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November NewsHere's some advice on cleaning high-profile spaces in a hurry for maximum visual and psychological impact.
"Concentrate on the public areas: the living/family room, dining room and bathrooms. Prioritize what has to be done -- replenishing toilet paper in the bathroom -- versus what would be nice to do -- dusting the picture frames," said Deanne Marie, creator of "Smart Solutions for Busy People" books and blog. Marie suggests taking a timer with you from room to room (use the one on your cell phone if you don't have a kitchen timer) and setting it for 15 minutes in each room as a way of forcing yourself to "focus on the necessities."
Even if you've only got one hour, you'll be amazed at how much you can get done in four rooms using that technique.
Marie calls it the "Hail Mary" pass of housecleaning: Cover up the mess when you can't get rid of it!
The Maids, a national cleaning franchise, advises simply piling your miscellaneous countertop clutter in a laundry basket and sticking it in the closet. No time to do the dishes before company arrives? The Maids' solution is to stack them on a cookie sheet for temporary storage in the oven (cold, of course).
Another tip: Shut the doors to rooms and closets your guests need not see.
Cheryl Najafi of CherylStyle.com, a home entertaining expert, recommends trying to see your house the way your guests will, to make sure you haven't overlooked anything.
Take the "sit test," Najafi says: "If you're hosting a party in the formal living room, make sure you sit down and survey the room. You'll see things from a different vantage point. Like those dust bunnies in the corner!"
She also advises taking a look as you walk in the door. What will your guests see as they stand there waiting for the door to open? Broken umbrella? Garden clogs? Spiderwebs ? Junkmail Deal with it.
Think about the big picture. What large pieces of furniture will people notice as they enter a room? Plumping sofa pillows and making beds will have a bigger impact on your home's appearance than wiping down the refrigerator shelves.
If there's one room where bad housekeeping can really gross your guests out, it's the bathroom. Fortunately, the must-dos are relatively easy to accomplish, and may even be best left to last-minute so nobody in your family can make a mess before guests arrive.
Giving the toilet bowl a scrub with a brush, as unpleasant as it is, must be tops on your list. You're also going to have to wipe down the seat and rim. (Disposable Clorox wipes are great for this purpose.)
And while you can always shut the shower door or curtains to hide tub scum, there really is something nice about a gleaming sink and countertop. Fortunately toothpaste and soap residue are easily sponged away.
As with other rooms, clearing bathroom clutter goes a long way to making the place look like something out of a hotel room instead of something out of a bus station. Other quick fixes with a big payoff: Wipe mirrors with a spray glass cleaner, break out a new bottle of liquid soap, stockpile the extra toilet paper in an obvious place and empty the trash. Clear away icky towels (maybe even put away the throw rug) and put out clean hand towels. Or if you're a germaphobe who won't feel guilty about adding to the landfill, invest in a stack of disposable paper guest towels and put the garbage can nearby so it's obvious where to throw them.
Give a thought to where your guests will unload coats, boots, umbrellas and bags. Is your hallway closet big enough? Can you set up a foldable coat rack or do you have a set of hooks on the wall? Most people don't mind leaving jackets on a bed; just make sure the bed is made and the room is easy to find for folks who may not be familiar with your home.
FLOORS: Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/style/hfe/decor/articles/2011/11/16/20111116quick-holiday-house-cleaning.html#ixzz2BkcqQIgC
Is there anything worse than having a dust bunny accompany your guest down the hall? Vacuuming is such a drag but it makes such a difference. Remember, though, you don't have to do every room and corner -- just the areas your guests will see.
But what about that pesky kitchen floor? Personally, I don't feel like my house is ready for company unless I've at least tried to get the kitchen floor clean, even though I've yet to get it to pass the Swiffer test. The Swiffer, in my experience, never lies, and no matter how much floor-scrubbing I do, whether with rags on hands and knees, or with a brand-new mop, a final wipe with the Swiffer always seems to come up dirty.
There is another way to think about your floors, however, when preparing for the arrival of guests.
"No matter how bad your floors look before a party, they will look worse afterward, so don't sweat it," advised Marie. "You'll have to vacuum or spot clean and mop after the guests leave, so why stress yourself out?"
HOW TO CLEAN HARDWOOD FLOORSSoap and water, polish, wax or what? Take the guesswork out of how to clean hardwood floors and go from dull and grimy to gleaming and gorgeous in a few easy steps.
First Things First—Determine the Finish
Before you grab a bucket of water and a mop, it's best to find out how your hardwood floor is sealed—if at all. Why? The finish, not the wood type, determines how you clean and care for the floor.
Surface-sealed floors: Most new wood floors are sealed with urethane, polyurethane or polyacrylic. Surface-sealed floors are stain and water-damage resistant and easiest to care for and clean: Sweep, mop and you're done!
Penetrating-seal-treated and oil-treated floors: Also common, a penetrating seal or oil finish soaks into the wood grain and hardens. This type of floor must be pampered and protected with liquid or paste wax.
Lacquered, varnished, shellacked and untreated floors: Although technically surface finishes, lacquers, varnishes and shellacs are not as resistant to moisture, spills and wear as the other sealants mentioned. Treat floors with these finishes and floors with no finish as you would penetrating-seal-treated and oil-treated floors.
Not sure what kind of finish you have? To tell the difference in a pinch, just rub your finger across the floor. If no smudge appears, the floor is surface sealed. If you do create a smudge, the floor has been treated with a penetrating seal, oil finish, shellac, varnish or lacquer, and then waxed.
Cleaning Surface-Sealed Floors
Product Do's and Don'ts
Don't use oils or furniture sprays. Oil leaves a residue, furniture spray creates a slippery surface (think ice-skating rink!)
