Why cleaning upholstery in your office matters

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Even with a regular cleaning routine, upholstery in the office all too often gets forgotten about. It’s a mistake many businesses make. When your clients arrive and peer nervously at your chairs before sitting down, you can be sure you’ve left it too long before getting your upholstery properly cleaned.

Cleaning the upholstery in your office matters. Here are 4 good reasons why.

1 – Impress your clients

There’s nothing more embarrassing than guiding a visitor to a chair with grimy looking upholstery. Clean, well-kept furniture in the office speaks volumes about your business. When you look after the environment you work in, it portrays an image of someone who cares. A clean and tidy office supports your values and business ethics. Clients visiting your office will see this. Poorly kept furniture with stains will give off the message that you don’t care.

It doesn’t matter whether you have expensive designer furniture or budget furnishings, dirty upholstery won’t go unmissed by visitors.

2 – Healthy employees

There’s also the question of your employees’ health. Filthy, unclean chairs harbouring food crumbs are a bacterial trap and a haven for dust-mites. It’s common knowledge that allergies can be triggered by dust and dirt in the working environment. Office furniture that isn’t kept clean could be affecting the health of your employees, and that ultimately has an impact on productivity.

3 – Motivate your staff

Unclean, scruffy furniture is also hugely demotivating for staff. Office workers spend on average over 40 hours per week at work. A clean office makes your employees feel valued, and that includes the cleanliness of the upholstery. Dirty upholstery is a distraction. Even the odour of filthy upholstery will be affecting your employees’ ability to focus.

4 – Furniture durability

Just the smallest stain can affect the appearance of upholstered furniture. Over time, the durability of your office furniture will also be affected, meaning you’ll have to fork out for replacements sooner than is necessary. Keeping upholstery clean is an investment well worth making.

Cleaning tips for your office upholstery

  • Regularly brush down and vacuum upholstery. Always remove cushions (if they are removable) and brush all sides. This will ensure no dirt is left between cushions.
  • Regularly check for stains on your upholstery. Use a cleaning solution, or even a simple detergent and a sponge. Apply according to cleaning solution instructions or if using a simple detergent, apply a little with a damp sponge or cloth. Allow the cleaning solution to penetrate the stain for several minutes, then sponge off and wipe with a clean dry cloth. Always check care instructions for upholstery. You can always test a small area that is out of sight first.
  • Clean leather upholstery by wiping with a soft dry cloth. Leather also needs regular maintenance and shouldn’t be cleaned with harsh chemicals. Use a recommended leather cleaner every three months to maintain a glossy rich quality.

Impress your clients and keep your staff happy with clean office upholstery. If you would like to get your office upholstery looking at its best, why not hire a professional upholstery cleaning company to take the strain out of your cleaning needs?

Deep Cleaning Tips for the Commercial Kitchen

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Commercial kitchens get a lot of wear and tear, and grime can build up in the blink of an eye. Whilst all commercial kitchens have their own daily cleaning regimes for obvious health and safety reasons, hard-to-reach and out-of-sight areas can easily get less than their fair share of proper care. In any commercial kitchen grime builds up naturally over time. This presents health risks and fire safety risks. That’s why deep cleans are essential in the commercial kitchen.

Poor cleaning methods will inevitably lead to a failure in meeting health and safety standards, and that could hurt your business more than you think. Here are some tips to help you keep your commercial kitchen gleaming all year round. With our deep-clean insights you’ll have those easy-to-miss places in tip top condition in a flash.

Common areas often forgotten in daily and weekly cleaning routines

It’s easy to forget areas that are out of reach and out of sight. Be sure to include these areas in weekly or monthly routines.

  • High shelves
  • Walls
  • Drains and gulleys
  • Underneath appliances (fridges, freezers, cookers)
  • Seals, shelves and doors of fridges and other appliances
  • The spaces between walls and equipment
  • Ventilation systems and fans
  • Lighting fixtures
  • Outdoor rubbish bins

Sink cleaning tips

Without regular cleaning, sinks can become clogged with kitchen waste, and grime can build up very quickly. Regular cleaning with a dual purpose cleaner and disinfectant should be employed, as sinks are a hotbed for dirt and germs that aren’t visible to the naked eye.

Heavy grease and oil are common in the commercial kitchen and catering companies are required by law to keep these under control, with an effective means of grease removal on site. Keeping your drains and piping hygienically clean and smelling neutral is an important aspect of commercial kitchen cleaning. Ensure your grease trap is correctly installed, serviced and maintained.

