Do you Have this Common Cleaning Problem?

Do you Have this Common Cleaning Problem?

I started writing as a way to offer value to people who may need help with cleaning in their lives, to pass on what Ive learnt and hopefully solve a few peoples problems.

Id like to extend this further.

WHAT IS YOUR CLEANING PROBLEM? – is there something you struggle with, something you can’t work out, something you want advice on?

I feel community is important, So I’d like you, the community to answer any of the questions asked, offer some of your advice and experience to the community.

Maybe you’ll be able to help someone or maybe someone will help you.

You can join the discussion here on this post, Over on the our facebook page, or over at my twitter @zcleanau.  Please use the Hashtag #cleaninghelp on all platforms so others in the community can easily find your comment.

 


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Owning a Business

Owning a Business

Owning a business is a big step, there are many risks and challenges and everyday can be a lesson if you want it to be – all of these risks I knew about when I signed the offical paper work declaring Z & Z Cleaning as mine.

What I didn’t anticipate was going far and beyond my duties to make my customers happy, to take time out of my day to help when it was needed;

to work back until midnight when there was a break-in to clean up and to secure broken windows when a window company did a bad job securing the premises;

to be at a job site first thing in the morning to clean up flooded areas after the previous nights storms;

to grow that important trust with my clients to a point that the price is not asked when requesting a task to be completed – they know the value they are getting from me.

This post is more of a story to myself then anything.

A story of guy who now understands what it is to have a business that you are responsible for, that sometimes you can’t be selfish and think about yourself – the importance to grow and build yourself as a person before you can grow and build your business.

Once you figure this out then that attitude can reflect onto your clients.

I once wrote a blog about taking pride in your work and that statement couldn’t be any more true now then it was back then.

There are many things still that I can learn and teach, so the future will be an adventurous one as I go forward, there will be highs, and there will be lows, but I know that my standards will not diminish, i know the lessons I have learnt will not be forgotten, and when at times it feel it is getting too hard I can look back at what has been accomplished, and use that energy to take the next step forward.

Owning a business is more then just about making money, its about creating connections, making an impact on the world and the people around you, and thats what you should be striving for… the money and the grey hairs will follow in their own time.

The journey is only beginning and I hope you are on your journey as well.

 


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Reviewing the White Magic Grout Cleaning Brush

Reviewing the White Magic Grout Cleaning Brush

Cleaning grout lines can be annoying task to do around the home and the go-to tool is usually the humble used toothbrush – although this works fine, it can be time consuming process.

White Magic has come to rescue us with their double sided Grout Cleaning Brush.

It is a simple design, a wooden handle connected to a triangle shaped brush with one side wider then the other.

WMBrush

The brushes are firm but not too sharp and feel like they will last a long time. The White Magic Grout Cleaning Brush is also dishwasher safe, which makes it easy to clean, but I have found just washing them under flowing water is enough to keep it clean.

The question is, does it work?

I am happy to report that it does. I was quite surprised that the grime in the grout came out quite easily with just plain water with little to no effort – just a few scrubs is all it took.

For those harder and more stubborn stains you can use your favourite grout cleaning product to help clean the grout lines.

The White Magic Grout Cleaning Brush comes with a rope loop attached the handle, this lets you hang it away under the sink or in your chemicals cupboard.

Handy Tip: I suggest hanging the brush in the shower – this makes it easy to once a week reach for it when showering so you can easily scrub a few tiles to keep the shower clean.

The White Magic Grout Cleaning Brush can be found on their website or at TheGoodGuys.

 


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How to Clean your Computer’s Keyboard

How to Clean your Computer’s Keyboard

Computers have become a staple of our daily lives, we sit in front of them for hours on end, but they are also something we pay the least attention to when cleaning the office or home.

Whether its from eating in front of the computer, or just from every day use, our keyboards will eventually get dirt and dust stuck on and in-between the keys, overtime causing the keys to feel sluggish and making the keyboard un-sanitary. This is something most people don’t think about, and considering we put our hands on keyboards everyday, its always a good idea to clean your keyboard – at least on the surface – on a regular basis.

