Tips to Master Holiday Storage

The holidays are quickly approaching. But what about after the holidays? Before you know it it’ll be the new year and it’s time to pack all those decorations and wrapping paper away. Huffington Post has discovered some time saving storage hacks that will have you jumping for joy next holiday season when it’s time to pull out everything once again.

Here are our favorites:

  1. Store beaded garland in a water bottle.This will prevent that pesky tangling that is so hard to decipher following year. You will be saving time and the environment.
  2. Keep ribbon for gift wrapping on a hanger.Don’t through them all into one box and hope for the best. Keep your gift wrapping stress free by neatly hanging you ribbons and string. This way you’ll cut down on tangling.
  3. Recycle old egg cartons by using them as ornament dividers.
    Cut on down on breakage. No need to buy special ornament dividers when you have the solution right in your refrigerator. Reuse, Reduce, Recycle by repurposing.
  4. Use cardboard to wrap up lights.
    This cuts down on tangling and makes for a more happier you when it’s time to put those pesky lights up once again.
  5. Dedicate a single storage area for you decorations. Consider installing shelving to help keep organized all year long.
    For this hack we at Markatos Services can certainly help. Give us a call and ask about our handyman services. We don’t just clean, we put up shelving units.

 

Take a look at some of the other hacks from Huff Post

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Training Your Staff to Benefit Your Customers

Training your staff benefits your customers.

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Training has many benefits for your staff:

  • They acquire new skills, increasing their contribution to the business and building their self-esteem.
  • The training they do can take them into other positions within the organization – positions with better prospects and/or better pay.
  • They’re upskilled to do new and different tasks, which keeps them motivated and fresh.
  • Because they’re being trained on your time, they see that you value them enough to invest in them. A good company is seen as one that retains their employees. Markatos Services employee turnover rate is well below industry standards. We have been very successful at training and retaining our employees for over 30 years.

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Training can improve business performance and your customer’s experience. Advantages to customers include:

  • A well trained staff will be able to deliver high quality service with your customer’s satisfaction in mind.
  • Training your staff can result in better customer service, better work safety practices and productivity improvements.
  • You demonstrate to your workforce that you value them enough to invest in them, improving loyalty and staff retention. With a consistent staff you are better able to serve your customers.

The images above are from our most recent training class. Our staff goes through an intense training process in order to improve our customer’s experience. Markatos performs weekly and annual training for all staff members, allowing everyone to improve their skill set with a chance for advancement within the company. To learn more about Markatos Services Inc. click the link below: www.markatosservices.com

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Cleaning Tip: Clean Small Toys In A Laundry Bag

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Here at Markatos Services, we’re always looking to bring you new cleaning tips and tricks. The article below was written by Gettin’ By.

I’ve never thought to wash anything in my washing machine other than clothes, but I suppose a laundry bag can make it possible to clean so much more, including small lego pieces! You could also use this concept in the dishwasher.

Yes, this was noisy, and I’m sure it would’ve gone a lot smoother if I had one of those washing machine without the center spindle.  Just the same, it worked!

washing-lego-2After the cycle was over, I took the legos outside to drip dry.  I started by just hanging the bag, but after an afternoon of hanging out, most of the pieces were still wet.  If I had had one of those mesh sweater racks, I would’ve spread them all out in a thin layer to dry, but I didn’t.  Dad doesn’t wear sweaters, and even if he did, he’d never lay them flat to dry.  Instead, I had to leave the legos outdoors for a few days, remembering to stir them around every now and then.  I would recommend a good quality bag, though.  Legos can get sharp, and you don’t want holes letting the legos escape.

Still, the legos are now clean, and I’m not so averse to playing with them; Son will be happy to hear that.

Article and photos brought to you by the blog: Gettin’ By

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Fall Is Here. So Are The Leaves!

It’s that time of the year again! Fall is here and so are the colorful falling leaves that your gutters gobble up. Here are some reasons to keep your gutters clean:

  1. MarkatosGutterCleaningGutter overflow. As water fills and settles rather than flowing through the gutter system, the gutters run the risk of filling so the water rests at the roof level. The result can be roof damage and leaks.
  2. Rotting Wood and Infestation. Improper gutter draining can cause the wood on your home to rot where there is water build-up or leaking along the house. High water levels can create a home for mosquitoes. Bugs love moisture and mosquitoes love environments with stagnant water. If water does not drain from your gutters and stays in the drain, it creates a great home for insects.
  3. Washed out landscaping. Water build up in your gutters can cause erosion and wash out your beautiful and very expensive landscaping. Be mindful of keeping your gutters flushed and free of debris to eliminate the chance of overflow.

