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As the days get brighter, you’ll see dust and dirt that went unnoticed during winter. Luckily the long spring evenings are perfect for an extra bit of cleaning, and our top tips will help get you going.
Every six months or so, you should take some time to declutter your home. Before your spring clean is an ideal time for this job. Gather any old, unwanted or broken items such as clothes, bed linen, books, toys, ornaments, and even furniture. Sort everything into piles for recycling, charity and storage. You’ll feel great after this therapeutic exercise, and your home will already be looking tidier.
Before you get stuck into the dirty work, make sure you have all the cleaning supplies you will need to hand. Essentials include strong rubber gloves, cloths, sponges, brushes, bleach, all purpose cleaner, furniture and glass polish, bin bags and paper towels. View our article: Top 15 Products for Your Home Cleaning Kit for more help with preparing your spring cleaning kit.
Always clean from the ceiling to the floor; first tidying, then dusting along the ceiling, light fixtures, pictures, etc., finally vacuuming and mopping the floor when everything else in the room is done. This just makes sense because the earlier jobs will of course dirty the floor. You may also find it makes your work seem that bit easier and more productive if you finish either the downstairs or the upstairs completely before starting the other.
Wait for a cloudy day to wash your windows, as direct sunlight can dry windows too quickly leaving streaks behind. For more tips on cleaning windows go to our guide: How to Clean Windows.
The best time to take on the task of cleaning your fridge and freezer is right before you do your grocery shopping, when the contents are at their lowest. Take everything out and dispose of any items that have passed their use-by date, and almost-empty items that you will never use. Look out for opened jars and bottles which state on the label that they should be used within a certain number of days after opening. Wipe down the interior of the fridge with a damp cloth and disinfectant. The same can be done for food cupboards if you think it's needed. Defrost your freezer and then wipe it down with disinfectant too.
Curtains and blinds are usually neglected in routine cleaning sessions but can collect a surprising amount of dust and dirt. Some curtains can be machine washed or dry cleaned; always check the care label and follow the instructions provided. Most vacuum cleaners come with a small nozzle with a short brush built-in that is ideal for vacuuming curtains and fabric blinds. Remember to vacuum both sides to remove as much of the dust as possible. Steam cleaners are ideal for giving curtains and fabric blinds the most thorough clean. Wooden, metal or plastic blinds only need to be wiped down with a dry cloth, or with a suitable cleaner.
The oven is the heart of the kitchen, but months of roasting and baking can make it grimy and smelly. Begin by removing all racks and placing them in a mixture of hot water and either oven cleaning solution or dishwashing liquid. Allow them to soak while you clean the inside of the oven with oven cleaner. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using oven cleaner, as it contains powerful chemicals. Scrub the racks clean, rinse and dry. Make sure to clean off all cleaning chemicals from the oven walls and racks before using your oven again.
Remove all bedding and use a vacuum cleaner to remove dust and hair that has accumulated over time. Spot clean any stains with a stain remover and damp cloth. Sprinkle a light layer of baking soda over the mattress and let it sit for at least a couple of hours. The soda will absorb any moisture and leave your mattress smelling fresh. Remove the baking soda with a thorough vacuuming. Every three months, flip your mattress and switch it from head to foot and vice-versa to help it wear evenly and prolong its lifespan.
For a beautifully fresh smelling home, it is important to think of things like rugs which can really hold onto odours if not cleaned once or twice a year. Hang your rugs out on a washing line and use the handle of a sweeping brush to beat them. This will remove the bulk of the debris, dirt and dust that gets embedded in the fabric. Take the rugs back inside for a good vacuuming to remove any fine dust, before applying a carpet shampoo to get them like new again.
There are some jobs where you can put your feet up and let someone else do the work, safe in the knowledge that you’re doing the right thing. Examples include window washing and chimney cleaning. Spring is the ideal time for both, and sometimes specialist equipment, experience and skill is needed to reach those upstairs windows or the chimney pot.
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If a structure is 25 years old or newer, is there a need to worry about asbestos poisoning?
By: Created by Mark Gibson
Yes there is. The United States is one of very few major industrialized countries where asbestos is not banned entirely in all of its forms. It continues to be a part of gaskets, friction products, roofing materials, fireproofing materials, vinyl floor tile and a list of other building products that are used daily.
These products pose no danger as long as they stay in good condition. But cutting, sanding or damaging them can result in the release of asbestos. Since contractors might disturb these materials on a regular basis due to the type of work they do, they need to be aware of the dangers and possible liability.
ISSA Partners With Cleaning For A Reason
ISSA, the worldwide cleaning association, has adopted Cleaning For A Reason, the nonprofit organization that offers free house cleaning to women battling cancer. Through the partnership, ISSA hopes to assist the charity in achieving its long-desired goal of outreach expansion.
