If you’re like me, a thrifty spender but fussy when it comes to cleaning.
I’m a firm believer and practitioner of the theory of bottom up. With cleaning products when comparing the cheaper alternatives from the more prominent brands, often there could be a price difference of sometimes $5.00 which over a year could save you 60 odd dollars. Multiply that by a several different products such as dish washing liquid, washing powder, multipurpose sprays, degreasers etc, you could be spending an extra $200 a year on the bigger brands.
Now for some, you might be perfectly happy with your Mr Clean spray. But what’s not to say you can achieve the same result with a cheaper alternative.
For many people it’s quite embarrassing to see how much cooking grease ends up high in your kitchen. Cooking causes significant amounts of moisture, and heat rises taking those cooking greases up to be deposited in areas where most of us infrequently clean or struggle to reach.
Here are a couple great suggestions:
· Don’t use the tops of cabinets for storage, as these items will end up with a film of sticky filth.
· Broad baking paper, fixed in place above cabinets with a little Blue-Tak so that its hidden from view provides a great sacrificial layer that can readily be thrown out regularly.
· Long handle mops are not only great for floors, but can also be successfully employed to reach high areas too.
· If designing or renovating, consider extending cabinets facades up to the ceiling so that there aren’t flat high areas for the grease to settle on.
Grease up high in kitchens is one of the most regularly mentioned trouble areas Total Clean face when we perform Spring Cleaning jobs.
New clients often complain to us about struggles to keep their shower glass free from scale and water marks in particular. Sometimes once these glass doors are too far gone they can only be remedied through replacement.
These issues are caused through leaving surfaces wet. No water residue, no problem.
Keep a towel and a glass scraper by your shower. After every shower completely dry your shower box. For a minute spent daily after each shower, at the end of the week you’ll find that there aren’t any issues with scale, water marks or mould and mildew.
Calcium and scale residue deposits come from the domestic water supply. Mildew grows from leaving areas wet with moisture. Both of these issues are resolved by keeping the shower dry.
For some people this is one of the most dreaded cleaning tasks in the kitchen. Many domestic oven cleaners quite simply aren’t sufficiently grease cutting enough to remove on grime to do a satisfactory job. Surprisingly we know that many commercial cleaners use such products too and leave their clients underwhelmed by the results.
If you regularly clean your oven from when it’s new, these domestic cleaners may maintain it in good order. If your oven is already too far gone however you’ll be needing something better than a domestic grade oven cleaner.
Some of the better commercial oven cleaning products will do great job but can be extremely corrosive, causing chemical burns to skin or damage to lungs if fumes were inhaled. They may also bleach colour. Most of these are classed as too dangerous to be sold through regular retail outlets. If you do use these commercial oven cleaning products always use extreme caution and carefully follow the instructions and safety precautions. Total Clean undertakes serious health and safety training with our cleaners before they use our commercial grade oven cleaners to deliver great results for our clients, they kit up in safety clothing, masks, gloves and protect areas from over spray with plastic sheeting.
Alternatively, you can also get a good result cleaning the oven with baking soda and vinegar. It does just need a little more elbow grease! Make a paste of baking soda and water and spread the mixture over the entire oven, oven door and glass. Leave for at least 30mins, then start putting in some of that elbow grease! Spray a bit of vinegar on those stubborn areas.
Check your oven user manual, you may be able to place aluminium foil on the bottom of your oven to catch any drips and spills – streamlining your next oven clean!
We believe a toilet should be cleaned daily, brushed and flossed. Leaving any white - pearly white. Many people may use your toilet daily, so it must always be kept hygienic.
The basics of cleaning toilets are commonly known, obviously required is a sanitising spray and wipe to remove germs, a toilet bowl cleaner such as Toilet Duck and a bowl brush, a set of disposable clothes for cleaning and another set for finishing. And importantly you must get right around behind the toilet as well as you clean the front.
We professionals also know that to truly deliver a sparkling toilet you also need to:
· Have a good selection of brushes handy. Most toilets we’ve found to have a surprising amount of little edges and grooves which can collect undesirable grime. Tooth brushes firm, medium and soft work well.
· We find that thin paper wipes are the best suited for flossing gaps. Just like your teeth, there are gaps that benefit from a good flossing, especially around the hinge area of the seat and toilet lid which acts as a trap for further undesirable grime.
· We use HG Scale-Away for removing water spots, calcium and scale deposits. Often a toilet can be well cleaned, only to dry leaving a blotchy finish. This is caused by water spots, calcium and scale residue (these elements are found within domestic water supply). Most common spray and wipe detergents will not remove such deposits.