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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 you should invest in a carpet cleaning service

Carpet cleaning can be an expensive investment, but the service provides a plethora of benefits. It can not only improve appearance, but contributes to a healthier home or office environment. Here are just some of the advantages of a professional carpet cleaning service…

Prolonged life span

Regular vacuuming is essential for the maintenance of your carpet, but professional cleaning can prolong its life and maintain lasting condition. It only takes a few sharp particles of debris to fray nylon carpet fibres in the office, resulting in replacing part, or all, of the carpet prematurely. Cleaning once every 12 to 18 months will prolong your office carpet’s life.

Positive first impression

When considering cleaning of an office or business environment, it’s important that any visitors are walking into a setting that reflects high-quality services. Having clean, well maintained carpets projects a professional image. Similarly, your home reflects your personality and your lifestyle.

Eliminate carpet stains                               

Professional cleaning removes those stains that accumulate both in busy offices and around the house. Whether it’s regular coffee spills, simple footfall marks or pet-related stains, small accidents accumulate over time. Professional cleaning will reach deep into carpet padding and remove stains for good.

Time saving

The amount of time saved when investing in a cleaning service is invaluable in itself. It takes a considerable amount of time to clean any office space or home environment, and leaving it to the professionals will ensure a high-quality service whilst taking pressure off the employer or home owner.

Clear dust mite infestations

Professional carpet cleaning will ensure a healthy environment for your staff or family. Dust mites are not allergens, but they leave behind allergenic faeces and body fragments. Often utilising steam cleaning methods, professional cleaning will eliminate dust mites and other microscopic contaminants, as dust mites and other bacteria cannot survive in high temperatures.

Help prevent mould growth

Any carpet that is exposed to high humidity is at risk of creating mould. In wet weather, moisture frequently enters the air in a home and can sink into the carpet fibres if there is not a de-humidifier present. Ensuring your carpet is clean with professional high-powered drying methods can prevent mould and mildew growth.

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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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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!

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5 super easy tips to keep your fridge clean and tidy

There’s nothing worse than opening a messy fridge when it’s time to eat! Not only does a cluttered fridge freezer make it more difficult to see what could be on the menu, an unkempt fridge can also harbour nasty bacteria. We’ve made it really easy to spruce up this kitchen utility so it sparkles, whilst keeping everything neat and organised.

1 – THE CLEAN OUT

Although the dreaded fridge clean can be time-consuming, it is vital for safe storage and will also help you minimise food wastage. Ideally, your fridge should be cleaned before a food shop, so there is little to empty. This also provides more time for cleaning, as there is less food exposed to warmer temperatures whilst out of the fridge.

As you are emptying the fridge, ensure expired items are disposed of, to save space for leftovers and foods. Remove the drawers and place them in the sink. Scrub the drawers with a sponge, warm water, and washing-up liquid. Leave them out to air-dry.

Douse the interior with a multisurface spray. Wipe down the walls, then each shelf. Use an old toothbrush and a spritz of cleaner to dislodge grime from crevices.

2 – LINE YOUR SHELVES WITH EASY-TO-CLEAN MATS

Once you’ve thoroughly cleaned your shelves, line them with mats. When inevitable messy spills happen, the mats will prevent juices from leaking on to other shelves. They can also be easily removed and cleaned.

 3 – KEEP THINGS IN PLACE WITH SLIDING BINS

We’ve all opened a fridge where there’s food stacked beyond reach on every shelf, leaving it difficult to know where to start. An easy way to keep this under control is by using sliding plastic baskets, organising and grouping contents. Deep bins mean you can pull out sections of stuff in one quick movement. If you want to be really organised, you can even label these baskets for different food items, for example: meats, condiments, cheese, and salad.

If you’re looking for an easy and cheap hack, try using magazine/paper holders as extra shelves. Place the holders in the fridge horizontally, and they make the perfect gap for those smaller knick knacks.

4  – A TRICK FOR BOTTLES

Quite often, a shelf in your fridge may be lost to keeping drinks cool. Stacking is key to saving space, but there is a handy trick for beer bottles. Prevent these items from rolling around by placing a binder clip onto a wire shelf. This stops the bottom tier from moving, allowing you to easily stack more on top. Cheers to that!

