- Moss and algae create issues in the greenhouse
- Reducing pests and disease
- Slugs, snails, and insects
- How to Deep Clean the Greenhouse
- Check-list for cleaning the inside of the greenhouse
- Using Algon to stop algae growth
- Removing algae from between panes of greenhouse glass
- Check-list for cleaning the outside of the greenhouse
- Deep Cleaning the Greenhouse with eco-friendly products
- Conventional greenhouse cleaners
- Steam cleaning
- Pressure washers
- Cleaning your Greenhouse
- Best time to clean a greenhouse
- Cleaning the Greenhouse Method
- Wash Pots and Staging
- Need help with what to do in your garden?
- 3 Ill effects on people – Is Jeyes fluid harmful to humans?
- 4 – Adverse effects in the Garden – Is Jeyes fluid harmful to my fruit and vegetable plants?
- 5 Bad for the planet – is Jeyes Fluid harmful to the environment?
- What next:
- Jeyes Fluid Guide – uses for JEYES FLUID in the home and garden!
- Jeyes Fluid 1L – Cleaner Cleans Pot & Greenhouses, Clears Paths & Driveways
- Green House Cleaning Services
- Chemicals & Your Health
- What is “Green” Cleaning
- Maid Brigade & Green Cleaning Solution
- Looking for more information on green cleaning tips?
- Environmentally Responsible Cleaning Products
- We Believe a Clean Earth Is as Important as a Clean Home
- Get an Impeccable Clean—Every Time
- Call for more information about our green cleaning services!
- Call us: 1-888-438-1781
Get your greenhouse sparkling clean and ready for another season of growing. Includes information on greenhouse pests and pathogens, eco-friendly cleaners, and getting rid of algae and moss. Includes a video at the end.
For us veggie gardeners, a bright and dry day in late winter is the best time to give the greenhouse a deep clean. In winter you won’t have as much pressure with other gardening tasks, there are likely to be few plants in the greenhouse, and a clean greenhouse can really get you excited about spring sowing. But other than a burst of enthusiasm, why bother cleaning the greenhouse at all?
Over the gardening year, moss, algae, lichens, dirt, and pests can colonize your greenhouse inside and out. Sometimes it’s noticeable, and sometimes it’s subtler. It’s best to clean either way since growth left after the winter can explode into life once warmer days arrive. This slimy takeover can cause a few issues for you.
Get your greenhouse clean and tidy before it fills up with spring seedlings
Moss and algae create issues in the greenhouse
The big two, moss and algae, reduce the amount of light coming through the glass. Though neither directly harms plants, they do compete for nutrients and can attract fungus gnats.
If algae begin growing in compost then it can quickly colonize the surface, turning it green. This can reduce the amount of air getting into the compost and slow root growth. Fungus gnats eat the algae and in turn can transmit pathogens to your plants through their mouths.
Reducing pests and disease
Greenhouses are semi-closed, sheltered environments that make it easier for plants to grow. They also provide the perfect habitat for plant fungus and pathogens to take up residence. The University of Vermont compiled a guide on greenhouse pathogens, what to look for, and how to avoid them in the greenhouse. Control of all of them include sterilizing equipment and tools, removing affected plant material, and growing in a clean and sanitary greenhouse.
Grey Mold spreads from plant to plant and can fester in a humid and unclean greenhouse
- Powdery mildew, often seen as a powdery white residue on plants’ leaves. It’s a fungus that lurks in affected plant material, live and dead, and comes in on the air.
- Botrytis, a fungal growth that kills leaves and can leave them covered with a type of brown to grey ‘mold’. Again, it likes warm and humid conditions, and attacks damaged and young plants causing them to die off. Botrytis is the cause of ‘damping off’
- Rusts, which look like rusty speckles on leaves. Severe attacks can stunt growth and kill plants.
Use the opportunity to hunt out any slugs, snails, and their eggs
Slugs, snails, and insects
Aside from the fungus gnat issue attracted by algae, and plant pathogens that lurk in plant material and grime, there are also our more familiar foes slugs and snails. You think you don’t have a problem with them in your greenhouse until you remove everything from it and do a deep clean. Just this week I found quite a few slugs and their eggs while cleaning my own greenhouse.
