As this pandemic begins to slow down, and B.C. is slowly reopening; a lot has changed, and honestly, we don’t know what the new “normal” will look like. The world before COVID-19 felt healthy and safer, we all had our routines but now there’s a new level of health and safety protocols to follow, in fact, the health and safety of our citizens have been amplified to a new level. While this is not a bad thing, it will take some time for everyone to get used to, along with understanding the importance of this.
So, we discuss some ways it will change when coming to cleaning.
1. Weekly Deep Cleaning vs Monthly
What is the difference between weekly and monthly deep cleaning? Weekly cleaning includes the flooring getting vacuumed and mopped, dusting is done throughout the office, the kitchen is sanitized, and windows and surfaces are cleaned. Monthly deep cleaning includes the weekly items along with additionally wiping the baseboards, vents, walls, ceilings.
Moving forward, it will be important to do both deep cleans weekly and monthly. Weekly deep cleaning will benefit you, your family and employees as there will be a reduced amount of dust, bacteria, and irritations floating around, plus, this will be providing them with cleaner air more often.
2. Cleaning High Touchpoint Areas Daily
This is a very important point and one that often gets overlooked. Moving forward it will be crucial that all high touchpoint areas (such as door knobs and handles) get cleaned and disinfected daily! Why? To kill any bacterias and germs that may be lingering. This will also help kill any illnesses that may be lingering on surfaces. Now that we are starting to go out a bit more, it's important to keep disinfecting our hands, shoes and all elements that we will be bringing home. Ideally in the hallway. If you have been following us on Instagram and Facebook accounts, we are sure you had seen our tips about it.
Check out out previous blog for our Daily & Weekly Disinfecting Routine.
3. Using Green Products to clean
Cleaning products have never been more important. It’s great that everyone wants to use the best product, but it’s equally as important to ensure the product you’re using is clean in ingredients, healthy for the environment and for those that are breathing it in. We believe in clean ingredients being healthier for everyone.
We use only environmentally-safe products to ensure the health and safety of your family, customers and or employers.
4. Waste and Recycling
To us, this is a very important tip, not only because we should all be doing our part to help and protect our environment, but also to help prevent spread and protect our waste collection staff, dispose of all the following in the garbage in plastic garbage bags:
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We cannot go back to our pre-COVID days," Dr. Bonnie Henry said. "We have to find that balance that allows us to get things moving … but not to go back to the place where this virus can take off."
As Covid-19 is not our everyday virus, we all are helping in prevent the spreading of the coronavirus. Let's talk about how appliances at home can benefit us to stop a range of viruses, as well as pathogens that transmit disease.
1. Washing machines
Some washing machines have a sanitize or steam settings. Using these settings along with detergent, bleach and peroxide can kill germs. Drying laundry on the dryer’s hot cycle for 45 minutes also is effective against certain viruses and germs.
Dishwashers that feature a sanitize cycle must meet standards set by NSF International, a consumer protection group. Certified dishwashers must reach a final rinse temperature of 150 degrees and achieve a minimum 99.999 percent reduction of bacteria. If you have a sanitizing dishwasher, you can disinfect pet bowls, scrub pads, some kids’ toys and more. Always make sure your dishes and other items are dishwashing safe.
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3. Air Purifiers
Household air purifiers can help, but shouldn’t replace thorough cleaning and sanitizing. Some purifiers use ultraviolet light, which has been shown to kill germs, but effectiveness can vary by model. While some purifiers and air filters advertise the ability to capture viruses, bacteria and common allergens, they don’t necessarily kill germs and viruses.
4. Steam Cleaners
A steam cleaner is a good solution for cleaning and disinfecting things you can’t wash in the washer. Steam can kill 99.9 percent of dust mites, germs and bacteria including such dangerous germs as salmonella, staph bacteria and E. coli. Steam cleaners also remove dirt and stains from carpet, upholstery, drapes and other fabrics.
