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Easy ways to keep electronics clean

Your computer and gadgets are harbingers of dirt and dust, but when it comes to keeping them clean, it can often be difficult to gauge to what extent the expensive items can be scrubbed. However, they are very easy to keep clean, if you do it right and use some handy tips!

TV Screen

Generally, a microfiber cloth will work to reduce smudges on the television screen. Be sure to follow manufacturer instructions for cleaning screens. Not adhering to instructions can void warranty or damage the TV.

Computer Screen

LCD screens are quite delicate, so ensure when you are cleaning them not to not be too heavy handed, as this can burn out pixels. Prior to cleaning, turn your monitor off, and use a dry microfiber cloth. Do not use anything paper based, as this can scratch the monitor. Gently wipe the screen, and if required, add some water. If there is a thicker build up, do not press hard, but utilise a 50/50 water and white vinegar mix, or – even better – a special monitor cleaner. Be sure to apply the solution to the cloth: do not spray directly on to the screen.

Computer Keyboard

If your keyboard is mildly dirty, simply blowing compressed air between the keys will remove dust. If your keyboard is very dirty, however, you may have to pop out the keys and utilise disinfectant wipes. Be sure to turn off / unplug your keyboard prior to cleaning it.

Headphones

Use a soft cloth and mild soap to clean most surfaces, including any membrane surfaces and the headphone/earbud housing.

Mobile Phone

In an ideal world, you should clean touchscreens daily, as they see a lot of unwashed hands. The cleaning process is easy, and akin to the computer monitor, a simple distilled water and vinegar solution should work to clean away smudges and marks. Touch screens are more resilient, so apply more pressure if needed. Ensure you apply liquid to the cloth, not the screen, as mobile phones have many sockets that can be easily water damaged.

Never use alcohol to clean the display. It is not only harmful, but will also leave behind spots.

Stereo speakers

Utilise a soft brush to brush the grill that covers the outside of the cabinet, removing dust and dirt. Then remove the grill by gently pulling away the Velcro or tabs, and continue to clean the inside of the speaker with a soft brush. Very gently brush the inside cones: they are made of a paper-like material and are easily damaged.

Use mild soap and water to clean the cabinet’s exterior with a rag. Gently remove all grime, finger prints, dust and dirt. Re-install the grill.

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Why you should invest in a carpet cleaning service

Carpet cleaning can be an expensive investment, but the service provides a plethora of benefits. It can not only improve appearance, but contributes to a healthier home or office environment. Here are just some of the advantages of a professional carpet cleaning service…

Prolonged life span

Regular vacuuming is essential for the maintenance of your carpet, but professional cleaning can prolong its life and maintain lasting condition. It only takes a few sharp particles of debris to fray nylon carpet fibres in the office, resulting in replacing part, or all, of the carpet prematurely. Cleaning once every 12 to 18 months will prolong your office carpet’s life.

Positive first impression

When considering cleaning of an office or business environment, it’s important that any visitors are walking into a setting that reflects high-quality services. Having clean, well maintained carpets projects a professional image. Similarly, your home reflects your personality and your lifestyle.

Eliminate carpet stains                               

Professional cleaning removes those stains that accumulate both in busy offices and around the house. Whether it’s regular coffee spills, simple footfall marks or pet-related stains, small accidents accumulate over time. Professional cleaning will reach deep into carpet padding and remove stains for good.

Time saving

The amount of time saved when investing in a cleaning service is invaluable in itself. It takes a considerable amount of time to clean any office space or home environment, and leaving it to the professionals will ensure a high-quality service whilst taking pressure off the employer or home owner.

Clear dust mite infestations

Professional carpet cleaning will ensure a healthy environment for your staff or family. Dust mites are not allergens, but they leave behind allergenic faeces and body fragments. Often utilising steam cleaning methods, professional cleaning will eliminate dust mites and other microscopic contaminants, as dust mites and other bacteria cannot survive in high temperatures.

Help prevent mould growth

Any carpet that is exposed to high humidity is at risk of creating mould. In wet weather, moisture frequently enters the air in a home and can sink into the carpet fibres if there is not a de-humidifier present. Ensuring your carpet is clean with professional high-powered drying methods can prevent mould and mildew growth.

If you would like a free quote on Clean Sweep’s professional carpet cleaning services, please get in touch today!

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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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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.

 

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Why your business should prioritise a clean working space

Is the office space you work in messy? Cluttered? Well other than it not making a great impression to visitors, as well as resulting in an unproductive working environment, there are other, much more important reasons to keep your office space clean and mess free.

What are those important reasons? Bacteria and germ build up.

We’ve said it before, and we’re here to say it again. It is so important that you make sure you take the right steps to keep your office space clean and hygienic.

One of the main priorities of any employer is to ensure their staff’s well-being is taken care of and the environment they are working in is clean, safe and healthy.

However, we often find that businesses assume a general tidy of the office will help keep germs and bacteria at bay, but they couldn’t be more wrong.

