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Top 8 Things NOT to do, When Cleaning your Home 1
Top 8 Things NOT to do, When Cleaning your Home

Top 8 Things NOT to do, When Cleaning your Home

So you've just finished cleaning your house - and BAM! There's dust all over the area's you just cleaned. This happens to countless people around Australia, and today we are going to discuss the Top 8 Things NOT to do, When Cleaning your Home.

Below are 8 basic things you can do to prevent dust build-up, to help stop windows getting dirty and a few other tips that you may find interesting or even useful to utilise in your own house.

 

TOP 8 THINGS NOT TO DO, WHEN CLEANING YOUR HOME

Using dish soap on your cutting boards.

Top 8 Things NOT to do, When Cleaning your Home 2When it comes to cleaning wooden chopping blocks, soap and warm water doesn't always cut it. After using one to slice 'n dice raw meat or poultry, soak it in a diluted bleach solution to prevent cross-contamination when prepping your next meal. Another way to neutralise odors and germs is to use lemon to rub onto the board.

Neglecting your biggest touch points.

Shiny taps are awesomeTaps, handles, and door knobs are some of the most-touched areas in your home, which is why they're also the germiest. Take to 'em with a disinfectant wipe daily to keep germs at bay.

Spraying furniture with polish.

Top 8 Things NOT to do, When Cleaning your Home 3When you spray furniture directly, it creates build-up that's tough to remove and attracts even more dust. To avoid this, spray your cleaning cloth with the cleaner, then rub the cloth on dusty surfaces, this will assist in keeping the dust on the cloth instead of just spreading it around.

Using the same rag everywhere.

Top 8 Things NOT to do, When Cleaning your Home 4You got streaky surfaces? You might be over-using your cleaning cloth and spreading germs while you're at it. Even if your cleaning cloth doesn't look old, it should be washed after each use since it's used on high-traffic areas.

Using a feather duster. Period.

Top 8 Things NOT to do, When Cleaning your Home 5We'll give you a thumbs up for dusting, but a big thumbs down for using a tool that only spreads dust from one surface to another. Use a microfiber cloth instead, which will grab — and hold onto — particles. Make sure it is dry, and wet cloth will make the job harder.

Not dusting your windows.

Top 8 Things NOT to do, When Cleaning your Home 6Before washing them, that is. If you forget to tackle the dust on your sills, any liquid that drips onto the frame will become a muddy mess of dusty liquid. A vacuum or microfiber cloth will tackle the mess quickly ending with a nice finish.

Forgetting your garbage can.

Top 8 Things NOT to do, When Cleaning your Home 7If you notice an unpleasant smell in your kitchen, it might be an indicator that you haven't clean your garbage can in awhile. Wipe it down once a week with a cleaner containing bleach to keep nasty smells under control.

Using dirty sponges.

Top 8 Things NOT to do, When Cleaning your Home 8These cleaning sponges won't, be that helpful if you don't sanitise them every few days (and replace them every 3 - 4 weeks). To maintain your sponge and keep it clean, soak your sponge in boiling HOT! water only, do not add anything to the water. Allow to soak for 10 minutes, then repeat the process twice more. Once completed, put on window sill in the sun to dry. Placing a wet sponge in a dark area will only attract bacteria to grow.

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WHY THE CLEAN, BEFORE THE CLEAN IS A GREAT WASTE OF YOUR TIME

WHY THE CLEAN, BEFORE THE CLEAN IS A GREAT WASTE OF YOUR TIME

2020 is here, Happy New Year! Welcome to a brand new decade. In this blog post I’m going to discuss why the clean, before the clean is a waste of your time and money.The Clean before the Clean

You’ve started implementing your new goals and one of them is to free up some of your time by hiring a professional cleaner to come into your home to assist with keeping the house clean and tidy.

THE CLEANER ARRIVES TODAY

The Clean before the CleanSo it finally arrives, the day that your new cleaner is due to arrive to start cleaning your home. However you’ve been up an hour earlier than usual just so you could tidy up the house before your new cleaner gets there.

You have been running around like crazy trying to pick up all the kids clothing and toys that have been scattered throughout the house, in the process you realize that your Husband needs to learn how to take his dirty socks and underwear to the wash basket as most of the clothes are his.

The orders of “GET OUT OF BED ALREADY” – “The Cleaner will be here shortly”! echo throughout the home, OMG you think to yourself, this was supposed to be a lot easier, I’ve still got the kitchen to get tidy – Husband and Kids to be dressed and ready to leave,  and they will be here soon – look at this place it looks like a bomb hit it!

KNOCK KNOCK! Good morning it’s Redgum Cleaning

 Oh My God, You’re here already!

Does this sound like someone you know?

Is this something you do?

Let me go through the reasons why you don’t need to worry about the clean before the clean. Someone in your household made the decision to hire a cleaner to help assist your Family with keeping your home clean and tidy.

