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If you’re not sure where to begin, don’t worry. We have the easiest and safest ways for you to keep your floors – no matter what kind they might be – looking spotless and new.

Natural Stone

For cleaning natural stone flooring you should avoid using any acidic floor cleaners or even vinegar. Instead, try using a drop of washing up liquid with hot water in bucket and then damp mop. Remember natural stone is porous, acidic and therefore, if you used chemicals they would damage the minerals in the stone.

Vinyl

Found in both kitchens and bathrooms, vinyl floors are quite popular and very easy to clean. A weekly cleaning is suggested using a mixture of 1/4 cup vinegar in a 16-ounce spray bottle with 1 drop of dish soap and warm water. Every so often, try steaming your vinyl floors for a deeper clean.

Linoleum

Linoleum is made from linseed oil, resin, limestone, wood fibre and cork and coloured using mineral pigments and therefore it should be treated carefully and to clean it try mixing up a diluted solution of washing up liquid and water in a spray bottle and spray on a section of the floor as you move around the room and then wipe with a damp microfiber mop.

Laminate

Although laminate flooring is relatively hard wearing, you still need to be careful how your treat it so that it maintains its like-new appearance. That being said, you should never put liquid or polish on laminate floors; the moisture will get under the boards and ruin the laminate. Instead, dry mop and vacuum regularly and only use a slightly damp cloth for spot treatments.

Hardwood

Hardwood flooring is much more hygienic and easier to clean generally. However, it is important to note how your hardwood floor has been finished. They are either sealed using a wax treatment, or using a polyurethane derivative.

For Wax finishes and untreated wood (hardwood with no coating on it), should not be washed. But you’re not entirely off the hook – you should sweep, dust mop, or vacuum regularly, just like laminate floors.

For polyurethane finishes, use a very mild ph neutral detergent; mop the floor using a damp head. It is important not to use too much water with the mop and better still, use a microfibre cloth to mop up any residue moisture.

Cork

Clean once a week with a solution of 1/4 cup vinegar with 1 drop of dish soap and warm water in a spray bottle. Make sure not to shake the mixture. Spritz and wipe with a microfiber cloth as you go.

Tile

To clean Tiles Simply mix 1/4 cup vinegar in a 16-ounce spray bottle with 1 drop of dish soap and warm water to spritz on your tile surface, wiping down with a microfiber mop or cloth. For an occasional deep-clean, make sure to steam the tiles and grout!

Do you have any tips for cleaning the types of floors we mentioned? Do you have a different type of floor and how do you clean that surface? Share with us.

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Carpet Cleaning Service Birmingham
Despite your best efforts at cleanliness, your carpet will eventually become dirty for several reasons.  If you’ve ever wanted to know how to clean carpets with ease, here are a few swift, simple ways to remove stubborn stains and lingering smells.
Tips To Keep Your Carpets Looking Like New:
 
To avoid an accidental spill becoming a stain, deal with it straight away. Use a paper towel with a little cleaning solution or water and gently dab the stain.
Vacuuming up any surface debris before you wash your carpets will make the job much easier. Just do it and make sure your carpet doesn’t look bad at all.
For those accidental chewing gun mishaps use a piece of ice to freeze it away.
For those impossible grease stains, mix a few drops of dishwashing soap with a cup of water. Spray the mixture over the stain the use a paper towel to blot the stain away.
Use right kind of cleaning solution to clean your carpet otherwise it will damage your favorite one.
If you’ve never washed your carpets before, it’s always best to try your carpet cleaner in a small area first, just to check the unlikely possibility of the colour fastness of the carpet being affected by the solution.
Carpets those are very dirty, deeply-stained or haven’t been cleaned previously, try applying a pre-treatment cleaning solution before you begin general carpet cleaning process.
If you clean to the point of soaking your carpet, it will take longer to dry but be no cleaner afterwards.
If you want your stairs and upholstery to look just as clean as your carpets, choose a carpet cleaner with a hose and wash tool included.
To dry your moist carpets even further, leave doors and windows open during the summer months, or turn on the heating on a low setting.
Don’t leave it too long between washes! Even if you vacuum every day, to keep your carpet looking at its best you still need to wash it regularly.
And at last Rinse if you can so that it removes any residue from the carpet.
Have these tips made all the difference to your carpet cleaning? Or are you still looking for professional Carpet cleaner? Leave a comment and tell us and the world! Or call us 0843 713 0133/07790781505
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Things to Do Before Moving into a New House


