Spring cleaning tips?

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Does anyone have any Spring cleaning tips for B&B's to share?

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I must admire anybody doing a deep spring cleaning.

When I get the spare time to do it, I'm really really wanting to do something else...or nothing at all!!!

(Two of those exclamation points are for Joey Bloggs, who loves them so.)

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You have to be a real clean freak to enjoy deep cleaning rooms in the early Spring! 

I agree...I'd rather be outside in the garden or doing just about anything else, but it went with the territory when I had an inn.  smiley

I'm going through a big clean and touching everything up now in anticipation of putting my house on the market and don't have a hard deadline like I did when I had the biz, so I'm more easily distracted... 

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Tackle one room at a time.  Work from high to low, especially in historic homes that have high ceilings.  That way you can get the places that you might miss on a regular basis, like the tops of window/door trim or picture moulding. Pull everything away from the walls to really get in all the corners and double check the back of all the furniture.  Make sure to get the heating registers.

In bathrooms, this is a good time to make sure that the fans/fan lights are free of any debris or little bugs.  Same with any ceiling fixtures.

Good time to really get after all the woodwork too. 

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Thanks. More good stuff for the list(s). It's really amazing how much dust can build up on fan blades. I never would have dreamed how it builds up most on the leading edge of the blades! It's like the blade is harvesting it right out of the air.

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Arks wrote:

Thanks. More good stuff for the list(s). It's really amazing how much dust can build up on fan blades. I never would have dreamed how it builds up most on the leading edge of the blades! It's like the blade is harvesting it right out of the air.

We tried to help you dust those fan blades......

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We tried to help you dust those fan blades......

And that may be the last time they were dusted. I really need to get this list ready for the paid staff. They will be busy!

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Especially when it's humid. Oy. What a mess.

Tops of lightbulbs, too.

We've stayed at the same place twice and both times you could see exactly where the housekeeper bothered to dust. And vacuum. Both times I've come home and taken my housekeeper into a room to show her where the dust bunnies build up. I've mostly been lucky that we didn't find too much. But, everyone gets bored and in a groove and things start to slide.

I'm amazed by the fuzz from the red blankets that I find under the bed. How can they still be shedding that much? They've been washed a dozen times or more.

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I'm amazed by the fuzz from the red blankets that I find under the bed. How can they still be shedding that much? They've been washed a dozen times or more.

And the towels! They all look the same, but I thrown away enough dryer lent (felt, really) each year to make another dozen towels. I can't imagine how the towels are still giving off that much fiber on each dryer load.

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List started. Keep 'em coming! I'm negotiating to hire cleaning help for the first time, and this is perfect timing for me.

I'm needing a set of lists for them.

  • What to do each time you flip a room
  • What to do once a week
  • What to do once a month
  • What to do once a quarter
  • What to do once a year

My place is still pretty new, and 3 brand new suites opening this summer, so it's still fairly easy to keep looking great. But I know if I don't get on a good schedule like this, things will start going down hill.

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Because you are not going to be doing the cleaning yourself once you hire people, you have to ingrain in them that they want the place to be how they would like it if they stayed. ie- everything works! Make sure they test everything everyday. Run all the water, turn on all the lights, etc. Run a dummy run thru the keurig to clean out the nozzle. Stuff like that.

You should issue notepads or give them your cell number to call immediately when they find scratches, dings, paint that needs touching up, loose toilets (holy cow if this one doesn't make me nuts at a hotel!).

You have ceiling fans (so I've seen in the photos, wink wink) so they should have those long handled fan blade cleaners.

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I would LOVE to see someone's Spring Cleaning checklist. We're building ours, and can't wait to see what I've forgotten.

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I would LOVE to see someone's Spring Cleaning checklist. We're building ours, and can't wait to see what I've forgotten.

Start at the top, work your way down. We use the washable dry floor mop to 'wash' the walls. Amazing how much dust builds up on the walls. Clean the light switches - all the way down inside where all the dust hides. Completely strip the beds and remove mattress & box spring from frame - wipe down rails. Flip mattress, replace. Wash pillows. Wipe down inside dresser drawers. Get inside the radiators with the vacuum attachment. Wipe down the backs of pictures and mirrors.

