The Difference Between Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting

June 2nd, 2020

Because of the recent pandemic, people are keenly more aware of the need to protect themselves from unseen viruses. Unfortunately, outside of how far apart to stand and when to wear a mask, there is not a lot in the news about health and safety protocols. It’s hard to know if cleaning efforts are actually killing viruses or just moving them around the house and office. In this post, we will cover the differences between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting, so you can better identify what to do, and when.


Getting Safely Back to Work Amidst COVID-19

May 20th, 2020


As governors across the country begin easing restrictions that were put in place because of the Coronavirus pandemic, more and more businesses will be opening up. While some folks are more than ready to get back to working in the office, others are understandably wary. To ensure a safe environment for their employees and customers, all businesses, including those that remained open during the stay-at-home order, should have and follow a plan. In this blog post, we’ll cover some tips that will help businesses develop a plan for keeping people as safe as possible.


3 Tips To Ensure Pros Coming To Your Home Are Taking Appropriate COVID-19 Precautions

May 14th, 2020

We’ve been inside, staring at our television screens in disbelief for what seems like an eternity. When watching movies showing people close together, it has become like watching a horror film as we anticipate people touching each other … “No. Don’t!” we think aloud. Our collective psyche has changed. Now, when we invite people (usually unavoidably) into our homes, we want to be safe, for their sake and ours. Of course, you know where you have been and what precautions you have taken during the Coronavirus pandemic, but what do you know, and what can you do about the outside workers that you may need to service your home at this time? 

Here are a few things you can do to make sure the pros coming to your home are taking appropriate precautions:


A How-To Guide for Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home

March 30th, 2020

Steps to protect your family from the spread of coronavirus, flu and other illnesses. 

You work to make your home a safe haven for your family. You take steps to protect them from danger by having a preparedness plan for tangible natural disasters, like storms or floods. But how do you protect your family from dangers you can’t see, like germs and viruses? The same way—by having a thorough plan and following through with it regularly.  

Here’s a step-by-step, how-to guide based on CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting your home to help protect your family from the spread of COVID-19, as well as other viruses. 



Seven Simple Steps to Prepare Your Basement for Spring

March 10th, 2020

To avoid a flooded basement, a little preparation goes a long way. 

In the Midwest, March Madness has more than one meaning. It’s “anything-can-happen month” in terms of weather. Spring showers and heavy rains are a definite possibility. And so is snow. Remember Easter of 2018? The kids were pawing through nearly a foot of snow to find their Easter eggs. What does wacky spring weather mean for you as a homeowner? 

It means you need to be prepared for anything. Here at Hays + Sons, our job is to help families and businesses stay safe and recover from unexpected events like flooded basements that cause water damage. But our mission is to help you avoid these situations altogether. 


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