjustments to cover their client’s cleanings even if their own staff has issues. And you can bet that if a cleaner is unreliable they will be weeding them out before they get to you.

5) How good are they, really?

I get people walking in to apply for positions with my company all the time. And when I sit down to talk to them and review their experience I often ask: “So why do you think you are qualified to be a professional cleaner?” “Because I like to clean my own home and I keep it very neat.”

That’s not the answer I am looking for. There is a HUGE difference between cleaning your own home and professionally cleaning a client’s home. Speed, efficiency, thoroughness and ability to listen and adapt to your client’s needs are paramount in our industry. And there are techniques and cleaning methods that have been utilized and passed down through years of experience with our staff that benefit our clients. I can train a willing and enthusiastic potential cleaner in these methods, I do it at my company’s expense – not yours. And you can bet your kitchen sink that if they do not meet our training standards they will NOT be released into your home to clean
for you. Do you think your private cleaner is doing self assessments and training to improve what they do? A professional cleaning service should screen, train, test and hold all employees to the highest standards. Customer satisfaction surveys are performed on cleanings by any reputable cleaning service to ensure their customer’s satisfaction on an ongoing basis.

Retraining is ongoing and continuous investments in procuring the best equipment and cleaning supplies for your home is standard operating procedure. Solid professional house and business cleaning services have this ability due to size and economies of scale. These practices are not what you will typically find with a small private cleaner.

So while you will perhaps save on the per hour charge of a “private cleaner” are you really getting all that you need from that relationship? If the answer to any of these questions is “no” you may want to take another look at having a professional cleaning service take over the cleaning of your home or office. It will most likely safe you time, money and headaches in the long run.

 

What is the Professional Cleaning Process Like?
December 16, 2015 onthespot

 

clean1If you’ve never hired a professional cleaning company before, you might be wondering exactly how it works. Does somebody just show up at your doorstep with a bucket and a mop?

What kind of preliminary assessment is done to make sure you get the service you want? Will the cleaning crew ask before moving your furniture or making other changes to your home or business environment?

These are all good questions—and it’s important to find answers before you bring a cleaning company into your home or office. As a customer, you want things to be predictable and smooth with no major hiccups. You want great service, but you also want your relationship with the cleaning company to take up as little of your time and energy as possible.
Of course, you might get unlucky and hire a bad cleaning company. This does happen from time and time, and companies with a low standard of professionalism have been known to exist in this industry.

Assuming, however, that you hire a company with a high professional standard, you can expect the process to be more or less as follows:

First Contact

The first discussion with a cleaning company could take place over the phone, online, or sometimes in person (if they have an office you can visit). This should be a friendly informal chat in which you discuss the size and nature of your space, whether you have any special cleaning needs, and what frequency of cleaning you might need. You should also be able to discuss your concerns with respect to budget, and ask questions about the size of the company and its cleaning crews.

Free Assessment & Customized Plan

During the initial contact, many companies will offer to visit your home or office, walk through the area, and provide a free no-obligation assessment. This is the best way to find out exactly how long the cleaning will take and how much the company will charge. It’s also a great way to get familiar with the people who would be entering your home or business and discuss any other concerns you may have.

Following a detailed assessment (whether in person or not), the cleaning company will come up with a customized plan for your space. This is where you’ll hear all the details and learn what’s included in the service proposed. This is your chance to make sure everybody is on the same page.

Cleaning

The above three steps are often remarkably fast and smooth—and before you know it, your home or office is being cleaned. Professional cleaners are very methodical in their work, and you should notice this from the start. They’ll move through every room, cleaning top to bottom and being very meticulous without wasting movement. This is what allows them to get the job done thoroughly and fast. You should be impressed with the level of detail in the service, especially if your space is being cleaned by a crew of two or three people and led by a manager.

Feedback & Repeat!

