Top 10 Tips on Doing a Final Clean Before Moving Home

Top 10 Tips on Doing a Final Clean Before Moving Home/Office

When it comes to moving house or an office, cleaning is the one task that always needs to be done. While some people love cleaning, there are many of us who don’t enjoy it all and if you are moving out of a place, the clean needs to be pretty thorough. So, how do you take the hard work out of cleaning?

These top 10 tips will not only leave your place looking clean but will help get the job done quickly. This checklist is for people that decide to do the final clean themselves and not hire a professional cleaning company. For the sake of leaving your property in the best possible condition, we always recommend using an experienced cleaning company that not only has the right tools and products but also know how to clean difficult areas properly.

 

1. Make a Checklist
Make a checklist of the rooms and the items in those rooms that need to be cleaned, e.g. the oven in the kitchen, etc.

 

2. Clean Once the House or the Office is Empty
Cleaning once all furniture and boxes have been moved out by removalists will make cleaning easier.

 

3. Have the Right Tools
Have all the cleaning supplies you need such as brooms, cleaning cloths, disinfectant, buckets, and gloves, etc before you start.

 

4. Start from the Furthest Point from the Front Door
By starting in the rooms that are furthest from the front door you eliminate the chance of messing up the already clean spaces.

 

5. Clean from the Top Down
Start cleaning from the tops of the cupboards and shelves so that any dust that falls won’t mess up already clean floors.

 

6. Clean One Room at a Time
Once you start cleaning a room, finish it. This will save having to go back and forward checking if everything’s clean.

 

7. Use Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil is great for removing stubborn stains especially those left by adhesives (blu tack, sticky tape, etc).

 

8. Use Bi-Carb Soda to Clean the Oven
Bi-Carb Soda is great for removing grease and stains from the oven.

 

9. Finish with the Floors
Give the floors a final vacuum and mop just before you leave for the last time.

 

10. Set-Up a Fun and Upbeat Playlist
Listen to your favourite music while you clean, you’ll be having so much fun you may forget you’re cleaning! Hopefully, these tips will help take the hard work out of cleaning before your next move.

 

This article was written in conjunction with Hire A Mover a professional Sydney removalist company.

How to Reduce Employee Sick Leave During the Winter

According to the Office for National Statistics, UK employees took an average of 4.1 days off work through illness in 2017. Despite a steady decline in sickness absence rates since 1993, estimates show British firms lose as much as £77 billion through absenteeism each year.  Although Illness can take its toll at any time of year; colds, influenza, and other viruses become prevalent during winter, making the coldest months some of the most expensive.

 

Rhinovirus or the common cold?

Over 200 hundred viruses can cause a cold, but rhinoviruses are the most common as dropping humidity, and lower temperatures contribute to their proliferation and spread and hence, seasonal outbreaks.

 

25,000 people die of influenza each year

The flu virus thrives in colder, less humid air, and contaminates indoor surfaces. As we begin to take shelter from the cold outside, we unknowingly increase our risk of catching influenza indoors. The precise timing of ‘flu season’ varies but cases start to rise from October, peaking December through February, before declining in March.

The below graph shows how cases of influenza spiked during the New Year period in 2017-2018, where just one year early, cases remained relatively stable throughout winter.

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Why does illness spread at work?

Colds and flu spread through direct or indirect bodily contact. A handshake, sharing a phone, even using the soap dispenser can lead to an outbreak. The viruses survive up to 24 hours on hard surfaces meaning, once the flu arrives, it can rapidly spread through any of the following paths.

  1. Coughs and sneezes: Sneezes contain 40,000 droplets of bacteria-spreading moisture, which can travel up to 32 feet, putting those around us at risk of infection. Cover your nose and mouth if you cough, or sneeze, and throw tissues straight in the bin.

 

  1. Contaminated surfaces: one study found the average work phone is the most contaminated surface in the office with over 25,000 bacterial organisms, while Initial Washroom Hygiene uncovered 17x more germs on an office teabag than a toilet seat highlighting the risk of shared spaces.

 

  1. Inadequate cleaning: Some areas are just harder to clean, as discovered by health organisation NSF International when it found 7 million germs per square inch on the water tap of a typical water dispenser.