Dishwasher cleaning tips

It may seem like an irony, but dishwashers also need regular cleaning and care. Another irony is that it is always a good idea to pre-rinse items going into the dishwasher to remove baked on food deposits. Leftover food can clog your filter and will affect your dishwasher’s performance. To keep your dishwasher clean and in good condition, follow these tips:

  • For hard water areas, use water softening salts. This will help your dishwasher to run more effectively for longer.
  • Regularly clean the inside of your dishwasher and the seals with a non-abrasive cloth and a multipurpose cleaner.
  • When your dishwasher finishes its load, leave the door open for 15 minutes to reduce humidity. This will help keep the inside clean.

Hard surface cleaning tips

Hard surfaces in the kitchen are common areas for bacteria to accumulate and so require regular cleaning. Cracks, crumbs and excess water provide the perfect environment for bacteria. All surfaces should be cleaned and properly dried off before use.

  • Clear surfaces of all debris and kitchen items before cleaning.
  • Wear gloves and wash hands prior to and after cleaning.
  • Don’t overuse cleaning spray – hold at least 8 inches above the surface and spray lightly.
  • Allow the spray to work on the surface for 5-10 minutes for a deeper clean.
  • Use non-abrasive cleaning cloths to prevent surface damage.
  • Always clean spills and food stains at the time to prevent staining.
  • Place cleaning cloths in warm water and disinfectant between uses, and always launder cloths at appropriate high temperatures.

Colour coded cleaning

Colour coded cleaning ensures there is no cross-contamination in your kitchen area. Just as raw and cooked food should be separated, cleaning materials for different areas of the kitchen should also be kept separate to minimise the likelihood of cross-contamination of germs. The idea is to designate a particular colour to a particular area or specific surface. Colour coding should be in recognisable colours that you can easily buy equipment for and should include:

  • Mops
  • Mop Buckets
  • Cleaning buckets
  • Cloths
  • Dustpans and brushes
  • Rubber gloves

Using a colour system in your workplace can make cleaning easy, efficient and increase general hygiene and cleanliness.

A deep clean in your commercial kitchen will ensure floors, walls, ceilings, lights and all kitchen fittings and equipment are thoroughly cleaned. If you need a helping hand, our specialist cleaning team are just a phone call away.

How to care for and deep clean your wooden floors

Cleaning a wooden floor

Hardwood floors look beautiful when new. The glossy finish of a new hardwood floor shines and sparkles, and really lifts any room in the home, or in the office. But, without regular cleaning and proper care any hardwood floor can easily become marked and scratched and will naturally begin to fade.

In a lot of cases faded hardwood floors are in the state they are purely because of a build up of dust and debris. The wood hasn’t actually lost its colour. The shine is simply being inhibited by a build-up of dirt. Introduce a proper cleaning regime for your wood floors and you’ll keep them in tip top condition for much longer.

Basic care regime for hardwood floors

Regularly use a floor duster to pick up dust, dirt and pet hair. Hoover weekly with a floor brush attachment. Don’t use a beater bar attachment as this can scratch the wood floor. Damp mop the floor regularly too.

How to deep clean your hardwood floor

Regular deep cleaning of your hardwood floor should help to preserve its colour and shine. Use a wood-cleaning product diluted according to instructions. Lightly mop the floor using the diluted wood floor cleaner. Make sure you wring the mop thoroughly to avoid swishing too much water on the floor. Mop again with clear water if instructed to do so on wood-cleaning product. Dry floor immediately after washing with a microfibre cloth.

Regular cleaning should keep your floor in good condition, free from a build-up of dust and grime. If your floor has gone beyond this stage, then it may require a bit more work. It’s quite a DIY job to sand and refinish hardwood floors, so unless you are confident that you know what you are doing, we’d recommend you hire an expert to do the job for you.

Tips for preventing wear and tear

Wooden floor cleansing and maintenance

There are quite a few things you can do to prevent general wear and tear of your hardwood floors.

• Position mats both inside and outside of exteriors doors to lessen the amount of dirt that is tracked into the home.
• Use floor protectors or rugs under furniture.
• Use gliders for furniture that gets moved around a lot. The thick, peel and stick, glides work best. Avoid using plastic glides and casters as they can scratch wooden floor surfaces.
• Use rugs in children’s play areas to prevent toys from scratching the floor.
• Wipe up spills as soon as possible.
• Keep high heel shoes in good repair. Damaged heels can easily mark wood floors.
• Do not use wax, abrasive cleaners or oil-based cleaners on hardwood floors.

When to get your hardwood floor refinished

When your floor begins to look lacklustre, and cleaning no longer restores the shine, it could be time you considered having your wood floor sanded, resealed and polished. In areas where there’s a lot of footfall, you’ll likely need to consider doing this every 2-3 years. For those areas where footfall isn’t so high, adopt a care and cleaning regime and you could have a beautifully kept hardwood floor for many years.

