As the UK's leading domestic cleaning company, MOLLY MAID has been providing professional domestic cleaning services and cleaning tips for many years.  Our MOLLY MAID Blog offers interesting cleaning tips and organisation tips to help make your life a little bit easier.

Cleaning the Outdoor Grill

Cooking on the grill is one of the best parts of warm weather. But it's important to keep the grill clean, say the cleaning experts at MOLLY MAID - for the flavour of food and to help the grill last longer.

Here's how to clean it:

Inside: Dry scrub any cooked on food from grates, burners and inside surfaces with a non-scratch sponge or nylon brush. Then wash surfaces with dish soap and water, rinse well, and dry thoroughly. Consider replacing grates if they're rusty or chipping.

Outside:  Wipe off stainless-steel and enameled surfaces with warm soapy water and wipe dry. To prevent streaking on stainless steel, go in the direction of the finish.

Tank. If the grill lacks spider guards, use a thin brush (an old baby bottle scrub brush is perfect) to clear out debris or insect nests from the tubes that connect gas to burners. Fire up the burners without the grates in place and look for spots that aren't flaming evenly. Once cool, clear any blockages in the burners with a paper clip.

After Cooking:  Run the burners on high for five minutes. Then carefully turn them off and scrub the grates with a grill brush or a ball of foil pinched between tongs. If you don't have time (because everyone wants to eat), here's what you can do later:

  1. Fill a spray bottle with equal parts vinegar and water.
  2. Coat the interior of the grill, close it, and let it sit for an hour to soften residue.
  3. Clean the grates with your brush, without the need for heat.
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Dog Day Afternoon: How to Groom Your Pet

If you own a dog, you know how much dirt and dust they can bring into your home. They also start smelling like a dog, so to speak, if they don't get regular baths. So why not plan a do-it-yourself spa day for your dog? Your pet will probably love all the attention - and your clean house will love it too!

Start.  Begin by brushing your dog with a flea comb. Even if they don't have fleas, the comb will loosen up tangles.

Ears.  Gently clean inside the ears. There is special cleaner available from your vet or specialized pet supplies store. Or use a slightly damp, clean microfibre cloth.

Nails.  If you've always clipped your dog's nails, then check them and give them a trim. If not, you might want to go to a groomer for this.

Run the bath.  Get a medium or large-sized outdoor tub/container (plastic children's pools work great) and fill it up about half of the way. Put your dog in the tub and get them wet. Alternatively for indoors if the weather is too cold, use your bath tub with hand-held shower head to wet all of their hair.

Use shampoo and conditioner.  Shampoo your dog's fur well and then rinse it off completely. Then, apply conditioner onto your dog and let it sit for a few minutes (if possible). Then, thoroughly rinse it out again.

Dry time!  Your dog will probably be happy to jump out of the tub or leave the shower area - or pick them up and place on a towel. Dry their fur all over with a towel. They will love the rub-down. Use a hair dryer if that works too. As they dry, brush your pet's fur again.

Brush their teeth.  Use a special doggy toothbrush and toothpaste to clean their teeth. This helps keep teeth - and breath - clean and fresh. There is also special dog food and chew toys available that helps to keep their teeth clean too.

Reward. Give your dog a bone.

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New survey shows housework is child’s play

More than one in three parents encourages their children to get involved with the cleaning to help develop their sense of responsibility. That was one of the fascinating findings from a study of 2,000 British adults conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Molly Maid, the UK's leading professional domestic cleaning service.

Drilling down a little further into the results, we found that 70% of these parents offer pocket money of £3.71, on average, for each cleaning task that their child performs. Mind you, they want to make sure they get their money's worth with 45% of these parents saying that they would only pay out for a job well done.

It's the same story all over the country, although what does change across the regions is the amount of pocket money on offer. It probably won't surprise you to learn that children in London earn the most for helping out with an average £4.42 per task. This figure drops to £3.13 for children in Wales, and £3.16 for those in the South-West, who have to work a little harder for their cash.

