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The Nightmare Before Halloween!

Marketing Team - Thursday, October 20, 2016

It was a few days before Halloween and we walked in to find a murder scene in our shop!  AAARRHHHH!!!  Ok…. not really, but it feels that way when you look at the mess that’s left over from carving pumpkins! No matter how hard you try to contain it (like a Dexter episode) that slime gets everywhere! Here are a few #DuraShineTips to help you contain your pumpkin massacre. 

  1. 1. Use newspaper or cut open a large garbage bag and lay it flat onto your working surface. When you are finished carving all you need to do is roll/fold up the mess! Using garbage bags is nice because they prevent the “pumpkin guts” from seeping through and dirtying your workspace. However, newspaper is the “green” approach. When you’re finished you can just toss the entire mess into your green bin!
  2. 2. Keep a trash bag near each carver. This will limit the amount of walking to and from the trash can which, in turn, limits the amount of pumpkin spill accidents!
  3. 3. If you live somewhere rural or have a composter you can dispose of your guts outside, they make great compost or even a snack for the wildlife in our area. If spreading the guts outside isn’t an option and you don’t want the smell to knock you out before trash day, make sure to place your guts in a trash bag and tie it in a knot. And may the force be with you!

Extra Tip: Keep your kids entertained by hand them a pile of guts and have them pick out the seeds. Make a game out of it and see who can get the most clean seeds out! Once your kids have successfully picked out the pumpkin seeds, take them to the sink and rinse them off and follow the recipe below for some yummy pumpkin seeds. 

-Have a safe and happy Halloween from everyone one here at Dura-Shine Clean! 

Important Organization Ideas For Your Home

Dura-Shine Clean Marketing - Thursday, April 07, 2016
Ok, we know. Organizing can be a hassle, but it can also transform your home life if you have a system in place and follow it. Knowing what goes where is only the first part, but maintaining a system that works for you and your family is also integral to home keeping. At Dura-Shine clean we love improving and facilitating the home life balance many of our clients crave. Our main goal (apart from following our passion for cleaning) is to make sure our clients get to enjoy the lives they built while we do the cleaning. We want to present you with some really handy organizing tips that will forever change the way you look at your home space. Read on! 

Dollar Store Stacking Bins Are your Best Friends
We love these super versatile stacking bins from the Dollar Store. These are perfect for organizing toiletries, bathroom supplies, and small miscellaneous items. These bins are handy for school, craft rooms and even office supplies. They nest for some compact storage solutions. 

A systematic approach to organizing files and important paperwork
The amount of paperwork a household generates is staggering. From important announcements and agendas from school, to bills, to important tax information to health records and more. It’s important to have a file system that works for you. For things like family health records, school work, and yearly tax filings keep in a file bin, you can color code so it’s easier to decipher what exactly is inside each file. Moreover, don’t just dump papers in a filing system and forget about them forever. Use an actionable category system to sort items you have to read, those you have to file, those you have to respond to, and those that require immediate action. This can be kept near your desk or where you spend most of your time. 

Organize your pantry

Pantries are a big part of every home — but you don’t have to have a big one to make it work for you and keep it organized and simplified. The rule of thumb is to toss canned goods, cereal and rice you haven’t used after a year, peanut butter after six months and pasta is good up to two years, then a it’s a good idea to toss it. Do you have some old magazine holders laying around? You can use these really versatile items to hold your aluminum foil, plastic wrap, and wax papers. You can even use them to easily stack your canned goods. Shoe organizers are also great for hanging it on the back of the pantry door to organize kid’s snacks, spize mixes, food packets, and other condiments. 

Labels, labels everywhere

Labeling your storage and organization boxes is important part of the process. Knowing where everything is so you don’t have to dig through boxes of stuff to find that one small item. Label decorations by holiday or season as well as seasonal sporting goods for summer and winter as well as camping gear. These are things that you obviously don’t need throughout the year, but need handy when you’ve got an upcoming trip.

