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  • 02 Jan 2014 9:52 AM | Matthew Carson (Administrator)
    As part of the company’s first annual Open Hearts Campaign that gives back to non-profits making a difference in the community, Maid Brigade – the Atlanta-based house cleaning franchise – has awarded $5,000 to Furkids.

    Furkids is Georgia’s largest no-kill animal shelter, which provides a cage-free and loving environment for its rescued animals until finding them permanent homes.

    “More than 10 years ago I found a stray mother cat with kittens and was unable to find a shelter to take them in – so I started Furkids,” says Samantha Shelton, founder and executive director of Furkids. “Since 2002, we have facilitated close to 9,000 adoptions and today we operate 13 full-time adoption centers throughout metro Atlanta."

    With more than 26 non-profits in the running, the Open Hearts Campaign asked Maid Brigade Facebook fans to vote for their favorite charities. A total of nearly 6,800 votes were cast throughout the month of December. Furkids received more than 2,000 votes and was announced the winning organization last week via the Maid Brigade Facebook page.

    In close second was Equest, which provides therapeutic sports riding classes and Hippotherapy to children and adults with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities. The Texas-based organization was awarded $500 from Maid Brigade.

    “We wanted to give back in a big way to the local non-profits making a lasting impact in the communities in which Maid Brigade serves,” says Bart Puett, president of Maid Brigade. “The Open Hearts Campaign gave our customers a voice in which charity was chosen. It’s inspirational to see how these organizations have touched the lives of so many people.”

    Headquartered in Atlanta, Maid Brigade is the only house cleaning service that is Green Clean Certified® with more than 400 franchise service areas in the United States and Canada. Established in 1979, Maid Brigade is the green cleaning industry leader and has a longstanding legacy of providing quality customer service and consistent and thorough cleaning using the most advanced techniques and equipment. The company has also implemented a consumer advocacy program in response to reports from the Environmental Protection Agency linking chemicals in traditional cleaning products to a wide range of health risks. For more information visit www.maidbrigade.com or call 866-800-7434.
  • 02 Jan 2014 9:46 AM | Matthew Carson (Administrator)
    Diamond Back Group, which provides janitorial services, is closing its local operation.

    The business employs 45 workers, all of whom will be affected by the plant closing, a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice posted Monday on the state Department of Labor website shows. 

    The filing lists the closing date as Dec. 31 and it is due to a contract termination. It also states the business is affiliated with Eastman Kodak Co. 

    Kodak spokesman Christopher Veronda said Johnson Controls Inc., Kodak’s building management firm, has hired a new janitorial service firm and that incumbent workers will be offered interviews. 

    More at source: RBJ

  • 26 Dec 2013 2:42 PM | Matthew Carson (Administrator)
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    here's little that I find more depressing or exasperating than coming home to see a huge pile of dirty dishes. Washing dishes is the worst. Really, that's why the dishwasher was invented. But loading and unloading dishwashers also can be something of a tedious chore. So we should all be thrilled that Tomorrow Machine,

      a Swedish design company, has invented this self-cleaning plate and bowl.

    These are made entirely of cellulose — plant pulp — finished with a water-repellent coating found in nature on the leaves of lotus plants, nasturtiums, and elephant's-ear plants, and on the wings of some butterflies.

    More at source: The Week

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  • 26 Dec 2013 2:38 PM | Matthew Carson (Administrator)

    In this March 20, 2010, file photo, Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., speaks to people demonstrating against the health care bill on the U.S. Capitol steps in Washington.

    ATLANTA undefined U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston is defending comments he made suggesting that poor students who are part of the nation's school lunch program should sweep cafeteria floors.

    Kingston made the comments at a meeting of Jackson County Republicans on Saturday. The Huffington Post reported that Kingston told the crowd making children do janitorial work would help them learn that there's "no such thing as a free lunch."

    The Savannah Republican is campaigning to become his party's nominee for the U.S. Senate seat of Saxby Chambliss, who has announced his retirement.

    Kingston spokesman Chris Crawford said in a statement to WXIA-TV that it's sad that trying to have a "productive conversation" about instilling a strong work ethic in the next generation "so quickly devolves into the usual name calling partisan hysteria."

    More at source: Times Free Press

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  • 17 Dec 2013 8:39 PM | Matthew Carson (Administrator)

    If you see or smell mold in your home, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends these cleaning methods:

    • Use a diluted bleach solution (no more than 1 cup bleach per gallon of water), soap and water or a commercial cleaning product. Use with a stiff brush.
    • Never mix bleach with any other household chemical, as the mixture can produce toxic fumes.
    • Wear non-porous gloves and protective eyewear. Open windows for ventilation.
    • Consult the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (epa.gov) for information about cleaning areas of mold greater than 10 square feet.

