How to Start a House Cleaning Business on a Tight Budget

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First of all, before you decide to start your cleaning business, make sure this kind of work is right for you. You will need to be in good physical condition. Cleaning is very hard strenuous work. You will need to have good customer relation skills. You will need to have basic office skills and some accounting skills.

If you are planning on leaving your full time position to start a cleaning business, make sure you have at least six months of savings. Or keep your full time job and start out part time.

Research all the aspects of the cleaning service business. From customer service to advertising, taxes, employees, insurance and bonding, what to charge and how to clean a home professionally. Cleaning your own home and cleaning professionally is totally different. Learning how to clean professionally takes a lot of time. When a client pays for your services they expect to come home and find their home spotless.

Getting those first clients takes time, persistence and patience. You will not get a hundred clients overnight.

Obtaining Those First Clients The hardest part of starting your own cleaning service is obtaining those first clients. Most clients want to know how long you have been in business and want references. The best thing to do is let clients know that, yes, you are new to the business but that you have thoroughly reviewed all aspects of the cleaning business and assure them that you know what you are doing and that you are quit capable of cleaning them Home to their specifications. Be confident. I can not stress this enough. Clients love to see confidence. It relieves their worries and lets them know that their home is in good hands.

References: To get a few good references when starting out, ask some friends or family members if you can clean their home for free or at a discounted rate. The sound of working for free may not be appealing but it will be worth it to get some good testimonials.

When cleaning those first homes, go for quality, not how fast you can clean the home. Cleaning efficiently takes a long time, but you will get to the point where you can do a thorough cleaning in a short time. After cleaning make sure you go back and double check all rooms to make sure you did not miss anything. Impress those first clients and word of mouth will spread soon.

Advertising Your company image is everything. Before you start advertising, decide what image you want to portray on your advertising material. Your image is very important. Be consistent with all your advertising. If you have a logo be sure to use it on all your advertising materials. I think it is best to …

Completing a Bathroom Remodel? Learn How to Measure For Tile

How to measure for tile when completing a bathroom remodel

Imagine this, you are thinking of remodeling a bathroom and already have an established budget. You are at a tile shop and see a tile sample you like. The price of the tile is $5.00 a square foot. How do you know if this $5.00 a square foot tile is within your budget? In addition to the tile, how much should I budget for the grout and sealer?

In a recent article I provided information on the different types of tiles that are available for your bathroom remodel. Now it is time to learn how to measure for your tiling project and calculate the cost for your tiles and related tiling supplies.

There are different types of tile you will need to tile your bathroom:

  • Field Tile
  • Trim Tile

Field tile is the main body of tile for your remodeling project. For example, if you are tiling your shower, the field tile is the tile on the walls of your shower. The field tile covers the largest area of your tiling project. A common size for field tile is 12 inches by 12 inches. Field tile is sold by square footage, so you need to take the area for the field tile and calculate the square footage.

Trim tile is divided into two categories:

  • Accent trim tile (to be set in with the field tile)
  • Border trim tile (to finish off the field tile)

How to Measure

Let’s go through an example to help you go through the tile measuring process. In this example, we are going to install tile for a bathtub with a shower surround.

For a bathtub with a shower surround, you will need tile for the three walls. The tile will be installed to a height of 6 feet (6′) above the tub deck.

The first wall is 5 feet wide. The two end walls are each 3 feet wide. To determine the tile square footage, you need to measure the width of each of the three walls and multiply it by the height of your shower surround.

Let’s start measuring the first wall:

  • 5′ wide (60 inches) by 6′ feet tall. 5 X 6 = 30 square feet.

Then you need to measure both end walls:

  • 3′ feet deep (36″) X 6′ tall. 3 X 6 = 18 Square feet.
  • 3′ feet deep (36″) X 6′ tall. 3 X 6 = 18 Square feet.

Then, you need to add the measurements of all three walls together:

  • 66 square feet of field tile is needed for the shower surround.

I recommend to my clients to account for a 20% waste factor when setting tile. Keep in mind the tile could be discontinued, the tile could be on back order for numerous weeks, or many other problems could arise if you run short of tile when remodeling your bathroom. An additional 20% of tile for 66 square feet equals an additional 13.2 square feet of tile. I …

What Material Is Best for A Bathroom Sink?

