The Working Environment For Our Staff

All commercial cleaning service providers must provide the best working environment for the cleaning staff. The staff must not be exploited by being forced to work in poor conditions and/or low wages. Exploited and poorly paid workers lack the motivation to perform their duties and most often give sub-standard or low quality work. If this happens to be the case in the commercial cleaning industry, it is possible to find unhygienic offices that have allegedly been cleaned.
Office cleaning staff must also have all-inclusive procedures and policies that address the impacts their business has on the environment and society. An office cleaning agency should not be the source of environmental pollution, or negatively affect the society when performing their operations. The firm should comply with all environmental management laws within their area of work. It is therefore important for the firm to provide a copy of an environmental policy that operates within the company and all staff members should be well informed about it.
The policy document should contain general operational procedures that the staff uses during their cleaning operations. There should be guidelines on how to store and use the cleaning chemicals. This includes directions on how to dilute chemicals that are purchased in concentrated form. There should also be directions on procurement of suitable cleaning products; quality assurance procedures; training requirements; how to use, inspect, and maintain equipment; how to handle and control hazardous areas and chemicals; how to make reports, keep records and accident forms; and disposal of products, packaging and other waste materials.
Another important aspect to consider in commercial cleaning is the staff training. The cleaning personnel are prone to many vulnerabilities when working including exposure to hazardous chemicals and risk of work-related injuries. When the staff are not well trained, there can be cases of wrong use of cleaning products and equipment, which can increase the risk injury to the staff and the building occupants.
Cleaning staff should be subjected to regular training to remain updated on the safety procedures, equipment operation and techniques, and pertinent environmental standards. The training should be conducted at least annually and should cover the following topics into details:
Customary operational procedures such as correct use of equipment, chemical handling and dilutions, and the right order of cleaning steps.
Environmental practices including relevant environmental standards and the practices that will lead to reduced usage of resources, which include water, chemicals energy, and waste management.
Training on health and safety with details on how to prevent ergonomic injuries and avoiding exposure to hazardous chemicals.
A well-motivated cleaning staff having a good working environment will definitely provide excellent cleaning services. This will reduce or ensure a risk-free environment for both the staff and the office/building occupants.

The art of cleaning office furniture, fixtures and fittings

The process and procedure of commercial cleaning is a special art that requires attention and care. It is therefore good to learn those procedures and the importance of office dressing. The term office dressing is used to mean that the office is left looking clean and tidy with all furniture being returned to its suitable location.

General office cleaning involves ensuring the furniture and fittings are neatly cleaned. The main office furniture includes chairs, workstations, desks, coffee tables, filing cabinets, computers, sofas, telephone handsets, tables, waste bins, and table lamps. Office fittings are the things fixed to the walls, floor or ceiling. They include low height fittings (those below shoulder height): doors, light switches, door handles, blinds, shelves, wall lamps, curtains and high reach fittings (above shoulder height): ceiling fans, air-conditioning vents, recessed lights etc.

Cleaning office furniture and fittings depend on their use and what they are made from; for instance whether they are metal or plastic, glass or vinyl etc. there are different ways of cleaning depending on whether it is done routinely or periodically. Routine cleaning includes spot cleaning, dusting, damp wipe/dry wipe, and vacuuming floors. Periodic cleaning involves polishing high-quality furnishing and boardroom tables and removing dust from fabric and upholstered chairs by vacuuming, especially in the crevasses’ and corners.

When the cleaning staff gets into the office, they should first assess and plan how to clean the room by making sure they know how to clean each furniture in the room, the type and amount of cleaning product to use, the equipment to use and the PPE (personal protective equipment) to wear. If they need clarification on either of these, they should engage the supervisor. When all these are clear, cleaning process starts by first emptying the rubbish bins, cleaning them with a neutral detergent, and replacing bin liners if they are dirty.

They then clean furniture depending on the materials such as wiping cup marks on glass coffee tables, damp-wiping the chairs and desks, dusting the filing cabinet etc. every area that needs cleaning is attended, starting with the highest areas and finishing with the lowest thing, which mostly involves vacuuming the floor.
When all is done, the staff dresses up the room by making sure the furniture is back to where they belong, placing the chairs to their desks, setting the flowers on their right spots and arranging magazines on the coffee table.

The agency supervisor is supposed to ensure that every member of the cleaning staff is familiar with the art of cleaning office furniture and fittings to prevent them from being damaged. He/she should also inform the office management of cases where office materials need replacement, for example, torn curtains or blinds.

