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Things You Need To Know Before Renting A Self Storage

Are you considering renting a storage unit? Read these self storage tips and tricks no matter what stage you are in your rental.

At Life Storage, we never assume that everyone knows what is involved with renting a storage unit, which is why we always try to educate our potential and long-standing customers. In this spirit, we want to share several self storage tips that we’ve gathered over the years.

Some of these storage unit tips might seem obvious, and some suggestions might be informative and helpful. Hopefully, you will feel like a more educated consumer after reading. We cover each stage of the storage rental process, from shopping to packing to vacating.

Tips for Renting a Storage Unit

1. Research the best storage unit deals before renting.

If this is your first time renting a storage unit, you may be able to score a deal on discounted rent. Search online for local companies and determine who is offering the best deal.

Also, ask yourself the following:

  • Which facility is located closest to my house?
  • Who offers remote leasing services?
  • Which site has vacancies in the size I need?

2. Figure out which size storage unit you need.

Most people make a mental estimate when they rent a storage unit on a whim. Sometimes this estimation can end up costing customers money because they end up with a space that’s larger than they need. In other instances, underestimating the area you need can cause a lot of stress because you’ll end up running out of space halfway through unpacking your items.

Before you rent, create a rough inventory of everything you plan to keep in the storage unit and for what duration of time. Taking the time to measure larger items before you rent will help you better estimate the size and type of storage unit you need.

If visual aids are helpful, check out this storage unit space estimator to get started.

3. Weigh the pros and cons of indoor vs. outdoor storage.

Believe it or not, there are a few types of storage units. In general, an outdoor storage unit is going to cost less than an indoor unit of the same size. However, it may be important to you to rent indoor storage when storing fragile items, which may make the extra cost worth it to you.

The benefit of an outdoor storage unit is that you can drive right up to it, which makes it convenient. The advantage of an indoor storage unit is that weather will rarely become a problem. Only you can decide which option works best for your situation, but it’s important to consider the pros and cons of both.

4. Make sure the storage unit is insured.

Most large-scale storage unit companies require that their customers attain adequate property tenant insurance against loss or damage. This requirement isn’t to get extra money. In fact, Life Storage uses a third-party vendor to provide storage unit insurance, so it’s not something our company offers itself. Most importantly, having adequate storage unit insurance will help you in the unlikely event that your belongings are compromised.

There are a couple of different ways you can attain coverage:

  • Use an applicable renter’s insurance policy.
  • Add the storage unit to your homeowner’s insurance.
  • Purchase third-party insurance through the storage facility.

Tips for Packing a Storage Unit

1. Take steps to keep your belongings as safe as possible.

There are simple self storage tips a customer can follow to keep their items out of harm’s way. For instance, make sure you purchase the best lock money can buy. Some locks are much easier to break into than others. Also, make sure you know what is kept inside your unit at all times.

In most cases, keeping your belongings safe depends on the storage facility, so choose wisely!

Choose a storage facility that has most of the following safety measures in place:

  • Adequate lighting
  • Surveillance monitoring
  • Gates with access codes
  • A well-maintained property

2. Organize everything in your storage unit for easy access.

When customers are putting items inside a storage unit for the first time, it’s usually done in a very chaotic and un-thought-out fashion. This habit tends to change once they vacate a storage unit for the first time, or they go inside their space to find something and have no clue where it ended up.

Before you unpack one load of stuff, make sure you have a rough idea where you are going to put things. Load large items first and create aisles, so everything is easily accessible.

You should also have a working inventory on hand, complete with a diagram that shows where things are located. In this process, a label maker will dramatically improve your chances of maintaining an organized storage unit.

3. Make sure everything is stored correctly.

Of all the storage unit packing tips out there, this one is perhaps the most important. Remember that for any given item, there is a right way and a wrong way to store it. There are so many factors to consider that we’ve created storage guides for some commonly packed items.

In general, try to follow these self storage tips:

  • Keep as much as you can off the floor. Use wood pallets and other shelving to lift everything at least a few inches off the concrete.
  • Never use cardboard boxes that stored perishables, like those you would find outside a grocery store. Consider using plastic totes instead.
  • Consider investing in climate-controlled storage when storing fragile items, such as wood instruments or classic cars.

Tips for Vacating a Storage Unit

1. Give proper notice before moving out.

If you only plan on renting in the short-term, make sure you ask what the policy is for canceling your rental. Some companies might require one month written notice. If this is the case, plan so that you don’t get charged an extra month’s rent. If possible, move out at the end of the month instead of at the first of the month. Depending on when you give the notice, you might get penalized by having to pay the entire month’s rent instead of having it prorated.

2. Make sure you don’t break any rules.

Breaking some of these standard storage unit rules could cost you. As a worst-case scenario, breaking the rules or the terms of your contract could ultimately end up with your stuff being evicted or auctioned off.

Some rules that apply in most storage facilities include:

  • Under no circumstances can you live inside a storage unit.
  • Unless it’s a special unit, you’re not allowed to conduct business out of your storage unit.
  • Do not use items like power tools and do not store items like gasoline.
  • Most facilities won’t let you keep items like firearms or fireworks on the premise.

3. Understand your rental payment schedule.

Make sure you always pay your rent on time. If you have trouble remembering, inquire if there is an auto-pay option. Ask the store manager what other things you might need to be aware of before renting.

In addition, make sure you read your contract word for word, so there are no surprises! Most companies will charge late-fees, and after a certain period has passed with no payment, the storage unit could be repossessed.

Source: https://www.lifestorage.com/blog/storage/storage-unit-tips/

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Things You Need To Know On Buying Or Building A Self Storage

Thinking about getting into self storage?

Let me be the first to formally welcome you to this fast-growing but still tight-knit, diverse, fun (and sometimes strange) real estate lover’s dream of an industry.

If you’re eager to get started on your first storage investment, but not sure whether you should buy an existing property or build a brand new one, check out some of the tips and resources below to make this tough decision a little easier.

The dilemma: Build or buy?

It’s the million dollar question: should you build a storage facility or buy an existing one? Unfortunately, there’s no solid answer. It all depends on your location and your unique business needs.

Whether you’re buying or building, prepare to spend your first year or two doing due diligence on the self storage industry, the markets you’re interested in, your current and future competition, and various vendors, partners, and technology tools you’ll need to operate your storage business. It’s a long, boring process, but it’ll save you a ton of time and money in the long run. If you’re just starting your online research, check out Inside Self-Storage and owner/operator discussion forums like Self Storage Talk, then consider heading out to a national trade show (the two largest shows are in the spring and the fall) to meet other storage owners and investors, network, and learn from educational seminars.

