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If you are looking for some tidying up tips, then you’ve come to the right place. Marie Kondo’s new Netflix show has taken the world by storm. Launched on January 1st, 2019, it has since gone on to become one of Netflix’s most popular and talked about shows. Those looking to be inspired and become seasoned cleaning gurus should give the show a watch, as season 1 is available to binge on Netflix. Here, we will discuss some of the tidying up tips that Ms. Kondo has provided from her new hit show.

Purge Your Clothing

Conventional wisdom would dictate that you tackle your cleaning chores by going from room to room in order to purge. However, Ms. Kondo has turned convention on its head with her new show, as she suggests that people clean by category instead of by room. Furthermore, she suggests beginning your cleaning purge by tackling your clothes first.  

What she discovered was that people threw and stored their clothes in a plethora of different areas in their homes. For instance, while most people would toss or store their undergarments, shirts, pants, and dresses in conventional spaces, such as dressers and closets in their bedrooms, people would also store their clothes in storage bins, dressers, and closets that are found in conventional rooms, such as their child’s room, the basement, attic, guest room, and even the garage.

The trick, then, is to pull out all the clothes from all of the hiding spots in the house and then pile them all together in one location. By having all of the clothes in your entire home separated into one large pile you can tackle your clothing purge mission easily and far more efficiently. You will also be able to elevate your home to the next level, as you will have far more free space to work with.

Place Bags in Bags

Some critics have been unfairly hard on Ms. Kondo’s rather unorthodox way of decluttering homes, but we have found her to be supportive, gentle and even encouraging of every person’s decision in terms of how to deal with the excess clothing and other such items in their homes. Examples may include fashionable handbags, men’s ties, and even children’s worn socks.

Furthermore, while some experts would tell their clients to simply reduce clutter by picking and sorting through items, throwing out, say, some of the handbags that they use less often, Ms. Kondo suggests that women store their handbags or purses into their other purses that are big enough to accommodate them. We feel that her tidying up tips are easy to implement, and are also very pragmatic, allowing people to quickly obtain more closet space that they can use for other purposes.

Clean Those Counters

It goes without saying that most people would prefer that their kitchen counters remain clutter-free. Even homeowners who are appliance aficionados will likely confess that they would still prefer a more minimalist approach, whereby they will have access to extra storage space in which to conceal their appliances and gadgets. Still, it may seem bizarre why so many people allow for things on their kitchen counters to slowly, but surely, accumulate until they form a massive mess that can be a large eyesore. The good news is Ms. Kondo has discovered the culprit; being pressed for time.

That is, most people are very busy, and simply don’t have the time to clean their counters. With schools, kids, work, and/or having to take care of elderly parents or relatives, many people are constantly on the go. However, Ms. Kondo’s show has taught us that you can find a spot for virtually everything in your home without having to go out and spend an arm and a leg on large storing shelves or a myriad of storage bins.

Her secret is to personalize your cleaning tasks. That is, she shows some of her clients that the easiest way to purge is to determine what you truly need and what is just taking up valuable real estate unnecessarily. For instance, in one of her episodes (“From Students to Improvements”) she shows the couple featured in the episode that they simply do not need nearly 20 coffee mugs.

Many people don’t like to let go of certain items, either because they feel it would be a waste of money to simply throw them out or donate them, or because they may feel that the items have some sentimental value. However, taking the time to sort through items and accept that some of them are doing more harm than good will help make your cleaning purge work out as intended.

In sum, try and find a time, such as a long weekend, where you can sit down, plan, and get started on cleaning your home. Organize your items, declutter to some catchy music, and try and get your family to help you with your cleaning projects. Items that you actually use and value should be your number one priority and should be kept, while anything that is simply collecting dust should be recycled, thrown out, or donated to a local charity. The final step is to initiate a deep cleaning of your home so that it looks and feels like new.

Sunrise Cleaning

Need some more handy tidying up tips or require some post-renovation cleaning services? If so, please visit our website or give us a call at 905-567-1199 for a free, no obligation quote and consultation. At Sunrise Cleaning, we love to clean—and it shows! From one-time basic and/or deep cleaning to regular recurring cleaning, moving cleaning, and post-renovation cleaning, we are a full-service cleaning company that provides our services in Mississauga and Oakville.

We are also currently offering a 20% discount on the first cleaning service, so there has never been a better time to discover the Sunrise Cleaning difference for yourself!

Sources:

http://www.mollymaid.ca/inspire-yourself-with-the-show-tidying-up-with-marie-kondo/

https://www.sunrise-cleaning.com/

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Moving is stressful and, whether you are a seasoned mover or new to the game, there are many twists and turns in the process that can quickly become overwhelming. However, one thing you shouldn’t have to worry about is cleaning your old house, condo, or apartment after you are all ready and packed to move on. A quick fix to this problem is hiring a cleaning service to get the job done for you in half the time!

Don’t know where to start? When it comes to move-in or move-out cleaning, Sunrise Cleaning is there to brighten your day! From a staging clean or open house clean to your move-out or move-in clean, we will be there for you to care for your needs throughout your entire moving process.

With years of experience in residential and commercial cleaning throughout Ontario, Sunrise Cleaning are the experts for you when you’re ready to move.

Selling your house?

When it’s time to sell, hire a professional cleaning service to make your home sparkle. When your home is clean, not only will it sell faster, but it is statistically proven that you will sell for more money. Polished interiors show potential buyers how much you loved and cared for your residence and it makes them want to love it too! Besides, as the saying goes, “A clean home is a happy home!”

Many realtors find it advantageous to hire a cleaning service for staging and open house showings. First impressions guarantee interest, especially when a buyer walks into a fresh smelling entryway. Make the first impression of your potential homebuyer: “I can live here”.