As noted by antimicrobial experts, BioCote®, bottled water dispensers must be unscrewed, then placed in warm water and sliced lemon for 12 hours to ensure they remain hygienic, so it’s easy to see how bottled water coolers can cause the biggest flu-like headaches.

Use BioCote® technology to kill office germs

Desk surfaces harbour 400x more bacteria than a typical toilet seat, which you can now keep bacteria-free with BioCote antimicrobial technology. Imagine the productivity you could unlock in avoiding infection alongside keeping your team happy and healthy.

A lab study exposed five different bacteria to BioCote® silver ion-treated laminates. Over the course of 28 days, the material supported no visible mould, showing how BioCote prevents the growth and spread of potentially harmful microbes. By infusing BioCote technology to desks, kitchen appliances, bathroom facilities, offices can protect their workforce throughout the year, not just the winter months.

 

Avoiding employee illness supports your bottom line

In total, British workers miss 130 million days-a-year at a huge cost to employers. Several sectors have begun investing in measures to reduce employee absenteeism, realising a return on investment of £31 for every £1 invested, highlighting the economic benefits of preserving a healthy workforce.

Nottingham Business School shows workers spend 2.5 weeks-a-year at work feeling under the weather, costing £4,000 per employee in lost productivity. The critical advice to employers is to keep ill employees at home until at least 24-hours after their fever has gone.

 

How often should the office be cleaned?

By regularly disinfecting commonly touched items such as the computer keyboard, the office phone and door handles, you can prevent germs from spreading across the workplace. The consistency of an in-depth office clean is based on various factors, such as the size of your office, its purpose and your occupants. To keep your office sparkling and your employees healthy, invest in a professional Office Cleaning Company and you’ll never have to worry about whether your office space is clean. You can ensure a high standard of cleanliness is maintained through regular, light cleaning and control allergens like dust mites that thrive in dirty and dusty environments.

 

Prevention is better than a cure

Acting before an outbreak is a more efficient strategy than merely responding to it. Antimicrobial offices with a BioCote-infused water dispenser avoid the risk of infection; fewer employees become ill because of contaminated surfaces; your business continues to boom.

If you invest in appliances and office products infused with BioCote technology to fortify yourself before winter arrives, you will reap the rewards.

The world’s leading supplier of sustainable water cooler solutions, Waterlogic is an advocate for productive work environments and employee health. In our effort to raise awareness about workplace wellbeing, we cover the essential question on every business owner’s mind in winter: How to reduce employee sickness? Cold and flu viruses affect employees, costing economies billions. By introducing virus-prevention strategies, offices can inoculate themselves against the winter fallout helping protect the business’ bottom line in preparation for healthy Christmas cheer.

5 Ways to Get Settled After a Move

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Welcome Home: 5 Ways to Get Settled After a Move

A house isn’t a home until you’ve cooked and eaten a meal as a family under its roof. But before you get that far, there are a few things you can do to make a new space your happy place.

Clean the Things You Can and Can’t See

Unless you’ve commissioned the building of a new property, your home’s previous owners likely left behind a few remnants of their existence. The best time to eliminate their footprint is before you move your furniture through the door. Spend at least a day cleaning the nooks and crannies of your new home. Moving.com recommends starting high with the ceiling fan, shelving, and other overhead fixtures that don’t often get a good wipe-down. Alternatively, consider hiring a local cleaning company!

Add a Few Personal Touches

Once things are neat and tidy, you may bring in your large pieces of furniture. These should be followed by important items, such as family photographs and your favorite throw pillows and blankets. Avoid the temptation to immediately fill your home with the entirety of your belongings. You’ll want to take a day or two to get comfortable with the layout of your new home so that you can find the best place for your stuff. Before hanging pictures, make sure to clean the frames thoroughly. Check out Today for ammonia-free cleaning instructions for frames and glass.

Help the Kids Get Comfortable

Your children may be nervous or frightful when entering your new home for the very first time. Help them ease into their new life by giving them a tour and allowing them to run through the home flipping switches and checking out all of the little hiding spots where they will soon play. Property Reporter further encourages giving your children a say throughout the decorating process. You might, for instance, let them choose the color scheme of their new bedroom or assist in choosing a light fixture for the kitchen — within reason, of course.

