It’s hard to believe that something so grimy can be cleaned up pretty quickly and easily. Then again, professional cleaners know all the secrets to cleaning smarter, not harder! Today, the experts at CleaningBest are here to share a tried and tested method to clean your oven fast and efficiently! Simply follow the steps below to transform a greasy and grimy oven into a spotless one.
Step One: Take Out Removable Components
Apart from the trays and racks, if your oven has other removable parts such as a thermometer and pizza stone, take them out as well. To begin the cleaning process, start by removing loose debris from each of these components (a brush or cloth is advised for this).
If you have a large tub or basin to soak the trays and racks, it is definitely advisable to do this in warm, soapy water so that the grease and grime are easier to scrub off. If not, simply clean them off with dish soap and a scrubber before rinsing the components and leaving them aside to dry. For the thermometer, use a damp cloth to gently wipe off grease and grime.
Step Two: Clean Out the Oven
The inside of your oven is likely to have burnt-on grime and charred food bits scattered around the interiors; so, before you scrub it down, clean out the loose debris first. Use a cleaning brush to clean off as much of the dried grime from the ceiling and sides of the interior, and finish off by cleaning out the loose debris from the bottom. It’s important to get out as much of the dried grime during this step so that things don’t get too messy when it’s time to scrub the inside.
Step Three: Spray with Oven Cleaner
Spray the interior with your commercial oven cleaning product; depending on the level of grime, it is advisable to spray enough of the cleaner in order to soak burnt-on spills and grease. Along with the interior walls, ceiling, and bottom of the oven, spray the corners and around the seal and edges of the door; basically every inch of the inside, as well as nooks and crannies! Allow the oven cleaner to loosen grime inside your oven for 10 to 15 minutes (with the door closed) before moving on to the next step.
Step Four: Wipe Down Interior
Put on a pair of kitchen gloves, take a damp scrubber or microfibre cloth, and begin wiping down the inside of your oven including other areas that have been sprayed with the cleaner. Since most of the grime will have soaked and become loose, your cleaning tool is likely to get soiled pretty quickly. Therefore, we advise rinsing it repeatedly, or keeping fresh scrubbers/cloths at hand. For stubborn grime that is still stuck to the surface, simply spray over it, and use a little more elbow grease to scrub it away. Finish off by wiping your oven interiors with a clean, damp towel.
Step Five: Clean the Glass Door
With the door pulled down, apply a runny paste of water and baking soda to the surface; leave it to sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Pour white vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz the baking soda till it starts to foam. This alone with tackle grime, grease, and stains, leaving you with only the cleaning agents to wipe off using a clean, damp cloth.
Step Six: Clean Exterior Components
Most ovens have removable knobs which can be scrubbed and cleaned with dish soap under running water. Other models which have a touch sensor panel can be cleaned by spraying a soft cloth with glass cleaner, and gently wiping away grease and/or stains. In a similar way, you can clean the front of the glass door and sides of the oven which are typically the last things to do when deep cleaning your oven interiors and exteriors. After you’ve cleaned the outside of your oven, open the door and allow the interior to dry up completely before putting in all the removable components.
So, there you have it! Six, simple steps later, and your grimy oven will look new again, inside and outside!
It’s the busiest time of the year and very often, the most stressful! With so much cleaning to do in preparation for the holiday season, a lot can slip your mind and leave you feeling more overwhelmed than ever. Particularly in 2020 when everyone is preparing for the festive season a little differently due to COVID-19, it definitely helps to know what you need to do at home, and when you should be doing it.
So, if you’re wondering how to clean your home for the holidays in 2020, here are five key tips to keep in mind.
1. Make a Priority List
Note down your Christmas cleaning list and prioritise tasks according to their importance. For example, if you know you’d like to clean your ceilings and walls before you decorate, make that one of your top priorities so you can get it done earlier than later. In fact, most big or time-consuming cleaning tasks should be prioritised to ensure that they are not overlooked or pushed aside.
2. Start Early
While some people wait till the last minute to begin their Christmas cleaning, others are forced to because of busy work/personal schedules. With that said, there is always a way around this if you just plan and start early! Give yourself at least three weeks to clean and prepare your house properly before Christmas. This means sparing some time in your day (every day) to tackle cleaning tasks, big and small. Don’t worry if you can’t finish a single, big task in one day; you can always complete it the next day. The goal is to not stress yourself out more than you already are.
