What is the most eco-friendly way to do laundry?

Eco-friendly laundry can go a long way! Eco-friendly practices are not only restricted to green house cleaning. Our philosophy is that it should encompass all aspects of our home and our lives, and this is one of the important aspects we look at when referring cleaners to our clients.We believe that our homes should be toxin-free and that our lives should be as sustainable as possible, so that we can all live in a more conscious planet.

Toxins do not only live in the bleach you use to scrub your bathroom or the industrial products you use when power-cleaning your carpet. When thinking about green cleaning and green living, we often forget our laundry!

 

eco-friendly laundry

 

Why is Eco-Friendly laundry important?

Clothes literally touch and cover our skin, and it may be very well to exclusively buy and wear 100% cotton – but what about all the chemicals that you use to wash your clothes and that subsequently live on our body? The skin is our largest organ and can suffer a vast array of allergies, many of them related to the clothes we wear! If you have sensitive skin, are prone to allergies, or have a newborn or small child, you might consider doing your laundry the green way!

In today’s world, this should not be a daunting task. There exist countless green, natural, or non-toxic alternatives to laundry detergent, fabric softeners and even bleach. A search for liquid laundry detergent on amazon.com alone yields over 150 product results.

In our experience, one of the main reasons why many people have not made the switch to green cleaning or laundry products yet, is that many believe these products won’t work well. But nothing could be further from the truth. We have done a lot of research and tried and tested many green products over the years, and find that today’s green cleaning products work extremely well – sometimes even better than the harsh chemicals in conventional cleaning products.

The Environmental Working Group recently evaluated nearly 300 general purpose laundry detergents and of these, only a handful are non-toxic. This article compares the 7 best options for doing your laundry in a green way. Try it, your skin will thank you for it.

6 Halloween Cleaning Tips

We at Sparkling Clean have come up with 6 halloween cleaning tips to best help you put your house back in order after so much spooky fun!

If you wound up with more tricks than treats this Halloween, you’re likely to have your hands full with a mess: toilet paper in the trees, eggs dripping on your house, maybe even chocolate mashed into the carpet. There’s no reason to get spooked: These 6 halloween cleaning tips for dealing with hazards will make your post-holiday cleanup a breeze.

1) Scrape up the candy

If there are kids at the party, you can guarantee there will be candy everywhere. We’re talking the walls, your furniture, storage cupboards, floors – there’s just no escaping it and the sticky mess it leaves behind. In fact, you’ll probably find pieces of candy and wrappers in all corners of your home for months to come.

The best way to tackle it is to mix one-third vinegar and two-thirds warm water together, blot against the stains and scrape it off.

 

2) Toilet Paper

When it gets wet, toilet paper falls apart and can be difficult to remove, so you may be left with some strips still hanging around. Go out around noon, after the dew has evaporated—sooner if rain is in the forecast—and use a leaf blower to remove the tissue. Bag up the paper and add it to your trash.

 

3) Pumpkin Pulp

Pumpkins are a great way to set the spooky-atmosphere and most people have them in their homes from early on in the month. However, if you leave them in the sunlight for a little too long, they can create a lot of mess and let off a horrifying smell.

To prevent that happening, create a dish soap and warm water mixture, scrape up as much of the mess as possible and scrub the pumpkin pieces away!

 

4) Fake blood stains

No one wants their home to look like a real-life horror movie, so you should tackle the fake-blood stains as soon as you can.

Gently rub talc into the fabric to absorb the stain’s oils and apply some white vinegar to the area to leave overnight. If that didn’t work, try working some shaving foam into the fabric and washing over it with some cold water.

 

5) Smashed eggs

Smashed eggs are no good for your exterior, as the yokes can stain and shell shards could scratch the exterior paint. Hose down the wall just below where the eggs hit and then again gently above the mess, so it slides down the siding easily. Scrub any leftovers with a brush dipped in a mixture of warm water and dish soap.

 

6) Wax drippings

Undo spilled wax from eerie candles quickly and easily. If wax dripped on wood, warm it with a hairdryer, then wipe away with a cloth. Any remaining residue can be cleared off with a mixture of one part vinegar and one part water. Spot wax on the tablecloth? Scrape the bulk of the wax away with a butter knife. Then, place a clean paper towel on the stain and iron over it with low heat—the towel should soak up what’s left.