You’ve probably done this for a multitude of reasons, one of them being to free up some of your time to be better spent elsewhere. Or it may be because you simply don’t like to do the cleaning yourself and find more value in hiring a Professional Service provider. Which-ever the reason may be, there is a reason why you have taking this step so let’s keep your reason top of mind.

Another reason why the clean before the clean is a waste of your time is because you have hired a cleaner who will most likely be charging top dollar for their services so why not leave the entire thing to them. This is why you hired them isn’t – to free up more time? So why spend your time doing what you have essentially paid for?

Another reason is if a cleaner knows you have pre-cleaned, they will continue to expect that and the moment you might be too busy to pre-clean, they will most likely try to charge you more because the house was messier, or that it took them more time than usual.

Here are a few questions to consider:

  1. How will you know how effective your cleaner is at handling different work-loads?
  2. How dynamic are your cleaners?
  3. Can they adapt quickly to a changing environment like your home?

If you answered No, then you know you have the wrong cleaners on your Team. Redgum will exceed your expectations on all areas.

HERE ARE SOME SIGNS YOUR HOME WAS CLEANED BY REDGUM

  1. When you enter your home, you immediately can smell the Eucalyptus throughout the house.
  2. Your Tiles or Floorboards are shiny and clean
  3. Your Bathrooms and Toilets smell amazing and look fresh and clean, the Toilet roll is folded neatly.
  4. Your eyes are caught by the sparkling shine of your tap wear and sinks.
  5. Your Kitchen shines like never before, the splash backs are streak-free and clean, the range hood isn’t layered with grease, and the Stove top looks ready to be on the front of Home Magazine.

THE ONLY THING YOU NEED TO DO

You’ve hired the Cleaner, now you’re thinking what do I need to do now?

Here are a few tips to consider, and this is what we also tell our Clients when we start with them.

  1. If you have children, tidy up any toys that may be on the floors
  2. If you have Pets, please put them outside, especially if they are not friendly.
  3. Sit back and relax, Go shopping, or go out and enjoy lunch or a walk along the beach

WE MAKE LIFE EASY

When you hire Redgum Cleaning, we can guarantee that Life will become a lot easier than it has been. We can visit on a Weekly, Fortnight or Monthly basis at a time that suits you.

We also provide Key Safe’s that are able to hold your spare key in a secure pad-lock device that connects to your door, this will allow us to get access while you’re not home so when you do return, your home is ready for you and the Family, and smelling as great as it looks.

IS YOUR HOUSE READY TO BE REGUMMED

If you would like to put us to the test, please don’t hesitate to either give us a call on 0409 481 597 or try contacting us via our contact us page or you can also find us on Facebook – Check out the Redgum Facebook Page.

Office Number :: 02 8006 1356

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Redgum removes Pet hair from your carpets

Love your Pets in the House but hate the Hair?

Are you like us and love having Pets in your life - Do they also live inside with you?

Then you have experienced the hair issue that goes with having Pets inside the home. Have you been like most we come across - purchased a thousand different type's of vacuums only to find out that they don't even come close to removing the hair.

Do you buy the bag-less with the expensive power-head - the industrial barrel with 20 billion watts of suction power - or do you just do what everyone else is doing and call 02 8006 1356 - speak with Mike and make an appointment for him to come out to do all the hard-work for you.

If your not convince Redgum can help solve your problem, then have a quick look at the picture below - the Left-hand side is untreated while the Right-hand side has been treated.

 

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Does Redgum remove mould, Yes we do 12
Does Redgum remove mould, Yes we do

Mould Spores - The silent killer

Today was a day that seen us help another Central Coast family out with a mould problem they were dealing with in 2 of their bedrooms. The home was built in the early 2000's and ventilation had not been designed well enough to allow sufficient airflow throughout the home.

The inhalation of mould spores, and/or fragments of the mould present a health hazard, causing allergic reactions and respiratory problems in many people especially the younger generations who seem to be a little more sensitive to these environments.  Toddlers and babies are especially prone to the health effects of mould and the spores that are generated.

Whether it's the slimy black spots on your shower curtain, the fuzzy white patches on your basement floor, or the slick orange film that forms on your kitchen drain, household mould is more than unsightly. In some cases, mould in your home can make you sick, especially if you have allergies or asthma.

Whether or not you're allergic to moulds, mould exposure can irritate your eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs. Here's what you can do to combat mould problems, and take care of yourself and your home.

Mould Reactions: Who's at Risk?

For people sensitive to mould, inhaling or touching mould spores can cause allergic reactions, including sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash. People with serious mould allergies may have more severe reactions, including shortness of breath. In people with asthma who are allergic to mould, breathing in spores can also cause asthma attacks.

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In addition to people with allergies and asthma, others who may be more sensitive to the effects of mould include:

  1. Infants and children
  2. The elderly
  3. People whose immune systems are compromised due to HIV infection, cancer, liver disease, or chemotherapy
  4. People with chronic lung disease

What Is Mould?

Mould is a type of fungus that consists of small organisms found almost everywhere. They can be black, white, orange, green, or purple. Outdoors, moulds play an important role in nature, breaking down dead leaves, plants, and trees. Moulds thrive on moisture and reproduce by means of tiny, lightweight spores that travel through the air. You’re exposed to mould every day.

