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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.

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.

a clean stovetop and oven with a teapot on it

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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.

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.

Spring Cleaning

5 Simple Tips to Faster Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

Don’t let spring cleaning overwhelm you!

Spring Cleaning is an age-old must-do. All winter long, you’ve been spending more time indoors to get away from the cold. When you do go outside, the snow dampens your shoes, making more dirt, grime, and ice-melting chemicals stick to them, which you then bring inside. Maybe you’ll take longer, hotter showers, steaming up your bathroom more than usual. Have a pet dog? All that fur will bring in even more dirt and grime than your shoes, not to mention all the pet dander. All this combines to make a big mess in your house by spring-time. Naturally, the first thing you want to do as soon as it warms up is get it out.  As we move into February, it’s time to start planning for it.

That’s a huge job, though.  Just thinking about all that work is enough to make your arms ache. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get it done faster and with less trouble? Well, here are some tips to do just that!

1. Have A Checklist

Not knowing what to do slows you down a lot. This is why having a cleaning checklist is the first step to getting the job done quicker. If you have a checklist to refer back to, you know what you’ve cleaned and what you haven’t, so you don’t have to spend any time trying to remember what you’ve done. It will also help make sure you don’t miss anything. Another great advantage of a checklist is that it gives you a place to start. Deciding what to start with is often the hardest part of any big job. With a written checklist, you’ll be more inclined to starting with the first item on it, removing that pesky indecision from the equation.

2. The Tube Sock is Your Friend

Instead of throwing out old socks with holes in them, use them as cleaning rags. When it comes to cleaning blinds, a tube sock is an amazing tool. Dip it in a mixture of hot water and vinegar and rub it across one side of the blind, flip it over, and wipe down the other side. Repeat for each individual blind. Wipe it dry after and let them hang in the sun where the remaining dampness can evaporate quickly. This is far more effective than a duster and won’t get any dust in the air.

3. Give Your Dishwasher a Drink of Lemon Kool-Aid.

No, I’m not joking. The citrus in lemon Kool-Aid is surprisingly effective eating the lime deposits and stains in your washing machine. But only lemon flavor seems to work. Just pour a packet of it into the detergent coup and run a cycle without any dishes or silverware. You’ll be surprised!

4. Bathroom

Your bathroom is definitely a place you’ll want to clean out. The bathroom is one of the places most likely to develop mold infestations. Mold can be hard to get rid of, but a good cleaning can help prevent it from taking root. For that, here’s a couple of tricks.
Tiles: Mold can’t grow on tiles because it needs organic material to feed on. The dirt and grime that builds up on grout is its favorite food in this case. To get rid of it, mix ¾ cup of baking soda with ¼ cup of bleach to make a thick paste. Use a brush to apply that past to the grout and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then scrub it even deeper and let it sit for another 5-10 minutes before rinsing it off. Once it dries, you’ll be amazed at how clean they are.

Shower heads: If you want to clean and unclog your shower head, fill up a plastic bag with white vinegar. Wrap it around the shower head and tie it off with a twisty-tie. Leave it sitting for 2 hours and it will clean away the dirt and lime build-up, letting your shower run as clean and good as new.
The advantage of these tricks is that it only takes a little bit of prep-work to prepare the cleaning materials. Once applied, you can leave the bathroom to work on other quick cleaning jobs, letting you kill two birds with one stone.

5. Steam Clean Your Microwave

Microwaves get a lot of food splatter on them. That can be a pain to clean through the usual methods. Fortunately, the very way that microwaves cook food can allow you to quickly steam clean them. Fill a microwave safe bowl with a mixture of equal parts water and vinegar, put it in the microwave, then run it on high. The liquid will evaporate, condense on the inside surfaces and attach to the grime. When the microwave finishes, simply wipe it down with a paper towel and watch the grime come right off.

More Tips

These are just a few of the deep cleaning tips you can make use of to speed up your spring cleaning, but they’re far from all. If you want to see some other deep cleaning tips to get a good clean going, try looking at some of these.

Don’t Get Overwhelmed!

