The Most Missed Cleaning Areas In The Office

A clean and tidy office is shown to help with employee morale as well as productivity. Perhaps even more important than the visual aesthetic of a clean office is the health benefits. With most people spending nearly as much time in the office as they do at home, ensuring that the office is a clean and healthy environment is extremely important. Here is a list of the most missed areas to clean in an office.

Behind and Underneath the Furniture

Just like your home, among the most missed places to clean is behind and underneath the furniture. Those are prime places for harmful dust and allergens to build up. 

Light Switches and Door Handles

Light switches and door handles are items that are touched several times a day by various people, yet often go unaddressed in the office cleaning. With the potential to harbor and spread lots of germs this is a spot you don't want to miss when cleaning your office.

Air Vents

Periodic air duct cleaning will go a long way to support a healthy office. These areas are ripe for spreading debris and airborne particles that must be avoided by asthma sufferers and can be harmful to any office worker.  

Tops of Cabinets and Shelves

Often overlooked when cleaning the office, the tops of cabinets and shelves are a prime location for storing germs and collecting dust. Communal areas like this are often left untouched as everyone thinks someone else will clean them.

Inside Microwaves and Refrigerators

We saved the worst for last, microwaves and fridges can be home to some of the worst messes in an office space. No one knows whose lasagna exploded in the microwave or who is responsible for the half and half in the fridge from last year. No one wants to clean anyone else’s mess; and some people do not want to clean their own. This is the main reason fridges and microwaves end up the ugliest place in the office. 

If you and your coworkers have office cleaning as one of the understood duties of your job it can be hard to divide the work in a way that everyone deems fair. In these cases, we recommend making a shared calendar of responsibilities where the jobs are rotated among the team. Everyone can help keep each other accountable and keep the office clean for each other. This will promote not only a pleasant workspace, but a healthy one as well. 

 

The BEST way to ensure that your work space is clean and healthy is to hire the professionals to do the job. Let your team focus on their expertise and we can step in and show you our expertise. Give the team at 208 Cleaning a chance to show you what experts and professionals we are in the cleaning world. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!

Top 5 Spring Cleaning Tips For 2024

We are officially in spring, which means longer days, BBQs, game nights, and of course- Spring Cleaning. If you are looking around and don't know where to start, not to worry! We have put together a helpful list of our top five tips to help you make the most of your time and get your spring off to a great cleaning start. 

Make A List

When trying to clean it is always best to start out in an organized way. Making a list will give you a map of what you want done and will help ensure that you have all the tools that you need to start off right. Start your cleaning day off with a nice cup of coffee and take some time to list off all your cleaning goals from washing windows to cleaning toe kicks. The other thing we love about making lists is we get to check things off as we finish and it keeps us motivated to start the next project! 

Cleaning is a Team Sport

Have you ever heard, Friends Don't Let Friends Clean Alone, or A Family That Cleans Together Stays Together? We love these mottos when it comes to Spring Cleaning. The main point is to get everyone in the household involved. It is not fair to take it all on yourself, so communicate ahead of time the cleaning day and your expectation for everyone to pitch in and hold them accountable. Remember, cleaning doesn't have to be a horrible chore; blast some good tunes and turn Spring Cleaning into a party that everyone is invited to. 

Don't Just Clean…CLEANSE!

Think of Spring Cleaning also as a time to clear out the old and make space for the new. We recommend having a box nearby at all times as you are cleaning things up so that you have a place to put the items that no longer spark your fancy. Put the box in storage or take it for donation so that when cleaning is done those items are gone. Use Spring Cleaning to get rid of your clutter and start off the season with a fresh slate.  

Go Top To Bottom

This is a very practical piece of cleaning advice, but it can save you a great deal of time and headache. When we say start top to bottom we really mean it. We want the dust to fall on things that have not been cleaned and spare us having to clean things twice. So we will start a room by dusting the top molding and end the room by mopping the floor. 

