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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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Top tips for your post Christmas clean up

Preparing for the New Year

The after Christmas blues, everyone gets it. The time to clean up all the dishes, take down all the Christmas decorations and prepare to be dragged back down to normality. Here are three tips to help you clean up after Christmas celebrations…

Removing Glitter and tinsel from floors

After removing all the Christmas decorations you can find that those beautiful tree decorations have left glitter and tinsel all over your flooring. To remove glitter and tinsel from your floors you can:

  • Vacuum up as much as you can. For hard floors it is best to sweep away as much as possible
  • For any remainders, wrap the non-sticky side of cello-tape to your hand and gently dab away the rest of the glitter away. A simpler alternative option is using a lint roller
  • Use a stiff hairbrush or a dog brush to comb away the tinsel from carpet

Degreasing the Oven

After all the Christmas cooking is done we can find ourselves with so much to clean: plates, cups, mugs and platters. But it’s important not to forget the oven! Cleaning the oven can be one of the most daunting tasks. Sometimes it hard to know where to start, and how to properly clean it. To clean your oven efficiently and degrease it you must:

  • First remove contents of oven
  • Put the racks from the oven into plastic bags and add oven cleaner solution
  • Set the bags aside and let the racks soak
  • Next create a paste with baking soda and water
  • After this paste has been made, coat the inside of your oven with the paste. You can choose to let it sit overnight for a more effective clean or leave it for a couple of hours until paste has dried
  • Whilst waiting wash the racks with soap and a sponge.
  • The next day, or when the paste is quite dry, get a wet rag or sponge and wipe away the dried paste from the oven
  • Any spots you cannot wipe spray vinegar on and then wipe away

Clean the Cupboards

We can sometimes get a little carried away purchasing excess food before Christmas, and cupboards can still be left brimming in the New Year. Taking time to organised and clean your cupboards and shelves will lead to less frustration when looking for ingredients or condiments. Address each cupboard individually, leaving the option to tackle other cupboards at a later date.

Be sure to get rid of any spices, sauces or cans that may be out of date. Items that are still in date – which you don’t need - could be donated to local food banks.

Once your cupboards have been emptied, follow these steps:

  • Dust your shelves and cupboards, use a cloth or duster to do this
  • Spray your cupboards or shelves with cleaning solution, then clean with a sponge
  • If you find grease spots, be sure to spritz white vinegar on the area, and scrub with a sponge

Now you don’t have to dread the post Christmas clean!

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10 home and lifestyle hacks to kick off your new year

Welcome to 2017! We hope you had a sparkling Christmas and New Year!

What better way to kick things off than to let you know about 10 home and lifestyle hacks which will save you so much time in 2017?

Why not try a DIY surface cleaner? These do the job for nearly every surface, so why not give it a go? Combine four tablespoons of baking soda with one quarter warm water and watch the dirt vanish. Simple!

  1. Banish the pesky pet odours – sprinkle some baking soda on your pet’s bedding and leave it for 15 minutes before vacuuming.
  2. If your drain is slowly clogging, pour ½ cup of baking soda down it and follow it down with ½ cup of vinegar. Don’t forget to cover it with a wet cloth for five minutes and then wash away with hot water.
  3. Windows need an extra sheen? Mix two tablespoons of white vinegar with a gallon of water (approx.) and pour into a spray bottle. Spray on the desired windows and wipe away with a microfiber cloth. It’s important that you use a microfiber cloth to prevent streaking.
  4. These frosty mornings often lead to a layer of ice forming on your car windscreen and windows in the mornings. Mix three parts vinegar with one-part water and pour into a spray bottle. Spray on the car windows as needed when ice forms!
  5. Iron not working as well as it used to? Before you consider replacing, clean the bottom of the iron by sprinkling salt on the ironing board and iron back and forth.
  6. If your stainless steel appliances need a little freshen up, simply rub half a lemon of the surface to remove build up. If you want that extra sparkle, sprinkle a little salt on the object before rubbing the lemon on it. This trick works great on bathroom taps, where there is a build-up of soap! You could also try this on your cutlery – your dinner guests will be impressed!
  7. Buff your marble table top with car polish – this will leave a thin, invisible film which helps reduce the risk of stains!
  8. Toothpaste isn’t just for your teeth! Pop a bit of toothpaste on an old toothbrush and lightly apply to your trainers to remove any stains and keep them looking sparkling!
  9. Baking soda seems to be the answer to all domestic cleaning worries! Simply pour a cup in with your washing and your clothes will look so much cleaner and brighter.
  10. Mix vinegar and baking soda together for a great oven cleaner!

Have you tried any of these life hacks? Let us know your favourites!

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A new year, a new you

Well, it’s nearly time for Santa to pay us all a visit and that means one thing – the dreaded stress and chaos on the run up to it!