Why Cleaning Services are Necessary When Moving

No matter you how much pre-planning or checklists you have prepared to get your move right, at the end, you still have an ugly mess to contend with. Moving is hard work! Why not lessen the burden and hire a reputable cleaning service to finish the ugly task of cleaning carpets, dust balls, handprints, and food spills, among other things.

Here is a list of standard jobs many cleaning companies offer in terms of move-in or move-out cleaning. But, of course, if there is something not on the list, your cleaning professional will be happy to tailor to your demands. Remember, it is better to have your home empty to fully reap the benefits of the move-out clean.

Popular cleaning services include:

  • Complete bathroom and kitchen scrub down
  • Cupboards facia wiped
  • Floors washed
  • Carpets vacuumed
  • Wipe down of molding, light fixtures, baseboards, window sills, etc.
Reasons to Hire a Cleaning Service When Moving

While there are many reasons to hire a cleaning service to help make your move quick, easy, and stress-free, these are just a few to consider when deciding whether you want to go professional or do-it-yourself:

  1. Ease of mind knowing the job has been done right.

    Let the experts practice their skills. Professional cleaning companies train their employees in the art of cleanliness, providing each person with extensive knowledge about cleaning products, safety, chemical storage, and sanitizing. Additionally, staff learn how to be quick and efficient, learning trade secrets.

  2. Delegate to get the job done fast.

    Tacking on cleaning duties to an already busy schedule can create tension and unhappiness when moving. Why not take one thing off your to-do list and delegate the task of cleaning to a professional service? The job will get done in half the time and it is one less thing for you to worry about.

  3. Create an inviting environment and build good rapport in the real estate community (it’s common courtesy!).

    Real estate agents are often left to sell and contend with homes that are jam-packed with stuff. During open houses, they try to present these homes in the best light, often failing. However, the best agents know that hiring a cleaning professional to stage an open house is money well invested. A house cleaned and staged is a house that sells faster and for above the listed price. As well, when you leave a clean home for the new owners, it reflects well on your character and how you conduct business. With a good rapport, realtors and homeowners alike will be happy to work with you for years to come.

  4. Keep focused.

    Everyone loves a clean house, but no one likes to clean. There are many distractions that turn a couple of hours of housework into a whole day of work. Stop wasting time. A cleaning professional specializes in getting the cleaning done efficiently and quickly. In no time at all your home will sparkle with everything in its place. And just think, you can be distracted by other things that you enjoy more.

  5. Make your checklist.

    Checklists are very important. They ensure that you get the job done in a sequential order that makes sense. Think about what cleaning jobs you want to tackle during the selling, move-out, post-move, and move-in stages, while creating a separate list of jobs for your professional cleaning company.

    Make a room-to-room list of items that will need a thorough cleaning. Some areas will need more cleaning than others. Be mindful that kitchens and bathrooms will be the last to clean because they will be used throughout all stages. Don’t forget to clean ceilings, walls, cupboards, and wallboards first, leaving the floors last.

    It’s best to leave the hardest jobs for the experts. Remember that moving is time-consuming and tiring. It is a continuous job for a long period of time. Hiring a reputable cleaning company will give you much needed help and will keep your spirits high. Their help will keep you focused on other aspects of the move.

Whether you are moving in, or moving out, hiring a professional cleaning service is a necessity to help you get the job done fast.

We are a locally owned and operated professional cleaning company that has been providing excellent customer service to the residents of Oakville and Mississauga for almost 20 years. We take great pride in what we do, specializing in all types of cleaning services. At Sunrise Cleaning, we love to clean and it shows! Call us at 905-567-1199 or visit our website for more information, or to talk with one of our seasoned professionals.

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Most people don’t even think about cleaning their ceilings or don’t bother to, as they may not think it is important to keep them clean. However, like any other area of the house, your ceiling also needs some tender love and care in order to look its best and brightest. In fact, your ceiling can serve as a breeding ground for harmful germs, dirt, and debris, and the problem will only increase with time. Here, we discuss some of the most important reasons why you should pay the same attention to cleaning your ceiling as you would your windows, walls, and floors.

Breathe Easier

Due to the fact that a typical ceiling is out of reach to the average Canadian, it is often ignored when it’s time to clean the home. However, because ceilings are often left as is, they end up becoming an ideal breeding ground for dirt, cobwebs, insects, and dust. In other words, an unclean ceiling will create the quintessential environment for contaminants and germs to accumulate.

Moreover, an unclean ceiling will eventually lead to stains, which will quickly become an eyesore to visitors and will likely help form a bad first impression of your home. As such, we would recommend that you take the time to eliminate unsightly debris from every crevice and that you properly treat stains, eliminate insects, and vigorously wipe surfaces down to help foster a healthy environment.

The end result of a clean ceiling that is devoid of bugs, dirt, dust, and cobwebs is that you and your loved ones will breathe easier, and be less prone to allergic reactions when you are home.

Safety First

Yet another advantage of cleaning your ceiling is that it will remind you to maintain the functionality of the space that you are cleaning. That is, you may be reminded to eliminate any obstructions from your fans and registers and to also check your detectors to ensure that they have not expired. Also, while you are up there, you may want to swap out any light bulbs that have died and install new batteries in your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Moreover, if you have installed sprinklers in your home, you may want to test them to ensure that they are still working.

If you notice recurring stains on your ceiling, then they are likely indicative of a much bigger problem. For instance, such stains may be caused by a major leak. If you’re in doubt, then we would suggest that you call a professional to perform a thorough inspection of your ceiling. If they detect a problem while it is still relatively minor, you will end up saving more money in the long run.

