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Cleaning in cold climates

Hey everyone- we work in Maine and NH and this will be our first winter. How are we supposed to clean if the houses have no electricity and heat? Wouldn't the water and chemicals freeze to everything? I would appreciate comments and tips-
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Glycol in your water.
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Methanol works- AKA Windshield Washer fluid. There is some decent info here: http://www.freewindowcleaningtips.co...w-cleaning.htm
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Rubbing alcohol in a squirt bottle with abrasive cleaning pads.

$1 a bottle

NEVER freeze

cuts grease

Disinfects hands constantly when cleaning things you'd rather not have your hands in.

Do NOT pour water on a sinktop in an unheated house when it's -25 outside. Been there, done that.
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I've heard of people using cheap vodka, a propane turkey fryer to heat the water, and high proof iso alcohol. Do the non water thing while the turkey fryer is heating up, and then replenish the water before it's empty.
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The best and most obvious solution is don't do sales cleans. Problem Solved
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The best and most obvious solution is don't do sales cleans. Problem Solved

At least not for the price most offer.
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Yes- they definitely don't pay much. What would happen if we were to be too choosy with what work we accept. We figured we should take good with the bad.
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Yes- they definitely don't pay much. What would happen if we were to be too choosy with what work we accept. We figured we should take good with the bad.
When you find the good there are more than a few members here that would like you to share that info.

We just turned down a sales clean. The client would only approve $350.00 so we politely declined. Our bid was 500.00 high enough we hoped they would refuse it. Instead they reduced it and sent us the approval.

I laughed but hey that probably works for them sometimes.

I have another one for the same client where someone removed the dishwasher so we have to wrap the wire in armor and install a junction box. They agreed to 425.00 like it was nothing. It's funny what the cubicle monkeys know and understand.
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Cheap vodka, turkey fryer, sounds like my kind of party. Might not get much work done but the pictures would be better....
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