After 31 years in the cleaning business, I have conceded that a person simply CANNOT pick-up and clean-up at the same time. That is why I always ask citizens of Asheville and Hendersonville to please remove as much clutter as possible; go through last weeks mail and sort, pay, and trash it; if the kids left all their clothes on the floor, ask them to pick them up and either fold/store, hang them up, or launder them; pick up and store pet food and pet toys, children’s toys, excessive nic-nacs and pictures until we leave. Our goal is to do the very best cleaning we can for you, and your kind understanding is always appreciated.
As an aside, my wife, even after 31 years tells me to “clean up the house, the housekeeper is coming tomorrow”. Now, I know she is not asking me to “CLEAN”, she is politely telling me to put my “stuff back where it belongs”, so our housekeepers can do their job.
I still enjoy the house cleaning business and like you, enjoy seeing a job well done!
Most of the time, mold is a naturally-occurring growth in the environment that does little harm to humans.
We throw out moldy bread and scrub mold when it appears, but often, mold spores may exist that are not visible to the naked eye.
However, there are a few people whose health can be affected by exposure to mold. Some people may be particularly sensitive or allergic to mold.
In other cases, people who have a suppressed immune system due to conditions like being HIV-positive, having had an organ transplant or
being on certain types of medication might be susceptible to mold.
In some cases, mold can grow on the skin. Most people have heard of athlete’s foot. This is a bacterial or fungal infection, but mold can complicate it. There are other types of skin infections, including some kinds of eczema, that are caused by mold. Mold can also enter the
lymph glands and, on occasion, may affect other parts of the body in an immunocompromised individual.
Fortunately, mold in the environment can be controlled with substances such as vinegar and hydrogen peroxide.
My disclosure: Hi, I’m Michael and I’ve been in the cleaning business for 26 years. I teach professionals how to clean. Here are my tips.
Many clients still cling to the “Spring Cleaning” concept, but when we examine the purpose of house cleaning, it gives pause for thought.
Our homes used to be heated by wood and/or coal, both very dirty fuels. So when weather permitted (SPRING), house cleaning became a major issue; and with the dirty fuels, everything on the inside of the house needed a good scrubbing and airing out.
But, with modern clean heat systems, we no longer need SPRING cleaning. We need FALL cleaning, and here’s why.
As soon as nice weather permits, windows fly open, doors fly open and the outdoors comes inside as pollen, dust, and mold spores. So Fall is now the proper time to CLEAN the house for Winter, when doors and windows will remain shut.
Hope this helps!
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.
- 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.
- Identify a starting spot in each room and work LEFT TO RIGHT
- TOP TO BOTTOM
- 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.
- 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!
(Hendersonville / Asheville)
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!
I do not recommend that you hire an individual housekeeper, but if you do, I am going to give you my 5 MUSTS. These are the same steps that we use to professionally screen potential employees and apprentices.
#1) Get a completed application.
#2) Get a COPY (don’t just write it down) of the Drivers License and Social Security card.
#3) When you get that completed application, CALL the references and make notes.
#4) Run a Complete BACKGROUND check.
#5) Get copy of their Workers Comp insurance and General Liability Insurance as well as their agent’s contact information.
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