How to Clean your Nozzles

How to Clean your Nozzles

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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!

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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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What is in My Detailing Tool Bag

What is in My Detailing Tool Bag

In a previous QuickTipTuesday post I talked about how the humble toolbag can be use for a variety of industries that you might not think about so in this post I will bring you into my world and show you what is in my detailing tool bag.

This is my “go to” setup for all my Bond and Builders clean contracts. It holds a variety of tools, some that I use regularly to get the property for future tenants.

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1. VACUUM ATTACHMENTS

First and foremost are the vacuum attachments;

Nozzle bits of all different shape and sizes to help with the initial vacuum that is an essential step of any Bond or Builders Clean to get into all the nook and crannies that dirt and grime are attracted to.

2. SCOURERS

Abrasive scourers are useful in many applications. They can be used on most surfaces and cut into dirt and grime that can’t be removed by less harsh cleaning cloths.

3. SCRAPER

This tool is handy for the stubborn stains on hard surfaces. Using the pointy sharp edge is useful to get into smaller areas and can be used to gouge into and the flat edge helps get under silicone, putty or any other builders materials.

4. RAZER BLADE

The razer blade, just like the scraper is useful to remove those stubborn dirt and grime, specifically on smooth and glass surfaces. It is especially useful to cleanup grout and cement on tiles and glass that is leftover from the building process.

5. DETAILING BRUSHES

These little brushes are incredibly handy for those smaller spaces like window and sliding door frames, countless nook and crannies and any space that is impossible to reach otherwise.

6. BUTTER KNIFE

This one might be a bit left field but the trusty butter-knife has become a value tool in my arsenal.

It is strong and thin, so it fits into little gaps and the serrated blade comes in real handy when it comes to scraping away dirt and grime from hard to reach areas where other tools and scrapers won’t fit.

7. PLASTIC BAGS

Every work site will always have trash and rubbish that needs cleaning up, these plastic bags are there to collect all the trash to help clean up on the site.

8. PAPER TOWELS

Paper towels are useful in many ways, whether it is to clean up spills, drying wet surfaces and to clean glass and mirrored surfaces.

 


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Having Confidence in the Products we use

There are many products out on the market that compete with each other to basically do the same thing. All will provide some kind of solution to clean, degrease and provide surface protection of any job that you need done, and prices can vary extremely compared to the value they offer.

It is very simple for a company to just pick up the cheapest products on the market and increase their profit margins and the clients would be unaware as the breakdown of the costs in the service are not always clear, and on the surface may not seem to be an issue.

I use quality products as I can see the the value they provide us as a company, the money it saves our clients in the long run, and the overall quality and pride we take in our work.

We take the initial hit on the cost of a quality product, but the final results speak for themselves.

THE MAGICIANS ASSISTANT

As a business owner, I am the face of the company and the results I provide, all the hard work in any of the projects I may undertake can at times dilute the importance and the assistance the tools and products I use to achieve my results.

Just like a magicians assistant, the role of a good products can be easily mistaken as the hard work and elbow-grease it takes to do the job, but it is also important to understand how the products I use compliment my work and assist me to get that perfect job completed efficiently and at a high standard.

A good product provides me value in terms of effort and time it saves me. Over the years i have collected an arsenal of products that i repeatedly use because they do they work they are designed for.

They make my work easier by eating into the dirt and grime, saving me time and energy which not only lets me pass on the savings on to my customers via the overall price for the service, but also gives me time in my job to focus on the attention to detail and go that extra mile to give the final result that ”loved” feel that set us apart from other companies.

A quality product can also provide a protective layer on your surfaces, helping repel dirt and grime away for longer and depending on the surface, such a vinyl flooring, it can help protect against damage and prolong the life of the hardcoat and sealers that you invest a lot of money to keep looking good and giving that important first impression to future customers.

THE PROFESSIONALS EYE

Taking pride in your own work may have the draw back of wanting to give that little bit extra, that a customer may not noticed, but having the professional eye means that I can notice the difference between a sealed floor with a quality product compared to a cheap one.

Using a quality sealer for instance means that the floor could be at the best shine available as well as the added benefit of a higher resistance of being worn down with heavy foot traffic which will make the life of your sealed floor last longer and save you money.

