Nov 21

Candle Wax - Carpets

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Have you ever spilled candle wax on your carpet? How would you remove it without damaging the fibres and perhaps leaving a nasty mark afterwards. This video shows you how.

Nov 21

Smoke Damaged Cars

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Cleaning a vehicle that has been damaged by excessive smoking requires patience and attention to detail. However, it is possible to get that vehicle fresh again and remove any associated smoke stains. This video deals with that subject.

Nov 21

Chemicals & Carpets

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Using the right chemicals for carpet cleaning is as important as using the right equipment. Professional carpet cleaners use a variety of products to get the best results. You can seldom achieve this effect by DIY methods.

The concentrated chemicals used for business and industry are more powerful and far more effective than those you can buy in the supermarkets. In this video you can see a demonstration on the use of chemicals and how they are diluted.

Nov 21

Office Cleaning

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Why Training Office Cleaners is so Important?    by Sloane Cleaning

There are many careers and trades that require individuals to participate in numerous training courses and examinations in order to qualify for employment within that particular sector. Careers in medicine, law or forensics for instance, take years of hard work and qualifications before applicants can get to work.

Office cleaning, however, whilst not one of these careers that takes years of education just to qualify, does deserve credit. Not only is it often a very physical and labour intensive job, but also one that involves use of some very dangerous substances that can cause serious injury, or even a fatality if misused.

The cleaning industry covers every business sector there is, with cleaning services being utilised in hospitals, offices, shops, restaurants and factories. Each sector will place different demands on cleaning service providers and require various cleaning tasks to be performed, from dusting and vacuuming to cleaning equipment and commercial air conditioning systems.

Whilst at work, office cleaners come into contact with various chemicals and equipment that could be potentially harmful to their health and to the health of anybody coming into inappropriate contact with these materials. Cleaning chemicals such a bleach and carpet shampoos can cause skin irritations, burns and stinking sensations if they come into direct contact with the skin. If inhaled, some cleaning chemicals can cause headaches, dizziness or a burning sensation to the throat.

Office cleaners have to be very careful when performing their everyday tasks, as the cleaning services industry has many common health conditions related to it. Conditions that commonly affect office cleaners include the skin condition Dermatitis, back and muscle pain and injuries caused due to slips or falls whilst at work. Additional strain and injuries are also caused by the heavy cleaning equipment many office cleaners are required to use.

When it comes to cleaning, there are many chemical-based solutions that are designed to make cleaning duties quicker and easier, not to mention kill germs and bacteria. The downside to these chemicals is that they fall into a series of regulations called Control of Substances Hazardous to Health or COSHH for short. COSHH regulations are very distinct and require that anyone within a company that may come into contact with a substance that is deemed dangerous or hazardous to health must be trained by their employer as to the correct way to use and dispose of such substances.

Not only do office cleaners have to use hazardous chemicals and equipment but they often have to move heavy equipment around which necessitates a need for comprehensive manual handling training. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) 2700 cleaners per year are involved in accidents that cause them to be absent from work for more than 3 working days. Of these 2700 office cleaners, 34% of their injuries are as a result of moving and handling.

As we can see, training is a highly important factor for anyone involved in the cleaning industry. With all the hazards and regulations surrounding this sector not to mention worker safety, initiating some form of training is imperative. Professional cleaning companies such as Sloane Cleaning do their upmost to ensure that all staff have up to the minute training to ensure that both they and their client’s welfare comes first.

About the AuthorThere’s nothing that does as much for your company image as a clean workplace. It’s the first thing your clients notice about your company, and for your staff it will make the difference between an invigorating place to work and an unpleasant one. That’s why your choice of cleaning company is vital!

Nov 21

Hardwood Floorcare

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How to Keep Your Hardwood Floor at Its Best   by David H. Urmann

There are different ways of keeping your hardwood floors on its tiptop shape. Maintaining the original condition of your floor can prevent you from experiencing future problems.Having hardwood floors has always been nice. It makes us feel closer to the nature. It makes our house look more elegant and rich. And more importantly, it gives our house a homey feel. Most people think that having this kind of floor is hard to maintain. Fortunately, it’s untrue! Simple maintenance is required.

