Bear Lake vacation rental living room

Bear Lake vacation rental living room

4 Things To Plan Ahead For This Summer

One of the important steps to staying ahead is planning ahead. If you’re looking to rent a summer vacation home, apartment, or other building, now’s the time to be thinking about managing the cleaning on it. With the pandemic still ongoing, cleaning is still an absolute essential for summer rentals. Let’s look over what you can do to prepare your vacation rental properties.

The AirBnB Checklist

You may or may not be renting through AirBnB, but they’ve got a pretty solid checklist for cleaning your rental buildings. The article BnB Specialists presents is really thorough and covers all the bases. Many people looking to rent summer vacation homes use it as a baseline to get started. To make it more manageable, there are a few things you can do.

1. What The Guest Can Do

There’s always a lot to do and doing it all by yourself is really tough. This is especially true right now, where extra cleaning is required to conform to CDC health guidelines. To make it easier, there are a few things you can ask the people who rent from you to do before they leave. These items include:

  • Putting dishes in the dishwasher and turning it on
  • Take out the garbage
  • Prepare linen and towels for washing; if the rental unit has an adequate washing machine, ask them to get a load started before they leave
  • Other simple cleaning, such as wiping down counters, a quick vacuum, or sweeping kitchen floors

Keep your requests simple, reasonable, and easy to do. Keep in mind, you can’t require it, but most renters are more than happy to do some simple cleaning before they leave if you ask. Just make sure you don’t ask anything that delays checkout.

2. Communicate With Guests

Just having a checklist isn’t enough. You have to communicate the expectations and requests with your guests. When they sign up to rent from you, whether they do it online or in person, make sure you provide the checklist of things you expect and explain it to them. If they know what the expectations are, they’ll be more likely to follow them. Before completing check-out, make sure you talk with your guests to find out what cleaning they did. You can have them fill out the checklist, or just ask them directly when you confirm. Knowing what they did themselves helps you know what you need to do yourself after they’re gone to prepare it for the next guest.

Note that you can add extra rules to help make your job easier. You can tell guests to keep food out of bedrooms to avoid messes. Ask them to take off their shoes so they don’t spread mud and dirt in the property. As above, you have no reasonable way to enforce these rules, but most renters will be polite and follow them if you ask.

3. What You Do Yourself

The bulk of the cleaning is something you’ll have to do yourself. These include:

  • Disinfection and sanitization
  • Mopping floors and shampooing carpets
  • Cleaning showers, toilets, and bathrooms
  • Replacing supplies
  • Repairing any damage (if necessary, renters should report damage)
  • Deep cleaning
  • Anything cleaning the guest didn’t complete

The AirBnB checklist linked to early provides a pretty comprehensive list of things you’ll need to clean. If you make out a list of all the things there are to do, you can print it off so it’s easier to follow. Checklists are more than just a great way to know what’s already been done.  They also help you see the progress you’re making. Each check on the list shows you getting one step closer to completion, making it easier to get it finished.

4. Get Help

It’s a lot of work to get all the cleaning done between guests. Since you can’t require your guests to do any actual cleaning, you can’t count on them doing any of it. Even if they do help you out any, the amount you can ask them to do is pretty limited. If you want to get the cleaning done quicker, having a little help is always good. There are plenty of cleaning companies who are willing to help. If you don’t get it done in time, renters are going to notice the rental property is dirty. People are more likely to give bad reviews than good ones, so you can’t risk them getting upset. Hiring someone to help you clean is definitely a better business strategy than trying to do it all yourself and not getting it all done.

Clean Freak Utah cleaning servicesWe Can Help

Clean Freak is ready to help you with your cleaning. If you want the extra help cleaning up your rental properties, go ahead and get in touch. When you have a schedule for guests and know when cleaning needs to be done, you can schedule us ahead of time to come out and clean up the place as soon as your guests check out. That way, you don’t have to worry. You know your property will be cleaned up and ready for your next guest when they arrive!