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Daily Disinfecting Routine
In the kitchen:
In the Bathroom:
Weekly Disinfecting Routine
In the kitchen:
• Wash kitchen sink strainers in the dishwasher.
• Remove and hand wash oven and range knobs.
• Clean and disinfect the kitchen sinks.
In the bathroom:
• Wash your toothbrush holder and toothbrushes and disinfect them. If they are dishwasher safe, just run them through with your dishes.
•Clean and disinfect your bathtub and shower, including the shower doors and handles. If you have a shower curtain that is machine washable, throw it in the washer.
• Wash bedding in hot water. Limit shaking out your blankets and sheets before washing to minimize the spread of dust and germs.
• Mop hard-surface floors and vacuum carpets.
• Disinfect computer keyboards and mice, light switches, cell phones and remote controls. Be sure to turn off the power on any electronics before cleaning or disinfecting.
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Keep yourself entertained during these social distance times.
Answer these four questions to find your spring-cleaning personality and have fun with this Quarantine Quiz!:
1. What's the first thing you do when you wake up?
An all-hands-on-deck cleaning sesh would be nice if you had the time. Until then, you opt for the piecemeal approach, sneaking in 10-minute spurts of scrubbing here, a little dusting there.
A. Hit snooze once and then roll out of bed when the alarm rings again.
B. I hit the floor running… once I have my coffee!
C. Check on the children — who are getting themselves up and ready for the day.
D. Go for a run / do yoga, before anyone else even opens their eyes.
2. How do you schedule spring cleaning into your life?
A. I work spring cleaning into my daily routine, and I don’t necessarily limit it to the springtime.
B. I leave one week open during the month. No appointments, no playdates, no work. It’s all about the cleaning.
C. I schedule a day or two when the entire family is home and I enlist their help.
D. I book a special day for my kids with grandma and grandpa and I clean for hours straight.
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3. Does your family get in on the spring cleaning action?
A. I’ll take some help here or there, but I’m fine if I clean solo.
B. Prefer for my kids to stay out of it, and it’s not like they’re begging to help me anyway.
C. I don’t care if it’s done perfectly, as long as it’s done. And I don’t want to do it all myself.
D. I want to clean alone and quickly with my favorite music blasting.
4. Where does spring cleaning rank on your list of favourite activities?
A. It’s one of my favorite things; in fact, I could re-organize my home all year long.
B. It’s fun. I like to pace myself but still get it done on a timely schedule.
C. It’s just another bunch of jobs on my to-do list, but a chore chart keeps it all under control.
D. I want spring cleaning to be done and over.
Ready for the results?
Mostly A: The Go-With-The-Flow Cleaner
You like spring cleaning, and once you’re in it, you’re in it. You schedule your spring cleaning tasks around your everyday life. Your daily cleaning efforts are simply magnified so each room receives special attention including the closets, old clothing and the dust under the furniture. If your family wants to help out, that’s great. You’ll give them their own jobs to do and keep plugging away at your own. But no matter what, you’ll take it all in stride with the peace of mind that it will all get done by the end of the week, or maybe next week.
Mostly B: Slow and Steady
For you, slow and steady wins as it helps you keep your life in balance. You love to clean; so even if it takes an entire month to get your home organized from top to bottom, you’re totally fine with it. In fact, you’d rather clean and re-organize throughout the entire year than just one week or day during the spring. A little bit of cleaning everyday will keep your home healthy all year long.
Mostly C: The Team Player
You aren’t really all that excited to clean the house. After all, don’t you do that most days anyway? A big cleaning task such as this calls for a team effort. Everyone in the family has their assignments and can check off each task from the chore chart as they are completed. When every box has been checked on the chart, you can all relax and focus on the fun stuff again.
