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Cleaning Restaurants to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Regulations & Standards

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

Cleaning Restaurants to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Regulations & Standards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) works to establish and enforce health and safety workplace regulations across a wide variety of industries, including restaurants and other food services. Restaurants are often visited by OSHA inspectors to ensure an establishment is following all rules and regulations. If a restaurant fails to follow all rules and regulations, they may be fined or receive a deadline by which they must address and fix the issue(s). If issues remain unresolved by the deadline, the OSHA has the right to shut down the establishment. At this point, the restaurant owner still has a chance to redeem themselves by fixing the issue and undergoing re-inspection. The OSHA looks for sanitation violations, food handling practices, fire safety, age restrictions and working conditions. As a commercial cleaning service, we are well versed in things the OSHA looks for during inspections regarding cleanliness and sanitation.  Here are Some of the Most Important Areas Restaurants Should Never Overlook. Restaurant Floors According to OSHA regulations, flooring surfaces should be clean and dry to prevent injuries related to slipping and falling. This is especially important in areas near a sink, bar, or other water source. These areas should be equipped with floor drains to prevent pools of water from forming. Rubber mats and raised platforms can help further safeguard employees and patrons from slipping and falling on surfaces prone to moisture accumulation. An inspector will not only look for standing water. They also keep their eyes peeled for loose tiles, holes, gaps in the floor, slants or protruding nails that could potentially harm someone. Grease Stoves Stovetops need to be regularly cleaned and properly set up to reduce the risk of employees getting burned or a fire starting. Grease spills should be cleaned up at the end of each day. The OSHA regards grease spills as a form of “poor housekeeping” that results in a higher risk of injury to employees. Free & Clear Walkways OSHA inspectors are always on the lookout for messy, dirty, or inadequate walkways. Regular cleaning services are adamant to maintaining clean and clear walkways. Even rips in carpets or uneven flooring surfaces may be cited for repairs, as these increase the risk that someone trips and falls. Regular professional cleaning services extend the life of carpets and other flooring surfaces, reducing how often they need to be replaced. Tables, Chairs, & Corners Too There are so many surfaces throughout your restaurant, all of which require proper cleaning techniques and consistent attention to detail. Chairs, booths, tables, menus, and door handles are common areas where dust, germs, and bacteria hide. Cleaning these areas helps promote a professional and tidy appearance, but it also reduces the risk of contamination.  When Cleaning Products Turn Dangerous Cleaning products contain chemicals that can have detrimental effects on human health. If the wrong chemical ends up getting inside of food or beverages, someone could become incredibly ill, or even die. If employees use cleaning products it’s so important that they are properly trained and given the right tools to do so. The OSHA highlights some important factors about cleaning products and the risk of chemical exposures: -The actual chemical properties of a cleaning product -Usage of the product and how/where it is stored -If chemicals splash or spill -If mists, vapors,...

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Did You Know That Your Office Desk is Dirtier Than a Public Toilet Seat?

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

Did You Know That Your Office Desk is Dirtier Than a Public Toilet Seat?

