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Office Cleaning Tips

Tip 1:

Studies have shown that the average work desk has more bacteria than a toilet seat. This is probably because so many people eat at their desks, and so few clean them. According to one survey, only slightly more than a third of respondents cleaned their work areas every week. One of the most important things workers can do to stay healthy is to clean their desk, computer keyboard and mouse at least once a week, or to hire office cleaners who will do it for you.

Tip 2:

There are many ways that employees can keep their workspaces clean and safe. The first is to buy a good, all-around office-cleaning sanitizer and to use it often on desks and other work areas. It’s also a good idea to keep hand sanitizer on desks for those times when hand washing is inconvenient.

Tip 3:

Clean out old papers on a desk by sorting them into ‘yes,’ ‘no’ and ‘maybe’ files. If the ‘maybe’ items haven’t been used in a month, employees should toss them out of their offices. Cleaning out old papers also removes a possible fire hazard and clutter. A spring clean can do a lot of good for organisations with lots of paper files, food cupboards, or stock storage areas. Again, de-clutter your storage area, throwing out files and old stock that no longer needs to be retained. This may be a good time for management to consider digitising files or re-arranging old storage systems to make them more space efficient, for example, by introducing new storage shelving and furniture.

Tip 4:

Arrange a 5 minute roster for the staff to wash their dishes over the month. Appoint a different employee on which days to clean

Tip 5:

Air fresheners: place them around the office for a cleaner feel and smell.

Tip 6:

Supply your office with handy wipes for those unforseen spills of coffee.

Tip 7:

Supply office with anti-bacterial gels. It is well documented that offices with this solution for their staff have less sick days because it minimizes cross contamination.

Tip 8:

More people are eating at their desks while working. Crumbs fall into keyboards, so a keyboard brush would be handy to have in a designated area.

Bathroom Cleaning Tips

Tip 1:

Did you know that the bathroom sink is the most contaminated thing inside a bathroom and harbors more germs than your toilet seat.

Tip 2:

Tooth brushes and hand towels should be at least three feet from your toilet as bacteria will come in contact with them when you flush your toilet.

Tip 3:

All bathrooms need to be well ventilated. Open windows or doors while showering and ensure your exhaust fan is operating. The humidity and water retention on surfaces is a haven for mold build up.

Tip 4:

A little tip for the shower is to leave the shower door slightly open when not in use, to reduce the growth of mildew and to help dissipate moisture.

Tip 5:

After cleaning the toilet bowl, put several drops of peppermint essence in the water. It coats the bowl, keeping it cleaner for longer and smelling great.

Tip 6:

Cleaning grout can be a tedious task; one trick we recommend is to spray the grout after a shower using a homemade mixture of bleach: Dilute the bleach with water – 1 part bleach to 3 parts water. Bleach is especially good for removing mold and mildew. It kills the mold and disinfectants at the same time. It also removes stains and discolorations from white grout. Do not use bleach on coloured grout – it can discolour the grout. Be careful when using bleach and any other cleaners, never mix cleaning chemicals especially those containing ammonia.

Tip 7:

Keep a plastic squeegee in the shower and do a quick squeegee of the walls and door to reduce the amount of hard water staining on the tile and grout.

Tip 8:

Get in the habit of wiping down the bath after each use and lime scale won’t have a chance to build up.

Tip 9:

Clean the toilet bowl while you’re away by pouring in 1/4 cup bleach and leaving it until you return.

Tip 10:

Keep the toilet bowl ring-free, by pouring 4 cups of white vinegar in it once a month. Let it soak overnight before flushing.

Kitchen Cleaning Tips

Tip 1:

Buffing a marble table top with car polish leaves a thin, invisible film that helps reduce the risk of stains.

Tip 2:

To clean a microwave oven, add four tablespoons of lemon juice to one cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Boil for five minutes in the microwave, allowing the steam to condense on the inside walls of the oven. Then wipe them with a soft cloth

Tip 3:

To remove fingerprints from stainless-steel appliances, place a small amount of baby oil on a napkin and wipe the affected areas. The fingerprints will just wipe away.

