Winter is Coming…

This November has no doubt been one of the frostiest in memory, but here at Gleem we care about our readers, and want you to remain warm and toasty this winter. If you’re looking to keep your gas bill low this year, here a few simple ways to beat the cold.

 

Layer up!

It is proven that wearing many thinner layers than one thick one is proven to better insulate. This is because air gets trapped in between all these layers, and eventually your body heat. One thick layer may seem like it’s warmer at first, but your body heat will escape overtime.

Wear thermal layers for particularly cold weather.

 

Hot Food

It’s time to trade out the salads and iced tea for warmer alternatives. Hearty, cooked food like casseroles, soups and curry really help to up body temperature and drink warm beverages like tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Swap out normal tea for green tea for a boost to your immunity system to fend off colds, and take a thermos flask of it into work or school.

Avoid alcohol as a way to warm you up, as it in fact has the opposite effect.

 

Exercise

Love it or hate it, exercise is a good way to keep warm as it gets the blood pumping around your body. If you choose to exercise outside, just make sure to wear weather-appropriate exercise gear. You could even jog or power-walk to work or school for maximum time efficiency.

 

Keep the Warmth in Your House

Draft-proof your house by making sure any holes in your foundations are filled in, use keyhole-covers on any keyholes on your doors, and if you don’t mind the dark, keep the blinds and curtains drawn as they will offer more layers of protection against heat escaping. If you can spring for it, lined curtains are the best for this job.  For those on a budget, cover your windows with cling film or bubble wrap. These both act as heat insulators without blocking out daylight as newspapers would.

 

Use Central Heating

Although the cost to heat your house is rising, it’s better than freezing to death. Set it to a timer to for in the morning before you wake and at night before you sleep. This will help keep your house a few degrees higher when needed and will mean you don’t have to worry about remembering to turn it off yourself.

 

Keeping a House Clean With Pets

Dogs may be man’s best friends, but they are certainly no friend to carpets. Here we have compiled a list of tips from Bristol cleaners to keep your house clean and tidy.

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Keeping your pet clean will help you keep on top of the hygiene of your houses. For larger pets like dog and cats, regular bathing and grooming prevents excessive moulting. But if the moulting persists, consider trimming their coats (if they are long-haired) or place old sheets and towels in places they tend to rest.

Cats are also renown for shredding things with their claws. Ensure to buy scratching posts to prevent this. Dog claws sometimes are just as troublesome for your furniture, thus occasional nail-clipping is advised.

Smaller pets like hamsters should never be allowed to run completely free in your home as not only will they poop in the rooms, they may also chew on wires which is a serious threat to their well-being.

 

Vacuum Cleaning

Pet hairs have become such a common issue many brand-name vacuums have created series of models specifically designed to combat this conundrum. Hoovers such a Dyson are expensive but worth every penny. But take into account what kind of floor you have, if it’s carpet or wood. If your pets go on furniture, make sure to get one that has a nozzle you can attach to clean upholstery.

 

Cleaning up After Pet’s

Nature calls at even the most inopportune times. Owning a dog, it is expected you will come down stairs one morning to find them cowering in shame as you see the mess they made while you slept.

Cleaning it up is not a glamorous job, but it is necessary. Urine has an acidic quality which chews through carpet and even wood eventually. Thus if your pet messes clean it up as quickly as possible. Urine should at least be blotted with a cloth dampened with hot water. But it is recommended to clean it with a cleaning spray safe to use on the surface.  

Fecal matter should be picked up using doggy bags, and then the area treated with carpet cleaner and plenty of hot water. Ideally use a scented cleaner, to drown out the scent because dogs will revisit places they have done their business previously as they can smell it.

For cats, ensure you have a litter laid out where they can easily access it and empty at least twice daily or as soon as your cat has done their business.

Other pets like hamsters and gerbils should be cleaned out daily or you might find it difficult to keep on top of their mess.  