The condition and lifespan of your floor depends on how you take care of it. Few things must be taken into considerations in taking care of your hardwood floors. Different wood finish requires different kind of care. However, there are also some general ways of taking care of your hardwood floors:

* Keep your hardwood floor dry. Never let spills or any kind of fluid sit on your hardwood floor. This can cause warping on your floor. When spills occur, make sure to wipe it off right away with soft cloth. Never use dripping rugs or even damp rugs on your floor. Wet rugs can cause dullness and discoloration on your hardwood floors.

* Keep your hardwood floors away from too much sun exposure. Too much exposure to sunlight can cause damage to any organic material. This can make the color of your floor lose its original color. It is best to use curtains or blinds to keep sunlight from getting through your house.

* You should place fabric or any felt materials under the leg of your furniture to avoid scratching your hardwood floor. Lifting furniture when moving them can also avoid scratches on floor surfaces.

Walking on hardwood floors with your shoes on can also damage your floor. Make sure that your shoes don’t have rocks or anything stuck on their soles that can scratch your floor. To keep this from happening, place doormats on your entrance so any abrasive things can be dusted off upon entering your house. High-heeled shoes can also abrade hardwood floors.

Keeping your floor clean, dust and grit free can prolong the life of your hardwood floors. Simple cleaning can do your floor wonders. You can use soft bristled brooms in sweeping your floor. Brooms with fine, exploded ends can effectively trap dusts and grits. These dusts and grits can ruin your floor finish. They can roughen your floor.

Vacuums can be also used to provide a specially made attachment for wooden floors. Never use vacuums with beater bars for it can cause dents on the floor. A vacuum with a brush attachment would be better.

Experts say that damp mopping is the best way to clean your hardwood floors. Water or any kind of cleaning agents will not harm your new hardwood floors unless the finish has already worn off. Make sure that your mop is damp and not wet. Mopping can be done as often as once a week.

Waxing your hardwood floor is also one way of protecting it. It can make your wood floor new again. Buff your floor after applying a wax to make it luster. Wax can protect your old hardwood floor especially if the finish has already worn off and you don’t have plans of having it refinish right away. Wax on floor can be easily removed by damp mopping. Just reapply the wax to make your floor looking like new again.

Different floor care products are now available in the market. However, not all are safe to use. Oil-based cleansers can cause permanent damage to your wood floors. Oil particles can build up on the surface of your floor. Water-based cleansers are safer for use on wood floors. To be sure of the kind of care or products to use on your hardwood floors, you must always check with manufacturer.

About the AuthorFor more information on Hard wood floor care and Installing Hardwood Floor please visit our website.

Nov 21

Marble Maintenance Tips

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The Marble Maintenance FAQ’s   by yangxp

Marble is stone that is generally polished and used in fine building work, furniture, or decorative art. It may be white or colored. It is porous, and easily stained. Marble is etched by acids. Wipe off anything spilled on marble immediately, as you would on a wood surface. Avoid setting beverage glasses directly on marble as they leave rings.

Marble Furniture - Care and Cleaning Marble may be stone, but it is porous and stains easily. Wipe off anything spilled on marble immediately, just as you would from a wood surface. Use coasters under beverage glasses to avoid moisture rings.

Regular Cleaning Occasionally wash marble surfaces with luke warm water and wipe dry with a clean cloth. Wiping surface with a damp chamois will not leave streaks. Once or twice a year, depending on soil, wash with a mild detergent solution (hand dish-washing detergent and warm water), rinse and wipe dry.

A light coat of wax will protect the surface of marble but is not considered essential. Use colorless wax. Don’t wax white marble as it may tend to yellow it. A marble sealer can be applied to clean marble which will protect from staining and allow soil to be wiped off with a damp cloth.

