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Cleaning with Eco-Friendly Products and Materials | Bredon Hill Cleaning Services

Did you know that not all cleaning products that you can find in supermarkets and stores are safe for your health? In fact, many of them contain chemicals and toxic materials, which can be really dangerous if used too frequently or improperly. Here are just a few examples - antifreeze (ethylene glycol) bleach, upholstery cleaners, drain cleaners, and ammonia can pose a serious health risk for a human being or a pet. Liver damages, neurological damage, and dizziness are common problems caused by these chemicals.

So, what would be the solution? Stop cleaning? Of course not! However, it is about time we change our way of cleaning. Stop looking for cheap cleaning services and toxic cleaning products. Eco-friendly cleaning materials is the way forward. Some of these products are already sitting comfortably in your cupboard, while others can be purchased or requested with an eco-friendly cleaning service.

Cleaning with Vinegar

Your grandma probably told you could clean a few bits and pieces with vinegar. And she is right. Apple cider vinegar and white vinegar are best to remove microbial contamination and to remove sticky stains on clothing. This edible acid works as a natural disinfectant too. Vinegar is one example of an eco-friendly cleaning product that can help in killing unwanted germs, and bacteria. Many housewives use it to clean kitchen shelves, stoves, titles, walls, and other kitchen accessories. There are plenty of DIY solutions you can create with vinegar and other natural products and use them to clean a variety of spots and stains.

However, as professionals we have to be completely honest with you. Although an acid, vinegar is not as strong as some commercial cleaning products. Professional cleaners use eco-friendly cleaning products that contain vinegar and other natural ingredients that boost the performance of the solution and deliver ultimate results.

Cleaning with Peroxide

3% Peroxide is best for cleaning room’s walls, office counters, brightening clothes and marbles flooring. Peroxide is an eco-friendly material with no toxic and harmful chemical properties. It is also effective to wash old and strong strains on bathroom furniture and sanitary items. You can actually create a home made eco-friendly toilet bowl bomb. It contains vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and essential oils. To maximise the cleaning performance of peroxide, mix it with vinegar.

Please, be aware that you really need to know what you are doing and remember basic chemistry lessons, before you go ahead and try to create your own cleaning mixture. If you are unsure of the proportions you need to use, don't risk it. It is much safer to opt for a professional eco-friendly cleaning service than to hurt yourself or damage your property.

Cleaning with Baking soda

If you like reading blogs about cleaning, you've probably seen a lot of recipes for DIY cleaning products that include baking soda. This natural product acts as an abrasive and is best for polishing, removing stains, degreasing, and sanitising. Also, it absorbs unpleasant smells when sprinkled over a surface.

When it comes to cleaning your oven, baking soda can be effective if you generally maintain it in a good and clean condition. In some scenarios when you haven't cleaned it for a couple of months, but you've used it frequently, you will need a cleaning product way stronger than baking soda.

Cleaning with Essential Oils

Your home is a place where you should feel most relaxed. Using essential oils to clean your home and freshen it up is great way to achieve that cosy and relaxing atmosphere. Essential oils are a natural antibacterial product that can remove some stains in just a few minutes. Best thing - they are absolutely eco-friendly cleaning products. Some of the most effective oils you could try are thyme, lemon, rosemary, lavender and eucalyptus. Lavender oil is also known as a proven stress-relief product.

Using eco-friendly cleaning products is good not only for your health, but also for the environment. As a socially and environmentally responsible company, we are committed to improving our cleaning services and including more eco-friendly materials in the work we do. We have two homes in this world - our planet and our body, we must take care of both.

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What Makes a Good Cleaner?

What Makes a Good Cleaner?

I have worked in the cleaning industry for almost 20 years. First, I started cleaning homes in my local area and I truly loved it. I added more and more addresses to my schedule to a point when I had to hire a few other girls to help me cover all client homes. That was the birth of Bredon Hill Cleaning Services and the beginning of a journey I cherish. Many years passed and I met hundreds of other people who work in the industry or have cleaning businesses. Some of them were doing great and others not so much. Then I began to wonder, what actually makes a good cleaner?

Honestly, I don't think the answer to this question is a simple one. But from my experience so far, I can name at least 7 important qualities that make a good cleaner.

