Top tips for keeping your home sparkling this Christmas!

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Christmas is almost here. We’ve been gearing up for the big day for…well ages, let’s be honest! If you want to avoid the usual stress of the festive season, make sure you get your home sparkling clean with these helpful tips!

1. TREAT YOUR CARPETS

It can be all too easy to take your carpets for granted, but it’s worth remembering that they deal with an awful amount of footfall right from the moment they’re installed.

No matter how hard you clean your carpets, some dirt and dust will still linger. That’s why it’s worth investing in or hiring an industrial carpet cleaner to get your carpets looking brand new. Professional carpet cleaners normally come with a cleaning agent so that the material is shampooed while the dust is being sucked up.

2. CLEAN ALL SURFACES

Your counter tops will be in constant use over Christmas so ensure you make time to give them a good clean both before the big day and while you’re cooking. It’s vital to wipe surfaces after preparing your Christmas food as uncooked meats can leave germs and bacteria behind.

It’s also worth giving your shelves, chairs and furnishings a once-over to remove any stains or build-up of dust. The same goes for your dining table. A good polish can go a long way.

3. ORGANISE A PROFESSIONAL OVEN CLEAN

In preparation for the gastronomic delights that are going to be created in your kitchen this Christmas, it’s worth hiring a professional to come and give your oven a thorough clean. That way you can focus on the sumptuous snacks you’re going to serve your guests rather than going into battle against the grime and grease that have built up over the year.

4. HAVE A CLEAR OUT

It may not be the traditional time to have a clear-out but a thorough clean-up can provide much-needed space for your Christmas tree, presents and guests. It also lets you enter the New Year clutter-free.

Think to yourself, ‘Have I used this within the last six months?’ If not, consider throwing it out or donating it to charity. You’ll be surprised how much extra room a quick clean-out can give you.

5. CLEAN YOUR DECORATIONS

Christmas decorations spend most of their time hidden away in cupboards or dusty attics waiting for their five minutes of fame. But there’s no point getting your home spick and span for the festive season and then hanging up dirty and dusty decorations. Put aside some time to give them a good clean before hanging them up and they’ll soon look as good as new.

When going through your Christmas decorations, make sure that everything still works. Fairy lights, for example, have a certain shelf life and if one bulb goes the whole set sometimes won’t work. Test them before you decorate your tree to see if you need to invest in a new set.

With friends & family coming to visit throughout the festive season, make sure you show your home off to the fullest and enjoy some street free Christmas preparation…

8 cleaning problems you can solve with soda crystals…

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Soda crystals are a fantastic water softener and powerful multi-purpose cleaner, and they’re also great value at around £1 a kilo. Here’s how they can help tackle your toughest cleaning jobs around the house:

1. BLOCKED PIPES

Shift a build-up of trapped grease and debris from your kitchen sink, bathroom basin, bath, or shower waste pipes by pouring a mug of crystals down the plughole. Flush through with hot water.

2. SMELLY WASHING MACHINE

Low temperature washes using liquid detergent can allow bacteria and mould to grow, and give rise to unpleasant smells in your machine. To prevent this from happening, once a month run a hot wash with nothing but 500g – 750g of soda crystals added to the detergent dispenser.

3. HARD WATER

If you live in a hard-water area, as much as two-thirds of the laundry detergent you carefully measure out is simply softening the water rather than cleaning! Make it go further, and save money, by adding two tablespoons of soda crystals to your detergent dispenser. Then you can use the more economical ‘soft water’ dose of detergent.

4. GREASY PANS

Soak greasy pans or those encrusted with burnt-on food in a solution of soda crystals and hot water – the longer you can leave them to soak the better. And if your roasting tray is full of fat after cooking a roast, sprinkle on dry crystals while the tray is still hot. Leave to stand for a few minutes so the crystals soak up the fat, then scrape the mixture into the bin.

5. SPATTERED HOB AND EXTRACTOR FAN

Wipe clean hobs, extractors and other greasy kitchen surfaces with a strong solution of 200g soda crystals dissolved in 1 pint (500ml) of hot water. Leave stubborn marks to soak for a minute or two, then wipe down with a clean cloth. But don’t use soda crystals on aluminium surfaces, it will discolour them!

