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How to keep condensation at bay this winter

You may have noticed more condensation on your windows during the winter months, so in this simple blog post we have explained the causes of condensation, along with its effects and preventative measures.

What is condensation?

Condensation is a result of airborne water vapour condensing into a liquid, which is deposited on interior – or exterior – surfaces.

What causes condensation?

Condensation is a result of warm air colliding with cold surfaces, or when there is an excess amount of humidity in your home. Condensation is more common during the colder winter months, when your heating is used more frequently on cold winter mornings and evenings.

What can happen if I don’t prevent condensation?

If you don’t regularly remove condensation, or follow ways to reduce it, a build up can lead to greater problems. Condensation can lead to mould build up around the edges and sills of your windows, and this could eventually damage your walls and furniture.

How can I minimise condensation in my home?

If the biggest cause of condensation is the variation of inside room temperature, this can be controlled by replacing single glazing with energy efficient double or triple glazing, which works to maintain a higher surface temperature of the interior facing glass.

If this isn’t an option – or exterior temperature changes are extreme – condensation and its long term effects can be kept under control through regular removal of the excess water, using a dry cloth to wipe down the surface. Other preventative measures include:

  1. Correct air vents: If you have a washing machine or dryer in your home, ensure that this is correctly vented. Litres of water can be emitted into the air from a single wash, so adequate ventilation is essential to minimise condensation.
  2. Bathroom tip:  When showering or bathing, turn on your extractor fan to eliminate steam and moisture that results from running warm water in a cold environment.
  3. Drying clothes: As drying clothes in the winter isn’t always possible outside, keep wet washed clothes in a bathroom with the adjoining door closed and, ideally, with a window open.
  4. Furniture care: To allow air to circulate fully around the house, when possible, make sure that your furniture is at least 50mm away from walls.

Following these tips should help reduce condensation in your home.

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6 New Year’s cleaning resolutions for a sparkling home all year round

The New Year offers a great chance to start afresh, and your cleaning routine is no exception! From daily tasks to setting aside time for areas which may become neglected, we’ve put together 10 resolutions for 2018…

1 – Shower power:

If left for a while, cleaning the shower can sometimes be an unpleasant and often daunting task. The easiest way to combat this is to spritz the shower with a daily shower cleaner every day, to keep shower and tub surfaces free of soap scum and hard-water stains.

2 – Laundry days:

A pile of laundry waiting for your when you get home from work is never appealing – especially when it results in you setting aside time for this task on weekends! The easiest way to tackle laundry is to set specific days of the week aside for laundry washing and ironing. This will reduce the overall load, and make the task quick and easy.

3 – Dust away:

Dusting on a weekly basis is the perfect way to keep your home clean all year round. Dusting is especially important if you suffer from any type of allergy, as this will help keep reactions at bay. Remember, dust from the top down, and be sure to shake the duster outdoors regularly to avoid build up and spreading dust further.

4 – Look up:

Ceilings can easily be neglected when it comes to cleaning. But it’s important to look up sometimes! When hoovering carpets and your furniture, take time out to hoover the ceiling, especially the corners where dust can easily gather. Also – be aware of light fittings. These are harbingers of dust, and even though they are hard to reach, it is important to give them some attention from time to time!

5 – Wash curtains:

Curtains may not seem like a priority when it comes to cleaning, but it is essential to take down curtains and wash them. For regular maintenance, vacuum your curtains using the soft brush attachment to remove light dust and dirt. If your curtains are lightweight, they can be washed in the washing machine – but take care with washing instructions. Delicate materials should be hand washed, and curtains made from heavy fabrics are usually steam cleaned to prevent a lengthy drying process.

6 – Super storage:

The key to organisation in any room of the house is storage. Why not take the New Year as an opportunity to de-clutter your rooms, using storage options to organise different spaces. Remember that paper and cardboard storage containers are susceptible to mould if stored in damp areas, whilst also being more vulnerable to insects or pests. Therefore, it is best to use plastic bins, boxes and bags, which are sturdier, air tight and pest-proof.

