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Cleaning dirty wine glasses

by Julie Finch-Scally

I don’t know how many times I have been in a hotel or bar and a glass has been placed down in front of me with a lipstick stain on the rim.

Now I am very particular about the cleanliness of a glass for my wine, so I get a little upset when it is dirty. I don’t want my wine poured into a glass with someone else’s lipstick and I am certainly not going to drink out of it. Lipstick is the worst offender but quite often there are water spots on the inside making the glass look dirty even though I know it has been washed.

The problem isn’t the dish washer.  It’s the lack of wiping them once the glasses have been washed.

Many years ago I frequented a wine bar and watched them clean each glass before hanging them in the overhead rack for serving. This bar was very particular about each customer receiving a sparkling glass and because the glass looked so great, the wine tasted better and the whole thing invited one to drink more. The company prided itself on having sparkling, clean glasses, and I am sure it added to the atmosphere of pride in the bar staff and enjoyment of the customer.

I haven’t been into any bar or hotel since where there has been such a pride in clean glasses. Which I think is a pity. I guess the companies who run these establishments don’t think it is worth the time and effort of the staff.

But this is where I believe they are wrong. The pleasure of the first glass of wine in any establishment is the sparkling of the glass as the wine is poured. If you are drinking sparkling wine this is especially important because any water spots in a champagne flute flatten the wine. To have the drink returned, which I have done many times, is a waste; so surely keeping the glasses clean is common sense and cost saving?

There are many down times at a bar when staff could be cleaning the wine glasses as they come out of the dish washer. And I for one would love to see this implemented as a new part of service.

I believe it is time to start a campaign requesting all hotels and bars to implement a new cleaning régime of their wine glasses. I think a well worded letter or email to the hotel/bar management should help. Next time you receive a wine glass with the lipstick stain, complain to the management; don’t just let them give you a fresh glass. 

 

 

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Why the Cleaning industry is a good investment

by Julie Finch-Scally

Having worked in the cleaning industry for the past twenty years, and written books and articles on the subject, I feel I am in a position to be a judge as to whether money can be made from cleaning.

My father used to say “There’s money in dirt”. I know he was right because over the years, all the people I have met who do cleaning are never short of money. No, they are not the wealthiest people, but they always have enough money to pay their bills and give them a comfortable life style.

The cleaning industry is extensive. It is not just cleaning people’s properties, it includes commercial cleaning, window cleaning, pool cleaning, any sort of area where the object needs to be cleaned on a regular basis.

It is the fact that cleaning is done regularly that makes the money. The cleaning industry is on par with supermarkets. Everyone needs to regularly buy food to live. Many people need to have their home, their pool their windows cleaned on a regular basis.

If you own a dress shop or a hardware store, to make money you are dependent upon the number of people you can attract into your premises to buy your product. With the supermarket and the cleaning industry you just need to offer a better service than your competitors. Everyone who works in the Supermarket and Cleaning industry makes money. Some make more than others and it is the service they offer that attracts them more clients.

Supermarkets, because of the amount of food they sell, grow with the increase of the population. They have become so large they are listed on the stock exchange and have shareholders who receive a dividend from the profits generated.

This could be the case with the cleaning industry but at the moment it is an unrealized potential. As the population ages and more and more people in the Western world work longer hours with less leisure time, outsourcing of cleaning is becoming the way of life.

No commercial or residential cleaning company as yet has become large enough to offer shares in their company, but many have gone into franchising. They have found that having replicas of themselves is a lucrative way for many people, including the founder of the organisation, to make money.

But there is no reason why the cleaning industry should not be a large corporation with shareholder. If the entrepreneurs many years ago could see the potential for the sale of food in supermarkets, surely it is time for the entrepreneurs to see the potential in the cleaning industry. The small companies are there doing the work. Maybe it is time they started joining forces and established one greater cleaning company, with excellent service, for both commercial and residential customers’ needs.

 

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Julie Finch-Scally

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In Ebook format the two books

 

‘Preparing your Apartment for Sale

and

‘Preparing your House for Sale

 

will take you from ‘decision’ to ‘moving’

 

find out how to purchase from

the ‘Cleaning Books’ section

 

 
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