3. Declutter a Little Every Day
Every house falls prey to clutter at some point! Worst of all, the accumulation of clutter happens so gradually that you don’t realise it until the room is one big mess! As part of your Christmas cleaning (and otherwise), decluttering your home is a must. The good news, however, is that it’s not as hard as many people think. Most of the clutter in your house is actually just things left out of place while other forms of clutter may consist of rubbish that needs to be trashed and/or items which are no longer of use and therefore, can be donated. Tackle various forms of clutter every day and before you know it, you’ll have a clutter-free home for Christmas!
4. Deep Clean Your Refrigerator
A messy, disorganised fridge is not at all ideal around the holidays when more dishes are being cooked, and leftovers need to be stored. Of course, deep cleaning your refrigerator should be done every other month for sanitary reasons but if you haven’t done it in a while, now is not the time to neglect cleaning your fridge! It will also give you a chance to organise the contents so you won’t have to struggle for space every night after dinner.
5. Keep Your Bathrooms Clean
Cleaning the bathrooms is a must but maintaining it is what will save you a lot of time and effort while ensuring that your home is always ready for surprise visitors or guests. So, how do you keep your bathroom clean? Here are a few tips that will help you achieve that:
After you shower, wash the floor with plain water and make sure you squeegee the water properly so that the floor dries up faster. This will help prevent floor stains.
Wipe down the sink daily using a sponge/scrubber and all-purpose cleaner. This will take less than a minute of your time.
Pour some toilet cleaner around the interiors of the bowl and leave it overnight; scrub with a damp toilet brush the next morning and pull the flush. It’s the quickest and easiest way to keep your toilet bowl clean!
Use a mop to spot clean stains on your bathroom floor, and a scrub brush for spot cleaning other bathroom components.
Remember, Christmas cleaning doesn’t have to be this huge, overwhelming burden on your shoulders anymore. All you need to do is stay on top of things with the tips above and you and your home will be well prepared for the holidays in 2020!
Lack of time is perhaps the most common reason for neglecting house cleaning and chores. Unfortunately, many homeowners also use this as an ‘excuse’ to avoid doing some basic cleaning tasks that help to keep the place relatively clean. The good news is that this can be a thing of the past with our awesome tips to clean your house fast and efficiently!
All it takes is sparing a small amount of time each day that you can devote to cleaning and, in no time, you will get the hang of keeping your house neat and clean! Read on for all the information you need to clean your house quickly.
1. Tidy Up with a Tote Bag
If you’re wondering what a tote bag has to do with tidying up, it’s the thing that will hold all the items that don’t belong in the room you are tidying up. To explain this in more detail, check out our two-step approach to tidy up a room quickly:
Go around the room and round-up items that need to be put away in another room. These items can go in the bag and be carried out all at once as opposed to wasting time by going in and out of a room multiple times.
Now, the rest of the room can be tidied up without miscellaneous stuff getting in the way and slowing you down.
2. Clean Floors with a Broom
It may seem like a vacuum cleaner is the quicker option because it sucks up all the dirt from the floor but it’s actually more time-consuming to have to plug it in and lug it around everywhere. A broom, on the other hand, is easier to manoeuvre, push into narrow spaces, and lighter on the arms too! What’s more, there are plenty of new, innovative brooms on the market that are more effective than traditional types of brooms. These modern-day brooms certainly speed up sweeping floors, and provide satisfactory cleaning results.
3. Make a Floor Cleaning Solution in a Bottle
The old-fashioned way to mop a floor would be to carry around a bucket of floor cleaner and, of course, your mop! Again, this is a time-consuming and inconvenient task which, fortunately, can be solved with the help of a bottle (preferably a squeezee or flexible one). All you need to do is make a floor cleaning solution and pour it into the bottle; then dampen the mop with water, sprinkle the cleaner over the floor, and mop! It’s easier and quicker while the cleaning solution can be stored in the bottle for weeks!
NOTE: This approach is advised for daily or regular mopping of your floor, as well as spot cleaning. For heavily soiled floors, the use of a bucket is better suited for the job.
4. Dust with Microfibre Dust Gloves
Do away with rags and dust cloths because they are not nearly as effective as microfibre dust gloves. Even better, dust gloves are extremely convenient to use and very much quicker when it comes to picking up dust.
Here’s a quick look at why microfibre dust gloves are advised over other types of dusting tools:
Dust clings to the material allowing users to clean a surface with one, quick swipe
Knickknacks/objects are easier and faster to clean when held and wiped with the gloves
Since they are sold as a pair, you can use both hands to dust
5. Allow Cleaners to Act Before Cleaning the Bathroom
More often than not, we spend more time scrubbing surfaces to remove stains because the cleaner hasn’t had enough time to break down dirt and grime. This is especially true when it comes to cleaning a bathroom and certain components in the room. For example, the toilet bowl is a lot easier and quicker to scrub down and clean when you’ve poured in the cleaning solution and allowed it a good 30 minutes to sit. Therefore, our advice is to wet the bathroom and apply the respective cleaners to the toilet bowl, tub, sink, and shower area before you go in to scrub each component.
