Tidy room after spring cleaning

Now that spring is on the doorstep, your thoughts will be turning to throwing open the doors and windows of your home and giving everything a good spring clean. At Apple Clean, we know a thing or two about cleaning so we thought we’d share some tips on how to achieve the best results, using gentle yet effective cleaning methods where possible.

1 – Declutter and tidy up

Start by tackling one room at a time, and by

Do you have too much ‘stuff’ in your home? It’s a good discipline to assess the amount of clutter on an annual basis and use this simple rule to decide whether to keep each item: Have you used it in the last 12 months? Are you going to use it in the coming 12 months?

Tackle one room at a time and sort your belongings into clearly labelled ‘keep’, ‘sell’, ‘donate’ and ‘throw away’ boxes. You’ll be surprised how liberating it feels to rid yourself of some excess possessions.

2 – Deep clean your carpets

You’ll be surprised at the amount of dirt, dust and hair that collects in your home’s carpets, whether it’s in the bedrooms, dining room or heavy traffic areas such as hallways, stairs and landings. Now is the time to get rid of winter grime and get the carpet cleaners in.

Apple Clean is at your service. Our expert cleaning operatives work right across the Southern Counties in Sussex, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire and Dorset. We use the latest equipment and effective cleaning processes to produce professional results at very competitive prices. We also offer stain removal, Scotchgarding, deodorising and sanitising services, leaving you with nothing but a fresh smelling and hygienically clean carpet.

Vacuum Cleaner tidying carpet

3 – Get your curtains cleaned

Over the wintertime, all types of curtains absorb dust, dirt and odours. Check the composition and finish of your curtain fabric to see how best to clean it. Machine washing may be suitable for lightweight fabrics, while delicate curtains such as cotton, lace, voile or chiffon should always be hand washed, and heavy curtains are best steam cleaned.

Not sure about your curtains? If you need professional advice about how best to clean the curtains in your home, contact Apple Clean on 0800 587 4571. We offer a comprehensive in-situ curtain cleaning service and are always pleased to provide as much advice as you require.

4 – Freshen up your upholstery

3-piece suites, sofas and armchairs are a major investment and it’s important to keep these big ticket items looking clean and smart for many years. Unless you’re an upholstery expert, it can be tricky to know exactly how to deep clean different types of fabric including silk, satin, leather, suede, faux suede and velvet, and especially if there are stains that you cannot identify.

We recommend an annual upholstery clean, carried out by a professional cleaning specialists who can treat each item of upholstered furniture with the utmost of care and experience. That way, you can be reassured that your sofas and armchairs are receiving specialist attention to help preserve their colour and appearance for the long term.

Cleaning the house together

5 – Refresh your kitchen appliances

Now is the time to give your kitchen appliances some attention. To freshen up your fridge, use a bowl of warm soapy water and a soft cloth to remove any stains, food matter and water residue – and a toothbrush might come in handy for those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies. Once clean, cut a lemon in half and place inside the fridge to naturally absorb any odours.

To steam clean your microwave oven, use a jug of half vinegar and water and put into the microwave for 10 minutes on full power. The steam will loosen any stubborn stains, leaving you to simply wipe away any moisture and dirt.

Cleaning the oven is no-one’s favourite job but it has to be done. Add bicarbonate of soda to a spray bottle of water and use liberally on the interior surfaces of the oven (avoiding the heating elements). Leave overnight and wipe the dirt off the next day. Remove any soda residue with vinegar, if necessary.

6 – Blitz your bathroom

To remove limescale build-ups from the toilet, shower and washbasin in your bathroom, try using white vinegar. All you need to do is to spray it on – or tie a plastic bag filled with white vinegar around the showerhead – and leave overnight to get to work and break down the limescale molecules.

Vinegar is strongly acidic and it does have a strong smell, so do make sure you ventilate the bathroom well and wear protective gloves.

7 – Revive your linens

Over time, bedlinen can lose their crisps looks while colours may fade. Breathe life back into your bedsheets with the help of bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar. Give your linens a good soak to restore freshness, both in terms of dull colours and lingering odour. Just make sure you rinse everything thoroughly to get rid of any vinegary smells.

Towels drying on the line

Written on March 12, 2018 ·

Mess after party and cleaning

Welcome to 2018! Now that the holidays are over and it’s back to work, you will need to make sure that your home is ready for the New Year. A good clean-up and home declutter might be in order to prepare for the 12 months ahead.

