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.
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.
Every once in a while we look at our homes and think: this really needs to be flipped up! Whether that be changing up the furniture, rearranging everything, or just giving it a thorough clean, we just want a change. Reorganizing your home is a great excuse to declutter and finally cycle out the things you no longer need (and why not throw a deep clean into the mix?).
Having a clean home is one thing, but an organized one helps you increase your productivity and be more effective for certain tasks. In fact, studies have shown that cluttered homes tend to cause stress, anxiety and even depression. A study conducted by CELF from 2001 to 2005, which looked at several family homes, concluded that “the American workplace is intense and demanding; when we come home, we want material rewards”, “It’s difficult to find time to sort, organize and manage these possessions. Thus, our excess becomes a visible sign of unaccomplished work that constantly challenges our deeply ingrained notions of tidy homes and elicits substantial stress.”
With spring just around the corner, it’s a great time to start getting rid of clutter! We thought about a few tips that are really useful when you’re going through the process of decluttering your home. Here they are!
What’s Your Goal
To begin, it’s always a great idea to identify the reason that you want to declutter and re-organize your space. Do you want some spaces to be more effective? Do you want to dispose of items you don’t really use, or do you want to start living a more minimalist lifestyle? Think about which benefits decluttering will bring to you so you can have a plan in mind and complete the task in such a way that it’ll have the exact result you were looking for.
What’s Your Plan
To really get to that goal you have to think about how you’ll do it, the best guess is to work in one space at a time. Think about which parts of your home need the most work and which ones are more important to you. Once you have a good idea, you can start tackling each of them in order of priority. Now to do this, you’ll also need a method.
How Will You Get it Done
There are tons of ways to start tackling decluttering. We’ve heard of the konmari method, going minimal and keeping only what you need, etc. There are many ways to do this, but the simplest is to pull out all the things you have in a certain space (closet, drawer, countertop, coffee table) and then sort it all. To do that, you can sort them in a “three bin” fashion: what you’ll keep, what you’ll donate/gift/sell and what you’ll throw away. Alternatively, you can sort them by category depending on the items and then look through each of them to see which ones you’ll be keeping or disposing of.
We love to use the six-month rule as well, it’s very simple: if you haven’t used it in six months, it’s time for it to go!
What to do with Unwanted Items
When you decide what it is that you want to have out of your house, it’s time to see where those things are going. Anything that is useless or too damaged to be repaired should go in a trash bag. Then, see what could be repaired and decide whether you’d like to keep it after it’s working again. If not, you should put it alongside anything that you would be donating or selling. Remember: someone’s trash is someone else’s treasure.
Reorganize Everything Immediately
Finding the most effective ways for you to organize certain spaces in your home is the best way to maintain order. Look for what best suits you and try to really stick with it, that’s the secret to keep your home how you really want it to! Some of us look for ways to make our spaces more functional, others simply want it to look more put together, and others want to optimize their storage. Depending on what you’re looking for, you should always plan ahead and see if your current systems are effective or if they should be changed.
Implement Long-Lasting Change
It’s one thing to declutter and organize as a single act, but keeping it that way may not always be so easy. Making the lifestyle change to a tidier, scaled down home takes consistent practice. Some recommended reading to help adapt these changes over time are, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and Declutter Your Way to Success, The Key to Organize Your Life by Terri Savelle Foy. These reads will help you maintain the mindset of a decluttered home.
Remember that having fewer things equals less cleaning, it’s in your best interest to only have the essentials. Keep what’s useful and what brings you joy!
Christmas, my favorite time of the year.It is at this time that I choose to reflect on the reasons we are on this earth.To me, we are here to love, serve and to give back to others.What better time than this.It is at this time I try my best to serve a family in need in some way, whether it is to run a fundraiser, to sponsor their Christmas.
We are helping one of our Cleaning For A Reason clients to have a Christmas.It is so rewarding to give of myself, to spend time and be there for my community, family, and friends.
For those of you that know me personally, know that food is also my thing. As well as cooking for friends and family is what truly makes me happy.It is my greatest gift.I love the traditions of this time,especially, Christmas Eve, which is known isLa Viglia dei Natale, Festa dei Sette Pesci, feast of the seven fishes.
Growing up with American-Italian parents, I became deeply rooted in food and all the tradition that goes with it. From a very young age, I can remember helping and learning from my Grandmom Mary, my father’s mother.In fact, here real name was Angela Maria, which I never knew until she went to be with Our Lord, but I digress, that is a story for another time.
My Grandmom never used a recipe, it was always a little of this and a little of that. It all was in the feel, smell and sometimes taste of whatever we were making.I love to think back on a time when FAMILY was most important, sitting around the table on a Sunday with all the family, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, cousins, great Aunts and great Uncles, listening to old family stories, the men playing cards, the woman cooking a feast.
To this day, I think back on this time and always SMILE.
But back to my most favorite holiday. Feast of the Seven Fishes.This is more special to me that Christmas Day, with the presents under the tree. My Grandmom, Mom, and Aunts would tirelessly be prepping for perhaps the biggest feast of the year!
This most treasured feast has been passed down the generations. First with my Grandmom Mary, then my Mom and Dad, and then to me.I wonder which of my four children will take this over when the time comes for me to hand over the reign of this night.
The excitement and love begin days before with the list making and prepping of the 7 various fish dishes.Look out when you walk into my house on Christmas Eve at 4:00.The stage is set, maybe a little chaos too. My kitchen becomes an obstacle course, with those arriving pitching in and helping to put out all the courses of food. The stove is stacked with pots of boiling water, clams and mussels sitting aside waiting to be cooked, shrimp, lobster bisque, clams casino, deviled clams, calamari, crab cakes or salmon cakes.So much food that every year I say I am cutting back.I usually have gravy (sauce to some) and meatballs, pizza and all types of antipasto dishes for the fish haters.I have vegan dishes for those who eat neither.
After hours of feasting, we start the desert with a birthday cake. We sing to Baby Jesus and my Mother, whose birthday is December 29.She will be 85 this year and are grateful that she will once again be at the table.In the past, we would go to midnight Mass, today we usually go to service before everyone arrives.
To say I love Festa dei Sette Pesci, feast of the seven fishes is true, but perhaps I cherish it more because of its history within my family, from my Grandmom Mary, to my Parents and then passed down to me. A special evening filled with food, family, friends and much love. My door is always open, feel free to stop by!
I’d love to hear about your traditions, drop a note or e-mail and share, share, share.Remember what this day is about!May God Bless you all, Buon Natale, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza and a Happy New Year!!
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.