Author: Thomas Ramirez

Common disinfecting mistakes you make according to experts

Everyone knows how to clean their home, right? But what if I told you that there are some common rules that you need to follow which will not only make cleaning easier and more efficient but disinfecting as well.

Lately, everyone has become more interested in disinfecting their homes which is why I decided that it is best if I asked the experts themselves to tell us common mistakes everyone makes- the ones who clean and disinfect for a living, the team at Cleaners Manchester.

Here is what they told me

Cleaning and disinfecting are totally different things!

They told me that a common misconception which people have is that cleaning and disinfecting means the same thing which is extremely wrong.

When you clean you simply remove dirt, dust, and all sorts of impurities but you do not get rid of bacteria that way.

Disinfecting on the other hand has nothing to do with cleaning – it’s the process of killing germs with the help of using chemicals. You can disinfect a dirty surface and it won’t become clean – it will just be free of germs.

You always need to do both – clean first and disinfect later.

You need to read the instructions of a cleaning product

Another mistake people tend to make is to use cleaning products without reading the instructions first. This is necessary because some products shouldn’t be used on certain surfaces and might damage them. By reading the label first you can avoid doing some serious damage to your furniture.

Some cleaning products are very harsh and should only be used when wearing gloves and when you open a window.

You should only use disposable gloves

A huge common mistake you are probably making is buying reusable gloves, however, the cleaning experts say that you should clean and disinfect only with disposable ones in order to prevent spreading germs.

Disinfection needs to be done every day

“The whole purpose of disinfection is to get rid of germs and in order to maintain your home free of bacteria you need to do it every single day – if not more than once a day” – this is what one cleaning technician from Cleaners Manchester had to say.

I do agree with him! You need to disinfect doorknobs, light switches, handles, sinks, toilets, and everything else that you and your family touch on a daily basis.

Why you need to have a weekly cleaning schedule and how to make one!

How often do you clean your home? Is it an absolutely dreaded task? Well, I might have an idea that will completely change your cleaning habits and you might actually even start to enjoy cleaning!

If you don’t have a weekly cleaning schedule – you absolutely need to make one! It’s crucial to organizing your time especially since we all live busy lives with a lot of responsibilities.

What is a weekly cleaning schedule you may ask? Well, it’s basically planning what cleaning chores you will be doing every day of the week. By doing that you will save a ton of time and your home will always be in a clean state! Distributing all of my chores has completely changed my life and the way I look at cleaning.

Here is how I do it!

On Monday

On Mondays, I always vacuum the carpets in my home. Then I clean the floors in every room and I continue with washing and changing the bathroom towels.

On Tuesday

On Tuesdays, I mainly focus on cleaning the bedroom. When I am done doing that I continue with dusting everything in my home and sometimes I clean the mirrors (if they need cleaning).

On Wednesday

On Wednesdays, I clean the floors in every room once again. I keep my focus on the outside – balcony and yard. If you don’t have a yard you can focus on your balcony and maintaining it spotless.

On Thursday

On Thursdays, I deep clean the kitchen. I do enjoy cooking so, of course, I clean up after I prepared something but we all know that a kitchen needs a deep cleaning. I also pay attention to appliances.

Then I clean all bathroom in my home, and I finish with vacuuming all of the carpets just like I do on Mondays!

On Friday

Once again I clean the floors in every room. I then do the laundry which is usually time-consuming since I iron everything.

On Saturday

On Saturdays, I usually just change the sheets and pillowcases.

On Sunday

Well, Sunday, is a day of relaxing so I don’t do anything around the house!

The best way to clean your humidifier

If you use a humidifier then it is very important you deep clean it once a week because stagnant water is a breeding ground of germs and who would want for those germs to get right in the air that we breathe?

Experts say that you shouldn’t use detergents that contain harsh chemicals and I couldn’t agree more. I usually use natural ingredients that I already have in my home like white vinegar.

Let’s start cleaning

Of course, start with unplugging the humidifier and disassembling it completely.

Continue with pouring one cup of white vinegar straight into the water tank.

Then you need to place the water tank on the base and let the vinegar drain into the reservoir. This will help with the build-up.

After 15 to 20 minutes have passed then continue with emptying the water tank and the base from the vinegar. Grab a brush and start scrubbing.

When you are about to clean the small parts of the humidifier you should dip a sponge in vinegar and wipe them with it.

