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Saturday, 14 June 2014

Do you live in student accommodation or a large houseshare?

Do you live in student accommodation or a large houseshare where some of the others aren't pulling their weight in regards to the cleaning?
Over the next couple of months we have a massive amount of student let properties booked in for the end of year clean where many students are in their last year or are moving on to other student premises so I thought I will try to give you some cost effective tips on cleaning certain rooms along with a checklist of what needs to be done throughout the property especially for those who are moving out and for those that don't want to lose all or some of their deposit because of all the cleaning that needs to be done.
I have been cleaning many houseshares and student let properties for a number of years now so have plenty of experience in these types of cleans and also have the knowledge of what the landlords or letting agents expect to see when you leave your property or what they expect to see when they inspect the place.  This is because I work for many landlords and letting agents and have a good reputation as a first class cleaning company in Chester as well as surrounding areas including Cheshire, Wirral, NWales, Merseyside, Greater Manchester along with other surrounding areas too plus a large number of landlords/letting agents, etc, from across the UK, use my companies services for all their cleaning requirements.
Knowledge is key with these cleans as they aren't what you call your normal cleans in majority of cases because of the number of people living in the properties all sharing bathrooms, kitchens, etc plus the many parties quite a lot of the students have I fully understand what its like trust me!  
Some of these student properties can range from an average 3 bed semi detached home to a large 10/11 bedroom detached property with 2 kitchens and sometimes up to 4 bathrooms!  So as you can imagine a number of these student lets and houseshares can get rather unclean and also in such a short space of time.  If these homes aren't kept on top of cleaning wise then things can get really out of hand and the build up of grime, germs, dirt and rubbish can be quite overwhelming.
These problems can also bring other serious problems such as serious illness with the amount of germs breeding.  I have stated in other blog posts that it only takes 1 germ to multiply into 8 million in under 24 hours!! Thats a serious amount of germs for that amount of time so I think you can now see the importance of keeping on top of these properties with there being so many people from all different types of backgrounds and different personalities, and the need to work between yourselves and possibly set up a cleaning rota would work wonders for your home and more importantly your health.
My first little chat is regarding your kitchen!
Keeping your kitchen clean shouldn’t be a horrible job.  You definitely need to work in teams on set days during the month and keep it up regularly so the germs and grime won't build up!
It’s best to give the kitchen a good clean at least once a week with a large amount of people and fortnightly with the smaller lets. Pay particular attention to your fridge, oven, microwave and bin. Here’s some cheap, cost effective and eco-friendly ways to deal with your kitchen nightmares:
1.  If the kitchen is starting to give off some unusual odours, try adding a stick of cinnamon, orange peels and cloves to a pot of water and leave to simmer.  Don't just leave the actual problem of the smell though! Make sure you deal with this first and use my tip as an after clean!
2. Make sure the fridge has a good clear out once a fortnight and throw away any food past its best.
3.  Microwaves in large houseshares and student lets can become really grotty.  Simply mix 2 tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice with 2 cups of water and pop into a microwaveable dish. Microwave on high for 3 mins, remove the dish, wipe with a damp cloth and then towel dry. Repeat if the stains are more stubborn!
4. Use vinegar when cleaning taps and descaling kettles as you’ll find it so much easier to remove dirt
5. Germs are more likely to breed if your clean glasses are kept upside down so keeping them upright is best.
6. If your windows are in need of a good clean, try mixing lemon juice with water to make a handy cleaning solution. This works wonders!  Even cleaning with newspapers leaves the windows stain free!
7. To make sink cleaning simpler, try sprinkling baking soda and cleaning with a damp cloth and buff the taps up with a dry tea towel makes the kitchen sink look gleaming.
8. You can also shine up chrome fittings with a bit of baking soda, or flour works too [how amazing is that]
9. If you use the frying pan a lot and you are struggling to shift burnt on stains off your frying pan from last night’s dinner then add 2 tablespoons of baking soda, half a cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water and boil for 10 minutes. This should bring it up as good as new!
10. Little things like getting the cheese of a grater can even be a technical challenge. I recommend getting a pastry brush to get in those tiny holes!
So why not create a cleaning rota for you and your flat/housemates? That way everyone knows who’s responsible for what job each week, and you’re less likely to have problems with 1 or 2 or many more of your house mates not pulling their weight!
Good luck.
Email me for any advice or if you just want a chat I always get back to everyone within the same working day 

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Brilliant last few weeks.

Last month, May 2014, we were inundated with requests for regular cleaning of homes and also quite a number of end tenancy cleans totalling 28 enquiries altogether just for the Chester area alone!
We gained many new clients all of whom were completely satisfied with the work undertaken by ourselves which again shows me that we are doing a job well done.  I also booked in another 6 student properties with one student let company for the summer holidays along with the many I have booked in already through another letting agent.  We also gained 2 more office cleaning contracts which I am pleased to say we have started off with a good working relationship, again, shows me that my cleaning team aim to please!

I do a lot of the work myself but also have a fantastic team around me and I'm very careful not to take anyone on who just isn't up for the job or a bit of hardwork!