WARNING: Be extra cautious of slipping on a soapy floor or area in your bathroom when using this approach.
Now that you know how to clean your house fast, don’t let any reasons or excuses get in the way of maintaining a neat and clean home every day!
A typical day of cleaning in the average household entails tidying up, dusting the furniture, cleaning the floors, and cleaning the bathroom; but that can’t be it, can it? Take a look around your home and you’ll probably spot a couple of things that need immediate attention, too. In fact, when going about their regular cleaning routine, homeowners often miss out on some crucial areas that require cleaning.
Today, we’re going to share the most important parts of your house that you are likely forgetting to clean so that they will never be overlooked again! Read on for all the information you need below.
1. Shower Curtain/Door
The shower curtain/door encounters the splashback of water mixed with soap and dirt leaving it extremely grimy and covered in bacteria. So, the next time you clean your bathroom, don’t miss out on washing and wiping down the shower curtain/door.
2. Doorknobs and Handles
Often crawling with bacteria if not sanitised regularly, all doorknobs and handles in your home should be wiped cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis, or at least 3 times a week. Particularly during a virus outbreak such as COVID-19, it is of utmost importance to sterilise these high-touch household surfaces.
This is one of the bigger cleaning tasks you will have to endure but a very important one, too. At least once a month, the refrigerator should be deep cleaned and sanitised to kill bacteria. This is also a good time to dispose of expired/rotten foods from your fridge, and reorganise it. If you can’t manage this on a monthly basis, it is advisable to clean out the vegetable and meat trays routinely as these are two of the germiest places in a fridge.
4. Shower Head
Your shower head is yet another thing in the bathroom that accumulates bacteria while mineral deposits in the spouts hinder the water flow. To keep a shower head clean, sanitary, and performing well, soak it in vinegar for a few hours, and scrub clean with a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild soap.
5. Window Tracks
You may or may not clean the window tracks when you’re washing windows; however, these narrow spaces should be cleaned out more regularly since they tend to accumaulate dirt, dead insects, and dust all too often. Along with dusting or vacuuming the window tracks, the window sill also accumulates dust which should be wiped when dusting furniture in your house.
6. Ceiling Fans
More often than not, ceiling fans are cleaned only when the homeowners start to notice dirt caked on the blades, or dirt falling from them! Luckily, there are simple ways to clean ceiling fans without dropping dirt on the floor. One of these include using an old pillowcase to trap and wipe dirt off the blades.
The slanted angles of vents make it easier to spot dust and debris sitting on them, yet they are overlooked. What’s worse is that dusty air vents can cause allergies and respiratory problems if not cleaned in a timely manner; therefore, homeowners are advised to wipe down vents every few days or as and when they become dusty.
8. Cabinet Tops
Perhaps the tops of cabinets are overlooked because they are out of sight. However, if you climbed up a ladder and took a peek up there, you’d be shocked by how much dirt and grime is caked over the surface. To keep your cabinet tops clean, dust them every week.
It’s rare to find dust-free baseboards because homeowners rarely clean them! Although it may seem like a lot of work because they run all along the interior of your home, cleaning baseboards is just a matter of dusting them with a long-handled broom or duster. No bending involved!
10. Trash Can
Just because it holds the garbage, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be cleaned! Germs can easily be spread around your home if you don’t clean and sanitise the trash can every now and then. On top of this, the bin can really start to stink up the place if left in this unsanitary condition.
So, if you want to keep your home clean and free from germs and bacteria, don’t forget to clean these 10 important parts of your house in a timely manner.
Whether it’s your first time hiring a professional Perth cleaning service or not, there are certain things one can do to ensure both parties (homeowners and house cleaners) are satisfied and happy with the experience. Quite often, clients are unaware of basic etiquette and preparations required to make their house cleaner feel welcomed and safe because, after all, the relationship between a homeowner and professional maid is a two-way street.
With that said, here are 5 ways you can prepare for a Perth cleaning service to have a satisfactory, smooth-sailing experience.
1. Do Your Bit to Reduce Clutter
Unless instructed or agreed upon prior to hiring the cleaning service, it is not your cleaner’s job to tackle clutter. While organising items or tidying up is typically within their job description, tackling large amounts of clutter is not. So, if you’ve got things lying around and out of place, take the time to put them away and leave your professional cleaner with a clutter-free space to clean.