People are often amazed at what professional cleaners can do. After all, they shouldn’t be called “professionals” if they can’t achieve a higher standard than non-professionals. But there may be (no pun intended) wrinkles to iron out. For example, you may decide that a certain task is unnecessary, or that you want additional services as part of yourcleaning package. The company should actively seek your feedback and be proactive about meeting and exceeding
your expectations.

As you can see, the process of working with a professional cleaning company should be relatively simple and straightforward. The trick is finding a company that is highly professional, very friendly, and very consistent with its procedures and communications. Then you’ll be able to reap the rewards of an effortless and economical cleaning service.

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How Do I Find a Quality Cleaning Company?
December 9, 2015 onthespot

 

cleaningkitchenHome and office cleaning is one professional service that runs the gamut. There are many companies out there who really do provide an excellent service. The workers are highly trained and friendly, the prices are reasonable, and the results leave you feeling like your home is brand new.

Others, not so much. You’ve probably heard stories from friends or colleagues (or perhaps online) about “professional” cleaning companies that aren’t professional at all—poorly trained workers, hidden charges, and results that leave you wondering why you didn’t do it yourself!

So how do you avoid the low end of this quality spectrum, and make sure you hire a cleaning company that takes its work—and your satisfaction—seriously?

It’s relatively simple. Just look for cleaning companies that have as many of the following attributes as possible.

1. Is the company licensed and bonded?

This is one of the clearest indicators that you’re dealing with a legitimate operation. Some cleaning companies are started with little more than a trip to the superstore and a classified ad in the paper. Operations that have been formalized and recognized as local businesses generally have better equipment and higher standards of service.

2. How big are the cleaning crews, and will a manager be on site?

There may be cases in which one person can do a fantastic job, but professional cleaning often works better when crews of two or three people are deployed together. This allows the job to be done thoroughly and redundantly to make sure the results are excellent. It also contributes to a positive working atmosphere for the cleaners involved. Even better of the company guarantees a manager at every job site.

3. Does the company regard environmental safety as a concern?

If the company strives to use cleaning methods that are environmentally friendly, they’ll generally be careful in other aspects of the business as well. Plus, many people (we hope
you’re one of them!) prefer to do whatever they can to minimize damage to the environment.

4. Are there discounts or other customer loyalty programs?

Companies with systematic loyalty programs usually have an established base of satisfied clients. This is a good sign. Plus, if you need regular cleaning services (such as weekly office or monthly residential cleaning services), you can end up with significant savings as a result of these programs.

5. Are there hidden chargers or surcharges?

As a customer, one thing you don’t want are surprises on your cleaning bill. Look for companies that charge clear hourly rates and as few surcharges as possible. Of course you can’t expect things like same day service, but companies that surcharge you for owning a pet, or for needing service outside of business hours, may not be the kind of people you’ll want to deal with on a long term basis.

Finding a winner….

Chances are, there are enough cleaning companies in your local area to make the search interesting. You’ll definitely want to steer clear of one or two. But in order to find that one company gives you a really great service at competitive rates, use the system above to narrow the field. The good news is that once you find a professional cleaning company you’re happy with, there’ll be no reason to spend further time on it. Just sit back and let the cleaning begin!

 

3 Things That Will Determine the Cost of Office Cleaning
December 1, 2015 onthespot

 

office cleaningWhen it comes time for your office to review its budgets and profit margins, you want to be able to say that all of your expenses were lean and necessary. Anything not fitting that description risks being chopped from the budget—and rightfully so. Businesses work hard to turn a profit, and keeping the overhead down is an important way to do that.

Enter the necessity of office cleaning.

You could just ask staff to clean up after themselves, and try to avoid the expense that way. But if that doesn’t cut it (and if your company isn’t big enough to have a dedicated janitor), you’ll need to bring someone in—and pay them—to keep your office clean.

It’s well-known that a consistently clean and organized office contributes to a positive atmosphere and better work ethic. All things considered, it’s tough to imagine chopping this particular item from the budget. So the question is: How much should we be paying? Could it be that we’re paying too much, or that we could be getting a better service for the money?

