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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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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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The big clean for the new school term

With the half-term already upon us, schools are currently preparing for the big clean that takes place while students are away. It’s crucial to make sure our schools are top-notch learning environments, for the health and safety of each pupil and staff member.

Whilst half-term means time off for teachers and students, cleaners are working hard to make sure everything is all set for the beginning of the new term.

So what exactly is on the cleaning schedule when schools are out, and the cleaners are in?

  1. Larger objects such as walls, cupboards, door/window frames and light fittings are cleaned.
  2. All carpeted floors are cleaned with a steam cleaner to eradicate even the smallest of dirt particles.
  3. Hard floors are machine scrubbed (minus those that are sealed). After this, a wet pick-up machine is then used to remove any excess dirt or grub, making sure to pay special attention to the corners of a room where dirt can build up.
  4. If needed, old sealant from hard floors can be removed using a floor machine and floor stripper. After the old sealant has been stripped, floors are thoroughly rinsed and a wet pick-up machine is used to remove any excess sealant or dirt. All the floors can then be resealed using a sealant approved by the client.
  5. Walls are dry dusted, until finally all internal door and partition glass is washed and dry polished.
  6. Tables, chairs and desks, as well as other furniture is cleaned to remove dirt, grime, stains, chewing gum and graffiti.
  7. Food preparation and service areas are thoroughly cleaned; infectious diseases can be spread rapidly where food is prepared and not cleaned to the standard it should. Cafeterias, kitchens and dining facilities need to be kept clean and disinfected daily.
  8. Toilets are also deep cleaned, including scrubbing and descaling.
  9. It’s important to also remember to disinfect high-touch surface areas, as viruses and infectious diseases can be transferred easily, especially in schools. Some high-touch surface areas would therefore include; door handles, table tops, shared stationary, hand rails and computer keyboards/mouse.

Both cleaning and disinfecting are extremely important activities that ensure your school remains a healthy place to learn. After all these steps have been carried out, the school is now ready to welcome back both students and teachers alike.

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Decluttering your workspace

Since we’re still in the spirit of a “New Year, a new you”, we thought we’d concentrate on our workspace this week. As much as it’s important to focus your efforts on keeping your home clean and fresh, it’s just as important to keep your workspace the same, not only for cleanliness reasons, but also to increase productivity.

Think about it, once you’ve given your home a good once over, you always feel so much better – cleaning your work desk and its surrounding area will do just the same. If you work in an office environment, you’ll find yourself spending a heavy majority of your week surrounded by your computer, desk, phone and anything else that accumulates on your desk.

We’re not sure about you, but we always feel that extra bit stressed and unmotivated when we have a cluttered workspace. We’ve detailed a quick and easy plan for you to tidy up your desk which will instantly make you feel more calm and destressed.

Assess what you use on a daily basis and what you could store away/recycle.

  1. Purchase medium sized and attractive storage containers/trays/boxes that you can stack on your desk, and store the non-daily pieces of paper/notebooks.
  2. If you have drawers under your desk, make sure you’re using them effectively. Each drawer could have a different purpose – a “constant use” drawer, a “non-daily use” drawer and a “rare use but still important” drawer. This will allow you to access certain notes/files at a much quicker rate.
  3. Do you have notes all over the place? You probably think you need them all displayed on your desk just in case you need quick access to them – but be realistic for one minute and admit you probably haven’t used those notes (which were taken from a meeting you had two months ago), in a long time. Time to store!
  4. Dedicate a section of your desk to stationery, one notepad (with multiple dividers) and a ring binder with punched binder poly pockets. Keep all important documents which need to be easily accessibly in this ring binder.
  5. Finally, apply some anti-bacterial spray to your desk and give it a good clean to rid any built up germs. Similarly, use some computer-friendly anti-bacterial wet wipes on your keyboard, mouse and phone – these definitely need a good clean, think about how often they are used!

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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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Making your business shine, inside and out!

Understanding the importance of having a presentable exterior is key to a successful business. Clean, shiny and smear free windows gives customers and clients a positive first impression of your company.

Commercial window cleaning is an effective way of ensuring your windows are in pristine condition. Our technique for providing great results is to use the wash and reach technique. This ensures an effective cleaning service as well as reliable safety.

The benefits of using this method are;

  • Quick but safe cleaning.
  • No use of ladders which decreases risk of accidents and damage to property.
  • Use of specialised glass cleaning solutions to ensure a streak free finish.
  • This method can be used to clean up to 45ft floor.
  • Not weather dependant.

Here are a few more tips to help guide you in commercial window cleaning to make sure the outside of your building represents the inside.

Know your supplier – Make sure you chose your supplier wisely as you will be relying on them monthly or even weekly to provide you with a top service.

Know your products – Ensure your supplier is using high quality products specialised for window cleaning. Do your research on what works well and what doesn’t work so well. Ask your supplier what products they intend to use and see if it coincides with your research.

