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At first glance, paying professionals to clean your carpets might seem like a luxury rather than a
necessity. But if you look a little closer, you will uncover the real dirt lying just below the surface.
Here are our top 4 reasons why you should get your carpets cleaned by the professionals. 

It’s Budget Friendly

First and foremost, having your carpets professionally cleaned will save you money – especially
in the long haul. Over time, your carpets will experience wear and tear, and, although not wholly
avoidable, it can be significantly reduced. The more a carpeted is used, the faster it will get dirty
or damaged and the quicker it will degrade. High traffic areas such as hallways are more
susceptible to this degradation than less frequently visited areas. Having your carpets
professionally cleaned can reduce the speed at which it deteriorates and can prolong the
lifespan of your carpet, effectively saving you the cost of having to replace it. When you factor in
the price of having to completely replace your carpets, paying to have them cleaned doesn’t
seem so bad.

Keeps Your Space Looking Good As New

If you want your office to look clean and professional, you’re going to need to have clean
carpets. Nothing is more noticeable than a dirty or stained carpet because, unlike laminate or
hardwood flooring, carpets are easy to stain and tricky to maintain. You might think that a
vacuum is all it takes to clean a carpet – but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. While regular
vacuuming is an excellent method for keeping dirt and dust out of your carpets, this won’t get to
the root of the problem. You will want to have your carpets deep cleaned and shampooed to
remove any problematic stains and restore the fibres, leaving your carpets looking and feeling
like new again

It’s Good for Your Health

 What you might not know is that the cleanliness of your carpets can have a direct effect on your
health. When a carpet goes extended periods of time without being properly cleaned, bacteria
and allergens can accumulate and settle in the fibres, triggering allergies and spreading bacteria
around the office. To avoid the spreading of these health triggering culprits, we suggest
vacuuming between 1-3 times a week and having your carpets professionally shampooed 2-3
times a year. This will not only keep your carpets healthy but the rest of your office staff as well!

It Reduces Unwanted Odors and Pests

Carpets are known to trap in dust, dirt, allergens and bacteria which, unfortunately, creates an
environment that is very appealing for insects. The woven fibres of a carpet can often be an
appealing habitat for insects, especially when there is a food source such as dirt dust. These
insects will burrow themselves deep inside, making themselves at home. If these critters are left
unchecked for too long, they will start to eat away at the fibres of the carpet, damaging it in the
process. Not only will you have a bug infested carpet, but a damaged one to boot. When it
comes to odours, carpets act like a sponge, soaking and storing any smell – good or bad.
Lingering carpet odour is another issue that a good vacuuming can’t and won’t solve. Beyond
plugging your nose every day, the only solution to this problem is to have professionals come in
and perform a deep clean.

If your carpets have seen better days or if you’d like to maintain their pristine condition, then it
may be time to contact the professionals. Master Care has the experience and the equipment to
not only clean your carpets but to leave them looking and smelling like new again.

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The Importance of School Sanitation

The immune system of a child is less mature than that of an adult, thus making them more susceptible to colds and viruses. Unfortunately, kids don’t have the best habits when it comes to germs and when in close proximity of each other, things are bound to get messy.

 The Risks

The average adult will contract 2 to 3 colds a year. That may seem like a lot, but compared to children’s statistics, it’s really not. The average child will contract a staggering 6 to 8 colds a year, typically between the months of September and March. The unnecessary spreading of these illnesses leads to more sick students, and subsequently more school absences. Apart from the adverse physical effects that come with being sick, the mental development of a child can also be impacted. Research has shown there is a strong link between a child’s attendance at school and how well they perform, and this is particularly true at younger ages.

 
The passing of germs and illnesses from one host to the next is not limited to physical contact. With contaminated sources, it can also be passed through the air, via sneezing and coughing. Additionally, unsanitary conditions can lead to a build-up of irritants and allergens like those commonly found in dust and dirt. Depending on the severity of allergens, this can lead to potentially dangerous health concerns for children, especially those with asthma or respiratory problems. In extreme cases, improper cleaning and maintenance can attract unwanted pests in the form of insects or vermin, which can carry a range of unsafe germs and contaminants, leading to severe illnesses.

