Handy tips for landlords!


Forget about Brexit, the new law about owning second homes, the change in accounting for mortgage interest and the rest, as long as there is a demand for rental properties, there will always be landlords ready to rent out their property.

We thought a few handy little pointers will help with getting our rental ready for tenants:

Preparing your property

Decide whether you want to let your property furnished or unfurnished. It’s great if you can offer both options, as this means the agent can market it to a wider audience. In terms of decorating and soft furnishings, keep it fresh and neutral. A well-maintained, clean property will attract good tenants.

Make sure you have a Gas Safety check every year and get all electrical equipment tested once a year too. It goes without saying that your rental property should be fitted with smoke alarms throughout and carbon monoxide detectors.

You’ll need an EPC (energy performance certificate) for your rental properties you won’t be able to market the property without one, so get it sorted as soon as possible – they’re valid for 10 years.

It’s a really good idea to get a professional inventory taken at the start and end of each tenancy as it can help with any disputes that may arise when a tenant moves out.

Your tenants

Keep a relatively open mind about your potential tenants and don’t set unrealistic expectations, as this only reduces your target market. Try not to become too emotionally attached to the property either, as it is always hard to let go of a property you love – try to distance yourself from the process.

Potential tenants may try and negotiate on the price. Depending on the tenant’s offer, it’s worth weighing up if the price you want is worth holding out for, or if it’s better to accept it and reduce the time the property is empty and not making money. It’s well worth listening to your estate agent’s advice.

What level of service do you want from your agent?

You need to figure out how much involvement you want from your estate agent. Do you just want them to find you a tenant and conduct all the security checks, or would you like them to look after the ongoing rent-collection and property management? Of course, there is an additional cost for the agent’s ongoing involvement, but it could save you a whole lot of hassle in the long run.

Ongoing considerations

Consider employing staff to help look after your property, like a cleaner and gardener. This means you can retain some level of control over your property’s care and maintenance.

Good luck!


Got limescale on your marble or granite surface? Here’s how you clean it…


Limescale is a big problem when you  live in a hard water areas. It’s commonly found in  kettles and hot water tanks, but it also happily sits on other kitchen & bathroom surfaces.

It’s easiest to tackle limescale when the build up is small. Drying areas that regularly get wet (such as around taps) can prevent the problem from getting worse, and regular cleaning (with a scrubbing brush if necessary) can remove small amounts of limescale on a day to day basis to stop it from building up. Here are some do’s & don’ts when you’re dealing with marble and granite:

Always use a specialist cleaner for natural stone

While normal household remedies are out, there are plenty of good specialist cleaners available. For the reasons described above, look out for one which is for your particular type of stone. This is essential if you have limestone or marble worktops or tiles.

Don’t try to chip limescale away

Any tool that can remove limescale is likely to damage the surface beneath it. This applies equally to stone tiles as to a linoleum counter – limescale is tough.

Don’t use vinegar or lemon juice on limestone or marble

Limescale is mainly calcium carbonate, which can be easily dissolved by mild, food-safe acids like kitchen vinegar or lemon juice. While this is great news if you want to clean your kettle (just fill it with vinegar and leave to soak overnight) these home remedies shouldn’t be used on limestone or marble worktops, or on any stone with a high-gloss finish.

Calcium carbonate is not only the main ingredient in limescale. It’s also found in limestone (as the name suggests) and marble, too. This is one reason you have to be particularly careful when using products that remove limescale on natural stone. A strong cleaner than dissolves limescale can also damage a marble worktop.

High-gloss finishes in any stone can be dulled by acids and strong cleaners, as they create micro-abrasions on the surface. So even though you can’t feel or see any damage, a dull patch can appear. On rougher granite and quartz worktops, vinegar can normally be used, but make sure you do a test before using it as a general cleaner.

Polish up afterwards

Having worked on a limescale-ridden area on a bath or counter, you’ll often notice a slight difference in colour afterwards. This is often simply an optical illusion due to focussing on one area for so long, but if you’re worried giving the whole worktop a clean and a polish (using an appropriate polish) can work wonders and give you that brand-new feel. This is as true for (dare we say it) wood or ceramic as it is for our own favourite stones.

Thank Your Cleaner Day!


thankacleanerWe all like to feel valued and appreciated in our work. Thank Your Cleaner Day is one way we can all show our appreciation of the hard work our professional cleaners do every day for all of us.

Interested in participating in Thank Your Cleaner Day? Here are just a few ideas of the many ways you can celebrate:
• Buy your cleaners lunch on the day of the event.
• Leave your cleaners a note of appreciation.
• Use resources from our Thank Your Cleaner Day toolkit.

Use the hashtag #thankyourcleanerday and tag @karcher in your posts to promote on your favorite social media channels.

