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Workplace Safety – A Priorty at Harmony Clean, Inc.

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry recently approved the application for certification of the Harmony Clean, Inc. Workplace Safety Committee. The committee is made up of staff members who meet on a monthly basis to brainstorm and implement proactive measures to keep our house cleaning staff safe at all times. This includes recommendations like having an orange traffic cone in all cars in case of roadside emergency, hosting a workshop with a local veterinarian on safe pet interactions, proper lifting, defensive driving courses and more. The committee has even asked that as a company we remind homeowners (for our safety and theirs!), to change the batteries in their home smoke detector alarms twice a year when the clocks are changed with Daylight Savings Time.

Owner Vicki Brown also makes safety a priority in the office. The workshop she recently attended covered such topics as keeping office smoke alarms and fire extinguishers up to date, outlining exit route plans, handling intruders, aggressive visitors, or suspicious looking packages, and implementing emergency drills and code words. We are proud of the efforts of both the Safety Committee and the entire staff in making Harmony Clean, Inc. a safe place to work!

Harmony Clean Inc. awarded Seal of Excellence

ARCSI  ACCREDITED LOGOThe Association of Residential Cleaning Services International’s Residential Cleaning Seal of Excellence is awarded to residential cleaning companies who meet a rigorous set of industry and business standards. Congratulations to Doylestown, Pa., house cleaning service Harmony Clean, Inc. for qualifying for this designation!

As the not-for-profit international trade association representing the residential cleaning industry, ARCSI documents and verifies integral information before awarding their prestigious seal. Their intention is to provide consumers a level of expectation and confidence regarding the professionalism, ethical business practices, and commitment to continuing education from a company they are considering giving access to their homes for professional house cleaning.

To earn the right to display the seal, a residential cleaning company provides the following documentation to ARCSI:

-proof of insurance, including liability and workers compensation

-proof that background checks are performed on prospective employees

-documentation of participating in on-going industry and business educational programs

-documentation of having been in business at least two years

    In addition, the company ownership and management agrees that they accept and will strive to adhere to the ARCSI Code of Ethics which can be found on their website at arcsi.org.

    Celebrate with Cookies!

    Okay, so maybe your house cleaning service is not exactly where you’d think to turn for a new cookie recipe. But, if you found your way here, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with this gluten-free treat that is easy to make and absolutely delicious! Happy Holidays from Harmony Clean, Inc.!

    COOKIE COLLAGE - ENJOY Chocolate Apricot Gluten-Free Cookies

    1 ¼ cup almond meal

    1 cup gluten-free flour such as Bob’s Red Mill

    ½ teaspoon baking powder

    ¼ cup coconut palm sugar

    1/4 cup melted coconut oil

    1/3 cup real maple syrup

    2 teaspoons vanilla extract

    Pinch fine sea salt

    Unsweetened apricot jam

    one oz dark chocolate broken into pieces , sea salt to sprinkle

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

    Mix together the almond meal, gluten-free flour, baking powder and coconut palm sugar.

    In a separate bowl combine coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and salt and whisk to emulsify.

    Add dry ingredients into wet and stir well to combine until dough forms together. Let rest 10 minutes.

    Roll into meatball-size balls and place on prepared tray. Using your thumb, create a well in the center of each cookie. Spoon about ½ a teaspoon of jam into the center of each cookie and top with a chunk of chocolate. Sprinkle with a touch of sea salt and bake 9 to 10 minutes until browned on the bottom. Makes about 20 cookies. Enjoy!

    CLEANING KISSES FOR KYLE

    CLEANING KISSES FOR KYLE LIPS POSTER 2014Harmony Clean, Inc. helped make children’s wishes come true this holiday season by donating to The Kisses for Kyle Foundation, a Delaware Valley nonprofit that supports families with children battling cancer. Sharon Snyder founded the organization to honor the memory of her son Kyle who died of cancer before reaching age three, and to assist other families with the financial stress that often accompanies caring for their child once diagnosed with cancer.

    “In September we were looking ahead to the Holiday Season when we traditionally gift our clients with something local, green, or sustainable that aligns with our core values. That’s when the idea emerged to donate our gift budget to a local charity instead,” explains Vicki.  “The next day I received the DoylestownAlive.com newsletter and read about the amazing work of The Kisses for Kyle Foundation,” said Debi. “We already work with a cancer organization by providing free house cleaning service to local women battling cancer, but this also touched the hearts of our staff when we proposed our plan to them,” added Vicki.

    We set a goal to donate at least $500 by contributing a $1 for every house Harmony Clean, Inc. cleaned during the month of November.  Two staff members, Carol and Nancy, created a fabulous fund-raising board using a cut-out of lips representing a kiss, and each week logged the number of cleanings and raised the red bar on the lips to mark our progress.  “Rather than spending this money on client gifts, I feel strongly that every single one of our clients will be pleased to see this money donated toward providing some happiness and peace of mind to those impacted in our community,” said Vicki.

    Harmony Clean Staff Honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month With Their New Pink Uniforms

    HARMONY CLEAN PINK UNIFORMS BREAST CANCER AWARENESSAs part of our commitment to the community, Harmony Clean, Inc. has partnered with Cleaning For A Reason since 2007 and has donated over $30,000 and 250 free house cleanings to local women with cancer. “We provide a practical service to women battling cancer that benefits not only patients, but also their families who often become the main caregiver,” states co-owner, Vicki Brown.