Supplies and equipment choices for commercial cleaning

When choosing cleaning products for the commercial cleaning we perform we must be careful:

It is important to note that some may contain a variety of hazardous chemicals such as corrosives, carcinogens, and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that have negative effects to human health and the environment. Such cleaning products if disposed into the sewer may pollute local freshwater supplies, which in turn lead to soil degradation and contamination of the aquatic ecosystem. It is always important to ensure that the products used during commercial cleaning have the correct levels of ingredients which are not potentially hazardous. The products should also be readily biodegradable.
The packaging of cleaning products is of great importance. The materials used to package these cleaning products, if not well disposed of, can be a great source of environmental pollution especially if the material used is toxic and non-biodegradable. It is best to select cleaning products with quantities that reduce the number of packaging materials required. Have a habit of re-using or recycling the packaging materials and dispose of in the required areas when it is not re-usable.
Minimum specifications for cleaning products
The cleaning products used should either meet the best practice performance criteria or meet the minimum performance criteria below.
Restricted products
There are products that should not be used for cleaning services. These products include chlorine-based sanitary cleaners and highly acidic toilet and bathroom cleaners with inorganic acids (except if specified within a healthcare facility), chemical drain cleaners, chemical air fresheners, and sprays containing propellants.
Heavy metals
Cleaning products must be monitored to ensure that the concentration of heavy metals falls in the range provided.
Arsenic must not exceed 0.5 mg/l
Chromium must not be more than 0.5 mg/l
Cadmium must not be more than 0.1 mg/l
Mercury must not be more than 0.02 mg/l
Lead must not be more than 0.5 mg/l

Phosphorus
Cleaning products must not have more than 1 percent of phosphorus by weight. When phosphorus is washed to the sewer systems, it may supply nutrients that might be responsible for the growth of algae. This can eventually lead to blockage of the sewer system.

Restricted substances
Cleaning products should not have restricted substances such as aniline-based amines, alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEO) or derivatives thereof, reactive chlorine compounds, halogenated organic substances or solvents, and aziridine or polyaziridines.
Biodegradability
The products used must contain only surfactants and organics constituents that are readily biodegradable aerobically. This will reduce the environmental, soil, and aquatic pollution caused when the products are released into sewer systems.
Cleaning equipment
The equipment used in cleaning use resources such as water and energy, and have the ability to produce different types of waste. They should, therefore, be checked to ensure they have minimum or no negative impact on the environment. It is important to consider using equipment that conserves energy and/or water, equipment made of recycled materials, or those that can be recycled, and non-toxic equipment. The equipment should be regularly maintained to improve performance and reduce pollution.

Cleaning processes

Office cleaning is a process that should be well outlined and organised so that the work is done efficiently within the shortest period possible. Different offices have different preferences on the time of the day they prefer their office cleaning done. Some prefer early morning while others like late evening cleaning but in both cases, the cleaning should be done within a certain time range. Most organisations do not prefer cleaning to take place with the office staff present since it can lead to distractions and in some cases, accidents caused by slippery floor.

Cleaning is a process, not just an activity to perform randomly. Before the process starts, it is necessary to ensure that the area to be cleaned is fully accessible. In most cases, one does not need to move furniture except the chairs when cleaning under desks. Some of the furniture, such as filing cabinets and bookshelves are too heavy and cannot be moved during routine cleaning and you can only clean around them.

In a case where the cleaning is done during times other people will be present, it is necessary to indicate by placing barricades or warning signs. This is especially the case when cleaning washrooms. The barricades and warning signs should be placed at the entrance to avoid people walking in on wet/slippery floor.

Another point to note is that some cleaning equipment requires electric power in order to work. The cleaning staff need to liaise with the site manager or someone in charge in order to know which power source they can plug in their equipment. Some power points in an office environment are only meant to serve particular electrical equipment like printers and computers. Messing with them can, therefore, lead to dangers such as destruction of property. The cleaners should also confirm with a person in charge before they can disconnect and move electronics such as computers when cleaning.

Cleaners also have access to most parts of the floor, including the washrooms. They can easily notice any changes or damages to the working sites during cleaning. They are supposed to inform their immediate supervisors as soon as they discover. Some of these damages could be as a source of a detergent or chemical used, which could be causing negative reactions or hazards. There should be a quick action taken to change the chemical that would be causing harm. Cleaning personnel can also discuss with their supervisors if they find out that a change in the cleaning activities would better the client’s needs.

It is, therefore, necessary to train the cleaners on the best cleaning process, using the required cleaning products and equipment and noticing any changes. They should also be listened to and allowed to share their suggestions since they gather a lot of information when cleaning.

Keeping the House Clean With Children

Maintaining a clean and tidy home while living with little ones is tough. Dropped food, mud tracked in from outdoors, toys flung everywhere…it almost seems impossible to keep on top of it. That’s why this week at Gleem we will be discussing methods on how you can make cleaning a little more manageable, and how you can lighten the load for yourself.

 

Wait Until the End of the Day

Let your child be messy during the day. It may seem at first your child is just unnecessarily being messy, but children don’t know any better, and are still getting to grips with the concepts of gravity and space. So let them be messy during the day, and worry about the cleaning later. Because if you start cleaning while your child is still awake and playing it’ll just be like shoveling snow from your driveway in the middle of a blizzard. Instead, try to set aside some time after they have gone to clean up–put toys away in boxes, clean up any spillages you might have missed and wash up the dishes. Even though it’s likely the place will be messy again tomorrow, leaving messes is a serious health and safety hazard, doubly so if there are young children involved. Thus, it is still very much imperative to keep the place clean, and nighttime is the best time for this.

