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Biohazard Zone? Be Wary of These Dangerous Workplace Areas

- Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Biohazard Zone? Be Wary of These "Dangerous" Workplace Areas

Is your workplace a breeding ground for germs and disease? Don’t freak out. Just be aware of these areas where germs may be waiting. Washing your hands regularly and keeping hand sanitizer at your desk can combat germs. Even better? Call Dura-Shine Clean and ask how we can help maintain your facility to help maintain your employee’s health.

  • Telephones. People breath on them all day making them illness waiting to happen.
  • Computer keyboards. Food, hair, and fibers can get trapped between and underneath the keys.
  • Computer mice. Again, you and your co-workers handle these all the time.
  • Elevator buttons. Everyone, sick or well, has to press a button to get to where he or she is going.
  • Conference rooms. Meetings are great places for people to shake hands, eat, use the phone, and spread germs.
  • Break rooms. Germs and bacteria can grow wherever people eat.

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.

October Featured Recipe: Pumpkin Roll

- Tuesday, October 08, 2013

October Featured Recipe: Pumpkin Roll

Fall is here, and this month's recipe combines pumpkin and cream cheese all rolled into a wonderful dessert. Enjoy!


  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 100% pure pumpkin
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, if desired 
  • 1 (8-ounce) package of cream cheese
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar 
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Heat oven to 375°F. Grease 15x10x1-inch jelly-roll pan; line with parchment or waxed paper. Grease and flour paper; set aside. Arrange clean thin, cotton kitchen towel on counter; sprinkle with powdered sugar. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt in small bowl. Combine eggs and sugar in large bowl; beat until thickened. Add pumpkin; beat until well mixed. Stir in flour mixture. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with walnuts, if desired.

Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until center springs back when lightly touched. Immediately loosen cake from edges of pan; invert onto prepared towel. Remove pan; carefully peel off paper. Roll up cake in towel while hot, starting with 10-inch side. Cool completely on wire rack.

Beat cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, softened butter and vanilla in small bowl until smooth. Carefully unroll cake; remove towel. Spread cream cheese mixture over cake. Reroll cake. Wrap in plastic food wrap; refrigerate at least one hour. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving, if desired.

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.

Simple Cleaning Solutions

- Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Simple Cleaning Solutions 

Why purchase separate cleaning solutions or tools to get your 
home shining bright when you can utilize everyday items to get the job done. 

Prevent scuff marks with masking tape will help keep your baseboards free of scuff marks when you're getting those tough corners.Keep your coffee grinder clean. Use a handful of rice in your grinder to eliminate odor and remove any residual grounds and oils. Toss the rice and wipe clean. Use your broom for double duty. 

To get at crown moldings and hard to reach spaces, place a microfiber rag over the broom's bristles and secure with a rubber band. Hitting those nooks and crannies will be much easier. Keep your chrome shining with baby oil. Apply a dab to any cotton cloth and use it to shine the faucets and chrome surfaces in your home.

Dura-Shine Clean Unveils New Website

- Thursday, August 15, 2013

Dura-Shine Clean Unveils New Website 

We are excited to announce the launch of the new and improved dura-shineclean.com! Our fresh and innovative website features a cutting-edge design which provides a seamless transition from personal computers to tablets and mobile devices. Click on the interactive pages to read cleaning tips and tricks or view our video testimonials to hear out what our clients are saying about our service. 

Browse our media page to read our blog, find Dura-Shine Clean in the news, or connect with us on your favorite social media sites. Want to know what the Dura-Shine Clean team is up to in the communities we serve? Slide over to our community page for upcoming community events and causes we participate in. Head over to the contact us page to get a quote on a service, view our locations, or browse our frequently asked questions. 

We’re sure you’ll find this state-of-the-art update fresh, clean, and exciting!

August Recipe: Cheese Stuffed Burgers

- Thursday, August 15, 2013

August Recipe: Cheese Stuffed Burgers 

With summer winding down it's time to make those last grilling days count. Make your next cheeseburger memorable with a twist on a classic! 

