Our Squeaky Clean Money Saving Tips

As the mud and mess builds within our homes, we don’t just spend our precious time keeping them clean, our wallets take a big hit too. With adverts all over our television screens, it is easy to fall into the advertising trap and be tempted to buy the most expensive cleaning products. These products often promise a lot but don’t deliver the value we expect. But there is a better way of doing things. Our tops tips will help you wipe away those cleaning costs, giving you extra cash to do the things you love.

This post is another guest contribution by our friends at https://bluesprucemaids.com!


Time to go natural!


Those shop bought cleaners aren’t too good on your bank balance and with all those chemicals, aren’t great on your home either. A wide range of natural products, often found around the home, can do an equally good job at a fraction of the price. Some great examples include lemon juice, salt, bicarbonate of soda, vegetable oil and teabags. Hard water clogging up your shower? Try filling a small plastic bag with some white vinegar and tie around the shower head. Leave overnight, untie and carefully dispose of the vinegar. The acidity in the vinegar combats the alkaline water residue, allowing the water to flow smoothly. The best bit? No need to spend your hard earned cash on expensive bathroom products!


Use, use and use again!


As the grime builds up, we find ourselves using more and more cloths and wipes to help remove those tricky stains. Whilst disposables are quick and easy to use, they can quickly chip away at our weekly shopping budgets. Most good homeware stores will offer a range of reusable products; the initial investment may be higher but over time the costs begin to shape up. Try replacing your mop head with a washing machine friendly version or swap those standard dish cloths for the microfiber alternatives. To reduce the rate you power through those sponges, try cutting them in half. Half the size equals double the value.

The power of steam!

Coffee, wine and tomato sauce; just some of the toughest stains which plague our cleaning nightmares. One small stain can ruin your favourite fabrics leaving you scrubbing away in anger. If the conventional methods don’t cut it, you may be tempted to reach for the costly ‘power’ cleaners. No need! Try a classic steam clean. Just wet a small towel, flannel or cloth and place it over the stain. Run the iron over the top forcing the red hot steam to break up those stubborn splats. Repeat for a few minutes, making sure not to burn yourself or your fabrics. Once done, give it an extra scrub to work away that steam softened stain.  

As our busy lives take over, it is inevitable that the mess in our homes will begin to build up. As we tackle the grime, the costs don’t have to go sky high. Our money saving tips can help you trim down those shopping bills whilst keeping your home in tip top shape!

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Winter Is Coming! How To Stay On Top Of Your Home

As the summer holidays draw to a close, our daylight hours reduce and temperatures begin to drop, we welcome another infamous British winter. Whilst we aren’t quite ready to put up our Christmas trees, the cold and wet weather of the winter season can spell disaster for your home. But all is not lost; here’s some top tips from our guest contributor, Maid In Spokane, to help you stay ahead of those winter cleaning blues!

Start simple – doormats!

As the weather turns ugly, our boots and wellies begin to gather mud at an astonishing rate; muddy shoes equals muddy carpets. We recommend popping down to your local homeware store and getting a waterproof plastic doormat. Place these inside your front and back doors to stop those muddy marks in their tracks. Wait for the mud to dry and simply wipe clean with a wet cloth!

Throw Rugs

To avoid soggy spills and stains getting onto those precious carpets and sofas, try bringing some throw rugs into your home. They offer great protection to those high quality fabrics and can be picked up at an affordable rate. Not only do they bring great protection but on those especially chilly winters nights, they also offer some valuable extra warmth!

Use your time wisely… declutter!

During those dark and cold winter months, we don’t often feel like venturing outside, instead opting to stay at home in front of the telly. With more time spent inside, we need to enjoy being in our homes. Take the time to filter through those cupboards and drawers and have a thorough declutter. Not only does less junk mean less cleaning, you can free up some space to ensure the whole family has room to relax this winter.

Don’t forget the windows

As the clocks get rolled back, we wave goodbye to our long summer evenings and reluctantly welcome in those premature nights. With the limited hours of daylight everyday, it is vital that we make the most of it. Add regular window cleaning, inside and out, to your household routine. Wiping away the grime will ensure your rooms are flooded with extra light, giving your home a fresher and friendlier feel. 