Pass On The Work

Looking around at the work and overwhelmed? Too darn busy to address Spring Cleaning? Would rather be outside playing than inside cleaning? Don’t sweat it, deep cleaning is not for everyone, but it is definitely for us! Don't let another year go by without getting a good deep cleaning. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!

Spring Break In The Treasure Valley

It seems hard to believe but spring is just about here and that means Spring Break is right around the corner. Although it feels like we just got the Christmas decorations down and we are still getting the occasional snow, spring is knocking on the door. For those of us with kids we are facing the question of what to do for Spring Break. Luckily we are blessed to live in the beautiful Treasure Valley where there is an endless list of things to do. We put together a selection of options from high action to totally chill and we took the unpredictable local weather into account, giving you options for rain or shine. 

High Action

For the family that is looking to get their adrenaline pumping on Spring Break there are plenty of things to get your thrills. If the weather is nice, head to Jump Creek. A short trail weaves through awesome rock formations and ends at a spectacular waterfall. From there you can keep exploring different trails and have fun bouldering. Or head to Bruneau Sand Dunes and surf the sand on the tallest single dune in North America. Be sure to take some kites because the wind is usually perfect for kite flying. 

If it's more rain than shine head to one of the Treasure Valley’s indoor climbing gyms. Even if your family has never climbed before they can have an incredible experience since most climbing gyms offer auto belay. Auto belay means that you and your kids can climb with the safety of a rope without having to know how to belay. If climbing is not quite your thing you can reach heights another way at one of the many indoor trampoline parks. Flip and flop while getting in a great workout at a place where you can literally jump off the walls. Keep active this break at one or all of these great options.

More Mellow

Grab the family and head to Julia Davis Park in downtown for Zoo Boise. Fun for any age you can enjoy taking in the various animal exhibits. Have your sack lunch next to the lions, peer in at the penguins underwater, and even get a chance to feed a giraffe. The visual spectacle of the wild world is matched with the thoughtful interpretation helping you learn a little about these beautiful animals while you watch their entertaining antics. From there unwind on a walk along the greenbelt or play in one of the many adjacent parks. 

If the weather makes this outdoor option fall flat head to Meridian’s The Village. There are plenty of options in this one awesome location to please even the pickiest person in the family. From gaming arcades to feature films and tons of shops to browse in between. End the day with a family meal at one of the many eateries on site. 

 

We hope these options help you get started planning a great Spring Break where you can spend meaningful time with your entire family and make memories that can last a lifetime. There is nothing better than coming back to an immaculate and beautifully cleaned home. While you are out having family fun we can be getting your chores done. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!

How To Remove Chocolate Stains From Carpets and Furniture

The first signs of spring are just starting to appear. While there is still snow up in the mountains there are spots of green down in the valley. For a lot of us, that means spring cleaning time is here. After back-to-back holidays you may be looking at your carpets and upholstery and wondering how you will ever get them cleaned again. If you are anything like us your holidays were full of treats and all of those chocolates from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day have left their mark all over your home. Are those stains making you feel more bitter and less sweet? Fear not, here are a couple of trusted tips to treat those stains and get you feeling shiny and clean for spring. 

Cleaning the Carpets

This method is sure to get your carpet back to the color it is supposed to be. Now what to do about bon bon bombs on your couches and chairs? Here is a method that has proven beneficial for chocolate stains on a variety of fabric types.

Cleaning the Upholstery

Chocolate can be one of the most unpleasant stains to look at in your house. We hope these tips help tackle this unpleasant chore. It is important to remember, only you know the make and quality of your carpets so be sure to take care and get a spot cleaner that is meant for your specific carpet type. When using any of the tools mentioned above, use caution to avoid over-agitating carpet fibers which might cause damage. And remember for the big jobs, we got you covered. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!

How To Keep Communal Spaces Clean At The Office

Keeping your own home clean and sanitized is tough enough, let alone a busy, high traffic area like a workplace break room or kitchen. In today’s article, we’re going to cover some best practices for keeping these areas clean and sanitized and ready to help your employees stay happy and germ free year round. 

