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Monday, April 21, 2014

Question

I just secured my first office cleaning contract. The Property Manager says she will supply all cleaning supplies as soon as I forward a list of desired cleaning products. What cleaning products would you recommend I use for stainless steel (kitchen app. sinks and counters). Marble (huge marble table)... Not to mention copious amounts of woodwork, interior glass windows, leather chairs, and lcd/plasma flat screens?


Answer

While the list of specialty products for cleaning is almost endless, you can do what you need to do with very little in the way of chemicals. Water is an excellent solvent. In other words, you donít need a closet full of aerosols and spray bottles to do all the basics of the job. And without all that misting and spraying, the indoor air will be cleaner, as well.

Have her buy a good supply of quality microfiber cloths. There are grades here so do some research. The better the quality, the better the cleaning and the longer the cloth will last. Learn to launder them properly, no bleach to weaken and no fabric softener to clog the tiny fibers.

Dry microfiber cloths work well for dusting and drying. Wet microfibers will loosen and remove most bonded materials. Rinse them out and you are back to work.

There are special cleaners for leather and flat screens, and glass cleaner is helpful, but you will be surprised how much you can do with just water and microfibers.

You may wish to use a quaternary disinfectant in the rest rooms. Apply it with a bowl swab, and use dedicated microfiber cloths for damp wipe and drying in those areas.

Mopping requires a basic floor detergent. Choose one that is not sudsy and leaves no residue. It just has to launder the mop head in the bucket. Office floors donít get that soiled with greasy substances.

Stainless will wipe clean readily, but there are stainless cleaners and surface agents available. See your Jan-San supplier for some suggestions for specialty products, but limit their use as an assist to the environment.

Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Editor
lekrafft@juno.com