As the gloomy winter months approach, don’t let the wet weather bog you down. Getting measures in place early, can help you keep the winter woes at bay and make your home a warm, welcoming place to come back to. Our top tips will help to ensure your home stays clean and cosy all year round.

Brought to us by our friends at Maid In Spokane.

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You vs. The Kitchen: 5 Top Tips

The kitchen is often the room in the home that brings the family together. After a long day at work or school, the family sit down for a hearty, home cooked meal. Whilst the end result is always rewarding, the process to get there can cause a lot of mess! If not maintained, the kitchen can get very dirty, very fast! Here’s 5 quick tips, to help you stay on top of the spills and stains in your kitchen. Courtesy of our friends at Booking Maid Easy – Cleaning Services Cleveland.

1. The Microwave

Often an area that gets forgotten, the microwave is a common culprit for accumulating those cooked on strains. Before going straight to the chemical cleaners, squeeze some lemon juice and hot water into a microwavable bowl, place into the microwave and heat for 3-5 minutes. Not only will the steam produced soften the stains, the lemon will naturally help replace those lingering odours with a fresh citrus smell.
Extra Tip – Try boiling your lemon water on the hob to create a natural air freshener.

2. Tea/Coffee Mug Stains

Us Brits love a good cup of tea or coffee in a classic white mug. But over time, the evidence is there for all to see. Place an equal mixture of vinegar and salt onto a fresh sponge to help wipe away those hot drink stains. Once done, give those mugs a good wash before brewing your next cup.

3. Wooden Chopping Boards

The wooden chopping board is a staple part of any kitchen; often used to prepare some of those strong smelling ingredients. It is not advised to soak or dishwash a wooden chopping board so another option is required. Try taking a half cut lemon, coat it with a layer of salt and work it into the board. This will not only work away any tough stains but leave a fresh scent for your next meal. Never forget that if you have prepared raw meat, wash your board with an antibacterial product.

4. Ceramic Tiles

Spits, splats and splashes are inevitable when preparing a great meal, often causing our tiled walls to become painted with food. If left, these tiles can become permanently stained leaving an unsightly mark. For those stubborn marks, try using a damp sponge with a little rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol can be used throughout the kitchen but be sure to read the safety instructions and always keep away from exposed skin.

5. Tupperware

Often those home cooked leftovers are just too good to throw away, being placed in the fridge for the next day. Unfortunately rich sauces can leave some unwanted stains. No problem! Take a fresh cloth and rub a thin layer of vegetable oil on the inside of the tub before transferring your leftovers. This will create a protective barrier helping to reduce staining and boost the life of your tupperwares.

The kitchen is a fantastic family room where great meals and memories are created; don’t let the spills and stains leave a bad mark on your day. Our quick tips will help make meal time, your favourite part of the day.

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Cleaning jobs in Bristol

There are a huge number of cleaning jobs available in Bristol. Principal role responsibilities are to carry out a range of cleaning activities such as sweeping, dusting, mopping, emptying bins, vacuuming, cleaning bathrooms and accommodation areas.

As a cleaner, you role will always ask you to:

  • Ensure that the surroundings are always cleaned to the highest standards
  • Consistently maintain Health and Safety measures
  • Ensure equipment is maintained, cleaned and correctly stored
  • Courteously and promptly try to assist any customer requests

To succeed as a cleaner in Bristol, you will need

  • Good attention to detail
  • Ability to use initiative and work independently
  • To be responsible and reliable with a flexible work approach
  • Excellent communication skills
  • As a bonus, previous experience in cleaning would be great, however, full training will be provided

Cleaning jobs in Bristol

If you want to work as a cleaner in Bristol, the following jobs are all offered by Gleem:

Full time domestic cleaner

  • Pay starts at £7.55 per hour + holiday and can quickly increase
  • Must have own car
  • Working hours = Monday to Friday 9am-5pm
  • Permanent

Part time domestic cleaner

  • Pay starts at £7.55 per hour + holiday and can quickly increase
  • Must have own car
  • Working hours = Your choice: 1-5 days Monday to Friday. Hours between 9am-5pm
  • Permanent

Full time Commercial cleaner

  • Pay starts at £7.55 per hour + holiday and can quickly increase
  • Must have own car
  • Working hours = Monday to Friday Night shift
  • Permanent

Part time Commercial cleaner

  • Pay starts at £7.55 per hour + holiday and can quickly increase
  • No car required
  • Working hours = Mornings and/or evenings Monday to Friday 9am-5pm
  • Permanent

