Dirty windows can make even the cleanest room seem dank and dismal, yet window cleaning is often done badly or not at all. It can be difficult to get a crystal-clear streak-free shine on your windows. You may be familiar with the frustration of looking through just-cleaned windows only to see soap streaks and water marks all over them. There are some simple tips and tricks that if employed will ensure you get fantastic results every time - and we've collected them here for your convenenice. Read on to find out how to enjoy the view through perfectly polished panes.
Whether you are a career oriented go-getter working 40 to 50 hours a week, a working mum, a stay at home parent, or a student with a heavy workload, fitting chores into your weekly schedule and staying on top of the housework is likely to be a challenge. It is easy to put off doing everyday jobs in favour of relaxing after a long day’s work, spending a little time with the kids before bed, or pouring over books to meet your next assignment deadline. At the time, almost everything seems more important than washing the dishes or doing the laundry; that is until it has built up for a week or more and you have nothing to wear or eat with! When this happens, you are faced with a mammoth task: a full day’s cleaning just to get back to a reasonable level of housekeeping. If you can work out a way to spend a little time doing housework, you will find that it is much easier to stay on top of the chores and you will never be faced with the daunting and demoralising mountain of work that builds up if you let things slide. Great!... But just exactly how do you do this with a hectic schedule like yours?
The hardest part of getting your weekly chores done is starting them. Before you get going on it, a long to-do list can seem daunting. Cleaning and tidying suddenly become anathema to you; you couldn’t possibly think of a worse way to spend your day. You start to look for distractions, promising yourself you’ll start the chores just after you’ve ‘watched this video’, ‘sent this message’, or ‘drank this cup of tea’. The best way to get things done is just to start. Say to yourself “OK – I’m just going to do (this chore) for five minutes”. Typically once you have got going, it doesn’t seem half as hard as you made it out to be in your imagination and five minutes will quickly turn into a completed job that you can tick off your to-do list. Feels good, doesn’t it?
In recent decades, the idea that our homes need to be completely free from dust, mould, dirt and bacteria in order for us to enjoy good health has been widely propagated. Germs are deadly. At least, this is what most large commercial cleaning product manufacturers would have you believe. Clever marketing campaigns using exaggerated claims and pseudo-science aim to make us believe that exposure to bacteria for a fraction of a second is likely to result in sickness… or even death. Large corporations behind the production of household cleaning supplies use this kind of scaremongering to sell hundreds of different cleaners, bleaches and disinfectants to an increasingly paranoid public. They create terrifying issues in adverts telling you about exaggerated risks from germs and bacteria; then sell you the answer to your newly formed prayers in the form of germ killing sprays. But, what really is the risk? And do these sprays help or hinder matters? Read on to find the answers.
Moving house requires a lot of patience and organisation at any time, but when you throw kids into the mix, things can quickly get out of control. Kids on their own require you to have at least three pairs of eyes and eight sets of arms. Keeping them under control at the same time as packing, cleaning and moving is a monumental challenge. In this article, we’ve put together some tips to help make everything go as smoothly as possible.
When it comes to cleaning, it is easy to neglect floor space. This is particularly true in modern corporate office buildings that have large expanses of tiled or marble flooring. Because this kind of flooring does not suffer the same build-up of grime and dirt as carpet, many companies are happy to ask their janitors or hired cleaning firms to clean the floors on an ad hoc basis. Dirty marks, such as mud from shoes, show up against typically pale tiled or marble flooring. These are mopped up as they appear, effectively cleaning only small portions of the flooring at any time. In large offices and retail spaces, there is a vast amount of floor space for cleaners to cover. It is rare that the entire floor gets properly cleaned. Even if the floor is swept and mopped regularly and cleaned all over once or twice a week, it may be at risk from surface cracks, staining, or dirt and moisture damage. The only real way to ensure your floors are kept in top condition is to hire a cleaning firm that use a floor cleaning or buffing machine. We’ll look at some of the advantages you stand to gain below.
Walk into any supermarket and you will find shelves upon shelves bursting with expensive laundry detergents, softeners, conditioners and fresheners. Each product boasts that it will keep your whites whiter, prevent colours from fading, get rid of bad odours, remove stains, or even prevent them from occurring in the first place. You can easily end up spending a fortune on different products to fulfil all your laundry needs. These products are not just bad for your wallet, but also full of chemicals that can be harmful to the environment and even your health. There is no need to worry though; we've put together some helpful tips on how you can get the same fantastic effects, just by adding some natural ingredients to a basic eco-friendly washing powder.
With a wide range of companies offering professional cleaning services in every city, it can be difficult to know which will serve your needs the best and whether the claims made on the each company’s website are accurate reflections of the service they provide. Many people rely on reviews, testimonials and personal recommendations as the deciding factor, having narrowed the choices down to a shortlist of 3 to 5 cleaning companies. Independent review sites were set up to help with this sort of choice, providing a place where customers can leave reviews for any sort of professional service. The popularity of these sites grew rapidly, and good customer reviews quickly became seen as crucial to success of small and mid-sized businesses. This has had the unfortunate result that many companies now pay people who have never used their product or service to provide them with a positive review. They will tell the reviewers what details they’d like included and pay for a positive review. This practice has become widespread and makes it difficult to know which reviews to believe and rely on. Below we have put together some things to look out for when reading reviews of cleaning services to help you steer clear of fake reviewers.