Earlier this summer the Day Worker Center took on a new project: green house cleaning. We now have 16 workers (so far, there will be another class soon!) certified thanks to funding by the Los Altos Rotary Club and the volunteer services of Geri Spieler, a Certified Green Remodeler with training in Green Sustainable living skills.
What is green house cleaning? Expensive cleaning supplies purchased in stores are often toxic and actually don’t do a better job at cleaning than home-made concoctions. Solutions of white vinegar, baking soda, cornstarch, toothpaste, and ammonia can be just as effective and more environmentally friendly. Geri went over the many different recipes that are used for different cleaning tasks, as well as the proper cleaning of different materials—natural wood, natural stone, tile, and laminate.
Also covered were professional presentation skills, marketing and promotion, taking estimates, and more. To end the course, workers were introduced to the documents needed to obtain a business license. It quickly became apparent that the green cleaning classes was only the first step!