Part time Weekend Commercial cleaner

  • Pay starts at £7.55 per hour + holiday and can quickly increase
  • No car required
  • Working hours = Mornings and/or evenings Saturdays and Sundays
  • Permanent

Self employed cleaner

  • Paid per job
  • Must provide all supplies yourself
  • Team of 2+
  • Car required
  • Working hours = ANY


Cleaning as a Career

Making a successful career as a professional cleaner goes beyond being able to clean. Everybody, at one point or another has cleaned, but not every person has what it takes to be a real professional and have a successful career in it. To enjoy a cleaning careet you should flourish when you’re around people, and meet the five qualities below which will make you stand out from the rest:


Regardless of where you work, you’re certain to find some hazard while working. Some of those dangers can pose a threat to your safety, for example, cleaning at heights; thus you need competency to survive.





Personal Fitness

You have to be physically fit to clean, which sometimes can mean setting aside some tools and using simply a scouring pad with sheer elbow grease.


Customer Service Skills

Regardless of whether you work with private or business customers, you will be dealing with people. Some cleaning jobs may even require you to be working directly with the public, for example, working in a shopping mall.


Commitment to consistency

If you don’t have an eye for detail, you won’t get far in cleaning. When you’re paid to clean any property, cleanliness is the top priority. Don’t shortcut the work thinking a bit of dirt in the corner won’t be noticed.



Working as a cleaner will give you access to the premises. That can enable you to work in office factory floors, departments, and in somebody’s home; therefore you need to be trustworthy too.


If you feel you have the right qualities to become a star Gleem cleaner, please apply by clicking the link below:



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Calories Burned Cleaning & Housekeeping – Infographic

While it may not be the most exciting way to lose weight, doing various cleaning & housekeeping tasks can certainly contribute to burning calories.

It’s easy to forget the physical work involved with keeping your home looking ship-shape.

Did you know, that by mopping the floor for an hour you can burn off the equivalent of a bag of Walker’s crisps? Or that by ironing, you could burn off the calories gained from eating a Freddo bar?

Check out these common household activities to see how many calories you can burn per hour… but don’t think you can skip the gym this week just because you’ve mopped some floors!


infographic - calories burned cleaning & housekeeping


Thanks to calorielab.com for the data! Feel free to browse their site if you’re curious about how many calories are burned doing any other tasks/activities.


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Our cleaning checklists

Part of your service with Gleem are the checklists that we use.

We guarantee to complete your clean to a high standard, and if you inform us that any of the items on our checklists have not been completed, we will send a team back as soon as possible to re-clean your home.


Here is our standard checklist:

Gleem standard clean checklist

This is our deep checklist:

Gleem deep clean checklist

This is our Move in Move out checklist:

Gleem move in move out clean checklist


Please take your time to review these checklists, and let us know if there is anything that we can perform to make your service more bespokse.

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New Pricing

Part of improving Gleem’s service is making our pricing more accurate: On October 1st 2017 we’ll be introducing a much more accurate system that accounts for the number of bedrooms AND bathrooms in your home.

From October 1st 2017 all bookings will be automatically be updated to follow the new structure. 

Gleem are still 100% committed to paying our cleaners above the Living Wage. It enables us to find the best cleaners, work with them to help them enjoy their jobs and reward them for all of their hard work.

Here are what our new prices will be based upon the number of bedrooms and bathrooms:

(Please note: 1 bathroom = Toilet + Sink + Shower/Bath. 0.5 Bathrooms = any incomplete combination of these.)

