The world has been affected by Coronavirus, and a lot of things have changed!
It’s essential to prepare now for the reopening of our workspace, schools, public spaces, and homes. Below are four ways to prepare for the reopening of America:
Hire a Professional Cleaner
The professional cleaning service is the frontline of defense against infection prevention and containment. It’s essential to have a professional cleaning service come in regularly to help with keeping your home, business, school, and public spaces safe! There are many reasons why hiring a cleaner is better than doing it yourself! Mostly when hiring a professional, they have the knowledge of processes to help BREAK THE CHAIN OF INFECTION!
Safe Up to Date Procedures
Professional cleaners should always be up to date on the safe, correct procedures and processes to keep you safe. It is vital that you, as the consumer, ask questions and do due diligence when hiring a service to disinfect your home, workplace, school, etc. by using a fogger or electrostatic sprayer. You also want to ensure that they will disinfect all the touchpoint areas in your home.
Some examples of frequently touched surfaces are:
doorknobs both inside and out
handles and cabinet pulls
faucets, and sinks
Another critical factor is to ensure that their processes and procedures are updated to the situation at hand and will protect you, your family and home against cross-contamination by either using your vacuum and/or sanitizing their vacuum between customers.
We feel that the best practice for our company is to use your vacuum and have the customer purchase the Maid For You kit through Microfiber Wholesale. Having your microfiber kit will ensure extra safety measures and help with your peace of mind that there will be no cross-contamination.
Dependable professional cleaners believe it’s essential to take any courses or classes to get adequately certified to give their clients the safest, cleanest experience!
They will ensure that they are cleaning for your HEALTH!
During this time, we at Maid For You, have taken measures to continue our education and work towards certification with IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning Restoration Certification) and have become an Accredited Infection Prevention Exert through the Academy of Cleaning Excellence. We have also taken the Microbial Warrior Fundamentals Workshop through GBAC (Global Biorisk Advisory Council) to help prepare for, respond to, and recover from biological threats and biohazard situations in real-time crisis.
Professional Cleaning Products
Look for a cleaning company that is confident in cleaning with microfiber cloths because they have more than 200,000 fibers for every inch of fabric, and are very absorbent! These make these environmentally friendly cloths more effective than using regular ones!
It is important to note that microfiber alone will not disinfect a surface. Disinfecting involves the killing of the pathogens. That doesn’t mean microfiber can’t assist in the disinfecting process. In fact, in an article by Infection Control Today, “microfiber was both laboratory and clinically tested and proven to remove up to 98 percent of bacteria and 93 percent of viruses from a surface using only water (no chemicals).”
When paired with a disinfectant product, microfiber can be a great weapon against viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. Please also note that Covid-19 is a virus and cannot be killed as it is not alive. Using microfiber and a disinfectant will help dismantle and prevent the Coronavirus.
When cleaning your own home, microfiber cloths save you time on cleaning and money because they last for a long time! We have partnered with our vendor Microfiber Wholesale to provide professional cleaning products, like microfiber cloths, to our customers. If interested, you can check them out and purchase them HERE.
We also recommend the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for approved products for cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing your home or office. Your cleaning products should say EPA certified.
Proper PPE should be worn, and LABELS MUST BE READ AND DIRECTIONS FOLLOWED!
It is against Federal law to use any disinfectant other than stated in the Safety Data Sheet. If you are unable to find an EPA approved disinfectant, alternate solutions can be used, such as bleach or 70% alcohol solutions.
NEVER MIX BLEACH OR OTHER CLEANING/DISINFECTING products as this can cause a dangerous and deadly gas/fumes.
For up to date information on COVID-19, visit the CDC website.
For more information on the recommended cleaning products, visit the EPA website.
The world’s learning that we take everything for granted. When we prepare to re-enter the world, we need to be careful not to continue doing this!
When you’re able, schedule visits with your grandparents, local elderly homes, your loved ones, and family. Be careful with how often, until we know that this virus is no longer imminent – but do visit!