Clean Freak Utah cleaning servicesThe biggest tip is not to overwhelm yourself. Springing cleaning is a big job and it’ll take time, but if you let that get to you, it can be overwhelming. Don’t look at everything at once, but instead focus on individual tasks (your checklist will help). You don’t have to do it all in one day, either; you can take your time. Allow yourself to have a break now and then.

Sometimes, it’s just nice to have a bit of help, too. Whether some physical limitation is slowing you down, you just don’t have enough time between work and whatever else goes on in your life, or you just have trouble getting started, we’re there for you. We’re the expert cleaners in Cache Valley, whether it’s for businesses or residential homes. Get in touch and let us know how we can help. We’ll get the deep cleaning done so you can have more time to focus on things that matter to you!

fall cleaning

Fall

fallFall is a very pretty time of year.  The leaves start to change colors, the weather finally cools off and people start decorating for the holiday seasons.  It’s also a good time to do a thorough cleaning of your house.  After all, once winter comes, you’re going to start spending more time in the house.  Who wants to spend months choking back the accumulated dust of several months?  Nobody, that’s who.

So, here’s a fall cleaning checklist to help you make sure you get everything.

 

1. Cleaning the Windows

Using glass cleaner, spray down your windows and wipe them off with a microfiber cloth.  If you pick a cloudy day, you can see the streaks better and get a more complete clean.

 

2. Clean the Blinds and Curtains

Use a low setting on your vacuum cleaner and a brush attachment.  Vinyl shades can be wiped clean with a dampened microfiber cloth if they need more.  Check the labels on your curtains and window covers for washing instructions.  Some can be machine washed, but some will need to be sent to a professional cleaner.

 

3. Clean the Walls

First, figure out what kind of paint is on your walls; certain paints are less durable and may come off if you scrub too hard.  Dust your walls first.  When you’ve dusted, lay down towels to catch excess moisture.  Wipe down your walls with damp cloth, using only soft water first, starting at the top of the wall and working down.  If that isn’t enough, you can try warm water mixed with dishwashing soap.  If you still need something stronger, ¼ cup of ammonia and ¼ cup of baking soda mixed in a gallon of warm water and a good sponge should do the trick.  Be sure to dry off your wall with a towel when you’re done to prevent streaking and water damage.

 

4. Cleaning the Ceiling

Start with a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment and vacuum.  Then get a feather duster and clear away what remains – you may need to clean the duster before you finish if the ceiling is particularly dirty.  If any dirt remains, use a microfiber cloth to wipe off the rest.  Do the same to any ceiling fixtures.

 

5. Vacuum and Spot Clean Upholstered Furniture

carpet cleaningUsing an upholstery attachment, vacuum your upholstery from left to right in short, overlapping strokes.  When it comes to spot cleaning, you’ll need to check your furniture for cleaning instructions.  Different kinds require different cleaners and have different instructions.

 

6. Kitchen Cupboards and Pantry

Empty your cupboards and pantry so you can see all of the shelves.  Wipe them down with a damp cloth, then follow up with a soft cleaner.  If you use shelf liners, replace them now.  While you have everything out, now is a good time to check everything for expiration dates and throw out anything that’s past its time.

 

7. Carpets

Carpets need a good deep cleaning twice a year.  Spring and fall are the usual times to do this. First, vacuum thoroughly.  Then spray down the entire carpet with a bottled foam carpet cleaner.  Scrub the carpet in a circular motion, moving from one side of the carpet to the next.  Let it sit for a few hours to let the cleaner break down the thick grime deposits that build up.  Finish by a second thorough vacuuming to clean up everything the cleaner broke down so it doesn’t thicken up again.

Sometimes, it’s a good idea to have a professional carpet cleaner come in and do the work.  They will often have specialized tools and cleaners that can do a much better job than you can on your own.

 

8. Wood Flooring

fall cleaningUsing warm water and soap, mop your wood floors.  If you have scratches, you can hire a professional sand, recoat and refinish them to get them good as new.

 

9. Clean Your Computer Area

Computers get a lot of use in the modern day, so if they’re dusty, using them will subject you to a lot of allergens and cause health issues.  Clean and wipe down your keyboard.  Use a light duster to clean the dust off your monitor.  Using a microfiber cloth (very important to avoid scratching), spray a little bit of soft cleaner and wipe it down to get any fingerprints, or other remaining residue.  Check your computer’s instructions to see what cleaners are safe for this.  Scratches can be fixed with a scratch repair kit.

