There are specific methods of care that are required when cleaning leather, which remains a popular material in many contemporary households. If you use the right products and carry out regular maintenance, you can rest assured that your sofa will remain in the best possible condition for the long term. Here are the essential steps you must follow to make your leather upholstery cleaning job as efficient as possible…

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Dust the Sofa

Use a vacuum to get rid of any dust or dirt that has got trapped in the sofa and remove any larger debris, before wiping with a soft and clean cloth.

This ensures dust and dirt is not pressed into the leather, creating a difficult-to-remove stain. Vacuums can potentially scratch the leather if you aren’t careful, so be wary of this when using the plastic cleaning attachments.

Identify the Spots that Require the Most Attention

Cleaning leather appropriately comes down to a less-is-more initiative. You should only be cleaning leather where necessary, leaving the cleaner spots well alone. Concentrate on the grimy spots and wipe down relatively clean areas with a cloth. A wet cloth is not necessary here.

Look for Mildew

If you come across any mildew, build your own spraying solution of water and vinegar. Use as little liquid as possible and wipe away to keep it from soaking into the leather. Any mildew that is present should be killed off by the vinegar, which acts as a mild disinfectant.

Call in the Experts

Apple Clean know exactly how to deal with leather that has been heavily soiled or affected by stains and dirt. We use state-of-the-art cleaning equipment to leave leather looking good as new once we’ve finished. If you think this is what your leather requires, don’t attempt to clean it yourself and get in touch with us today.

As the days get longer and we move ever closer to the Easter break, more of us will be taking to our kitchens to prepare all kinds of Easter treats and delicacies, while we’ll also take spring as the perfect platform for cooking more often and making the most of numerous ingredients that are now coming into season.

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Of all places to keep clean, the kitchen floor is one of the most important. Many of us take our beautiful tiling finishes for granted and feel that all is required is a quick sweep when in truth, a deep floor clean is essential. If you’ve already started your spring cleaning schedule, consider whether you’ve thoroughly cleaned your tiled kitchen flooring.

Tiling is highly durable and the perfect option for any room that’s likely get wet or stained over time. Any surface can quite easily return to its stunning original state with the help of some deep cleaning techniques, such as stain removal or the application of Apple Clean’s  Scotchgard solution. Here’s what you need to do to ensure your tiled floor is in the best possible condition in preparation for the months ahead.

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Sweep & Vacuum to Start

Loose dirt and crumbs need to be collected and disposed of before you get started on any deep floor cleaning as this dirt can quite easily develop into troublesome grime when mixed with anything wet or damp. Start with a broom and complete the job with a thorough vacuum of the entire floor.

Mop the Floor

Using warm, soapy water that’s fresh, mop the floors until you’ve covered every corner. Warm, soapy water is all it takes to keep tiled flooring bacteria-free and in great condition. Remember to replace the water if it gets too dirty during the mopping process.

Dry the Floor

Once you’ve mopped the entire floor, use a dry cloth to wipe away any excess water for a shiny finish. New dirt can quite easily mix with a wet surface causing accumulations of tough grime and grout which is much harder to get rid of.

Targeting Grout Between Tiles

Dirt can quite easily become trapped between tiles and accumulate, resulting in grout and difficult stains. Use an old pencil or eraser to get between these tiles and get rid of any particularly stubborn grout patches.

Vinegar and baking soda are great for homemade cleaning solutions as they break up grout and mildew so that it’s much easier to clean.

Get in Touch

If you’re looking for a professional solution to your domestic cleaning requirements, call Apple Clean today and we’ll carry out a thorough deep cleaning service for your home.

Halloween is fast approaching, which for some people means the opportunity to host their own spooky Halloween party.

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Whilst we’re likely to spend much of the evening rewarding children in fancy dress with a bucket full of chocolates and sweets, the party-fanatics are probably organising their latest annual Halloween celebration.

Due to the drop in temperature around this time of year, Halloween parties tend to take place indoors.

This means you could be left with quite a mess to clean up when the party’s over and the feeling of having to tidy up is more than enough to put you off.

However, if you’ve got a plan of action for the next day, you can stop worrying about carpet cleaning and adopt a much more enthusiastic mood about the event itself.

A Halloween Cleaning Schedule

Step 1

Start by going searching every part of the property where guests had access to for bottles, glasses and plastic cups. You are more than likely to come across some spills during this search, so equip yourself with any household fabric or floor cleaner and deal with it before it can stain.

Step 2

The sink is one of the most common places for drinks, bottles and cups to be dumped during a party. Go through the contents of your sink and get rid of any plastic cups. Any glasses can be separated and assorted on the counter. If you were also using plastic utensils, search for these as well and throw them out.