“Make sure to do your research, especially if you’re going to start building from the ground up. You’ve got to make sure the barriers to entry are high and someone else can’t come in and start doing the exact same thing as you next door and have a pricing advantage or scale advantage. Your model, your profitability and your breakeven point may all be based on a certain rent rate, but if someone else comes in and they’re a larger operator with a lower cost structure and lower cost of capital, you’ve got to make sure they can’t move in next door to you and charge half the rent, or you’ll be out of business tomorrow.” CJ Bardy Storage Place

Having a well-thought out business model before either buying or building is key to your success as a new storage owner. Everything from your gate security to your management style should be planned for – you won’t want an unexpected large expense to throw you for a loop and put you in the red. It might seem like putting the cart before the horse to have your business planned out before you even get a property, but it’s exactly the opposite: with a strong business model, you’ll be able to spot great opportunities for you and look at properties with a keen eye for a bargain.

Buying and acquiring self storage

As a new self storage owner, you likely won’t able to pay crazy cap rates like national companies manage to do when acquiring property, so you might need to adjust your strategies to find hidden gems in smaller, underserved markets where you aren’t competing with REITs for the purchase of a facility. When evaluating potential deals, you’ll need to look at price, facility size and geography, and potential for operational and financial improvement.

Ask yourself these questions when assessing the potential value you could add to a facility:

  • Has the current owner kept rates consistent with market value? Are tenants seeing consistent rate increases?
  • Are there opportunities to improve the facility’s marketing website and online reviews to bring in more leads?
  • Is the facility’s original unit mix meeting the needs of the current market trends?
  • Is there room for expansion on the property? Could an existing building be converted or refurbished for climate control?
  • Could manager overhead be reduced or eliminated with updated technology?

Facilities that are being sold for below-market almost always have deferred maintenance like a roof that needs to be fixed, unit doors that are in poor shape, or a parking lot that needs to be paved. All costs have to be factored into your deal to ensure you’re coming out on top after repairs and updates are completed.

Keep your ideal business model in mind when looking at the geography of a storage facility. For your first self storage deal, you might not be able to afford properties in hot primary markets, and a traditional business model might not be ideal for suburban secondary markets or rural tertiary markets. Many operators in secondary and tertiary markets run unmanned facilities using online move-ins and access control security tools to allow renters to serve themselves. On the flip side, owners in primary markets often lean towards having a manager on-site to provide additional security, assist tenants with problems on-site, and manage walk-in traffic and in-office retail sales.

“With all the technology that’s available, you don’t necessarily have to have an on-site resident manager, but we’ve found that it’s really the best way to run a self storage property efficiently and securely, especially when you have over 10 facilities spread out across two states. There have been many times where, had we not had on-site managers, I would have had to drop everything to go out to a facility that is over three hours away from our Paradise office to resolve a problem on-site.” Shelby Beck Extra Self Storage

In any acquisition, be sure your deal includes a strong contract that secures your rights to the business’s digital assets (including website domain, social media accounts, historical software data, directory accounts, and more). These assets are typically undervalued and they offer tons of useful data as well as huge online branding power and marketing ROI for your business.

Building a self storage facility

With more and more storefronts closing their doors, there are tons of opportunities for self storage investors to swoop in and buy outdated warehouses and abandoned retail spaces. While you may not be building from the ground up when renovating an old Sears or Toys R’ Us store, you are entering the market in the same way as a brand-new storage build, and even though your construction costs may be lower, your challenges as a new business will be similar.

One of the biggest benefits of renovating an existing structure is location: you’ll often get a property with better visibility and ease of access and more traffic with a renovation than a new build. Since one of the biggest deciding factors when choosing self storage is proximity to home and work, you’ll want an area with high population density and lots of building potential for apartments and houses.

Your business model (including what kind of technology you plan to use to run your business) should be well-defined before you break ground to ensure everything you’re building is designed properly to fit your business’s needs and money isn’t wasted on correcting mistakes after new construction is underway.

Traditional self-storage might not be the best option, and that’s a good thing: unique self storage business models like valet storage, storage and moving combo services, and portable storage units are increasingly popular in fast-growing, affluent markets, and these services can be even more profitable for savvy self storage owners.

Source: https://www.storable.com/resources/learn/build-or-buy-storage/

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What You Should Know About Kratom

You may have heard about kratom (Mitragyna speciosa), an herbal supplement used traditionally in Southeast Asia for energy and to help ease aches and pains. Derived from a type of evergreen tree, kratom contains alkaloid compounds called mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.

While kratom acts like a mild stimulant when taken in low doses, it can cause an opiate-like high when taken in high doses. Kratom is currently listed by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a “drug of concern,” and has not been approved for any medical use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Also Known As: Kratom products are also known as Biak, Ketum, Kakuam, Ithang, Thom, Herbal, and Ketum.

Common Effects: Effects of kratom use include pain relief, relaxation, improved mood, increased energy, sensitivity to sunburn, nausea, itching, sweating, dry mouth, constipation, increased urination, and loss of appetite.

What Does Kratom Do?

It’s thought that mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine may help control pain by attaching to these opioid receptors, which, in turn, reduce pain perception.

Kratom has gained popularity as an alternative to opioid pain medications like Vicodin (hydrocodone) and OxyContin (oxycodone). In many cases, kratom is used to manage chronic pain associated with conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia.

The results of an online survey in 2014 found that people who use kratom in the United States tend to be middle-aged, middle-income people living with pain. Most of the over 8,000 survey respondents said that they were using kratom to treat pain or improve their mood.

A smaller but significant number said they were using it to help them quit opioid drugs (a class of medication used for pain relief) or to treat opioid withdrawal.

What the Experts Say

Proponents of kratom suggest that the herb could serve as a solution to the opioid crisis, both by offering another option for pain relief and by aiding those struggling to overcome opioid addiction.

Other experts say that it’s not the magic solution some people claim it is.

The available research includes a report published in the International Journal on Drug Policy in 2010, for which scientists surveyed 136 people who actively used kratom and found that the herb was “described as affordable, easily available, and having no serious side effects despite prolonged use.” This report included no testing of kratom’s health effects or potential hazards.

However, in a 2014 report published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers surveyed 293 people who regularly used kratom and determined that more than half had developed severe dependence problems, including kratom withdrawal symptoms like muscle spasms, sleep disruption, anger, and tension.

A mouse-based study published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry in 2016 suggested that kratom may not slow breathing to the same extent as other pain-relieving drugs like morphine. Given that deaths due to opioid overdose are usually the result of respiratory depression, the study’s finding suggests that further research on the compounds in kratom is warranted.