Tip 4:

Kitchen floors should be cleaned by using the THREE WET MOP SYSTEM. The first mop should soak the floor. The second mop should be to pick up most of the water from the first mop and the third mop should be to dry it off. Please note: this method should only be attempted on tiled floors and one piece vinyl and not wooden or vinyl tiles.

Tip 5:

Spray a bleach solution onto your sink and let it sit for a few minutes then rinse well then dry it off and if you want that extra shine, use a glass cleaner to polish it. Ensure bleach solution does not go onto bench tops because it could damage it.

Tip 6:

Your stove should be cleaned by an expert. The chemicals and solutions generally used are caustic. For best results a specialist will often pull it apart to clean which will leave your stove/oven looking almost new. Your specialist will also clean your kitchen vent or range hood.

Tip 7:

For the refrigerator, you should wipe the doors and edges and on top of refrigerator with a cloth dampened with mild dishwashing liquid and water. Wipe the interior with a mix of 2 tablespoons baking soda and 1 litre of hot water. Rinse with a damp cloth, and then dry with a clean towel. This will clean as well as help to eliminate odours. Do not use soap or detergent, because they can leave behind a scent the food will absorb. Keep a small jar (with the lid off) of baking soda in the fridge to absorb excess moisture.

Bedroom Cleaning Tips

Tip 1:

When vacuuming or mopping always start from the top and work towards the exits so you don’t leave marks. Work back towards a door and avoid stepping on the areas you have just cleaned.

Tip 2:

Hardwood floors demand special care in order to keep them looking shiny and attractive. Since wood is a porous material, the rule of thumb is: the less water, the better. That means, hardwood floors should be mopped with a well-wrung out mop or soft rag.

But to start with, fill up a bucket with cool (never hot) tap water and mix in a mild cleaner that’s suitable for most hardwood floors.

Why not hot water? It can dissolve wax, for one reason. It can also cause your floors to streak.

Tip 3:

Ensure you vacuum and mop under all beds. This eliminates you from breathing dust when you are sleeping.

Tip 4:

Vacuum and flip your mattress over to provide even wear.

Tip 5:

In our opinion wood wax is best to use on furniture because it seals the wood and does not attract dust whereas an oil or spray will look good for a little while BUT it attracts dust within hours

Other Cleaning Tips

Tip 1:

Eucalyptus oil removes the gummy residue left by shop stickers.

Tip 2:

To remove furniture indentations from pure wool carpet place a tea towel over the area and then press with a warm iron. The heat will lift the fibres. Do not attempt this with synthetic or a wool/synthetic mix carpet.

Tip 3:

You probably don’t think about cleaning your windows. Unlike counters and floors, there isn’t that much opportunity for windows to get visibly dirty — they just get subtly dirtier over the years until you suddenly wonder where all your beautiful natural light has gone. Washing them (both sides, plus screens and sills) can be a major production. A professional cleaning might be pricey, but just think of it as a once-in-a-while expense.

Tip 4:

Give taps and stainless steel fittings a mirror shine, polish with baby oil and a dry soft cloth.

Tip 5:

Used toothbrushes will come handy for scrubbing between the tiles on the kitchen and bathroom walls. Also very effective for around tap fixtures.

Tip 6:

Place mats at main entry or exit points in the home or office, thus allowing these mats to minimise the dirt or grit one brings inside.

Tip 7:

To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and add the flowers. Shake vigorously as the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt and leave your artificial flowers looking like new!

Tip 8:

Garbage grinder – Try throwing some used lemons into the garbage grinder to keep it clean and with a nice smell.

Tip 9:

Glass dish ware tends to lose its sparkle after a while. That’s where bleach can help too. Make a solution from dish soap and warm water. Add a tablespoon of bleach to the mix and wash the dishes with this solution. Of course whenever you use bleach you’ll need to rinse the dishes with plenty of water afterwards.