Random Musings Of A Bored Tenancy Cleaner
The Things At Home We Clean Too Often

Yes, the order and cleanliness of the home are essential. Not only because of the guests but also our personal mental and physical health. And because of the discipline and the feeling of comfort. However, there are some places and things in the home that we go a little overboard. See which items don’t need as much care.

Kitchen cabinets

It is not good for them to have a lot of moisture, and their cleanliness is very easy to maintain just by wiping with a microfibre cloth or, at most, with a sponge and water. Once a month is enough, and after the sponge and water (and maybe a few drops of detergent), dry well.

Windows

With them, a maximum of two times a year would be enough. Otherwise, cuts and scratches will appear on them, and most window cleaners are harmful to the lungs. If they are very, very dirty, use a more powerful detergent.

Pillows

Frequent washing of pillows will make them lumpy and thin their tissues. It is best to wash them for at least six months and let the pillows air out the rest of the time.

Swimwear

Summer is when we wear our swimsuits, but washing them is more urgent than we think. The washing machine can stretch them irreversibly and give them a rather naughty look. Wash the swimsuit with cold water, and even soak it for about half an hour. It can be washed every 2-3 uses gently by hand with a bit of detergent.

Jeans

That makes many people think: How often do you wash your jeans? The truth is that they do not need so regular washing. Experts say we can wash our jeans as soon as they smell, no matter how nasty they may sound. Frequent washing thins the denim, which causes wear, bleaching and subsequent tearing.

You cannot avoid household cleaning, so let’s do it more efficiently

Performing cleaning tasks requires a good dose of effective cleaning materials and hard work.
If there is a thankless job, it is undoubtedly cleaning at home. However, this is housework that, whether we like it or not, must be done to live on a certain standard of cleanliness, which most of us do. Fortunately, we no longer have to rely on a lot of rubbing because products on the market make the task as easy as possible.

The more important things

A small step towards improving the appearance and health of your home is to indulge in the routine of cleaning and maintaining your carpets.

Choosing a carpet cleaning method can be confusing. Every retailer or carpet cleaner may have a different recommendation on the best available carpet cleaning method.

There are several types of cleaning processes using modern equipment. They are the ones that are recognised more often by leading carpet manufacturers and specialised carpet cleaning companies.

The low moisture extraction process

This method is sometimes also called steam cleaning. , the cleaning solution is mixed with hot water and used as a fine spray in this method. That releases the dirt due to the heat and spraying of the solution, drawn out by powerful vacuums. The next step is drying, which can take about a few to twelve hours, depending on the carpet fibre and the cleaning equipment used.

Steam extraction method

If the carpets are heavily soiled or subject to the whims of children and pets at home, the most preferred method is the steam extraction method. In this method, high-pressure steam cleaning machines inject steam jets mixed with the cleaning solution into the carpet fibres. Then the carpets begin to separate dirt from the fibres; on the other hand, a strong vacuum immediately removes all the dirt and moisture. This type of cleaning also eliminates odours and even kills bacteria and dust mites.

Foam extraction technique

Foam extraction is a popular carpet cleaning process widely known as carpet shampoo. Here, a foam-based detergent is applied to the carpets and rubbed into them with a motor brush. That frees the soil from the carpet fibres. After the carpet and foam are completely dry, the remains and dirt are cleaned with a vacuum cleaner from the carpets.

Cover cleaning procedure

Cleaning the top is a wet process. The cleaning solution is mixed with carbonated water and applied in this method. Afterwards, a rotating machine or a cover for spraying the detergent is activated. An absorbent pad is then used to remove stains and dirt. The dirty absorbent pad is replaced repeatedly with a clean one until no more dirt is visible on the pad.

Many professionals in the industry adopt these carpet and upholstery cleaning techniques. So to achieve proper, deep cleaning, choose a company that uses some of the best cleaning techniques.

Did you know?

The carpet cleaning method should be based on the carpet manufacturer’s recommendations. If you do not use the carpet manufacturer’s recommended method, they may void the carpet warranty. When choosing a carpet cleaning method, review the warranty information before hiring a carpet cleaner.

Whether you clean it yourself or hire someone, it helps you understand the standard carpet cleaning methods. Despite all the terminology, they fall into two main approaches: dry carpet cleaning and wet cleaning.

Random Musings Of A Bored Tenancy Cleaner
The Dirtiest Things We Often Forget To Clean

In our hectic lives, we ignore the little things in our homes or office that need our attention. But at some point, they remind themselves differently by stopping working properly or unpleasant odours around them.

Here is a short list of the dirtiest things we must clean but ignore:

Purses

Purses become extremely messy if neglected for too long.

Most women wear purses these days, but do they clean them? Aside from throwing away old receipts and random pieces of gum, most women rarely pay attention to their purses. Especially where they put them.The outer surfaces are the dirtiest. Think about how often you leave your bag on tables, benches, seats, etc. Imagine all the germs you collect and then transfer to the car seat when you leave your bag.

Worse, you probably put it on the kitchen counter or side table when you get home. Wipe the outside with a microfibre soap disinfectant and refrain from placing it on any surface in your home. Place a hook to hang your bag and keep it away from tables, chairs and counter tops. You should clean your purse every week, if not more often.

Empty everything and wipe the inside with a disinfectant cloth. Then wipe the handle and the entire outer surface with another cloth and set it aside to dry.

Remote controls

Let me tell you how polluted a remote control can be. We had one that stopped working correctly, and when I disassembled it to fix it, I realised how disgustingly dirty it was. There were stains of dirt all over the outside of the remote. And the reason it didn’t work properly as it had stuck so much garbage.

