How to Cut Business Cleaning Supply Expenses

How to Cut Business Cleaning Supply Expenses

With the cost of everything rising it’s important to find ways to save money within your business. Whether you are a manager at a hotel, resort, facility party equipment rental business or own a commercial or residential cleaning company, here are some ways to save on your cleaning supplies.

Shop Around for Bulk Cleaning Supplies

See if other suppliers can sell it to you for less. Make sure you are still getting the same quality of product when comparing pricing and products. Some suppliers (like us!) will supply you with free samples before you buy, so you can check out the quality.

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Save on Paper Towels by Using Swedish Dishcloths

An Instant Erase Swedish Dishcloth wiping up a countertop spill.

Stop wasting money on costly disposable paper towels and instead purchase a 12 pack of SpongeOutlet’s Instant Erase Swedish Dishcloths.

One dishcloth can replace 15 rolls of disposable paper towels during its lifetime. Made from 70% cellulose wood pulp and 30% cotton, our Swedish Dishcloths are super absorbent and can be used in place of paper towels to wipe up spills around the house. After absorbing the Continue reading Save on Paper Towels by Using Swedish Dishcloths

Auto Detailing Supplies: Shamintor Sponge & Chamois Towel Set

How to Use the Chamois & Shamintor Sponge Auto Detailing Set to Clean a Car

Clean your car, SUV, motorcycle or boat with our 12 piece Chamois Eraser Sponge and Chamois Cloth Auto Detailing Set. This set provides cleanings supplies for cleaning a car inside and out.  Each set comes with:

  • 4 melamine eraser and chamois cloth combo erasers
  • 4 small chamois cloths- Size 14″ x 10″
  • 4 large chamois cloths – Size 27″ x 20″.

Using this set can save you money on auto detailing supplies because the supplies in this kit are reusable, washable and replace other one-time-use cleaning supplies. Read on to see how to use.

Clean the Inside of a Car

Use our dual-sided Shaminator eraser sponges to clean the inside of your automobile. Use the melamine eraser side to Continue reading Auto Detailing Supplies: Shamintor Sponge & Chamois Towel Set

Spring Cleaning Checklist

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Not sure where to start with your spring cleaning? Here’s a handy checklist along with some helpful cleaning tips

Before You Start:

  • Gather all your cleaning supplies together. Here’s a suggested cleaning supply list.
  • Remember to clean top to bottom and left to right in order to maximize your cleaning efforts and to keep from cleaning the same area twice.
  • Wear gloves to protect your hands.
  • Put on some music to make cleaning more enjoyable.

Around the House- Spring Cleaning Checklist

  • Ceiling Fans: Use a microfiber duster to remove any dust that accumulates on the blades.
  • Shelves: Remove items from shelves and book cases to give shelves a good dusting and polish with a microfiber cloth. Polish the glass on any framed photos.
  • Blinds: Dust blinds dry first in order to remove dust using a microfiber duster. Be sure to turn blinds in one direction to get as much of the surface area as possible. If dirt still persists after your initial dusting, and if the blinds are plastic, you may need to take the blinds down and soak them in a bathtub to remove dirt and grime. Allow them to air dry outside before re-hanging.
  • Windows: After a long winter, your home’s windows will need a good cleaning. Window cleaner and a sponge should do the trick. Melamine eraser sheets which are thin and flexible will help you get into tight corners to really get them clean. Don’t forget to wash both the interior and exterior of the window.
  • Walls: Spot clean your walls using a damp eraser sponge.
  • Carpets & Area Rugs: shampoo carpets and area rugs. For spot cleaning, use a carpet-safe cleaning solution, a little water and an eraser sponge.

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Control Springtime Allergies By Dusting

Photo of two microfiber cleaning cloths -colors red and blue and a microfiber dusting wand, blue

Dusting not only makes your home look nice, it can remove potential allergens from inside your home that could be making you sick.

Dust to Combat Springtime Allergies

Allergens run wild during the spring and this is due to trees, grasses and weeds releasing tiny grains called “pollen” which wreak havoc on your immune system when inhaled. Pollen can cause sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, runny noses and other symptoms. And pollen is not just outdoors; it can make up part of the dust that collects on your home’s surfaces.

