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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.

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

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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