Prepare to Be Scared! Places to Visit This Halloween

 

 

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As you all know, Halloween is just around the corner and we at Gleem are shivering in excitement for the ghoulishly good spectacles ghosting their way across Bristol and Bath. Buckle in reader, because you are in for a frighteningly good night…

 

Bristol

 

Lola Lo

A Tiki club set in the heart of Bristol is having three spook-tacularly themed nights in celebration of Halloween, kicking of the celebration with Freak of the Week (Friday 27th), An American Horror Story (Saturday 28th) and Coco Beach Haunted House (Monday 30th). Book your tickets now!

https://www.designmynight.com/bristol/clubs/lola-lo-bristol

67 Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1QL

 

 

Ru Paul’s Max and Raja

A music fan looking for a different venue than a nightclub? Look no further, for OMG bar is proud to present Ru Paul’s Queen’s Max and Raja’s ferocious lip-sync battle on October 31st. Grab a ticket before they’re all gone!

https://www.designmynight.com/bristol/clubs/omg-bar/omg-presents-ru-pauls-max-and-raja

4 Frogmore Street, Bristol, BS1 5HX

 

 

FEAR

Not for the faint-of-heart, Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park is hosting its award-winning horror event – FEAR. With three terrifying attractions: Phobia, Purgatory, Anarachy and a yet-to-be-revealed fourth for this year, along with Killzone, an interactive shoot-out experience alongside fairground rides, a fire-trick show, music and of course food and drink, it is looking to be the fright-night of your life..

Book your spot now, if you dare…

https://visitbristol.co.uk/whats-on/fear-at-avon-valley-adventure-and-wildlife-park-p2335403

01179 864 929

 

Bath

 

Halloween Trail

For frightening fun with all the family Prior Park is organising a trail from the 21st to the 29th of October. See if you can find all the giant bats and win a spooktacular prize!

Booking not needed but entry admissions apply.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/9703fd44-b0c0-4a0a-a287-0528427cc9e4/pages/details

01225 833977

https://visitbath.co.uk/whats-on/halloween-trail-p2340383/email

 

 

Longleat Ghost Tours

The stunning abode of the 2nd Viscount of Bath and his wife “The Grey Lady” Lady Louisa will be home to many a frightening guest this Halloween. Take this spine-chilling tour through dark corridors, attics and cellars. But tread lightly, as The Grey Lady still stalks these halls in search of revenge.

https://visitbath.co.uk/whats-on/longleat-ghost-tours-p2340203

01985 844400

 

 

Halloween Wine Tasting Night

Looking for something sweeter to sate your Halloween sweet tooth? Then look no further than Bath Wine Club’s Halloween Wine Tasting night. Sample sublime vintages from Romania’s famed -and aptly named- winery “Legendary Dracula”. And don’t worry–nibbles included for you to whet your fangs on.

Tickets are limited so grab yours now!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bath-wine-club-presents-spooky-wine-night-halloween-wine-tasting-tickets-36417068432

[email protected]

01225667311

 

 

This blogpost was brought to you by Amy Cowley, blog-writer for Gleem, a professional Bristol cleaning company! So for this holiday, if you need domestic cleaners for home Halloween celebrations, call Gleem on 0800 808 5544.

Have a Happy Halloween!

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5 Reasons To Choose Gleem

5 Reasons You Need a Gleem Clean

We all lead busy lives. Whether it’s extended work deadlines, getting the kids to school or catching up on the latest box-sets, the housework usually sits at the bottom of our to-do lists. As the jobs at home build up, we see more and more people looking for a quick, easy and professional cleaning service. With so many different services to choose from, there are many reasons our clients chose to manage their homes with a Gleem clean. Find out how Gleem provide a leading cleaning service that put to rest some of the concerns you may have.  

 

    1. How long does it take to book? Gleem’s quick and easy online booking systems means you can book a professional clean in no time at all. Simply pick a date and time that suits you – it only takes 60 seconds! Don’t want to book online? No problem. Simply call us on 0800 808 5544 or send an email to [email protected]. No hassle, just great service!
    2. How do you ensure a high standard? At Gleem, all our employees are the best of the best, ensuring you receive the service you deserve. Our cleaners are all experienced, reference checked, and have passed a comprehensive cleaning test. We take pride in the happiness of our staff, and pay a fair wage. Happy cleaners make high quality homes!
    3. I have a lot of valuables in my home, are they safe? Our staff work to ensure a high quality service in all aspects of your clean. At Gleem, we want to give you peace of mind over your most treasured possessions. With over £2 million in public liability insurance to protect any eventuality, even if an accident did occur, we’ve got it covered!
    4. What happens if I’m not happy? At Gleem, we want to ensure hiring a professional cleaning service leaves you feeling relaxed and at ease in your home. That’s why we offer the Gleem Satisfaction Guarantee. If there is any area of your clean you aren’t happy with, we will send someone back to your home and re-clean for free. It’s as simple as that. 
    5. I don’t know how much this will cost me? With simplicity at the centre of everything we do, Gleem have created a simple flat-rate pricing structure. No need to waste time sizing up your home, just let us know the number of bedrooms and we will provide you one fixed cost. We also offer great discounts for regular cleans!

