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Carpet and Upholstery cleaning intervals

How often should I clean my carpets and Couches?

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This is one of the questions we hear on almost a daily basis. Our answer is nearly always the same. For carpets manufacturers suggest that it should be done once every 6 months to 18 months.

OK, so maybe your carpets still look great after lets say 2 years. The thing is that although they may look great they may be filthy from all the dirt build up even if you do vacuum twice a week. We have seen this type of thing many times. We get to the clients house and the carpets look wonderful and clean with no apparent dirt in sight. But boy, when we start cleaning it is a whole different story. We then find that the dirt and dust is so uniformly distributed over the carpet that it all looks the same.

When we have completed the cleaning the carpet turns out to be a different colour all together. One place we cleaned the client have never had the carpets cleaned in 25 years. Now you may think it was just in a horrible state but compared to some other places we have seen it was child’s play to clean. The carpets was vacuumed so often and no shoes warn in the house that the carpets will easily last another 10-15 years.

In other cases we found that the carpet needed cleaning every three months as the dust from the nearby road just made it a nightmare to keep clean for any period longer than that.

So to summarize about the carpets. It is best to rather just have it cleaned twice a year and if there is low to no traffic once a year. This type of cleaning regime will keep your caprpets going for many years to come.

With couch cleaning we also suggest cleaning it once a year. If you have Masterguard applied to your couches it will prolong the periods between cleaning quite a bit.

Things that will indicate your couch needs a good clean :

  • Arm and head rests darkening
  • Obviously when your kid has spilled something you could not blot out
  • When your couches start smelling bad.
  • When you see a lot of dust coming out of your couch when giving it a good smack

Remember that a dirty couch will aggravate allergies and asthma conditions.

 

Never Spring Clean Your House Again!!!

Your Guide to Never Spring Cleaning  Ever Again

This guide has been developed for you to help you keep your house clean and cut back on cleaning costs by not having to get people in to do your spring clean for you.

Follow this routine and you only need to spend a minimal amount of time cleaning every week and always have your home looking sparkly clean.

We will be breaking down all the work that needs to be done over the course of a couple of weeks.

Once you have completed the cycle you will see that keeping your home clean will become more manageable as the dirt build up will be much less.

Week 1

Monday

  • Dusting all Cornices walls and all other hard surfaces.
  • Cleaning of your Toilet/s and Hand wash basin/s.
  • General Sweeping or vacuuming of floor.

Tuesday

  • Cleaning of doors and handles this should take about 3-5 min per door (We suggest using Handy Andy or whichever cleaning product you choose to use, we use this as it cuts through grime and grease build up the easiest and use a scotch-bright pad to clean really nasty dirt build up, do not overdo it though as it may damage the paint on the door.)

Wednesday

  • Today is allocated to cleaning Mirrors and shower doors and windows as they can be very dirty. (Normal window cleaner should suffice but for really dirty muck on the shower door use Handy Andy and let it sit for a while before cleaning)
  • Cleaning of your Toilet/s and Hand wash basin/s.
  • General Sweeping and washing of floors and/or vacuuming of carpets.

Thursday

  • Cleaning of windows inside your house(If your house is really big do only how many you can and add the other half or so to another day)

Friday

  • Because you are geared for the week-end just clean the toilets and basin and sweep and vacuum your floors.

 

Week 2

This week will be a bit more work than week one as the walls will need to be cleaned. The best is to do one room per day to minimize time spent cleaning every day and also save your back from much strain.

Monday

As you can see we added moving of all the furniture to this day so this will take longer than usual but luckily it is not done so often so strain on your back is for only a little while.

  • Dusting all Cornices walls and all other hard surfaces.
  • Cleaning of your Toilet/s and Hand wash basin/s.
  • General Sweeping or vacuuming of floor.
  • Cleaning of walls. (Use a mild detergent and wipe the walls with a damp cloth or use a car cleaning sponge)
    • Moving of all furniture and cleaning and vacuuming as required we are also doing this with the walls as you will be moving the furniture in any case to make space for cleaning the walls.

 

Tuesday

  • Cleaning of walls. (Use a mild detergent and wipe the walls with a damp cloth or use a car cleaning sponge)
    • Moving of all furniture and cleaning and vacuuming as required we are also doing this with the walls as you will be moving the furniture in any case to make space for cleaning the walls.

