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Trick or treat…Prepare to clean!

Halloween is only around the corner and while it can be a fun time, whether you’re taking family trick or treating, or hosting a party of your own, it’s always wise to think of the cleaning process ahead, ensuring you are prepared for all eventualities.

Eggs on houses and cars?

 Even if you’re not celebrating Halloween this year, we’re all prone to having eggs thrown at our houses and cars. How annoying!

If an egg hits your house, you’re going to need a strong alkaline cleaner and warm water – it’s extremely important you don’t use HOT water, as the protein in the egg will stick.

Scrub gently with alkaline cleaner and warm water as soon as you notice it (don’t put yourself in the way of harm by going out and scrubbing it as soon as it happens – you don’t want to be a target!).

If eggs are thrown at your car, use a detergent (neutral-pH) and a car cleaning cloth.

Begin by gently applying water below the egg stain, working your way up to soften the stain. Then, use the detergent and car cloth while adding slight pressure to fully remove the stain, followed by rinsing and drying.

An important note is not to use harsh cleaning cloths (scrubbing sponges) or detergents as this will damage the car’s top coat.

Getting rid of pesky food colouring stains

 If you’re committed to fully embracing the Halloween spirit, you’re likely going to be preparing some tasty treats! Red food colouring sound familiar? Yes, it’s all fun and games at the time, until you look at your carpets or furniture and see a food stain you think will never come out. Do not fear!

Food colouring stains on washable fabrics? Make sure you soak them in warm (not hot) water and liquid detergent overnight, followed by putting them in the wash the next morning. Always check the labels on the fabric first to make sure they are fit for the products you will be using.

If you have food colouring stains on fabrics or surfaces which can’t be put in the washing machine, dab the stained area with a stain remover and rinse with water. Repeat this until the stain disappears. Again, ensure all fabric labels are read before any detergents are applied.

Most importantly, Happy Halloween!

Keeping healthy in the office during flu season

Flu season is rapidly approaching, bringing the germs and bacteria that cause pesky colds and blue moods to spread through confined spaces, and the office is no exception. Sometimes it’s not enough to put your tissues in the bin and keep your mouth covered when you cough – it is important to keep your desk and communal areas clean as well, to ensure a speedy recovery and to reduce the risk of spreading your germs.

With your desk being the place where you spend most of your time at work, and where you’ll discard the majority of your dirty tissues, it is important to keep this area clean. Starting and ending your day with a once over with an anti-bacterial wipe will reduce the risk of germs latching on and spreading further. The use of the bacterial wipe should not be limited to just your surfaces though, ensure you wipe the phone after every use to kill lingering germs, therefore reducing your risk of re-infection.

The same concept goes for your keyboard and mouse, regularly cleaning these is advised anyway due to the constant contact you have with them on a daily basis, but when there’s germs around you should be extra vigilant and make a conscious effort to disinfect both daily. This may seem like tedious work and a lot of effort, but good hygiene is vital when everyone in your office is getting sick – for both your health and for the health of your colleagues.

The break room and kitchen areas are also an area of concern when it comes to being sick as this is where most things are shared. In order to ensure that germs are not breeding, everybody in the office should ensure that they are washing up shared kitchen utensils thoroughly and making sure bins aren’t overflowing and surfaces are disinfected regularly. It is also a good idea to keep hand sanitizers dotted around the office and kitchens for everybody to use, or even just keep one in your desk.

Did you read last week’s post on keeping the break room clean? Click here!

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Cleaning the break room and keeping the workplace safe

The break room in any office or working environment is the place which is likely to get the grubbiest over time. With work areas needing to be kept clean at all times for health and safety reasons, the break room is where everyone can feel a little less stressed and so, sometimes it can become a little bit hectic and untidy!

With the break room being where food is prepared and eaten in, the emphasis to keep this hygienic and clean at all times is high. You don’t want yourself or members of staff to be preparing and eating food on unhygienic surfaces… you wouldn’t do it at home so what makes this any different!?

As over-the-top as this may sound, the workplace refrigerator should always be organised and clutter free. You don’t want food items bought a couple of weeks ago, forgotten about and left rotting at the back of the fridge shelf! Choose a specific day which is the cut off day for food items unused to be thrown away. If these items are unwanted but still in date – why not donate them to a local food bank?

Ensure cutlery and kitchenware is always thoroughly washed, dried and put back in its designated spot. Don’t forget to give the inside of the kitchen cabinets a clean on a regular basis to keep hygiene tip top!

A hugely important task is to make sure that they work surfaces, tables and chairs are all disinfected thoroughly to kill any nasty germs or bacteria before they build up!

