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Commercial cleaning

How a commercial cleaning company can benefit your business

Although cleaning your commercial property yourself can be cheaper, professional cleaning has many pros. Here are a few reasons to why you should choose a commercial cleaning company like Clean Sweep, and why it can be safer for you.

MORE EFFICIENT

Commercial cleaning saves your business time and energy, as it is more efficient than cleaning your premises yourself. Commercial cleaning companies can provide the correct cleaning equipment, coupled with an in depth and professional knowledge.

Often, what you think is clean may not be, and professional cleaners can clean to a much higher standard to ensure your facilities sparkle, whilst eliminating germs and bacteria. No matter how hard you scrub and scrub, sometimes professional help is needed to ensure your office is healthier for you and your employees!

SAFER

The most important reason for choosing commercial cleaning is that there are certain chemicals and cleaning products that are unsafe for domestic cleaners. Most commercial cleaners are thoroughly trained, and are knowledgeable of what protective gear to use when handling certain chemicals.

Sometimes people may mix cleaning products thinking it will make a powerful cleaning product and clean surfaces to a better standard, but this can actually be toxic and harmful to the human body. It is important to be aware that when cleaning products are used, they can dissolve into the skin and cause nasty reactions. This can be very bad for your health, and calling on the professionals is therefore much safer for your health and facility.

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How to safely clean up after Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night is an exciting and fun event for friends and family to come together and enjoy. However cleaning up afterwards can be a daunting and dangerous task. Here are some tips on how to clean up after a bonfire safely.

Make sure your safety comes first before cleaning up. Have some gloves and a dusk mask ready before you start.  Make sure any  remaining fire debris have completely cooled before attempting to clean it away.

ASH

If you have used firewood for your fire the ash that remains can be used for many things, so you do not have to throw it away after your bonfire. Once it has cooled the ash can be mixed in with soil. It can also be mixed into flowerbeds and flowerboxes. Another use for firewood ash is using it to melt ice on driveways.

DEALING WITH SOOT

Soot stuck on hard surfaces can be hoovered away. If you cannot hoover away all the debris, the rest can be cleaned with a dry sponge. To avoid smudges and smears sprinkle some talcum powder on the area and gently rub it in then hoover away the remains.

If soot has got on to your grass the easiest removal method is to wait until the soot has cooled and then sweep with a broom.

DEALING WITH MUD

Getting mud into your home after a bonfire is inevitable, especially if you have children or pets. If you find your carpet dirty with mud, do not panic! Just simply wait for the mud to dry, hoover away as much mud as you can, then add a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid to warm water, spray it on to a cloth and gently dab away your muddy stains.

It is important to make sure you add the washing up liquid to the cloth rather than directly on the affected area to avoid an unnecessarily wet carpet. Make sure you dab and blot rather than scrub the stain away: scrubbing may cause the mud to spread and rub in your carpet deeper. Once the stain has been lifted, get a dry cloth and gently blot your now clean but slightly wet carpet.

 

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How to keep your interior glass windows and panels sparkling

Windows – whether on a commercial or domestic property – are often a reflection of what is inside. They are the first impression visitors receive, and ensuring a good overall image is important; indeed, perhaps paramount, in the case of business. Considering this, we have provided our top basic tips and tricks to keeping your windows clean.

USE THE RIGHT PRODUCT

Failing to use the right type of glass cleaning solution will lead to your windows looking streaky. Ensure to use a ‘streak free’ glass cleaner, meaning that the windows’ interiors will be clear when the sun makes an appearance, instead of being plastered with smudges and murky marks.

If the windows are extremely dirty, you can mix 1tbsp. ammonia and 3 tbsp. rubbing alcohol or vinegar in one litre of warm water.

CORRECT CLOTH

Your choice of cloth can affect the end result. The cleaning cloth should be lint-free, meaning that there will be no stray bits to stick to the window once the cleaned. When buffing the window, a hardwearing cloth that will remove the remaining glass cleaner from the windows is essential. A chamois leather cloth is perfect for this, leaving a shine on the panes.

TIMING AND TECHNIQUE

Although this tip may seem trivial, it is handy to know. Don’t clean your windows when the sun is out, as the sun will dry your cleaning solution too quickly, leaving smears over the panes.

When cleaning the windows, utilise a vertical motion to remove polish from the pane, this stroke motion will enable you to spot any remaining streaks on the glass, whilst horizontal strokes can hide them.

FINISH WITH VACUUMING

If possible, using a small brush attachment, vacuum the window frame and sills to finish cleaning.

If you are looking for a professional window cleaning service, please get in touch today!