Mostly D: The Lone Cleaner
You have a job to do and you want it done now, without any helpers there to interfere with your schedule or methods. You’d rather do every job yourself and know that it’s done right than deal with delegating. In an attempt to make this happen, you send your family out to the garden (or maybe movie afternoons?) for the day so you can focus on the tasks. You turn on your favorite music to stay motivated while you clean. Then when the day is over, you’ll welcome them all home to a clean, fresh home and sleep soundly in your warm, freshly-vacuumed bed.
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By Claire Nowak.
It's that time of the year again to start thinking about spring cleaning, which means some serious decluttering, reorganization, scrubbing and polishing. Whether you love it or hate it, there's no denying that a good spring clean is a worthwhile exercise. But did you know that it can also benefit your health and wellbeing? We bring to you some reasons why spring cleaning is actually good for you. Let's start!
It’s a proven de-stresser
More clutter means more stress. So it shouldn’t be surprising that housework can cut stress and anxiety. However, you do need 20 minutes of activity to get these effects. Using lemon-scented cleaning products can help you de-stress faster; studies show this happy smell reduces stress and leaves a positive impression on others. Here’s how to clean your house with real lemons instead of citrus-scented chemicals.
Levels of stress can also be reduced during the act itself, as cleaning is considered to be therapeutic.
It helps you breathe better
If you or someone from your family are prone to allergies or asthma attacks when spring rolls around, don’t assume pollen is the only culprit. Dust and pet dander are powerful asthma triggers, especially in children. Keeping your home clean can reduce these allergic triggers.
It improves your mood
A thorough house cleaning—and then keeping it that way—is one mood boost you’ll definitely want to make a habit. In a study from the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, women who described their homes as stressful, in particular talking about clutter and unfinished projects, were more likely to have an increasingly depressed mood throughout the day. That, in turn, led to more fatigue after work. On the flip side, women who described their homes as relaxing (and less cluttered) became less depressed as the day went on.
The act of cleaning provides a sense of satisfaction, which in turn can put you in a good mood.
It gets you active without realizing it
There is a correlation between physical activity and cleanliness: The cleaner the participants’ homes were, the more exercise they got. Simply burning calories while cleaning is one explanation for the find, but this relationship could be connected to self-regulation, the ability to act in a way that drives you toward your goals. If individuals were motivated to take control of how clean their homes were, they may be able to use that drive in another area of their lives, like physical fitness.
It can make you more productive at work
Spring cleaning your office is just as important as tidying up your house, especially if the papers and folders cluttering your desk hinder your ability to work. Having your work area clean and tidy increases productivity at work. Adding “Clean desk” as a calendar appointment can help hold you accountable, but why not start now?.
Clearing a room also helps with clearing your mind.
It could prevent sickness
Spring cleaning gives you an excuse to wash those spots you usually overlook in your daily or weekly cleanups. For instance, small kitchen appliances can be filled with old crumbs and oil splatters, while washing machines can harbor mold and bacteria from your dirty laundry. Washing away rid of food contamination or running vinegar and baking soda through a hot laundry cycle can get rid of the germs hiding inside.
It improves heart health
Sedentary behavior is associated with health risks in adults. The potential benefits of reducing sedentary time may be dependent not only on decrease per se, but also on the type of activity it replaces. Few longitudinal studies have investigated the effects on mortality when replacing objectively assessed sedentary time with another physical activity (PA) behavior. A 15-year Swedish study of 851 adults found that sitting for just half an hour less every day reduced risk of fatal cardiovascular disease by 24 percent. Even low-intensity activity like household chores had the heart-healthy benefits, so you can feel good about picking up your vacuum.
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Hiring a professional cleaning company can bring great benefits to your home or your company.
So, if you are thinking about hiring professional cleaning services but haven’t quite made up your mind yet, we bring to you some reasons to show you why it’s really worth it!
Let's start talking about the many benefits you will get when hiring a professional cleaning provider, A.K.A. Peak Janitorial Services!
