07 Curtains
Curtains naturally attract dust and absorb odours over time. And as easy as it is to overlook the fact that they need attention – after all, they just hang there! – curtain cleaning on a regular basis is a good idea to keep your house clean and fresh – every 3-6 months is recommended.

Machine washing

If your curtains are fully machine washable (check the label), you can do the job yourself. Pick a nice warm summery day to let them dry in the open air after they’ve been through a gentle machine wash cycle. Iron your curtains while they’re still a little bit damp, then hang immediately to eliminate creasing.

That said, curtains contain a lot of fabric, which often makes them unwieldy to deal with in a domestic environment. If you’re worried about your washing machine drum not being big enough, your ironing board being too small or you have nowhere to dry your curtains, you may be better off getting professional help.

The same goes for stained curtains – leave it to a professional curtain cleaning company such as Apple Clean to remove stains from fabrics without the risk of damaging your precious curtain fabrics.

Dry cleaning

Curtains that are made of linen, silk or other sensitive fabrics will need professional dry cleaning, since the hot water, detergent and constant rubbing action in the washing machine can easily cause damage such as shrinking or fading. Curtains can be an expensive investment for your home, so it’s important to look after them to give you years of pleasure.

Damage can also be caused by beading or embroidery on the fabric; Apple Clean have the expertise and experience to deal with these type of materials sympathetically while getting the best cleaning results.

In situ curtain cleaning

Instead of taking your curtains down for cleaning, why not ask Apple Clean to clean them for you in situ? Providing the ultimate in convenience for you, we offer in situ cleaning for all large variety of curtains including interlined curtains, thermally lined curtains, pelmets, stage curtains and commercial curtains, as well as all types of blinds. Without the fuss of taking them down and rehanging them, curtains are cleaned effectively and with no drying time.

Regular curtain cleaning

While cleaning your curtains every 3-6 months should be sufficient for most household requirements, we would recommend more frequent cleaning if the following factors play a part:

Dust: Do you live in an urban area, near a main road or in a particularly dusty area? Don’t forget that your curtains act as a filter for dust and other airborne particles coming into your house through the windows. If you live in a dusty environment, you should clean your curtains more often.

Allergies: Curtains can trap a variety of common allergens including dust, pollen, mould spores and pet hair and dander. If you or a member of your family is an allergy sufferer, frequent curtain cleaning should be an essential part of your household routine.

Mould occurs in damp conditions, particularly during winter. It can permanently damage the curtain fabric as well as trigger allergies. If mould is a problem, do make sure that the cleaned curtains are completely dry (and preferably hot ironed too!) to make sure all mould spores have been eliminated before the curtains are rehung.

Smoking: Smoke particles from cigarettes, cigars and pipes are easily trapped in curtain fabrics. If you’re not keen on yellowing curtains or the smell of stale smoke in your house, make sure you let in plenty of fresh air and clean your curtains every month if possible.

Salt: If you live by the seaside and especially if you have sea views, salt is not your friend. Salty sea air deposits can affect curtains as well as window panes. Hard wearing curtain fabrics are your best choice under these conditions, and frequent cleaning is a must.

For any enquiries regarding curtain cleaning and blind cleaning, please contact us for a highly competitive quote on 0800 587 4571.

Written on July 5, 2016 · Tagged: ,

Are you putting your toddler at risk when you clean your house? Is your dog safe around cleaning products? When using cleaning products in any quantity around the house, you need to consider the safety of those products on your family. If you have young children or pets that could come into contact with your detergents, polishes and other cleaners, it may be a good idea to research more pet-friendly and child-friendly ways to approach to job.

Natural Cleaners

dog-190292_960_720Chemical cleaners can be aggressive, which is what’s needed when you’re dealing with tough stains, but they can also be overzealous in getting the job done. While you may be well acquainted with detergent fumes and scents, young children are not so resilient, and cats and dogs have even more sensitive noses.

If you’re worried about the harm that chemical cleaners may cause to children and pets, why not consider some natural alternatives? The old combination of baking soda and vinegar often works wonders to reduce or remove spills and ground-in stains, though there are of course many natural cleaning products available to buy.

Slip and Fall Hazards

So now you’ve given everything a good clean, have dried off, wiped down and aired out, you should be done, right? Not quite. Don’t forget that some cleaning solutions need to be left on for a while or dry naturally. In order to prevent slip and fall hazards, it is important that you wait until the area or room is completely dry before letting pets and children roam around. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

natural cleanAll-Purpose Cleaners

All-purpose cleaners are designed to deal with a wide range of stains and spills. While it’s handy to be able to use just one bottle for everything, these detergents may not always be pet-safe or child-safe.

If you absolutely have to use an all-purpose cleaner, try to avoid areas where children or pets are likely to be, and make sure to ventilate the room thoroughly, drying everything out before allowing others to use it.

Send in the Professionals

Cleaning around the home is a daily chore – we all have to do it. But what about specialist jobs that you can’t do yourself? If you’re unsure about how to tackle carpets and upholstery, ovens, drains or any other difficult areas in your home, call a professional. A qualified cleaning expert will have the experience and the tools necessary to provide first class cleaning and hygiene solutions that are effective as well as safe for all your family members, four-legged ones included. They can also provide useful advice on the best solutions for keeping your home clean and smelling fresh all year round.