Good grief I'm getting tired just thinking about it. This doesn't happen until we hire summer help. This is their first job - the deep clean.

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Love my dustbuster. I need to make a holster so I can carry it on my belt. I always have it handy when mopping. If I spot a hair, it can suck it up even when the floor's wet.

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My Spring cleaning will start in about 2 weeks. Iowa DD & family arrive. Their job (they all ask for things to do for us) will be to empty out the storage room, bring down some tubs and cartons from the attic for shredding (contents old enough now to do that), and then put everything back in the store room in an organized (MY organize) fashion. (This is the DD who reorged my kitchen a few years ago. Still have not found everything - have forgotten what I have not found so it is OK now.) I also have some towel rods and like stuff that needs tightened.

Second wave (oldest DD, her sons, and the fiancee of one of the boys) comes in from Chicago the beginning of April - they will repaint kitchen.

Third wave (cop & fireman) comes in beginning/middle of May - that will replace my storm doors and whatever else did not get done in the first or second wave.

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Yes, don't leave it until the Spring.

Ours is well under way, I shampooed the carpet in the breakfast room today, took all the furniture out, not just the visible bits. That was the last room, whole house is done.

We painted the kitchen this week and gave that a deep clean, DH has been doing the same in the utility room today.

Need to reprint all my guest information next, I re-do all of it each year.

 

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Deep cleaning kitchen and find one of the "pine" cleaners invaluable for dissolving greasy build up.  

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After all these years trying to get grease off of things in the kitchen--a friend mentioned plain old household ammonia  in a spray bottle with a microfiber cloth..  Duh, can't believe how well it works..  I had previously used Fantastic to get grease off walls and counters, and fingerprints in doorways or light switches.  But it took a lot of elbow grease  (pun intended).

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Highlands John wrote:

Need to reprint all my guest information next, I re-do all of it each year.

Hint: Print the name of the file on the room information (footer or somewhere) - and save with the date in it. So you can go back easily and get "guest room info-Jan 2014" and update and reprint. I know this is basic, but some of us never learn and spend time spinning our wheels to locate file names etc. And we forget to delete the old ones. If you amend it add a B, or (2) at the end of the file name.

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Highlands John wrote:

Need to reprint all my guest information next, I re-do all of it each year.

Hint: Print the name of the file on the room information (footer or somewhere) - and save with the date in it. So you can go back easily and get "guest room info-Jan 2014" and update and reprint. I know this is basic, but some of us never learn and spend time spinning our wheels to locate file names etc. And we forget to delete the old ones. If you amend it add a B, or (2) at the end of the file name.

You know you can insert a field into the document footer that is the file name and location, that way even if you move documents around on your computer it will still print with the correct location.

In OpenOffice Writer it's insert>>>Fields>>>Other>>>File Name   probably similar in Word.

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Or if u r anthem, target or home depot, just let hackers steal all your customers info. Seems to be popular.

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

Highlands John wrote:

Need to reprint all my guest information next, I re-do all of it each year.

Hint: Print the name of the file on the room information (footer or somewhere) - and save with the date in it. So you can go back easily and get "guest room info-Jan 2014" and update and reprint. I know this is basic, but some of us never learn and spend time spinning our wheels to locate file names etc. And we forget to delete the old ones. If you amend it add a B, or (2) at the end of the file name.

I can NEVER find the right file! I have no idea where some of them went!

Here's a new-ish option - print a (oh what the hell are they called???) one of those square code thingys in the guest room books that takes the guest to your website to what's probably a more up to date bit of info. What the hell are those square code thingys called? Of all the things I've lost I miss my mind the most.

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you can generate them here   http://goqr.me

 

 

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

Highlands John wrote:

Need to reprint all my guest information next, I re-do all of it each year.

Hint: Print the name of the file on the room information (footer or somewhere) - and save with the date in it. So you can go back easily and get "guest room info-Jan 2014" and update and reprint. I know this is basic, but some of us never learn and spend time spinning our wheels to locate file names etc. And we forget to delete the old ones. If you amend it add a B, or (2) at the end of the file name.

I can NEVER find the right file! I have no idea where some of them went!