1. Specialized tools and equipment
As professional cleaners, we are always aware of all of the major innovations and developments in the cleaning industry. We have invested our resources into finding the absolute best cleaning materials and equipment available on the market. We have a wide range of supplies and specific tools and cleaning products for every job. Whether it's customers' windows, floors, or carpet-covered kitty condos, chances are, Peak Janitorial can clean them. We will know when and where to use each tool and will use these to deliver impeccable and high-quality cleaning results.
2. Trained and skilled staff
Our company sends a staff of highly trained cleaning professionals to homes and offices to clean carpets, windows, and everything in between with eco-friendly products. Peak Janitorial offers floor-care treatments, including stripping, waxing, buffing, and tile and grout cleaning. All of our staff have gone through a background check and are fully bonded, insured, and have signed a confidentiality agreement, so that you are confident that we only have the best team!
We also use a detailed checklist system to guarantee that each and every cleaning task you want us to perform is done every visit. Absolutely no shortcuts!
3. Reduce your environmental footprint
When it comes to environmental care, the cleaning industry has made great strides in recent years. Janitorial Peak Inc. is committed to ensuring that all the cleaning products are as environmentally friendly as possible. We use only environmentally-safe products to ensure the health and safety of your family, customers and or employers.
4. A plan tailored to your needs
We are eager to please our clients and will listen to your requirements closely. We will work alongside you ensuring that we devise a cleaning schedule that suits your cleaning needs. Depending on the client's preference, these scouring services can be performed daily, weekly, or monthly. We pay close consideration to detail in our work and our first and main priority is customer happiness.
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5. Deliver exceptional results
The most noticeable overall benefit to your home or business will be the physical transformation. You will be surprised at just how much of a difference a professional cleaning services provider can make to the look of your business. Your business will be gleaming and will become a very welcoming environment. With our professionally trained staff, superior work and fast response times you should be 100% satisfied with the look of your business. A superior cleaning routine like this leaves a great impression every single time.
You’ll get the most thorough clean you’ve ever seen, that’s our promise and 100% guarantee to you!
Ready to take the first step (or steps) to help save the planet?
1. GO PLANT-BASED (1-2 MEALS A DAY)
You might be regretting your food choices over the holidays. Skip the crash diet (you look beautiful!) and try plant-based instead.
Animal agriculture has an enormous impact on climate change, contributing as much greenhouse gases as every car, plane, train, and ship on Earth. Going plant-based is one of the most powerful ways to reduce our personal carbon footprints (or foodprint, as we call it). Not ready to go all the way? Just start with one meal, or go plant-based for breakfast and lunch.
2. SKIP THE GYM. SKIP THE CAR.
We know this doesn’t work for everyone, but where and when you can, skip the car and walk, bike or take public transportation instead. You’ll get some good (free!) exercise, while taking a huge bite out of your personal carbon footprint. For every mile you don’t drive, you reduce your carbon footprint by one pound. Bonus points if you’re lugging bags of groceries home on your walk.
3. COMPOST, COMPOST, COMPOST.
4. SKIP THE SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAG.
Did you know that those convenient plastic grocery bags are only used for an average of 15-20 minutes? Meanwhile they have a lifespan of 500–1,000 years in the landfill. Suddenly that convenience is looking very inconvenient for our planet… Just stick a reusable bag in your purse or backpack, or stash one in your desk. It’s that simple.
Grocery bags dissolve into potentially harmful microplastics and, in the case of ingestion or entanglement, hurt and kill animals. They’re pretty much the worst. Even though these bags are technically recyclable, you must go to a drop-off area to do that, not your curbside bin.
To take this step to the next level, see if you can go a whole day without plastic. It’s much harder than you might think, but it gives you an illuminating view at just how bad our plastic problem is, while identifying key places to cut plastics from your life.
