6 essential care tips to keep your sofa looking great

Comfortable navy blue plush sofa and colourful flowers

A new sofa is a major home investment and you will undoubtedly expect this key furnishing item to give you many years of enjoyment. The typical lifespan of a new sofa is around 7-15 years but this does depend on how well you look after it. Are you in the habit of eating while watching TV or putting muddy shoes on furniture? Do you have a pet or children? A regular cleaning and maintenance routine for your sofa is highly recommended.

Apple Clean offer a wide range of professional upholstery and sofa cleaning services including stain removal and Scotchgard protection. We may be a small company but we do have the latest cleaning technology at our disposal and highly trained operatives who will expertly attend to carpet, curtain and upholstery cleaning jobs. It’s what we’ve been doing for more than 30 years!

Here are our key recommendations on how to look after your sofa:

1 – Weekly vacuuming

Use the small head, brush and crevice tool attachments of your vacuum cleaner and make short work of any debris on the sofa once a week. Check for coins or other small items that may gave slipped down the side of the seat. Avoid vacuuming with the main head since dirt and debris can rub up against the seat fabric, which will gradually wear away the weave and pile more quickly than you want.

2 – Fluffy cushions

It’s a good idea to get into a regular habit of plumping up your seat and back cushions, pulling them back into shape when you’re finished with the sofa at the end of the evening (or the morning after). That way, your sofa cushions will continue to keep their shape and look smarter for the longest possible time.

3 – Fabric protection

Preserve the longevity of your upholstery with throws and blankets. Consider using arm covers (you can get them custom made) to protect heavy duty areas from spillages and perspiration that can cause long-term staining. Be particularly careful with light coloured suites – the dye from non-colourfast clothing can transfer to the upholstery and permanently discolour it. For long-term protection that extends the life of your sofa, ask us about Scotchgard.

4 – Sun fade

When you decide where to place your sofa in the room, please bear in mind that not all sofa fabrics are sun-proof! Direct sunlight can cause fabrics to fade permanently – you have been warned. For leather sofas, it’s best to keep them away from radiators an other heat sources as these can cause the leather to crack.

5 – Pet hair care

If you have a cat or a dog, it is even more important to place throws on your sofa for added protection. Make sure blankets can be machine washed easily and regularly. Have a lint roller on standby to catch pet hairs on upholstery – it’s good to make this a routine habit too. You can also wear rubber gloves, running your hands over the sofa fabric before washing pet hair off in hot water.

6 – Stain removal

Spills and stains can happen; the most popular culprits are tea and coffee, wine, juice and chocolate. Act fast for the best chance of avoiding permanent staining. Blot up as much as you can with white kitchen paper, then gently clean the area with warm water, working from the outside in. It’s a good idea to check for colourfastness first! Wash or dry clean loose covers according to the care label. And if you are in any doubt about how to tackle a particular stain, give us a call for professional advice!

A Room-By-Room Look At The Dirtiest Areas Of The Home

Bacteria can get literally everywhere – from the bristles of your toothbrush to the buttons of your TV remote.

Therefore, keeping on top of your home’s cleanliness is vital not only from a health point of view but a living point of view as well. After all, who wants to live surrounded by filth?

With this in mind, join us as we take a room-by-room look at some of the home’s most germ-infested areas.

Bathroom

When you think about the dirtiest area of the home, chances are that the bathroom will be at the top of your thinking list.

After all, it’s the place you go to do you ‘business’, wash dirt off you and brush your teeth, so it’s got to be pretty germ-ridden, right?

Well, while it may be true that the toilet itself can be fairly dirty, there are a number of other areas of potential harm.

Toothbrush holders, showerheads and dirty towels, for example, can all harbour bacteria that can both make you ill and create a nasty smell.

Living Room

The living room also contains a number of areas which prove to be bacterial hotbeds.

When you consider how often you or somebody else in your household touches a remote control, light switch, games controller, TV switch, cell phone or lamp, it’s hardly a surprise to see how bacteria can spread so quickly from person to person.

To combat this, make sure to wipe down each of surface as regularly as you can, and especially while we find ourselves in the midst of a global pandemic.

Likewise, your rugs, sofa and carpets can also harbour many bacteria as well. So, why not consider getting it professionally cleaned? Here at Apple Clean, we can leave carpets looking shiny and new, and as germ-free as possible.

Kitchen

Probably the dirtiest area of the home, however, is the kitchen.

Whether it be the kitchen sink, the fridge or the cutlery, germs can appear pretty much wherever you set your eyes on and, without effective cleaning, it can quickly become riddled.

What’s more, the rags and sponges you use to wash your plates up with could actually harbour even more bacteria than the plates had on them in the first place.

Therefore, renew or wash your dishcloths on a regular basis, and make sure to clean your kitchen countertops using a strong bleach.

If you would like any further cleaning tips, please do not hesitate to contact our specialist team here at Apple Clean or check out our blog for more ideas.

How Home Design Will Change Post-COVID-19

Cleaning the house

With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic now in its seventh month, the chances are that improving your personal level of hygiene has become fairly ingrained into your everyday life.

From washing your hands more thoroughly to wearing a face mask, hundreds of thousands of people have had no choice but to change their habits during the lockdown, in order to stay protected from the virus.

Now, as the lockdown restrictions slowly start to become more and more lifted, we pose the question: what will the future of home design look like in a post-COVID-19 landscape?

Join us as we run through some of the key ways in which life at home is likely to change as a result of the pandemic, and the key trends to watch out for as time goes on.