Connect with People
Just as you plan to visit people you’ve missed, think of others who have had little to no connections during this time. Perhaps, medically unwell people, those who are disabled, elderly, etc. They need someone to reach out to them more than you realize – and they matter just as much!
Everyone’s been affected by this virus – people have lost their jobs, businesses forced to close, people suffer worse mental health. People are grieving, stressed, paranoid about the world, angry about government decisions, etc.
The next time you’re out in public and someone snaps at you – don’t take it personally – empathize that they may be having a rough time with this new world. Go out of your way to be there for others!
Important Reminders about Coronavirus and Breaking the Chain of Infection
We need to learn the lesson in safe cleanliness by using proper procedures when it comes to staying healthy and breaking the chain of infection! Even when this is all over!
Wash your hands often, lathering for 20 seconds, sanitize your touchpoint areas in your home, sanitize cart handles when shopping, cover your nose with your arm when you sneeze, stay home if you’re sick, etc.
Coronavirus can live on surfaces for hours to days, depending on the surface material. Warmer temperatures and sunlight exposure reduce the time the virus can survive on surfaces and objects. Thankfully, we are starting to experience milder temperatures! Open the windows and air out rooms as much as possible.
Routine cleaning with soap and water can remove germs and dirt from surfaces lowering the risk of spreading COVID-19.
The use of disinfectants kills germs on surfaces. They must be appropriately used to do their job. Always make sure to read the label and follow instructions. A DWELL time is required and is usually up to 10 minutes. Merely spraying a disinfectant on a surface and instantly wiping it down is not the proper process. CLEAN first then disinfect. A rinse of surfaces is needed after the use of some disinfectants.
Always store and use disinfectants as intended. Be sure to read the label. Also, never mix any cleaning products as they create toxic and sometimes deadly fumes. Always make sure all disinfectants are out of reach of children and pets.
The use of disposable gloves is required as proper PPE, personal protective equipment when working with chemicals. Some even require more PPE as shoe covers, Tyvek suit, goggles, and face shield.
Continuing to social distance, wearing face masks, and following proper hand hygiene procedures are still very much important.
Be Prepared and Have a Plan
It is crucial to continue following these steps and safety guidelines as the world, and the United States begin to reopen. As more states open and the stay at home orders lifted, everyone needs to realize that the daily life of most will not be the same as it was before this pandemic. Following safety precautions will still need to be followed to prevent the virus from further spreading. Hopefully, this will prevent another lockdown.
Before going out in public, wash your hands, reduce your risk as much as possible by touching as few surfaces as possible, wipe down surfaces before and after touching them along with washing your hands or using hand sanitizer frequently.
If working in a building for an eight (8) hour day, you must wash your hands ten times, once upon entry, one time every 8 hours and one time before your leave for the day.
All of these safety recommendations should reduce your risk significantly. Check out this CDC resource to Prevent Getting Sick.
Remember, Maid For You is here for you and the community. We are proud of our commitment to continuing education and being an Accredited Infection Prevention Expert. We are proud of our commitment to cleaning and disinfecting your home or business for health. We will continue to follow CDC/EPA for up to date recommendations when servicing your home or business.
Spring is here, and it’s time to think about spring cleaning and decluttering! Let’s adapt to the mindset of – out with the old, in with the new!
With the sun shining, the longer days, the singing of the birds and the blossoming flowers, it’s the time of year when we’re all ready to relive. I’m very grateful to spring for finally showing its face! It has been a rather hard winter, and it seems that we have passed the dark and stormy days of that season.
Time to Plan and Prepare
Now is the time for planning and preparation, time for dreams, and time to take steps towards them.
First, we must clear the way to our dreams. We must free ourselves from the darkness of winter and, literally, make room for the new things we want in our lives. It is the natural cycle of the seasons, and spring is the season of rebirth, growth, and expansion.
Now that you’ve opened up to the power to free the old to make room for the new, I have some Spring tips to help you declutter and organize your home.
Here is a list to help you start decluttering your home from room to room.
Declutter Your Home
Decluttering the Garage, Basement, and Attic
It is said that spaces like your basement reflect the subconscious. It is these hidden areas that we often throw things that we no longer need but do not have the strength to face or eliminate.
