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8 Office Items That Need Regular Cleaning

Have you noticed that in some offices is it more pleasant to work than in others? You don’t actually dread Mondays, because you like going to the office. And while this is very much related to the job and your colleagues, there’s more to it. It isn’t just about the location, size and furniture. It is about the cleanliness and tidy environment. When it comes to office cleaning, there are a lot more activities involved than just hovering and mopping the floors or emptying the dustbins. In this article, we’ve listed 8 office items that need regular cleaning. How many of those does your office cleaner tick?

The Office Vents

We may not often notice the vents at the office, but it doesn’t mean their cleanliness can be compromised. If not cleaned regularly, they can start spreading unpleasant smells and allergens such as dust, pollen or germs. This is a huge reason for staff sickness, which causes harm to the business in the end.

The Office Toilets

We would like to think that there are no offices or commercial properties in Milton Keynes with toilets that are not regularly clean. The high hygiene level in those places is imperative, but also the products used to maintain those levels is important. In the past, a lot of commercial cleaners used bleach and other strong chemicals to clean public toilets. This can be dangerous to the staff, because many people have allergies and respiratory conditions. Top Home Cleaning uses safe and efficient cleaning products in all our work both at private and commercial settings.

The Office Microwave

In many offices there are kitchen areas where staff can warm their lunch or sit down to have it. So, another office item that needs regular cleaning is the microwave oven. It’s pretty logical, as you wouldn’t want to put your food into something that looks gross. High hygiene level of kitchen items is extremely important, especially when those items are used by multiple people.

The Office Fridge

Still in the office kitchen, we get to the fridge. We all have that colleague who leaves his food in there for weeks! If the fridge isn’t cleaned regularly, this could be a potential threat to the health of the workers in the office. Also, it’s not nice seeing your food getting spoilt because someone else forgot theirs in the fridge for ages.

The Office Coffee Machine

Morning coffee is essential for the majority of working people. Coffee machines are a very common item in the offices and certainly need regular cleaning. Depending on the size of the office and number of employees, some coffee machines could be used hundreds of times a day. This is why they need to be cleaned properly as frequently as possible to prevent contamination with germs and bacteria. Leaving the staff coffee machine uncleaned for more than a couple of days can impose serious health risks to anyone who uses it.

The Office Phones

The phone handles on staff desks deserve a good and thorough clean up. In most cases they are touched by different hands numerous times a day and also a lot of saliva ends up on the handset while we speak. Employee desk rotation is not uncommon in many organisations, so regular cleaning of the office phones is essential for the prevention of spreading infections, germs and diseases.

The Office Computer Keyboards

In many offices, the majority of staff uses communal computers and keyboards. Those should always be part of the regular cleaning checklist in the office because they are a perfect place for microbes to hide and cause infections. Even if every staff member has been allocated a working computer, regular cleaning of the keyboard and headset is essential.

The Office Door Knobs and Handles

Do we really need to stress how crucial regular cleaning of office door knobs and handle is? Not really, it is common sense, but yet, in some offices this isn’t a practice. Those are the office items that collect the most germs and bacteria every single day because they get touched by various people. You never know who washed their hands after using the toilet and who thought it’s ok to skip it. Nasty, but true.

How many of these items are regularly cleaned in your office? If you’ve scored 8 out of 8, you are doing a brilliant job! However, if you are missing some of them, perhaps you need a better commercial cleaning service. That’s easily solved by contacting us with the form below or emailing us at info@tophomecleaning.co.uk.

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How to Clean After a Party

The long Easter Bank Holiday Weekend is just around the corner! If you aren’t travelling, you are most likely hosting a party or family gathering at home. These are always a lot of fun, but boy, the mess you need to clean up afterwards is serious. We are hoping for a lovely weather, so you can at least use the space in the garden and don’t do too much damage to your living room. Either way, you still need some good tips how to clean after a party. We thought we’d split this article in two parts – things you need to clean immediately after the party is over and things you can leave till the next day.

 

Things You Need to Clean Immediately after the Party

 

Ok, no one actually likes cleaning immediately after having a great time. However, to save yourself some struggles later, you need to be proactive. Start from the food leftovers. The stuff that is still good and can be consumed later, goes in the fridge, the rest goes in the food waste bin. Another idea to minimise the food leftover is to pack takeaway boxes for your guests. They go home with food and don’t have to cook, you don’t have to force yourself to eat it all or waste delicious meals.

Next, get recycle bags and put all the cans, plastic bottles, cutlery and plates in the appropriate bags. If you have children, it’s a perfect way to get them involved in the after party cleaning. Use a tray to collect all dirty glasses, dishes or any other items that are not disposable. Quickly check them and place in the dishwasher.