1. Size of office and number of employees

If you’re a small software company with a few offices, a kitchen and a bathroom, professional cleaners can whip things into shape in no time. If you’re a sprawling distribution center with thousands of square feet, you’ll need serious cleaning power on a regular basis. This is fairly obvious—and it definitely plays to the advantage of smaller businesses, who are often surprised at how little they need to spend for regular professional cleaning. Large companies often have full time cleaning staff to make sure their needs are met.

2. Frequency of cleaning

Some facilities just need more cleaning than others. If your office is a busy manufacturing floor where cleaning is a matter of safety, you’ll need more frequent cleanings and the cost will rise accordingly. If there is very little foot traffic in your office and most of the work centers around meetings and laptops, you can implement workplace rules to keep the place clean between professional visits—and your costs will drop.

3. Quality of service

With professional cleaning, as with many goods and services, there is such a thing as “too good to be true.” While collecting estimates from professional cleaners in your area, you may come across one or two companies whose prices are unusually low. Tempting, right?

Just make sure you proceed with caution. Rock solid references and testimonials are extra important when dealing with a very low estimate. Often times, you’ll find the service from such companies is more trouble than it’s worth.

Getting the best deal

The cost of professional office cleaning depends on a few key factors. While it is possible to get the cost down by reducing the frequency of cleaning or switching to a low-cost company, such measures can sometimes be counterproductive. An office that is professionally cleaned instills a confidence, optimism and comfort—which can and will help your bottom line. Great results may cost slightly more, but the service will be dependable and will save both time and money in the long run.

Thanks for reading, and we hope you enjoyed this post! Please feel free to comment below.

 

5 Places Where Power Washing Works Wonders
September 24, 2015 onthespot

 

powerwashing1Some things just get grimy over time. Constant foot traffic, bad weather, and the effects of aging leave surfaces grimy, dark, and far less visually appealing than they once were.

You’ve tried scrubbing and scouring. You may have even experimented with one of those miracle cleaning solutions advertised on TV. But nothing works, and the surface looks just as old and aged as it did before. Oh well—nothing else you can do, right?

That’s where many people are mistaken. There is actually something you can do. An industrial strength power washing (also known as pressure washing) may be able to provide the force needed to lift those stubborn stains and return surfaces to their original brightness. These highpowered machines come in a variety of strengths, and can shoot water at anywhere from 1300 to 4200 PSI. That’s a lot of pressure! Most power washers also heat the water and mix it with a cleaning agent that cuts grime fast.

Let’s look at some of the places where power washers can be used around your home and business to lift stains and give you that like new appearance. A quite note: Power washers can
be very dangerous. If you buy or rent one, it’s important to read up on these dangers and know how to avoid them. Professional power washing services are also available for those who don’t want to fuss with renting, owning or maintaining one of these machines.

1. Building exteriors

Our homes and businesses protect us from the elements, but in doing so, they absorb a great deal of dirt, mud and grime from the rain and wind. Most exteriors are designed to resist this buildup to a certain extent, but it’s almost impossible to prevent completely. Power washing can slice through that grime when nothing else can, leaving exteriors bright and fresh.

2. Decks

Constant foot traffic—in addition to the exposure to the elements—means that your prized deck will almost surely darken and fade with time. Most decks are made of materials that are completely safe for power washing. If you’re thinking about spending all day on your hands and knees scrubbing, consider this ultra-efficient option!

3. Walkways

We all sweep and shovel our walkways, but few of us take the next step and pummel that grime with a power washer. The high pressure from one of these machines can literally turn concrete several shades lights in a single pass.

4. Tubs and tiles

It seems extreme to think of taking a power washer to your grimy tub, but imagine relaxing into a hot bath, knowing dirt and grime have stood no chance against a punishing high-pressure wash.

When done correctly and safely, power washing can be a shortcut to a super-clean tub and bathroom—especially if it hasn’t been deep cleaned in some time.

