Bathroom with a huge pink carpet

The bathroom is one place in your home where cleanliness and hygiene are non-negotiable so that a healthy environment is maintained for all the family. Like the kitchen, it should be cleaned frequently to prevent problems that can be caused by water or moisture, leading to potentially harmful germs and mould.

If you have a rug or carpet in your bathroom, you need to be particularly attentive, with a regular washing or cleaning regime to protect your family. We dealt with fitted bathroom carpets in our last blog, so this time let’s focus on rugs and mats.

It goes without saying that different carpets may require different kinds of treatment, so it’s a good idea to be vigilant.

  • If your carpet is in frequent use, and is damp a lot of the time, you should wash it every week. Mould and mildew can grow easily in moist conditions.
  • Check the care label on the rug to see if it is machine washable. If so, wash it either on its own or together with some towels to balance the load.
  • After machine washing, leave your bathroom carpets and rugs to air dry. An outdoor washing line on a sunny day is best.
  • Unless the care label says otherwise, you can also tumble dry heavy bath mats and rugs. However, those with rubber backing and adhesives should not be machine dried.
  • Rubber backed rugs or carpets need careful handling and shouldn’t be washed in hot temperatures, since the rubber backing will deteriorate more quickly. Wash once every few weeks in cold water.
  • Oriental rugs can look striking but use with care since these floor coverings are not made for a bathroom environment. Vacuum and air regularly and get them cleaned professionally.

Finally, we’ve put together three handy, quick and effective deodorising tips that you can use between washing to keep on top of nasty bathroom smells in your carpet:

  1. Mix white vinegar and water in a 1:1 ratio and decant into a spray bottle. Apply to any smelly areas, leave to dry for a few minutes, then clean with warm water.
  2. Mix water and fresh lemon juice in a ratio of 1:1 and apply to the affected carpet area. Leave for 15 minutes and clean with a sponge. You’ll be left with nothing but a lovely citrusy aroma.
  3. Sprinkle some baking soda onto the rug or carpet and leave overnight. In the morning, apply some white vinegar and wash the area with warm water.

For professional advice on rug cleaning and carpet cleaning anywhere in your home, along with a free instant quote, please contact Jonathan at Apple Clean on 0800 587 4571.

Written on October 19, 2018 ·

Red carpet in bright bathroom

Fitted carpet in the bathroom was all the rage in back in the 1970s and 1980s – but much less so now. That said, many homeowners quite like the idea of having a soft floor coverings underfoot, particularly when you’re stepping out of the bath or shower. The additional luxury and indulgence this brings is not to be underestimated.

Are bathroom carpets practical?

What’s more, in homes with small children or elderly relatives, putting fitted carpet in your bathroom may offer additional peace of mind as far as slip and trip hazards are concerned – no more wet and slippery floors means fewer post-bath falls! While you need to think carefully whether you like the idea and the look of a carpeted bathroom, there are certainly plenty of special carpet collections and extensive product choice available to suit any interior bathroom scheme. If you like your creature comforts, a soft, warm and fluffy carpet may just be the perfect finishing touch to a blissful bathroom!

What about hygiene?

Unlike bathmats and scatter rugs, a professionally fitted wall-to-wall carpet is a permanent fixture in the room. This is not an issue in a living room or bedroom, but bathrooms are high moisture environments and need special consideration. If you’re not careful, mould, mildew and bacteria can build up after prolonged exposure, with potentially unpleasant consequences. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t have carpet in your bathroom, it simply means it’s crucial to select a product that is fit for purpose, designed to meet the specific requirements of your bathroom.

How to choose the right bathroom carpet

Bathroom carpets must be stain resistant to cope with everyday wear and tear, and should ideally have a waterproof backing to protect the subfloor from any potential damage. Should the worst happen, a concrete subfloor will be more forgiving than timber floorboards. Choose manmade materials such as 100% nylon, polyester, PTT or polypropylene for your carpet, and avoid natural materials such as wool. Look for low pile carpets that absorb less moisture and dry faster. Carpet squares are a good idea because you can replace individual pieces as required.

Keeping it clean

When it comes to mould and mildew, water is not the only culprit. Interestingly, studies have shown that clean carpets are less prone to developing mould than dirty carpets, even when subjected to the same levels of moisture. Regular carpet cleaning is the best way to keep your bathroom carpet hygienically clean, while helping to prolong its lifespan. In between professional cleans, place a bathmat on top of your fitted bathroom carpet near baths and showers. That way, there’s an additional protective layer to catch most of the water from anyone stepping out of the bath or shower.

For friendly advice on anything to do with carpet cleaning, whether in bathrooms or elsewhere in the home, please feel free to give Apple Clean a call on 0800 587 4571.

Written on September 26, 2018 ·

cleaning a beige sofa

Even if you’re careful with your upholstered furniture and take good care of it, accidents can and do invariably happen. When you suddenly spot a fresh stain or watermark on a sofa or armchair, it can seem like the end of the world at first – but it doesn’t have to be.

Here’s Apple Clean’s 4-Step Guide on how to remove a watermark stain on upholstered furniture, or at least reduce its appearance.

1 – Prepare the area

Sanitising the affected area carefully before you start the cleaning process should be the first step. Give it a thorough hoover to remove any dust or food particles, dry skin residue, pet hairs etc, and ideally use a lint roller as well to make sure everything is completely clean. Obviously, you should first check that the material is suitable for vacuum cleaning, so as not to cause any damage to delicate fabrics.

2 – Dab and rub gently

Once the area is as clean as possible, you can start to tackle the watermark stain. Take a soft cloth dampened in cold water and start to gently dab and rub at the stain. Work slowly and carefully and always according to the manufacturers’ instructions – there should be a care label on the furniture. While some fabrics are more hardwearing than others, it’s best to be gentle, particularly if you’re dealing with watermarks as opposed to other types of stain removal.

3 – Work from the outside in

Dab and rub gently and in a circular motion, working from the outside of the water stain, towards the centre. That way, you will stop the stain from spreading further, concentrating your cleaning efforts around the original watermark. If all you are trying to remove is a watermark as opposed to cleaning up a stain, clean water may be all you need.

4 – Dry off the area

Once the cleaning process is complete, take a stack of paper towels and place them on top of the wetted area. Put something heavy, say 2-3 hardback books, on top or press down firmly with your hands, to apply pressure. When most of the moisture has been absorbed from the freshly cleaned fabric, use a hairdryer on a cold setting to dry the area off completely.

In case the watermark hasn’t completely gone, remoisten the area and repeat the process. With care, time and patience, it should come out.

At Apple Clean, we offer a range of professional upholstery cleaning services to ensure that your home stays hygienically clean and looking fresh at all times.  Our experienced team of operatives can deal with watermarks and stain removal on three piece suites, settees, armchairs and any other upholstered furniture. If you’re struggling to remove a stain or watermark yourself, or would rather not have a go yourself and let a professional deal with it, give us a call today on 0800 587 4571.

Written on August 31, 2018 ·

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 ·