 

Clean Your Pets Belongings

Beds, blankets and even toys can build up bad odours. Beds and blanket should be machine washable, but toys will have to be hand-washed in the sink. Make sure to use hot, soapy water, but rinse thoroughly.

 

 

Still struggling to keep your home clean? Then why not leave it to the professionals and book a Gleem cleaner?You can even schedule a regular clean to ensure your home remains clean even with furry friends.

Cleaning with Eco-Friendly Products

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Cleaning products are a necessary daily product that have come so ingrained in our lives we assume they are safe, but in fact most are filled with dangerous chemicals such as chlorine, sodium hydroxide and butoxyethanol. These chemicals not only present a hazard to our health, but also our homes and environment. 

We at Gleem feel passionately about preserving our environment, thus we felt we should provide some information about eco-friendly products to ensure your home is healthy and happy!

 

 

Why Switch?

As mentioned before, such products can be harmful to humans, pets and your home. Chemicals such as butoxyethanol can cause minor symptoms such as sore throats as well as more serious issues like severe kidney and liver damage.

Some products include more acidic chemicals which overtime will cause upholstery and furniture to decay overtime.

Also, eco-friendly and organic products tend to be a cheaper option compared to big-labels. So switch now, for a healthier and happier environment, home and wallet!

 

 

Eco-friendly Products

Online is the best place to source and purchase more organic cleaning products. Big Screen Smile and The Ethical Superstore are both fantastic UK-based websites that offer eco-friendly, biodegradable products including soaps, washing-up liquid and all purpose cleaning. The Ethical Superstore takes it one step further by ensuring their products are also Fairtrade and vegan.

 

 

Our Role

It would be unfair of us to expect other people to care for the environment without doing our part. Here at Gleem we have researched eco-friendly cleaning products to ensure we fulfill our role. So you can rest easy knowing that booking one of our domestic cleaners is still you doing your part.  

Not only that, Gleem prides itself in working with the Charity organisation FRANK that aims to provide drinkable water to third world countries. If you would like to find out more make sure to visit them at  www.frankwater.co.uk

The Vision at Gleem

I am Joseph Edwards, the founder of Gleem. 

 

As Gleem continues to grow, my passion around leadership continues to develop. In this blog post, I am going to talk about Gleem’s employees.

 

From day one, Gleem set out to be different. At the outset this meant providing a service that was as flexible as possible for home owners. We used self-employed cleaners, and were passionate about being high-tech and on-demand.

 

This approach worked at the outset, however we started to notice a key limiting factor in the business: churn. We were using a workforce that presented multiple problems when it came to ensuring they were able to show up, on time and do a good job…it hurt, and Gleem struggled to hold onto customers, meaning we struggled to grow.

 

As the business continued, we began making tweaks and changes to the business model. We began to hire PAYE employed cleaners to service our customers’ homes. We found that our employees started to show up on time more often, and we could organise a cleaners day around multiple sites. Things felt like they were moving in the right direction. But, we weren’t spending enough time with our cleaners: training them and ensuring they were committed to their roles. Although we were showing up on time, we noticed that cleaners would leave abruptly, ignoring their notice periods, and putting Gleem is a mad scramble to reassign cleans (without enough cleaners to do so). This led to additional problems: our current cleaners were overworked, increasing the risk that they’d up-and leave and we also now had the risk of a whole raft of customers cancelling their services if we couldn’t fulfil.

 

I took some time to reflect: I began Gleem selfishly because I wanted to enjoy my job. The more we grew and experienced office life, the more I knew it was important for my office team to enjoy theirs too. Gleem needs to be representative of me, and therefore Gleem needs to enable people to enjoy their jobs.

 

This has become the office teams passion, is becoming all of our cleaners passion and is Gleem’s reason for existing: to empower as many people as possible to enjoy their jobs.

 

Gleem is by no means perfect. We are young, inexperienced and often focus too much upon being a business, neglecting the actual cleaning we perform. The one thing that we are, is passionate.

 

In everything that we do, we think about our employees and if it will empower them: because if it will, it will foster a hard-working community of people all joined together on a mission to help each other and to help people like us. Everyone wants to enjoy their job, and it is our collective responsibility to ensure that this happens.

