Month: July 2019

Month: July 2019

Amazing Window Cleaning Tips

Summer is a time when your windows get the most dirty. From the sudden splashes of rain to all sorts of insects crashing on the glass, to the ever-so-unpleasant bird poo that sometimes gets stuck on your windows. How do you deal with that? Call the window cleaners? Well, you can of course, but if you don’t mind rolling up your sleeves, we can share a few amazing window cleaning tips that will do wonders.

Window cleaning with vinegar

Ah, the star in every DIY cleaning solution – vinegar! If you are a fan of home organisation and maintenance blog, you’ve probably seen this mild acid in almost every homemade cleaning recipe. Vinegar has indeed many valuable properties, but when it comes to window cleaning it is particularly effective. Being acidic, it easily cuts through the grease and other dirt. More importantly, it does not streak, so you don’t have to worry about damage on the glass. To make a powerful cleaning solution, you should use 50% water and 50% white vinegar.

Spray with alcohol

We encourage healthy living by encouraging less drinking of alcohol and more use of it as a cleaning solution. Some of you may not agree to this philosophy, but the fact that alcohol cleans glass perfectly is undeniable. You can use rubbing alcohol or even any non-coloured spirit drink with high % of alcohol. Put a little amount in a spray bottle and apply. You should use a clean cotton cloth to wipe or scrub the windows. Always keep the room ventilated when cleaning with alcohol, make sure there’s no open flame around you and use gloves.

Use some newspapers

This is a grandma cleaning hack and maybe that’s why it works so well. If you have any old newspapers, scrunch them in a ball and use them to clean your windows in circular motions. To get the best results, combine with an eco-friendly cleaning product. For example, the vinegar and water solution we told you about just now.

Of course there are many other ways, more conventional and more popular for window cleaning, but it’s always good to try some you never tried before. Besides, all we shared today can help in fight for saving our planet by living a more environmentally conscious life.

At the end of the day, if window cleaning isn’t really your jam, you don’t have to put yourself through it. Pick up the phone and call your local cleaning company. And for any other home cleaning matters, you can always get in touch with us!

 

How to Avoid a Kitchen Cleaning Disaster

The kitchen is the core of the home. It’s the place where both men and women often times feel like culinary kings and queens. But all this food artistry sometimes leads to great kitchen cleaning disasters. Grease, oil, burnt-ons and so much more, create a lot of work after cooking. The most important tip you need to remember to avoid kitchen cleaning disaster is to act as quickly as possible. Tackle the stains and dirt as they happen. But of course, there’s more you need to know.

Mess from Cooking

Whether you are using pans or pots, spillage often occurs when frying, simmering, boiling or steaming. Clean up any spills as soon as they happen, and check the floor periodically while you’re cooking. Sometimes the oil or water drips on the floor. Avoid slippery floor!

Cuts from Kitchen Knives

Always handle knives with care, no matter how experienced you are in the kitchen. Keep them in a knife box whenever they are not in use. Don’t leave them in a full sink because someone can easily get cut if they attempt to wash the dishes and don’t see the knife. Keep your knives sharp. Dull knives are much more dangerous, because they can easily slip (from the surface of a tomato , for example) and cause a really deep cut. Knife cuts can create a serious kitchen cleaning disaster. Not only, it could be a real health hazard, but also you will have to clean up the blood from the surfaces it fell on.

Kitchen Fires

Kitchen fires are far more common than you would expect. Always check all of your appliances before use. If you hear a strange noise, switch them off and unplug them. Take the items for repair. Also take care not to leave any bread crumbs in the toaster, oven or microwave. This could be a potential fire hazard.

Cooked Food

Any food that you aren’t eating immediately after cooking can be left outside the fridge for about an hour. To prevent a kitchen cleaning disaster, especially if you have kids or pets, keep the cooked food in a container with a lid or in the pan/pot with the cover on.

Organising the Pantry

If you want to save time and efforts cleaning your kitchen, you need to organise properly your pantry and storage areas. Arrange and label all cupboard foods and find designated space for all small utensils. A chaos in the kitchen equals cleaning disaster.

Kitchen Bins

The bins in the kitchen can surely create a huge mess, which may be hard to clean. Not to mention the smell, which can put you off any kind of food for days. You should always put the right size bin bag in your container and separate general waste from food waste and recyclable items. Your food waste should be taken out every day. Leaving it in the bin for more than 24 hours can cause the spread of dangerous bacteria and therefore diseases. To eliminate the smell coming out of your bin, you can throw in a couple of lemon slices.

