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Glossary

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So you know exactly what we mean, we would like to take a moment to identify some areas for definition:

To dust: there are two types of dusting: dry dusting and hand dusting. “Dry dusting” involves a high-quality feather duster, and allows the maid to efficiently remove dust from areas without spending unnecessary labor. “Hand dusting,” with a treated microfiber cloth, involves the maid picking up an item, hand-detailing for dust, then carefully replacing in its rightful position.

Disinfect: the industry standard is for a product to set on a surface for fifteen minutes to thoroughly saturate in order to remove bacteria and germs.

Sanitize: the spraying on of a specifically designated cleaner to remove surface germs and bacteria, then immediately wiping dry.

Hand-detail: the maid uses a treated microfiber cloth to focus on cleaning details of an item, such as each slat of a set of blinds, every part of the baseboards, each and every decorative item on shelves, etc.

Hand-mop: the maid is on her hands and knees, using a specially treated soft cloth, to pick up every bit of debris, or carefully wipe scuff-marks; we especially insure to do this in the kitchen and bathrooms.

Green cleaner: an effective cleaning product made up of environmentally friendly ingredients

Polish: depending on the material (wood, chrome, glass, etc.) we use appropriate cleaners to remove build-up and dirt to bring out the material’s natural luster.

Condition: as with leather or woodwork, we thoroughly clean the surface, then apply a specially designed product intended to restore shine and help the surface last longer. It is especially beneficial to condition woodwork twice a year: after the winter, when in-door heat causes wood to dry out, and at the beginning of spring/summer, to protect wood from extra dust entering the home, sunlight and animals. Leather should be conditioned on an as-needed basis.