1. Protect Yourself From Fire & Flood

    There aren’t many events that are more disturbing or more tragic than a flood or fire in your home.

    Your home is a place to raise your family. It’s a place to feel safe and secure. So when an event occurs that takes it all away from you — even temporarily — it’s normal for a feeling of helplessness to overwhelm those in the family.

    You need help. You need reassurance. You want everything to be back to normal and you can’t do it alone.

    So you turn to your insurance company and your agent you have been paying faithfully for many years. All you want is for your valuable items lost in the disaster to be replaced.

    That’s what insurance is for, right?

    But then you discover the hassle of proving what you had in the home and the condition of the items. Sure, you may eventually get replacements for all your lost belongings, but it can take a lot of time as you haggle with the insurance adjuster.

    How to avoid this

    Prepare now. There are some simple steps you can take to ensure that if the unthinkable does occur — even if it is just your basement flooding from rain waters — you are prepared.

    Step 1:  Ask your insurance agent if he or she has a worksheet available so you can create an inventory of all your belongings. There are also online sites that have resources to document your belongings.

    Step 2: Make a list of all your valuables and take video or photographs of everything. Scan all your paper receipts. If you don’t have a scanner, take close-up photographs of your receipts.

    Step 3: Protect your documentation. Your lists, photos, scanned documents… all need to be put in a safe location. The “cloud,” an online file system that can be accessed from any computer is a good option. Of course, you have the username and password, so all your data is safe.

    Protect yourself. Have the proof you need in the event of a disaster.

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  2. Man’s Best Friend & Woman’s

    DID YOU KNOW that man’s best friend can actually become your worst nightmare?

    That’s right. He’s cuddly, cute and you love him, but sometimes he has a problem with “accidents” and pretty soon, you start to notice the… ummm… odiferous situation.

    Besides the obvious occasional accident from Fido, his hair can also be an issue. Once he shakes a bit off, it goes into the carpet and furniture and sticks to it all and it can be quite a problem.

    Then you have the issue of “I want in. I want out. I want in.” You know it… Fido is always on the move and the constant going outside and then back inside brings in all kinds of dirt.

    What can you do about all this?

    1.    Clean messes up quickly. Once you discover an “accident,” it’s important to grab a few paper towels and blot up the mess before it sinks down into the padding of the carpet. A good enzyme deodorizer like you might get from the vet helps with lingering odors, but of course it’s best to have a professional carpet cleaner come over to handle these odor challenges.

    2.    A hairy situation can be tamed by brushing your dog often. Loose hair that’s about to go into the carpet and furniture can be easily pulled from Fido with a good grooming brush. And guess what? He probably likes the attention!

    3.    While you may not have the time to wipe off Fido’s muddy paws each time he wants back inside, it is a good idea to place mats inside and outside the door. When Fido want’s back inside, let him beg a little bit on the outside mat because some of that dirt is definitely going to come off.

    Do all of this and man’s best friend is going to be a dream to live with, not a nightmare!

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  3. How to Remove Blood Spots from Carpet and Furniture

    Blood spots on your carpet or on your furniture… what a terrible thing. Hopefully when it happens, it’s not from a very serious accident.

    But when it does happen, you must remove it quickly. Blood spots can be removed fairly easily if you get to it quick enough. Of course, if there is a fair amount of blood, more than just a few spots, it’s best not to do anything except call a pro.

    For a small amount of blood, though, you should be able to handle the task of removing the spot if you follow some simple, safe procedures.

    1. Blot. When you have a fresh blood spot, get a white absorbent and disposable towel (like a paper towel without print on it) and blot up as much as you can. Never rub or scrub. That can damage the color and/or texture of the fabric, especially furniture fabric.
    2. There is probably still a spot remaining, even with a lot of blotting. So take about a quart of luke-warm water in a bowl, and add a drop of dish soap to it. Just a drop, you don’t want to leave any sticky residue behind. Dip a fresh, white absorbent and disposable towel into the solution and carefully blot the blood again. What you are trying to do is use the detergent solution to release the blood from the fibers into the towel.
    3. After that, if there is still some light blood staining remaining, use a fresh, white, absorbent and disposable towel to apply a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide, the same strength you purchase at a drug store. But remember, hydrogen peroxide is a “bleach” and you must be careful with colors, especially on furniture fabrics. It’s best to test an area like on the back, bottom skirting to make sure the colors aren’t affected.

    Phew! That’s a lot of work. And it might do the trick, but it might not. You could set the blood and it could become a difficult stain if you aren’t careful.

    So if you don’t like to live dangerously and would rather play it safe… call your favorite carpet and furniture cleaning company. They know exactly what to do and they have the tools and cleaning solutions to do it right!

