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.

 

Spring Cleaning!

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Soon, the leaves will be returning, flowers will bloom and the dreaded winter will finally come to an end. It is also the time of year most people bust out the big guns and get some serious cleaning done, as nothing is more refreshing than having a spotless home as the seasons change. If this task seems a bit daunting, than worry not because Gleem has you covered!

In this blog pose we’ll break down spring cleaning into manageable sections.

 

Out with the Old!

First thing’s first, it’s time to get rid of those knick-knacks you no longer have use for. It is difficult parting with belongings, as you never know when you might need it, but they are just taking up valuable storage space.

Prioritise your things–what is it you need? You might have to be especially ruthless if there is still a lot.

If you feel like doing good with your belongings, charity shops are always looking for donations. Check the websites of your local stores, as they might offer free pick-ups.

 

Start Small

Before dealing with the more tiresome chores, start with the easier tasks, as then you won;t wear yourself out before you’ve barely begun. Take care of clearing off surfaces, such as taking care of the dishes, tidying off your desk and folding away laundry. That way, you’ll notice immediate results of your work and you’ll still be energised enough for the bigger tasks.

Once the surfaces are cleared off, it’s now time to clean them! Gleem covered dusting in detail already, but the rule of thumb is to start with the higher surfaces then work your way down, and steer clear of dusters! They are proven to be less effective than the tried and tested damp cloth.

 

Down to the Nitty-Gritty

No doubt there are several household appliances that go forgotten over the year. Now is the time to clean these spots!

Kitchen cabinets can build up dust, or even dripped-down grease from the surfaces. There are products especially designed to break down tough build-up and leave wood moisturised and treated.

Make sure to tackle both sides of the windows. The outside is more imperative as this is where dirt and smudges is more likely to reside. Hot soapy water and a little elbow grease who be more than sufficient to leave your windows crystal clear. Professional domestic cleaners suggest cleaning windows on cloudy days to avoid the sun drying out the products you’re using before you’re done cleaning the windows, as that will result in leaving smudges.

Don’t forget your refrigerator! Now is the perfect time to wipe down the outside and in. Liquids from food stuff can drip down onto shelves and into the drawers, so make sure to give the interior a good clean to keep it hygienic and safe to use.

 

Take Breaks!

It’s easy to get burnt out doing a long day of cleaning. Gleem recognises how strenuous cleaning can be, so we’re here to remind you not to neglect your needs–keep hydrated, have snacks and meals to keep your body energised and sit down to give your body a break every forty-five minutes to an hour.

 

Hire a Cleaner

Doing a deep clean absorbs much of your valuable time, so why not hire a cleaner. Gleem hires only the most professional domestic cleaners, so book your deep clean here! We even offer business cleaning and gutter cleaning!

 

Cleaning the Bathroom

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Last week, we tackled the kitchen. This week, we will be discussing how to properly clean the bathroom. As one of the most unhygienic places, keeping the bathroom clean is of utmost importance.  

 

The Basics

To start with, you should ensure your bathroom is supplied with the most basic products. Bleach and a toilet brush are must-haves for keeping your loo squeaky clean, and being able to get each for under £1, it will hardly break the bank.

Ordinary cloths are useful for wiping down surfaces and can handle basic cleaning tasks such as sinks and towel rails. Antibacterial wipes also serve a similar purpose.

A mop and bucket are also a must for the home in general, especially if you have a lot more wooden floors than carpets.

We would also recommend some form of a shower cleaner, such as Mr Muscle.

 

The Toilet

If you clean the toilet on a regular basis, it should be fairly easy to clean with the brush. If dirt and grime has been left to build up for a while, pour bleach around the bowl before scrubbing it with the brush. Not only will it be clean, but now it will also smell fresh.

 

The Bath

It is imperative to clean the bath tub especially after having a bath to prevent the build-up of limescale.

There are specialised bottles of cleaners that can be used to keep the bathtub clean. It’s generally a good rule of thumb to remember to hose down the bathtub after taking a bath.

 

Surfaces

As mentioned earlier, cloths are ideal for cleaning surfaces, but there are also specialized wipes for this task, however cloths are more economical as they can be reused. Simply spray down the surface with a product labelled safe to use for the material of the surface then wipe down with the cloth dampened with hot water.  

 

Floor

For wooden, tiled or cushioned flooring, fill a bucket 1:4 ratio bleach and hot water, then mop down the floor. Though there are floor-cleaning products available bleach does the trick just as well for a fraction of the price. However, take care as bleach can make the colour on clothing fade when exposed to it.

If you’re bathroom is carpeted, and there are some stains, we recommend investing in a professional carpet-cleaner as this will lift all the stains and grime from the carpet. If you can’t spring for one, instead buy carpet cleaning solution, spray on the carpet and allow to soak in for a few minutes before hoovering over the spot. It requires more time and effort, but is a much cheaper alternative.

 

Unclogging the Toilet

This may seem trite, but it is important to learn how to properly unclog a toilet. Obviously using a plunger is the best method, but if you don’t have one of these on hand, bleach and boiling water will do. First pour about half a liter of boiling water, then use a cap or two worth of bleach and flush. The boiling water will break down whatever is blocking the drains, and the bleach will help the blockage to slide down the drain a little easier. Use more bleach and water as required.


All of this sound too much like a hassle, or does your busy lifestyle not allow you the luxury of taking the time to clean to a satisfactory level? Then hire one of Gleem’s domestic cleaners to tackle the task for you!

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Many people nowadays tend to spend their time loafing about at home, but that would easily become a problem in the long run as you ignore the growing need for cleaning. The last thing you want to deal with is a dusty home with plenty of issues concerning cleaning. The tips ahead will give you the necessary information so you can start on a much easier time cleaning your place:
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