If your break room has a microwave, it’s vital to regularly clean the inside and outside of it, due to mould build-up! Heating and reheating meals is a common result of mould growth so make sure someone is on microwave cleaning duty!

General cleaning tips to keep the working environment safe and hygienic

Try and influence staff to keep a clean and tidy work station. If staff can ensure their work areas are clean, this should lead them to keep all areas of the workplace they use clean and tidy.

You should also ensure a set of guidelines are put in place for employees to follow to ensure the health and safety is kept a priority. For example:

If industrial tools are being used, ensure staff safely put each tool back in the correct place. Also ensure all safety equipment and clothing is always adhered to and no shortcuts are taken.

  • When floors are mopped ensure safety signs are used to inform those walking nearby.
  • It’s also crucial to ensure the correct cleaning products are used at all times – if not, serious accidents can occur. For example, using regular washing up liquid to clean floors can increase slipping – leading to an increase in accidents.

If you’d like to discuss domestic, commercial or industrial cleaning services, feel free to get in touch for a free quote: info@cleansweepswansealtd.co.uk

 

Clean up after your pet and making your home a healthy environment for all

Pets are fun, loving and endearing to have around, but boy do they leave you home full of hair wherever they’ve been!

Cover sofas and anywhere your pet frequents with a blanket or some sort of sheet that can be easily washed in the washing machine. Tip: put your hair laden blankets/sheets in the washing machine with a fabric softener sheet for up to 10 mins before washing. Both tumble cycle and the softener will loosen the hair and you can later empty it all from the lint trap.

Buy furnishings that are naturally pet hair-free – slick or anti-static materials – hair literally just slides off. Materials include: hardwood, laminate or vinyl flooring; leather – make sure it’s top grain leather or brushed leather as scratching may be a problem; canvas; pleather; heavy duty cotton fabric and ultra-suede.

Take the DIY approach to pet hair: lint pick-up rollers, rubber glove scrub or the trusty lazy sock method:

  • Lint pick-up roller – pretty self-explanatory – simply roll them around the surfaces and bye bye pet hair!
  • Rubber glove scrub – put gloves on and slightly moisten them with a little water. Wipe the pet hair covered surfaces and watch the hair come up. Rinse the gloves in a bucket of water as and when needed. You could also use a dense sponge instead of gloves.
  • Lazy sock method – if there’s mounds of pet hair on your kitchen floor, put on a pair of athletic socks and walk around the room for 5 minutes, it won’t stir up the hair like hoovering or sweeping will. It’s fast and easy!

Keeping it pet friendly

Make sure you keep your pet’s hygiene as tip top as possible – animals should be vaccinated regularly to rid them of any pesky irritants!

Use pet safe, antibacterial products to clean the areas your pet eats or drinks. If you allow your pet in the kitchen, make sure you disinfect work surfaces and appliances thoroughly (again, with pet friendly products!). However, we do advise to try and prevent pets from jumping up on kitchen counters so there’s no risk of bacteria and germ build up!

Ensure to wash all pet bowls thoroughly and keep separate from crockery and utensils you and your family use.

Never use bleach around animals – for example, if your pet soils your floors. The ammonia in your pet’s urine can react with the bleach, giving off harmful fumes.

Lock away all cleaning products so they are out of reach of pets. As we know, our pets can be quite nosy and may risk attempting to open harmful products!

Pet bedding

When purchasing pet bedding, ensure that covers are detachable so washing them on a regular basis is a simple and easy process.

A laundry sanitiser will help to eliminate germs, and will also rid bedding of fur, odours and bacteria.

Overall…

The top and bottom of keeping your home a healthy environment when living with pets, is just to make sure you are always cleaning surfaces pets jump up on, with pet friendly detergent, clean pet bedding frequently, and ensure your pets are vaccinated regularly.

 

 

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10 quick tricks to make house cleaning easy!

It’s not uncommon to dread cleaning your home – it’s a chore we could well do without! However, we’ve accumulated some tips and tricks below which will make your house sparkle from top to bottom in no time at all.

All you need is a bit of elbow grease, a spare hour and a couple of products! Why not stick on your favourite music while getting to work? It makes the tasks more enjoyable and before you know it, you’ll be finished!

1. Create an all in one cleaner – Mix four tablespoons of baking soda and add one quarter warm water – it’ll wipe all manner of messes away!

2. Remove stuck-on food from casserole dish – Fill your dish with boiling hot water, add a few tablespoons of salt/baking soda and let it stand overnight.