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Bedroom Cleaning

Five tips that will make cleaning your bedroom a lot easier

We’ve put together some handy tips and tricks for cleaning your bedroom in five simple steps.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • A duster
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Spray bottle of water / cleaner
  • Vacuum cleaner

1 – DUSTING IS A MUST

Although dusting is often underestimated, it is an absolute must when keeping your bedroom clean. Regular dusting eliminates the airborne deposits on your furniture, so ensure to dust bedside cabinets, lamp shades and the ceiling fan. To clean the ceiling fan, gently wipe the edges of the blades from centre to tip with a damp cleaning cloth. If there is a lot of dust accumulated on the blades, place an old towel on the floor or bed below to reduce runaway dust.

2 – SPILLS AND MARKS

Bedside cabinets may need the most attention of all of your bedroom furniture. But it’s still not a difficult place to clean.

Remove each item from the furniture, and clean individually. Wipe the cabinet’ surface utilising a duster or a microfiber cloth. Lightly spritz spills with water or a suitable cleaning product, applying pressure on the cloth for tough spills. When it is clean, wipe the sides and legs, and replace the items.

If working with wooden bedroom furniture, create a home remedy of equal parts of:

  • Denatured alcohol
  • Olive oil
  • Gum turpentine
  • Strained juice of lemon

Dip the cloth in water, to which mild detergent is added. Wring the cloth fully, ensuring it is only moist, and wipe the sticky area gently. Immediately after, wipe with a dry soft cloth to remove any moisture from your furniture.

3 – MIRROR MIRROR

Eliminate streaks with a spritz of glass cleaner, wiping with a lint-free cloth or paper towel. If a homemade remedy is more suited, create a solution by mixing one part white vinegar and four parts water. Be sure to rub the glass in a circular motion to remove all spots, followed by vertical strokes and horizontal swipes.

4 – REFRESH BEDDING

Be sure to strip linens at least every two weeks and wash in the hottest water recommended on the care labels. Wipe down the headboard with a cloth and cleaning solution appropriate to the bed’s material. If the mattress requires spot cleaning, avoid excessive use of water, as this can encourage mold. Ensure the mattress is fully dry before redressing the bed with mattress pad and linens.

5 – CLEAN THE FLOORS

For a hardwood floor, a weekly sweeping with a dry mop or broom is suitable. If you are considering a deeper clean, a floor sealed with polyurethane can be damp-mopped. On floors treated with other sealants, utilise a cleaner or polish and wax mop. Rub in the direction of the grain.

If your bedroom is carpeted, be sure to vacuum weekly, utilising a crevice tool attachment to reach corners and edges.

Mattress

The do’s and don’ts of caring for your mattress

A mattress is an expensive addition to any bedroom, and to ensure it lasts, it’s essential that it is looked after correctly. We have put together the essential do’s and don’ts of mattress care, so it can reach its typical lifespan of eight to ten years.

The Do’s:

  • If caring for a new mattress, air thoroughly it when it is brand new
  • Throw back bed coverings daily, and leave to air for 20 minutes to ensure body moisture evaporates
  • Flip your mattress four times a year to distribute wear evenly, ensuring it is turned side to side and top to toe (Note: not all mattresses require flipping, some have just one ‘right side up’ – check with your manufacturer)
  • Vacuum mattress and box springs every three months with the upholstery attachment, each time you do the turning
  • Protect your mattress with covers, to prevent stains
  • Strip your bed when you are away on holiday to fully air it out

The Don’ts:

  • Leave any plastic wrappings on a new mattress, as this can lead to rot
  • Don’t let children bounce on your mattress
  • Be sure not to wet your mattress
  • Do not use dry-cleaning fluid of any type to clean

Even with the best care, your mattress will eventually wear out, typically after eight to ten years. It may show significant wear, like sagging edges, or it may appear sound. But if you’re waking up with a painful back, or simply not feeling as comfortable, it may be time for a new mattress!

Garden Furniture

Caring for your outside furniture before the winter season

Although routine cleanings are key to ensuring your outdoor furniture lasts, it is especially important to ensure it is cleaned before placing it in storage prior to the colder winter months. This will help prevent damage such as rust and mould. In this post, we have outlined techniques to clean a variety of furniture types.

WOOD

If your outdoor furniture is wooden – including teak and wicker – there are some techniques to use:

  • Utilise a mild oil-base soap and mix with water, or mix ¼ cup ammonia, 2 tablespoons white vinegar, and ¼ warm water for a home-made solution
  • For hard woods, annually sand and apply fresh protective finish, such as an oil or stain
  • Throughout the spring and summer months, wooden furniture should be regularly wiped down to eliminate dirt, debris and excess water

METAL

The following tips concern wrought iron, cast iron and aluminium furniture. As oxidation is the most common problem, use some of the following tips when cleaning:

