Month: May 2019

Month: May 2019

How to Get your Children Involved in Domestic Cleaning

They say a house full of children is a happy house. While we don’t object that at all, we would also like to add that a house full of children is a messy house. And it is the truth, many of you would confirm. Those half-terms and the school holidays can turn into a nightmare if the weather is bad or you haven’t planned enough entertaining activities. The chances are your house will be turned upside down and there’s little you could do to prevent it. However, you may be able to minimise the cleaning you have to do afterwards if you manage to get the messy players fix their mess. Since it is half term and the International Children’s Day, we thought there’s no better topic for the blog but to give you a few ideas how to get your children involved in domestic cleaning.

Set expectations early

Let your children know that they can play as much as they want, however, they will have to clean up any mess afterwards. No toys left on the floor, no scribbles on the furniture or walls, no spills on the carpet. Of course, if you have really young children you must set some precautions for real damage to occur. Teach them to complete age-appropriate tasks as part of domestic cleaning.

Give rewards

Children love being rewarded for doing something right. It doesn’t have to be something big or expensive. From our experience, most kids are over the moon when they receive just a sticker. You can create charts (especially if there are two or more siblings in the household), which will create a fun competition between the kids and will prompt them to complete their domestic cleaning tasks every week. Teenagers, probably won’t care much about coming first on the leaderboard for house chores, but you can keep them involved in domestic cleaning by rewarding them with some extra change or more screen time, extended curfew, and so on.

Work together as a family

Tell your children that everybody at home has to work together as a family. Use the opportunity to bond with them or introduce family traditions that will last for decades. Perhaps your children will pass them to their own. Make it fun by structuring domestic cleaning as a game. It could be something like a treasure hunt or a quest. You can introduce point system and form different teams. The winner gets a special treat in the form of something they like doing, eating or having.

Teach but don’t preach

The most important thing for involving the children in domestic cleaning is to be an example of what you expect them to do. If they see you throwing your clothes on the floor after work, their school uniform won’t go neatly in the laundry basket. Children are very perceptive. They learn better when you show them how to behave rather than tell them what to do. Want to get your children involved in domestic cleaning? Show them it’s fun with your own attitude towards it. If they see you frowning every time you have to wash the dishes, they would see the activity as something tedious. As a parent you have the amazing opportunity to shape a person into a well-rounded individual. Use that opportunity wise.

 

10 Best Cleaning Services in Milton Keynes

It is very important for the local community to know, which professional services they can trust. Searching Google for good cleaning companies in your area can be really overwhelming. There are more than 7 million results that show up! We thought we would spare you the hustle and did the research ourselves. That’s how we came up with the 10 best cleaning services in Milton Keynes. We based the list on popularity among the local community and reviews on Google and social media. Needless to say, we are thrilled that Top Home Cleaning made it as one of the frontrunners!

 

Domestique

First on the list is Domestique, a local company that offers a variety of cleaning services, laundry and ironing. They cover several areas around Milton Keynes and their customer support seems to be quite good. The focus is domestic, spring and end of tenancy cleaning and the prices range in the average bracket.

 

Homeclean

Homeclean is another quite popular cleaning company in Milton Keynes and all over Britain. The company has been around for more than 30 years and is now a franchise, which is why they can offer low rates, starting at just £9 per hour. Homeclean serve over 4000 properties in the area today.

 

Cleaning Lovers MK

The third position goes to Cleaning Lovers MK. They haven’t been on the market as long as the previous two, but have been able to build and maintain a good reputation within the community. Customers like their service because they can offer the same cleaner visiting every time and their prices are relatively cheap.

 

Top Home Cleaning

That’s us! Top Home Cleaning is considered one of the best cleaning services in Milton Keynes because we insist on exceptional quality. It is our strongest selling point. We train all of our cleaners in house and don’t let them go to client’s properties on their own until we are sure they would do a perfect job. We focus on domestic, spring and end of tenancy cleaning. Recently we started offering housekeeping services for holiday lets too and it has been a great success.

 

Merry Maids

Merry Maids cover Milton Keynes and Buckingham. The company exists since 2013 and offers its clients fully insured and trained cleaners. They provide cleaning products so the customer doesn’t have to worry about supplies. Merry Maids specialise in domestic, deep and end of tenancy cleaning.

 

Maid2Clean

Another very popular franchise makes our list of best cleaning services in Milton Keynes – Maid2Clean. The brand covers the whole of the UK, but the Milton Keynes branch is well rated. Their prices aren’t very cheap, nor extremely expensive. That’s probably one of the reasons why many people stick with them.

 

Mega Cleaning

Number 7 on our list is not an all-round cleaning services provider. Mega Cleaning focus on one-off and deep cleaning services in Milton Keynes and the neighbouring areas. The prices start at £16 per hour per cleaner and customers need to pay extra for the equipment and cleaning products.

