30 Days for Spring Cleaning

 

Despite the recent (and forecasted) snow, spring weather is just around the corner. We don’t know about you, but here we are getting anxious to open the windows and let in the fresh air. Although we clean, there are places that are difficult to see in the dead of winter.

To start fresh, follow this thirty-day checklist to clean your home from top to bottom. It doesn’t have to be hard: check off one item a day and before you know it, the sun will be shining and your floors will be spotless.

To download the PDF version of the checklist, click here.

WEEK 1

  • Day 1: Dust all edges and corners at the ceiling level
  • Day 2: Dust ground level edges & corners
  • Day 3: Dust or vacuum vents
  • Day 4: Vacuum edges (where floor meets baseboards)
  • Day 5: Wash baseboards
  • Day 6: Clean front and back door
  • Day 7: Wipe switch plates

WEEK 2

  • Day 8: Wipe door knobs and doors
  • Day 9: Dust light fixtures
  • Day 10: Freshen garbage disposal & all drains
  • Day 11: Dust ceiling fans
  • Day 12: Clean refrigerator and freezer (including coils & under)
  • Day 13: Clean oven and microwave (including under oven)
  • Day 14: Clear and clean kitchen counters

WEEK 3

  • Day 15: Vacuum couches and chairs (including washing slipcovers)
  • Day 16: Wipe down kitchen cupboards and drawers
  • Day 17: Clean out washer and dryer
  • Day 18: Wash windows and mirrors
  • Day 19: Vacuum mattresses and flip
  • Day 20: Wash window sills
  • Day 21: Clean bathtubs and showers

WEEK 4

  • Day 22: Clean bathroom counters, sinks and toilets
  • Day 23: Wash bath mats and shower curtains
  • Day 24: Dust all hard surfaces
  • Day 25: Wash bedding
  • Day 26: Wash curtains and drapes
  • Day 27: Dust window blinds
  • Day 28: Vacuum all floors and stairs
  • Day 29: Wash all floors
  • Day 30: Deep clean vacuum cleaner

The truth about bleach

 

Bleach is often noted as the cheap cleaner that will sterilize above all else. While bleach is an effective disinfectant, it does have its downsides.

Bleach can be rough on countertops. Even when diluted, bleach can be a strong, abrasive cleaner. For your stone or concrete countertops this can cause the sealant to wear down, causing you the hassle of having to reseal your counter sooner rather than later. And for your laminate countertops, they are tough but over time, bleach can cause discoloration.

Also, while household bleach isn’t toxic, it can be an irritant for your skin, eyes and lungs when cleaning with it. If there are young ones in the house, it can damage their skin if they come in direct contact with it. Keep those bottles out of reach!

With the health trend growing, there are increasingly more options for a safer bleach alternative. Whether it is in your home or office, it is worth it to take the steps to minimize your use of bleach and you, may want to start thinking about that alternative.

We know you’re probably not on the mailing list for “2017’s best green cleaners” but we are up to date!

We at Daigle Cleaning Systems keep your family’s health in the forefront of our mind. That is why we thoroughly clean your house or office using safe – yet effective – GREEN CLEANING PRODUCTS. Click here to schedule a free estimate and we will customize a cleaning regimen for your home that will suit both your budget and time constraints.


Flu-proof your home

 

Show winter colds the door by keeping a germ-free house with these tips: 

  • Keep an eye out for germ hot spots in the home.​ Germs love to linger on the most popular surfaces like the remote controls, phones, door handles and keys. Clean these daily to avoid spreading germs between family members. It is as simple as wiping them down with a disinfectant.
  • Make hand washing second nature.​ Remind your kids to wash their hands when they get home from school before they run rampant in the house. All those kids they played with are coming home with them. Wash hands in warm, soapy water when you get home and before you eat!
  • Humidify the home. ​ Believe it or not, flu viruses love cool, dry environments. Keeping the air in your home at a higher humidity level will not only help your chapped lips, but will help you stay healthy.
  • Clean house. ​ It’s probably obvious by now that germs love to live in less-than-clean environments. They love dirty countertops, dusty floors and messy bathrooms. By spending the time to tidy-up and clean these messy areas, you save yourself a week out of work because of the flu — or worse yet, because your kids have the flu.

We at Daigle Cleaning Systems know you’re busy. No time to clean the house top to bottom? Let us do it for you! ​

We keep your family’s health in the forefront of our mind. That is why we thoroughly clean your house using safe – yet effective – green cleaning products. Click here to schedule your free estimate and we can customize a cleaning regimen for your home that will suit both your budget and time constraints.


Need client gift ideas? We got ’em.

 

We have just over a week to go until Christmas — and the clock is ticking.
Are you still trying to put together some last minute gifts for your clients? We have the tips and ideas to make your gift and business unforgettable.

Top 5 Client Gifts This Holiday Season

  1. Books. Pick a book that has been most influential to your business and give it as a gift to your clients. This gives customers insight into what your company culture is all about and may open up discussions about it in the future. Make sure to write a personalized note that goes with or inside the book to let your customers know why it was meaningful to you and picked just for them. Take a look at the business best sellers at Barnes and Noble Business Best Sellers. And for your clients that are always on the road, a gift card to Audible is a worthy alternative!
  2. Gift Cards. Gift cards don’t have to be impersonal. The holidays mean celebration, and nobody wants to have to drive home after a night of *ahem* indulgence. Gift your customers Uber gift credit to get them home without having to get behind the wheel.
  3. A handwritten note. Client gifts don’t have to break the bank. A sincere note of appreciation can have just as much of an impact — if not more — as a pricier present.
  4. Donate to a charity. This is perfect for your clients who don’t accept gifts. It is a thoughtful gesture that will keep your company and your values at the front of your client’s mind. Pick a local charity or make a donation that may be of your client’s interest. The options are endless and will give them the that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you make a difference in someone’s life.
  5. A monthly subscription box. Dog lovers, health nuts, men’s grooming kits — these days, there are subscription boxes for every personality. Give the gift of a monthly subscription and they will think of you whenever it comes. Let’s call it “The Gift That Keeps On Giving.”

Whether it is a heartfelt card or a gift, there is still time to make an impression this holiday season. With any one of these gifts, you are sure to spark a conversation and start building the lasting relationships with your clients you’ve always wanted.

And a little heart-to-heart

Let’s be honest: A soon as you walk into a business, you immediately judge it. You can’t help it. It is a part of how we make connections and part of how we put trust in the companies we are working with. If the office is put together and clean, it is much easier to be at ease going into your meeting. We all\ had that feeling when you walk into an office that is cluttered and a little dirty. We are immediately uneasy and wonder if our business will be handled so carelessly.

Daigle Cleaning Systems specializes in commercial cleaning and we do a great job making businesses look top notch for their clients. Give us a call at 518-768-4881 or click here for a free estimate!