The average office desk is covered in over 10,000,000 bacteria, that’s 400 times the bacteria living on the average toilet seat. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to beat the bacteria and maintain a clean work desk. You look down and see your desk, plain and simple. Yet, if you had superpower vision, or a microscope, you’d see an entire universe of itty-bitty bugs crawling across your desk, keyboard, mouse pad and so forth. A Closer Look at the Study That Determined Just How Dirty Your Desk Is Germ expert Dr. Charles Gerba conducted a study out of the University of Arizona, in which he and his team identified the dirtiest office surfaces. It’s not just your desk that’s disgusting, other germ-laden office hot spots include microwave handles, water fountain handles, phones, and keyboards. The spot right where you rest your hand on your desk is one of the worst in terms of bacteria per square inch. The study involved separating office workers into two different groups. One group was instructed to use sanitizing wipes to clean their phones, computers and desk surfaces. The other group was instructed to not clean their desks. Just 2 days after starting the experiment, the cleaning group had 99.9% lower bacteria levels than the non-cleaning group. The study focused on a variety of industries, office locations, surfaces, and environments. Researchers collected 7,000 samples from private offices, cubicles, and common work areas in San Francisco, Tampa, Tucson, and New York. Regardless of state or office type, the results were the same, office desks are disgusting! So how can you reduce bacteria living on your desk? Here are 7 Tips to Score a Cleaner Desk in No Time   #1. Hire Tidy Team for Superior Office Cleaning Services We are the number one trusted name for commercial office cleaning services in South Florida. We clean for a wide variety of industries and provide the deepest level clean every time. Work with us to create a custom cleaning schedule that fits your needs and budget. Contact us today to learn more! #2. Invest in a Keyboard Vacuum or Dust Off 16 million microbes reside in your keyboard. Not to mention, the common cold can survive on you keyboard for 2 full days. To complicate matters, keyboards are not easy to clean. There are so many tiny crevices for bacteria, dust, and food particles to fall and take refuge. Take your keyboard outside on a regular basis to clean it out using dust off or a keyboard vacuum. Use sanitizing wipes afterwards to kill additional bacteria and germs.  #3.  Don’t Forget to Clean Your Mouse Pad You rest your hand on your computer mouse for much of the day, so don’t forget to take it out for a cleaning along with your keyboard.  Use sanitizing wipes to kill leftover bacteria clinging to your mousepad. #4. Clean Your Cell Phone Your cell phone is the mother of all bacteria hoarders. Even if you regularly clean your desk, your phone can continue to contaminate your hands, face, and workspace. Clean your phone with sanitizing electronic wipes daily to further reduce the spread of bacteria. #5. Regularly Clean Out & Sanitize Your Desk Drawers You might be surprised to learn that your dark and closed off desk drawers...

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The 5 Dirtiest Places In Your Office Could Be Harming Your Health

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

The 5 Dirtiest Places In Your Office Could Be Harming Your Health

A 2012 study found that some of the most unexpected surfaces in the workplace are loaded with harmful germs and bacteria. Vending machine buttons and microwave handles are two of the worst culprits of all, creeping and crawling with loads of microscopic monsters. The study involved hygienists from Kimberly-Clark’s Healthy Workplace Project swabbing over 5,000 surfaces at a variety of office locations. They swabbed law offices, insurance companies, manufacturing plants, call centers and health care facilities. Researchers then took all of these swabs to the lab and analyzed them for adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is a molecule found in all forms of animal, vegetable, mold, and yeast cells. The higher ATP found on a surface, the greater the likelihood it is covered in viruses and germs that could make someone sick. Any surface that reads over 100 is in serious need of disinfecting, and any surface over 300 is so dirty it has the potential to make workers very ill. The study identified 6 places that superseded all other surfaces in terms of ATP content and overall dirtiness. While people are leery of bacteria lurking in bathrooms or on toilet seats, they often view things like the breakroom microwave as a safe space. You might not think to wash your hands after touching the microwave, but you’d wash your hands after touching the toilet. In other words, the microwave presents a greater danger because people aren’t aware of it. And the “winners” of the dirtiest office spaces are… #1. 75% of sink faucet handles were the dirtiest spot in the office. #2. 48% of microwave door handles were the dirtiest spot in the office. #3. 27% of keyboards were laden with more bacteria than you’d ever want to see under a microscope. #4. 23% of water fountain buttons were covered in invisible filth. #5. 21% of vending machine buttons took the cake in terms of dirtiness. The Value In Hiring A Commercial Cleaning Company There’s no way to avoid germs 100% of the time and you wouldn’t even want to, some exposure to germs is good for you. That doesn’t mean you should live and work in filth. A clean and sanitized workplace can reduce employee exposure to the stomach flu by as much as 80%. It’s important to regularly clean and sanitize the office in order to reduce the number of sick days employees take. Hiring a professional cleaning service is the best way to ensure your office remains clean throughout the work week. We can put you on a plan that fits your needs in terms of time of cleaning and frequency. Commercial cleaning services virtually pay for themselves by generating greater productivity and higher employee morale. For one, when employees are exposed to fewer germs and bacteria they get sick less often and miss fewer days of work. Plus, when employees work in a clean environment they tend to feel better, experience a reduction in allergies, and are therefore more productive. On the other hand, productivity is sure to suffer if your office is dirty and employees are not feeling their best as a result. Other Ways To Improve Office Cleanliness -Install hand sanitizers around the office, especially near doors so that employees can sanitize their hands before going to a different part of the office....