Commercial cleaning services allow a professional cleaner to enter the building and complete the correct cleaning stages to ensure a healthy and fresh environment, free from germs.

You may think using some antibacterial cleaner every now and then is better than not doing anything at all, but there are multiple steps each commercial property is missing out on… make sure yours doesn’t fall into this trap!

Clean Sweep’s commercial cleaning services ensure professional cleaners use the correct products in the correct way, killing all signs of germs and bacteria from accumulating without you knowing!

After a long and tiring day in work, the last thing your employees prioritise is making sure the office they’re leaving is clean and tidy, and so after only a couple of days of this system in place, mess can build up and so does the dirt you can’t even see!

An office environment, not professionally cleaned on a regular basis, is often referred to as a germ incubator, collecting and storing tens of thousands of microbes, which can lead to diseases and illnesses spreading. Did you know that the average office desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet?! Now that is disgusting!

If your business hasn’t yet got a professional cleaning service visiting on a regular basis to keep the environment clean and healthy, give us a call today on 07717 303 777 and we can give you a quote.

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Save pounds and the environment with these easy DIY cleaning products and hacks

Let’s face it, cleaning products can be expensive. And although they might smell great and are super convenient, some often contain toxic chemicals that can be harmful to your health and the environment.

So, whether you’re looking to save pounds, help the environment, or you’ve simply realised you’re missing a crucial product, we’ve put together some handy DIY cleaning products to keep your home fresh and sparkling.

DIY Cleaner – Basic Ingredients

If you’re starting to build a DIY green cleaners tool box, the following are the top ingredients you’ll want to have around.

  • Baking soda: cuts grease, deodorizes, lifts dirt and whitens
  • Lemon juice: disinfects and whitens
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Essential oils, e.g. tea tree oil, lavender oil: helps freshen air and diffuses unwanted odours
  • Fresh herbs, citrus, or citrus peels
  • White vinegar: cuts grease, deodorizes, and disinfects
  • Olive or vegetable oil: lifts dirt
  • Water

ALL-IN-ONE

You can use this cleaner for everything — from streak-free mirrors to wiping out the fridge. For easy access, keep it pre-mixed in a reused spray bottle.

  • 1 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup lemon juice

Hydrogen peroxide is inexpensive, non-toxic and readily available. It’s key to this spray as it’s a nearly odourless liquid that has stronger capabilities than vinegar and works like bleach, but without any harmful health or environmental effects. The acidic lemon juice helps break down grime and add a citrus scent, whilst water helps dilute the mixture.

TUB AND TILE CLEANER

This easy mixture will keep your bathroom’s tub and tiles glistening. In a jar or spray bottle, simple combine:

  • 1 2/3 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup vegetable oil-based liquid soap
  • ½ cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar

Shake well before using, and apply with a cloth or sponge. Ensure to rinse thoroughly.
FLOOR CLEANER

It’s so important to keep your floors clean, whether it’s in the office or at home. But sometimes it can be tricky to know what to use to keep them clean. Simply add the following to a gallon of warm water and watch those floors shine!

  • 2 Tbsp vinegar
  • A small squeeze of castile soap
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 4 drops of tea tree essential oil (optional)

This mix will not only work effectively but will smell fresh and uplifting. A bonus? Tea tree oil is considered to be antiseptic and antibacterial.

STAINLESS STEEL SINKS

A fresher-smelling stainless steel kitchen sink is easy to achieve if you use the following products.

  • Baking soda
  • Soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Paper towels
  • White vinegar

Wet the sink, and sprinkle baking soda over the surface. Scrub thoroughly, and then rinse. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and the same paste on the rim. Line the sink with paper towels that you’ve soaked in white vinegar. Leave them there for 20 minutes.

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5 super easy tips to keep your fridge clean and tidy

There’s nothing worse than opening a messy fridge when it’s time to eat! Not only does a cluttered fridge freezer make it more difficult to see what could be on the menu, an unkempt fridge can also harbour nasty bacteria. We’ve made it really easy to spruce up this kitchen utility so it sparkles, whilst keeping everything neat and organised.

1 – THE CLEAN OUT

Although the dreaded fridge clean can be time-consuming, it is vital for safe storage and will also help you minimise food wastage. Ideally, your fridge should be cleaned before a food shop, so there is little to empty. This also provides more time for cleaning, as there is less food exposed to warmer temperatures whilst out of the fridge.

As you are emptying the fridge, ensure expired items are disposed of, to save space for leftovers and foods. Remove the drawers and place them in the sink. Scrub the drawers with a sponge, warm water, and washing-up liquid. Leave them out to air-dry.

Douse the interior with a multisurface spray. Wipe down the walls, then each shelf. Use an old toothbrush and a spritz of cleaner to dislodge grime from crevices.

2 – LINE YOUR SHELVES WITH EASY-TO-CLEAN MATS

Once you’ve thoroughly cleaned your shelves, line them with mats. When inevitable messy spills happen, the mats will prevent juices from leaking on to other shelves. They can also be easily removed and cleaned.