5. Boats

Anyone who has owned a boat knows that the underside of the vessel almost always builds up a dark stain from the algae and other particles in the water. This is especially true for boats that spend a lot of time in fresh water. This may not bother some boat owners, but others like to keep their boat meticulously clean and be proud to tow it around. For those people, the right power washer can make an amazing difference, leaving the boat fresh and clean without causing any harm to the materials on the underside.

Are you ready for real power?

Take a look around your home or business and ask yourself where a power washer might be able to cut dirt and grime that seems to have been there for ages. It’s affordable, and the results can be stunning. It’s good to know that when other cleaning options fail, there’s a powerful step that home and business owners can take.

Thanks for reading, and we hope this information has been helpful. Please leave your comments below.

 

The Biggest Benefits of Keeping a Clean Office
September 10, 2015 onthespot

 

powerwashing1Some things just get grimy over time. Constant foot traffic, bad weather, and the effects of aging leave surfaces grimy, dark, and far less visually appealing than they once were.

You’ve tried scrubbing and scouring. You may have even experimented with one of those miracle cleaning solutions advertised on TV. But nothing works, and the surface looks just as old and aged as it did before. Oh well—nothing else you can do, right?

That’s where many people are mistaken. There is actually something you can do. An industrial strength power washing (also known as pressure washing) may be able to provide the force needed to lift those stubborn stains and return surfaces to their original brightness. These highpowered machines come in a variety of strengths, and can shoot water at anywhere from 1300 to 4200 PSI. That’s a lot of pressure! Most power washers also heat the water and mix it with a cleaning agent that cuts grime fast.

Let’s look at some of the places where power washers can be used around your home and business to lift stains and give you that like new appearance. A quite note: Power washers can
be very dangerous. If you buy or rent one, it’s important to read up on these dangers and know how to avoid them. Professional power washing services are also available for those who don’t want to fuss with renting, owning or maintaining one of these machines.

1. Building exteriors

Our homes and businesses protect us from the elements, but in doing so, they absorb a great deal of dirt, mud and grime from the rain and wind. Most exteriors are designed to resist this buildup to a certain extent, but it’s almost impossible to prevent completely. Power washing can slice through that grime when nothing else can, leaving exteriors bright and fresh.

2. Decks

Constant foot traffic—in addition to the exposure to the elements—means that your prized deck will almost surely darken and fade with time. Most decks are made of materials that are completely safe for power washing. If you’re thinking about spending all day on your hands and knees scrubbing, consider this ultra-efficient option!

3. Walkways

We all sweep and shovel our walkways, but few of us take the next step and pummel that grime with a power washer. The high pressure from one of these machines can literally turn concrete several shades lights in a single pass.

4. Tubs and tiles

It seems extreme to think of taking a power washer to your grimy tub, but imagine relaxing into a hot bath, knowing dirt and grime have stood no chance against a punishing high-pressure wash.

When done correctly and safely, power washing can be a shortcut to a super-clean tub and bathroom—especially if it hasn’t been deep cleaned in some time.

5. Boats

Anyone who has owned a boat knows that the underside of the vessel almost always builds up a dark stain from the algae and other particles in the water. This is especially true for boats that spend a lot of time in fresh water. This may not bother some boat owners, but others like to keep their boat meticulously clean and be proud to tow it around. For those people, the right power washer can make an amazing difference, leaving the boat fresh and clean without causing any harm to the materials on the underside.

Are you ready for real power?

Take a look around your home or business and ask yourself where a power washer might be able to cut dirt and grime that seems to have been there for ages. It’s affordable, and the results can be stunning. It’s good to know that when other cleaning options fail, there’s a powerful step that home and business owners can take.

Thanks for reading, and we hope this information has been helpful. Please leave your comments below.

The Biggest Benefits of Keeping a Clean Office
September 10, 2015 onthespot

blog_images500aAmerica’s businesses have a lot on their plate. Sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of the basic things that boost productivity—such as keeping the office clean and
organized. Most employers don’t give it much thought, but cleaning has a number of benefits that actually affect the way business is done. Here are four big benefits to keeping your office spic and span throughout the year.