I had to disassemble the remote and use a toothbrush and toothpicks dipped in disinfectant to remove all the dirt. Then I wiped the surface, let it dry and put everything back together.

It worked like brand new. I now wipe it with a disinfectant towel every week during my weekly cleaning and clean up any noticeable residue with a toothpick.

Several times a year, I disassemble it and clean it around the buttons.

Phones and personal electronics

Most people are on their phones most of the day. Still, how often do you see someone clean their phone?

When was the last time you cleaned yours? I’m not talking about wiping the screen so you can see through your fingerprints. I mean, really cleaning your phone.

Remove the cover and see all the dirt. Wipe it thoroughly, ensuring you cover each part at the inside corners of the box. Set it aside to dry. Put it in order and use it again.

You should clean the outside of your phone daily, remove the case and clean the hidden areas once a week.

Computer keyboard

In the world of digitalisation, we widely use computer keyboards. With this use, all small particles fall between the keys.

Depending on the frequency of use, you should spray the keyboard with compressed air once a week to clean up any debris. You can use a paintbrush or toothpick to remove everything between the keys. Then wipe the keys and flat surfaces with a disinfectant cloth.

Clean your home keyboard once a week. If you share a computer at work, clean it every day.

Coffee machine

Clean the coffee machine regularly to avoid poor taste.

If you drink a lot of coffee, your coffee machine can get dirty. Dirty coffee machines do not work well and can affect the taste of your coffee.

One morning my husband, pouring himself another cup of coffee to wake up, told me that his coffee did not taste as good as expected. Then he poured it into the sink, and since I don’t drink coffee, I asked him when he last cleaned the coffee machine. He did not answer and went to the other room, angry.

Hard water and mineral deposits accumulate in and around the water tank, and oils and grain residues stick. I immediately searched for information on the Internet about cleaning coffee machines, and I am sharing it with you here:

Take the water tank out and fill it with water and vinegar in a ratio of 50:50. But if you are intolerant to the smell of vinegar, you can squeeze 1-2 lemons and replace the vinegar without any problems.

Return the filled tank and run the coffee machine on an empty cycle. If you have a jug, leave it to collect the solution. If you don’t have one, put a glass or a bowl.

When the tank reaches the middle, stop the machine for about 1 hour to clean it well. Then re-release it.

Now, fill the tank with water and run 2-3 empty cycles to remove the vinegar residue.

If you have a removable filter, you can also clean it with soapy water to ensure it is 100% clean and disinfected.

After you have taken care of the coffee machine’s inside, it is also time to clean it outside. Exterior cleaning is even easier. Clean it with a sponge, but not the abrasive part and a little dishwashing detergent. Then wipe it with kitchen paper or a microfibre cloth.

Cleaning takes 15-20 minutes, but you can enjoy a warm cup of aromatic coffee!

Toaster

Usually, when we clean the toaster, many crumbs fall off, so take it over the sink or a piece of newspaper. If your toaster has a crumb tray, remove it and discard the crumbs. Otherwise, turn it down and shake it vigorously to pour the crumbs accumulated inside.

  • Take the toaster crumb tray and fill it with hot water. Add a few drops of dishwashing detergent. Leave to soak for 15 minutes and wash with a sponge. If there are stubborn stains from soot, smear them with a thick baking soda and water paste and rub them well. After rinsing the tray, let it dry completely before returning it to the toaster.
  • Use a small brush to reach the jammed crumbs inside the toaster. Brush well and use a vacuum cleaner to clean the crumbs inside.
  • Immerse the sponge in warm soapy water and wipe the toaster outside. Be sure to rub the buttons. They are usually dirtier.
  • Dry the surface of the toaster with a clean, dry cloth. If the toaster is made of metal, dip the towel in a bit of vinegar – this will polish the surface, and the toaster will shine.
  • Put the crumb tray back in place.
    Ready! The toaster shines again!

These are just some of the things. There are many others, such as fans, curtains in the bathroom, pet plates, dishwasher, washing machine, vacuum cleaner, walls around the toilet, etc. With more vigilance and observation, we will also be able to cope with these tasks.

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What Is Urgent Tenancy Cleaning?

After almost a decade in the tenancy cleaning business, I still get amazed by how clueless people can be about their lease contracts, moving-out procedures, etc. In my experience, at least 50% of the tenants think they can just pack their boxes, leave the keys on the kitchen table and move on to their new apartment. The idea of reading their tenancy contract, let alone planning for a professional cleaning visit which is a mandatory condition more often than not, does not cross their mind.

Let me give you an example. A few weeks ago, I was enjoying my first cup of morning coffee when the phone started ringing. Without knowing it, I could guess it was an emergency call – nobody would contact us for a pre-scheduled clean-up at 9 AM. When I picked up the receiver, I was immediately exposed to a torrent of hardly understandable vocal abuse in a strong Eastern European accent.

As it turned out, a Hungarian lady was moving out of her Whetstone apartment but, of course, hadn’t read the tenancy contract. She should have cleaned the apartment a day before the call – or lost her deposit. In something between panic and rage, she demanded (the cheek of this woman!) we take the job on the same day, for extra pay (how generous!).

I am usually very accommodating with my customers and try to help them in similar cases. But something in this lady’s tone put me off immediately. I tried to explain that we could sign her up for a clean-up in the early evening of the same day, which is more than a reasonable timeframe. She would have none of it – the cleaning had to be done by noon, or she would lose her deposit. Well, I guess she lost her deposit.

Please, please, please – guys, read your tenancy contract! And if you fail to do so, do not forget it is your fault, nor a professional contractor’s!