Leave it to the Pros

Due to the logistical issues that ceiling cleaning and maintenance presents, it may be in your best interest to leave it to the professionals. For instance, you may end up using harsh cleaning chemicals that can make you sick and that do more harm than good to your ceiling. Many cleaning products on the market generate noxious fumes that can cause nausea, headaches, and dizziness.

However, by calling a professional cleaning team, they will only use the safest and effective cleaning products to ensure that your ceiling is not damaged by harmful and abrasive chemicals.

Cleaning your ceiling may also increase the risk of a fall and cause a serious injury, such as a concussion or a compound fracture. The risk of damage to its finish and/or texture is yet another issue that you should be aware of if you are thinking of cleaning the ceiling yourself.

In sum, ceilings are not resistant to grime, dirt, and dust that can cause serious respiratory problems, particularly in the young and the elderly. As such, by cleaning your ceiling, you will not only improve the health of everyone in your home but will also make it a more livable and aesthetically pleasing space.

Cleaning your ceiling will remind you to perform tasks that will not only save you money in both the short and long-term (such as inspecting for leaks) but may also save your life. This includes installing new batteries in your carbon monoxide and smoke detector, fixing defective sprinklers, and removing mould and asbestos that has formed over the years.

Sunrise Cleaning

At Sunrise Cleaning, we love to clean and it shows! We have been providing our quality cleaning services in Oakville for over two decades. We are also a full-service cleaning company and offer one-time, move in or out, renovation and spring cleaning, as well as special occasion maid cleaning, and regularly recurring maid cleaning services. With Sunrise Cleaning, you will not only get meticulous, reliable, and timely service but will also save money in the process.

In fact, we have a perfect A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau and also offer same-day emergency cleaning services in certain instances. Moreover, all of our quality cleaning services are backed by a 100% guarantee to ensure complete client satisfaction. And every member of our experienced and dedicated cleaning staff is fully licensed and bonded for peace of mind.

You’ve tried the rest, now try the best! Call us at 905-567-1199 for a free quote or to book our cleaning services, or visit our website to learn more about our cleaning services and our special offers, such as our 20% discount for first-time customers.

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Spring cleaning, our favourite event of the year! Spring cleaning is synonymous with doing a deep clean of your entire home, paying close attention to the spots and crevices that are usually passed over. It’s important to do a thorough cleaning regularly to maintain the condition of your home’s assets, such as floors, bannisters, window dressings and steel fixtures.

There are so many reasons to embrace spring cleaning. It increases your productivity, cuts down on allergens in the home and improves your mood. Having a clean home is a great way to reset your focus, and puts you in the right starting place to conquer spring and summer. Take our professional tips for how to spring clean like no one’s business!

  1. Purge

Clutter does us all in. A good way to start your spring cleaning efforts is to go through your house (including closets) and collect anything you’re not using on a regular basis. If it’s not serving a purpose, let it go. Reducing your household clutter will make spring cleaning a lot easier. You’ll also find your home looks much cleaner just by getting rid of your redundant items.

  1. Start At The Top

Make sure you work top to bottom when cleaning your home. That means cleaning your ceilings, your topmost fans, your window dressings and your door frames first. When you clean high up areas, invariably some dirt will fall to the ground. It’s no problem if you clean your floors last.

To clean your walls and ceilings, mix:

  • ½ cup vinegar
  • 1 cup clean ammonia
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • 1-gallon warm water

Dip a sponge (a mop with a sponge attachment works great) into the mixture, wring the excess moisture out and apply to your ceiling and walls. Don’t scrub too hard; you don’t want to affect the paint.

  1. Make Your Windows Shine

Nothing works on windows like a professional cleaning, but you can definitely take on the task yourself. Regular cleaning products such as Windex do wonders, but you can also fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 solution of water and white vinegar. Spray your windows thoroughly, then wipe off the solution using paper towels or newspaper.

  1. Floors

Now that you’ve worked from top to bottom, it’s time to tackle those floors. Sweeping and mopping won’t cut it for a spring cleaning.

For carpets, use a high-quality vacuum cleaner. Modern vacuums will actually eliminate allergens in the air. This is perfect if you have pets in your house, or if you or your family members have any sensitivities.

If you have wood floors, spring cleaning is a great opportunity to apply a coat of wax. This will help keep your wood floors gorgeous for years to come. Wood floors are a point of value in a home. Make sure you maintain them, whether or not you’re contemplating ever selling your home.

  1. Bathrooms

Bathrooms demand regular cleaning as it is, but spend a little extra time for spring cleaning. Wash the ceiling and walls as you did in other rooms, and clean off your shower curtain. If your shower curtain is looking extra grimy, swap it out for a new one.

Clean off all tiled surfaces with a neutral pH cleaner. Baking soda and water work well. If you have a lot of grout between tiles it’s best to call in professional cleaners. You could spend all day on that grout, but not get very far.

  1. Clean Your Broom

It might seem a bit extra to clean your cleaning tools, but brooms are magnets for dust bunnies, stray hairs and allergens. You only have to swish your broom around in a bucket of warm, soapy water, then leave it to dry.

  1. Underneath The Sheets

Your bedding gets washed regularly, but what about that mattress? Your mattress could use a good vacuuming at least once a year. If you put a mat down on top of your mattress, give it a launder.

  1. Dust All Over

Using a damp cloth (either wet with water or a polishing solution) go over all the surfaces in your home. Countertops, bookshelves, furniture legs, bed frames, banisters—anything that can collect dust, give some attention!