5. STOP BUYING WHAT YOU DON'T REALLY NEED.
Take fast fashion as an example — we buy far more clothing than we need (and wear), often tossing clothes in the trash: Research shows that a garbage truck’s worth of clothing and textiles is landfilled or incinerated every second. So, don’t buy it, and don’t buy into it! You should never underestimate your power as a consumer. Instead, try shopping secondhand. It’s a great way to give new life to old clothes while saving money and keeping perfectly good clothing out of landfills.
It’s also a good way to ensure you’re not wearing the same faux-hipster bohemian crop top as everyone else this season…Like with food waste, not only are these clothes sitting in landfills to produce greenhouse gases as they break down, but the resources (including low-paying and dangerous labor for marginalized communities) used to create these textiles is also wasted as well. Our current clothing industry is incredibly polluting, resource-intensive and wasteful (not to mention unjust).
6. USE ECO-FRIENDLY JANITORIAL SERVICES.
At Peak Janitorial, we are convinced that we will satisfy all your cleaning needs and worries.
We offer you a large selection of services, using eco-friendly products used by bonded professionals.
Many green products today out-perform conventional products and they are not only safer for the environment they’re safer for people too. Moreover, many of these eco-friendly products are even more affordable than traditional cleaning alternatives.
It’s that time of year again the days are getting shorter, the leaves are falling and the rain has returned. Winterization is essential to keeping your home and family both comfortable and safe. Additional benefits include energy conservation and helping you save money. Timely inspections and preventative maintenance minimize disruptions and costly emergency repairs. With the right planning winterization is an affordable investment that you can budget for in advance. As a homeowner, these changes are a reminder that some preventative maintenance around the house is required. Here is top 5 list for must-do’s before winter:
1. Check Your Home’s Rain Readiness
You know the weather in Vancouver, the west coast gets a substantial amount of rain. As a homeowner checking that your properties ability to deal with water is crucial to preventing costly water damage. Take a walk around the exterior of your home next time it rains hard and look for the following:
Gutters – Are they flowing freely? If you can safely look inside make sure they are free of debris. If you can’t you should hear water running through the downspouts and water should not overflow the tops. Clean gutters divert the water from your roof away from your foundation. Clogged gutters can also cause water to seep over the back of the gutter, causing the fascia to rot. The bottom line is water damage is expensive to repair and gutter cleaning is an affordable way to prevent it.
Paint protects the wood on your home against moisture. Once it begins to peel and flake moisture begins to cause rot. Even touching up problem spots before the winter months will save you money next time your decide to repaint.
Windows & Doors – Caulking your windows and doors prevents moisture and mould. It’s an easy fix considering the alternative. We don’t need to tell you how nasty mould is. A good seal also prevents heat from escaping, reducing heating costs. Cold air continuously enters your home and hot hair escapes from underneath doors. Doors with an externally facing side cause energy costs to rise significantly, as homeowners offset the cold by turning up the heat. A simple remedy is to roll up a towel or thick sheet to fill the gap. However, draft guards are an inexpensive alternative that help save heat and money.
2. Inspect Your Driveway
3. Prepare Your Deck
Remember to store your outdoor cushions in a dry area, all that rain isn’t good for them even if they are treated. Empty the soil from any clay pots you have store in your yard – frozen soil will cause them to crack.
4. Winterize Faucets and Sprinkler Systems
Similarly, you want to ensure that none of the outdoor water systems get freeze over. Drain and cover all these systems to properly protect them. To prevent freezing and cracking, drain all water from garden hoses and any other irrigation systems while you’re at it.
5. Keep Your Roof Clean
We see it all the time. Neglected roofs full of debris and moss that look terrible and are causing needless damage to the property on otherwise well maintained homes. Roofs aren’t cheap and they protect your home from moisture. Debris and moss compromise this system and redirect water where it isn’t supposed to go. They also cause the roof to age prematurely.
Whether it's customers' windows, floors, or carpet-covered kitty condos, chances are, Peak Janitorial can clean them. The company sends a staff of highly trained cleaning professionals to homes and offices to clean carpets, windows, and everything in between with ecofriendly products. Depending on the client's preference, these scouring services can be performed daily, weekly, or monthly. In addition, Peak Janitorial offers floor-care treatments, including stripping, waxing, buffing, and tile and grout cleaning.