15% OFF 25% OFF 35% OFF
Bedrooms Bathrooms One time price Monthly Fortnightly Weekly
1 1 45 38.25 33.75 29.25
1 1.5 49.5 42.08 37.13 32.18
1 2 54 45.90 40.50 35.10
1 2.5 58.5 49.73 43.88 38.03
2 1 57 48.45 42.75 37.05
2 1.5 61.5 52.28 46.13 39.98
2 2 66 56.10 49.50 42.90
2 2.5 70.5 59.93 52.88 45.83
2 3 75 63.75 56.25 48.75
3 1 69 58.65 51.75 44.85
3 1.5 73.5 62.48 55.13 47.78
3 2 78 66.30 58.50 50.70
3 2.5 82.5 70.13 61.88 53.63
3 3 87 73.95 65.25 56.55
3 3.5 91.5 77.78 68.63 59.48
3 4 96 81.60 72.00 62.40
4 1 81 68.85 60.75 52.65
4 1.5 85.5 72.68 64.13 55.58
4 2 90 76.50 67.50 58.50
4 2.5 94.5 80.33 70.88 61.43
4 3 99 84.15 74.25 64.35
4 3.5 103.5 87.98 77.63 67.28
4 4 108 91.80 81.00 70.20
5 1 93 79.05 69.75 60.45
5 1.5 97.5 82.88 73.13 63.38
5 2 102 86.70 76.50 66.30
5 2.5 106.5 90.53 79.88 69.23
5 3 111 94.35 83.25 72.15
5 3.5 115.5 98.18 86.63 75.08
5 4 120 102.00 90.00 78.00
5 4.5 124.5 105.83 93.38 80.93
5 5 129 109.65 96.75 83.85
6 1 105 89.25 78.75 68.25
6 1.5 109.5 93.08 82.13 71.18
6 2 114 96.90 85.50 74.10
6 2.5 118.5 100.73 88.88 77.03
6 3 123 104.55 92.25 79.95
6 3.5 127.5 108.38 95.63 82.88
6 4 132 112.20 99.00 85.80
6 4.5 136.5 116.03 102.38 88.73
6 5 141 119.85 105.75 91.65
6 5.5 145.5 123.68 109.13 94.58
6 6 150 127.50 112.50 97.50


Thank you for your continued support of Gleem. With your help, we are empowering cleaners to enjoy their jobs, in an industry that all too frequently neglects their well-being.

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What Do You Need To Know When Selecting The Right Company For You Communal Area Cleaning?

Are you looking for an amazing cleaning company to service the communal area of your property? The cleaning company market is flooded with hundreds of companies. But how do you tell that a certain cleaning company will serve your needs best? This article aims at outline a few tips that you can use when choosing a cleaning company for a communal area.

Six Tips for Choosing a Cleaning Company

  1. Cleaning equipment and skill

Before you select a cleaning company, try doing some research on the materials that are needed. This will help you filter through the available cleaning companies as you settle for the right one. A professional cleaning company should be able to deliver their services with professional cleaning equipment. Nevertheless, a company might have basic equipment and still make good use of them to provide high-quality services. Whilst looking for the right company, consider both the skill of the personnel and the cleaning equipment at their disposal. It would be a good idea to contact some of their customers to see if they are able to deliver a high-quality service.

  1. Cleaning cloths

A professional cleaner should arrive at with the right cleaning cloths. Cleaning companies should have a different cloth for each area they clean. This helps prevent cross-contamination. Companies should differentiate their cleaning materials with idfferent colour codes. Therefore, make sure the company has different cloths with respect to the area they will be cleaning  to prevent a scenario where a company has only one cloth for all surfaces and appliances…it’s hard to clean anything if this is how they organise their supplies

  1. Products

A professional company should have the right products for cleaning any area that they are assigned to. Research the products that companies use and treat it as a selection point for what fits your needs best. If you need environmentally friendly products then you can use that as a basis of choice.

  1. Security and safety

You want to work with a company that provides enough security to the property of their clients. A professional company should have safe personnel who will follow through every term and condition of the contract, specifically regarding the locking-up of a property. This will help prevent any cases of theft and misplaced property during the course of the job.

  1. Good communication

Choose a company that you can get in contact with easily: too many of them force you to email, and then don’t reply for weeks. This will help you address any faults or problems before they escalate and become major issues. Make sure that there is a good form of contact that fits your needs. It could be through a phone call or text message.

  1. Specialty

When choosing a cleaning company specifically for taking care of a communal area, make sure you settle for a company that has enough experience in communal area cleaning. This is because some cleaning companies solely focus on commercial cleaning or domestic cleaning, and might lack technique or an understanding of the efficiency requirements of communal area cleaning. A good communal cleaning company will go about their work without disrupting the residents in the community. The right cleaning company will take their time to survey the area and know exactly what to bring on the day of the job.

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What You Need To Know About the Benefits of Hiring a Good Commercial Cleaning Company

Do you own a physical business or company? What cleaning strategy do you have?

