Monthly Archive: February 2020

Commercial And Residential Cleaners That Contain Surfactants

Our property manager recently hired a cleaning agency to care for one of our properties. As our congregation grows, so do the responsibilities involved with keeping the property clean and tidy. We gathered as a group to thoroughly clean the place before having them come in. During this time, we had some very interesting conversations that eventually led to us asking “what chemicals are in these cleaning supplies”? Most of us would opt in to using Green Cleaning Supplies next time around, but some that have used those in the past said they are not always best for getting grit and grime from worn out floor boards, countertops, and highly trafficked areas. Whatever the case may be, we decided to create a post about chemical surfactants in cleaning solutions so that our members could gain a better understanding about the cleaning supplies they use when scrubbing the church floors, to the floors in their very own homes.

We All Need To Clean

When it comes to cleaning, you most likely have tons of different supplies. But did you know that many of them probably contain surfactants? In fact, nearly all commercial cleaning products contain this chemical. Surfactants are found in many common household cleaners used today. The reason for this is due to its powerful impacts. It is used for decreasing surface tension of water, making it spread much more uniformly. This ultimately results in more efficient and quicker removal of stubborn dirt, grease, and stains.

Even with the noted benefits, surfactants are considered very toxic and can pose some serious health threats when there is high exposure. Whether you are washing your dishes, doing laundry, or even cleaning your face, you may be exposing yourself to surfactants. Though dangerous in abundance, it is generally safe with the current level of restricted usage. To be more informed about what you are exhibiting yourself to, take a look at the labels on some of these conventional cleaning products to see if they contain surfactant or not.

Detergent

Surfactants play an important role here.  It allows the detergent to mix correctly with the water, helping the cleaning components to get rid of dirt and stains from the clothing. Without surfactants, the soap would just roll off of the water instead of mixing, making the cleaning process extremely difficult. Stains are hard to remove from clothing and carpeting, but with the help of chemical surfactants, your church clothes will always look clean and proper for Sunday morning.

Fabric Softeners

Another laundry product that commonly contains surfactants is fabric softeners. This chemical allows for the sheets to successfully remove the static clinging of the clothing while still providing a plumping and softening result. If you use softener, then you know how necessary it is to have this in your wash load, or while drying.

Dishwashing Liquids

Similar to detergent, without surfactants, your dishwashing soap would not mix with the water well.  This chemical assists the liquid to clean dishes by breaking down the grime on them and dissolving any associated fat and oils. When we have church gatherings, we often use chafing dishes, and these easily accumulate grease. If they are not washed properly, the next time they are used for baking, the leftover foods will bake into the pan, making it almost impossible to scrub out. Having a good detergent to properly wash industrial pots and pans will make future cooking efforts much more pleasant.

Shampoo and Conditioner 

The foaming reaction you get with shampoo and conditioner when mixed with water is a result of surfactants. These foamy suds help loosen up the hair oils and dirt, making it effortless for it to be washed away during rinsing. If you have ever jumped in the shower, rinsed your hair, but did not use shampoo, you can tell when you get out. For those of you that don’t wash your hair before church, those of us sitting behind you tend to notice these things. I’m not sure if these surfactants are present in natural shampoo and conditioners.

Toilet Bowl Cleaners

Moving into your bathroom, do not be surprised to see that your toilet bowl cleaners contain surfactants as well. Most toilet bowl cleaners, such as Cling and Lysol use nonionic surfactants to get those stubborn stains and grime out. Products like Lysol use non ionic cleaners as part of their chemical makeup, making them powerful solutions for deep cleaning. The toilet bowl is one of the most used appliances in the home, and should be washed weekly at the least. Commercial properties need to wash toilets more frequently because of the heavy traffic they receive. The church is a prime example. Our congregation has three meeting times on Sunday, and there are typically one hundred or more people here. If you multiply that by three meetings, there is the potential that three hundred people use the restrooms throughout the day. This is definitely something that needs to be cleaned daily.

Shaving Cream

One of the significant skin products that contain surfactants is shaving cream. Surfactants in shaving cream help decrease skin irritation.  It allows for the razor to smoothly remove hair by reducing the friction from the blade. Another one to note, that if you have shaved without a proper lather, you can definitely feel the uncomfortable difference between shaving with and shaving without.

Conclusion

Surfactants are a powerful cleaning chemical that is used strategically to make your cleaning experience much more efficient. From sprays, glass cleaners, hand cleaners, industrial hand cleaners, and even toothpaste, inevitably there will be something in your household that has surfactant as an ingredient. Though they are generally safe when exposed in low dosages, always make sure to follow the instructions on the product packaging and never use more than required to minimize risks.

The Value in Hiring a Media Buying Agency

You need ad space, there are now professionals who will buy it for you. If you’re currently weighing up the pros and cons of hiring a media buying agency, allow us to discuss the benefits of doing so! You can learn more about media planning and buying, the process involved, and the added value to your overall marketing efforts by checking out some of the other resources we have provided here. Continue reading to learn more about the value in outsourcing this process to a media buying professional. 

Smart Budget Decisions 

When you only have a certain amount in your budget, it’s important you don’t waste a single dollar. Fortunately, the very best media buyers will research and ensure you get the ad space you need to achieve your goals. Since they know all the different outlets, their experience will help them create a strategy that works for YOU. 