 

The kitchen can be quite a messy place if not handled with care. However, if you put a little effort after every cooking experience, you should be able to avoid kitchen cleaning disaster on most occasions. And if all this is getting a little too much for you, you can always rely on professional domestic help from our experienced cleaners. Tell us what you need and we will do our best to provide it.

 

7 Home Appliances that Need Regular Cleaning

Home appliances are often the heart and soul of the home. But to function well and long, they need our regular attention. Think of it like the shower you take every morning. It is essential for your health. In the same way, our home appliances need regular cleaning. And the more modernised your home is, the more fancy appliances you might have. Here are some tips for easy maintenance of  home appliances that need regular cleaning.

1. The Cooker

The cooker, the centrepiece of the kitchen, is not very easy to maintain. It has many parts that need proper attention and good care. The secret of maintaining your cooker in a good condition is in the frequency of cleaning. The more often you clean, the less efforts you have to put in. Try to clean up a little after every use, whether it is frying, grilling, steaming and so on. All you need is a polishing cotton cloth, kitchen spray and oven detergent. Make sure you wait for 20-30 minutes after use for the hobs to cool down before you start the cleaning. Use warm water or the kitchen detergent to get rid of the greasy surface.

 

2. The Oven

The oven can be a nightmare to clean. But if you give it some attention every week,  you can avoid the bad experience. It should be enough to spray it with oven cleaner, leave it closed for 20 minutes and just wipe off gently. Finish the cleaning process by wiping with warm water and cotton cloth.

 

3. The toaster

Regular cleaning is essential for your toaster. Not only it can look gross if you let it be for long, but it can also be a potential threat to your health. Unplug the appliance and empty the crumb tray. Dislodge burnt-on food with a toothbrush or an old credit card. Reach into the slots of a regular toaster with a wet pastry brush. Clean and polish the outside surface with glass cleaner and polishing cloth.

4. The Microwave

The microwave is another home appliance you should put on the schedule for regular cleaning. Here’s a good homemade recipe for microwave cleaning. Place a coffee mug or a small bowl filled with water and a few slices of lemon in the centre of the microwave. Run it on high power for three minutes. Let the lemon water sit inside for three more minutes. The steam will soften food spills, and the lemon aroma will eliminate bad odours. Wipe down the walls with a clean cloth soaked in warm, soapy water. Scrub the wheels with a toothbrush. Wipe the exterior all-purpose cleaner or glass cleaner and a cotton cloth.

5. Blender or Kitchen Robot

It’s important for the appliances that you use the most to get regular cleaning. The blender or kitchen robot is one of them. Pop off the blades and any other removable parts. Soak them in a sink filled with warm water and all purpose cleaner. Hand wash the blender carafe and the food-processor bowl using warm, soapy water. You can also use the dishwasher for the parts. A nylon brush should remove any particles caked onto the blades. Dry the blades with a clean towel or cloth to prevent rust.

6. Dishwasher

Your dishwasher is a lifesaver, isn’t it? But do you clean it often enough? Place a cup of white vinegar in a dishwasher-safe container on the upper rack of the machine. Run the dishwasher through a hot-water cycle. This will wash away grease and grime and remove musty doors too.

Baking soda rinse: Sprinkle one cup of baking soda across the bottom of the dishwasher. This should also neutralise any unpleasant odours. Adopt the routine once per month.

7. Coffee machine or Coffee Maker

Last but not least, your coffee machine or coffee maker deserves regular cleaning. If you are using a coffee machine, remove all the handles from the brewing heads and remove the empty coffee cakes. With your espresso machine brush by hand, scrub away any remaining coffee grounds from the brewing heads. Remove the filter with a teaspoon and insert the blank filter into the handle. Remove the metal drip tray and clean it. Lastly, take care of the drain.

If you are using a coffee maker, then it’s a good idea to deep clean it at least once a month. However, you can maintain it weekly  using vinegar. Remove any old filters or pods and empty any reservoirs. Wipe down the outside of your coffee maker and any removable parts with a damp microfibre cloth. Make sure your coffee pot or coffee mug is in place. Mix the water and vinegar together and pour them into the coffee maker’s reservoir. Run a brew cycle with nothing but the water and vinegar mixture. Fill your reservoir with filtered water and run several brew cycles to remove any traces of vinegar from the machine. Cleaning the coffee pot is not a big deal. Simply leave the vinegar in the pot until it has completely cooled. Then wash it as you normally would.