6. TARNISHED SILVER

Bring your silver pieces back to their gleaming best. Line a bowl with foil and pour in hot water. Add 200g soda crystals to 1 pint (500ml) of hot water and wait for them to dissolve. Immerse your silver pieces (but not precious stones) in the solution. You’ll see a fizzing reaction as the tarnish dissolves. Rinse each piece and dry.

7. MOSSY PATHS AND PATIOS

Make easy work of removing unsightly moss and algae from paving by sprinkling soda crystals on the affected areas, then moistening with water using a watering can or hose. Leave the solution to soak in for 24 hours, by which time the moss will turn brown and be easy to remove.

8. SOILED BABY CLOTHES

Babies and young children have delicate skin that may be irritated by the enzymes and fragrances in many laundry detergents. You can remove dirt and stains in a way that’s gentle on sensitive skin by soaking clothes in a solution of 100g soda crystals to 1 pint (500ml) hot water. Leave to stand for at least an hour, but preferably overnight, then machine or hand wash using Liquid Soap Flakes.

There’s a Wrong Way to Dust? And 5 Other Cleaning Mistakes…

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The quickest, most efficient strategies to get streak-free windows, remove stains from a white sofa and more. Your welcome 😉

Mistake No. 1: Cleaning a Cold Oven

We’re not saying you should start scrubbing when it’s hot, but a warm oven is easier to clean than a cold one. Turn it on low (e.g., 250°) for 10 to 15 minutes. Then turn it off, spray a nonabrasive cleaner (or spread a homemade baking-soda-and-water paste) all over the inside, and let it sit for 20 minutes. Scrub with a nylon brush or pad and use a sponge to rinse it off.

Mistake No. 2: Washing Windows on a Sunny Day

A gorgeous spring morning may seem like the perfect time to wash your windows. But doing the job when it’s sunny out is a bad idea, since the windows will dry too quickly and probably streak. An overcast day is better. Make a solution by mixing equal parts white vinegar and  cups of white vinegar, 20 ounces of water and a few drops of dishwashing soap. Using a microfiber cloth (instead of a sponge) will ensure that you don’t use too much cleaning solution—it should coat the windows but not splash down them. A squeegee will make the job a lot easier too, run it over the windows after you wash with a cloth.

Mistake No. 3: Scrubbing Like Crazy

The first thing people do when they spill, say, red wine on their white sofa is douse a towel in water or soda water and furiously try to rub the stain out. While soda water can help, the last thing you want to do is scrub—that just does more damage. Keep a cleaner handy (see this guide for useful tips) then, dab it onto the stain with a cloth. Don’t scrub, since that will just ingrain the stain further. Keep using new sections of the cloth, and eventually you will get all or most of the wine (or other offender) out.

Mistake No. 4: Spraying Furniture Polish All Over a Table

Statistics are hard to come by, but we’re pretty sure 99 percent of people who set out to dust their wood furniture do the spray-and-wipe. However, if you spray your cloth instead, you’ll have to buff less, you’ll waste less product and you’ll avoid the sticky buildup that can come from using too much polish. (Hint: Ones with citrus oil will bring out the wood’s natural shine, and the oil tends to repel dust and dirt for a while.) And if your aim is simply to remove dust, you don’t have to use any cleaner at all— microfiber dusters pick up dust on their own and don’t need spray.

Mistake No. 5: Using an Abrasive Cleaner on Your Bathtub

The reason many tubs lose their luster is they’ve been scrubbed with cleansers that have granulated powders, like Comet and Ajax. They scuff the porcelain and take the glaze off. Instead, use a mild shower spray like Mr Muscles. If you’d rather not spray every day, just runs a bath towel—a dry rag would work too—over the tub after he showers and the water has drained as simply drying the tub is enough to prevent scum.

