There’s a lot of talk about the environment these days. I often feel confused by all the information out there. What can I do to be a more conscientious consumer of this big green earth? Reduce, reuse and recycle! Use fuel efficient vehicles and machines! Look for the Green Seal on cleaning products!
I have a big family and I want to protect them. Besides having a negative effect on everyone’s health in the home, household chemical cleaning products are the second most common reason for a child’s exposure to poison. I recently have tossed out all cleaners which are not Green Seal Certified. I just use water mostly, and cleansers can be homemade from natural ingredients like vinegar, baking soda and essential oils. Eliminating toxic cleaners improves indoor air quality, which especially can benefit children, pets, and people with allergies or who are at risk for infection.
What if in addition to my own work cleaning my home, I want to hire someone to clean? What practices should I look for if I want to be sure harmful chemicals will not be used in my home?
I work for a residential cleaning company. In addition to using only Green Seal certified products, we use a patented chemical dilution system for cleansers, which improves cleaning performance, and helps the environment by conserving water. It’s a revolutionary mixing system which features zero-percent spillage, zero fumes and zero handling.
Additionally, a major element of our cleaning regimen is de-ionized water. I always thought water was just plain water. Well, the H2O that we all learned about in science class usually contains other elements from the ride it takes from ground to tap. Tap water is usually full of ions from the soil, from the pipes, and other sources. De-ionized water has been processed through a filter that removes nearly 100% of elements other than the hydrogen and oxygen that form the water molecule. But water isn’t very happy in that state; it wants more “friends” in the form of the minerals found in dirt and organic soils and contaminants. You might say that de-ionized water becomes the life of the party, drawing all the other minerals and elements into the fun. In this way, de-ionized water is an excellent cleaning solution for many areas.
Working for a company who is concerned for the environment and the health and safety of their employees and clients makes me feel like I am doing my small part to increase understanding, concern and care for our little piece of earth.
The largest challenge of a franchise business is keeping the service and culture at the same level across all locations. It is hard to keep the look and feel consistent. Keeping service levels and culture right comes from having a strong, objective consumer satisfaction measurement platform, increased training, and making sure all members of a company understand the mission and vision. This is typically one of the toughest things to do when owning and managing multiple franchises.
Huff-N-Puff Cleaning Services is not a franchise. Our owner built this company from the ground up. In the beginning, she cleaned the homes herself, and she trained a handful of employees. Her employees stayed and moved up in ranks; her customers stayed and told their friends. Soon she was not cleaning, but managing the operations of a million-dollar company. She continues to come into the office 5 days a week. She continues to mentor employees and grow the company.
Huff-N-Puff is not a franchise because if it were, you can bet that the excellent service would be “swept under the carpet.”
Even if you visit them unexpectedly their house is clean. Even if they have 5 kids, their house is
clean. Even if they have a demanding full time job, their house is ALWAYS clean! You’re
cheerfully greeted in their entryway with a smile and fresh scent. The closets and drawers are
organized. (I know you secretly open them to check) There is little or no dust. There are no
dishes stacked in the sink, and the sink looks clean. These people really do exist and they really
do keep a tidy house. Do you wish you knew their secret? Follow the steps below and enjoy the clean!
1. They put away their clothes
2. They don’t own extras of anything, including pillows and blankets
3. They keep paper organized
4. They wipe down surfaces after use
5. Their bed is for sleeping not storing
6. They make their bed everyday
7. They put shoes and coats away
8. They wash their dishes right away or put them in the dishwasher
9. They put things away properly every time
10. They sweep, vacuum and dust regularly, 3-4 times a week
11. The entryway is a priority
12. They take the trash and recycling out regularly
Adopting these habits will keep your home clean, neat, and tidy and will reduce the stress
associated with a messy, dirty house. You will be surprised at how little amount of time it takes
for each task, and how much time it saves you in the long run. Also, when your house cleaner
arrives for regular or deep cleaning, you save her time and you save yourself money on any extra
hours spent on tidying.