  • Prepare the area by using a polishing paste or a solution of white vinegar and water
  • Avoid harsh chemicals
  • Use a mild washing up liquid in warm water, and scrub with a soft sponge or cloth, and continue by rinsing with cold water and dry
  • If rust has developed, sand the area lightly using fine-grit sandpaper and apply touch-up paint
  • Following cleaning, apply a coat of quality liquid or paste specialised wax with a lint-free cloth for extra protection

PLASTIC

Dirty plastic garden furniture loses its appeal, particularly if it was once gleaming and white. To help restore the colour and shine, follow this process:

  • Mix 50ml of vinegar with 1L of warm water, and wipe down the furniture, followed by hosing off the cleaner
  • If there are more stubborn stains, dust bicarbonate of soda onto a sponge and wipe away the stains
  • Once the set is dry, apply WD-40 and polish to restore shine
  • Then polish with a protective wax to form a protective layer

 

OUTDOOR PILLOWS AND CUSHIONS

  • Most cushion covers are machine washable. Be sure to launder on a gentle cycle and tumble dry on low

TOP TIP: Add tennis balls to the dyer to beat out excess moisture and promote quick drying

UMBRELLAS

If there is mildew on the umbrella, be sure to act fast to prevent further growth. Brush off as much as possible utilising a scrub brush, and spray with a 1:1 solution of vinegar and water on affected areas. Leave to soak for 30 minutes. Continue by hosing down the area to remove the solution and mildew. Ensure the umbrella is thoroughly dry before placing it in storage, to prevent further build up.

INVEST IN FURNITURE COVERS
To reduce the time it takes to clean furniture following the summer season, it is a good idea to invest in covers for each item of furniture. This will not only improve the longevity of the furniture, but also reduce the frequency of cleaning throughout the months the furniture is in use.

Office cleaning service concept with supplies

Why your business will benefit from a contract cleaning service

Does your business forgo hiring a cleaning service, thinking it’ll be only another expense to pay? Do you often complete all the housekeeping tasks, saving money but not time?

If this sounds like you, you should carefully consider the benefits of hiring a contact cleaning service.

CLEANLINESS IS CONSTANT

When you hire a third party service to clean your office regularly, you will never have to worry about whether your office or commercial space is clean. By contracting them to clean your business space, you can ensure that a high standard of cleanliness is maintained through regular, light cleaning. This is particularly important if you have clients or potential employees visiting regularly, as good impressions are paramount.

DEEP CLEANING IS ACCESSIBLE

Although you may not need deep cleaning right away, establishing a relationship with a contract cleaner that regularly cleans your office space will ensure that when the time comes, a helping hand is ready. Contract commercial and industrial cleaners can thoroughly clean items such as carpets, appliances, exterior walls, and windows – which all contribute to cleanliness and overall impression.

SAVE MONEY

Yes, really! By investing in contracted cleaning, you’ll no longer have to source major cleaning products, and they can purchase supplies wholesale to keep costs low.  Professional cleaners will establish a relationship with businesses, and work with their specific needs to ensure money is well spent.

SAVE TIME

Leaving the cleaning to professionals means that you’ll be free to prioritise your daily responsibilities. Professionals are also very efficient at cleaning, and they will get the job done quicker, more thoroughly and with less staff disturbance.

HEALTHIER SPACE

A cleaner office is also a healthier office, as regular cleaning controls allergens like dust mites that thrive in dirty and dusty environments. If your staff are wheezy, sneezing, or experiencing itchy eyes, then you need to utilise a professional cleaning service, and fast. The productivity of employees can be affected by the cleanliness of surroundings, and they must remain fit and healthy to deliver results.

If you think this service would benefit your commercial space, get in touch today for a free quote!

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Clean Sweep

How to keep your home sparkling all summer long

Spring cleaning is usually the time when you de-clutter your home and give each room a good and thorough clean. Unfortunately, these chores don’t disappear throughout the summer months and with the warmer weather and kids on a break from school, there’s even more tasks to keep up with during the summer.

Kitchen

With the kids at home during the day, the kitchen can get super messy with toys cluttering up the table and floor, and sticky ice cream finger marks get on appliances. To keep the clutter in the kitchen to a minimum, encourage everyone in the house to put everything away once they’ve finished using them. To easily remove finger print marks from appliances, use lemon juice or warm soapy water and wipe the marks away with a soft cloth.

Bathroom

It’s important during the summer months of warmer air to keep the windows open in the bathroom as much as possible. Keeping the bathroom aired will help to reduce humidity in the room which can cause mould.

Laundry Room

With the kids spending more time outdoors over the summer holidays, there’s far more washing to be done and clothes have more outdoor stains. To avoid being overloaded with mountains of washing, organize it in to piles such as what is a priority or what may need to be treated with stain remover before being put in the machine.

Pests and insects

During the summer, flies, bugs and spiders invade your home. To manage these pests, use an insect repellent spray and make sure to keep on top of the dusting to get rid of cobwebs.