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Top tips for your post Christmas clean up

Preparing for the New Year

The after Christmas blues, everyone gets it. The time to clean up all the dishes, take down all the Christmas decorations and prepare to be dragged back down to normality. Here are three tips to help you clean up after Christmas celebrations…

Removing Glitter and tinsel from floors

After removing all the Christmas decorations you can find that those beautiful tree decorations have left glitter and tinsel all over your flooring. To remove glitter and tinsel from your floors you can:

  • Vacuum up as much as you can. For hard floors it is best to sweep away as much as possible
  • For any remainders, wrap the non-sticky side of cello-tape to your hand and gently dab away the rest of the glitter away. A simpler alternative option is using a lint roller
  • Use a stiff hairbrush or a dog brush to comb away the tinsel from carpet

Degreasing the Oven

After all the Christmas cooking is done we can find ourselves with so much to clean: plates, cups, mugs and platters. But it’s important not to forget the oven! Cleaning the oven can be one of the most daunting tasks. Sometimes it hard to know where to start, and how to properly clean it. To clean your oven efficiently and degrease it you must:

  • First remove contents of oven
  • Put the racks from the oven into plastic bags and add oven cleaner solution
  • Set the bags aside and let the racks soak
  • Next create a paste with baking soda and water
  • After this paste has been made, coat the inside of your oven with the paste. You can choose to let it sit overnight for a more effective clean or leave it for a couple of hours until paste has dried
  • Whilst waiting wash the racks with soap and a sponge.
  • The next day, or when the paste is quite dry, get a wet rag or sponge and wipe away the dried paste from the oven
  • Any spots you cannot wipe spray vinegar on and then wipe away

Clean the Cupboards

We can sometimes get a little carried away purchasing excess food before Christmas, and cupboards can still be left brimming in the New Year. Taking time to organised and clean your cupboards and shelves will lead to less frustration when looking for ingredients or condiments. Address each cupboard individually, leaving the option to tackle other cupboards at a later date.

Be sure to get rid of any spices, sauces or cans that may be out of date. Items that are still in date – which you don’t need - could be donated to local food banks.

Once your cupboards have been emptied, follow these steps:

  • Dust your shelves and cupboards, use a cloth or duster to do this
  • Spray your cupboards or shelves with cleaning solution, then clean with a sponge
  • If you find grease spots, be sure to spritz white vinegar on the area, and scrub with a sponge

Now you don’t have to dread the post Christmas clean!

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Christmas Clean Up

Keep cleaning quick and easy this Christmas with these simple steps

It’s fine to admit that around Christmas time we can feel sluggish and unwilling to clean. All we really want to do is lay in bed and enjoy the little holiday time we get! But failure to clean during the winter can increase dust and mess around the house, leaving it a haven for germs. To minimise big cleans, here are a few tips you can use each day to prevent dirt building up and the spreading of coughs and colds this Christmas.

  • Clean the sink after using it: The everyday usage of a sink can cause a quick build up in lime scale and sometimes even mould. To avoid this, regularly clean your sink after using it. Quickly spritz cleaning solution around the edges, sides and bottom of the sink, and massage this in with a sponge. Next, thoroughly rinse the sink. Also – don’t forget the taps! They can be a harbinger of germs.
  • Dust: Do a dust down of each of your surfaces to avoid dust building up in your home. Since it is winter, dust tends to build up more in the home due to lack of fresh air.
  • Wipe window sills: This is to avoid the build-up of mould. As the weather has changed windows become damper which can cause mould. To prevent this wipe down your window sills every day with a wet cloth, being sure to then dry the surface with a dry cloth.
  • Clean the shower after you use it: Just a simple quick wipe down a day can help stop dirt building up in your shower. Just use a sponge to wipe and gently scrub all the surfaces. Do not forget to clean the showerhead to prevent lime scale build-up and the showerhead handle. If you have more time, spray cleaning solution in the shower and leave to soak, then rinse with the showerhead.
  • Clean dishes: Soak dishes in a bowl of water and liquid after using them, this is to kill any bacteria lingering on the foods. This gives you a bit of time to put your feet up and rest before washing the dishes.

