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Cleaning Procedures

Knowing the "right" way to clean not only makes your homes look good - but also saves you time and money. Did you know that improper dusting is one of the things that your customers will complain about the most? Start out the right way with the proper cleaning procedures and you'll keep your customers happy and your checkbook growing.

The Cleaning Procedures articles will cover such topics as:

  • Living room cleaning
  • Kitchen cleaning
  • Bathroom cleaning
  • Bedroom cleaning
  • Laundry/Utility room cleaning
  • Proper dusting techniques
  • Proper vacuuming techniques
  • and More!
What Is Employee Turnover Costing Your House Cleaning Business? What Is Employee Turnover Costing Your House Cleaning Business?
Steve Hanson
Think you don't need to worry about employee turnover? Think again! Whether you have 2 employees or 30+ employees; high turnover can quickly eat up your profits. So what is employee turnover costing your house cleaning business? keep reading

How to Clean Air Vents in Your Clients' Homes and Offices How to Clean Air Vents in Your Clients' Homes and Offices
Steve Hanson
Let's face it, dust gets everywhere. Whether it is at home, in the office, or public places, dust is a fact of life. Frankly, most people don't notice dust until it collects on a surface. No home or building is impervious to dust, as it is composed of the very ordinary common substances that surround us on a daily basis. One area where you will find an accumulation of dust is on the air vents, registers, grates, and diffusers in homes and offices. This article explains how to clean air vents. keep reading

Removing Scratches from Stainless Steel Appliances Removing Scratches from Stainless Steel Appliances
Steve Hanson
In a perfect world, all of our stainless steel sinks, counters, and appliances would remain as pristine as the day we bought them. Unfortunately, the real world of abrasive cleaners, scouring pads, pots and pans, and countless other culprits can leave unsightly scratches on stainless steel. One well-meaning scrubbing of a stainless steel sink with an aggressive scrub pad can leave visible scratches. People brushing up against a stainless steel refrigerator can leave unwanted marks. Normal wear and tear can damage even the most well-cared-for stove. Normal cleaners will not remove these scratches, so what can you do? keep reading

Episode 89: Do You Blame Quality Control Problems On Your Cleaning Technicians? Episode 89: Do You Blame Quality Control Problems On Your Cleaning Technicians?
Jean Hanson
Isn't it frustrating when a client calls to complain about the quality of cleaning? After all, you take the time to train employees, and you even train your supervisors on managing quality control. So why does it keep happening? If you find yourself blaming your quality control problems on your cleaning technicians, you'll want to watch this video for tips on how to break the cycle. keep reading

How to Improve Cleaning Quality With Home Inspections How to Improve Cleaning Quality With Home Inspections
Jean Hanson
Providing your clients with quality cleaning is the foundation of any successful, customer-centered residential cleaning company. Performing home inspections is an important part of the company's quality assurance program since it is what helps an organization achieve its quality objectives; to assure clients that it is positioned to deliver quality services on a regular basis. Home inspections measure and track cleaning services for each client. The company can then see how they are performing and what improvements may need. keep reading

The Great Debate: Cleaning vs Hygiene The Great Debate: Cleaning vs Hygiene
Jean Hanson
Did you know that 80% of all common infections are spread through the environment? This means that cold and flu viruses are found in the air, water, food and fomites. What are fomites? They are inanimate objects like desktops, doorknobs, keys, remote controls, and toilet seats, which are involved in disease transmission. keep reading

How to Choose The Right Dusting Tools For Your Cleaning Company How to Choose The Right Dusting Tools For Your Cleaning Company
Steve Hanson
Dusting is a time-consuming task required in any type of facility or residence. So how do you choose the right dusting tool for your cleaning company? Not all dusting equipment is created equal. As with any purchase you make, you get what you pay for. Skimping on your dusting supplies may save you money on your initial purchase, but in the long run you may spend more in labor costs and by having to replace cheaper products more often. keep reading

