Bed and Mattress Cleaning

Bed and Mattress Cleaning

We spend a considerable amount of time in bed, hopefully getting some well-deserved rest.

It is easy to take out bed for granted, not realizing how quickly they cease to be clean. But they will require at least as much cleaning as the clothes we wear, with the additional problem of dust mites.

We sometimes about sleep hygiene. This usually refers to the good sleeping habits like regular hours that help us get a good night’s rest. But clean sheet and a clean mattress are a part of this too. We sleep much better in a clean, fresh bed.

Mattress and bed cleaning is of particular importance for anybody suffering allergies or asthma.

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• Remove the pillows and sheets from the bed.
• Wash the pillowslips and sheets.
• The sheets and pillowslips should be cleaned at least once per week.
• The cover from a duvet/ doona should also be cleaned weekly.
• Hand sheets and pillowslips in the Sun. the UV light from the sun will help disinfect anything remaining after the wash.

Using pillow protectors underneath the pillowslip will help protect the pillow from dust mites, fluids and other contaminants. These are easier to wash that pillows.

Mattresses

A mattress protector will help protect your mattress form dust mites, allergens and from sweat, dandruff and oil from your body. These can be washed every two months.

• The mattress itself can be vacuumed. Start vacuuming with a wide brush attachment, then use a long nozzle to clean any edges and piping. Make sure these are clean before you start.

• Thoroughly vacuum the bed and the surrounding area.

• Use a small brush (perhaps an old toothbrush) to clean any spots on the mattress. Use a solution of warm water and a small amount or dish washing liquid. Do not use spray cleaners.
• Use an enzyme cleaner to remove any biological stains. Diluted white vinegar and water can be used for this.
• Cover the mattress with layer of bi Carb of Soda and leave this for about an hour, longer is possible. The vacuum clean.
• Let the mattress air out for a few hours.
• An ultraviolet wand will disinfect the mattress. But this is a slow process. And people using a UV wand should wear protective gear to prevent eye and skin damage.

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A professional service will ensure a clean mattress. Twice yearly mattress cleaning is find for most homes. Hotels should clean bedding and mattresses more frequently.

Steam Cleaning and Infants

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Carpets should be steam cleaned about twice per year. There are several reason for this. The first is that the carpet will look better. The second is that steam cleaning removes deep grit in the carpet that steadily causes wear on the carpet. Thirdly, steam cleaning is hygienic, something especially important for children.
Children, especially babies that are still crawling, are in regular contact with the floor surface. This means that they are exposed to any contaminant, pollens, mould, chemicals or reside on the carpet or floor. It is important to keep floors as clean as possible to prevent illness, or possibly even accidents from slipping.
Regular vacuuming does go a long way to removing surface dirt and contaminants from the carpet, but this type of cleaning does not go very deep. Steam cleaning gets right to the very bottom of the carpet pile, extracting deep down grime and using heat to kill dust mites, bacteria and other germs. This gets carpet as clean as when it was first installed. Perhaps cleaner, because new carpet often has left over chemical residue (formaldehyde). Steam cleaning means completely safe floors.
The steam cleaning method of carpet cleaning has minimal exposure to moisture. The steam is only there for a few seconds, so the carpet is soon dry. This means no chance of mould growing in the carpet fibres. Other cleaning methods, like shampooing, are effective in their own way, but they do leave moisture in the carpet.
Steam cleaning is also free from any chemical solvents. This means no chemical exposure problems for children crawling on the carpet. Chemical cleanings should only be used sparingly for spot stain removal.

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Most childcare facilities don’t have carpeted floors, so kindergarten cleaning usually means cleaning hard floors with vinyl. These floors are easier to clean up, especially with the mess left by infants.
Any carpeted rooms in childcare centres should be routinely steam cleaned.