If you haven’t used an item in more than a year and don’t foresee yourself using it in the future, there is no reason to store it! Donate it it to your local shelter, or Goodwill where they will be better put to use. This can be toys and clothes your kids have outgrown, maternity clothes, furniture and more. 

Your Tri-Cities, WA cleaners believe life is meant to be lived to your fullest and a happy home makes for a happy family. We hope you enjoy your Spring season, and if you need a little help you can always count on Dura-Shine Clean!

Five cleaning hacks that will change the way you clean

Dura-Shine Clean Marketing - Sunday, March 27, 2016
At Dura-Shine Clean, we LOVE cleaning! But, we know that is not the case for everybody — in fact, cleaning is a chore. It’s fun when it’s all done and you can sit back and soak all the cleanliness in. But we researched some awesome cleaning hacks that will make cleaning less of a chore and make it easier for everybody! These hacks come unhandy now that spring is here and you want to get your home ready for a new, fresh season full of family gatherings.

Hack Number One: Your Dishwasher is Your Best Friend

No, seriously. If you have one in your home, you can use your dishwasher to clean almost anything! You know those kid’s tour full of sticky finger residue? Pop them in there for a clean! Dirt brushes? Rain boots? Muddy garden tools? Dog toys? Yes, you can even clean those in there. Dishwashers are an extremely versatile appliance with some surprising uses you probably never even thought about. Make your life easier by mass cleaning regular household items that are well overdue for a clean. For handy list of things you can clean in your dishwasher, go here.

Hack Number Two: The Washing Machine and Stuffed Animal Cleaning Hack

This one might not come as much of a surprise, but it’s still extremely handy. If you have kids, then you probably have stuffed animals, rag dolls, and teddy bears…and then you have dust, and sticky baby fingers and mouths that just want to bite on things. It’s a recipe for, well…dirty stuffed animals and a reservoir of germs. In this case, place all you stuffed animals into a mesh bag and throw them into the washing machine on no-spin. Now you have germ-free almost brand new stuffed toys!

Hack Number Three: Clean Hard Water Stains with Vinegar

Have you ever tried to remove water stains? Not only are they an eye sore but they’re almost impossible to get rid of! The magic wand here is white vinegar! Just soak a few paper goals in white vinegar and place them over the water stains that appear on your faucet, your bathtub or other surfaces to remove the stains. Leave for about an hour and voila! All gone! It’s almost like magic. 

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Hack Number Four: The Carpet Squeegee Hack 
Your carpet is a place of constant activity, and although running a good vacuum will remove a lot of the dust and fine particles in the surface, it will not remove hairs and fur that have tangled themselves into the carpet fibers. For that reason, a squeegee is the trusted solution. Edged with rubber, the squeegee glides along effortlessly above the carpet, creating static electricity that draws out the hair and fur from the carpet. You won’t believe how much hair will come out!

Hack Number Five: Use Packing Tape of Lint Roller as Duster

This hack is a no-brainer! Usually when cleaning we tend to ignore our lampshades, inside of drawers, speakers, and other places with small crevices or fabric. They’re also extremely difficult to approach with just a regular duster. That is where tape or a lint roller come in handy. A strong adhesive grabs even the smaller first from fabric and small crevices. Just press the adhesive into the service and pull back reveal all the dirt, crumbs, and grime. It really is that easy!

We hope these easy, yet useful cleaning hacks save you time and give you some much-needed relaxation! Are you looking to relax more this spring and summer and focus on the things that bring you joy, like time spent outside or making memories with your loved ones? Then give us a call! Dura-Shine Clean is truly passionate not only about cleaning but about our clients reclaiming their valuable time!

Cleaning Up So You Can Fly Comfortably: The Tri-Cities Airport Story

Dura-Shine Clean Marketing - Tuesday, September 08, 2015
What happens when the Tri-Cities Airport undergoes a large-scale renovation and modernization project? Things get dusty, and things get dirty. But not to worry, the post-construction cleanup crew at Dura-Shine Clean will be there to ensure the airport is sparkling clean for its big reveal and ribbon cutting!

