Benefits of Cleaning with Microfiber Rags and Mops

Microfiber Rag Cleaning BenefitsWhat Are the Benefits of Cleaning with Microfiber Rags and Mops?

Look inside any professional cleaning person’s ‘tool kit’ and you’re almost certain to find a microfiber cloth. Why? It’s simple — nothing removes dirt more easily or efficiently than microfiber. So, what is microfiber, and what are the benefits of cleaning with microfiber rags and mops?

Microfiber consists of strands so fine that the human eye can barely perceive them. They’re a synthetic blend of polyester and polyamide or nylon bundled together and then split again into ultra-fine single fibers using a mixture of chemicals, heat and agitation. These single fibers are finally woven together to produce the final microfiber cloth or mop head. Research has shown that when these ultra-thin fibers (1/16th the size of a human hair!) are woven together, the strands create a surface area covered with millions of spaces between them to trap moisture, dirt and debris. No ordinary cotton rag can do that! In addition to this trapping action, the curled strands enable them to reach into cracks and crevices, picking up and removing dirt and holding it within the fibers. Research has also shown the millions of fibers in the cloth rub together, creating a static charge that attracts dirt, pulling it in and trapping it until you wash the cloth, breaking the static charge and releasing the dirt.

When it comes to mops, microfiber mops out-clean and out-perform their string or sponge mop counterparts by a mile! String mops tend to push dirt around, while  microfiber flat mops trap dirt and lift it out. They’re also lighter and because of that, are believed to prevent back injuries that can happen with frequent use of heavy, waterlogged string mops.

Cleaning microfiber products is simple, just use a laundry detergent with a PH under 11, which is standard in most detergents, use cool water or do not use water warmer than 200 degrees, as hot temperatures can break down the fibers. Don’t wash them with products that tend to produce lint (like terry cloth towels) because the microfibers will keep working in the washing machine to trap the lint, clogging up the fibers. Finally, don’t use fabric softeners or sheets, which can also cause damage to the fibers.

It’s easy to see why professionals use microfiber products and why it follows that you should too. You’ll never go back to ordinary cleaning rags and string mops!


7 Household Items You Didn’t Know Needed to Be Cleaned

7 items in your home you should be cleaning7 Household Items You Didn’t Know Needed to Be Cleaned

What does your normal cleaning routine involve? Many would say vacuuming, dusting, mopping, and sanitizing surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom. The truth is, though, there are several household items you use every day that you may not have realized need to be cleaned on a regular basis.

1. Phone headsets: You use your phone to call an old friend to catch up. You use your phone to order pizza. Sometimes its hard to keep track of how many times your phone is actually up against your face. This makes them an attractive place for germs and bacteria to live. It’s important to sanitize your phone headset with an antibacterial wipe at least once a week.

2. Toothbrush holder: Toothbrush holders are one of the dirtiest items in any home. Since toothbrushes generally aren’t dry when put back in, mold and yeast can grow. Some even contain E. Coli which signals the presence of fecal matter. To ensure you family stays healthy it is important to clean your toothbrush holder regularly.

3. Door knobs and light switches: There’s no telling how many times a day you and your family touch these surfaces. To help prevent illness and the growth of bacteria, make sanitizing these surfaces part of your cleaning routine.

4. Children’s toys: Younger kids tend to put toys in their mouth or touch them with sticky fingers. This causes the growth of bacteria which can lead to strep throat or ear infections. Cleaning your kid’s today regularly can help reduce their chances of getting sick, and many toys can even be cleaned in the dishwasher or washing machine.

5. Game controllers and remotes: Just like toys, these items that we touch throughout the day often carry germs. According to the National Science Foundation, yeast and mold are found on 55% of remote controls and 59% percent of video game controllers. Bust out the antibacterial wipes the next time you dust the coffee table and wipe down your remotes and controllers.

6. Keyboards: The reality is your office desk can carry as many, or more, germs than a toilet seat. This is because bathrooms are regularly cleaned and sanitized, while office areas are often overlooked. It is important to sanitize surfaces on your desk, as well as the mouse and keyboard.