Hidden in Plain Sight

High-traffic areas such as the bathroom and more specifically, the toilets, might seem like the most obvious germ-infested area, but this is not the case; in fact, bathrooms don’t even crack the top 5. The most contaminated areas in a public school are the water fountains, cafeteria trays, sink faucets, cafeteria plates and keyboards. This is why it’s essential that thorough cleanings of these areas take place, as basic cleaning services can overlook them.

Spread the Word not the Germs

So what steps can you take to help reduce the spreading of germs? For starters, faculty should help promote good hygiene and cleanliness by making hand sanitizer readily available for students, as well as encourage and enforce good practices such as proper hand washing procedures. Additionally, the school facility should be professionally cleaned, sanitized and maintained throughout the year.

 This responsibility of keeping schools as germ-free as possible shouldn’t fall on the school alone. Additionally, parents should be taking the proper steps and precautions if their child becomes ill. When a child contracts a cold or the flu, it’s essential that they stay home and recover, not just for their well being but for their peers as well. It’s also necessary that parents teach their children proper germ etiquette such as sneezing and coughing away from others and preferably into a tissue, to reduce the spreading of germs.

 Although you won’t be able to outright stop the spread of germs and sickness in schools, you can take the right steps in reducing the number of bacteria being passed around. The best way to maintain a healthy school environment is with a deep clean and daily maintenance.

The Master Care team consists of experienced professionals who can help reduce the

spreading of germs by providing a detailed clean from the carpet to the ceiling and everything in between.

  • Our school cleaning services may include but are not limited to:
  • Classroom and desk cleaning
  • Whiteboard and chalkboard cleaning
  • Washroom and change room clean up
  • Floor cleaning (carpet, vinyl, gymnasium floors and tile)
  • Window, wall and ceiling cleaning
  • Cleaning staff rooms and kitchen areas
  • Upholstery cleaning
  • Exterior cleaning and maintenance

Using our BC and Ontario green cleaning and eco friendly methods, we can help reduce absenteeism due to cold and flu in your school facility. Contact our team today.

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Post Construction Cleaning: Value Added Service For Your Clients

Happy New Year! As we reflect on the year that was, we usher in 2019 with hopes and dreams about what the new year will bring. Despite falling home sales in B.C. over the past few months, new developments continue to pop up.

As a construction owner, you’re always looking to serve your clients in the best way possible. Regardless of whether you’ve just completed a commercial or residential structure, providing a functional, comfortable and clean environment is the priority. Subsequently, proper post construction cleaning is a real consideration at the end of every project. But how much value does it add?

While the final product may look pristine, construction itself is anything but a clean process. When the space is open to the elements, dirt and dust can easily accumulate. Sub trades make several trips in and out, and while they’re just doing their job, they end up tracking mud, leaves, and water indoors. There are often nails, screws, shards of metal, bits of insulation, pieces of electrical wiring and litter that inhabit nooks and crannies. Furthermore, sawdust and drywall dust collects from the framing and boarding stages, respectively. While owners are all too familiar with the debris, clients should be aware. Whether you’re moving your business into a new building or moving your family into a new home, you want it to be clean — not only for aesthetics, but for your health as well.

What Is Post Construction Cleaning?

 So, what exactly does post construction cleaning entail? First and foremost, a quality cleaning company will remove all construction debris from the project site. All dust should also be removed from ceiling pipes, light fixtures, vents and ducts. A lot of debris ends up in the duct work; if only a surface cleaning is provided, new tenants will breathe that dirt every time they use their HVAC system. Stains should also be tended to, and all surfaces (including trim work) should be scrubbed, dusted and vacuumed. Kitchens and bathrooms should be fully sanitized, floors should be scrubbed waxed and buffed, stainless steel should be polished and walls should be wiped. Additionally, windows, including sills, frames, and glass should be cleaned, complete with the scraping and etching of any labels.

Why Use Professionals For Post Construction Cleaning?

