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Five cleaning hacks that will change the way you clean

- 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

- 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!

Benefits of Pressure Washing You Don't Want To Miss

- 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!

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

- 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.

 



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