  1. Steel Fixtures

Stainless steel fixtures are impressive when they’re gleaming! You can use a mild soap solution, white vinegar, club soda or special steel cleaning solutions to buff and polish your metal wares. Don’t use anything abrasive, anything with particles, chlorinated cleansers, sanitizers or bleach. They could cause an adverse reaction with your lovely steel fixtures.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! You’ll feel like you’re in a brand new home after going through the ritual of spring cleaning. Your home will look better and will withstand the test of time if you give it regular, through attention. Allergens and dust bunnies will be no more, and you’ll be able to relax in an orderly home at the end of it all.

Not as enthusiastic about spring cleaning as we are? Sunrise Cleaning provides house cleaning and maid services in the North West GTA. Home cleaning in Oakville doesn’t need to be a chore. Call us at (289) 814-1824 or contact us here.

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Ask a co-worker what parts of the office they think are the filthiest and most will bring up office keyboards or perhaps the bathroom door handle. However, there are are other parts of the office that are teeming with germs that you may be oblivious to. Failure to properly clean an office can lead to health issues and loss of productivity, as many workers will call in sick. Below, are some of the dirtiest places in your office and how you can sterilize them without breaking the bank…or your back.

The Start Button on Your Photocopier Machine

A study conducted by Hloom—a prestigious template maker—found that the average photocopier start button had 1.2 billion colony forming units per square inch; this is in stark comparison to a typical toilet seat at a school, which only has 3,200 colony forming units. As can be seen, the start button of your photocopier machine is one of the most germ-ridden spots in the office. The good news is you can clean it by using a high-quality disinfectant solution or by affixing an antimicrobial screen onto its surface.

The Surface of Your Desk

The surface of your desk will also be laden with a ton of germs. It may appear clean to the naked eye but rest assured that there are many harmful germs spread across your desk that you may not be aware of. Many busybodies also eat and drink at their desks in order to save time and make deadlines. As such, food particles and spilled liquids can cause issues, and discarded napkins, paper cups, and utensils can also serve as hot spots for nefarious germs to spread.

Many employees also make the mistake of simply wiping their desks down with a damp cloth instead of using a high-quality cleaning solution. To properly clean the surface of your desk you should use a high-quality disinfectant solution daily. If possible, come in a few minutes early and properly clean your desk before the workday begins, and, if you have the time, do the same right before exiting the office in the evening.

Vending Machine Buttons

A vending machine may appear clean, but it is also a hotspot for germs to spread. In fact, if you checked the buttons on the vending machine under a powerful microscope you would find a myriad of harmful germs and bacteria on them. Furthermore, one of the issues with vending machine buttons is that you can’t clean them using a conventional cleaning method. However, you can purchase antimicrobial resistance screens for vending machine buttons. Then, simply clean them whenever you have the time and you will reduce the propagation of germs with minimal effort.

Your Office Keyboard

While we did mention that the office keyboard isn’t the biggest ecosystem for germs, it is still one of the biggest. Dirt and dust from your table, as well as the carpet underneath your desk, will somehow find its way onto your keyboard and set up shop. In fact, it is possible to have up to 4000 germs in every square inch of your keyboard, which can make you sick. The good news is cleaning your keyboard can be a breeze if you use the proper technique and solution. Simply wipe it down using a high-quality disinfectant solution every day and you should be able to enjoy a clean (and pleasant smelling) keyboard for your office tasks.

The Refrigerator Handle

Dozens, if not hundreds of people, will need to access the office refrigerator on a daily basis, so the handle of the refrigerator will be touched a plethora of times. As such, germs can easily spread if the handle is not cleaned thoroughly and methodically. An easy solution to this issue is to ask your coworkers to wash their hands before they open the refrigerator. Evidently, not all of your coworkers will be compliant, so the only surefire way to reduce germs is to take matters into your own hands and vigorously clean the handle, as well as the surface of the fridge, with a premium quality disinfectant solution.

The Washroom Door Knob

Another classic hotspot for germs that needs to be sterilized as soon as possible is the inner knob of the washroom door. Unfortunately, many people simply do not wash their hands after using the washroom, and even the ones that do often don’t use the proper hand cleaning techniques. As such, fecal matter, and other malevolent particulates will often attach to washroom door knobs and spread from person to person. In fact, a single washroom inner doorknob in an office can house over a million harmful microbes, so cleaning it properly should be a priority. Moreover, most experts agree that an office washroom should be cleaned five times a day, with the inner door knob being no exception. Also, if your office has cleaning staff then you should ask them to also disinfect the washroom handles while they are cleaning the washrooms.

Sunrise-Cleaning

Sunrise-Cleaning provides full-service office cleaning services in Mississauga. In fact, we have been providing premium quality office cleaning services in Mississauga since 1992. We also offer a 20% discount for the first-time clean (some restrictions may apply), and currently, have a team of over 40 qualified maids and over 2,000+ satisfied customers. For a consultation in order to discuss your cleaning needs, please do not hesitate to contact us at 289-814-1824. You can also visit our website to learn more about our award-winning services.

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The cooler weather has now arrived across the region and you’re now likely considering the best ways to keep your home clean for the months ahead. Our experienced team here at Sunrise-Cleaning in Mississauga has a clear understanding regarding quality winter cleaning services, and within this new post, we’ll provide our expert guide to keeping your home clean throughout the fall and winter seasons.

Add Door Mats Throughout the Home

Doormats are your home’s first defense against the slush and the dirt that can erode carpeting and damage hardwood floors. Take the time to install doormats throughout the home so you don’t face an expensive cleaning bill in the months ahead. For that extra layer of protection this winter season, consider using one doormat outside the home and one doormat inside. The added effort will be worth it when you see the reduction in cleaning costs!