In Cleaning News, End of Tenancy Cleaning Services, home cleaning





When you are moving to a new house then you need to make sure you have to do lots of things. This is an exciting time! However, it can get chaotic without a plan of action – which is why we’re providing you with a checklist of everything you need to do before the move.
Follow our guide or tips and it might help you to find a solution.
As soon as you get the house keys, change those locks ASAP. Call a locksmith if you want to save some time before moving. You’ll also want to contact your utility service providers to alert them of your move.
If you’re moving out of the general area, start looking for new doctor, dentist, and even spa services near your new home.
Give Your New Home a Deep Clean to start fresh, with everything from the kitchen cabinets to toilet bowls scrubbed down. Call us and we will provide you a free consultation with a quotation so that you can understand all the things clearly.
Finish your last-minute packing, and be sure to prepare an overnight bag as well, so you’re not losing anything means pack an un-packing box.
Just as important as the un-packing box, the first night box is essential to a successful move. It should contain a change of clothing, basic toiletries, toilet paper, pajamas, towels, bed linen and any other essentials you may require like tea bags or a coffee plunger.
Update friends & family with your new contact information so that they can find you easily at your new address.
Moving into a new home is a beautiful thing. With enough advanced planning, move day will be a breeze. And remember, when you’re ready for a deep clean before and after you unpack, call cleaning services Birmingham at 0843 713 0133/07790781505. With over 30 years in the business, we know how to make homes shine!
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A global survey from WIN/Gallup International has found that 65% of those polled across 64 countries ‘agree’ that washing their hands with soap and water is something they automatically do – however 26% somewhat agree, while just under one in ten (8%) disagree.
The survey interviewed a total of 62,398 people across the world and found there are significant differences by region. Those from China and Japan were significantly less likely to automatically use soap and water (23% and 30% respectively), while those from Saudi Arabia were most likely to wash hands with soap and water.
Within Europe, the Greeks reported to be the cleanest, 85% agreeing that they wash their hands with soap and water automatically, the Dutch the least likely (50%).
In the Americas Colombia proved to be the cleanest with 93% agreeing that they automatically wash their hands with soap while Mexico was the least likely to agree with 32% either simply somewhat agreeing, somewhat disagreeing or disagreeing completely.
Around the world, 440 million school days are lost every year due to water, sanitation and hygiene related diseases (WHO/UNICEF 2013). It is estimated that hand washing with soap alone could save over 650,000 lives each year (Greenland et al 2012).
Jean-Marc Leger, president of WIN/Gallup International Association, said: “It is estimated that 35% of the global population has no access to safe bathroom facilities and that an alarmingly high number of people across the world are not washing their hands with soap and water, either because of a lack of facilities or bad habits.”
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Make Cleaning So Much Easier

Use Baking Soda to Clean Silver
Here’s a no-polish shortcut to getting your silver pieces, from knives to gravy boats, sparkling. First, hand wash items in warm soapy water (use mild dish soap). Place in an aluminum foil–lined pot. In a separate pot, mix 1 quart of boiling water with ¼ cup baking soda and a couple teaspoons salt. Pour the mix over the silver, then cover with a well-fitting lid. Let sit for up to five minutes as the solution works to remove any blackness from the silver. Remove silver from pot, rinse with clean water, and dry with a clean, soft cloth.

