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Our Crew Shares Tips on Cleaning like a Pro at Home

By now you should know that at REDLEE/SCS, we take cleaning seriously because we’re a commercial janitorial business. And this passion that our entire team possesses doesn’t stop at the office. In fact, our employees are so seriously serious about cleaning on the job and off the clock that trading tips and tricks around the water cooler or via a short email is a common practice around here.

We decided that this invaluable cleaning advice would be perfect to share on our blog. We asked around to each of our offices and these are what some of our employees wanted to share with you. Trust us; they really know their stuff!

“To clean your sink drains and freshen them you can harness the chemical reaction between Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate {a base}) & Vinegar (acetic acid {an acid}) [chemical names given for science nerds like myself who have a penchant for the highly technical names of chemical reactions, i.e.: the reaction between an acid and a base which = fizzing and slight smoky fume; non-toxic]. You just pour some baking soda down the drain and add vinegar to cause the reaction and in doing so it cleans the drain and freshens it!”

photo of jars of ingredients to make homemade cleaning supplies

– Pour a pot of boiling hot water down your drain.
– Dump in about 1/2 c. baking soda. Let that sit for a few minutes.
– Then, pour a mixture of 1 c. vinegar and 1. c very hot water down on top of the baking soda.
– Cover with a drain plug (to keep the reaction down below the drain surface) if you have one and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
– Flush one more time with a pot of boiling water.

– Mali Lowes, Accounting Department

“Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. I use them to clean up coffee stains on counters, crayon marks on walls, tables (including textured plastic ones for kids—normally a nightmare to get clean), and other furniture my sweet kids choose to practice their art on, troublesome tub/shower rings/buildup, and more. I simply can’t keep my house clean without them.”

– Christi Redfearn, VP of Marketing and Development

“We give the girls chocolate and then release them with dusters, microfibers, and green chemicals. Once the chocolate sets in the production rate increases, they clean things my wife and I could never do…cat included.”

– Derek Brown, Business Development Manager in Indianapolis

“Instead of buying expensive Mr. Clean Magic Erasers ($3.50 for a 4-pack?!), buy ‘melamine foam’ in bulk on eBay ($19.00 for 80 sponges!). It’s the same stuff. Works wonders on walls & floorboards.”

– Jackie Maucher, Office Manager

“Make cleaning a game for your young kids. My two year old helps me with laundry, dusting, and vacuuming and is really starting to do a decent job with it. Plus she’s become much better about putting her things away without me having to ask after getting involved with the housework.”

– Christi Redfearn, VP of Marketing and Development

So there you have it! (Can you tell we’re a little obsessed with cleaning?) If you’re looking for a janitorial service with a team who loves what they do around the clock, give us a call at 214-357-4753 or drop us a line at Let’s talk about how we can work together.

What cleaning tips do you have? If you try any of these, be sure to let us know how they worked out for you.

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