 

Stock up on Storage

With little ones, they are bound to be showered with a plethora of toys. In order to keep your house tidy, be sure to stock up on plenty of storage boxes. There are plastic boxes that can be folded away flat to make it easier to slot them away safely when they are empty which is ideal.

Get into the routine of having your child help you put away toys at the end of the day. Often, children enjoy being given responsibilities, so this will make them happy, and it also results in cutting down the amount of time you need to spend cleaning, while also getting them into the routine of cleaning up after themselves.

 

Purchase Food and Drink Containers with Lid’s

It seems obvious, but a good choice is to buy sippy cups and plastic food containers with clip-on lids you can seal before and after feeding time. That way, you can cut down on the amount of spillages that may occur throughout the day.

 

Limit the Amount of Toys Out at Once

Often children can be fickle and will constantly be changing what toys they want to play with. For example, if your child has lego out but they want to play with their train set, make sure to have them help you put the lego away first. If they kick up a fuss, don’t be too angry. Calmly explain to them the importance of keeping the place tidy, then put away the other toys.

Plus if this becomes part of a routine the child will then carry on this behaviour as they grow.

 

Removing Tough Stains From Fabric

Gleem understands that removing tough stains from fabrics can be a bit of a nightmare, and we’ve all experienced that heart-wrenching moment when you knock over a glass of red wine onto your carpet. So for this week, let’s tackle those tough stains together!

 

Red wine

The most infamous substance known for its staining properties. It’s often viewed as something that when it’s spilt onto something, it’s now a permanent feature, but this is incorrect.

If you spill red wine onto a fabric of some sort, such as clothes or upholstery, it’s important to act fast before it becomes too absorbed into the material. Also, it is imperative to remember not to rub the stain. This is a good general rule of thumb to follow when it comes to any dropped liquids, otherwise, you are just spreading the stain across the surface which is just giving you a bigger problem to deal with.

Instead, gently dab the stain with a damp cloth to remove the excess liquid first. If the fabric is not fixed into place like carpet, pull it taut over something.

Either way, sprinkle the stain with a granulated substance such as sugar or salt to help absorb more of the moisture.

Then pour over boiling water to flush out the stain. If it is an article of clothing, pop in the washing machine on the highest setting it can endure without damage.

 

Mud

If you have little ones, no doubt you’ll be familiar with this struggle. It is recommended to let mud stains dry because of the property of dirt; it’ll make it easier to remove. Once it’s dried, brush off the excess then soak the stains in a mixture of 1 tsp vinegar and washing-up liquid to ¼ of water, leave to soak for 15 minutes and rinse.

For things like shoes, it is a lot easier. Most wet wipes will be able to lift the dirt off straight away.

 

Dye

Dye can be a serious problem as it is made to alter the colour of fabric. But if you act fast, it is a doable task. Preferable before the dye sets, douse the stain with cold water, then again with hot. If this doesn’t work try a mixture of dish soap, vinegar and warm water, 1 tsp of each for about 500ml water, sponge the stain then follow up by blotting it with a damp cloth until it is lifted.

 

Blood

Another stain that is easier if you catch it immediately. Flush the stain with cold water. If the fabric is lighter, dab with peroxide, but if it is a dark colour, gently rub the wet stain with soap to form a lather.

However, if the stain has already dried, spray the stain with a store-bought stain removal solution then machine wash using an enzyme-based fabric detergent, as this will help break down the stain further.  

 

The Gleem team hopes this blog post was useful to you! Good luck with your cleaning and remember to book a Gleem clean to make the most of your free time!

 

Oven Cleaning

The dreaded oven is a task all of us would rather forget. But they’re more it’s forgotten and procrastinated on, the more of a monstrous task it becomes. Here at Gleem, we have tips in order to help you keep on top of maintaining a squeaky clean oven.

 

 

 

Start with the Hob

The hob can become a haven for dirt and bacteria from the unavoidable oil spatters and spilt food matter. In order to keep the hob clean, ensure to wipe it down after cooking, but allow the hob at least fifteen minutes to cool first.

For cleaning hobs, start by brushing off the larger, loose food pieces off  of the hob, then wipe down using hot water mixed with washing up liquid. This mixture can lift most food and oil stains and leave a hob clean as new. If you find yourself coming across particularly tough stains, you may want to consider springing for specialized hob cleaner. Let the product settle into the stain first, but don’t allow it to dry completely, otherwise the cleaning product will also become tough to remove.

Then stain should then be loose enough to wipe away with a soft, damp cloth.

 

 

 

Deal With the Door

The oven door is likely the most forgotten part of an oven, but it still needs as much cleaning. However the door should be more simplistic and require less effort and time needed for cleaning.

For the outside of the door, wipe down with a damp cloth. If it has a glass panel on it, you may be able to use window cleaner to make the glass clear.

As for the inside of the oven door, baking soda is an inexpensive and safe way to cleanse the inside. Use about ¼ of a cup of water to baking soda to form a thick paste, then apply to the glass, making sure to not layer it on too thick. Leave it to set, then use a sponge to wipe away the paste. Your oven door will look good as new!

