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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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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 your business will benefit from a contract cleaning service

Does your business forgo hiring a cleaning service, thinking it’ll be only another expense to pay? Do you often complete all the housekeeping tasks, saving money but not time?

If this sounds like you, you should carefully consider the benefits of hiring a contact cleaning service.

CLEANLINESS IS CONSTANT

When you hire a third party service to clean your office regularly, you will never have to worry about whether your office or commercial space is clean. By contracting them to clean your business space, you can ensure that a high standard of cleanliness is maintained through regular, light cleaning. This is particularly important if you have clients or potential employees visiting regularly, as good impressions are paramount.

DEEP CLEANING IS ACCESSIBLE

Although you may not need deep cleaning right away, establishing a relationship with a contract cleaner that regularly cleans your office space will ensure that when the time comes, a helping hand is ready. Contract commercial and industrial cleaners can thoroughly clean items such as carpets, appliances, exterior walls, and windows – which all contribute to cleanliness and overall impression.

SAVE MONEY

Yes, really! By investing in contracted cleaning, you’ll no longer have to source major cleaning products, and they can purchase supplies wholesale to keep costs low.  Professional cleaners will establish a relationship with businesses, and work with their specific needs to ensure money is well spent.

SAVE TIME

Leaving the cleaning to professionals means that you’ll be free to prioritise your daily responsibilities. Professionals are also very efficient at cleaning, and they will get the job done quicker, more thoroughly and with less staff disturbance.

HEALTHIER SPACE

A cleaner office is also a healthier office, as regular cleaning controls allergens like dust mites that thrive in dirty and dusty environments. If your staff are wheezy, sneezing, or experiencing itchy eyes, then you need to utilise a professional cleaning service, and fast. The productivity of employees can be affected by the cleanliness of surroundings, and they must remain fit and healthy to deliver results.

If you think this service would benefit your commercial space, get in touch today for a free quote!

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How to keep your home sparkling all summer long

Spring cleaning is usually the time when you de-clutter your home and give each room a good and thorough clean. Unfortunately, these chores don’t disappear throughout the summer months and with the warmer weather and kids on a break from school, there’s even more tasks to keep up with during the summer.

Kitchen

With the kids at home during the day, the kitchen can get super messy with toys cluttering up the table and floor, and sticky ice cream finger marks get on appliances. To keep the clutter in the kitchen to a minimum, encourage everyone in the house to put everything away once they’ve finished using them. To easily remove finger print marks from appliances, use lemon juice or warm soapy water and wipe the marks away with a soft cloth.

Bathroom

It’s important during the summer months of warmer air to keep the windows open in the bathroom as much as possible. Keeping the bathroom aired will help to reduce humidity in the room which can cause mould.

Laundry Room

With the kids spending more time outdoors over the summer holidays, there’s far more washing to be done and clothes have more outdoor stains. To avoid being overloaded with mountains of washing, organize it in to piles such as what is a priority or what may need to be treated with stain remover before being put in the machine.

Pests and insects

During the summer, flies, bugs and spiders invade your home. To manage these pests, use an insect repellent spray and make sure to keep on top of the dusting to get rid of cobwebs.

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An easy tutorial on cleaning tricky places in your bathroom

Cleaning the bathroom can sometimes be a daunting task. There’s plenty of places which are often difficult and unpleasant to clean. But with these easy tips, cleaning will become easier, and germs and gunk will be a thing of the past!

SHOWER HEAD

The best part about this little trick is that there is no scrubbing involved – just let it sit overnight! It will not only make the shower head gleam, but it’ll also improve water pressure.

Pour an ample amount of white vinegar into a plastic grocery bag, submerge the showerhead in the liquid and tie it in place for an overnight soaking. Remove it in the morning and run the water to rinse.

THE TOILET
When tackling the chore of cleaning the toilet, there is a right way to begin to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses. Firstly remove everything from around the toilet to prevent splashing cleaner on items. Flush the toilet with the lid closed, and add your choice of powdered, liquid or gel cleanser to the bowl. Apply as close to the toilet rim as possible to prevent diluted cleanser.