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New Year, New Schedule

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 Plan

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 wipe down countertops, kitchen sinks, and other places where you prepare and eat food 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 Plan

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 for these things. 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.

covid cleanup3. Deeper Cleaning Plan

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.

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Get A Deep Clean

How clean is your house? You probably do all the regular cleaning, like vacuuming, scrubbing tables, cleaning the toilet, all that stuff, but just how deep do you go? With winter coming up, a deep clean is a good idea.  This year more than any other that’s especially true. Why? Here are 4 major reasons why you need a deep clean for the winter.

1. Flu Season

Everybody knows about the Covid-19 outbreak. They never stop talking about it on the news. Covid isn’t the only problem we’ve got this year, though. Flu season is coming up. Two respiratory diseases, one completely new to us, happening concurrently is a bad situation. With everyone being cramped up in the house during the cold, snowy months, we’re all at high risk of infection. You’ll want to do a deep clean to give yourself the best health boost you can.

Speaking of spending a lot of time indoors:

2. You’ll Be Spending A Lot of Time Indoors

“It’s cold in winter,” he said, to the absolute surprise of no one. When it gets cold, you don’t want to spend a lot of time outdoors. With everyone more closely cramped together, you want your living space to feel as comfortable as possible. A good, deep clean will clear more than just the surface dust, but get rid of the caked in grime and dirt. It’ll help make the house smell better. Surfaces will feel less gross to touch. Less dust in the air will mean less coughing, so people worry less about getting sick.

All in all, a deep clean does a hundred little things to improve the comfort level of living in your house. Each one on its own doesn’t mean all that much, but taken altogether it makes your home a much nicer place. It reduces stress and makes you feel better. This is good because:

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3. Relatives Might Come To Visit

With the outbreak, family visits are going to be less frequent and probably happen on a smaller scale than previous years. You might be intending to not have family over at all.

But do your relatives know that? I can’t tell you all the times we’ve had relatives show up uninvited and I suspect one or two will show up this year despite the warnings. Whether they’re invited or not, if they show up, you’ll want your house to be nice. The extra comfort a deep clean brings to your house will make dealing with relatives easier. They might even be less judgmental of you!

4. You Might Go On Vacation

Maybe you don’t expect relatives. Perhaps you plan on going on vacation instead. There might be some place out there you’re just dying to go and you’ve got a chance to go there. A lot of people do during the winter. While there might be less travel this year, I expect there will still be some. If you’re planning on going on a vacation during the winter, wouldn’t you want to come back to a nice, clean house? There isn’t a more unpleasant way to end a vacation than to come how to a mess. Instead, give your house a deep clean so that when you come back, you can settle right back into being comfortable in your own home.

We Can Help You Deep Clean Your Home

A deep clean isn’t a quick job. You might be able to spray down your counters and vacuum the carpets in an hour or two, but a deep clean requires more effort. You need a systematic approach to go through each room and clean up all the areas you usually ignore. It can take a day or two in even the smallest homes.

Worry not! We can help you out! Clean Freak has a number of cleaning packages to help you get it all done. From our simple package to get all the simple stuff done, to a more in depth cleaning, we’re ready and willing to help you out. Getting started is often the hardest part, so having some help will make it easier. Get in touch with us today and let us help you get a good, deep clean for your house this winter!

A house cleaned up for winter

Cleaning Before Winter

A house cleaned up for winterYou’ve heard of spring cleaning? well now’s the time for fall cleaning. Winter is coming and there are some things that you’ll want to have done before it arrives. Whether because they’re oddball things you don’t think about, or you just forget to do it, there are some cleaning items that routinely get overlooked. It’s a good idea to get them done before it snows, as it’s really cold to air out your house in the winter. Here’s a list of the most common cleaning items you might have overlooked.

1. Laundry Room

Your laundry room has certain areas you’ve probably ignored when it comes to cleaning. Since you’re going to be spending more time indoors, now’s the time to get rid of the dust and grime that’s built up. Clean around and behind the washer and drier. You’ll have to move it, but that’s okay: you’ve only got to do this once a year. While you’re at it, give a good, deep clean to all the shelves in your laundry room, especially the high ones you don’t normally think about. While you’re doing this, it might be a good idea to check your drier vent. If you’ve haven’t been overloading your drier and been diligent in emptying the lint filter, there probably won’t be a problem. Still, better safe than sorry. If there’s been lint or dust build-up in the drier, that’s a potential fire hazard.

