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New Year, New Schedule

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Happy New Year!

Well, another year has passed. While everybody’s celebrating the end of 2020, let’s not forget that 2021 still has its challenges. We still need to keep things clean for our health, as well as our comfort. So, do you have a cleaning plan for the new year? Whether we’re talking about a home or business, you should have one. You need to know what you should do every day, what you should do every week, and what deep cleaning you need to set aside extra time for. Let’s take a look.

1. Every Day Cleaning

There are some things you just have to do every single day, no way around it. If you’re planning for home, this includes things like scrubbing dishes. Even if you have a dish washing machine, you’ve got to scrub dishes first to get off the stuff that really sticks, otherwise the heat of the washing machine just sears them on as stains, or the food particles clog the drain. You should also be wiping down countertops, kitchen sinks, and other places where food is prepared and eaten every day. You don’t do laundry every day, but you can make the process go faster by sorting your laundry daily. Sweeping up the kitchen floor and your entryway before you go to bed is also a way to minimize the mess you have to clean on the weekly chart.

If you’re a business, you probably don’t have to worry about scrubbing dishes and sorting laundry, but you will have to worry about basic cleanliness. While we’re still dealing with the outbreak, you’ll need to be sanitizing all regularly touched surfaces daily to keep from spreading the disease. Other items, like sweeping (or mopping) entryways and tile floors are also a daily thing. It might even be a twice a day thing, depending on the level of mess customers make as they come in.

The best way to make sure these items get done is to do them right after they get dirty. Scrub the dishes and clean the countertops as soon as you finish eating, clean the sink after you finish preparing food. Organize your laundry into separate baskets when you take your clothes off. If you do it when it first happens, it’s a smaller job and it makes all the bigger jobs easier.

2. Weekly Cleaning

These are the big items we think of when we talk about cleaning. These are things like vacuuming the whole house, dusting, cleaning windows, doing full loads of laundry, etc. It’s a good idea to set aside part of a day to get these things done. To make it go by faster, get the whole family in on it. One person can take all day to clean a reasonable sized house, but a whole family working together will get it done in an hour or two.

To help you along, we’ve got a list of things you can do to make it easier.

For businesses, weekly cleaning will include most of the same stuff. Cleaning floors, carpets, and windows goes hand-in-hand with organizing your inventory. You’ll also need to do a full disinfection on a regular basis for Covid related issues. Plan to be spending some time after hours doing these more in-depth cleaning once a week if you want to make sure your customers keep coming back.

3. Deeper Cleaning

There are certain deep cleaning items that need to be done, but not every day or week. Some of them might need to be done only once a month, others once or twice a year. A full, deep carpet cleaning, complete with shampooing should be done twice a year (early spring and late fall are the best times). Sorting and organizing the attic, basement, or inventory storage every month or two is a good way to make sure you know where everything is. It also helps keep you from accumulating stuff, as it gives you an excuse to ask about what you’re really using and get rid of things you aren’t.

The cleaning needs of every home and business differ from one to the next. Take some time in planning your cleaning schedule to consider your needs and set aside extra time for them when you need to.

Bonus Tip: The Overlooked Items

When you’re doing your cleaning, there are a few places a lot of people forget to clean up. Some of these things might make your weekly chores, others might only be occasional things, but make sure you think about them. Take a look at our short list of commonly overlooked cleaning items.

Get Help!

Cleaning takes time, no question. Even if you can get your whole family in on cleaning your home, it can take a couple hours, maybe more. As businesses, you’ve probably got a janitor for cleaning up after hours, but sometimes messes just get too big to handle. If you find yourself needing more help with the cleaning, or just want to free up more time for yourself, you can get help. Here at Clean Freak, we’re always ready to step in and take the load off your shoulders. Get in touch today and see how we can help.

Summer Vacation

Summer Vacation Plans

Summer VacationThe outbreak doesn’t seem to have derailed summer vacation plans much. In fact, just the opposite. According to the Miami Herald, and the Denver Post, camping reservations are at an all time high. Even Bear Lake says it’s ready for visitors this summer.

It might have something to do with health officials reporting that going outside is safer than staying indoors for many different reasons. That means summer vacation is still an option, as long as it’s to a place where you can spend time outdoors. If you’re the owner of these campgrounds, though, you shouldn’t overlook your responsibilities for people’s health and safety.

How Clean Are Your Facilities?