It’s not just the thorough cleaning that provides value; it’s the assurance that the work done is performed safely. Using an unqualified, unlicensed company or your own resources may save you a few bucks in the short term, but if an accident occurs, it can end up costing you big time. Our qualified team wears safety equipment on site at all times to prevent injury and we supply first aid personnel in case of emergency. We also use a licensed scissor lift operator and offer 24-hour live customer support. Aligning yourself with a trusted cleaning company can be very beneficial. You already know the quality of their work and the relationship can extend to other new projects and regular janitorial maintenance on completed projects.

Post construction cleaning holds a lot of value. There are many different areas that collect dirt and debris from the building process; if they aren’t addressed, as a business owner, it can negatively affect your bottom line. If your client suspects or sees evidence of an insufficient cleaning job, they’re likely to make more deficiency or maintenance calls, eating into your profits. As a client, it’s highly advisable that you insist on the inclusion of post-construction cleaning in your agreement or contract for your health and satisfaction. May 2019 bring new happiness, new goals, new achievements and new inspirations in your life; here’s to a clean slate!

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Winter Is Here – Start the Winter Cleaning!

With temperatures plummeting and weather getting more severe by the day, we know that
winter is just around the corner. Despite the fun events and activities that happen during the
season, like holiday parties and tobogganing, there’s a myriad of winter byproducts that can
make your home or office space more grimy than usual. As a result, winter warrants a new
cleaning routine to keep your space spick and span.

Winter Cleaning – Keeping Winter Weather Outside

Snow, ice, sleet, rain and mud: winter weather packs a punch. Building a snowman or skating
on a frozen pond are great outdoor activities. The trouble is that that winter weather tracks all
the way indoors. Snow-covered boots are left at front entries, while jackets, toques, scarves and
mittens are left in other various locations. As the snow and ice melt, these areas get wet and
mucky. Extra diligence is required to keep foyers and surfaces like railings, couches, chairs —
and anywhere else where winter gear is left — clean. Floors will require more frequent washing
as opposed to other seasons as well. In commercial spaces, where shoes and boots are left on
all day, this rings even truer.

Cold Weather Needs Different Winter Cleaning

But winter isn’t just messy, it’s cold too. To combat the chill, we typically turn up the heat. No
matter your heat source, your cleaning routine is impacted. If you have central air, there’s going
to be an influx of dust blowing out of heat registers that haven’t been used in months; matters
will be made worse if your ducts haven’t been cleaned in a while. If you use baseboard heaters,
you’ll have a similar issue with dust, and, if you use a wood-burning fireplace, there’s likely to be
soot and debris. Dusting more often and wiping down surfaces like coffee tables, side tables,
lamp shades, toilet seats and countertops is essential.

Cold and Flu Cleaning During Winter Months

Winter is cold and flu season and germs are circulating like no other time of the year. With doors
and windows firmly secured shut and everyone confined to the indoors, it’s no wonder why
people get sick so frequently during winter. If you can be proactive about cold germs rather than
reactive, it will help cut down on the amount of coughs and runny noses. Introduce disinfectants
and germ-killing products into your winter cleaning routine and use them more regularly.
Address objects and surfaces that are often touched like door knobs, cupboards, faucets,
refrigerator handles and remote controls.

Dust Off The Winter Decorations

Your home or office may appear clean on the surface, but the cold light of day can reveal that a
much deeper clean is necessary. The winter brings the Holidays, and with that Christmas
decorations that have sat and collected dust for the better part of a year. Once displayed, every
gust of wind or passerby sends dust into the air, making for an unhealthy environment. In this
case, weekly cleanings are important. If you opt for a live tree, needles and dirt have a way of
getting everywhere. Likewise, dogs and cats tend to shed their summer coats to grow a thicker,
warmer coat in winter. A persistent vacuuming schedule is the only way to fight the filth.