7. Purses and backpacks: Most people don’t hesitate before taking their purse into a public restroom with them or setting it down on the floor. The bottoms of purses and backpacks can harbor tons of germs whether it has been sitting in a grocery cart, or the lunchroom at your kid’s school. For vinyl bags, wipe them down at least once a week with an antibacterial wipe. For cotton bags, you can hand wash them and hang to dry.

Reduce the risk of illness in your home by incorporating these household items into your cleaning routine!

Benefits of Green Cleaning Products

3 Benefits of Using Green Cleaning Products

Green cleaning products are the best thing to clean your home withCleaning typically comes from the desire to keep your family safe and protect them from the germs that
may compromise their health. But, many household cleaning products contain chemical compounds an
extremely volatile compositions that may do more harm than good, for your family and the environment. With green cleaning, the risks of sustaining any long-term negative effects on the health of your family, pets and the surrounding environment is significantly reduced. Trying to decide if you wan
t to give green cleaning a try? Knowing the benefits of using green cleaning products may make your decision to switch much easier.

Healthier Surroundings

One of the best benefits of green cleaning products is that they are much safer for your family’s health than traditional cleaners. Many traditional cleaning products contain ingredients that may contribute to respiratory problems, allergic reactions, cancer and/or reproductive abnormalities. When using green products for cleaning, there is a significant reduction in health issues, such as skin burns and irritations, headaches and chemical poisoning. As opposed to the chemicals found in traditional cleaners, green products use ingredients, such as citrus oils, isopropyl alcohol and/or vinegar, which clean as well as the ingredients found in traditional cleaners, but without the harmful side effects.

Children & Pet Friendly

When babies and children crawling and play on the floor, using traditional cleaners means they are playing in chlorine bleach, phosphates and sodium hypochlorite. These chemicals can be trans-dermal, which means they can penetrate the skin and enter the bloodstream. Over time a buildup of these chemicals on and in the body may cause skin burns and lead to organ damage and/or breathing problems. Your pet is a part of your family too and just like these chemicals can be trans-dermal for children, they can harm your pets as well.

Safer For the Environment

Each time traditional cleaners are used, a variety of harmful chemicals are released into the air. These toxins poison the environment by causing water pollution, air pollution, ozone depletion and climate change. Green cleaners improve the quality of indoor air as well as reduce the outdoor air and water pollution. Unlike traditional cleaners, green cleaners are biodegradable, so they break down naturally as opposed to sitting in the environment, wrecking havoc for future generations.

Making the Switch

When you make the switch and start using green cleaning products, it is important to buy sustainable and eco-friendly cleaning products that are:

  • Concentrated
  • Nontoxic
  • Biobased
  • No VOC’s
  • Biodegradable
  • Reduced and recyclable packaging

Choosing to use green cleaning products is a step towards creating a healthier, safer home and environment. Another great benefit of using green products is the smell…instead of the smell of chlorine bleach, your home will smell fresh and clean.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can design a green cleaning plan specifically for your needs.

Cleaning Tips to Beat Allergens

Cleaning can reduce allergens in home

Beat Allergens With These Cleaning Tips


If you or your family suffer from allergies, a clean house is crucial. Of course, basic cleaning is a standard practice that most people follow, but there are a few tips that you may not think of. The following suggestions can make a huge difference in your battle against allergens.

Get Rid of Dust

A no-brainer, right? Obviously dust is the first thing you think of when cleaning. But even this basic concept can be improved with a little know-how. For example, always dust with a damp rag, so the dust is captured. Dry cloths and feather dusters will just move the dust, allowing it to resettle elsewhere and potentially not get removed properly.


Make sure your vacuum has a HEPA filter to catch dust particles. If it doesn’t have one, those particles are being kicked back out into the air to be breathed in. If you have pets, it’s also important to vacuum more often to eliminate pet dander.