Here's a new-ish option - print a (oh what the hell are they called???) one of those square code thingys in the guest room books that takes the guest to your website to what's probably a more up to date bit of info. What the hell are those square code thingys called? Of all the things I've lost I miss my mind the most.

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Morticia wrote:

Joey Bloggs wrote:

Highlands John wrote:

Need to reprint all my guest information next, I re-do all of it each year.

Hint: Print the name of the file on the room information (footer or somewhere) - and save with the date in it. So you can go back easily and get "guest room info-Jan 2014" and update and reprint. I know this is basic, but some of us never learn and spend time spinning our wheels to locate file names etc. And we forget to delete the old ones. If you amend it add a B, or (2) at the end of the file name.

I can NEVER find the right file! I have no idea where some of them went!

Here's a new-ish option - print a (oh what the hell are they called???) one of those square code thingys in the guest room books that takes the guest to your website to what's probably a more up to date bit of info. What the hell are those square code thingys called? Of all the things I've lost I miss my mind the most.

Q Code

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All my room information packs are the same. I just update them as I go along, so next time I print it picks up all the changes.

The pages are not numbered so if I need to make an emergency change I can just print the page and swap it in the rooms.

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Well, as I told someone (who shall remain nameless) the new Platinum Dawn with enzymes actually work to remove residue from spray oil on frying pans.

Rain-X on glass showers (repeat once a month). Don't use soap bars (non glycerine) with glass, they leave soap scum.

Ammonia fumes to clean the oven. Put a small container of ammonia in the oven overnight to cut the grease. Works on the silver rings around the stove heating elements too. 

Coloured Polyurethane in a shade lighter can be brushed on to wood with the same finish to "brighten" the wood.

Goof-Off on a cloth can be used to remove marks on wood and oil based paints, if you use it carefully (don't use on latex, it may strip it.)

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Jon Sable wrote:

Well, as I told someone (who shall remain nameless) the new Platinum Dawn with enzymes actually work to remove residue from spray oil on frying pans.

Rain-X on glass showers (repeat once a month). Don't use soap bars (non glycerine) with glass, they leave soap scum.

Ammonia fumes to clean the oven. Put a small container of ammonia in the oven overnight to cut the grease. Works on the silver rings around the stove heating elements too. 

Coloured Polyurethane in a shade lighter can be brushed on to wood with the same finish to "brighten" the wood.

Goof-Off on a cloth can be used to remove marks on wood and oil based paints, if you use it carefully (don't use on latex, it may strip it.)

I bought the Datinum Plawn today too. (oh was that Blonds have more fun platinum?) I am going to give it a shot for sure!

I discovered that silly little smiley face scrub daddy works TERRIFIC on Foreman grills! No need to get a paper towel or sponge greasey. Nothing has works as well and as fast on the grill which we use for bacon and sausage every day here. They sell them at stuff mart as well. Really is firm in cold water and soft in warm.

Last but not least have a half price rooms in the winter months and anything that has sat or not used frequently will fall apart or break and you can fix before the full rate paying guests arrive in the Spring! cool  Seems to be what happened here the past two weeks, even a toilet...

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Believe it or not, was wondering whether a smallish leaf blower would be good for a major dusting.  Windows open of course...  Haven't tried it  Smiling

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Don't do it. It will leave a layer of dust on everything, including your beds.

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Just saw someone on fb using a leaf blower to get the snow off the car.

Not sure it would work well indoors. Plus the noise!

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Morticia wrote:

Just saw someone on fb using a leaf blower to get the snow off the car.

Not sure it would work well indoors. Plus the noise!

Use a leaf blower and smell like fuel. I would not want that inside, it would be really strong.

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Morticia wrote:

Just saw someone on fb using a leaf blower to get the snow off the car.

Not sure it would work well indoors. Plus the noise!

Use a leaf blower and smell like fuel. I would not want that inside, it would be really strong.

Electric? Still wouldn't use it in the house...

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Mine is electric. In fact, it's a workshop vacuum that has a detachable top that becomes and electric leaf blower. A few neighbours have asked.

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Odd this has no responses!

I use lint rollers to clean the lamp shades. Sometimes you need a little brush to get in the corners. I'd rather do this than try to use the vacuum attachment.

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