 

 

 

Tackling the Oven

Now for the trickiest and most dreaded compartment: the inside of the oven. Let’s talk it through, step-by-step to break down this nightmare task into smaller, manageable ones.

Empty the oven: Turn off the oven, and if you have recently cooked wait for it to cool completely. Then take out all baking trays and shelves out of the oven first. Fill up the sink with hot water and washing-up liquid, and leave them in to soak.

Scrape away and large, tough stains: It is entirely too easy for sauces and other liquids to spill over and onto the bottom of the oven. Use a butter knife to scrape away the larger sections to remove the stain without damaging the oven.

Make a baking soda mixture: Make a mixture the exact same as what was used for the oven door. Better yet, use any leftover you have, and apply it on the walls of the oven.

Wipe inside of oven: After leaving it in for overnight, wipe away the mixture with a damp cloth.

Vinegar spray: Pour some vinegar into a spray bottle then spray it inside. If foam appears don’t worry–it’s reacting with baking soda residue. Do a final wipe-down, then leave the oven to air out the odours before cooking with it.

 

The Ultimate Kitchen Cleaning Guide

Welcome to the Gleem Ultimate Kitchen Cleaning Guide, everything you need to get your kitchen back up to sparkling form. Taken from our years of experience in making homes spotless, we’ve got some of the best-kept kitchen cleaning tips just for you – covering everything from microwaves to milk stains, worktops to windows and cupboards to cutlery.

You can use this guide as a whole runthrough for your kitchen or use the handy quicklinks in our contents section below to jump to the area of your kitchen you need a Gleem helping hand with.

Contents

Kitchen Appliances

Surfaces

Flooring

Kitchenware

Microwave Cleaning

Our zesty grime buster will help get your microwave squeaky clean again, ridding you from those cooked-on stains!

What You’ll Need:

  • Microwave-Safe Medium Sized Bowl
  • Half a Lemon
  • Boiling Water
  • Cloth

Method

  • Take a medium-sized, microwave friendly bowl and fill it ¾ full with boiling water.
  • Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into the water, giving it a zesty fresh scent.
  • Place the bowl into the microwave (be careful, it’ll be hot!) and set the microwave for 2 minutes.
  • The steam from the Lemon scented water will start to work away at softening up those baked on, microwave stains.
  • Once the time’s up, open the microwave and use a damp cloth to wipe away those stubborn stains.
  • You’ll notice the lemon water will neutralise odours and leave your microwave with a zesty-fresh smell, all ready for your next use!

Oven Cleaning

Gleem’s super stain superhero tip, ready for the toughest kitchen appliance of them all – the oven!

What You’ll Need:

  • Medium Sized Bowl
  • Vinegar
  • Spray Bottle
  • Water
  • Baking Soda
  • Damp Cloth
  • Rubber Gloves 

Method

  • In the medium sized bowl, mix a cup of baking soda with water – add as much as you need to make a thick paste.
  • Using the damp cloth or a spatula, spread the baking soda paste throughout the inside of your oven. Apply liberally to the cooked on stains whilst avoiding the heating elements.
  • The longer that you can leave this paste on the better as it will have more chance to work it’s magic – we recommend 8-12 hours.
  • Take the damp cloth and wipe away the top layer of the baking soda – this layer will have dried and likely gone hard.
  • Using the spray bottle, spray some white vinegar throughout your oven to create a powerful fusion with the baking soda.
  • The reaction will cause the soda to foam up nicely, after 5 minutes or so wipe clean with the damp cloth.
  • For those stubborn stains you can use the spatula to prise them off although we’d expect the mix to lift off most oven grime.

Ceramic Hob Cleaning

A soft kitchen cleaner to keep your ceramic hob sparkling without damaging that slick finish!

What You’ll Need:

  • Washing Up Bowl
  • Warm Water
  • Washing Up Liquid
  • Cloth

Method

  • Use the dry cloth to remove any debris from the ceramic hob.
  • Using the washing up bowl, create a warm soapy mix using the washing up liquid.
  • Use the cloth to apply the warm mixture to the ceramic hob. Where the stains are cooked-on, leave the warm, soapy cloth over the stain for 3-5 minutes to allow it to soften.
  • If the stain persists you can use a specialistic ceramic hob cleaner or ceramic hob scraper to remove the toughest patches of grime.  

Toaster Cleaning

Often forgotten when it comes to your kitchen cleaning routine, leave no crumb behind with the Geelm Toaster Cleaning tip. 

What You’ll Need:

  • Small Brush – i.e Toothbrush
  • Dry and Damp Cloths

Method

  • Naturally the first thing to do is unplug your toaster to cut off the power!
  • Most toasters will have some crumb trays in the bottom, remove these trays carefully and discard the crumb debris into the bin.
  • For those crumbs that have become cooked on, you can use the small brush to scrape them into the bin.
  • For those stubborn pieces, use the damp cloth to wipe away the leftovers – if they won’t budge, leave to soak in warm soapy water for around 1 hour.
  • Carefully turn the toaster upside down over the bin and lightly shake for the crumbs left inside to fall out.
  • Using the dry cloth, wipe away any excess crumbs from the toaster entries ensuring you don’t go too far inside and cause your cloth or fingers to get stuck.
  • Reinsert the crumb trays and plug back in – ready for the next use!