If you’ve read our last two blogs, we talked all about the lead up to the big day and how you can make sure the day runs smoothly, with minimal hassle.

When you think of Christmas, you don’t tend to think about the pre-Christmas clean, as you’re thinking about making sure all presents and food is bought and ready. But, when we think about the start of a new year, it jumpstarts us to think about it being the start of a new, more organised you.

This week’s blog is going to help you declutter your mind, as well as your old bits and bobs hanging around the house – a clear out is what is in order!

Firstly, let’s start with your mind. This time of year can often lead to panic and stress – this will manifest if you don’t try and sort through what’s bothering and stressing you.

We suggest sitting in a quiet room with a notepad and pen. Grab yourself a glass of water and slowly start to think about what is making you feel most stressed.

Write it down and make a note of how much of a priority it is – if you have deadline dates to go with it, even better, as this will help you identify how urgent each task is.

Writing out a to do list is a well-known stress buster, but don’t over complicate them! Keep them neat and brief, so you can easily understand what you’ve got left to do with just a quick glance.

The Christmas declutter

Now, let’s jump into organising your home in preparation for the new year. It’s time to plug in some of your favourite tunes and get cleaning!

We suggest dividing the cleaning tasks by room, so it’s not too overwhelming! So, let’s start with the kitchen – the heart of the home.

Kitchen

First of all, raid your kitchen cupboards. If you’ve got any food in there that you know you won’t eat, why not donate it to a local food bank? This way, you’re supporting local charities and the individuals who use them, as well as decluttering your cupboards.

During this process, give your cupboards a good clean with some disinfectant to get rid of all the germs that have built up. Give the floor a scrub and be sure to defrost your refrigerator to free up some space for all the Christmas leftovers!

Living room

It’s always best to start in one corner of the room and work clockwise, so you’re not going over the same areas more than once.

If you’ve got a family, you’ll know the living room is where objects which don’t belong there seem to accumulate. Start by returning these objects back to their rightful place – you’ll be shocked how clear your living room will now look!

Give surfaces such as units and coffee tables a dust – not forgetting glass and mirrored furniture!

Use the long hose of the hoover to remove any dust and crumbs down the sides of your sofas! While you’ve got the hoover out, make sure you don’t forget to go over any rugs or runners!

Bedroom

Strip the beds and put some festive sheets on! Nothing beats getting comfy in clean bedsheets, especially when you’ve got a good Christmas film to watch!

Open the windows and get some air circulating – it may be cold, but the room will feel so much fresher and clean once you’ve let some fresh air in.

Rid your wardrobes of any clothes you haven’t worn over the year – but make sure you donate them! There are so many charities in need of clothes donations, so why not do a good deed at the same time?

There we have it! Our ‘New Year, new you’ post! We hope this helps you to declutter your mind and home, allowing us to prepare for 2017!

We would like to thank all of our wonderful customers for your support this year – we couldn’t do what we do without you, so thank you so much. We can’t wait to continue working with you and see what 2017 holds for Clean Sweep!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – we hope you have a fantastic time with your family and friends.

-          The Clean Sweep team.

New Year, new start – with an office spring clean

New Year, new start – with an office spring clean

The festive season has finally come to an end and the New Year has arrived. Everyone is back in work, but someone forgot to clean up shop before you all left for the break. Start the year with a clean slate and a clean office.

What you will need
Recycling bins – There was a big push on recycling almost everything last year, yet a large percentage of the waste from many offices still go to landfill. Invest in recycling bins and check your weekly bin collection schedule. Put someone in charge of making sure the bins go out on time and checking that people are recycling. It will make the office look much tidier.

Paper shredder – Always shred documents as they can have important information on them. It also means you don’t have a pile of unnecessary paper everywhere.

Filing cabinets or folders – You need to keep documents in an easy to find place but somewhere that is tidy. Filing cabinets are an easy choice, but if you are short on space invest in some folders, keep them labelled and you are ready to go.

Cloths and disinfectant spray – Once you have tidied up the next step is to clean it with some disinfectant spray, and wipe over it with a clean cloth.

What you should do
1.) Paper first
If you don’t need it, shred it. When cleaning through the drawers, keep two piles of paper: one for keeping and one for shredding. If they are in the keep file, make sure you store them away in a cabinet or folder.

2.) Stock take
Now that you have cleared away the paper, the next step is to make a list of all the supplies you will need and bin everything that you have but don’t use at all.

3.) A clean screen
Now we know that your desk is clean, it’s time to move onto the computer. Use the disinfectant and cloth to wipe down your screen, mouse, and keyboard to take care of any germs, dirt, and oil build-up. After that, give your desk a good polish as well.