Where cleaning is concerned, Apple Clean is at your service. We have 25+ years’ experience and provide a friendly, local service that is second to none. For more information or to book, please contact us on 0800 587 4571.

1 – Clean your carpets

Fresh smelling and perfect looking carpets create a welcoming ambience in your home, so why not treat them to a post-Christmas clean? At Apple Clean, we can promise you a safe, gentle and effective cleaning process using the very latest equipment to leave your carpets spotlessly clean and dry to walk on within hours.

2 – Clean all your hard and soft surfaces

In the kitchen, your worktops will have been in constant use over the holidays, so make sure everything is hygienically clean now that the festivities are over. Uncooked meats and other food debris can leave germs and bacteria behind but a quick wipe over after every food preparation should do the trick. Don’t forget shelves, tables, chairs and upholstered furniture to remove any stains, dirt or dust build-up.

3 – Book an oven clean

Your oven will have been working overtime over the festive period, with all that cooking and baking! Now it’s time to give your oven some much needed TLC. So that you can have a rest too, why not hire a professional oven cleaner to give your kitchen appliance a thorough going over? Knowing that your oven is ready for whatever you may decide to throw at it (not literally, obviously!), will allow you to focus on the year ahead, safe in the knowledge that last year’s grime and grease has been dealt with.

4 – Put the Christmas things away

Your Christmas decorations have done their duty – now it’s time for them to be put away safely for another year. But before you do so, take a long look at each item and decide whether it needs attention. Whether your glass baubles need careful cleaning, old family heirloom decorations need repairing or the fairy light need replacing, you want to be confident that your Christmas decorations will be fit for purpose in another 11 months’ time.

5 – Have a declutter

Finally, January is the traditional time to have a clear-out, so you can face the New Year with confidence and without clutter. You know what they say: Out with the old, in with the new. For each item, ask yourself: Have I used this within the last 12 months? If not, consider selling it, giving it to charity or throwing it away. You’ll be surprised how liberating a good old clear out can be for both body and soul.

Written on January 5, 2018 ·

House Fire

Remember, remember the 5th of November… but hopefully for all the right reasons! Fire accidents can happen anywhere – in the home, at work or outdoors – whether it’s from a dropped match, a sparkler or a rogue firework. Minimise the risk of a fire breaking out at your home or workplace by flameproofing your soft furnishings.

At Apple Clean, we have specialist fire retardant products for curtains, upholstery and linings. We offer upholstery and curtain fireproofing to commercial clients with all types of premises. This includes schools, hospitals and nursing homes, stage curtains in village halls and theatres, upholstered seating in cinemas and other entertainment centres, hotels, restaurants, offices and business premises, and much more.

All commercial premises have to comply with stringent regulations for fire safety which includes flameproofing upholstery and curtains. Instructing the professional team at Apple Clean will ensure that your business is fully compliant.

For our domestic customers, upholstery and curtain flameproofing services can be carried out at the same time as curtain, upholstery and carpet cleaning, if required.

The Fire Safety Advice Centre has a good overview of how the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations 1988 (as amended in 1989, 1993 and 2010) must be implemented by manufacturers and suppliers of upholstered items and what this means for the levels of fire resistance in your home.

Why choose Apple Clean flameproofing?

  • We offer flameproofing services that meet strict local authority standards.
  • Our team can apply high quality fire retardant products to upholstery and curtains in situ.
  • Our fireproofing service is available at a time that is convenient to you, minimising disruption.
  • We can even provide out-of-hours upholstery and curtain fireproofing services.
  • We charge very competitive rates for flameproofing domestic and commercial premises.
  • All our technicians are Clean Trust trained, fully insured and CRB checked.
  • Apple Clean has 25+ years’ experience of protecting curtains and upholstery.

Whether you wish to protect your business, staff and customers or keep your family and home safe, Apple Clean’s fireproofing services are designed to give you the necessary peace of mind. Why not give us a call on 0800 587 4571 to find out how exactly we can help?

Written on November 10, 2017 ·

Cleaning a fabric lampshade

If you’re proud of your home, of course you’ll want to make sure it’s sparkling clean and welcoming at all times. No doubt your curtains and upholstery is cleaned on a regular basis, and you call out a professional carpet cleaner twice a year to keep your carpets spotless. But what about other fabrics in your home?