1. Consistency

Our business stands and grows mainly because of the consistent quality we provide our clients with. We rely heavily on recommendations from existing customers to find new ones. I can comfortably say that Bredon Hill Cleaning Services is one of the leaders on our local market, but that comes with a great deal of responsibility. My team works flawlessly at the clients' premises and my job is to ensure that this level of quality is kept consistent over a long period of time. I've seen cases where after a while some cleaners become a little bit too relaxed at work and start cutting corners but the client still wants the same service he or she is used to. Only a really good cleaner can live up to these expectations.

2. Attentiveness

You can't be successful in the cleaning business if you lack attention to detail. This is hugely important because there is indeed a big difference between something that looks clean and something that is really clean. A good cleaner is able to spot tiny things others don't and will sort out the areas and items that the client didn't even know needed cleaning!

3. Honesty

It is hard for many people to hire a domestic cleaner because they don't trust them. Usually, this is a result of bad experience or stories about dishonest maids. For me and my business honesty and transparency are top priorities. My team knows that even if something goes wrong during the session at the client's home, they need to let me and the client know. Accidents happen and even the greatest and most experienced cleaner make mistakes.

4. Confidence

I stand against this common misconception and belief that cleaners must always display humility and obedience. While these are great qualities for every person to have, a great cleaner should also show confidence in her or his skills and position. It teaches the client to treat them with respect and in many cases promotes brilliant business relationships.

5. Discretion

You've probably heard that hairdressers know all secrets. I beg to differ. We, the cleaners, know much more. But as a professional and self-respecting workers, we don't tell or discuss what we see and discover. Unless, of course, it is a crime or someone's life is in danger. As a cleaner you'll often be left alone in the client's home or business. A good cleaner does not snoop around and respects their client's privacy.

6. Timekeeping

This goes both directions. Turning up for appointments on time is just one side of good timekeeping. Yes, sometimes the traffic is really bad, or there was an accident and the cleaner couldn't get to the client's address on time. But these should be one-off, extremely rare occasions.

The second part of timekeeping is finishing the job on time and for the time the client has paid. What do I mean by this? There are cleaners who take it slow and don't complete the task they are supposed to for the booking slot the client has reserved. This could inconvenience the people living in the house or working in the commercial setting. Another scenario is when a client has booked a slot of 3 hours and the cleaner gets the job for an hour and a half in order to spend the rest of the time relaxing in the client's home. First, this is unprofessional and second the quality of work would definitely suffer. A good cleaner has impeccable timekeeping.

7. Endurance

Cleaning can be exhausting work! You could burn hundreds of calories an hour when working and it'll come as no surprise when you work up a sweat! However, the client your serve last on the day will expect the same standard as the client you served first. Your energy levels must be up and get you through that last address. It isn't easy, but truly great cleaners develop amazing endurance. Well, one of the perks of being a busy cleaner is that you can easily keep in shape without setting a foot in the gym. Well, unless you are cleaning it.

I am very proud that my team of professional cleaning ladies and guys check all the boxes we discussed above. Bredon Hill Cleaning Services is a leader because our staff makes us what we are.

Why Decluttering is Important

Why Decluttering is Important

Having to part ways with some of your favourite items is hard. We know that perhaps there are a some things in you home that you don’t use often (or ever) but they have such great sentimental value to you that you just can’t throw them away. Then again, there those items that most of us keep for the sake of keeping and the only purpose they serve is to clutter our space. Many people don’t place enough importance on decluttering, but indeed, it is essential process that has to be present in every home. Why do we say so? We can give you at least 5 good reasons why decluttering is important.

Helps to Keep Your Home Healthy and Safe

Decluttering means getting rid of stuff that is rarely used or not used at all. In the process of that, you would inevitable perform some cleaning and disinfecting. Imagine an old piece of furniture that hasn’t been moved for very long. There is probably a lot of little things lost behind or under it, tons of dust and germs that could be harmful to your family. Removing clutter and cleaning after it ensures that your home is safe from bugs and viruses that can make you and your loved ones seriously ill.

Creates Space

Well, that’s an obvious reason to declutter - release more space in your home, which you can enjoy in any way you’d like. It could mean more space for the children to run around and play, or enough room for you to do exercise at home or throw a few dance moves when you don’t feel going out. Also, sometimes you need to get rid of the old stuff to get new and much better stuff.

