Clean Windows Can Improve Moods

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“My favourite journey is looking out the window.”

-Edward Gorey

A home is usually the biggest investment most people will ever make. And according to real estate agents, one of the biggest factors in choosing a property is the quality of natural light in the home. So let the sunshine in — through clean windows!

And for businesses, light is just as important. Because windows are one of the first things a client notices, dirty windows create an unfavourable impression which can actually negatively affect sales.  Clean windows make for a pleasant and professional environment for guests, clients and staff.

Clearly it’s the view

We often take windows for granted. We get up every day and look outside. Clean windows cheer us up as we look out onto the world; dirty windows do just the opposite and can contribute to a glum mood. It’s a subtle thing but looking through sparkling windows means you’ll feel more chipper as soon as you start the day, and with warmer weather approaching the view will only get better.

Why it’s important

Besides improving one’s mood, did you know that clean windows actually prolong the life of the glass?

Windows can really take a beating. They’re exposed to harsh weather conditions, acid rain and hard minerals. They collect dirt and grime, which can make them weaker and lose their transparency over time. And that not only makes them harder to clean but can eventually ruin them altogether.

Regular cleaning makes it easier to remove stubborn stains and extend the life of the windows — making it easier on your pocketbook in the long run.

Simple window cleaning tips

So what can you do to make the windows at home or at work look better and last longer? Here are a few simple tips for easy window cleaning:

  • Tackle the job on a dry and cloudy day. Cleaning windows in the blazing sun will quickly dry the cleaning solution on hot windows before you can wipe it off, making it difficult to remove streaks. If it has to be done on a sunny day, start on the shady side of the house.
  • Always sweep the dirt off of the frames and sills before you begin washing the windows. This will prevent a muddy mess from forming after the window cleaner is applied.
  • Apply the cleaning solution liberally. If you hold back and don’t apply enough cleaner to allow the dirt and grime to dissolve, you’ll always end up with streaks. You can use commercial glass cleaners (eco-friendly, please) or you can easily make your own.
  • Use a microfiber cloth. Paper towels, rags or even newspapers do dry windows, but nothing works as well as microfiber cloths. They’re super absorbent and guarantee a streak-free and shiny window. Plus, they’re re-usable.
  • Pro tip: When wiping the windows, wipe horizontally on one side of the glass and vertically on the other side. That way, if there are any streaks, you can quickly tell which side they’re on.

Whether it’s a home or a business, clean windows project a brighter, more positive atmosphere and can even improve your mood, productivity and sales!

At Allcare, we care about clean. Get in touch for your free, no-obligation quote.

Hey, kids, let’s science! The Magic of Microfiber

nylon molecule
(Photo: Michael Ströck/Wikipedia)
Microfiber packs a big punch

Fun fact: the average person spends about 20 hours per month on household cleaning.

But there are tools to make the job easier and science has given us so many labour-saving inventions, it’s easy to take them for granted. (Just think about how laundry used to be done!)

Microfiber cloths are so eco-friendly, effective and efficient they’re a must-have for any green cleaning kit. But how do they do what they do? Read on for the lowdown on this “magical” fabric.

She blinded me with science

The story of microfibers goes all the way back to 19th century Holland, when Johannes Diderik van der Waals laid the foundation for modern molecular physics. Building on that knowledge, chemical engineers of the 1950s and ’60s began experimenting with ultra-fine filaments for industrial applications.

By the 1970s, Ultrasuede hit the market and expanded the possibilities for new applications of the material. Not only was the ersatz suede used for making groovy pantsuits but also for interior, automotive and aircraft design applications.

But it wasn’t until the ’90s, when Swedish materials scientists began to develop the technology further, that microfiber cloths revolutionized green cleaning in both industrial and household applications. Today, microfiber cloths are widely used in Europe where environmental awareness is greater, but the technology is still catching on in North America.

So, what’s so big about tiny?

Microfiber is a synthetic combination of polyamides (aka nylon) and polyester. This substance is used to create super-fine strands with a diameter about 10 to 50 times thinner than a human hair. The strands are then split even further creating tiny fibers which are about the size of the average bacteria. Germs, begone!

microfiber versus cotton
Microfiber versus cotton

Thanks to this micro splitting process the surface area of microfiber is roughly 15 times greater than that of cotton fabrics, allowing it to trap more dust, dirt and bacteria in its million tiny edges. More surface area equals more efficiency — you get big results from those teensy fibers.