It should also be noted that a cleaning technician cannot be blamed for ineffective results if he or she is forced to work around a messy room. On top of that, you will not be fully satisfied with a house that is clean yet very cluttered.
2. Note Down Special Instructions
The goal behind listing down special instructions to be followed by the cleaner is to ensure that all cleaning tasks are carried out in a manner that you are satisfied with. Every house is unique, as are one’s cleaning needs; hence, referring to instructions will help the cleaner navigate cleaning tasks efficiently.
If you have special cleaning requests, on the other hand, this must be discussed prior to booking your Perth cleaning service. The specific instructions we are referring to may be in the form of personal preferences such as cleaning the kitchen first, and bedrooms last, or how to lock up before they leave (if you are not going to be around). Whatever they may be, it’s important to make the instructions clear, concise and, most of all, within reason.
3. Keep the Kids and Pets Busy
Although it’s nice to see how well your hired Perth house cleaner gets along with your kids and/or pets, it’s important to understand that they are working on a schedule and would like to come in and get on with their job without having distractions or interruptions.
Above this, for safety reasons, it is advisable to keep kids/pets out of the way while the technician is using cleaning equipment and products. Unless you have requested for an eco-friendly Perth cleaning service, it is likely that the cleaning agents being used contain chemicals which must be kept out of reach of children and pets.
4. Secure Valuables
There are two reasons why this is an important thing to do before your house cleaner arrives. From the homeowner’s perspective, there is always the worry of theft, and rightly so. If trust is something to be earned, it’s not unreasonable to expect that of your professional house cleaner, too. This is one of the reasons why it is important to ensure that the company in question vets and hires recommended house cleaners such as Perth’s very own CleaningBest.
On the other hand, you need to understand from the professional’s perspective what it means to have valuables lying around while they are cleaning your home. For starters, there is the risk of accidentally damaging a valuable item because it was not put away. Secondly, if a valuable is lost or misplaced, it is a common practice by homeowners to put the blame on the house cleaner. Therefore, professional cleaning technicians prefer that you secure valuables before they arrive to avoid such unfortunate and unfair circumstances.
5. Organise Important Documents/Bills
When you leave bills, documents or other important papers lying around with junk mail or old magazines, they might get misplaced while your Perth house cleaner is tidying up. In some cases, if one of these papers have fallen down, the cleaner might mistake it for trash and dispose of it while cleaning your floors.
To prevent any of the above scenarios from happening, organise your paperwork ensuring that nothing is left out of place or mixed with books and magazines on your coffee table. If you haven’t had time to do this before your house cleaner arrives, simply instruct them to leave the papers/documents as they are.
Going back to work, meeting/interacting with people, and sitting in a confined space with colleagues, all hit differently with the reality of our ‘new normal’. While Western Australia has done relatively well to keep the number of COVID-19 cases in the state low, other places like Victoria and New South Wales could not do the same. Nevertheless, for now, things seem to be under control in Perth, WA, but one can’t help but ask for how long?
The fact is that, like other Australian cities, Perth offices must have a set of cleaning guidelines to ensure that the premises are sterile and free of viruses at all times (it’s better to be safe than sorry). So, what are the top tips to keep your office safe during the COVID-19 pandemic? CleaningBest Perth is here to explain.
1. Clean, Disinfect, Repeat
In these times of a potential, dangerous virus lurking around wherever you go, basic office cleaning does not cut it. Without a daily disinfection routine in place, you will only have a clean looking office space, not a sterile one.
If you don’t have the time to perform standard cleaning measures followed by sterilising each and every high-touch surface in the room, it is highly recommended that you hire a Perth office cleaning service to clean and sterilise the space on a daily basis. Bear in mind that disinfection of a large space is best left to a professional commercial cleaning service as opposed to doing it yourself; more often than not, DIY results are nowhere near as thorough and effective as those achieved by experienced professionals.
2. Make it Mandatory to Practice Optimal Hygiene
If you run an office, you need to set good examples and institute strict precautionary rules that encourage good hygiene. By now, we all know how important it is to wash our hands thoroughly and wear a mask in order to prevent contracting COVID-19 or passing on germs to someone else; however, there are other measures that must be taken in an office setting to ensure that it remains sterile even after you’ve had a Perth office cleaning service come in and do the needful. Take a look below:
Sanitise hands before and after touching door knobs, bathroom surfaces, and kitchen appliances/surfaces.