Then progress to cleaning the toilet’s exterior and seat, as the solution soaks into the toilet grime in the bowl. Spray the tank, handle, and tank edges with cleaner and wipe down. Start with the sides and front before cleaning the bottom edges of the toilet where it meets the floor. Spray the seat, inside lid, rim and hinges with cleaner.

Scrub the inside of the bowl from the top down, ensuring to get under the rim and remove grime. Finally, flush the toilet with the lid down.

BATHTUB OR SHOWER DRAIN

Hair can cause a major problem in bathroom drains, causing them to get blocked and become slow to drain. It is easier than it looks to remove the stopper and get the gunk out.

Here are the tools you will need to do the job: a screwdriver, a pair of skinny pliers, some baking soda, some vinegar and a few paper towels.

Remove the top part of the drain by unscrewing it. If the insert can be removed with a screwdriver, remove it. This is where you may find the hair, which is often caught in shampoo and conditioner. Ensure there are paper towels near, and remove the gunk from the drain with the pliers. Continue until the drain looks clear.

The next step is purely for maintenance. Pour about half a cup of baking soda down the drain, and then pour in vinegar until it bubbles up to the top. Leave to soak for 15 minutes, and pour hot water (not boiling) down the drain. This will help disinfect the drain and clean it, too.

Voila – clean drain! Have you got any secret cleaning tips you’d like to share? Let us know by sending us a tweet or Facebook post!

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Cleaning kitchen appliances, made easy!

Kitchen appliances can get pretty messy, and scouring away hard-to-remove grease can be time consuming, but it’s a job that can’t be avoided if you want a hygienic kitchen.

With these easy tips and tricks, making your appliances shine and sparkle will be easy!

MICROWAVE

Put equal amounts of water and vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl, along with a small wooden object – like a toothpick – to prevent boiling or other dangers. You can also add lemon to the mixture for a fresh, clean scent. Set the microwave on high for five to ten minutes. Wait until it cools, open the microwave and wipe down the inside with a sponge or paper towel.

DISHWASHER

Keeping your dishwasher in tip-top shape is key to making it last longer, along with ensuring your dishes are as clean as possible.

An easy way to clean the nasty build up of food debris, grease and soap scum is to place a dishwasher-safe cup with plain white vinegar on the top rack of your empty dishwasher. This will wash away the grime, sanitise, and remove odours. Use the hottest water setting and run the dishwasher through a cycle. When it finishes sprinkle a handful of baking soda around the bottom of the dishwasher and run through a short hot cycle. This will further deodorize your dishwasher and remove any stains.

OVEN

Remove the shelves from your dirty oven and place them in individual large sealable bags. Add half a bottle of oven cleaner and set aside while you clean the oven. Pour the remaining oven cleaner directly on to the oven floor, scrubbing it into the door and floor to remove the dirt. When possible, leave the cleaner soak in overnight, or at least for four hours. Sponge away the cleaner and remove the shelves from the plastic bags. Sponge away the remaining grime on the shelves and dry the inside of the oven with a clean cloth.

TOASTER

Unplug the appliance, empty the crumb tray and remove the toaster-oven racks. Sit them in warm, soapy water and scrub off any charred food with a sponge or a brush. Wipe the toaster’s inside with a cloth wet with water and washing up liquid, and dislodge food with a toothbrush. Wipe the outside with a soapy cloth, scrubbing around knobs and hinges with a clean toothbrush.

BLENDERS AND MIXERS

Remove blades and other removable parts, soaking them in a sink filled with warm soapy water. Hand wash the food-processor bowl or cup, and scour the blades with a nylon brush to remove any particles. Dry the pieces thoroughly with a clean towel or cloth to prevent rust. Wipe down the bases with a damp clean cloth – do not submerge them in water.

 

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Why your business should prioritise a clean working space

Is the office space you work in messy? Cluttered? Well other than it not making a great impression to visitors, as well as resulting in an unproductive working environment, there are other, much more important reasons to keep your office space clean and mess free.

What are those important reasons? Bacteria and germ build up.

