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.

Results from an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) home study this week have indicated that many homes in the UK contain poor air quality, subsequently putting the health of homeowners at risk.

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Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in the air were analysed and, out of the 122 homes that were tested, 91% had above the recommended amount.

The key factors of poor air quality in homes are mould, condensation and damp.

It is well known that many homeowners suffer from allergic reactions to mould, which is far more prevalent in the winter than in any other season.

There are a number of other sources of harmful allergens throughout the home including fireplaces, air fresheners, furniture, cleaning products, paint and candles.

If you are regularly using any of these at home, you might want to follow our five helpful tips that contribute to a much healthier home:

–          Carry out a quick assessment of all the parts of your home that you rely on for ventilation as this is where your clean air will come from. If you haven’t got enough of them, it might be a good idea to introduce them throughout the household, especially in the bathroom and kitchen where mould is most likely to develop during the winter.

–          Changing your flooring to wood can be quite challenging but it certainly helps if you’re looking to get rid of the dust, dirt, allergens, dander and bacteria that are often harboured by carpets and rugs.

–          Try and introduce a “shoes off” rule in your home as shoes can often carry pollen, dirt and other allergens into the household from outdoors.

–          If you’re regularly using chemical products for upholstery cleaning, rug cleaning and other necessary cleaning tasks, switch to eco friendly cleaning products from now on as chemicals can cause respiratory problems in the long term.

–          Washing your clothes indoors might be necessary at times but it’s capable of elevating the VOC levels of your home, so try your best to dry all your clothes outside instead.

We offer a deep cleaning service here at Apple Clean that’s more than capable of ridding your property of any lingering dust, dirt and allergens.

We use state-of-the-art cleaning equipment to leave any domestic or commercial environment in the best possible condition, so get in touch with us today to organise a specialist carpet, upholstery or curtain cleaning service in Kent or anywhere in the South East.

If you’re in the process of decorating your domestic or commercial property, you’re probably wondering what specific features would work best to significantly improve the atmosphere of a room. When it comes to windows, you might be feeling indecisive as to whether blinds or curtains would be the preferred choice.

So which of the two should you go for? It’s ultimately dependent on the rest of the room and what exactly it is you’re looking to achieve. Here’s a quick guide to choosing between blinds and curtains. Curtains have been used for centuries as a means of providing continuity throughout a vintage, antique household and the luxurious colours and materials on offer have maintained their vast popularity. Blinds are a much newer invention; praised for their functionality and for being cost-effective.

If you have curtains that could do with a deep cleaning service, take a look at our in-situ curtain cleaning services and see how we could transform the state of your curtains quickly and efficiently.

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Choose Curtains If:

–          You are looking to inspire the room and bring a new lease of life to its character and atmosphere

–          You are a keen follower of antique interior design ideas and want something ornate to go with the rest of your decorative ideas

–          You are one for colour and like to combine various different colours together in a single room

–          You are a fan of fabrics and have plenty of fabric upholstery throughout your home

–          You want to avoid something that’s too bland or capable of compromising all your interior design efforts elsewhere

 

Choose Blinds If:

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–          You’re based in a commercial environment and require something to look organised and professional

–          You are a fan of materials such as wood and metal and like the idea of contemporary styles associated with blinds

–          You want something that’s cost-effective and capable of lasting for a significant amount of time

–          You won’t have the time to clean curtains on a regular basis

–          You want something with a high level of functionality.

–          You are a major fan of contemporary interior design and want something modern to work with the rest of the property

Whilst curtains require cleaning to help fabrics last longer, blinds also need to be dusted to prevent dirt and allergens from gradually building up on materials. For expert domestic and commercial cleaning services, get in touch with Apple Clean today!

 

As it’s the start of the World Cup this week, we’re keen to give you some helpful advice regarding hosting your very own World Cup-themed party. It’s always important to plan for these kinds of occasions, especially if you’re looking to keep everything organised. Remember that many house parties require thorough cleaning procedures once it’s all over, so you’ll want to make sure you have a good plan of action to go by that negates the potential for food & drink stains or spillages and any other potential threats to your carpets or upholstery.

Of course, immersing yourself in the celebrations of one of the biggest sporting events in the World means that you’re looking to enjoy your day, so here are a few useful tips that you can follow to ensure you have a great time celebrating this year’s World Cup in Brazil!

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Food & Drink

As the World Cup is being hosted in Brazil, it would make sense to incorporate food & drink of a South American origin. Brazilian cuisine is often dedicated to red meat and beef dishes, although it has taken plenty of inspiration from recipes from all over the world, including Europe and Africa.

If you’re stuck for ideas or want to keep your buffet simple, you can go ahead with recipes from South America in general. Mexican food is often enjoyed in Brazil, so nachos or tortillas could be an option. You could also make the Caipirinha, the national cocktail of Brazil, your trademark drink for the event.

Decorations

If you’re looking to decorate the occasion with kids or younger guests in mind, you could decorate your home with flags, bunting, cakes and other small treats or ornaments that resemble the competing nations. On the other hand, you could maintain a Brazilian theme and decorate with fake palm trees, beach balls, seaside items and potentially an outdoor swimming pool should the weather remain as good as it has been!

Games

To keep your guests entertained, why not make the most of a larger garden space with a mini football game, or perhaps an inflatable ball to protect your surrounding plants and garden space. In addition, you could set up a football video game for the guests to play at half-time, or a World-cup based quiz.

Once the party is over and the World Cup comes to an end, you can call on Apple Clean to provide your home with the all the vital cleaning services needed to get rid of drink stains, spillages or any other type of dirt mark. We’re also great when it comes to refreshing your home and getting rid of dust build-up in upholstery, curtains and carpets.

Specialist cleaning services are a great way of getting rid of any long-term stains or persistent allergens, especially if you’ve struggled to tackle the issue yourself. In addition, specialist cleaning covers a whole lot more than you might think, with cleaning solutions such as Scothgard preventing any future stains and flame proofing that keeps your curtains and upholstery safe from fire damage. There’s a good chance you require specialist cleaning services from Apple Clean if you’re experiencing one of the following issues in this blog post.

Permanently Stained Carpets/ Upholstery

The first clear sign that you might benefit from a specialist property cleaning service is if you notice any persistent stains in your home. Whether it was down to hosting an alcohol infused celebration or dropping a glass of red wine, specialist cleaning services are a great way of tackling troublesome stains. Many of our cleaning methods are state of the art and won’t usually be used in the domestic environment, so you might be pleasantly surprised by just how easily stains could be removed.

Regular Sneezing Whilst Inside

The summer is on its way, so you might be suffering from the typical symptoms of hay fever. However, if you’ve noticed that similar symptoms persist after the summer months and into autumn, there might be other forces at work. Allergens can easily get trapped in curtain fabrics and within upholstery, so a thorough clean might be necessary to bring your suffering to an end.

You Own A Pet

Pets are great to have around and there are plenty of animal lovers across the UK. Unfortunately, pets can sometimes cause people to suffer allergy symptoms, whilst they also tend to get hairs on absolutely everything! If you’ve had pets for a significant amount of time and haven’t yet considered the possibility of specialist cleaning, you can return your property to its best state once we’ve turned up and removed persistent dirt marks or animal hair.

You’re Moving Out

Some people like to go through their own detailed cleaning procedure before moving house, whilst others will seek the services of specialist cleaning companies. We recommend that people make the most of our end-of-tenancy cleaning services here at Apple Clean, and it’s not much different if you’re soon to move out of your own property. A deep clean will leave a property in the right condition for a sale and even contribute to the chances of finding a buyer.