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The 3-Stage-Process for Any Cleaning

We often get asked the question, what’s involved with cleaning, particularly in our general cleaning services around Birmingham and the Midlands. Without getting too technical and looking at separate carpet or say window cleaning services, what does a good old general clean entail?
 
On one level it might be just a case of knowing what practically to clean, for example vacuum the carpet and dusting surfaces. On another level though, it’s knowing the whole cleaning experience, from what material and substances to use, or how to safely implement. This is certainly true on a more business level, but even when cleaning your own home these are important factors to get right.

Our 3-Stage Cleaning Process

We can rattle the answer down to three simple stages when it comes to any form of cleaning, whether one-off or ongoing, whether residential and homes, or commercial business premises. These are the brass-tacks to make sure you include everything:

1. What You Need

So begin with understanding what you need to actually do to complete the cleaning, as you’ll more than likely need to collect all these things together before you even lift a finger to wipe a surface.
 
One aspect is the right cleaning substances, and whether you’re going to add any substances to water, bleach to say toilets, and spray on surfaces. Check you have the right quantity as well as quality of substances.
 
Another is then the best equipment to use, whether a fancy microfibre cloth and mop say, or the best buckets and carrying equipment. This can also extend to things like cleaning signs and storage cupboards.
 
Finally look at Personal Protective Equipment, otherwise known as PPE, which boils down to what clothing you need to have to be safe from harm. In addition to obvious items like gloves and aprons, think of special items like glasses for dangerous areas or hair-ties for long hair.

2. What You Do

Okay, time to get cracking on what needs doing, ideally in a form of a Cleaning Schedule or Checklist. Not only will this list what actual tasks need doing, but when they need doing first and on an ongoing basis.
 
Then make them look great and easily understood, easily accessible and updated, and applicable for every room and cleaning task.

3. How You Do It

Finally think through how this will all be done, one area being Health & Safety compliance. Although this can appear daunting, so long as you have a clear plan-of-action with a COSHH policy and Risk Assessment of issues, then you’re well on your way.
 
In addition, keep an eye on the practical things as well, such as what hours to work, access arrangements, and even how to remove and deal with rubbish.

Providing The Right Cleaning

So first begin with seeing what you need to have in order to do the cleaning, from the right PPE clothing to the best cleaning products. Then consider what you actually need to clean, down to as much common-sense detail as possible.
 
Finally end up thinking through how you will then practically do this, from practical pointers to important Health & Safety concerns. 
 
Before long you will have a clear steer on how to get cleaning done real simple and effectively.
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Don’t Stop the Party! Here’s our Tips for Event & Party Cleaning

As part of our event and party cleaning service, there is a huge range of possible scenarios of after and pre-cleaning services that we can help with. This may be a party at home with friends and family, or a corporate business-bash with large accommodation and arrangements.
 
No matter what the extent and nature of these are, there are a few common-tips which will help you prepare for them and not get bogged-down and panic afterwards by having to deal with the aftermath. You should be enjoying the party and event, not worrying about how to clean up afterwards!
 
So here are our top 5 tips to consider:

1. Working with Others Works a Treat 

By the very nature of special events, you’re going to be working with other people and businesses, therefore it’s imperative for the cleaning to work alongside everyone else and complement each other to pull off the perfect happening. 
 
So whether it’s a careful programme with the maintenance or hospility crew, or alongside the host of the house, we can work with them from day one to get this all ticking along nicely.

2. Getting the Timing Spot On 

Things need to happen like clockwork, so make sure you get the timing just right. 
 
Maybe some things do need doing ASAP straight afterward the event, even into the early hours of the morning, whereas others can wait until afterwards. Whatever times you come up with, then make sure it can happen okay with practical factors such as access, any over-time pay being needed, and additional services such as the caterers being around.

3. Preparing Back-Up Cover 

Unfortunately, as we all know, things can go pear shaped, but will a little pre-planning you can easily make sure you’re not swamped and things get easily sorted. 
 
Maybe it’s extra cleaning-power at the time, or arranging emergency repairs and maintenance afterwards – all worth getting ready for beforehand.

4. Going Deeper and Deeper

Unfortunately, a general clean just won’t cut the mustard most of the time, so get ready to get your hands dirty. 
 
Extra deep-cleaning will be needed, particularly in prone areas like floors and carpets, and exposed areas like kitchens and toilet areas.

5. It’s All a Load of Rubbish

You’ve got it, there will be loads of rubbish to deal with afterwards, and often the first job on the to-do list. 
 
As well as quantity of rubbish to think or plan for, be prepared for unusual forms of rubbish as well, including waste food and drinks, and even more unpleasant mess-ups.
 
Therefore, as you plan your event or party, go through these 5 tips and begin to ensure that the clean-up happens effortlessly, without taking more time and energy than it needs to. 
 
