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Dura-Shine Partners with Cleaning for a Reason for 8th Year in a Row

Dura-Shine Clean Marketing - Friday, October 24, 2014

There is possibly nothing more difficult than managing house chores and cleaning when you’re trying to fight a debilitating disease. These are the first-hand account from women undergoing cancer treatment. That is why our team at Dura-Shine Clean partnered with Cleaning for a Reason nearly eight years ago. Cleaning for a Reason is a nonprofit organization serving the entire United States and Canada. The organization partners with professional cleaning companies and maid services to help women undergoing treatment for any type of cancer.


To date, the organization has provided more than 17,000 cleanings for women with cancer with a value of more than $4.5 million in donated cleanings, and partnered with over 1,100 maid services. Since we began our partnership we’ve offered free house cleanings to more than 300 women in the Tri-Cities WA area.

Although we strive to raise awareness of our services and our partnership with the nonprofit in October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our promise to help female cancer patients is a year-long commitment and is not limited to just breast cancer. According to  American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer.


Helping with cleaning is our way of saying to cancer patients they don’t have to fight this battle alone -- so we don our pink and get scrubbing and polishing! Know someone in your life undergoing cancer treatment or battling an illness of any kind? You can also do your part to help. Here are five things you can do:

Things you can do to help women undergoing cancer treatment:


      Buy you friend groceries: One of the hardest things to do is take care of the little errands of everyday life. Help your friend out by asking her what she likes to eat, and any special dietary restriction, and go to the store and buy her some groceries. You can email the list to other close friends, and coordinate shopping.

      Offer to help take her kids to activities: When a friend is undergoing cancer treatment and they have little ones at home, keeping life as normal as possible for them can prove difficult. Offer to take her kids to activities, to the park, on a play date, or just offer to watch after them.

      Offer your help, an invite, or company without strings attached. Cancer patients have a lot to think about, so they don’t need to fret about scheduling a meeting with a friend, entertaining you if you’re bringing by food, or giving back that Tupperware to store the casserole you gave her. That is why open-ended offers are the best. Your friend will take you up on the offer when she needs it. She’ll even appreciate you offering to drop off grocery at her doorstep.

      Send the message. You can do smaller things too, to show you care. Like sending her an empowering, uplifting, and supportive email or text. Cards are nice too, but just showing her you’re thinking about her is important.

      Be silly and fun. It doesn’t always have to be useful; you can do things for her just for the sake of being fun or silly. Doing fun things like offering her a spa day, a photo shoot, sleepover, or just a friend to share funny stories with, will help take her mind off cancer.

Know a woman who is undergoing cancer treatment and could benefit from a clean home? Call Dura-Shine Clean at (509) 543-9608. Dura-Shine Clean is the leading commercial and residential cleaning company in the Tri-Cities. We service the Tri-Cities WA (Richland, Kennewick, Pasco) and beyond. 

Safe and Natural Residential and Commercial Cleaning Tri-Cities, WA

Dura-Shine Clean Marketing - Monday, September 08, 2014

As the leading cleaning company in the Tri-Cities, WA our team at Dura-Shine Clean is committed to sustainability, green living and healthy families. We believe there are too many people using toxic ingredients in their cleaning products. Our commitment to sustainability means we use eco-friendly and non-toxic cleaning products that are both good to the environment and safe for our clients. Homeowners, especially families with young children worry about what is being used to clean their home. Business owners also want to maintain safe facilities for their clients and their employees. We also deeply care about the safety of our cleaning team.

 

Eco-friendly and safe cleaning products like Procter & Gamble and Spartan Chemical source only the safest components in their products. What we appreciate about the products we use is that both Procter & Gamble and Spartan Chemicals provide Safety Data sheets detailing the safety rating on every product they make. This ensures that cleaners who buy their line of eco-friendly household cleaners have the necessary information at hand to make a safe purchase for their clients.

 

According to environmental experts, the average household contains 62 toxic chemicals (source). Run-of-the-mill household cleaners contain aggressive chemicals like ammonia, sodium hydroxide, and 2-butoxyethanol, which appears in popular multi purpose cleaners. These chemicals can appear in window washers, spot cleaners, oven cleaners and more.

 

They pose no risk in small amounts, but if used constantly overtime they may pose serious health risks. As for our cleaning process, one of the things we do is ensure that all windows remain open during cleaning so the air can circulate from the outside in, essentially reducing any harmful fumes that might be in the air.

 

Hiring professional cleaners means you don’t have to worry about what is in your cleaning products, we do the worrying for you. When we’re not there to lend a hand, however, these safe and all-natural cleaning solutions and green cleaning tips we’ll get the job done in the safest way possible:

 

1) Glass and Mirror Cleaning

Commercial polishing agents and window cleaners contain ammonia. It’s a powerful irritant, and those with constant exposure to ammonia (when inhaled) have higher risk of developing chronic bronchitis and asthma. This is especially harmful to the elderly and people with asthma. Instead of window cleaners use 4 tablespoons of lemon juice mixed with half a gallon of water. Alternatively, use some rubbing alcohol and witch hazel.

 

2) Furniture Shine

Furniture polishing cleaners are made up of petroleum distillates and solvents, both of which are hazardous when ingested. Be wary of keeping these around the house if you have young children. A good substitute is a mix of two parts olive oil with one part lemon juice and rub it against furniture using a soft fiber cloth.