30 Things Kids Can Clean : A Room-by-room Guide for the Home
 
With the onset of summer and the end of the school year, it isn’t long before both moms and kids crave a little routine and order. A looser summer schedule brings both freedom and a little extra chaos as messes tend to accumulate a little faster and are a little more rampant throughout the house.
To help offset the inevitable, I like to have my children help clean whenever and wherever possible. Even little ones can learn how to help with simple tasks that help to instil a sense of responsibility and pride. Older children benefit from routine and expectations to help the home run smoothly as well.
Whether you choose to use these room-by-room cleaning suggestions as chores or as incentives are up to you. These are some of the cleaning tasks that have been helpful and realistic in my home that I hope will inspire you to use them as a springboard for your family.
Bedroom
Make bed. I use a fitted sheet on the kids’ beds paired with a washable quilt or duvet. This makes it easier for kids to simply pull up the cover and put the pillow at the top.
Help put away clean clothes as they are able.  Start with putting away socks and move on to other items as kids get older.
Put dirty clothes in laundry basket.
Put toys away. We try to use the rule that before a new toy or activity is taken out, the unused one need to be put away.  We do several sweeps a day and check them before a special activity (screen time, snack time, friend time).
Bathroom
Wipe down counter.  A damp and wrung out microfiber cloth with water works perfectly for cleaning up little spatters and spills. No harsh cleaners necessary.
Clean mirror.  A barely damp microfiber cloth is great for this task.
Refills empty toilet paper and tissue boxes.
Collect garbage.
Wipe down baseboards and around the perimeter of the bathroom with baby wipes.
Living Area
Wipe baseboards with baby wipes.
Wipe light switches and door knobs.
Pick up toys. Check under couch and furniture for errant toys and odds and ends.
Kitchen
Help unload the dishwasher. Younger children can help sort silverware and older children can put away breakables, dishes and glasses.
Set the table.
Clear plates at the table, bringing dishes to sink.
Little ones can be taught how to use a small dustpan and broom to gather up crumbs and other little odds and ends as well as emptying it in to the garbage.
A handheld vacuum cleaner also works well for children to help with vacuuming up crumbs, small scraps, and kitchen floor debris.
Wipe the table down.
Help empty trash and sort recyclables.
Laundry
Help sort by colour (whites, brights).
Sort and pair up socks.
Help make matches with pyjamas and outfits.
Put clothes on hangers.
Collect garbage in the laundry room. I have a small trash basket in the laundry room for lint, tags, etc. that the kids take care of emptying when asked.
Pet Care
Take care of water and food for pets.  My oldest started this routine around 5 years old.
‘Help’ with brushing and bathing.
Gather up pet toys at the end of the day to store in basket or container.
Our Favourite Ways to Get Help in a Hurry
Set a timer and work to clean an entire area or trouble spot.
Chore charts work well in our house to assure that kids have a visual reminder to check off daily.
Use completed tasks as ‘rewards': once your clean room is cleaned up you can go play with your friends, take something else out, have screen time,
Let kids help build a chore chart or responsibility chart. Taking ownership in the creation of the tasks will ensure a better success rate!

30 Things Kids Can Clean : A Room-by-room Guide for the Home
 
With the onset of summer and the end of the school year, it isn’t long before both moms and kids crave a little routine and order. A looser summer schedule brings both freedom and a little extra chaos as messes tend to accumulate a little faster and are a little more rampant throughout the house.
To help offset the inevitable, I like to have my children help clean whenever and wherever possible. Even little ones can learn how to help with simple tasks that help to instil a sense of responsibility and pride. Older children benefit from routine and expectations to help the home run smoothly as well.
Whether you choose to use these room-by-room cleaning suggestions as chores or as incentives are up to you. These are some of the cleaning tasks that have been helpful and realistic in my home that I hope will inspire you to use them as a springboard for your family.
Bedroom
Make bed. I use a fitted sheet on the kids’ beds paired with a washable quilt or duvet. This makes it easier for kids to simply pull up the cover and put the pillow at the top.
Help put away clean clothes as they are able.  Start with putting away socks and move on to other items as kids get older.
Put dirty clothes in laundry basket.
Put toys away. We try to use the rule that before a new toy or activity is taken out, the unused one need to be put away.  We do several sweeps a day and check them before a special activity (screen time, snack time, friend time).
Bathroom
Wipe down counter.  A damp and wrung out microfiber cloth with water works perfectly for cleaning up little spatters and spills. No harsh cleaners necessary.
Clean mirror.  A barely damp microfiber cloth is great for this task.
Refills empty toilet paper and tissue boxes.
Collect garbage.
Wipe down baseboards and around the perimeter of the bathroom with baby wipes.
Living Area
Wipe baseboards with baby wipes.
Wipe light switches and door knobs.
Pick up toys. Check under couch and furniture for errant toys and odds and ends.
Kitchen
Help unload the dishwasher. Younger children can help sort silverware and older children can put away breakables, dishes and glasses.
Set the table.
Clear plates at the table, bringing dishes to sink.
Little ones can be taught how to use a small dustpan and broom to gather up crumbs and other little odds and ends as well as emptying it in to the garbage.
A handheld vacuum cleaner also works well for children to help with vacuuming up crumbs, small scraps, and kitchen floor debris.
Wipe the table down.
Help empty trash and sort recyclables.
Laundry
Help sort by colour (whites, brights).
Sort and pair up socks.
Help make matches with pyjamas and outfits.
Put clothes on hangers.
Collect garbage in the laundry room. I have a small trash basket in the laundry room for lint, tags, etc. that the kids take care of emptying when asked.
Pet Care
Take care of water and food for pets.  My oldest started this routine around 5 years old.
‘Help’ with brushing and bathing.
Gather up pet toys at the end of the day to store in basket or container.
Our Favourite Ways to Get Help in a Hurry
Set a timer and work to clean an entire area or trouble spot.
Chore charts work well in our house to assure that kids have a visual reminder to check off daily.
Use completed tasks as ‘rewards': once your clean room is cleaned up you can go play with your friends, take something else out, have screen time,
Let kids help build a chore chart or responsibility chart. Taking ownership in the creation of the tasks will ensure a better success rate!