Follow these steps for a healthier, cleaner house this Christmas.

 

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12 days to a tidy Christmas: Top tips to get your home sparkling this festive season

Whilst you may be keeping your homes warm this Christmas, it’s important to prevent dust from piling up and germs manifesting. So, we’ve given you super cleaning tips for the twelve days of Christmas…

1 – Dust your Christmas ornaments: When you first get the Christmas decs down from the attic, it may not occur to clean them before displaying them. But be sure to get a feather duster and start dusting! For an efficient clean make sure to dust from top to bottom.

2 – Dust off your ceiling fans: As the cold weather sets in, our ceiling fans tend to get neglected. But the lack of use causes dust to pile up, so make sure they are well dusted.

3 – Shake off rugs: Regularly vacumming your carpets should be a part of your routine domestic clean. Shake off rugs in an outdoor environment, to ensure all dust is removed.

4 – Clean your windows:  Windows get dirty very quickly, especially during the winter season. To clean your windows, wash them with a wet sponge and a homemade solution of white vinegar, water and liquid detergent. Gently scrub the surface with your solution and sponge, and then dry with a dry cloth. If window cleaning in this cold weather isn’t sounding appealing, give us a call to see how we can help!

5 – Winterize your entrance: The Christmas season is wonderful, but the only downside can be the weather. Make sure you keep a floor mat or shoe scrape outside your entrance to protect your floors from mud, snow and leaves.

6 – Vacuum underneath furniture: To get rid of any dust and creepy-crawlies that have taken residence in your house from the harsh weather outside, vacuum both underneath your furniture and the bottom of your furniture.

7 – Wash and disinfect bins: We often forget to clean our bins – frequently being too distracted by making sure they go out on time! But it is essential to wash and disinfect bins as frequently as possible, to ensure hygiene and clean air circulation.

8 – Vacuum your furniture: Avoid sitting on dust and dirt by frequently vacuuming. When vacuuming the sofa, use a nozzle on your hoover to ensure you are reaching into its crevices.

9 – Wash your toilet brushes: Make sure you bleach and disinfect your toilet brushes. Use a solution of 1 part bleach 6 parts water, for a good clean.

10 – Clean the kettle: More hot chocolates and teas are enjoyed when the temperature dips outside! Make sure to clean out your kettle. Do this by using a mixture of water and vinegar and boil it. Once it has finished boiling let it sit for 20 minutes, then pour the solution out. Continue to wipe the inside of your kettle with a cloth! Voila – you now have a clean kettle ready for all your Christmas themed beverages.

11 – Frequently dust and wash your curtains: As dust builds up faster when we are less likely to open windows and circulate fresh air, it is essential to clean your curtains. Take them down from the windows, dust them, and then wash them. Be sure to check washing instructions before cleaning.

12 – Clean your kitchen drain: Drains can get clogged up and freeze during the winter period. Clean your drain by pouring baking soda or white vinegar into the drain.

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Cleaning your artificial Christmas tree in three easy steps

It seems that more families than ever have opted to take a modern approach to giving their home some holiday spirit. Artificial Christmas trees are not only more environmentally friendly, but they’re also re-usable, saving families valuable money every year. Perhaps one of the few downsides to artificial trees, is that as a result of being kept in storage all year round they are prone to collecting dirt and dust.  Here are Clean Sweep’s tips to keeping your artificial Christmas tree looking new and vibrant all through the holiday period:

Salt

Although not a common cleaning tool in the 21st century, salt can be extremely useful for removing pesky built up grime.

Once you have removed the tree from the bag or box you were using to store it, carefully take the tree apart into sections and place those individual parts in a black plastic bag, add a couple of handfuls of granulated salt, and shake vigorously. Proceed to remove the sections of tree from the bag and lightly dust off any excess salt with your hand or a soft cloth.
Note: This tip is only advised if your tree comes apart in individual sections, attempting to fit and vigorously shake a smaller tree in a plastic bag could cause damage, and breakages.