Use Boot Trays

It’s an item that’s rarely considered until it’s desperately needed. But boot trays can help to make your home look tidier and keep it cleaner this winter season. For the low maintenance boot tray option, there are plastic products available widely online and in retail stores. But for those who wish to blend the boot tray with their home decor, you can always use copper stamped products that feature unique decorative designs.

Ensure You Keep Entrance Ways Clear

One of the more common impediments for homeowners struggling to keep a clean property throughout the winter season is dirt in hallways and mudrooms. The slush and grime that sticks to the floor in these areas can be caught on socks and then tracked inside the house, causing a significant cleaning problem. It’s important you take care to clean your foyers and mudrooms regularly as this will go a long way to keeping the rest of the home in the optimal clean condition.

Enforce the No Shoes Rule

It might be difficult at first, but you must try to ensure that your children don’t bring their shoes inside the home during the winter time. One great way to help support your family in enforcing this rule is to place a laundry basket by your boot tray in the mudroom or foyer. Your family can remove their dirty shoes and boots and place them on the tray. Then they can remove their cold, wet socks and place them in the laundry basket ready for the washing machine. This process helps build a routine for arriving back at the home and will significantly reduce your cleaning work.

Vacuum the Furniture

With your family spending more time indoors during the fall and winter seasons, it’s important that you take the time to vacuum your furniture. The furniture will quickly become dusty as a result of the contaminants being distributed throughout the home by your home heating system. Take the time to vacuum the furniture, as well as the carpet, to minimize the amount of dust and pet dander that settles in the home. Not only will this help in making your home look cleaner, but it will also reduce the level of allergens in the home space.

Inspect Your Chimney

There’s often nothing better on those cool winter mornings than sitting around the fireplace and watching television or reading together with your loved ones. But many families don’t recognize the potential hazard in their chimney. If there’s a blockage in the space, and the fireplace is turned on, smoke could fill the home rather than being vented outside. Before you begin using your fireplace and chimney this season, have the area inspected professionally to determine it’s in optimal working condition.

Clean the Dryer Vent

One mistake many homeowners make when cleaning around the home during the holidays is not considering their home dryer and the vents connecting the dryer to the exterior area of the property. The vents must be cleaned annually to ensure that heat can be vented from the dryer. When it becomes blocked, there’s the potential for a dryer fire and for the dryer to break down over a short period of time.

Steam Your Home Carpets

It’s now the time of year where the majority of the family will be spending more time together at home keeping warm. And so you should consider ways in which to make sure your home looks its best throughout the months to come. One area on which to focus is your home’s carpets. Take the time to clean your home carpets carefully using steaming equipment. This can help to remove any animal odours or tough stains that might have been collected over past years.

Turn to Sunrise-Cleaning for Quality Winter Cleaning Services in Mississauga

Our experts at Sunrise-Cleaning can help you ensure your home is kept in peak clean condition for the months ahead and ready for 2019. Our full-service range includes the following:

  •  One-Time Cleaning

We can visit your home for a one-time cleaning service designed to ensure professional cleaning is completed on an as-needed basis. We offer both a one-time basic cleaning service and a one-time deep cleaning service that includes the deep cleaning of carpets, bathtubs, showers, sinks, floors, and all areas throughout the home.

  • Regular Recurring Cleaning

Our team also offers a regular recurring service, which can be designed according to your unique schedule and cleaning requirements. Our regular recurring cleaning service includes either one or two maids for ongoing cleaning work throughout your home.

  • Customized Services

At Sunrise-Cleaning, we present you with a full range of customized cleaning services designed to help you consolidate the cost of achieving that completely clean home. It’s the ideal option for those with unique home maintenance challenges.

To discover more about our team and our range of service options for your upcoming winter cleaning requirements, please call today!

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Your carpet is a major focal point of your décor and is part of the first impression someone has when they enter your business. Those tell-tale dark marks left on high traffic areas such as hallways can really take away the appeal of even the most well-maintained offices. An annual professional carpet steam cleaning provides a deep cleaning that will help remove everything from odours to dust mites even from carpets that appear clean on the surface!

Home Steam Cleaners vs. Professional

Many people think a quick vacuum or home steam cleaning will do the same job as a professional steam cleaning. However, products designed for home use do not reach the extremely high temperatures used by professionals. Professional steam cleaners use water as hot as 200 degrees, which creates a steam vapour that not only extracts the dirt from your carpet but also the grease and oil build-up.

It is important to remove all the oil and grease from your carpet as they act as a magnet for dirt, hair, and even dust mites. The high temperatures work together with safe, professional grade detergents to effectively dissolve the adhesive bond formed by greasy build-up. This allows the steam cleaner to completely remove all the dirt and build-up with far more effective results than a home steam cleaner. As well by removing the greasy build-up, your carpet will remain cleaner for longer.

Home steam cleaners also tend to leave residue from your detergent, while professional steam cleaners powerfully rinse and remove all residue as they work. There are two reasons you want to ensure all detergent is removed. The first is that this residue acts in the same way greasy build-ups do, by attracting and holding onto dirt. The second is that detergents can leave behind chemicals that are harmful to your family and pets. We also offer an eco-friendly detergent option that will be as effective as our professional grade detergent.

Finally, although using a home steam cleaner does help you remove some dirt, soiled areas that are greasy, as well as the new residue left behind from your detergent, will cause your carpet to become dirty again faster.

Potential Health Issues from Unclean Carpets

Even newer carpets can have hidden dangers that affect the purity of the air in your office. This can include allergens such as dust mites, and bacteria. These particles remain in the air and are loosened when people walk about the home. You are breathing in these particles every day. Allergens cause symptoms that can include itchy, watery eyes, skin rashes, and even respiratory issues.

