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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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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 prepare for a Spooktacular Hallow-clean

While Halloween can be a fun time of the year – whether you’re trick or treating, hosting a party of your own or carving a pumpkin – its aftermath can be messy. It’s always wise to consider the cleaning process in advance, and in this post we have highlighted some handy tricks…

EGGS ON HOUSES AND CARS? 

Unfortunately, one of the least fun aspects of Halloween (for adults, that is!), is the cleaning up of thrown eggs on houses and cars.

The best way to clean up such mess on the house is to use a strong alkaline cleaner and warm water. It is extremely important that HOT water is avoided, as high temperatures will congeal the egg’s proteins, making it even stickier. Scrub the area gently with alkaline cleaner and warm water as soon as possible.

If your car is the target, use a detergent (neutral-pH) and a microfiber car cleaning cloth. Be sure to avoid using harsh cleaning cloths – scrubbing sponges, for example – or detergents as this will damage the car’s top coat. First, thoroughly hose the area below the egg, and gently hose the egg off the car. Then, use the detergent and car cloth while adding slight pressure to fully remove the stain, followed by rinsing and drying.

SILLY STRING

Silly string can be very difficult to clean, especially in abundance. Most will be removed with a simple soap and water solution, but you can then eliminate further residue with a cotton ball or swab.

LIPSTICK AND OIL-BASED HALLOWEEN MAKEUP 

Face painting is the perfect way to spook up a Halloween outfit, with popular options being white ghoulish paint and fake blood, or striking green wrinkly witch skin. However, such paint can cause stubborn stains if they fleck on to unintended surfaces. Luckily, there is a simple process to follow to remove stubborn lipstick and oil-based makeup stains.

First, dab a small amount of makeup remover or rubbing alcohol onto the affected area. Carefully work the solution into the area with a small brush or cloth, ensuring only light strokes from the edges of the stain to center. Pinching lightly in an upward motion – once you have reached the stain’s center – will help to further remove the stain. Then wait five minutes, and if the stain persists repeat the steps.

PUMPKIN STAINS

Nothing screams Halloween more than pumpkin carving! However, as fun as it can be, the slimy pumpkin pulp can create a lot of mess, staining carpets or clothing.

If the area is carpeted, firstly pick up the scattered pulp with paper towels, but be careful not to rub it into fibers. Then, blot the area with white vinegar, and sprinkle with baking soda. Be sure to leave this dry for a few hours, and finish with vacuuming. If the stains persist, use an enzyme-based stain penetrator and massage into the stain, and leave for a few hours.

If the stained area is an item of clothing, again use an enzyme-based stain remover and leave to soak. If this doesn’t work, massage in some laundry detergent. Be sure to wash the item on the safest hottest temperature.

Most importantly, Happy Halloween!

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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.

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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.

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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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