Keeping your facilities clean is an absolute necessity this year. As we’ve discussed in previous articles, sanitizing your workplace is a good way to help slow or stop the spread of the virus. While campgrounds have a lot of room to spread out, stores, camp offices, and other public buildings still get used regularly by everyone. Don’t let up on your cleanliness.

Can Clean Freak Help?

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Yes, we can. Full cleanings, something you’ll need to do on a weekly basis to keep your facilities healthy, can be a strain on your janitorial staff. It can be even worse if one of them gets sick. You can’t risk one of your employees coming into work if they might have the coronavirus. If they infect your customers, you can expect some pretty bad reviews at the very least, to say nothing of legal liabilities you may be subject to. Clean Freak can help by supplementing your staff with extra help to fill gaps, or ease the burden.

During this summer season, there are three big groups that might need help from us around Northern Utah.

1. Cabins and Vacation Rentals

Cabin rentals are some of the biggest winners this summer. People are less trusting of hotels, but individual cabins and other vacation rentals give some extra isolation from other people. Jury’s still out on whether or not this is actually safer, but one thing’s certain: you gotta keep those places clean. They might or might be safer than hotels, but they’re certainly not safer than anything if you don’t need them clean. With demand high, people are running short on time and manpower to get vacation rentals clean between guests. Clean Freak is more than happy to help out if you need it.

2. Stores and Other Commercial Buildings

It’s not just the places people stay that need to be cleaned, but the places people might visit as well. Stores near campgrounds will be especially busy, as even the most fastidious preparer will realize they forgot something once they get out there. No matter how carefully you plan and pack, there’s always something. Thankfully, even the most remote campgrounds are within reasonable driving distance of stores. Those stores will get some business pick-up from the summer vacation crowds, so they’ll need cleaning, too. We’re ready and able to provide any assistance they need.

3. Moving

There’s been a rise in the number of people moving to new houses this year. Changing jobs seems to be the biggest reason, but there’s also been several minor exoduses from outbreak hotspots. Whatever the reason, people are moving. Apartments, houses, and the like will all be changing this year. Before people can move into a new house, it will need to be cleaned. As a seller or landlord, you might not need as much help as some of the big businesses, but a few extra hands never hurt anyone. The better the job and the faster it’s done, the happier (and healthier) new residents will be when they move in. We’re on call to give you assistance if you need it.

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We have plenty of options to contact us if you need the extra help cleaning up. You can call us up, email us, or you can use our handy contact form. Just leave a message with us and we’ll get back to you as soon as we get it. We can explain our services to you, quote price estimates for the job, or just help you work out the best plan to keep your place clean. Get in touch today and see how we can help.

keeping your business sanitized during covid-19

keeping your business sanitized during covid-19Covid-19 has left us with a sort of Schrodinger’s Economy – it’s both going and not going at the same time. Still, there’s the possibility that businesses will be given the go ahead to reopen soon. Whether or not this is a good thing is also in a state of quantum flux, but one thing is certain: people are going to be nervous about going places for a while. That means it’s a good idea to keep your business sanitized.

Hopefully you’ve already been doing that, but just in case, let’s go over some things you should know for keeping your business sanitized.

1. Set Up A Plan

Keeping your business sanitized is going to require some careful thought and coordination. Everybody’s going to need to know what to do to keep things clean. Make sure to get your plan written out and printed up so you can give a copy to each of your employees. They need to know what they’re doing as much as you do.

2. Hand Washing

washing your handsOne of the most effective ways to combat the spread of the virus is to wash your hands. Simple soap can destroy the tissues that hold viruses together, making it impossible for them to infect you. It’s usually a good idea to have a hand washing policy anyway, but it’s critical at this time. The CDC recommends you and your employees wash your hands after any of the following actions:

  • After using the bathroom.
  • Before, during and after food preparation.
  • After blowing their nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • After touching garbage.

If you cannot get enough soap, alcohol based hand sanitizer is the second best option.

3. Sneezing and Coughing Etiquette

Covid-19 is a respiratory virus. It gets into your lungs, intentionally provoking coughing so it can spread. It’s important that you teach proper hygiene for coughing and sneezing to help reduce the spread.

You should avoid coughing or sneezing into your hand. People use their hands for everything, so sneezing into your hands will simply spread the virus. Instead, cough into your shoulder, or a tissue. After doing so, throw the tissue away and wash your hands.