Here at Markatos Services Inc. we are flooded with gutter cleaning phone calls. If you struggle to clean your own gutters, now is the time to call a gutter cleaning service. Get on the schedule for late October, early November. The leave are falling as we speak! Call Markatos at 302.792.0606 for gutter cleaning services in the Delaware area.

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How to Clean Window Blinds

DustingBlindsAround this time of year you will find yourself opening the windows and airing out your home with a nice fall breeze. When opening your windows, it may leave areas of your home vulnerable to dirt and debris build up, specifically on your blinds. Here are some tips to help you clean your blinds and help keep them looking beautiful!

  1. Use a rubber sponge for plastic blinds: also known as a dry sponge (found at hardware and paint stores), to remove dust and residue from both fabric and vinyl blinds. Simply wipe the dry sponge firmly across the blinds.
  2. Spot the Spot: For spot cleaning, spray an all-purpose cleaner onto a clean dry cloth and wipe the soiled area of the blind.
  3. Vacuums in the air: Use the brush attachment and vacuum across slots, not up and down to prevent breaking them.
  4. For wood blinds: Take a wool duster to them first, then slightly wet wipe them. Do not soak them. This could ruin the natural wood material.
  5. For metal and vinyl blinds: Use dish wash soap and warm water.
  6. For fabric blinds: If they become too dirty to clean you can take them to a dry cleaner.

To learn more about Markatos Services and our cleaning tips visit:  http://markatosservices.com/Residential_Cleaning.php

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Scary Spots To Clean

With all the excitement one could easily forget to tidy up and keep things that way. Here is this season’s super scandalous scary spots that need a little extra attention this time of year.

Under the bed: Where dust feels at home
Remove any clutter from below the bed and next try to get a long nosed vacuum tube to reach all over and beat those tough spots. Also placing a barrier beneath your things and the floor, such as a beautiful rug, can not only help protect your items from floor dust but also gives the room a special look.

Corners: Where spider webs creep
Wipe along the edges with an old cloth to collect dirt and other objects. Then for fun decorate along the edges of walls in order to brighten up the place for Halloween!

Neglected Surfaces: Where the critters crawl
Neglected surfaces don’t always just come out at night, they pop up all the time. These surfaces can range from your desk top to your headboard. Make sure you keep them all clean and neat by keeping the dust away and wiping down these surfaces and using a disinfectant that smells like Fall.

Closet: Where the monsters hide
Having a busy and crowded closet can look pretty frightening. To keep your closet organized, use fun and bright containers that are all different sizes to ensure a clean look that takes up an appropriate amount of space keeping the monsters away!

The forgotten places: The scariest of them all!
Make sure all members of the family clean up after each trip to the bathroom. They can do this by spraying disinfectant after each use, and wiping down the shower and toilet seat. Also, encourage and remind family members to wash their hands. Keep fun halloween shaped bars of soap on the sink for some scary flare!

Find more tips and cleaning information visit www.markatosservices.com.

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Three Tips To Reduce Absenteeism And Maintain Healthy Schools

Each day, roughly 55 million students and seven million staff attend U.S. public and private schools.  And each year, students miss approximately 60 million days of school due to the spread of communicable illnesses such as the cold and flu.

To help school cleaning staff maintain a healthy learning environment, Markatos Services recommends the following:

MarkatosTouchlessDispensers_Flyer1. Implement a handwashing program. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), handwashing is one of the most effective ways to avoid sickness and reduce the spread of germs. Washing hands with soap and water is the most effective way to reduce the number of microbes and germs on hands, so it is important to teach students and staff proper handwashing procedures.

To complement a handwashing program, schools should also consider installing infection prevention tools such as automated flushing systems, hands-free towel dispensers and hand sanitizer stations. In fact, a recent study showed that the use of an alcohol-based gel hand sanitizer in the classroom can reduce absenteeism due to illness by nearly 20 percent.

2. Clean and disinfect all “hotspots.” Implement an ongoing cleaning and disinfection program for germ hotspots throughout the school. These surfaces include door handles, light switches, computer keyboards, desks, supplies and common play areas or tables.

When cleaning these high-touch areas, make sure to use separate microfiber mops and towels between zones to remove bacteria and reduce cross contamination.

3. Maintain Indoor Air Quality. Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) is a commonly cited problem contributing to absenteeism and poor school performance in educational facilities. To improve IAQ, matting should be placed at all entrances and high traffic zones throughout the school to prevent dust and dirt from being tracked into the building. To maintain fresh IAQ and clean facilities, ensure that matting is regularly laundered to remove captured debris.

School facility managers should consider partnering with a facility services provider who can make it easier for cleaning staff to create a healthy and safe learning environment.

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