Cleaning Hacks for 2018

You want to clean everything yourself?

Bear in mind how long it takes to do the job right, not to mention all the gear you’ll need. Removing grease, mould and dirt might take a single person tens of hours to complete and proper carpet cleaning requires professional steam and vacuum cleaning. Doing a deep clean is hard to fit in to a busy working schedule, get the professional at Lasting Impressions to give you a visit and bust that grime!

  • We’re not just here for homeowners
    • 56% of landlord-tenant disputes are due to inadequate end of tenancy cleaning;
    • 43% of tenancy disputes are a direct result of damage inflicted throughout the lease;
    • 30% of tenant-landlord disputes are caused by controversy due to redecoration.

A key point for renters to bear in mind is the fact that an after tenancy cleanup WILL take you a huge chunk of TIME AND EFFORT. In order to set a clear goal for a condition eligible for a full deposit refund – you should ask your estate agent, property (or lease) holder for a copy of the initial inventory report along with the checklist used when inspecting housing condition before you moved in. The best solution!

Avoid the time, effort, blood, sweat and tears and just hire a professional tenancy cleaning service!

Tips and tricks to help keep your house cleaner for longer

Winter is ending and it’s the eve of spring, the weather is warming (nearly) and its almost time to start opening your windows to let the spring breeze in, yet this also means also letting in a host of unwanted guests.

Fruit flies are one of the main offenders when it comes to pesky pests, they’re attracted to all that delicious seasonal fruit, as well as the leftover food in your bin. They reproduce unbelievably fast and so need to be dealt with quickly, before your home is overrun.

If you give these bugs the chance, any one of them can lay up to 500 eggs in one go. Although their adult life can only last for a week, they’ll take the opportunity to multiply in a multitude of places.

Your drains, garbage bins, and even the inside of your empty bottles will soon become a breeding ground for these bugs. They bring unwanted bacteria to your fruit and vegetables, which will shorten the life of your groceries.

So here are the easiest tricks for catching the pesky pests already in your house, and preventing them from coming back altogether.

Catching fruit flies and other airborne pests

To catch the critters already invading your home, there are a few natural remedies you can turn to, using some kitchen staples.

Apple cider vinegar, red wine or beer: simple yet effective. Put a little of one of these liquids into a shallow bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and poke a few small holes in it. The vinegar or alcohol will attract the flies and they’ll fly in through the holes, but won’t be able to escape again.

Vinegar and dish soap: add a few drops of dish soap to a bowl of vinegar. The soap will cut the surface tension so when any curious flies land in the liquid, they’ll sink and drown.

Fruit, a glass, and a paper cone: another efficient trap. Make a paper cone with a very narrow hole at the point of the cone. Place the thin end down inside a cup or jar, with a little vinegar and a chunk of ripe fruit. Be sure there’s no gap between the edge of the glass and the cone. Those beastly bugs will crawl inside to get to the fruit, and be trapped forever.

Milk, sugar and pepper: mix up a homemade trap with a pint of milk, 100g of raw sugar, and 50g of ground pepper. Simmer these in a saucepan for 10 minutes and pour into a shallow dish. This will draw the pests in and drown them.

Preventing those airborne pests

Once you’ve caught the flies currently invading your home, it’s time to prevent any more from coming in and getting comfy. These simple tips will keep those bugs banished.

Buy some rue (ruta graveolens): Rue is a herb and can be a great insect repellent. Keep some of this natural deterrent near your fruit bowl and near open windows to keep the pests away. The fruit flies should disappear and, as a bonus, the rue by your window will also attract butterflies.

Cover your fruit bowl: you can buy covers and nets from most kitchenware stores. Any other food the flies might be interested in can go in the fridge. To be extra safe, use plastic wrap to cover your fresh produce. This should be enough of a barrier to protect your groceries against the pesky insects.