Other pests that can be cleared by a deep clean include red spider mites, white fly, aphids, caterpillars, and mealybugs. This is because many of them overwinter as eggs. You can clear them out by washing the entire greenhouse, changing compost, and spraying down pots and trays.
Cleaning the greenhouse gives it a fresh new start to the gardening year with a lot less threat to our plants. If you’re battling with another type of pest in your greenhouse, the University of Kentucky has a list of types common in the USA and how to deal with them.
It’s difficult to clean a greenhouse once it fills up with plants.
How to Deep Clean the Greenhouse
Deep cleaning the greenhouse begins with removing everything, or the majority, of what’s inside. Then it’s a matter of cleaning it from top to bottom. Remove as much dry material as possible before introducing wet. The same goes for the outside – clean top to bottom with the aim of clearing anything that’s obscuring the glass or working its way into the wooden or metal frame. After this it’s a matter of cleansing and that can be done in a manner of ways. The end result should be a sparkly clean greenhouse that your new spring plants will thrive in.
If you’re new to using a greenhouse or interested to learn how to choose and kit one out, check out this piece by Homestead and Chill. It’s a great beginners’s guide to using a hobby greenhouse.
First step, take any plants, pots, or other items out of the greenhouse. Check them over for pests before putting them back in after the deep clean.
Check-list for cleaning the inside of the greenhouse
These are the steps that I use to clean my greenhouse. I’ve used them on both my current glass greenhouse and the plastic poly-carbonate greenhouse I’ve had for the past few years.
- Remove all plants, pots, and everything else from the greenhouse. Use this time to look under all of them for overwintering slugs, eggs, insects, and to clean everything thoroughly.
- Sweep the greenhouse from the top to the bottom. If you’ve had disease in your greenhouse the year before, dispose of plant material in the bin, not the compost pile.
- Pre-scrub all surfaces of larger pieces of algae, moss, and other growth. Sweep again if necessary to remove all of this material.
- Fill a bucket with warm soapy water, I use ordinary Ecover washing up liquid, and scrub all surfaces beginning with the top of the greenhouse and working down. Use an old toothbrush for smaller nooks and crannies and a scrub brush for everything else.
- Scrub off any old shade paint
- Rinse well with clean water.
- Scrub and rinse the floor and then allow everything to dry.
- After it’s dry, you can use a homemade vinegar spray to further disinfect and to give glass a sparkle.
Algon is a pet and wildlife-safe product that eradicates algae
Using Algon to stop algae growth
This year I’ve also applied non-toxic Algon to both the inside and outside of my greenhouse glass. It’s safe around pets and wildlife and won’t hurt aquatic life either. Best of all, it can help stop regrowth of algae for months to come. One word of caution though – it’s not recommended for application to metal. As you’ll see in my greenhouse cleaning video (at the end of this piece) I wiped all the metal parts down with a damp rag afterward.
Removing algae from between panes of greenhouse glass
One conundrum that I faced with my most recent greenhouse clean is getting rid of the algae growing in between the glass panes. In my traditional glass greenhouse, the glass panes overlap one another and the area between was pretty much solid green.
If you have a week to deep clean the greenhouse, you could potentially remove all the panes and clean them individually. My time is limited so I used the next best option – a plastic plant label. You just wiggle it in between and push the algae out. It works a treat. A blast of water from the hose pushes the rest of it out.
Algae between panes of glass can be cleaned out using a plastic plant label
Check-list for cleaning the outside of the greenhouse
Cleaning the greenhouse’s exterior also includes cleaning the drains and the water butts. Both of these areas are places algae will live and using saved water can reintroduce algae to the inside of your greenhouse.
- Sweep all leaves, moss, and debris from the greenhouse roof, gutters, sides and the surrounding area.
- Scrape off as much moss and thicker material from the glass as possible. You’ll need a long-handled brush, scraper, and/or ladder.
- Scrub the top of the greenhouse with soapy water then work downwards and scrub the gutters out.
- Scrub the sides of the greenhouse and make use of that toothbrush if need be
- Rinse it all off and let dry
- Bail the water out of the water butts and give them a good wash too. If you have a downspout connecting the gutters to the water butts it would be a good idea to clean them out too. A rag wrapped around a broom handle does the work well enough.
I also sprayed the outside of my greenhouse with Algon this year. The glass needs to be completely dry and there should be no forecast of rain.