Changing our homes to reflect season to season, doesn't need to be complicated nor cost you too much money. No matter your budget or style there are simple ways to help welcome the cooler weather into our homes.
Use the change of seasons as your starting point and go through the areas of your home that require seasonal rotation.
Rotate your wardrobe.
Out with summer clothes, in with fall!. Set an appointment on your calendar for a weekend when your whole family will swap summer wardrobes for fall.
When you switch clothes for the seasons, get rid of clothes and shoes that:
Fall and winter are a great time to donate coats and warm clothes to local shelters or charities or to offer hand-me-downs to friends and family.
Bring out scarves, gloves, hats, sweaters, jackets, boots and the essentials for your daily routine.
Add warmth to your bedroom.
A quick way to add warmth to your room without changing out furniture or changing your color scheme is to simply add some warmth and texture with pillows, blankets. Notice above the colour scheme is pink, orange and white. You could also add some rugs to your floors to make a warmer and cozy feeling.
Beds are perhaps the easiest thing in the home to change for the seasons. Sheets are relatively inexpensive these days and so why not have a few on hand to accompany the changing of the seasons. Perhaps flannel is what you are after for a warmer, cozier feel during the cooler days of fall. Toss on a few blankets, even a faux fur throw to really welcome the fall!
Kitchen cabinets and pantry.
Move in the serving utensils, gravy boat, and other dish and cookware required for holiday entertaining. If you use seasonal colours or designs for sheets, towels, tablecloths, now it's the time to bring them out. Check expiration dates of food on your pantry and rotate out what hasn’t been eaten.
Set your tables with warmer colours. Add candles and fresh fruit, gourds or pumpkins in autumnal hues. You could buy decorative pumpkins in silver and gold tones, for a more formal look.
Create pretty displays with decorative pines or pumpkins.
Using natural resources, you can create warm and visually appealing displays. Combine candles with fruit, pumpkins, gourds or nuts and arrange them in wooden boxes and crates, plates, platters or trays and place them around your home. The warm glow created by candle light makes any home feel comfortable and warm.
Make a cozy livingroom.
Visuals aren’t the only thing that contribute to your home’s overall style; the scents it's filled with are surprisingly influential when it comes to how you and others feel in your space. Winter months are great for warm, rich scents like cinnamon, pine and vanilla, while warmer months lend themselves to breezy aromas like floral and citrus. And the beauty of this idea is that all you need is a candle or essential oil diffuser for a complete home scent makeover. Enjoy transitioning your home with the seasons!
Who doesn't like to spend time in a clean, well organized home? Today we bring some tips for you to be successful everyday without the overwhelming effect cleaning can bring.
Tackle one room or job each day so you're not doing everything all at once. For example, devote Monday to cleaning kitchen messes, bring out the vacuum on Tuesday, make Wednesday the day for changing sheets, and so on.
photo credit to: Daniel von Appen
Tips for Cleaning Every Day:
Tips for Cleaning Every Week:
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If you’ve ever escaped for a long weekend and left fresh fruit on your counter (or forgot to take out the garbage), you’ve likely come home to find some unwanted guests buzzing around your kitchen.
Fruit fly invasions are inevitable in the summer months (especially if you’re forgetful like me), but there’s a simple way to get rid of these harmless pests. Just follow the steps below and you’ll be fruit-fly free in no time.
The fruit flies will be attracted to the vinegar and fruit, but once they fly into the cone, they won’t be able to get out. A former food editor at Chatelaine used the cone to battle a particularly nasty infestation and claims it works better than all other methods, including the popular plastic-wrap-over-a-glass technique. So the next time you find yourself swatting away one fruit fly too many, pick up a piece of paper and get rolling.
Original Article By: Amy Grief