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Top Tips For Successful End Of Tenancy Cleaning

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

Top Tips For Successful End Of Tenancy Cleaning

There are a number of components involved in successful end of tenancy cleaning. Landlords look for many different things when they go through the inspection process. Dirty carpets, a couple stained burners, or the smell of smoke can all lead to steep cleaning fees, which means you get back less (or none) of your deposit. Not only could you lose your entire deposit, but you could be billed for additional costs. In order to get back your full deposit, the place needs to look just like it did when you moved in. Tidy Team specializes in end of tenancy cleaning. We know all of the most important spots to focus on, from removing bad odors to deep cleaning carpet stains. The Most Important Areas To Focus On Some of the most important areas to focus on include: Kitchens: From the floors to the ceilings to the burners on the stove, everything needs to be cleaned to perfection. Make sure to wipe down cabinets on the outsides and insides, the same goes for your refrigerator, microwave, oven and any other appliances. Don’t forget about the burners on your stovetop, which can get really caked up with filth over time. You can buy replacements at your local Home Depot for a few bucks each, or try soaking burners overnight and then scrubbing them clean the following morning. Bathrooms: Bathrooms accumulate all kinds of germs, bacteria and scum stains. Removing hard water build up as well as calcium and limestone deposits is key to making your bathroom(s) look like new. Windows & Walls: From the windows to the walls, make sure everything is scrubbed and wiped down in order to remove stains, grease buildup and so forth. Clean windows on the inside and outside if possible. Higher story windows may require professional cleaning services. We are more than happy to add exterior window cleaning to your end of tenancy cleaning services. Upholstery & Carpeting: Sofas, carpeting and anything made of fabrics or materials that absorb smells and stains more readily require careful cleaning and disinfecting. We offer all of the following tenant move out cleaning services, plus more: -Mop floors, we also specialize in resurfacing and waxing floors -Vacuum and/or steam clean carpets -Remove any spots or scuffs from walls or other surfaces -Dust every last inch, including hard to reach places, insides of window sills, ceiling fans, baseboards, etc. -Complete kitchen cleaning -Complete bathroom cleaning -Dust and spot clean light fixtures and power points -Clean mirrors, remove all spots and smudges -Remove cobwebs -Polish taps -Deodorize the entire business or residence All of our services can be personalized to fit your exact needs. How To Get Rid Of Tenant Odors Foul odors can be caused by anything from cats to smoke, and removing them can present a number of challenges. Thankfully, with the right tricks up your sleeve there are ways to successfully remove odors and reveal a fresh smelling place that people actually want to move into. There are a number of things you can do to help remove bad household odors. For one, remove all furniture and accents from the space to seek out the source of the smell. Open up all of the windows and let in plenty of fresh air to get rid of stale and funky...

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How Often Should Your Commercial Kitchen Be Professionally Cleaned?

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

How Often Should Your Commercial Kitchen Be Professionally Cleaned?

