Closeup of vacuum and shoes as a cleaner hoovers the floor

As a business owner or manager, keeping your office in tip top condition should be high on your list of priorities. No doubt you will have a regular office cleaner who hoovers and dusts, wipes down equipment and keeps your kitchen and bathroom areas hygienic. But is it enough?

Just like you would at home, you need the occasional deep clean to really get to grips with all those areas that don’t get enough (if any) attention during the weekly office clean. You’ll be surprised how a good deep clean can leave the space not just refreshed but rejuvenated! The new energy will give your staff a positivity boost too. After all, nobody wants to work in a grubby, grimy office.

What does a deep clean entail?

Deep cleaning an office is a professional job that goes beyond day-to-day requirements. It gets rid of dirt and grime that accumulates on surfaces with regular use and can tackle all those hard-to-reach places that get missed out on the weekly office clean. Did you know that there are over 10 million bacteria on a typical office desk?

In addition to everyday tasks such as sweeping and mopping floors and dusting surfaces, a proper deep clean is likely to include:

  • Professional cleaning of carpets, curtains and upholstered sofas or chairs
  • Stain removal from carpets and soft furnishings, including applying Scotchgard protection
  • Dust removal from air ducts by way of thorough vacuuming and cleaning/replacing filters
  • Professional window cleaning, both inside and out
  • Deep cleaning of hard flooring, including stain treatment and surface refinishing
  • Cleaning and sanitising keyboards and monitors, telephones and other office equipment
  • Kitchen deep clean to include sink area, fridge, microwave and cupboards

What about carpet cleaning?

Office carpets are one of the hardest working surfaces in the world of business. With people bringing in all kinds of dirt on the bottom of their shoes day in day out, carpets can take a real pounding. That’s why having your office carpets cleaned on a regular basis is probably one of the most important jobs you should schedule.

Don’t wait until you spot signs of mould or mildew (but take immediate action if you do!). If you want to get the most out of your office carpets, and the best return on your investment, make sure you have them properly cleaned. At Apple Clean, we have over 25 years’ experience in carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning and curtain cleaning. Why not give us a call on 0800 587 4571 and see how we can help?

How often should you deep clean your office?

As a small company with only a few employees and light foot traffic around the office, an annual deep clean should probably suffice. In a busy office with people constantly coming and going, deep cleans should be scheduled more regularly, say every 3 months.

The correct frequency of your office deep cleans really depends on the amount of activity in and around the office. Take your cue from the overall appearance of the premises. If things are starting to look a bit too shabby or feel a bit too grubby, it’s high time to call in the professionals.

Written on November 22, 2018 ·

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 ·

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 ·

Hello there, I’m Jonathan Lee, owner of Apple Clean. I’ve been running Apple Clean for more than 25 years. I firmly believe that the best way to succeed in local business is to provide a service that’s both personal and professional. That’s why I still answer every new enquiry myself. It gives me the opportunity to make sure all our customers get a reliable professional service as well as excellent cleaning results.

My team uses the latest equipment and safe yet effective cleaning products that are kind to your carpets, curtains and upholstery, your family, your pets and the environment. And whether you choose to instruct us for carpet cleaning, in-situ curtain cleaning, upholstery cleaning or any of our range of professional domestic and commercial cleaning services, we think you’ll find that we provide excellent value for money too.

But don’t just take my word for it. As a Check-a-Trade member, we’re proud to have received over 2.500 customer reviews and a satisfaction score of 9.89. Here is some customer feedback we received recently:

“Excellent service, so happy with the results of the clean, I booked for 6 months’ time already.” (Full house carpet cleaning, Dorking, Feb 2017)

 

“What a great job! Lovely lad called Matt came over, he was very polite, well informed and clearly passionate about his job. I am really impressed and we are extremely happy with the results. Thank you so much. I strongly recommend Matt and Apple Cleaning Services, even the people we spoke with on the phone at Apple Cleaning Services where polite and professional making the whole experience of enquiring to booking to completing the work, simple easy and efficient.” (2 sofas cleaned, Guildford, Feb 2017)

 

“Carpets cleaned to a high standard. Adam was very professional and friendly. All work completed quickly with minimal disruption.” (Office carpet cleaning, Bognor Regis, December 2016)

 

“He was efficient, very careful, made no mess, pleasure to have in the house. Just perfect!!” (Cleaning 2 pairs of curtains, 2 easy chairs, October 2016, Bognor Regis)

For any carpet, upholstery and curtain cleaning requirements, I’d be delighted to give you my honest advice and an instant, no obligation quote. Give me a call today on 0800 587 4571 to see how I can help.

