If you've ever hired an independent contractor to work at your home, have you considered what happens if there is an accident, for example, a fall? It will most likely be a case for the courts, as your homeowners' insurance will not cover this fall. Always ask any independent constructor for proof of their workers’ compensation insurance when allowing them to work in your home!

But what if you have an independent maid coming to your home to clean and do some household chores?  Who is responsible for this maid’s workers’ compensation?

The rule is about control. If the homeowner controls the independent maid’s work by setting the working hours and responsibilities, as well as providing the tools and cleaning products s/he uses to clean the home, that independent maid is really an employee of that household, even if s/he only works a couple of hours a week.  You do need to provide your domestic employees with workers’ compensation because your homeowners’ insurance will not cover you in the case of their accident. 

On the other hand, when you hire a professional cleaning company like Classmaids, your risks are covered.  Classmaids is fully licensed, bonded and insured. We invest in workers’ compensation, general liability, and bonding to offer 100% protection to our clients.

Does thinking about house cleaning cause you stress? It does for a lot of people, especially people with kids at home. There are many areas to clean, and kids have a tendency to play with (or at least take out) a lot of toys during the day, all of which should be cleaned and wiped down periodically.

The importance of using non-toxic cleaners in the home is often understated. Whether you use a home cleaning service like Classmaids, have a helping hand or clean your house yourself, it is important to think about what types of cleaning products are being used in your home, especially on the toys that your children play with (and sometimes put in their mouths) frequently.

Fortunately, there are plenty of non-toxic ways to clean your children's toys. The first step to keeping your home free of toxins is to wipe your items down with hot water.  Using very hot water is a natural way to help kill any germs and toxins that may be lurking on your children's toys.

After this step, it can be tempting to grab a sanitizing cleaning wipe to quickly wipe down the toys. However, if the cleaning wipes you have on hand have chemicals in them, they could be causing more harm than good. These types of commercial cleaning products often have great claims, but when you read the ingredients, they contain chemicals that you do not want your kids to be exposed to.

In order to avoid harsh chemicals, reach for a non-toxic wipe. When picking out cleaning supplies, look for items that are biodegradable and "green" products that are friendly for the environment. At Classmaids, we use all natural non-toxic & biodegradable cleaning products powered by brands like Mrs. Meyer’s, Seventh Generation and Method. Remember to avoid the tempting "commercial cleaning products" that may contain harmful chemicals – these non-toxic brands can be just as powerful cleaning agents without all the “bad stuff” around your children.

If you use a home cleaning service or maid service, remember to ask in advance which types of products they use --- and if they’re using brands you’re not comfortable with, ask them to use the products you prefer in your home. Some services offer green options in different cleaning packages.

For toys that aren’t used often and are nonporous, you can try using a vinegar solution and set them out in the sun for a short time period. You may also try boiling hard toys or throwing them in the dishwasher for a quick cleaning.

Using the right cleaning methods can help you keep your children’s toys clean, in a non-toxic and safe way.  To make your life a little easier, Classmaids can help get your home sparkly clean! For more information and to book your Classmaids cleaning, visit www.classmaids.com.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Happy Earth Day!

All around the world Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd to raise awareness to the importance of protecting our environment. This year, the main goal is to end plastic pollution.

A few disturbing facts about plastic pollution:

  • We send 8 million tons of plastic into the ocean every year. That’s the equivalent of dumping a garbage truck full of plastic every single minute.
  • The trash and waste dumped into the ocean washes up on beaches and coastal areas and affects everything in between. Every marine animal is affected by man-made chemicals released in the water.
  • There is an island of garbage twice the size of Texas inside the Pacific Ocean: the North Pacific Gyre off the coast of California is the largest oceanic garbage site in the entire world. There, the number of floating plastic pieces outnumbers total marine life six to one in the immediate vicinity.

Environmental sustainability and waste reduction are among Classmaids core business values, which we implement in our everyday work:

  • We use only non-toxic biodegradable cleaning products, which are safe for our customers, their pets and the Earth.
  • Most of our supplies are recyclable and biodegradable.
  • We implement sustainable cleaning techniques, which help save cleaning products, energy and water.
  • We recycle all plastic and other containers.
  • We use a Zero Waste Box from Terra Cycle for recycling disposable gloves.
  • We advise our customers on recycling options available in their buildings and the area.

Our long-term goal is to benefit society by driving sustainability innovation across the cleaning industry.

In an effort to be eco-friendly, Classmaids has established collaboration with TerraCycle, an innovative company, which can recycle virtually anything.  Their website is www.terracycle.com/en-US/

TerraCycle provides access to free national recycling programs for some hard-to-recycle items.  They also sell unique Zero Waste Boxes, in which one can dispose of materials that are considered nonrecyclable like chip bags, coffee capsules, water filters, etc. 

