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Deep Cleaning after Summer

Most people choose to do deep cleaning right after winter and that’s why they call it spring cleaning. However, in reality, every home needs a thorough clean, at least twice a year. And that’s the bare minimum. So, if the best time to do spring cleaning is after the winter months, the second best time for deep cleaning is after summer. 

 

Areas for Deep Cleaning

 

The Bathroom

It’s a great idea to start your deep cleaning from the bathroom. During the summer, you probably used it more often than the rest of the year and it now needs a refreshing touch. There might be some limescale built-up or yellow stains on some of the tiles and shower cabin floor. That usually takes more effort than a regular scrub. If you are a fan of eco-friendly cleaning products, you can use apple cider vinegar to deal with the limescale and stains. Also, don’t forget to disinfect the toilet! Autumn is the season of viruses and bacteria. You want to germ-proof your home as much as possible. 

 

The Kitchen

Deep cleaning your kitchen is a good opportunity to take care of your appliances inside and out, as well as behind and under. Clear the fridge and give it a good scrub. You can make a homemade cleaning solution to remove grease and burnt-on from the oven. Don’t miss the inside of the cupboards and throw away everything that has to go. 

While you are in the kitchen, take the time to organise the pantry. Nothing feels cosier than a nice and tidy pantry, full of herbs, tea and warming drinks in the coming autumn. 

 

The Bedrooms

Your bedrooms will also need significant deep cleaning. Wash the duvets, pillows and quilts. If you can, arrange carpet cleaning, just to ensure your sleeping environment is safe, clean and peaceful. Steam cleaning has even more health benefits and will help you have a better night sleep. 

Your closet is a must-clean. Time to put away the fun, colourful summer clothes and bring out the cosy, warm winter garments. 

 

The Living Room

Last but not least, spend some time deep cleaning your living room too. It’s probably the place where you would be spending most of your time at home. Make it look inviting and calm. Clean behind the furniture to remove dust and any other dirt. Also, to ensure your home doesn’t get infested with spiders. Early autumn is their mating period, so one of their favourite hiding places is behind your sofa! 

Since cold months are coming, you will be using a lot more heating. Deep clean the radiators to maximise their efficiency. 

 

Can’t be asked to put all that effort and time? Don’t worry, that’s why you have us here. Top Home Cleaning has a special offer for deep cleaning service if booked by 15th September. Hurry, don’t miss those 20% OFF!

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

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What Can I Expect from my Domestic Cleaner?

When you think about hiring a domestic cleaner, it’s likely that your mind feels with a lot of questions. Do I really need a domestic cleaner? Can I trust them with my home? Would they do a good job? Am I going to waste my money?

All these questions are valid and very normal. It is indeed hard to trust your home in the hands of a stranger. However, there are some things you should know, which will help you make the right choice and have a clear notion of what to expect from your domestic cleaner.

Reliability

A good domestic cleaner is always reliable. Although sometimes accidents happen, your domestic worker will give their best to be at your address on time. They will put the required work diligently and also, leave on time. That’s one of the main reasons why it is best to turn to a professional cleaning company than a freelance cleaner, because you can be ensured they will find a replacement if something happened to your cleaner and he or she can’t make the appointment.

Honesty

A reputable domestic cleaner will never lie to you or steal from your home. They will be honest in their behaviour and work.

Confidentiality

One of the main reasons people think twice before hiring a domestic cleaner is the fear their secrets or private information being exposed. You can expect from a good domestic cleaner to always mind her or his own business and not poke their nose into your stuff. Sometimes, it can be a plus hiring a maid who doesn’t speak English well, if you are worried they might leak out confidential conversations or correspondence.

Professional Service

The very reason why you would want to get a domestic cleaner is to have your home professionally cleaned. There are some spots and areas in the house that certainly need the knowledge and the touch of a professional. A good maid knows exactly where to start from and how to treat a variety of stains without causing further damage. The cleaners in our company train extensively before we let the serve client premises alone.

Attention to Detail

One of the important things you should look for and expect from your domestic cleaner is attention for detail. Everyone can cover general house chores and perform a general clean. It takes a professional to add some extra and notice the really small things that make or break the big picture.

As a company with long years in the industry we are very proud of our professional cleaners and the work they do for our clients on daily basis. Why not see for yourself?

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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.

 

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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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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.