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  4. Domestic vs Commercial Cleaning: Why Commercial Cleaning

    dreamstime_xxl_39917457What comes into your mind when you read this word ‘cleaning’? Dusting, scraping, and mopping floors, piles of trash, dirt and dust. Cleaning for sure is a dirty job and yet we need to get this done to keep our surroundings neat, safe and serene. Commercial Cleaning industry has been flourishing real fast and every day we get to see a new professional cleaner or janitorial service provider making its entry into the market. What is it that has turned the regular job of cleaning go from being a domestic chore to commercial service? This blog post is a comparative analysis between commercial cleaning and would eventually prove how commercial cleanings bears a plus one advantage over the domestic cleaning. Domestic Cleaning and Commercial Cleaning are different from each other, due to a number of factors that makes it different in a variety of way.

     

    Areas of Operation

    Domestic cleaning is more of a home job, regularly cleaning tasks that are a routine part of a residential environment. This basically has got to do with our homes and hence incorporates any cleaning task that comes under its vicinity. Commercial Cleaning is the similar in basic functions and tasks as the domestic clearing, except that it is more professional and is performed in public places and organizations.

    Technicalities Involved

    The domestic cleaning is performed through simple house hold tools and objects and is as simple as using broom, bush, wipers and dusters to clean, sweep and wash your home. However, since commercial cleaning is large scale and more professional job, it requires specialized tools, machinery and products to clean large buildings and work and public places.

     

    Health and Safety Standards

    Domestic cleaning is only concerned with maintaining a neat and tidy home and surrounding and since there is not a consistent flow of people in and out of the house, domestic cleaning does not have to be much concerned with the minutes of the health standard certifications. However, organizations and public places are required to maintain and comply with a strict health and safety standard and therefore, require commercial cleaning to meet the preset criterion.

    Types of Services Involved

    The nature, number and kinds of services involved in domestic and commercial cleaning are quite different from each other due to a number of reasons. Since the organizations are way more populous than the homes, the intensity and frequency of services eventually increases multiple times. While domestic an commercial cleaning are both a regular and requisite function, Commercial Cleaning is more elaborate, intricate and technical job and has a lot more to do than just mopping floor and getting rid of trash.

     

    If you are running a business or organization, apparently you cannot just rely on a domestic cleaner or sweeper to maintain your whole workplace and meet the organizational health and safety standards. Commercial Cleaning Service is the right option for you since they are professional at it and know this cleaning job better than you do. And mostly they do not charge for a pre cleaning inspection of your place and do guide you through about the areas and operations that need maintenance and repair.

     

    Sources:
    http://commercial-cleaning-guide.com/more.php?id=90
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    http://www.commercialofficecleaning.com/difference-between-residential-commercial-cleaning.html
  5. Things to Look for While Choosing a Commercial Cleaning Service

    Picture Cleaner with Back Pack Vacuum Blog 05042016Outsourcing services for the periodic cleaning and maintenance of your organization to a commercial cleaning service is the best bet for you if you choose the right company from a pool of options. Referrals is one way to find a professional and qualified commercial cleaning service for your organization but still, you need to get the service checked on the following parameters before you consider locking it for your cleaning ,repair and maintenance needs. A professional commercial cleaning company would meet the following standards and parameters.

    Experience

    Check out for how long the company has been into the service industry and how much experience does it have in terms of general and specialized service operations. Feel free to ask the cleaning service company about the experience and expertise of the company and what category and type of clientele does it have on its profile.

    Credibility Rating

    Credibility ratings in terms of standards and certification are an important feature that distinguishes a professional commercial cleaning company from the one with a mediocre quality of services and thus determines its market standing. A commercial cleaning company tested and endorsed with certification regarding health and safety and standard operating procedures will always be a safe and risk free option for you to outsource your commercial cleaning needs.

    Insurance and Indemnity

    You need to make sure if the commercial cleaning service you are planning to get on board for the cleaning and maintenance of your organization offers liability insurance for any loss or damage that might occur during the course of the cleaning and maintenances within your organization, to your property or your work force. Getting clear on this clause would eliminate the chances for any unforeseen loss or damage to your organization, providing it with an insurance and indemnity from the service provider.

    Tailor Made Plans and Schemes

    This is one important feature to look for, in a commercial clearing service while outsourcing your organizational needs. All organizations have their distinct and specific set of needs and requirements and so do yours. Therefore, a company offering a general plan, implying on all organizations alike might overlook on some of your critical organizational needs. Ask the service provider to formulate a custom designed plan specifically for your organization, after the onsite inspection, so that no areas are left behind unattended.

    The Cleaning Personnel

    Get to know about the commercial cleaning company you are planning to hire for your organization’s cleaning and maintenance and its cleaning and technical work force, if they are skilled, experienced and trained enough to do a satisfactory job.