  •  3 pounds ground beef chuck plus 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce 
  • coarse salt 
  • ground pepper 
  • 4 ounces of cheddar cheese (or try blue cheese or brie) 
  • Oil, for grates 2 rolls or buns, split 
  • 2 cups packed baby spinach 
  • 2 Beefsteak tomatoes, cut into 8 slices 

Heat grill to medium-high. In a large bowl gently fold together beef, Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon of pepper. 

Form into 8 equal-sized mounds. Shape cheese into 8 equal-sized portions. Press a small well in the center of each beef mound. Place cheese in well; wrap beef around cheese, pinching to seal. Lightly oil grates. Place burgers the on grill; cover. Cook until grill marks are visible on the first side, usually 4 to 6 minutes. Turn burgers with a spatula; cook until grill marks are visible on the other side and the meat is just slightly pink in the middle. To serve, layer bottom roll halves with spinach, burgers, tomato, and any other condiments or toppings you desire. Top with bun, serve and enjoy! Recipe courtesy of marthastewart.com.

End of Summer Barbecues - Keep it Safe

- Thursday, August 15, 2013

End of Summer Barbecues - Keep it Safe 

The end of summer frequently means last barbecues and your final chance to enjoy the warm weather before school starts and work ramps up again.  You don't want to spoil the fun with an accident at the grill, though. Keep these important safety tips in mind when preparing for your next barbecue. 

  • Read the instructions. 
  • Whether you're using a gas grill or one that burns charcoal, take time to read the owner's manual before starting your fire. 
  • Be sure you are following the manufacturer's safety guidelines. 
  • Always grill outdoors. 
  • This may seem elementary, but not everyone remembers the importance of proper ventilation and basic fire precautions. Your garage, or a tent, isn't a safe location for a grill. 
  • Keep the grill stable. Check the surface you're placing your grill on. You don't want it to tip over unexpectedly.
  • Also, take care to place it well away from the flow of people and pets, especially children. 
  • Clean the grill first. Scrape off any grease or fat that can make a fire difficult to control. 
  • Stay close by. Never leave your grill alone while you're talking, getting food, or enjoying yourself. 
  • Dispose of coals safely. Once you're finished, douse the hot coals thoroughly, cover the grill, and wait at least 24 hours before emptying it. 
  • Never store coals in paper, wood, or plastic containers.

Dura-Shine Returning to Pasco

- Thursday, March 15, 2012

Dura-Shine Returning to Pasco 

The Martinez family has profited from dirt, smudges and toilet bowl rings. 

Dura-Shine Clean was founded in 1991 by Carlos Martinez and his mother, Concepcion. Now, the cleaning company has 60 employees, a fleet of vans and clients from Walla Walla to Yakima, the Tri-Cities to Moses Lake and Wenatchee. Believe it or not, we just wanted to make some extra cash,” Carlos said. “We asked each other, ‘What can we do to make some money?’ and thought, ‘Let’s clean some offices.’ 

” They went to work for a cleaning company and found their idea of clean didn’t match the firm’s. We looked around, found videos, books and talked to people in the industry,” he said. “We found some great mentors and friends in the industry to help us. It’s truly amazing how far we’ve come.” 

On Wednesday, the Martinez family took another step and broke ground on a new $700,000 facility at 6216 W. Court St. in Pasco. When finished — the target is July 1 — it will replace Dura-Shine Clean’s facility near the Richland Airport. The Othello office, run by Concepcion Martinez, will remain open. The new Pasco building will be 3,500 square feet, just as the Richland location, but it will feature 2,500 square feet of office space, more than twice their leased space in Richland. It’s pretty tight,” Carlos said. “It will be nice to have our own facility and our own layout. With one acre to work with, we’ve laid out the building to allow for future growth. If we want to, we can add offices in the back end and lease them out. But first, we’ll take care of ourselves, our needs.” The Martinez family is confident of Dura-Shine Clean’s growth. 

They opened their second office in Pasco in 2004, moved it to Richland three years later and look forward to returning to Pasco. Everyone needs to be clean, to work in a healthy environment,” he said. “We’ve worked with our clients to help them save some money. We’re experts in our industry and can offer options for keeping a clean facility and save a bit of money, too.” One way is by taking advantage of new cleaning technology. Dura-Shine Clean workers used to use upright, filter vacuums that puffed out a cloud of dust every time they were turned on. 