There are three project phases. Phase I includes renovation and upgrades to the rental car, baggage claim and restroom areas of the airport. In addition, construction of a new screening lane and boarding concourse will occur. Future phases will include the expansion of dining options, amenities, terminals, and additional seating. The third and final phase will conclude in the opening of the new concourse.

According to the Port of Pasco when the modernization project is done, passenger traveling through the Tri-Cities Airport will experience an air terminal complete with state-of-the-art amenities, created to accommodate the growth of the Tri-Cities. When the $41.9 million project is complete in January 2017, the airport will be set to serve the growing region for 20-plus years.

We’re so excited to be involved in the cleanup of the Tri-Cities Airport modernization project, which signals economic growth and expansion in tourism and travel for the Tri-Cities. The terminal expansion and modernization project for the airport is an exciting milestone for the growth of the Tri-Cities.

As the leading commercial and post-construction cleanup company in the Tri-Cities we are uniquely positioned to offer comprehensive cleaning services to large-scale construction projects. Dura-Shine Clean has the track record and the capabilities to ensure that your project is completed in accordance with your needs and requirements. This includes a full sanitation, high dust removal, scrubbing and polishing, and full floor cleaning. We have the tools and crew to make sure we take care of details big and small. We are so honored to be a part of this and to continue to make the Tri-Cities shine - one cleanup project at a time. 

We have been documenting our cleanup progress on our Facebook Page. Follow along for all the exciting details of the Tri-Cities Airport expansion! 

Kickstart the Fall season with clean home and appliances

Dura-Shine Clean Marketing - Saturday, August 22, 2015
Summer is winding down and Fall is almost upon us. That means back-to-school, football, the smell of pumpkin spice wafting through the air, crisp Fall weather, and a busy home as we prepare for the holidays. During the fall season we also spend more time indoors, perhaps cozying up to the fireplace, than in our backyard around the grill. It can be a joyous time, yet overwhelming, time for everyone. There are guests to be entertained, homework to be done, pies to be baked, and a home that needs constant TLC.

Spring isn't the only season it pays to have a happy and clean home. After all, we spend a lot of time indoors when the weather gets cold and the days get shorter. Dura-Shine Clean wants to make this Fall season one that's stress-free, memorable, and fulfilling. What better way than letting us handle all your cleaning needs? Our passion may be cleaning, but our motivation is the bliss of our clients! 

Want to get a head start for fall cleaning? One thing you can do right now is clean your appliances! Cleaning your appliances ensure the cleanliness of your environment but helps appliances run more efficiently, and since we're spending more time indoors, now is the time to do it! 

Cleaning your refrigerator for Fall 

It's hard to notice exactly how dirty your refrigerator can get when it's stocked with food, leftovers, and produce. But your refrigerator can get really dirty, just think about spilled juices, condiments, milk, crumbs, and leaky tupperware! Take the time to remove all the items inside your refrigerator and give it a good scrub down with antibacterial cleaners. Don't miss the condenser coils and the door gaskets if your refrigerator has theme. Cleaning these will help your refrigerator run more efficiently. Cleaning your refrigerator ensure the health and hygiene of your kitchen and your cooking. 

Your Dishwasher

You'd think that something that was made for cleaning wouldn't get so dirty, but you'd be wrong. Since we usually tend to put dirty plates inside, our dishwasher can quickly become a safe haven for filth! Not to worry, cleaning it is easy and we've got the scoop. First, remove the bottom dish rack and inspect the drain, removing any gunk or food that tends to be caught there. This usually is a preventative measure to improve efficiency and extend the life of your appliance. For cleaning the dishwasher you can use some baking soda rinse and damn sponge to wipe down the interior.

To clean thoroughly empty the dishwasher entirely, you can place a cup of white vinegar in dishwasher safe container in the upper rack of the machine and run the dishwasher through a hot water cycle, which will wash away all the grime and grease that accumulates in the corners of the dishwasher.