Sink materials

Most pedestal and wall-hung sinks are made from vitreous china, and the same qualities that make this material a good choice for toilets work well for sinks too: a durable, abrasion-resistant, easy-to-clean surface that maintains its luster year after year.Choose vitreous-china sinks-particularly pedestal sinks-with care, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the brand, because any ceramic manufacturing process produces a high number of seconds that may have defects ranging from minor blemishes or depressions in the surface to hairline cracking and out-of-plumb or warped mating surfaces. This can mean drop-in self-rimming sinks that don’t sit flat (particularly larger ones) and two-piece pedestals that just don’t quite go together correctly.

Enameled cast iron has most of vitreous china’s good qualities, and it is much less prone to cracking. Cast iron is strong, rigid, and quiet when water is running into it, although it can chip if mishandled during shipping or if a hammer gets dropped on it during installation. Cast-iron sinks are very heavy, which may not make that much of a difference with smaller vanity bowls, but can make handling larger sinks hard on the back.

Enameled steel is similar to enameled cast iron but considerably lighter and less expensive. It is much more likely to chip than enameled cast iron because its porcelain coating is thinner and the steel is more flexible. Water running into it makes more noise, too, and cools down more rapidly because the thin steel walls tend to dissipate heat pretty quickly. Formerly a low-budget alternative to porcelain and cast iron, enameled steel seems to be rapidly losing ground to synthetic materials that are competitively priced and that perform just as well, if not better. I’ve removed a few of these sinks in remodels, but I haven’t put any new ones back in lately.

Cultured marble is one of those synthetic materials, and it’s been around for a long time. Cultured marble, like cultured onyx and cultured granite, is technically a cast polymer, created by mixing crushed minerals like marble, onyx, or limestone with a polyester resin. This mixture is then poured into a mold and cured at room temperature. Like fiberglass, the surface is usually then gel-coated with the actual sink color and pattern, so some cast-polymer sinks are prone to scratching and damage. One problem often associated with cast-polymer sinks is “crazing,” or cracks and blisters in the gel coat. This typically occurs around the drain opening and is caused by the thermal shock of alternating hot and cold water, by abrasion from cleaning, and/or by a gel coat that is too thin or thick. Much of the do-it-yourself and lower-end sink market has been dominated by these sinks, in part because they’re relatively inexpensive and look good on the shelf. Some of the newer and more expensive cast polymers have a higher percentage of materials like quartz, which is very hard, and aren’t gel-coated. These cast polymers are much more heat and impact resistant and are sandable, making damage easier to …

How to Prepare a Safe and Clean House For Your New Baby

Preparing for a new addition to your family is a process both necessary and intensive. You must install child locks on the cabinet doors, put hazardous materials out of reach, paint and furnish the nursery, all the while with an ever-expanding waistline for mom! Cleaning your home from top to bottom is just as important as stocking up on diapers. Do it early enough so that you don’t endanger mom’s health or the baby’s, and hire a professional service if it helps you relax. Try to complete these cleaning steps in advance, invaluable to ensuring a safe, clean homecoming for your bundle of joy.

• Remove all pet dander, dust, and allergens. Newborns don’t yet have fully formed immune systems, so take the initiative to kill as many homegrown allergens as possible. Vacuum all carpeted floors and do a thorough dusting, especially in those dark corners and hard-to-reach ledges were dust bunnies love to hide.

• If possible, remove curtains and drapes-the primary home dust collectors. If only in one room of your house, at least replace these in the nursery with blinds – they dust easily.

• Clean and disinfect all the surfaces where tiny baby hands tend to grab. The television remote may look harmless, but actually teems with germs that could cause illness. Use a non-toxic wipe or homemade cleaner to effectively remove up to 99.9% of germs in danger zones like the kitchen and bathroom. In the kitchen, food-born illnesses always pose a risk, especially for newborns. Make sure all surfaces stay “so clean you could eat off them,” as food tends to touch these surfaces anyways.

• Place soap, water, and clean hand towels at all the sinks in your home for guests to wash their hands before holding your newborn. No matter how awkward, enforce this rule, especially for young children, who carry a lot of germs. Make sure that every visitor washes their hands for at least 30 seconds before cradling the baby. Everyone, especially mom, remember to wash your hands after using the bathroom, sneezing, or preparing food for yourself or the baby. New moms, keep in mind that your child will quickly become used to the germs that naturally live on your body.

• In the changing table drawers, keep a hand stash of cleaning products in addition to a generous supply of diapers. You’ll want to clean the table after each change with a disinfecting wipe or homemade spray. You can use these products on other areas in the nursery, like the crib, where the baby will inevitably put his or her mouth on the bars and tiny hands on the railing.