KITCHEN • Wash and polish all work surfaces. • Clean inside all cupboards and drawers. • Clean sink and taps and remove lime scale and polish where required. • Wall tiles/spalshback to be degreased, cleaned and polished (mould growth if any removed from between grout). • Clean oven internally to remove all built up grease as well as clean exterior and polish any external chrome. • Clean and remove grime from extractor. • Clean and defrost refrigerator removing all grime, mildew and food deposits. Leave switched on. • Clean washing machine inside and out. Clean rubber at the door. Clean soap drawers and filters. • Clean exterior of all appliances including kettle, toaster. Clean microwave inside and out. • Bins to be cleaned inside and out. BATHROOM • Shower screen de-scaled, cleaned and polished. • Wall tiles degreased, cleaned and polished (mould growth if any removed from between grout). • Bath , basin, taps, shower, heated towel rail and fittings to be cleaned, de-scaled, dried and polished. • Toilet to be de-scaled, and brushed clean. Seat to be cleaned. • Mirrors to be cleaned and polished. • Floors to be washed and sanitised. GENERAL • Dusting throughout, including: light fittings and shades, light switches, dado rails, skirting, spindles and banisters, curtain rails, wall pictures, mirrors, fire surround and radiators. • All light furniture to be moved and carpets to be vacuum cleaned. Dust skirting boards behind furniture. • Mattresses to be lifted and vacuumed under. • All other floors to be washed using correct type of cleaning materials. • All glass (furniture tops, mirrors, picture frames etc) to be cleaned with window cleaner. • Windows to be cleaned internally. Windows sills to be wiped down. • All doors and top of doors to be cleaned. Door handles to be polished. • Drawers and shelves to be cleared of any rubbish (newspapers and magazines etc.) and telephone directories to be kept and stored neatly. • All wooden furniture to be carefully wiped clear of dust.

KITCHEN

• Wash and polish all work surfaces.
• Clean inside all cupboards and drawers.
• Clean sink and taps and remove lime scale and polish where required.
• Wall tiles/spalshback to be degreased, cleaned and polished (mould growth if any removed from between grout).
• Clean oven internally to remove all built up grease as well as clean exterior and polish any external chrome.
• Clean and remove grime from extractor.
• Clean and defrost refrigerator removing all grime, mildew and food deposits. Leave switched on.
• Clean washing machine inside and out. Clean rubber at the door. Clean soap drawers and filters.
• Clean exterior of all appliances including kettle, toaster. Clean microwave inside and out.
• Bins to be cleaned inside and out.

BATHROOM
• Shower screen de-scaled, cleaned and polished.
• Wall tiles degreased, cleaned and polished (mould growth if any removed from between grout).
• Bath , basin, taps, shower, heated towel rail and fittings to be cleaned, de-scaled, dried and polished.
• Toilet to be de-scaled, and brushed clean. Seat to be cleaned.
• Mirrors to be cleaned and polished.
• Floors to be washed and sanitised.

GENERAL

• Dusting throughout, including: light fittings and shades, light switches, dado rails, skirting, spindles and banisters, curtain rails, wall pictures, mirrors, fire surround and radiators.
• All light furniture to be moved and carpets to be vacuum cleaned. Dust skirting boards behind furniture.
• Mattresses to be lifted and vacuumed under.
• All other floors to be washed using correct type of cleaning materials.
• All glass (furniture tops, mirrors, picture frames etc) to be cleaned with window cleaner.
• Windows to be cleaned internally. Windows sills to be wiped down.
• All doors and top of doors to be cleaned. Door handles to be polished.
• Drawers and shelves to be cleared of any rubbish (newspapers and magazines etc.) and telephone directories to be kept and stored neatly.
• Sofa steam cleaned
• All wooden furniture to be carefully wiped clear of dust.
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