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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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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!

Young woman washing windows

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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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.