Tag Archives: cleaning tips

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.

 

Christmas wreath on fireplace

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.

Depositphotos_133362368_l-2015

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.

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

Email: info@cleansweepswansealtd.co.uk

Mobile: 07717303777

Tweet us: @CleanSweepWales or Facebook us: @CleanSweepSwansea

 

Foot stuck into chewing gum on street

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!

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

Email: info@cleansweepswansealtd.co.uk

Mobile: 07717303777

Tweet us: @CleanSweepWales or Facebook us: @CleanSweepSwansea

Basket with cleaning items on blurry background

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

Mobile: 07717303777

Tweet us: @CleanSweepWales or Facebook us: @CleanSweepSwansea

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.

If you want help from the professionals, don’t forget to check out our 10% discount offer on Facebook, available for a limited time only! 

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.

Clean Sweep

Decluttering to de-stress!

The thought of doing a major house clean in this gloomy, cold winter weather is one that fills us all with utter dread and misery. All we want to do in the winter months is get nice and comfy and eat some delicious food – not clean the house from top to bottom! We also mustn’t forget we have the added stress of Christmas a mere six weeks away!

However, you may not realise, but a lot of the stress you’re feeling right now, whether it is to do with Christmas or general winter blues can actually be reduced by giving your home a good clean.

Think about it. You spend a large portion of your day in your home – it’s the place you should be able to relax, but if you haven’t had a good clean up in a while, this could be subconsciously adding to your stress levels.

As well as for keeping your stress levels to a minimum, conducting an overall clean is hugely important for health reasons. We’re not saying you need to do these tasks every single week (except for certain jobs) but ensuring you keep on top of your cleaning will help the process become not so overwhelming.

So when it comes to tasks such as changing your bed sheets, doing the laundry, cleaning your bathroom and dusting, you should make an effort to do these on a minimum of a weekly basis. Areas which are used most often, such as the ones above, are the areas you should prioritise and take care when cleaning.

There are then the more tedious cleaning tasks, but thankfully, these don’t need to be taken care of on too much of a regular basis – we advise every two to three months! These tasks include:

Cleaning the build-up of grease on your oven… It’s pretty much a no brainer but is so often overlooked. Think how often you use the oven and how much grease will form over weeks and months of use. There are lots of great products on the market that will vanish the stubborn grease marks in no time!

While on the topic of kitchen appliances, make sure you give your fridge a good scrub! Here are some tips to help you get started:

Empty your fridge of all its content – this is also a good time to have a clear out!

  • Carefully take out any shelves inserted in the fridge and wash them with hot soapy water. If they are glass shelves, be careful as putting a cold glass shelf into warm water could cause it to crack. An ideal solution would be to either wash with cooler water, or wait until the glass has acclimatised to room temperature.
  • Try not to use scented products when cleaning the inside of the fridge – it’s best to use baking powder with hot water. This will not provide any scent but will still kill all germs and bacteria.
  • Finally, dry all of the inside and shelf compartments and place them back in the fridge. Simple!

Your sofas and carpets should also be cleaned every couple of months to reduce dust particles which can easily become trapped without you realising. Make sure that the products you are using on your sofa is fit for its material – you don’t want to have to fork out money for a new sofa!

When cleaning carpets, yes, a standard vacuum will do the trick, but consider getting your carpets steam cleaned as this will help abolish bacteria as well as stubborn stains!