 

3) Oven and Bathroom Cleaners, and Mildew Removers

Some of these cleaners contain chlorine or sodium hydroxide. Chlorine can be a respiratory irritant at an acute level, and can be a serious thyroid disrupter (source). Sodium Hydroxide is corrosive and can cause serious burns. Instead use baking soda or vinegar to clean things like toilet bowls or remove mildew and clean grime.

 

To learn more about how we clean give us a call at (509) 543-9608. Let Dura-Shine Clean’s knowledgeable and expert cleaning staff come in and give your home a thorough, all-inclusive clean. We’re the leading commercial and residential cleaning company in Richland, Kennewick, Pasco, West Richland and surrounding areas.

 


Deep cleaning in the summer

Dura-Shine Clean Marketing - Monday, June 30, 2014

Here at Dura-Shine Clean, we love to make you sparkle! But did you know that cleaning is much more than aesthetically pleasing? Cleaning helps keep your home and your office germfree. We also love summer! Spring and early summer are the ideal seasons to shake off the vestiges of winter, and remove all the dust, germs, and bacteria that have built up during the cold months of the year. Think of it as your home’s New Year resolution. It’s a time for rejuvenation, refocusing and making new goals. Your home and office need that as well. Our Top-to-Bottom Deluxe Package is perfect for a thorough Spring cleaning. We focus on details routinely ignored in a regular house cleaning, like hard-to-clean spaces, or spaces in a home that are not subject to the wear and tear of daily activity.


What is Spring Cleaning?

Historically, people kept their homes shut tight during cold winter months. They heated and lighted their homes with coal, wood, oil and candles. When warm weather finally came, it was a welcome opportunity to open the windows and doors, and freshen up a home that had become murky and noxious through winter. On the first warm, dry day of the season, the whole family would pitch in to sweep, wipe down, shine, and scrub off all the wax and the ashes that had seeped into walls and furniture.


It may be true we no longer heat our modern homes with coal and wood, but winter is peak flu season. A deep cleaning helps you disinfect surfaces from germs, microbes, dust, and stains. We believe in healthy homes and happy, active families. If you’re looking to spring clean your home make sure the stage is set for a thorough cleaning. To prep your home for a deep top-down cleaning, spend a day or two uncluttering your home, organizing, and donating unwanted items. This will clear up space and facilitate the cleaning process for when the cleaners arrive at your door.


With our Top-to-Bottom Deluxe Package, we’ll bring in two members of our trained, expert cleaning staff to clean everything from wood trim work, baseboards, light switches, drapes, blinds, shades, ceiling fans, light fixtures, doors and door handles, tops of refrigerators, furniture, and cabinets. Early summer is also a good time to clean carpets to preserve indoor air quality, since carpets can easily soak up contaminants. Even surfaces and spaces that look clean may be wrought with pathogens.


A clean home is glowing with health and shine. Let Dura-Shine Clean’s knowledgeable and expert cleaning staff come in and give your home a thorough, all-inclusive clean.Your home or office space will be left spotless clean. For a deep cleaning quote, or for more information on cleaning services in Tri-Cities, WA, residential and commercial cleaning services, contact us at (509) 543-9608.


3 Steps to a Clean Washing Machine

Dura-Shine Clean Marketing - Monday, April 28, 2014

3 Steps to a Clean Washing Machine


The dirt that disappears from your clothes has to go somewhere, right? Follow these three easy steps from Better Homes and Gardens to make sure that grimy buildup doesn’t end up on your clothes. Completing these three steps quarterly will eliminate buildup in hoses and pipes, and ensure your clothes are as clean as possible.


Step One – Run an empty, regular cycle on hot, using two cups of vinegar instead of detergent. The hot water-vinegar combo removes and prevents bacteria growth.


Step Two – In a bucket or nearby sink, mix ¼ cup vinegar with a quart of warm water. Use this mixture, plus a sponge and dedicated toothbrush, to clean the inside of the machine. Pay special attention to dispensers and the inside of the door. If your soap dispenser is removable, soak it in the vinegar and water before scrubbing. If you have a front-loading machine, be sure to clean the rubber seal. Don’t forget to wipe down the exterior of the machine, too.


Step Three – Run one more empty, regular cycle on hot, without detergent or vinegar. 



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.


Make Your Shower Sparkle

Dura-Shine Clean Marketing - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Make Your Shower Sparkle


Are you tired of your shower keeping your bathroom from looking sparkly clean? Try these tips to help keep your shower shining.


Get Rid of Buildup. Try mixing some liquid soap with baking soda, until it’s the consistency of frosting. Scrub it onto the glass shower door with a no-scratch sponge.


Multitask. Just as your finishing up your shower, grab a sponge like a Magic Eraser and give your shower door a quick wipe down. The warm water will have already loosened up the grime, making cleaning a breeze.


Squeegee. Prevent hard-water deposits by using a squeegee after each use.


Prevention. Using a Daily Shower Spray between deep cleans will help keep your shower clear. Using one of these sprays will help prevent hard-water stains and buildup. 







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.    

Biohazard Zone? Be Wary of These Dangerous Workplace Areas

Dura-Shine Clean Marketing - 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.

Simple Cleaning Solutions

Dura-Shine Clean Marketing - 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.

End of Summer Barbecues - Keep it Safe

Dura-Shine Clean Marketing - 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.

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