Beyond Cleaning

Hiring A Cleaner

Hiring A Cleaner

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Hiring a good cleaning service makes all the difference for your home or business. But what separates the good commercial cleaning services from the bad?
These days people will often use social media to advertise for these type of services. Occasionally they use the more old fashioned method of contacting and major cleaning company. But even then they contact them via the internet. An established cleaning company is a good place; any business that lasts is at least doing reasonably well. But there are a few things to look for.
• What type of cleaner do you need? A regular weekly or bi-weekly clean is the most common option. But will you want carpet steam cleaning form time to time? Or do you need office computers and equipment looked after? Perhaps you need end of lease-cleaning.
• Do you need cleaning at certain times? Usually outside of office hours so your daily business is not interrupted. But while office work 9 to 5 other businesses work different shifts. Schools finish after 3pm Pubs stay open till midnight. Hotels never close. When is the best time for cleaning?
• Trust – you are letting these cleaning people into your business department after hours. You need a trustworthy person.
A police check will help. So will references.
• Talk to the cleaner about what you need. If there is a trouble spot in the office of home the explain this to them.
• Uniforms on a cleaning group are a good sign. This suggests an established company and a professional attitude.

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Regular office cleaning means always having a fresh start each day. And it also means not having to spend time, company time, doing the cleaning yourself.
Have a good working relationship with the cleaning company, albeit an understated one, and be in a better place to do business every day.

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Porcelain Shine

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Though modern alternatives have replaced some porcelain in our homes apartments and offices, for we may have stainless steel sinks and glass tiles, porcelain remains fairly popular for some applications. Good Porcelain is durable and functional, and it looks clean, neat and austere. It can retain this attractive look for decades with some basic cleaning methods.

  • Clean porcelain with hot water and dish soap. Use a soft sponge or microfiber cloth.
  • Stains can often be cleaned with baking soda. Add lemon for tougher stains.
  • Grease on porcelain can be cleaned with ammonia. Do not mix the ammonia with any other product.
  • A porcelain sink can be filled with hot water and a cup of vinegar. Let this soak of an hour or two, no longer. Then empty out, wait to cool, and rinse with cool water.
  • Be gentle with coloured porcelain. Avoid cleaning products or abrasive that will cause the colour to fade. Warm soapy water is acceptable. 
  • There are cleaning products especially designed for porcelain. These are great for plain surfaces. Some are not suitable for coloured surfaces.
  • When cleaned the porcelain can be polished with lemon oil.
  • Some porcelain that has been scratched can be re-glazed.

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Porcelain in public and private strata residences must be kept clean. It is common feature in bathrooms and kitchens.

Clean porcelain show the immaculate state that is expected of our homes.

Protecting Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are an asset and selling point in any home, and the preferred type of flooring in many prestige buildings.  Polished hardwood is long lasting and elegant looking. But as with any floor it does require some cleaning and care.

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Some preventative measure will help keep hardwood timber floors looking good.

  • Place mats at the doors and entrances. This prevents dirt and grime being tracked into the room, which quickly wears away at the floor surface.
  • A no shoes policy is useful in private homes, and in some public restaurants. This prevent damage to the floor.
  • Mats on the floor offer some protection, and are warm in winter. But there can be a problem with the back of the mats causing discolouration to the timber floor finish. Rubber backing on mats can cause this problem, even ones designed to prevent slipping.

Larger mats are less likely to slip. Secure mats with furniture.

  • UV (ultraviolet) light can cause fading to floors and furniture. Put UV film on windows to virtually eliminate this problem. These films also reduce infrared heat, keeping the temperature more constant.
  • Put coasters under furniture legs to prevent scratching. Cork or plastic coasters are quite inexpensive.
  • Clean up any spills immediately. Have a microfiber cloth and mop at hand.
  • Regular cleaning removes abrasive materials that can damage the floor. Vacuum with a soft attachment before mopping. Mopping on a floor with grit will cause scratching.
  • Some timber floor scratches can be repaired by applying a small amount of floor finish.

Hardwood Flooring can be re-sanded to restore the original appearance. This removes a thin layer of top material, which has probably suffered damage, to reveal a fresh layer of timber. Many timber floors are re-sanded once per decade, yet will still last for a century.

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Have timber floors cleaned by professionals on a regular basis. The results are worthwhile.