Once you are done cleaning everything with the vinegar make sure you rinse everything well and let it air dry.

How can you prevent food poisoning?

Food poisoning is terrible. I have experienced it a couple of times myself and let me tell you – it definitely wasn’t pleasant. It is a very common problem that I want to help as many of you prevent.

A food that is prepared/ stored the wrong way it may come in contact with dangerous bacteria which you will later on consume. This may cause vomiting, fever, high body temperature, nausea, diarrhea, etc. Doesn’t sound nice, right?

Here are the most common causes

You can get food poisoning from eating undercooked food, not putting your food in the fridge for a while, cooking in a dirty environment, not properly cleaning all surfaces of the kitchen, touching and preparing food with dirty hands, etc.

Of course, the causes are endless but you get the point – most often the food simply came in contact with bacteria.

How to prevent food poisoning?

Making sure you cook the food properly

If you do not want to experience food poisoning then you need to properly cook your food.

For example, when it comes to meat pork and chicken need to be completely cooked. When it comes to beef, lamb, or seafood you should strictly follow a recipe on preparing them safely.

Making sure your kitchen is clean

Maintaining hygiene and cleanliness in your kitchen is one of the most important parts. If there are bacteria on the cutting board or on your kitchen utensils they will automatically get transferred to your food. Make sure you wash your hands before cooking. Also, clean and disinfect your kitchen and all surfaces in it.

Make sure your kitchen appliances are clean. I know you are probably neglecting them, therefore, they are filled with germs. Have a professional come and deep clean your oven from time to time so that there are no built-up, burnt food, oil, grease, and germs in the appliance. This will also ensure the proper performance of the oven as well as its long lifespan.

Never microwave these 5 things

The microwave is such an amazing invention – sometimes it can be a life-saver.

But as many benefits as this appliance has it can have lots of cons – especially when you microwave the wrong things. Who wants to be exposed to harmful chemicals, ruin the microwave or even possibly start a fire? Exactly, no one. So take a look at the list I have put together for you and stop microwaving the listed items – you will thank me later.

– Metal

Weird way to start the list, right? How can you put metal in the microwave? Well, for example, Chinese takeout boxes usually have metal on them. By heating up your Chinese takeout boxes you can start a fire. Put the food on a plate and then heat it.

– Plastic

Anything that contains plastic – plastic forks, spoons, knives, containers, cups, etc. When plastic is heated the chemicals in it can transfer to your food. As you can probably guess this is very bad for your health. So why risk it and not just put your food on a normal plate.

– Travel Mugs

Microwaving a travel mug isn’t dangerous for your health but it is for your microwave. If the mug is made from stainless steel it will block the heat from warming the liquid that’s inside and will damage the microwave.

– Things that are labeled as “microwave safe”

The only thing that these ‘‘microwave-safe’’ labels are telling is that it won’t damage the container or the microwave. But it can still cause harm to your health.

Did you know that manufacturers aren’t required to test these ‘‘microwave-safe’’ items that they are making before selling them?

– Meat

And I don’t mean heating the leftover chicken that you want to eat for lunch. I mean frozen meat that you want to defrost. It’s not an easy process – and if your microwave doesn’t rotate the food while heating it. This will cause the heat to be uneven and part of the meat might even start cooking while other parts will still be frozen.

This might even cause bacteria on the meat to grow that might lead to food poisoning.

How to remove your carpet by yourself?

Do you want to remove your carpet? Maybe you want to switch to hardwood flooring or you simply want a new carpet. Doesn’t matter. We will help you with this task.

We have broken down the process in three simple steps. Does removing your carpet sound hard? Well, it is actually not. It’s very easy. As the team of my favourite cleaning company Monster Cleaning says – the hardest thing related to a carpet is cleaning it. Everything else can be easily performed without professional help. Be prepared for the dust that waits for you under the carpet. What you will see underneath is probably the worst part of this process.

  1. Prepare yourself

The first thing you need to do is decide what you are going to do with the floor underneath. If you think about installing a new carpet than you might need to leave the tack strip.

  • Vacuum the carpet

  • Decide what are you going to do with the carpet and how are you going to get rid of it – with the help of the installers of your new flooring, by yourself, with a recycling company.

  1. Removing the carpet

Like we told you – there is going to be lots of dust. So if the carpet is very old we would advise you to wear a dust mask.

  • Pull the edges of the carpet near the walls using pliers.