With these areas, it’s best to start with one place and one element at a time, making sure to complete it first before moving on to another. For example, if you are going to do your garage, I suggest you start with the workbench area first before tackling your storage containers.
Get Rid of Excess or Unused Tools or Instruments
Do you ever struggle to find that one tool you need? It’s a sign you need to declutter your toolbox!
Chances are, you own more than at least one of the same tool. I understand that decluttering your workbench is a difficult thing to do, especially for men, but it’s even harder when you have to dig good and hard around the extras to find the one tool you need.
Get rid of the clutter by minimizing how many tools you actually need and how many you use. Prepare a small tool bag for the car, one for the garbage drawer at home and then carefully weed things out to keep on your workbench.
Dispose of Old Paint, Oil Cans, Containers, Newspapers, and Boxes
Some places accept donations of paint, oil, and chemicals that they check and then give to someone else who could actually use them. Keep only a limited number of boxes and newspapers if you use them for projects or packing. Once the area or shelf is full, do not store more than the assigned amount.
Sell Your Old Exercise Equipment
If you haven’t already used it, you won’t use it. Go for a walk instead! Going outside for a walk will help you get some exercise, more fresh air and will give you a more pleasant-looking basement that’s not cluttered with unused equipment.
Declutter Your Home Office
Everyone has a place to keep documents. Even in this age period without paper and digital material, it seems that there is still a load of paper that enters our lives, and that needs to be dealt with regularly. If you continue to do so, you will be grateful later.
It is necessary to bring together all the paperwork together in one place, so go around and get all the documents together. Then separate them into the categories such as “reading/files,” “read/recycle,” “read/do something” etc. Try not to get distracted and do them until you have decluttered your documents.
Declutter the Bedrooms
Be ruthless with decluttering your clothes. This is an especially hard one to do too! Throw everything away that is old, torn (and that you know you’re not going to fix), that you don’t wear, is obsolete or too small.
Do the same with accessories like jewelry, bags, scarves, shoes, and ties. Be picky! So many of these things are outdated, or you are saving for “just in case.” Go ahead and get rid of them! Many of them no longer fit into your lifestyle, and you need to face that fact and get rid of them.
Remove anything in your bedroom that you don’t use for sleeping and dressing. Do not use the bedroom as a spare room. Your bedroom is particularly essential while decluttering your home.
In decluttering your home, you will find you make mental room for yourself to take on the tasks that are a high priority. Decluttering is like giving your brain a cleanse, and it’s completely worth it and is incredibly freeing!
Please share in the comments: Which of these decluttering tips are you going to start implementing this spring?
Do you know anyone that has not
been touched by cancer?
The big C. I can honestly say
that I wish I knew not one person living with cancer. I believe that cancer has touched us in some
way, a family member, a friend, an acquaintance, a co-worker.
I first heard of Cleaning for A Reason ten years ago while cleaning at the Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia, formerly known as Gilda’s Club, located in Warminster, PA. Giving back to my community has always been of importance to me.
As a single mother of four, I understand the immense responsibility and work it takes to maintain a clean and comfortable home. Over the past twenty plus years cleaning for my community, my customers have become like family. We share our struggles, joys, and milestones with each other. We not only celebrate our successes but also empathize with each other’s hardships. This is why I have partnered with Cleaning For A Reason.
Moreover, Cleaning For A Reason ensures those suffering from cancer and undergoing treatment are able to have a clean, comfortable home and environment. They are able to focus on their recovery while we focus on their home.
In fact, many of my clients that
we have served through Cleaning For A Reason have stated that having a clean
home not only takes care of the physical aspects of recovery but also the
heart, mind, and soul.
The nonprofit organization
originally started with a phone call from a woman with cancer to Bucket and
Bows Maid Service located in Texas. That
woman could not afford the service and hung up.
Debbie Sardone, the owner of that maid service, then started Cleaning
For A Reason.
