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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.

Are You Bike Ready?

Now that the better weather is here and you've got more outdoor leisure activities on your to-do list, it's time to 'spring' your bike out of storage.Ideally, you stored your bike away from moisture and off the ground. Do a visual inspection, then clean your bike with a sponge and mild soap in warm water. While experts recommend a professional tune-up at a local bike shop, here's a checklist to assess your bike's condition. 

  1. Tires- Make sure they're pumped up enough and not flat; make sure treads are okay.
  2. Wheels- Make sure they don't have anything stuck in them such as leaves or sticks.
  3. Brakes- Check that they work by squeezing on the hand brakes and trying to move your bike forward (it shouldn't move).
  4. Chain- Inspect the chain for rust, then make sure it's around the crank and moves properly with the pedals.
  5. Seat- The position of the seat is most important; you should be able to place both feet firmly on the ground when you are not pedaling.
  6. Lights- Are reflectors and back and front lights working and in the proper positions? Replace batteries or charge them, if need be.
  7. Bell or horn- Your bike needs to be equipped with a noise maker of some sort.
  8. Panniers- If you do a lot of commuting, be sure your bike is equipped with panniers that you can pack full of school or work books, etc., as well as light groceries.
  9. Helmet- This is the most important piece of equipment that you wear. Be sure to have one!
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Spring Cleaning Series: Kitchen and Bathroom

There is no shortage of spring cleaning chores in the kitchen and bathroom. The home service professionals at MOLLY MAID provide these quick checklists for each of these regularly used rooms: 

KITCHEN

  1. Go through the larder and food cupboards and dispose of anything that is past its expiry date. Any packaged foods that are fine but you know you won't eat should be collected and dropped off at a local food bank. Thoroughly wipe out and clean the inside of cupboards, then replace food items.
  2. Empty the messiest drawers and sort through contents.The cutlery drawer is always well used and often filled with crumbs. Wipe drawers out. 
  3. Clean out the fridge looking for items that have expired over the winter months. Wipe all surfaces and drawers. Sort through the freezer, moving older items to the front.
  4. Carefully pull out the fridge and stove and clean behind and underneath them, also sides and top. Follow manufacturer's instructions to clean a self-cleaning oven. Degrease the stove's hood.
  5. Clean small appliances too.Clean off stains and buff shiny surfaces. Do special cleaning chores too. For example, to de-scale the kettle: fill it half-and-half with white vinegar and water and leave it to soak overnight. Using an old toothbrush, dislodge any stubborn bits of lime scale. Rinse out thoroughly a couple of times and then boil some water to eliminate any odour of vinegar.

BATHROOM

  1. Remove the shower curtain and liner and wash in the washing machine (if possible) with detergent or 1 cup of baking soda.
  2. Wash the slip mat on both sides with hot soapy water.
  3. Clean the window and venetian blinds, or any other blinds you have.
  4. Clean out the medicine cabinet.
  5. Wipe down moldings.
  6. To keep the showerhead working, unscrew and remove the nozzle. Pour vinegar into a bowl and immerse the head - soak overnight.
  7. Clean the fan cover.

 

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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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Who Does More Housework, Men or Women?

It probably won't shock you very much to discover that women do more housework than men. What might surprise you, though, is that the gap between the sexes, in this respect, is much closer than you might think. Women spend 8.14 hours a week, on average, cleaning the house which is only 53 minutes longer than men.

That was one of the interesting 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. The survey also highlights some other interesting differences between men and women, when it comes to doing the chores.

  • 30% of men never dust, compared to 16% of women
  • Women spend 3.2 hours a week doing laundry compared to 2.2 hours for men
  • Women spend more time preparing the dinner, 4.1 hours a week, than men who spend just 3.25 hours sweating over a hot stove
  • Other tasks were more evenly matched: women do still spend more time cleaning the toilet, vacuuming and dusting than men - but only just

Perhaps the most intriguing fact to come out of the survey was that we spend an average of 10 years of our life on mundane everyday tasks such as maintaining the house, cleaning and tidying. One thing that we found was common to both men and women was a desire to spend more time doing things they enjoyed rather than the boring old housework. (No surprises there, then!) That's why more and more households are turning to companies like MOLLY MAID for help.

MOLLY MAID has experienced a significant increase in home cleanings over the last 12 months with a rising number of people taking the liberating decision to pass the housework on to someone else. This frees up valuable time to focus on more enjoyable activities such as reading, relaxing with friends and family or just watching TV.

In fact, even this week top female entrepreneur Shaa Wasmund - when asked what her top business tip would be - stated: "Hire a cleaner....seriously, hire a cleaner. Why are you spending time cleaning, and ironing, and all that, when you could be spending that time on your business or socialising?"

After the miserably wet winter that we have all been through, you might well be thinking of freshening things up at home with a big spring clean. Instead of putting it off from one weekend to the next, like many tend to do, why not call in the professionals who will set about the task with relish. Among other benefits, that's sure to give you and your other half one less thing to argue about this year!

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Spring Cleaning Series: It’s all in the Details

Celebrate! After months of dark, wet and windy weather - spring has finally sprung. When the sun's out and the temperature's rising, it's time to throw open the doors and windows and give the house, from top to bottom, inside and out, a deep clean.  

What's important as you plan your spring cleaning? The house cleaners at MOLLY MAID have these suggestions:

Simplify your cleaning products with the 5 essentials: glass cleaner, all-purpose cleaner, degreaser, bathroom cleaner and disinfectant.

Take an efficient cleaning approach to each area you clean. Always use the MOLLY MAID system of cleaning,which is to clean from the top to bottom starting on the left and moving right. 

Be sure to dust first and then vacuum. That way any bits of dust or dirt that fall to the floor as you're dusting will be picked up by the vacuum cleaner.

Last, but not least, consider hiring a residential cleaning company such as MOLLY MAID for special spring cleaning services. Along with regular cleaning, additional attention is given to specific areas of the home. These special cleaning jobs include:   

  1. Remove the contents of kitchen units and cupboards and thoroughly clean the insides.
  2. Clean the insides of closets and wardrobes.
  3. Wash painted, commonly-touched surfaces such as doors, walls and window frames.
  4. Wash skirting boards, in addition to regular dusting of skirting boards.

For more information, contact your local MOLLY MAID.

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