 

Keeping Carpets Pristine

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If we look after our furnishings they will last longer and maintain their appearance for many years. We can look after carpet and keep it looking new with a few precautions and preparations.

  • Have the carpets professionally cleaned every six months. This should be steam cleaning, which removes deep dirt and grit from the fibre. By removing such material the carpet suffers less abrasion, so it lasts longer.
  • Have the carpet scotchguarded, or given a similar treatment, when it is still new. These treatments prevent spill and stains from soaking into the carpet fabric, and also resist soiling from dirt and grime.

It is best to have the carpets treated when they are still new. Then reapply the protective treatment after each twice-a-year cleaning.

  • Use coasters under all furniture to prevent indentations in the carpet.
  • Simply ask people to remove shoes in the house, so there is far less dirt tracked form inside, and far less wear.
  • Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet before vacuuming. You only need to leave it on for a few minutes, maybe half an hour. This significantly reduces odour.
  • Deal with any spills immediately.
  • Air filters in the carpeted room and exhaust fans in the kitchen will keep the air much cleaner, so there is less grime, oil and grease settling on the carpet.

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It makes sense to maintain the home we have invested time and money in. Hire professional cleaners to keep your carpets in the best condition possible. Spent your free time enjoying your home rather than cleaning it.

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Bathtub Cleaning

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Many people enjoys a relaxing bath. It’s partly about keeping clean, partly the psychological relaxation. But keeping the actual bathtub clean is something of an inconvenience, and certainly not relaxing. But it’s a chore that needs to be done.

What is the bath made of?

Baths can be made porcelain, enamel, acrylic, fibreglass or occasionally stone or traditional copper. Different cleaning solutions are needed for these different materials.

Porcelain tubs are the most common, and will handle abrasive cleaning compounds. There are kitchen scrubs (power plus, abrasive cleaners) specifically designed for this. Else, you can mix bi-carb of soda with water.

Fibreglass can be cleaned with laundry detergent.

Acrylic bathtubs can be cleaned with a mixture of bi carb of soda and vinegar.

Copper can be cleaned with mild detergent and warm water.

Clear the area.

We tend to accumulate bottles of shampoo, conditioner, soaps, shaving equipment, old toothbrushes and the odd rubber duck and novelty item around the rim of the bath. Remove these for the time being to make cleaning easier.

Technique

Look for any obvious stains in the bathtub, and clean these first.

The traditional way to clean the bath is to scrub the surface while on your hands and knees, or at least to bend over the tub. This is easy when we are young, but a painful imposition for those over thirty.

An alternative to bending over is to use a mop, or a scrubber on a pole (No Kneel Scrubber).

Leave the cleaning solution on the bathtub surface for at least 30 minutes, anything up to a few hours is ok. This gives it time to work on the stains. Then scrub the whole surface.

After scrubbing you should rinse the whole bath surface. A hose or shower attachment is good for this.

Polish the bathtub surface with an old towel.

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Have you daily cleaning tasks looked after by the professionals, so you can spend your time on family hobbies and other important aspects of life.

Venetian Blinds

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Venetian blinds are an old design concept that have remained reasonably popular because they are functional, reliable and stylish. It is an easy matter to adjust them for the right light level, or for the right level of privacy. About their only downside is that they are a little tricky to clean.

Venetian blinds range from older models with wooden slates to modern metal and plastic slate blinds. The large surface area of these blinds tends to attract dust, which makes cleaning both necessary and slightly difficult. But the right procedure make the cleaning job easier.

  1. Tie back or remove any curtains or drapes near the blinds.
  2. Open the blinds and inspect the surface. Wipe off any obvious trouble spots, sticky marks, stains …etc. With window cleaner or De-solve-It. Wipe these spots clean with a paper towel.
  3. Shut the blinds and wipe them with either a soft dry cloth (Chux, microfiber) or by wearing a soft cotton glove. A clothes drier sheet will also work.
  4. You can repeat the cleaning with a damp cloth or glove. Add some detergent if it suits the blind material. Wooden blinds shouldn’t have detergent, but metal or plastic polymer is fine.
  5. Some people find that an old sock is useful for wiping down blinds.
  6. Open the blinds and reverse them, so the other side can be cleaned.