More than 10 percent of people have a dust mite allergy and as many as 2,000 dust mites can live on a single ounce of carpet. This can cause serious breathing issues for those with allergies. In fact, even the dust in your carpet can cause respiratory challenges.

If you have had any spills, leaks or flooding you can also have unseen mould or mildew beneath the carpet. It takes a professional steam cleaning to get hot enough and provide enough power to force detergents deep down to remove existing mould as well as to stop further growth. If not addressed, mould can actually penetrate floorboards, leading to structural issues.

Recommended by Carpet Manufacturers

Most carpet manufacturers will recommend an annual steam clean to help protect your carpet from staining, as well as to remove odours and dirt build-up. This is even more important for those with children and pets. Dirt will be more obvious in high traffic areas which often require a more frequent cleaning, especially for lighter coloured carpets. Keep in mind that although a darker carpet might not show dirt, it doesn’t mean the dirt is not there!

Regular steam cleaning will make your carpets easier to vacuum and keep clean. As mentioned, this is because you must remove that pesky grease that holds onto dirt. With less grime to cling to, vacuuming becomes a breeze. This, in turn, can help avoid wear and tear that prematurely ages your carpet.

Refresh Your Décor

Nothing makes an office look more uncared for than a dirty carpet. Removing the dark markings left behind by dirty shoes provides a smooth, consistent look throughout your business giving it an instant update!

As you can see there are many benefits to having your carpets cleaned annually. Your office will look better, your environment will be cleaner, and you will avoid potential illness for your employees.

For more information about professional carpet steam cleaning services please call Sunrise-Cleaning at 905-567-1199 or contact us here.

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Making a lasting and impactful first impression is crucial for any business, and the cleanliness of your office has a lot to do with that. Carpets are an excellent investment that makes a powerful imprint in the memory of just about anybody who walks into your office.

Placing carpets to accentuate the look of your office is one thing, taking care of them is another. Dirty, stained carpets reflect poorly on your professionalism in addition to posing numerous health hazards.

Since commercial carpets are more prone to dust and dirt, it becomes even more important to clean them on a regular basis. Unfortunately, this can take a considerable amount of effort and without the right cleaning process in place, results may turn out to be less than desirable. This is why natural products and techniques are fast being adopted by businesses concerned about the upkeep of their carpets.

If you already have a commercial carpet in your office or are planning to buy one for your business, here are some natural ways to help clean it and extend its life.

Vacuuming

As basic as it gets, the first way to clean the carpet is to vacuum it regularly, ideally on a daily basis. It is advisable to invest in a good vacuum cleaner that works more effectively on larger carpet areas in offices. Make sure you clean the mesh of the vacuum in order to get rid of any dust, dirt, or other tiny items sucked into it.

Blotting

Another way to keep the carpet looking as good as new is to immediately clean any stains or dirt. If coffee, soil,or blood stains are spotted, the blotting technique must be used to soak up the liquid immediately. While there are solutions in the market to help remove stains even after they’re set, it is generally wiser to cure the stains immediately. Delay can make the stain more permanent and much harder to clean later.

Spot Cleaning

This is similar to the above cleaning tip. As soon as you find a spot on the carpet, wipe it off immediately. For any kind of dry stains, moisten the spot lightly and then blot it or use a cleaner to remove the stain.

Hot Water Wash

Hot water is one of the best cleaning agents and can be used for light cleaning on a regular basis. Mix water with a mild shampoo or any other cleaning solution and wash the carpets with it. Clean not only the carpets but also the floors beneath it for a much more effective cleaning experience and removal of dirt and contamination.

Using an Enzyme Cleaner

Using a good quality enzyme cleaner can help clean carpets effectively without leaving behind any foul smells. It gets rid of all the possible odours and is tough on stains as well.

Using Bleaches

Bleach is a wonderful product to be used to clean any tough stains on the carpet. There are a wide variety of bleachers available in the market. Choose and use the one that is most suitable for carpet cleaning.

Vinegar

Using a DIY product is always cheaper than buying a commercially branded product. If cost is an issue, use white vinegar to clean the carpets. Put the vinegar on any stains and let it stand for a while, before blotting it up. A mix of vinegar and shampoo can also be used to clean the entire area. Vinegar not only cleans well but also absorbs odours and smells.

Baking Soda

Using baking soda as a cleaning agent is another effective and cost-effective DIY way to clean carpets. Sprinkle baking soda over the stained area or layer it all over the carpet and leave it for a while to work. Later, clean it with a vacuum cleaner. The baking soda makes the carpet contamination-free while effectively removing grease stains as well.

Drying

The most ignored yet unavoidable technique in cleaning is drying. Once the carpet is cleaned, it is also vital to dry it properly. Wet areas tend to attract more germs and can become a breeding place for bacteria. Air dry the carpet and the floor after it is cleaned with any wet ingredients.

Dusting

Another basic tip but one that cannot be ignored. This simple yet effective technique of dusting at regular intervals prevents dust particles and other items from settling. You can simply use a dusting cloth to remove dust from the carpet.

Fresheners and Essential Oils

A technique used by most professional cleaning services, where, after the basic cleaning, the carpet is cleaned with some fresheners or essential oils to give it that extra touch, making it look fresher and brand new, while also keeping it germ-free. An advantage is that such fresheners are capable of getting rid of any odour that might have still been left behind after cleaning.

While it does take some effort and regular monitoring to keep carpets looking spotless and in shape, leaving them unattended can actually harm your health as well as that of your employees and any other person coming in contact with it.

Whether you’re doing the carpet cleaning yourself or looking to hire a commercial cleaning company for the purpose, ensure that only natural ways of cleaning are adopted. Using heavy chemical-based or other artificial cleaning methods will not only damage the carpet in the long run but can also have an adverse impact on the health of your employees.