The inside of your computer also needs cleaning to keep it in good condition, but unless you’re experienced, it’s best to send it to a professional to do this so you don’t’ accidentally damage it.

 

10. Straighten out your closest

Empty out your closet.  Dust and clean it like you would the walls of your other rooms.  If you have any clothes you haven’t worn for a while, it might be a good idea to clean them just to get off any dust they gathered before you put them back.  While you have everything out, it’s a good time to go through it and see if there’s anything that’s worn out, or anything you don’t ever wear that you can get rid of to help declutter your home.

 

11. Replace Your Furnace Filter

The furnace filter needs to be changed about every three months.  Since you’ll probably be using your furnace a lot over the winter, now’s the best time to do it.

 

12. Test Smoke Alarms

Modern smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are very well-designed and can usually last for years – up to 15 sometimes – but you should still regularly test them just to be safe.

 

13. Chimneys

If you have a wood burning stove or fireplace, they need regular cleaning to get rid of the soot and ash that builds up over time.  This isn’t something we do, as there are very particular safety steps to follow.  For health reasons, you’ll need to hire a professional.

 

14. Declutter

People gather a lot of stuff.  It’s just what we do.  A lot of it is stuff we don’t need and only a lack of thought has kept us from throwing it out.  Since you’re giving your home a thorough clean, it’s a good opportunity to make decisions on what you have that you can do without.  It makes more space for you to live in, which is always more enjoyable.  And a yard sale is always a good way to make some quick extra cash for Christmas shopping!

 

Let Us Help

Clean Freak Utah cleaning servicesClean Freak are experts at this sort of thing.  Not just homes, we also clean offices and commercial buildings.  For reasonable prices, we can do a lot of the cleaning for you, freeing up your time to do more of what you enjoy doing.  If you want to get a professional cleaning before winter comes so you can feel comfy and healthy through the cold months, get in touch with us today!

cleaning hacks

We know your lives are really busy. You have jobs, you may have kids, and you may just be enjoying the Logan Summer. But one thing is for certain, houses get messy and there may not always be time to clean.

 

We have come up with ten cleaning hacks that will hopefully make your life easier and hopefully get that cleaning done faster.

 


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Keep A Checklist

Keep a checklist of all the chores that you need to get done that day. This way you shouldn’t have to constantly stress about what needs to be done today or tomorrow.

All you have to do is check your list, complete that item, and check it off for the day’s task.

 

 

chore chart

Use Age Appropriate Chore Charts

With the same idea of the checklist, create a “Chore Chart” for your kids. A simple table made in Mircosoft Word should do the trick to hang on the fridge. You could also add fun images and check off the chores being done with a sticker to add a little more fun to accomplish the chore.

 

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Clean With Up-Beat Music

Create a playlist of music that you really enjoy and just jam out and get lost in the music cleaning. You are having fun rather than focusing on being boring and cleaning. Creating a “kids” playlist to also get your kids involved wouldn’t be such a bad idea either. 

 

 

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Meal Prep

If you have a busy week ahead, and you know it, try meal prepping to save time and save any dinner messes that would normally occur. Set a day, the week before, and plan out meals, make them, and freeze them. Now you have dinner made for every day and all you have to clean up is a few dishes.

 

 

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Clean Up Right After, Don’t Wait

This hack is a simple one. If you make a mess, clean it up right after you make it. We are all responsible adults, right? Alright, let’s be honest, we can’t be responsible all the time. But just making the effort and beginning the habit of picking up after yourself can make a world of difference when you actually have to clean.

 

sign of chaos and order

De-clutter Your Home Often

Have you ever heard the phrase, “If it brings you joy, keep it. If it doesn’t bring you joy then throw it out?” De-clutter your house of the many things that do NOT bring you “joy.” This helps to keep a clean, neat, and organized home.

 

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Magic Erasers

Magic Earasers can literally be your best cleaning friend. They can clean almost anything. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to keep a few of these around the house for any cleaning situation. Trust us, they do wonders.