Fridge Cleaning

One of the trickiest appliances in the kitchen to keep spotless, get a sparkly clean fridge whilst busting those lingering odours with this tip! 

What You’ll Need:

  • Warm Water
  • Baking Soda
  • Large Bowl
  • 2 x Cloth

Method

  • Firstly empty out the contents of your fridge taking care to keep any perishable items cool during the clean.
  • Remove any shelves or side compartments where necessary to ensure a thorough clean throughout.
  • Take 2 large tablespoons of baking soda and add to a large bowl of warm water. Baking soda is a fantastic natural product for not only removing stains but neutralising odours.
  • Taking one of the cloths, use the water and baking soda solution to wipe down the inside of the fridge, paying extra attention to tough stains and the areas of the fridge that are home to the strongest smelling items.
  • Once you have completely wiped down, leave the fridge open for around 20-30 minutes to allow it to breath.
  • Using the second cloth and some fresh warm water, wipe down the fridge again remove any baking soda residue. For an extra zest – try adding a small squeeze of lemon to add a fresh aroma to your fridge!

Freezer Cleaning

Another one which is often forgotten, give you freezer the refresh it needs with our handy Gleem tip. 

What You’ll Need:

  • Cold Water
  • White Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Cloth
  • Paper Towels

Method

  • The first thing to do is unplug your freezer, suitably store the contents somewhere it can’t completely thaw and clear out any ice which is left behind. Be aware – The moment the freezer is unplugged the ice will start to melt, ensure you have proper drainage to avoid your kitchen flooding!
  • Once clear, take some cold water and mix it with a tablespoon of White Vinegar. A naturally powerful cleaning agent, wet a cloth with the solution and start to wipe down the inside of the freezer.
  • Most people forget that a frozen on stain is just as tough as a baked on one – for those persistent stains, soak a paper towel in the vinegar solution and place over the stain for 30 minutes. It should fully soften and allow for the stain to wipe away.
  • Once you have finished wiping down the freezer, thoroughly dry using paper towels. Depending on the strength of your vinegar it may be leave a slight odour. If so, place an open box of baking soda into the freezer and shut the door for 15 minutes. A great deodoriser, the baking soda will absorb any left over smells.
  • Once happy with your refreshed freezer – restock and refreeze according to the freezers instructions.

Dishwasher Cleaning

The dishwasher is a popular kitchen appliance because, let’s face it, no one enjoys washing up! Use this tip to keep yours doing the dirty work! 

What You’ll Need:

  • White Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Cloth 

Method

  • Even though it’s used to get your cookware clean, grime can build up within your dishwasher.
  • To get a high pressure clean inside, run on an empty wash but place a single mug of white vinegar into the dishwasher. The high temperature, high pressure environment of the dishwasher coupled with the power of the vinegar will remove any hard water buildups.
  • Once finished the dishwasher may have an acidity-type smell, we can bust that odour!
  • Time to run a second empty wash, this time adding 5 tablespoons of baking soda to the bottom of the washer. A natural deodoriser, the baking soda will bust that leftover smell from the vinegar.
  • After the second wash, take a cloth to wipe down any residue or lingering hard water that’s left behind!

Wooden Surfaces

There’s not much better than a hardwood work surface, keep it in tip top shape with these tips!

What You’ll Need:

  • Warm Water
  • White Vinegar
  • Lemon
  • Cloth
  • Salt

Method

  • A wooden work surface needs to be kept clean and shiny, firstly using a dry cloth remove any debris that may have got leftover.
  • Bring together a medium-strength solution of warm water and white vinegar to make a great, natural wood cleaner.
  • Wipe down the sides ensuring no nasty stains are left behind to risk damaging the wood.
  • For the extra tough stains, take a lemon, cut it in half and using some salt, rub into the stained wood. This creates a natural but light abrasive agent to help lift those tough stains.
  • Ensure once done, you leave the worktop to dry naturally so it doesn’t get damaged and is in tip-top shape ready for its next use!

Marble Surfaces

A luxury marble work surface makes any kitchen look fantastic, ensure you’re protecting it regularly with our cleaning tip below!

What You’ll Need:

  • Warm Soapy Water
  • Baking Soda
  • Cloth
  • Microfiber Cloth

Method

  • With the delicative finished you’d expect from a marble surface, it is important not to use a highly abrasive or acidic cleaner. As such, we recommend a mild soapy water solution for day to day wiping down.
  • SImply add a small about of general kitchen soap to some warm water, take a cloth and work away any lights stains and debris.
  • Once the sides are sparkling clean, use a microfiber cloth to dry and buff the marble – helping to maintain that iconic, shiny finish.
  • For those really tough stains, a light baking soda paste can be left on overnight and wiped away with a wet cloth to help lift. It’s always essential to do a small spot test with your baking soda first to ensure it doesn’t leave a lasting mark on the pristine marble finish!

