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

- 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

- 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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