Use disinfectant wipes to wipe down your desk, equipment, and surrounding areas/objects (that you touch frequently) before you leave your workplace
Avoid unnecessarily touching things or surfaces in the office
Dispose of used tissues/napkins immediately
Avoid leaving used coffee mugs or water glasses exposed
3. Maintain Social Distancing
While it may not be possible to stay 6 feet apart from colleagues at all times, it is definitely advised. As mentioned earlier, Perth, WA has not had as many coronavirus cases as other cities in Australia and, even now, there are only few active COVID-19 cases recorded in the state. Still, when/if things are to suddenly change is anybody’s guess at this point; therefore, until one can be absolutely certain that the virus has been eradicated, such preventative measures in offices are here to stay. It should also be mentioned that the number of on-premise employees and/or clients must be kept to a minimum during this global pandemic.
4. Improve Air Filtration
While hiring a professional office cleaning service in Perth, WA is your best bet to keep the space clean and sterile, remember that airborne viruses are best tackled by a reliable air filtration system and good ventilation. To help prevent viruses from spreading in the air in your office, the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) of air filters must be numbered somewhere between 13 and 15. These types of air filters are generally used in areas of a hospital where patients with contagious infections are treated. To put it simply, if the MERV is on the higher side, this means that there are smaller holes in the filter and therefore, they are more effective at trapping pathogens.
In conclusion, with or without a raging global pandemic, the tips above are highly recommended among cleaning experts to keep viruses from spreading around your Perth office.
For quite some time
now, home rentals have been competing with hotels, inns, motels, and other
types of property for rent on a long-term or short-term basis. Along with many
other benefits, it’s definitely a more economical option among travellers and
renters, while homeowners are happy to make a little extra money on the side
with this fast-growing home-sharing business. Speaking of which, Airbnb seems
to be leading the pack with a well-established online presence, connecting
people to homes for rent in almost every country in the world! The sheer
convenience of using Airbnb is enough to make it the preferred choice when it
comes to looking for accommodation to rent when vacationing or moving to a new
city or country.
Now, here comes the tricky part; as affordable
and convenient as it may be to rent a property from their marketplace, it’s not
unreasonable to question how clean your Airbnb rental is. After all, several
people from various parts of the world may have stayed there before you.
Determining whether or not homeowners measure up to a desirable standard in the
house cleaning department is something no one should leave to chance,
especially not in these times of a global pandemic.
So, if you’re wondering whether you
need to hire a holiday rental cleaning service before you stay in someone
else’s house, here’s what you need to know first.
How to Find Out if Your Airbnb is Clean and Sterile
Enhanced Cleaning Initiative Program, hosts must follow strict cleaning
protocols if they want to receive good reviews and improve their listing. From
a business perspective, many homeowners choose to go the extra mile in
providing a clean and sanitary living space to rent, while others refrain from
doing so. Unfortunately, in both cases, one can’t be too sure if proper
measures have been taken by the host to ensure thorough and complete
sterilisation of the property that goes beyond mere surface cleaning. Adding to
that, COVID-19 has forced the home-sharing industry to follow safety protocols
that ensure a minimum of 72 hours gap between the previous guest’s departure
and new arrivals.
One of the reasons why hosts choose to
adhere to these measures set by Airbnb is due to the consequences that come
with consecutive bad reviews left by renters with regards to cleanliness. One
can be banned from Airbnb’s marketplace or penalised if guests complain about
the lack of hygiene and cleanliness of the property with valid evidence to
So, to be absolutely certain that your
new Airbnb rental home has received proper cleaning and sterilisation, ask
hosts to show you proof of the same. Whether this comes in the form of a
contract between the homeowner and a professional cleaning service that offers
Airbnb rental cleaning, or video proof to support their claims, be sure to ask
questions or, as they say, ‘grill’ the hosts before you decide to rent their
Along with the above, checking Airbnb
reviews of holiday rental homes is your best bet to learn about the property’s
level of cleanliness and hygiene as told by people who have had firsthand
experience of the same. All in all, the best way to find out if your Airbnb is
clean and sterile is by doing thorough research, reading reviews, and
contacting the host directly with a list of questions regarding how they clean
their Airbnb rental home.
The Importance of Having Your Airbnb Cleaned and Sterilised by Professionals
In order to cut down
on expenses that contribute to maintaining a ready-to-rent listing on Airbnb,
many hosts choose to clean and sanitise the property themselves. Well, at the
risk of sounding too direct, the fact is that DIY cleaning is not nearly as
effective as professional holiday rental cleaning. Apart from this, it is more
reassuring to hire a Perth cleaning service for Airbnb rentals that you know
of, as opposed to trusting one that was hired by the hosts; again, many
homeowners look to cut costs and end up hiring the cheapest cleaning services
in Perth who will do a less than satisfactory job.
