Six Lesser Known Janitor Tricks of the Trade

Janitors are faced with the challenge of keeping commercial spaces neat and clean for business owners, employees, vendors, and customers. Sometimes they encounter unique situations that require them to think quickly, and act immediately. On some of these occasions, traditional cleaning methods and solutions may not be able to take care of the problem. What are some janitorial tricks that of the trade that you can use for your home or office building? Stick around and we will find out.

Here are six lesser-known tips and tricks of the trade that janitors use that you can use for your home or office building:

  1. Baking soda can help to remove rust.
  2. Baby wipes can help to help bring up blood stains.
  3. WD-40 is effective for remove crayon marks from walls.
  4. Dish washing liquid can help with toilet clogging issues.
  5. White vinegar and dish washing liquid removes candy stuck on carpets.
  6. Blue and white sponges are less abrasive than green sponges.

These are just a few of the many janitorial tricks of the trade that you can use in your for everyday situations. Of course, it goes without saying that not all of these tricks will work every time. Still, stains won’t stand a chance if you have professional advice backing you up.

Baking Soda Can Remove Rust

When your sink is brand new, it is shiny and looks perfect. However, years of use and abuse may eventually lead to unwanted rust spots. If your kitchen sink is starting to look like it has seen better days, there’s a trick of the janitorial trade that can have it looking new again. You can remedy this by pouring baking soda over any rusted areas in a metal sink, making sure that you cover the entire spot. Let the baking soda sit over night. The next day, clean as usual with a normal cleaner, and watch those rust stains come right off. Your sink will be returned to its former glory, without a great deal of time or effort on your part.

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Baby Wipes Bring Up Blood Stains

Let’s face it. If you have children, you are bound to have your fair share of of blood stains. Kids get cut, they like to play rough, and they eventually have a bloody nose or two. There is more than a good chance that someone of this blood is going to end up in your carpet. There is an even better chance that these little “mishaps” will not be brought to your attention immediately, allowing the blood to soak deep into the carpet. Never fear. If you dab the stain with a baby wipe, the blood will come to the top,giving you a chance to get it cleaned. By the way, this tip works even if you don’t have children.

WD-40 Removes Crayon From Walls

Here is an issue all parents have encountered at one time or another. Somehow, children never seem to initially grasp the concept that crayons are not to be used on walls. Buy as many coloring books as you like, but for some reason, children prefer to draw on walls. Never mind the fact that you spent hours picking out the perfect color for your dining room walls. If you you find yourself in this predicament, I promise you that it’s not as bad as it looks. Spraying a little WD-40 directly on the spot where your little Picasso decided to leave their mark, and then wiping it with a damp cloth will remove the mark without damaging the paint.

Dish Soap Helps Clogged Toilets

This is a problem that we have all had to deal with on occasion, whether you are single, or live with 10 other people. Any time you have indoor plumbing and at least one person at the residence, you will eventually experience the inconvenience and frustration that comes with a clogged toilet. This is especially true if you have young children, as they have the habit of trying to flush everything.

Whatever the case, you can usually resolve the problem without having to call a plumber. The next time you find yourself in this predicament, try using everyday dish soap. Simply squirt the soap into them bowl for wait a few minutes. You will be able to plunge the clog free without exhausting yourself.

White Vinegar and Dish Washing Liquid Removes Candy  

Whenever you have candy, some of it is going to inevitably end up on the floor. This is not going to pose much of a problem if this happens on hard flooring. However, if candy ends up in your carpet, you know what a sticky, tangled mess that can be. Still, you can resolve this problem with detergent, white vinegar, and a little elbow grease. You will need to scrape the excess candy from the carpet first. Next, you will need to make a cleaning solution out of one teaspoon of liquid dishwasing detergent, one spoon of white vinegar, and a cup of warm water. Spray the stain, blot it, and repeat until the stain is completely gone.

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Blue and White Sponges Are Less Abrasive

One of the most well-kept secrets regarding delicate surfaces does not apply to the type of cleaner that you use, although that does make a significant difference. People pay a great deal of money for hard surfaces with exquisite finishes. When you are cleaning these, the color of the sponge that you use makes a difference in the damage that you can do to these surfaces. Believe it or not, blue sponges for white sponges are much less abrasive than green sponges or yellow sponges. If you combine a blue or a white sponge with a non-abrasive cleaner, you will leave a sparkling shine without all of the scratches.


When you are cleaning,, you never know what you are going to encounter from day to day. If you you have a rusty sink that needs your attention, use baking soda. Do you have blood stains on your carpet? Baby wipes will bring the blood right up. If you have crayon marks on your walls, WD-40 can remove them without damaging your paint. Do you have a problem with toilets clogging? Dish soap is the answer. You may also want to remember that white vinegar and dish washing liquid will remove stuck-on candy. Finally, remember that when you are cleaning delicate surfaces, blue and white sponges are less abrasive than green sponges.

With the knowledge that you have gained here, you can rest a little easier, knowing that you are now armed with a few cleaning solutions to many of the difficulties that life can throw at you. Besides, the less time you have to spend cleaning, the more time you will have to enjoy your life. At the end of the day, that’s what matters most.

Frequently Asked Questions 

What is the best way to get my carpets cleaned?

There are possibly more ways to clean carpet as there are different types of carpet. However, some methods are much more effective than others. Traditional steam is cleaning is probably the least effective way to clean your carpets because of the amount of water wasted and the incredibly long drying time. Encapsulation carpet cleaning is the most effective way to get your carpets cleaned quickly, and keep them clean.

How can I clean my windows in an environmentally friendly manner?

We are all looking for ways to use less of the Earth’s natural resources. This is especially true when it comes to cleaning. Traditional cleaners can be hazardous to children as well. The best way to get your windows sparkling clean while making a minimal impact on the environment is to clean them with vinegar and old newspaper. If you do not have any old newspaper handy, you can use the sales ads you get in the mail.

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