• Keep all feeding items clean, especially before the first use, and ideally after every use. Boil brand new bottle nipples in hot water, and throw out old pacifiers and nipples that are cracked or stained. Instead of using a harmful chemical like bleach to disinfect baby products, simply soak the bottles, nipples, and breast pump attachments in …

Bathroom Fans: Fan Size, Extract Rate and Decibel Level

Bathroom Fans come in many shapes and sizes, from round to square, and in 4″, 5″, 6″, 9″ and even 12″ versions. They are generally white or chrome, although other colours are available. Many people just pop down to a local store and pick up the first fan they see, but there are a few things you should consider about bathroom fans before you buy.

What size fan do you need? For most bathrooms, a 4″ (100mm) fan is sufficient, and is indeed the standard. If you are looking to replace an existing bathroom fan, and don’t know what size it is, don’t measure the front! The measurement is taken from the back of the fan, and it is the diameter of the spigot, or pipe, which protrudes from the back of the fan that needs to be measured. If you can’t remove the fan, (you should get a qualified electrician to do it) it is probably a 4″ one. A 6″ extractor fan is not normally required for a bathroom. They are generally more powerful and only required for kitchens.

In my opinion, the 2 most important things you should be looking at are the extract rate of the fan, and the decibel level of the fan. Obviously the best scenario is a very powerful fan with a very low decibel level. These seem to be the 2 factors in a fan which are overlooked the most! A lot of people seem to go just on looks, and think that all fans are basically the same….big mistake! 4″ fans range from an extract rate of 54m3 per hour (the minimum level required by building regulations) up to 118m3 per hour. For a standard bathroom I’d recommend anything from around 75m3 per hour, and if you take lots of baths or showers, creating lots of condensation, then anything above 90m3 per hour should so the job.

But as I say, look out for the decibel level of the fan, as a noisy fan can be particularly annoying, especially when you are having a nice relaxing bath! As a guide, anything below 25dB is considered very quiet. 35 dB would be classified as mid-range, and 45dB or above noisy.

Another thing that could be taken into consideration is the amount of energy that a bathroom fan uses. These days, you can get what are often classified as “low-watt” bathroom fans, with energy usage levers of 5-10 watts. However, even an old fashioned bathroom fan usually uses no more than 30w, and when you consider how short a time they are usually on for, the cost difference in running these fans is only pence per month. I wouldn’t focus on this is a major point to consider in your purchase.…

Do I Have To Buy A Mirror Specifically Suited For My Bathroom For A Vanity Mirror?

No, a homeowner doesn’t have to buy a special sort of mirror as a vanity mirror for the bathroom. What are called bathroom mirrors are usually those bland mirrors a homeowner finds in the bathroom section of a big box store or even a hardware store. They look like they shouldn’t go anywhere else besides the bathroom, and because they’re so boring, they often don’t.

A mirror is a piece of glass with a metallic back, usually silver or aluminum to make it reflective. Mirrors can be flat, concave or convex. Concave mirrors enlarge the reflection and are helpful with shaving and putting on makeup. Unless the homeowner finds them really off-putting, these sort of mirrors might be good to put in the bathroom. What truly matters when choosing and using a mirror in the bathroom is the lighting. The lighting in a bathroom shouldn’t be over bright and the homeowner should be aware of the different qualities of light given off by fluorescent, incandescent and halogen lights.

The one concern a homeowner might have with a vanity mirror in the bathroom is the inevitable heat and humidity in the room. Mirrors with wooden frames can be quite beautiful, but not highly recommended for bathroom mirrors, as they can swell and warp if they’re not treated with a sealant. High humidity can also damage the mirror’s reflective backing and lead to a condition called foxing. These are dark stipples that can be seen in the glass. Some people, especially collectors, adore these spots, but some might find them unsightly.

A vanity mirror that’s put in the bathroom must also be anchored securely to the wall. The wall has to be smooth, solid and dry. Mastic, an adhesive compound that can attach a mirror to the wall without clips or screws or any other hardware, shouldn’t be used. A mirror, especially if it’s heavy, should be hung on screws that are secured into a solid wall with anchors. They shouldn’t be hung one screw, but screws arranged in a way that will distribute the weight of the mirror and make sure that it’s secure. No one wants to contemplate what can happen if the humidity in a bathroom weakens an already weak fastener.

Of course, if there’s a sturdy shelf on the wall, the mirror can simply be propped up on it and leaned against the wall.

