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Winter Driving: Stay Safe When the Roads are Tricky

- Friday, January 31, 2014

Winter Driving: Stay Safe When the Roads are Tricky




Winter is far from over, and whether you drive on the job or just to and from work, safety on the road is trickier on icy or slippery streets. Avoid becoming another traffic statistic by following these basic winter driving tips.

 

  • Slow down. Remember that you need more room to stop when roads are slick or visibility is poor.


  • Check your engine. Make sure your battery is fully charged so it can start easily in cold weather. Have a mechanic examine your ignition system, spark plugs, wiring, and other components.


  • Get plenty of rest. Fatigue leads to accidents. Get a full night’s sleep before getting behind the wheel.


  • Watch your exhaust. Don’t warm up your car in a garage or other small, enclosed space. The carbon monoxide can be dangerous.


  • Limit cruise control. Don’t rely on cruise control when driving on slippery roads. Be alert and ready to stop or change course in the event of anything unexpected.


  • Clean up. Make sure your lights and windows are clean and clear so you can see everything on the road, especially at night. Make sure your windshield wipers are in good condition.





Dura-Shine Clean, LLC is a full-service cleaning company celebrating 20 years in the cleaning industry. Founded in 1993 and based out of Pasco, Washington, Dura-Shine Clean offers superior commercial and residential cleaning to Eastern Washington. Dura-Shine Clean provides commercial janitorial services, floor care, window cleaning, residential, carpet cleaning, and event and construction cleanup. In addition, Dura-Shine Clean provides janitorial services for specialized businesses such as healthcare and industrial facilities. For more information visit www.dura-shineclean.com or contact us at 866.625.7647.


Find the Right Balance in Your Life

- Friday, January 31, 2014
Find the Right Balance in Your Life

The typical family today puts in a lot more hours a year at work than ever before – frequently by working at two or more jobs. So finding a balance between work and life can be complicated. But balance is essential to our well-being. Here are some ways to get on the right track: 

Simplify. Need help with the housecleaning? Consider hiring a cleaning company to tackle your chores. Letting someone else handle the cleaning frees you to spend time doing what you value. 

Be grateful. Even in the midst of the most hectic and stressful times of life, there are things for which we can be thankful. Reflecting on the good things in our lives helps keep an all-important balance in our outlook. 

Play with your kids. Get down in the dirt and help the kids make mud pies, watch a movie with them, have a long chat over coffee with your teen, and so forth. Give your family more one-on-one time. 

Pay attention to your health. Maintain a sensible diet and a consistent exercise schedule. If you don’t stay healthy, you’ll be less able to handle the stress of work and home. 

Stop procrastinating. You’ll frequently spend more energy fretting over not doing a project than actually doing it. So eliminate the worry and just get started.




Dura-Shine Clean, LLC is a full-service cleaning company celebrating 20 years in the cleaning industry. Founded in 1993 and based out of Pasco, Washington, Dura-Shine Clean offers superior commercial and residential cleaning to Eastern Washington. Dura-Shine Clean provides commercial janitorial services, floor care, window cleaning, residential, carpet cleaning, and event and construction cleanup. In addition, Dura-Shine Clean provides janitorial services for specialized businesses such as healthcare and industrial facilities. For more information visit www.dura-shineclean.com or contact us at 866.625.7647.


January Featured Recipe: Game Day Sausage Balls

- Thursday, January 30, 2014

January Featured Recipe: Game Day Sausage Balls


Ingredients

  • 1 pound spicy pork sausage
  • 10 ounces Cheddar cheese, grated
  •  3 cups Bisquick baking mix
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste




Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
 

Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the sausage, cheese and baking mix and beat on low speed until blended. Add pepper to taste. Shape the mixture into 1-inch balls and place them 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookies sheet. Bake until browned, about 20 minutes.


Drain on paper towels, sprinkle with salt and serve hot, warm or at room temperature. Recipe courtesy of foodnetwork.com. 





Dura-Shine Clean, LLC is a full-service cleaning company celebrating 20 years in the cleaning industry. Founded in 1993 and based out of Pasco, Washington, Dura-Shine Clean offers superior commercial and residential cleaning to Eastern Washington. Dura-Shine Clean provides commercial janitorial services, floor care, window cleaning, residential, carpet cleaning, and event and construction cleanup. In addition, Dura-Shine Clean provides janitorial services for specialized businesses such as healthcare and industrial facilities. For more information visit www.dura-shineclean.com or contact us at 866.625.7647.


