The Dirtiest Spots In The House And How To Clean Them

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The Dirtiest Spots In The House – And How To Clean Them

Cleaning the toilet is widely renowned as the dirtiest job in the house, with so many stories about the millions of germs and bacteria that reside under the seat and within the basin. But did you know there are a number of other locations around the house that are home to huge amounts of bacteria? Some of them are completely innocuous places that would never have expected to be so dirty. Check out our list of the dirtiest places in the home, and how to ensure they’re as germ-free as possible.

Doorknobs and cupboard handles

Imagine how many people touch the door handles in your home every day. Now think of the last time you cleaned them properly. If the thought has sent a shiver down your spine, grab some antibacterial wipes and make a start on wiping down those doorknobs! The same applies for cupboard handles, especially in the kitchen, where people may have been handling different types of food before they touch the cupboards.

The TV remote

Your family might not have so many fights over the TV remote if they knew how many germs were thriving happily on the keys! Think of how many times the remote has slid between couch cushions, been dropped on the floor, been handled after eating greasy foods… it’s a hotbed for bacteria. Grab a microfibre cloth, lightly spritz it with cleaning fluid, and wipe the remote over thoroughly at least once a week.

Cleaning sponges and cloths

The very items you thought were your most powerful weapons in the fight against germs can actually be harbouring more bacteria than you’ve ever imagined. Yikes! Once a week, gather all of your sponges, cloths and dish rags together and put them on a very hot wash in your washing machine to freshen them up and kill any lingering bacteria.

 

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Light switches

These are along the same lines as doorknobs – every member of the family touches them numerous times throughout the day, and they’re rarely high on the list of areas to clean. In fact, light switches are one of the leading ways in which colds, flu and other illnesses can be passed around. If your family keep coming down with the sniffles every few weeks and can’t seem to shake it off, it might be time to give your light switches a good clean.

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Light switches

These are along the same lines as doorknobs – every member of the family touches them numerous times throughout the day, and they’re rarely high on the list of areas to clean. In fact, light switches are one of the leading ways in which colds, flu and other illnesses can be passed around. If your family keep coming down with the sniffles every few weeks and can’t seem to shake it off, it might be time to give your light switches a good clean.

Computer keyboards and mice

Computer or laptop keyboards pick up germs easily. If your teenage son has ever sat down to do his homework without washing his hands, if you’ve ever sneezed while shopping online, or if your partner has ever eaten their lunch over the keyboard, it’s likely there’s some pretty lively bacterial activity going on around your keys. Use an alcohol-based wipe to remove the germs from the keys, and shake out the crumbs on a regular basis to prevent build-up under the surface.

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Are You Making These Basic Cleaning Mistakes?

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Are You Making These Basic Cleaning Mistakes?

When it comes to cleaning, everyone has their own approach; their own tips, tricks and trusted methods that they deploy when they need to spruce up their home. Unfortunately, as many professional cleaners will testify, many of these methods actually end up making the house dirtier than it was before!

Take a look at our list of the most basic and common cleaning mistakes – and how to put them right.

Making your bed

How many people jump out of bed in the morning and immediately make their bed? It’s an ingrained habit for many people, learned from childhood. But covering your bed up during the day can actually increase the number of germs harboured there. Pulling up the covers and tucking them in tightly can seal in moisture, which can lead to an increase in dust mites. For those who suffer from allergies and problems with asthma, these mites can exacerbate the issue even further. Instead, fold the covers down to the bottom of the bed each day to allow the sheets and the mattress to dry out.

Cleaning windows when it’s sunny or warm

You should be using dedicated glass cleaner when cleaning your windows, in order to avoid streaks. But your job can be made much harder if you try to wash the glass on a sunny or warm day. The cleaner dries up quickly, before it has time to be evenly spread and distributed, leaving those tell-tale streaks that look so unappealing. Wait for a cooler or cloudier day to ensure your windows emerge sparkling and streak-free.

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Spritzing cleaning products directly onto surfaces

For most people, cleaning the kitchen counters involves spraying a large amount of product directly onto the surface, before wiping it up with a cloth. However, this can leave behind build-up and residue, as well as drip marks or smudges. Rather than loading your cleaning spray onto the surface itself, spray it onto your cloth first. Not only will this prevent build-up, it’ll also mean your cleaning products last a lot longer!

Going overboard with natural ingredients

We’ve all heard about the natural, miracle ingredients like baking soda, lemon juice and vinegar when it comes to cleaning. It can be tempting to use these amazing substances in every single cleaning application – but in fact, you should be researching which ingredients are suitable for each surfaces. For example, if you use acidic substances (lemon juice and vinegar, for example) on real stone countertops or floors, you can end up ruining the smooth surface. Do your research before you reach for these tried and tested solutions.

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Loading the dishwasher incorrectly

Dishwasher take all of the effort out of washing up – surely there’s no way you could possibly be getting this element of cleaning wrong? Unfortunately, there is! Loading the dishwasher incorrectly can mean some of your utensils and dinnerware come out unclean. If you have a dish that’s encrusted with burnt-on food, make sure you position it so it feels the full force of the jets inside, rather than placing it around the outside. When it comes to loading your cutlery, make sure your spoons and forks aren’t nestled together, or they won’t have enough exposure to be thoroughly cleaned.