The average commercial kitchen requires daily cleaning and regular deep cleaning, as often as once a week. There are no excuses when it comes to keeping a clean commercial kitchen, in fact unsanitary kitchens are at risk for being shut down and heavily fined. A dirty kitchen presents a big risk to your customers, who could fall ill from foodborne illnesses due to kitchen sanitation issues. A dirty kitchen is also at a greater risk of fire. By hiring a professional cleaning service for your commercial kitchen, you greatly reduce the risk for all of the above. Plus, we can work around your busy schedule so that cleaning doesn’t interfere with your hours of operation. How often you hire a professional cleaning service is up to you, as each restaurant has a different method for tackling kitchen cleanliness. Some kitchens tear everything done and clean top to bottom more than once a day. Other kitchens let things get out of hand and as a result, often end up with steep fines and even the looming possibility of having to shut down shop. Some restaurants opt for professional cleaning just a few times per year to prepare for insurance and health inspections or to limit the risk of kitchen fires. These cleanings are extremely important leading up to inspections performed by the National Fire Protection Association and the Federal Food and Drug Administration. We can provide quarterly, monthly or even weekly cleaning services, providing the deep clean your commercial kitchen needs to stay safe and within legal parameters. What Do Professional Kitchen Cleaning Services Include? There are certain cleaning methods only a professional service should provide to deep clean commercial kitchens. For instance, pressure washers are often used to clean and sanitize kitchens, effectively removing built-up dirt and grime from every surface and corner. Professional commercial kitchen cleaning offers a wide variety of services you can take advantage of, including: -Emptying and cleaning out grease traps (a huge fire hazard when left ignored). -Deep cleaning and removing grease from kitchen hoods and exhaust fans (yet another potential fire hazard). -Deep cleaning floor mats and flooring surfaces -Deep cleaning walls, ceilings and floors -Deep cleaning appliances and all kitchen equipment -Replacing filters as needed -Refilling and replacing soap and chemical dispensers -Cleaning and disinfecting sinks, countertops and other work surfaces What About Kitchen Exhaust Systems? How often do kitchen exhaust systems need to be cleaned? This is a common question with more than one answer. In order to be considered technically “clean,” exhaust systems must be cleaned down to bare metal. If cleaning is neglected for a period of time, it might take several cleanings in order to get it back down to bare metal. The NFPA-96 section 11.6.2 reads: “Hoods, grease removal devices, fans, ducts, and other appurtenances shall be cleaned to remove combustible contaminants prior to surfaces becoming heavily contaminated with grease or oily sludge.” The owner of the establishment is responsible for the cleanliness of the kitchen exhaust system unless otherwise specified in a contract, in which case the management company or other party might be in charge of this task. Kitchen exhaust systems should be cleaned as frequently as once a month for high-volume fuel cooking operations, and once a year for low-volume cooking operations—think camps, churches...

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9 Common Mistakes Made When Stripping & Waxing Commercial Floors

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

9 Common Mistakes Made When Stripping & Waxing Commercial Floors

Stripping and waxing commercial floors should maintain longer lasting surfaces, but a few common mistakes can cause the opposite to occur. First and foremost, stripping and waxing floors is a learned skill. When people attempt to tackle the task for the first time without any proper training or experience, it’s super easy to make mistakes. Many of the most common mistakes, albeit seemingly small, are large enough to create serious issues for your floors. That’s why hiring a professional commercial cleaning company can make all of the difference in the final outcome and longevity of your floors. #1. Not Waxing Enough It’s common for businesses to have floors waxed and then assume they don’t need to do it again for a long time. Any surfaces that get a lot of traffic are going to need waxing on a regular basis. The wax intended to protect your flooring surfaces breaks down rather quickly under the pressure of heavy traffic. Even if the floor appears fine, that doesn’t mean wax hasn’t already broken down or dirt hasn’t wedged its way through the pores of the floor. Floors should be stripped and waxed on a regular basis in order to prevent damages from developing. Floors should be stripped biweekly, monthly or bimonthly depending on the amount of traffic your building receives. If you are dealing with a large space, it might make more sense to take care of stripping and waxing in rotating cycles. Not sure how often your commercial floors should be stripped and waxed? We are happy to help you create the right schedule for floor cleaning with just a few simple questions. #2.  Using The Wrong Equipment Equipment should be in top-notch shape in order to do the job just right. If the machine isn’t running correctly, is running at high RPMs, or is old and outdated, it could create issues that actually damage the floors you are aiming to protect. We vow to use high quality, updated equipment that is proven effective on your surfaces. #3. Not Taking Flooring Type Into Consideration Different types of flooring surfaces require unique treatments when stripping and waxing is involved. The same equipment and chemicals used to clean a VCT floor are not the same as the chemicals and equipment preferred for stone floor surfaces. A familiarity with different flooring surfaces and what they require is fundamental to success. #4. Using Harsh Chemicals Harsh chemicals will strip remaining wax right off, and then start damaging the fragile tile surfaces beneath. Harsh chemicals can damage granite, marble and even heavy-duty linoleum tile. It’s so important to use chemicals that are safe on surfaces but still effective enough to get the job done. Another common mistake that relates to this is failing to dilute the stripper, therefore applying a more potent chemical than intended. #5. Not Having The Right Equipment On Hand You start the job only to realize you don’t have all of the equipment necessary to complete the job. There is more equipment required for the job than often assumed, such as a defoamer with a wet/dry vacuum. As a result, you could end up with half-finished surfaces that are more prone to damage while you await the arrival of equipment needed to finish the job. #6.  Forgetting To Put Up Safety...