Cleaning your Stove for Fall Baking

Don't let the grime keep you away from the Fall baking. This Fall you should invest some time in deep cleaning your stove! Some models are self-cleaning, then it will be easier for you. You can use an oven cleaner, but a good alternative is ammonia, it works like magic. Place ammonia in a ceramic dish overnight to easily remove some of the grime that is baked on in the oven. Please be aware of children around the ammonia, and bes sure to use gloves and open kitchen windows.

Our team at Dura-Shine Clean wishes you a wonderful, plentiful, and joyous Fall Season! Need a quote on house cleaning? Call us today for a quote!

Clean, Smart, and Fun: Simple ways to cut down on your energy bill

Dura-Shine Clean Marketing - Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Here at Dura-Shine Clean, cleaning is our passion! We love cleaning and another thing we love doing is helping you in your everyday life, from home-life balance tips, to favorite recipes, and even ways to cut down on your electrical bill. Who wouldn't benefit from saving a few dollars and managing their energy usage better? Especially when we have a busy home life, our house is constantly running on electrical gadgets, appliances, and other energy suckers. It is not surprising that appliances account for 20% of our household’s energy consumption. These include clothing washer and dryers and refrigerators. When purchasing an appliance, you should always look for an Energy Star rated appliance, which is a federal rating for energy efficient appliances - these consume less energy overall in their lifespan.

But besides going in and buying a completely new set of appliances, there are simple everyday actions we can take to reduce how much electricity we consume in our household. A good recommendation is placing simple reminders around our home, especially around electrical outlets and appliances. Also, if you have small children in your home, be sure to baby proof around the home. 

Here are some simple things we can do to cut down on our energy bill

Contact your city's utility department

The majority of them will offer an energy auditor to visit your home completely free of charge to conduct an evaluation. Isn't that great? After they've evaluated your home's energy consumption habits, appliances, and heating and cooling, they'll smart make recommendations for upgrades. Some upgrades require a large upfront cost, but will provide great savings in the long run, so they're a worthwhile investment.

Green Lighting 

Substitute energy-inefficient incandescent light bulbs for CFLs or Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs. These can be easily found in your local appliance or home improvement store. Believe it or not CFLs use 66% less energy than incandescent light bulbs so they are highly recommended for energy savings.


This one seems like a no brainer, but here it comes: Plug and unplug your electronics! The quickest way to do this is to use power strips for connecting your TV and other electronics and then turning the strip off when not in use. Also make sure to unplug all cell phone, battery, tablet, and other electronic chargers when you're not using them to save energy. Believe it or not, but our chargers draw power continuously! So unplug them! You can also set your desktop computer to hibernate mode to lessen the load even more.

These simple changes can have a big impact on your electrical and utility bills. At Dura-Shine Clean if we love anything is to make the lives of our clients easier - by keeping their home sparkling clean and sharing with them beneficial information. Like what you're reading? Check back on our blog often where we share cleaning tips, tricks, and other home improvement information. Want to make life even easier? Give us a call for a free quote on cleaning your home!

Great, simple household cleaning solutions you can make yourself

Dura-Shine Clean Marketing - Friday, July 31, 2015
Whether you are a young parent, a caretaker, or have a family member with severe reactions to home cleaning products, it's always best to avoid harsh chemical products in everyday life. According the Organic Consumer's Association In 2000, cleaning products were responsible for nearly 10% of all toxic exposures reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers, accounting for 206,636 calls. Of these, 120,434 exposures involved children under six, who can swallow or spill cleaners stored or left open inside the home.

As the number one cleaning company in the Tri-Cities, we use great cleaning products that are safe for the home and safe for people to use. We require integrity in both our cleaning practices as well as our cleaning products. Some of these mix-it yourself cleaners work wonders and only require a couple of simple ingredients  like baking soda, vinegar, even lime for that fresh clean aroma.

Are you looking to make your own all-natural safe-to-use products? Follow some of these well-known recipes for convenience and ease


We all need a great all-purpose cleaner for those instances we want to leave our surroundings looking great and smelling fresh. This one will do the trick. Just mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 quart of warm water and voila! Pour combination into a sponge and wipe down surfaces like kitchen counters, bathroom sinks and tubs, inside your refrigerator, any appliances you may have, and other easy to clean up surfaces.