Some companies designated the cleaning work to their employees, while others opt for hire a professional cleaning company.

Numerous benefits come with hiring a cleaning company, and there are many factors to look at when choosing the right commercial cleaning company for your business.

This article aims to shed some light on some of these benefits.

Four Main Benefits of Hiring a Commercial Cleaning Company

The first step to hiring a commercial cleaning company is to make sure that they exude the following qualities in their work:

  • Experience
  • Good reputation
  • Skills
  • Safety and security

A cleaning company that has the above qualities will give your business an excellent service delivery and therefore provide the following benefits:

  1. It enhances the appearance of a space and employees health

A good commercial cleaning company makes sure that they provide a comprehensive service. This will have a positive impact on the appearance of the business, especially the impact on health: less sick days for your employees.

A professional commercial cleaning company specializes in this type of cleaning and thus, should be able to guarantee to provide amazing services concerning stain removal and the overall cleaning of the premises.

  1. It increases the productivity of the employees

Employees will enough time to complete tasks and focus on providing good quality services to the businesses clients. This is because the working conditions are conducive enough to promote concentration in the office. The cleaning company can de-clutter and get rid of mess in the office.

Studies show that employees are more productive when the office environment is presentable and clean. In addition to his, it promotes organization as it gives the employees an incentive to take care of their immediate workspaces.

  1. It helps save on energy and time

Some offices designate the cleaning work to the employees who already have other tasks to complete. This work is left to the employees to divide among themselves, thus creating an environment that is disorganized and wastes time. Seeking the help of a professional commercial cleaning company helps employees to reserve their energy for the work that they are actually paid to do. The employees will have enough time on their hands to improve the work quality and tend to the needs of the clients. In addition to this, the employees will have enough time and energy to come up with creative ideas for the business.

  1. It improves employee morale

Hiring a professional commercial cleaning company shows your employees that you are willing to commit to providing them with enjoyable working conditions. This is because most of the companies that designate the cleaning work to their employees fail to add a bonus to their earnings for this work. Your employees will feel a great sense of care and fulfillment from this, and it will boost morale. They will work better and harder since their employer is not misusing their skills.

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All You Need To Know About the Future of House Cleaning

Technology keeps evolving, and there is a growing need to understand what the future holds for house cleaning.

If you currently struggle with keeping up with daily chores and maintaining your social status, give it time, everything is about to get easier. Technology is slowly advancing in the home cleaning industry.

Today, smart homes and gadgets are taking over. The cleaning industry could shrink in the future as various gadgets under construction now are brought into mass production:

Normal surfaces and fabrics in homes will be tweaked to form advanced devices that self-clean. Below is an outlook on some of the technology advancements you should expect in the future in relation to house cleaning.

Five Technology Advances That Deal with House Cleaning In The Future

  1. Bed-Technology is about to bring us high tech beds. These beds will have conceptual sheets that will perform various functions such as detecting the body temperature of the person on the bed. The sheets will self-clean when they detect a stain. Alternatively, the user can set a self-clean timetable that the bed will perform.
  2. Wardrobes will be able to help owners take care of their laundry. The smart wardrobe will cater to refreshing the clothes using high tech liquids that evaporate after use. The liquids used will definitely disinfect the clothes and leave them smelling fresh, just like the average detergents do. In addition to this, work will be made easier by the fact that the clothes will already be in storage and will thus reduce the time spent on ironing and storage, and separation of white and colored clothes.
  3. Bathrooms- The smart bathrooms of the future will have a connection to more smart devices. The home owner will have the ability to control the temperature of the water system from the convenience of their phone. In addition to this, the system will have a self-clean option that will allow owners to clean their bathrooms before or after use. This bathroom will end the endless struggle of having to scrub bathroom floors and surfaces. The system will have a detergent option that will clean the entire bathroom and the water control system will allow for the completion of the process by rinsing.
  4. Kitchen- The smart kitchen system will have a smart dishwasher that can take care of the endless struggle of washing dishes after meals. The dishwashing system will not use water as the traditional dishwasher does. It will use chemicals such as carbon monoxide to take care of the stains on dishes.
  5. Cleaning of floors- Robotic vacuum cleaners are already on the market. However, with time they will advance and become more reliable. They will allow homeowners to spend more time with their families while enhancing quality of life in a clean and safe environment.

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