5 – THE FINAL STEP

Once you have cleaned your fridge, lined your shelves and placed your baskets where you want them, you can then begin filling your fridge. Here’s a hygienic and orderly way to go about this final step:

Upper Shelves: Leftovers, drinks, and ready-to-eat foods (like deli meats and leftovers).

Middle Shelves: Dairy, such as milks, cheeses, yoghurt and butter.

Lower Shelves: This is the coldest part of your fridge, and where wrapped raw meat and fish should be kept. Placing raw food on the bottom shelf also minimises the risk of cross-contamination.

Doors: The refrigerator door is the warmest part of the fridge, so only condiments should go there. Although most people keep their milk in the fridge door, this can actually make your milk go bad faster. The temperature fluctuates more on the fridge doors, so try to store your milk in a safe zone on the middle shelf.

Drawers: Vegetables, salads and fruit should be stored in their original packaging in the salad drawer where they will be enclosed. This is also a good place to store herbs, as they can’t get frozen to the back of the fridge.

However, fresh vegetables can be contaminated if meat is placed on the shelf above.

A solution is that if you have two drawers, make one of them exclusively for veggies and the other exclusively for raw meat.

Here’s to a sparkly clean fridge and keeping your food fresher for longer. Now, go make that meal stress free!  

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Easy tricks to clean hard-to-reach places

Whether it’s in the office or at home, cleaning difficult to reach areas is often a tricky and time-consuming task. For many of us, the easiest answer is to skip these nooks and crannies and assume that they can be cleaned less frequently than other spots.

But leaving dust and grime to accumulate only leads to a tougher cleaning job down the line. And deep, narrow crevices that are magnets for dirt can also harbour nasty allergens.

With a few simple tools and our easy tips, you’ll be able to clean those spaces where traditional cleaning tools just can’t go. The best part? You don’t even need to invest in a fancy vacuum with lots of attachments!

Here’s how to get every corner and crevice gleaming…

CEILING FANS

The easiest way to keep ceiling fans clean and shining is to use an attachment designed to fit around the blades. If it’s been a while, slip a pillowcase over each blade and use it to remove the dust. This will prevent the dust from flying around the room.

CABINET TOPS

As the old saying goes: out of sight, out of mind! When was the last time you checked the tops of your cabinets? Stand on a sturdy stool, and wipe the tops with a dampened cloth and eco-friendly cleaning solution.

COMPUTER KEYBOARDS

The office keyboard is notorious for holding a shocking amount of bacteria. If you don’t stop to examine your keyboard every once in a while, you might not have noticed that it has become covered with crumbs, grease and dust.

An easy way to clean your keyboard is to use the office supplies at hand. Turn over your keyboard and tap out any crumbs. Then, run a sticky side of a Post-It Note between the keys to nab the debris.

Try to wipe down your desk at the end of every day, especially if you’re in the habit of eating lunch there!

WINDOW TRACKS

Window tracks can be particularly hard to reach, and easily collect dirt. Sometimes the hard material on your vacuum’s crevice tool doesn’t allow for much flexibility. But if you put a toilet paper tube over the end, you can squish it until it fits any space that needs cleaning.

NARROW BLINDS

If you don’t want to get your hands dusty, there’s a kitchen utensil you can use to clean your blinds: tongs! Secure a microfiber cloth to the tongs using rubber bands, then close the tool on a slat and pull it across.

AIR VENTS

Fuzzy dust and cobwebs cling to heating vents and air conditioners. If your vacuum is failing to suck up the gunk, use a sponge paintbrush from your craft drawer to dust vents.

SHOWER SPOTS

Residue can build quickly in shower door runners, and escalate to mould. The remedy is very simple. Just apply a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda on the dirty area. Let it sit for 5 minutes, and then rub with a stiff brush.

CEILINGS

Ceilings, especially in the corners, are notorious for collecting cobwebs and dust. If your vacuum doesn’t reach these areas, use a mop, broom handle or fishing pole and cover it with an old T-shirt to do the job.

What do you think of these cleaning hacks? Let us know your tricks to clean hard-to-reach places!

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Clean Sweep’s top 5 tips for clearing out the garden shed

Last week, we got into the spirit of summer and shared our top tips to help get your garden summer ready. This week, we’ll be sharing our top tips on how you can tidy up your shed in a hassle-free manner!