Wash Laundry In Hot Water

Items such as bedding, towels and other linens can be washed in hot water to remove dust particles and pet dander more thoroughly. Pillow cases on couch cushions also need to be washed frequently, which is something most people don’t think about.

Eliminate Mold And Mildew

Scrub shower walls and doors to remove mold, and wash shower curtains frequently to keep them clean and fresh.

Keep Windows And Doors Closed

Obviously, the more you keep doors and windows closed, they less pollen can enter your home. This helps to keep the air in your home cleaner, and prevents you and your family from breathing in those allergens.

House Cleaning Gift Cards Make A Great Gift

House Cleaning Gift Cards


When House-Cleaning Gift Cards Are a Great Gift


Nobody likes to clean house, but there are certain times in our lives when house-cleaning becomes more difficult. When a family member or friend is going through one of these times, house-cleaning gift cards are a great gift.

Here are three examples of times when a house-cleaning gift card would be most  appreciated.

Welcoming Baby

New moms who are just learning the ropes may have a hard time juggling all the work that comes with having a new little one. Offer the new mommies in your life a bit of relief by giving a house-cleaning gift card as a baby-welcoming gift. She will appreciate it more than you know.

Big Move

Moving is hard work. The last thing anyone wants to do after packing up everything they own is clean up the house or apartments. However, this dreaded task is usually a necessary one. Make the moving process easier for your family and friends by offering house-cleaning gift cards as moving gifts.

Getting Older

As we age, it becomes harder and hard to do things that require heavy physical labor such as cleaning the floors or shower. When you see that a loved one is having a hard time with these things, it is a good idea to suggest they hire a cleaning service in order to save their energy for the fun parts of life. When making the suggestion, a gift card to a local service will likely be appreciated by your loved one.

If you are looking for a great cleaning company in the Palm Beach area that you can suggest to family and friends with confidence, we hope you will consider us here at Custom Cleaning of the Palm Beaches. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Benefits of a Clean Office


How Your Business Can Benefit from Commercial Cleaning 


As a business owner, you want the day-to-day operations of your office to run smoothly for your clients and employees. One great way to streamline your office processes is to outsource your cleaning. There are 3 great benefits to hiring a commercial cleaning company for your business.

  1. Clean Office BenefitsProfessional Workplace: First impressions are key in any type of relationship. Make an excellent first impression on your clients by offering them a clean environment to walk into. Commercial cleaning will ensure that your lobby is dust free, walkways are mopped and inviting, and counter tops are clean and sanitized.
  2. High Quality Cleaning: You hired your employees because they are great at their job. Rather than asking them to stay late on Friday afternoons to clean the office, call in the professionals to do the job! These cleaning professionals have the right equipment, products, and knowledge to clean your office safely and effectively. They will also ensure surfaces in the kitchen and bathrooms are properly sanitized, creating a healthy space for all your employees.
  3. Happier Workers: No one likes to come to work and stare at dust accumulation on their computer monitor or keyboard. Keep your employees happy by providing them a clean office environment. This will boost morale, prevent illness in the workplace, and keep allergens at bay. All of these factors will result in happy, enthusiastic, healthy, and productive employees!

If you would like to learn more about how your business can benefit from professional commercial cleaning services, contact us today for a free estimate!

Preparing Your Home Before A House Cleaning


Steps to Ensure a Successful House Cleaning

With our busy lives and hectic schedules, it’s difficult to find time for around the house chores. Fortunately Custom Cleaning of the Palm Beaches is ready to help keep your home in pristine condition.

Every home comes with a different personality, a different Preparing For A House Cleaningday-to-day routine, and a different way you may wish to have your home cleaned. By getting ready for house cleaning, you can insure we meet your standards.

Surprises at Arrival 

Communication is key to helping us help you. Entering your home is the first step to cleaning it, so let us know beforehand which way is best. Is it important to use a specific door to enter your home? Or should we enter through the garage? If so, we’ll also need the garage code. If you use alarm system that we will need to disarm, make sure to provide us with the alarm code ahead of time. Inform us of any special instructions for your fish, feathered or four-legged friends.


