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Cleaning & Stain Removal for Dummies (March 21, 2005)

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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 A–Z 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 cloths only.

What I don’t 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.

 

 

 

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