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6 Common Commercial Window Cleaning Mistakes You Don’t Want To Make

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

6 Common Commercial Window Cleaning Mistakes You Don’t Want To Make

Common commercial window cleaning mistakes can lead to smudged windows, short-lived results and injury or even death. All it takes is a small mistake to jeopardize the final outcome of your window cleaning endeavors. And when cleaning commercial windows there are so many potential mistakes to be made. Tidy Team provides superior commercial window cleaning services. Many years of industry experience gives us special insight on the most common mistakes people make when cleaning windows. Here are 6 mistakes we don’t want you to make!  1. Not Removing Deposits Before Cleaning Windows Before you clean the windows you’ll need to remove any bird droppings or other deposits that have accumulated. You will waste a lot of time, effort and cleaning product trying to get rid of deposits while cleaning the windows. Start off by removing deposits with a scrapper. You might need to spray stubborn deposits with cleaner in order to help loosen them from the window. Start from the outside and move towards the inside/center of windows. This is the only time it’s acceptable to use a paper towel for cleaning windows. 2. Using The Wrong Materials To Clean Windows As mentioned above, unless you’re on muck duty, you shouldn’t use paper towels to clean your windows. You should also avoid lint-based cloths. Otherwise, you’ll end up leaving behind fibers all over the glass, causing people to question if your windows were ever cleaned at all. Newspapers are another no-no. Newspaper contains a lot of toxins from the ink, and that ink is going to end up all over your hands if you try and clean your windows with yesterday’s paper. Certain harsh chemical solutions can counteract all of your hard work, as many formulas actually attract more debris post-cleaning. There are plenty of non-toxic solutions out there that produce better results. For instance, quick DIY spot cleaning can be conducted by mixing together water and lemon juice. 3. Cleaning Windows In The Wrong Weather Conditions Cleaning windows during the wrong weather can create an entire host of issues, and yet it is easily one of the most common mistakes made. When the sun is bright it highlights all of the gunk and imperfections on glass windows, luring you to clean right then and there. Ignore your instincts because you shouldn’t wash windows under the brightness of the sun; it’s nearly impossible to avoid smudges because the cleaner dries too quickly. You don’t want to wash your windows when rain is lurking on the forecast either. Rain quickly pollutes windows with streaks and stains. The longer you can keep your windows looking as fresh as possible post-cleaning, the better. We recommend waiting to clean windows until there’s no rain on the forecast for longer-lived results.  4. Trying To Clean Too Many Windows At Once It takes a long time and an often-unexpected amount of energy to wash windows. It’s not uncommon for people to start washing windows only to burn out long before the job is complete. This is why it’s highly recommended to hire a professional service. If you still want to try DIY window cleaning, start with one window at a time because it’ll make it easier to go back and start again the following day. 5. Trying To Clean Windows From The Inside-Out Without proper...