Simple fixes for 12 stubborn stains…


It happens all the time, you spill something or cut yourself or drop something. So we thought we’d provide you with a to do list of how to remove some stubborn stains:

OIL: Whether it’s lipstick or bacon grease, consider rubbing chalk powder into oil stains before throwing them in the laundry. The chalk will absorb the grease, making it easier to remove in the wash.

DEODORANT: Keep dryer sheets handy to lightly rub out any deodorant stains you may get on clothes. The dryer sheets will pick up the excess deodorant and won’t harm delicate fabrics in the process.

COFFEE: To get rid of those annoying coffee stains in mugs, just moisten a cloth and stick it in some baking soda. Gently rub the cloth on the stained china or cups, and then rinse off. Those coffee stains are as good as gone.

LIPSTICK: Cotton balls dipped in rubbing alcohol will get lipstick out of your clothes and fabrics. Dab at the stain repeatedly until it’s gone.

GREASE: If you have a grease stain on your clothes, all you need is a can of Coca Cola. Pour the soda in your wash along with laundry detergent and run on a normal cycle.

SWEAT: Banish those yellow underarm sweat stains by mixing 1:1 lemon juice and water and rubbing it on the affected area.

INK: Though it might seem odd, milk really can help remove ink stains from clothes. Soak your ink-stained fabrics in a milk bath over night before rinsing and laundering as usual.

RED WINE: Before red wine has a chance to set, sprinkle the stain with salt. It will help absorb the wine, making it easier to get the wet stain out.

BLOOD: On fresh bloodstains, apply 3% hydrogen peroxide to the stain and then rinse with fresh water. Throw in the laundry and your garments should be as good as new.

GRASS: If your grass stains are fresh, dab a sponge soaked in vinegar to the affected area until the stain lifts. If it’s a dried stain, try making a paste of vinegar and baking soda and scrub it into the fabric before throwing in the laundry.

MAKEUP: Amazingly, you can get makeup like foundation, concealer, and more out of clothes by applying some shaving cream. Rub and scrub the stain with shaving cream and then rinse. Repeat as necessary until the makeup is gone.

BERRY JUICE: Berry stains are easy to get out by using a simple boiling water flush. Boil some water in a tea kettle and then pour from at least eight inches above the garment to really flush out the fabric. If the stain is still there, soak in a bowl of vinegar before rinsing and drying in the sun.

Super-clean your home with these great tips!


Want to freshen up every corner of your home? Try these simple and effective cleaning tips:


1. Make an easy, all-purpose cleaner

This cleaner recipe will make nearly every surface gleam, especially kitchen counters, appliances, and inside the refrigerator. Combine 4 tablespoons bicarbonate of soda with 1 litre warm water, and use it with a sponge to wipe messes away.

2. De-grease cabinets

Just like your utensils, cupboards can get greasy when you’re making dinner. Add a little washing up liquid to a spray bottle with warm water to mist away the grime. Then, rinse with a well-wrung cloth and dry.

3. Shine copper with ketchup

Yes, ketchup! A little can make copper pots gleam again.

4. Freshen your microwave

Make the interior easier to wipe down by heating a cup of water and a chopped-up lemon on high until the microwave’s window is steamy. Let the bowl sit for 15 minutes before you open the door, and clean away any grime with ease.

5. Zap oven spills

After gently chipping off any loose pieces, liberally spritz burnt-on food with ammonia from a spray bottle. Then sprinkle some bicarbonate of soda and add just a few drops of white vinegar. Let it bubble for a minute or two, then whisk away the grime with a scrub sponge.

6. Get stains out of a cutting board

Run the cut side of a lemon over the board to remove food stains and smells. For extra cleaning power, sprinkle it with salt or bicarb first.


7. Skip bar soap

Keep your bathroom basin cleaner for longer by using a liquid soap with a pump or a even hands-free soap dispenser instead. Eliminating the grimy soap dish will help your basin and countertop stay goop-free.

8. Make taps gleam

Rub a bit of toothpaste over your bathroom fixtures with a wet sponge to get gunk off chrome.

9. Make your shower sparkle

To clean grimy grout, mix 3/4 cup household chlorine bleach with 2 litres water and use a stiff brush to apply to one small area at a time. Let it sit for several minutes, then scrub and rinse.

10. Hang towels the right way

To keep towels from getting musty in between showers, hang them where they can air-dry thoroughly. A hook is fine, but a towel rail is better.

11. Fight musty smells

Just like in the fridge, an open box of bicarbonate of soda placed near your sheets and towels can prevent a dank linen closet.


12. Add shine with vinegar

Use white vinegar to brighten your windows. Mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar with 1 litres of water, and dispense into a used spray bottle. Squirt on and wipe away with a clean microfiber cloth, not paper towels, which can cause streaking.