We will not jeopardise our customers floors just to make an extra sale in a floor service, just like we will not jeopardise our quality of work to earn that extra bit of profit. We believe in making long-lasting relationships of trust with our customers that will give them piece of mind when they hand over keys to their property for us to service.

This may sound counter-intuitive for a business model, but we are here to offer our customers the best results and provide them value that keeps them happy and referring back to us for future work and passing on recommendations to friends and business associates as they hold us as a valued service provider.

The search will continue to combine the tricks of the trade and experience I have acquired over the years with the best products to always ensure the best quality job for my customers.

 


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Rubbish Removal and Bag Liners

Rubbish Removal and Bag Liners

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A simple and Quick Tip for the next time you are emptying out trash can liners.

trash can linersTo improve the efficiency of emptying your bins, place a spare bag-liner under the new liner you put into your bin.

This will save you time going to the cupboard to grab a new bag next time you need to empty the bin.

This tip is great if you are servicing large office spaces with multiple bins but also is a handy tip for homeowners as you usually don’t go to empty a bin with a replacement liner in hand.

 


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Rubbish Removal and Bag Liners

Machine Maintenance

Servicing your equipment, the what, where and how in keeping your equipment running efficiently and extending the life of your investments.

Your equipment can be a crucial part of your business so it is important to make sure it is maintained on a regular basis – and having the mindset that your equipment is a investments not a expense is the first step.

Your equipment is a means to your work process so its essential to make sure its running efficiently and long lasting.

THE BENEFITS OF SERVICING YOUR EQUIPMENT

Just like your car, your equipment is prone to mechanical wear and tear – and this decreases the life and increases the chances of parts failing if the equipment is left un-maintained for long periods of time.

Most equipment will come with a service manual that outlines how to perform the basic services and the frequency that the service needs to be performed. It is important that you follow these schedules.

The following are some of the benefits of servicing your equipment.

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Servicing your equipment regularly will ensure that the machine will be operating at its most efficient level for longer.

Dirty air filters, oil filters or other mechanical parts will cause the motor to work harder, thus not only causing strain on its parts – decreasing the life of the parts – but also it looses efficiency in its task which can make your job harder and take longer.

TIME SAVING

Time is money, and when you need to work efficiently in your job then you need your equipment to work efficiently for you. Having your equipment work at their peak will decrease the chances of jobs taking longer then they should due bad performance of your equipment.

EXTENDING LIFE

We all want to get value from our investments and this means it is beneficial for us to extend the life of the equipment.

Servicing your equipment will ensure they are running smoothly and with little wear and tear all resulting in reducing the chances of needing repairs and overall longevity of the equipment. This is because the less stress that is placed on the motor and moving parts, the less friction and wear it will receive over its lifetime.

PROFESSIONAL OR DIY SERVICE?

Choosing whether to take your machines to a professional technician or doing it yourself will all depend on the type of equipment you have, the level of experience you have with mechanical equipment and your budget.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Choosing a professional technician is the easiest option as you don’t need to learn how to service your equipment and will save you time to work on your business rather then servicing your machines. The draw back of course is that its the more expensive option so you need to decided where the value to you is – your time or your money.

The benefit of a professional technician is that they will have more knowledge on your machine and what it requires and will be able to notice any parts that may be concerning or need replacing, and sometimes replacing a part before it breaks will save you the time and money lost in taking the machine back in a few weeks to get more repairs done.

DIY SERVICE

Servicing your machines yourself can save you a lot of money as you can source out the parts yourself (usually for cheaper then the workshop) and don’t have to pay for the labor a professional technician will have to put into the service.

Most equipment will come with a service manual or a outline in the user manual of how to perform the basic services and the frequency that the service needs to be performed. Keep a copy of these manuals in your toolbox to help you keep track of your equipment and service schedules.

Servicing your own equipment will also help you learn some mechanical skills and teach you a bit of how your machine works. This will give you a bit of knowledge that may help you in the times of strife if ever your machine should break mid-job – you might have the technical know-how to do a temporary quick fix.

SO REMEMBER

Servicing your equipment is a essential but often forgotten process in getting the most value out of your investments. Setting up scheduled services for all of your equipment will save you time and money and ensure your equipment will work and make you money for many years to come.

 


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