Winter can be one of the greatest times of the year, bringing hope and joy like no other season.
However, it brings its fair share of messy weather, cold temperatures and germs. If you want to
stay on top of things, you’ll want to adopt a new winter specific cleaning routine or modify an
existing one. The theme here is frequency; if you’re diligent enough, you can keep your space
clean right through the season, but unfortunately, the Holidays are a busy time as well. Time is
scarce and thorough cleanings can get put on the backburner. Luckily, Master Care has a team
of experienced professionals who not only have the time, but can adjust their processes to
match every season. Contact them today and keep the outdoors out this winter.

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It’s the last area you’d think to clean, but it’s an equally important area to clean. Floors get
mopped, toilets get scrubbed, windows get washed, and even walls get a wipe down from time
to time. However, ceilings rarely get the cleaning attention they require. Like any other area,
ceilings aren’t immune to dirt, dust and other debris, so they need to be tended to. Thankfully
there are solutions to get the job done, but forewarning, ceilings can be more challenging to
clean than they appear.

Cleaning Ceilings Challenges

Both residential and commercial ceilings present their own sets of challenges when it comes to
tackling the grime. Residential ceilings can vary in texture; for example, you may have a modern
flat finish throughout your home or a rougher popcorn finish, if your home is older. Size and
ceiling details can also act as variables. Ornate features such as crown molding, wood beams,
and tray ceilings create additional surfaces for dust to collect. Heat registers, recessed lights or
lighting fixtures breed dirt as well and add to the complexity of the job.

Conversely, commercial space ceilings can be difficult to keep spic and span, for their own
unique reasons. Whether it be an office, school or hospital, ceilings in commercial spaces can
differ in style significantly. While traditional tile ceilings have been popular for decades, industrial
designs have emerged in popularity more recently, accentuating exposed features. Exposed
ductwork, plumbing and electrical look great, but your cleaning surfaces multiply in addition to
sprinklers, lights, fans, and smoke/carbon monoxide detectors.

Breath Easier by Cleaning Ceilings

The fact that ceilings are out of reach, and therefore often ignored, creates the perfect
environment for crud to compile. Dust accumulates, airborne dirt settles, cobwebs form and
even insects begin to occupy the space above your head, if not properly maintained.
Furthermore, stains can appear over time and make for unsightly first impressions. Removing
debris from all nooks, crannies, and crevices, wiping surfaces down, treating stains, and getting
rid of any bugs can make for an overall healthier environment.

Cleaning the ceilings can certainly help you breathe a little easier, but it can also serve as an
important reminder to maintain the functionality of the space. Swap out any dead light bulbs,
clear any obstructions from registers/fans, install fresh batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide
detectors and check detector expiration dates. You may also want to have commercial sprinkler
systems evaluated for good working condition. Recurring stains on the ceiling may be indicative
of larger problems, such as a leak; consider bringing in a professional to assess it. If you
address problems early, you’ll end up saving money in the long run.

So you see, there’s a lot more to ceilings than meets the eye. While you can perform basic
maintenance yourself, thorough cleanings are best left to the professionals. In addition to the
danger of falling while cleaning, you negate the risk of damaging ceiling texture or finish or using
chemicals that can be very disruptive to those using the space.

Harsh cleaning chemicals can cause health implications such as migraines or minor breathing
difficulties, due to strong odors. This is felt most in the workplace, where such issues can affect
employee productivity. Master Care uses green cleaning products and procedures that
effectively and efficiently clean any area, leaving little to no scent afterward and ultimately make
for a safe, pleasant space.

Looking Upwards and Onwards

Ceilings are in no way resistant to dust, dirt, and grime. Cleaning them can both improve your
health and make your space more livable. It can also help remind you of important, cost-saving
tasks to complete. If you can’t remember the last time your ceilings were cleaned, it may be time
to call the Master Care team. If the secret of life is to keep looking up, you’d better make sure
the ceiling is clean.

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It’s that time of year again: flu season. You know the story by now; someone in the office comes
to work sick and before you can say “bless you”, the virus spreads like wildfire. Soon everyone
falls victim to the same strain, making for some pretty miserable workdays. Your work space
should receive the same amount of cleaning attention your home does, given the amount of
time spent there, yet it doesn’t. Too often, offices are neglected or receive a surface cleaning at
best. As the days and months pass, things can get pretty grody. We’re highlighting the most
germ-infested areas and objects of an office and what can be done to minimize your chances of
getting sick.