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2. Stove And Oven

Only the most absurdly dedicated barbecuers will light up that outdoor grill once the snowing starts. That means you’re going to be dong a lot more cooking indoors. Good reason to clean that oven and stovetop. After all, you don’t want your food to have the lingering taste and smell of previous meals and smoke. Anything you’ve cooked over the summer probably left residues that will taint the flavor of your meal. If you missed a spill, it might even be a potential fire hazard. Same goes for anything on the stovetop. So, if you want your house and your meals to smell fresh and tasty, now’s the time to clean the stove and oven.

3. Ceiling Fans

These might have seen a lot of use during the summer. Nevertheless, it’d be a good idea to clean them off. Ceiling fans can still help warm your house if you use them right. If you reverse the settings, you can turn it on while the heat is going to force the rising warm air back down, keeping your rooms nice and toasty. If there’s any dust build-up on your fans, though, that’s going to spread dust around. Make sure you wipe them down before it gets cold. And come spring, it’d be a good idea to wipe them down again.

4. Light Fixtures

Light is important for people. Our body uses light to regulate our sleep cycle, as well as to help aid in the production or absorption of certain key vitamins. One thing that light helps is the production of serotonin, a hormone that helps regulate our mood. This is why change in light during winter often leads to low energy, or even depression. You’ll want to get the best light you can. For that, cleaning your light-fixtures is a must. Since dust build-up is slow, it’s easy to miss our lights getting dirtier with time. Since you need as much light you can get, you’ll want to clean those fixtures up. That way, you’ll get a nice, clean shine all winter long.

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5. Window Sills and Frames

You know what else helps you get light? Windows. Windows let the sunlight into your house. This can help warm it up as well as give you all the benefits of sunlight. Since you’re going to be spending more time indoors, you’ll want to make sure as much light can get in as possible. For that, you want to clean your windows.

While you’re at it, the window sills could probably use a good cleaning, too. Dust builds up there as well as on the glass. Wipe them down so you don’t find yourself sneezing whenever you go to the windows to soak in some of those rays.

Get Some Help With Cleaning

Cleaning can be a big job. When it comes time to do some deep cleaning of your home in preparation for winter, a little help is often appreciated. If you want some help, why not ask us? We offer a variety of cleaning services to help you get your house feeling fresh. If you need a little help, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

a clean office and commercial space

a clean office and commercial spaceCleaning your office or commercial space is a necessary part of doing business. You don’t want your business looking terrible when clients come by, do you? It sends a signal that you don’t care; if you don’t care about your office, why would you care about your work? But there are a lot of mistakes people make in cleaning that can be just as bad as having a dirty commercial space. Here are some of the ones we’ve seen here at Clean Freak.

1. Using the Wrong Type of Cleaner

There are many different types of cleaners out there and each have specific uses. If you use the wrong kind of cleaner, it can cause serious damage. A spray for cleaning bathroom will damage a wooden desk. Cleaners with bleach in them will white out the colors on your carpet. You might think that these are silly mistakes, but you’d be surprised how often we see them. People will grab a spray bottle and start using it without looking to even see what it is. Sometimes, the proper cleaner will be empty, so they grab something else thinking it will be fine. If you don’t know what’s in the cleaner, you can’t be sure it won’t do more harm than good.