Deploy Public Rules For The Kitchen And Breakroom

It seems simple enough, but without a strict set of rules in and around the breakroom, things can devolve into utter chaos. Put up a sign in an easily viewable area that denotes the rules of the communal area so that everyone is aware of them and that they can follow them daily. An example of a set of rules that will help keep the area clean could go something like this:

Tidy Up… Then Sanitize 

If you are in charge of cleaning up the kitchen or have just taken the task upon yourself because you are a fantastic person, then we have some advice. Once you have everything put away and restocked and tidied up, it helps to then sanitize the high-touch areas within the kitchen. High touch areas are places like:

Offer Free Face Masks And Hand Sanitizer At The Entrance To Communal Areas Like Kitchens And Break Rooms

While the pandemic may be officially over, the threat of spreading germs like colds and the flu are very much still around. If you can offer your employees at least the option of wearing a mask, especially if they may be coming down with something, then you can reduce the impact of sickness in and around the office. That is a win-win for everybody!

Set A Schedule For Clearing Out Fridges And Cabinet Food Storage Areas

Make sure that the fridge and other food storage areas used by employees are cleaned out top to bottom on a regular basis. Sometimes weekly will work or twice a month for smaller offices. The important part is to not allow messes or old food to sit and spread germs as they rot.

For The Road

Putting together the perfect breakroom cleaning schedule is no small feat, but with a little preparation you can be ready for anything that comes your way this year. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!

New Year Resolutions For Your Home

The holiday season is finally over and it is time to take a much needed respite. This time of year is a great opportunity to prepare for the rest of the year ahead and to pay attention to the little details or tasks that may have been sidelined since the mad dash that typically occurs from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas (and beyond!). In today’s article, we’re going to talk about great resolutions that you can establish this year when it comes to cleaning your house and keeping it organized and you sane. 

Leverage Trash Days To Help Pair Down Unwanted Junk/Clutter

We all want to pair down our accumulated junk and clutter, but there is never really a right “time” for when it should be paired down. Well, you can make the time really easily if you just set a simple reminder on your calendar or smart home device to take 15 minutes (or more) on trash pick up day to go through the house and garage and gather up a few handfuls of junk and toss them in the trash cans before putting them on the curb. It is a great habit to start and by the end of the year, if you’ve done it 25 or even a full 52 times, then your home will be about as close to clutter free as humanly possible! 

Speaking Of Trash Day! Set A Monthly Freezer Clear Out Reminder

Most households have at least one freezer and if you have kids, then you will most likely have two or more! Set another quick reminder for the last trash pickup day of every month to be “freezer clean out day” so you can just dump the unwanted freezer items directly into your bins as you are taking them to the curb so that you don’t have to worry about your frozen food thawing and stinking up the neighborhood for the better part of a week while you wait for trash day. Just do it the morning of or the night before and you will enjoy a cleaner and more spacious freezer all year long. 

Turn Your Clothes Hangers Backwards

That’s right. At the start of this year, try turning all of your hanging clothes backwards, i.e. hang them so the hook is pointing toward you rather than the back of the closet as you hook them. When you use your clothes this year, replace them forward and take stock after six months or so. Look at all of the clothes that are still hanging up backwards. You haven’t used them in six months. Do you still need them or should you clear them out (donate or give away or recycle) and buy new clothes or just enjoy the larger space that a clutter free closet affords you. It is a bit of a long play, but it is definitely worth it.

For The Road

Putting together the perfect New Year’s Resolutions for your home is no small feat, but with a little preparation you can be ready for anything that comes your way this year. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!

 

End Of Year Cleaning- It’s A Thing!

You’ve heard of Spring Cleaning, but have you heard of End of Year Cleaning? Well, it may not be super popular right now, but we are nothing if not trendsetters around here. You see, End Of Year Cleaning is a great idea that should be just as big of an event as Spring Cleaning. Why, you ask? Well, getting your home decluttered and cleaned at the close of the year will go miles toward helping you start your new year off with a bang and set yourself up for success the entire year. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be as intense or as time intensive as Spring Cleaning, but it will take a little elbow grease to achieve, but what are the holidays without a little magic? In today’s blog, we will cover some of the best and easiest ways you can help to set your home up for absolute success for the new year. 