We’ve said it before, and we’re here to say it again. It is so important that you make sure you take the right steps to keep your office space clean and hygienic.

One of the main priorities of any employer is to ensure their staff’s well-being is taken care of and the environment they are working in is clean, safe and healthy.

However, we often find that businesses assume a general tidy of the office will help keep germs and bacteria at bay, but they couldn’t be more wrong.

Commercial cleaning services allow a professional cleaner to enter the building and complete the correct cleaning stages to ensure a healthy and fresh environment, free from germs.

You may think using some antibacterial cleaner every now and then is better than not doing anything at all, but there are multiple steps each commercial property is missing out on… make sure yours doesn’t fall into this trap!

Clean Sweep’s commercial cleaning services ensure professional cleaners use the correct products in the correct way, killing all signs of germs and bacteria from accumulating without you knowing!

After a long and tiring day in work, the last thing your employees prioritise is making sure the office they’re leaving is clean and tidy, and so after only a couple of days of this system in place, mess can build up and so does the dirt you can’t even see!

An office environment, not professionally cleaned on a regular basis, is often referred to as a germ incubator, collecting and storing tens of thousands of microbes, which can lead to diseases and illnesses spreading. Did you know that the average office desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet?! Now that is disgusting!

If your business hasn’t yet got a professional cleaning service visiting on a regular basis to keep the environment clean and healthy, give us a call today on 07717 303 777 and we can give you a quote.

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Save pounds and the environment with these easy DIY cleaning products and hacks

Let’s face it, cleaning products can be expensive. And although they might smell great and are super convenient, some often contain toxic chemicals that can be harmful to your health and the environment.

So, whether you’re looking to save pounds, help the environment, or you’ve simply realised you’re missing a crucial product, we’ve put together some handy DIY cleaning products to keep your home fresh and sparkling.

DIY Cleaner – Basic Ingredients

If you’re starting to build a DIY green cleaners tool box, the following are the top ingredients you’ll want to have around.

  • Baking soda: cuts grease, deodorizes, lifts dirt and whitens
  • Lemon juice: disinfects and whitens
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Essential oils, e.g. tea tree oil, lavender oil: helps freshen air and diffuses unwanted odours
  • Fresh herbs, citrus, or citrus peels
  • White vinegar: cuts grease, deodorizes, and disinfects
  • Olive or vegetable oil: lifts dirt
  • Water

ALL-IN-ONE

You can use this cleaner for everything — from streak-free mirrors to wiping out the fridge. For easy access, keep it pre-mixed in a reused spray bottle.

  • 1 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup lemon juice

Hydrogen peroxide is inexpensive, non-toxic and readily available. It’s key to this spray as it’s a nearly odourless liquid that has stronger capabilities than vinegar and works like bleach, but without any harmful health or environmental effects. The acidic lemon juice helps break down grime and add a citrus scent, whilst water helps dilute the mixture.

TUB AND TILE CLEANER

This easy mixture will keep your bathroom’s tub and tiles glistening. In a jar or spray bottle, simple combine:

  • 1 2/3 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup vegetable oil-based liquid soap
  • ½ cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar

Shake well before using, and apply with a cloth or sponge. Ensure to rinse thoroughly.
FLOOR CLEANER

It’s so important to keep your floors clean, whether it’s in the office or at home. But sometimes it can be tricky to know what to use to keep them clean. Simply add the following to a gallon of warm water and watch those floors shine!

  • 2 Tbsp vinegar
  • A small squeeze of castile soap
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 4 drops of tea tree essential oil (optional)

This mix will not only work effectively but will smell fresh and uplifting. A bonus? Tea tree oil is considered to be antiseptic and antibacterial.

STAINLESS STEEL SINKS

A fresher-smelling stainless steel kitchen sink is easy to achieve if you use the following products.

  • Baking soda
  • Soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Paper towels
  • White vinegar

Wet the sink, and sprinkle baking soda over the surface. Scrub thoroughly, and then rinse. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and the same paste on the rim. Line the sink with paper towels that you’ve soaked in white vinegar. Leave them there for 20 minutes.

What are your favourite DIY cleaning products? Let us know!