I look forward to hearing from your soon.

Written on April 3, 2017 ·

Spring Cleaning

Spring is in the air and that can only mean one thing: you want to throw open your windows and doors and let the sunshine in! As nature renews itself outside, you should take the opportunity to let fresh energy into your home too. So get rid of the dust and dirt build-up of the colder winter month and give your home a good old spring clean!

Set aside a few days to tackle every room in your house. Have a spring cleaning plan that fits in with the rest of your life, and a system so nothing gets missed. Here are 9 spring cleaning tips to get you into the zone.

1 – First up, make a to-do list. Armed with a notepad, check every room and write down everything that needs doing. When it comes to cleaning, work on one room at a time. It will give you a greater sense of achievement to have finished one room before you move on to the next, even if the same tasks – e.g. dusting shelves, carpet and curtain cleaning, decluttering cupboards – will be repeated in several rooms.

2 – Dust and vacuum every room thoroughly. Start at the top of the room, with ceiling covings, picture rails and tops of cupboards, then work down towards skirting boards and under furniture. Don’t forget light fittings and lampshades and the pictures on the wall, as well as upholstered furniture. Use the correct vacuum cleaner attachments to help you remove all dust.

Woman vacuuming a house

3 – Clean all curtains and blinds. If your curtains are machine washable, you can take them down and put them through the laundry. However, be warned that you are unlikely to ever get the same ‘as new’ finish again. Whether they’re washable or must be dry cleaned, you will get a much better result if you have your curtains and blinds professionally cleaned. Apple Clean offer in-situ curtain cleaning, meaning there’s no need to take them down and rehang them after cleaning.

4 – Wash your windows and sills, inside and out to get rid of the winter grime. Instead of using commercial glass cleaning products, you can save yourself some money (and help the planet) by using the traditional window cleaning method of white vinegar and crumpled up newspaper, and a bit of elbow grease to get great streak free results. When you’ve finished, open the windows wide and let some fresh spring air in.

Woman Cleaning up

5 – Wipe down walls and other surfaces. Using a sponge and some soapy household cleaner, start at the bottom and work your way up. Why? Drips and runs are easier to clean off a surface that’s already been cleaned. And don’t forget to clean tables and chairs, cupboards and shelving too.

6 – Declutter where necessary. Whether it’s a cupboard, wardrobe, storage cabinets or bookshelves, have a good look through and remove what no longer serves you. Then thoroughly clean everything you’ve decided to keep before putting it away again.

7 – Clean all bedding. Strip the bed down to the mattress and put bedlinen in the wash. Take duvets and pillows to the dry cleaners. Vacuum the mattress on both sides, and also the bed frame and underneath the bed. Unless you have a no-flip mattress or divan bed, turn the mattress and give it a light spray with a fabric freshener. Then make the bed up with freshly laundered bed clothes.

8 – Check upholstered furniture for cleanliness and staining. Sofas, armchairs and upholstered dining chairs will benefit from annual upholstery cleaning, such as offered by Apple Clean’s expert team. We have professional upholstery cleaning solutions for a wide range of specialist upholstery fabrics, including silk, velvet, leather, suede and faux suede.

Vacuuming a sofa

9 – Refresh your rugs and carpets. Start by hoovering all carpets and book a professional carpet cleaning company to give your carpeted surfaces a thorough deep clean. Vacuum your rugs from both sides, then hang them on a washing line outside and beat with a traditional carpet beater. Valuable oriental rugs should be entrusted to an expert cleaning company. Apple Clean’s professional rug cleaning service will ensure that your rugs look clean and vibrant at all times.

Written on March 20, 2017 ·