In this post I will guide you through cleaning Desktop and Laptop Keyboards.

 

DESKTOP KEYBOARDS

What you will need

  1. Microfibre Cloth
  2. Cotton Tips ( Q-Tips )
  3. Isoroypyl Rubbing Alcohol
  4. Plastic knife or some kind of thin prying tool
  5. Soapy water
  6. Towel

1. Firstly,Unplug your keyboard from the computer.  Take a Photo of your keyboard – this is so you can easily re-assemble they keys in the right order once you are done cleaning.

2. Using your plastic knife or Prying tool, place the flat edge in between 2 keys with the edge under they key and gently pry they keys up one at a time. Be extra careful with the space bar as they sometimes have metal rods holding it in and you don’t want to bend them.

Note: Don’t force it, they should come off with relative ease.

3. Once all the keys are removed, fill up a bucket or a sink (making sure the drain is plugged up) with warm soapy water. Place the loose keys into the water and let them soak as we go on to the next step.

4. Take the main keyboard body, turn it upside down and shake out all the loose dirt. Dip the Q-tip in the rubbing alcohol and scrub the inside of the keyboard until its nice and clean.

5. Going back to the keys in soapy water, grab a cloth and wipe over each key one at a time – the dirt should come off easily now then place the keys on a towel to dry off.

6. Once everything has dried off, refer back to the photo you took of your keyboard and place all the keys in their appropriate places.

Note: Don’t force the keys on, they should clip in a with ease

You now should have a clean and responsive keyboard!

 

LAPTOP KEYBOARDS

What you will need

  1. Microfibre Cloth
  2. Cotton Tips ( Q-Tips )
  3. Isoroypyl Rubbing Alcohol
  4. Compressed Air Can

1. Turn off your laptop ( remove the battery if its possible)

2. Grab the can of compressed air and send bursts of air in between the keys to blow out any dust and dirt.

Tip: try to avoid shaking the can while spraying as this will cause liquid to come out and risk damaging your laptop

3. Grab a microfibre cloth and lightly dampen the cloth with the rubbing alcohol. Gently run the cloth over each key of the keyboard until each key is clean.

You can also use this opportunity to clean the body and trackpad of the laptop.

 


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4 Tips For A Clutter Free Office Space

4 Tips For A Clutter Free Office Space

Keeping an office clutter free can be a hard task to accomplish, even a well organised business can struggle keeping their surroundings looking presentable as the paperwork and items build up leaving you with a messy desk lacking free space when you actually need it.

The following tips are just the first steps you can take to help remove some of the causes of mess and will help keep your office space clutter free like a well oiled machine.

1 . The Purge

The first step in your journey to a clutter free enviroment is simple – Throw out what you don’t need.

Grab yourself a garbage bag and start throwing out all the junk that you don’t need. The best way of doing this is to make 2 piles; The KEEP pile and the TRASH pile.

Go through all your possessions and start the purge …

Do you really need Every piece of stationary under the sun? Are the items on your desk something you use often or is it a “Maybe one day I’ll need it” Item? If so, then in the TRASH pile it goes – This is no time to be a hoarder, our goal is to minimise the amount of useless stuff you have around you.

The final part of this step is to throw out the trash. This may be hard for you to do , but trust me, once you do and you are rid of that clutter, you will feel relaxed and glad you did.

2. Storage Solutions

One of the culprits for a messy desk is bad storage. If you don’t have a proper place to put your items, then they generally just end up in a pile on your desk or in the corner until you are overwhelmed with the mess.

The right storage could be the difference between a presentable office and one looking worse for wear.

Choosing the right type of cupboards, cabinets and file drawers for your situation will drastically improve the way you organise your office, and if you followed Step 1 then you will already have a good idea of what items you had and what storage you will need to put them away in their own special place.

 

Handy Tip: –

Organize the drawers on your desk from everyday to sometimes use.