With that in mind,
let’s look at some crucial reasons why travellers and renters should consider
getting their Airbnb rental cleaned by a professional cleaning service of their
The Service Will Be Done to Your Satisfaction
When you choose to
hire your own Airbnb rental cleaning service, you have the added benefit of
supervising or overseeing the service as it is being done. This allows you to
judge whether or not the place is cleaned and disinfected thoroughly or to your
Bacteria and Viruses Will Be Killed
Unlike basic cleaning
which is typically what a DIY deep clean adds up to, a team of professional and
experienced cleaners will abolish germs and potential viruses lurking around
the house with the help of professional cleaning equipment and products. It
should also be noted that reputable commercial cleaning services in Perth are
skilled and experienced in using proper methods to safely clean and disinfect
household surfaces during a virus outbreak such as COVID-19.
You Can Tailor the Service to Your Specific Needs
Well-established Airbnb rental cleaning services generally offer customised services to better suit one’s unique needs. For example, if you suffer from allergies or asthma, you will want to make sure that the upholstery is cleaned properly while the rest of the house is also free of dust and fine debris that may trigger allergies or attacks
It Saves Time and Gives You Peace of Mind
Instead of worrying and wasting time on trying to figure out whether your Airbnb rental is clean and sanitary, or taking matters into your own hands by wiping down surfaces with a disinfectant, the best and safest solution is to hire a holiday rental cleaning service in Perth, Australia to do the needful. Not only does this mean you won’t have to lift a finger to clean the space, but you will also have the peace of mind that your indoor surroundings are free of dust, dirt, bacteria, and viruses!
There are many reasons that your choice of cleaning product matters. From personal safety, to cleanliness, through to environmental impact, there are a lot of reasons that matter more than the simple price of the product you are purchasing. While cost and brand trust are high factors for most people, there are other factors that should be taken into consideration. Here are the top 5
1- The wrong cleaning product can damage your property
We’re all aware of the use of soap for our personal cleaning regimes. If you’ve tried different brands you’ll be familiar with the way some dry your skin out. Some can even leave you red and irritate. Others leave a silky smooth feeling as they’re washed off. They have different scents, and some have additional features such as exfoliation and moisturiser.
It’s a similar story with your cleaning products.
While the aim of cleaning products is, well, to clean, some are just too harsh for the job. It’s why you need to be careful about which product you choose for which purpose. In some cases you may even be better off just using plain old water.
Make sure you are choosing the right cleaning product for the right surface.
2- Your choice of cleaning product will impact the effectiveness of the clean
While a simply wipe down can clear away obvious dirt, it’s plain to see what works best on marks and stains. But there is also the less obvious. The underlying layers of dirt and grime that you may not notice with a surface clean, but really sparkle when you get to that deep clean.
Nice smells are not a replacement for a truly effective clean. You want to ensure that your choice of cleaning product is removing the grime that causes bad smells, and isn’t just covering them up.
Make sure you are choosing the right cleaning product for the depth of clean you require.
3- Improper use of cleaning products can be dangerous for your health
When used improperly, cleaning products can actually be dangerous for your health. In some cases the wrong mix of products can even be lethal.
This is why it’s so important to ensure you are fully aware of what you are choosing to clean with, and how to clean safely and properly.
For instance, bleach and vinegar, if mixed together, will produce a chlorine gas that causes breathing issues, coughing, and burning, even at low levels. Likewise, bleach and ammonia, or bleach and rubbing alcohol produce toxic combinations. In fact, just don’t mix bleach with anything. Mixing two different drain cleaners together is also a bad idea. Since they are each powerful formulas on their own, there is a risk that combining them can even cause an explosion.
To be safe, always use products according to their descriptions, and don’t mix products together unless you are fully aware of the safety of doing so.
Furthermore, some products require use in well ventilated rooms. Once again, this is mostly a matter of choosing products that you can safely use in the spaces you need to clean. When you need to use products that require special attention, such as additional ventilation, follow the safety instructions.
Make sure you are choosing the right cleaning product for the environment in which you are cleaning, and can follow the required safety procedures.
4- You need different products for a surface clean than you need for disinfecting
Cleaning and disinfecting are two separate things. Cleaning gets rid of the surface dirt, grime and mess. Disinfecting takes the extra step to remove germs, bugs, and those other invisible things that have the potential to make you sick.
It is possible to choose a product that both cleans and disinfects, provided the surface does not start out visibly dirty. If you choose this type of product you need to ensure you read and follow the instructions properly. This is because a combined clean and disinfecting agent will usually require a different procedure than the one followed for cleaning, then disinfecting.