The cleaning team I have work tirelessly as it can be an arduous task cleaning homes each day but they all know what we expect from them and also my clients all know what to expect now when they return home from work or have had a busy day or whatever they know they are all returning home to a nice clean house.

It's great when we get a nice little note just to say "wonderful Adele" or whatever or a little text through of our clients because then that makes me feel even more happy and also it makes us all feel more appreciated as I know some cleaning companies can get a hard time but thats normally because they are just employing anyone to fill their space because they have a new client.

If I had a new client on board but didn't have the right cleaner available then I would really have to apologise to the new client and advise him/her that at this time we don't have any spaces available for you until a reputable cleaner can be added to my team.

I feel its so important to have and to keep the good reputation of Clean Queen that it has taken a few years to be built up that I wouldnt want it to be lost within 5 minutes, because this is what can happen when employing the wrong staff.

So all in all a good positive outcome for the end of last month and the trend has continued on into this month which I am very pleased again to say with a couple more home visits next week booked in and hopefully all goes well.

I really like to get to know each client personally and I know I think I've explained that in older blog posts but I really want all my clients to know that I am always on hand up until 9pm each evening as I understand some people get in later than others from work and this is part of the nature of running a business. It's never a 9-5 job! ha But again I don't mind getting a text or call or even an email later on I always do my best to reply to everyone the same working day but it is normally early evening that is best.

So there is a bit more for you to read about us and I'd like to welcome on board all the new clients once again and still a big thanks with all those who are still with us :)

Remember "if you look after your cleaner your cleaner will look after you". Thats for those who havn't seen our new company motto!

Kind regards once again.


Tel:        07541 535451

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Is trying to be more productive actually causing a build up of mess in your office?

Are you trying to impress the boss by working through your lunch?

Have you got tight deadlines in work that needs completing?

Are you the boss of a company and have a heavy workload?

Is trying to be more productive in the office creating a mess?

These are just some of the questions I like to ask when I inspect peoples business premises when I'm being asked to sort out their office cleaning requirements.

I ask is it cost effective to run your business & do the cleaning at the same time.

In most cases it's best to employ a reputable cleaning company who will take care of all the mess and clutter around the office.  This way you can be far more productive in your workplace and in a national survey 80 percent of staff work better in a clean and tidy environment.  Therefore its actually counter productive cleaning yourselves because you arn't getting the best out of your staff or even yourself if you are the business owner because you are to busy trying to find bits of paper or sifting through junk on your desk because you have been too busy working to deadlines you are forgetting to keep everything organised.

Things may seem like an organised mess but it is in fact still a mess!! So you are only building up clutter around your work station and office and this then creates a cluttered mind!

It also takes 1 germ to multiply into an astonishing 8 million in under 24 hours!!

Your workstation is in fact 445 times carrying more bacteria than your average toilet seat!

So this tells me that many germs and illnesses are spread so easily throughout the office thus causing staff to take time of with sickness!

If you are the business then ask yourself again "is it cost effective to do all your own cleaning and run your business"?

Its a very good question.

If you look at all the top companies they all employ reputable cleaners to sort all these problems out so then they are maximising the full potential of each member of the team rather than spending so much time at the end of each day tidying and cleaning the office or looking for stuff that has been misplaced.

Our office cleaning company in Chester are now a national cleaning company catering from small to medium sized business's to large corporations with a large portfolio of clients across England and Wales.

If you want any advice or information or just want a general chit chat feel free to CONTACT ME anytime up until 9pm each evening.  I always get back to each and every client the same working day and I'm always available to speak to on my personal mobile number.

I like to reiterate that we arn't a faceless corporation and I like to be part of the good community that I have tried to create so you will always know that you have the best person possible to have a good chat with and to go through your needs as a business to move forward as its not just the cleaning we discuss as I have a great understanding of business and getting the most out of your workplace.

Kind regards.



Sunday, 1 June 2014

Are you here because you have thought about getting a cleaner?

A good cleaner can help you get more organised at home and also in the workplace.  If you work hard all day the last thing you want to do is come home to do the cleaning.  Everything can become so cluttered around the home and an untidy home can mean a lot of stress and arguing!  If you want to put your feet up without having to do any cleaning at all when you get home EMAIL ME

I am always on hand for any advice or problems you may have or if you want a general chat about stuff again thats fine.

I always reply to my emails the same working day normally early evening is best, as well as making phone calls as I'm in peoples homes majority of the day so its easier having a chat early evening.

Just let me know whether you want a regular clean or a spring clean or if you are moving out of your property and need an end of tenancy clean again just leave your details with a brief description and I will be in touch.

For regular cleaning of homes we cover all areas of Chester including, Hoole, Newton, Upton, Vicars Cross, Kingsway, Christleton, Littleton, Waverton, Boughton, Chester City Centre, Huntington, Handbridge, Curzon Park, Westminster Park, Lache, Saltney, Saltney Ferry, Doddleston, Broughton, Blacon, Saughall, plus all other surrounding areas.

I also have a superb team of  cleaners in Ellesmere Port for regular cleaning of homes.
For end of tenancy cleaning we cover the whole of Cheshire, Wirral, NWales, Merseyside & Manchester.

All staff are personally vetted by myself and with it being my business you will have the surety of knowing that your home/office is in the very best of hands.