The advantages of hiring professional cleaners.

Whether you run a business or a private household you will know that the demands of thoroughly cleaning your premises can build up and sometimes it can be hard to keep on top of those demands.  Naturally a business will already have a cleaner in place but there will be aspects that aren’t always covered, this is true whether you run

a business premises or domestic household and, through no one’s fault, these aspects will gradually become a point of worry.Perhaps it’s time you considered a professional
cleaning company.
There are many benefits to hiring a professional cleaning company and I will outline just a few of them below.

 
• Training. Staff are highly trained to undertake the correct cleaning procedures, using the correct cleaning products and equipment safely and efficiently. All staff will receive regular refresher courses and training updates.

• Health and safety. All the cleaning company’s staff will be fully aware of Health and Safety regulations and adhere to those stipulations at all times whilst carrying out their duties.

• COSHH. Every member of the workforce will be fully briefed in Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) practice and prevention.

• CRB checked. You will generally find that most cleaning staff have been police checked, especially if they are required to clean nurseries, schools or medical centres. But if it is something that you feel is a strong requirement then you can ask the company to put their staff through CRB checks if they haven’t done so already.

• High tech equipment. The use of high tech equipment, much more powerful than regular cleaning equipment, ensures a thorough, deep down clean with the removal of a much larger amount of harmful allergens and dust mites.

• Value for money. There are some superb contract cleaning companies that offer real value for money, giving your home or business premises a complete, thorough clean, for a very reasonable price.

• Flexibility. A professional cleaning company will be able to fit their services around your specific requirements so as not to interrupt your working or household routine.

• Reliability. With a professional cleaning company you know you have reliability. They will always make sure there are adequate staff to handle the tasks required and can arrange set schedules and programmes so you know exactly when they will arrive and exactly what they will be doing.

• Attention to detail. Professional cleaning staff are trained to pay attention to the finer details as well as the larger tasks and will ensure that every aspect of your working or domestic environment is taken care of.

• Complete clean service. Many cleaning companies also offer a ‘complete clean service’ which would involve the exterior of your premises as well as the interior. You can expect every aspect of the cleaning to be covered with this specialist programme, from hardwood floor polishing, exterior wall wash-down, interior and exterior window cleaning and a thorough tidy up of your outdoor area.

 
If you found this article interesting and would like to know more about our cleaning services then contact us on 020 7969 2746 or email us.

 

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The Toilet Seat or the Kitchen Sink?

Which do you think is cleaner, the toilet seat or the kitchen sink?
This may seem like an obvious question, it’s bound to be the kitchen sink isn’t it?
Actually, no. Believe it or not it is safer to eat your dinner off the toilet seat than it is to eat your dinner out of the kitchen sink.

 
There are several reasons for this startling fact.
Firstly, because of its purpose, people tend to clean both the toilet and the rest of the bathroom far more thoroughly than they do the kitchen sink and draining area.
The toilet is generally cleaned with a strong, germ killing agent such as bleach or disinfectant which instantly minimises the bacteria. However, a kitchen sink is nearly always in use, whether it’s for washing dishes, scrubbing spuds and peeling veg or even hand-washing those delicates, so this much relied on kitchen essential tends only to get a quick wipe over every now and again and not a thorough going over like our toilets.

 
Your kitchen sink may look clean on inspection but bacteria quite literally thrive in some of the harder to reach areas such as the drain, the overflow, the base of the taps and even on the plug.

 
• To bring your kitchen sink back up to the high standards of your toilet fill with hot water, add a capful of strong disinfectant and leave to soak.

• Whilst the inside of the sink is being disinfected take a toothbrush dipped in neat disinfectant and scrub around the base of the taps and the entrance to the overflow.

• Use a clean cloth dipped in disinfectant to wipe the draining board and, if need be, a small scrubbing brush or nailbrush to remove any stubborn stains or dried food.

• When the water in the sink has cooled pull out the plug and use the toothbrush with a drop more disinfectant to scrub around the drain and the underside of the plug.

• Finally, use a clean, dry tea-towel or cloth to dry.