4. Provide Options for Employees

You don’t want employees to feel like they need to come in and work if they’re sick. If they do, they’ll only infect everyone, which will cause the disease to spread more quickly. To avoid this, make sure your sick leave policy is ready to cover your workers if they need to take time off. Ask your employees to report if they get tested and if they do, do not wait until the results come back to take them off the work schedule. If they are getting tested, they are probably showing symptoms, which means they have already been infectious; forcing them to come into work will only make things worse. Small business loans can be taken out to cover sick leave and policies are in place which could allow you to have those loans forgiven if they are used to cover sick leave for your employees. Check what benefits are available to help you out.

Where possible, arrange for a work-from-home program. There are many jobs in different businesses that can be done from home thanks to the internet. If your business is one that does not absolutely require employees to come in, give them the option to not do so.

5. Keep Workstations Clean

Encourage all of your employees to regularly clean their workstations. Regular cleaning of workstations should be done once per hour if you can manage it. Use cleaner to spray down the desk and office equipment, and wipe things clean.

In addition to workstations, all high touch surfaces should be regularly cleaned as well. These include all of the following:

  • Credit card machines
  • tables and chairs
  • Doorknobs
  • menus
  • salt and pepper shakers
  • sauce containers
  • food trays
  • light switches
  • railings

Use some good judgement to come up with any other high-touch surfaces that should be cleaned.

6. Do Weekly Full Cleanings

covid cleanupIn addition to the routine cleaning your employees should be doing every day, you’ll want to do full cleanings once a week. Designate a day during the week when you do the least amount of business for this. Shut down your business for the day and have a professional cleaning company come in and clean everything out. You might balk at the extra expense at first, but if you ignore this advice, it might cost you more later. Your employees will be more likely to be exposed to the virus without it and that could shut down your business even longer.

Take No Chances When Sanitizing Your Business

You don’t want to take any chances with the Covid-19 outbreak. Although the disease isn’t very deadly by itself, it can cause many complications and large numbers of cases stress hospitals to their breaking point. There are also many at-risk groups who are more likely to suffer serious side-effects from infection. All of these things can make the deadliness of the virus worse for those who don’t take it seriously.

Not only will sick employees cut into your business’s efficiency, but if your customers think that they might put themselves at risk going to your business, they’ll probably choose to stay home. Make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your business sanitized.

We Can Help

Full cleanings can be a serious strain on any janitorial staff. They might also need to take sick leave as well. You might find yourself stretched for regular cleanings if you’re taking this seriously. Fortunately, we here at Clean Freak are here to help. If you need an extra hand getting your business sanitized, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

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Nowadays, it’s popular to own rentals. They’re essentially cheaper and more lucrative than renting out a house. You have more tenants paying you monthly instead of just one family or a couple of people. However, your tenants have to make sure everything is clean on move out. But we all know that not everything is always done correctly. 

 

This is why you should hire a Professional Cleaning Company to come in and do everything right, so that the next people to move in will feel right at home instantly. Here are three reasons you’ll want to outsource a Professional Cleaning Company if you own rental properties.

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Time Is Valuable

As an owner and manager of any business property, you’re busy. Your time is valuable. So what you do with the time that you do have is super important? You can definitely use your time more wisely by hiring a cleaning service. While you worry about more important matters, such as handling move out costs, signing contracts, and meeting with new tenants, a cleaning service can do all the cleaning, making your rental property “move-in” ready.  

 

Professional Agency Vs. Outsourcing Local Contact

Hiring a professional is, well professional and hiring a local friend or family could get messy. The professional will definitely be a better choice, and here’s why. 

Professional Cleaning services already have all the cleaning materials and with outsourcing a friend, they (or you) might have to buy all of the right cleaning things. And even if you did manage to buy the right chemicals to get the job done, you would have to spend the time doing it or supervise someone doing it. Hiring a professional could save you a hassle and costs of cleaning materials.

 

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Liability Insurance 

Liability Insurance. This reason basically explains itself. Any professional cleaning service would offer some kind of insurance to protect (and insure) someone or some property. If by some miracle, something did get ruined or someone did get hurt while cleaning, you and the cleaning service would be covered. 

Here is more information as to why small businesses benefit from liability insurance. 

 

Cache Valley is full of rental properties. And there is one professional cleaning company right here in Cache Valley that would would make sure your rental properties are looking nice, neat, and clean. Clean Freak UT is one of the best cleaning services in Cache Valley. If you have any questions on how we focus on doing the best cleaning, don’t hesitate to call us or visit our in town location!

 

Spring-Cleaning

Spring-Cleaning

Spring-CleaningIt’s spring-cleaning time again. As the weather starts to warm up and the snow melts, everybody starts working on the cleanup projects that fell by the wayside during the cold months. It’s more than just homes that need spring-cleaning, though. Commercial properties and businesses have been neglected over the winter, too.