Don't use straight ammonia, alkaline products or abrasive cleaners. They'll dull or scratch the finish.
Do use a floor-cleaning product recommended by the floor finisher or opt for plain soap and water. If the recommended product is hard to find or costly and other floor cleaners contain ingredients that violate your floor's warranty, try soap and water. I add a quarter cup of mild or pH-neutral soap (like liquid dishwashing soap) or Murphy Oil Soap (despite the name, it doesn't contain oil) to a bucket of water.
Don't rely on water alone or a vinegar and water solution to clean hardwood floors. Mopping with water will result in dingy-looking floors and won't-budge dirt buildup. Vinegar and water is not as effective as soapy water and—some suggest—may dull floors sooner. (Eventual dullness and the need to recoat are inevitable no matter what you use. See Tackling Simple Wood Floor Problems.)
In high-traffic areas, like the dining room and kitchen, you should sweep daily, if possible, and mop once or twice a week.
Mop less-trafficked areas once a month or once a season.
Remember: Water is wood's worst enemy (even on sealed floors!), so use a damp mop rather than a soaking wet one.
Dip the mop into the bucket of prepared cleaning solution, wring it out completely, mop in the direction of the wood grain and repeat. When the water gets dirty, empty the bucket, mix a new batch of cleaning solution and continue mopping.
When finished, go back over the entire surface with clean water to rinse.
Don't be afraid to get on your hands and knees if necessary. When a floor needs serious attention, I clean it with a cloth. (It's better than a sponge because you can "feel" the dirt as you wipe!)
Tackling Simple Wood Floor Problems
Scuff marks getting you down? A bit of baking soda on a damp sponge will erase them.
Noticed a stubborn food, water or grease stain on your surface-sealed floor? Always use a commercial cleaner to treat this problem.
Hairline cracks in the floor? Don't panic and attempt to fill them. Dry heat during the winter months causes wood floors to shrink and crack. Cracks should close up during the summer (though using a humidifier can also help).
Finish looking dull? Sand the floor lightly and recoat with an additional layer or two. Recoating is necessary about every five to seven years.
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Paper VS Hand Dryers
The hand dryer debate is a hot topic. While electric hand dryers can sometimes offer cost savings, using paper towels to dry your hands is far more hygienic. Paper towels reduce costly sick days. Studies show that drying with paper towels significantly decreases the number of bacteria on the hands, while electric dryers actually increase the bacteria on the hands, and can also contaminate other washroom users. In fact, in terms of bacterial numbers, it would be better for a washroom user not to wash or dry their hands at all if the only option for drying is an electric hand dryer.
This study, conducted by the University of Westminster in London, found that paper towel drying reduced the average number of bacteria on hands by up to 77 percent. By comparison, electric hand dryers caused bacteria counts to increase, in some cases by over 200 percent. On top of that, the air blowing from hand dryers can spread bacteria to other areas up to 6 feet away. The results of this study suggest that the use of air dryers should be carefully considered in locations where hygiene is of paramount importance, and any cost benefit should be carefully weighed against the possible spread of illness.
For help with janitorial supplies or cleaning chemicals contact Northland Manufacturing at (850) 878-5149 or send any questions or comments you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org
Advance SC800 34" Auto
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On Sale for $6,999.95
Industrial strength, 24V. Single-touch, push button controls are simple and easy to operate, which will save you time & get your floors cleaner faster. 25 gallon solution & recovery tank.
We are running floor machine/equipment specials for this month at an amazingly "low" price. We have these machines in our showroom area and are available for you today!! Please check out our specials page here to look at just a few that we have now. Come by our store located just pass the fairgrounds to see all of our sales items. We wouldn't want you to miss out on many of our markdown items and sales going on here at Northland Manufacturing.
We also have put a resource page here for you to view on many "how to's" from finishing floors to caring for your floor pads, mops, and buckets. Check out all the useful information and let us know if there is anyway we can be of service to you.
June NewsWell, we are heading into the summer months. School's out, the vacation is on its way soon and grandma is on her way to visit for a couple of weeks (actually, her visit will be helpful in watching the rugrats during the day while we endure work....hahaha). This time of the year is really enjoyable, we have the grill fired up, the insect repellent and sun tan lotion lathered on, all we need is a full backyard concert series set up by Jimmy Buffet and all would be just perfect. And, oh yeah, we also installed the swimming pool for the 1st time this year! What a summer this will be! Another exciting note this summer is all the wonderful specials we are having here at Northland Manufacturing. You wouldn't believe the savings we are passing along to each and every customer! Please stop in at our location, call us or send us an email for all your needs, we'd be happy to help out!
May NewsWe are running a website special for the month of May on our gallon size NL 800 Concentrated Heavy Duty Multi-Purpose Cleaner. This product is second to none and is the best cleaner on the market! We have lots of other cleaning products and janitorial supplies for your every need. Just let us know of how we can be of service to you and we'll do it with a SMILE! :-)
We also want to give a warm Northland welcoming to a new salesperson who just joined our team, Joey English. We are excited to have her here, just let her know how she can be of help to you and she'd be glad to be of service....
For helpful tips watch this video on how to strip floors using the Advance Sprite 16 PRO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=3I3RbvjEta8
Spring is in the air, and so is the pollen. Everybody is in spring cleaning mode and the weather is warm and nice. Remember us for all your cleaning and janitorial supplies this season. We have everything you'll need to get the job done! We provide a full range of commercial and residential products for your every need. Stop in and visit us at our location by the Fairgrounds, we'd be happy to be of service to you.
FALL SAVINGS SALE!!!!
Come by our store and check out our sale items!!! We have added even more savings to you by marking down already "on sale" items for as much as 80% off!!! Hurry in today!! We are located "just past the fairgrounds"