Rotate Summer Clothes

If you haven’t already, now is the perfect time to rotate your closets and drawers in order to store your summer style clothes and to bring out your winter wear because winter is going to be here to stay for a while now. Check every coat closet and shoe bin in the house and make sure that summer shoes and apparel are safely stowed away until next year when the temperatures start to rise again. 

Deep Clean Your Refrigerator

Here’s the thing. The holidays are a tough time to be dieting, we get that, but early January is the perfect time to start the year off with some new healthy habits. Set your future self up for success by deep cleaning your fridge in December and getting it organized so that when January comes around you are ready to fill it full of healthy foods and diet friendly drinks. Bonus points if you stock it full of healthy foods now to get a jump on the New Year’s Resolutions!

Remove And Donate Any Unneeded Kids Clothes And Toys

The Holidays are an excellent time to open your heart and your wallet to those in need. When it comes to holiday hardships, it is often the children who are hit the hardest. This holiday season, you can both clean up your house and get it better organized while also doing something good for little boys and girls in your community who may be in need of a Christmas miracle, however small. Go through your kids’ toys and clothes and sort them in three piles: Donate, Trash/Recycle, and Keep. Once you have everything sorted, then it is time to put the “keep” items away neatly and in a more organized way. Once that is done, you can pack up the “donate” items and drop them off at your charity of choice like The Salvation Army or The Idaho Youth Ranch. They will ensure that your donations are made available to local children and families in need. 

For The Road

Putting together the perfect cleaning event during the holidays is no small feat, but with a little preparation you can be ready for anything that comes your way this year. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!

Holiday Family Fun In The Treasure Valley

The holiday season is a great time to take the family out for a day trip to one of the many family friendly events happening in and around Boise. If you want to take your kids to visit Santa or to see a fun holiday themed museum exhibit, then this article is for you! We have gathered some of the very best and fun family events from all around the Treasure Valley this year. Enjoy!

Idaho Historical Society Holiday Events (All December And January, Various Dates)

We just wanted to give a quick shout out to the Idaho Historical Society and all they do regarding providing fun family friendly and inexpensive events all year round, and especially during the holidays. This year, they are doing several fun events including a Nativity Scene at The Bishop’s House, a free holiday movie night at the Idaho State Museum, and a Winter Wonder Village family night experience. You can read about all of that and more on their events page here

Zoo Boise’s Breakfast With Santa, December 17th

Zoo Boise strikes again with yet another fantastic family friendly and fun event at their location. This time it is a little different. It is a new spin on spending time with Santa by having breakfast with him! At this event you will be able to have a buffet breakfast and have your kids play with a fun Christmas themed craft project and also be able to spend time with Santa. Full details here

Victorian Holiday Open Parlors At The Bishop’s House Near The Old Pen. December 1st Through 22nd

If you’ve ever wanted to experience the magic of a traditional Victorian Christmas, then this is your chance. The Bishop’s House will be open to the public all December through the 22nd. You can view a proverbial forest of decorated Christmas trees throughout the different rooms of the house. Each tree more vibrantly and elegantly decorated than the last with thousands of ornaments, including new selections for 2023. While you and the family are taking in the sites, you can enjoy complimentary warm spiced cider to help warm your hands and brighten your spirits. Hours vary, so please check the event website for full details. Free to the public!

Visit With Santa At The Village In Meridian! Now Through December 24th

There are always so many fun things to do at The Village and this holiday season is no exception. Santa will be there all month long until Christmas, so reserve your child’s spot now! Here’s the full details on their website.

For The Road

Putting together the perfect family outing during the holidays is no small feat, but with a little preparation you can be ready for anything that comes your way this year. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!

