When you first tackle cleaning your bathroom, what do you do?
Assemble a cleaning caddy with all of the supplies that you'll need + Clear, neutral dish soap + 3 containers of warm water + Total, all purpose cream cleanser + Fresh scented all purpose liquid cleanser + Vacuum + Grout brushes (plus optional extending pole for better leverage)
you're located in the Northeast, the snow has piled up like soot on a
non-dusted ceiling fan. As temperatures drop, they have the potential to
freeze your motivation to clean up your home. Fight the urge to hunker down while the dirt piles up!
1. Prevent your pipes from freezing by keeping your thermostat at 55 degrees or higher. - This is a step to prevent you from cleaning up pools of water (among other things) should your pipes burst. - On average, the coolest comfortable home temperature is 68° F. If you keep your home at68°
F during the day, you could save up to 6.2% on your heating bill. Just
think, for every degree above that temperature, your heating costs will
go up! -If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
2. Think salt stains your driveway... how about your carpet?
Not only does salt collect in your carpet fibers, it also stains
hardwood and tile floors. Once salt water drips off of your winter boots
and dries on your floors, you're left behind with unsightly stains and a
chalky residue. -
Prevent this by taking off your shoes at the door and laying them on
Ask Cindy's Terry Cloth Towels to absorb moisture and prevent floor
If your floors are already affected, steam clean your carpets and use a
freshly scented all-purpose cleaner/water solution on your tiles and a
clear dish soap/water solution on your hardwoods. ALWAYS MAKE SURE TO
DRY YOUR FLOORS!!
3. Warm, Dry air = DUST! DUST! DUST!
-Here's the key to a clean home! .... Wait for it .... TOUCH EVERY SURFACE :).
you tackle the dust in your home it is no different. You should dust
the blades of your ceiling fans, tops of books, window moldings, wall
sconces and other light fixtures. These actions will brighten things up
and improve your air quality!
- Dust with a micro-fiber towel for the ultimate results!
In the cold, dark winter, daylight is a precious resource. Sooty, grimy
windows will inhibit your access to sunlight and cloud your vision of
the wintry landscape. Especially if you have a fireplace and/or burn
candles, a layer of soot will form on the inside of your windows and the
The best solution to begin the process is a mixture of clear dish soap
and water. Use this solution, along with Ask Cindy's White Terry Cloth
Towels to scrub away the soot and debris. Then SEAL IN THE SHINE with
Ask Cindy's signature Glass Cleaner! It delivers a non-smudge,
5. Are your kitchen walls & ceiling yellow with grease and food debris??
If you live in an apartment setting and change habitats every 1-2
years, you are lucky in terms of dirt build-up. However, for those of us
who own homes, we have to worry about years of grease on the kitchen
ceiling and splatter on the walls.
The key to removing grease and keeping the paint on the surfaces is
this: soft microfiber. Use a clear dish soap/water solution with An Ask
Cindy Thick & Thirsty Microfiber Towel.
the cold season, the flu is undesirable #1! Help curb the spread of
sickness in your home by targeting your most touched surfaces!
Door knobs & locks
time you enter/exit your home or any individual room, chances are that
you're touching a door knob and/or turning a lock. Any surface that
you're touching constantly, without having just washed your hands, is a
perfect breeding ground for germs.
Light switches & surrounding plates
- Unless you can "clap on! clap off!", light switches are some of the most touch heavy surfaces in your home.
Cabinet handles & drawer pulls
Not only do these surfaces accumulate germs, they also have a tendency
to accumulate sticky, greasy debris due to their locations in kitchens
These surfaces are regularly touched by hands, and possibly other body
parts if you choose to slide down them :). In other words, never
cleaning them = GERM CITY
- Just think: you touch the flusher before you wash your hands, after doing your business.
You also touch the faucet handle in the bathroom before you wash your
hands... and then again afterward. If they aren't cleaned, touching them
feeds into a cycle of hand contamination.
Cleaning these will help to prevent soap scum buildup and the
transference of germs, especially if you don't wash your hands
thoroughly afterward. Also, if you pump out soap for children, an
unclean pump will dirty your hands.
- An everyday scenario: touch your phone, scratch an itch, touch your phone, eat, touch your phone, take out the garbage, touch your phone, shield a sneeze, touch your phone, blow your nose, and touch your phone again! Enough said.
Computer mice & keyboards
This category includes desktops, laptops, and tablets. That means that
not only are these items potentially dirty from activities inside the
home, but also have the ability to track in outside germs.