Need to scrub down those crusty, grimy oven hoods and grills and leave them like (almost) new? Then try this easy to make grease cleaner. All you have to do is mix 1/2 cup sudsy ammonia with enough water to fill a one-gallon jug or container. Ammonia acts almost like a detergent in removing tough grime. Use by dipping a sponge in the solution and and wiping or scrubbing over the surface. 

Need something to clean that mirror or glass window full of little sticky fingerprints or dust? Then use this easy to make solution for cleaning glass surfaces. Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle for easy application. You can store it inside the bottle as well. Spray on a paper towel or soft cloth, then on the glass. 

• 2 cups water
• 1/2 cup white or cider vinegar
• 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (70% concentration)


If you're looking for a great cleaner for natural stone countertops, like marble and granite, this one should do the trick. Get two cups of warm water and mix in a drop or two of soft dishwashing liquid. Dip the sponge in and wash over the surface. Rinse completely to remove any soapy residue. It is recommended to give a final dry touch up with a soft cloth as water marks can often show up. As a warning, never use acidic cleaners on natural stone.

Did you know that Dura-Shine Clean only uses the most natural, environmentally-friendly cleaning products available? We go above and beyond industry standard to ensure the health and wellbeing of our clients and our planet. Looking for a cleaner with the same ideals as you? Contact us today for a free evaluation!

Benefits of Pressure Washing You Don't Want To Miss

Dura-Shine Clean Marketing - Friday, June 26, 2015
Pressure washing is something most of us don't think a lot about. Mainly, because we put more value in keeping the inside of our home clean and tidy. But, that's like saying you value good health and hygiene, yet your clothes are unkempt. It works the same for homes, the exterior of your house is just as important as how you present the outside. The value of pressure washing goes beyond mere aesthetics. The homeowners and businesses we work with see an immediate difference when we pressure wash. Here is how it can benefit you.

Benefits of Pressure Washing

Pressure Washing and Curb Appeal

What do you want people to think when they drive by your house? You probably want them to think that it's a welcoming home with homeowners that pay attention to details. Your home's curb appeal is important. You keep your front lawn perfectly trimmed, so you should pay the same attention to your house. Pressure washing quickly removes, mildew, grime, dust, and other hard-to-remove stains. Pressure washing might be the solution to keeping your home, deck, driveway or concrete patio sparkling like new. Also, if you're selling your home it is an affordable way to increase your home's resale value.

Pressure Washing for Preventative Maintenance

Think of pressure washing as the multivitamins you take everyday. Regularly scheduled pressure washing can greatly increase the longevity of your property and prevent gradual rotting and decay. Keeping the outside clean as you do the inside can help you extend the life and vibrancy of your exterior siding, patio, or driveway.

Save Time and Effort with Pressure Washing

Yes, this is a benefit! Pressure washing can clean your home significantly faster and easier than other method of washing, like scrubbing. If done right, you can save the time used to prepare (or buy) a cleaning solution and scrub the area down. It's also effortless safe. You don't have to climb into a ladder to get into hard to reach places. Simply point your pressure washing sprayer to the area you want to reach. Dura-Shine Clean recommends you hire a professional to the do the job - pressure washing is only beneficial if done right and thoroughly. 

Contact Dura-Shine Clean Today
Dura-Shine Clean offer power washing and window washing to homeowners and businesses in the Tri-Cities, WA. Contact us for a quote and to schedule an appointment today. It is never too late to make your home shine!