2. Not Closing Caps

This happens a lot. In one office where we worked, they would have employees clean their own office spaces before they hired us. They would take whatever bottles were on the shelves in the janitor’s closet, wipe down their space, then put the bottles back without checking to make sure they were properly sealed. The reason they ended up hiring us to do the cleaning regularly was because of all the spills. The caps would be loose and drip all over the carpet, or someone would accidentally knock a bottle over and spill it when the cap popped right off. The messes made this way were worse than the messes made just by employees doing their regular work. They were often harder to clean because of the damage that incorrect cleaners would do to the walls and carpets, too. When you put your cleaning supplies away, make sure the caps are on good and tight to prevent this.

cleaning chemicals3. Don’t Mix Chemicals

This one should be obvious, but it’s shockingly easy to do it on accident. This is especially true when you’re cleaning an area that requires different types of cleaners. For example, bathroom areas often need two or three different kinds of cleaners to do the job right. Sometimes, if those chemicals mix together, they create toxic fumes. I’ve seen numerous occasions where people cleaned an area with one chemical, then immediately moved to another and accidentally mixed the chemicals just as a part of cleaning up. Another mistake people sometimes make is mixing chemicals in mop buckets because they don’t properly rinse out the old chemicals.

You’ve got to be careful with cleaning supplies and make sure they don’t mix together. Often, it’s better to clean one part of an area with one chemical, then do a different area while the first one dries before finishing the job.

4. Scrubbing Carpets

You see a stain on the carpet. You think, “Oh, what the heck? I’ll just scrub it with some carpet cleaner.” This is a very common mistake. Scrubbing a carpet can actually make the stain sink deeper, or spread to other parts of the carpet. It’s better to blot the carpet instead. This absorbs the moisture instead of wiping it around. Here’s a simple, step-by-step video guide:

5. Don’t Store Chemicals With Other Supplies

This is a basic safety procedure that I see ignored constantly. People think, “Oh, I know not to drink cleaning supplies, I won’t make that mistake.” So, they store their cleaning chemicals in drawers with other supplies, sometimes even food. I’ve seen cleaning supplies stored in the same drawer as coffee making supplies. Even if people are smart enough not to drink from a bottle of cleaning solutions, those bottles can leak, or there could be spills. Accidents happen, you know.

When you store cleaning supplies, you should always store them separately from other things. This is the best way to avoid contamination.

Consider Outsourcing

As I mentioned before, these are all common mistakes I see people make. A lot of people get careless when it comes to cleaning their own spaces, grabbing whatever’s at hand, or failing to properly put them away. When you have your employees clean their own spaces, these mistakes are bound to happen. That’s why it’s better to have a dedicated cleaning staff. You can outsource the cleaning work to a local business, someone who knows how to clean properly because they do it for a living. Professionals won’t make these amateur mistakes.

If you live in Cache Valley, or the surrounding areas, Clean Freak has you covered. If you’ve got an office or commercial space that needs cleaning, we can take care of it for you. Go ahead and contact us today. We offer basic and deep cleaning packages to suit your office cleaning needs.

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fallAfter that nasty storm hit Cache Valley a week ago, you’re probably worried a bit more about your outside than your inside. Don’t neglect that inside, though; the reasons why you need deep cleaning this fall aren’t going away, they’re just increasing. Here are a few things you should consider about your deep cleaning this fall.

1. Deep Cleaning Touched Surfaces

The cold is going to bring more than a few cases of the sniffles this year. With the outbreak still in progress, that’s probably worrying you. When people start spending more time indoors, it becomes easier for infections to spread, so you’re going to have to do extra deep cleaning to keep healthy. In addition to washing your hands, you’ll want to make sure you’re washing and sanitizing all the regularly touched surfaces. These include countertops, doorknobs, handles, phones, and anything else family members regularly touch. Make sure you sanitize these surfaces before and after they get used. Coupled with regular hand washing, this will go a long way to protecting your health this fall and winter.

2. Have A Deep Cleaning Schedule

You’d be surprised how much a schedule helps. The hardest part of any big job – and this is definitely a big job – is getting started. When there’s so much to do, we can’t process the job and don’t know where to begin. Having a schedule breaks the job down into smaller, more manageable pieces and lets you focus on one thing at a time. It makes it easier to get started and being able to track your progress makes the job seem smaller.

fall cleaning3. Hard Surface Floors

Last year, Les Schwab hired us to clean up their floors during the fall and winter months. When it comes to hard surface floors like tile and linoleum, they’d found that without regular cleaning is needed to avoid damage. The wetness of everyone’s shoes makes them sticky. They bring in pebbles and other small objects that scratch and cut the floors as they walk. Then there’s all the chemicals being sprayed on the road for de-icing, which can corrode the floors. As a part of your schedule, you’ll want to make sure you’re cleaning your hard floors at least once a week to prevent this damage. A really useful trick we’ve found is mixing vinegar and water for mopping. It works wonders!