If you weren’t lucky enough with the weather and had to celebrate indoors, check your furniture and carpets for any spills. The quicker you treat the stains, the higher the chance to get rid of it completely without professional help.

Time to sanitise the common areas. Wash the kitchen towels, as well as the hand towels in the bathroom. If you used a tablecloth add it to the laundry load. Next, pour toilet cleaner in the toilet bowl and spray disinfectant on the toilet seat, sink, door handles and light switches. Move to the kitchen and wipe the working counters.

Last thing you need to do immediately after the party is to vacuum or sweep the floor.

 

Things You Need to Clean the Next Day After the Party

 

When you wake up the next morning (hopefully without hangover), you need to continue with the cleaning tasks. First, take down the decorations and store those you would use again. The rest can go in the appropriate bin. Then, take out the items from the dishwasher and put them back in their regular places. Take the laundry out of the dryer, fold and store.

Check for fingerprints on the furniture, mirrors or other surfaces and wipe them with the appropriate detergent. After this it’s time to move to the garden if you had the chance to enjoy it during the party. Clean the barbecue or outside kitchen area. Rearrange the garden furniture and items. Put back things you kept away during the party.

Lastly, use the garden hose to wash the patio area and remove any sticky dirt or debris.

 

Let’s be honest, after party cleaning can be a lot of hard work. And who wants to be sorting out messes after having such a good time, especially if alcohol was involved. There is an easy solution. Book your after party cleaning service with us and simply relax. We will do the rest.

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Why Decluttering Your House is Important

 

Spring is officially here and it is the perfect time to get rid of the things you don’t need to release more space. You can take that literally or figuratively. Either way, decluttering is good for you for a number of reasons. But since we deal more with the practical side of things, we want to make some key points on why decluttering your house is so important. By the end of this article, you would have already began planning your next big decluttering project.

 

Creates a Cosy Atmosphere

 

The less clutter you have at home, the more comfortable and relaxed you feel. Having a lot of stuff lying around or just stacked at different corners of the room creates a feeling of discomfort, and for some people even anxiety. It seriously decreases the open space, which affects your life in the place in many other ways.

 

Improves the Air Circulation and Quality

 

Better air circulation is a direct result of decluttering your house. You need to make sure you allow enough open space for air to circulate properly, especially if your rooms are small. Otherwise, your property could easily get inhabited by mould. This is really bad news for people with allergies or respiratory conditions.

 

Creates a New Environment

 

Every once in a while we all need a change. A change in the wardrobe, change in the appearance, change in the home environment. Decluttering is an essential part of that change. Sometimes it means packing old clothes and giving them to charity. Other times, it’s larger items like that old cabinet you don’t really use, but you have it since forever. When you get rid of large items you create a lot more free space for your children or pets to move around. Even, if you don’t have children or pets, more space is always a plus.

 

Keeps You Healthy

 

Clutter is the perfect cover for many germs and bacteria and even pests! If you want to make sure your house is free of crawling creatures and tiny bugs that can get you sick, decluttering is the answer. Many of them hide under or behind furniture. Some you would find even in your wardrobe if you don’t pay much attention to it often.

 

Let’s You Think Better

 

Scientists have proven that decluttering your home and working environment boosts your concentration and productivity levels. The less unnecessary stuff you have in the office or at  home, the better your ability to think and come up with new ideas will be. Think about it, most eastern philosophies promote a simplistic life and environment with little to no distractions. That shows how important decluttering your house really is.

 

Makes You More Flexible and Opens the Door to New Beginnings

 

Moving on to a more spiritual level, decluttering the physical space, will also help you get rid of some negative energy, impacting your spiritual realm. By letting go of old items, you will create space for new and better ones entering your life. Doing this with something that you can touch and see is the stepping stone to developing the skills to let go of people and situations that don’t favour you. Just think how easy the first step is – start from decluttering your house. Do it today!

Need help with your spring cleaning? Don’t be afraid to ask. Our mission is to make your life easier by providing the best cleaning services in Milton Keynes and the nearby areas. All you have to do is just contact us below.

 

 

Spring Cleaning Benefits

Do You Really Need Spring Cleaning?

It is safe to say that spring has finally come and with that many households are thinking of spring cleaning. Furthermore, it is actually a well-established tradition in many places around the world. Many cultures believe that there is a strong connection between the decluttering and cleansing of your physical space and your spiritual and mental wellbeing. But let’s look at it objectively, is spring cleaning something you really need or an act that some people simply like doing? As professionals, we can argue that spring cleaning is highly recommended for a number of reasons and we’ll share them with you. 