Dura-Shine Clean Website Wins Gold Award

- Monday, December 02, 2013

Dura-Shine Clean is proud to announce its website, www.dura-shineclean.com, has received a Gold Award at the 2013 MarCom International Awards. The MarCom Awards are held annually by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals and evaluate entries by individuals and companies that enter concepts, writing and design of print, visual, audio, and web marketing materials. Winners are chosen from about 6,500 entries each year.


Dura-Shine Clean’s newly designed website offers many features for its visitors. Standing out is a first-of-its-kind rotating carousel featuring the staff of Dura-Shine Clean, which can be found on the About Us page. In addition to services and specialty information, visitors can find fun facts and helpful tips on these pages. On the Community page visitors can locate information on the community organizations Dura-Shine Clean partners with, as well view a calendar with upcoming community events. The Media page offers viewers quick links to social media pages, videos, news releases, and access to the official Dura-Shine Clean blog which hosts informative articles and fun recipes.

The interactive, award-winning website was designed and created by AMI Advertising Agencyin Walla Walla, Washington. AMI Advertising Agency is a full-service advertising agency in Washington and Oregon. It creates successful brand strategies, creative advertising campaigns, marketing-related services, media buying and public relations services. With headquarters in Walla Walla, Wash., it provides services for numerous clients throughout the Pacific Northwest.

If you haven’t visited dura-shineclean.com, be sure to check it out and let us know what you think! 



Dura-Shine Clean, LLC is a full-service cleaning company celebrating 20 years in the cleaning industry. Founded in 1993 and based out of Pasco, Washington, Dura-Shine Clean offers superior commercial and residential cleaning to Eastern Washington. Dura-Shine Clean provides commercial janitorial services, floor care, window cleaning, residential, carpet cleaning, and event and construction cleanup. In addition, Dura-Shine Clean provides janitorial services for specialized businesses such as healthcare and industrial facilities. For more information visit www.dura-shineclean.com or contact us at 866.625.7647.

Choosing the Right Turkey for your Feast

- Monday, December 02, 2013

Choosing the Right Turkey for Your Feast


With Thanksgiving approaching, you might be wondering what kind of turkey to buy for your big feast. The choices can be a little confusing. Check this quick guide to learn what the different labels mean.


Butterball:

 Despite the name, these turkeys don’t actually have any butter. Fresh Butterball turkeys have no added ingredients and come fresh or frozen. Frozen versions are injected in the breast with a solution of vegetable oil, water, salt, emulsifiers, and a preservative. The solution is meant to enhance the flavor and provide moisture that is lost during the freezing process.

Kosher:

 Kosher turkeys are soaked in cold saltwater even before the feathers are plucked, to draw out blood and impurities. Because they go through both rabbinical and USDA inspections, the birds are very clean. The saltwater soak also makes for a more flavorful bird. Kosher poultry are fed an all-natural diet with no hormones or antibiotics.

Free-Range: 

These birds are fed an all-natural diet and aren’t confined. Often, the birds eat natural feed that is not organic, but has been tested for chemical residue. Generally they have more breast meat, about 50% less fat, and a quarter fewer calories than regular turkeys. However, some consumers have found that free-range turkeys are a little tougher and cook slightly faster, because they are less fatty. 



Dura-Shine Clean, LLC is a full-service cleaning company celebrating 20 years in the cleaning industry. Founded in 1993 and based out of Pasco, Washington, Dura-Shine Clean offers superior commercial and residential cleaning to Eastern Washington. Dura-Shine Clean provides commercial janitorial services, floor care, window cleaning, residential, carpet cleaning, and event and construction cleanup. In addition, Dura-Shine Clean provides janitorial services for specialized businesses such as healthcare and industrial facilities. For more information visit www.dura-shineclean.com or contact us at 866.625.7647.

Stay Healthy in Your Hotel Room

- Monday, December 02, 2013

Stay Healthy in Your Hotel Room




Even the nicest hotel room can make you sick when you travel. A study from one online travel site found that 20 percent of female travelers come down with some kind of illness when staying at a hotel. Whether you are traveling for work, for the holidays, or taking a vacation minimize your risk of catching something by following these guidelines:


Go smoke free. Request a smoke-free room when you make your reservation or check in. Even better? Request to be on a smoke-free floor.