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2 Things Your Customers Notice The Moment They Walk Into Your Business

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

2 Things Your Customers Notice The Moment They Walk Into Your Business

What does your business smell like and how clean is it? These are the two things every customer notices when they walk into your business. As a business owner or manager, you may or may not notice either of these things due to everything else on your mind. Yet, in order to accomplish your goals and maintain your customers, it’s important that first impressions are never overlooked. What Does Your Business Smell Like? On a recent vacation to Cancun I stayed at a resort with an incredible smelling lobby. The lobby was the first part of the resort we entered in order to check in, and right away the smells told my brain I was at a nice place. . If the lobby smelled terrible, I would have noticed that too. I might have even canceled my reservation and gone elsewhere. Smell is a very important and powerful sense humans use to gather information about a place, including how clean, inviting and even safe it is. A lot of research has gone into the power smells have on us and how they impact our emotions. Our sense of smell is a built in mechanism that helps us avoid dirty, unsafe and polluted areas. If your place of business smells, no matter if you sell food, clothes, real estate or hotel rooms, it sets a negative tone that your customers notice. The moment people smell something bad their instinct is to turn around and leave. In some instances we don’t have the luxury of leaving a stinky location without fear of being rude, but that’s not the case when it comes to where we choose to do business or spend our hard-earned money. If your business has a funky odor, your customers will have no qualms about leaving and quite possibly never returning. How do you keep your business odor-free? -Take out the trash every single day. This is so important to prevent icky odors from lingering in the air. Even after you take the trash out, residue left on bins can produce disgusting smells. That’s why it’s equally important to rinse out trash bins every time you take out the trash. Never leave trash to sit overnight, take out trash and clean bins at the end of each day. That way the office smells fresh the following morning. -Be prepared for stinky emergencies. When operating a business, something unexpected always has the potential to occur, causing your normally clean office to smell rather rank. Say for instance a customer or employee becomes ill and throws up in the entryway. Or, someone spills food on the carpet and it leaves behind a lingering smell. Have a plan of action in place to reduce unexpected and stinky accidents. This might be a nightly professional cleaning service with the power to remove any stain or smell. -Never let business (public or private) bathrooms get dirty. A dirty bathroom can smell to high hell and back. Bathroom cleanliness should remain a top priority for every business. A professional cleaning service can come in on a daily or weekly basis to maintain sanitation and cleanliness. How Clean Does Your Business Look? A clean workplace almost always smells good, and so these two things go hand-in-hand. Our minds are naturally set to link clean businesses...

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How To Clean Dusty Carpets & Help Prevent Allergies

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

How To Clean Dusty Carpets & Help Prevent Allergies

Dusty carpets create a whirlwind of issues including poor appearances, quicker degradation of carpets and even the production of allergies. Luckily, there are a few ways you can clean dusty carpets so that they look like new.  Dust sounds harmless but when it builds up in your carpets it is anything but. Dusty carpets look dull and dingy, plus they contribute to allergies. None of these things are good for your business or the people that work there. Professional carpet cleaning services provide the most efficient way to clean dusty carpets. Vacuuming alone does not disinfect carpets, nor does it remove all of the dust trapped in the thick layers of fibers. There’s good reason most carpet companies require you to have your carpets professionally cleaned once every 12 to 14 months in order to keep your warranty valid. Even steam cleaning your carpets on your own does not provide the same level of cleaning as professional tools and techniques. What’s In Your Carpets? Your carpets are home to so many disgusting things the human can’t see. For starters, humans shed a total of 1 million or more skin cells every single HOUR. Over time, these skin cells settle in with airborne dust (soil particles), amounting to pounds upon pounds of waste soiling your carpets. This equates to an entire world of microscopic creatures that live, breathe and thrive beneath your feet. A multitude of studies have found carpets commonly contain E-coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter and several other illnesses. How Often Do Carpets Need Professional Cleaning? Allergy-free housekeeping expert Robin Wilson explains that indoor air quality can be 8-10 times worse if you do not take the proper steps to clean carpets and drapes. Wilson recommends having your carpets professionally cleaned more often than you think they need it. If you are trying to maintain a dust-free space, you may want to have your carpets cleaned as often as once every 6 months. For very dusty spaces, or if animals frequent a location, carpets can be cleaned as often as once every six weeks. Even if you do not have allergies, you can develop them if you are repeatedly exposed to certain allergens over a period of time. If you work in an environment that has a lot of allergens floating in the air (caused by unclean carpets) you can develop serious health consequences that impact your ability to continue working at that location. I Have My Own Steam Cleaner For Carpets, Will That Work? Steam is the only thing capable of pulling dust out of your carpets. Although, steam cleaning on your own is highly advised against. Inexperienced use of a steam cleaner can easily result in the development of mold. Carpet installers often remove old carpeting and find mold growth related to the use of improper steam cleaning techniques. Mold can make you and your employees very sick, even sicker than dust can.  How Often Should I Vacuum Commercial Carpets? In between professional steam cleanings, carpets need to be regularly vacuumed. While vacuuming does nothing to disinfect floors, it does remove a lot of debris that would otherwise build up very quickly. The more often your carpets are vacuumed, the less opportunity dust and debris have to burrow deep into the layers of your carpet, becoming much more...