 

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Multi-Task On the Phone

If you are on the phone talking to a loved one or just chatting up a friend, multi-task and clean something while you are talking. It doesn’t have to be something big, maybe just tidying up the living room or the kitchen while you talk can be a big step forward in the long run. On the flip side, you could set aside one day to disconnect from the phone or technology and use the time to clean or prepare yourself for cleaning

 

storing books

Use Baskets and Containers To Store

Do you have any small baskets or containers? Use them to store toys, miscellaneous items, or junk that does not have a place in the house. The basket can be a great way to store and organize things which can be easily stored in a compact place.

 

 

cleaning supplies

Use Easy To Clean Household Items

You really do not need all those harmful and expensive cleaning chemicals to clean your home. You probably have some household items that would do the trick such as lemons, baking soda, and vinegar. All these items have great cleaning properties to clean your house chemical-free. 

 

 


Cleaning Hack #11

You know, even if cleaning is a little overwhelming, we still believe in you to get the job done! But if you are still having problems with getting the job done then this is our last cleaning hack. 

 

Call Clean Freak Utah to take care of any cleaning need that you may have. We offer a very personalized cleaning service that is catered exactly to your cleaning needs. If you find yourself in need, call us @ (435) 760-2704 for a free quote and let us clean for you.  

Woman Mopping the Floor

Very few of us wake up on a Saturday morning and think, “Ahh man! Am I excited to reorganize the garage today! I could be shopping, or I could be camping but instead, I get to sit in a dusty hot garage avoiding spiders and wonder how on earth we accumulated so much junk.”

Whether it’s your garage, bathroom, or your kitchen, unless your name is Marie Condo, I think we can all agree that deep cleaning is NOT fun.

However, even though we can all agree that cleaning is not awesome, it still must be done.

Here are three tips to make it not so extremely overwhelming and stressful. In fact, if done correctly cleaning can help you release stress, and feel more energized.

Tip #1:

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Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

You are never going to get the entire house deep cleaned in one day so don’t try. Unless you have an entire army at your disposal, it’s just not going to happen.

What will happen though, is that you will feel completely overwhelmed and then disappointed when you only get one room done. You will feel frustrated and your house will feel more stressful than before you looked at it.

What you should do is look at how much time you have and make a goal of what you can clean in the amount of time that you do. And don’t bite off more cleaning than you can chew. Clean what you can and clean at your own pace.

People that always have clean houses, tend to clean for small amounts of time but clean more frequently. Think about it. If you actually deep cleaned your bathroom every single Saturday and lightly cleaned it every day. You could get it clean and keep it clean in a short amount of time.

Tip #2

Use Your Resources

Let’s be honest, this world runs on WikiHow and Pinterest. There are a lot of cleaning hacks and DIY (Do It Yourself) that many people are using to clean their houses faster, easier, and stress-free.

My suggestion is to use the internet and any DIY “how to’s” to really deep clean your house on any project you may have and really dig into it.

Tip #3:

Reward Yourself

“Treat Yo-Self!”
So for this tip, it is so important to really “treat yourself” after cleaning and completing what you can do in your set time frame.

The best treats are planned outings. If you know that you need to get your kitchen clean before your important stuff, then suddenly the kitchen gets cleaned a lot faster.

Your reward doesn’t have to be expensive either. Open a bag of MnM’s. Give yourself one MnM for every task accomplished. You will be amazed at how much more motivated you are and how much faster you move.

Reward yourself for accomplishing something big and then do it again! The idea is to make deep cleaning less of a chore and more of an enjoyable experience that you can do again and again.
So Treat-Yo-Self next time.

Bonus Tip!

These three tips can definitely help you make deep cleaning a more enjoyable experience and less of a stressful experience.

But even with all these great tips. There are just some messes that you just don’t have the time or the energy to go through with it. Maybe you moved into a fixer-upper or maybe you really need to help someone out. One last tip that I can offer is to call in a professional. Someone that can clean and deep clean a house, a garage, or an office space.

Clean Freak Utah can definitely be those professionals who can clean up anything. Let us know what we can clean to make your deep cleaning an enjoyable experience.