Of the many things we at World Class Cleaning understand, it's the need for a CLEAN home. And, we get it -- you're busy! So when it comes time for you to buy cleaning agents for your home, you're most likely going to grab the biggest, brightest bottle that makes the biggest, boldest claims. While we have no doubt that those big, bright bottles of cleaning chemicals will get the job done, our concern is that those chemicals are going to build up in your home, over time.
With those concerns in mind, as well as the *positive* advantages, we've compiled a list for you!
Advantages of using natural cleaning products in the home:
1. Keep your furniture and flooring lasting longer by no longer using corrosive, toxic cleaning agents in your home.
2. According to the EPA, the air inside our home can be two to five times more polluted than the air outdoors. Toxic cleaning agents play a huge factor in this.
3. Non-toxic cleaners are safe around children which means you can take those safety locks off of the cabinets in your house!
4. Go green and alleviate ASTHMA! According to WebMD, use of toxic cleaners can increase the risk of children developing asthma.
5. Investing in an environmentally-friendly cleaning company is an investment in the future!
6. There is no petroleum in natural-based cleaners! You'll feel better about minimizing your impact to global warming.
7. Fewer antibacterial cleaners means fewer super bacteria resistant to antibiotics. The FDA now says that washing with antibacterial soaps is no better than using traditional soap. Triclosan, a common antibacterial agent, potentially messes with your thyroid as well as your hormonal system.
8. Even toxic cleaning agents in SEALED containers can continue to adversely affect indoor air quality.
9. With natural cleaners you don't have to worry about corrosive substances; or inhaling toxic, combustible fumes. Nor do you have to worry about getting any of it on your skin.
10. Less toxic cleaning chemicals down the drain means less pollution in our waterways!
With all this in mind, consider bringing World Class Cleaning into your home to tidy up -- we'll bring the natural cleaning products!
Thanks for joining us and keep us in mind for your home cleaning needs!
Hey, friends! While we at World Class Cleaning are beautifying your home, we were wondering... What are some fun things *you* can do in the 3-4 hours it takes us to get our job done?
So here is a list of SEVENTEEN fun things you can do in that timeframe!
- Get yourself a new wardrobe-- did somebody say Retail Therapy???
- Where's the best tea in Richmond? You tell us!
- You'll have more than enough time to get all your grocery shopping done, maybe you can browse a local farmers market? South of the James Market is always a hit!
- Catch a museum-- top picks include VMFA, the Valentine, and the Science Museum of Virginia
- Hand-write and send five thank-you notes to people who support you.
- Begin your plans for world domination -- with a clean home you'll feel like you're already halfway there!
- Park your car at the Great Shiplock Park in Shockoe Bottom and take the Canal Walk to Browns Island and then walk across the new Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge
Working at home is serious business, and it can be nerve-wracking to trust that area of your life to a third party. We’ve heard horror stories of intricate processes being disrupted because a cleaner “replaced" piles of books onto a shelf, or the shredding of a box of important papers that were mistaken for recycling.
Effective and safe cleaning of any part of your home—but especially one containing sensitive material—requires clear communication between client and cleaner. The following are tips we recommend you take to lessen your anxiety about letting your cleaner into your home office.
- Communicate via notes
Take the time the night before your cleaner is due to arrive to leave as many notes as necessary. Label piles “Do not remove” or “Do not disturb.” Provide instructions, like “Empty the shredder into the recycling bin, but do not take recycling to curb.” The more guidance you give us, the less likely we are to make a mistake.
- Establish and label zones
Labeling bins for recycling, shredding, and trash is a necessity, but consider also clearly labeling zones. Perhaps your work in progress looks like a mess to an eye that’s untrained in your personal process. Consider leaving those piles of paper, supplies, unfinished paintings, etc. in one spot, consistently. Then establish that zone as a “Do not touch” zone.
- Do some prep work
The night before your scheduled cleaning, make it a point to take care of your shredding, your sorting, and your processing of mail. “Cleaning before cleaning” isn’t always necessary, but in an office, it could mean the difference between “Wow, this place looks great!” and “Where’s that document I need?”
- Give us a list
Pay extra attention to your office when we do your initial consultation, and don’t be afraid to get detailed with your instructions. We’ll follow that list every time, until you tell us differently. If something changes at the last minute, just handle it using your brand-new note-leaving system (see item #1).
- Request the same cleaner for each visit
We assign each client one regular cleaner, but if he or she is sick or has an emergency, we might send another one of our cleaners instead. At the point at which we begin service, let us know if you’d rather us just skip the office cleaning until your regular cleaner is available. That way, you can be sure that you’ve got someone cleaning your office who knows exactly how you need it to be done.
Cleaning between professional visits really boils down to three questions: First, how often you have professional housekeeping services, weekly, biweekly or monthly? Next, what are your personal standards when it comes to cleaning? Finally, how much time does it take to complete basic cleaning tasks? Apply these cleaning tips and you will not need to do a lot between housekeeping visits:
- Keep everything well picked-up. Try to never go to bed with a messy house. Get the family involved! A neat and tidy house automatically looks clean. Plus, you will get a lot more for your professional cleaning dollar if the surfaces are clear and ready to be cleaned.
- Wipe down kitchen and bathroom counters. Generally, you do not have to move everything to clean underneath, but do keep the counters clean and shiny.
- Clean kitchen sink and appliances as needed.
- Wipe the spots off bathroom mirrors. Keep a small bottle of homemade glass cleaner along with a cleaning cloth underneath the sink in each bathroom to take care of both mirrors and counters. A suggested recipe is one cup white vinegar, one cup water and 10 drops lemon or lime essential oil. Combine all of the ingredients in a small plastic spray bottle and shake a few times to blend. Spray lightly onto a cleaning cloth and wipe surfaces until dry. Shake before each use.
- Vacuum floors. To preserve carpet and hardwood flooring for years to come you must vacuum frequently.
- Squeegee shower doors after each shower. This will minimize the soap scum and mold buildup.
We realize there may be other things that are important to you to do between housekeeper visits, but these are the basics.
So, I finally broke down and did it. “What?”, you ask. Hired a housekeeper. I know this sounds weird because I own a maid service; however, up until last week, I never used one. Ironic, I know. I picked one of my cleaning technicians who had an opening in her schedule, handed her a work order and let her go. The whole thing was quite strange for me: I kept checking on her, ran around trying to pick up random items and place them where they belong, washed dishes etc. Now this was probably silly to her because my house cleaning was on the schedule a week before her arrival. She would never say this but I am sure she was thinking, “Go sit down and get out of my way; You should have been prepared”.
I remember a time, when frantic homeowners ran around during their first cleaning. They would say things like, “I am so sorry for the mess” and “let me get this out of your way”. I never understood why the homeowner felt so compelled to wash dishes, launder clothes or clean out the closet when I arrived. I mean it was as though they purposely timed it so they could run around and stress out during what is supposed to be a relaxing experience. Well, now I know, this behavior is inevitable.
In the end, my house was spectacular. My technician rocked! It was so relaxing to know that all of the hard work had been done. I did not have to dust the furniture, vacuum the floors, or clean the bathrooms. It was all done for me and that feeling is priceless and so the saga begins…