A 2019 review concluded that kratom offers some potential benefits but has a high potential for abuse, interactions, and adverse side effects.  The review also suggested that placing it behind the pharmacy counter could be a potential middle ground between banning the drug and allowing its sale unrestricted.

DEA Interventions

The future legal status of the drug remains unclear, although the DEA’s past statements on the subject give some indications of what might be expected. In 2016, the DEA announced their intent to place two of the herb’s active constituents on its Schedule I drug list.  Two months later, the DEA withdrew its notice of intent and instead opened an official public comment period.

Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine are the kratom constituents that would be classified as Schedule I drugs, making possession or sale of the herb illegal. Kratom would remain on the Schedule I list for at least two years.

The DEA’s intent to place mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine on its Schedule I drug list was met with a great deal of backlash. In mid-September 2016, for instance, protesters held a march and rally at Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C., and presented a petition signed by over 120,000 people opposing the ban.

At the rally, Botanical Education Alliance director Travis Lowin stated that the DEA “has failed Americans in its efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, and targeting kratom will make the situation worse.”

In addition to the DEA’s position, the FDA has also issued warnings about the potential dangers of the drug. In late 2017, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, issued a public health advisory about risks associated with kratom.9 Since then, the FDA has intensified warnings, citing strong evidence that the unregulated botanical substance has “opioid properties.” In an 18-month period, kratom was a contributing factor in more than 90 fatal overdoses. In these cases, people had also taken fentanyl and heroin.

In 2018, the website STAT reported that the Department of Health and Human Services had recommended a ban on the chemicals found in kratom.

As of 2020, federal regulation remains on hold as the debate over the substance continues. The FDA has issued warnings to companies that sell kratom in the U.S. and illegally market the drug as an herbal supplement to treat addiction, anxiety, pain, and other health issues. Only FDA-approved drugs can make such claims. The future legal status of the drug remains to be seen.

Common Side Effects

Although case reports have reported drowsiness, irritability, palpitations, high blood pressure, poor concentration, insomnia, hypothyroidism, seizures, psychosis, hepatitis, and coma in people using kratom, it’s unclear how much is directly attributable to kratom.

Risks appear to be higher when it’s taken in concentrated extracts (which have a higher potency), mixed with other psychoactive substances, drugs, or adulterants, or when it’s taken by people with alcohol use disorders, a history of heroin use, or certain health conditions.

Potential health effects include:

Signs of Use

If someone you love is using kratom, it’s important to be on the lookout for the common side effects (such as talkativeness, increased social behavior, itching, changes in appetite, sweating) as well as any unusual or extreme shifts in mood, behavior, appearance, and overall health.

Common Questions

Many people believe that because kratom is an herbal supplement, it’s safe to use. But it’s important to keep in mind that supplements aren’t regulated by the FDA before they hit the market.

As a result, there’s no guarantee that a supplement will contain the ingredients listed on the label (or that those ingredients will appear in the indicated amounts). Contamination and adulteration with other drugs, herbs, and substances are possible. For instance, in 2018 at least 199 Americans became sick after taking kratom tainted with salmonella.

Tolerance, Dependence, and Withdrawal

Kratom comes with a risk of tolerance, dependence, and withdrawal. People who use kratom can build a tolerance, or the need to use more to achieve the desired effect, and experience symptoms of withdrawal when they stop taking the drug.

How Long Does Kratom Stay in Your System?

More research is needed to determine the exact half-life of kratom. Like other substances, how long kratom stays in your system will depend on the following factors:

  • Age
  • Body fat
  • Frequency of use
  • Genetics
  • Metabolic rate
  • Type of kratom
  • Water and food intake

Addiction

The DEA states that kratom abuse can lead to addiction and can result in psychotic symptoms, including hallucinations, delusion, and confusion.

Not everyone will experience addiction in the same way, but there are several hallmark signs and symptoms, including tolerance, dependence, and withdrawal. Other common signs of addiction include:

  • Changes in friends
  • Changes in mood, sleeping patterns, weight, and activity levels
  • Financial trouble
  • Loss of interest in hobbies, social activities, or job or school
  • Secretiveness, stealing, and/or lying
  • Keeping stashes of drugs or paraphernalia
  • Trouble scaling back or stopping drug
  • Spending vast amounts of time spent getting, using, and recovering from the drug

Withdrawal

People who take large doses of kratom several times per day have an increased risk of moderate to severe withdrawal symptoms. In general, however, withdrawal symptoms are milder in comparison to opioid withdrawal and may include:

  • Decreased appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Fever
  • Hot flashes
  • Increased muscle spasms and pain
  • Mood disturbances
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Anorexia
  • Calmness
  • Constipation
  • Discoloration of the cheeks
  • Dry mouth
  • Euphoria
  • Increased social behavior
  • Increased urination
  • Insomnia
  • Itching
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Psychotic symptoms (hallucinations, delusion, confusion)
  • Sensitivity to sunburn
  • Sweating
  • Talkativeness
  • How to Get Help

    Living with pain isn’t easy. If you live with pain, you may already be all too familiar with the profound effect it can have on your quality of life.

    If you are considering trying kratom, you should speak with your healthcare provider first. Some pain clinics utilize complementary and alternative therapies in conjunction with traditional medical approaches for pain treatment and management. For example, mindfulness (and other mind-body practices) may help some people remain pain-controlled despite the challenges of everyday life.

    If you’ve been using kratom to self-medicate and have noticed that it has begun to take over your life, don’t wait to get help. A trusted healthcare professional can help guide you toward the path of recovery.

    Source:https://www.verywellmind.com/kratom-for-pain-management-4089380

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Where Can I Find The Most Reliable Kratom Blogs?

When it comes to kratom there is a lot of buzz around legalities and where this herb has been banned. This industry is tricky because it is not backed by the FDA and vendors have to constantly worry about the jargon that is being used on their websites as well as their blogs. You have to watch where you are taking advice from. We have compiled a list of the best kratom blogs on the internet. Here you will find all kinds of information surrounding your favorite herb.

Use Caution When Reading About Kratom

Keep in mind that the things you read on the internet should not be perceived as safe advice. You will need to consult with a doctor before starting on kratom. They are the only ones who can legally give you advice on strains and dosage. In addition, your family doctor will know your medical history and be able to know if kratom is a good supplement for you to try.  

Be sure you choose a kratom website that is affiliated with the American Kratom Association. This will ensure that you are dealing with high-quality vendors. It will also make a huge difference when it comes to the content that they are putting on their website. 