1. Clarity and focus

Studies are now showing the importance of physical surroundings in the workplace. Employees tend to focus better and be more productive when the environment is clean, well-maintained and clutter-free. On the other hand, an extremely dirty or cluttered workspace causes an overall decline in productivity and mental clarity. Keeping the office clean sets a professional tone, and helps employees take their work more seriously.

2. Physical health

Did you know that America’s offices are one of the most common places to catch a cold or flu? The reality is, employees are in close-quarters for long periods of time every day. Many businesses also deal with a steady stream of customers. This means greater chances of catching something you don’t want. Subjecting your office to a routine cleaning schedule helps to offset health risks and create a more sanitary atmosphere. It also saves money and increases productivity by keeping employees healthy and at work—instead of at home sick.

3. Public perception

Have you ever walked into a dirty and disorganized business and thought, ‘Wow, this really seems like a trustworthy and professional operation!’

Probably not. That’s because first impressions matter. If a business looks like it hasn’t been cleaned in a while, it raises questions in the minds of customers and other professionals. What other things are not getting done? Can I trust the products, services and/or contracts being offered here? As a business, you don’t want your customers asking these questions. A clean, professional appearance gives them reason to believe that you take your business dealings
seriously.

4. Time

When an office isn’t cleaned regularly and thoroughly, employees will often scramble to pick up the slack. This means they have less time to do the things they’ve been hired to do for the business. Keeping the office clean allows them to focus on the important tasks in front of them, instead of worrying about dragging a broom across the kitchen floor or scrubbing out the coffee pot. The time savings offered by professional office cleaning is significant, and quickly adds up.

Conclusion

Keeping your office clean isn’t rocket science, but it does have a long list of benefits that can actually lead to a more productive business. A clean office means fewer sick days, greater clarity, higher productivity, better public perception, and more time to grow your business.

Considering the affordable cost of many professional cleaning services, these important benefits are well within reach of most businesses today.

Thanks for reading, and we hope you’ve found this post informative. Please leave your questions or comments below—we’d love to hear from you!

 

Six Spots People Forget when Cleaning House
September 8, 2015 onthespot

 

cleaningservices500If you appreciate a truly clean home, you know it’s all about attention to detail. Running a vacuum across the carpet and wiping the countertops is necessary
maintenance, but it takes time and energy to achieve an outstanding result that leaves your entire home feeling fresh and new.

But even if you set aside a whole day to clean house, it’s possible to forget a number of key spots. You can make a detailed list and check off every item, but houses are full of nooks and crannies. There are even obvious, important places that people often forget to clean. Check out this list of 10 common spots that people often forget when cleaning their homes.

1. Under the cushions

Sofas and chairs are notorious for attracting crumbs from our plates, junk from our pockets, and many other unsightly surprises. People often clean the surface of the sofa but forget to remove the cushions and go deeper.

2. Under the bed, sofa, chairs and appliances

Moving the sofa or the refrigerator can be a pain, and if you’ve got hardwood floors, you want to be careful not to scratch them. But when you see all the lint and debris that has gathered on the floor beneath, moving heavy items out of the way is well worth the satisfaction and peace of mind.

3. Buttons, handles, knobs and latches

It’s easy to focus on ‘big’ things like carpeting and tabletops, while neglecting the little things that actually need to be cleaned most. Your home is full of things that people touch regularly—such as doorknobs, cupboard latches and remote controls. These places tend to attract germs and bacteria, and cleaning them makes a huge difference.

4. Bathroom extras

Most bathrooms are full of various implements such as toothbrush holders, soap trays, decorative bowls or pictures. It’s easy to think that cleaning the bathroom is all about scrubbing the shower and toilet, but all of those extra knick-knacks can trap bacteria too.