Special Cleaning Marble which has become dull, can be livened up by using a commercial marble cleaner and polish. Buy from a company that sells marble. Companies generally carry imported polish-cleaners, which are used on softer imported marbles and hence safe for the harder U.S. marble. They work faster and easier than the old “marble care kits” which used to be distributed by marble companies.

Putty powder, (tin oxide) can be used to polish dulled or etched surfaces, rubbing on with a damp cloth, folding and refolding to clean damp areas, and preferably using an electric polisher for buffing. However it’s very hard to find. Severely damaged surfaces, scratched or etched, can be polished by a business making and selling tombstones or other marble products.

Stain Removal Make a poultice from white absorbent material such as a napkin, blotter, paper towel or facial tissue, dampened with the chemical recommended below to dissolve that stain; or mix whiting with that chemical to make a soft paste to cover the stain. The poultice should be left on the stain from 1 hour up to 48 hours, depending on the age and depth of the stain. Plastic wrap, held in place by masking tape, can be put over the poultice to keep it damp; otherwise it will have to be re-dampened with the chemical periodically. Mix only enough poultice for immediate use; mix a second batch later if another application is needed.

Organic Stains Tea, coffee, colors bleached from paper, textiles or soft drinks. Make poultice soaked with 20% peroxide (hair bleaching strength) and a few drop of ammonia.

Oil Stains Oil stains may include butter, hand cream or lotion. As soon as possible, spread surface with an absorbent fine powder such as whiting or even corn starch. After short time brush to remove and reapply more powder. Let stand 24 hours. To remove: Scrub with hot, sudsy (detergent) solution and stiff brush. Or wipe with ammonia-dampened cloth. In either case, then rinse and wipe dry. If these alkaline solutions don’t remove all the oil, you can try a solvent. Make a poultice dampened with acetone or amyl acetate (available at drug stores), or with home dry cleaning fluid. Use good ventilation with windows open to remove fumes, do not use near spark or flame, and do not leave on too long.

Rust Stains Usually the result of metal items such as a lamp, metal container in which plant is placed etc. Use a commercial rust stain remover. Follow directions exactly and do not leave on surface very long as acid in many rust removers can etch the surface.

Acids: Fruit juice, carbonated beverages or other acids will etch (remove shiny surface) if allowed to remain on marble. Wipe up acid spill immediately, and wipe surface with wet cloth. If surfaced is etched, polishing may be required.

Nov 21

Sanitizer on carpets

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This video illustrates how to use a sanitizer on carpets.

Nov 21

Carpet Cleaning Video

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This video demonstrates the use of a professional carpet cleaning machine, much different to the DIY versions used in households.

Nov 21

Understanding MRSA

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Understanding MRSA Can Help Prevent Against It   by Jacob Cohen-Donnelly

Most people have heard of a Staph infection. A Staph infection is when the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus is on the body and there is an opening of sorts that allow the bacteria to get in. When that happens, an infection can happen. It’s common in hospital settings because of how many different bacteria are going around. For most people, their knowledge of Staph ends with the normal, simple, Staphylococcus aureus.That would have been the case until a few years ago when suddenly, MRSA became a huge scare to people. People were talking about it as if it the Black plague had come back again. Standing for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, MRSA is a mean bacteria that can do a lot more damage to the body because of how resistant it is to so many different types of bacteria. Unlike a normal Staph infection that can be treated with a regimen of antibiotics, MRSA is immune to so many of them.

The symptoms of a breakout of MRSA (or any Staph infection) for that matter starts with simple bumps that appear to be little red pimples. Unfortunately, these can quickly turn into painful, deep abscesses that can only be treated with surgery. That happens if the bacterium stays on the surface of the body. If it gets into the body, it can do tremendous damage to bones, joints, the bloodstream, lungs, and the heart valves. As can be seen, a Staph infection is very serious.