Vendors who care about their customers and take the time to become affiliated with the AKA will have content that is centered around the industry. They will work with bloggers who are knowledgeable in the kratom industry and who can research and pull out factual information regarding kratom. 

The AKA only works with trusted vendors who comply with their guidelines. Using this measuring point to find the highest quality kratom and the best information regarding kratom will prove to be one of the best ways to learn about this herb.

Do not be afraid to cross-check information. If you find something that does not sound right you should conduct your own research to find the answer. Also, you want to work with vendors who stay up to date and post to their blogs often. This will prove that they are a legit company that is striving to be the best in the industry. 

If a vendor does not update their blog, there is a good chance that they are not investing quality time and research into their business. Just take notice of these things as they will help you find the best kratom blogs on the internet. 

Best Kratom Blogs 

Be sure to take the time to check out all the blogs we mention on our list. We wanted to provide you with the best in the industry. We spent a lot of time on this list to ensure you were given the most reliable resources for kratom. Let us know if you have a favorite blog that you would like us to add to our list. 

OASIS KRATOM

Of course, we couldn’t leave ourselves off this list! We are proud to be a part of the American Kratom Association and strive to provide our customers with the most reliable information. We have our blog sectioned off into categories including Kratom InformationKratom Legalities, and Vendor Reviews. This allows you to easily navigate to the information you are looking for. 

We have a clean-cut blog, which is updated at least 2 times a week, sometimes more. In addition, we also extend our content through product descriptions and other resources on our website. Our bloggers are some of the most experienced in the industry. 

Our main author, Jennifer Reaney has been with us for several years and knows the industry in and out. She takes great pride in offering our audience the latest industrial news. If you ever have a topic that you would like to see please do not hesitate to contact us. We enjoy mixing up the content and covering a wide variety of topics. 

ORGANIC KRATOM USA

Organic Kratom USA has been around for several years. This site is very easy to navigate through and also tends to update its information 2 to 3 times a week. Their blog is also sectioned into categories which include Kratom InformationKratom Legalities, and Vendor Reviews.  

Organic Kratom USA is a part of the AKA and they provide customers with a wide variety of kratom strains. Their product descriptions are great and their content is on par with being some of the best in the industry. If you have not checked out Organic Kratom USA’s blog you will want to. They won a spot on our list for a reason. 

KRATOM SPOT

Again, another vendor is endorsed by the American Kratom Association. The Kratom Spot has a very clean and user-friendly website. Their blog is laid out nice and easy to navigate through. They have a main blog that you can navigate to. All blogs are mixed in together, which is not as user-friendly as other blogs. 

However, they do have relevant information and tend to post 2 times a week. It looks like they use experienced writers and tend to have the same author on all of their blogs. However, this should not be perceived as a bad thing, this means that their author is very versed in kratom topics

THE GOLDEN MONK

The Golden Monk has been around for a while. They are AKA endorsed and tend to keep very current when it comes to kratom topics. However, they do not make it easy to find their blogs like other websites do. This may be a downfall for them. They do have some tabs at the bottom of their home page which will direct you to a couple of different categories including Kratom Strain InfoKratom Vendor Info, and Buy Kratom Info. Some may be put off by this blog only because they make it a little difficult to find their content. 

KRAKEN KRATOM

Kraken Kratom is a well-known AKA-approved kratom vendor. They have a clean site, great product descriptions, and keep up to date on adding new blogs every month. They do not add as many blogs as other vendors do, but their content is relevant and good. Their blog is listed under Resources in their menu.  

While they do not update as often as other vendors in the industry, they still won a spot on our list. You can check out their info and let us know what you think. It really matters when it comes to the quality of content being put on a website. This is one of the main reasons we added this vendor to our list. 

Final Note

There are some other really great kratom blogs on the internet that we did not mention here including Happy Hippo Herbals and Kats Botanicals. If you have a favorite kratom blog that we can add to our list let us know below. We hope that this blog helps you explore the best kratom blogs that are offered.

Source:https://oasiskratom.com/best-kratom-blogs/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Top 6 Kratom Supplements for Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression may have a detrimental impact on the lives of many individuals today. According to Medical News Today, over 40 million individuals in the United States are now suffering from anxiety or depression in some form.

For some people, a variety of therapies have proven to be effective in alleviating the symptoms of anxiety and depression. However, many of these therapies need many medical visits and lengthy examinations, and some of them haven’t been proven to be helpful for specific individuals. As a result, Kratom is suggested as a treatment for anxiety and sadness. It has already been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of a variety of ailments, including mental illness.

However, the majority of individuals have no idea what Kratom is or how it relieves anxiety and depression symptoms. As a result, here is some further information about it, how it relieves anxiety and depression, and which Kratom strains are most effective in treating anxiety and depression.

Different Strains of Kratom

Because there are several strains of Kratom, not all of them can provide the same results. The origin, size, material consistency, and dose of each strain of Kratom vary.

1. Indo Kratom

Indo is a strain of Kratom that is native to Indonesia and may be found in green, white, or red variants. It’s not as stimulating as other strains, but it can still provide modest energetic benefits. The Red Indo Kratom for social anxiety can improve your emotions of relaxation and well-being, as well as lower the degree of discomfort that your body experiences because they are less stimulating than other forms of Kratom. As a result, it’s the most effective strain for anxiety.

2. Gold Bali Kratom

Gold Bali is a mix of Red and White Bali, with White Bali dominating due to its energetic properties. The high alkaloid content of Gold Bali makes it an effective anti-depressant and anti-anxiety herb. As a result, it’s the most popular gold strain on the market.

Gold Bali is the strain for you if you’re looking for a strain that will help you relax while still allowing you to be productive throughout the day. Many people have used this strain to help them get through long days at the workplace and can speak to its incredible advantages.

3. Maeng da 

Maeng da Kratom is a strain that comes from Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia, among other locations. This strain is available in red maeng da, green maeng da, or white maeng da, and its endurance allows it to offer long-term effects. Because it can increase the amount of energy in your body, this form of Kratom can also serve as a stimulant. Since the maeng da strain is popular in the market, hence it becomes more important to know everything about maeng da kratom before you buy it. Furthermore, this strain is accountable for enhancing your sociability while also improving your general well-being and decreasing discomfort. Maeng da is highly suggested for those who experience depression, according to Healthline, because of these characteristics,

4. Green Malay Kratom

Green Malay is a kind of Kratom native to Malaysia that is usually dark green. Most individuals drink Green Malay in the mornings before going to work or starting their day because of its potential to enhance energy, attention, and concentration.

