Spring Cleaning Tips That Could Save You Money

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Spring is here and for many of us, it’s an indicator that it’s time to go through our property and freshen things up after everything being locked down for the winter. While a spring clean is a traditional practice, neglecting these tasks could wind up costing you money in the long-term. To avoid expensive repairs or replacements in the future, consider adding these tips to your cleaning routine.

Shampoo high traffic areas on carpets

Vacuuming your carpets and rugs is no doubt a housework task you take on regularly, but high traffic areas like stairs, hallways and routine paths in rooms can still become worn and dirty even with vacuuming. Carpet cleaning your floors a few times a year can help to restore them to their former glory and extends their lifespan considerably, meaning you can get a few more years out of the carpets before you need to replace them. Since recarpeting your home is an expensive project, being able to maintain the appearance and quality of your carpets for longer through deep cleaning is a worthwhile investment.

Wipe down blinds and dust curtains

Blinds and curtains can collect dust or mould over time, which not only affects the appearance of your home, but it can also impact the quality of the air and increase allergens in your property. If you have people living in the property or who visit regularly, you may need to invest in air purifiers, dehumidifiers or A/C units to keep the air clean which can increase your energy costs. Make a habit of wiping slatted blinds with a mild soap detergent regularly to remove dust and spores, and vacuum curtains and fabric blinds to keep them allergen-free. 

Clean condensers on your fridge-freezer

We often neglect to clean behind bulky appliances like refrigerators and freezers, but this is a mistake because dust and debris can collect on the coils which reduces the efficiency of the appliance and has a negative impact on your utility bills. Turn off the power to your fridge or freezer and move it out enough that you can clean behind it. Vacuum the condenser coils (these will either be at the back or the bottom behind the grille, depending on the model of your appliance – check the owner’s manual if you’re unsure).

Vacuum behind sofa cushions

We sit on our sofas every day, and yet they can easily get forgotten about when we’re doing the housework. As part of your spring cleaning, make sure you remove all the cushions from your sofa and vacuum beneath them to rid the furniture of dust, hair and debris that can easily slip down the sides. This prevents odours and maintains the appearance of your furniture, but it also prevents pests which can be attracted to these areas of the home without us realising and can be an expensive problem to resolve.

Wipe down the exterior of window and door frames

The dirt and grime that builds up as a result of the elements on the frames of windows and doors can lead to premature decay and damage, and leaves these elements of your property’s exterior faded and discoloured. However, it’s easily remedied by keeping these areas of the home cleaned to remove loose dust and moisture that can cause wood to rot. By preventing the breakdown of these areas of the home, you can save yourself hundreds of pounds in repairing or replacing them, or needing them to be repainted in the future.

Spring cleaning is a ritual that can be beneficial to get into, giving you the opportunity to take stock of the state of your home, declutter rooms as needed and maintain your property to keep it looking its best. Whether it’s avoiding expensive repairs, prolonging the life of your belongings or cutting back on utility bills, these spring cleaning tips can help to save you money in the long run while also keeping your home looking great.

For professional cleaning and stain removals, for domestic and commercial properties, contact the team at Apple Clean. With over 30 years’ experience in the industry, we operate across the south east to deliver high-quality, professional cleaning services.

Carpet Cleaning Tips to Prevent Odours and Staining

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Despite the desire for hardwood floors, many homeowners still love having carpets in their home to keep floors warm and add a cosiness to rooms like lounge areas and bedrooms. However, while regular vacuuming helps to keep them looking cleaner, the reality is that sometimes they require a little more maintenance to maintain freshness in the home and keep your carpets hygienic.

Reasons why carpets may start to smell

Even if you vacuum regularly, you may notice that the carpets in your home have started smelling musty. There are a few reasons why this may have occurred.

Moisture and damp on the carpets can lead to odours, whether it’s from a spillage that wasn’t properly dried out, moisture from plants or a leak that has caused the carpet to hold onto moisture even after the issue has been resolved.

Pet odours can also leave your carpets smelling less fresh, as hair and dander can build up in the fibres of the carpet and may require a deep clean to be removed fully.