If you’re prone to making these mistakes and want to experience a professional cleaner’s methods, get in touch with Ready Maid today to find out more about our services.

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What Can We Learn From Hotel Housekeepers?

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What Can We Learn From Hotel Housekeepers?

Staying in a hotel is a luxurious treat for many – especially when they return to their room at the day to discover it’s been cleaned to perfection. Hotel cleaners are among the best in the business, turning over dozens of rooms every day, all to an incredibly high standard. So what are their tips and tricks for achieving such flawless results every single day? We’ve taken a look at what we can learn from the cleaning wizards in the hotel housekeeping industry…

Always have a plan

If you set about cleaning a room, or your entire house, without a proper plan, it’s likely you’ll get distracted halfway through, or you’ll forget an essential task which needed to be carried out first. Make a step-by-step plan for each room, or your whole house, and follow it every time you need to carry out a full clean.

Let there be light

Natural light and a strong natural airflow can work wonders in any room. Whenever you start cleaning, throw open the curtains and the windows to let nature circulate around the area. This is especially important if you’re going to be working with strong cleaning chemicals – you’ll need the ventilation to prevent the fumes from becoming overpowering. Natural light also helps you to spot dust, smears and other marks far better than artificial light.

Vacuum upholstery

Most people run their vacuum over the carpets and rugs and leave it at that. But almost all vacuums these days come with some kind of upholstery attachment – so you should make use of it! Plush sofas and chairs can accumulate huge amounts of dust over time, so make sure you’re running your vacuum over them at least once a week to remove this build-up and keep your entire room fresh.

Always de-clutter

You’ll have a much easier job cleaning the rest of the room if you handle clutter as a priority. When most hotel maids walk into a room, the first thing they’ll do is strip the bed and remove all clutter. This gives them the space and freedom to properly clean the rest of the room, without having to clean around items. De-cluttering is also a great way to make a room feel instantly cleaner, if you’re on a strict schedule.

Don’t forget electronics and appliances

Television and monitor screens pick up a lot of dust and grime – make sure you run a microfiber cloth over them to pick up any lingering specks. If you need a little more cleaning power, use some distilled water mixed with an equal ratio of white vinegar. Never spray directly onto a screen – spray the solution onto your cloth sparingly. You should also clean remote controls – imagine how many germs accumulate on these during the day!

Want to experience the feeling of hotel-clean freshness every day? Get in touch with the team at Ready Maid Sydney to discuss your professional cleaning options today.

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Top Tips to Make Laundry Life That Little Bit Easier

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Top Tips to Make Laundry Life That Little Bit Easier

For many people, laundry can feel like a never-ending chore, with mountains of clothes to wash, dry, iron, fold and put away – especially in families with children. Most of the time, the process is relatively straightforward, if a little arduous. But when it comes to stains or washing certain fabrics, it can be tough to know which approach to take.

Here at Ready Maid, we offer a professional laundry service that will have your clothes washed and dried in no time. Our highly-trained cleaning operatives have learned plenty of tips and tricks during their time in the industry – and they’ve been convinced to part with some of their best laundry secrets right here, for convenience. Check out our top tips to help make laundry less of a challenge!

Speed up sorting with separate hampers

Rather than having your family put all of their laundry into one hamper (which will then need to be sorted into whites and colours), provide two hampers for each. This will save you plenty of time when it comes to adding items to the washing machine, and you’ll be less likely to get caught out by a stray red sock in with your whites!

Learn how to read labels

We’ve all been mystified by the laundry symbols on clothing labels before – some of them are fairly obvious, but many are tough to decipher! Learning what each of those symbols means will change the way you approach laundry forever. There are plenty of charts online which will help you establish the meaning of each symbol, so you can better sort your fabrics and ensure you’re washing things at the right temperature.

Wash similar fabrics together

Try to sort your laundry by fabric as well as by colour. Heavy fabrics like denim should all be washed and dried together – if you add in items like cotton t-shirts, they’ll end up going round in your dryer long after they’re actually dry. Keep heavy fabrics and light fabrics separate to simplify your drying loads.

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Learn when to use dryer sheets and fabric softener

Did you know that using dryer sheets and fabric softener when you’re washing towels can actually cause them to lose their absorbency? Using too much detergent on these items can also cause build-up eventually. When it comes to washing towels, opt for a natural solution to clear away any build-up and keep them fresh and absorbent. We like white vinegar and baking soda as natural detergents which can breathe new life into your old towels.

Wash socks in a mesh bag

We haven’t met a washing machine yet which doesn’t mysteriously eat up socks and leave lots of odd ones hanging around. To save your matching pairs of socks from being separated in your laundry, invest in a washable mesh bag. Put all of your socks into the bag and then add it to the washing machine to keep all pairs together without having to sort through huge piles of clothes to match the back up.

For the latest cleaning tips, or to hire a professional cleaning service for your home or business, get in touch with the Ready Maid team today!

Olivia Mullins

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