     

    No matter how much credible and renowned for its work the commercial cleaning company you are planning to hire is for their quality of work. Evaluate if it is suitable for you through the mentioned features and you will definitely be satisfied for a cleaning and maintenance job, done in the best way.

     

    Sources

    http://www.kleenmark.com/9-key-factors-consider-when-choosing-cleaning-company

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    http://belljanitorial.com/five-things-look-choosing-commercial-cleaning-services-dallas-tx/

  6. How to Take Care of Your Outdoor Grill

    There’s nothing more enjoyable to food lovers everywhere than firing up the gas grill and creating some delicious meals, whether steaks, burgers, bratwursts or dreamstime_xxl_21373127healthy home-grown vegetables.

    Keeping that gas grill in good shape is, therefore, paramount to happy outdoor barbecues and family gatherings.

    And here’s something we all know: Outdoor gas grills don’t clean or take care of themselves. It takes determination on your part to keep them working for you, meal after meal after meal.

    Here are a few easy steps to keeping your gas grill in good shape.

    Step 1: After cooking your favorite treat on the grill (after removing all the food to a platter, of course) keep the grill on. In fact, turn it up a bit, and let all the bits of meat and drippings burn to a crisp so after everything cools you can scrape them off the grill grate. If you don’t do this, the next time you fire up the grill means you will be dealing with the remnants of the previous meal. That’s not tasty.

    Step 2: Look underneath… no matter the quality of your grill, if you have a storage area for pans, spatulas and the propane tank, food drippings and debris can quickly create a problem. Clean out that storage area on a regular basis, keeping everything neat and ready for the next meal.

    Step 3: Don’t ignore the exterior of the grill. Washing the outside of the grill with warm, soapy water keeps grime from building up.

    Step 4: When not in use, keep everything covered up. Some feel that with warmer weather, they can leave the grill exposed to the elements. Hey, it’s meant to be outside, right? Yet keeping the grill under a quality grill cover can add years of life to your trusty outdoor cooking partner.

    Of course, with outdoor grilling comes greasy spills that can spot and stain your carpet. Nearly everyone has dropped a burger or a hot dog on the floor when bringing the food inside. Even worse is when your tasty treat is covered with mustard or ketchup. Do your carpet a favor and call your professional carpet cleaning company when that happens.

     

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  7. How to Keep Dust Out!

    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. dreamstime_xxl_3387179
    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.

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  8. Tips on Settling for the Perfect Service Plan while Outsourcing Commercial Cleaning Services

     

    Now that you the characteristics and features of a good commercial cleaning company, that is also ‘right’ and ‘fit’ for your organization, matching all its needs, before you sign the contract and get the deal done, just make sure that you double check on the following factors to ensure that your cleaning expense won’t drain with the dirt and would instead maximize the outputs gained. Here you go.

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    While conducting the need analysis for your cleaning requirement, make a rough estimate on your part as to how much this maintenance, repair or cleaning job would cost. This rough evaluation would help you estimate an imprecise budget and you could add more services or cut down on the extra expenditures, while staying within your cleaning and maintenance budget. Also, compare the prices offered by you chosen commercial cleaning service with the other service operators in the market.

    Inspection and Follow Ups

    Get to know if the service plan and contract includes the pre service inspection. Most commercial cleaning services these days offer a free service evaluation of your facility, and help you do the need analysis for the specific and generic areas that need cleaning and maintenance. Also, ask the service provider about the post cleaning services and follow ups if they are offering and what exactly does that include.

    Service Compliance

    Double and triple check on the services offered by the company and compare and align it with your needs. It is advisable to get all your needs and service requirements availed from a single service provider as the service plan you would eventually settle on would help you save a few extra bucks in terms of multiple service discounts or you may also get some service value additions.

    Clarify on any Loss, Damage or Service Malfunctions

    Be straight and direct with your commercial cleaning service about any loss, damage or service malfunction that might occur during the course of the cleaning  service and if the company provides any indemnity or guarantee in case of an unforeseen mishap, damage or malfunction your property within the organization.

    Health and Safety Standards

    Ask your service providers about the maintenance, health and safety standards compliance in terms of service operations and equipment and the products they used during the course. This is important to sustain and ensure a healthy and safe environment within your organization. You do not have to settle on a commercial cleaning service plan blindly, totally relying on the service provider. After all, cleaning and maintenance is going to cost you a fair load of expenditure and you need to ensure that you get an equitable share of benefits out of it.