 

Household chores can get in the way of doing the things you love. At Gleem, we want you to sit back and relax whilst we ensure your home is in tip top shape. The Gleem Guarantee is our promise to you that hiring a professional cleaning service can give you peace of mind whilst ensuring your home is a place you love.

Want your first Gleem Clean? Book online now at Gleem.co.uk, call us on 0800 808 5544 or send an email to [email protected]. Unlock your free time today!

See: commercial cleaning or domestic cleaning service pages.

 

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Benefits of Hiring a Cleaner rather than Cleaning at Home

We can all agree that a clean home is incredibly satisfying! If you’re planning on cleaning your home yourself, the first thing to note is that it’s time consuming. If you’re a busy parent or a hard worker, you may not be able to spare the time. So why not hire somebody to do the cleaning on your behalf?

If you have too much on your plate and you can hire a professional to do the work for you, then why not? Make your life easier!

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No Stress

Sometimes hiring a professional just makes sense! It’s another weight off your shoulders, and the time not spent on cleaning is an opportunity to enrich your life with things that are fulfilling to you.

Professional cleaners know just how to make your home sparkle! They have the correct equipment required to make your space gleam – there’s no need for you to buy your own equipment. With a good cleaning company, you’re paying for the full package. But, how do you choose the best cleaner?

How to choose the Best Cleaning Company?

There are many methods of finding a cleaning company that’s right for you. You can search on Google, Facebook, or even ask a friend for a company with outstanding reviews. All companies have a different way of operating. Here at Gleem, we work by a checklist. We like to make sure that you know what you’re paying for.

Our checklists look like this:

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As your cleaner works, they tick each task off the checklist. This means that you’re guaranteed to have the service you pay for!

There are so many Cleaning Options!

When it comes to cleaning your home, there are so many options as to what the cleaner can do! You can opt for a light clean, an intense clean, or anything in the middle. It’s completely up to you! You’re in control of what you want, without having to actually do the work.

Reap the Rewards

When you’ve found an excellent cleaning company, you’re ready to reap the rewards! You get to save time, avoid stress, and live in a beautifully clean home.

With everything taken care of for you, I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to book a professional cleaner!

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3 Business Benefits Of Having A Clean Office

It’s not just our homes which need to be kept squeaky clean; with most of us spending over 8 hours a day at work, the office also needs to scrub up. As professional office cleaning can come at a premium, many business owners don’t think it’s worth the cost, leaving their offices to accumulate junk over time. Relying on your staff to manage the cleanliness of your office simply isn’t enough, here’s why hiring professional help is a real no-brainer.

 

Reduce Workplace Stress

 

We all operate busy roles within the workplace, often taking our work home or continuing into the weekend. With workplace demand weighing heavily on staffs shoulders, it is vital for management to do all they can to reduce the burden. Providing a safe, clean office space is a great way to start! A clutter free environment is proven to help improve the mental health of employees, creating a happier, stress free workspace. With the worries of cleaning off their mind, staff can begin to relax into their surroundings and get on with what really matters.

 

Boost Office Productivity

 

By taking away the distraction of workplace clutter, employees can place more focus on their to-do lists. Business management teams are always looking for ways to improve productivity within their departments, a clean environment is an easy win! A clean office is a healthy office; reduce the rates of absenteeism and staff sickness by keeping the workplace in tip top shape. Whilst professional cleaning comes at a cost, the benefits gained from a boost in staff efficiency will quickly recoup those extra outgoings.

 

Enhance Your Reputation

 

The benefits of a professionally cleaned workplace don’t just extend to your employees but your customers too. As the saying goes – you never get a second chance to make a first impression. A clean, clutter free office space will give off a sense of professionalism from the first meeting with your clients. A well maintained and organised office will fill your customers with the confidence that you do business the same way. A professional business image will help enhance your reputation throughout the local network.

 

As we spend so much of our lives in the office, it often begins to feel like a second home. A cluttered workplace can really start to bring employees down, creating a negative, stressful environment that’s detrimental to productivity. Whilst professional office cleaning comes at a cost, the benefits of a clean and tidy work environment are plentiful. Can you really afford for the grime to build up in your office? Outshine your competition by engaging with a professional workplace cleaning service today!

This post is a guest contribution from our friends at Sunflower Cleaning Services in KC.

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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:

Competency

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.

 

Trust

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:

http://www.gleem.co.uk/join-the-team

 

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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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