Step 3

The dishwasher will likely be your best friend in this scenario, so if you have one you’ve certainly got an advantage. Fill your dishwasher to the max and start it when it’s fully loaded. If you’re restricted to washing up yourself, simply go through all the items that need washing in the newly-cleaned sink.

Step 4

Rubbish can stack up faster than you might believe during a party, while household items and other shelf ornaments can also get unintentionally moved around. Carry a plastic bag around with you and throw away and rubbish you come across. When the bags are filled up completely, take the rubbish out in preparation for collection.

Step 5

Once you’ve carried out all the above steps, you can start focusing on a much deeper clean. Use a vacuum to get rid of any dust build-up, whether it’s the carpets, curtains or furnishings. Finish your cleaning schedule by tidying up the kitchen of all the glasses and utensils you sorted out previously.

If you’re property requires the attention of a cleaning specialist, our in-situ curtain cleaning service might be exactly what you need. Apple Clean are regarded as the number one carpet cleaning company in the South Downs, so get in touch with us today!

Today we’re continuing on with our summer cleaning checklist for you to follow. It’s always a good idea to follow a detailed checklist during whilst carrying out a thorough household cleaning schedule. The three we’ve gone for today are less to do with the season itself but more focused on getting those jobs done that are often ignored. It’s quite easy to forget about some of the simpler household cleaning tasks when you’re caught up in the furore of the summer holidays.

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Scrubbing Windows

Windows play a huge role during the summer, especially if you own a conservatory. Windows provide us with the stunning natural light that we love to bask in during the warmer weather. It also creates a pleasant homely atmosphere throughout your home. However, windows need to be cleaned as much as any other household furnishing or appliance, as any dirt marks or stains can really show up when the sun is shining on them. Make sure you clean the windows on both the inside and outside using your preferred window cleaning solution. Try and wipe horizontally on one side and vertically on the other so that you can clearly see which side needs a few final touches. It’s also vital to wipe away any dust particles and cobwebs before applying the solution.

Cleaning the Garage

If you have a garage then this is one that will apply to you. Garages provide plenty of space for all kinds of things, from carrying out DIY work, storing vehicles and carrying out important maintenance work to music practice, home gyms and much more. It’s always a good idea to keep your garage in top shape for whatever project comes next and with the weather at its best throughout the summer, there’s no better time to organise shelves, sweep away dust and throw out any loose item.

Cleaning Sliding Doors

Many people have sliding doors in their property which require extra attention due to their regular use throughout the summer. If you have other forms of patio doors that are also regularly used, this tip will apply to you as well. The sliding mechanism on any sliding patio door can cause dirt from outdoors to get caught in the grooves, which can make it difficult to open them smoothly. You can use a stick or screwdriver wrapped in cloth to scrub away at any hardened dirt or you can apply some cleaning solutions in the grooves to loosen mud.

There are your three tips for this week. Stay tuned as we’ll be back in a week to make sure you’re up to date with our list of important summer cleaning tips! In the meantime, get in touch with us today for more information on our specialist cleaning services here at Apple Clean.

One school finishes and the holidays start, you’ll probably notice a lot more of your time is spent at home, which can work both ways when it comes to maintaining a clean and healthy household.

Whilst there’s plenty more time to organise everything and keep rooms looking tidy, dust-free and presentable, there’s the issue of looking after every aspect of your home, from the bathrooms to the outdoors, especially as your entire family will be spending most of their time in or around the house.

To have your home fully prepared for what’s to come over the next couple of months, here are some useful tips that focus specifically on the common demands of the summer holidays.

Make The Most Of The Weather

Remember to make the most of what the summer weather has to offer. If you’re experiencing soaring temperatures, put some time aside to tidy up the garden, mow the lawn and potentially organise a space for activities and games should you have children in the house. It’s also a great time to clean the outside of your property, from the porch to the windows.

Conservatories/Windows

If you’ve got a conservatory or sliding doors that lead out to some decking, now’s the time to get these areas of your home in shape. Conservatories need to be de-cluttered as they can get particularly hot in the sunlight, whilst sliding doors can often be difficult to open due to a build-up of grease.

De-Clutter!

If you’re finding it hard to de-clutter your home, why not organise a small car-boot or garage sale outside your home? A lot more people will be out and about, so there’s no better time than the summer to try and advertise some of your unwanted belongings to the neighbours or tourists.

Pests

Summer is when files and other insects begin emerging from their winter slumber, so you can expect to see moths, butterflies, spiders and other creepy crawlies trying to invade your property. You can equip some insect repellent spray should the issue be getting out of hand, or carry out regular dusting to ensure there are no persistent spider webs.

Prepare For The Winter!

Finally, summer is a great time to think ahead for the end of the year when temperatures start falling again. You can get some excellent discounts on all the cleaning and maintenance products and services that you’ll usually require in the winter, such as boiler repairs.