13. Cover furniture nicks

Got a scuff or a scratch on your wood furniture? Rub it with a walnut (shell removed) to mask the damage.

14. Make a mirror gleam

Since coffee filters are lint-free, you can swap them out for paper towels to give mirrors a no-streak shine.

You’re welcome🙂



Last week we published the first part of this series on hoovers, giving you the lowdown on the different types of hoovers on the market to help you make the right choice.

This week we’re taking thing a step further and giving you heads up about which hoovers are best to use for specific purposes…..

Home Or Office?

Will you be using the hoover at home or in a commercial setting such as an office? If you’re using it at home you can get by with a smaller and potentially less powerful vacuum. Commercial settings, such as office, shops and storefronts are entirely different and you’ll require a bigger more powerful hoover!


Carpets are probably the most complicated to clean. Dirt, dust and other debris can easily sink deep into the fabric making it nearly impossible to remove. This can be even more problematic, when attempting to clean thick carpet.

For large carpeted areas, it is generally best to opt for a corded or cordless upright vacuum. Also, you should make sure to choose an upright, which comes with a good rotating brush.

Hardfloor – Laminate & Hardwood

They’re actually surprisingly easy to keep clean, however, it is possible to scratch this type of flooring very easily. With this in mind, you’ll need to obtain a gentle vacuum, which is specifically designed for this individualistic purpose. 

When going for a suitable hoover, make sure to look for non-marring wheels. These wheels can be utilized on hard floors and will not result in dings, scratches or flaws. You’ll also want to consider investing in a vacuum, which utilizes a brush roll and can transition effortlessly from rugs and carpet to hard flooring.

Rugs & Mats

Whether you’re cleaning a small rug or a large wool rug, you’ll need a specialized vacuum that can get the job done, without overdoing it. In this category, it is possible to choose from a variety of different vacuums, with uprights and handhelds being some of the best. As with carpets, you will want to make sure to opt for a vacuum, which utilizes a rotating brush. This will guarantee that the deep down dirt and debris will be removed permanently.


A lot of homes have stairs and they’re great the majority of the time. Unfortunately, stairs can also be problematic for a handful of reasons. For starters, trekking up and down the stairs frequently can really take a toll on your back and knees. Of course, the worst aspect of all is the fact that stairs can be tremendously difficult to clean.

A handful of different models can work exceptionally well for stairs. As long as all of the characteristics match up, an upright, cordless or handheld vacuum could suffice for this purpose. In order to obtain a great vacuum for stairs, you’ll want to select a vacuum that is lightweight.

Furnishing & Upholstery

Although these curtains and furniture are necessities for your home, they also present yet another item, which needs to be cleaned regularly.

First and foremost, you truly cannot beat a handheld in this category. Handhelds are lightweight, easily maneuverable and will be able to clean your furniture perfectly. The majority of these vacuums will also be equipped with lengthy hoses, which will make them ideal for curtains and blinds. The only problem is that handhelds aren’t great for cleaning under furniture. This is why an upright is a reliable alternative. Of course, you’ll need an upright, which delivers an extensive operating radius. A lengthy hose is pertinent.

Cleaning Products You Should NEVER Mix


These cleaners are common (and helpful to have around), but the wrong combo can be quite dangerous. “Certain products, which are safe when used alone, can sometimes cause unsafe fumes or other chemical reactions when mixed with other products,” says Nancy Bock, Senior VP of Education at the American Cleaning Institute.

Even if your ad-hoc cleaner combo isn’t dangerous or toxic, you can never be sure what effect two products can have on a surface or fabric when combined. Always read the warning and ingredient labels on cleaning products — and never mix these:

1. Drain cleaner + drain cleaner

Use one product according to package directions (typically, only half a bottle is needed per treatment). If it doesn’t work, don’t try another product. Instead, call a plumber!

2. Baking soda + vinegar

Baking soda is basic and vinegar is acidic so when you put them together you get mostly water and sodium acetate. Also, vinegar causes baking soda to foam up and if stored in a closed container, the mixture can explode.

3. Hydrogen peroxide + vinegar

Combining these two products creates peracetic acid, which is potentially toxic and can irritate the skin, eyes, and respiratory system.

4. Bleach + vinegar

The combination sounds like it’d be a powerful disinfectant, but the two should never be mixed as together, they produce chlorine gas, which even at low levels, can cause coughing, breathing problems, and burning, watery eyes! Oh no😦

5. Bleach + ammonia

Bleach and ammonia produces a toxic gas called chloramine, which causes the same symptoms as bleach and vinegar — along with shortness of breath and chest pain. Many glass and window cleaners contain ammonia, so never mix those with bleach.