“I can’t think of a more worthy cause or better fit for ISSA than Cleaning For A Reason,” says ISSA Executive Director John Barrett. “We can’t remove a woman’s cancer, but we can wipe away one of her worries.”
ISSA and Cleaning For A Reason are sending the message that “help is on the way” for more women so they can focus on their health. With this advancement, ISSA will bring new resources and capabilities, and in turn, more influence and exposure to Cleaning For A Reason as a whole.
“We are so honored to be joining ISSA,” says Cleaning For A Reason President and Founder Debbie Sardone. “We will be able to take our outreach from the United States and Canada to other places worldwide. This means more women will benefit from our mission, and we can’t thank ISSA enough for making that happen.”
On a Mission
As more and more women are being diagnosed with cancer, more lives are being turned upside down. Easing the burden of a messy environment while minimizing tasks for these women is Cleaning For A Reason’s mission. The organization has more than 1,200 maid services that donate free house cleaning to cancer patients. Since 2006, the nonprofit’s partner maid services have volunteered their time to clean for 25,000-plus women—services valued at over US$6.5 million. ISSA is dedicated to working alongside Cleaning For A Reason to make these already extraordinary numbers grow exponentially.
The efforts of Cleaning For A Reason have not gone unnoticed. The organization has been featured on national television as recently as last month and has gained widespread recognition. It was even described by Oprah in 2009 as “an invaluable gift to women undergoing cancer treatment.“
The Perfect Pair
The partnership is not just a change for Cleaning For A Reason, but rather, an expansion of core values shared by both organizations.
The ISSA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of ISSA, was created to raise and provide funds for cleaning industry-related scholarships, research grants, and other programs that promote the value of clean and the industry’s role in protecting human health. Cleaning For A Reason is a perfect fit with this mission.
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that washing hands with warm water is actually more effective at removing germs than cold water is. As a result, the FDA requires that water temperature in restaurants, cafeterias, and other food service establishments is between 100 and 108 degrees Fahrenheit, according to reports from MedicalNewsToday.
But, previous research has drawn attention to the fact that there is not scientific evidence to back up the claim that hot water is required to kill off germs during hand washing. And now, new research suggests that cold water might do the trick just as well as hot water.
The new study examined the effect of various factors, such as soap volume, water temperature, lather time, and the handwashing efficacy of the soap as formulated on the product.
At the beginning of the study, the participants used 1 milliliter of non-antibacterial soap for a 5-second lather time at a water temperature of 98.6°F.
The researchers examined the effects of hot and cold water handwashing on 20 volunteers, consisting of 10 men and 10 women. Each test was replicated 20 times over a period of 6 months. During this time, the participants washed their hands in water that was 60.8°F, 78.8°F, or 100.4°F.
The volume of soap used also differed, with participants washing their hands with 0.5 milliliters, 1 milliliter, or 2 milliliters of soap.
Overall, using an antimicrobial soap did not prove to be that much more effective than using regular soap. Lather time, however, significantly improved efficacy in one scenario.
Importantly, water temperature did not have a significant effect on reducing bacteria. Whether it was 100.4°F or 60.8°F, the researchers did not detect any difference in bacteria reduction.
Additionally, the study revealed that even washing hands for as little as 10 seconds is effective enough for removing germs. The findings are particularly important, given the FDA's regulations on water temperature for safe food handling and concerns around energy waste.
When it comes to eliminating odors, the weapon of choice for many years has been an ozone generator. Or you could use a hydroxyl radical generator. For the last few years they’ve been touted as the best thing since sliced bread. But are they? And exactly how do they work?
Hydroxyls are harmless, highly effective, and naturally-occurring compounds found in the earth's atmosphere that scrub pollution, odors, and harmful pathogens from the air we breathe.
Here are the two basic differences between the units:
• The ozone generator delivers ozone to the area being deodorized, which will effectively oxidize and remove odor molecules through the oxidation process.
• Hydroxyl radical generators do not deliver hydroxyl radicals to the area being deodorized as the radical has an extremely short half-life - it basically reacts with other molecules as soon as it is formed. The way they work is by utilizing a UV light source and a catalyst, such as titanium dioxide, to convert water vapor in the air to the hydroxyl radical, which forms on the surface of the catalyst and oxidizes the odor molecules as they pass through the unit.
Since all of the deodorization is going on inside the hydroxyl unit, it’s important to place it in the middle of the room and not against walls to maximize airflow through it.
There are some great benefits to owning a hydroxyl generator. Unlike an ozone generator, it can be used around people and animals with no ill effects and will not adversely affect natural materials like rubber. It also allows your people to keep working and you don’t have to worry about ventilation.
