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Cleaning your kitchen cabinets

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You probably wipe down your kitchen after every meal prep, and hopefully more cthoroughly once a week. You want to make sure your kitchen looks nice, but you also want to make sure that are no foodborne illness (e.g. salmonella) that might harm you and your loved ones. However, when cleaning the kitchen it is normal to clean countertops, sinks and surfaces, but there is one area that most folks overlook, and that is their kitchen cabinets. Kitchen cabinets tend to collect a lot of dust, dirt, grease, and various cooking residues. Overtime this will make cabinet surfaces feel like glue that is exceedingly difficult to remove without damaging your cabinets78. With that being said, you need to do a regular cleaning maintenance, not only because it looks nice and its healthy, but it can also expand the life expectancy of your cabinets!

Frequency

When cleaning the exterior of your cabinets, you should do it weekly. However, every few months, you will need to clean the interior of your cabinets. For this to happen, make sure you have enough empty space to place the items you have stored in your cabinets, so you can have easy access without breaking a dish, or your great, great, great mother’s porcelain! Start cleaning one cabinet at a time, and then place your items back in the clean cabinet.

The tools and process

When cleaning the interior of your cabinets make sure you have a vacuum and warm water with soap and white vinegar to kill bacteria. Also, it is nice to keep handy some baking soda because some cabinets that store food can build up some odor, and baking soda is great removing odors. In addition, if you are concerned about viruses, germs, and bacteria, make sure after you used your warm water, to use a disinfectant, wait few minutes for the dwelling process (most disinfectants require 10 minutes dwelling time), and then wipe down and place your items in the cabinets. This is not necessary, but I highly recommend this. Before you place your items in your cabinet, make sure you place a liner or paper towel because it will absorb things as they fall, preserving the life expectancy of your cabinets. This should also keep them cleaner, which would require less work next time you decide to clean the interior of your cabinets. Next step is to clean the exterior of your cabinets and handles, with your warm water solution. If there is buildup on your cabinet handles, use an old toothbrush with some baking soda to scrub down the grime. Make sure you wipe the interior and exterior of your cabinets with a clean and dry cloth. Give special attention to exterior of cabinets that are above your stove. This is where you will find various cooking residue, as well as dust and dirt. Finally, if you have wooden cabinets and you need to polish them, mix in a spray bottle ¾ cups of olive oil and ¼ cup of lemon juice, and spray on the exterior of your kitchen cabinets. This will polish your wooden cabinets and keep their brightness.

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Keeping your kitchen clean is not an easy task especially when you are taking on many roles in your daily life. However, having a reference point of how to plan and start cleaning the exterior of your cabinets, can help you complete the tasks confidently, efficient and in a timely manner. Hopefully, this cleaning tip can help you maintain your kitchen clean and healthy properly. But, if you are terribly busy, and you don’t have the time, or you just need to have some time for yourself, give us a call to help you keep your kitchen maintained.

Can we use reuse our disposable gloves?

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Some consumers are Eco-conscious and do not want to create waste, others heard that disposable gloves are reserved for front-line workers; thus, some are wondering if it is a good idea to reuse their disposable gloves after they clean them.

Lets see how does that work below.

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Disposable Gloves

According to the CDC they do not recommend reusing disposable gloves. The reason is, they are thinly designed; hence why they are used only once. Also, there are instances where disposable gloves tear up when you wear them. Even if you want to disinfect them for reuse, once you make the attempt to remove them backwards finger by finger, you will end up tearing them up in the process. Let’s say that you are able to remove your gloves, you might end up promoting the spread of germs, bacteria and viruses. Therefore, the best practice is to always dispose your disposable gloves and wash your hands with soap for a good 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.

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Reusable Gloves

Whether you are eco-conscious or want to reserve gloves for frontline workers, the best way to accomplish is to use reusable gloves. These types of gloves are generally designed of thick rubber, they are durable, and can stand up to harsh chemicals and hot water. The most awesome feature is, that you can reuse them after you have properly disinfected them. To do this, wash your rubber gloves thoroughly with soap on the outside, and then you rinse them off with water. Then, place them in a container with disinfectant, and once the dwelling process is complete, you rinse them off with water and dry them out.

In summary, disposable gloves are designed for one use only. Using it otherwise, can only increase the risk of spreading harmful illnesses. Understandably due to the pandemic there are shortages of gloves in the market. However, that does not mean we cannot make educated decisions. Also, if your concern was to keep yourself and your family safe and healthy, reusing disposable gloves will not help you keep that promise.

Questions to ask when you hire a commercial cleaning company for your medical facilities

Keeping a medical facility clean, employees and patients safe and healthy, is more than just tidying up and make it look presentable. According to Metrex, approximately 1.7 million Healthcare associated infections (HAIs) are reported to the CDC every year, and over 90,000 of those infections result in death. With that being said, your medical facility demands to have a regular in-depth infection control cleaning performed. Besides stopping the spread of infections, regular cleaning of your medical facility also leads to higher productivity, efficiency, and less waste.

Our market is saturated with different cleaning companies to chose from, which makes it difficult to select the right vendor for your specific needs. To make things worse, some decision makers are not trained right to make the right questions, or they assume that every cleaning company knows what they are doing. To make sure you are getting the most value, make sure you ask the following questions when hiring a commercial cleaning company.