 

For all your home cleaning needs call us today on 020 7969 2746 and we’d be happy to help you.

 

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Improve the Appearance of Your Store – Retail Cleaning

If your business needs to meet high industry standards by providing excellent products in a clean, appealing environment, retail contract cleaning can allow you to establish a positive connection between your business and your customers. Each customer assesses a business based on a number of factors, one being how clean, tidy, and organised the business or store is, so if your business is in need of trained professionals to provide you with high quality retail cleaning, you will be able to find a number of providers to suit your needs.

Retail or department store cleaning can involve anything that you need done for your business including waste removal, hard-floor polishing and carpet cleaning, front-store window cleaning, and many other important cleaning processes. Once you have decided that your business needs professional cleaning assistance, you can begin to plan the procedures that will be used to keep your business in peak form.

 

One of the most common places where dust, dirt, and other trash settles is the fitting rooms, and since this is the place where your customers will be deciding if they want to purchase your product, it is very important to keep your fitting rooms in pristine condition. Showing your customers that you can keep your premises clean shows that you handle and treat your clothes or other products properly, and it will help form a better environment and experience for your customers because they can feel comfortable shopping in your store.

 

Retail cleaning offers a variety of benefits to the commercial business owner and it is very reasonable to acquire such cleaning services for your premises. You can work with a qualified contractor to assist you in detailing the exact cleaning services that you need on the timeline that you establish.

 

A professional and experienced Retail Department Cleaning contractor can keep your store or business in immaculate condition.

Maid of London – Retail Cleaning Services – Call today on 020 7969 2746

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3 Simple Tips When Hiring A Professional Office Cleaning Contractor

If you run a busy office the chances are you are going to need a cleaner to keep the business premises clean, tidy and hygienic for both yourself and your employees but there are a few pointers to follow before deciding on which cleaning company best suits your needs.

These may seem like the obvious but in most cases these are often overlooked and the disappointing results will only be realised months after hiring the company.

 

Training

Always ensure that the cleaning company you are considering have had adequate training in both health and safety procedure and the use of all equipment. Many cleaning companies provide their staff with ongoing training to keep them up to date on all new health and safety regulations as well as use in new products and apparatus so this is something worth looking out for before making your final decision. You may also request to see the company’s health and safety policy.

 

Quality Control

You will want your chosen cleaning company to complete their work to the highest of standards with minimum disruption to you and your staff thus a plan will need to be put in place. The plan should include all aspects of work you want undertaken and when the most convenient times for the company to undertake them will be. Many offices employ early morning or evening cleaners so that it doesn’t interfere with the day to day running of the office. It may also be a good idea to clearly state which areas of the workplace and which items of machinery and equipment should not be touched by the cleaning company to safeguard against accidents and damage.

 

Environmental Impact

We are becoming increasingly aware of the impact many cleaning products can have on the environment.  Although there are no laws in place to state that you must use only environmentally friendly products, it makes sense to employ a company who utilise environmentally friendly practices.    That way you would play your part in reducing your office carbon footprint.

 

We are always here to help – so if you would like to get a free quote or if you’d simply like to find out more about how we work and what we can offer you, please call us on 020 7969 2746 or email us.

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The Simple Christmas Clear Up Plan

 

Many of us find clearing away the remnants of Christmas a sad chore with all the festivities over and a long, cold month ahead, so having a quick and simple clearing up plan can help prevent this miserable chore from becoming unnecessarily arduous and drawn out.

 

The Tree

The tree is the best place to start your clear down as this always takes quite a bit of time. Remove all the decorations and lay them on the carpet whilst you tackle the lights. Gather up several empty boxes and some old sheets of wrapping paper and pack each box with the baubles and decorations placing the paper between each layer to protect them. Coil the lights and place them in a separate box and label all boxes accordingly. If the tree is artificial then dismantle and pack back into its box and if it’s real take it out into the back garden wrapped in black bags to prevent too many needles from dropping.

 

Paper Decorations And Cards

All unwanted paper decorations and Christmas cards can be recycled or the cards can be put aside to be made into tags for next year.