    Sources

    http://www.slideshare.net/kirill0/before-you- sign-an- office-cleaning- contract

    http://www.rpccleaning.co.uk/tips-to- help-you- look-for- a-commercial- cleaning-contract- in-london/

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    http://www.cleanermatch.com/commercial/commercial-cleaning- contract.html

  9. The Crystal Clear Difference

    For nearly 20 years, we have been serving Kansas City with the same dedication, honesty, and quality that has made us the area’s choice for janitorial services. When we took on our very first client in 1997, we knew that, in order to be the industry leader, we had to offer a different kind of service. We had to change with our clients’ needs, expand and grow with them, and be at the forefront of the technological revolution. In this way, we are able to bring each client the professional cleaning services they need more efficiently and effectively than any other commercial cleaning company in the area.

    That’s the Crystal Clear difference.

    Why Our Janitorial Services Are Leading the Industry

    Our Team

    janitorial teamIt takes a team of dedicated and talented professionals to be successful in any service industry, and our team works together seamlessly in order to deliver quality results with every project, every building, every day. Our team includes:

    • Highly trained employees that will always be in uniform and have a badge
    • An experienced floor team who takes care of the janitorial services from start to finish
    • Operations supervisors and managers – One of each will be assigned personally to your building
    • A sales associate who is personally acquainted with the details of your account and involved in all of the processes
    • Customer service professionals

    Our Processes

    We could have the best team in the world, but with ineffective processes, our clients are left dissatisfied and their buildings in disarray. That is why we take the time and effort necessary to create and train our technicians in processes that are as effective as they are efficient. From carpet cleaning to janitorial services, we go above and beyond to make sure that you are left with Crystal Clear results and a building you can be proud of showing to your clients. In addition to our cleaning techniques, we go out of our way to provide:

    • Quality control inspections with new, innovative, and effective technology
    • Employee satisfaction: if our team loves their job, you’ll love the work they do
    • Lasting relationships between our clients and their team, as well as positive communication and relationships within our own teams
    • Customer-oriented services that we adjust when you need them to change

    Our Philosophy

    We believe that only a company with foundational values can survive in a world of service companies that compromise with every project. Because of this, our philosophy and values are an integral part of our training sessions, and are an essential piece of everything we do at Crystal Clear Enterprises. Our commitment to you includes:

    • Timeliness – every day, with every client, and in every project
    • Dependability throughout your entire experience with us
    • Positive attitudes from our janitors, our client relations managers, and every other member of our team
    • Excellence in everything we do, from cleaning a toilet to waxing all of the floors throughout your facility

    Our team, our processes, and our philosophy all combine to create a commercial cleaning company that is unlike any other. Learn more about our janitorial services and see why we are Kansas City’s Top Rated Local® commercial cleaning company by contacting our professionals today.

  10. Tips to Choose the ‘Right’ Commercial Cleaning Service

    It’s that time of the year again when you are planning to get a complete cleaning overhaul of your organization and are looking for a commercial cleaning service provider to get the job done for you. Commercial Cleaning Services come in a variety of shapes, sizes and services, and apparently not each one of them could possibly be the ‘right’ service for you. Before you land on to sign the contract with any service that meets your observation, hold on till you read this blog, for here’s your set of tips to look for while seeking out for a commercial cleaning service provider.

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    Determine your requirements

    Go through a need analysis and inspection within your organization to figure out your exact cleaning and maintenance needs. Manage a list of the special ad generic services and the areas that need specialized maintenance. Once you have performed a need analysis, you would be more likely to make a better decision about what to look for in the service provider company.

    Lay Out Your Options

    Do not just settle for the first company that you come across while browsing through the list of commercial service providers operating in your vicinity. Check them out for their service offers, packages, and market credibility ratings. Pick and choose a couple of options for you to do a comparative analysis and landing for the best option.

    Check Out the Service Portfolio

    Now that you have your cleaning and maintenance needs figured out, you need to analyze the commercial cleaning service for their service portfolio to figure out it is covers and comply with all of your needs and requirements. Getting all services done from a single service provider is always a good idea for it will not only reduce the cost to some extent but will also save you the trouble of running after multiple companies for service follow up.

    Ask for References

    Now that you have shortlisted a bunch of suitable options for you to sift through and finally land on to the final one, ask the service providing company for their client references. A credible and reliable company will not hesitate to get you in touch with their client base for their opinions and service reviews.

    Evaluate their Customer Service

    Customer Service is the litmus test to evaluate a commercial cleaning company for its service quality and performance. A company with a good customer service is more likely to prioritize their customer and treat them in a befitting manner before, during and after the service, hence taking most efforts upon their shoulders concerning the cleaning job and the follow up.

    Make sure you don’t fall for the trap any next door commercial cleaning service might try to attract you with. Critically evaluate the company upon the above mentioned parameters so that you get the cleaning job done from the best and the most suitable company for your organization’s cleaning and maintenance needs.

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