How to remove the 3 most common carpet stains

We all know that carpet stains are a pain. And in a mad panic to mop up a spill, we can easily make carpet stains worse. Properly removing stains from your carpet requires a bit of know-how. Not all carpet stains should be treated the same. Depending on what has caused the offending stain, you will need to choose an appropriate cleaning method and an appropriate cleaning material. You’ll also need to consider the material composition of your carpet.

It’s no surprise to learn that the 3 most common carpet stains involve red wine, coffee and pet urine. We’ve put together a quick guide for cleaning each of the 3 most common stains from your carpets, including emergency tips to follow at the time of the spill.

Cleaning up red wine carpet stains

Red wine

Whether you are hosting a dinner party, a get together or simply enjoying a glass of your favourite tipple in front of the TV, a spillage of red wine at some time or another is inevitable. If you are busy hosting, spending adequate time to ensure you don’t end up with an ugly stain on your carpet often goes by the wayside. The best you can muster is to throw an old tea towel over the area and mop up the excess. Here’s what you should do:

  1. Carefully blot the stain immediately using alternate clean parts of a white cloth.
  2. Add a little water to the area and continue to blot. Switch to a dry cloth as many times as you need to.
  3. Make a baking soda paste (three parts baking soda, to one part water). Apply to stain and leave to dry, before hoovering up.
  4. If any stain remains, apply a carpet stain remover according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Coffee

Coffee stains are notorious for spreading as you treat them. Cleaning up the spill immediately with the right know-how will minimise the risk of a permanent stain. Here’s how:

  1. Use a clean white cloth to blot up as much of the coffee as possible. ALWAYS work gently from the outside of the stain towards the centre to prevent the stain spreading, or bleeding out. DO NOT RUB or SCRUB. This will damage carpet fibres and spread the stain.
  2. Pour a small amount of cold water onto the stain and blot again (with another dry cloth). You may need to repeat this one more time. In this step you are diluting the coffee and soaking it up. Don’t use too much water.
  3. Use a carpet stain remover as per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Pet stains

Cleaning up after your pet

When a pet urinates or has another unpleasant accident on the carpet there’s both a stain and an odour problem to remove. No matter how well-trained your pet is, accidents will inevitably happen. If at all possible you need to clean up the stain quickly as urine can leave a nasty odour that is difficult to erase once it sets into carpet fibres. Pet urine can also bleach carpet fibres. Here’s what to do:

  1. Place a towel on the spot to absorb the urine. Stand on the towel or put pressure on it so it absorbs as much urine as possible.
  2. Make a solution of white vinegar, water and baking soda (2 cups vinegar, 2 cups warm water and 4 tablespoons of baking soda). Place in a spray bottle and spritz directly onto the stain. Leave for 10 minutes and then blot with a soft dry cloth.
  3. If the stain is stubborn, or particularly strong-smelling sprinkle baking soda directly onto the stain, then apply a 50/50 mixture of water and white vinegar. Leave for 5 minutes and then blot with a soft dry cloth.

If you have really old, stubborn stains that won’t come out, why not try our excellent carpet cleaning service? We can help give your tired carpet a new lease of life.

When is your home renovation finished? 3 things you still need to do

Home renovations are a costly and stressful process, but are usually worth it and will add value to your property. So now the builders have gone, is your renovation project finally over? After all the upheaval you can’t wait to enjoy your new-look home and get back to a normal routine. But, don’t breathe a sigh of relief just yet. Here are 3 hoops you’ll still need to jump through after the builders clear out.

 

1 – The clean-up

Once the builders have left and the dust has settled, many underestimate the enormity of the post-renovation clean-up. It’s a huge job! Here are some tips, but if you can’t face the enormity of the big clean-up, hire a professional cleaning company to clear up for you. It’s a cost worth budgeting for.

  • You will need plenty of rags and hoover bags if applicable
  • Remove any stickers left by the workmen
  • Remove any remaining trash and debris
  • Sweep and vacuum all surfaces, including ceilings and walls
  • Vacuum and mop all floors, or vacuum carpets several times
  • Wipe down doors, woodwork, door knobs, handles and insides and outsides of closets and cupboards, plus clean any shelving
  • Dust, vacuum and clean windows and window frames and sills
  • Clean all ducts, vents, blinds and light fittings
  • Vacuum and clean any upholstery that has been covered during the renovation

2 – The finishing touches

The finishing touches can make all the difference to your renovation project. With your eyes held firmly on the enormity of the building work, it’s easy to overlook the last-minute details. Losing your will at the end of the renovation and passing responsibility of the fine details to the hired workmen will invariably disappoint. Make sure you get all of the small details spot on as the renovation draws to a close, then you won’t be left with any loose ends.