 

Greenery, Swags And Wreaths

Rather than binning all that decorative greenery it makes far more sense to compost it. The items can either be added to your garden compost heap or put in your brown bin or if you have a real fire then, once the greenery is dried out, it can be burnt to give off a lovely pungent scent.

 

Wipe Down And Vacuum

Once your home has be de-christmassed take a damp cloth and wipe over the areas where the greenery lay as cut fir and spruce will often seep sap then dust through to remove Christmas crumbs and stray needles before thoroughly vacuuming. Remember to vacuum underneath all the furniture as no doubt there will be the odd Quality Street wrapper or cracker joke lurking.

 

Have a Wonderful New Year from everyone at Maid of London

 

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Retail & Department Store Cleaning

If you work in retail or run a department store then you will be well aware that your most important business asset are your customers.  Every angle of your business has to be tailored to suit your customers’ needs and one of the most important aspects is presentation.  A well-presented department store is far more likely to pull in the custom than an unkempt store and a first impression can be a lasting impression so it’s imperative that you make your first impression the very best it can be.  At Maid of London we offer a full Retail and Department store cleaning service to cover all aspects of your cleaning requirements and our unrivalled, high quality services are also excellent value for money.


What we can do for you.
Yes we may be a cleaning company but our services go far beyond just cleaning. Contact us today on 020 7969 2746 to find out what we can offer you and some of the benefits you can expect after using our services.


Reliability and consistency.
First and foremost our staff are reliable and dedicated and you will never have to chase them up to get a job done or leave notes and messages because certain areas have been missed in the cleaning process. Our staff are highly trained and know, instinctively, to cover every area thoroughly in their cleaning programmes.


Cost effective.
Because our service is tailored to your specific requirements we are able to put together the most suitable programme for your business at the most cost effective price.


Fully trained staff.
Not only do our staff undergo rigorous training in cleaning procedure and practice but they are all fully briefed in COSHH practice and prevention and Health and Safety regulations as well as Environmental Impact and the use of eco-friendly products.


Attention to detail.
One of the reasons why we probably stand out from other contract cleaning companies is due to our attention to detail. We don’t just concentrate on what’s right in front of us, we see the full picture, we may well pick up on the little details that even you haven’t noticed. But, being perfectionists isn’t always a bad thing.


Environmental impact.
Our aim is to carry out our work with as little impact to the environment as possible. All our products are eco-friendly and produced from sustainable sources, our staffs are fully versed in environmentally friendly cleaning practices and also carry out their duties in the most energy efficient manner possible.


Consolidation of contracts.
By offering you our unique ‘complete clean’ service we take care of every aspect including those services that would normally have been allocated to individual cleaning and facilit contractors, thus reducing your cleaning and maintenance expenses considerably.


Inside and out.
The cleanliness outside your store is just as important as the cleanliness inside. However tempting and attractive a store may look, if there is an untidy mess outside, on the pavements, walls and window sills, then this is what your prospective customers will focus on. Cleaning this area thoroughly could mean the difference between welcoming a new customer into your store or watching them walk away.


Boost your sales.
If your store is clean and visually appealing then your customers will feel far more inclined to stay longer, they will linger, browse more and then eventually spend. You will find plenty of impulse purchases are made just through a customer wanting to stay and shop in a clean and comfortable environment.

If you would like to know more about our services or would like a no obligation quote then please email us on info@maidoflondon.co.uk or call our office on 020 7969 2746.

 

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Three Methods To Clean Household Silver Items

Over time silver that has not been cleaned will lose its glow and shine until it eventually tarnish. These black and brown patches (often referred to as tarnish) are formed on the silver surface when it interacts with sulphur in the air. While tarnish discolours the surface of silver, it does not damage the metal, which is important to note.
In this blog post we will discuss several methods of cleaning silver, some suitable for small items and some for your bigger items.

 
Backing Soda:
The first method and the most automated (in that it requires less physical work) uses the acidic ingredients in backing soda to remove tarnish. It is extremely effective, but limited in the size of silver items you can clean in this way.