Additionally, Cleaning for A Reason initially provided free home cleaning services to women across America and Canada. This year Cleaning for A Reason has opened up their services to women, children, and men. We believe that no one should face cancer alone and until there is a cure, there is Cleaning for A Reason. To date 33,000 women have been served, 1200 participating maid services and 11,000,000 donated house cleaning.
Being part of this movement and non-profit gives me great satisfaction to serve many people struggling with this illness. Not only have many of my customers undergone cancer treatments, but I have witnessed many friends and family struggle with it as well.
PLEASE HELP US GIVE THE GIFT OF A
CLEAN HOME TO MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN NEED!
Lastly, if you are interested in donating to this cause and being a part of a movement to support those battling cancer, please consider making a donation to Cleaning For A Reason.
As a thank you for your support and donation, your name will be entered to win a Top to Bottom Deluxe Cleaning valued up to $500.00 with your minimum pledge of $10.00. Kindly make your donation at the button above. Winner must reside within 15 miles of Warminster, PA. This campaign will run from April 12, 2019 thru Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, 2019.
We aren’t just cleaning; we are cleaning for a reason!
Maid For You is a proud partner of the non-profit organization Cleaning For A Reason; which has been able to provide almost 40 free cleanings for our local cancer patients to date.
House cleaning is not something that goes away or pauses when you get sick. Unfortunately, it continues to pile up and gets increasingly harder to maintain once cancer treatment has started, and energy depletes.
Maid For You is here to help!
Cleaning For A Reason is a non-profit organization founded by Debbie Sardone. Its focus is to give cancer patients a clean home so they can take care of their health and families.
The organization matches people battling with cancer with professional house cleaning services that have pledged to donate free house cleaning to their local cancer patients.
Sardone founded Cleaning For A Reason after receiving a call from a cancer patient asking for an estimate. On an interview withTODAY.com, Sardone told her story. “She said, ‘Maybe I’ll call you when I can afford it,’ and hung up. And that was before Caller ID. I had no way to call her back”.
Right after that, Debbie made the decision that the next time a woman going through cancer treatment needed her home cleaned, she would do it for free.
Debbie shared the story at a professional cleaning convention and many other company owners, big and small, said they wanted to do just the same.
That’s when she finally took it upon herself to make it happen and created Cleaning For A Reason. Currently, the businesses who offer their services do not charge anything to the patients. However, the employees do get paid for their work.
Its an honor for Maid For You to be a part of this organization. So that we can bring happiness and relief to many women in our town, it is a blessing to lighten a load for these patients by relieving some of the burdens of their situation.
“To be able to provide a little light on their darkest days is a feeling unlike any other” – Lisa Ciao, Owner
Currently, there are 1200 maid services associated with Cleaning For A Reason. We only hope to see the number grow! Please share and help us help our community!
You may have heard that putting a dirty sponge in the microwave will sanitize it or get rid of 99.99% of the bacteria in it. If this is the case, we are sorry to say this to you, but this is a huge misconception. Microwaving a dirty sponge will make things worse!
As it turns out, if you try to sanitize your sponge by leaving it to microwave for a few minutes, you’ll do the complete opposite. It only gets rid of the weakest bacteria. The strongest ones will survive and use the newly-found space to propagate and thrive for time to come.
Sounds lovely, doesn’t it?
In fact, sponges are great ecosystems for bacteria to harvest. They are warm, moist, and could potentially be full of nutrients that bacteria can and will live off of.
There are a lot of articles on the topic. However, an article in The New York Times written by Joanna Klein brought the issue to the mainstream. The article’s main focus was on a study done on 14 different kitchen sponges that were previously used for cleaning.
As Klein wrote: “By looking at the DNA and RNA in samples from 14 used sponges that may be as dirty as the one sitting in your sink right now, Markus Egert, a microbiologist at the University of Furtwangen in Germany, and his team identified 362 different species of bacteria living within them. And the scientists were surprised to find how densely microbes occupied such close quarters: About 82 billion bacteria were living in just a cubic inch of space”.
If this isn’t enough to throw you off, we don’t know what will!
