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  • New Year’s Cleaning Resolutions for 2015

    Cleaning Resolutions

    As New Year approaches, it is time to start thinking about making those resolutions that will hopefully last longer than the January sales! Lots of resolutions are hard to maintain and impractical, but getting a cleaning resolution plan put in place is one of the easiest tasks you could do to get 2015 off to a fresh start.

    Eradicate mould

    Mould is unsightly and can cause health problems, so it makes sense to keep on top of any suspect mould patches that form in damp places around the home. Top spots include bathroom tiles and the edges of windows. It is easy enough to wipe mould away with a cloth and spray, but use a specialist mould removal product, such as Mould Away, for the best results.

    Freshen up appliances

    Start the New Year off with sparkling kitchen appliances, and get into the habit of regularly cleaning often-neglected areas, such as inside dishwashers and washing machines, or the oven. In particular, ovens often require specialist cleaners, such as degreasers or caustic-based cleaners that can tackle grime and greasy residue, while protecting the surface of your oven.

    Pet stains

    If you have any pets at home, then you may find the occasional stain, mark or odour caused by your furry friend. There are lots of pet stain and odour removal products designed to remove stains and smells easily, so that your home looks and smells clean and fresh again. Try the Pet Whiff Off cleaner. It is safe and environmentally friendly, and can be used on indoor or outdoor surfaces.

    Invest in a new mop

    If your mop looks like it has seen better days, then it will not do a very good job of keeping your floors clean. As the New Year arrives, why not invest in a new mop? It can be a good idea having more than one mop for different purposes, such as cleaning bathroom or kitchen floors. Colour coded mops offer a great solution for cleaning floors. Make sure that you use a floor-cleaning product that is suitable for the type of floor you intend to clean.

    Tackle toilets

    Toilets often require a different set of cleaning products compared to other areas of the home, so tackle stubborn limescale and odours with toilet-specific products, such as a toilet descaler and a toilet odour neutraliser, that act quickly and effectively to leave your toilet fresh and clean.

    Clean computer

    It is often said that a computer keyboard harbours more germs than a toilet seat, so try to keep on top of cleaning your computer area and home office desk space. A good, antibacterial surface cleaner spray or sanitising surface wipes are ideal for use in this area.

  • How often should you clean your fridge?

    How often should you clean your fridge

     

    `Clean Your Fridge Day` is on November 15th, and it's a good reminder of what we should do more than once a year. Did you know that many fridges contain up to 750 times the level of bacteria considered safe? How many of us really understand the dangers lurking within the cool interior of our fridge? Here are a few to watch out for.

    Mould

    Mould grows easily in door seals and other nooks and crannies. Mould can migrate throughout the fridge, contaminating your food. Products such as Concentrated Fungicidal Mould Remover are a safe and cost- effective way to remove even the blackest mould.

    Temperature

    The ideal fridge temperature is five degrees centigrade or below. Any warmer than this and your food will start to grow mould more quickly. If you notice your fridge is `sweating` and adjusting the temperature has no effect, you may need to buy a new fridge as increased moisture in the fridge creates a breeding ground for mould and bacteria.

    Cross-Contamination

    It is easy to put new items directly into the fridge without wiping the empty fridge first. Bad fridge hygiene habits place you at risk of illness. Any fresh food you put in your unclean fridge is likely to spoil more quickly.

    Fridge Cleaning

    Follow this guide to a cleaner fridge and a healthier you. Your fridge can be switched on or off. Before you start, ensure you have a good selection of cleaners & sanitisers to thoroughly clean and protect your fridge.

    Step 1: Remove all items from the fridge. Tip: pop them in a cool container whilst you clean.

    Step 2: Throw away any out-of-date, mouldy or leaking items. Tip: remember — if in doubt, throw it out!

    Step 3: Take out all shelving and crisper compartments. Tip: to avoid cracking and breaking, put them on the side to warm up before washing in hot water.

    Step 4: Wash and cleanse the shelving and units. Dry them before returning to the fridge.

    Step 5: Wipe the inside of the fridge with a good cleaning solution. Also clean the outside of your fridge, paying attention to the handles. Tip: use a toothbrush to get into any awkward areas.

    Step 6: Wipe each item and return to the fridge.

    Fridge hygiene

    Keep your raw meats and seafood in sealed containers stored at the bottom of your fridge. This prevents juices leaking on to other foodstuffs. Keep food that is to be eaten raw separate from other food. Cheese should be stored in a sealed container. Wash any soil from your vegetables and salads before placing them in the fridge.

    Fridge odour can sometimes be an issue. Milder foods can become contaminated by stronger-smelling foods. To prevent this, check the temperature of your fridge and use a product that will absorb any pungent food odours. You can use the Fridge Fresh Egg, as not only does it indicate when your fridge is at the correct temperature, but it also absorbs food odours, keeping your fridge safe and clean-smelling.

    To keep your fridge clean and germ-free, wipe up any spills as they occur. The quicker you clean it up, the easier it is to remove.

     

  • How to store hazardous chemicals

    hazardous chemicals

    Swimming pool water can look crystal clear, pristine and inviting. The reality is that swimming pool chemicals are used in significant amounts to keep it this water clean, whether it's for private or for public pools. The same applies to small hot tubs and wading pools as well as health clubs that use a lot of spa chemicals.