1 – Smart Devices.

Since touching surfaces has been such a no-no recently, many people will have invested in and gotten used to using smart devices in their homes.

Whether it be a smart toaster, TV, vacuum cleaner, or even a coffee table, a number of household appliances now have smart features embedded into them, enabling users to turn them on without needing to press a button.

The growth of these appliances only looks set to grow as time goes on.

2 – Easier-To-Clean Surfaces.

When it comes to designing a home, many potential buyers will now have one key thing in mind: cleanliness.

After all, keeping the home clean – wiping down surfaces, using antibacterial soap, washing up regularly – is imperative to minimising the spread of viruses, so why wouldn’t you want it to be as easy to maintain as possible?

3 – Better Storage.

While it may seem a long time ago now, the initial days of the coronavirus pandemic saw hundreds of people mass panic buying. This, in turn, may have ultimately triggered many homeowners to rethink their home’s storage options.

In fact, according to certain areas of research, butler’s pantries have become increasingly desirable recently, while ‘space-saving solutions’ has seen a significant rise in its number of searches. This trend doesn’t look set to stop any time soon either, with space-saving now one of the key considerations for many homeowners.

Here at Apple Clean, we have extensive experience helping a wide range of clients keep their home looking sparkling clean. If you’re looking to give your home a refresh in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, please do not hesitate to contact our team for further advice and ideas.

3 Home-Based Jobs To Keep You Busy During Lockdown

Vacuum Cleaner tidying carpet

If you have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak and are going slightly stir-crazy while self-isolating, we know how you feel.

That’s why we decided to put together a few ideas to keep you entertained during your time stuck at home.

From sorting out your clothes out to washing your carpets, these ideas should kill at least a few hours of your time in lockdown.

1 – Clean Your House

It’s one of those jobs you always say you need to do but never get around to doing, so now’s the time to do it!

Depending on the current state of your home, the time it will take to clean your house from top to bottom will vary. However, it should leave you feeling incredibly satisfied once it’s been done.

Clean and hoover the carpets, give the surfaces a quick wipe down, and mop the kitchen floor. Then, treat yourself to a nice cup of tea and a biscuit for a job well done.

2 – Get Organised.

Cupboards and storage solutions become messy and disorganised as time goes on, so why not use your time in lockdown to tidy them up a bit?

Get rid of any junk you no longer use, untangle any annoying cables, and remove any of out-of-date food you’ve collected at the back of the kitchen cupboard over the years.

You’ll then have a lot more space and freedom to store other bits from around the home, giving it a bit of a refresh.

3 – Sort Your Wardrobe.

Going through your clothes can be an arduous yet highly satisfying task. If you, like many people, tend to hoard clothes over the months and years, now is the perfect time to separate the best from the rest and slim your wardrobe down.

Take each item of clothing individually and ask yourself each of these three questions: would I still wear it? Does it still fit me? And would I miss it if it was gone?

If you answer ‘no’ to each of these questions then get rid of it; grab a bin bag and donate it to a local charity.

As carpet cleaning specialists, our team here at Apple Clean certainly know a thing or three about keeping your home clean, tidy and germ-free. For any further advice on how to keep yourself entertained during lockdown, please do not hesitate to give our team a call on 0800 587 4571.

Stay Safe by Cleaning for Coronavirus At Home

Coronavirus cleaning tips

Coronavirus is a worldwide issue, with more and more people affected on a daily basis.

However, despite its deadly reputation, there are actually a number of simple things you can do to prevent its spread.

From personal changes, like using hand sanitisers, to home-based changes, like changing your cleaning products, coronavirus can be effectively combatted if you’re prepared enough in advance.

With this in mind, join us as we discuss three key ways to stay safe from coronavirus at home.

Wash your hands

It may sound obvious, but washing your hands is one of the most important things you can do to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Say, for instance, you spend the day cleaning your home. Once you’ve finished, your hands will now be dirty and likely contain hundreds of different germs on them.

By washing them with soap and water, or using an alcohol-based hand rub, this will kill any potential viruses lurking on your hands, thus limiting their spread.

Practice personal hygiene

When at home, it’s important for you and your family to all be equally hygienic.

Therefore, make sure you practice your own personal respiratory hygiene as best you can; use a tissue when you sneeze, cover your mouth when you cough, and always dispose of any used tissues or handkerchiefs.

The reason for this is that droplets spread virus. By limiting the spread of these droplets through the air, this, in turn, will protect the people around you from inhaling a wide variety of germs and bacteria, including COVID-19 – the virus which causes coronavirus.

Keep your home clean

It should go without saying really, but the cleaner your home is, the less likely you will be to suffer an illness or infection.

After all, it is all about limiting the spread of bacteria; by using bleaches and bacteria-busting cleaning products, you ensure any lurking germs are killed off before they have a chance to spread.

The NHS recommend thorough cleaning of carpets and soft furnishings using disinfectants to stop the spread of germs.

According to research, the typical carpet contains approximately 200,000 bacteria per inch – 4,000 times more than a toilet seat. Therefore, keeping your carpets clean on a regular basis is imperative to reducing this number of bacteria and limiting the likelihood of illness.

If you are concerned about coronavirus and are looking to reduce the likelihood of it affecting you and your family, keeping your carpets clean is an effective preventative method. Here at Apple Clean, we are experts in all things carpet cleaning, so why not leave it up to us? Simply give us a call on 0800 587 4571 or click here to receive a free, no obligation quote. 

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