Three Steps to a Cleaner Home. American Rug Laundry of Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN.
It’s a never-ending chore, tasks that must be done each day, each week, each month, each year…
That’s right — keeping your house nice and clean and healthy for your family.
Keeping your home clean is much easier if you have an easy-to-keep schedule, especially if you concentrate on “preventative maintenance.” If you think ahead and plan your cleaning tasks appropriately, you will find you aren’t stuck an entire weekend playing catch-up with house cleaning chores.
Here are a few tips to an always-clean home.
#1: Keep the dirt outside
Be sure to have quality welcome/walk-off mats outside your front door and any other entry door you frequently use. A small — but polite — sign that asks visitors to remove their shoes is a huge step to keeping dirt and grime outside (or at least at the front door.)
#2: Stop the stacking
In the kitchen, that is. It’s easy to let dishes and other mealtime items to pile and stack up, with dirty dishes slowly taking over the kitchen sink and nearby countertops. Instead, make it a habit that after mealtimes or snacks that everything is washed, cleaned and put away immediately. If you use it, you clean it.
#3: Team effort
It can be challenging, especially when everyone is running all over the place trying to get to work and school, but if the entire family pitches in and spends just a few minutes on making beds, tidying up bedrooms, cleaning up after themselves, first thing in the morning… then the house is much cleaner for the entire day. In addition, plan a short amount of time each week where the family all works together to “speed clean” the home, picking up and putting away items laying around, dusting, vacuuming, sweeping and more.
Commercial Facilities and Vacuums. American Rug Laundry of Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN.
Often under specified and misunderstood is a commercial office vacuuming program.
If most of the soil in the carpet can be removed by vacuuming, whose responsibility is it to remove that soil? Should it be done by the outsourced carpet cleaner or the in-house facility provider? With what frequency should it be performed? What type of vacuum should be used?
Professional cleaners have the information necessary to ensure optimum appearance and life of the carpet in a commercial building.
The plain fact is that most buildings’ RFP (request for proposals) may include how often the carpet needs to be vacuumed, but little is stated or defined about how it is to be performed. If you are a facility manager in a commercial building, this is information that should be spelled out in advance.
If fact, rarely do RFPs specify different CRI (Carpet & Rug Institute SOA Green Label Program) approved vacuums for different types of carpet or traffic areas in facilities. This is because little is known by the average property or facility manager about the difference between a backpack vacuum, counter rotational brush machines or beater bar vacuums.
The problem with the vacuum cleaner is we trust it is being used properly. No, we’re not saying your facility is doing something wrong. We are merely pointing out the facts.
Depending on traffic and the type of commercial building daily, weekly and monthly vacuuming using several different types of vacuum cleaners may be necessary. You might vacuum the cubical or offices less frequently than a high traffic area or an entrance area.
We all know that proper vacuuming is important. Removing soil from your carpet improves indoor environmental air quality, protecting occupants from potential harmful contaminants.
How to Keep Dust Out! American Rug Laundry of Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN.
It’s one of the most frustrating things… moving an item on a bookshelf only to see a clear outline of where something was sitting.
Or how about moving a piece of furniture and discovering a herd of “dust bunnies” has taken up residence.
Dust happens to everyone, even those who attempt to keep their homes spotless. While you can’t keep every last speck of dust out, you can greatly reduce the amount of dust that finds its way into your home.
Here are just a few ways to create a healthier (and more dust-free) home.
Run the HVAC: While you may enjoy having open windows when the weather is nice, using your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system is actually better for keeping dust out. As long as you make sure your filters are changed on a regular basis.
Door mats: While dust can become airborne, most soil comes into the home from shoes. Having quality door mats to catch the dirt means less build-up of soil and debris in the home, reducing dust particles as well. Leaving shoes on the door mats or at the door is another smart idea.
Cleaning: Yes, you clean on a regular basis, but some extra effort with the details will help keep the dust out. When dusting tables, desks, bookshelves and other surfaces, use microfiber cloths to better grab the dust. When sweeping the hard floors, follow up with a damp mopping. It will really grab the dust sticking to the floor. Be sure to vacuum not only the top of your area rugs, but also turn them over and vacuum the backs. And for your wall-to-wall carpet, vacuum several times a week, especially in high traffic areas and entryways.
For cleaner homes, call your cleaning pro!