4. Clean Air

Dust is mainly composed of dead skin cells (gross!). Since people are going to be spending more time in doors, that naturally means fall and winter will see more dust in your home. You want to make sure you spend a bit more time dusting your home than you usually would in the summer or spring. If you don’t keep on top of it, the extra dust in the air will leave you coughing more. That can make sleeping more difficult, and make people feel generally more irritable. Winter’s miserable enough without that!

Get Some Help

The extra cleaning workload is very time consuming, especially for homes with large families. Here in Cache Valley, large families are the norm. It can be hard to keep all that extra work straight and falling behind quickly gets frustrating. That’s where Clean Freak comes in! We can be the helping hands that help you stay on top of it. So, if you need some extra help deep cleaning your house this fall and winter, get in touch with us. We’ll help you get a schedule set up and help you keep to it.

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Deep Cleaning Time

We’re coming up on the end of summer. It’s hard to imagine with temperatures still being in the mid to high 90s, but in another month, we’re going to start seeing those temperature’s drop as summer moves into fall. With fall comes deep cleaning to get your house ready for the long, cramped winter. Here are 5 reasons why you’ll need deep cleaning this fall.

1. Bugs

box elder bugs massing around a window

THEY’RE EVERYWHERE!

There are plenty of reasons why bugs get into your home. Your kids drop crumbs that attract them. Cooler temperatures are more comfortable for them. They get inside through an open window and can’t find their way out. Box elder bugs get personal satisfaction out of covering every square inch of your home just to infuriate you. Whatever the reason, they eventually die and their bodies will be spread out around your home. You’re going to want to do some deep cleaning to get rid of them. Especially the box elder bugs.

2. Dust

Dust builds up over time. It just happens. Sure, you vacuum your house every week and pull out the old feather duster, but there are some places where dust builds up that you don’t do regularly. Places like under the fridge, on high shelves, backs of closets. While you’re spending more time outside in the spring and summer, this dust might not be as bothersome. As fall brings the cold and winter freezes up everything, that excess dust will become an irritating problem. You’ll need to do a deep cleaning to get rid of it. Then you’ll want to air out your house to get fresh air in. Best take care of it while the weather’s still good.

dog with a box on his head3. Pets

Do you have pets? If you do, then you know that pets shed. Some pets shed a lot. If you have pets, you’ll need to do deep cleaning just to get rid of all the fur and pet dander. You’ll definitely want to do this before winter comes, as you’ll be spending a lot more time indoors with your pets. You don’t want to have to deal with that mess once it gets cold.

4. Carpets

Carpets might as well be magnets for dirt and dust. Worse, because you’re constantly walking on them, you’re always packing it down. That makes hard, tightly packed spots that damage carpet fibers and shorten their lifespan. This becomes even worse in the winter, when you bring in melted snow from your shoes and salt from the roads. Carpets should be deep cleaned at least twice per year if you want them to last. Clean Freak doesn’t do deep cleaning of carpets, though; we recommend the experts at Alpine Cleaning and Restoration. They’ve been in the carpet cleaning business for over 20 years and know all the best tricks.

5. Back To School

kid with a backpack going back to schoolOne way or the other, your kids are going to be going back to school this fall. Here in Cache Valley and other parts of Utah, school actually starts at the end of August, just a couple of weeks away. Your kids are going to be bringing home whatever sicknesses are going around, so you’ll want to make sure you have a clean environment for them to come back to. Deep cleaning before they go back to school can help make it easier to keep your house clean for your kids and family.

