Your Workplace May Be Making You Sick!

Your Workplace May Be Making You Sick Clean

With the majority of us heading to work every morning, we make sure our homes are as clean as possible for trying to prevent common household illnesses and allergies like asthma, mould, mites, fleas and much more, we rarely think of our workplace being a cause of concern.

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Cleaning Granite Tops – Cleaning Hacks (Part 1)

Cleaning Granite Tops

Granite worktops: a stylish but often sticky choice!
Granite is a popular choice for kitchen surfaces; it’s cool appearance compliments everything from the most minimalist to the most eclectic of kitchens. However, in our experience it’s also notoriously good at attracting grease and grime, with sticky surfaces ruining an otherwise pristine kitchen. Many specialist cleaning products have been developed to combat the streakiness, but these are more often than not extremely expensive. By our reckoning, these are simply not necessary, as the products hanging around in your kitchen cupboard are more than up to the job, saving you valuable pounds.

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Cleaning The Oven – Dinner Party Woes (Part 12)

Cleaning The Oven – Dinner Party Woes

Cleaning the oven (part 3)

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So, the inside of the oven, possibly one of the most feared tasks in the household rota. Yet, we at Gleem know from experience this is not the case, as with the assistance of valiant vinegar, the grime is extremely easy to remove!

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5 Reasons For Hiring A Professional Cleaning Service

 5 Reasons For Hiring A professional Cleaning Service Like Gleem

Cleaning can be a tough job, there is no doubt that people need to clean their homes almost every second day due to the amount of food, dust and dirt which can accumulate in places which are frequently used in houses. If you have kids, there is an even greater need to keep your surroundings clean.

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Managing Finances – Startup Serial #13

Managing Finances In Gleem

When I started Gleem, I did it with a very small budget. I also opted to not pay myself, because I’d prefer to hire someone and grow the business further. I do however pay myself a salary, but this takes the form of a director’s loan that increases in size each month.

This was the stance I decided to take. My outlook was that some sacrifice now would pay off in the long run with a larger business.

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This has been going on for about 18 months now. I have been resourceful in keeping my living costs low, however have struggled at times. Going out and doing things can be really tough if you are living in an overdraft…so I began to transfer small amounts to myself to fund my out-of-work lifestyle, not to the value of my salary, but enough to keep me hovering around the £0 mark.

However the first time I did this it was like turning on a tap: I had the ability to go out again!

I had taken a long term loan from my family and was now spending a portion of this, on the company card.

Initially I didn’t see the issue with this, as when I put beers with potential and current customers through on our books as 100% business it felt fine, but over a few months I realised how it could be deemed inappropriate.

Nowadays I transfer a small salary to myself, enabling me to enjoy my time with my girlfriend and friends, but avoiding taking money out of the company account.

This is the best way for me, as although I own 100% of the business, it felt like it broke a weird line between what is a work cost and what isn’t, and the sooner I made a distinction between the two, I felt much more at ease.

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We love our cleaners – Startup Serial #11

We love our cleaners

Our stock phrase here at Gleem is ‘adding sparkle’.

We use it to steer our customers away from the event of cleaning, and towards the idea of a Gleem clean being an experience: a seamlessly operated clean, with happy cleaners, who are friendly, professional and go the extra distance, ensuring our customers’ satisfaction.

Two of our excellent Gleem cleaners
Two of our excellent Gleem cleaners

But the metaphor ‘adding sparkle’ doesn’t end there; we use it to talk about our opportunity to provide clean drinking water to India through Frank Water.

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We use it to outline the professionalism and kind nature of our operatives on the end of the phone, live chat and emails.

The most poignant place we enjoy saying we ‘add sparkle’ is regarding our cleaners: I started the business because I wanted to build a business that people enjoy working for.

I didn’t want to feel bossed about and undervalued, and so why would I want anyone else at my business to?

From Day 1, we have focussed on finding cleaners who identify with the service that we are looking to provide.