Blot, don’t rub, spills

If you spill a drink or food onto your carpet, it’s always best to deal with it as soon as possible – leaving it for even a few moments could make it much harder to dry it out fully, and could allow the stain to set in. However, resist the urge to scrub the stain clean as this could wind up having the opposite effect and drive the stain into the fibres more.

Blotting is your friend when you’re trying to clean up a stain, applying a small amount of pressure to soak up the liquid and blotting from the outer edge inwards to stop it spreading further. If the stain has already set, professional stain removal is the best way to get excellent results.

Tackle grease with washing liquid

Greasy food spills are some of the most challenging to remove from carpet, but the secret is to use the right products and technique, and to act fast. If they’re left, not only will the stain set but the oils can seep into the carpet fibres and lead to mould and odours. Washing up liquid is designed to cut through grease, so a couple of drops in some warm water can be effective at dissolving the grease stain and lifting it out of the carpet.

A handy way to ensure you don’t oversaturate your carpets (which can cause issues of its own) is to transfer the soapy water to a spray bottle and spray the stain directly, blotting with a cloth to dry the moisture and remove the stain.

Deep clean regularly

Vacuuming regularly is essential for taking up surface level hair, dirt and debris, but if you want to refresh the carpets and have them looking and smelling like new again, a deep clean is the way to go.

Professional cleaning makes use of the right equipment and cleaners for the job, so you get the best results, and often it’s a cost-effective solution that keeps the property looking its best without you needing to invest in products and cleaners for yourself. Booking in a deep clean every six months, whether you’re a homeowner or maintaining a commercial property, will keep the carpets fresh and hygienic.

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Keeping your carpets clean and fresh is essential for maintaining the look, quality and longevity of your flooring. In a busy home or business environment, spills and stains are unavoidable, but how you tackle them can make all the difference. If you know what to do to prevent a stain from setting in and how to freshen up carpets to prevent odours from developing, it will reduce the risk of you needing to replace the carpets sooner than you’d originally planned.

The team at Apple Clean work with domestic and commercial clients across the South East, including Brighton, Chichester, Horsham, Worthing and Surrey. We have a wealth of experience in cleaning carpets professionally, as well as a range of other services such as rug and upholstery cleaning, in-situ curtain cleaning and more. To learn more about the services we offer or to request a quote, get in touch with us today to discuss your requirements.

Handy Tips: Rug Cleaning 101

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Rugs are an easy addition to any interior, and they can really add something extra to your style and décor. There’s a wealth of choice out there in all sizes and types of materials including valuable oriental rugs that deserve special treatment. But what do you do when it comes to cleaning?

Rugs are notorious for attracting dust and dirt. Weekly hoovering and a good shake-out may not be enough to keep your rugs looking smart. At Apple Clean, we have 20+ years’ professional experience of rug cleaning. We always use gentle, environmentally friendly cleaning products that not only give outstanding cleaning results but are safe for your family and pets.

We’ve put together a handy guide with useful tips on how to look after the rugs in your home.

Cleaning polypropylene rugs

Polypropylene rugs are one of the most affordable choices on the market. There’s a vast range of designs to choose from, they’re durable and easy to clean with regular carpet shampoo. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and test a small inconspicuous patch for discoloration first.

If your home and the weather allow, clean your rug outside and hang it on the washing line to fully air dry. For indoor cleaning, we recommend doing this in the bath tub, then leaving the rug to dry in a well ventilated room. Finally, apply fabric spray to keep the rug fragrant, if the material allows it.

Cleaning wool rugs

Wool rugs are a popular investment purchase. They may cost more but the natural fibres are hardwearing and hold their colour well. However, cleaning a wool rug is not for the faint hearted. Start with a good vacuuming and shake-out, then mix up a bucket of cold water with a capful of gentle, non-bio wool detergent. You can also use a specialist wool carpet shampoo.

Dampen a white microfibre cloth and dab the rug, going in the direction of the material. Heavily soiled areas may need more attention but be careful not to overwet the rug – you want to keep it feeling plush and full.