Too often, we make decisions based on emotion whether it’s our favorite station or magazine. Thankfully, a media buying agency will only make decisions based on your strategy and getting results. With this, your brand gets in front of the right eyes and you get the best return for your advertising investment. 

Experience and Negotiating Power

Although this sounds obvious, you can’t underestimate the experience of media buying agencies when pushing for ad space. We’ve discovered the access they have to different outlets, but even simple things like understanding the industry lingo can come in handy. With media buying, there’s all sorts of terminology that can cause problems when going it alone. 

Elsewhere, this experience will be useful when it comes to negotiating. Rather than making mistakes and paying more than necessary, the agency will know exactly the questions to ask and how to save those precious pennies. For media outlets, they would much rather deal with you than a buying agency because they can squeeze more money from you. 

Ease the Workload 

Let’s face it, we all have enough on our plate. By outsourcing this work to a media buying agency, you enjoy their expert help while also taking a task off of your mind. Suddenly, you have more time to put towards other jobs. 

Additionally, it’s worth mentioning the soliciting calls you receive when dealing with stations directly. The more contact information you put out into the world, the more calls you’ll get from people wanting your money. Why not get an agent and allow them to deal with all the calls, scheduling, and negotiating?

Ad Efficiency 

As we all know by now, there are good times and bad times to advertise. When going directly, there’s a high chance that your ads will get the poor time slots. Whether it’s on the radio or online, companies need to fill the full 24 hours. With one wrong move, your ad is playing in the middle of the night and you don’t benefit at all. 

Luckily, a buying agent will be aware of this problem and they will battle to get your ad into the best locations and at the best times. With this, you get more exposure and your time is spent taking calls from new clients rather than wondering where it all went wrong. 

Return on Investment 

All in all, you get a great return on investment for a number of reasons. Not only is the agency literally making your money go further, you’re freeing your own time for more important tasks like managing your business and finances. After hiring a media buying agency, plenty of business owners and managers have commented on the additional work they have managed to complete as a result. 

Today, there are many wonderful media buying agencies so feel free to peruse the market and speak with different services. Soon enough, you’ll find one that matches your own ambitions both now and long into the future!





Best Roofing Materials for Coastal Climates

The more churches we build along Florida coast lines, the more familiar we become with what to expect from the elements. Construction materials need to be chosen wisely, as Florida rains and winds can punish a property that isn’t built well. We have learned this the hard way over the years and we want to share our experiences with any of you out there wanting to open a congregation near the sea.

Materials To Use In Coastal Climates

As fascinating as it sounds to live near coastlines with the ocean breeze surrounding the area, certain aspects need to be considered before building a church in a coastal area. Due to the moisture of the climate that comes from the sea and constant exposure to the sun, the material needs to be suitable so that they can withstand sunshine, humidity, and coastal storms. 


Below are some of the best roofing materials you can use on your church. These materials are time tested, can withstand harsh weather conditions, and are affordable options for churches in Tampa, Florida.

Galvanized Steel

Out of all the metal roofing options, galvanized steel comes as a rather low-cost material that lasts up to six decades, if installed correctly and maintained. This material protects against heavy rains, strong winds, and tarnish. Galvanized steel also reflects sunlight, which helps keep the church cool. This can be beneficial during the hot Florida summer months.

As far as roof replacement is concerned, a galvanized steel roof does not require replacement like other materials do. It just needs to be properly installed, and it will last at least as long as your church structure does. Finding a roofing contractor that installs metal roofs in Florida is great place to start if you are considering this as an option. If a metal roof isn’t your thing, continue reading for other solid options.

Slate

Slate stone has to be one of the best roofing materials when it comes to coastal climates. It is not only durable enough to sustain the coastal weather conditions, but slate also makes a home look pretty fancy.

A type of roof tile, slate tiles are made in thin sheets from metamorphic rocks and have proved to be resistant against weather conditions such as heavy storms and rains.

As for the durability, slate tiles can last for more than one hundred years, and typically, no repair or replacement is needed. The longevity and resistant nature of this roofing material makes it quite expensive as compared to other roofing types, but it is worth it.

Western Red Cedar

Another beautiful, rustic looking roof material for the coastal climate is the western red cedar, a type of wood that requires less maintenance and provides excellent durability due to its natural resistance toward decay and insect attacks.

An ideal choice for people who are into traditional wooden architecture, western red cedar looks strikingly pleasing to the eye. However, as compared to other roofing materials, the average life-span of western red cedar is thirty to forty years. With proper maintenance, this material can stand up against the harsh coastal climates, and look good while doing it.

Aluminum

Aluminum roofing materials are another favorite of roofing contractors when it comes to choosing the best roofing material for coastal climates. This energy-efficient metal is easy to install, lightweight, and environment-friendly. The durability spans for about fifty years and the sheets look beautiful. They can be painted to any desired color, making it an ideal choice for those who are fond of colorful houses and want quality material at the same time.

Since the roof of a church is as crucial as its foundation, while choosing the roofing material for your church near the coastline, these are some of the materials that roofing contractors suggest. Other roofing materials may be more appealing to you, but these are the materials that have proven they can survive the harsh conditions of the Florida coast.