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What Is Electrostatic Disinfection and How Does It Work?

Electrostatic Spray Comes in Handy …

Most people consider dry and wet dusting enough to clean their surfaces or objects. Yes, they are ideal for cleaning most areas, but they spread the filth around, that’s unless you wash the rags regularly. With dry dusting, you will remove the resting particles and kick them into the air before they rest on other surfaces.

Wet dusting, on the other hand, involves the use of harmful cleaning chemicals. It’s also tough to reach certain objects or spots. Sensitive areas such as R&D labs, clean rooms, healthcare facilities and schools require more effective methods for removing dust, dirt, and germs. That’s where electrostatic spray comes in handy since these areas need specialized sanitation practices.

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What Is Electrostatic Disinfection?

It is the process of spraying an electrostatically-charged spray mist on objects and surfaces. Electrostatic spray includes specialized solution atomized by an electrode and combined with air inside the sprayer bottle. The solution contains positively charged particles that can adhere to objects and surfaces aggressively. As such, they will cling and coat the surface they are sprayed on.

For the hard to reach places or objects with weird shapes, you only need to point and spray. The solution will coat on these surfaces evenly and envelope any objects, even when sprayed from one side. After applying the spray, the sanitizing agent can now disinfect the covered surfaces. That’s why electrostatic spray is the best solution for handling areas ridden with germs and contaminants.

How Does Electrostatic Disinfection Work?

The spray is usually electrically charged allowing solutions of disinfectants, mold preventatives and sanitizers to coat and wrap around different surfaces evenly. Once the solution leaves the sprayer, it gains a positive electrical charge. The droplets are attracted to the negative surfaces covering the backside, the visible area, and the underside evenly. Surfaces that are already covered with the solution will repel the mist, so the application method is very efficient.

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Can You Use Electrostatic Spray Disinfection for Your Business?

Do you have areas in your business sensitive to germs and grime? Whether it’s clean rooms or R&D facilities, you need electrostatic spray when cleaning the surfaces and equipment in these areas. It might sound like a very aggressive cleaning method for commercial cleaning, but it’s actually the best choice. The benefits and features of disinfecting your surfaces using electrostatic spray includes:

  • It reduces the time required to disinfect and cover all the surfaces, including the areas that are hard to reach, by at least 50%.
  • It improves control of infections and the spread of viruses such as HIV, MRSA, influenza, coronavirus and many more.
  • It applies the solution in a controlled and efficient method thereby avoiding overusing of the substance.
  • It helps prevent the costly expenses associated with contracting contagious infections.

You should use electrostatic sprays when cleaning floors, desktops and walls. It should also be used for equipment and areas that are had to reach. If any equipment is trafficked heavily, you should consider this cleaning method to remove dirt and germs effectively. It’s a huge benefit to your organization in the ways mentioned above and many more.

Don’t Fight Coronavirus on Your Own

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the globe, it’s a great idea to be prepared. You can get the best help from cleaning experts. You should hire deep cleaning professionals and sanitization experts to disinfect your office and business effectively. Your life and everyone around you is very important!  For all of your cleaning needs, contact us at Goldstar Cleaning Services, we’d love to help.

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Spring Cleaning Tips for The Office

5 Quick Tips to Tidy Up the Office

Tip 1: Get your paperwork organized

The concept of having a paperless office sounds very appealing. However, turning that into a reality can take some time. It requires that all of your business processes be digitized and for you to eliminate using paper in your entire facility. A solution that is more feasible is to find ways to ensure that all of your paperwork stays regulated and organized. One way to do that is to create space on a bookshelf or cabinet for the amount of paperwork that you need to store.

The next step that you need to do is divide up you are papers into various categories, like having a set that is labeled “to be filed” while another one is for your “to do” paperwork. After the various groups have been categorized, the documents should be stored in the appropriate file boxes or paper trays.

Tip 2: Set aside an area for your supplies

It’s common for office supplies and stationery to be found on practically every desk in many offices. At the same time, those types of supplies are not normally used on a daily or regular basis. Those items over time make desks look very messy and untidy. In order to avoid that situation, assign a special drawer or bin to organize your office supplies. Only leave the items that you use frequently on your desk. Everything else should be thrown out.

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Tip 3: Find a place to store your temporary items

Temporary items can be defined as things like trade publications and magazines. To avoid getting them mixed up with important client files or documents, have an area designated for those items. When temporary items are placed in a single designated area, that allows you to monitor them as they continue to accumulate. That gives you enough time to determine which files to get rid of, older editions in particular.

Tip 4: Organize your computer

Another important task that is involved in office spring cleaning is tidying up and organizing your virtual desktop. Filing documents that you are most likely to use frequently or again is the best approach to take. If you have any old documents you don’t need any longer, then you should delete them. That will clear off your desktop, and also save you numerous hours that you would have spent looking for important documents.

Tip 5: Get Rid of Clutter

In order to keep your office tidy and clean at all times, you will need to do other things beyond cleaning. You will also need to get into the habit of ensuring that everything is always in the right place. If you tend to have a cluttered workspace, spring is a great time to make a new resolution for yourself and get into the habit of having better cleaning habits. Only keep your most essential belongings and get rid of any clutter that is unnecessary out of your work area.