Mistake No. 6: Vacuuming Up Cat Hair

If you have a pet that sheds, you’re probably accustomed to rolling a lint brush over your clothes and furniture daily. But if you’ve been taking a hoover to your hardwood floors in an attempt to rid them of hair, chances are you’re just blowing the mess around instead of picking it up. Your hoover’s exhaust tends to push as much hair away as it cleans up. On wood and other hard floors use a steam mop or a flat mop pad, which won’t create a lot of wind, so you can push the hair into a big pile. Then, pull out the vacuum—but use the wand attachment—to suck it up. You can also use the vacuum to clean the mop itself, or just toss it into the washing machine.

 

How many calories do YOU burn keeping your home tidy?

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Thinking about joining the gym as part of your new year’s resolution? Forget it! The secret to keeping fit could be closer to home than you think….

Keeping your house tidy may be the bane of your life, but experts say it’s one of the best ways to stay in shape. Cleaning the windows, vacuuming and dusting the tables could even help you to shed some extra pounds from your waist, new research suggests.

While scrubbing the floors is believed to be the equivalent of 15 minutes running and could help you to burn off that slice of pizza you had for dinner. And if you’ve eaten a bag of crisps, consider doing the ironing to burn off the 157 calories you’ve just consumed.

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On average, UK adults spend around 11 hours doing house work every week – burning 2,345 calories. A minute of light housework is equivalent to taking around 72 steps – meaning that just half an hour of chores each day could make a big difference on your fitness tracker.

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So what are you waiting for, get cleaning 😉

8 Awesome Hacks for Cleaning Blinds & Shutters :)

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Whether you’re cleaning for guests in preparation for Christmas or just playing catch up after neglecting your blinds for too long, we thought we’d pos some helpful tips on blind & shutter cleaning  to make the job easier and more successful:

  1. Use a feather or microfiber duster for cleaning your blinds & shutters each week.  Dusting regularly will prevent dust build up and save you from backbreaking work later!
  2. Wrap a sock or cloth around a ruler to clean thin, narrow blinds easily. This is especially good for metal blinds that are fragile and easy to bend.
  3. To keep dust at a minimum, rub a fabric dryer sheet onto both sides of the slats. This will not prevent dust but it will cut down on the amount that clings to your blinds or shutters.
  4. For a quick dusting (when family or friends are about to pop in), slip a sock onto each hand and rub between each slat which will clean both sides of the blinds quickly simultaneously. (Or use a microfiber dusting mitt!)
  5. When your blinds or plantation shutters have been neglected for some time and are extremely dirty, lay an old sheet or newspaper under them before beginning your cleaning efforts. This will prevent double cleaning duty by catching the dirt before it lands on the floor.
  6. When you are vacuuming your floors, if you have one, use the brush attachment to clean blinds and shutters. This is great for removing dust from hard-to-reach window treatments on tall windows. Some cleaning services provide this type of cleaning at an extra charge.
  7. Use a paintbrush to clean extremely dirty blinds and plantation shutters. Dip the paintbrush into hot soapy water, oil soap, or plain water for extra cleaning power. Be sure to use a dry cloth to remove excess cleaner and clean the brush often to prevent transferring dirt.
  8. You can clean the slats with a cloth or towel if you do it on a regular basis. Spray the towel lightly with dust remover, close the blinds or shutters, place the towel over the slats and rub side to side. Reverse the slats and do the other side to complete the job.

Now that you’ve got those blinds and shutters clean, how about the windows??

Top 10 Home Cleaning Tips!

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It’s surprising just how filthy household items can get and the serious harm that these surfaces can cause if not cleaned properly. Harmful germs will breed on a surface within hours so it’s important, especially at winter time when people are more likely to pick up a virus, to regularly clean surfaces.