Vacuuming

Dust is the most common cause of an artificial tree not looking it’s best. With the majority of families storing their trees in the attic, it is almost inevitable that at least some dust is going to collect. We believe the most effective way to remove this build-up of unwanted dust, without damaging your tree is through careful and streamlined motions using a hand vacuum.  If you do not own a hand vacuum, the suction tube component of a standard vacuum, with the soft bristle attachment, will do.

Working from top to bottom, approaching each branch from the side, proceed to vacuum the entire tree, paying careful attention to the exterior of the tree. It is important to approach each branch from the side, as vacuuming the tree from any other angle, could cause the branches to be sucked in to the vacuum, resulting in them snapping, causing damage to your tree and clogging the vacuum.

 

Wiping

Once you have removed the grime and dirt with the salt technique and vacuumed up any dust, it’s time to give your tree a final clean to completely revitalise it and bring back that vibrant green glow.

Begin by filling a bucket with a soapy combination of washing up liquid and hot water. We recommend using a soft cloth to achieve the best results from this technique, however you can use a regular sponge, so long as you are gentle and avoid the scoured side. Soak the cloth or sponge in the soapy mixture, and firmly wring out any liquid to get the cloth as dry as possible. Gently hold the individual branches in one hand, whilst simultaneously wiping them clean, being careful not to remove any bristles.

Once thoroughly cleaned, leave the tree to dry naturally, before decorating and displaying.

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Remove chewing gum from carpets and clothing with these easy steps

Chewing gum is an old time foe to carpets and clothing: it’s never nice when you or your child accidently sits or steps in gum! The good news is chewing gum is easy to remove from clothes and carpets. We’ve put together our top tips to give you a helping hand.

CLOTHING:

  1. Freezing Method – The easiest method for removing chewing gum from garments is freezing. Firstly, take the item and place in a freezer bag, being sure that the chewing gum doesn’t stick to the bag. Then, seal the bag correctly and place the item in the freezer, leaving it in this cold environment for a minimum of two hours. When removed, peel the chewing gum off the clothing as soon as possible to prevent it from warming up and reattaching. If this is tricky, use a blunt knife to remove the gum from the clothes to prevent damage. Be sure to angle the knife away from you.
  1. Lemon Juice – Lemon juice is another cheap alternative to removing gum from clothing, and it causes no damage. Simply soak the garment in lemon juice and scrape the gum with a blunt knife or spoon. Wash the garment as soon as possible following applying lemon juice.
  1. Vinegar – Vinegar can be used for many different cleaning purposes, but it can also be used to remove gum. Soak the item in hot vinegar, and brush or scrape the gum off carefully with a blunt tool.

CARPETS:

  1. Hairdryer – For this method you will need a hairdryer and a plastic bag. Aim the dryer at the affected area and wait a while until the gum is soft. Then slowly scrape it off with the plastic bag. Remove the remaining stain with laundry powder and a little bit of water, and scrub it away gently.
  1. Ice - The first way you can remove it is by using the ice method. For this you will need some ice, and something to scrape away the gum after. Put the ice in the bag and place it on the area affected and wait until the gum hardens. When it has, slowly peel it off with a spoon or a knife. Often, a stain can remain, but you can remove the remainder by gently scrubbing it away with some water, laundry powder and a sponge.
  1. Carpet cleaning – If you are having difficulty removing the gum from your carpets following using these methods, it may be time to call in the professionals. A carpet cleaning machine can remove all sorts of tough marks and stains. Not only will the gum be removed, but you’ll have clean and fluffy carpets again!

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Prevent the spread of illness in your home and office with these tips

There is always potential to fall ill, whether it’s the common cold or the flu virus. However, around winter the likelihood of feeling under the weather increases. This is due to the majority of people remaining indoors during this period, an environment where air is recycled and unventilated, giving germs greater opportunity to thrive and prosper, as well as spread easily throughout the family, or office.

Here are Clean Sweep’s 3 tips to help prevent the spread of these illnesses through the power of cleaning.