Look for proof of strong leadership

This is a very important factor, and a cleaning company doesn’t have strong leadership will definitely have issues providing consistent quality and professionalism. To make this worse, it could also lead to poor communication between you and their cleaning techs. To validate this quality, ask if they have upper management training, how they conduct their hiring process, how the train their cleaning techs, and how they keep track of their work. The attention to this level of detail will help you decide if the commercial cleaning company you are hiring is committed to their trade, and to their clients.

Certifications

This aspect is often overlooked especially with property management startups. Having 5-10 years of cleaning experience does not qualify to clean a medical facility. There are a lot of invisible and visible dangers. A commercial cleaning company that holds certifications on Bloodborne Pathogens and Medical Cleaning to name a few, will prevent the spread of dangerous illnesses. Even if the commercial cleaning company is not dealing directly with blood, and body fluids, it is good to know that the cleaning company that you hire is properly trained in this area. This again shows they are committed to their profession, and pay great attention to the health and safety of their employees as well as their clients.

Ask about background checks

Unfortunately, this question is almost never asked, and I can personally relate to this through my experience. However, this is not an issue that medical and non medical facilities face. As stated above, the market is saturated with many cleaning companies, and not all put their clients needs first. Some commercial cleaning companies will hire or subcontract anyone. How do you trust your sensitive information with just anyone? Make sure you ask that question, so you and your employees can have the peace of mind you want in your office. After all, you are looking to hire a reliable and trustworthy to take care of your cleaning needs.

Do they have their own systems and processes to perform their own audits?

As previously stated, when hiring a commercial cleaning company for your medical office or facility, you want to make sure they have proper training and audit their own systems. Professional cleaning companies that maintain high cleaning standards will use VeriClean audit system, or something similar to make sure all surfaces have been properly disinfected. Even though most professional commercial cleaning companies that have certifications in Medical Cleaning, it is good to know they are following a system to guarantee the service performed was a solid job done right.

Always ask for references

I am sure this is a standard practice for most companies that hire a commercial cleaning company. However, you should put the effort and call those references, so you can have an idea of what to expect, how well the job is done, their consistency, and level of professionalism. This will also validate whether you are making the right decision to hire the prospect commercial cleaning company.

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Do not hire out of desperation

If you need a commercial cleaning company, make sure you don’t do it out of desperation. This decision will eventually cost you more money. Last minute commercial cleaning companies maybe attractive due to their low prices and circumstances, but they tend to be under qualified. Last minute commercial cleaning companies will take on any project out of desperation for work, and will most definitely not have the systems and processes in place to ensure they provide training to their cleaning techs, follow safety procedures and cleaning standards, as well as invest in the right equipment for the project. Take the time to figure out your needs and schedule a meeting with commercial cleaning companies. Interview them and avoid making the decision to hire someone who is not qualified. You will thank yourself for avoiding all the future trouble.

Hopefully today’s topic was insightful. The market is saturated with commercial cleaning companies, but few are committed to their professional growth, and few enforce sustainable and innovative cleaning practices that are qualified to clean medical facilities. If you are in this position, contact Spongies Cleaners, LLC. to help you maintain the cleanliness of your medical facility the right way.

The Importance of having a Commercial Cleaning Service

Workplaces and facilities are constantly packed with people. Offices, restrooms, cafeterias, elevators, and conference rooms are high traffic areas on a daily basis. These areas are used by typing on a keyboard on your desk, placing touching your desk, a doorknob, a light switch, faucets, cafeteria tables, the list goes on and on. Because all these surfaces are being touched daily, germs, bacteria, and viruses can be spread. In addition, grime and dust that develops overtime, can make office facilities look bad, but also be a cause to spread illnesses. For facilities to look good and be safe and healthy for customers and employees, a commercial cleaning service is an essential service for your business.

Having a commercial cleaning service is imperative to keep your facilities healthy and clean, and it shows to the community that you are committed to sustainable and innovative practices. However, not all commercial cleaning services can achieve this goal without proper training. Cleaning Techs need to have training on modern cleaning practices such as Green cleaning to reduce and eliminate health risks and protect our environment. In addition, Cleaning Techs need to be trained on Bloodborne pathogens and cleaning chemicals, so they can maintain facilities safe for everyone. When there is a professional commercial cleaning service in your facility, you want to have your peace of mind knowing that the practices they follow are safe, and they can always maintain that perfect image to your clients that reflects your level of professionalism.

Besides maintaining good appearances of your facilities and the health and safety of your clients and employees another important benefit of having a commercial cleaning service to our daily lives is increased productivity. Junk and clutter may prevent you from finding an important document or a secure digital card, and now you must waste your time finding those valuable items. Having your office cleaned can help your office be organized; thus, leading to more productivity and less time wasted. In addition, having a professional janitorial service in your facilities can improve morale. A clean facility can have a positive effect on your employee’s morale. Your employees will feel great and will take pride in their workspace and which can also lead them to produce higher quality work. Therefore, commercial cleaning services are important to your daily lives, and you should strongly consider adding one into your business. Don’t know where to look? Click here, and our customer service can help you with your needs!