Furthermore, surfaces such as electronics, will usually require different products and procedures than more durable surfaces, to safely clean and disinfect effectively.
Make sure you are choosing the right cleaning products for the right purpose. Cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitising are not the same thing.
5- The environmental impact.
One of the factors that weighs into the choice of cleaning product is the environmental impact the product has.
While there are certain cleaning tasks that require the added punch of a chemical product, green cleaning products are becoming increasingly popular. Eco-friendly options ensure that manufacturing practices are sustainable, and that products are naturally derived, safe, non-toxic, and biodegradable. The key point being that these cleaning product options minimise the negative impact on the environment and on the health of your household.
Be aware of the environmental impact of your cleaning product choice, and consider the options available.
Be Aware of Your Cleaning Product Choices
There is more to consider than cost, brand, and smell.
You have many choices available with your cleaning options. From how well they work, to what safety procedures need to followed, through to the impact they have on the environment, each choice needs to be carefully considered for your cleaning purpose.
The cleaning tip that makes all the difference is often overlooked or hidden amongst the endless stream of cleaning tips. When it comes to cleaning there are a lot of tips, hacks and checks available. There are shortcuts that get the job done more efficiently and home supply alternatives to a professional product. You can read about 10 minute cleaning plans, easy solutions to tricky traps, and 101 ways to use a lemon. It’s all great stuff.
But do you know what really makes difference?
It’s the one simple cleaning tip that isn’t even directly about cleaning.
The cleaning tip that makes all the difference is organisation. To really get the job done it takes a little organisation. You can have all the tips and tricks, hacks or fancy products you need, but if you don’t get organised and stuck into it, nothing gets done.
Fortunately there is more than one way to be organised…
Plan and Plot It
If you’re great with planning AND follow through then you’ll be great with this one. You can plan and plot your cleaning needs out to the t. The tasks that get done as you go. Daily tasks. Weekly tasks. Monthly tasks. Plus the big annual super clean. Every day you have a plan that goes well beyond a surface level clean and helps ensure you are always on top of it.
Basically you’re Monica from friends and you know exactly what you’re going to do and exactly when you’re doing it. If you’re not working with food or offering your services as a home organiser, then you’re probably running a cleaning business.
Let’s be honest, if that’s you, then you’re not even reading this blog. Why are you reading this blog? Just so you can nod away and show it to Chandler to prove your point, right?
The Ten Minute Tasker
Don’t panic if you’re not super organised or struggle committing to lengthy tasks to get through those super organised schedules. By which I mean, don’t panic if you are totally unorganised. Just be a ten minute tasker. Prepare a simple organisational list with manageable chunks of time. It won’t keep your home pristine, but it will keep it liveable.
To make the most of your cleaning requirements the ten minute tasker needs 3 things:
1- A plan with an order of the jobs to get through.
This allows the ten minute tasker to tackle the first job on the list for ten minutes before going off to deal with something else. When they’re ready for the next cleaning job they move on to the second list, even if they didn’t quite finish the first. Once they get through the list then they go back to the first area listed and start again.
This ten minute tasker may never have a super spiffy home like the Plan and Plot It does, but they will be able to basically stay on top of things if they just keep working through, ten minute blocks at a time.
2- A commitment to doing at the absolute bare minimum, one ten minute cleaning chunk a day.
Now ideally they are working through several chunks a day, but on those particularly busy or challenging days it just may not be possible. It is, however, possible to prioritise doing at least one ten minute task everyday. Even if it’s the absolute last thing you get to before bed.
3- The ability to prioritise immediate cleaning needs in addition to those ten minute chunks.
If someone spills milk on the floor this needs to be cleaned up immediately. It’s a mess that can’t sit and wait until your next ten minute task, especially if the spill is in the kitchen and the kitchen floor is still 3 items down the list.
Daily Doses Doer
If you’re like most people then you’re probably somewhere in between the Plan and Plot It, and the Ten Minute Tasker. You can make a reasonable schedule and stick to it to a reasonable degree.
So this is what you need to do.
Put aside some time to make that schedule.
Work out what tasks are daily, what tasks are weekly, and what tasks are monthly. Set aside times to manage each type of task with specific days allocated to the weekly tasks. For example, vacuuming the lounge happens on thursdays. Cleaning out the fridge is every Monday. Then for monthly tasks make a list of what you need to get through and break them into 4 groups. Instead of trying to tackle all the monthly tasks in one go, list them out then do a different one each week.