5. Entrances & Exits

With people coming and going multiples times a day, everyday, it’s not hard to imagine that door
handles host a myriad of germs and bacteria. Norovirus (better known as the stomach flu),
streptococcus, and E.Coli are the most common bugs waiting to greet you. Symptoms include
vomiting, severe sore throat, and diarrhea, respectively. Take an elevator up to your office?
Buttons and handrails can be especially contaminated as well.

4. Reception Area

It’s the first point of contact in an office space, but despite your best efforts to make this area
clean and presentable, germs still lurk. The copy machine, the phone, the stapler, the reception
magazines and chairs; these objects are all crawling with microbes that can make you sick.
Window ledges are also problematic as they collect dust, dirt and even mold.

3. Kitchen Area/Break Room

Everyone pitches in to keep the kitchen area or break room tidy, therefore it should generally be
pretty clean, right? Think again. This area’s frequent use means coffee pots, microwave and
fridge handles, utensil drawers, mugs, and the sink faucet are all major culprits when it comes to
germs. Oh, and that sponge that sits on the counter? It creates the perfect breeding ground for
bacteria, as it’s often moist and rarely replaced. Other hotspots to be aware of, include water
fountain and vending machine buttons.

2. Restrooms

This one seems like a no-brainer, but the germiest area may surprise you. No, it’s not the toilet
seat, as users often cover or clean the surface area. And no, it’s not the door handle, since
that’s typically touched only after someone has washed their hands. We’ve heard the rumours
about hand dryers blowing bacteria all over your mitts, but that’s not the worst area either.
Rather, the floor is what that tops the germiest areas in a restroom. Hepatitis A, staphylococcus,
fecal bacteria, and salmonella are all bacteria that can linger on the restroom floor.

1. Desk/Work Areas

The number one most germ-infested area of an office is the place where employees spend the
most time. With the high touchability of items such as computers, mice, keyboards, phones, and
chairs as well as employees’ close proximity to others, it’s no wonder why desks are a germ’s
paradise. Pens shared back and forth and mobile phones used in restrooms and then placed on
desks also contribute to the problem. The transference of germs even transpires when you get
your mail each morning, due to the grimy cart handle.

Pretty disgusting, don’t you think? But, what are you to do? You can’t exactly come to work in a
hazmat suit. Lucky for you, you don’t have to go to such extreme lengths. Investing in a
thorough, professional cleaning by a reputable company can help eradicate germs and minimize
your risk of getting sick, significantly. Master Care has a team of experienced and skilled
individuals who use high grade products, tools and techniques to make your working
environment healthier and more comfortable. Trust their team to tackle these office germ
hotspots this winter season, so the next time a coworker sneezes, you can wince a little less
when saying “bless you”

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Infection Control Awareness

The week of October 15-20th is used to highlight infection control efforts in Canadian hospitals, long-term care facilities and in the community.  This week is an opportunity for education of staff and the community about  infection prevention and to promote what is currently being done by infection control professionals.

The Infection Prevention and Control Canada (IPAC) website has many resources, articles and tips on how to promote infection control awareness in your facility for this week, and always. Take this opportunity to download these resources to distribute among your facility staff, add to your weekly or monthly newsletter, or just leave in the staff room for staff to educate themselves.

Above is a test to see if your staff are up to date on their knowledge of infections and infection prevention. Below is a word search to leave in the staff room – a fun way to bring attention to this important week of awareness. 

It’s a week to do something, do anything to bring awareness to Infection prevention and infection control.  We will all benefit from increased awareness and education on how to keep ourselves and the people surrounding us healthy.

Looking for other resources to promote this important week? Click here for many promotional tools, games and social media graphics. The Provincial Infection Control of British Columbia (PICNet) is an important network dedicated to reducing by improving infection prevention control practices.

Do your part in preventing the spread of infections.  Hire a reputable janitorial company to keep your facility clean and your patrons healthy!