  1. Assess what you use on a regular basis and put these items to one side. This is the first step in sorting through the items you want to keep and the items you have no use for anymore.
  2. Don’t look at this project as one huge mammoth task; do it bit by bit – it can be quite overwhelming if your shed is looking a bit worse for wear and you try and do it all in one go!
  3. Take photos of items you don’t necessarily want anymore and upload them to social media and advertising websites like Gumtree and Ebay. Ensure the lighting and photo quality is of a good standard, as first impressions count!
  4. Can you use what you are considering to throw away for an alternative purpose? The planks of wood stacking up in the corner of the shed could be repurposed and make for some country-chic shelving!
  5. Out with the old! Get rid of any old items; whether it’s electrical items (such as old lawn mowers) or old tools that are looking a bit worse for wear – don’t just keep them for the sake of it! Separate what can be salvaged and repaired, and get rid of anything that can’t!

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Hello spring: Children’s play room

As the first month of spring is coming to an end, our spring clean-themed blog posts are also drawing to a close. This week’s blog will tie up the spring clean with a focus on the children’s playroom.

We all know how messy and cluttered the playroom can get, and that’s ok – it’s what it is supposed to be. But there is a line we mustn’t cross, and that’s where the room gets so messy and cluttered, that it becomes hazardous and unhygienic for our children.

As we recommended with our previous spring clean-themed blogs, it’s always best to assess what is clutter and what is there for a purpose. There’s no need to completely pack away each and every toy your child has out, so start by packing away toys they play with less often.

It’s wise to pack these toys into an easy to access storage container, in case your child decides they want to play with them – the last thing you want is not being able to easily get your hands on the toys and have an unhappy child on your hands! We’ve all been there!

A transparent container is a good option, as you can easily identify what toy is in which container. Another idea is to label the containers with pictures, as this will help your children identify the toys – if they are too young to read.

Now that we’ve decided what should go where and what can be packed away, banish those pesky germs and bacteria build up with some anti-bacterial surface cleaner. Make sure products used are not left lying around in the playroom – even if you do store them on high shelves.

It’s also wise to wipe down all toys with anti-bacterial wipes on a regular basis to maintain a high hygiene standard and prevent germs from spreading.

Why not introduce a weekly or bi-weekly cleaning routine which involved the children? This doesn’t have to be the in-depth clean we’re talking about in this blog post, but could just be a general clean-up. Encourage your children to help clean up the playroom by putting on their favourite music while doing so. This will help to make the process enjoyable and fun – it’s also great bonding time!

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Hello, spring: The bedroom clean

The bedroom is the place you want to go to feel relaxed and calm – but the shoes on the floor and the dust accumulating on your chandelier isn’t going to help you do that!

Prior to starting the cleaning process, it’s a good idea to open the windows to allow fresh air to circulate. This will also boost your motivation, as stuffy rooms can lead to tiredness.

As with any room we conduct a deep clean in, let’s begin by clearing away the clutter and put items back where they belong. While you’re at it, any items of clothing that you can’t remember the last time you wore, donate them to a charity or clothing bank!

Once everything is back in its rightful place, begin by stripping your bed. Even flip the mattress to bring it back to life! Put your sheets in the wash and dress your bed with fresh bedding.

Get your vacuum cleaner and ensure all dust is removed from skirting boards and hard to reach areas (for example, behind your bed and bedside tables).

Take surface cleaning solution and wipe all surfaces to get rid of dust and build-up of bacteria and germs. It will also make your room smell nice and fresh! Additionally, make sure you treat your windows and mirrors to a good scrub – you want to see them sparkling!

Next? The floors. If you have a wooden floor, grab a mop and get mopping – if you have a carpet, grab your vacuum and get vacuuming! If you use your bedroom to get ready in the morning, you’ll notice your floors accumulate dust from hair products, makeup and perfumes.

Now, let’s focus on your curtains and blinds – these are often forgotten about. Take your vacuum cleaner and attach the brush it comes with. Dust and dirt congregates here due to the little attention being paid to it on a regular basis.

There we have it! Our top tips to get your bedroom sparkling and back to its relaxing, calm environment.

If you just haven’t got the time to do this, give Clean Sweep a call. We’d be happy to discuss our domestic cleaning service with you!

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