We’re all in this together.

This is the most important time for a clean home.

Now, possibly more than ever in our lifetime, having a clean home is vital to our health. This is the time to have the cleanest home possible.

With the spread of Covid-19, we need to take extra measures in protecting ourselves and our families. At Seattle Green Cleaner, every cleaning we do is a deep cleaning, and this includes cleaning door knobs, stove knobs, refrigerator handles, cabinet handles, light switch plates, and all the other little things a lot of homeowners forget when cleaning their own home.

What you can do between cleaning appointments

You don’t need bleach to kill germs. You don’t need to use any toxic (traditional) cleaning products to clean/remove germs; in fact, they’re worse for your indoor air quality and your health in general (skin, eyes, lungs). Those disposable “disinfectant wipes” require you to leave the product wet on the surface for 5-10 minutes. Really. Read the label. If you’ve ever used one, you know it evaporates a lot quicker than the required time. Like grandmother said, “Honey, there’s no quick fix. Good ol’ elbow grease and common sense go a long way.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these guidelines for household settings:

  • Cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt and impurities from surfaces. Cleaning does not kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.
  • Disinfecting refers to using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

Here are some things you can do in one minute or less:

  • Use the hottest water possible
  • White Vinegar for 60 seconds. It’s almost 100% effective at removing germs if you leave it on the surface for at least 60 seconds. Spray the surface and let it stay wet for one minute.
    • Add Tea Tree Oil and/or Basil Oil to the vinegar
    • In studies, basil oils have been shown to kill E. coli, listeria and salmonella bacteria.
    • Tea Tree Oil is a natural mold killer.
    • Combine vinegar and tea tree oil in a spray bottle to spray down your shower, faucets, handles, etc. after each use.
    • Add baking soda to the mix and your grout will be cleaned too.
  • Castile Soap, very hot water, and baking soda combined to make a scrubbing mix. Leave for 60 seconds then wipe up with scalding hot water.
  • Isopromanol/Rubbing Alcohol for 30 seconds (think of a stainless surgical table). It’s flammable and has a stronger odor, but at only 30 seconds contact time, it gets the job done effectively.
  •  Hydrogen Peroxide for 60 seconds. When I worked at a veterinary clinic a lifetime ago, we used hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle to remove blood and clean surgical tables.

According to the EPA’s website:

“Based on what is currently known about the novel coronavirus and similar coronaviruses that cause SARS and MERS, spread from person-to-person with these viruses happens most frequently among close contacts (within about 6 feet). This type of transmission occurs via respiratory droplets. On the other hand, transmission of novel coronavirus to persons from surfaces contaminated with the virus has not been documented. Transmission of coronavirus occurs much more commonly through respiratory droplets than through fomites. Current evidence suggests that novel coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials. Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households and community settings.”

Please support small local businesses

Keep your appointments

Unless someone in your household is immunocompromised, this is not the time to cancel your cleaning service.  Cancellations hurt small businesses, which in turn hurts the community. We employ people. Employees spend money. All small service-based businesses have been struggling this week and many of us are at risk of closing our doors permanently. We’ve had a cancellation rate of 60% in the first 3 days of this week alone.

  • If you’re working from home, we’re happy to work around you with as little interruption as possible.
  • If you don’t want us there, please consider still paying for your service. We’ve had a few generous customers who are being paid to work from home and have said it doesn’t hurt them at all to still pay for the service they’d already budgeted for; they know it helps us.
  • If someone in your household is immunocompromised please let us know in advance.
    • We have two immunocompromised cleaners; one with with asthma and one with MS. They’re still able, ready, and willing to work. I’ve purchased KN95 masks for cleaners to wear at their discretion.
    • KN95 masks are the only masks that actually seal around airways. Any other masks are for your comfort only.
  • If you must cancel, please give as much notice as possible. We require a minimum of two full business days notice for cancellation. For example, if your appointment is on a Tuesday, you must cancel via email before 5pm Thursday at the very latest to avoid fees (since Friday and Monday are the two business days before the appointment).
    • We aren’t jerks or “ridiculous” for honoring the cancellation policy we’ve always had. We’re trying to keep people employed! Just like you, we still have rent, utilities, gas, phone, taxes, and other bills to pay.
    • Our Service Agreement is available to you 24/7.

We suddenly have PLENTY of openings. Are you ready to schedule an additional cleaning appointment? Let’s get started now!
– If you’re already a regular customer with recent or recurring service, please email us.
– If we haven’t cleaned for you in 6 months or more, please get a new estimate. If your home is is less than 1000 square feet, please select 1001-1500 sqft on our quote form. There’s a glitch that our web developer has been working on for two months.
Please continue to keep your small service-based businesses: Cleaning service, Window Washer, Carpet Cleaner, Dog Walker, etc. We all need services and we all need each other.

Thank you!

Jennifer L Troyer, Green Guru/President
Seattle Green Cleaner ~ For a cleaner home and a cleaner conscience™

 

Mental health break

With all this social isolation, it’s important to keep a sense of humor. Here’s a few that made me LOL this week.

Cheers!

Jen

Thank you!

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for supporting Seattle Green Cleaner!
Jen