3 – Resolve problems with any work

Hardly a renovation goes by without there being one small snag or another. Small problems will inevitably crop up in the months following the renovation. If you used a main contractor for all the work, hold on to a small percentage (usually 2-5 per cent) of the payment until the dust has settled and you’ve had time to properly inspect all of the work.

If you discover any problems, call the relevant contractor back straight away. Be aware that if the problem wasn’t as a result of anything the contractor has done wrong, you may have to pay to get a problem fixed (i.e cracked plaster). If the problem caused is a direct result of their workmanship, they should do the work at no cost. You may want to seek the advice of a legal professional if you find yourself in a building dispute.

Why the office spring clean is good for business

The annual spring clean shouldn’t just be confined to the home. There’s no reason why spring can’t also signal the perfect time to get your office in order and brush away the cobwebs in all of those hard-to-reach places. It may not be high on the business list of priorities, but ignore the deep clean and you could be hurting your business more than you think. An orderly, clean and tidy workspace has been proven to increase productivity, boost morale and reduce absenteeism. In fact, there are many hidden advantages to having a clean and tidy office. Here are some of them:

Reduces stress

A clean office increases happiness and satisfaction. Clutter creates stress. Stress leads to a number of health problems including depression and fatigue. It’s draining working in an untidy and dirty working environment.

Improves health

Cleanliness impacts on employees’ health, and it should be no surprise to learn that a clean environment promotes better health. Dirt and dust can be a trigger for allergies and dirty desks and keyboards harbour germs. The average office keyboard has around 7,500 bacteria on it! Keeping the office clean has a beneficial effect on staff absenteeism.

Increases focus

Dirt and mess is a continual distraction. A clean office increases employee focus and hence productivity. Research shows that a lot of worktime is lost when employees search for things not in reach. Organisation is key and that’s much more achievable in a clean environment. With a clean and organised office space employees can focus on business matters.

Boosts office morale

A clean and tidy environment boosts office morale and has a positive impact on productivity. A clean office makes you feel good about where you work and that rubs off.

Protects building assets

Taking care of the office environment with regular cleaning and an annual or 6-monthly deep clean is a great way to prevent excessive wear and tear.

Impresses clients

A sparkling office creates a great first impression when clients are visiting, and is imperative if you are thinking of selling or part-leasing your building. A welcoming environment that looks clean and organised will definitely impress.

The office spring clean may not be the most pressing issue for business owners, but keeping staff focused and productive, and happy about where they work, will ultimately be good for business. Don’t overlook the annual spring clean. It’s a chance to get maintenance jobs up to date, carpets cleaned and all those hard-to-reach places properly taken care of.

How to tackle your spring clean like a pro

There’s no better time of year to tackle the winter dust build-up than spring. As the sun starts to make an appearance, the spring light shines ominously on all of those areas that escape the weekly clean. There’s no time like the present to make your home and your office sparkle like never before.

Here’s how to tackle your spring clean like a pro. Focus on the major tasks. It’s all about following the list and not giving up. Get those windows open and get cleaning.

  1. Clean your hoover and get all of your cleaning equipment ready. Make sure you have rubber gloves, cleaning cloths, liquid cleaner, floor cleaner, bathroom cleaner, furniture polish, window cleaning fluid and upholstery cleaner.
  2. Descale and clean your kettle, coffeemaker, water filter jug, dishwasher and washing machine.
  3. Clean oven.
  4. Wash or dry-clean curtains.
  5. Clean windows outside and in (call in a specialist if windows are high).
  6. Dust light fittings and ceiling fans.
  7. Dust book shelves, furniture and skirting boards.
  8. Hoover vents.
  9. Wash rugs.
  10. Wash all bedding, including duvets and pillows.
  11. Hoover mattresses.
  12. Clean fridge and defrost freezer.
  13. De-grease kitchen cabinets.
  14. Declutter kitchen cupboards – throw away out-of-date food.
  15. Deep clean upholstery.
  16. Deep clean carpets. Use a rented cleaner or cleaning service.
  17. Wash wood floors and wipe dry.
  18. Deep clean bathroom, including grout, and wash shower curtain.
  19. Recycle and shred old documents.
  20. Switch out your winter wardrobe for your summer one.

