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How to keep condensation at bay this winter

You may have noticed more condensation on your windows during the winter months, so in this simple blog post we have explained the causes of condensation, along with its effects and preventative measures.

What is condensation?

Condensation is a result of airborne water vapour condensing into a liquid, which is deposited on interior – or exterior – surfaces.

What causes condensation?

Condensation is a result of warm air colliding with cold surfaces, or when there is an excess amount of humidity in your home. Condensation is more common during the colder winter months, when your heating is used more frequently on cold winter mornings and evenings.

What can happen if I don’t prevent condensation?

If you don’t regularly remove condensation, or follow ways to reduce it, a build up can lead to greater problems. Condensation can lead to mould build up around the edges and sills of your windows, and this could eventually damage your walls and furniture.

How can I minimise condensation in my home?

If the biggest cause of condensation is the variation of inside room temperature, this can be controlled by replacing single glazing with energy efficient double or triple glazing, which works to maintain a higher surface temperature of the interior facing glass.

If this isn’t an option – or exterior temperature changes are extreme – condensation and its long term effects can be kept under control through regular removal of the excess water, using a dry cloth to wipe down the surface. Other preventative measures include:

  1. Correct air vents: If you have a washing machine or dryer in your home, ensure that this is correctly vented. Litres of water can be emitted into the air from a single wash, so adequate ventilation is essential to minimise condensation.
  2. Bathroom tip:  When showering or bathing, turn on your extractor fan to eliminate steam and moisture that results from running warm water in a cold environment.
  3. Drying clothes: As drying clothes in the winter isn’t always possible outside, keep wet washed clothes in a bathroom with the adjoining door closed and, ideally, with a window open.
  4. Furniture care: To allow air to circulate fully around the house, when possible, make sure that your furniture is at least 50mm away from walls.

Following these tips should help reduce condensation in your home.

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6 New Year’s cleaning resolutions for a sparkling home all year round

The New Year offers a great chance to start afresh, and your cleaning routine is no exception! From daily tasks to setting aside time for areas which may become neglected, we’ve put together 10 resolutions for 2018…

1 – Shower power:

If left for a while, cleaning the shower can sometimes be an unpleasant and often daunting task. The easiest way to combat this is to spritz the shower with a daily shower cleaner every day, to keep shower and tub surfaces free of soap scum and hard-water stains.

2 – Laundry days:

A pile of laundry waiting for your when you get home from work is never appealing – especially when it results in you setting aside time for this task on weekends! The easiest way to tackle laundry is to set specific days of the week aside for laundry washing and ironing. This will reduce the overall load, and make the task quick and easy.

3 – Dust away:

Dusting on a weekly basis is the perfect way to keep your home clean all year round. Dusting is especially important if you suffer from any type of allergy, as this will help keep reactions at bay. Remember, dust from the top down, and be sure to shake the duster outdoors regularly to avoid build up and spreading dust further.

4 – Look up:

Ceilings can easily be neglected when it comes to cleaning. But it’s important to look up sometimes! When hoovering carpets and your furniture, take time out to hoover the ceiling, especially the corners where dust can easily gather. Also – be aware of light fittings. These are harbingers of dust, and even though they are hard to reach, it is important to give them some attention from time to time!

5 – Wash curtains:

Curtains may not seem like a priority when it comes to cleaning, but it is essential to take down curtains and wash them. For regular maintenance, vacuum your curtains using the soft brush attachment to remove light dust and dirt. If your curtains are lightweight, they can be washed in the washing machine – but take care with washing instructions. Delicate materials should be hand washed, and curtains made from heavy fabrics are usually steam cleaned to prevent a lengthy drying process.

6 – Super storage:

The key to organisation in any room of the house is storage. Why not take the New Year as an opportunity to de-clutter your rooms, using storage options to organise different spaces. Remember that paper and cardboard storage containers are susceptible to mould if stored in damp areas, whilst also being more vulnerable to insects or pests. Therefore, it is best to use plastic bins, boxes and bags, which are sturdier, air tight and pest-proof.

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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.

 

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!

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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.

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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.