Cleaning Tips for the Home
Save time, energy and money
Tips and hints that come directly from the professionals
Clean smarter, not harder
A room-by-room strategy to clean efficiently
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A sample of our cleaning tips are shown below:
General Cleaning Tips - Stains and Spills
All stains can be removed easier the earlier you get to them as this prevents them from setting. Never rub an area that has been stained; instead you should blot the area with a sponge or absorbent kitchen towel. You should also work from the outside towards the middle when blotting, as this will prevent the stain from spreading.
Liquid stains can be treated by dabbing carbonated water on the area before blotting to lift the stain to the surface. The more the spill can be blotted up as quick as possible, the less residue is left to stain the area. Read more...
Cleaning the Kitchen - Sinks
Kitchen sinks are one of the most frequently used items within the home and are often more germ ridden than many toilets. Therefore, wiping down sinks both before and after each use is good practice and will ensure your sink stays clean and will keep it in excellent condition.
To disinfect your sink fill it with warm water and add a capful of bleach. Let the solution stand for 5 minutes and then wipe away to remove food particles and clinging microbes, ensuring you do this on a weekly basis to keep your sink immaculate. If you are using a stainless steel sink sprinkle either salt or baking soda on it and gently rub it in with half a lemon and scourer, then rinse after a few minutes. Lemon juice is a natural corrosive and will help remove limescale deposits leaving your sink sparkling and bright. Read more...
Cleaning the Living Room - Pictures and Frames
We all want our frames and pictures to look their best, which means they need to be cleaned in a manner that will not damage either the frame or the content underneath the glass. Dusting regularly with a feather duster or soft-bristle brush will prevent the build up of dust and dirt, and harder to remove stains should be wiped down with a slightly wet cloth and dried.
You should never spray glass cleaner directly onto the glass itself as this may damage the frame or seep through and ruin the matting or the picture inside. A great old cleaning tip that is still practical today is to mix a solution of vinegar and water together and rub onto the frames to get them to sparkle. Apply to a damp old newspaper and rub onto the frames, ensuring you don't leave any print smudges. Read more...
Cleaning the Bathroom - Basins
A paper towel soaked in white vinegar rubbed around the faucets of the basin is a cheap method to remove water deposits and limescale, although is not suitable for encrusted taps of any kind (especially gold). This same method can be applied to clean the plug of the basin, which should be kept on top on the basin, not draping around the tap.
Once a month you can pour baking soda down the drain followed by a cup of white vinegar. This combination will fizzle away most of the build up, so wait for an hour and then rinse away with warm water. This great technique can be applied to baths and kitchen sinks too.
If you use a soap dish, rub baby oil on the bottom of it to prevent your soap from sticking to it. Also mugs containing toothbrushes should be placed in the dishwasher once a week to keep them fresh and remove any bacteria that has built up. Read more...
Cleaning the Bedroom - Mattresses
Mattresses can often be the worst enemies for sufferers of allergies as they harbour microscopic dust mites, so keeping them clean will only improve health conditions. Doing this will also have the added bonus of prolonging the life of your mattress.
As we perspire up to half a litre of water every night turning back your bedcovers every morning will allow your mattress to breathe. A mattress protector under your bed linen is a great way to keep your mattress clean, but ensure that this is laundered once a month. Read more...