For more information about environmentally conscious commercial cleaning, call Sunrise-Cleaning at 1-866-278-8208 today or contact us here.

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There’s a good chance that you can remember your grandmother or grandfather house cleaning. Grandparents tend to keep the house cleaning process fairly straightforward. All you need is a bucket, a scrub brush, and a whole lot of bleach. Maybe a full gallon or two splashed around the entire house.

When you walk through your local grocery store, you’ll find an entire aisle full of home cleaning products. Every product claims to do something different and vital and highly specific. But your grandparents might have had it right. Bleach is an old-fashioned remedy that can help you clean just about everything inside and outside of your house. You can even use it in your garden.

Today, people are most likely to put bleach in their washing machines. It gets stains out of clothing better than any other substance. But clothes aren’t the only items that bleach will work on. An entire home cleaning can be accomplished using bleach. It’s a more economical solution than using a dozen different bottles of highly specific cleaners.

If you’re ready to clean like your grandparents, roll up your sleeves, and go back to the basics; these are the house cleaning tips for bleach use. These house cleaning tips have been compiled by experts.

The Laundry Room

Even though the most common use for bleach is brightening your whites, you can also use it when you need to sanitize your laundry. For example, you might need to do a deep clean of your baby’s clothes or your own gym gear. When you’re looking for a deep clean, it’s important to add slightly more bleach than you usually would. In a standard washer, that’s 2/3 of a cup; in a high-efficiency washer, that’s 1/3 of a cup.

What many people don’t realize is that, depending on the method used to apply the dye, a great number of coloured clothes can also be washed with standard bleach. Before you do a full wash, experts recommend that you test a small and discrete part of the fabric with bleach. You should mix two tablespoons of bleach with 1/4 of a cup of water. Apply a small dot to the fabric, let it sit for about a minute, and then blot it dry. If there isn’t a stain, it’s okay to wash the garment with bleach.

The Kitchen

Chances are, you have a good number of different kitchen cleaners. One cleans the sink, one cleans the counters, one cleans the windows, one cleans the stove, etc. The potential list goes on and on. But as long as you’re willing to take the time to mix your own solution, bleach will fit every cleaning necessity in the kitchen.

If you want a basic formula to use everywhere, you should mix 1/2 of a cup of bleach with one full gallon of water. This is an effective disinfectant on your floors, refrigerator, tiles, sinks, countertops, stainless steel appliances, and any other hard surfaces in the kitchen.

If you’re disinfecting your plastic trash can, you’ll need your solution to be a little stronger. Mix 1/2 of a cup of bleach with 3/4 of a gallon of water. Meanwhile, plastic cutting boards should be cleaned with a diluted solution: two teaspoons of bleach mixed with a full gallon of water.

Travel mugs are often forgotten in the cleaning process, but they gather so much bacteria in their tricky lids and corners that they can benefit from bleach cleaning. If you mix two teaspoons of bleach with a full gallon of water, soak both the mug and the lid in it for two minutes, and then rinse it well. Then you’ll have a disinfected mug that’s safe to drink from.

The Bathroom

No matter whether you’re focusing on the floor or the ceiling, the mirror or the wall, the sink or the toilet or the shower, bleach is the deep-clean solution that will destroy nasty bacteria. When you’re cleaning your standard surfaces, like your tiles and toilets, you can use your standard bleach solution. But experts have recommendations for some trickier bleach applications.

If you want to save the mouldy shower curtain you found in the landfill, you can put it in your washing machine with basic detergent, along with 2/3 of a cup of bleach. This will kill the bacteria already on the curtain, clean the mould away, and prevent the formation of new growth.

You can disinfect the plastic bath toys that your kids play with. Just mix 1/2 of a cup of bleach with a full gallon of water. Let the toys soak in the solution for five minutes, and then rinse them well in the sink.

If you’re finding mildew and mould on your floor tiles, you can mix 3/4 of a cup of bleach with one full gallon of warm water. Use this solution to wipe down the entire surface. Let it sit for ten minutes, and then rinse it with unbleached warm water.

The Patio

Chances are, you can only use your patio a few times a year. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy it! If anything, you should get the most use out of the space while you can. Plastic patio furniture will often become dirty and full of cobwebs. It’s easy to clean it, though, if you mix a gallon of warm water with 3/4 of a cup of bleach. You can then wipe the solution over the plastic, wait for ten minutes, and then rinse the furniture off with warm water.

Please note: Be careful that you keep runoff from going into your garden! Bleach can be detrimental to your plants.

Even though it’s bad for plants, bleach can be good for your planters. If you want to refrain from giving your plants diseases or mold, you can clean out your pots from the last year with a mixture of 1/2 of a cup of bleach along with one full gallon of water. After the pots have been left to soak for five minutes, you can rinse them and let them air dry.

For more information, call Sunrise-cleaning at 289-814-1824 or contact us here.

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Though it takes a lot of work, doing a thorough, deep clean of your house is ultimately very rewarding. Everything feels like new again and you get to enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done. However, there always seem to be a few things around the house that you forget about while you’re doing a post renovation cleaning or just seem too difficult to clean in the first place. Here are nine household areas or items that tend to fly under the radar, along with the best ways to get them clean.