We vet our cleaners thoroughly (http://www.gleem.co.uk/portfolio/meet-the-team) and so, when they start, we know that they are the right fit for us, we are the right fit for them and together we can provide an amazing service for Bristol and Bath citizens.

And it works!

My conversations with other cleaning companies mark this difference: the comparative churn rates of our workers.

Gleem has barely let go of any cleaners since the day we started, whereas other firms talk to me about the volume of turnover being the main sticking point in the businesses. They struggle to expand because they keep losing their cleaners, whereas we are growing strongly, primarily due to our commitment to finding the best: this may take more time, but it is worth it for the long term sustainability of the business.

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Weekend Dinner Party Woes (Part 4)

Disastrously dirty cutlery: how to escape embarrassment at the dinner table

Inviting your mates around for a couple of drinks and some food sounds simple doesn’t it? Wrong! If you’re anything like us, you’ll want to impress to the max with the poshest plates and shiniest silverware. However, locating your cutlery might prove a shock as this stuff truly does attract dirt and water marks are a hazard with high-quality.

Case in point
Case in point

We’ve got the solution to brighten the cutlery so much you’re guests will be able to see their visage in its shiny surface. Once again, we call on our friend, Bicarbonate of Soda to solve this issue.

The Fail Safe:

  1. Line a shallow tray with a sheet of tin foil and fill with warm water 5 cm deep. Add teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda and mix 
  2. Place the dirty cutlery in the tray and leave for 10 minutes
  3. Remove the cutlery and rinse to remove last traces of dirt
  4. Leave to dry naturally but use a soft cloth to buff up and remove last traces of dirt.

Alternatively, if you don’t have miraculous Bicarb to hand, then simply use a little olive oil/vinegar/lemon juice on a cloth and rub the cutlery gently to remove those annoying and unsightly streaks.

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Gleem’s First Clean Startup Serial #6

Gleem’s First Clean

The First Clean

So I’d handed out some flyers over a 2 week period and was extremely eager to start receiving booking… but none came in.

I kept researching ways to provide the best clean in the world and how to generate sales, but from behind my desk I wasn’t generating anything.

So I got back up and started delivering flyers again. 8 hours a day walking up and down the roads of Bristol that I thought could have my best potential clients.

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A Gleem Flyer

One day, out of the blue, in an area nowhere near where I’d been flyering, I received a booking. Then I made the realisation that I hadn’t found any cleaners: I’d been so swept up in planning the business, getting the branding looking nice, the website working and the quality correct that I’d neglected the most important asset I needed…cleaners! So I roped a friend in, and we excitedly ventures across to the house where the clean was happening.

We worked hard; working our way through the checklist, making sure everything was completed. After a tiring 4 hour clean, we approached the customers with the checklist and asked them to inspect the property. Our lack of experience meant they were able to spot a number of items that we had not completed sufficiently, so we set back off to work and completed the cleaning of the areas we had missed. After all of this the customer was happy, so we gave them a leaving gift, picked up our bin bags and went on our merry way, happy that Gleem had completed their first clean!

Please visit us at www.gleem.co.uk or call us at 0800-808-5544 to have a friendly chat and see how we can help you.

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Springing towards a cleaner you with Vivo Gym!

To top off our Spring Cleaning Week series, in which Gleem have focussed on the varied ‘clean culture’ that Bristol has to offer in its year as European Green Capital, Gleem have teamed up with the amazing Vivo Gym.

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Perfect Place for a workout we reckon!

 

Situated in the prime position of the Floating Harbour in central Bristol, Vivo is the perfect place to up your fitness game in a truly picturesque environment! Oh and to make matters even better, whilst normally Vivo offer a 3-day trial membership at their facilities, in their collaboration with Gleem the marvellous Vivo instructors want to offer you a free 7-day pass*! Simply print off the image below – click on it to transform it into full-sized format – and fill in your details! Oh, and don’t forget to let them know you found out about it via this post :)

Gleem and Vivo Gym – a clean match made in heaven!

FREE ONE WEEK PASS gleam (1)

*valid until 30th April