Classmaids offers to our customers a unique 15% discount code for all TerraCycle products, which can be used on TerraCycle's e-commerce website. 

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Sustainable Cleaning Ideas

With environmental safety and protection a growing issue (& rightfully so!), it is more important than ever to use eco-friendly products and practices wherever possible. Home cleaning is one of the best places to utilize green products, which helps to ensure not only a clean living area, but a healthy home as well. Adopting clean, sustainable living habits offers a multitude of benefits to both you and your family, and you’ll see that incorporating these habits into your daily lifestyle is not hard. Here are a few tips to help you practice sustainable cleaning.

  1. Minimize Water Use.

Depending on the size of the cleaning task, measure and use only the amount of water you will need. For example, wiping down appliances with a reusable cloth might require a gallon or two of water, while scrubbing the garage floor would need more. Err on the lower side and refill your bucket as needed, minimizing wasted water. Consider reusing or refreshing a pail of water that is used first for a light cleaning job, such as wiping countertops, for a second task like cleaning fan stands or book cases, etc. Minimizing your water usage can become a comfortable habit as you get used to it.

  1. Recycle!

While many businesses now include recycling in their commercial cleaning program, home cleaning approaches in many communities are still catching up. If your county offers containers for recycling, jump on board to begin recycling your bottles, boxes and paper products. If not, organize your recyclable products and drop them off at designated bins. When buying cleaning products, look for packaging that is recyclable, which will help to further your sustainable cleaning efforts. More green products are appearing on store shelves every year. And when considering a specific cleaning service, check out their stance on using sustainability practices. With Classmaids, rest assured that we use all natural non-toxic & biodegradable cleaning products powered by companies such as Seventh Generation.

  1. Avoid Wasting Products.

Similar to minimizing your water use – measure cleaning products with sustainability in mind. Don't use more than is needed, which is usually less than you think. Try to use before the best-by date, if applicable. This helps reduce unnecessary waste.

  1. Use Green Cleaners.

Whether using cleaners in a home or in a commercial location, green cleaners help to keep a home or office smelling fresh and free of toxic residue. Surprisingly, green cleaning products are often cheaper than the typical cleaners full of chemicals, and they sometimes require fewer precautions and less cleanup than the other kind. You don't have to worry about residual effects of fumes, powders, or sprays on children or pets. In addition to protecting family and coworkers, you are also helping to take care of the environment. We prefer brands such as Seventh Generation, Method and Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day.

For more information about sustainability related to home or business cleaning and to schedule a cleaning, contact Classmaids: http://www.classmaids.com/contact-us. We care about keeping you, your family, and the world around us clean and safe.

Spring cleaning shouldn’t be limited to just your home. Even if you prefer a cleaning service like Classmaids to handle the bulk of your cleaning, there are some simple things you can do to get your office ready for spring. Organizing and rearranging your office can set you up for a great season of success and productivity in your fresh space. Follow our tips for getting your office ready for spring, and let the creativity and new ideas flow!

The dreaded cold and flu season is upon us, and keeping you and your loved ones healthy is of utmost importance. While hiring a cleaning service to disinfect your home is a great solution, there are plenty of ways you can eliminate germs on your own between cleanings. Follow these quick and efficient cleaning tips to help keep those nasty germs out of your home

Clean Surfaces Often

Surfaces such as door handles, faucets, appliances, remote controls, computers, and toilets are all breeding grounds for bacteria because they are touched multiple times per day. During cold and flu season, pay special attention to these areas and wipe them down frequently with your favorite disinfectant. This is the first tip for keeping your home as clean as possible and preventing the germs from spreading from person to person.

Use Safe Cleaning Supplies

There are many types of cleaning products on the market, but some contain harsh chemicals that can be damaging to your health. Look for biodegradable products that disinfect without causing dangerous side effects. Biodegradable products are made out of materials that break down quickly and safely without causing harm to humans or the environment, which is why we favor non-toxic brands such as Mrs. Meyers, The 7th Generation and Method. Their bottles are also made from recycled materials and are fully recyclable. Win, win!

Disinfect More Than Just Surfaces

While it's important to wipe down surfaces during cold and flu season, it's equally important to disinfect shared items in the household. Things like blankets, hand towels, and dishes are all items that need to be cleaned thoroughly when a member of the household is sick. Be sure to wash all bedding at least once a week. Change out hand towels daily, or switch to paper towels when someone is sick. Wash dishes in hot, soapy water, or use the sanitize option on the dishwasher.