Yellowed Pillows

You probably wash your pillowcases often enough, but what about your pillows? Old pillows can start to turn yellow from use since sweat and hair products can sink down through pillowcases. Luckily, pillows are easy to wash. Here’s how you can get yours clean in no time

  1. Remove all covers from pillows
  2. Put two at a time in the washing machine
  3. Using liquid detergent and bleach, wash on a hot cycle with an extra rinse
  4. Dry as instructed on the tag, adding tennis balls in the dryer to agitate them so that all surfaces get exposed to the heat
  5. If there’s any lingering dampness, leave them out to dry completely before putting any pillowcases back on

Window Blinds

Blinds get dusty so quickly, yet they seem to take forever to clean. However, that doesn’t have to be true thanks to this simple trick that makes creative use of your kitchen tongs.

  1. Cut a dusting cloth in half to get two narrower strips of cloth.
  2. Wrap each strip around the ends of the kitchen tongs, securing with rubber bands. Trim down the cloth strips if they get too bulky when wrapped.
  3. Proceed to clean the blinds, pinching one slat at a time between the cloth-wrapped tongs and sliding them horizontally.
  4. When you’re done, you can simply remove the cloth and return the tongs to the kitchen. Be sure to wash them before using them to pick up food!

Vent Covers

All the air blowing through vent covers leaves behind more dust and grime than you’d expect. These covers can be difficult to clean while they’re attached to the vents but pop them off and the process is much easier

  1. Unscrew the vent cover. Be sure to keep track of where you put the screws
  2. Wipe the slats down with a paper towel
  3. Place the vent cover in the top rack of your dishwasher and run a water-only cycle.
  4. Wipe the cover with a cloth to try it
  5. Remember those screws? Use them to reattach the vent cover and you’re done

Cloth Couches

Since the fabric is a porous surface, dirt, stains, and odors sink in and can’t simply be wiped off. However, since couches are popular places to relax and congregate in the home, any deep cleaning needs to include them. Some couches come with removable covers that can be machine washed. If that’s your couch, just follow the instructions on the tags. If not, you can use baking soda to remove stains and combat that old couch smell.

  1.  Use a stiff brush to remove all hair, both human and pet, from all the couch’s fabric-covered surfaces
  2. Sprinkle fabric surfaces with baking soda, concentrating on any stains or soiled areas
  3. Let sit for 20 minutes
  4. Use a handheld vacuum or hose attachment to suction up the baking powder
  5. Spray some mild all-purpose cleaner on a clean cloth and rub all fabric surfaces. Stains should disappear more easily

Electric Stove Burners

Cleaning the burner rings on an electric stove can seem like an impossible task. They quickly become dark with grime and rust. However, you can cut through all that with a few easy steps.

  1.  Remove the burner and place it on a towel or other work surface
  2. Use degreasing dish soap and paper towel to get off as much grime as you can
  3. Mix baking soda and water into a paste and coat the top surface of the burner
  4. Let sit for 20 minutes
  5. Using the rough side of a sponge, scrub off the baking soda paste
  6. Rinse and pat dry

Glass Cooktop

What if your stove doesn’t have burners to remove? The cooking surface can still develop unsightly rings of rust and grime. Fortunately, you can use the same ingredients as above to clean a glass cooktop.

  1.  Pour baking soda generously onto stained areas and spread it evenly with your fingers
  2. Soak a washcloth or hand towel in a solution of water and degreasing dish soap
  3. Squeeze the soap and water mixture over the baking soda and drape the towel over the cooktop
  4. Let sit for 20 minutes
  5. Pick up the towel and use it to scrub off the loosened grime
  6. Use a paper towel to remove excess baking soda paste and leave a shiny finish

Area Rugs

While most homeowners resort to renting out a steamer to clean carpets at home, many rugs can usually be cleaned with just soap and water. The next time you spot stains on your favourite area rug, take it outside and do the following:

  1. Hose down the rug, getting it evenly wet
  2. Pour OxiClean or a similar cleaner onto the rug and scrub with a stiff-bristled brush, concentrating on any stained areas. Be sure to check the tags to identify any substances that shouldn’t be used on your particular rug
  3.  Let sit for 2-3 hours
  4.  Rinse the rug with the hose, preferably with a sprayer attachment
  5.  Roll up the rug, squeezing out water and cleanser as you go
  6.  Repeat step 5, squeezing out even more water
  7. Stand the rug up to dry. Once it’s completely dry, return it to its indoor surface

Toilet Siphon Opening

Your toilet’s siphon keeps a constant water level in the bowl and prevents it from overflowing. The opening to the siphon is located in the bowl near the rim, and it can sometimes show hard water or rust stains. Remove those stains using these steps:

  1.  Remove the lid of the toilet tank
  2.  Shut off the tap that brings water to the toilet
  3.  Flush the toilet to empty the tank and bowl
  4.  Using one or more strips of duct tape, completely cover the toilet siphon opening Your goal here is to form a good seal.
  5.  Pour several cups of white vinegar into the tank
  6.  Flush and let sit overnight. The duct tape will hold the vinegar in the siphon opening so it can dissolve the staining
  7.  Remove the duct tape, turn the water back on, and use the toilet as normal

Broom

How often do you clean your cleaning supplies? You might not think about it, but your broom can get pretty dirty after a while. When you’re done sweeping, show your broom a little love. Use any or all of these methods to get it as clean as possible.

  1. Take the broom outside and knock off the excess dirt or pet hair
  2. If you have a handheld vacuum or a vacuum with hose attachments, vacuum the end of the bristles
  3. Use a disposable disinfecting wipe to clean the bristles
  4. In a bucket, add a little bit of degreasing dish soap to water and stir to create foam. Set the broom, brush side down, in the bucket and leave to soak for one hour
  5. While you’re at it, don’t forget your dustpan! A shot of multipurpose cleaner and a quick wipe down should do the trick

A good deep clean can do a house a world of good, but the whole process can sometimes be overwhelming. If you follow these tips but still need help, call Sunrise-cleaning at 289-814-1824 or contact us here.

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