Improves Air Quality

Decluttering is also closely related to improving the air quality in a room, because it releases more free space and allows for the air to circulate freely all through. This is why you should make every effort to have as little clutter as possible in your bedrooms. Good air quality promotes better sleep at night.

Boost your Productivity and Creativity

It’s scientifically proven that clean and tidy environment increases the productivity and creativity levels. It’s essential for your working space to be neat and well organised in order for you to be efficient. But this also applies to the places where you spend your leisure time - like the living room, for example. It’s worth spending the time!

Helps with Depression

Yes, science is backing this statement too! Decluttering your home will provide a change in the environment, which has a positive impact on your mental wellbeing. Since we already mentioned that a tidy space makes the air quality better and promotes sounder sleep, decluttering will help with insomnia, which is often part of depression symptoms.

We are sure that there are many more benefits from decluttering your home even if it is purely for aesthetic purposes. Take the opportunity to deep clean your space so you maximise the positive effect. If you need help with that, we will come to your rescue. Just contact us and we’ll take it from there.

The Perfect Cleaning Schedule for Your Home

The Perfect Cleaning Schedule for Your Home

 

Your home needs regular care and maintenance, but how often should you be performing every cleaning task? Certainly, some activities like dusting, mopping and vacuuming have to be done more frequently than others in order to maintain a healthy and safe living environment. As professionals, we know that housework can be extremely overwhelming, especially if you haven’t built a routine or you don’t know how to prioritise your cleaning tasks. That’s why we prepared the perfect cleaning schedule for your home. You just need to follow it.

Daily Tasks

Just like your body needs food and sleep every day to function well, your home needs certain cleaning activities to be performed on daily basis. Not that something terrible will happen if you miss a day or two, but you will increase your workload and the effort you need to put where you get around to do what you’ve skipped. Besides, once you put everything into a routine, you will notice that life becomes somehow easier and flows better. Here’s what you should try to do every day:

  • Make your bed
  • Wash the dishes
  • Wipe the working surface in the kitchen
  • Pick up toys and other lay-around stuff
  • Put away dirty clothes
  • Vacuum (if you have little children or pets)

Weekly Tasks

The majority of cleaning tasks should be performed weekly. It’s much easier if you split all the activities in every day of the week, instead of wasting your whole weekend cleaning, for example. So, perhaps you can do the laundry on Monday and Thursday, clean the bathroom on Tuesday, dust the furniture and appliances on Wednesday and so on. Here’s a list of what should be done weekly.

  • Clean the kitchen - sink, counters, floor, appliances, cabinet walls and doors.
  • Living room - organise, vacuum, clean under the sofa, dust and polish, wipe the windows from the inside
  • Bedrooms - vacuum, sweep/mop, dust furniture and mirror, change the bed linen
  • Bathroom - Clean shower/bathtub, sink and toilet, mop the floor, scrub counters and mirror, disinfect
  • Hallway and entrance - declutter, sweep/mop
  • Clean the fridge
  • Throw out the bin
  • Do the laundry and ironing

Monthly Tasks

There are other things that are considered more a deep clean that should be done regularly, but not so frequently. These activities can be performed monthly and the benefits of doing so are many for the health and wellbeing of your family.

  • Clean the microwave and oven inside and out
  • Clean and clear the cupboards
  • Scrub the tile grout
  • Vacuum the heating / cooling vents
  • Wash and disinfect the rubbish bins
  • Wash the windows inside and out

Twice-a-Year Tasks

And here we go with the most energy-sucking household tasks. Thank goodness, you don’t have to do these too often - just twice a year. This falls under the category spring cleaning, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be during the spring.

  • Check and clear the pantry of expired goods
  • Air out rooms and drapes
  • Wash pillows, blankets and duvets
  • Give out to charity all unused clothes and dispose of the ones that can no longer be worn
  • Re-organise your closet
  • Clean the fireplace and behind the furniture and appliances

We hope this list gives you some guidance and structure on how you should organise your cleaning tasks. If, afterall, this looks like too much work just for you, there’s always an easy and reliable solution - Bredon Hill Cleaning Services. Our domestic cleaners can take care of all of your weekly chores and if you need a thorough job, then ask for our spring/deep cleaning service. That’s a perfect way to enjoy a cosy and healthy home with zero efforts and no stress at all.

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