Laminate Surfaces

A slick laminate finish on your work surfaces makes for a nice design and durable makeup – keep it clean with a Gleem tip!

What You’ll Need:

  • Warm Soapy Water
  • Baking Soda
  • Cloth
  • Microfiber Cloth
  • Plastic Spatula

Method

  • Similar in many ways to marble, it’s important to keep the slick finish on your laminate clean from corrosive stains and spills.
  • A warm soapy mixture is advised for day to day cleaning using a standard, non-abrasive cloth to wipe stains clean. For those tougher spills, leaving the warm soapy cloth on top for 10 minutes will help lift the stain ready to be wiped clean.
  • If stains are left on laminate for an extended period they can become almost glued on – try using a plastic spatula to scrape the stain away, avoiding damage to the laminate finish.  
  • Once all the stains are removed, the use of a microfiber cloth can help buff the laminate back to its original sheen!

Engineered Quartz Stone Surface

Stunning quartz stone looks gorgeous in any kitchen, keep it as mother nature intended with this cleaning gem from Gleem.

What You’ll Need:

  • Warm Water
  • Non-Abrasive Surface/Glass Cleaner
  • Microfiber Cloth

Method

  • Whilst mostly stain resistant, it’s still strongly advised to have a regular cleaning routine for your quartz stone surface – start off by removing all debris with a dry cloth.
  • You can either use warm water or a non abrasive surface/glass cleaner to remove any spills/stains from the surface. It is advisable to keep away from any products which are too strong as the surface simply doesn’t require it.
  • Once you’ve removed all the muck, take a dry microfiber cloth and give the surface the buff it deserves to keep the surface at its sparkling best!

Stainless Steel Surface

Commonly found in kitchens throughout the world, put a Gleem Clean tip into your routine to keep the Stainless Steel sparkling!

What You’ll Need:

  • Warm Soapy Water
  • White Vinegar
  • Cloth
  • Microfiber Cloth

Method

  • As the name would suggest, stainless steel is a really robust surface found in many domestic and commercial kitchens. Despite its resistance to stains, using warm soapy water is the best way to keep the surface clean day to day.
  • It can often be susceptible to water marks and can become dull, so a light water and white vinegar mixture will help bring out the shine when it fades.
  • After you’ve finished cleaning your stainless steel, using a microfiber cloth to work out the shine will help keep your kitchen looking sublime.

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is super common in modern kitchens, know how to keep it spotless with this Gleem tip!

What You’ll Need:

  • Warm Water
  • White Vinegar/Vinyl Flooring Cleaner
  • Mop
  • Towel
  • Vacuum/Brush

Method

  • The first thing to do before any floor clean is to remove debris – either using a vacuum or floor brush, remove any bits and bobs which have been walked into the kitchen.
  • Take your mop buckets and fill it ¾ full with warm water and mix with either a small amount of white vinegar or a specialised vinyl cleaning product.
  • Use the mop to clean the vinyl, using light pressure mostly but applying heavier for spills and stains. It’s important to ring out the mop-head before beginning as flooding the floor can lead to water damage on the vinyl.
  • Once complete, you can either leave to air dry or dry using an old towel. It’s important not to walk on the wet floor as you’ll undo all your good work!

Ceramic Flooring

Ceramic floor tiles are made of tough stuff and are a joy to clean with this easy Gleem tip.

What You’ll Need:

  • Warm Soapy Water
  • Mop
  • Vacuum/Brush

Method

  • With it’s fire-blasted makeup, ceramic flooring is ideal for those in a busy household. Whilst it very rarely stains, it worth cleaning regularly to maintain that sturdy finish.
  • As with all floor cleans, start off my removing any dirt and grit bought in on the bottom of shoes using a vacuum or floor brush.
  • Once debris free, ¾ fill your mop bucket with a simple warm soapy water mix and start mopping – be sure to work moving backwards so you don’t tread muck onto those freshly washed tiles!
  • With all the hard word done, take 10 minutes with your feet up whilst the ceramic naturally air dries.

Laminate Flooring

The glossy finish of laminate flooring make it a popular choice for kitchens everywhere, keep yours looking super shiny all year round with this Gleem tip!

What You’ll Need:

  • Hot Water
  • Mop
  • Vacuum/Brush
  • Vinegar
  • Large Cloth/Towel

Method

  • The protective coating on laminate make it a great choice for kitchen but it’s important not to use anything too abrasive to keep it intact.
  • Remove all debris from the laminate flooring using a vacuum or brush – this will ensure no scratches occur when it comes to mopping.
  • Hot water (not warm, hot!) is often the best neutral cleaner just on its own, fill your mop bucket half full and get working on refreshing your laminate.
  • To give it that extra shine, try using a 5:1 water and white vinegar solution from a spray bottle and a large cloth or towel to buff up some extra shine. Beware – don’t use a straight vinegar solution as this will be far too harsh on the laminate’s protective finish!
  • Whether buffed or not, take some time to let the laminate air dry before letting those kitchen dwellers back in.