 

Commercial Cleanliness

Cleanliness is an important part of a commercial property or business. It tends to be the first impression customers get. If people walk into an office and the carpet’s spotty, the desks and chairs are dusty, and the light chokes a bit trying to get through the windows, what kind of message is being sent? It tells your customers that you don’t actually care about your business. That’s not a message you want to send.

 

Health and Happiness

A big part of productivity is good health. If you’re feeling sick and depressed, you don’t work as hard. Nothing makes people feel sick and depressed like an unclean working place. Hopefully, you haven’t neglected the inside of your commercial property over the winter, but now it’s time to get the outside up to par, too.

 

Carpets and Windows

The two biggest things that fall behind on cleaning over the winter are carpets and windows. During the winter, there’s a lot more pollutants out there. The excess salt on the roads to melt the ice gets on your shoes and starts to build up in the carpets. Here in Cache Valley, where we suffer from a yearly inversion, pollutants in the air can leave deposits on your windows that you won’t have during the summer. Since cleaning carpets and windows get neglected, that means when spring comes around, they need some major TLC.

 

Yard Maintenance

If you own commercial properties, you probably also own the yard and lawn around it. The snow, both from the clouds and pushed by the plows, is a huge attractor of dirt and grime. When the snow melts, it all goes onto your lawn. These will need to be cleaned up as well if you want your business to look good and stay clean.

 

Let Us Help

Here at Clean Freak, we’re here to help. For reasonable prices, we’ll help you give your commercial property a good spring-cleaning. And if you’re looking for cleanup in the yard, we recommend the Cache Valley Lawn King. If you want to save some time and energy on cleaning this year, get in touch with us and let us help you out.

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Renting Office Space

Are you renting out office space? Got an executive office suite you need to fill up? What’s the best way to do that? Well, I can’t tell you anything about marketing, or advertising, but I can tell you an important element to impressing people and keeping them renting once they’re in.
Janitorial services.

Janitors: Unsung Heroes of Your Business

That’s right, keeping your office suites clean is one of the most important, yet often overlooked aspects of renting. Don’t believe me? Well, let’s look.

1. Maintaining a Professional Appearance

Would you want to rent an office that’s got a fine coating of dust on the desks, full garbage cans, and dingy windows? No, of course not. If you can’t keep your office space clean, why should any renter trust you to be able to provide for their needs? Furthermore, keeping the space clean creates an environment of organization. That helps employees keep on task and feel good.  People will want to work there if you keep the place clean.

2. Long-Term Value

In the long run keeping a place clean keeps the building from losing value. Dust can damage office equipment. Dirt and grime can sink into the carpets and the paint. Spilled crumbs attract pests. While letting a mess sit for a day might not do much damage, going for longer periods without a good clean-up job will cause lasting damage. Carpets get moldy, paint chips, pests multiply. Eventually, it reaches a point where a quick scrub is no longer enough. You’ll need to spend a lot of money to get things back to a livable condition, and it won’t be done quickly. The time you need to take fixing up the office will be time it can’t be used and that’s time you’re not making money.

Why Hire An Outside Janitorial Service?

Hiring an outside janitorial service is usually the best way to go. You may not think so, but it’s really true.
For one thing, it saves you time. If you have your own janitorial staff working for you, you’ve got to manage them. You’ve got to set their schedules, hire the workers, and train them for their task.  That time would be better spent making money in your business. If you hire an outside janitorial service, you only have to do the hiring once. The service you hire will have the employees on hand and the training already done.  All you need to do is find the right service.
For another thing, all those things listed above are expensive. You have to pay money to train your workers, spend money to advertise their positions, and it creates a new managerial position that’s more expensive than regular employees. With an outside janitorial service, you just pay the fee and the they take care of the rest.  It saves you a considerable amount of cash.

Give Us A Call

Clean Freak is a reliable cleaning service available to work all around Cache Valley. We work weekly or bi-weekly schedules and can make arrangements for any length of time for work. Whether you just need us to do some quick clean-up over the weekend, or want us for long-term janitorial services, we’ve got you covered. We’ll do dusting, vacuuming, bathroom cleaning, emptying trash cans, and more. Whatever you need done, we’re ready to do it.
Get in touch with us today. Our affordable rates and reliable services will help make sure you keep your executive office suites sparkling. Your renters will appreciate working in a well-maintained and clean space.