A vanity mirror should complement the decor of the bathroom, or even the decor of the bedroom if the bathroom is en suite. One thing that can be done with a mirror in a bathroom or a powder room is to edge it with makeup lights. This set up, long a staple of Hollywood movies and actors’ dressing rooms, gives shadowless light that’s ideal for applying makeup. A bathroom mirror in a seaside cottage can be surrounded by pretty seashells. The homeowner can do this themselves with some glue and seashells from the beach. A vanity mirror can have an ornate, etched glass or …

Nursing Home Alert – Big-Time Alert Of Diapers And Nursing Homes

This is an article that everyone needs to read. The facts are these, that sometimes a nursing home will actually teach and train a new resident or patient to be incontinent. How does this happen? How can something like this happen in this day and age? I will type here how this happens with an example of a forty-five year old female patient who entered a nursing home for short term care for therapy.

Here is the story:

At the hospital, the patient was not incontinent, never had accidents and was able to sleep and live without wearing diapers, just like in the regular world. Then the hospital transferred the patient into a good nursing home so that she could get short-term therapy for an injury to her left leg. She would need the therapy, physical therapy in order to learn to walk again. She now had the use of only one leg.

Immediately when she got to the nursing home, the nurse, who would be caring for her, asked if she wanted to wear a diaper. The patient hesitated answering because she thought that question was odd. After all, she did not need a diaper, nor did she want to wear a diaper. The nurse proceeded to say things like, well, in case you have an accident. The patient was basically, politely talked into wearing a diaper while at the nursing home, even though it was against her better judgment to begin wearing diapers at her age since she did not need diapers.

As in all nursing homes and hospitals, when patients are wearing diapers, they are told to go in their diapers. After all, that is what a diaper is for, correct? So this patient, at times, would just go in the diapers, using herself to have a bowel movement, since she was wearing the diaper. What it amounted to was that it was easier to dump in the diaper than it was to get a nurse to come to help her out of bed, then help her to the bathroom. The patient became increasingly afraid of falling and was made o think that diaper would stop falls and the diaper would also stop the patient from calling the nurse to help her to the bathroom. After all, make the nurse happy because she is the one who will be around most, for emergencies and all.

But from the beginning with this particular nurse who talked the patient into wearing a diaper, the patient and probably many other patients were put in diapers for the convenience of the nursing home, not for the convenience of patients. The patient did in her diaper one day and the nurse became a little upset about what happened, and then the nurse convinced the patient that she had an accident. When indeed, the patient had no accident, but instead the patient dumped in the diaper BECAUSE she was wearing a diaper and because when the patients rang for help, they had to …

4 Benefits of Jacuzzi Tubs

Jacuzzi tubs provide numerous benefits for those who take the time to soak themselves in it. All around the world, cultures have understood the power of hydrotherapy. The Japanese for example believe that it not only provides health benefits but also helps relieve the soul. To learn more about the power of these tubs, continue reading.

Top 4 Benefits

1. Hydrotherapy. The water’s buoyancy helps relieve tension from hurting joints and muscles. When submerged in water, the body is almost weightless. Thus, pressure in the joints and muscles are relieved. The water not only addresses the physical aspect of the body, but it also helps soothe the tired mind. The National Sleep Foundation has found that this helps cure people of insomnia.

2. Effect of heat. The effect of warm water will also help relax the body. Those who are recovering from injuries usually apply heat and this is also effective in providing better circulation of blood.

3. Massage. Whether jacuzzi tubs are whirlpools or air baths, the movement of water from the jets will provide a full body massage. A deep soaking tub will allow the whole body to be treated.

4. Relax. Users who buy this tub can find relaxation because the water and the massages will help stimulate the body to release endorphins which actually help minimize the effects of stress. Another great thing is that people of all ages can use it at any time to de-stress themselves.

Jacuzzi tubs offer such great benefits that affect the entire body. Now finding the right tub design is important.

3 Things to Consider

There is a variety of freestanding bathtubs available in the market whether in stores or online. If one is looking to buy a tub to soak in, here are a few reminders that he should keep in mind while out shopping:

1. Material and durability. These factors play a key role in how much Jacuzzi tubs cost. There are cast iron tubs which are very durable that the cost of it is overlooked by some. For those however who need a cheaper price, acrylic tubs can be bought and even customized to fit the design of the bathroom. These are affordable but it is more susceptible to fading, scratches, and discoloration.