In addition, because it has extremely sedative effects when taken in medium to high dosages, this form of Kratom might help you to feel less discomfort. Finally, due to the mind-calming and relaxing benefits of green Malay kratom strain produces, it might help you feel less anxious.

5. White Thai Kratom 

Another incredible alternative for people suffering from anxiety and despair is this strain. Even the Red Thai has a higher stimulating impact than other strains, white Thai is more energizing.

White Thai is wonderful for a bright and energized start to the day. It is great for you if you are an office worker or if you have a profession that needs you to connect socially with people.

6. Red Borneo Kratom

Another highly sought-after strain is Red Borneo. Red Borneo is the third most popular red strain, with 1900 monthly Google searches. It’s used for general relaxation and pain treatment, which is ideal for reducing tension and stress.

According to user reports, Borneo has variable effects. Small doses of this kratom can provide significant relief.

Consuming Red Borneo in the evening is great for physically and psychologically relaxing the body and preparing it for sleep.

How to Choose the Best Kratom Dosage?

Because the dosage is the most often asked issue, it is tried to keep it as straightforward as possible. To begin with, no two people will receive the same dosage. Some people require only 2 grams, while others require up to 10 grams.

Weight, tolerance, the quantity of food in your system, and other ranking criteria will all have an impact on how much kratom you require.

If you see a particular quantity of kratom recommended as a universal dose on another website, it’s most likely a very approximate estimate, and you should proceed with caution.

As a result, you’ll have to experiment to discover the right dose for you.

The Dose of Kratom Powder

Start with 2 grams of kratom powder, to discover your powder dose.

You can start with 3 grams if you’re above 200 pounds. Take your kratom powder at least 3 hours after eating, and then wait 30 minutes for the benefits to kick in. Wait until the next day to add another gram to your beginning dose if you didn’t get the anxiety reduction and other results you expected.

Repeat until you’ve found the ideal dosage.

The Dose of Kratom Capsules 

Determining your kratom capsules dose is quite similar to finding your powder dose. As a beginning dosage, take three capsules. Take your pills at least 3 hours after eating, then wait 90 minutes to notice the benefits.

If you don’t get the results you desire, increase the dosage by one capsule each day until you get the results you want. Start with four capsules if you weigh more than 200 pounds.

0.7 grams of kratom powder are contained in each capsule. As a result, the beginning dosages for powder and capsules are nearly identical.

Conclusion

Kratom, in general, can alleviate the harmful impacts that anxiety and sadness may have on your body. It can give your body some additional general health advantages because it is natural and originates from the leaves of a plant.

Certain strains have the ability to help your body in a broad range of ways, including relieving the symptoms of anxiety and sadness. If you don’t take it in the prescribed quantities, it might have bad side effects, however, there’s a lot of information on Kratom doses online that you can use for your safety and convenience.

Source:https://www.poshbeautyblog.com/health/2021/7/20/6-best-kratom-for-anxiety-and-depression

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What You Should Know About Kratom

You may have heard about kratom (Mitragyna speciosa), an herbal supplement used traditionally in Southeast Asia for energy and to help ease aches and pains. Derived from a type of evergreen tree, kratom contains alkaloid compounds called mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.

While kratom acts like a mild stimulant when taken in low doses, it can cause an opiate-like high when taken in high doses. Kratom is currently listed by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a “drug of concern,” and has not been approved for any medical use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Also Known As: Kratom products are also known as Biak, Ketum, Kakuam, Ithang, Thom, Herbal, and Ketum.

Common Effects: Effects of kratom use include pain relief, relaxation, improved mood, increased energy, sensitivity to sunburn, nausea, itching, sweating, dry mouth, constipation, increased urination, and loss of appetite.

What Does Kratom Do?

According to FDA research, kratom is an agonist that binds to mu-opioid receptors in the brain.1These are the same receptors that are activated when you take opioids, like prescription painkillers or heroin.

It’s thought that mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine may help control pain by attaching to these opioid receptors, which, in turn, reduce pain perception.

Kratom has gained popularity as an alternative to opioid pain medications like Vicodin (hydrocodone) and OxyContin (oxycodone). In many cases, kratom is used to manage chronic pain associated with conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia.

A smaller but significant number said they were using it to help them quit opioid drugs (a class of medication used for pain relief) or to treat opioid withdrawal.

What the Experts Say

Proponents of kratom suggest that the herb could serve as a solution to the opioid crisis, both by offering another option for pain relief and by aiding those struggling to overcome opioid addiction.

Other experts say that it’s not the magic solution some people claim it is.

The available research includes a report published in the International Journal on Drug Policy in 2010, for which scientists surveyed 136 people who actively used kratom and found that the herb was “described as affordable, easily available, and having no serious side effects despite prolonged use.” This report included no testing of kratom’s health effects or potential hazards.3

However, in a 2014 report published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers surveyed 293 people who regularly used kratom and determined that more than half had developed severe dependence problems, including kratom withdrawal symptoms like muscle spasms, sleep disruption, anger, and tension.4

A mouse-based study published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry in 2016 suggested that kratom may not slow breathing to the same extent as other pain-relieving drugs like morphine.5 Given that deaths due to opioid overdose are usually the result of respiratory depression, the study’s finding suggests that further research on the compounds in kratom is warranted.

A 2019 review concluded that kratom offers some potential benefits but has a high potential for abuse, interactions, and adverse side effects.6 The review also suggested that placing it behind the pharmacy counter could be a potential middle ground between banning the drug and allowing its sale unrestricted.

DEA Interventions

The future legal status of the drug remains unclear, although the DEA’s past statements on the subject give some indications of what might be expected. In 2016, the DEA announced their intent to place two of the herb’s active constituents on its Schedule I drug list.7 Two months later, the DEA withdrew its notice of intent and instead opened an official public comment period.8

Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine are the kratom constituents that would be classified as Schedule I drugs, making possession or sale of the herb illegal. Kratom would remain on the Schedule I list for at least two years.

The DEA’s intent to place mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine on its Schedule I drug list was met with a great deal of backlash. In mid-September 2016, for instance, protesters held a march and rally at Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C., and presented a petition signed by over 120,000 people opposing the ban.

At the rally, Botanical Education Alliance director Travis Lowin stated that the DEA “has failed Americans in its efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, and targeting kratom will make the situation worse.”

In addition to the DEA’s position, the FDA has also issued warnings about the potential dangers of the drug. In late 2017, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, issued a public health advisory about risks associated with kratom.9 Since then, the FDA has intensified warnings, citing strong evidence that the unregulated botanical substance has “opioid properties.” In an 18-month period, kratom was a contributing factor in more than 90 fatal overdoses. In these cases, people had also taken fentanyl and heroin.