The Top draw should only be filled with items that you use and need everyday. This will make them easy to reach and you won’t have to go hunting around in other draws.

Each draw below it should decrease in usefulness, so the 2nd draw is a Sometimes use, the 3rd a rarely use and so on.

Once you have this system in place then you will quickly and efficiently find what you need, when you need it.

 

3. Get rid of the Inbox and Outbox

“Get rid of my Inbox & Outbox?” you say.

Yes, the trusty Inbox & Outbox has long been a permanent feature of office desks around the world but this isn’t always the right solution or the best motivator of a clutter free desk.

Firstly the presence of 2 A4 sized trays takes up a fair bit of space on a desk, cutting this down to 1 or even none will give you back valuable space, especially on smaller desks.

Secondly, the side effect of having a Inbox or Outbox is that we tend to use them more as a “Do it later” device and thats where is starts to build up.

The better option would be to have ONE “Today” box. The difference between a in/outbox and a today box is that you put yourself in a mindset that you don’t leave the that day until everything in the Today Box is completed. This will force you to take care of your responsibilities straight away (even more so if you had no box all together) or have the thought in the back of your mind all day that you have a every growing itinery waiting for you a the end of the day before you leave the office.

3. Minimalist Desks

Big desks = Big Mess

Small Desk = Smaller Mess

If the above is true, then it’s not far from the fact that switching to a minimalist desk will help you minimise the clutter you keep.

If you keep your desk to a size that suits your bare minimum needs, there you won’t have space to accrue any clutter. Your desk should be simple; enough space to hold your monitor, a keyboard and mouse and a mug for your morning coffee – thats it.

If you need space for documents to reference off, then invest in floating paper holders that attach to your desk, these will take your documents off your desk and place them infant of you in a easy to read position.

4. Staff Participation

If the issue of clutter is office wide, then a dedicated time to tidy up might be a good solution for you.

Option 1: Giving your staff 15 minutes at the end of each day for a quick tidy up is one option to consider. This will not only make the office a bit cleaner for the next morning, but it will give your staff some time to wind-down after a days of hard work before heading home.

Option 2: Instead of just making your staff clean their areas after a long days work, you organise one day a month (or day of your choosing) and have a staff bonding day. Shut down the office for the day or finish up at midday and invite your staff to come in and spend time together as a team. You can use this day as an opportunity to get your staff to clean the office, but also add in fun team-bonding actives and a BBQ for lunch.

Not only will this get the office looking good, but it will give your staff a day to relax and have fun which will increase productivity when your staff return the next work-day refreshed and ready to work.

These steps are just some of the ways you can start implementing into your office routine today to help reduce that clutter, throw away junk, and have a clean and more importantly distraction free environment to help you focus on you work.

 


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How to Clean your Nozzles

How to Clean your Nozzles

| QUICK TIP TUESDAY |

 

A simple and Quick Tip for the next time you are having trouble cleaning the nozzle of a water boiler tap.

These Systems have a tendency to build up a crusty and sometimes hard to remove grime around the spout of the system.

If you are unsuccessful with steel wool or are afraid of damaging it with harsh abrasive materials then try this tip.

  1. nozzle1Get a plastic cup and cut off the bottom making it into a receptacle.
  2. Tape the receptacle to the spout so it covers the problem area.
  3. Use your favourite grime remover (CLR or equilivent) to fill up the receptacle.
  4. Let it sit in the solution for the length of time stated in the products instructions before removing the receptacle and disposing of the liquid.
  5. Finally grab some cleaning solution and give the spout a good clean to make sure the it is free of any chemicals. ( Filling up a cup of water and dunking the spout a few times will help clean the inside of the spout )

And you’re done. A clean spout ready to fill up Coffee and Tea cups until the next time you need to clean it!

nozzle2

This technique can also be used on other taps, shower heads or anything else that has a buildup of grime – for large items like shower heads, an empty ice cream container will be a better option.

 


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