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

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!

See: commercial cleaning or domestic cleaning service pages.

 

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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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

 

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!

 

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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.

 

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.