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Move Out Cleaning: The Most Important Tasks You Don’t Want To Forget

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Tidy Blog | 0 comments

Move Out Cleaning: The Most Important Tasks You Don’t Want To Forget

When you move into a new residential or commercial space you put down a deposit, but you won’t get that deposit back in full if you don’t complete the most fundamental move out cleaning tasks. Depending on the state of the building when you move out, you will get a certain percentage of your deposit back. If the place looks any different than when you moved in, you could be charged a hefty sum in cleaning fees or other fees, which comes directly out of your deposit. A simple cleaning job that should cost $300 could end up costing you $500+. Unless you take care of the cleaning yourself, you are at the mercy of your landlord and whatever they want to charge you. Don’t give them the opportunity to withhold more of your deposit than they deserve. You can take care of the most important move-out cleaning tasks before the final walk-through. Tidy Team has ample experience deep cleaning residential and commercial move outs, helping our customers secure as much of their deposit as possible. Move-Out Cleaning Checklists Start the process by making a checklist that details all areas that need to get cleaned. If you ask, many landlords will provide you with a cleaning checklist to work off of so that you don’t miss any of the spots they are personally looking for. Some of the most common things you’ll find on move-out cleaning checklists include: -Remove nails and screws from the walls and cover the holes left behind with some type of putty. -Dust ceiling fans, lighting fixtures and so forth. -Dust all ledges, baseboards and other wall accents. -Thoroughly clean the windows, both inside and out. Bonus perk: We offer exterior window cleaning services so that you don’t risk your life getting those fifth story windows clean. -Wipe clean all door handles and the actual doors—they accumulate a lot of dust in a very short amount of time. -Clean the walls and remove any scuffs, cobwebs, etc. -Clean all flooring surfaces with a vacuum and mop. You might need to use more extensive methods too, such as steam cleaning carpets or tile floors. The Bathrooms -Remove any soap scum stains from tiles. -Bleach grout so that it shines like new. -Clean the toilets, sinks, countertops and floors in the bathroom. -Clean the mirrors and remove any streaks or blemishes. -If the exhaust fan is very dirty you may want to vacuum it out. The Kitchen/Break Room -Remove everything from cabinets and drawers. Drawer liners are a great way to keep your drawers looking like new, simply lift them up and out at the time you move out and avoid leaving behind any stains. -Clean and disinfect countertops and other surfaces. -Remove all food items from the fridge and freezer and thoroughly scrub and disinfect. This may include removing shelves and drawers to clean every inch of surface space. You don’t want to leave behind any lingering smells. -If there’s an oven, make sure to thoroughly clean it as well. Use steel wool to clean stubborn stains. If the little metal pans on the stovetop are impossible to get clean, you can replace them for very cheap at stores like Home Depot. -Pull out all appliances and sweep out debris gathering behind and beneath them. Exterior...

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