 

Bright and Beautiful Home

The next entry on the list of best cleaning services in Milton Keynes is Bright and Beautiful Home. They offer exclusively housekeeping services for busy professionals. You won’t find them offering one-off or end of tenancy cleaning because they insist on specialising on what they are really good at – domestic cleaning.

 

Daily Poppins

Apart from the creative name, Daily Poppins bring good quality to the market and that’s why are one of the most popular cleaning companies in Milton Keynes. They pride themselves on the ability to provide a cleaner even on a very short notice. As most good cleaning providers, they would visit your home first to evaluate the property before quoting a price.

 

Royal Cleaners

Last but not least, we present to you the Royal Cleaners. They are cleaning professionals, who offer fair prices, flexible hours and good quality. With them you could book more than domestic and end of tenancy cleaning. They also offer carpet and upholstery cleaning, as well as after-builders cleaning.

 

Hopefully, this little guide of the best cleaning services in Milton Keynes is useful to you. We would be thrilled if we managed to save you some time searching for the right cleaning company. And if you chose us, it would be an honour to do the housework for you, while you use that time doing the things you really love.

 

 

 

Most Common Allergies and How to Treat Them

According to the NHS website, 1 in 4 people in the UK suffer from an allergy at some point of their life. Some of these conditions may be temporary and not life threatening. Others, however, pay put a person in serious danger. The most interesting things about allergies is that in many cases we can prevent them or relieve the symptoms with proper hygiene and domestic care for our home.

Pollen (Hay Fever)

By far, the most common allergy in the UK is to pollen. Pollen is the powder of flowers and blooming trees. Its count increases significantly in May and June and that’s why you begin to see a lot sneezing people with red eyes and runny noses on the streets. In early childhood, this allergy can be outgrown. Fascinatingly, some adults only suffer from hay fever when they are in a particular country and they don’t when they are somewhere else. This is due to the fact that pollen from flowers, grass and trees can be different in different parts of the world. The allergy is not life-threatening but can be very inconvenient. Usually, you can treat it with over-the-counter anti-histamine tablets or syrup. However, there is also a natural way, in which you can relieve yourself of the hay fever symptoms at least when you are at home – steam cleaning! The steam is a 100% eco-friendly and effective cleaning power that also kills many allergens.

Dust Mites Allergy

Steam cleaning can be a great help for people with another very common allergy – dust mites. Dust allergy isn’t too dangerous, but can cause itching, sneezing, coughing and other uncomfortable symptoms. The best remedy for it is arranging regular domestic cleaning for your home. However, you can add an extra layer of comfort by choosing to steam clean your living room and bedroom.

Animal Dander Allergy

You’ve heard a lot of people saying that they are allergic to cats or dogs. They aren’t really allergic to the animal, but to its dander. Pet dander contains allergens that irritate the respiratory system in some people and cause them to sneeze uncontrollably. The obvious solution to an animal dander allergy would be to not get a pet you are allergic to. Sometimes, however, a friend may visit with their four-legged buddy or you may have to go to a place that accommodates animals. There’s little you can do on the spot, but once you come home, make sure you take your clothes off immediately and put them to wash on a high temperature. Then use a tumble dryer or if you don’t have access to one, iron your clothes. If the animal stayed in your home for more than 15 minutes, make arrangements for steam cleaning.

Food Allergies

One of the most dangerous common allergies is the one to different kinds of food. Some cases are so severe that a person can die within a few minutes of ingesting a bite of food they are allergic to. Always disclose your food allergies when you are going to a party or a gathering with friends who may not be aware that you can’t eat certain things. In restaurants, ask the staff if the meal you want to order contains allergens that are dangerous to you.

Medicine Allergies

The other potentially lethal allergy is to medicine. Some people have severe reactions to particular types of medicine. Treatment or even exposure to such can cause life-threatening situation. For example, heart failure, swelling of the brain, blockage of the airways and many other. Always let your doctor or other medical professional know about any allergies you have to medicine. Do not take any medicines that have not been prescribed to you by your doctor or pharmacist.

Mould Allergy

With the damp weather and houses built centuries ago, mould is often found in many homes in the UK. It is also not surprising that mould allergy is one of the most common allergies in the country. It can be particular dangerous for young children and elderly or people with weaken immune system. If left unaddressed for a long period of time in children, it can lead to the development of asthma. There is an easy solution to get rid of mould in your home. Steam cleaning does a great job in such situations. The steam is strong enough to destroy the fungi and and the same time, it is natural and purifies the air. We would suggest to call a professional if you want to remove mould from your walls with steam cleaning. There are special techniques that professional cleaners use to avoid the reappearance of the mould soon after the procedure.

Household Chemicals Allergies

Some would think that this allergy is quite surprising. However, if you think about it, there are so many artificial chemical substances used most detergents and cleaning products. If you know that you are allergic or intolerant to specific chemicals, for example, bleach, you should let your cleaner know. Also, if you do the cleaning yourself, opt for eco-friendly and close to nature cleaning solutions.