This comprehensive survey brought to light some other surprising insights into the nation's housework habits today:

  • On average, we spend a frightening 10 years of our life on doing household chores
  • Men are now almost, but not quite, doing as much housework as women. Men spend an average of 7.21 hours a week on cleaning tasks which is just 53 minutes less than the average for women
  • 41% of people admit to regularly skipping the vacuuming in favour of simply picking the most noticeable bits off the floor. This frees up more valuable time to do the things they really want to do like reading, going to the gym and hanging out with the family

Pam Bader, OBE, Chief Executive of Molly Maid, commented: "This survey is a real insight into the day-to-day habits of the British public. The results reflect a shift in priorities for many British families that has directly impacted our business. In the last 12 months alone we have seen an increase of almost 5% in the number of cleans to more than a quarter of a million - as a greater number of households opt to use a professional cleaning service to allow for more 'me time'.

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Moving home? Useful tips for getting organised

Moving home is widely acknowledged as being one of the most stressful events in life. Here are a few handy tips that will make the process just that little bit smoother for you and your family.

  • Change of address list.With so much to think about, it's easy to leave important things to the very last minute and this can cause you problems. Put together a change of address list, featuring friends and all the organisations you deal with, as soon as you know you're moving and this will help you to stay ahead of the game. Acting early and notifying all your contacts about your upcoming move will ensure you avoid missing out on important mail sent to your old address
  • Give phone and internet companies as much as notice as you can.There's nothing worse than moving into a new home and feeling cut off without a phone or the internet. With long waiting lists the norm, you need to give phone and internet companies as much notice as you can so that your services are ready and waiting for you on the day you move in
  • Start planning your packing early.Depending on how much stuff you have stored away in the attic, you might want to think about hiring a skip for the week before you move. Or certainly you should consider a few trips to the local recycling centre. It makes no sense to waste time packing and unpacking things that you won't need in your new home.
  • Think about hiring a professional cleaning service.You'll have enough on your mind on the big day without having to worry about leaving your old home in the spotless condition that you'd expect your new home to be in when you move in. Surprisingly perhaps, recent research found that 1 in 5 of the households in the UK didn't clean their property last time they moved - many of them simply not getting around to it in the mad rush. One sure way to avoid last minute panics is to have a professional cleaning service on hand to do the job for you. Molly Maid is particularly experienced at helping people in and out of properties and our flexible approach makes us the perfect choice for fitting in with the tight timelines required on moving day.


Find out more about how Molly Maid, the UK's leading residential cleaning company, can help you by ringing 0800 377 7507. And good luck with the move!

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Is there an allergy sufferer in your family?

Allergy UK has just run its latest annual awareness week to draw attention to the plight of the many allergy sufferers across the country. During the week, the charity put the spotlight on allergies and found ways to get people talking about the problem in an attempt to keep them top of mind.

Allergens found within the home can cause a number of different conditions such as perennial allergic rhinitis and asthma. As with all allergies, there are ways you can help reduce symptoms and keep them under control. Here are a few useful tips to consider if there's an allergy sufferer living in your home:

  • It is estimated that an average bed has over 10,000 house dust mites living in it, which results in over 2 million droppings. Cover duvets and pillows with anti-allergy bedding covers and encase the mattress in a barrier cover. Wash all the bed linen weekly at 60 degrees using non-bio detergent to kill mites and their allergens
  • Keep the bedrooms well-ventilated and the windows slightly open at night. Then open the window in the morning to air the room, except during the pollen season when you should make sure the window is closed in the early morning and early evening
  • You should consider replacing curtains in the bedroom of the allergy sufferer with a roller blind. If you do have curtains then wash them every 3 months at a high temperature
  • If you have a child with soft toys, keep them in a drawer rather than on the bed and wash them weekly at 60 degrees with non-bio washing powder or liquid. This avoids the house dust mites building up
  • Vacuum carpets weekly, but be aware that this increases the amount of house dust mite allergen in the air for 20 minutes. So, if possible, ask someone else to do the vacuuming and wait 20 minutes before re-entering the room. One idea is to employ the help of a professional cleaner - it's as not as if you don't have enough on your hands already with all that laundry! Find out more about how Molly Maid, the UK's leading residential cleaning company, can help you by ringing 0800 377 7507. 
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