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.

 

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.

 

 

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!

 

New Service Announcement!

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Gleem is a business that is constantly forging ahead to the future, looking for ways to improve their services to ensure their customers are receiving the best quality service possible.

Recently, Gleem have expanded their services by now offering gutter cleaning! It is very easy for gutter pipes to become stopped up by fallen leaves, sticks, layers of grime and dirt, and other forms of debris. These pipes play a vital role in maintaining the foundations of your home, as they control the flow of rainwater, directing it off the roof of your home. If left, the gutter pipes can quickly become a household nightmare. The blockage from debris will leave the water with nowhere to go, and can result in the pipes bursting, or the water making its way into your interior. If this happens, your house is liable to be infested with damp, or even attract the undesirable attention of pests such as rodents and insects.

 

So just how often should gutters be cleaned? It all depends on your location. For example, if you live in a place where gutter pipes are more likely to become stopped up with the like of leaves and twigs, such as in suburbs lined with trees, you should make an effort to ensure your gutters are cleaned at least twice a year. But other variables such as the weather have to be taken into account. If it rains more, gutter pipes will fill up more quickly and need a relatively empty pipe for the water to flow without issue. If you live in an area where rain is regular, the gutter pipe should be cleaned more than twice a year.

 

For the average layman, the gutter pipes definitely are amongst the hardest cleaning tasks to do, hence why it is a job that people mostly hire professionals for. This is why Gleem decided to include this as part of the many tasks they provides, as they understand the demand of this chore and want to ensure for your sake that it is done to the high standard Gleem upholds.. Not only is it difficult, but it is dangerous as well, as a ladder is required to reach the pipe.

However, if it’s not too clogged and your hose is capable of outputting a decent amount of water pressure, it might be possible to hose out the blockages, and if that fails, a hard bristle brush to comb out the debris. Others opt for creating a chemical -free solution of hot water and vinegar to clean away the grime, but this won’t do much to clear blockages.


If this all sounds like too much of a hassle for you to take care of on your own, then worry not! Gleem offers gutter cleaning for mid-terrace, end-terrace, semi-detached, detached and three-storey houses all for affordable prices. But don’t take my word for it, take a peek yourself over at Gleem to view these great deals and the testimonials that demonstrate the high quality you can expect.

RomyLMS

This week we will be taking a break from talking about cleaning to discuss another important aspect for Gleem and businesses as a whole–the technological side of it, more specifically staff training and LMS’s that aid in training employees.

 

About RomyLMS

RomyLMS is a relative newcomer into the business of LMS’s. The CEO, Kevin Kuhn, co-founded RomyLMS as no existing ones where suitable for their business Coalition Technologies. The demand for a simple, easy-to-use LMS system was there, so they took the initiative and designed their own, commercializing it so that others could benefit from its simplicity.

 

What is an LMS?

LMS is an acronym that stands for Learning Management System. LMS’s are useful business tools that allow companies to track, report and deliver training programs or learning courses that are relevant to the business.

RomyLMS is one such business and are pioneering a more streamlined and simple LMS to help you cultivate your business.

 

Why is Training Employees Important?

It doesn’t matter how skilled or the amount of qualifications and grades your employees have, what is essential is honing existing skills and teaching them new ones that will help them operate more efficiently.

If they are trained specifically for their job role, they will feel more confident while at work, which will undoubtedly improve their proficiency, and a more proficient employee will result in higher quality work. Overall, if your staff are given training courses they will feel more valued as an individual as you have chosen to dedicated time and money to developing them within your business. This will result in a happier work environment, which in return boosts the quality and quantity of their work as they will undoubtedly feel more motivated.

Using an LMS can help you tackle employee training by allowing you to store, manage and track training, making employee training a much easier task.

 

The Benefits of Using an LMS

As stated previously, staff training is imperative for all business, big and small, no matter what their trade. By using an LMS such as RomyLMS, you are making the task of training a lot easier, as it cuts down on the time spent distributing training programs, and allowing you to store all the information on one convenient system.

RomyLMS understand the struggle of the learning curve with most other LMS’s, as that is the reason it was founded. Thus it’s designed with an easy-to-understand GUI, all the information required is easy to find and access. Not only that, but with RomyLMS there are pre-existing materials for you to use, cutting down on the amount of time invested in creating. For smaller companies that can’t dedicate too much time developing materials, this is a huge bonus. Original content can also be added using the tools provided. These materials can then be distributed to individuals or to a group at once, maximising the efficiency of delivering tasks.

What’s more, companies like RomyLMS offer great packages at affordable prices, even offering their product for free for the first 20 users.