Another benefit of microfiber cloths is that they won’t scratch or mar even the most delicate surfaces because they attract debris instead of pushing it around. That’s why microfiber cloths are used for lens cleaning and other precision applications.

Remember that 19th century Dutchman van der Waals? He was the first scientist to describe the properties of molecular attraction. The “van der Waals forces” inherent in the plastic microfibers are what give these mighty cloths their ability to attract grime and germs, hence the nickname “dirt magnets.”

But is it green technology?

You bet it is. Microfiber technology virtually eliminates the need for paper towels and toxic cleaning chemicals.

Using these cloths will even reduce your water usage. A microfiber mop weighs far less than a traditional string mop and uses about half the water to get the job done.

Added bonus: microfibers are lint-free, making them ideal for glass and other shiny-surface cleaning. No more harsh window cleaners, which can be damaging to your lungs with repeated use.

Show me the money

Microfiber cleaning products can tolerate between 100-200 washings. That’s a long life for a cleaning product. So, you’re not only getting a more thorough, more environmentally-friendly result, but you’re also reducing your budget. Gotta love science.

At Allcare, microfiber cloths are just one of the products we use to make your facility shiny and germ-free. Get in touch today for more information on our Green Housekeeping practices.

We care about clean.

4 Reasons to Remove Dirt and Dust with Microfiber

Small things often make a big difference. And this is certainly the case with microfiber, a synthetic textile made from microfibers with a diameter approximately 1/16 the thickness of a human hair.

At Allcare, we use these microfiber cloths and dusters to clean surfaces better and more efficiently than conventional rags and dusters. In this post, we explain some of the reasons why we use microfibers.

1. Microfibers Capture More Dust and Dirt Particles

Microfiber materials are densely constructed out of microscopic polyester and polyamide (or nylon) fibers. These microfibers, which are so small, have more surface area for cleaning than traditional textiles. The pockets between fibers help hold dirt and liquid, and these tiny fibers are able to penetrate the microscopic surface pores of most flooring materials.

In comparison, dry dusters (including feather dusters) do a poor job of trapping dust and dirt, and often simply move it around.

Dust, dirt, hair and lint are also all attracted to microfiber cloths. Without getting too much into the science, positively charged microfibers have a pull, so to speak, on negatively charged dust.

2. Microfibers Reduce Waste

Microfiber cuts back on waste by lasting longer than other cleaning textiles. While microfiber mops initially cost about twice that of traditional loop mops, a microfiber mop’s lifespan is about 10 times as long. Microfiber, unlike paper towels or cotton rags, can be used hundreds of times after laundering. This means that materials can get reused, and less is thrown away.

3. Microfiber is Easier on Cleaning Staff

Microfibers make cleaning easier because they can be slid over surfaces smoothly and easily. And since microfiber is more effective at removing dirt,  cleaners don’t have to put as much effort into scrubbing surfaces to clean them.

Also, since microfibers require a smaller volume of water and chemicals to be effective, it’s easier for staff to transport equipment easier to the job site. In fact, microfiber dusting wands can help pick up dust without any water or chemicals at all.

Because they’re not weighed down and slowed down by their equipment, our staff can clean more area, more quickly and more easily.

4. Microfibers Require Less Water and Fewer Chemicals

Microfiber is able to absorb more liquid than conventional textiles. Because more water is retained (and less is dripped on surfaces), microfibers require less water overall.

And because they more efficiently clean surfaces, they can also reduce the amount of chemicals needed to clean. Microfibers have been found to reduce the use of cleaning chemicals by two-thirds. Reducing the use of chemicals (even the eco-friendly ones we use) helps us be greener, and save money.

 

At Allcare, we use microfiber technology to make sure that our clients have the cleanest surfaces as possible. Microfibers make the removal of dust and dirt from desks, countertops, and other surfaces easier, less expensive, and more sustainable.

Do you use microfibers for cleaning? Please let us know why you chose this method in the comments!