In 2018, the website STAT reported that the Department of Health and Human Services had recommended a ban on the chemicals found in kratom.10

As of 2020, federal regulation remains on hold as the debate over the substance continues. The FDA has issued warnings to companies that sell kratom in the U.S. and illegally market the drug as an herbal supplement to treat addiction, anxiety, pain, and other health issues. Only FDA-approved drugs can make such claims.11 The future legal status of the drug remains to be seen.

Common Side Effects

Although case reports have reported drowsiness, irritability, palpitations, high blood pressure, poor concentration, insomnia, hypothyroidism, seizures, psychosis, hepatitis, and coma in people using kratom, it’s unclear how much is directly attributable to kratom.

Potential health effects include:12

Anorexia

  • Calmness
  • Constipation
  • Discoloration of the cheeks
  • Dry mouth
  • Euphoria
  • Increased social behavior
  • Increased urination
  • Insomnia
  • Itching
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Psychotic symptoms (hallucinations, delusion, confusion)
  • Sensitivity to sunburn
  • Sweating
  • Talkativeness
  • Signs of Use

    If someone you love is using kratom, it’s important to be on the lookout for the common side effects (such as talkativeness, increased social behavior, itching, changes in appetite, sweating) as well as any unusual or extreme shifts in mood, behavior, appearance, and overall health.

     

    Common Questions

    Many people believe that because kratom is an herbal supplement, it’s safe to use. But it’s important to keep in mind that supplements aren’t regulated by the FDA before they hit the market.

    As a result, there’s no guarantee that a supplement will contain the ingredients listed on the label (or that those ingredients will appear in the indicated amounts). Contamination and adulteration with other drugs, herbs, and substances are possible. For instance, in 2018 at least 199 Americans became sick after taking kratom tainted with salmonella.13

     

    Tolerance, Dependence, and Withdrawal

    Kratom comes with a risk of tolerance, dependence, and withdrawal. People who use kratom can build a tolerance, or the need to use more to achieve the desired effect, and experience symptoms of withdrawal when they stop taking the drug.

    How Long Does Kratom Stay in Your System?

    More research is needed to determine the exact half-life of kratom. Like other substances, how long kratom stays in your system will depend on the following factors:

    • Age
    • Body fat
    • Frequency of use
    • Genetics
    • Metabolic rate
    • Type of kratom
    • Water and food intake
    • Addiction

      The DEA states that kratom abuse can lead to addiction and can result in psychotic symptoms, including hallucinations, delusion, and confusion.14

      Not everyone will experience addiction in the same way, but there are several hallmark signs and symptoms, including tolerance, dependence, and withdrawal. Other common signs of addiction include:

      • Changes in friends
      • Changes in mood, sleeping patterns, weight, and activity levels
      • Financial trouble
      • Loss of interest in hobbies, social activities, or job or school
      • Secretiveness, stealing, and/or lying
      • Keeping stashes of drugs or paraphernalia
      • Trouble scaling back or stopping drug
      • Spending vast amounts of time spent getting, using, and recovering from the drug
      • Withdrawal

        People who take large doses of kratom several times per day have an increased risk of moderate to severe withdrawal symptoms. In general, however, withdrawal symptoms are milder in comparison to opioid withdrawal and may include:

        • Decreased appetite
        • Diarrhea
        • Difficulty sleeping
        • Fever
        • Hot flashes
        • Increased muscle spasms and pain
        • Mood disturbances
        • Runny nose
        • Watery eyes
        • How to Get Help

          Living with pain isn’t easy. If you live with pain, you may already be all too familiar with the profound effect it can have on your quality of life.

          If you are considering trying kratom, you should speak with your healthcare provider first. Some pain clinics utilize complementary and alternative therapies in conjunction with traditional medical approaches for pain treatment and management. For example, mindfulness (and other mind-body practices) may help some people remain pain-controlled despite the challenges of everyday life.

          If you’ve been using kratom to self-medicate and have noticed that it has begun to take over your life, don’t wait to get help. A trusted healthcare professional can help guide you toward the path of recovery.

          Source:https://www.verywellmind.com/kratom-for-pain-management-4089380

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How to Make your House Clean When Kids Are Present

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When kids are home, it seems to be more challenging to keep the house clean; after all, cleanliness is not their priority – fun is. Knowing this can create a win-win, however. If you can keep it fun, you may have better luck keeping it clean. Here are seven tips for keeping your house clean when kids are home, so you don’t succumb to stress. 

 

Make it Fun

 

The first tip has already been shared – make it fun! Whether timing, rewards, or contests, there are several ways to turn cleaning up into a game. Older kids can earn money or rewards, and younger kids can laugh and dance while cleaning up as fast as they can.

 

Build Skills

 

Age-appropriate cleaning tasks are important for building self-esteem, responsibility, and autonomy, so let the kids help! Kids will mimic you as a way to learn. Support this learning by helping them mirror you with safe cleaning supplies and chores.

 

Let them know they are “in training” to do something you do and that it will be their new responsibility going forward. Remember, don’t nit-pick! Teach them the right way, allow them to make some mistakes, correct them gently, and then let it go. Choosing your battles creates less arguing and a better attitude.

 

Simplify

 

One of the most significant ways to keep space clean is to have less stuff. For some people, this means only one bin of toys can be accessed at a time. Or, it could mean that all the dumpable toy bins are eliminated. Remove what can be a mess, and the mess goes away. 

 

To help with ongoing maintenance, don’t let your kids take out a new toy or game until the other is put away accurately. 

 

Organize

 

It is easier to keep an area clean if there is a SUPER EASY system for putting things away. Kid-appropriate organization usually includes bins and shelves – but as mentioned above, this doesn’t mean kids should have access to all things at all times.

 

Create Novelty

 

Organize, simplify, AND limit access to toys or supplies. Not only does this help keep your home clean, but it also creates novelty. Kids aren’t as likely to get bored of a toy they haven’t played with for a while once it’s available again after being limited. And, if they have lost interest, it is a great time to donate or sell it.

 

Create Rules

 

In school, your kids have a set routine. This is classroom management and can be used at home for the same effect. They know they have to do X before Y can happen. At home, create a routine or rule that says: You can’t have screen time (tablet, TV, video games) until a particular chore is done.

 

Or, if it’s more motivating for your kiddo and works for your family, have them do certain chores to extend screen time or other activities they enjoy.