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What should you expect when you hire professional office cleaning? That is a fair question as you are paying a professional cleaner and they should know what they are doing and do it well.  Here are 5 advantages for hiring professional office cleaning.

1. Proper Staff and Supervision

– Professional office cleaning staff should be uniformed, bonded and insured. These are important to ensure the safety of your premises and their contents.  The cleaning associates Master Care sends in to do your office cleaning also have identification cards, regular supervision and surprise inspections.  This is a sign that they are committed to their customers satisfaction.

2. Proper Tools and Products

– They use proper, professional working vacuums, carpet cleaners and buffers with no frayed cords which can be a potential fire hazard. They use color coded cleaning cloths to reduce the chance of cross contamination. Also, ensure they are using environmentally friendly cleaning products to protect not only the environment but the health and safety of the employees within the office.

3. Proper Cleaning Habits

– Professional cleaner use a “top down” cleaning method as it is the most efficient and effective form of cleaning. All dirt and dust will fall to the floor, so the floor will be the last place cleaned.  Also ensure that they are cleaning door nobs, light switches and banisters as these are areas that are touched regularly. Dusting, vacuuming, bathrooms, wiping countertops, desks, door jams and ledges are all expected to be clean when you walk in after the cleaners have been there.

4. Proper Green Cleaning Procedures

– Professional cleaning companies encourage the use of no-touch soap and paper dispensers as this regulates products usage, reducing waste and saving you money.  Turning off lights and use of microfiber cloths are also important as this reduces energy and waste as well.

5. Customer Service

– Do you  have  access to your office cleaning company day and night?  As the customer, you need to feel that you are in good hand and are being heard.  A professional company will give you contact information so they will be there to assist in any requests, revisions or complaints. If there is room for improvement, your company should find a way to do so!  Master Care is available for their customers 24/7! 

Remember, cleaning is an investment, a necessity for the safety and health of your customers and staff.  Hire the professionals.  It will be worth it!  Visit http://www.mastercare.com/cleaning-as-an-investment/ to help you see why you should invest in professional office cleaning.

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The end of summer vacation signals the start of cold and flu season. It is back to school and back to work and back to being  indoors more, which means we are in closer contact with more people.  More chance of getting sick with a cold and flu.  Time for the reminder of how to avoid getting sick by cleaning during flu season.

Points of Contact – Cold and Flu Season Cleaning

You clean the obvious spaces around you; your toilet, your bathrooms, your kitchen sink, vacuum and sweep floors, etc.  Are you paying attention to the points of contact?  These are the areas your hand, and LOTS of other hands touch on a daily or even hourly basis.  Here is a list of the Top Ten Points of Contact you should ensure you or your cleaning staff is paying attention to during this cold and flu season.
     1. TV Remote Control – seriously ask yourself, when was the last time you wipes this down?
     2. Telephone – especially if you share the office phone with may individuals, or lay your personal phone down on counters, tables and desks.
     3. Keyboard and Mouse – Use a sticky note to get out the crumbs and dust between the keys and a sanitary wipe to give the keyboard and mouse a good cleaning
     4. Soap Pump – it is great having automatic soap pumps, but if you don’t you may want to wipe the germs away as pre-washed hands are constantly touching it.
     5. Faucet Handles – another place where many non-cleaned hands are touching frequently.
     6. Light Switches – walls around light switches and light switch plates get a lot of attention during the day.  Are you paying attention to this when you clean?
     7. Door Knobs and Locks – this is an obvious breading ground for bacteria, but how often do they get cleaned?
     8. Drawer Pulls and Cupboard Handles – remember cross contamination of germs from raw meats can linger on these kitchen items. Give them a good sanitization regularly
     9. Hand Railings and Bannisters – another obvious but overlooked point of contact.
     10. Toilet Flusher – I am pretty positive this will be cleaned regularly, but once a week is NOT enough.

