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3/1/13 - KA-POW! Cleaning Services - Kitchen Cleaning Tips

Microwave Cleaning Tips
 

Mix 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl. Bring it to a rolling boil inside the microwave. Baked-on food will be loosened, and odors will disappear. Wipe clean.

Refrigerator Cleaning Tips
 

Clean the shelves and walls of the refrigerator with a half-and-half solution of water and white distilled vinegar.  Cut the grime on the top of the refrigerator with a paper towel or cloth and full-strength white distilled vinegar.

Coffee Maker Cleaning Tips
 

Remove mineral deposits from coffee makers with white distilled vinegar. Fill the water reservoir with 1 cup or more of white distilled vinegar and run it through a whole cycle. Run it once or twice more with plain water to rinse clean. (Check the owners’ manual first.)

Stove Cleaning Tips
 

Avoid the bad smell when you heat up a newly cleaned oven by using a sponge soaked in diluted white distilled vinegar for the final rinse.  To clean a grease splattered oven door window, saturate it with full-strength white distilled vinegar.  Keep the door open for 10 to 15 minutes before wiping with a sponge.

Tea Kettle Cleaning Tips
 

Get rid of lime deposits in a tea kettle by adding 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar to the water and letting it sit overnight. If more drastic action is needed, boil full-strength white distilled vinegar in the kettle a few minutes, let cool and rinse with plain water.

Dishwasher Cleaning Tips
 

Remove soap buildup and odors from the dishwasher by pouring a cup of white distilled vinegar inside the empty machine and running it through a whole cycle. Do monthly.

2/15/13 – Join the KA-POW! Cleaning Services Team

Open Positions:

  • Dartmouth Night Office Cleaner: (5 nights)

Detailed oriented individual who takes pride in a job well done - An eye for detail! Clean overall office including: customer areas; kitchen; rest rooms and conference area. Sweep, mop, vacume carpets, dust, and sanitize.  Trash removal
 

This is not an all inclusive list for this job.
 

Each contract will be a little different and will reflect the duties you are assigned.

Cleaning Supervisor: 
 

  • This is a working/hands on cleaning supervisor position.
     

The Cleaning Supervisor will spend approximately 25% of the time cleaning on their assigned jobs; approximately 25% of the time providing training and assistance to cleaners to ensure that tasks are completed according to contract agreements.
10% of the time acts as a liaison between cleaners and customers and problem solving issues as they arise and 40% of the time will be spent seeking out new cleaning contracts.

2/1/13 - KA-POW! Cleaning Services

Bathroom Cleaning Tips

  • Windows and Mirrors Cleaning Tips

In a 32 oz. spray bottle, add 1/3 cup white (clear) vinegar and 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol. If you absolutely must have another cleaner, add 1 tablespoon automatic dishwashing detergent.

Toilets
 

Ring around your toilet? Alkaline deposits cause those nasty rings. Depending on the hardness of your water, pour one or two cups of white vinegar into the toilet once a month to eliminate the problem.

Sinks and Faucets
 

Once a month, pour one cup of baking soda, followed by one cup of white vinegar down the drain. Wait an hour and flush with warm water. The combination fizzles away most of the buildup. Works for shower, tub and kitchen sink drains as well.
 

Water deposits build up around faucets and drain areas. Use a paper towel soaked in white vinegar and place around the faucet. Plug the drain and pour 1/2 cup white vinegar in the sink and wait. It takes time for the white vinegar to dissolve the alkaline deposits. Scrub using a stiff bristled nylon toothbrush.

1/3/13 - KA-POW! Cleaning Services

Antibacterial Wipes

 

Growing concerns in the work place regarding the spread of germs are sparking a new add-in to routine maintenance: Antibacterial wipes are now being used by more facilities to supplement cleaning between custodial schedules.
 

When spills, sneezes and other unplanned messes happen, antibacterial wipes strategically placed helps to reduce the spread of germs while increasing overall cleanliness.
 

Encouraging and training non-custodial staff to use antibacterial wipes for interim cleaning is vital for optimum cleanliness. Interim cleaning using antibacterial wipes ensures a healthier work environment.
 

Antibacterial wipes that do not contain alcohol are available for cleaning monitors and other electronic equipment that can be damaged by using antibacterial wipes containing alcohol.
 

Regardless of facility size, antibacterial wipes are an economical cleaning solution that is safe and manageable.

12/3/12 - KA-POW! Cleaning Services

Inspirational Quotes

"For myself I am an optimist - it does not seem to be much use being anything else”
-Winston Churchill

 

"The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one."
-Elbert Hubbard

 

"I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.”
-William Allen White

 

“Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don't have any problems, you don't get any seeds.”
-Norman Vincent Peale

 

Inspirational Quotes

“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy. “”
-Norman Schwarzkopf

 

“Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it, piece by piece, by thought, choice, courage, and determination.”
-H. Jackson Brown

 

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
-Maria Robinson

 

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
-Winston Churchill

04/15/13 - KA-POW! Cleaning Services

Cell Phone Cleaning Tips

 

The most important tip for cleaning your cell phone is to be gentle.
 

When you're choosing the tools and products to clean your device, imagine that you're preparing to groom a freshly hatched chick. Swabs and cloths should be soft and lint-free. Cleansers should be pure and mild. And unless it's absolutely necessary, don't open up the case. Not only will you void your warranty on some models, but you're likely to cause more problems than you solve.
 

Let's start with tips for cleaning a smudged, touchscreen display. Your hands, hair and face are coated with oils that rub off easily onto your cell phone surface, especially if you text while eating pizza. First, let's cover the "don'ts."
 

•Don't use Windex or any other glass cleaner with ammonia. The harsh chemicals will damage an LCD display over time.
•Don't use a paper towel - not even a wet one -- because the rough fibers can scratch the display surface. Use a microfiber cloth like the one that came with your glasses.
•Don't spray anything directly on your device. Water and electronics don't mix. Lightly moisten a cloth and wipe it down.

 

There are plenty of disposable wipes on the market designed to both clean and disinfect cell phone surfaces. But if you want to save money, simply moisten a cloth with a prepared mix of 60 percent water and 40 percent isopropyl alcohol, available at any drug store. Isopropyl alcohol evaporates quickly as it disinfects, ensuring that no moisture seeps into your phone's circuitry.
 

Now let's clean up those tiny crumbs and dust specs that can clog microphone slots and jam keys on a conventional cell phone. A wipe-down with the same moistened microfiber cloth is a good start. For harder-to-reach places, moisten the tip of a cotton swab and gently work away at encrusted crud. Another solution is to buy a can of compressed air (the kind for cleaning computer hardware) and give a few blasts to problem areas.
 

If you like your cleaning products to be as high-tech as your devices, go for one of the new gadgets that use pulses of UV light to destroy surface bacteria. The Violight Cell Phone Sanitizer comes from the same folks who make the handy toothbrush sanitizer. Or you can get a small UV wand that flips open like a cell phone and claims to kill 99.9 percent of bacteria after 10 seconds of exposure.

04/02/13 - KA-POW! Cleaning Services

Inspirational Quotes

“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy. “”
-Norman Schwarzkopf

“Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it, piece by piece, by thought, choice, courage, and determination.”
-H. Jackson Brown

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
-Maria Robinson

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
-Winston Churchill

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