 

Cleaning the Bedroom

Arguably the room that is the most integral part of the household: the bedroom. It’s here we spend on average a third of our life, and it where the magic happens…sleep! And because of this, it is also one of the most unhygienic rooms of a house, as a lot of dead skin cells are shed there during sleep. Here’s a list of top tips from Bristol Cleaners on how to keep the bedroom squeaky clean!

Dusting

As mentioned above, a lot of dead skin cells are shed in the bedroom, which are part of what forms the layers of dust atop surfaces. Once a week, you should dust the surfaces using a slightly damp cloth or sponge. Never use a feather duster, as it is proven not to pick up dust as efficiently. Start with higher surfaces first, as some dust may be swept off onto lower surfaces.

Glass Surfaces

Surfaces such as mirrors and windows attract a lot of dust. Thus everytime you dust down the surfaces don’t forget the mirror! While glass cleaning products are fine to use, be careful not to use too much as this will cause the surface to become streaky. If you would rather not risk it, a damp cloth should work just fine.

Vacuuming

A regular vacuuming is a must for every room in the house. Dust, dirt, stray hairs and fluff always find themselves trodden into the carpet. This is a task that should be done at least once a week to ensure there your floor is clean enough to feast off of!

If you have wooden floors, you should ensure it is mopped with one part bleach to four parts hot water, as vacuum cleaners cannot lift any stains on the floor.

Keep the Floor Decluttered

Of course you won’t have much joy hoovering or mopping the floor if it is not clutter-free! It’s too easy to fall into the trap of discarding books, laundry and the like onto the floor, but eventually it will all pile up until it becomes too overwhelming to consider tidying.

Investing in a laundry hamper is a one way to tackle this issue, as well as ensuring you keep a small bin in your room for any trash.

Make the Bed

After a long day of work, coming home to an immaculately-made bed is a small pleasure. But fluffing the peoples and straightening out the duvet every morning is not enough. Depending variables such as how much you sweat per night, bedding should be washed weekly. It has been proven that sleeping on the same pillow for several nights in a row can cause skin conditions such as acne. So in order to keep a hygienic bed, make sure to change the sheets on a weekly basis. However, the actual duvets and mattress toppers only need cleaning twice per year.

Gleem cleaning deals with many of these tasks and more! Book a normal and deep clean now.

Outdoor Cleaning

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We all are aware of the importance of keeping the inside of our homes clean, but what about the outside? It may come as a surprise, but ensuring the exterior of your house is just as imperative. What’s more, most people can only judge what state your house is from the outside. A cleaner exterior makes your home look far more inviting. Our expert Bristol cleaners from Gleem have some expert tips for keeping the outside of your home spick and span!

 

Basic Gardening

Perhaps the most obvious job is to ensure your garden is in top-shape. Depending on the speed your grass grows dictates how often you should mow it, but the average is once a week. For plants and flowers, ensure they are watered regularly to avoid them withering.

As for one of the most problematic gardening chores, weeding, there are various tools available at hardware stores at your disposal. Some gardening gloves and trowel should be able to help you dig weeds out of soil. However weeding tools with longer handles and tapered ends, such as a fulcrum weeder, allow you to dig even deeper into the soil to get to the literal root of the problem.

Laying down mulch or using a mixture of salt and vinegar within your soil can help prevent the growing of weeds in the future.

 

Cleaning the Windows

More often than not windows need more cleaning on the outside than in, as the exterior is exposed to the elements, ergo more dirt and grime. If window cleaners don’t operate in your area, or if you’d rather not pay for it, you can treat the exterior of windows same as you do the interior, with window cleaning fluid and a high-quality cloth. Specialised equipment may be necessary for tougher stains, like bird feces for example.

However, it is recommended to leave the higher windows to the professionals, due to the danger of injury.

 

Washing the Floor

This may seem like a redundant task, but if you have stone-flagged floors outside it is a good idea to regularly wash it, especially if you have a dogs, as remnants of fecal matter may be left behind when picking it up.

Hot water and bleach works well to clean the floor. Simply soak the flags, brush it down then rinse once again. Remember to not use too much bleach, as it can erode stone overtime, especially stone that is porous.

 

Declutter the Garden

If you have the misfortune of living somewhere where littering is the norm, then you probably also have the misfortune of litter blowing into your garden. Whilst it’s not your responsibility, it is prudent to clean up the trash once a week, if they are not any designated rubbish collectors in your area. Not only does the little make your garden appear undesirable, it also can attract rodents and the like. Make the effort to make sure your garden is litter-free at least twice a month.