Written on December 22, 2015 · Tagged: , , ,

There are specific methods of care that are required when cleaning leather, which remains a popular material in many contemporary households. If you use the right products and carry out regular maintenance, you can rest assured that your sofa will remain in the best possible condition for the long term. Here are the essential steps you must follow to make your leather upholstery cleaning job as efficient as possible…

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Dust the Sofa

Use a vacuum to get rid of any dust or dirt that has got trapped in the sofa and remove any larger debris, before wiping with a soft and clean cloth.

This ensures dust and dirt is not pressed into the leather, creating a difficult-to-remove stain. Vacuums can potentially scratch the leather if you aren’t careful, so be wary of this when using the plastic cleaning attachments.

Identify the Spots that Require the Most Attention

Cleaning leather appropriately comes down to a less-is-more initiative. You should only be cleaning leather where necessary, leaving the cleaner spots well alone. Concentrate on the grimy spots and wipe down relatively clean areas with a cloth. A wet cloth is not necessary here.

Look for Mildew

If you come across any mildew, build your own spraying solution of water and vinegar. Use as little liquid as possible and wipe away to keep it from soaking into the leather. Any mildew that is present should be killed off by the vinegar, which acts as a mild disinfectant.

Call in the Experts

Apple Clean know exactly how to deal with leather that has been heavily soiled or affected by stains and dirt. We use state-of-the-art cleaning equipment to leave leather looking good as new once we’ve finished. If you think this is what your leather requires, don’t attempt to clean it yourself and get in touch with us today.

Many people wonder if it’s genuinely possible to maintain a steady upholstery and curtain cleaning regime when you have pets around. While it’s likely you won’t have to clean up after fish all the time, having a dog or a cat is certainly something that troubles homeowners who would rather not have fur strewn across floors and carpets.

We’re certainly not going to get rid of our animals as a result of this dilemma, although can be forgiven for feeling that way on occasion if we constantly have to clean up after our animals at a noticeably troublesome rate. So what exactly can you do to prevent your animals from affecting the cleanliness of your home?

What to Expect

Your pets are always going to leave fur lying around as well as a dander, while there’s also the chance of a potential “accident”. The first thing you need to know when adopting a pet is that you are probably going to have to commit more time to your cleaning schedule.

Dog Breeds

There are some breeds of dog that shed quite a lot of hair, such as border collies, while Schnauzers and Labradors have smoother, shorter fur and thus create less of a mess with their fur. In most cases, the dog breeds that shed their fur do it twice a year, so you can keep note of how often it occurs this way.

Don’t Just Rely on Your Vacuum

When we notice that dogs are leaving fur behind, we tend to grab the vacuum cleaner instantaneously to get rid of it. Whilst the vacuum is certainly an effective way of getting rid of dog fur, too much and you can end up blocking the vacuum. Try and moderate your use of the vacuum when cleaning a home with pets and inspect the vacuum every now and then for blockages.

Grooming

In truth, you can minimise the amount of work you need to do by focusing more on your dog instead of the cleaning up afterwards. Proper grooming is an excellent way of keeping on top of your dogs shed hair and any vet would suggest that you groom your pet a few times a week. You can collect any loose hair on the brush and prevent it from reaching the floor.

If you’re keen to tackle this issue once and for all, it will certainly help you to get in touch with Apple Clean today and discuss our specialist domestic cleaning services with us.

Written on October 12, 2015 ·

Reactions to grass pollen and other outdoor allergens are at their highest at this time of year, so it’s essential to make sure your home is free from allergens to promote a good nights sleep.

The best way to prevent hay fever and other allergic reactions is to avoid the allergen that causes your symptoms but if you are struggling with hay fever, you might find this task impossible. The most pragmatic step you can take is to get rid of any allergens present in your home…

What Is Hay Fever?

Allergies to pollen are known as hay fever and it this that causes the most allergic symptoms during the summer. Trees and grass release pollen particles into the air during the summer, causing plenty of mild yet uncomfortable allergic reactions in many people across the country.

  • Keep an eye on the weather reports as they often report the pollen count. Staying indoors when it is high is your safest bet.

  • Keep doors and windows throughout the home shut around mid-morning time and early evening, as this is when there is the most pollen in the air.

  • Shower often, wash your hair and change clothes after being outside as pollen can cling to the surface of almost anything and make it indoors.

  • Avoid grassy areas such as parks or fields and if you need to cut the grass in the garden, have someone else do it for you

  • Dry clothes indoors when the pollen count is high rather than outdoors

  • Have specialist cleaners visit your home and carry out a thorough allergy control service to rid your home of pollen and other suspected allergens e.g. dust mites or mould

If you are concerned that allergens in your property are the cause for your sleepless nights, get in touch with Apple Clean today and we will carry out a thorough allergy control service that turns your home back into the clean and healthy environment it once was.

 

 

Written on July 24, 2015 · Tagged: ,