 

Don’t Allow Overwhelm

 

It is easy to become overwhelmed with the cleaning tasks that need to be done, especially with kids being home. Make a plan for staying on top of cleaning, whether that means spending 15 minutes doing a quick tidy before bed, doing a load of laundry every day, or hiring a cleaning company to come in once a week to handle the dusting, trash, and floor care.

 

You are a better caretaker when you aren’t overwhelmed, so practice some self-care to keep yourself from burnout and resentment over cleaning by getting the help you need both in and outside the house.

 

Source: https://www.acleaningserviceinc.com/7-tips-to-keep-your-house-clean-when-kids-are-home/

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Hiring Professional COVID Cleaning Services For Your Business

 

Business

Source: coit.com

If you’re an essential business still operating at this time, keeping your workplace safe and free from infection is likely a primary concern. This is true both to prevent illness in the facility and to preserve peace of mind for all occupants, so they know all steps are being taken to keep them safe.

 

The CDC’s guidelines call for every essential business to “clean and disinfect all areas…routinely.” Additionally, at this point it is clear that individuals can be asymptomatic and still transmit COVID-19 (more data here), resulting in necessary actions being taken across every organization that has its doors open.

 

As a result, many organizations are taking steps to keep their facilities sanitized, such as wiping down areas with disinfecting wipes and cleaning more regularly than normal. We believe that these steps are important but not sufficient to maintain a safe work environment in the midst of an epidemic.

 

We strongly recommend professionally disinfecting your facility as a way to keep your employees and occupants safe and to keep essential personnel working in this time of crisis. Here are three of the reasons why:

 

Professional sanitizing can reach all corners of the facility. By applying disinfectant using a combination of techniques—including fogging, surface wiping, and spraying—areas of the building are addressed that would otherwise be missed by ordinary cleaning.

 

A brief overview of these methods (more details here):

 

Fogging—Technique that uses a fine spray to deliver disinfectant so that it reaches all interior spaces. Can be done in interior spaces as well as in air duct systems.

Surface wiping—Wiping down all surfaces with industrial-grade disinfectant. The solution is applied wet, allowed to dwell, then wiped for maximum effectiveness.

 

Spraying—Applying a “wet” spray to completely coat a surface in sanitizing solution. After the solution is applied, it is allowed to dry to ensure effectiveness. You’ve probably seen footage of this on the news, as cities have been wet-spraying public spaces.

 

Via these techniques, every nook and cranny of the facility—from high-touch surfaces to the interior of the air duct system—can be sanitized.

 

 

Professional cleaning utilizes a different quality of sanitizing product. Off-the-shelf products can be effective at addressing coronavirus, but they will not have the efficacy of a higher-strength disinfectant.

 

A couple of notes about disinfecting products:

 

The EPA maintains a list of products for use against COVID-19—found here—that includes both professional-strength and off-the-shelf products. We are using only the products found on this list and would recommend all others do the same.

 

You hear products being promoted as “hospital grade” or “industrial grade.” These are purely marketing terms and don’t represent anything about the quality of the product. That said, there is a distinction between professional-strength cleaning products such as the ones that COIT uses and off-the-shelf products you would buy at the store.

 

By using a company like COIT that employs professional-strength cleaning products included on the EPA list to fight coronavirus, you are receiving the highest-quality sanitation and maximizing your likelihood of eliminating any virus.

 

By not using your employees or staff to clean and disinfect the premises, you are keeping them safe and out of harm’s way. Professional crews such as ours are trained to wear the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and clean in such a way as to minimize risk to themselves. If you are using your own staff to wipe down and clean areas, they may not know how to properly protect themselves.  

 

In addition, companies such as COIT can schedule after-hours work to avoid contact with your occupants and eliminate any person-to-person interaction. This is much safer than having staff clean during regular business hours. (If it is not possible to schedule after-hours work—as in the case of facilities that are open 24 hours a day—companies like ours can work with you to identify a solution.)

 

For each of the reasons above, we believe that every essential business should be regularly conducting professional cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting. When the time comes to have sanitizing work done, we have several recommendations, found here. 

And of course, whenever you decide to clean, sanitize, and disinfect, COIT is here for you and happy to help.

 

Source:  https://www.coit.com/blog/your-business/professional-covid-19-cleaning-services-essential-businesses

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Cleaning and Disinfecting Cleaning Services for Delta Variant 

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COVID-19 infections caused by the delta variant are surging in much of the United States and globally, just as countries are continuing to open and get back to some level of normal. In the United States, the end of the summer will mark the return to school for millions of kids. Similarly, many businesses are considering how or whether to have workers return to offices and if so, on what schedule. And all over the country, restaurants, movie theaters, concert venues and other entertainment venues are continuing to welcome back customers. As they do so, they continue to implement a range of infection prevention measures recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which include among others, promoting vaccination, improving ventilation, regular hand hygiene, wearing of masks, cleaning and disinfecting, COVID-19 testing, and case investigation and contact tracing of employees.

 

CDC guidance on cleaning and disinfecting non-healthcare facilities has been updated periodically to reflect the current state of evidence, but the general principles and practices have remained the same.1 Although the risk of COVID-19 transmission from surfaces is low, it’s important to remember that other disease-causing bacteria and viruses can also be spread this way. Consequently, regular cleaning and disinfection is important to help keep your facility users healthy.

 

The most common questions asked about cleaning and disinfecting facilities to help prevent COVID-19 are how often and when. Based on current CDC guidance, cleaning with products containing soap and detergents can decrease the risk of infection from surfaces. Disinfection with an EPA-registered List N disinfectant may further reduce the risk of pathogens. If a COVID-19-positive person has been in the facility within the previous 24 hours, then the facility should be cleaned and disinfected. It’s worth remembering that the EPA expects that all List N disinfectants will kill COVID-19 virus variants, including the Delta variant, which is currently responsible for most of the infections in the United States.

 

However, there are other situations where more regular cleaning and disinfection may be necessary:

 

In high-traffic areas in shared spaces where surfaces could be touched regularly by multiple people. These criteria could apply to many school settings.

 

If COVID-19 transmission rates in the community are high. With the current Delta variant surge, this may apply to many parts of the country. In the CDC’s COVID-19 Integrated County View tracker, you can find the level of community transmission for any county in the U.S., classified as low, moderate, substantial and high.2

 

If there are low vaccination rates in your community. In the same COVID-19 tracker, you can find out the vaccination rates in any county in the U.S.

 

If the wearing of masks by unvaccinated people is low, or hand hygiene is infrequently practiced.

If your facility is frequently used or occupied by people at a higher risk for severe illness, such as older people, those with chronic health conditions, or those who have long experienced systemic health and social inequities.