3. Get rid of rust from pots and pans – Cut a potato and dip it in powdered cleanser, now scour the rust stains!

4. Remove grease stains from burner rings/pots and pans – Soak all in ammonia overnight and the stain will be gone by morning – easy!

5. Rid garlic odour from your hands – Simply rub your hands on some stainless steel – who would have thought it!?

6. Get rid of shoe odours – Sprinkle some baking soda into your shoes and/or gym bag and then simply tap it out when you go to use them again.

7. Clear your sink drains – Pour ½ a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by ½ a cup of vinegar. Cover the drain with a wet cloth and after five minutes remove and flush with hot water.

8. Get rid of patio furniture grime – Add one squirt of dish detergent to a bowl of lukewarm water and wipe down the furniture. Rinse clean with your garden hose and it’ll be like new!

9. Rid kitchen cabinets of grease – Add a little dish detergent to a spray bottle, fill it up with warm water and then mist the cabinets. Rinse with a well-wrung cloth and dry.

10. Get your taps to sparkle – Rub toothpaste on your taps with a wet sponge and watch the grime disappear!

The one kitchen item you forget to clean

Everybody knows they have to pull apart the oven, pull forward the fridges and delve inside the microwave. These all seem pretty obvious, but everybody avoids doing those mucky, time consuming jobs. We moan and groan about having to clean our household items, especially after a long week. It can be easy to forget the obvious things need some attention, too.

One of the most forgotten things in your kitchen is the one thing you reach for every single day – your kettle. How many times a day do you make yourself a cup of tea? You probably lose count pretty quickly.

A friend of mine came to me recently asking for tips on how to clean her kettle. She felt slightly ashamed that she had never really thought about the inside of her most used kitchen appliance, until she bought a glass kettle which made it impossible to ignore. After neglecting it for a few months, she suddenly noticed the horrible, green limescale that plagues all of our hot beverage nightmares.

Long story short, she couldn’t get it to budge. It was frustrating, but my friend is stubborn and was a woman on a mission. She would not be defeated by an overpriced kettle and a sponge.

It’s actually pretty easy to sort your kettle out, as soon as you know how. It takes longer to boil water if your kettle is battling limescale, so it’s important to keep an eye on it, all that extra time adds to your electricity costs, after all.

You can buy specialist kettle descalers, but I prefer a natural method. Using either vinegar, or a citric acid (lemon juice works perfectly, and smells better than vinegar!), fill the kettle with equal parts water and your chosen solution.

Leave this to soak for about an hour, boil the kettle and discard the cleaning solution. Rinse your kettle thoroughly just to get rid of any loose residue, and you’re done.

Most cleaning problems can be solved with a natural method and some determination, but if you’re struggling on something particular, get in touch with us and we will be more than happy to help you out!

Cleaning your car – inside and out!

When you are busy cleaning your home and keeping your garden neat, it can be easy to forget to wash your car. Follow these simple steps and your pride and joy will be sparkling in no time!

The Interior:

It’s a good idea to start by cleaning the interior of your car! To vacuum the interior, remove the floor mats and vacuum them separately as well as the floor underneath them, along with the seats, back shelf and boot. Also, remember to put the vents on full blast when vacuuming to remove any dust that has built up in them. A good tip to remove dirt and crumbs from the seams of seats is to use a toothbrush before vacuuming!

You can polish the dash and the inside of doors using dash shine and a duster, which you will be able to pick up cheaply in many supermarkets or pound stores.

When cleaning windows, an essential tip is to work from bottom to top with all fluids to avoid streaks.

Ensure you do not polish the steering wheel or pedals, it could be dangerous if those surfaces become slippery.

The Exterior:

There’s no getting away from the fact that the best wash your car can get is a hand wash! It does not take long, and is much more rewarding than driving through the car wash at the petrol station (plus, it will be far cheaper).

Make sure you get rid of all soap suds to prevent dirt marks and finish by polishing the car with a chamois leather to make it gleam.

There is no need to wax your car every time you wash it, but at least once every season is recommended.

What you will need:

- A bucket
- Warm water
- Washing up liquid
- A sponge
- A hose pipe with cold water
- A chamois leather
- Car wax
- Vacuum Cleaner (to pick up all those crumbs!)
- Dash shine
- A duster
- A brand new car air freshener (the perfect finishing touch to all of your hard work)

There you have it! A super clean car inside and out, in no time at all!

Top tips for cleaning your oven

Oven cleaning is one of those stubborn cleaning jobs that people love to hate and often ignore for as long as they possibly can.

But it’s a task that has to be done, so here are our top tips for getting rid of the horrible black, sticky grease that builds up over time.