 

House cleaning for breast cancer patients in SF

Sparkling Clean has had a long history of house cleaning for cancer patients in San Francisco. We are part of Pink October and have participated in several ISSA conferences and programs. One that we were most proud of, is ISSA’s charity initiative ‘Cleaning for a Reason’ for PINK OCTOBER. 

Sparkling Clean Pro has been in the forefront of Pink October in San Francisco! We provide free house cleaning for cancer patients in San Francisco. When cancer makes life at home difficult, our trusted network of residential cleaners come together to support cancer patients and their families.

We believe that patients, and family supporting cancer patients can be going through an emotionally unbearable time of their lives. It is part of our community values to support as best we can those around us. 

 

Sparkling Clean house cleaning for cancer patients in SF

We take deep pride in the awesome cleaning service we do! Our high commitment to deliver the best cleaning service is what makes this company fulfill its eco-friendly missions, helping people be healthy, have inner peace and diminishing carbon emissions into the world! We understand how a clean and organized environment can help tremendously when we are don’t have it in us to find time for cleaning. It is our joy to be able to lift off some weight from your shoulders and provide some inner peace for those in need.

If you would like to book, or, refer us to a Pink October Cleaning, just call our office or send us an email! click here for contact. 

Our CEO at ISSA Panel

Vanessa Terra Bossart, our CEO at Sparkling Clean pro’s has been invited to be a panelist for ISSA Show North America 2022 in Chicago.For those of you who are building a new business in Chicago, don’t miss this opportunity to watch her panel!  She will be featured on Monday the 10th of October part of ISSA’s educational section, which reads: 

“Let ISSA Panel Show North America and our team of top-notch industry professionals enhance your commercial, institutional, and residential cleaning expertise with our curated roster of education sessions. Whether you are just starting your career or you’re an experienced professional, we deliver the training you need to take your career to the next level. You’ll gain hands-on experience and immediate feedback you can put to work—right away. Keep your skills cutting-edge and relevant when you choose one of our certification courses or workshops.”

The panel information is as follows:

Title: How to Become a Million Dollar Residential Cleaning Company

Description:

It’s the return of the “Million Dollar ISSA Panel!” In the lineup we have four $1 Million+ owners who have taken their businesses to the next level. They are willing to share their time, experience, and knowledge with you. These owners are obviously doing something right.  What is it?  Do they all operate the same?  Come to this session to ask our panelists your burning questions.

Moderator: Jeannie Henderson, Jeannie’s Cleaning

Panelists:

Vanessa Bossart, Sparkling Clean Agency

RJ Patel, pct Clean

Laura Lambert Smith

Susan Stocker,   Susan’s Green Cleaning, LLC

Type: Education Session

CLICK HERE TO KNOW MORE

ABOUT ISSA

ISSA 2022 panel chicago

 

ISSA is the leading trade association for the cleaning industry worldwide and is dedicated to promoting cleaning as a valuable investment in human health, the environment, and an improved bottom line. The association is the central resource for industry information, professional standards, e

ducation, networking, and commercial opportunities, and represents the industry voice in our government and our communities.

Learn more about our mission, vision and values.

What is Post Construction Cleaning? 

Post Construction cleaning is an essential step for contractors, real estate agents or companies to hire!

 

Clients often ask Sparkling Clean Pro: What is the difference between post construction cleaning and deep cleaning?

 

The essential difference are the methods used to clean excess dust and intense construction materials that spread literally everywhere!

It is actualized in 3 phases:

 

Phase 1: Rough Cleaning

 

post construction cleaning service. dust removal

 

Clean-up of large items such as trash, debris, objects and left over material. Once that is done an overall sweeping takes places, removing intense dusts and all stickers of glass, counters and metals. 

Phase 2: Light Cleaning 

 

post construction cleaning

This most intensive part of the cleaning is an intense wipe down, top to bottom, windows, walls, cabinets, light fixtures, surfaces and counters, and lastly the floors. 

 Phase 3: Final Cleaning

 

post construction final

 

 

This phase of the cleaning must happen 2 days after the light cleaning, because it allows the chance for the micro dust to settle. It is a fairly quick clean-up where cleaners are instructed to look out for smudges, fingerprints, dust corners and any last imperfections. 