Because of that, it makes perfect sense why people were so petrified of MRSA. In the hospital setting, there is one antibiotic that doctors are known to prescribe called vancomycin. This antibiotic is known for treating resistant germs and is lethal against MRSA. Once again, though, doctors are finding that there are new strains of MRSA popping up that are resistant to vancomycin. Doctors now are treating it by not even administering an antibiotic, but instead, draining abscess caused by the MRSA. If they can drain it, perhaps the MRSA will go away.

The simple truth, though, is that while treating MRSA might seem like the best thing you can do, the reality is: prevention is key. If you can prevent the spread of MRSA rather than worry about it only after you have it, it won’t spread. The trick to preventing the spread of MRSA are the following tips:

* Wear gloves when dealing with a patient that is a potential carrier of MRSA.

* Wash your hands before and after dealing with any patient in case you have MRSA on your hands.

* Wash your own hands often, even if you’re not in the medical field. Proper hygiene can definitely help prevent against it.

These are just three techniques that people suggest will help lessen the amount of cases of MRSA. Because of its severity, people need to do everything they can to try and limit its spread. It is life-threatening if not dealt with appropriately and people have and can die from it. But, if people take proper care in preventing against it, they have nothing to worry about. Until then, though, scientists will continue creating new antibiotics to try and counter this resistant bug.

About the AuthorJacob is a biology major with aspirations to get his PhD in virology and become a professor. He runs his biology news blog where he posts the latest in biological news and his opinions on what is going on in the field. He write about numerous different topics including neurobiology, ecology, medicine, and microbiology.

Nov 21

MRSA Superbug

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MRSA, The Superbug That Won’t go Away.   by Nick Jervis

MRSA is an horrendous infection and is made worse by the fact that it is most commonly picked up in hospitals; an environment that is supposed to prevent those who are ill suffering from further infection. It means that if you are already ill, contracting the MRSA infection could mean the visit to hospital that was supposed to aid your recovery could end up with you being worse off. In worst case scenarios, people have gone into hospital for minor treatment, contracted the ’super bug’ and have died as a result. This is most common amongst children and the elderly, who have weaker immune systems and are at much higher risk.MRSA has been around since the 1960’s, so it isn’t a new infection although it has been given a lot more press coverage in recent years. However, it is believed that standards of cleanliness in hospitals are lower now than in the past, and that this is making the infection more prevalent. The people at most risk are the elderly and people who are already ill. This is because their immune systems are generally weaker, so their bodies are less able to fight off the added MRSA infection. People with open wounds are also at risk as this is one route that the infection uses to enter the body.

Once someone has contracted the infection, then urgent steps need to be taken by the hospital involved. The patient needs to be isolated and moved away from other patients. As the infection is extremely contagious, this needs to be done immediately. The site of the infection on the patient’s body needs to be treated without delay. It needs to be washed and cleaned to prevent any infection spreading to other areas of the body. Everyone who comes into contact with the patient needs to ensure that they follow basic safety procedures, such as washing hands thoroughly, so as not to spread the infection. Obviously at any of these stages negligence, albeit unintentional, can cause the situation to worsen.

Despite improvements in hospital cleanliness, such as the introduction of alcohol based hand washes and stricter ‘deep cleaning’ procedures, it is believed that cases of MRSA are on the rise. This is contrary to the government’s claims to have the infection contained and under control. It is thought that two thirds of hospitals in the UK are failing to meet the government targets to wipe the infection out. In around one in seven hospitals, cases of MRSA are on the increase. It is also thought that the actual number of MRSA cases is greater than official figures suggest because not all cases are being reported.

If you contract the MRSA virus you are fully within your rights to make a claim through a specialist claims company. Although the infection can be treated with antibiotics, there can still be lasting effects on the patient. If you decide to make a claim then you should approach a specialist solicitor who has experience in the field of medical negligence and specifically MRSA cases. They will be able to offer advice and guide you through the claim process smoothly and easily.

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