 

This guidance can help facility managers assess the risks of transmission from surfaces and develop appropriate cleaning and disinfecting plans and protocols.  

 

Source: https://www.cloroxpro.com/blog/the-delta-variant-may-have-changed-the-landscape-but-it-doesnt-change-cleaning-and-disinfecting-practices/

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Office Cleaning Mistakes That You Should Not Do

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Many offices and corporate buildings utilize a regular janitorial service, but is that really enough? There are a lot of office cleaning mistakes that happen day-in and day-out and while they seem inconsequential, they can be costing you valuable time, energy, and money. To make sure that you’re tackling your office cleanliness head on and avoiding problems, here are 10 common office cleaning mistakes that are costing your business money

 

  1. Cluttered Workspaces

 

One of the most common office cleaning mistakes is when employees consistently have cluttered desks. While everyone’s working style is different, a cluttered desk really does lead to a cluttered mind. It becomes easier to misplace or lose important items and the disorder often begins to spread into other areas of work. Clutter is relative, but it’s a good practice to encourage organization across employees. This allows everyone to start their day off with a clear mind and improves overall company image if you have clients in the building. While this is one of the most common mistakes, it’s also the easiest to fix. Remember, there are plenty of benefits to keeping a regular office cleaning schedule, so don’t be afraid to set expectations. 

 

  1. Ignoring Spills or Stains

 

If your office has patterned carpet, it’s easy to let a spill blend into the design. While you’d like to think that your employees take ownership of their accidents, it’s not always the case. Some employees don’t want to get in trouble or take the blame, some don’t view cleaning up spills as their job, and others simply don’t want to clean, so they ignore it. Although a small spill here or there may seem harmless, over time they lead to long-term damages to floors, upholstery, and more. This, in turn, can tarnish your office image, which could be damaging to client relationships

 

  1. Neglecting Hard to Reach Areas

 

A similar mindset is often used with hard-to-reach areas. Out of sight, out of mind should not be your office cleaning motto. Hard-to-reach areas are often the dirtiest place in an office and can lead to dangerous accumulations of bacteria, viruses, and other harmful pathogens. Hiring a professional cleaner like Bee Line ensures that no area goes untouched and everyone can return to work safely.  

 

  1. Incorrect Use of Cleaning Supplies

 

Many offices keep a standard bottle of all-purpose cleaner in the breakroom to cover everything from spills and stains to bathroom cleaning and mid-day disinfecting. These cleaners are not the do-all, be-all that they’re advertised to be. In reality, there’s not one specific cleaning product that works for every situation throughout your office. Utilizing all-purpose cleaner for everything you do creates an excessive amount of chemical buildup and won’t adequately get the job done. Regardless of what happens within your office, you need to use the right cleaning supplies for each unique situation. Otherwise, you’re wasting money and risking the health of your employees and clients. 

 

Bee Line utilizes a variety of chemicals that can be tailored to your specific needs. Our broad-spectrum disinfectants—Pathogen Prevention Misting: Virex Plus & Vital Oxide Manual Wiping and Disinfection: Virex Plus, Oxivir TB Wipes and Oxivir 5:16 Terminal Exam Cleaning: Oxivir 5:16, Oxivir TB wipes, Virex Plus—target numerous pathogens in your office so you can rest assured that you’re getting the most out of your efforts. 

 

  1. Using Damaging or Harsh Chemicals

 

Similarly, harsh chemicals don’t equate to higher efficiency when cleaning. In fact, harsh chemicals should be avoided as they can cause damages to both your health and the environment. Over exposure to certain chemicals or fumes has been shown to be unsafe to your body and can increase rates of illness among employees. This leads to reduced productivity and lower output. More employee sick days cost business money. Harsh chemicals are also damaging to the environment and with increasing regulations to help offset climate change, your business may be fined if chemicals are improperly disposed. 

 

Bee Line utilizes a green corporate cleaning program to improve the quality of both your business and the environment. We utilize HEPA filter vacuums, Green Seal-certified disinfectants, and microfiber towels to put safety and sustainability first. 

 

  1. Cleaning with Dirty Equipment

 

What you use to clean also makes a difference. If you have the same sponge, mop, or rags available every day for cleaning, you’re not getting much of anything done. Using old or soiled cleaning equipment not only pushes germs around from surface to surface, but it also facilitates the growth of mold, fungi, and harmful bacteria. You need to use fresh cleaning equipment every day and even for every cleaning zone. If you clean something that’s got biohazard waste, such as blood, vomit, or urine, with a mop and then continue to use the same mop throughout the week in other areas, you’re pushing around the biohazards and risking the health and safety of your employees. Instead, make sure that you always clean your office with clean equipment. Bee Line partners with ImageFIRST to bring our clients the cleanest linens for high-quality office sanitization. 

 

  1. Avoiding Bathroom Cleaning

 

No one wants to clean the communal office bathroom, but avoiding it isn’t going to make it any better. Office bathrooms are one of the biggest breeding grounds for germs, especially when it’s shared by multiple businesses, clients, and guests. Make sure that you increase frequency of bathroom cleanings to avoid problems and keep your building running smoothly. 

 

  1. Overflowing Trash Bins

 

If your trash bin starts to overflow, it loses its purpose. Trash bins need to be emptied in order to be effective. If trash bins aren’t emptied daily, you run the risk of attracting rodents, insects, and odors—all of which are sure to reduce overall office productivity. Make sure that you’re not losing money from ongoing distractions by regularly emptying your office trash bins.  

 

  1. Not Disinfecting Daily

 

A lot of people have the mentality that if something appears to be clean, it is. However, germs and pathogens are microscopic organisms that our eyes can’t detect. While an area may appear to be clean, it’s likely not sanitized. To keep your office clean, reduce employee sick days, and make sure that everyone is healthy, you need to disinfect your building daily. This is especially important for common areas like the bathroom, break room, and kitchen. We now know the full scope at which germs can cause disruptions to daily life, business profitability, and longevity, so make sure that you take the extra effort to disinfect daily. For help doing this in the most effective way, Bee Line offers disinfecting porters and ongoing corporate cleaning plans. 

 

  1. Working Without a Plan

 

The biggest office cleaning mistake is not having a plan. Without a plan, everyone thinks that someone else is responsible for a job. Make your expectations clear to your employees and create a plan to increase cleanliness throughout the day. Then, hire a professional cleaning company like Bee Line for a comprehensive clean that will allow you to focus on what you do best and save you money along the way. 

 

Source: https://www.beelinesupport.com/blog/office-cleaning-mistakes-costing-money

 

 

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