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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.

Floored: The Difference Between Dry and Wet Mopping

Cleaning floors can be a daily task in some households (depending on whether you have pets and/or lots of children or live in the countryside!) And, dust mopping is a great way to do it - find out what the professional house cleaners at MOLLY MAID recommend.

Dry Mopping: Using a dry mop on floors will remove dirt, dust and bacteria. It's also 25 percent faster than wet mopping (and if you have hardwood floors, you don't want to wet mop too often, if at all).

How to dry mop: Use a continuous swiping motion, either in a back-and-forth pattern or a figure eight pattern, and keep the mop on the floor as you do it. Shake the mop as needed, outside or by enclosing it in a plastic bag to catch the dust. Use a broom and dustpan to pick up any large debris left behind by the mop.

Wet Mopping: Using water and a cleaning solution recommended for your floor will clean up dirt and spots that a dry mop might miss. Spills and some stains require moisture to get them up, and most floors should be wet mopped periodically for this reason. Care should be taken when using water and cleaning solutions on floors that might be damaged such as hardwood or laminate flooring. Wet floors are also slippery - so warn others in the house when you are wet mopping.

How to wet mop: Mix cleaning solution in a bucket. Dip your mop into the solution, and wring it out so it does not drip. Begin mopping in the farthest corner of the room and work towards the door, taking the bucket with you. Dip and wring out the mop as needed until the floor is sparkling clean.

 

Posted by Molly Maid at 06:00

HOT WEATHER? COOL FOOD

When it's hot and humid outside, what you eat and drink can help cool you down - from the inside out. Here are some interesting tips from the professional domestic cleaning company, MOLLY MAID.

The most important factor is how you dress: So make sure you are wearing light clothing in natural materials such as cotton or linen and find some shade - and now enjoy what's on the menu:

Gazpacho: This tomato-based soup is made with raw vegetables and served very cold (you don't want to use the hob when it's hot outside anyway). To make it, combine chopped tomatoes, red pepper, cucumber and onion in a blender along with flavourings such as olive oil, jalapeno, garlic, and sherry vinegar. Blend until smooth, refrigerate - and serve.

Lemonade: Some people say the secret to great lemonade is using lemons-skins and all. Blending lemons whole releases the peels' oils, which provide the lemon blast! The best way to enjoy homemade lemonade is over ice.

Watermelon: The high water content in watermelon helps your body release heat. Cut up a watermelon and serve, or press the fruit to make a yummy watermelon juice.

Cucumber: Cucumbers are more than 90 percent water and also rich in vitamins. Peel a baby cucumber, store in the fridge - and enjoy it sliced with a bit of salt and pepper for a healthy and refreshing treat.

Iced tea: This is an all-time North American summer drink, but one that is making a hit in the UK.  The beauty of it is that it is easy, cheap and healthy to make. Make your favourite tea (try green tea or mint tea for a delicious alternative). Let the bags steep for between five and 10 minutes, then remove them and let the tea cool to room temperature. Have a quick taste test to see if you need to add a little honey. Transfer the tea to a different container, cover and refrigerate. To serve, fill a tall glass with ice, add iced tea, garnish with a mint leaf.

Salad: On a hot day, there's nothing more refreshing than a leafy green salad with juicy tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, red onions and a light vinaigrette. Green salads contain mostly water, making them easy to digest and leaving you feeling cool and energized. If you want to add protein to the meal, barbecue some chicken or pick up a prepared chicken from the supermarket or simply add cheese or ham.  

Another excellent way to keep cool is to leave the cleaning to the professional house cleaning experts at MOLLY MAID so that you have more time and energy to do the things you enjoy the most this summer.

Posted by Molly Maid at 00:00
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Quick Kitchen Clean

Here's a quick 12 minute cleaning guide from the professional house cleaning experts at MOLLY MAID, to help you save precious time so you can make the most of the good weather. MOLLY MAID would be happy to give you back more time should you decide that the task is too daunting!

De-clutter: Spend a minute or two removing clutter from the kitchen work surfaces including the washing-up. Stack the dishwasher, put items back in the cupboard and stash papers in a drawer.

Washing-up: Remember to load the dishwasher and start the cycle, to save you time later.

Pre-treat: If you find hard-to-remove spots on the cooker or kitchen work top, scrape them off with an old credit card or soak with soapy water.  

Kitchen Work Tops: Wet a microfiber cloth with all-purpose spray and wipe countertops back-to-front, brushing crumbs onto the floor.

Appliances: Wipe the fridge, dishwasher and cooker with a damp nonabrasive cloth.

Floor: The golden rule is to sweep or vacuum the kitchen floor before washing it. Starting in a far corner and sweep your way out. Then, give the floor a quick once-over with a water-dampened microfiber mop, again working your way out.

You should now be able to see the impact of a quick 12 minute kitchen clean!

Posted by Molly Maid at 00:00

Impromptu Barbecue!

It's Friday night and you're on your way home from work, and your youngest child sends you a text asking 'what's for dinner?'

MOLLY MAID, the professional house cleaners, share the following top tips to help you organise the best quick and painless last minute barbecue ever:

Food:  Call into the supermarket and pick up easy-to-prepare barbecue classics: ready-made beef burgers, coleslaw and potato salad from the deli section, together with bread rolls for the burgers, a juicy red tomato, red onion and jar of deli pickles. 

Barbecue:  Text/ call your partner and ask them to fire up the barbecue as you approach home.

Drink:  Text/ call to put drinks to cool in the fridge.

Preparation: Once you're home, delegate the various tasks. For example, ask one child to lay the table on the patio or terrace and perhaps ask the older one (if age appropriate) to slice the tomato and onion and to put all the condiments for the burgers on the table.

Activity: Why not suggest the children play an outdoor game such as cricket, swingball or badminton to keep them entertained while you and your partner cook the burgers and dress the salads. 

Dinner's ready: Enjoy sitting down over a meal and spending precious time together as a family.

Perfect! 

Posted by Molly Maid at 00:00
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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
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