2. Size and depth. While freestanding tubs are better used in large spaces, they come in a variety of sizes that it is easy enough to find the right size for one’s bathroom. In regards to depth, one should consider if the tub should be deep enough to be used by an adult, child, or both.

3. Air baths or whirlpools. Both of them can massage the body. Air baths let out air bubbles from the bottom of the tub which causes a gentle, relaxing massage that can be used for the elderly. Whirlpools, however, massage by the water that jet out of them. The massage is heavier and goes deeper into the body. One should consider what he prefers most before buying.…

Plumbing: What Goes Into A Complete New House Installation?

If you are in the process of building a new home, congratulations! This can be an exciting time for you, and there is a lot that still has to be done before you can move in. You will need a lot of help to get everything in, and one of the most important moves you can make now, before things get too far, is to call in an experienced plumber to help you with the complete new house installation that you will need.

Laying the Groundwork

A complete new house installation of plumbing can be a tricky thing, and no matter how beautiful your dream home is, bad plumbing will sour the whole experience in no time. With the help of an experienced plumber, you can insure that what goes into your new home will be the best that money can buy, and be as reliable as you need it to be. The first job will be laying the groundwork for installation of all necessary products and pipes.

With the help of your plumbing consultant, work out a plan on paper, detailing every major and minor installation that will go into your new home. You can set it up, room by room, to help you keep track of everything that will be needed. For instance, the kitchen will have the dishwasher and the kitchen sink, while the bathroom will have the toilet and the bathroom sink. Be sure to include a layout of all connecting pipes, and do not forget outside faucet access, especially if you also have a septic tank in mind.

Remember the Inspector

All new construction must pass a county or state building inspection. To avoid pitfalls created by using plumbing not included in your area’s building code, be sure to double check every proposed installation against the local code authority’s guidelines. This is another aspect of plumbing installation where your plumber on retainer can be an invaluable resource.

Every area has its own local code requirements, as do state and national construction agencies. Your plumber can provide you with a list of applicable codes that your home falls under, and can walk you through them, step by step. This way, any potential problems can be spotted prior to installation, and you can alter your plumbing groundwork maps accordingly. No surprises for the inspector, and no headaches in the future for you.

Choose your Materials Wisely

Whenever someone works on building their own home, quality may be compromised in order to save on costs. Plumbing is one area where this should never happen. In order to get a fully functioning plumbing system the way you want, you have to spend a little more on quality materials, to make sure that it will not turn out to be a money pit later on.

No matter how well your home will be insulated, the area weather still needs to be taken into consideration when purchasing plumbing materials. Not all of your pipes will be under the protection of your …

The Importance of Shower Window Curtains

Shower window curtains allow lighting to come into the inside stall or tub area for greater visibility and privacy while taking an enjoyable shower or bath. These curtains are water and mildew resistant, made out of high quality vinyl. Their opaque section comes in a variety of pleasing solid colors as well as the standard white or beige. They are easy to match with other bathroom accessories and decor. These curtains look fabulous with a shower valance or external print curtain as well as one that is lacey. These windowed curtains come in the same sizes as the opaque standard curtain and affix to the shower rod like an ordinary shower curtain, with decorative rings or hooks. They are an excellent replacement for the conventional shower curtain; lending elegance and luxuriousness to any bathroom.

The top window section of this kind of curtain only reveals the top of a person’s shoulder, neck and head. Complete privacy is absolutely assured. The person enjoying their time in the stall can see out of the top window section. No longer does one have to feel completely enclosed and separate from the rest of the bathroom. For a guest bathroom, they give a showering or bathing moment luxury that a guest might not have at his or her home. They are opulent and can make the stall or tub seem more appealing, instead of a small and cramped space. This could facilitate one’s guest feeling very welcome throughout the visit.

These important windowed curtains do not have to be treated any differently than an ordinary shower curtain. They clean and rinse the same. These curtains are durable and long lasting. They are a good value and are easy to replace if one decides to change the bathroom’s colors or decor. These can update an older bathroom’s look into a more contemporary and stylish ensemble. This special window topped type of curtain is uniquely different and eye appealing; a great accessory.

As an excellent bathroom necessity, these keep the water and soap suds from leaving the stall or tub area. A person does not have to worry about water leaking onto the floor or rugs while showering; prevents those undesirable soapy water spots from forming around the bottom of the exterior of the tub or stall. This kind of curtain keeps the outer-side of the tub streak free; keeps soap and water where they belong. Shower window curtains are great to have in any bathroom.…