It doesn’t matter whether this is being completed by yourself or being outsourced to others, these time-and-tested measures will work a treat. 
 
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3 Simple Mini Clean Steps

As part of our mini cleaning service in Birmingham, we can provide those one-off cleans here and there to help keep on top of things. It may be just a quick spruce up after an event or DIY job, or just a little extra to keep on top of other things.
 
In addition to bringing in the cleaners to do this, or even doing yourself, we have helped local charities to encourage their own volunteers to muck-in with this as well. Not only for the regular cleaners that they have, bot more general building or activity users who with a little direction and training can soon help prepare things both before and after they use the space to keep on top of things. 
 
This basic housekeeping approach can pay surprising dividends over time, and help deal with that assumption that someone else will sort out the mess, and they’re there simply to use and enjoy the space.
 
So with this charity we help draft basic ‘Mini Cleaning’ procedures to include in training for all their volunteers, and then all building users and people hiring rooms. Under the golden rule of ‘leave things how you’d expect to find them’, this slowly helped create a better culture of people preparing rooms and keeping on top of things. 
 
So it wasn’t a full clean, and in actual fact people needed to know what they could not do as much as what they could do in order for the main charity cleaners to complete, but once established this was invaluable to help them do the basics.
 
In short, here are the simple 3 steps it boiled down, literally taken from the one-page Mini Clean summary we helped develop for them:  

1.  TIDY UP AND REMOVE RUBBISH 

* Move items back to where they should be like chairs, tables, and catering equipment
 
* Place rubbish in the nearby bin or take full bin-bags direct to the outside carpark bin (key on top
 
of fire-alarm panel)

2.  CLEAR AND HOOVER FLOORS

* No mopping needed, just safely wipe up any spillages with a cloth to then dispose of or have
 
cleaned
 
* Henry Hoover is kept near or in the ground-floor stairs cupboard

3.   WIPE SURFACES CLEAR

* Use dustpan and brush where needed
 
* Spray surfaces and wipe clear, no water is needed. Used cloths are placed in the black bucket under the first/second floor kitchen area
 
Obviously some of the information is unique to themselves, such as where things are practically stored, as it is important to get that level of detail in for people. Exactly what to do, where to get it, and as above what not to do as well.
 
Feel free to use and tweak this how you wish, or contact us for any more help and advice.
 
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Here’s How to Deal With Builders & Construction Mess & Cleaning

As part of our builders cleaning service in Birmingham and the surrounding West Midlands, we come across all kinds of mess from building and construction works. Whether that’s from DIY jobs at home, or serious project works at work, there are similar principles that help this became more manageable. This is both for occupiers and owners direct, or working with contractors to help them in this massive task.
 
The sheer mess you see from these work can seem too much, but once you break things down and get proactive, it all starts to click into place. Once the clean-up is accomplished, you not only have a great -looking property back, but those building works look oh so much better.
 
So here are a  few pointers to make the most of this:

1. The Dreaded Dust Factors 

This is the real killer with cleaning up building- and construction-works mess. 
 
The obvious bits are easy, but dust has a habit of getting everywhere. Not only upstairs or in other rooms that you never imagined, but even after you’ve got rid of it, then in a matter of hours it can still be coming down to settle again. 
 
Therefore in reality you need to cover everywhere imaginable, and many times over across s a period of time.

2. A Helpful Wind Problem 

Having a wind through an area can help move the dust along nicely, even just a simple open door or window. 
Make sure it travels the right way, with nothing blowing back, and that you don’t get too cold and wet.

3.  Tackling the Floors

These tend to be worse by having the brunt of the works, and where dust and everything settles. 
 
You’ll probably need an initial sweep and clean to get the bit items up, and ongoing vacuum cleaning or mopping to really sharpen things up. 
 
And as above with the dust factor, make sure this is done several times, and that the equipment and filters in the vacuum machines are big enough to cope with the mess

4.  Wipe, Wipe, and Wipe Again 

Often you just need to do that – keep on wiping away surfaces. As you wade through the layers of dust and mess, you will get there, often just with good old hot water and a cloth to begin with before getting the final ones done with the right cleaning substance

5.  The Hidden Areas 

Look out for all those hidden areas like behind curtains and blinds, and any personal items and ornaments. 
 
Ideally cover them or take them away before hand, or take the time and effort to carefully clean and wipe afterwards.

6.   What a Load of Rubbish 

Yes, you guessed it – there may be literally piles and piles of rubbish to then get rid of. Not only usual items, but all the loose bits and pieces from the building job that got missed before. 
 
Hopefully these will all bag up, but even then you may need to make special arrangements to remove or at least leave safely somewhere.
 
The key is to be proactive with things, and plan before you even begin the building works to accommodate all these points. 
 
But don’t worry if you’re caught short with the mess now, our builders cleaning service in Birmingham and beyond is here to help.
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