Marble Flooring

The luxury of a marble floor is something to be admired but it takes regular maintenance to keep it looking amazing, check out this Gleem tip to help!

What You’ll Need:

  • Vacuum/Soft Brush
  • Ph Neutral Cleaner
  • Hot Water
  • Towel

Method

  • Marble looks amazing but it needs to be protected with some non-abrasive techniques. To start, keep it clear of any debris and grit which may cause scratches with regular brushing or vacuuming.
  • When it comes to getting it really clean, the best natural cleaner is hot water. If you need something with a little more cleaning power, look for a neutral PH cleaner to help lift any tricky stains.  
  • Dry off the marble using a towel – with it being a very porous stone, standing water can seep into the flooring so it’s always advised to thoroughly dry to finish off the job.  

Wood Flooring

Wooden floors are a major investment so they need to be looked after – rid them of the mud and muck with our simple tip below!

What You’ll Need:

  • Vacuum/Soft Brush
  • Warm Soapy Water
  • Wood Flooring Oil/Wax/Cleaner
  • Towel

Method

  • First things first, use a brush of vacuum to remove any debris, grit and dirt from your wooden floor – the last thing you want is it scratching!
  • Using a standard warm soapy water mix is best advised, being sure to work with the grain of the wood if appropriate.
  • Once clean, there are a number of awesome wood finishing products to keep that earthy and glossy finish of this luxury flooring. Whether it’s an oil, a wax or a general wood cleaning product, follow the instructions on the bottle to get the perfect finish.
  • If you’re just going for the standard clean, finish up by drying with an old towel to stop an standing water leaving marks on your freshly cleaned wood.  

Cutlery

Whether stainless steel or not, as we regularly use and wash our cutlery rust can build up – time to bust the rust with this Gleem Tip.

What You’ll Need:

  • Tall Glass
  • Lemon Juice
  • Cloth
  • Towel

Method

  • Dishwashers are a handy appliance when it comes to saving on the washing up, but all that humidity can lead to rusting – no problem!
  • Take a tall glass such as a pint glass and will it ¾ full with Lemon Juice. The acidity of the juice will help bust the rust from your cutlery! Leave the cutlery submerged in the juice overnight to allow for the magic to happen.
  • Simply rinse and wipe the cutlery down under cold water the next morning, ensuring you dry up afterwards using a towel to eliminate all chances of further rust build up.  

Stained Mugs

Some people can’t start their morning without a cup of Joe but over time coffee mugs stains can leave you thinking ‘oh no!’ – check out our natural way to remove the grime!

What You’ll Need:

  • Hot Water
  • White Vinegar
  • Scouring Pad
  • Soap

Method

  • Fill your stained mugs ½ full with boiling hot water and add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. Mix together with a spoon and leave to sit for 10 minutes.
  • Empty the mug, taking a scouring pad work away the softened tea and coffee stains. The alkaline makeup of the white vinegar makes a great stain lifter with the boiling hot water helping to soften up the most stubborn grime.
  • Once scrubbed, rinse any leftover vinegar tastes out of the mug using some soapy warm water – leave to air dry ready for your next cuppa!

Tupperware

Tupperwares are an essential in every kitchen, fridge and lunchbox throughout the land – keep them clean, ready to use every time with this tip.

What You’ll Need:

  • Warm Soapy Water
  • Sponge
  • Olive/Vegetable Oil
  • Kitchen Roll

Method

  • When cleaning out a used tupperware, it’s important to keep in mind the guidelines laid down in your warranty.
  • It’s best not to use any abrasive cleaners so stick with a basic warm soapy water mix using a standard kitchen sponge.
  • Our top Gleem tip is for the next time you go to use your tupperware – keep the plastic safe from staining of rich sauces by smearing a light layer of Olive/Vegetable Oil on the inside before putting your food inside. The oil creates a protective layer between the tupperware and the food, boosting the life of your products by keeping them stain free!

Chopping Boards

Chopping boards keep your work surfaces safe when prepping your food so keep the boards safe with these disinfectant cleaning tips!

What You’ll Need:

  • Half a Lemon
  • Salt
  • Warm Soapy Water
  • Sponge

Method

  • Especially when used to prepare meat, the cracks in a chopping board can be a hotbed for bacteria so we need a cleaning tip to keep you and your family safe!
  • Sprinkle your chopping board with a thin layer of salt, ensure the chopping board is completely covered.
  • Chop a lemon in half. Place the cut side down, and use the lemon to work the salt into the board. Give the lemon a firm squeeze as you do this to release some of the juice and create a powerful, germ busting combo!
  • Once you have worked the whole board, leave the salt/juice mix to soak into the board for 10 minutes.
  • Using some warm soapy water and a kitchen sponge, wash the board clean and leave on the draining board to dry naturally!

Kettle Cleaning

Everyone loves a heart warm drink, but over time the limescale builds up – using some trusty White Vinegar, this Gleem tip will help you beat hard water!

