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October 2016

Why Bother Getting my Windows Professionally Cleaned?

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It may be tempting to just clean your windows yourself, after all, why spend the money when you can get the job done just as well? Many people express these sentiments about any kind of professional cleaning. It is true, you could do the job yourself, but are you saving money and time in the long run?

There are many benefits to getting your windows professionally cleaned, here are just a few:

  • If you are selling your home, your home will look even more attractive to potential buyers.
  • Window cleaning extends the life of your windows.
  • You will protect your safety. It can be unsafe to clean yourself. Getting up on a ladder and reaching high places can be tricky and using chemicals on your own can be hazardous too!
  • You will be preventing serious damage; dirt and debris can cause permanent scratches. This can also interfere with the natural sunlight that would help warm up the house during the winter.

It is recommended that you get your windows cleaned 2-3 times per year to help prevent oxidization and residue build up. If you own a commercial facility, it is especially important to get your windows frequently cleaned, this will be attractive to customers and they will see just how professional your business is!

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Handwashing: Why is it so Important?

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We encounter so many germs and bacteria every single day, whether we are at work, at school, or even at home. Sometimes it seems like no matter how much we clean and sanitize, germs are always there. However, hand washing can definitely be more powerful than we think. Here are some examples that show why:

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) says that according to their research, 22 million sick days are taken each year due to the common cold. (www.nsf.org) Bacteria and viruses can often live for more than 2 days on some surfaces.

Also, a study conducted by 2 Michigan elementary schools has shown that there were more germs found on an average classroom water spigot than on a toilet seat. In fact, here are some things that harbor the most germs in schools:

  • Toys: these are often passed from child to child and they are rarely sanitized. Do you remember the plastic ball pit that we always loved at McDonald’s? Yep, there is a reason we don’t see those very often anymore.
  • Bathrooms: often are not properly cleaned and not frequently enough. Other germy places in the bathroom are door knobs, mirrors and walls.
  • Cafeteria Tables: students may be expected to clean these tables after they eat, so they are often not cleaned properly and in most cases they are expected to reuse the dirty rags. Sometimes they may be given an improper cleaning solution, so in effect, nothing is really being sanitized.
  • Desks: Many kids (no matter what grade), have to move from desk to desk and do not wash their hands in between that movement, they are focusing on getting to class.
  • Computer Keyboard and Mouse: many children share computers in school too, these items rarely are sanitized either.
  • Sports Equipment: basketballs, gym mats and gym lockers all harbor lots of germs.
  • Musical Instruments: recorders, flutes and many other instruments can carry germs for days.

Even in the workplace, telephones have 25,000+ germs per square inch! Another culprit in the workplace are elevator buttons, which hundreds of people can touch every day.

With these real examples, we can see the importance of washing your hands properly and sanitizing your area, whether at school or work. Perhaps you can send your child home with their own wate
r bottle so they won’t have to use the public water fountain and give them hand sanitizer to keep in their backpacks.

The same is true at work, bring your own beverage and keep hand sanitizer handy on your desk!

Blackburn Professional Cleaning has experience cleaning many daycare facilities and schools. Often, we underestimate the importance of cleaning these facilities properly. It means the health of our children. Why not give us a call today?

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Beware of Carpet Warranty Exclusions

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Carpet manufacturers provide many different types of warranties, some murkier than others. When you purchase carpet, pay close attention to warranty exclusions.

Stains


Uh-oh… what’s that on your carpet? Carpet warranty exclusions cover a wide variety of problems, but stains are probably the most prevalent complaint. Shaw’s Limited Lifetime Stain Warranty excludes thirteen different substances commonly found in a household environment, whereas Carpet One’s Lees Ultra 25 Stain Warranty “covers all types of stains… even those that other carpet warranties don’t, including pet stains, grease, mustard, coffee, cola, even bleach.”

Where is your carpet?


The location of your carpet can void your warranty. For instance, Kraus’s Residential Wear Warranty doesn’t cover carpet installed on stairs.

What did you put on your carpet?


Your choice of carpet care products can be a real problem when it comes to soil resistance warranties such as Kraus’s Soil Resistance Warranty, which becomes void if you use soil retardants, stain repellents, anti-static treatments, or deodorizers.

What’s under your carpet?


For some warranties, what’s under your carpet may void your warranty, like Mohawk’s General Warranty, which has very specific cushion requirements: a minimum density of five pounds per cubic foot, with a thickness not less than 3/8 inch and not more than 1/2 inch.

Carpet care and maintenance requirements


Although carpet stain warranties vary from one manufacturer or brand to another, they all have one thing in common: You must remove spots immediately and have your carpets deep cleaned at least every 12 to 18 months to remove embedded dirt and grime.

The bottom line…


Although the carpet warranty should not be the sole factor in your purchase decision, it is an incredibly important one. In order to avoid a rejected warranty claim, it is your responsibility to find out which warranty applies to your specific carpet type, to obtain a copy of the warranty, ask questions to ensure you understand your warranty, follow the cleaning and care guidelines provided by the manufacturer, and save your receipts.

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