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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!

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.


Slice Dollars Off Energy Bills

Dura-Shine Clean Marketing - 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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