They now use backpack vacuums with HEPA filters that allow workers to clean more square feet per hour and don’t blow dust at start up. Dust-trapping microfiber cloths have replaced feather dusters, which simply moved dirt. The cloths mean dusting needs to be done only twice a week instead of every day, Carlos said.

By using this new technology, we’re able to clean better and more quickly than we did 20 years ago,” he said. Dura-Shine Clean offers a variety of services including both commercial and construction cleaning, floor and carpet care, janitorial services and event cleaning. They also offer house-cleaning services in the Tri-Cities. If it’s dirty, we can probably clean it,” he said.

For more information on the company, call 509-946-2018 or go to www.dura-shineclean.com.

Article by:
Loretto J. Hulse, Tri-City Herald

Dura-Shine Clean Breaks Ground on New Pasco Headquarters

- Sunday, February 05, 2012

Dura-Shine Clean Breaks Ground on New Pasco 

Headquarters Officials from the Pasco Chamber of Commerce and the Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce helped Dura-Shine Clean founders Concepcion Martinez and Carlos Martinez break ground in February on the company's new facility on Court Street in Pasco. 

Concepcion Martinez and her sons, Carlos and Tino, started Dura-Shine Clean in 1993 in Othello to earn some extra cash. Through hard work, they have grown that side business into one of the most successful commercial and residential cleaning companies in the Mid-Columbia. 

Now the company has started construction on a new 6,000-sq.-ft. facility in Pasco. General contractor Romm Construction will start building the facility at 2616 W. Court St. this month and Carlos Martinez said he anticipates moving in this summer. The new facility will replace the company’s current Tri-Cities’ offices at the Richland Airport. When we first opened our Tri-Cities office in 2004 it was near (the new facility’s location),” said Martinez. At that time, the company only had about a dozen employees. Now it boasts a staff of 46 that cleans about 5 million square feet of commercial space in the Tri-Cities. 

Despite the growth, Martinez said the company maintains its family roots. We are still a small, family-owned business,” he said. “We are very community-oriented and that has contributed to our success. The Martinez matriarch, Concepcion Martinez, still runs the original Othello office, which will remain even after the new facility is complete. And Carlos and his brothers work in the company’s Tri-Cities offices, which does a large amount of commercial and industrial cleaning. 

Martinez said the company has contracts with Toyota of Tri-Cities, HAPO Community Credit Union, REC Silicon, Columbia Basin Health, and last year obtained the cleaning contract for the Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo. The company offers commercial, construction and residential cleaning, janitorial services, event cleaning and carpet care. 

For more information, call 946-2018 or go to www.dura-shineclean.com 

 Article by: Mary Hopkin 

Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

Dura-Shine Clean to Break Ground on New Facility in Pasco

- Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Dura-Shine Clean to Break Ground on New Facility in Pasco (Press Release) 

Dura-Shine Clean is pleased to announce the Groundbreaking of their new facility in Pasco, WA. The Pasco Chamber of Commerce, along with the Tri-City Regional Chamber, will be hosting a ceremony for Dura-Shine Clean at the site of the future facility. The new facility 6,000 sq. ft. facility will serve as headquarters to Dura-Shine Clean. 

Devi Tate and Associates was the architect of the facility and Romm Construction of Pasco will be the General Contractor of the project. The event will take place at 6216 W. Court St. in Pasco at 11:30 AM Thursday February 2, 2012. Representatives from the Pasco Chamber will welcome Dura-Shine Clean to Pasco, along with a proclamation from the Mayor of Pasco, followed by a groundbreaking ceremony. Light refreshments will be served after the event. 

Dura-Shine Clean started as simply a part-time family business in the fall of 1991. Nearly 20 years later Dura-Shine Clean continues to be locally owned and operated as a family business. Dura-Shine Clean was co-founded by Carlos A. Martinez and Concepcion Martinez. With offices in Richland and in Othello the company provides services in the Tri-Cities, in addition to the Yakima Valley, Walla Walla, Moses Lake and Othello; encompassing South Central Washington State. With a long track history and constant market growth, CEO Carlos Martinez and Dura-Shine Clean have built a strong, reputable name for itself by delivering the highest quality in the cleaning industry! 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 31, 2012 For more information contact:
Carlos A. Martinez, CEO
Ph 866-625-7647

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