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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.

Driveway Car Wash: 7 Steps to a sparkling car

Is it time to wash the outside of your car?

Always wash your car in the early morning or late afternoon as direct sunlight or heat can cause the soap to dry and leave marks even before you have rinsed it off. MOLLY MAID suggests that you avoid washing the car near a dusty road or under a tree where buds, insects, and leaves can fall and stick to the surface of the car.

  1. The house cleaning experts at MOLLY MAID recommend that you gather everything you need first: a hose with a nozzle with enough pressure to spray the car, two buckets of water (one with special car soap mixed in and one with just plain water), and a few clean mitts or soft cloths.  
  2. The first step is to wash the wheels with the hose - they contain the most dirt and debris. If you have a liquid tyre cleaner, use it. Use a mitt or chamois to help clean.
  3. Spray around the wheel wells as well as the undercarriage of the car to wash off brake dust.
  4. Spray the entire vehicle with water to rinse away surface dirt and to give it a good coating of water.
  5. Lather up a clean mitt or chamois in the soapy water. Clean the surface of the car, starting from the roof. Use the mitt to make one swipe, flip it over to swipe again and then rinse it (you want to rinse away any debris so it doesn't scratch the surface). As you finish each section, give that area a rinse. Clean the back of the car last.
  6. Once you've washed each section of the car, remove the nozzle from the hose and use the free flowing water to rinse the vehicle. Start with the top and again, work your way down, making sure you don't leave any soap behind.
  7. Use a dry chamois or microfibre cloth to gently and thoroughly dry the vehicle before exposing it to the sun.

 

Posted by Molly Maid at 00:00

Camping Checklist

Planning a camping trip this summer? Whether you are setting up camp for a weekend in a park campsite or roughing it in the bush, here are necessities you'll need to bring along:

Basic equipment

  • Tent and groundsheet
  • Tarpaulin (to hang over a picnic table so you can stay dry in case it rains).

Kitchen Stuff

  • Cooking stove and fuel
  • Eating and cooking utensils (crockery, cutlery, kettle, cooking pots and pan)
  • Cooler Box (if it's not wildlife-proof make sure you store it carefulat night or anytime you are not at your campsite).ly 
  • Waterproof matches/ lighter
  • Can opener
  • Drinking/ cooking water

Night Time

  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillows (optional)
  • Roll mat or air mattress
  • Several Torches with extra batteries

Cleaning Up 

  • Biodegradable washing up liquid and a washing up bowl
  • Small broom and dust pan
  • Aluminum foil (great for cooking on the camp fire and wrapping up leftovers)
  • Kitchen Roll
  • Bin bags
  • Rope (to make a clothesline) and clothes pegs

Personal Equipment

  • Clothing
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun cream
  • Biodegradable shampoo & soap
  • First Aid Kit
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Summer Madness: How to keep Dust to a Dull Roar

With people wandering in and out of the house all summer, it's easy for floors and carpets to become super dusty and grubby. Here are some handy tips from the home cleaning professionals at MOLLY MAID to help keep dirt under control.

  1. Make it a rule that all family members and visitors remove their shoes at the doorstep to avoid traipsing in dirt, dust, leaves, pollens, etc.
  2. Keep door mats at all doors and ask everyone to wipe their feet!
  3. If your family likes to go barefoot in the garden, leave a hose set up or a watering can and ask everyone to hose and/or wipe their feet before they come inside.
  4. Pets in the house? They also need to be brushed and paws wiped after a romp in the garden or the local park.
  5. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter on carpets a few times a week.
  6. Shake out door mats regularly.
  7. Instead of sweeping bare floors (which tends to kick up dust into the air), use a damp mop as it's a better way to prevent the dust moving from one area to another. 
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Keeping COOL: Summer Party for Children

There's nothing quite as exciting for children than water being the main feature of a summer party. There's always a way of amusing the children with water irrespective of whether you have a temporary paddling pool, a swimming pool or a sprinkler! MOLLY MAID, the house cleaners, suggest that even something as a simple as a garden hose will do the trick!  If the prospect of having excited children running around at home fills you with dread, you may decide to invite them to the local park which may have water features designed to entertain children. If so, don't forget to follow this perfect 'pool' party checklist:

  • Invitations: Ask your children to help you draw up the invitation list and make invitations together. They may even wish to create Evites or other online invitations. Do remember to state start and end times clearly!
  • Pool Party Necessities: Explain that it's a 'pool' party... and that everyone needs to bring swimsuits, towels, goggles, hats, and sun cream. Make sure you have an area of shade, picnic blankets, some pillows and beach towels.
  • Help: Ask a few parents to lend a hand. The more eyes around water there are, the safer and better.
  • Games: Plan water games that everyone can enjoy. If you're in a pool with a deep end, keep games limited to shallow-end games and make sure that the games are age and ability appropriate.
  • Food/Refreshments: Children love basic fare such as pizza. Add raw carrots, cucumber, celery and hummus, fruit kebabs, cake or biscuits, fruit juices and plenty of water. Do remember that sweet treats will attract summer insects such as wasps, so be armed with insect repellent/ cream.  
  • Pool Toys: Stock up on squirt guns, swimming noodles and kick/flutter boards. A basketball hoop or volleyball net is always a fun addition for guests of all ages.
  • Music: Prepare a play list with your children if you're hosting the party at home. There is nothing more fun for children than to play to party tunes!
  • Party bags: They're not necessary if you're having an impromptu summer party, but the pound shop is a great resource if need be... seasonal ideas such as sun cream, sunhats, water bottles or puzzles always go down well. 
Posted by Molly Maid at 00:00

Welcome Door Mat: Taking Care of your Visitors

Summer is a wonderful time for road trips - and visiting friends or relatives in other places.

If you have guests arriving soon, it's important to prepare your home so that they feel as comfortable as possible.

Of course, a good clean is always in order before they arrive, say MOLLY MAID, the professional house cleaners. Starting with a de-clutter of the house followed by a deep clean from top to bottom will do the trick.

Here are some top tips to make your visitors feel at home:

  • Have a spare key just in case guests want to explore on their own. Gather a bundle of local maps, magazines and local tourist brochures for your guests to use.
  • Pay special attention to the guest bedroom - or area where guests will sleep. Make up the bed with clean sheets leaving a set of towels on the bed - one set per person. Put out mini toiletries guests may have forgotten such as shampoo, soap and toothpaste.
  • Provide extra pillows and blankets in the cupboard.
  • Leave a small vase of fresh flowers in the bedroom - this does wonders for cheering up a room and shows a lovely personal touch.
  • Leaving a bottle of water with glasses in the room show extra thought to ensure you're guests are as comfortable as possible.
  • Make sure there is a good bedside light and a night light that works.
  • If you're using an air mattress as the guest 'bed' make sure it stays inflated and vacuum the surface so it's dust free.
  • Make some space in a cupboard or empty a drawer in a dresser.
  • Have a few nibbles and a drink ready for their arrival, so you can welcome them and have a leisurely chat about how they wish to spend their time whilst visiting. 

 

Posted by Molly Maid at 00:00
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