What You’ll Need:

  • White Vinegar
  • Water
  • Cloth

Method

  • Fill the kettle to roughly half full with an equal white vinegar and water solution – ensure all of the heating element parts are submerged!
  • Boil the kettle as normal to start the limescale-busting reaction within the kettle.
  • Once the kettle has boiled, leave to stand for 15-20 minutes.
  • Unplug the kettle and dispose of the solution inside safely. If the heating element still has limescale, use a cloth to carefully remove any leftover residue.
  • Rinse the kettle out a number of times to remove any leftover vinegar. If required, boil the kettle a couple of times with water to boil out any lingering vinegar odours.

Cleaning Wooden Floors

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Wooden floors offer a beautiful aesthetic to homes, and more often than not are more clean than carpets–or at least they appear that way. But wooden floors require as much care as carpets do-perhaps even moreso, as wood is susceptible to things like rot and wood mites, which are not issues if you have carpeted floors, and if you don’t know how to clean them properly, you can end up doing more harm than good.

That’s why in this week’s blog post, we here at Gleem will discuss how to properly care for authentic wood and laminate flooring.

 

Cleaning Wooden Floors

The first and most obvious step of cleaning any surface is to of course clear away clutter, and large bits of rubbish such as labels, as this can lead to blockages in your vacuum cleaner. If its a furnished room, remember to move furniture around as necessary to reach places underneath and behind it. This should go without saying, but it is very easy to forget to get behind the sofa!

Next vacuum the floor to remove fluff, dust and other bits of small debris, clearing the surface more for mop-cleaning.

When you mop the floor, be sure to use warm but not boiling water, as this may cause the wood to warp, and to mop with the grain, not against it. However, it should be noted that if the wood your floor is made from is lacquered or shellacked, this step should be skipped as water can cause the wood to buckle.

Once the floor is cleaned to a satisfying degree, it’s time to make it shine! Buff it with soft cloth in circular motions to lift leftover residue from mopping. While a cloth alone should do the trick, there are specialized buffing products available for purchase.

 

Cleaning Laminate Floors

Much like wooden floors, laminate floors should be decluttered, including large objects such as furniture and rugs before moving on to hoovering. It is, however, suggested to remove the beater bar of the hoover first and to just use to suction hose to pick up the smaller bits of debris, and to follow up with a damp soft cloth to clean the floor rather than mop cleaning.

It is recommended to use acetone-based nail-polish remover to remove tough stains, or even ice first to harden spillages of things like chewing gum, as this will make the substances easier to remove, thus making it less likely you will damage the floor by scrubbing away at it.

Unlike with authentic wooden floors, wax should be avoided, as should cleaning with a mop and water.

 

Gleem offer floor cleaning as part of their many services on their bespoke checklist! If you would rather save yourself the headache and hassle of cleaning and treating floor, book a one-off or regular clean here. As a high-quality, dedicated cleaning company, you can rest assured your floors are in safe hands with Gleem.

Why Hire a Gleem Cleaner?

This blog space has acted as a major platform for providing helpful cleaning tips to take matters into your own hands. So why hire one of Gleem’s cleaners? This week’s blog post will bring to light the many benefits of hiring one of Bristol’s most professional cleaners.

 

 

 

Time Efficient

The first and most obvious advantage is that you won’t have to waste time cleaning. Performing a thorough, deep clean of a house can take an extremely long time, and most modern-day lifestyles don’t allow the luxury of dedicating the time and painstaking care for that your house deserves. Hiring a Gleem cleaner means your home will receive the utmost highest quality clean at a time that suits you, allowing you to fit it in even around the busiest of schedules.

Booking cleaners is made simper for you with the use of Gleem’s own app, cutting down the time it takes to book a cleaner at a time and date that suits you down to less than 60 seconds.

 

 

 

High Quality Work

Gleem was founded on the promise of providing a high quality standard of work all for an affordable price, and they live up to that standard. Customers themselves have left glowing reviews you can read here as proof of the standard of care we provide.

Each cleaner comes equipped with a detailed checklist of tasks to perform that get ticked off as they go, so you know just how hard working they are! Checklists can be customised slightly by adding additional tasks, and you have the option to book a one-off or regularly scheduled cleans so you can rest assured you are getting the right clean for your home. And now that the time of year everyone spring-cleans their home, now is the opportune moment to hire a cleaner to take care of the heavy-duty clean for you.

 

 

 

A Company that Cares

As a highly philanthropic company, Gleem have teamed up with charities such as Frank Water, donating 1% of all profits to their cause, as they recognise the value and necessity of water, and believe everyone should have access to safe, clean water, as without it Gleem wouldn’t be able to exist. So when you book a clean, you are helping support this charity.

Furthermore, Gleem are expanding their network by teaming up with other charities such as Marie Curie, SARI and The Big Issue to further use their influence for good.

Unlike most other businesses, Gleem cares about their consumers, offering a free follow-up clean if a customer is dissatisfied and a friendly customer service team that will professionally deal with any complaints. This care goes for the workforce as well. Gleem offers generous pay to their workers and treat them with respect in an industry that otherwise doesn’t. Each month, their hardwork is rewarded with a ‘Cleaner of the Month’ award. These are just a few examples as to how Gleem protects and empowers their workers. Head on over here to see more.