How to clean your rental property…

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When it’s time to move from your rental property, it’s important to make sure that you leave the place nice and clean so you can a) get your deposit back in full; and b) get a good referral from your landlord or letting agency.

Over 50% of Londoners rent their homes rather then own them so we thought it would be useful to share some top 10 tips on how to clean your renal property to make sure that you get your deposit back when it’s time to move on:

1. Go snap happy on arrival

A simple but essential task when you first move in – take pictures of everything and keep a digital record. Check these photos against the inventory provided by your letting agency or landlord and check these match before confirming.

2. Get a house cleaner!

Unless you have the time to regularly clean your home, on a weekly or fortnightly basis, it would be worth the investment to hire a regular cleaner. This will ensure that your home is kept clean to a respectable standard – and that you will not be hit with an overwhelming cleaning job when you are ready to move. Dusting, mopping and vacuuming on a weekly basis will help reduce the stress when cleaning your rental property, and might save you from having to hire professional end of tenancy cleaners at the end of your tenancy!

3. Clean your oven, fridge and windows each month

Keeping up to date with cleaning your fridge, oven and indoor windows will also help you save time when it comes to the end of your tenancy. A regular defrost of the fridge/freezer, regular cleaning of windows and a wiping out the oven every so often will help keep things more manageable when it’s time to clean your rental property.

4. Monitor wear & tear

Undergoing a monthly check of the condition of your rental property  will help you keep track of the wear and tear your home has undergone since moving in. Taking photos, and keeping a digital record of these images with dates will also allow you to plan ahead – and help you organise these repairs and notify the letting agent and inventory clerk in advance of your move out date.

5. Invest in wooden floor cleaner

If you have wooden floors in your rental, it is important to vacuum, mop and also to apply a wooden floor cleaner every so often. If you have an open plan home, it may also be wise to invest in doormats at each and every entrance, with a rug to cover the exposed areas. This will reduce the chance of scuff marks, scratches and dents.

6. Scrub all kitchen appliances

It may seem to be common knowledge, but it is important to keep all appliances provided by the tenant/landlord in the same condition that you found them. As mentioned, it is important to keep on top of appliances like the oven and the fridge, but the smaller items must not be overlooked. A weekly clean of the toaster, microwave and kettle both inside and outside, will help you keep on top of this.

7. Stay on top of limescale

Limescale can be a pain, especially as it often occurs in hard to reach places – like the inside of coffeemakers and kettles – as well as on faucets and bathtubs, leaving an annoying chalky white substance behind. The best way to ensure you get your deposit back when leaving your rental property is to remove all limescale on a regular basis. Limescale, if uncleaned, leaves a mineral build up that can cause damage, and make soap scum and other dirt harder to remove. This is why it is important to keep an eye on appliances, tubs and faucets – and regularly remove any build up.

8. Regular carpet cleaning

You don’t need to hire a carpet cleaner, but the purchase of a spray on carpet cleaner that can be left for ten minutes and then vacuumed is essential. This does not need to be done each week, monthly will suffice, however it is important to do this regularly as it will make a big difference to how your carpet looks at the end of your tenancy. For deeper stains, especially on lighter carpets, it would be advisable hire a professional carpet cleaning company and have a quarterly or 6 month carpet clean to ensure good maintenance.

9. Property maintenance

If you have hung any artwork in the home, whether with nails or blu tac, remove these 2-3 weeks before your lease finishes. You will then have time to clean the walls, fill in any holes and repaint if necessary. Before you begin the process, always check with your landlord/letting agency that they are happy for you to repaint. There will be no bigger disappointment than having to pay for an entire repaint of the property, when you were only trying to help with a normal wear & tear.

Moving home can be a stressful time, so to make sure you don’t have the added stress of a deduction from your deposit – keep on top of your home cleaning and flow this guide on how to clean your rental property!

If you’re moving home in London and want to hire a professional end of tenancy cleaning company to take care of your clean, contact ProClean Team on 020 8742 1808 or email info@procleanteamltd.co.uk

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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…

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.

 

Handy tips for removing two tough stains – You’re welcome ;)

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Picture this scenario – It’s Saturday night and you’re settling down to watch X-Factor (admit it ;)) after spending the afternoon giving your home a good clean. The lounge looks like a magazine cover, and it’s time to have a glass of red wine and relax…  or so you thought! The first sip has managed to miss your mouth and make its way onto your clean sofa cushion. F***!!!!!!!!!! What do you do?

Don’t worry, we know that these accidents happen all the time, especially after you’ve just spent time cleaning! We thought we’d share a couple of  home cleaning secrets for removing these two tough but common stains:

Red Wine:

It’s not unusual after a long day at work to accidentally doze off and spill your red wine on the sofa.  This is not the end of the world; just make sure to get some clean paper towels, table salt, washing up liquid and laundry detergent and follow these simple cleaning instructions:

  1. Use the paper towels to quickly blot the stained area until all excess moisture is removed
  2. Pour a thick layer of salt over the stained material
  3. Leave the salt for around three minutes before rinsing thoroughly with cold water.

Then, if the stain is on a cushion:

  1. Remove the cushion cover to rinse thoroughly under the sink
  2. Wash the cushion cover in the washing machine with heavy-duty laundry detergent

Or, if the stain is on the arm of the sofa:

  1. Sponge the detergent on using a clean whitecloth (make sure to be thorough when applying the soapy mix)
  2. Repeat the blotting process, rinsing the cloth with cold water when necessary, until it disappears from the fabric.