With that in mind, we though we’d share some top cleaning tips to help you keep things running smoothly at home:

  1. Soak in the sink: Within eight hours, one bacterium on a damp cloth can turn into six million, so soak your cloth in the kitchen sink in a couple of inches of hot water with a capful of bleach or other multipurpose cleaner.
  2. Leave those lids down: Germs from the toilet bowl can become airborne for two hours after each flush and travel as far as six feet. Always replace the lid before flushing! If you need to use a toilet brush, make sure you disinfect it after use.
  3. Prevent poisoning: Campylobacter is carried by about half of all dogs and cats, which can cause food poisoning in their owners. If you let pets join you on the sofa, spray the upholstery afterwards with Dettol All in One Disinfectant Spray to kill germs and harmful bacteria.
  4. Put bacteria to bed: A warm bedroom is the perfect breeding ground for dust mites. The average person sheds up to 10g of skin a week and up to 18kg in a lifetime. Pull back bed linen every morning, vacuum your mattress as well as under the bed every few weeks and open the windows.
  5. On your marks: Stubborn marks on your toilet bowl or enamel bath? Try rubbing a pumice stone on the stain. It’s hard enough to shift stains yet soft enough not to mark the surface.
  6. Sweat dreams: A fair proportion of a pillow’s weight is made up of skin scales, dandruff, sweat, and saliva. Load two pillows at a time into the washing machine then stick them in the tumble dryer with a few tennis balls to stop the filling clumping.
  7. Get in the spirit: Tackle those stains with a splash of vodka or gin on carpet or upholstery. To be safe, check a hidden area first to make sure the colours don’t come out.
  8. Sink your toothbrushes into it: They’re great for getting into those tricky corners such as around the base of taps, tile grouting and around the hinges of the toilet seat.
  9. Seal out the germs:  The seal around the fridge commonly harbours mould, which can spread every time the fridge door opens, contaminating the food. Remember to wipe fridge seals in your cleaning routine.
  10. Kill bacteria in beaks:  A child’s rubber duck can harvest multiple dangerous germs in their beaks and harmful mould at the base. Before first use, apply glue in the holes to prevent mould from creeping in.

You’re welcome 🙂

DIY End of Tenancy Cleaning Ideas…

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End of tenancy cleaning is something that every tenant is required to do when you move out of your rental property and want to get your deposit back. Sometimes you end up hiring professional end of tenancy cleaning contractors and sometimes you take the challenge on yourself because you want to save costs!

We’ve published a previous post about DIY end for tenancy cleaning but we thought we’d give you some more useful tips so that you can handle the challenge of an end of tenancy clean yourself!

  1. Make sure that you carry out your end of tenancy clean after you have moved out, otherwise it can get really annoying when you have your stuff boxed up and your trying to clean. The best solution to this is to move out and then on the last day, clean it all up as you go along.
  2. Vacuum items like curtains – although you might consider having these professionally cleaned, if you have them. Blinds are easy, a damp cloth  will work best.
  3. Clean and degrease everything in the kitchen. All white goods can be cleaned using a damp cloth and all you need to do is find a good heavy duty degreaser to cut through the grease on the stovetop.
  4. When you mop your kitchen & bathroom floors, a good tip is to keep a spare towel to finish wiping around until the floor becomes completely clean and dry.
  5. Work on all your windows and mirrors with a good glass cleaner and glass microfibre cloth for the best results, ensuring that they are are completely streak free!
  6. When it comes to cupboards and closets, first use a dry cloth to wipe off all the dust and then take a damp cloth to clean up all the shelves. If there are any spots, take a baby wipe and scrub it in. Work in the direction of the grain and you won’t cause any damage to the wood or the surfacing.
  7. Check your kitchen walls for splatters. More often than not, you will find random splatters that you need to clean. Again use a damp cloth for your cleaning – it will make your job easier.
  8. Ensure that when you are doing bathroom cleaning, you clean all the mould and mildew off the tiles and anywhere else that it may have built up. You can do this by getting a mould remover or cleaner from the local supermarket. Spray it onto the affected area and leave it for a few minutes to work its magic. Don’t forget to use safety gloves and mask when you apply bleach or other strong detergents.
  9. Ensure that when you are cleaning your flat or house you are doing it in socks.! Strange advice right? However, any kind of shoes will end up making a mess on the floor, and socks will keep your feet protected.
  10. Throw away  any type of rubbish or trash that you find around the place, especially stuff from the kitchen. You don’t want the palce to stink because of old food,  especially after you have done such a good job cleaning it!

By following these tips and checking out our previous article, you’re well on your way to getting your deposit back.

If you do want the professionals to deal, give ProClean Team a call on 020 8742 1808 or check out their website by following this link!