 

Spring Cleaning Keeps You Healthy

 

The first and probably most important benefit of spring cleaning is related to the physical health. During the winter period, there are many bacteria and germs we bring into our homes. Even if you clean your home regularly, some of these embed themselves in the carpets, furniture and little cracks and corners in your home. It takes a thorough deep cleaning to make sure you are completely rid of them. Furthermore, sometimes bread crumbles and small food leftovers get under the sofa without us noticing. Especially, if you have young children at home. With time those pieces get mouldy and can even attract pests if not removed. Spring cleaning can ensure that your home is germs and dirt-free.

 

Spring Cleaning Keeps You In Shape

 

Continuing on the physical health benefits, getting to do spring cleaning at home actually counts as a pretty good workout. There’s lots of squatting, arms and abs exercise, moving around and even some heavy lifting involved. Of course, you don’t have to do it yourself. You can always call a friend to help you out and make it more fun. Play your favourite music while cleaning and you won’t even feel like you are doing a chore.  

 

Spring Cleaning Keeps You Stress-Free

 

Science has proven that decluttering your living and working environment helps with boosting the levels of concentration, productivity and creativity. Moreover, spring cleaning is also associated with lifting depression and putting you into good mood. In other words, having your space deep cleaned could have a positive impact on you both mentally and emotionally. But not everyone likes cleaning. In fact, for some people it counts as torture. The interesting thing about scientists findings exploring the bond between spring cleaning and mental wellbeing is the fact that even people who have outsourced the task report lower stress levels after it has been completed.  Well, it isn’t that surprising. After all, looking at a tidy and clean place generally brings a feeling of comfort and reassurance that everything will be ok.

 

Spring Cleaning is a Symbol of New Beginnings

 

Spring cleaning includes a thorough clean of every big and small part of your home. It is the perfect opportunity to dispose of all the things that you no longer need. Not only it will free space in your physical environment, but will also increase your capacity to receive new energy on a spiritual and mental level. Decluttering your home is very refreshing and optimises your mind to think of new ideas and activities. It enables you to plan for the future and consider new beginnings and exciting experiences.

 

If you’ve read the article up to here, we are certain we don’t need to convince you any more of the benefits of spring cleaning. Then again, this isn’t an easy activity and not many people want to do it on their own. So if you would love a clean and tidy home but can’t be asked to do waste a weekend on deep cleaning, we have a solution. Top Home Cleaning has experienced and well trained cleaners that can transform your environment. You just need to book a date that suits you best and we will come to perform the best spring cleaning service you have ever had.

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When to Clean What: The Perfect Cleaning Schedule

Do you have trouble organising your domestic cleaning tasks? You need structure. You also need a reliable schedule to follow so that you save time and have everything under control. Planning your tasks always makes the execution somehow easier. We love helping you in any way possible, so we have created the perfect cleaning schedule telling you exactly when and what to clean to maintain a sparkling home at all occasions. Let’s start with the least frequent and finish off with the daily tasks.

 

Yearly Cleaning Chores

 

Some things in your home wouldn’t require so much attention all the time, therefore you can brush it aside for weeks and even weeks. However, it is good to complete these tasks at least once a year:

 

  • Clean the fireplace and chimney
  • Deep clean your windows
  • Clean vents
  • Deep clean carpets and rugs
  • Clean out the gutters

 

Every 3 to 6 Months

 

There are other chores that also don’t need to be repeated too often, but certainly need attention more than once a year. This is mainly to ensure you and your family lives in a pleasant and healthy environment.

 

  • Clean your fridge and freezer
  • Clean under and behind the furniture and appliances
  • Clean your oven
  • Descale the coffee machine and kettle
  • Vacuum the mattresses
  • Wash shower curtain
  • Wash pillows and comforters
  • Wash curtains

 

Monthly

 

Here we are, moving on to the more frequently performed household tasks. These are not too hard and shouldn’t really take a lot of time, even though you only engage with them once a month.

 

  • Vacuum the vents
  • Clean the light fixtures
  • Dust the blinds
  • Clean the dishwasher, washing machine and microwave

 

Weekly

 

If you want to live in a well organised and safe home, you should commit to doing these cleaning tasks every week.

 

  • Clean the mirrors and other glass surfaces
  • Dust/vacuum the furniture
  • Mop all hard floors
  • Scrub bathroom surfaces
  • Wipe kitchen surfaces
  • Vacuum the entire house
  • Change bed sheets
  • Get rid of expired food
  • Freshen the bins
  • Sanitise the toilet and bath

 

Twice a week

 

Depending on the size of your family, sometimes you would need to do some tasks more frequently than once a week, but as often as every day.