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  • 17 Dec 2013 8:35 PM | Matthew Carson (Administrator)

    (Aside: some people will claim the FDA has a low threshold  for approvals and point to "voluntary" recalls with food as an example of the agency lacking a lot of punch. With medications, there is some debate over whether fast-tracking approval helps or potentially hurts the public. But lots of this information evolves, and better information comes with more users of a product. Back to our regularly scheduled blog.)

    The FDA wants to further investigate data that suggests long-term use of antibiotic (aka antimicrobial or antiseptic) soaps can lead to bacterial resistance, making it harder to kill bad bugs. Makes sense. We hear about antibiotic resistance from misuse of antibiotic drugs. Soap abuse could lead to the same problem. There also is concern about hormonal effects.

    If you have an opinion, share it. The FDA wants to know how you feel about a proposed rule that would require soap manufacturers to provide more substantial data about the effectiveness of antibacterial soap. Presumably, that would include the risk of bacterial resistance from long-term use.


    More at source: D & C

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  • 17 Dec 2013 8:33 PM | Matthew Carson (Administrator)

    The merry band of window washers then rappelled down the north Portland building as groups of children gathered on each floor to watch and wave.

    "They're giggling, jumping up and down, smiling, a lot of laughter. It's really great," said Jason Kirk, also known as the window-washing Santa Claus.

    One boy said Santa was just getting a jumpstart on all his regular Christmas duties, which always includes washing windows.

    "Yeah, he cleans windows," said 6-year-old Klever, a patient at the hospital. "Yeah, he did it to my house … when I was asleep."


    More at source: KPTV

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  • 12 Dec 2013 8:25 PM | Matthew Carson (Administrator)
    homejoy house cleaner

    Silicon Valley has always sought make your household duties simpler with technology, but there’s only so much that robotic vacuums and ultrafast washing machines can do. Anything outside of floor cleaning generally requires a bit of manual labor – labor you don’t always have the time or energy to perform yourself.

    That’s where Homejoy comes in. In a nutshell, the burgeoning San Francisco-based startup is basically a uber-simple maid service. Think MerryMaids or HipsterMaid but with easier web-based booking. To schedule a cleaning appointment, all you do is hop on their ridiculously simple site, enter in a few details about your house and what areas you need cleaned, and the date/time you want it to happen. Then, for $20 an hour, a professional cleaner stops by to take care of the dirty work.

    Each cleaner is personally selected for a client’s needs, and all of them are bonded and insured, undergo background checks and in-person interviews, and must receive good reviews to stay on-staff. The company currently has more than 1,000 full-time employees, and is already up and running in 31 cities in the US and Canada.

    More at source: Digital Trends

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  • 12 Dec 2013 8:18 PM | Matthew Carson (Administrator)
    Deep fried cleaning: woman makes soap from used cooking oil


    BREMERTON, Wash. -- Recycling is in Laura Kneib's blood and in her soap. She's converted her Bremerton home into a soap making factory where the main ingredient she gets is free, used cooking oil.

    "It smells like french fries," Kneib said as she poured several gallons of used cooking oil she got from food booths at the Jefferson County Fair.
     
    In 24 hours, it won't smell like french fries. It will be unscented or one of a dozen scents. Among the scents are pumpkin pie and Puget Sound, which she makes from dried kelp found on the beach in front of her home.
     
    Kneib has used her resourcefulness to be one of the first people in the United States to sell soap made primarily out of used cooking oil.

    "I like to get it from ma and pa restaurants," Kneib said. "It's just cleaner, they are more particular and they don't use it to death".

    She calls it F.R.O.G. Soap, an acronym for "from recycled oil and glycerin."  Out of an average 16-gallon batch, 11 gallons are used to make the soap. The rest has been filtered to get rid of the scraps of food.

    "People have to get over the yuck factor," Kneib said.  

    More at source: Komo News

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  • 09 Dec 2013 7:41 PM | Matthew Carson (Administrator)

    Mold closed down a firehouse in Cape Coral, said a report. For anyone with the same problem, My Cleaning Products gave out mold removal tips to be of help.

    Cape Coral, FL (PRWEB) December 09, 2013

    A recent mold discovery at Cape Coral's Fire Station #2 led to the closure of the facility. News website nbc-2.com related the details about it on its post dated December 06, 2013. Meanwhile, to others with the same mold problem, My Cleaning Products shared some mold removal tips to be of help.

    According to the report, because of the mold, the firefighters and the equipments were moved out of the station located at Nicholas Parkway and Cultural Park Boulevard, My Cleaning Products shared. Temporarily, they were transferred to the city's Emergency Operations Center, it detailed.

    As it was also said in the post, a water damage caused the mold problem in the firehouse, relayed MCP. It added that it was particularly found at its kitchen. Moreover, it related that the repairs for the building were expected to take about 30 days.

    More at source: NewsDay

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