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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.

 

Need a hand with your commercial or domestic cleaning? Please get in touch today!

Email: info@cleansweepswansealtd.co.uk

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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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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.

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