 

I’ve spoken with cleaners, customers, our office team, strangers and myself. This is a work in progress, but for now, it embodies Gleem’s aims. This is Gleem’s vision:

 

Gleem add sparkle. Our caring community makes people feel valued.

We maintain the upmost respect for all of our staff for the important role they play in the lives of others and provide them with the opportunity to develop themselves to the level they aspire to reach.

This environment empowers over 100,000 staff who deliver an unrivalled quality of service and creates a reputation synonymous with the standard of service we provide and the enjoyment our staff get from doing their best.

 

Halloween Cleaning – Top Tips from Bristol Cleaners!

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Ah, Halloween. The perfect holiday. Not important enough to be forced into awkward family reunion dinners, but a good excuse to dress up, eat unholy amounts of sweets and throw a party. The only downside–the mess waiting for you the following morning.

Fake blood on clothes, foodstuff and wine spilt on upholstery, makeup in hair…it’s all enough to make you scream!

But worry not! We here at Gleem have hot tips from expert domestic cleaners to keep your post-Halloween cleaning less of a nightmare.

 

 

 

Fake Blood & Halloween Makeup on Skin

 

A classic staple of last-minute-budget Halloween costumes, fake blood is a life-saver, but it can be tricky to remove from skin, especially if it is oil-based. Don’t panic yet! Even if tried and trusted soap and water doesn’t work, there are numerous ways to remove it from skin.

 

Makeup remover

Does what it says on the tin! This should be your next go-to method, whether it is the cream-kind or makeup removing wet wipes. Other wet wipes may also work.

 

Coco oil

Or if you have none of this on hand, jojoba oil, or baby oil such as Johnson’s work well as substitutes. Use the same as make-up remover and it should be able to lift the makeup, especially if it is oil-based.

 

Moisturizer

Put a dab of lotion on a cotton pad and rub at the blood. Petroleum-based moisturizer like Vaseline will work well, and this will mean your skin won’t dry out.

 

 

 

Fake Blood and Halloween Makeup on Clothes

 

Baking Soda

Mix baking soda with a bit of water to make a paste, rub into the stains. Leave it to settle for a bit, then rinse with warm water.

 

Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol is your friend for lifting makeup and fake blood from clothes and upholstery. Just pour a trickle on and use a cloth or cotton wool ball to wipe down.

 

Talc Powder

Sprinkle a pinch over dry fabric then rub with a dry cloth after the powder has settled. This is likely not to remove the stain fully, but will make it easier to clean with the methods listed above!

 

 

 

Food and Drink on Upholstery

 

Food and drink in a room full of drunk people is a recipe for disaster. Chances are you’ll be finding smarties or cupcake wrappers under the couch months down the line. We can’t help with that, but here are some tips to cleaning for cleaning most troublesome food-stuff and out of your carpet.

 

Chocolate

Scrape away any excess chocolate with a butter knife or your finger, resist the urge to lick, wet a cloth with cold water and non-bleach based cleaning detergent, and scrub until stain is lifted.

 

Cake frosting

If the frosting is not coloured with food colouring, it should be a simple matter of wiping it away with a damp cloth. If it is coloured, scrape away the excess as before with the chocolate, but don’t rub with a cloth. For clothes, run under a tap. For upholstery, treat with stain lifting products like Vanish and press in. Leave it for a few minutes then hoover the area.

 

Red wine

One of the most infamous stains, but it’s not nearly as scary as it seems. Simple blot away the excess, pour cold water onto the affected area, blot once again before making a paste from baking powder and water. Apply this generously then hoover once it has dried.

 

We understand that this is a lot of information to take in, and a lot of work to do during the day following after a night of overindulging on food and drink. So why not call a Gleem cleaner and extend your holiday? Our cleaning teams will be able to handle any stain for a great price. Or if you’ve had an office party, check out our great rates for our commercial cleaning services.

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]

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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!

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!

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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.

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!