Be sure to let us know your top tips for keeping your home clean this summer!

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An easy tutorial on cleaning tricky places in your bathroom

Cleaning the bathroom can sometimes be a daunting task. There’s plenty of places which are often difficult and unpleasant to clean. But with these easy tips, cleaning will become easier, and germs and gunk will be a thing of the past!

SHOWER HEAD

The best part about this little trick is that there is no scrubbing involved – just let it sit overnight! It will not only make the shower head gleam, but it’ll also improve water pressure.

Pour an ample amount of white vinegar into a plastic grocery bag, submerge the showerhead in the liquid and tie it in place for an overnight soaking. Remove it in the morning and run the water to rinse.

THE TOILET
When tackling the chore of cleaning the toilet, there is a right way to begin to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses. Firstly remove everything from around the toilet to prevent splashing cleaner on items. Flush the toilet with the lid closed, and add your choice of powdered, liquid or gel cleanser to the bowl. Apply as close to the toilet rim as possible to prevent diluted cleanser.

Then progress to cleaning the toilet’s exterior and seat, as the solution soaks into the toilet grime in the bowl. Spray the tank, handle, and tank edges with cleaner and wipe down. Start with the sides and front before cleaning the bottom edges of the toilet where it meets the floor. Spray the seat, inside lid, rim and hinges with cleaner.

Scrub the inside of the bowl from the top down, ensuring to get under the rim and remove grime. Finally, flush the toilet with the lid down.

BATHTUB OR SHOWER DRAIN

Hair can cause a major problem in bathroom drains, causing them to get blocked and become slow to drain. It is easier than it looks to remove the stopper and get the gunk out.

Here are the tools you will need to do the job: a screwdriver, a pair of skinny pliers, some baking soda, some vinegar and a few paper towels.

Remove the top part of the drain by unscrewing it. If the insert can be removed with a screwdriver, remove it. This is where you may find the hair, which is often caught in shampoo and conditioner. Ensure there are paper towels near, and remove the gunk from the drain with the pliers. Continue until the drain looks clear.

The next step is purely for maintenance. Pour about half a cup of baking soda down the drain, and then pour in vinegar until it bubbles up to the top. Leave to soak for 15 minutes, and pour hot water (not boiling) down the drain. This will help disinfect the drain and clean it, too.

Voila – clean drain! Have you got any secret cleaning tips you’d like to share? Let us know by sending us a tweet or Facebook post!

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Cleaning kitchen appliances, made easy!

Kitchen appliances can get pretty messy, and scouring away hard-to-remove grease can be time consuming, but it’s a job that can’t be avoided if you want a hygienic kitchen.

With these easy tips and tricks, making your appliances shine and sparkle will be easy!

MICROWAVE

Put equal amounts of water and vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl, along with a small wooden object – like a toothpick – to prevent boiling or other dangers. You can also add lemon to the mixture for a fresh, clean scent. Set the microwave on high for five to ten minutes. Wait until it cools, open the microwave and wipe down the inside with a sponge or paper towel.

DISHWASHER

Keeping your dishwasher in tip-top shape is key to making it last longer, along with ensuring your dishes are as clean as possible.

An easy way to clean the nasty build up of food debris, grease and soap scum is to place a dishwasher-safe cup with plain white vinegar on the top rack of your empty dishwasher. This will wash away the grime, sanitise, and remove odours. Use the hottest water setting and run the dishwasher through a cycle. When it finishes sprinkle a handful of baking soda around the bottom of the dishwasher and run through a short hot cycle. This will further deodorize your dishwasher and remove any stains.

OVEN

Remove the shelves from your dirty oven and place them in individual large sealable bags. Add half a bottle of oven cleaner and set aside while you clean the oven. Pour the remaining oven cleaner directly on to the oven floor, scrubbing it into the door and floor to remove the dirt. When possible, leave the cleaner soak in overnight, or at least for four hours. Sponge away the cleaner and remove the shelves from the plastic bags. Sponge away the remaining grime on the shelves and dry the inside of the oven with a clean cloth.

TOASTER

Unplug the appliance, empty the crumb tray and remove the toaster-oven racks. Sit them in warm, soapy water and scrub off any charred food with a sponge or a brush. Wipe the toaster’s inside with a cloth wet with water and washing up liquid, and dislodge food with a toothbrush. Wipe the outside with a soapy cloth, scrubbing around knobs and hinges with a clean toothbrush.

BLENDERS AND MIXERS

Remove blades and other removable parts, soaking them in a sink filled with warm soapy water. Hand wash the food-processor bowl or cup, and scour the blades with a nylon brush to remove any particles. Dry the pieces thoroughly with a clean towel or cloth to prevent rust. Wipe down the bases with a damp clean cloth – do not submerge them in water.