Pick up before house cleaningAs a part of the daily rush or, for some of us, rushes, the things we use the most often get left lying around. By picking-up items left out before a cleaning, allows the housekeepers to focus on cleaning. When you organize in preparation for a cleaning, you’re doing everyone a tremendous favor. Our housekeepers can focus on the task at hand and spend more time on cleaning your home than putting away left out items.

Special Products

Allergies, special materials, and brand preference are all reasons some homeowners prefer a specific product over other ones. We do bring our own supplies and equipment, so if you have any special products you’d like us to use, just leave them on the Kitchen counter for us before we get there. It’s as simple as that.

Notes and Requests

When there are places in the home you’d prefer us not to enter, let us know ahead of time. Our housekeepers love feedback, so don’t hesitate to leave us a note telling us of any special cleaning instructions. Sticky notes, or notes left on the table save time and ensure we do it your way. The more we know, the better service we can provide, and keeping everyone happy is our top priority.

We appreciate everything you do to help us help you. You’re an expert on your home, and by tidying up ahead of time and sharing that extra bit of information, you’ll properly prepare your home for the cleaning it deserves.


3 Reasons Why You Should Hire A Professional Cleaning Service

Why you should hire a professional house cleaning service in Palm Beach

Imagine your perfect day. Are you at the beach or barbecuing with friends? Perhaps you are taking the kids to the zoo for some family time? Does this perfect day involve cleaning your house from top to bottom? We didn’t think so. Why not hire a professional cleaning service?

Although it may seem like a luxury, it is one of the most practical decisions you can make for your home and family; here’s why:

 1. Your time is valuable: Like we said, your perfect day usually does not involve scrubbing the toilet or mopping the kitchen floor. Use this time to hang out with the family, catch up on your favorite TV show, or take the dogs for a walk. Having more time to do what makes you happy outweighs the cost of hiring a cleaner because quite frankly, it’s priceless

2. The professionals know best: Our professional cleaning services are provided by experienced and reliable people. Our employees are trained extensively and know exactly how to get your home clean. Really clean. Our professionals also know which products work best in certain areas of your home and we provide our own equipment.

3. You need a custom plan: That’s right, we will create a custom plan for the cleaning services in your home. When we first meet we will discuss what your cleaning needs are and come up with a plan tailored to what will work best for you and your home. We will pay attention to detail in certain areas or leave areas alone that do not require as much cleaning. We will execute this plan every time we visit your home.

It’s time for you to get back to spending your time doing the things you love; let us handle the cleaning! For a free estimate, contact us today!


Summer Cleaning Tip


Window Cleaning TipSummertime is the time when our hair gets lighter, skin gets darker, water gets warmer, music gets louder, nights get longer, and life just gets better. So much better, in fact, we tend to crank down the air conditioner and forget about some household tips and tricks that should be on our “honey-do” lists.

As the dreaded pine pollen season has come to an end… the first tip we have for homeowners is to wash your screens. Yes, your screens! How? Why? For starters, washing your screens will rid of the mounds of embedded green and yellow pine pollen. All you need is a hose, some soap, and a scrubby squeegee. Make sure that you thoroughly clean each side. Now that your screens are washed, try storing them in the attic or garage for the summer. Lets face the facts… we live in Florida and we will not open our windows for months! Having windows without the screens on it will give a much clearer (and cleaner) view of the paradise we are fortunate enough to call home.

A bonus to this simple, forgotten tip is that you are preserving the life span on your screen. It will prevent the screen from the variety of summer weather patterns – extreme heat, rain, and hail, to name a few. You’re preventing dings on the framing, holes in the screen, and even preventing the fading.

If you’re one to open your windows in the fall for the crisp, clean air – just make sure to replace the screens before you do so. If you’re like me, and keep your windows closed most of the time, try keeping your screens in the attic until it’s time to sell your house and move. You won’t have to worry about inspections, or the buyers asking you to replace any screens.

We hope that you enjoy your summer, and remember, tans will fade… but your screens will last forever (at least, a lot longer!)