Know your price – There are many different commercial cleaning companies on the market, so make sure you shop around for the best service, quality and price. For example, if your business is located in a business park, ask around and see if the same cleaning service cleans all of the surrounding buildings.

We know how hard you and your staff work to ensure your company’s services and reputation is always a high standard. Don’t let the appearance of your building turn customers away before they’ve even had a chance to talk to you! First impressions most definitely count.

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The frightful clean up – Halloween part two!

Well, the day and gone and today we’re faced with the Halloween clean up. We’ve already stirred up our best advice and tips on how to remove ghastly stains such as eggs on the front of your house and on your cars so now we’ll be giving our best stain-removal secrets for getting your yourself and your home frighteningly clean again.

Hair gel and hair spray

That slicked back vampire hairdo stayed in place all night? Unfortunately, so did the sticky stain on your collar. Before washing, scrape away any remaining product, then spray on stain remover and wash in hot water.

Hair dye

For bleach-safe fabrics, soak the item in a mixture of ¼ cup chlorine bleach to a gallon of cold water. After 30 minutes, rinse and wash. For other fabrics, replace the bleach with a cup of ammonia. Stretch the stained area over a bucket and pour solution onto it, then rise and wash.

Lipstick and oil-based Halloween make-up

Dab a small amount of make-up remover or rubbing alcohol on inside seam to test the fabric for colour-safeness. If the colour hasn’t changed after 10 minutes, use a wash-cloth to dampen the stain with remover or alcohol. Dab the stain with a dry paper towel until it no longer picks up any make-up. Treat with stain remover and wash in warm water. Re-treat and rewash if the stain remains.

Stubborn Chewing gum

Rub an ice cube over the stain until it freezes and hardens. Scrape off as much of the hardened gum as you can without rubbing it deeper into the fabric. Dab with dry-cleaning solvent if you have some on hand; otherwise, apply stain remover and wash.

Chocolate

Carefully scrape off as much of the chocolate as possible without grinding the stain deeper into the fabric. Apply stain remover and wash. Wash again if necessary with fabric- or colour-safe bleach.

So there you have it! Our Halloween clean up guide – part two! We hope you had a great Halloween and the post-Halloween clean up isn’t too much to bear!

Speedy ways to get through your laundry

Speedy ways to get through your laundry
I don’t know about you, but laundry is my most avoided and dreaded task out of all of the usual household duties.
Cleaning grime out of plugs and hair out of showers is easy, and there is a secret glee in cleaning under the bed. Laundry, however, comes around far too often and is usually a time consuming endeavour. If doing the washing fills you with dread and a grumpy face, there are small ways to make it easier on yourself.

Little laundry tips
Sorting

Everyone falls into the habit of throwing dirty clothes around the place, and lumping everything together before washing. One way to speed things up is by using separate baskets or dividers, so that you can avoid sorting altogether.

Ironing
Ironing is one of the most hated jobs, and the world is full of people re-washing crumpled clothes just to avoid ironing out the creases.
Hang clothes on hangers and avoid leaving them in the basket for too long. Hanging them in the bathroom while you shower is also a little trick passed on through generations- the steam is a quick way of removing small creases.

Drying

Always put your clothes on a final spin to squeeze out any extra water, this will save so much time when you dry your clothes, either with a dryer or through air drying. This will save time when you tumble dry your clothes, and you’ll be able to get through your washing far quicker.

The dirtiest places in an office

The dirtiest places in an office

It may seem glaringly obvious as to where the dirtiest places in an office are – but some may surprise you. In no particular order, here are the five dirtiest places in offices!

Taps
Yes that’s right! Taps actually have more germs than people realise, but think about it logically, you turn a tap on, wash your hands, and then turn off the tap – the same tap that you turned on with the dirty hand. To avoid this some people turn the tap off with a paper towel, or even more inventive their elbow!

Microwave door

The unusual suspect! Lurking beneath the surface are millions of bacteria. It’s no wonder that one of the dirtiest places in an office is the food prep area. In a restaurant there are cleaning products on standby, and the table is cleaned properly after someone leaves, but in work it’s a different playing field. People with different hygiene habits, cleaning habits, and people with colds, coughs, and other bugs all merge in this one area.

Keyboards
Well you would expect to see these on the list, after all people are tapping away all day without cleaning their hands every five minutes. Run your hands through you hair and carry on typing – germs. Cough into your hand and don’t use sanitizer before you carry on – more germs. You get the picture.

Desk Phones
The item in the office that often gets neglected during the clean. If you share an office phone, be warned that it is likely to have more germs per square inch than on a toilet seat. Yuck! Make sure it is wiped down daily with antibacterial wipes.

Mouse
No not the little creature that has a tail and scuttles about, the little piece of equipment you use to navigate around your computer. It’s crawling with bacteria in the same way your keyboard is. If you don’t clean it regularly they can build up, and you could make yourself ill.