Hide the bed cover. Mites and other pests can hide in bedspreads. Remove the cover and stash it in a far corner of your room.

Pack disinfectant wipes. Wipe down the telephone and TV remote before using them to avoid harmful germs and bacteria.

Avoid drinking glasses. Use wrapped plastic cups and water bottles for your drinking water instead of glassware that has been used previously – which may still retain germs.

Eat healthy. Bring your own snacks like dried fruits, nuts, and granola bars. Eating light, healthy snacks can help you avoid the temptation to overeat, which can result in weight gain or indigestion.

Get enough sleep. Pack eyeshades and, if necessary, use a white noise generator to ensure you get sound sleep under any circumstances.

Stay active. Spend some time in the exercise room, take a walk around the neighborhood, or just move around your hotel to keep your blood flowing. 




Dura-Shine Clean, LLC is a full-service cleaning company celebrating 20 years in the cleaning industry. Founded in 1993 and based out of Pasco, Washington, Dura-Shine Clean offers superior commercial and residential cleaning to Eastern Washington. Dura-Shine Clean provides commercial janitorial services, floor care, window cleaning, residential, carpet cleaning, and event and construction cleanup. In addition, Dura-Shine Clean provides janitorial services for specialized businesses such as healthcare and industrial facilities. For more information visit www.dura-shineclean.com or contact us at 866.625.7647.

November Featured Recipe: Pecan Bars

- Monday, December 02, 2013

Pecans aren’t just for pie. Try this simple, 6-ingredient dessert for a perfect finish to your next meal. 


Crust

  • 1 ½ sticks cold, unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 ½ cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
  •  2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt

Filling

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup 
  • 1/4 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
  • 3 cup coarsely chopped pecans


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line a 13 by 9-inch baking dish with foil allowing an overhang about 2 inches off the sides. Butter the foil. In a food processor, blend together flour, sugar, butter, and salt until the mixture resembles coarse sand. Add 2 tablespoons of cold water and mix until the dough just holds together. Press dough into bottom of buttered baking dish and bake in the oven until golden in color, about 20-25 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the filling. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, brown sugar, and a pinch of salt and mix on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the corn syrup, flour, and pecans and mix until just combined. Spread the filling over the baked crust and bake until golden brown, about 30-35 minutes. Remove the dish from the oven and allow it to cool completely in the pan.

Remove from pan by pulling up the sides and putting it on a cutting board. Cut bars in desired size with a sharp knife. Recipe courtesy of foodnetwork.com 


Dura-Shine Clean, LLC is a full-service cleaning company celebrating 20 years in the cleaning industry. Founded in 1993 and based out of Pasco, Washington, Dura-Shine Clean offers superior commercial and residential cleaning to Eastern Washington. Dura-Shine Clean provides commercial janitorial services, floor care, window cleaning, residential, carpet cleaning, and event and construction cleanup. In addition, Dura-Shine Clean provides janitorial services for specialized businesses such as healthcare and industrial facilities. For more information visit www.dura-shineclean.com or contact us at 866.625.7647

Dura-Shine Clean and Marketing Director Receive Top Awards at Pasco Chamber of Commerce Sunshine Ball

- Friday, November 08, 2013


Dura-shine Clean & Marketing Director Receive Top Awards 

atPasco Chamber of Commerce Sunshine Ball

Dura-Shine Clean is proud to announce its selection by the Pasco Chamber of Commerce as the 2013 Business of the Year. The Chamber also honored Dura-Shine Clean Marketing and Sales Director, Angie Brotherton, as Volunteer of the Year.

The awards were presented at the annual Sunshine Ball on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the Pasco Red Lion. The Sunshine Ball serves as the chamber's annual meeting where outgoing and incoming board members, as well as board presidents, are recognized. Award recipients are nominated and selected by the Pasco Chamber Executive Board of Directors. Dura-Shine Clean was recognized for its continued support of events such as the Sagebrush Scramble golf tournament and its maintenance of the Pasco Chamber of Commerce facility. 

“It is a high honor to be recognized by the Chamber for these awards,” Carlos Martinez commented on the selection. “We work hard to be our best in business and to be the best community partner we can. It's truly special for our company and staff to be recognized for those efforts.” Ms. Brotherton was acknowledged for her contributions during her tenure as a board member, assistance with the Sunshine Ball event, along with other committee work. An active community member, Angie is a graduate of Leadership Tri-Cities and presently serves as secretary on the Leadership Tri- Cities Alumni Association board. 