For all your cleaning needs, contact us!

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Tips for Making and Using DIY Hand Sanitizer

The Benenfits of Hand Sanitizer

Health organizations and experts all over the world have constantly been reminding people to wash their hands properly with soap to prevent COVID-19 infection, but hand sanitizers prove to have many benefits that make them a more appealing solution. The National Hand Hygiene Initiative has listed some of them as follows:

-It takes less than 30 seconds to clean your hands with a sanitizer, although it does not kill all the microbes like soap and water.

-Most hand sanitizer formulas are less irritating, and unlike soap and water, you do not need to use paper towels to complete the job.

-Also, there are places or situations where water and soap are not readily available such as meeting rooms.

In this article, we are going to take a look at how you can make your own hand sanitizer with readily available ingredients.

Alcohol is obviously the primary ingredient when it comes to making DIY sanitizer, as it’s pretty effective in killing various types of bacteria and viruses. However, the conventional vodka you may have at home may not be quite effective as an alcohol concentration of above 60% is required. Most alcoholic drinks usually have a 40 to 47 percent alcohol concentration, proving them ineffective. So, you’ll want to head out to the local pharmacy or hardware store and buy some isopropyl alcohol.

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For Gel Sanitizer, You’ll Need:

-1-part aloe vera gel

-Three parts of isopropyl alcohol

-Several drops of tea tree oil

For Spray Sanitizer, You’ll Need:

-1 and 2/3 cups of isopropyl alcohol

-A tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide

-Two tablespoons of glycerin or glycerol

-1/4 cup of distilled or cool boiled water

Keep in mind that both iterations should be mixed using clean instruments, bottled, and left to sit for 3 days in order to kill any germs from the preparation process.

When & How Should You Use the Sanitizer?

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, you should use sanitizer as per the following:

-Only when water and soap are not readily available

-If the hands are soiled, use towelettes to get rid of the soil, prior to applying the sanitizer

-Ensure the hands are dry as wet hands will only dilute the hand rub.

-Apply enough to cover your fingers and the surface of your hands.

-Rub the hands together until the hand rub completely evaporates.

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Situations to Wash Your Hands

It’s advisable that you wash your hands with water and soap not less than five times a day, including times when you wish to use hand rub. According to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention in the United States, you should wash your hands with soap and water in the following situations:

Before, during and after meal preparation

-Before eating food

-After using the restroom, cleaning up kids who have used the bathroom and after changing diapers

-Before and after treating a wound

-After coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose

-After touching an animal including your home pet

-Before and after being in contact with a sick individual

-After touching garbage

-After being in contact with any touchpoints such as buttons, handles, doorknobs, etc.

-If your hands are dirty, soiled, or greasy.

 With these tips, you should be able to increase your chances of staying safe from the virus.

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Best Practices for Maintaining Hotel Cleanliness

Hotel Cleanliness is Key

Hotel cleanliness is key when it comes to making visitors happy. Travelers of all types expect hotel rooms to be top notch, and that goes for the common areas too. Even owners of beach hotels featuring a tropical setting in paradise know that the rooms need to be clean for the guests. Dirty hotel rooms are a distraction from the other amenities, and they are a nuisance to guests paying hard-earned money to stay somewhere nice. The hotels that promote cleanliness are the ones that win awards, get good reviews and are highly regarded by travelers.

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Here are the areas that Goldstar Services focuses on when cleaning hotels and common areas.

Clean Floors

When the floors are clean, it’s noticeable, and the room smells better. Keeping the floors clean requires that the proper care methods be in place. For carpeting, not only vacuuming but frequent shampooing is necessary. These rooms are high traffic areas. Hardwood floors are going to need to be buffed from time to time and not just regularly cleaned.

Clean Bathrooms

Bathrooms are always subject to mold. If there is even a spot of mold, there are going to be guests that ring your bell over that one. This includes corners and crevices, the shower drain and well, any place that a person’s eyes might take a gander. You want to show your guests that the bathroom is spotless. Clean the bathrooms well, and always provide a finishing touch that shows them that paying attention to detail is important to you.

Clean Walls

People spill drinks, especially if kids are present. These spilled drinks end up hitting the walls. Collectively, the walls may appear clean, but they need as much attention to detail as the bathrooms and the floors. This is especially true when it comes to walls by countertops and dinner tables.

 Clean Fridge

Any fridge and mini bar needs to be spotless. People love the fact that they have a nice fridge and mini bar at their disposal. If they are not clean, however, you’re going to get complaints. Be sure that everything is clean and well-stocked.

Clean Windows

People love to check out the view, and those windows need to be spotless. The windows shouldn’t just be cleaned every once in awhile. They should be cleaned every time a guest checks out. Remember, pay attention to detail.

Guest satisfaction is tied to cleanliness in many ways. You want your visitors to have a great impression of your hotel. When they do, they are more likely to return, and they are more likely to recommend your hotel to other people they know.

Goldstar’s friendly and well-trained staff specializes in cleaning hotel rooms, common areas and strata complexes. 