 Tea:

If you happen to spill a little of your tea whilst getting excited over the latest development on Broadchurch, don’t stress – here’s what to do:

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon of washing up liquid with two cups of cold water
  2. Sponge the washing up liquid on using a clean white cloth (make sure to be thorough when applying the soapy mix)
  3. Repeat the blotting process, rinsing the cloth with cold water when necessary, until it disappears from the fabric.

Check out our previous post on removing different types of tough stains and let us know if you have any good tips!

15 Office Cleaning Ideas Every Clean Freak Needs To Know!

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Yeah you read right, for all you clean freaks out there intent on keeping your home office or work office nice and clean, follow these handy tips:

  1. First, do a little bit of paper organizing so the surfaces you need to clean aren’t covered in actual work.  Get the paper into  neat piles that you can easily move on and off your desk as needed.
  2. Use a solution of 70% alcohol and water to clean your phone and tablet.
  3. Take a magic eraser to your keyboard’s keys. Just make sure to squeeze any water out completely, so it doesn’t drip between your keys.

  4. Then run the sticky edge of a sticky note between the keys to pick up any crumbs.

  5. Wipe the grime off your earbuds, then disinfect them with rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball. Earbuds are gross. Read more about cleaning them here.

  6. Wipe all of the parts of your computer that aren’t screens (including your trackpad or mouse) with a lightly moistened microfiber cloth. Just make sure they’re not wet, because you don’t want to damage your electronics.

  7. AGAIN, be careful with water around your electronics, especially their screens. Here’s a thorough guide that will help you clean your screen properly (guess what? It calls for microfiber cloths).

  8. Literally vacuum the tops of your books. Chances are, they’re pretty dusty, but it takes forever to thoroughly dust each one individually.

  9. Use a dusting spray to wipe down all of your wood furniture, like your bookshelves and your desk. You can just use a store-bought one, like Pledge, or you make make your own with this handy guide.

  10. Wipe down your air vent with the help of a butter knife or a ruler. Don’t forget to wipe down the walls around it too, if they’re dusty. (Obviously this is just for your home office. You probably don’t want to try this at work.)

  11. Clean your windows and the glass in any picture frames you have hanging on the walls. Here’s a DIY glass cleaner recipe — use it alongside a clean microfiber cloth.

  12. Scrub out stains in your office chair using dish soap and hydrogen peroxide. Just dab the formula gently until the stains are gone — here’s the cleaning recipe and tutorial.

  13. If you have a chair mat, make sure to at least sweep it, if not wipe it down with a damp cloth.

  14. Make the whole room smell good while you vacuum by sprinkling DIY carpet refresher. Here are a bunch of ideas.

  15. If you have indoor plants in your office, gently wipe off their leaves with a damp cloth. Dusty plants = sad plants.

Now enjoy your super clean work space and get stuff done!

15 AWESOME tips for a super clean home!

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Freshen up every corner of your home with these simple and effective cleaning solutions.

BATHROOM SPARKLE

1. 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.

2. Make taps gleam

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

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

KITCHEN GLEAMING

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Shine copper with ketchup

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

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

LIVING ROOM SPRUCE-UP

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.

OUTDOOR REVAMP

15. De-grime patio furniture

Add a squirt of washing-up liquid to a bowl of warm water, and use it to wipe down your outdoor tables and chairs. Then, rinse clean with the garden hose.

How often should you be cleaning your house? Part 2

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Part 2 of our series on guidelines we’ve collated about how often you should be cleaning your house. Part 1 was posted on The Organised Cleaner earlier this week so enjoy digesting the rest of these rules!

6) Cleaning the shower head

This may not be at the top of your chore priority list, but it’s something that needs to be done nonetheless.

How often? In commercial properties it’s a legal requirement for shower heads to be deep cleaned once every 3 months as this poses a legionella risk. At home, giving your shower head the attention they need by soaking them twice yearly to remove deposits will be more than sufficient.

7) Scrubbing the oven

It’s where we cook our food – so we obviously need to make an effort to make sure it’s clean.

How often? According to oven makers Reichert, ovens should be cleaned at least every three to six months, or more often as needed. However, you should wipe down the oven door at least once a week.

8) Cleaning the fridge

Refrigerators are very important kitchen appliances. We use them to store most of our food, and to keep it fresh and in a good condition, so it’s important to clean them regularly.

How often? The frequency of the cleaning of every fridge is individual, depending on what is stored in it, and how it is stored. These appliances have to be cleaned every week. Remove everything from your fridge once quarterly so you can effectively wipe down the inside of your unit. This is a healthy habit, too, since it will allow you to more easily check for expired foods.

9) Washing towels

Bath towels absorb dead skin cells and natural bacteria from our bodies and warm, damp conditions mean this bacteria thrives. Sharing towels can spread bacteria and viruses such as Staphylococcus aureus (which can cause skin infections), cold sores and Athlete’s Foot.

How often? Bath towels should be washed after every three uses, insists Philip Tierno, New York based microbiologist.

10) Mattresses

A great bed is nothing without a quality mattress so it’s important we keep it clean (especially considering we spend most of our lives lying on it!)

How often? Mattresses should be vacuumed every six months to remove dust and pathogens that can cause everything from skin irritation to runny noses. While you’re at it, make sure you flip and/or rotate your mattress four times a year to help maintain its structural integrity.

These are the rules, make sure you follow them ;P