Cleaning Tips For Holiday Hosting

It really is a toss up between which is more stressful and exhausting to have to do during the holiday season: travel to a relative’s house or use your house to host. If you’re traveling, then you are spending more money and have to endure all of the rigors of getting your family from point A to point B, but if you are hosting, then you have to ensure that your home is immaculate and ready to endure having your homelife completely upended until your guests leave. Either way, you are in for a fun, chaotic, and sometimes stressful time. In today’s article, we are going to help you take a little of the sting out of using your home to host guests this holiday season by allowing you to get ready for them with as little stress and fuss as possible. 

Put Together A General Cleaning Kit/Package And Keep It Handy

The best way to ensure you will clean on a regular basis is to make it as easy as humanly possible to do so. One way to do that is by gathering all of your most used and most useful cleaning supplies in one place and making them exceedingly accessible. For instance, you can put everything in a bucket or tote or portable box that you can carry to the problem area and deploy as necessary. Then, once you’re done, you can just toss everything back in the caddy and not have to stash everything around the house in 5 different places. Let us give some examples of what you can build out your tote with:

Don’t Wait To Do It All At Once: Plan It Out

Getting ready for the holidays doesn’t always have to mean that you are stuck deep cleaning the house from top to bottom the night before your guests arrive in a mad dash to have everything done by the time you have to pick them up at the airport. Not this year! Once you have a rough idea of when they are arriving then start deep cleaning at least a week prior. Break down your cleaning duties into smaller areas of the house so you’re not doing it all at once. Then, each day before they arrive you can just do simple spot cleaning and upkeep rather than a panicked session of last minute deep cleaning. A little planning will go a long way to helping you stay ahead of the mess and stay stress free (until they arrive, that is!).

For The Road

Putting together the house for holiday guests is no small feat, but with a little preparation you can be ready for anything that comes your way this year. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!

Thanksgiving And Holiday Recipes That Are Easy For Kids To Help With

The holidays are a great time for spending time with family and for cooking delicious food. You can do both at the same time by having your kids help you cook so you can teach them the fundamentals and help them discover the joy of cooking. Even if they are not a budding future chef, they will enjoy the delicious food to eat at the end, so everybody wins! We have put together a few easy to make and kid friendly recipes that you can try this year that will allow your kids to help you both make excellent food and memories together. 

Easy Crock Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes

If you have a slow cooker, crockpot, or Instant Pot, then you are in for a serious treat! This recipe will also save you time and energy on or around Thanksgiving because it is a much easier and foolproof way to make mashed potatoes. It’s a great recipe for a kid to help with. They can help you cut and peel the potatoes and they can add the seasonings to the pot. Very straightforward and impossible to mess up. Here’s the full recipe

Cute Thanksgiving Turkey Shaped Cheese Ball Appetizer

Here is a great recipe that combines the fun of cooking with the fun of arts and crafts. You and your child can put together a hilarious looking turkey guy that will be perfectly seasonal and tasty to eat. It will make a fun appetizer that your child will enjoy making and eating. Recipe here.

Amazing Homemade Cranberry Apple Sauce Side Dish

This is a pretty creative one that is healthy and easy to make as well. Most of it involves chopping up the apples and peeling and separating the oranges. You will put everything into a single pot and simmer until everything has had a chance to combine and soften and then you blend it together with a hand mixer/immersion blender. This could easily become a family staple!

Healthier Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Dessert

Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies? This is a great twist on the classic recipe that is perfect for the holiday season. They are light, fluffy, and a little chewy and not too sweet. The natural pumpkin flavors are rich and complex and pair so well with the chocolate chips. You will hardly believe that they are healthier than your average chocolate chip cookie. Your kids will enjoy measuring and stirring and shaping the cookies as they go on the pan for cooking. It is super simple since you will only need one bowl! Enjoy the full recipe here.

For The Road

Putting together the perfect family meal with a little helper at your side is no small feat, but with a little preparation you can be ready for anything that comes your way this year. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!