Deep Cleaning the Greenhouse with eco-friendly products
I’m adverse to using products that are anti-bacterial or that are made from ingredients that will harm plant and animal life. A simple liquid soap, especially an eco-friendly choice like Ecover, or a similar brand, is just as effective.
Anti-bacterial soap is a bad idea for home use. Why? Because it kills 99.9% of bacteria. The remaining 0.01% will be resistant and breed and can create super bugs. Ordinary soap washes microbes away without supercharging their evolutionary arms race.
Take special care to disinfect potting benches, tools, trays, and pots. This is a simple potting bench we made using a pallet.
Conventional greenhouse cleaners
There are four types of cleaners that have been used for years to clean greenhouses. They’re mainly employed to kill bacteria and microbes but a good wash with soapy water can be just effective. Unless you’re battling with a tough disease, fungus, or mold infestation in your greenhouse, I’d avoid using these as part of the general greenhouse clean. It may be wise to consider their use for tools, work benches, and propagation areas though.
- Bleach. Although there isn’t evidence of it directly affecting the environment, its manufacture is not eco-friendly. It also stinks and can stain your clothes.
- Alcohol (70% Isopropyl), a solvent that can cause irritation through skin contact or inhalation. Use it for sanitizing tools, but it’s probably overkill to use it throughout the greenhouse.
- Hydrogen dioxide, aka Hydrogen peroxide. This substance is in quite a few branded greenhouse and garden tool products and is useful in disinfecting wounds. Again, consider using it for tools but it is probably unnecessary for overall greenhouse cleaning.
- Quaternary ammonium chloride salt. You’ll find this compound in a few branded garden cleaners but it’s really not a great idea to use it. QACs are persistent in the environment and can affect aquatic life. They also persist on cleaned surfaces and waste water, both of which can cause skin irritation
Ah, steam cleaning. Some folks talk about their steam cleaners as if they were a member of the family. I’ve yet to convert to the steam cleaning revolution but if you have, use that thing in the greenhouse too. Just make sure to give it a good dry scrub and remove all the larger bits of debris before you begin.
There’s no more satisfying activity than using a pressure washer to clean the patio. I’ve been known to pressure wash for hours without showing any sign of fatigue – the adrenaline of seeing the original colour of the paving stones just keeps me going. Yeah, weirdo alert.
I personally would not use a pressure washer on my greenhouse. There are many that do but the chance of glass breaking is just too great in my opinion. If you use a pressure washer on your greenhouse let us know in a comment below, along with any tips.
If you found this piece useful and are looking for even more ways to tidy the garden have a read of How to use the Marie Kondo Method in the Garden.
How to use the Marie Kondo Method in the Garden
Cleaning your Greenhouse
If you aren’t lucky enough to be buying a brand new greenhouse, then it’s only a matter of time before you have to clean out the one already own. To be honest, cleaning a greenhouse on a cold winter’s day is not the most pleasant of tasks but it has to be done. Over the year the glass gets dirty and possibly has algae growing on it which will reduce the light that gets through by as much as 10%.
The other reason to thoroughly clean the house is to kill off the pests and problems that are overwintering inside, sheltered from the elements.
Best time to clean a greenhouse
The best time for cleaning your greenhouse will be when the crops have finished so the house is empty before you put the overwintering plants indoors to shelter. This will vary but usually we’re looking at a fine sunny day between November and February.
If you can run a hosepipe up to your greenhouse the job will be easier and if you have one of the specific greenhouse and conservatory cleaning brushes that connect to a hosepipe easier still. Incidentally, a car cleaning hosepipe brush can step in here. A jet-wash can also be useful but not too much pressure on the glazing please.
Otherwise it’s a bucket of water with a good squirt of dish detergent, a large sponge and a soft broom.
Use the sponge to get soapy water onto the glass and the broom to scrub (gently!). Start from the top and work down, finishing with clean water with just a spot of detergent which helps avoid streaking on the glass.
Cleaning the Greenhouse Method
Now for the inside which is more important than the outside. Start by emptying out as much as you can. All those pots under the staging and the half bag of compost you popped in there ‘just for now’. Take the staging outside if it’s removable.Now a good brush down with a soft broom. Get rid of those spider webs and old leaves that had blown behind the staging.An invaluable tool for cleaning the inside is a sprayer. You don’t need anything fancy, even those small ones they sell in the pound shop will do the job. Rather than detergent, use Jeyes fluid following the instructions on the tin as to dilution.