Take lampshades, for instance. Fabric shades on table or standard lamps collect dirt and dust over time. In order to restore their freshness and appearance, they should be cleaned periodically. This can be a difficult job with delicate fabrics, particularly if the shade has additional trims or ornaments or is glued (rather than stitched) onto the frame.

Luckily, with a bit of guidance, most types of lampshades can be cleaned by hand at home. (NB: If you have a high value lampshade, or perhaps one made of suede or silk, you are advised to take it to a specialist dry cleaner’s.) Here’s how:

Unplug the lamp and remove the lampshade if you can, so it’s easier to handle. With a small paint brush, remove the dust starting from the top and working all the way down in long sweeping motions. Work on one section at a time, then turn the shade and repeat. For large shades and thicker fabrics, you can use the brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner. Use a hairdryer on a cold setting for lampshade trims and fringes to remove any dust.

To wash a soft fabric lampshade that’s been stitched onto the frame in the traditional way, fill a large bowl (or use the bathtub!) with cool soapy water and place the lampshade inside on its side. Lather up and turn the shade until all the fabric is covered, then drain the water and refill with clean water for rinsing until all the soapy residue has disappeared. Shake the lampshade to remove excess water, then stand/hang to air dry or use a hairdryer to speed up the drying process.

Washing a glued fabric lampshade needs to be done with extra care so that the glue doesn’t dissolve. Mix a cool soapy solution in a bowl and whisk until very frothy and the suds virtually dry. Using a clean, dry cloth, apply the suds to the outside of the shade, working in sections. Be particularly careful on any areas that are glued together – don’t rub too hard and make sure they don’t get overly wet. Plastic interiors should be wiped with a damp, soft cloth dipped into a mild soapy solution. Finally, using a fresh, clean, damp sponge, rinse the suds from the surface and wipe dry.

Written on October 3, 2017 ·

Choosing a pet friendly carpet

If you’re one of the many thousands of cat or dog owners in the UK, you may feel that carpets may not be the best choice for your home. True, pets can make a mess but that doesn’t mean you have to forego the pleasures of a carpeted home and settle for hard flooring. It just means that you should think more carefully about the type of carpet you have fitted, and how to look after it properly.

1 – Choose cut pile carpet

Loop pile carpet consists of loops of yarn to create a curved finish. They’re generally considered the most hard wearing of all the carpet types. Unfortunately, loop pile carpet is not suitable for homes with cats or dogs since animal claws can easily get stuck in the loops, resulting in a torn carpet or even a torn claw – not a happy outcome. What’s more, many pets love the idea of pulling up carpet loops, meaning your carpet will be ruined in no time.

Cut pile carpet is made by cutting the yarn to produce an upright pile, giving a more luxurious, formal look than loop pile. If you have a cat or dog, choosing cut pile carpet is the sensible answer.

2 – Consider polypropylene carpet

Stains from muddy paws, pet accidents or ‘presents’ brought in from outside are one of the biggest concerns pet owners have about fitting carpets in their home. Wool carpets are particularly sensitive and may not work if you have a pet. Luckily, manufacturing technology has come on in leaps and bounds so there are good alternatives to natural fibres that can withstand heavy wear and tear from pets and their owners.

100% polypropylene carpets have built in resistance to dust, dirt and liquid spills – the stain will sit on top of the carpet pile instead of penetrating. Ideal for pet owners, this type of carpet is best for stain resistance.

3 – Choose patterned or dark coloured carpet

It will come as no surprise to hear that, say, a plain cream carpet will show up every tiny bit of hair, dust or general soiling, leaving you with a lot of worry and work to keep it looking clean. Darker coloured carpets or patterned carpets, on the other hand, are much more forgiving.

The way you use colour or pattern on the floor can have a big effect on the durability of your carpet. For a genius solution to ‘hide’ the dirt, why not try to broadly match the colour of your carpet to your pet’s fur?

4 – Regular care and maintenance

However pet friendly our carpet may be, meticulous hygiene will be required if you have a pet in the house. This includes daily hoovering to make sure no pet hairs or dirt are being ground into the carpet fibres. It goes without saying that any spills or accidents should be cleaned up as quickly as possible to minimise the risk of any staining or lingering odours.

Regular professional carpet cleaning is highly recommended to maintain maximum levels of cleanliness. At Apple Clean we offer an additional stain removal service to tackle persistent stains including food, urine and vomit.

For more information about your carpet cleaning requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact Apple Clean on 0800 5874571 today.

Written on September 21, 2017 ·