Dura-Shine Clean currently services over 4 million square feet of office space and provides residential cleaning to over 100 clients. Including membership with the Pasco Chamber of Commerce, Dura-Shine Clean also lends its support to the Tri-Cities Regional Chamber, Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber, numerous community organizations, and non-profits organizations.


Dura-Shine Clean, LLC is a full-service cleaning company celebrating 20 years in the cleaning industry. Founded in 1993 and based out of Pasco, Washington, Dura-Shine Clean offers superior commercial and residential cleaning to Eastern Washington. Dura-Shine Clean provides commercial janitorial services, floor care, window cleaning, residential, carpet cleaning, and event and construction cleanup. In addition, Dura-Shine Clean provides janitorial services for specialized businesses such as healthcare and industrial facilities. For more information visit www.dura-shineclean.com or contact us at 866.625.7647.

Cleaning For A Reason

- Tuesday, October 08, 2013


Cleaning For A Reason


Fighting cancer is difficult enough without having to worry about all the other day-to-day tasks. Dura-Shine Clean is here to help. We’re proud to announce our continued partnership with the Cleaning for a Reason Foundation, bringing free home cleaning services to women undergoing cancer treatment. 

This is the seventh consecutive year Dura-Shine Clean has partnered with this great organization. Women who take part the program receive complimentary monthly residential cleanings. Participants receive Dura-Shine Clean’s complete home cleaning package, taking care of their essential cleaning needs in addition to floors, bathrooms, and living spaces. “Providing these services to women in our community is one of my favorite ways we give back,” Carlos Martinez commented on the program. “We focus on their cleaning, so they can focus on their health.” To date, Dura-Shine Clean has provided over 300 free cleanings to women in the Tri-Cities area. Women undergoing cancer treatment or individuals which know someone who could benefit from this service are encouraged to contact Dura-Shine Clean at 509.543.9608.

The Cleaning for a Reason Foundation partners with professional residential maid services to offer professional house cleanings to help women undergoing treatment for any type of cancer. To date, the foundation has coordinated over 14,000 cleanings with over 1,000 maid services across the United States. For more information on this program, visit cleaningforareason.org




Dura-Shine Clean, LLC is a full-service cleaning company celebrating 20 years in the cleaning industry. Founded in 1993 and based out of Pasco, Washington, Dura-Shine Clean offers superior commercial and residential cleaning to Eastern Washington. Dura-Shine Clean provides commercial janitorial services, floor care, window cleaning, residential, carpet cleaning, and event and construction cleanup. In addition, Dura-Shine Clean provides janitorial services for specialized businesses such as healthcare and industrial facilities. For more information visit www.dura-shineclean.com or contact us at 866.625.7647.

Slice Dollars Off Energy Bills

- Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Slice Dollars Off Energy Bills


As food and fuel prices rise, saving money on energy has become more important than ever. Try these useful tips and take a more frugal approach to your energy use.

Insulate Your Electrical Outlets. This helps prevent a rush of cold air flowing into the house. Check with your electric company, as most provide insulating foam pads.

Wash your dishes correctly. Fill the basin with hot water when you do your dishes. You’ll use less water and save on all that heat for water that would just go down the drain as you rinse.

Do not use the dry cycle on your dishwasher. Open the door and let them air dry.

Let the air dry your clothes. Dry your wash on a clothesline or wooden drying stand in the bathroom.

Vacuum the coils behind your refrigerator every four to six months. This helps cut electrical use and will cut down on the noise your refrigerator spews.

Turn down the water temperature. If you have to dilute your hot water with cold to prevent scalding yourself, it’s time to adjust your heater. 


Dura-Shine Clean, LLC is a full-service cleaning company celebrating 20 years in the cleaning industry. Founded in 1993 and based out of Pasco, Washington, Dura-Shine Clean offers superior commercial and residential cleaning to Eastern Washington. Dura-Shine Clean provides commercial janitorial services, floor care, window cleaning, residential, carpet cleaning, and event and construction cleanup. In addition, Dura-Shine Clean provides janitorial services for specialized businesses such as healthcare and industrial facilities. For more information visit www.dura-shineclean.com or contact us at 866.625.7647.



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