Spray all those nooks and crannies that a greenhouse has, inside the channels is often where pests decide to hide away. Clean the glass with a sponge using the same mix.
Wash Pots and Staging
Any pots that are being kept in the greenhouse can be washed now and the staging given a good going over before taking back in.
By now you’re probably half-soaked and frozen so take yourself in for a hot bath and a mug of warming soup and bask in the pleasure of a job well done that will help you get off to a good start next year free from problems in your greenhouse. (If you are looking to avoid the cleaning stage and get a brand new greenhouse, check out our full range www.greenhousestores.co.uk).
Copyright © John Harrison 2015
Need help with what to do in your garden?
Q How often do I need to clean my greenhouse?
A Once a year should be sufficient. Cleaning the glass will help more light to reach the plants so they grow well, especially if you’ve used shading paint to keep the greenhouse cool in the summer. Cleaning between the panes and scrubbing the staging will remove hidden pests and reduce problems the following season.
Caption: Cleaning the glass will allow more light to reach the plants
Q When’s a good time to clean the greenhouse?
A Autumn and winter are good times to tackle this job as most plants won’t be actively growing and the greenhouse is often relatively empty.
Q How should I clean the greenhouse?
A Any shading paint is best wiped off the glass. Then the glass can either be scrubbed with a brush and a bucket of water, or blasted clean with a pressure washer. If you can’t get between the panes where moss and algae often grows, try using an old plastic credit card to scrape between them. Staging, pots and trays can be scrubbed using a mild household detergent in the water. Old bags of compost are best used as a mulch outside as they deteriorate with age. Any dead or diseased plant material should be disposed of.
Caption: Wash pots and trays with mild household disinfectant in the water
3 Ill effects on people – Is Jeyes fluid harmful to humans?
Jeyes fluid contains a close relative of creosote, which is a known carcinogen.
A carcinogen is a substance that is capable of causing cancer in living tissue.
In addition to this, the data sheet details many other hazards associated with this product:
- Harmful in contact with skin and if swallowed.
- R11 Highly flammable R36 Irritating to eyes.
- R38 Irritating to skin.
- R43 May cause sensitisation by skin contact.
- R41 Risk of serious damage to eyes.
- R24/25 Toxic in contact with skin and if swallowed.
- R67 Vapours may cause drowsiness and dizziness.
- R50 Very toxic to aquatic organisms.
- Hazard Statements In Full H225 Highly flammable liquid and vapour.
- H302 Harmful if swallowed.
- H312 Harmful in contact with skin.
- H317 May cause an allergic skin reaction.
- H318 Causes serious eye damage.
- H319 Causes serious eye irritation.
- H336 May cause drowsiness or dizziness.
- H400 Very toxic to aquatic life.
4 – Adverse effects in the Garden – Is Jeyes fluid harmful to my fruit and vegetable plants?
One in six adults have started growing their own food in the last four years, according to the poll commissioned by City of London.
When you visit any gardening forum there is a lot of conflicting evidence surrounding the use of Jeyes Fluid. Visit their website FAQ page and it would appear that where Jeyes was a preferred product for multiple uses in the garden, they now state:
“Regrettably, as this product is now subject to Ministry regulations, we are unable at present, to confirm recommendations other than those printed on the latest can. Since EC Regulations in 2003, the product is no longer effective as ……..”
You can read more about the 2003 EU regulations here:
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5 Bad for the planet – is Jeyes Fluid harmful to the environment?
The short and maybe not so sweet answer to this is yes.
You just have to look at the hazard warnings in the data safety sheet to realise that Jeyes Fluid has an adverse effect on the environment. In addition to all the warnings that would initially be associated with human contact, there are specific warnings regarding aquatic life which is relative when it comes to the disposal of the disinfectant:
- H400 Very toxic to aquatic life
- R50 Very toxic to aquatic organisms
These environmental pollutants have been linked to the decrease in certain bird and fish populations and even directly associated with cancer in wild animals.
There is always an element of waste water that find its way back into the ecosystem. This waste water contains a degree of the original cleaning product itself.
When returned to the environment, the chemicals found in the cleaners have an adverse effect of plants and animal species.
Resource: Environmental science and Technology
Gardeners and growers are ready to make the change to how they clean and disinfect their plots; they just need the information to allow them to make an informed decision.
