Cleaning Hacks – How To Clean An Iron

How To Clean An Iron


How to clean an iron – as essential a task as the job itself!

Ironing’s a task most of us love to hate, and it seems there’s another activity to add to the mounting piles of laundry: excavating the iron itself.

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Utilising the opportunity for interns – Startup Serial #16

Utilising the opportunity for interns

Gleem was growing but we had limited funds. I started researching apprentices and other ways to help keep costs low. I found that the University of Bristol had a fantastic internship scheme available.

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I set up some vacancies for ‘Business Development’ interns. Over the next month the applicants started rolling in.

I conducted some interviews and was amazed by the calibre of the applicants.

I ended up taking on 3 interns: Jay, who was an articulate and well rounded editor of the university newspaper, Khurram who was studying his masters in accountancy, and Pili, a graphic designer.

Myself and these three interns were Team Gleem. We moved into an office that was large enough for the four of us, and set to work developing the business.

The University of Bristol was invaluable in helping Gleem find interns.

Without these internships, Gleem would have struggled to grow in the early days, but the support of the University of Bristol was fantastic: it offset the cost of growing and enabled the interns to gain some fantastic experience working in a start-up.

Something that doesn’t happen too often with Universities relentlessly focussing on students applying for graduate schemes.

The internships were for a limited amount of time, so I decided the best thing to do would be to address these periods as ‘projects’, letting them focus on working towards achieving a specific goal instead of just using up hours ineffectively.

We talked about it and identified which projects would utilise their skills and interests the most, enabling them to really dig their teeth into something that they care about. 

This is the method I’ve decided to focus on in every job role and hire I make at Gleem.

Based upon their interest and skill set so as to make the most of the time available.

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How to Unblock A Sink – Cleaning Hacks

Simple Cleaning Hacks By Gleem
How To Unblock A Sink
Unblocking a sink: oddly a very satisfying task

Blocked sinks: a perennial problem impossible to ignore!

This phenomenon is extremely easy to cause but also easy to undo, particularly with the help of those cupboard staples: vinegar and baking soda.

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The King Street Office – Startup Serial #15

The King Street Office

I started this business in my bedroom and after a few months moved down to a dining table.

From here I had started renting a single desk space at www.meanwhilecreative.co.uk where I met some lovely people.

I utilised the University of Bristol for interns and needed more space, which I fortunately found in the same business. The business felt like it was becoming something: it wasn’t just me now and we had our own space!

The space we had was fine- it was rough around the edges in terms of its finishings, but it served its purpose, providing us with a private space we could use. We were here for four months when I found a great space that was up for rent.

It was on King Street, next to the historic landmark; the Old Vic. It was also finished really well and was available to be moved into immediately.

The rent was higher and it was too much space, but it was something that we could grow into, so I took it.

A prime location!
A prime location!

The extra space and resulting extra cost could be offset by hiring out desks, which would have the added benefit of introducing a diverse range of people to the office. In short, the newfound space had no drawbacks!

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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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Recruiting As A Startup – Startup Serial #14

Recruiting: Getting it wrong

Gleem was growing and it was feeling good.

I’d been in business for about 6 months and it felt like the right time to step it up a level: I was going to hire someone to work full time.

I had interns working part time, but this was a big commitment to the business.

I didn’t really know how to recruit, so I started reading online about it.

I posted some job adverts on free resources like www.indeed.co.uk and received a few applicants.

Then I got contacted by a recruiter. I listened to the perfected sales patter dismissively, but then they hooked me with one line: if you let the new employee go before their probationary period, I would receive a full refund.

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I interviewed a few applicants, and can’t say I was particularly impressed by the quality, which got me second guessing this recruiter. I gave him one last chance and he sent someone who I thought would work well in the business: A young London girl who seemed ambitious.

I decided to hire her and she started working whilst my interns finished up their work at Gleem.

Month 1 seemed to go quite well, I allowed her to find her feet, whilst offering up responsibility and she seemed to react well.

Then things started to take a turn. She had booked a holiday in Germany and for the fortnight before this holiday she acted as if she wasn’t working. She was lethargic and uninterested. I had to really motivate her to work, and generated a mediocre list of tasks to perform before leaving for her holiday.

I had sought someone who would be dedicated to the business and who would be viewing it as a great opportunity for growth, but when I discovered that half of this list of tasks had not even been attempted.

I realised I had made a bad hiring decision. I decided that even though she was only holiday, because of the level of commitment I told her that I expected that it would be ok to call her to clarify what had gone wrong.

I was greeted with an aggressive and dismissive person on the other end of the line, who may as well have sworn at me for interrupting her trip abroad.

I decided that I no longer wanted someone like that working at Gleem as it was not ‘on brand’, and so let her go.

When it became time to receive a refund for the placement fee from the recruiter, I discovered that this ‘full refund’ was actually a lie from a recruiter who was about to leave his post, and was looking to make a quick placement (and the subsequent commission).I had to fight with the company but eventually received my full refund.

It was great to have a try-before-you-buy opportunity due to the cheeky recruiter, however in hindsight I can see that I hired badly.

I let emotion play too large a factor in why I hired someone: I liked her, she was straight talking and I based my decision upon that alone. I didn’t reference check her or anything.

So that was my first hire. It went badly, but again there were some great lessons to take from the experience.

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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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Dinner Party Woes – Cleaning The Oven (Part 11)

Dinner Party Woes – Cleaning The Oven

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The oven is one of the most essential products to our day, yet cleaning the oven is one of the most dreaded tasks for every home owner. From boiling the kettle to baking a cake, this appliance truly goes through the wringer and ironically, as it’s such an often used device, it’s easy to forget that it needs to be cleaned. Images of cleaning the oven probably conjure up fears of hours spent scrubbing with rubber gloves, but products can cut through the grease so you don’t have to! Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll continue to look at how to deal with the various oven features which take a hammering.

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