Hire us now and guarantee the best post construction cleaning for your property <3

 

Post-construction cleaning needs full time attention and may take a few days to be finished. For a construction contractor that has lots on their plate, this activity is not that easy to manage. Construction contractors are already focused on creating the building! The additional load of: ‘cleaning up their mess’ may become a real burden, and that is where we come in! Hiring a professional cleaner, whether it is through the construction contractor or finding your own is absolutely necessary!

 

You may request a quote for booking here 

 

What is the best order to clean your house?

Finding the best order to clean your house is what a professional cleaning service does.

How cleaning your house in a certain order saves you time and energy?

When there is a clear system, any job can be swifter! For cleaning, the reason we have a clear system is not only to save you time and energy but also because it proves to be the most efficient in terms of removing all the germs, instead of spreading them forward!

Eco-Friendly cleaning at Sparkling Clean Pro. has researched the best way order to clean your house! We all tend to want to do the worst things last but often it’s better to get them out of the way right at the beginning.

Once you’ve created a routine, the order in which you clean your house will come naturally. You’ll find that you’ll save more time as soon as you can settle into a routine because you’ll enter a state of flow.

1. Sort out what needs soaking

 

soaking the best order to clean your house

 

Go around your house and figure out everything that needs soaking. Running the dishwasher, laundry, pour bleach in your toilet, soak a stain on your carpet. Prepare the load or soaks and move to the next step. 

2. Tidy first, then clean

 

best order to clean your house

 

For each room, it will be much easier to clean if you don’t have a bunch of junk in your way. That’s why the best order to clean your house is by removing clutter and tidying before you get your hands dirty.

As home organization guru Marie Kondo says “everything has a home“. When all of your stuff has a home, it’s easier to know where to put everything when you’re tidying up.

 

3. Clean from the top down

 

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There’s nothing worse than cleaning something and then having to clean it again. When you dust your house, the dust will fall and settle on tables, bench-tops, and the floor. If you do this last, you’ll find yourself re-cleaning these surfaces after you’ve dusted. Work with gravity, not against it!

 

4. Clean the ‘wet areas’ first

 

best order to clean your house

 

Bathrooms and kitchens are known as ‘wet areas’. These often take the most time to clean. That’s why they should be first in the order you clean your house.

Once you’ve done step 1 and 3, dust everything and then get down to work in your bathrooms and kitchen. The cleaning solutions would have had time to soak in, so your job should be easier.

5. Clean the floors last

 

best order to clean your house
 

 

This is probably the easiest part of your chore. That’s why it’s last in the order to clean your house. In addition, all the dust would have settled by now. That will make it easier to mop and vacuum it up.

Work from top to bottom so gravity is on your side.

Extra tip. Vacuum all floors first before you mop. to make sure any bigger pieces of dirt don’t get stuck in your mop.

Extra tip 2. Use a disinfectant in your mopping water to keep your home hygienic.

How do you live an Eco-friendly lifestyle?

To live an eco-friendly lifestyle is to have consciousness and clarity on your choices.

 

Green Lifestyle

 

Everything we do and consume creates some form of impact within our environment. There are many fronts we can embrace to protect the planet, for example: reducing pollution, protecting wildlife, conserving natural resources. There are, also, smaller tasks within our everyday life that can help slow the rate of climate change.

On one of our latests post, we wrote about how green cleaning matters, and by that, we really mean, that caring for the world (beyond your private life) helps you to create more empathy and connection to others. Caring is THE human factor that motivates people to reduce climate change, so please, care for yourself, your family, friends, neighbors, city and the world.

 

Green cleaning service

 

Maybe you might not have the time to create immediate large-scale changes, as we all know, life gets us on a roll… but, small changes are close at reach! You may get discouraged by smaller actions – we tend to hear a lot the phrase ‘this won’t change anything’. But it simply isn’t true! Choices like recycling, shopping for eco-friendly products, avoiding plastic, cutting down on meat consumption won’t put an end to pollution, toxic waste and natural resource scarcity within the next 5 years, but there might be a chance it will in 10!An even greater chance in 50! 

Can you imagine a world slowly teaching itself to be eco-friendly, reaching a complete global success in the future? What a meaningful and feasible project that is! To reach that goal together, we need to stimulate an Eco-friendly culture around us. It starts within ourselves, and slowly it affects friends and family, by creating curiosity and discussions, and there we have already started a new culture in our private sphere! Building a new culture takes time! That is why the more exposure we get to this information, the quicker we may assimilate these changes in our daily life!

