How Home Design Will Change Post-COVID-19

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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

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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

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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. 

How To Improve Your Home In 2020

Now that 2020 is here and the New Year celebrations are starting to die down, many people will start turning their attention towards their new year resolutions, thinking up ways to change or improve over the coming year.

Here at Apple Clean, we understand how important it is for our customers to save money, improve their level of fitness and become more inspired. So, wouldn’t it be good if you could do all three in one go? Well, by setting yourself some inspirational home-based goals, you can do exactly that.

Join us as we take a detailed look at some of the best ways to turn your home into an environmentally friendly, clean, stimulating and efficient place to live.

1 – Reduce your carbon footprint.

With climate change the talk of the town these days, going greener is becoming a more and more popular new year’s resolution. Whether it be choosing to recycle more regularly, use the car less or installing an entirely new renewable energy-based system, there are several simple ways to become a lot more sustainable.

In the home especially, you should avoid using energy-sapping electrical appliances, like dishwashers, tumble dryers and washing machines, as regularly as you do. If you do need to use them, make sure they’re actually full before you turn them on – otherwise, you’ll only be wasting your time, energy and money.

Also, make sure to turn all lights off in any rooms you aren’t using, and think about setting up a recycling program in your home. Getting organised with your rubbish can make a big difference to your home’s efficiency and even your mental health.

2 – Make it safe.

Safety is absolutely essential so ask yourself: is your home 100% safe and secure? If the answer is no, then this is something you’ll definitely need to change – and fast.

Go around your home and assess your property in detail, looking for any potential fire hazards or health risks. If, for example, you have overly crammed plug sockets, or are concerned that your home could have asbestos, these are both two key issues that could cause havoc later on in the year.

Also, ensure any of your carbon monoxide detectors are checked regularly and provide your kitchen with adequate ventilation to prevent mould from building up.

3 – Clean regularly.

As the old phrase goes, a tidy home is a happy home. Therefore, by setting up a schedule to clean your home on a regular basis, you will not only see a huge difference in your level of organisation, you’ll also substantially improve the overall atmosphere of your home.

Even the simplest of tasks, like throwing dishes and cutleries straight into the dishwasher rather than leaving them at the side of the sink, can have a positive effect. For more difficult tasks, like removing carpet stains or pressure washing the patio, think about setting up a contract with a specialist to suit your home’s exact requirements.

If you are looking for a specialist cleaning service and are based in the South East of England, then look no further. Contact our team today to book in your first clean of the new year.

Top tips for dealing with tough Christmas stains

Christmas is coming, which means its time to break out the festive treats and get the food shopping done in time for the big day. It’s a wonderful time of year – though it can also mean dealing with a few different domestic challenges around the house. As if perfecting the decorations wasn’t enough, what do you do when someone fancies a mulled wine but spills some on the carpet? How do you deal with gravy splashes? What if someone drops the cranberry sauce?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for our tips on what to do, just in case!

How do I clean up gravy stains?

A bit of gravy can make a Christmas turkey that much nicer, but it’s easy to make mistakes. If you’ve spilled gravy on your carpet or got some on your expensive tablecloth, it’s important to act fast. Use a paper towel to wipe away the excess gravy. Once that’s done, apply a mix of water and baking soda to the stain, dabbing at it gently with a damp sponge before wiping the stain away.

How do I deal with mulled wine spills?

Just like gravy, the key to cleaning up mulled wine (and other wine spills!) is to move quickly to deal with the stain before it can become a bigger problem. Blot up as much of the wine as possible using a paper towel and make sure to dab carefully to stop the stain from spreading. Make sure you don’t rub at it, as this can make things much worse!

If you’re dealing with a carpet stain, sprinkle some talcum powder on the affected area and cover it with paper towels. Next, leave a heavy book wrapped in cling film on top of it and leave it there for 12 hours. Hopefully, the talcum powder should have absorbed the mulled wine stain.

What should I do about melted candle wax?

Candle wax probably isn’t the first thing you might consider when you think of Christmas stains, but it’s certainly one to keep in mind. Wax stains can be tricky to remove from carpets and upholstery, and just like gravy, wine and plenty more, the longer you leave it the harder it is to deal with.

Grab a bag of frozen peas or something similar, such as a bag of ice, and place it on the wax stain to make sure to set it to a solid state quickly. Once that’s done, scrape off as much of the wax stain as you can with a blunt knife. Be careful when doing this so that you don’t damage the fabrics!

Next, collect up the loose wax or hoover it up to quickly tidy up the mess. Afterwards, put some paper towels on the stain and carefully slide an iron over it using the lowest setting. This should melt whatever is left of the wax stain, which will be collected by the paper towels.

How do I clean up cranberry sauce stains?

Continuing our theme of fast action, cranberry sauce stains are another problem that need to be dealt with quickly. Start by using a blunt knife to gently scrape away the solid parts. Then, use a soapy solution of warm water and a teaspoon of washing powder, gently dabbing this onto the stain with a damp cloth. This should hopefully get rid of the stain, but if it doesn’t you can try again with the soapy solution and vinegar. When the stain is gone, rinse the affected area with cool water.

What do I do if the stains don’t go away?

If you’ve tried all our advice but the stains won’t go away, don’t let it ruin your Christmas! At Apple Clean, we have over 30 years’ experience with difficult stains in carpets, upholstery and much more. Give us a call on 0800 587 4571 for free advice and a no-obligation quote. Our friendly team can help get rid of any stain, leaving you to enjoy the festive season.

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