The drawback to hydroxyl units is that they work much more slowly than an ozone machine, up to 5 times slower. And be aware of this: if a manufacture claims that their machine is a pure hydroxyl generator, you should not smell anything. But if you can smell ozone (like pot, once you’ve smelled it, you don’t forget it), then that machine is producing unsafe levels of ozone that the manufacturer has built in to intensify the deo- dorization process.
Owning both an ozone and hydroxyl generator is recommended as they can open up more options for you. Consider them both to be important tools in your efforts to fight the funk.
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Are You Delivering the Cleanliness Guests Expect? | hotelbusiness.com Hotel Business Magazine, The leading source of hospitality newsAre You Delivering the Cleanliness Guests Expect? A recent study found that more than 60 percent of hotel guests read reviews on Yelp, TripAdvisor, AAA and elsewhere before booking rooms, and 71 percent of guests expect "above average" cleanliness ratings when choosing hotels, according to an article on the Hotel Business website.
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Hand hygiene is at the core of effective infection prevention and control (IPC) to combat antibiotic resistance. That’s why the World Health Organization (WHO)encourages the focus of fighting antibiotic resistance in the context of hand hygiene every May 5th.
WHO has designated May 5, World Hand Hygiene Day as a way to promote improved behavior and best practices when it comes to handwashing. WHO wants:
• health workers to clean their hands at the right times, building on hand hygiene improvement efforts made up to now;
• chief executive officers and managers to support hand hygiene campaigning and infection prevention and control programs, to protect patients from antibiotic-resistant infections;
• IPC leaders to lead hand hygiene campaigning and start their journey of meeting the core components for infection prevention and control;
• policy makers to stop antibiotic resistance spread by demonstrating national support and commitment to infection prevention.
Cleaning professionals can help encourage proper handwashing steps, too. What is the proper way to wash hands?
• Wet hands with clean, running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
• Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of hands, between fingers, and under nails.
• Continue rubbing hands together for at least 20 seconds. A good rule of thumb is to teach people to hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end, twice.
• Rinse hands well under running water.
• Dry hands completely using a clean towel or air dryer.
For more information on how to develop a proper handwashing program, click here. For resources from WHO and more information about World Hand Hygiene Day, click here.
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New Standard Published For Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) announces the publication of a new ANSI-approved ANSI/IICRC S540 Standard for Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup (1st edition, 2017).
ANSI/IICRC S540 Standard defines criteria and methodology used by the technician for inspecting and investigating blood and other potentially infectious material (OPIM) contamination and for establishing work plans and procedures.
The S540, which assumes that all scenes have been released by law enforcement or regulatory agencies, describes the procedures to be followed and the precautions to be taken when performing trauma and crime scene cleanup regardless of surface, item, or location.
Trauma and crime scene cleanup consists of the following components for which procedures are described in the ANSI/IICRC S540 Standard:
New Standard Published For Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup
• Principles of Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup
• Safety and Health
• Biocide and Antimicrobial Technology
• Administrative Procedures, Documentation, and Risk Management
• Inspection and Preliminary Determination
• Equipment and Tools
• Limitations, Complexities, Complications, and Conflicts
• Structural Remediation
• Vehicle and Machinery Construction
• Contents Remediation
• Containment and Disposal of Waste or Sharps
• Confirmation of Cleanliness
“This Standard has been a labor of love for all of us who have wanted this niche industry to reach the level of professionalism enjoyed by other markets who have had standards established by the IICRC,” said Kent Bert, S540 Standard Committee Chairman. “We have worked tirelessly to ensure the information conveyed is concise, easy to understand and most importantly, truly represents a consensus across our industry. I am honored to say that our team worked seamlessly and harmoniously throughout the entire process and represented some of the brightest minds, not only in Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup, but the restoration industry as a whole. Every company doing this type of remediation, or thinking about entering the field should consider obtaining a copy of the S540 Standard as a comprehensive resource for their company and their crews.”
According to IICRC Standards Chairman Howard Wolf, "This standard is a true collaboration of the best minds and talent in the fields of cleaning, restoration and infection control. We are proud to add this standard to our family of restoration and remediation standards."
To purchase a copy of the new ANSI/IICRC S540: 2017 and other standards, visit http://webstore.IICRC.org. IICRC Standards are also available via the IICRC Standards Subscription website at http://publications.IICRC.org. For more information on other certification programs and standards offered by IICRC, visit www.IICRC.org.
Dry Versus Hot Water Extraction Carpet Cleaning
A reader writes: “I am struggling with the differences between bonnet cleaning, hot water extraction and encapsulation. Any tips would be appreciated.”