The answer to how to live an eco-friendly life, is firstly to care about this pressing issue, sufficiently to open yourself and those around you to clear and conscious choices!

 

Here are Sparkling Clean Pro best eco-friendly tips: 

 

How can we reduce plastic at home?

How can we help reduce the ozone layer?

How to free ourselves from bleach addiction? 

6 reasons you must green clean!

How to recycle hazardous waste material in San Francisco?

How to reduce your carbon imprint through green cleaning? 

Move-in and move-out cleaning SF

Move-in and move-out cleaning  SF is an extremely important part of moving into a new home or office location! Just picture yourself with lists of items, clothings, appliances and furniture to pack, while handling your regular working hours! The stress to keep things on the smooth side just increases when we try checking all of the boxes on our own. 

Hiring a professional move-in and move-out cleaning SF is the best way to help decrease this stress factor, especially an eco-friendly cleaning service! 

Move-out Cleaning SF for Renters

When you’re renting an apartment or a commercial office space, you will often require move-out cleaning services to ensure that you get your deposit back from the landlord. If you’re in the process of moving, you might not have the time to dedicate several days to cleaning. Using a move-out cleaning company can ensure that you abide by the terms of your lease.

Move-in Cleaning SF Offers a Clean Start

Working with a move-in cleaning company allows you to sit back and enjoy your new property and the surroundings of the area without having to focus on the cleaning and maintenance work in the first few weeks. You’ll be able to relax a little more knowing professionals are taking over the cleaning process!

 

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What does Move-in/Move-Out Cleaning SF, involve?

At Sparkling Clean Pro we follow the guidelines of San Francisco in regards to the basic move-in and move-out cleaning elements, such as:

 

Common Areas

– Vacuum carpets

– Sweep/vacuum floors and dry/wet mopping (if non-carpet)

– A light dusting of the blinds

– Empty all trash, take out garbage and recycling

– Damp wipe baseboards

– Damp wipe door panels and frames

– Remove cobwebs

– Clean interior windows and windowsills (within reach)

– Dust ceiling fan (within reach)

 

Bathroom

– Clean and disinfect all accessible surfaces

– Spot clean cabinet fronts and their handles

– Clean, disinfect showers and tubs, hair removal

– Clean and disinfect toilets inside and out

– Clean and disinfect doorknobs and switch plates

– Wipe all fixtures

– Clean sink and wipe all faucets

– Sweep and damp mop floors

– Clean mildew and grout areas that can be safely removed

– Extra heavy scrub of shower and tubs

– Extra heavy scrub of bathroom tiles

– Extra heavy scrub of bathroom sinks

Kitchen 

– Clean and disinfect counter tops

– Clean and disinfect doorknobs and switch plates

– Wipe all appliances

– Clean and disinfect kitchen table

– Dust top of refrigerator

– Vacuum and sweep mop floors

– Spot Clean cabinets fronts and their handles

– Extra heavy scrub of kitchen floors

– Microwaves inside

– Toaster inside

– Wipe down inside the empty cabinets and drawers

 

Bedrooms

– Vacuum carpets

– Vacuum floors and dry and wet mopping (if non-carpet)

Adds-on – they can be added to any cleaning for an extra charge 

– Extend time for areas of focus

– Inside oven

– Inside refrigerator

– Mist disinfecting cleaning

Eco-Friendly DIY cleaning product recipes

Eco-friendly DIY cleaning product recipes is a constant study of Sparkling Clean Pro’s. It is surprising to see their effectiveness with  professional house cleaning results!

It has come to our attention, how simple they seem, but nature has some ingredients that really do the trick!  We don’t need toxic chemicals in our lives, If we take the time to study the magical effects of eco-friendly cleaning products, it pays off in time, money, our clean consciousness with the planet and also protects our health!

Thank you for caring.

 

Recipe 1 

For:

  • all counter tops
  • kitchen appliances
  • furniture
  • clothing
  • floors

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 10 drops of tea tree oi 

Instructions: add ingredients in a spray bottle, shake and spritz away! 

 

eco-friendly DIY cleaning product recipes

Recipe 2 

For: 

  • all bathroom surface’s

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 10 drops of tea tree oil
  • 2 tbsp of vinegar

Instructions: add ingredients in a spray bottle, shake and spritz away! 