Tackle Easy Projects Before the Place Gets Cluttered

Even if the property is in good condition, there are a few minor home maintenance tasks that will eliminate worry further down the road — and many are best done in an empty home. If you plan to paint, do this prior to moving your furniture. Likewise, swapping out to kitchen hardware, fixing toilet or faucet leaks, and changing the air filter in your home’s heating and cooling system will prevent nagging little issues from keeping you up at night. Money Crashers offers more information on easy home maintenance projects to keep your investment in tip-top shape.

Introduce the Dog to His New Digs

If your family is one of the 26 percent of UK households with a dog, you’ve likely already anticipated moving your pet with you. But you won’t truly be settled until he’s had an opportunity to inspect each room and sniff every inch of the lawn. Upon his arrival, make sure there is a safe space where he can transition. This area should include his favorite toys and bedding. Rover recommends letting your dog visit before you move. A word of caution: If the previous tenants had pets, your dog may be encouraged to mark the territory, so make sure you deodorize the home thoroughly prior to his first time on site.

No matter how much work you put into prepping your house, it takes time for it to feel like a home. No worries. Soon, you will be making new memories, and this unfamiliar environment will become your home in body and heart.

 

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8 Steps to Take When Looking For a Cleaning Company

Looking For a Commercial Cleaning Company?

Finding a good Office Cleaning Company in London can be a bit of a challenge, there are too many companies to choose from. The term ‘Office Cleaning Company London’ alone, generated over 61,700,000 results on Google as of July 2018. As an Expert in the Commercial Cleaning Sector, we have put together the following steps to help Facilities, Property and Office Managers when looking for a reliable cleaning company in London.

 

cleaning-company-londonUse Correct Search Terms when searching the internet for a Cleaning Company

Look for the right company that meets your requirements. The first point these days is the internet. What you get on the internet depends on how specific you are in your searches. Make sure you are clear and brief with your search terms. Make sure you use search terms that reflect your location. Local Cleaning Services are more than likely to want to visit your premises before they can give you a quote. It is easier for a Local Cleaning Company to do this than a company based in another town or district.

 

Contact at least 2 but not more 3 Companies

I have seen Clients who contacted over 10 different cleaning companies. In the end, they become so overwhelmed by the number of calls, inquiries and requests for a Site Visit. They also came across companies that were only interested in undercutting all the other companies just so they can win the Contract. Some of the Companies have no track record of doing any decent cleaning job

 

Make Sure They Arrange a Site Visit

Make sure the Company visits your premises before you accept any quotes from a Cleaning Company. It shows they are committed to providing a bespoke service that would meet your needs. No serious cleaning provider will not finalise a quote with sending someone down to do a site assessment. If a company cannot do this, please stay away from such cleaning company

 

Look out for Reviews & Insurance

You can access free advice from previous Clients of a Cleaning Company by reading their reviews online. Make sure you select companies that have good reviews and are insured to carry out Cleaning Services. A good Commercial Cleaning Company should have the correct level of insurance to protect you and your business should anything go wrong.

 

Read the Terms and Conditions

Make sure the terms and conditions of the Cleaning Company you have decided to go with clearly stipulate what is cover in the Contract. It’s good a good practice to ask for terms and conditions and read it to make sure you know exactly what is covered in the cleaning contract. It’s therefore very clear to the parties what expected from the parties right from the beginning so there would be no miscommunication going forward

 

Agree on Specifications with Cleaning Company

A good cleaning company would normally produce a detailed cleaning specification of what services they are offering as part of your service agreement. This should be details of what would be done on a daily, regular, weekly, monthly and quarterly basis depending on the type of service you are looking for.

 

Agree on Cost

Make sure you agree to a fixed cost. There is nothing worse than hidden charges that you did not plan for as you progressed into the contract. Make sure the Cleaning Company provides you with one simple quote that is easy to understand. You don’t want to get whacked with any surprise fees

 

Award your cleaning contract

Once you have done all of the above, you can now award your cleaning service contract the companies that meet most of the criteria set above.

Should you feel overwhelmed by all of these and would like some help in finding the right Office Cleaning Company in London. Click here for a callback and someone in our team will call you back. We are a top Commercial Cleaning Company serving most of London based brands

 

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