First of all, let’s clarify that our goal is to clean the carpet effectively and efficiently so that it looks good, smells good and does not show any spots or stains. The three areas of carpet maintenance are 1) daily, 2) interim and 3) deep or periodic cleaning. We can assume that you already understand the importance of a quality walk off mat system maintained by regular vacuuming as well as regular spotting of spills and tracked in soils.
Daily vacuuming (or how many times you service the area) is crucial in that you want to pull up soils such as grit and sand before they become embedded in the carpet fibers. This means that on a regular schedule, you thoroughly vacuum the carpet with a unit that has good/great suction. You also need to focus on “eyeing” the carpet for spots and spills that need to be treated promptly before they become stains. I will discuss a “Flag Spot” system in a later article.
Interim cleaning can include the Bonnet or Encapsulation systems that depend on the right crystallizing product, physical agitation and dry time to remove the crystals before they are exposed to moisture. Encapsulation cleaning which is built on three primary areas: 1) using a solution mist that crystalizes and attracts soils to be vacuumed up when it dries, 2) physical agitation using a brush or pad system for penetration and 3) regular vacuuming to keep soils from becoming embedded. If implemented correctly, encapsulation can extend the cycle for more intense cleaning thereby saving labor as well as extending the carpet life.
A last resort should be HWE (Hot Water Extraction or steam cleaning). The goal should be to use periodic cleaning only on areas that need it think of it deep washing the carpet fibers from soils and well as detergents. HWE is very labor intensive and oftentimes can damage carpet if used incorrectly. Too often, a well-meaning, untrained worker simply soaks the carpet with detergent and fails to remove the solution resulting in potential re-soiling and even mold issues.
Which system do you think will help to achieve your goals of effectiveness and efficiency in most cases? Be sure that you stay within carpet manufacturer warranty guidelines.
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Spring is around the corner, which means it is time for spring cleaning. One often overlooked area of the home is the air ducts and vents. Air duct cleaning plays an important role in improving the indoor air quality and making it easier for those who suffer from allergies, asthma and other chronic respiratory disorders to breathe.
So how do you ensure your air ducts are clean?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recommendations for routine maintenance of the HVAC system in your home:
Use the highest efficiency air filter recommended by the manufacturer of your HVAC system and change filters regularly. If your filters become clogged, change them more often.
Dust and vacuum your home regularly, using the highest efficiency filter bags your vacuum cleaner can take – preferably HEPA bags. If you undertake dusty construction or renovation work in your home, seal off supply and return registers and do not turn your HVAC system on until you have cleaned up the dust.
Clean cooling coils and drain pans.
Cooling coils, which are designed to remove water from the air, can be a major source of moisture contamination that can lead to mold growth in your HVAC system. Make sure that the drain pans under these coils drain properly and check any nearby insulation for wet spots. If you see substantial standing water and/or debris in these pans, contact a qualified professional right away.
While these steps are good for maintenance sometimes you need a professional to come in and clean your HVAC system. If you are constantly suffering from allergies from poor quality, try an air duct cleaning service.
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Schools and early childhood education programs have a responsibility to provide an environment that protects children who have food allergies, according to an article on the Food Allergies Research and Education (FARE) website. State and local health regulations provide requirements for cleaning surfaces that can protect against the unintentional transfer of residue or trace amount of an allergic food.
Some practices to reduce cross-contamination include:
• Cleaning all surfaces that come into contact with food with soap and water or all-purpose cleaning agents and sanitizers that meet state and local food safety regulations
• Cleaning and sanitizing food preparation equipment, such as food slicers, and utensils before and after use
• Encourage proper handwashing with soap and water as plain water and sanitizers are not effective in removing allergens.
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Vandalism and graffiti can be very upsetting. It can range from relatively minor pranks to malicious destruction of property. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed in a timely manner.
As a home or business owner, vandalism is a feared situation that no one wishes to encounter. Property damage caused by vandalism can range from minor pranks such as a broken window, to destruction of the property. If the property damage is not addressed in a timely manner, it can cause permanent damage to the structure. A small broken window in a rental property with no tenants can result in significant water and mold damage.
When a building is left unattended, it may be found with broken windows, graffiti on the interior and exterior, and even some instances of fire damage. As the property owner, finding your investment in a damaged state can be devastating. The SERVPRO of Sunrise team is trained to clean and restore your property quickly and effectively, allowing you to resume your daily activities.
SERVPRO of Sunrise is an IICRC certified firm that you can trust to provide you with excellent service for vandalism and graffiti cleanup. Our professionals will act quickly to remove vandalism and graffiti from home and commercial spaces. In addition to removing spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, they can also clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry. Our highly trained technicians offer the following services:
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* Wash your hands often with a soap and water.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
* Try to avoid close contact with sick people.