 Cleaning, Disinfecting, Sanitizing, Sanitization – Cold and Flu Season Cleaning

Are you aware of the different types of cleaning methods? Are you aware that if you “clean” regulary, there is less need to sanitize as there will be no dirt or debris to allow bacteria and virus to live and grow. Do you know what level of cleaning is right for you?
     1. Cleaning – removes visible dirt and debris and some germs from surfaces but does not completely remove microorganisms
     2. Sanitizing – is a way to reduce the occurrence and growth of bacteria, viruses and fungi to a “safe” level.
     3. Disinfection  – Destroying and killing disease causing germs and microorganisms from surfaces
     4.  Sterilization – going one step further than disinfecting, sterilization kills both the microorganisms and it’s spores. This 4th level of cleaning usually reserved for hospital surgical wards.

 Hand Washing – Cold and Flu Season Cleaning

As I have mentioned before and will mention again, the best way to reduce your chances of catching the cold and flu this season is to wash your hands regularly!  With warm water AND soap! A rinse under the sink just doesn’t cut it!  Remember, keeping hand sanitizer in your vehicle or in your purse or briefcase is a good idea if you find yourself on the go more often than not.
I hope these tips will help keep you healthy and happy this cold and flu season!
 
 Ref:. Clean my Space. Thanks for your tips and Photo!
Ref: Thank you Shine365 for the Cold & Flu Chart Health and Wellness

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Avoid Common Cleaning Mistakes

Our job here at Master Care is to help you keep your facility clean.  We can do this by giving you some helpful tips.  Not only should you know what to clean and how to clean it, but you should also be aware of possible mistakes you may be making on your quest for cleanliness.

  1. Scrubbing spills out of the carpet.

When that juice or wine spills on the carpet, don’t immediately run for a cloth and start scrubbing. You are actually damaging the carpet fibers and pushing the stain in even further into the fibers, causing permanent damage.
Simply remove any surface liquid with a spoon, blot the area dry with some white paper towel or a white cloth (so as not to bleed its color and make the problem worse) and once dry, apply a stain remover to the area if necessary.

  1. Using lemon juice and vinegar for everything.

Lemon juice and vinegar are both acids and are quite capable of damaging natural surfaces. Be careful with surfaces like onyx, marble, limestone and travertine.  If you to like to use these products for cleaning, don’t use too liberally.  Make sure you wipe it down thoroughly after using these acids to reduce damage to natural stone.  For some more tips on cleaning quartz and granite countertops visit: https://www.tipsbulletin.com/how-to-clean-and-seal-countertops-granite-quartz-and-more/

  1. Cleaning windows while the sun’s out.

On a nice sunny day is when we notice how dirty our windows.  We tend to get motivated to start to clean them. When that sudden sunshine and window cleaning inspiration hits, resit the urge! Wait until later in the day, or even till the next cloudy day to do it.  Window cleaning solutions can dry too rapidly with the sun beating down on it and can leave streaks on the glass.

  1. Deodorizing the garbage disposal with coffee grounds.

Garbage disposals are rarely thought about until they start to back up or smell.  They need to be cleaned and deodorized regularly as food can become trapped and bacteria can grow.  Many garbage disposal manufacturers say it’s fine to put coffee grounds into the grinder it is important to take care with this method. Not giving the grinding mechanism a thorough rinsing afterwards can lead to the ground actually clogging the machinery.  You may want to follow some other simple tips such as using rock salt, ice and lemon peels.

  1. The wrong tools and products and techniques for the job.

One of the biggest problems in cleaning is using the wrong tools, products and techniques for the job.  Not all cleaning cloths, sponges and cleaning products are to be used for all cleaning tasks.  Disinfecting products are not the same as cleaning products and you must clean first before disinfecting.  It is actually a two step process and you must clean the dirt and debris first before using disinfectant solutions.  Dwell Time (the time it takes for a cleaning solution to penetrate dirt and kill bacteria) is often overlooked.  Let the solution do it’s job and your cleaning will be more effective.
Most people don’t enjoy cleaning but if you make these cleaning mistakes, you can just be creating more work for yourself and damaging thing around your house in the process.  Avoid these mistakes and you are well underway to become a more efficient cleaning professional.

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