Like most jobs and chores, preparation is key.

Before you begin

• Open the windows to air the room
• Ensure you have an appropriate cleaning product, a brush and a dish cloth;
• Protect your skin and put rubber gloves on and remove the oven shelves, oven thermometer and anything else inside the oven in order to wash them separately.

There are two options for what type of cleaning product you use to clean the oven with. You can either buy specific oven cleaning chemicals or make a baking soda paste.

Many people don’t like using unpleasant chemicals, which as well as having a nasty odour can also generate lots of smoke when auto-cleaning an oven.

So here’s an easy breakdown of the baking soda paste method.

First, wipe away any food residue. Next, mix up a simple paste by adding a few tablespoons of water to around ½ cup of baking soda. You can play around with the ratio until you’ve made a spreadable, consistent paste.

Now, using a brush, evenly spread the paste over the bottom, sides, and door panel while avoiding covering the heating element and the door seals. Spread plenty of paste on any areas that are especially greasy.

Leave the baking soda paste for at least 12 hours, then use a damp dish cloth to wipe away as much of the paste as possible. For the next step, put some vinegar into a spray bottle and squirt it on the areas of baking soda that remain, and use your damp cloth to lightly wipe away the remaining liquid and foam mix until the oven is completely clean.

After cleaning the oven racks separately, just replace them and you’re done!

That said, if you still don’t want to clean your oven after reading this blog then call us now on 01792 934 382 and ask for Helen or Ian and we’ll be happy to help.

Top cleaning tips to make your car sparkle!

When you are busy cleaning your home and keeping your garden neat, it can be easy to forget to wash your car, follow these simple steps and your pride and joy will be sparkling in no time!

The Interior:

It’s a good idea to start by cleaning the interior of your car! To vacuum the interior, remove the floor mats and vacuum them separately as well as the floor underneath them, along with the seats, back shelf and boot. Also, remember to put the vents Spon full blast when vacuuming to remove any dust that has built up in them. A good tip to remove dirt and crumbs from the seams of seats is to use a toothbrush before vacuuming!

You can polish the dash and the inside of doors using dash shine and a duster, which you will be able to pick up cheaply in many supermarkets or pound stores.

When cleaning windows, an essential tip is to work from bottom to top with all fluids to avoid streaks.

Ensure you do not polish the steering wheel or pedals, it could be dangerous if those surfaces become slippery.

The Exterior:

There’s no getting away from the fact that the best wash your car can get is a hand wash! It does not take long, and is much more rewarding than driving through the car wash at the petrol station (plus, it will be far cheaper)

Make sure you get rid of all soap suds to prevent dirt marks and finish by polishing the car with a chamois leather to make it gleam. Although there is no need to wax your car every time you wash it, at least once every season is recommended.

What you will need:

- A bucket
- Warm water
- Washing up liquid
- A sponge
- A hose pipe with cold water
- A chamois leather
- Car wax
- Vacuum Cleaner (to pick up all those crumbs!)
- Dash shine
- A duster
- A brand new car air freshener (the perfect finishing touch to all of your hard work)

Cleaning your windows

Cleaning your windows
It is essential to have sparkling windows during the summer to let the sun shine in and to brighten up your home! There is nothing worse than the sun showing up the dirt and streaks on your windows during the summer months!

We have thought up some useful window cleaning tips to help you make them sparkle this summer.

Inside and out – It is important to clean your windows inside and out to get the cleanest look.
Use correct, clean equipment – Whereas a simple window cleaning solution (which can be bought in most supermarkets) and kitchen towel can be sufficient indoors, soapy water is a good idea for cleaning windows outdoors. Also, ensure you use clean squeegees and microfibre cloths or chamois leathers for a streak free finish.
Wait for a cloudy day – Try not to clean your windows in direct sunlight – this can make the solution dry too quickly causing streaks.
Make your sills shine – Grime and mould can easily build up on outdoor window sills, so do not overlook these! You can use warm soapy water to clean sills as well, but you may need to use a scrubbing brush to get rid of tough stains. You could even apply a coat of floor wax to them to prevent future stains!
Clean your windows at least twice a year – To keep them gleaming, you should clean them at least twice a year! It may seem tedious, but the results will be worth it!

Below is a list of things that may be useful for cleaning your windows:
- A bucket
- Washing up liquid
- Warm water (it may sound simple, but it’s essential!)
- A sponge
- Scrubbing brush
- Chamois leather
- Microfibre cloths
- Squeegee
- Glass cleaner solution
- Kitchen towel
Now you know all of the tips and tricks, your windows will be gleaming in no time!