 

Wednesday

  • Cleaning of your Toilet/s and Hand wash basin/s.
  • General Sweeping and washing of floors and/or vacuuming of carpets.
  • Cleaning of walls. (Use a mild detergent and wipe the walls with a damp cloth or use a car cleaning sponge)
    • Moving of all furniture and cleaning and vacuuming as required we are also doing this with the walls as you will be moving the furniture in any case to make space for cleaning the walls.

 

Thursday

You should be finishing of your wall cleaning today luckily this you will only be doing in another three to four months’ time.

  • Cleaning of walls. (Use a mild detergent and wipe the walls with a damp cloth or use a car cleaning sponge)
    • Moving of all furniture and cleaning and vacuuming as required we are also doing this with the walls as you will be moving the furniture in any case to make space for cleaning the walls.

 

Friday

Hooray!!! It is week-end and you are almost ready to relax.

  • Cleaning of your Toilet/s and Hand wash basin/s.
  • General Sweeping or vacuuming of floor.

 

Week 3

This week we will be tackling the kitchen and the cupboards in your house. As it usually takes a while to unpack and repack them we suggest you break down your cupboard cleaning routine to a room a day.

Monday

  • Dusting all Cornices walls and all other hard surfaces.
  • Cleaning of your Toilet/s and Hand wash basin/s.
  • General Sweeping or vacuuming of floor.

Tuesday

  • Cleaning of the oven should be done today this task will take some time but also no need to fret after this clean you will only need to do it again after a couple of weeks. (Spray your oven cleaner and leave it to work while you continue to clean your kitchen cupboards inside and out.

Wednesday

  • Cleaning of your Toilet/s and Hand wash basin/s.
  • General Sweeping or vacuuming of floor.
  • Cleaning of Cupboards in one or more rooms in the house.
  • Also clean your mirrors and shower/bath surfaces.

Thursday

  • Cleaning of Cupboards in one or more rooms in the house.
  • Cleaning of light fixtures.

Friday

  • Cleaning of your Toilet/s and Hand wash basin/s.
  • General Sweeping or vacuuming of floor.

Now that you have your home into a great looking standard proceed to this routine and only rotate to the first cycle every 3 – 4 months depending on your particular lifestyle and see no more spring clean.

Monday

  • Dusting all Cornices walls and all other hard surfaces.
  • Cleaning of your Toilet/s and Hand wash basin/s.
  • General Sweeping or vacuuming of floor.

Tuesday

  • Wiping off and polishing (Mr Minn) of hard surfaces.
  • Wiping off of scuff marks on walls or doors.

Wednesday

  • Cleaning of your Toilet/s and Hand wash basin/s.
  • General Sweeping or vacuuming of floors.
  • Thorough cleaning/wiping off of kitchen surfaces.

Thursday

Walk through your house and check what might need extra attention. Seeing as you just completed your 3 week cleaning routine there should not be much to do so have a cup of coffee.

Friday

  • Cleaning of your Toilet/s and Hand wash basin/s.
  • General Sweeping or vacuuming of floor.

 

And do not forget to call us in every now and again to clean your carpets and upholstery you will need this even though you never have to spring clean again!!!

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Tips for buying upholstery covered products.

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As with most things in life, we want to buy and often buy products that are good looking and aesthetically pleasing. But more often than not we forget to think about the practical implications.

This also goes for upholstery.

Just run through these four questions  before you make your next upholstery covered purchase:

What will the upholstered product be?

lounge suite, dining room chairs, office chairs or patio furniture. Now this goes without saying, but you need to think about the practical implications which brings me to point two.

Who will be using it  the children mostly?

Or perhaps granny for her knitting corner. This is very important to determine how hard wearing the upholstery material should be.  Suede for hardly used then a light colour will be fine but if kiddies will be going crazy then obviously not so much.

How often will it be used?

This is an important fact because you do not want a material that will show dirt and stains easily that you need to clean it every three months.

  Will it fit with your décor and style?

This can drive people crazy as we all do not like the same things. Choose your favourite three or four sets and then run the previous questions over the decision to see if it will really work for you.

Mostly upholstered products are not an impulse buy and we can not for see the future so if your couch, chair or cushion needs a good deep clean you can contact us for help to get those marks and dirt removed from your upholstery.

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