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Ty Olwen gets a special delivery

Ty Olwen, a purpose built specialist Palliative Care Unit based in Morriston, Swansea, had a special delivery last week when a cheque for £1000 was handed over, after Swansea-based cleaning company, Clean Sweep held a charity football match to raise money for it and all of the staff.

Back in May, 2015 a number of local celebrities including Swansea City legend Lee Trundle turned up to for a charity football match at Pontlliw FC to raise over £1000 for Ty Olwen, and The Papworth Hospital Trust.

After further fundraising, and a local company match-funding what was raised to make the final total £2000, Helen Williams, owner of Clean Sweep, delivered a cheque with her new baby daughter Florence Mary Williams, who was six days old, in her special made Clean Sweep uniform, to staff at Ty Olwen, for £1000.

Ty Olwen was chosen partly for the help and service it provided for Helen’s mother and Florence’s’ Grandmother Sheila Mary, during her battle with cancer. The Papworth Hospital Trust was selected because of the help it has given to long-time Pontlliw FC player Russell Truelove after he collapsed while playing football nearly 20 years ago. Papworth Hospital Trust also received a cheque for £1000.

Helen Williams, director and founder of Clean Sweep, said:

“We are so thankful to the 30 players that turned up to help raise money for such a good cause. A big thank you to Lee for playing, and thank you to everyone who came down to the park to watch the game, and support the teams.”

Team captain, Ian Williams said:

“It was an absolutely fantastic game, and everyone played really well. We managed to raise over £1000 for the two charities and everyone had a great day. It was great to captain one of the teams, and Dai Mathias did a brilliant job as the opposing team captain.”

Baby Florence, Ian, and Helen

Tip of the week

Tip of the week 18/11/2014
Conquer laundry in the tumble dryer this winter and stave off static!

Since fabric softener and dryer sheets can strip towels of their absorbency, add ¼ cup white vinegar to the rinse cycle or throw two (new, clean) tennis balls in your dryer to get rid of static electricity, soften fabrics and eliminate the need for dryer sheets.

Tip of the week

Tip of the week 06/11/2014
Now that the big day has passed, we’ve scared up our best stain-removal secrets for getting your Halloween costumes frighteningly clean.

1. Hair gel and hair spray
That slicked back vampire ‘do stayed in place all night. Unfortunately, so did the sticky stain on your collar. Before washing, scrape away any remaining product, then spray on stain remover and wash in hot water.

2. Chocolate
Carefully scrape off as much of the chocolate as possible without grinding the stain deeper into the fabric. Apply stain remover and wash. Wash again if necessary with fabric- or colour-safe bleach.

3. Lipstick and oil-based Halloween make-up
Dab a small amount of make-up remover or rubbing alcohol on inside seam to test the fabric for colour-safeness. If the colour hasn’t changed after 10 minutes, use a wash-cloth to dampen the stain with remover or alcohol. Dab the stain with a dry paper towel until it no longer picks up any make-up. Treat with stain remover and wash in warm water. Re-treat and rewash if the stain remains.

4. Chewing gum
Rub an ice cube over the stain until it freezes and hardens. Scrape off as much of the hardened gum as you can without rubbing it deeper into the fabric. Dab with dry-cleaning solvent if you have some on hand; otherwise, apply stain remover and wash.

5. Hair dye
For bleach-safe fabrics, soak the item in a mixture of ¼ cup chlorine bleach to a gallon of cold water. After 30 minutes, rinse and wash. For other fabrics, replace the bleach with a cup of ammonia. Stretch the stained area over a bucket and pour solution onto it, then rise and wash.

Don’t let Halloween cleaning become a fright-fest!

Don’t let Halloween cleaning become a fright-fest!

It is unfortunately (or fortunately if you love this holiday) that time of year again. Yes, Halloween is again upon us and if you have youngsters or are hosting a party, it can also mean the dreaded cleaning up of the house – and the clothes.
After weeks of picking the costumes and making last minute changes comes the smashed pumpkins, chocolate stains, spilled alcohol marks, and, of course, glitter!
Here at Clean Sweep, we want to make the Halloween clean up less of a nightmare and more of a dream. Just follow our simple tricks and your house or office will be back to normal in no time!

Chocolate
If you are cleaning chocolate off fabric then you should: scrape of excess chocolate, use a prewash stain remover and then pop it in the washing machine.
For sofas, again scrape off the excess chocolate, mix a tablespoon of fairy liquid (or the equivalent) with two cups of cold water, then, using a white cloth, dab the solution on the stain and do this until the liquid is absorbed. You may need to repeat this a few times until it disappears.
Carpets have a nasty ability to show any stains no matter what and chocolate is no different. Scrape off the excess chocolate, mix a tablespoon of fairy liquid (or the equivalent) with two cups of WARM water and dab until the stain disappears. Now sponge with cold water and pat dry with a clean white cloth.

Alcohol
There will always be someone who will spill red wine on your nice cream carpet – an incident that will undoubtedly put your stomach in knots. Here is how to get rid of red wine and other alcohol stains.
Spraying white wine straight onto a red wine spill can be very effective at removing the stain before it sets but, of course, you must then blot the stain with a clean cloth afterwards. If pouring yet more alcohol on your carpet seems a little excessive, however, an alternative is salt. Pour enough salt onto the stain to cover it and then wait for the salt to absorb the wine. Repeat this until the salt stops soaking up the wine. Wait for it to try and simply hoover it up.
Fresh beer is less of a problem – just wash it immediately if it is on clothes. If the stain is on carpet, soak up as much of it up as possible with paper towels or an absorbent cloth. Then remove the stain with a teaspoon of washing powder and warm water, soak and blot dry. If the beer stain has dried, soak the fabric in a solution of warm water and washing powder before washing.

Glitter
Glitter is the staple of most Halloween costumes and parties. Although it looks great at the time, in the harsh light of day, it can be another Halloween nightmare!
Start simple. Hovering can clear it up, but expect to be hovering over the same area as the edges of glitter make it really sticky.
If it is confined to a small area, wrap some masking tape around your hand, sticky side out. Then start to pat the glitter with your hand. This should cause the glitter to stick to the tape and solve the problem. Don’t try this on tiled floors though – sweeping or hovering will work just fine.

Food stains
With food stains, the key is to remove as much of the food before treating the stain. More often than not, food gets trodden into the carpet, so try to pick out the pieces first. Use a butter knife or tweezers as they can remove the food without pushing it further into the fibres.
Mix together one tablespoon of fairy liquid (or the equivalent) with two cups of cool water and dab the mix onto the stain with a clean white cloth. Continue this until the liquid is absorbed and blot dry.

Silly string
The simple answer to avoiding this Halloween nightmare is simply to not allow its use in the house. It can sometimes mean a call to a professional cleaner depending on the furniture and how bad the stain is. Check what cleaning solutions can be used on the furniture and if it is safe, use a stain removal product with a white, clean cloth and dab the stain away.

Next Up…. How to de-gunk your clothes