    Hazardous Chemicals: Mould Removal

    These chemicals are necessary as disinfectants as well as sanitizers. They kill disease-carrying microorganisms and should be treated and stored with care.

    Used to remove moss, lichen and algae from concrete and mould removal from other surfaces, Pool Algaecides should be stored in a cool, well-ventilated and dry place, preferably in the original container. They should be out of reach of children, as they can be harmful if inhaled or absorbed through contact with the skin.

    Hazardous Chemicals: Stabilised Chlorine Granules

    Stabilised chlorine granules are chemicals that can sanitise swimming pools and spas but are manufactured with a stabiliser to ensure they do not decompose under sunlight. A daily dose in water produces chlorine, which kills off bacteria. These chemicals are very toxic to all aquatic organisms and should never be released into the open environment.

    The granules should be applied wearing protective gloves. They should be stored in dry containers in cool environments during summer and locked away from the reach of children. These chemicals should not be stored anywhere close to acids or any potential fire hazards, such as areas where power tools are used and may cause sparks.

    Hazardous Chemicals: Chlorine Tablets

    Chlorine tablets are long-lasting pool chemicals and can control bacteria and algae. As with the granules, these should also be locked up out of reach of children and away from any contact with acid or fire hazards. In the event of a fire, dry fire extinguishers containing ammonium compounds should not be used close to the chlorine granules or tablets. Water is the best medium to use.

  • Mould Removal: Bathroom Tiles

    Mould Removal: Bathroom Tiles

    Conditions For Growth

    With the exception of moisture, in the form of condensation, the conditions required for mould growth are always present in any home. Bathrooms are prone to condensation on cold surfaces such as walls and, particularly if ventilation is inadequate, these surfaces may dry out slowly enough for mould to establish itself.

    Most mould spores need less than 48 hours to take hold and, even if moisture is removed, can lie dormant for long periods. Dormant mould has a dry, powdery appearance, but still looks ugly and can still become an active health hazard once moisture returns. It is fair to say that many moulds are harmless, but it is difficult for the untrained eye to tell the harmless from the harmful.

    Mould Removal from Tiles

    Unfortunately, if mould does grow on your bathroom tiles, before you take steps to prevent it growing again, you need to remove it. Thankfully, many of the mould removal products on the market contain fungicides, but no ammonia, bleach or volatile organic compounds and are suitable for use on bathroom tiles and various other surfaces.

    One such product, known as Mould Away, simply needs to be sprayed on to bathroom tiles and wiped off to remove fungal growth, including black mould. More stubborn mould growth, such as that on the grout between bathroom tiles, may require the product to be applied for a period of time before scrubbing away the mould using a stiff scrubbing brush.

    As mentioned above, mould can re-establish itself within a day or two under the right conditions so, once your bathroom tiles are mould-free, you need to maintain your bathroom to keep them that way. Mould spores thrive in hot, humid conditions, so once you have finished your bath or shower, open the bathroom window and/or the bathroom door and turn on the extractor fan, if you have one, to remove the moisture from the air.

    Mould Removal from Surrounding Walls

    If mould is a problem on painted surfaces, such as your bathroom ceiling, you might like to think about repainting them with fungicidal paint, once you have cleaned away any existing mould. Alternatively, you can buy a fungicidal additive that converts conventional paint, of any colour, into an anti-fungal coating.

  • Revamping your kitchen on a budget

    revamping your kitchen - Checmsol Direct

    The kitchen is the hub and living heart of the home. There is usually a back door into the garden or yard, meaning people tend to come and go, traipsing muddy, dirty footprints across the floor. Food is prepared and cooked here, leading to a variety of spills, stains and accumulations of dirt and grease gathering in the most inaccessible places. No wonder a kitchen quickly starts to look shabby and past its best.

    No matter how grimy and unloved a kitchen appears it is possible to make huge improvements on a very limited budget. Just a lick of paint and some good old-fashioned elbow grease can go a long way to making significant improvements to the look and feel of a previously neglected room.

    Begin your kitchen revamp with a deep clean. A bucket of hot soapy water with a strong disinfectant may be all that is required to get shelves, cupboards and surfaces gleaming, but be prepared for some stubborn areas of grease. Cooking causes a thin film of grease and debris over surrounding surfaces and this may require a specialist grease buster product designed to cut through the grimy coating. Wear rubber gloves to keep skin away from chemicals, apply as directed on the label and rinse away any residue.

    Mould and mildew are particularly unattractive but can be removed using specialist products designed for mould removal. Some small patches of stubborn staining may be harder to remove, particularly if the problem has built up over a long period of time, but a coat of paint will cover all traces and freshen up your kitchen at the same time. To avoid a recurrence of the problem try adding a specialised mould inhibitor to your paint, as this will keep your walls clear of mould spores in the future.

    Choose a paint colour that brightens and lifts your kitchen for maximum impact. Sunny yellows are an instant brightener and can be offset by accessories in accent colours such as red, green and blue for an upbeat mood, or choose chrome and stainless steel for a more industrial look.

    Don’t neglect your kitchen floor when you revamp your kitchen. Dull and dingy floors can be the result of too many layers of polish over the years, so use a good proprietary floor cleaner to strip away the old layers. Once your floor is dry you can add a coat of polish or sealer to restore the shine, but be careful not to allow too many layers to build up in the future to keep it looking new.

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