Contact us today for all of your cleaning needs.

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Flatscreen TV Cleaning Tips

The flat-screen TV occupies a central place in a huge majority of homes big and small.

The Goldstar team sees TVs used in various settings — not just for watching TV, but for playing games, music, streaming video, and more. Now we offer you the benefit of our professional experience with these simple screen cleaning tips.

On a modern flat-screen TV, the screen surface has a finish layer specifically designed to enhance its picture. This finish makes your cleanser selection important; you don’t want to damage the TV with a harsh chemical.

But your TV screen does need cleaning!

The static electricity generated by electronics attracts dust and debris in the air and encourages it to stick to the glass. Enough dust, combined with smudges, fingerprints, and other dirt, can have a noticeable negative impact on your picture quality.

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The question, then, is how to clean your flat screen effectively without causing any inadvertent damage? It’s not as hard as you might think!

1) Check Your User Manual

Like most appliances and devices, flat-screen TVs still come with manuals and/or instruction sheets. These should give you some basic cleaning guidance. The manufacturer’s preferred cleaning techniques will vary depending on the design of your TV. Scratches are an especially big concern for LCD screens, for instance, obliging you to avoid any abrasive cleaning products.

A lot of people turn to window cleaning products when they’re looking for a TV cleaner. There’s a logic to it, of course: TVs and windows are both sheets of glass, right? It’s true the both share the same basic material, but your TV is set apart by the special coatings applied to it.

The biggest risk of using a window cleaner on a flatscreen TV is that any ammonia in the product will hurt the screen’s anti-glare coating.

You need to consult with the documentation provided with your TV because you may even void your warranty if you clean the device incorrectly. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your TV manufacturer online or via phone if you want additional guidance on cleaning.

2) Use the Right Tools

The single best step you can take to minimize the risk of damaging your flatscreen is to approach the cleaning job with the right materials. We recommend the same key tool that the Goldstar Cleaning Services team uses: A soft-finish microfiber cloth that’s treated to minimize static electricity.

This is the same sort of cloth you’ve probably seen sold for cleaning eyeglasses, camera lenses, and portable electronic devices. Treat your television to the same level of pampering! You wouldn’t clean a high-end camera, a laptop, or a pair of designer glasses with a terrycloth rag, would you? Of course not.

Ideally, you should try cleaning your TV screen without using liquid cleansers or even water.

You can get more debris off than you might think with a dry microfiber cloth! Use a gentle, circular scrubbing motion across the whole screen. You’ll see fingerprints, dust, and other smudges come away easily.

There are, of course, dedicated products and even whole kits sold for cleaning flatscreen TVs. While these can be effective, our advice is to avoid chemical cleansers unless you have no other way to tackle your screen-cleaning job.

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3) Clean the Whole TV

The screen is, of course, the “business end” of your television. If the screen gets dirty enough, it will directly impede your enjoyment of your flatscreen. But don’t neglect the other parts of the device when it’s time to clean! You should spare some attention for these components, too:

* Speakers

* Cables

* Ports

* The Remote Control

Your entire TV, and its remote, should be wiped down regularly to keep dust away. The remote deserves some extra attention because our fingers tend to transfer a lot of oil, grease, and bacteria to the device. This isn’t the place for strong chemicals, though. You don’t want to scrub the lettering off your remote’s buttons, and this is a possibility with a lot of cleansers.

To simplify the remote-cleaning job, take the batteries out first. This will make it impossible to accidentally press a button while you’re wiping the remote. You don’t want to inadvertently change your DVR settings when you’re just trying to clean. Make an effort to remove dust from ports and the delicate grillwork of your television’s speakers.

There’s a reason to take extra time with this: Removing surface dust keeps it from working its way into the electronic innards of the device where it can cause real damage.

Safety Tips

Safety is an important concern whenever you’re cleaning something that uses electricity. Most flatscreen TVs are plugged into multiple devices along with a wall outlet or surge protector. When you’re doing a thorough cleaning, don’t just unplug the TV’s power; unplug its other connections, too.

It’s doubly important to power down your TV if you plan on using water or any sort of liquid cleanser on your set.

The shape of the modern flatscreen TV often puts it at risk of tipping and falling, and this risk is greatest when you are cleaning. If you know some of your entertainment devices, or the TV itself, are in especially precarious positions, move them to a more stable location before you clean. Many times, lowering the TV base to the floor is the easiest, safest way to prepare it for cleaning.

Maximizing Your TV’s Lifespan

A thorough cleaning is a great way to keep your television in tip-top condition, but you can take other steps to prolong its lifespan, too. Make a habit of turning your TV off when you’re not watching it. This conserves electricity, and it will even make the screen last longer. It’s also not a good idea to leave your screen paused for too long, as a still image may lead to permanent marks or discoloration.

Trust the Professionals!

Cleaning a TV thoroughly is a rather involved process. A lot of people just don’t have the time or energy to give the job the attention it deserves. You can trust the Goldstar cleaning team to take care of your electronics along with all of your other cleaning tasks, big and small; we’re happy to give you the expert help you need.

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