Warmer weather, less worries

Dura-Shine Clean Marketing - Saturday, May 30, 2015
Warmer weather means Spring has officially sprung and summer is just around the corner - and it's time to start thinking about Spring cleaning! We hope you're enjoying Spring as much as we are. This time of year we are doing what we love best: cleaning up and making our customers shine (quite literally)!
Dura-Shine Clean believes in several things: our community, our employees, cleaning, and fun! Spring is the perfect time to ditch the broom and go outside, enjoy the great outdoors, or just take some time out in your day to enjoy some fun team-building activities at work. That does not include cleaning or picking up after others!
When you're worrying about overflowing office trashcans, or dusty fingerprints on your desk, it's hard to work on what you love. Are you working extra to tidy up your place of business? You shouldn't be. Spring is the perfect time to kick up the productivity where it's most valuable to you and your team.
If there is one thing we're most passionate about is knowing we helped our clients impress their clients. We're here to offer some handy tips to make the most of Spring and keep your spaces clean and productive.
Spring Cleaning Tips and News

Best spring cleaning tips

Spring is here in the Tri-Cities, WA! And what does that mean? It means it’s time to declutter, deep clean, and give your home or business that Spring Fresh vibe. Spring cleaning rids your space of pollens and germs that built up during winter.

Keep your office and the earth happy

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. It's worth knowing that your place of business cares for the long-term health of it's employees.

Achieving work-life balance 

Work-life balance is not a myth. Sure, managing a home, a business, work and social commitments is no easy task but it can be done. With the right amount of mindfulness, planning, and knowing where your priorities are, you can achieve optimal fulfillment in both life and business. There is no better time to try than in Spring.
The team at Dura-Shine Clean wishes you a fun and productive Spring! Remember to stop and smell the roses, cause they are starting to bloom!
Need an extra sparkle in the workplace? Call us today at (509) 543-9608. Let Dura-Shine Clean’s knowledgeable and expert cleaning staff come in and give your office or commercial space a thorough, all-inclusive clean.  We'll enjoy it every step of the way!

Let Dura-Shine Clean Spring You Into a Clean House

Dura-Shine Clean Marketing - Thursday, April 09, 2015

Spring Cleaning the right way in the Tri-Cities WA
Do you see that outside? It’s Cherry Blossoms and green lawns! Spring is here in the Tri-Cities, WA! And what does that mean? It means it’s time to declutter, deep clean, and give your home that Spring Fresh vibe. Spring cleaning rids your home of pollens and germs that built up during winter. There are few things more satisfying that putting on your hardy yellow cleaning gloves, and getting to work on prepping your home for Spring Cleaning.  But, when it comes down to it Spring Cleaning can be a little intimidating. Do not worry! Dura-Shine Clean Residential and commercial cleaning is here to make sure the process is as easy and painless as possible.
After all we’re the best cleaning company in the Tri-Cities, WA. We know a thing or two about making your home shine. Spring is the ideal time 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. 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.
Dura-Shine Clean specializes in deep cleaning, window washing, and everything required to make sure home look like new this spring. But if you feel like getting started with the little details required for a full Spring Cleaning, here are some things to keep in mind!

Create a flexible Spring Cleaning Schedule

There are several more involved projects that require time, and more than a couple of hours, like pressure washing, and shampooing carpets. Create handy punch list of items you need done and spread them out over a couple of weekends in the March or April (Martha Stewart). Get your family to help you with smaller items. Don’t try to cram in too much in one day, Spring Cleaning is supposed to be fun!

Little things make a difference while Spring Cleaning

Spices, medicine cabinets, junk drawers, and storage bins full of old toys and clothes. Digging in, organizing, and decluttering these little spaces in your home can make a big difference. Let go of the old, so you can bring in the new! Consider donating toys and clothes to any of the nearby drop-off locations for Goodwill or Columbia Industries.

Remember the Spring Cleaning Logistics

Whether you decide to clean from inside out, or outside in, upstairs to downstairs, it helps to have a plan to help you and your family stay focused and help you tackle the job at hand with as little stress possible. Having a Spring Cleaning Checklist handy is also very useful! Download this handy checklist to get started?
Need help with the deeper clean? Don’t hesitate to give us a call this Spring. Dura-Shine Clean is the leading residential and commercial cleaning company and Tri-Cities, WA. We service Richland, Kennewick, Pasco, WA and all surrounding areas. 

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