    There are no income restrictions; those in need simply register online and get matched with a local house cleaning company who then provides four hours of cleaning for four months at no cost.  “Our message to women is simply to let us focus on your home, so you can focus on your health,” adds Brown. Enrollment links and information can be found at CleaningForAReason.org.

    “Devoting our time to service is an intensely gratifying experience in the way that a simple donation may not be. My cleaning business took on greater purpose when I began donating services to those in need. We all know the difference that a clean house can make. Imagine what a clean house means for a woman with cancer,” comments Debbie Sardone, Founder, Cleaning For A Reason. We agree whole heartedly!

    Another Win for Green House Cleaning in Bucks County!

    We LOVE this red logo, almost as much as we LOVE our wonderful clients, friends, and employees who make this award possible. Thank you for voting Harmony Clean as the BEST house cleaning service in Bucks County – again!

    BEST OF BUCKS 2014 HARMONY CLEAN HOUSE CLEANING

    Labor Day Cleaning Frenzy

    klēnto make something free of dirt, marks, or mess, especially by washing, wiping, or brushing.

    fren zē - a state of uncontrolled excitement or wild behavior.

    If you saw me darting around the house this afternoon you would surely describe my ‘state’ as frenzied. Thankfully, the uncontrolled part was kept to a minimum, while the excitement part came to a peak after 4 hours of non-stop wild cleaning culminating in a new state I call superb satisfaction.

    Whether you clean your own home or are one of our stellar clients who uses our house cleaning service in Bucks County, PA, there comes a time when you can’t help but roll up your sleeves and get in it. For me, it all started when I noticed the screen at the back of my hair dryer was covered in lint. Since there’s a grate covering the screen, this project required a toothpick and vacuum hose. Then, since the vacuum hose was already out, I used the round brush attachment to gently lift away dust from my laptop’s keyboard. Next I found myself removing a few window screens and vacuuming them front and back.

    A pit stop in the bathroom revealed the fan vent was dusty even though wiped regularly. It needed to come down for a good scrubbing. And so the list continued and with each task accomplished my pleasure grew. Yes, I really do enjoy cleaning! What a rewarding way to spend half a day of a long weekend. And I’ll surely be even more pleased next time I fire up the hair dryer and experience its new clog-free gusto! Happy Labor Day!

    Owner achieves IICRC House Cleaning Technician certification

    HCT IICRC HOUSE CLEANING TECHNICIAN SEAL

    Debi Sarandrea, co-owner of Harmony Clean, Inc. of Doylestown, Pa., completed a 2-day intensive training program administered by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification and successfully passed the ten-part examination. This course is geared toward professional house cleaning services that strive to protect their client’s contents and furnishings, as well as their health and the environment. It covers topics such as materials and surfaces, the science of cleaning, tools and equipment, and safety. It even touches on appearance as part of the role of a Certified House Cleaning Technician in order to render a home not only clean, but also neat and tidy with an appealing visual impact.

    With our focus on client satisfaction and customer service, this adds another layer to our in-house proprietary training program that we provide to our professional house cleaning staff. Our mission at Harmony Clean, Inc. is to ‘Surprise and Delight our clients by consistently making their homes Sparkle.’ This certification helps keep us at the leading edge of technology and best-practices in order to keep our staff safe, our clients happy and their homes healthy. Smiles Guaranteed!

    Doylestown green house cleaning service wins award.

    Winner in House Cleaning Service 2014

    Yes, that’s Debi and Vicki doing the Happy Dance at the news that Harmony Clean, Inc. has won the 2014 BEST house cleaning service in the Doylestown Bucks Happening list. Thank you for your vote and support. And thank you to our amazing staff – from house cleaners to office staff – for making this possible!

    Early Spring Cleaning tips from Harmony Clean

    HARMONY CLEAN SPRING CLEANING TIPS

    HARMONY CLEAN SPRING CLEANING TIPS

    If you enjoy the results of a good spring cleaning of your home but agonize over the work itself, having a written action plan will help keep you focused and motivated. It also makes you more efficient so you can finish quicker and enjoy spring sooner. Here are a few of our own pro tips!

    Write down your goals or intentions to keep yourself on track. For example, you may want to dust and polish every surface but don’t want to go on a flier cleaning out the junk drawer. Make a plan and commit to stick to it. Once you have a plan, stock up on all supplies, tools, and equipment before you begin. Change the bag and filters on your vacuum and check the belt for wear.

    Efficiency Tip: use an extension cord with your vacuum cleaner to save time and to reach into far corners more easily.

    Checklists are great and make you smile when you cross things off! A sample of spring cleaning vacuuming items might include:

    - carpet crevices where carpets meet the walls

    - lampshades

    - beneath sofa and chair cushions

    - heater vents and return air vents

    - ceiling fan blades

    - refrigerator coils

    - dryer hose

    Set a timer. Give yourself a specific amount of time to spend on each task. A timer with a five minute warning is perfect!

    Play upbeat music. Whether it’s your favorite playlist or a new selection from Pandora, music helps get you get into the cleaning groove and makes the task more enjoyable!

    Have a food plan. That way you won’t get hung up thinking about what you may want to eat, or eating something quick and easy that you may regret later.

    Enjoy the fruits of your labor!

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