In small amounts, mould spores are usually harmless, but when they land on a damp spot in your home, they can start to grow. When mould is growing on a surface, spores can be released into the air where they can be easily inhaled. If you're sensitive to mould and inhale a large number of spores, you could experience health problems.

What does Mould look like?

Mould comes in many forms, the most common is black mould which is also the most hazardous to us humans. Please view pictures below to get an idea what mould and mould spores look like :

So as you can see from the pictures above, mould isn't a pretty looking creature and does indeed have some nasty traits. Over the next few days we will be putting together an extensive article for you to download that covers the treatment of mould and ways on preventative maintenance to keep mould spores at bay.

Condensation is your biggest Issue

The prime way to keep mould at bay and to prevent it taking hold in your home is to make sure your home is ventilated at least once a week by opening all the windows in the home. During Winter months, you need to keep an eye on condensation that collects on your windows. This is especially important in the bedrooms. Bedrooms tend to get very warm, especially during those Winter months when we are running heaters etc. If you check your windows you will notice that condensation will or is forming on the surface of the glass. This is the first stage of the birth of mould, hence why it is important to make sure you wipe down your windows when you see moisture starting to form.

If you do not do this, the moisture will evaporate and the only place it has to travel is upwards, as the vapour travels to your ceiling, so do the mould spores which will attach themselves to the ceiling and start multiplying.

The clean we did today illustrates this point perfectly (see pictures below).

 

Today's Clean - Beating the Mould

As I said above, our Clients today have been living with and also dealing with the health effects of having mould present in their home. As I stated, the house was an older house with a lack of ventilation. We gave an initial treatment of a bleach based solution mixed with warm water.

We allowed this to sit and work its magic for approximately 10 - 15 minutes. After this, we basically turn the house upside-down and mopped the ceilings with flat head extension mops. We then applied sugar soap and warm water to the ceilings and walls that had been treated.

After allowing this to dry somewhat, we applied another layer of treatment to the ceilings/walls and again let this again sit for about 10 - 15 minutes. Then to finish off we re-do the ceilings with the mops and make sure that we have laid an even layer of treatment to now dry and form a barrier of sorts to prevent the mould returning. It will never completely fix the issue, however it will be good for about 12 to 16 months depending on the home and preventitive maintenance - like wiping the windows when moisture is visible etc.

Please view the before and after pictures below:

Pretty Bad Huh

So that looks pretty bad right?

Now, let's look at the results once the Redgum treatment had been completed.

So you like the Results we Achieved?

If so, why not get us out to view your mould problems and see if we can get the same results for you?

Go on, you know you want to - contact Mike today for an obligation free quotation to get rid of your mould problems. Or give us a call on (02) 8006 1356 or call Mike directly on 0409 481 597.

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Not your Average Cleaner!

When I was a kid, there was this television commercial on at the time about motor oils. The catch phrase to that television advertisement was: “Oils ain’t Oils”. I believe it was for Valvoline oils, or maybe Castrol. Anyways, this little catchphrase has stuck with me all these years.

So why am I telling you this, you may wonder. Well, for the last few days we have been extremely busy answering enquiries that we receive online, well I should say – mostly Bianca our awesome Office Manager has been busy churning out quotations for potential new Clients.

Cleaners ain’t all Cleaners

We are finding many potential Clients are making their decisions purely on price, to which we totally can understand – after all, this is what Capitalism is all about, the market decides what is a fair price to pay for any given service. However, like that old television commercial – “Cleaners ain’t all Cleaners” meaning that not all us in the Industry approach our work in the same way or have the same level of pride in workmanship. It’s not a standard that Governments set, and its not one that Industry sets. It all comes down to how much the particular person undertaking the clean cares about their work, and the results that are delivered to you.

At the Redgum Cleaning Company all our staff are comprehensively trained in all aspects of cleaning, stain removal, chemical usage and most importantly safety and working in safe environment. Our Founder and Managing Director Mike Willson personally guides our new people through the cleaning standards, that we as a Company have set for ourselves. Most of our new Clients are amazed by the level of detail we go to, not just on our End of Lease Cleans – but all our cleans. Every clean, and every Client we treat like it’s out first time doing business.

Also, like with all our cleans, we provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back, it’s that simple. With a commitment like this to our Clients, we have to make sure we get it right the first time with the benefit to you in the form of free time to get other things completed or just free time to spend with loved ones – whichever it may be the Redgum Cleaning Company are always here to assist our Clients in the best possible way.

The next time you are looking around at your property, with that little voice inside reminding you that your fans and air conditioning vents are blocked and dirty or that your architraves have 150mm of dust on them. Remember that Redgum means clean, and clean means your happiness.

Give the Redgum Cleaning Company a call on (02) 8006 1356 and talk to the Team about your needs. We are sure you will think our prices are very competitive but most importantly you will realise that Cleaners ain’t all Cleaners.

 

 

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