Tips for cleaning your dishwasher:

  • Remove filter and rinse any old food away
  • Put two cups of vinegar in the bottom of your machine and turn cycle on – switch off for 20 minutes mid cycle and then turn back on again. Wipe out machine when cycle finished.

Tips for cleaning your washing machine:

  • Remove filter and clean.
  • Run cycle empty using a descaler.
  • Wipe the rubber door gasket.
  • Pull out the washing powder drawer and clean.

Tips for cleaning your oven:

  • Make a paste with baking soda. Spray a light mist of water inside oven. Apply baking soda paste for a few hours. Wipe clean with a damp cloth, rinsing the cloth between uses.

And if it’s all too much bother contact us, and we’ll do your whole spring clean for you.

Happy cleaning!

6 top tips for the all-important end of tenancy clean

If you are moving out of a rented property then you’ll have to make sure it’s just as clean as when you moved in to stand a chance of getting your deposit back. The chances are you haven’t been doing a deep clean every week, so there’s bound to be a bit of dust and grime that’s built up. Landlords are notorious for deducting sums from deposits to cover the clean-up of things you may have missed.

If you are determined to get your deposit back then you’ll need to make sure everything is sparkling clean. We can of course do it for you if you are worried about doing a thorough enough job. Our cleaning team are experts at end of tenancy cleans and will ensure your landlord is delighted with the cleanliness of the home you are about to leave.

Before you start cleaning, contact your landlord to get a copy of the final inspection checklist. If you’re doing the clean yourself, here’s our 6 top tips to help you pass the final inspection.

1 – The Kitchen

Empty all the cupboards and shelves and wipe clean, clearing any crumbs or deposits. Wipe the insides and outsides of the cupboard doors too. Do your best to pull out appliances and clean behind them as well as the floor underneath them. Wipe dust from the back of appliances with a dry cloth. Don’t forget to clean the fridge inside and out. Pull shelves out so you can clean all the grooves and the shelves too. Defrost the freezer and wipe out if you have one. Clean the microwave thoroughly too.

2 – The Oven and Hob

There’s nothing worse than cleaning the grime off an oven and hob that hasn’t seen a clean in months. Burnt food deposits and thick grime can build up and makes one of the worst cleaning jobs in the kitchen. Put some extra effort into cleaning the oven, trays, rack and hobs until its sparkling. It’s one of the first things to be inspected at the end of tenancies.

3 – Kitchen and Bathroom Limescale

Limescale builds up over time around taps, in baths, sinks, toilets and showers, as well as on tiles and inside your kettle. The good news is it’s not as impossible to remove as you may think.

Various store cupboard ingredients can be effective for removing limescale. A solution of equal parts white vinegar and water, for example, is handy for descaling a kettle. Specially formulated cleaning products are also available to tackle limescale problems in the kitchen and bathroom. Leave whatever limescale remover you are using on for up to an hour (or follow instructions on particular product).

4 – The Bathroom

The bathroom is another rigorous checking point for landlords. You need to leave the bathroom spotless. Descale limescale build up and clean taps, tiles, bath, shower and toilet until they are sparkling!

5 – Windows and Window Treatments

Thoroughly clean windows on the inside (and outside if that is also the tenant’s responsibility). Dust blinds and be meticulous with venetian blinds; wipe carefully. Get curtains professionally cleaned.

6 – The Carpets

Carpets are another notorious sticking point, especially if there are any spills or stains. It could be wise to hire a proper carpet cleaner or get a professional to clean carpets for you. At the very least hoover thoroughly and use a carpet shampoo to lift any marks or stains.

Good luck with your end of tenancy clean!

Why choose us for your Post Builders Clean?

When it comes to Post Builders Cleans and Sparkle Cleans we at Supreme Cleaning (Kent Ltd) work with our clients to ensure they are happy with the end result whilst  priding ourselves on our experience and flexibility to enable to achieve that result. We know that circumstances change and that unknown territory often results in sliding timescales and priorities which we have demonstrated we are able to accommodate.  We have worked on small and large projects including schools, colleges and hotels as well as large and small domestic dwellings with many happy clients and testimonials to prove this. We provide excellent customer service, value for money and  expertise to ensure that your clients are delighted when you hand over the building to them.

We also understand the need and importance of Health and Safety on site and will ensure our clients H&S requirements are met in full. We have our own Health and Safety and Environmental policy which we take seriously and all members of our team including sub contractors are made aware of our requirements through induction, refresher training and the use of method statements and  risk assessments. Everybody working within the construction side of our business holds a valid CSCS card and we are currently working towards our CHAS accreditation. We are appropriately insured with £10,000,000 employers liability insurance, £5,000,000 public liability and £5,000,000 products liability insurance.

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