  1.  Pay attention to electronics:

When at home, pretty much everyone in the house watches TV. Now, take a moment to think about just how many times you, and others in the house touch the TV remote, specifically. This constant handling from the entire family makes the remote an absolute haven for germs and bacteria. To slow down the spread of germs and bacteria via the TV remote and other electronics that the family come in to contact with, we recommend regularly padding a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and carefully wiping down these devices, in order to effectively disinfect them.

In the office, keyboards and telephones can be the key harbingers of germs and bacteria. Ensure that both of these devices are regularly cleaned, using an anti-bacterial wipe when possible. To thoroughly clean your keyboard tilt it upside down and shake it to remove any loose debris. If your keyboard is exceptionally dirty, pop out the keys and use disinfectant wipes to clean.

Note: Be sure to turn off / unplug your keyboard prior to cleaning it.

  1. The bathroom:

With many households having one shared bathroom, the opportunity for germs to spread among the family is greatly increased. One of the most common ways in which germs are spread is orally, this is especially apparent in the collection of toothbrushes that many families keep together.

We believe the best way to prevent germs from toothbrushes passing on from one member of the family to another, is to soak the toothbrushes in hydrogen peroxide for just a few minutes, then proceed to thoroughly rinse the toothbrushes in water to remove any residue. This should help eliminate germs that have the potential to infect other family member’s toothbrushes.

  1. Towels:

If just one person in the family or office is sick, we advise making sure they have their own towels, to help prevent germs spreading through sharing. If you’re looking to help prevent the spread of germs and illness, we’d recommend changing all the hand towels daily, and – in the home – assigning individual towels to each person for showering and bathing purposes. Changing and cleaning the hand towels regularly should help keep germs and bacteria spreading from each user.

These 3 simple tips, should help to prevent germs and illnesses spreading throughout the house and office, and help keep the whole family and employees healthier this winter.

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Five steps to cleaner walls

Clean Sweep Ltd have put together a five-step programme to achieve cleaner walls, all year round.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Newspapers, towels or old sheets
  • Long-handled duster
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Warm Water
  • Castile or dish soap
  • White Vinegar
  • A white sponge

1 – Protect your carpet and furniture

When cleaning walls there is always potential for spillages, be it everyday household cleaning solutions, or stronger corrosive liquids such as white vinegar. These liquids, especially white vinegar, have the potential to damage furniture and carpets. The most efficient way to prevent this is to cover the area nearest to the walls with whatever you have laying around the house, be it: newspaper, towels or old sheets, giving special attention to expensive furniture.

2 – Dust your walls

Although you could potentially use a broom for this step, you will be running the risk of scratching and/or damaging your walls. Instead, we would advise using a long-handled duster for this step, the soft bristles allow for seamless and efficient dusting, without damaging your walls. Pay extra attention to the corners and beams, as this is where the greatest amount of dust usually collects.  If you do not already own, or wish to buy a duster, try tying a t-shirt or cloth around your broom, to prevent the bristles from making contact with and damaging your walls, this should achieve a similar effect to the duster.

3 – Remove old stains and mold

For tougher stains and mold, you’re going to need something a little stronger than just soap. We recommend white vinegar, its strong enough to effectively remove mold without damaging your walls or leaving residue. Mix half a gallon of warm water with 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, then soak a white sponge (to avoid transferring colour to the walls), in this mixture. Proceed to scrub the wall, targeting any mold ridden areas and tough stains, until all the stains have been eliminated.

4 – General scrub

Once you have eliminated any tough stains and mold, it’s time to give your walls a general scrub, to give the entire area a fresh look. Simply mix half a gallon of warm water with 1-2 drops of castile or dish soap. Damp a fresh white sponge in the mixture and proceed to lightly scrub the walls.

5 – Final rinse and dry

The final step is the simplest, but one of the most important. To avoid leaving any residue from the soap, or smell from the vinegar, we advise giving the walls one final rinse. Soak a microfiber cloth in warm water, wring the cloth until almost dry and then proceed to thoroughly rinse the walls. Finally, dry the walls with a clean towel and remove the newspaper, towels and old sheets you laid down before cleaning.

 

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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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