- Published: 28 July 2014
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Getting housework done sometimes seems like a never ending and thankless task. You do it because it needs to be done, not because there is any great reward. Worst of all, when you finally get finished with the week’s to-do list, the next week comes around and you have to do it all over again. When faced with the thought of all the chores that need to be done, it can be very tempting to simply throw your hands up and walk away. Chances are, you often find yourself doing anything but the housework – making up excuses or putting things off until you ‘feel more like it’. If you find yourself saying,” just one more episode” of the show you’re watching on Netflix, “just one more level” of that Facebook game you’re playing, or “just one more chapter” of the book you’re reading before you crack on with the chores – time and time again – it is likely that you will benefit greatly from creating a cleaning schedule. In this article, we’ll give you some great tips on how to go about creating a schedule to best fit your life.
- Published: 27 July 2014
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Looking for a new apartment can be both exciting and stressful. You get only a limited time to look around before making a choice on whether or not to rent, and often the property is still inhabited by its current resident. The excitement of finding a place that looks perfect on first glance can turn to aggravation and disappointment when you move in and issues crop up that went unnoticed at the time of your viewing. Good lettings agents should insist on professional end of tenancy cleaning and maintenance for all newly let flats. However, sometimes this does not happen, particularly when dealing with private landlords or looking for accommodation with a tight budget. It is worth stipulating that you expect a thorough end of tenancy clean to be carried out prior to moving in, before you sign any contract. While this should ensure that the property is in an acceptable state of cleanliness, it is also beneficial to arm yourself with a checklist to help you make sure everything is up to standard. You should use this checklist to look for potential problems both when first viewing the flat, and again when you are given the keys. Flagging up issues straight away is the best way to ensure that they are resolved and that your deposit is secure. We’ve put together a list of some commonly overlooked issues you should look out for when viewing and inspecting new apartments.
- Published: 20 July 2014
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At DS Eco Cleaning, we recently uploaded articles to our blog explaining the hazards that chemicals contained in many commercial cleaning products can pose to our health and the environment. The health risks associated with these products range from skin irritation and breathing difficulty right up to cancer and liver failure. It is clear that we all need to take a long hard look at what is in our cleaning cupboards if we want to live healthy lives on a healthy planet. This begs the question though, what exactly should we be looking for when it comes to choosing cleaning products? The simple answer is to look for products that are natural or eco-friendly. The more natural the ingredients, the less likely the products are to pose any danger to you, your family, or the environment. The problem with this is that many products labelled as containing natural ingredients do so alongside dangerous chemicals. Even products that are labelled eco-friendly may only be so relatively speaking. Since there is no legal obligation for companies to list specific ingredients on packaging, it is wise to take “natural and safe” claims with a pinch of salt. By far the best way to ensure that your cleaning products are safe, healthy, natural and eco-friendly (not to mention significantly cheaper than commercial chemical products) is to make them yourself using only natural ingredients! Here are some of nature’s most effective cleaners:
- Published: 19 July 2014
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Busy schedules and increasingly high costs of living can make getting the recommended amount of exercise seem like a difficult chore at best – and impossible at worst. Even if you can manage to squeeze an hour into your day for exercise, the cost of gym memberships is likely money that you could put to better use on necessities or would much rather spend on a little luxury treat than a gruelling fat burning session. Many sources say that exercise should be fun; not only is it a way to keep fit, but also time to clear our minds and reset our inner balance. Unfortunately, the guilt we feel at leaving the chores undone or at overspending often means that this is not possible. It is very hard to achieve focus and get the most from a workout with a head full of chores that need doing at home or financial worries that need to be addressed. The great news is you can turn your housework into a workout – effectively eliminating all these problems. You will be fit, toned and healthy; your house will sparkle from top to bottom; and best of all – you’ll be left with free time to relax and some extra cash to treat yourself! Here’s how to do it:
- Published: 18 July 2014
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We all judge by first impressions; that’s just natural. Even if our immediate attention is focussed on tasks or introductions, we subconsciously form an impression of an office environment the moment we walk into it based on cleanliness and upkeep. The smallest thing – a bad smell or smear of something undefinable on a surface – can trigger a bad impression. If a tiled floor gleams in the light streaming in through clear glass windows, and all the walls and surfaces are unmarked, uncluttered and free of dust, we can have confidence that we are walking into a polished professional environment. This will have an immediate positive effect on anyone who enters, whether they are important new clients visiting for the first time or staff who work at your office every day. Hiring a good commercial cleaning service is central to ensuring that your company maintains a polished and professional image in the eyes of both your clients and your workforce.
- Published: 18 July 2014
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As we all know, spilt milk is nothing to cry about. Red wine spilt on a pale coloured or white carpet may seem like altogether another matter. The horror of the moment is not hard to conjure in the imagination. You have friends over for a dinner party. You’ve finished eating and are enjoying reminiscing and sharing tales over a few more bottles of wine. As a particularly exciting point in a story – the narrator stands and begins to gesticulate – wine glass still in hand. Perhaps he stumbles; perhaps someone leaves to use the bathroom and he tries to step aside. It makes no difference. The result is the same: the world seems to slow as you watch the wine glass slip from his fingers and slowly tumble to the floor. There is stunned silence as you all take in the dark stain spreading at his feet. You know the next minutes are crucial if you are going to salvage your carpet, but what should your next move be?
- Published: 12 July 2014
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There is no mistaking the fact that the manufacture of household cleaning products is big business. There are hundreds of brands vying to grab your attention with bright packaging and ever more impressive claims as to how white they get your whites, how bright your coloureds will stay, how fresh your rooms will smell, how easily grease will slide off dishes and ovens, or how greater percentage of germs they will kill, dead. We are inundated with pseudo-scientific adverts – showing massively magnified images of germs, bugs, grime and bacteria – all of which warn of the dangers we face lurking invisible to the eye on every surface that isn’t thoroughly disinfected using these products on a regular basis. We end up with cupboards stocked full with an array of sprays, wipes, bleaches, air fresheners, and more. There is a different product available to deal with every type of dirt, dust and grime we could care to imagine. With this arsenal of germ-busting power at our disposal, we can all rest assured that we are safe from disease and ill-health in our own spotlessly clean homes, right? Wrong.