Cleaning after a crime
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Cleaning after a crime

After we had our home burgled I had to clean it from top to bottom. It felt kind of dirty at home, as though all of our possession had been contaminated by the crime. I know that everyone whose home is broken into or the victim of a crime at home goes through similar feelings of creepiness and a need to clean. I thought it might be useful to start a blog to discuss how to clean the house or the best cleaning services to use to help your house feel like a home again. It should be useful to anyone who has gone through a bad experience and needs a fresh start in their own beloved home.


Cleaning after a crime

What to Discuss With a Cleaning Service For Your Business

Warren Nguyen

Cleaning a business, even a simple office, is not like cleaning a home. Residential cleaning often means making beds and vacuuming, but not working around many pieces of office equipment or cleaning so many restrooms. If you've hired home maids before but have never hired a cleaning service for your business, note a few things you'll want to discuss with them before work begins. This will ensure nothing is overlooked when it comes to how your office cleaning is handled.

Note how the trash should be emptied

In a residential home, the trash may simply be bundled up and taken out to cans in the garage. In your office, retail store, or other such business, your cleaners may need to take the trash to a certain dumpster or may need to ensure that trash is sorted according to recyclable materials. You need to note the right dumpster, if there is a fence around it and how to access the fence and then lock it behind them if needed, and how to manage recyclable materials that go in different dumpsters or bins. If you don't cover this information with your cleaning service, they may wind up putting your trash in the wrong dumpster or you may forget to give them a key to the protective fence or barricade.

Note anything that should be skipped in the office

If your business has a nice fountain, sculpture, artwork, or other such pieces in the lobby or elsewhere, or if someone in the office displays their collectibles behind their desk, you might have the office cleaners skip these items. They may be too delicate for everyday cleaning and that fountain may have its own maintenance and cleaning service. When cleaning a home, cleaners usually clean every surface and knickknack, so don't assume that your office cleaners will know to skip anything; even computer equipment and kitchen appliances may be cleaned if you don't tell them otherwise. While this may seem like a good thing, it also increases the risk of something getting damaged; always make a list of items they should skip with their cleaning, if needed.

Always ask about outside cleaning

A residential maid my sweep off the front porch and walkway, but most office cleaning services won't handle any cleaning outside of your building; this includes sweeping the front walk and picking up cigarette butts along the curb. However, what if your building has a small deck where office workers eat lunch? You may want your cleaners to empty the trash and wipe down tables. You may have an outside trash bin for rubbish and one for cigarette butts and would like these emptied; always ensure your office cleaning company knows to address these things as needed.