Cleaning & Stain Removal for Dummies (March 21, 2005)
by Dean Tudor
Cleaning & Stain Removal for Dummies (John Wiley & Sons,
2004, 330 pages, ISBN 0-7645-7029-3, $24.99 paper covers) is by Gill Chilton,
a cleaning expert for a lot of magazines (including Family Circle)
and author of the book Home Basics. Stains plague restaurants,
and this handy softbound (a little larger than the convenient pocketsize)
is certainly useful. It is a boon in that it tells you how to clean anything
off everything (blood, vomit, beer, avocado, coffee, chocolate, et al).
Your establishment will look cleaner and smell better if you can get rid
of the nasty-looking splotches that abound. A quick-thinking staff will
also do wonders IF they know what to do, and this book (in true "dummy"
fashion) is explicit on every point. It deals with the basics of cleaning,
working with walls and floors, furniture polishing, windows and frames,
decks and patios, even vehicles (delivery vans too). Special situations
are covered as well, such as hosting parties or overnight guests. There
are daily and weekly lists of what to do so that you can keep on top of
a cleaning routine. Chilton even has information about how to put together
a stain removal kit so you can have it at the ready for volatile
diners. Between the AZ stain removal guide and the index, you can
find guidance for just about everything. To augment this book, you can
do a Google search for specific problems; the web seems to have an answer
for every predicament.
Audience and level of use: Homeowners, restaurant and bar personnel.
Some interesting or unusual facts: Blot up spills using white
What I dont like about this book: It needs more material
on how to deal with larger gatherings.
What I do like about this book: While it is meant for the home,
the chapters and sections on stain removal and cleaning up in the kitchen
are pretty good for restaurants.
Quality/Price Ratio: 91.