Video: Bonnit Brush - Improved Cleaning with Brush and Bonnet Combination Video: Bonnit Brush - Improved Cleaning with Brush and Bonnet Combination
Jean Hanson
Bonnit Brush is a new and improved cleaning system that combines the brushes and synthetic bonnets. Cleaning business owners are always looking for better and more efficient tools to use to increase their profit. In this interview Steve Hanson Co-founder of The Janitorial Store and MyHouseCleaningBiz.com interviews Gary Borofsky, founder and inventor of bonnit brush and mop, along with his brother David Borofsky, a manufacturing expert. Learn more about their products: bonnit brush, brush and mop, grit strip and the bonnit bug spotting tool. This 30 minute interview is loaded with product information and photos explaining each tool. keep reading

Residential Cleaning: How to Plan a Route for a Team of Three Cleaning Technicians Residential Cleaning: How to Plan a Route for a Team of Three Cleaning Technicians
This is a video that describes how to plan a cleaning route for a team of three cleaning technicians. Developing efficient cleaning routes are essential to every cleaning business in order to maximize productivity. It is inefficient to let your employees try to figure it out on their own, and you want to make sure the route is the same no matter who is doing the cleaning that day. keep reading

Residential Cleaning: How to Plan a Route for Two Cleaning Technicians Residential Cleaning: How to Plan a Route for Two Cleaning Technicians
This is a video that describes how to plan a cleaning route for two cleaning technicians. Developing efficient cleaning routes are essential to every cleaning business in order to maximize productivity. It is inefficient to let your employees try to figure it out on their own, and you want to make sure the route is the same no matter who is doing the cleaning that day. keep reading

Residential Cleaning: How to Plan a Route for One Cleaning Technician Residential Cleaning: How to Plan a Route for One Cleaning Technician
This is a video that describes how to plan a cleaning route for a cleaning technician. Developing efficient cleaning routes are essential to every cleaning business in order to maximize productivity. It is inefficient to let your employees try to figure it out on their own, and you want to make sure the route is the same no matter who is doing the cleaning that day. keep reading

How to Improve Cleaning Quality With Home Inspections How to Improve Cleaning Quality With Home Inspections
Jean Hanson
Providing your clients quality cleaning and meeting their cleaning needs and specifications is the foundation of any successful, customer-centered residential cleaning company. Performing home inspections is an important part of the company's quality assurance program since it is what helps an organization achieve its quality objectives; to assure clients that it is positioned to deliver quality services on a regular basis. Home inspections provide the necessary feedback in order to measure the cleaning services being provided to that client. keep reading

Why You Should Be Concerned About Ergonomics In Your House Cleaning Business Why You Should Be Concerned About Ergonomics In Your House Cleaning Business
Jean Hanson
Have you ever given any thought to whether the equipment you buy for your employees to use is designed for their comfort? Most of us are too concerned about what the product costs rather than its ergonomic value. But buying products and equipment that are designed with ergonomics in mind can prevent injuries and help your employees perform their routine tasks better and more efficiently. keep reading

7 Ways to Increase Efficiency In Your Home Cleaning Business 7 Ways to Increase Efficiency In Your Home Cleaning Business
Steve Hanson
Since the fall of the economy a few years ago, it's becoming more and more evident that home cleaning business owners need to increase the efficiency of their operation if they want to survive. When you increase efficiency you stop wasting time, which saves money. keep reading

Episode 78: "Do Your Cleaning Technicians Feel Like 'Fish Out Of Water' Due To Your Lack Of Training?" Episode 78: "Do Your Cleaning Technicians Feel Like 'Fish Out Of Water' Due To Your Lack Of Training?"
Jean Hanson
Many cleaning technicians often feel like a fish out of water due to a lack of training. Some cleaning business owners simply have the employee follow them around showing them what to do, or worse yet, have them follow around another employee that isn't "trained" to train another employee. If this sounds familiar, watch the video to find out what to do about it. keep reading

Cleaning and Erasing Stains with Melamine Foam Sponges (A.K.A. Magic Erasers) Cleaning and Erasing Stains with Melamine Foam Sponges (A.K.A. Magic Erasers)
Jean Hanson
Years ago it was discovered that melamine foam could be used as an effective abrasive cleaner. The open cell foam is micro porous and its polymeric substance is very hard, meaning its inner fibers are very thin, so it works like extremely fine sandpaper. The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser that we are all familiar with was first introduced in 2002 by Proctor & Gamble and quickly became a popular household cleaning product. keep reading

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