Sticking with tradition can be problematic; if nobody asked questions, continued to develop and improve or challenged the status quo, things could be a whole lot different:
Take sugar for example:
We all know sugar is bad for our health, right?
Well back in the 1970’s (which is not all that long ago) sugar was being promoted as a slimming aid!
Jeyes Fluid Guide – uses for JEYES FLUID in the home and garden!
JEYES FLUID was patented in 1877 and granted a Royal Warrant to the British Royal Family in 1896, which it still holds to this day. It has become a household known for outside disinfectants – many people keep a bottle spare simply because it is so versatile and useful around the garden.
Read our coverage on the impressive HISTORY OF JEYES FLUID.
You may think that the outdoors is impossible to clean because.. well, because it’s outdoors, but this is far from the truth. In fact, there are a number of places around the garden that would probably really benefit from a good clean, and JEYES FLUID is the perfect product to tackle it.
JEYES FLUID has a number of uses – here are just some of them:
Rancid stenches rising from your drains can really take away the enjoyment of your garden; use JEYES FLUID neat to eliminate odours and kill bacteria.
CLEAN WATER BUTTS:
Water butts get very dirty over time and can have an effect on the quality of water collected; make sure you disinfect yours with JEYES FLUID to make it like new. Your plants will approve too!
DISINFECT WHEELIE BINS:
Of all the household items which are streaked with bacteria, the wheelie bin must come top of the list. Take a look inside yours – it is likely to smell and be filthy, especially if you haven’t cleaned it for a while. Scrub it with JEYES FLUID to kill germs, and for a truly clean finish, rinse with a powerful PRESSURE WASHER.
If you own a dog then your patio has probably been soiled in the past.; this can be a significant issue if you have small children, as faeces can contain bacteria particularly harmful to kids. Disinfect areas where your dog has fouled with JEYES FLUID to ensure all pathogens are destroyed.
Algae build up and years under the hot sun can make your normally transparent greenhouse opaque and filthy; JEYES FLUID not only removes cobwebs, algae and other unwanted visitors but also kills germs, creating an environment that your plants can thrive in.
DISINFECT ANIMAL HOUSING:
Rabbit, guinea pig, etc. hutches can very quickly get dirty. Give your loved pets’ home a new lease of life with a thorough scrub with JEYES FLUID and stuff full of sweet smelling hay. Remember to wash it thoroughly to remove all traces of disinfectant before returning the pet.
Weeds, moss and algae ages paths more than anything else. Combine JEYES FLUID with a good PRESSURE WASHING session and your patio will not only emerge clean and sparkling but also free from germs – perfect for your kids to play on.
Horse owners will of course know how deadly Strangles can be, and how much of a worry it is on farms and shared stables where utmost hygiene must be maintained, if there is even a solitary suspected case. JEYES FLUID successfully kills streptococcus equi, the bacterium that causes Strangles, offering a fast and effective way of protecting your horses and ponies.
DESTROYING AVIAN FLU:
JEYES FLUID is effective against bird flu strains, making it perfect for disinfecting areas where bird flu is a problem.
Farms can quickly suffer from a build up of germs, particularly in areas where manure is collected or stored. JEYES FLUID effectively kills bacteria and pathogens around the farm environment, making it ideal for disinfecting cattle stalls and piggeries. A further benefit is that it will help prevent your produce from getting contaminated during transfer.
Why not buy your bottle of JEYES FLUID today and start getting done all those jobs you wish you’d tackled earlier? You’ll be on your way to a happier, healthier outdoors in no time at all.
Jeyes Fluid 1L – Cleaner Cleans Pot & Greenhouses, Clears Paths & Driveways
Jeyes Fluid is well known disinfect and it ideal for Cleaning Pots and Greenhouse, this can also be used for unblocking drains, to clear paths or driveways and disinfecting pet housing. This chemical Kills 99.9% of germs
Pack Size: 1L Clears paths, patios & driveways
- Disinfects pet housing
- Unblocks drains
- Cleans pots & greenhouses
- Kills 99.9% germs
- Clean clever
Jeyes Fluid contains amongst other ingredients: 5-15% Soap, Disinfectants
Preparation and Usage:
Fight dirty in minutes to:
Clear & Disinfect Paths, Patios & Driveways – from all traces of dirt, mould, algae & fungi stains. N.B. Test on a small area first.