 

eco-friendly DIY cleaning product recipes

Recipe 3

For: 

  • mold

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups of water
  • 1.5 cups of vinegar
  • 2 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 15 drops of tea tree oil 

Instructions: add ingredients in a spray bottle, shake and spritz away! Scrub lightly with old toothbrush or similar cleaning tool. 

 

eco-friendly DIY cleaning product recipes

Recipe 4

For: 

  • trash can odor

Ingredients:

  • 1 large Cotton ball 
  • 5 drops of tea tree oil 

Instructions: empty out your trash can, and rinse out excessive dirt. Add 5 drops of tea tree oil to your large cotton ball, place it inside the trash can and close it with its lid. Let it sit for 1 hour and ta-da, sparkling clean!

 

eco-friendly DIY cleaning product recipes

6 Back to School Cleaning Tips

We have come up with the best 6 back to school cleaning tips! but first: Welcome back to school guys!!! This is that time of our year, we have deeply relaxed or been in high adrenaline rushes from so much holiday excitement, and suddenly…. hit the brakes! It is time to organize ourselves and get back to school!

Where to start? How to start?

Cleaning is the number one secret to get back to a focused, goal orientated mind set. It isn’t just about making sure your clothes and your desk are clean, it is also about sorting through all of your things, from clothing, to toiletries, to sports equipments, to linen and school supplies! Check out our Spring Cleaning advices, which also has wonderful and similar ‘sorting out’ procedures outlined. 

Sparkling Clean Pro. Back to school cleaning advice is to divide your cleaning into 3 parts: Toss, Replace and Recycle!

REMEMBER: The most eco-friendly solution for tossing something away is to Recycle or Donate!

 

CLEANING AREAS FOR THE 6 BACK TO SCHOOL CLEANING TIPS

1 – Clothing

Going back to school means you will be in contact with institutions academia, or schools. Each one of these places have certain type or social codes, or clothing pre-requisites like uniforms. Make sure you have all the clothing you need according to your size!

Ask yourself ‘How do I want to present myself this year?’. Make your clothings selections accordingly, and donate what you have grown out of. 

You may have begun a new sport, or let go of a sport you did last semester. In this case, make sure to purchase the new gears (or buy second hand), and if you have let go of an activity, make sure to sell, donate or throw away (in case they have no more life in them).

Don’t forget to go through your shoes too!

 

 

2 – School supplies 

Make a list of all of the things you need for school supplies, as you look to what you already have. Sort out what is still good, what you don’t need and shop for what you need! Toss, Replace and Recycle!

Forgetting to do these seasonal upkeeps, creates huge accumulations! You don’t want that! Make sure, to go through all those broken pencils, torn out staplers, dried glues, papers, documents, folders, and files, sort them out and recycle or toss what you don’t need. 

Going through so many little pieces can be annoying, but so extremely rewarding when you are done!

 

 

3 – Personal hygiene 

It is important you have everything you need to be clean and presentable. Go through your bathroom and make sure you have the basics: deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, shower gels, moisturizers, etc. 

Look at your hair brush, do you need a new one? Do you have all yours scrunchies, hair clips, gels, or new razors?

It might seem like a silly cleaning area, but it really isn’t. Making sure you have all of these personal items at hand, creates the best flow for yourself as you are getting ready to head out to class in the mornings. You don’t want to be late!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 – Storage space 

When we are in the flow of our routines, storage spaces makes all of the difference in the world! Take a look around you room, where can you open more space?

That is why sorting through, clothing, shoes and supplies is so helpful. It will immediately help you find more space! An empty drawer, empty bins, empty shelves. 

Perhaps you realize you need more organizational bins, or need to put a shelf beside your desk! This is the time for you to look around your home-working areas and to plan out where to put all of your material’s when you get home!

 

 

 

5 – Medical check up

Make sure to get that seasonal medical check up. 

Perhaps you need glasses now, or maybe your sugar levels are low, how should your better plan your eating habits? So many variations of unbalances can happen to our bodies, that getting a check-up will only ease your mind, for you to tackle your goals free of any worries!

 

 

6 – Hire a deep cleaning with Sparkling Clean Pro. 

Last but certainly not least, Hire us at Sparkling Clean Pro. for a deep cleaning! 

Once you have all of your personal school and life items sorted out, having us help you do that extra push for a total deep cleaning, will only be the cherry on the top!

Come home and work stress free in a sparkling clean and totally eco-friendly environment!