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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! 


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. 

RELATED: Great, simple household cleaning solutions you can make yourself

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!

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

THE GREAT ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER

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.

GREASE CLEANER
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. 

GLASS CLEANER
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. 

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

NATURAL STONE CLEANER

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!

The Best Gift: Give the gift of clean

Dura-Shine Clean Marketing - Thursday, December 11, 2014

The holiday season is an especially busy time for everyone. We've got Christmas wish lists to fulfill, shopping to do, traveling, decorating, holiday parties, and family dinners. That means we have busier homes and less time to keep it clean. In fact, cleaning is one of the top stressors during the Holidays. According to a poll conducted by Hoover, cleaning is the #2 stressor around the holidays, followed by cooking and baking, and putting up decorations.

                                                                 

Give yourself and those around you a break this holiday season and year-round. Dura-Shine Clean has the perfect gift for that special someone in your life: Give the gift of clean with our special Cleaning Gift Certificates. These handy gift certificates are the perfect stocking stuffer for moms, busy working professionals, grandparents, and everyone in between. You can even give yourself the gift of clean (they're is nothing wrong with spoiling yourself!). They can be used towards the purchase of a house cleaning, window washing treatment, carpet or pressure washing. You can give any amount!


That means you and your loved ones will have the house prepped and ready for the holidays, for the new year and for the rest of the year. You can't beat the gift of a clean home. Our Gif Certificates are great for any occasion! 


Call us today at (509) 543-9608 to purchase this special Gift Certificate!


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.


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.

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