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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.

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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.

Sounds like a good plan? Fill in the form below, we’ll take it from there.

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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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