Remotes to electronics
If you've ever cleaned these before, I'll be thoroughly impressed! On
television, I've seen people scratch with these items. If life imitates
art, please clean these regularly & thoroughly!
of the items described above is a hard surface, therefore cleaning
should be painless. When disinfecting these high-touch surfaces, follow
**Do not spray cleaning solutions directly onto surfaces!** Dampen cleaning towels with solutions to prevent dripping/liquid damage.
a neutral and clear colored liquid dish soap, squeeze a few droplets
into 1/4 of a pail of warm water, to create the perfect cleaning
a multi-surface disinfectant liquid cleaner. Search for labels that
advertise a 99.9% kill rate of bacteria that includes Salmonella,
E.Coli, and certain strains of Influenza. Several items also contain a
non-astringent odor eater to freshen the home without harsh fumes.
Polish stainless steel faucets & drawer pulls
Spray the polish directly onto a lint-free towel, then wipe the surface and enjoy a powder free, smudge free finish.
(Key tips for cleaning household furniture & decorations)
(How to: clean your hall tree)
Using Ask Cindy’s fine, non-scratch,
ultra-thick microfiber towel, dust this unit from top to bottom. Don’t
forget the hanging hooks and hinges. Remember to flip your towel to the
other side once dust particles are clearly covering the cloth. These
towels are detailed dusting magic! Dust particles are held firmly in
Using a neutral and clear colored dish liquid soap, squeeze a few
droplets into 1/4 of a pail of warm water, to create the perfect
Using an Ask Cindy white terry cloth towel, dip one end into the
soap and water solution and ring it dry. Target smudges and
fingerprints. Wipe and clean with the wet end of your towel. Dry
immediately using the dry end of the towel.
GREAT TIP FOR SCUFFS/DISCOLORED MARKS: - Pour a
dollop of (lemon scented) BLEACH FREE grease cutting cleanser onto the
damp end of your white terry cloth towel. Specifically target marks,
smudges, and tough residue with this super effective scuff remover!
Don't forget to rinse with clean, clear water. Dry with a fresh towel.
on my many years of being involved with residential and commercial
cleaning, it never ceases to amaze me when a customer is surprised when I
explain the requirements of an initial cleanup.
homeowners have a mindset of spray & wipe, when connecting with
house cleaning tasks. Surface cleaning allows one to get an immediate
burst of appreciation, but only when they first see it. A reality check
eventually takes place once items in a home are rearranged, or surfaces
are inspected in a detailed way. The unsightly discoveries are
unacceptable, now what! Quality vs. Quantity: The new possibility, for
house cleaning tasks.
I always walk in with 5 cleaning principles:
Knowledge:Investigate cleaning how-to’s, because every surface and furnishing must be appropriately cleaned.
Create a cleaning plan for your tasks.
Select your cleaning tools and solutions with serious consideration.
Move forward knowing that the initial detail cleaning of room(s) or items is an investment of time.
There are no shortcuts; only improved cleaning techniques will lead to efficient acts for eliminating dirt.
basic point is, when you’re involved with cleaning restoration (after
things no longer look nice), the initial clean can be intensive. At this
point, your cleaning tasks require labor, time, and insightful
is no way around these principles, especially during the initial
cleanup. After the initial cleanup, maintenance doesn’t require the same
level of intensity. This is especially true if maintenance commences
right away. Expressions like, unbelievable and wow, can be yours! Clean
is always a vivid presentation in a home.
face it, you get out what you put in! Ask Cindy’s 5 cleaning principles
are required for a good cleaning result. While the surface spray &
wipe approach will show some immediate improvement, the unsanitary
layers beneath the surface will begin to show through very shortly. Over
the years, people have shared that they were prepared to have certain
items replaced. Ask Cindy’s housecleaning principles have renewed
household appliances, light fixtures, furnishings, and so much more.
Clean is clean!
the way, we are not talking about magic here. Ask Cindy joins process
and housecleaning knowledge, yielding outstanding cleaning outcomes.
Reading forward, your home can experience a visible difference. Happy
grandmother, a domestic goddess, once told me that as she carried me
around when I was a toddler, I was always fussy about things being just
so. Well, I assure you that I have not changed. Some might even refer to
me as finicky. I have simply never gotten comfortable with passable
as I go with my family to different places, I am very particular about
where I will eat, sit to watch a movie, utilize a public restroom, and
so forth. While I don’t want to ever be considered anti-social, I do not accept inept cleaning standards.
a public place is dirty, I speak up, seeking out the owner, the manager
or a supervisor. What Ask Cindy knows for sure is that if you make a
knowledgable and deliberate effort to clean, doing so will successfully
eliminate dirty circumstances.