And here’s an important tip: Don’t panic if you don’t get through it all. Make sure you tackle the most important bits first so that the least important tasks are left to manage if you are able to. If you don’t get to them, simply bring them up the priority list for the next day or week (depending on which type of job they are).
The Daily Doses cleaner understands the importance of proper organisation but also recognises that things don’t always go to plan.
Have you worked out which type of organiser you are? Maybe you’re a little mix of different styles depending on what else is going on around you.
Unless you really are Monica and you’re not too busy running your own cleaning business, then everyone can use an extra hand. That’s where hiring a professional cleaner on a regular basis comes in handy.
When you hire a professional cleaner, what you’re really doing is:
Keeping your own schedule needs to do the surface level requirements so that it’s more manageable
Freeing up your time
Easing your mind
Making sure those tricky bits don’t remain overlooked
Giving your home that healthy, fresh boost that you really want to shine
Stay organised and give CleaningBest a call to add that cherry on top.
It is currently impossible to go online and avoid seeing something relating to the coronavirus, COVID-19, so we thought we provide some tips to help you keep clean, disinfect and stay calm. There is a lot of information floating around about how to best protect yourself and your family, and a lot of misinformation. Some of this is because we still don’t know enough about the disease, and some is because people are just trying to find solutions to stem the fear. We do know that socially isolating yourself from others will help reduce the spread, and that practicing good hygiene, can, as it does with all infectious diseases, reduce the risk as well.
When it comes to staying as safe as possible, you need to clean by removing germs, dirt, and surface impurities, and then you need to disinfect. Disinfecting is the act that kills germs by applying chemicals to the surface that you are disinfecting. It is important to clean first, then disinfect.
Here are some simple tips to help you keep clean, disinfect, and stay calm.
Wash Your Hands
This is literally the best thing you can do. It’s not a matter of quickly rinsing under the sink and running. You need to scrub your hands with soap and water. Make sure you wash for at least 20 seconds, and dry afterwards. To keep it fun a lot of people are suggesting singing various songs or verses while they wash. A very simply example is to sing “Happy Birthday” for the duration of your scrubbing.
Washing your hands is particularly important after you’ve been out in public, if you’ve touched someone or something that other people may have touched, if you’ve sneezed or coughed, and before you eat. Frequently washing your hands properly is effective.
If you don’t have soap and water you can use a hand sanitizer. Just make it is at least 60% alcohol and you cover all the surfaces of your hands by rubbing them together with the hand sanitizer.
In the meantime try your best not to touch your face with your hands! (This is SO hard to do, which is why frequent hand washing is so essential).
Dont just Clean, Disinfect The Things You Touch (and Stay Calm).
Anything that you touch on a regular basis should be disinfected as often as possible. This includes:
Door handles (think household, car, fridge, cubby house, anything that has a door).
Sinks and faucets
The steering wheel of your car
Make sure you are using the disinfectant that is appropriate for the surface you are cleaning. As mentioned above, it is important to clean before disinfecting, in order to get the best result. When the surface is visibly dirty then you should wash it with soap and water (or an appropriate cleaning method), prior to disinfecting it.
If you are unable to get an appropriate household disinfectant, you can use an alcohol solution that is at least 70% alcohol, or create a bleach solution. To create a bleach solution mix together a tablespoon of bleach per litre of water.
Make sure you don’t use expired products and always keep the room you are disinfecting well ventilated. Also be careful not to mix together household bleach with ammonia or any other type of cleanser.
Enjoy Sunshine and Ventilation
Don’t stay cooped up inside. Open the curtains and windows to let in the sunshine and fresh air. Get outside yourself to soak it in. While we still don’t know exactly what impact heat, sun, and weather has on the virus, our general understanding of how viruses work tells us that this is generally helpful. Staying cooped up in enclosed, dark spaces is more likely to help a virus breed, grow, and live longer on surfaces.
Other Cleaning Tips to stay clean, disinfect and stay calm.
It is best to use disposable cleaning gloves that you can throw away after you clean and disinfect.
If you are cleaning and disinfecting an area that has been touched by someone who is known to have the virus, it is important to include additional precautionary and isolation methods to reduce the risk of transfering the disease. For instance, use a dedicated bedroom, bathroom, and rubbish bin for the unwell household member. Anyone providing food or helping clean up areas relating to the sick person should use extra precautions with gloves, hand washing, and regular disinfecting of surface areas. This includes wearing gloves to handle laundry items.
Panic and fear will not help. You’re more likely to do unsafe things like touch your face, touch other people, panic buy unnecessary products (or unnecessary quantities of products), and reduce your immune system, if you allow fear to take over. Take a deep breathe and read advice that is useful and manageable.