5. Waste bins

Taking out the trash isn’t always enough. Every so often, waste bins need to be scrubbed and sterilized in order to eliminate odors and bacteria. This goes for the kitchen, bathroom, and various waste bins throughout the house.

6. Appliances

A refrigerator may look clean while hiding unpleasant odors or even forgotten food items. A washing machine or dishwasher can also become clogged with scum, debris and even mold. A
truly deep clean does not neglect these important home appliances.

Getting your home really, really clean If you decide to clean your own home, keep this list of commonly forgotten spots in mind. You’ll be less likely to overlook them, and more likely to get your home a truly comprehensive cleaning. If you’re bringing in a professional cleaning service, be sure to ask exactly what’s included. Most reputable cleaning companies will cover every item on this list and more; but it always pays to make sure. After all, there’s nothing like that fresh, new feeling that comes from a truly spotless home.

We hope you’ve found this post useful, and we’d love to see your questions or comments in the space below.

 

How Much Does Professional Cleaning Cost?
August 11, 2015 onthespot

 

If you’re thinking about a professional cleaning solution for your home or office, one of your main concerns is probably the cost. In this economy, the last thing anybody
needs is another big line item in the monthly budget. Sure, we’d all like to have our space cleaned by professionals, but perhaps it’s a luxury we can’t afford.

Or can we?

While professional cleaning is an expense, it might not cost as much as you think. Small businesses and homeowners are often surprised at how affordable services can be once they
actually inquire. Of course, not every job is the same, and prices may vary significantly from company to company. That said, any qualified professional cleaner should be able to provide an estimate based on the following factors.

1. Scope of cleaning services

The definition of “clean” varies from person to person. Some people want every nook and cranny to be cleaned and sparkling, while others only require the basics (floors, mirrors,
tabletops, etc.). The cost of professional cleaning services will depend on how extensive you want the cleaning to be.

Most reputable companies will perform fairly extensive cleaning as part of their basic service.

But you may have other needs, such as the cleaning of ovens and microwaves, ceilings, exteriors, carpets, upholstery, and so forth. Look for companies who offer to send a cleaning
consultant to your building and have a detailed discussion about your cleaning needs. Only then can you be sure the estimate is good. Watch out for companies who provide rock bottom estimates and hit you with excess charges later. The professional relationship can sour in a hurry!

2. Square footage

This is one of the most important and obvious factors in determining the costs of professional cleaning. If you’re a big company that takes up three floors of a large office building, the square footage alone will make the job more time consuming and expensive. Small business and houses can generally expect to pay less for professional cleaning, while big offices and other businesses that require regular cleaning over a large area will need to budget for a reasonable costs.

If you know the square footage of your home or business, and can answer a few other questions, some companies can provide basic estimates without visiting the site. This can give you a somewhat more accurate idea of what professional cleaning will cost you in NJ, or wherever you reside.

3. Type of home or business

A good professional cleaner will always take the environment into account. Some types of business (daycare, cafes, gyms) require special tools and procedures, while others have areas that are seldom used and don’t need cleaning every time. Likewise, a house occupied by a large family will require more resources to clean than a house occupied by only two people, even if the two houses have the same square footage.

4. Frequency of cleaning

In some cases, commercial or residential clients just want a one-time service (after a big party, for example). But most of the time, regularly scheduled cleaning is desired. The frequency of cleaning will be a major determining factor of cost. It’s good to have an idea of how often you want your home or office to be cleaned before contacting a professional cleaning company.

Then you’ll be able to compare your needs with the company’s offerings, and find a solution that fits.

5. Ability of cleaners

Cleaning is a real profession that involves real training. Companies with well-trained employees might cost more than those who cut corners on or send out workers who aren’t qualified.

Bargain basement prices are attractive in theory, but most clients want the best value instead of just the lowest price. A good cleaning company should be able to pay their staff well, have good training and recruitment practices, and still provide you with an excellent quote.

We hope this information has helped you in your quest for professional and affordable cleaning services!

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