Sponges are one of the dirtiest items to find around your house. Surprisingly, many people don’t replace them as often as they should. Here’s a rule of thumb: if it’s smelly, it’s time to do something about it.
It makes sense to desire to replace your sponge quite often. They are the number one cleaning supply most use for cleaning dishes and kitchenware.
In fact, they could even harbor mold or yeast, yuck!
We recommend you swap out certain cleaning utensils regularly to make sure they’re not making things dirtier. But after a while, it may become slowly less and less cost effective. Of course, after some time you’ll have to swap out your sponges no matter what; however, there are ways to stretch their lifespans a bit in harmless ways.
One method that will kill a lot of the bacteria currently living in your sponge is to soak it in water with some bleach. It will get rid of a considerable portion of the bacteria and give you more peace of mind when it comes to using a semi-old sponge for doing the dishes. After this, you may want to soak it in water with lemon juice to deodorize and give it a pleasant smell.
Although this is a good solution to the problem, we don’t recommend you do this all the time. After all, you’ll have to buy new sponges eventually; however, you can stretch some time before the next trip to the store.
Have you been thinking about selling your house, but don’t really know how to get it market ready so you can get the highest price possible? Getting your home ready to be put on the market can be stressful. There are repairs to be made, walls to be painted and carpets to be replaced.
Also, the house needs to be in tip-top shape for when the photographer comes in, which means de-cluttering, and then: the dreaded house cleaning. There’s so much to do! So, how exactly should you go about getting your house looking great? There are a few things you can do here and there to give your home a fresh, new look. Here are seven home staging secrets that will help you achieve that magazine appearance by highlighting your home’s strengths, downplaying its weaknesses and thus appeal to prospective buyers!
Make an entrance
First impressions are one of the most important things when it comes to buying a house, and when you make a good impression right off the bat, it’s going to be hard to forget. You should always make sure to create a warm entrance to welcome potential buyers into your home and make it look like the kind of place they’ve always wanted to live in! This will instantly grab their attention and put your house at the top of their list.
Use color creatively
No one wants to come into a house that looks bland and boring. Sober decor can be very elegant and nice, but a little pop of color here and there adds the right touch to make a space fun! Color can be incorporated in many ways, so don’t be afraid to use it creatively! A pop of color can really catch a buyer’s eye and contribute to the overall look of a room, giving it a personal, fun touch.
We all have clutter of all kinds lying around our house. Getting rid of it can be difficult but it’s a key point of having a polished and put together home. Throw out or pack old belongings that simply add to a clutter-filled space. It’ll free up a lot of areas and make it look a lot cleaner and organized. Buyers will notice this right away. An organized house always speaks for itself.
Float your furniture
A trick we really like is floating furniture. How do you do this? Simply pull furniture away from the walls to create groups within a room. They will look like smaller rooms within one room! It gives a very nice effect and surely will catch the buyer’s attention. These individual spaces all located inside the same space give a feeling of choice and a different quality to the room, making it look more spacious than it actually is.
Repurpose unused rooms
We all have that one junk room that serves more or less as a storage unit (and a very messy one at that). Reinventing your junk room gives your house a new feel! Make it into a game room, a movie room, a craft room, a home office, you pick! This is a great way to let the buyer know this house isn’t just a roof over their heads, it’s also a place that will allow them to pursue other interests.
Let there be light
Letting some light into your house makes it look more lively and gives it a unique warmth. Lots of windows help to open up space and make your home cozier which is perfect for a new family! Artificial lighting is alright, but everyone likes the look of sunlight in the morning, and it gives a nice aspect to a room, especially kitchens and living rooms.
Mix it up
Shake up the style and attitude of a room by incorporating old accessories, or moving furniture into a new way. It’s all about innovation and reinventing with what you already have! This can seriously give a new feel to any room and make it more fun and interesting. Decoration is a big part of leaving a lasting impression on buyers.
So, now what? We have restaged the house, it looks great! But… is it clean? By this point you are probably exhausted, so call Maid For You and request a move-out clean. Our top-notch cleaning techs will have it polished, spotless and sparkling in less time than you’d think!