Next, fill a bucket with clean water and repeat the process with a fresh white cloth. Use a dry microfibre cloth or a towel to blot the rug, removing as much moisture as possible. Leave the rug to dry completely before you walk on it. You could hang it up or use a fan or hairdryer to accelerate the drying process.

The above method can also be used for cotton rugs.

Cleaning deep pile rugs

The process for cleaning a fluffy or shag pile rug is similar to cleaning a wool rug, however, dry shampoo may be used instead of water and detergent. Sprinkle the dry shampoo on the rug and work it into the fibres with a cloth. After about 2 hours, thoroughly hoover the deep pile rug to remove the dry shampoo. If the pile is longer than 5cm, hoovering alone won’t suffice – you will need to shake the rug out as well.

Cleaning viscose rugs

Check the rug label on the back to see whether the rug is made from viscose. These rugs deliver great sheen and are becoming more and more popular. However, cleaning a viscose rug may be tricky as the material easily discolours if it gets at all damp, so beware! A better option is to use a gentle brush with soft bristles to remove dirt and dust, and to blot any spillages with a white cloth to absorb stains.

Cleaning jute rugs

Jute and other natural fibre rugs are a popular choice for relaxed living. The style works well with wooden floors or earthy toned carpet too. Importantly, you should know that jute rugs and water really don’t mix. When cleaning a jute rug, use dry shampoo or another dry cleaning method – same as for long-pile shaggy rugs.

Cleaning outdoor rugs

As a result of their location, outdoor rugs can get dirty more easily. However, these rugs are extremely hardwearing, meaning you can be a bit more robust with your cleaning regime. Hang your outdoor rug on a washing line and beat with a broom handle or traditional carpet beater to get rid of most of the debris. Next, use a garden hose and wash your rug in cold water. Leave to airdry outside and voila – good as new.

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Apple Clean have over 30 years’ experience in the carpet and rug cleaning business. Whatever your rug cleaning issue may be, please feel free to give us a call on 0800 587 4571 and we will happily share our professional advice on how best to tackle the problem and give you an instant quote. We work all over Surrey and Sussex including Brighton, Chichester, Worthing, Horsham and Guildford.

How Professional Cleaning Services Can Improve Your Business

Smart companies understand that a successful business encompasses more than just offering services or products. Encouraging customers through your doors and maintaining their trust and loyalty is essential, and one of the ways you can achieve that is by ensuring that you deliver a great first impression.

Your workplace environment plays a crucial role in that, as well as making the space a comfortable and hygienic place for employees to work in. Investing in professional cleaning services can have a huge impact on the success of your business – here’s why.

Reduced staff turnover

Reducing staff turnover is a huge concern for any business, since replacing lost staff members is incredibly expensive and time-consuming. Not only does it impact productivity, but it also means your business loses out on those valuable skills. But one way to counteract this problem is to maintain a safe, healthy and comfortable work environment for your employees.

No-one wants to go into work every day if they’re surrounded by clutter and unhygienic conditions, but investing in commercial cleaning services removes this problem and ensures your staff have somewhere clean and tidy to work from. Not only will it encourage existing staff to stay but it makes your business a more appealing option for potential applicants.

Minimised absences

In light of the pandemic, hygiene is critical for everyone to minimise the spread of germs and bacteria and reduce the risk of illnesses spreading. Keeping your office or work environment clean can help to minimise the risk of germs spreading and this can also help to reduce the chances of your staff getting sick and needing time off work.

Workplaces are often crowded and mean you’re interacting with multiple people every day, so adding unhygienic conditions into the mix makes it a breeding ground for germs. Keep kitchens, bathrooms and desk surfaces clean with professional cleaning, as well as regular deep cleans that will tackle areas such as carpets and upholstery that can otherwise be forgotten about. It will help employees feel safer when they come back to work after working from home and can help your business reduce staff absences.

Boosts your business’ reputation

A clean, tidy and hygienic environment makes a much better impression on anyone who visits, and this in turn can help to boost your brand and reputation. You’ll not only create a workplace that your staff are proud to come to every day, but you’ll also make a much better impression on your clients and customers.