Deodorise & Neutralise Outdoor Drains – weekly whilst removing grease & dirt.
Application: Pour Jeyes Fluid neat into outdoor drain & rinse thoroughly.
Clean Greenhouses, Plant Pots & Tools – Create a healthy environment for your plants to grow, clean your greenhouse twice a year.
Clean & Freshen Waterbutts – Clean waterbutts twice a year to prevent slime building up.
Disinfect Animal Housing/Equine – Protects pets from harmful pests & bacteria (including streptococcus equi that can cause Strangles in horses).
Regularly clean kennels, hutches, stables & pigeon lofts to neutralise odours.
Kill Avian Influenza/Bird Flu – Disinfect surfaces against Avian Influenza, Paramyxovirus virus & Newcastle disease.
Dilution Table for Aforementioned Tasks
1. Outdoor use only – do not use indoors.
2. Use away from pets, especially cats & fish.
3. If split wash area immediately with cold water.
4. Store in a warm place, protect from frost.
5. Formula may stain, soften plastics or discolour brick & paintwork.
6. Do not exceed recommended concentrations.
7. Avoid contact of product with plant life.
8. Use only as directed.
Contains: 4-chloro-m-cresol and Tar Acids.
Harmful if swallowed or in contact with skin.
Causes skin irritation.
May cause an allergic reaction.
Causes serious eye damage.
If medical advice is needed, have product container or label at hand.
Keep out of reach of children.
Read label before use.
Wear protective gloves/eye protection.
If in eyes: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing.
Immediately call a Poison Centre or doctor/physician.
If Swallowed: Call a Poison Centre or doctor/physician if you feel unwell.
If on skin: Wash with plenty of soap and water.
If skin irritation or rash occurs: Get medical advice/attention.
Wash contaminated clothing before reuse.
For confirmation of continuing approval refer to the Defra list of approved disinfectants at
By Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen Manufacturers of Hygiene Products Jeyes Group Ltd., Thetford, Norfolk
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Chemicals & Your Health
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What is “Green” Cleaning
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- Have a means to ensure that each member of the green cleaning service’s staff is following the prescribed cleaning protocol in every home and on every visit
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Green cleaning services that use green cleaning solutions but do not improve indoor air quality could be cancelling out any benefit from the safer solutions to reduce asthma or allergy attacks by using a vacuum which stirs up dust and circulates it through the air rather than removing it, for example.
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Maid Brigade is the one green cleaning service that is committed to doing everything possible to minimize and prevent potential health risks associated with traditional cleaning services. Services that don’t address the cleaning solutions, tools, equipment and the processes cannot claim to be truly green. Don’t be fooled by “partially green” cleaning services. Choose Maid Brigade, and be certain you’re getting the maximum health benefit from green cleaning.
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Generally if you have not used our house cleaning services before you will want to choose our initial house cleaning. This is what you might call a “Spring Cleaning”. We really spend some extra time getting your home clean. It’s basically getting the home to “Ground Zero”. Once the dust bunnies have been banished, soap scum scoured and old dust removed (decimated?) we can begin a regularly scheduled maid service.
Our regularly scheduled maid service maintains your home and gives you extra time to focus on what’s most important to you. We train all of our technicians on the PMC maid service method. PMC stands for Perfect Maintenance Cleaning. You’d be surprised how much our technicians can get done in a few hours by following this system. The PMC method is not really a secret but getting everybody to follow the system is a bit of a secret. We spend dozens of hours training each tech every year to make sure they are up to date and following the best house cleaning methods possible. And, of course, we only use the best quality eco friendly cleaning products available. That means it’s healthier cleaning for you, your family, and even your pets.
We also offer move in cleaning services and move out cleaning services. This is a great option when changing apartments or homes. Getting your deposit back after an apartment cleaning is so much easier when it’s done professionally. Plus, who has time to focus on cleaning when you are moving! If you’re getting a home ready to sell a move out cleaning can get the place ready for buyers and real estate agents. Put your best foot forward. Real estate agents tell us all the time that a clean home can sell much quicker and even get several thousand dollars more at market.
Still not sure what type of cleaning would best fit your needs? You can read more about each service type below or give us a call. We would be happy to answer any questions you have about our house cleaning services.
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