Dust is another allergen and the dust inside your home could be made up of pet hair, dust mites, mold and pollen. Surprisingly, allergies could flare up AFTER dusting, because dust particles get stirred up and moved around during cleaning. To prevent this, wear a mask while dusting and use a tool like Continue reading Control Springtime Allergies By Dusting

Kitchen and Bathroom Cleaning Tips Used By Cleaning Pros

Professional Cleaner tips for cleaner kitchens and bathrooms

Make cleaning kitchens and bathrooms easier with these tips used by professional cleaners.

Start from the Top and Work to the Bottom

That means start with dusting high areas like the tops of cupboards or kitchen cabinets or the bathroom vanity. Use a microfiber duster to trap dirt and dust and not just knock it to the ground, or on to lower counter tops or shelves.

gloved hand wiping bathroom counter with microfiber cloth

Wipe Left to Right Using an “S” Pattern

After dusting, use a microfiber cleaning cloth to clean counter cabinets and handles, or use it to clean a bathroom mirror. Be sure to wipe left to right in an “S” pattern. Using an “S” pattern insures all Continue reading Kitchen and Bathroom Cleaning Tips Used By Cleaning Pros

Cleaning Your Oven for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Cooked in oven

Now is the time to test and clean your oven in preparation for Thanksgiving Day. Cleaning takes time and it’s not something you want to put off.

Why Should I Clean My Oven?

According to appliance manufacturer Whirlpool, a clean oven cooks food more evenly and smells better versus a dirty oven. Grease and food spills can gather inside of the oven’s interior, darkening it and making the oven work harder to evenly cook food. Any spills can start to smoke and produce unpleasant smells. These smells might affect the taste of any food you cook inside it.

How to Test Your Oven Before Thanksgiving Day (Easy)

If you have not turned on your oven in several months, make sure it is working properly by baking something simple like a frozen pizza or cookies. Thanksgiving is already a very busy time for appliance repair businesses so if something is not working right; you want to know as soon as possible in order to schedule an oven repair.

Using an Oven’s Self-Cleaning Cycle

If you are planning on using the self-cleaning feature of your oven, do it a few weeks before Thanksgiving.  A self-cleaning cycle reach’s incredibly high temperatures in order to incinerate food particles, dirt and grime inside your oven. The cycle takes a long time to run and the oven door locks as a safety precaution. Self-cleaning cycles can also produce smoke and smells that might linger inside your home. Be sure to open windows and keep the room well-ventilated when running the self-cleaning cycle.

If your oven is several years old, it might prove risky to run a self-cleaning cycle so close to Thanksgiving Day. During these cycles, there is a good chance that any weakened parts might break, leading to a needed repair. Thanksgiving is already a very busy time for appliance repair businesses and they may not have the part they need to fix your oven in stock.

Eco-Friendly Options for Cleaning an Oven

You may decide that cleaning your oven by hand is best. To clean your oven, first consult the owner’s manual for your oven to see what to use and what not to use when cleaning your oven. If you no longer have the owner’s manual, you can search for it online using your oven’s model number which should be located somewhere on the oven or range.

Let an oven completely cool before cleaning it.  Put down towels or a plastic garbage bag to catch any drips or dirty water from cleaning and to protect your floors.  Remove any oven racks. Make your own DIY eco-friendly oven cleaner by mixing together a paste of baking soda, dish washing liquid and a little water.  Let the baking soda mixture sit for 30 minutes to overnight. Use a spray bottle filled with vinegar or lemon juice to spray inside the oven for added cleaning power on tough grime and grease. Scrub the walls clean using a non-scratch scrubbing sponge like the Instant Erase Super Star Scrubby or SpongeOutlet’s non-scratch cleaning pad. 

Remove the oven racks and clean them by soaking them in a sink or bathtub using the same mixture. Rinse and wipe clean.

Remove any trace of your home-made cleaner before turning on your oven with a damp microfiber cleaning cloth. After your oven is clean, turn it on to make sure there is no smoking from left-over cleaner.

SpongeOutlet.com Donates Cleaning Supplies to Second Harvest Food Bank of South Louisiana

SpongeOutlet.com is sending our Instant Erase Sponges to help out in the clean up and recovery efforts from Hurricane Ida in Louisiana. We have contacted the non-profit Second Harvest Food Bank of South Louisiana and have sent them our sponges this week. Second Harvest distributes food, water, and supplies (including cleaning supplies) to those in need. To find out how Second Harvest is helping people out, visit their Hurricane Ida Response page.