  • Cut the carpet down the length of the room into strips using a utility or a carpet knife.

  • If you want to renovate the floor under the carpet be careful not to damage it with the knife.

  • Pull the carpet away from the tack strip (use eye protection if possible).

  • Roll the carpet strips and secure them with duct tape.

  1. Removing tack strips and staples

  • Wedge the tack strip from the floor carefully using a pry bar.

  • Ease the larger nails attaching the tack strip to the floor.

  • Break the tack strips up in small pieces.

  • Remove the staples using pliers (or a flat bladed screwdriver).

  • Vacuum the floor.

Tackle your Spring cleaning with ease

The top to bottom cleaning of one’s home that is usually referred to as Spring cleaning is a job that specialists advice to get done at least twice a year in order to make your house a more pleasant and comfortable place, and at the same time turn your everyday cleaning duties in a less tiresome endeavour.

Once you get your mind around doing the spring cleaning, you should prepare to spend at least a whole day working on the project. You should be prepared with the proper tools, cleaning products and everything else required in order to get the job done in the most satisfactory manner. Alternatively, you can always hire a professional cleaning company that offers spring cleaning services, but if you are resolved to do it on your own, it might be a good idea to follow some of the tips described below in order to finish in a quicker and more efficient manner:

  • Start from the beginning – clean up the doormats – broom and wash them, so that once put in a perfect condition they start doing their job – preventing dirt and dust to enter your home in great quantities.
  • The carpets and upholstery are the next things you should focus on. That is probably the toughest job you are going to face during your spring clean. Treat any stains with the necessary products and detergents, and carefully vacuum every inch of carpets and upholstery. You can even consider renting a steam cleaning machine for the day, because it will greatly help you finish the task in a quick and considerably hassle-free manner.
  • Get wax or sealer for your hardwood floors. The best thing that you can do for them is to finish them all over again, because that will give them protection from wear and tearing for the year to come.
  • All walls, cabinets and drawers should also be carefully washed in order to restore them in a perfect condition. You will be surprised how a certain room becomes much refreshed after a simple wall-wash.
  • You should not forget that you should move your furniture around so that you can carefully vacuum the area that the separate pieces have previously occupied. This might be strenuous, but no Spring cleaning is going to be complete without doing so.
  • All ceiling fixtures, including fans and the filters of the air-conditioner should be carefully cleaned from dust and dirt. This will greatly improve the quality of the air that you breathe while at home.
  • After the ceiling fixtures are taken care of, it comes the time for the light fixtures. An all purpose cleaner, a sponge and a cloth will do the trick, and the light in the rooms will definitely improve afterwards.

The fridge is the most important thing in the kitchen to take care of. Empty and defrost it, then carefully clean any stains and moulding that potentially have occurred, so that you know that your food is stored in healthy conditions.

The Guide to End of Tenancy cleaning

One of the most important things that you can do for yourself as a citizen of the UK and a responsible adult as a whole is to know your rights. According to changes made in the legislation of the country in 2007, landlords have the legal obligation to use the so called tenancy deposit protection, or TBP. Without going into unnecessary technical details, TBP means that any tenant has the right go get his or hers rental deposit back, as long as the end of tenancy conditions are met – meaning that the property is left in the same state as it was first occupied.

In order to prepare yourself to get your deposit back, you should basically do two things. First, obtain photos of the property from the time just before you have moved in, and make sure that you have carried out your end of tenancy cleaning and repairs properly.

In order to get the second thing right, you can either approach the task on your own, or put some effort and time into completing it, or just look around your district for a reliable and responsible professional cleaning agency who can help you with the task of end of tenancy cleaning. It may cost a little bit more, but definitely you will have a considerable amount of money left from the deposit when you pay the company, so if you want to save some time and energy, that is definitely the best thing to do.

In case that you decide to get the end of tenancy cleaning on your own, you should get at least one day free on your schedule, because the task is time and energy consuming. End of tenancy cleaning is basically another word for deep house cleaning, and you should not underestimate the challenge you expose yourself to.

There are several areas to which you should pay really special attention. These are as follows:

  • The carpets
  • The windows
  • The oven and other kitchen appliances.
  • The bathroom – do not forget to check for mouldings in the corners!

You should make sure that if some handyman services are required in order to restore the property in its initial state, you are up to the task and have the proper tools, or you have a place from which you can get them.