An office, hotel or retail store that’s clean and well-maintained shows people that you take pride in what you do and the service you offer, and it can have a positive knock-on effect to your overall reputation. You don’t want to see online reviews or comments that warn others of the conditions your business operates in – professional cleaning can combat this.

Increased productivity

A cluttered, dirty workspace can actually increase stress in your staff, and it means your employees have to waste time tidying or cleaning before they can get to work. By taking this task off their daily to-do list, and your own, by hiring professionals who will carry out this job for you to a high standard, your employees can focus on what they’re there to do.

Research has shown that the environment we work in can impact our productivity and stress levels, since we unconsciously focus on it which uses cognitive resources, even if we don’t realise it at the time. Your staff will be able to do their best work if they can come into a clean, hygienic space, and they’ll be much more focused throughout the day as a result.

Choose a cleaner work environment

Running a business is challenging and finding the time to maintain your work environment can be tough. But investing in professional cleaning services can ease the stress and hassle, while also providing you with a better end result for you, your staff and your customers. You can rest assured the job will be completed properly, thoroughly and with the right tools for the task, which eases the stress on you as a business owner.

Why not get in touch with the team at Apple Clean to discuss our commercial cleaning services? We work with clients across the south, including Sussex, Kent and Surrey, helping businesses in a range of industries.

Festive Cleaning Hacks for a Cleaner Home Over Christmas

Finding the time to keep your home clean over the busy Christmas season can be tough. But with guests popping by and more gatherings and dinner parties than usual, it’s understandable that you’ll want your home looking its best.

Everything from your furniture and soft furnishings to carpets and floors need to be cleaned effectively but also efficiently so you have more time to spend with your friends and family. Here are a few of our top tips on cleaning up festive mess to keep your home looking fresh and tidy.  

Pine needles

A real Christmas tree looks beautiful and smells wonderful, but there’s also the issue of dropped pine needles all over your floor. If left, they can be troublesome for pets and make your home look untidy, not to mention the sap can leave sticky residue over your floors. If you have wooden floors, or laminate or vinyl flooring, sap can be cleaned up with a solution of warm water, a dash of washing up liquid and a soft cloth.

But if you have carpets, make sure you vacuum thoroughly to clear the area of dead pine needles. You may want to invest in a professional carpet clean to rid the area of sap to freshen up your carpets ready for guests.

Sticky tape

From present wrapping to putting up decorations, sticky tape is a regular feature of the Christmas period. But it can leave marks on your furniture and walls, which leaves your home looking messy. If you’ve discovered Sellotape on the carpet, you can use a paint scraper or a plastic knife to scrape across the tape to avoid taking the carpet fibres with it.

If it’s stuck to wood furniture or laminate floors, the best way to remove it is to use a hairdryer on the lowest heat to gently lift the tape off, then wiping the surface down afterwards to take away any glue.

Spilled wine

Wine spills are common over the Christmas break, when we’re more likely to have people over for drinks or host parties. But they need to be cleaned up in the right way to avoid stains. If you’re dealing with a white wine or prosecco spill, blot the area as much as possible with a dry cloth or paper towel to remove as much moisture as possible. These spillages tend not to stain, but you do want to be sure you’ve taken as much moisture away as you can.

Red wine is prone to staining, so the key is to act quickly. Blot the spill as soon as possible to remove as much of the moisture as you can, using a dabbing motion to avoid spreading it further. Then use a clothing stain remover or sparkling water to lift the stain – if you don’t have either of these, salt can also be effective at preventing the stain from setting. This should work on carpets, upholstery and curtains to stop the stain from setting in, just be sure that you don’t wait too long and that you avoid heat at all costs. Christmas is all about finding a balance between keeping the home tidy and ready for guests while also taking time to relax, so dealing with common festive messes quickly will prevent a bigger issue from developing. If you want advice on cleaning your furniture or floors over the festive period, or you’d like a professional cleaning service to get your home looking its best for the new year, contact the team at Apple Clean today.

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