Let Us Help You With Your Deep Cleaning

Deep cleaning is a lot of work and sometimes you just don’t know where to start. It’s tempting to put it off in favor of doing something easier, but don’t do that. You’ve only got a few weeks before it all starts. Once the kids go back to school, you’ll find it hard to get ahead, as they’ll be bringing in new stuff every day. After winter, it gets even worse, since you’ll have the cold to contend with. Now’s the time to get it done. If you’re having trouble, or need a little extra help, we’ve got you covered. Our Deep Cleaning Package runs for a reasonable price of just $30 per hour. We offer a wide range of cleaning services in this package to help you get the mess under control. Don’t wait until it becomes a hassle you can’t live with. Call today and we’ll get it under control so you can manage it more easily over the fall and winter months.

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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.

Clean Freak Utah cleaning servicesGive Us A Call

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.

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Cache Valley and Bear Lake

Bear Lake VacationSummer is here. This is the time of year when people would normally be flocking to Northern Utah’s most famous vacation destinations: Bear Lake.  Cache Valley has it’s own spots, too; First Dam and Green Canyon. Rental and vacation homes are fairly common in this area, as well as cabins all up and down Green Canyon.

The outbreak may have slowed this all down some. It’s hard to guess what the actual effects will be. We seemed to be doing fine until a recent surge in May. At the moment, things are still open, but with threats by the state government of a shut down order if things don’t turn around, it’s hard to say. Even without a shut down order, it’s already pretty clear that this summer will see decreased tourist revenue all over the country. This doesn’t mean people aren’t going on vacation, though.

Vacation Homes and Rentals

While rentals and travel are down, they aren’t out. There is still a significant portion of the population out and about this summer, especially since the situation seems to be improving in many places. That means people need places to stay. If you’re a rental and vacation property owner, you want to make the most of that, right? To do that, you want to make your rental property as attractive as possible to visiting tourists. In this time of viral fears, that means you want to make sure everything is properly cleaned.

Moving Around

It’s not just vacationers who are moving around, either. We’re also seeing a steady migration of people to new homes and new places. Whether it’s people looking to move away with new jobs, or just young people moving into a new home for the first time, there is still a market for real estate. As with rental and vacation homes, people want to know their new house is cleaned before they move it. “Deep Cleaning” is trending on Facebook as people look for those who can help them get their new place ready to live in.

Deep CleaningDeep cleaning

It’s probably a good idea. It’s easy to take out the trash, clean the windows, scrub the bathrooms, and vacuum the carpets. Under normal circumstances, that’d be enough, but that’s not the case this year. This year, we need to contend with the virus, which means deep cleaning. Deep cleaning involves sanitizing hard surfaces with antibacterial cleaners, thorough scrubbing, and making sure you get those hard to reach places.

Deep cleaning is a much bigger job than you’d usually have to do.  You need to do it before each new guest moves in, too.  You can do a pretty good job of killing off the virus, but as soon as someone who has it comes into the area, all that work is undone, so you can’t just do one big cleaning job and think you’re covered.

Deep Cleaning for New Homes

Before you move into a new home, you’ll want the same deep cleaning done, too. Better safe than sorry, right? Did you know that you can add the cleaning process to the negotiations of the sales agreement? Given that proper deep cleaning can take a lot of extra time and costs more than you’d normally expect to pay for cleaning costs, it’s definitely worth considering factoring it into the closing costs. Even just getting half the costs covered by the seller could be a huge saving.

Looking for A Cleaner?

Clean Freak Utah cleaning servicesIf you’re looking for someone to do some deep cleaning in Cache Valley, Clean Freak has you covered.  Our deep cleaning package is just $30 per hour per cleaner and covers everything from the basics (like taking out the trash) to full spot washing. We provide our own cleaning chemicals for the big stuff. We supply our cleaners with masks to help reduce the spread of the virus. You could do it all yourself, but why put yourself up to all that extra time? We’ll do it faster so you can move in sooner. If you’re looking to clean out a vacation or rental home between guests, we can do that, too!

Got any questions? Heard enough?  Want to get the job done? Feel free to get in touch and find out what we can do for you! We’re standing by and ready to go whenever you need us!

 

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.