Blinds can also be given a light cleaning with a vacuum and soft brush attachment.

Some blinds can be easily detached and taken outside for cleaning. These blinds can be hosed down and left to dry in the Sunlight.

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Blinds are a part of many modern offices. They are an often overlooked part of cleaning.

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Easier Laundry

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Laundry may be seen as an unpleasant chore, especially if you have to clean the clothes of several other members of the household. But a few tricks make for faster and easier laundry. And prevent that overflowing basket of clothes.

Clean some clothes less often.

  • Socks and underwear need to be cleaned after each use.
  • Gym clothes need to be cleaned each time.
  • Suits can be worn 3 or 4 times between washes
  • Jackets and coat, worn on the outside, need only be cleaned monthly, perhaps less, inspect them for any marks.
  • Hats, scarves and most gloves can be cleaned monthly.
  • Pyjamas need to be cleaned about twice per week.
  • T-shirts need to be cleaned after each use, at least if they are worn in public. If you stay at home in cold weather you ca wear the same t-shirt twice.

A few items like pyjamas can be hung inside out in the sunlight. The UV light from the Sun will help keep them clean between washes.

Divide and clean

Laundry needs to be separated into whites, colours, delicates …etc. Try having a different laundry basket for each to save sorting time and troubles.

Wash small items like socks and underwear together so they don’t get lost inside bedsheets or other large items.

Uniform Solution.

Odd socks are a nuisance. But if you buy several pairs of identical socks there will always be plenty of matching pairs. And you won’t get your socks mixed up with other people’s socks.

School uniforms already follow this pattern. Have a groups set of socks for summer and another for winter.

Deal with stains straight Away.

If you notice a stained item of clothing then immediately soak the item or use a spot stain removed (Sard Wonder Soap). This prevent the stain from being stubborn.

Use stain removed in all underarms to prevent satins and odour.

General Advice

  • Hang out washing inside out. The reduced colour fade from UV sunlight, and allows that same UV to kill bacteria.
  • Make sure to periodically clean the washing machine.
  • Hang wet clothes so that they dry in the correct shape. E.g.: hang shirts by the shoulders. This saves on ironing.
  • Some shirts need not be ironed if they are steamed. Put the shirt neatly on a coat hanger and leave in a steamy bathroom.

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There is a certain small satisfaction in getting the cleaning done. There is a great psychological benefit when living in a clean environment. Arrange professionals to look after the time consuming aspects of cleaning. Spend your time on the mote satisfying aspects of life.

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Windows

The old pop culture joke was that clearers ‘don’t do windows’, because they were too tricky. But we obviously cannot leave them dirty. In realty cleaners to do windows, and they have a few tricks to make sure the job is done well.

  • Avoid anything even slightly abrasive. Glass will scratch, and this will permanently leave the window with ugly marks.
  • A generations or two ago people used newspapers to blot windows dry. This was though to prevent streaking. But newspapers contain chemical print that isn’t good for the glass. And nobody reads the paper now anyhow.
  • A microfiber cloth is a good cleaning option for glass, especially windows. These are extreme soft, so they won’t scratch. Yet they are extremely effective because the super fine fibres will pick up the smallest particles, including bacteria. They will even work quite well with no detergent.
  • A mixture of water and white vinegar (half of each) is a good general purpose cleaner. Apply this with a spray bottle and clean with a microfiber cloth.
  • Avoid anything that will change the temperature of the window. Like most materials glass will expand and contract with changing temperatures. But if the temperature changes too quickly the glass will crack. Don’t put hot water on a cold window, or cold water on a window that had grown hot in the sun.
  • Avoid cleaning windows on hot summer days. The glass will dry too quickly, leaving the window with streaks.
  • A rubber squeegee a very useful for glass. After the window is clean the squeegee removes water without leaving streak marks.

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Office cleaning services Sydney wide need professional cleaning. No self-respecting company wants to damage their reputation by looking bad, and dirty windows definitely look bad. Have the professionals do a thorough job on your company facilities, including immaculate windows.

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