  • Start by padding the inside of a large pan or bowl using thin foil until the entire surface and edges of the pan are padded.
  • Place one tablespoon of backing soda, one tablespoon of salt and warm (not boiling) water inside the pan.
  • Mix the ingredients until the salt and backing soda had dissolved (the mix will bubble slightly, don’t panic, that is absolutely common).
  • Put the silver item or items in the pan taking care that each item makes contact with the thin foil. Within a few minutes, the silver should react well to the mix and the tarnish removed.
  • For more stubborn tarnish, you might wish to slightly brush the surface to help the solution do its job.
  • Finally, dry using a micro fibre cloth.

 

Brush and Toothpaste:
This is an old trick used to clean delicate silver jewellery, but it can be used on bigger silver items as well.

  • Gently brush the item in a back and forth motion using a brush and rinse with water. Even the most persistent tarnish is no match for toothpaste.
  • Finally, using formulated polish designed to clean silver, give the silver a once over.
  • Toothpaste can be used to clean tarnish, but formulated polish should be used in conjunction.

 

Silver Polish:
Used to clean any size silver, using back and fourth method, a slightly moist cloth is used to clean tarnish. Be careful not to clean in a circular motion as it might damage the item by scratching the silver.

  • Start by placing dedicated silver polish on a micro fibre cloth and rub the silver in a straight line.
  • Take as much time as you need until you see the glow coming back to the silver.
  • Rinse the item under the tap and dry it. If rinsing small items over the kitchen sink, be sure to plug the sink before you start rinsing.

Use one of the three methods above to clean your silver. To reduce the time and frequency it takes you each time, clean your silver often. Furthermore, before storing your silver gain, make sure it is completely dry.

 

For more information about cleaning silver, leave your comment below or contact Maid Of London.

Blog post by MySphereOfLife.com maker of sphere of love range written for Maid Of London

 

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Consolidating all your office cleaning contracts

 

If you run a business then you will be more than aware that it’s not just the day to day running of the company you have to oversee but also the organising of cleaning contracts to ensure that your office or place of work is a clean, hygienic and productive environment for both your workforce and yourself.

 

Like many businesses you may well have separate cleaning contracts allocated to specific cleaning areas of your business, such as window cleaners, washroom cleaners and maybe even a separate contract for all your shredding and recycling requirements.

 

A great way to cut back on both the extra paperwork and extra expense is to employ a contract cleaning company that provide a ‘complete cleaning’ service.

 

What you can expect from a ‘Complete Clean’ contract cleaning company.

  • Cost effective. With the bonus of being able to consolidate all your cleaning contracts into one, tidy package you will be able to save money, paying just one contractor for the work required.

  • Peace of mind. A good cleaning contractor offers peace of mind with guaranteed services as when you require them, so you no longer need to worry about whether your window cleaning contractors are going to turn up or why the washroom cleaner is late.

  • All aspects of cleaning covered. A ‘complete clean’ contractor will cover every aspect of your cleaning requirements from washroom services, window cleaning, cafeteria cleaning, hard floor polishing, carpet cleaning and thorough, deep down cleaning of the main working area, right down to the cleaning of work surfaces, walls and even the telephones.

  • Tailored services. A good contractor will work around your requirements, preparing a cleaning programme that is personal to your particular cleaning needs. That way you only pay for the services that you have requested.

  • Supplies. You can also expect a wide variety of supplies which will regularly replenished, especially for your washrooms. Find out more.
    Washroom supplies can include:
  • Hand dryer units
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet tissue
  • Soaps/hand care
  • Air freshener
  • Vending machines
  • Sanitary bins
  • Paper/document shredding. Look out for cleaning contractors who can provide you with a shredding service for all your confidential documents/waste. Find out more.

  • Recycling service. A contractor who will be able to provide you with recycling bins and containers to help your company become more environmentally friendly. The contractor will also provide a collection service, removing all your recycled waste and transporting it to a recycling center. Find out more.

