Monthly Archives: February 2014

5 GREAT TIPS from the PROS

(Asheville/Hendersonville/Johnson City)

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My Disclaimer: These are things I have TAUGHT for the last 26 years. Hope it helps.

PROFESSIONALS are TAUGHT that little changes save big time. For example, if you use a 50′ 16 gauge cord on your vacuum. you can cut 20% off vacuuming time. So here are 5 GREAT TIPS anyone can use to make their cleaning more efficient.

  1. Obviously the first tip is, borrow a 50′ cord from the garage and plug into the center of the house. Now you can vacuum from one end of the house to the other end without changing your plug in spot. Have a 2 story house? Do the same thing in the center of your 2nd story.Professionals use a term called “flyback”. When you dust shelves (for example) , the towel does not capture all the dust. Some of it “flies back” onto a lower shelf. Most cleaners attempt to capture all dust and debris in the towel and this is really time consuming. NOTE TO SELF: DO NOT try to capture everything in a towel. Let most of the dust/debris fall on the floor….we’ll deal with that in a minute.
  2. Identify a starting spot in each room and work LEFT TO RIGHT
  3. TOP TO BOTTOM
  4. BACK TO FRONT (as in…from back of the shelf to front of shelf) and make only 1 trip around the room. Why left to right? Great question. 90% of people are RIGHT Hand Dominant in the US. I really don’t care if you work RIGHT TO LEFT or LEFT TO RIGHT, but professionals are TAUGHT to put their BEST worker out front. SO if you are RIGHT dominant, face the wall and work to your right, cleaning from as high as you can reach, all the way down to the baseboard. Now take a step to the RIGHT and do it again. Remember, 1 trip around the room and put most of the dust/debris on the floor.
  5. So, you’ve worked around each room, and if you have worked the program correctly, most of the dust/debris fell to the floor. PERFECT! Now your life is going to get very uncomplicated; vacuum and mop the floor.In homes, vacuuming and mopping can account for 50% of the cleaning time. So, think about it……..you’re going to vacuum and mop anyway. Why try to meticulously capture every particle of dust in a towel (time consuming) when you can “put it on the floor” and take care of it easily with your vacuum and mop?

Hope this helps!

Top 5 Tips on Modern Spring Cleaning

(Hendersonville / Asheville)

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Who has the time, or the desire to do the old fashioned spring

cleaning? The good news is, thanks to cleaner heating and better filtration, homes no longer

need this degree of scrubbing. So, let’s look at “modern Spring Cleaning”!

1) clean dingy light globes in the dishwasher; handwash delicate glass globes in the sink

2) clean STAINLESS MESH filter hood screens in the dishwasher (NOTE!!!! never put charcoal vent filters in dishwasher, replace these filters)

3) shake that drape then vacuum with upholstery tool

4) clean carpet and rugs professionally and regularly

5) vapor clean the mattress and vac to freshen mattress and kill dust mites

Now here are some little known homeowner facts:

  • Regular vacuuming is more important than interim deep cleaning
  • Cleaning for APPEARANCE removes visible soil; Cleaning for HEALTH removes micro and bio contaminates
  • Carpet can hold it’s own weight in hidden dirt
  • Vacuuming is 3x more effective cleaning hardwood than dustmopping
  • A human hair is 70 microns; Pollen 20 microns; below 20 microns is invisible to us

Hope this helps!

EMPLOYEE or 1099 – You Must Know the Difference

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(Hendersonville / Asheville)

DISCLAIMER: My 26 years of experience says, there are quality individual housekeepers out there. I should know…….I’ve trained some of them. However, this message strictly addresses the ramifications of 1099 vs employee, and not the quality of work!

Everyone knows that the IRS does not mess around when it comes to “the money”, and this year, one focus of their scrutiny is the cleaning industry. So let’s just jump into this mess! remember….If it looks like a DUCK, walks like a DUCK, Quacks like a DUCK,….it’s a DUCK!

1099 Example: you hire a plumber to fix a leaky water line in your home…….1099. Why?? Simple.. plumber tells you when they will arrive, brings his / her own tools, has own general liability insurance, workers comp insurance, assesses the problem, gets the correct parts, takes a lunch break, fixes the problem, cleans up (hopefully), gives you a bill, takes another break (just a little plumber humor), leaves. 1099 (you contributed nothing except payment)……..1099, Your tax obligation is zero -0-. You contracted a professional service.

W-2 Example: you hire an individual housekeeper to clean your home……part-time employee. Why! You control the day they come? You control the time? (but I gave them a key….ok, so if you gave a key, you can also take key back, you control…see duck quote above); You control the work area; You control the acceptable quality of work; You control the chemicals to use (but they bring their own chemicals…..ok, and you’ve never said….use my Murphy’s on the floor…duck quote above); You control the tools to use (use my vacuum, use my towels, use my duster….duck quote above). If they have their own workers comp and general liability, that is huge and helps tip the scale to 1099)…….. but WITHOUT insurance and control, This is definitely your EMPLOYEE.

NO-ONE LIKES THE IRS:

If you deal with a business: the business carries the insurance and the employees belong to them

If you hire A housekeeper: this is YOUR EMPLOYEE. YOU are required by IRS to pay all employer taxes and file all required monthly, quarterly, and yearly reports (remember duck quote).

Hope this helps!