Another considerate thing that you can do in order to ensure that your end of tenancy cleaning is properly taken care of is to ask some friends to come help you. Provided that they are not tied up at work or other urgent responsibilities, it is unlikely that someone will turn your request down. Having people close to you helping you with the end of tenancy cleaning will not only help you finish the job quicker, but also make the process a lot more fun.

Unless you have seriously damaged the property, these simple strategies will definitely help you get your rental deposit back without any problems whatsoever.

Easy strategies for keeping your carpets clean

Carpets are very well known to be one of the best flooring solutions out there. They are beautiful, stylish and classy, but on the other hand keeping your carpets and area rugs clean is often energy and time consuming, we advice calling professionals like Carpet Cleaning Sidcup to do the job for you. What is more, the end results rarely match your expectations and wishes when you do it yourself. What is the best thing to do? Well, if your carpets are really dirty and you do not have the skills or resources to clean them up on your own, it is highly advisable that you give your local cleaning company a call and get the rugs professionally cleaned. The carpet cleaners are going to use professional equipment, most probably high-end steam cleaning tools that guarantee optimal results quickly and hassle free and restore your carpets in the condition they have been at the time you have first installed them. Once you get your carpets professionally cleaned, it is time to consider how you are going to maintain them in the condition they are currently in. It goes without saying that you cannot use carpet cleaning services every week, but fortunately now your carpets are in a condition that is really easy to maintain. All you need to do is follow three simple rules and you are never going to have problems with carpet cleaning anymore.

  • First and foremost, you should make sure that your carpet is properly vacuumed at any time. That would be the step requiring the most effort, but if you do the vacuuming every day, you will not have that much to take care of actually. Thus you are going to ensure that sand, dust, dirt and other agents do not take permanent residence deep in the fabrics of your carpet thus damaging the longevity of its life. The general rule is that the carpet should be vacuumed once a week for every member of the household (pets included), but you should not get below three times a week.
  • Another thing to look after when you want carpets in a perfect condition is to not let stains of any sort stay on the fabric for a long time. Remove stains as soon as they occur, because the longer they stay, the harder it is going to get rid of them. Water is usually enough to do the job, but if the stain is more stubborn, you can try adding some simple dishwashing detergent. Remember – red wine is best cleaned with white wine and you should use salt to treat grease stains.
  • In order to reduce the amount of dirt and dust that enters your household and inevitable gets on the carpet, you can think about adding a no-shoes in the house policy – that is, if there is already a shoes-in-the-house policy at your home. Putting a mat at your front door is also going to do miracles with the amount of dirt that enters your home, and will definitely save you effort and time from cleaning the carpets.

Removing pet odor and stains

Having a beloved pet in your home could be both a blessing and a curse. Few things create a cozier atmosphere than a cat or a dog walking or lying around the rooms of your household. The unpleasant truth is that they unfortunately smell. They smell bad and cause certain areas in your rooms to smell bad too which does not help when for end of tenancy. No matter whether you are just planning on getting a pet, or you already have one, you should prepare yourself for battling those odors that have no place in your home.

The easiest way is of course prevention. Cats and dogs can be thought not to use your floor as a toilet. It takes a little effort but at the end of the day, you cannot disagree that it would be worth it the time and energy (sometimes even stress) to do it.

If the accident has already happened, the important thing is never to use steam cleaning equipment in order to remove the stains and odor. The thing is that the heat will activate a special protein in the urine and leave the unpleasant odor permanently entangled in the fabrics of your carpets and upholstery. Chemical substances and even homemade eco-friendly cleaning solutions are also not advised, especially if you have a dog. Chances are that you will only stimulate the pet to mark his or hers territory again because of the specific smell of the products you use to treat the damaged area.

Baking soda however according to Cleaners Fulham will do the trick. Sprinkle baking soda on the marked area. Do not forget to soak the urine well with paper towels. If you want even better results, mix it with a regular laundry detergent and wash the stained areas with this easy to make cleaning solution. If you are washing carpets or upholstery, you will also have to dry the treated area afterwards. Use an air drying technique for that purpose, for instance with your blow drier.

Employing this simple technique will definitely safe you a lot of time and energy. Even if accidents happen, you will be able to tackle the problem with easy and not blame yourself for getting a pet that is currently ruining your home. Instead you will be able to focus on the positive side – you have a living creature to take care of, play with, love and respectively be loved back by.