  • Credentials. A good way to judge the reliability of a contract cleaning service is to check their credentials. The company’s staff should all:
  • Be briefed in COSHH practice and prevention
  • Be fully versed in health and safety practices
  • Be thoroughly screened and vetted and CRB checked where required
  • Adhere to the company’s policies at all times
  • Be fully trained to a high standard
  • Be subject to regular evaluation and on the spot inspection
  • Follow environmentally friendly cleaning practices
  • Be fully insured under the company’s liability policy

 

Hiring the right cleaning contractor can be challenging, nonetheless, always ask for references, read their customer reviews and don’t be afraid to ask around, it’s always good to know that the contractor you are hiring comes highly recommended by other companies as well.

If you would like to get a free quote or if you’d simply like to find out more about how we work and what we can offer you, please call us on 020 7969 2746 or email us.

 

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Things to consider when hiring a cleaning company

Naturally, when hiring a cleaning company, we all want the best quality service at the most competitive prices but it’s not always easy to choose which cleaning company would best suit our cleaning requirements when there are just so many available.

Here are some tips to help you chose the right cleaning company for your commercial premise.

 

  • Competitive prices. When deciding on cleaning companies ensure that their charges are reasonable and ask for a pricing structure so you can see where the money is being spent; many companies will charge much higher prices for the same standard of work and often pay their staff the very minimum pay rate.

  • High standards. Make sure the company you choose guarantees a high standard of work, read their policies and quality control procedure thoroughly and even their customer reviews so you can get a feel of what the company will offer. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, after all it’s you who will be paying for their service.

  • Health and Safety. Always ensure that their staffs are fully conversant with Health and Safety regulations and procedures and have been trained in COSHH practice and prevention. This safe guards both you and your employees and the cleaning company staff.

  • CRB Checked. It’s always advisable to make sure the staff are CRB checked (where possible/or as necessary) and have been thoroughly screened and vetted by the cleaning company prior to employment.

  • Trained staff. All staff should be trained to a high standard and should be fully aware of the correct cleaning procedures for each designated task. Ideally the staff will have had substantial previous experience in the same line of work and will adhere to their company regulations and policy at all times.
  • Complete Clean. Some cleaning companies will offer an all-round cleaning service to cover every aspect of your business cleaning requirements . It’s always worth looking out for these companies as this enables you to consolidate all your other cleaning contracts into one package, providing convenience and saving you a considerable amount of money.

  • Environmentally aware. It is imperative that the cleaning company of your choosing promotes environmentally friendly practices with staff trained to undertake their tasks in the most energy efficient manner possible with the use of low energy and water consumption equipment and using only eco-friendly cleaning products produced from sustainable sources.

 

We are here to help! For all your office and commercial cleaning requirements-call Maid of London on 020 7969 2746 for a free on-site quotation.

 

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The home cleaning service that goes one step further.

We know how hard it can be trying to juggle long hours at work and with housework and all those everyday chores that many of us just don’t get the time to do, so, after requesting feedback from some of our clients, we have developed a programme that is more than just a regular cleaning service and is suited to the business person that works long hours or simply someone looking for a better cleaning service with attention to detail and with the benefit of carrying out additional tasks when needed.

 

Here are some of the benefits of hiring a premium maid:

  • Regular home cleaning services. We take care of all the regular housekeeping requirements from meticulous cleaning and polishing to laundry and ironing but also include benefits such as:
  • Accepting parcel deliveries. We can wait at your residence for an expected parcel delivery or, if the time of delivery is known, we can make sure we arrive in time to receive it.
  • Dry-cleaning pick up service. You need your best suit for your business lunch tomorrow but it’s still at the dry cleaners. Not for long, we will collect it, settle the bill and hang it in your closet. We can also organise your wardrobes or closets if required.
  • Dog walking and feeding. We can ensure that the family pet has a good walk and is provided with food and water.
  • School runs. The kids need to get to school but you have an 8am meeting, no problem, we will drop the kids off and pick them up if need be and, naturally, we also provide childcare.
  • Shopping. If you give us your weekly shopping list we’ll ensure we have all your shopping items are unpacked and ready for when you get home.

 

We can provide you with a tailored service to suit your requirements. To find out more please call us on 020 7969 2746 and we’d be happy to help you.

 

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