Put away leftover food, fast: so there’s no chance of it inviting insects. Keep your surfaces as clean as possible, so there are no fermenting smells to attract the flies. You can even clean surfaces with natural ingredients and cut the chemicals altogether.

Clean out your rubbish bins: even if you use garbage bags to line your bins, there will probably be some residual food smells attracting fruit flies. Doing this on a regular basis will help deter those pests. It’s also best to avoid open-topped bins where possible.

Put a filter on sink drains: food that gets caught in drains decomposes and attracts those fiendish flies. Putting in a filter them off will limit the amount of food that goes down them. It will stop them getting dirty as quickly, and means you won’t have to clean your drains as often.

Wash your towels often: fruit flies are always looking for a damp spot to lay their hundreds of eggs. Washing your towels (and dish towels) often will stop them getting saturated with moisture, and give the flies one less place to breed.

What to do if you’re already fully infested?

The only thing to do if your fruit fly infestation has reached apocalyptic levels is to clean your house from top to bottom!
Getting a professional cleaning company in to fully clean the house could be your only option, if you live in Milton Keynes, give Lasting Impressions a call.
We’re a trustworthy and reliable cleaning company with a great reputation in the area.

Do you ever feel like the kitchen ends up a huge mess every time you cook, no matter how much you try to clean as you go? And really, how many of us are actually excited about cleaning the kitchen after cooking a big meal?Most of us can relate to this, and it is evident from the large number of kitchen cleaning hacks and clean up tips devised over the years by creative domestic people all over the world- the more efficient the better!  But if you’re trying to keep your mess in check, here are some of our best tips.

Wooden chopping board
Garlic provides a nice fragrance for your dishes but definitely not on your wooden chopping board. To prevent the smell, create a salt scrub by sprinkling some salt and go over the whole board with the help of half a lemon. The salt provides a good scrub, while the fresh lemon juice leaves a nice fragrance.

Kitchen Range Hood
The range hood is often overlooked as it is attached to the ceiling. For households that often cook, the range hood is probably one of the dirtiest spots in the kitchen! So how do you get rid of the grease? With oil… Yes you heard me right, oil works best in getting rid of greasy stains. Simply dip a microfiber cloth in some oil and wipe the range hood with it. Then, remove the oil with a wet cloth.

Cast iron pans
These pans create tasty dishes, but they can also get dirty if not cleaned properly. To clean, spread a generous amount of sea salt on the base and with the help of a halved-potato, scrub away!.Then rinse of the salt with water and wipe the pan dry. To prevent rusting, place the empty pan on low heat for 2-3 minutes, or once the pan dries off completely.

Rubbish bins
Avoid having to deal with a smelly rubbish bin by placing a newspaper on the base and sprinkle some baking soda in it. Baking soda works wonders in absorbing nasty odours and leaked rubbish.

Cheese Grater
Nothing is more irritating than leftover cheese that is stuck on the cheese grater! Grate some potato to soften the hardened chunks of cheese to make them so rinse off. If there are still stubborn bits stuck on the grater, an old toothbrush will do the trick!

Experiencing foul odours from the sink? Not to worry, an ice made of vinegar and lemon will help to get rid of the odour. Just fill an ice mould with vinegar and lemon and add a few cubes to the drain every week to prevent the odour. The vinegar breaks down food particles and lemon leaves a fresh scent to the sink.

Newspaper is all you need to reduce odour and clean the base of the fridge. Place some newspaper on the refrigerator shelves and let it collect the food stains and odour. To clean, simply remove the newspaper and replace it with a new one.

Stubborn food residues and deposits in the oven can be removed with a mixture of baking soda, water and detergent. Let the mixture sit in the oven for fifteen minutes and wipe it off with a damp microfiber cloth.

Cups and mugs
Remove stubborn stains from cups and mugs with a mixture of vinegar and bicarbonate solution. This instantly creates a fresher look in minutes!
Less time spent on cleaning the kitchen means more time can be spent on doing things that you enjoy. These handy tricks will definitely help you out with that!


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