 

  • Doing the laundry
  • Ironing
  • Folding clothes
  • Take out the bins

 

Daily

 

And here we go – the daily struggles! Actually, it shouldn’t be as hard as it seems. Once you spread your tasks over different time periods and follow your schedule it really gets easy. So every day you should:

 

  • Make the bed
  • Wash the dishes
  • Mop the kitchen floor
  • Wipe down bathroom surfaces
  • Vacuum main living spaces
  • Put away toys and clutter

 

Bear in mind that if you are a mom of more than one child under the age of 7 you may have to perform the daily tasks hourly. 😁

 

You see! Now everything is much more bearable. There’s beauty in the routine because it helps you stay organised and manage your time better. If after all, you still think you can’t cope with all the cleaning chores yourself, call us for help. Fill in the form below and we will get back to you in no time! 

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End of Tenancy Cleaning Checklist

 

 

End of tenancy cleaning is more complicated than most people imagine. It is a complex process, quite similar to spring cleaning but it covers every single area of the property and missing a spot can cost you a chunk of your deposit. Agents and landlords are very strict towards following all the requirements outlined in the letting agreement so you must know exactly what is expected from you in terms of end of tenancy cleaning. We know that letting agreements don’t always have the same requirements, but we have come up with a standard checklist approved by most agencies in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas.

 

Hallway and Stairs

 

Starting with the small and relatively spaces you need to cover during the end of tenancy cleaning, here’s what you need to do in the passage area and stairs:

  • Vacuum or mop the stairs and hallway (whichever applies)
  • Clean skirting boards and light fittings.

 

Living Room

 

Throughout the length of your tenancy, you probably spent the most time in the living room. That would imply the space was regularly cleaned and therefore shouldn’t be too much of a hard task to complete. However, just a quick vacuuming and a little dusting won’t do the trick for end of tenancy cleaning. Here’s the checklist you need to follow:

 

  • Clean the windows, doors, light fittings, skirting boards, mirrors and pictures (if present when you moved in).
  • Wipe clean all furniture (if the property was rented furnished)
  • Clean inside and out any cupboards or storage facilities that may have been in the property when you moved in.
  • Full vacuuming under the furniture (if any).

If the floor is carpeted, in around 80% of the cases you will be required to provide professional carpet cleaning, or at least, cleaning to a professional standard.

 

Bedrooms

 

Bedrooms are not too hard to deal with as well, but they do take a lot of time to go through because you need to make sure you aren’t missing any tiny detail like a socket, for example. Here’s more of what you need to check:

  • Clean the windows, doors, light fittings, skirting boards, mirrors and pictures.
  • Wipe clean inside and out all furniture that was initially in the property, for example, beds, wardrobes, chests of drawers.
  • Full vacuuming under the furniture (if any) and mopping if applicable.

Again, if the floors are carpeted, you will need to get a carpet cleaner or book a professional carpet cleaning service.

 

Bathroom

 

And here we come to the hard part of end of tenancy cleaning – the bathroom. Although most people maintain good hygiene levels in their bathrooms and toilets at home, domestically cleaned condition is not acceptable when it comes to checking out of a rented property. Before your letting agent or landlord comes to see the place upon your departure, make sure you have:

  • Cleaned the tiles, windows, doors, mirrors, light fittings, bath, shower screen and toilet
  • Wiped clean inside and out all bathroom cupboards and fixtures
  • Dusted the skirting and removed any marks
  • Moped and vacuumed the floor.

 

Kitchen

 

It is actually hard to say whether the bathroom or the kitchen is the most difficult area to clean at the end of your tenancy. It would depend on how often you had been using your kitchen and whether you maintained it in a good condition. Either way you will still have a lot to do during your end of tenancy cleaning. Follow this checklist:

  • Wash and polish all work surfaces
  • Clean the tiles, light fittings, cupboards (inside and out), dishwasher, washing machine, bins, microwave
  • Clean the sink and taps
  • Light fitting to be cleaned, remove limescale and polish where required
  • Scrub the doors
  • Clean the oven externally and internally and remove all built up grease
  • Clean, vacuum and mop the floor
  • Defrost the freezer and clean it
  • Clean the fridge

Did you get tired by just reading all this? We can help! Top Home Cleaning is here to do your end of tenancy cleaning, while you take the time to settle in your new home and enjoy the company of your family. All you need to do to make it happen is send us a message in the contact form below!

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