A cleaning schedule for any public facility will have every surface and appliance item on a cleaning checklist. Ongoing cleaning frequency eliminates the guesswork for eradicating settled germs and bacteria. Anyone can keep objects clean with proper technique and
sanitizing solutions. This type of cleaning applies to public
restrooms, restaurants, classrooms, and offices. Also, as a society, we
must demand higher standards for public facilities. Microorganisms
cultivate in petri dishes, not human beings. Public spaces that are
dirty are just offensive and smelly.
is not acceptable for proprietors or managers to offer dirty restrooms
and dirty common areas in public establishments, especially, as we
patronize these places. When we let them off the hook unchallenged, we
are saying that we are agreeable to these circumstances.
the question might be, can we expect anyone to walk the walk? Yes, it
can be challenging, but a determined approach with well trained staff
investigating public activity within and around a public space
restroom(s) busy periods will establish ongoing cleaning frequencies.
This is the starting point for cleaning success.
When my company was contracted to clean the anchor property, Sports Plus (300,000 sq. feet) located in New Roc City, in New Rochelle,
New York I realized after reading their utilization plan for this space
that we would need additional housekeepers to police the bathrooms and
garbage pails throughout the facility. I highlighted this piece of
information in my bid/proposal. After all, in order for me to do my job
well, the client needed to understand what it would take to prevent
smelly bathrooms and overflowing garbage pails throughout this high
trafficked public arena.
other cleaning responsibilities included the cleaning of two on-site
restaurants, a retail store, two food concession stands, a professional
ice arena bleachers, locker rooms, entrances,
offices, interior walkways and hallways, elevators, shower stalls,
locker rooms and many video games/consoles with acrylic fronts.
Ask Cindy’s watch, every item in the space was on a schedule for
cleaning. The operations manager was so impressed with this passion for
clean, and realized how this due diligence would make his job easier.
Our company’s bid sheet beat out 26 other cleaning
companies. Ask Cindy was a diligent cleaning operation. Naturally, I
would spend time on site during all shifts to live the housekeeping
experience first hand. Management by walk around will always correct any
miscalculations related to the tasks at hand. I was determined that the
operations person would not have to micromanage Ask Cindy or my staff
pertaining to cleaning tasks. This type of dignity made America the
cleaning frequency is all about the culture and usage of a space; when a
cleaning service bids on a job, a study of how the space is used must
be done. After all, public spaces are utilized differently. A
personalized cleaning plan for a specific space or venue is the only
successful approach for eliminating dirty bathrooms, floors and so
IT'S GAME TIME:
The janitor’s closet must be clean and organized at all times. This point sets the tone for organized cleaning.
cleaning of public bathrooms should be done with bleach and germ
eliminating products. The best germ killer is a bacterial enzyme
eradicator. It should be used inside public toilets and urinals after
the general cleaning and sanitation process. This will eliminate
remaining organisms. Surprise, unpleasant odors will disappear, as well.
Now, what about the cleaning cloths that are used in these areas? Disposable cleaning cloths is the only answer.
This will prevent cross contamination. By all means using a different
cloth for the many different surfaces with its many sides is the right
thing to do.
Automatic air fresheners should always be in place.
bathroom mop should be dedicated for the bathroom floors only. The mop
head must be washed clean nightly. My standard is that all mop heads in
my company’s operation must be clean to the naked eye and stored upright for air-drying. Mop head changes should be scheduled.
broom that sweeps the bathroom floor is labeled and dedicated for
bathrooms only. Using the same broom and mop for all areas only cross
Light fixtures, interior walls, paper towel boxes, toilet paper holders, urinals, bathroom stall walls and doors, entrance and exit doors, should
all be on a cleaning schedule. I state to my staff, if we do not clean
an item, then you must want the client to do it! This always comes with a
and maintenance of public areas is dirty work. Clearly written
schedules of the required work, with realistic timelines, functional
ergonomic tools, and appropriate cleaning chemicals, will navigate one
through cleaning tasks. Cleaning and maintenance with a common sense
approach, requires good work ethic, discipline, ergonomic equipment,
safe cleaning solutions, and a comprehensive plan. Overall,
public spaces are dirty and these undesirable circumstances negatively
impact our sensibilities. Let’s ask business proprietors to keep their
space(s) clean. As consumers, it is advantageous to both sides!