And remember, Classmaids is always here to help get your home or office clean and germ-free for the cold season! Our trained and experienced cleaning master will arrive at your home with equipment and non-toxic supplies to clean thoroughly and efficiently, leaving your home spotless! For more information and to schedule your Classmaids cleaning, click here: http://www.classmaids.com/contact-us.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Home Cleaning Checklist

Whether it’s you or a cleaning service doing the cleaning, ensuring your home is thoroughly cleaned should be a top priority. At Classmaids, we use a detailed cleaning checklist as one of the many ways we ensure a meticulous home cleaning, from top to bottom! Check out our task list for detailed information on our step-by-step home cleaning:

 

 

 

Kitchen

  • Microwave cleaned (inside and out)
  • Appliance exteriors cleaned
  • Countertops and backsplash cleaned
  • Items on countertops cleaned
  • Sink scrubbed, handles and parts polished
  • Cabinet exteriors cleaned
  • Kitchen table and chairs cleaned
  • Trash emptied and bag replaced
  • Carpet vacuumed
  • Bare floors vacuumed, and mopped

Bedrooms

  • Beds made (linens changed if requested)
  • Light fixtures, ceiling fans, and blinds dusted
  • Windows and mirrors cleaned
  • Computer monitors and televisions dusted
  • General straightening (toys put away)
  • Trash emptied and bag replaced
  • Furniture dusted and wiped down
  • Carpet vacuumed
  • Bare floors vacuumed and mopped

Bathrooms

  • Shower and bath scrubbed, wiped, and sanitized
  • Handles and faucets polished
  • Interior of toilet soaked and scrubbed
  • Toilet completely wiped down and disinfected
  • Countertop and countertop items cleaned
  • Sink, handles, and parts wiped down and sanitized
  • Mirrors cleaned
  • Cabinets and furniture wiped down
  • Trash emptied and bag replaced
  • Carpet vacuumed
  • Bare floors vacuumed and mopped

Living Areas

  • Light fixtures, ceiling fans, and blinds dusted
  • Furniture dusted and wiped down
  • Computer monitors and televisions dusted
  • Upholstered furniture vacuumed
  • Trash emptied and bag replaced
  • Carpet vacuumed
  • Bare floors vacuumed, and mopped

We understand that each home is unique, so we use the above checklist as a basis, but our clients often customize the checklist to meet their home's specific needs and preferences. Before the cleaning team arrives, we ask that you pick up any personal items and remove any clutter so that more of the team’s energy can be spent on cleaning. It is extremely helpful! Then our trained and experienced team member will arrive at your home with equipment and supplies to clean thoroughly and efficiently, leaving your home spotless! For more information and to book your Classmaids cleaning, click here: http://www.classmaids.com/contact-us.

Your Trusted South Florida Cleaning Service

Sometimes you want or need to take care of some light cleaning yourself in between your scheduled Classmaids service at home or at the office. Classmaids is here to help you with a few basic tips for cleaning:

Start Slowly by Removing Clutter

Cleaning a large space, like your home or office, can seem overwhelming, but it doesn't need to be. With these few basic cleaning tips, you can tackle most of the mess with a little time. Start slowly, going room-by-room and determining where the bulk of the mess is. Look at the areas you work most. There are probably distracting items that don't help you focus. Take a few minutes to clear out these spaces. You can either move the items to another location or donate them to charity. Recycle or throw out everything else. Keep in mind that tidying up can go a long way, so start by moving papers and other clutter into stacks or drawers where they belong. This simple act will have a big return – de-cluttering can also clear mental space.

Take Five Minutes Per Day to Tidy Up

This tip goes along with the last one. It's all about maintaining your space before it needs a bigger cleaning by Classmaids cleaning service. If you put away misplaced items and clean up spills and trash for five minutes a day, you'll hardly ever have to take a lot of time to clean.

Use the Power of Soap and Water

You don't need to buy expensive and harsh chemicals to clean most areas. Basic soap and water will get rid of dirt and grime in no time at all. This is especially true if you use them on a regular basis. Keep a bottle and some rags in a convenient location.  Classmaids recommends using only non-toxic biodegradable soaps, which are safe for you and the environment.

Develop a Routine

One of the most frustrating parts of cleaning is that things always get dirty again. Dust will accumulate even in areas of minimal use. Developing a routine will help you stay ahead of the dust and ahead of your list of things and places to clean. Do a little each day – laundry one day, bathrooms one day, the kitchen another day – you get the picture.

Let Classmaids Handle Your Cleaning

Need more than basic quick cleaning tips? Let our experienced residential and commercial cleaning crew help. Whether you need housekeeping or a South Florida cleaning service, our friendly and hard-working cleaning team is extensively trained to provide quality cleaning and exceptional customer service. We are licensed, bonded and insured, and we will exceed your standards with our detailed cleaning checklist, our non-toxic biodegradable cleaning products, and much more.