 3 – KEEP THINGS IN PLACE WITH SLIDING BINS

We’ve all opened a fridge where there’s food stacked beyond reach on every shelf, leaving it difficult to know where to start. An easy way to keep this under control is by using sliding plastic baskets, organising and grouping contents. Deep bins mean you can pull out sections of stuff in one quick movement. If you want to be really organised, you can even label these baskets for different food items, for example: meats, condiments, cheese, and salad.

If you’re looking for an easy and cheap hack, try using magazine/paper holders as extra shelves. Place the holders in the fridge horizontally, and they make the perfect gap for those smaller knick knacks.

4  – A TRICK FOR BOTTLES

Quite often, a shelf in your fridge may be lost to keeping drinks cool. Stacking is key to saving space, but there is a handy trick for beer bottles. Prevent these items from rolling around by placing a binder clip onto a wire shelf. This stops the bottom tier from moving, allowing you to easily stack more on top. Cheers to that!

5 – THE FINAL STEP

Once you have cleaned your fridge, lined your shelves and placed your baskets where you want them, you can then begin filling your fridge. Here’s a hygienic and orderly way to go about this final step:

Upper Shelves: Leftovers, drinks, and ready-to-eat foods (like deli meats and leftovers).

Middle Shelves: Dairy, such as milks, cheeses, yoghurt and butter.

Lower Shelves: This is the coldest part of your fridge, and where wrapped raw meat and fish should be kept. Placing raw food on the bottom shelf also minimises the risk of cross-contamination.

Doors: The refrigerator door is the warmest part of the fridge, so only condiments should go there. Although most people keep their milk in the fridge door, this can actually make your milk go bad faster. The temperature fluctuates more on the fridge doors, so try to store your milk in a safe zone on the middle shelf.

Drawers: Vegetables, salads and fruit should be stored in their original packaging in the salad drawer where they will be enclosed. This is also a good place to store herbs, as they can’t get frozen to the back of the fridge.

However, fresh vegetables can be contaminated if meat is placed on the shelf above.

A solution is that if you have two drawers, make one of them exclusively for veggies and the other exclusively for raw meat.

Here’s to a sparkly clean fridge and keeping your food fresher for longer. Now, go make that meal stress free!  

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Easy tricks to clean hard-to-reach places

Whether it’s in the office or at home, cleaning difficult to reach areas is often a tricky and time-consuming task. For many of us, the easiest answer is to skip these nooks and crannies and assume that they can be cleaned less frequently than other spots.

But leaving dust and grime to accumulate only leads to a tougher cleaning job down the line. And deep, narrow crevices that are magnets for dirt can also harbour nasty allergens.

With a few simple tools and our easy tips, you’ll be able to clean those spaces where traditional cleaning tools just can’t go. The best part? You don’t even need to invest in a fancy vacuum with lots of attachments!

Here’s how to get every corner and crevice gleaming…

CEILING FANS

The easiest way to keep ceiling fans clean and shining is to use an attachment designed to fit around the blades. If it’s been a while, slip a pillowcase over each blade and use it to remove the dust. This will prevent the dust from flying around the room.

CABINET TOPS

As the old saying goes: out of sight, out of mind! When was the last time you checked the tops of your cabinets? Stand on a sturdy stool, and wipe the tops with a dampened cloth and eco-friendly cleaning solution.

COMPUTER KEYBOARDS

The office keyboard is notorious for holding a shocking amount of bacteria. If you don’t stop to examine your keyboard every once in a while, you might not have noticed that it has become covered with crumbs, grease and dust.

An easy way to clean your keyboard is to use the office supplies at hand. Turn over your keyboard and tap out any crumbs. Then, run a sticky side of a Post-It Note between the keys to nab the debris.

Try to wipe down your desk at the end of every day, especially if you’re in the habit of eating lunch there!

WINDOW TRACKS

Window tracks can be particularly hard to reach, and easily collect dirt. Sometimes the hard material on your vacuum’s crevice tool doesn’t allow for much flexibility. But if you put a toilet paper tube over the end, you can squish it until it fits any space that needs cleaning.

NARROW BLINDS

If you don’t want to get your hands dusty, there’s a kitchen utensil you can use to clean your blinds: tongs! Secure a microfiber cloth to the tongs using rubber bands, then close the tool on a slat and pull it across.

AIR VENTS

Fuzzy dust and cobwebs cling to heating vents and air conditioners. If your vacuum is failing to suck up the gunk, use a sponge paintbrush from your craft drawer to dust vents.

SHOWER SPOTS

Residue can build quickly in shower door runners, and escalate to mould. The remedy is very simple. Just apply a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda on the dirty area. Let it sit for 5 minutes, and then rub with a stiff brush.

CEILINGS

Ceilings, especially in the corners, are notorious for collecting cobwebs and dust. If your vacuum doesn’t reach these areas, use a mop, broom handle or fishing pole and cover it with an old T-shirt to do the job.

What do you think of these cleaning hacks? Let us know your tricks to clean hard-to-reach places!