Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Select Clean Home Maintenance Tips and Property News for Aspiring Homeowners

Housing crisis in Wellington and Auckland

According to latest residential property news, new housing developments in Wellington have been lagging behind population growth and demand. The city is facing a shortage of at least 3590 dwellings as per official records.

In their efforts to solve
Wellington's looming housing crisis, Mayor Justin Lester and deputy Paul Eagle announced a couple of months back that 750 units of social and affordable homes would be built in Wellington to avoid an Auckland-style housing crisis.

Wellington Mayor also declared a $5k rates discount for first-home and apartment builders. So, aspiring home/apartment owners can cash in on this discount in pricing.

Meanwhile, global investment bank Goldman Sachs said New Zealand’s housing market has a 40% chance of going bust in the next two years. It further said the housing market here is the most over-valued amongst the G-10 group of developed economies.

DIY home hacks ideas for busy homeowners

Did you know that binder clip can be used to make the following day-to-day activities more efficiently?
  • Phone & Cellphone Stand
  • Cellphone Stand Charger
  • Watching Movie Phone Stand
  • Pen Pencil Stand
  • Bind Cable and Charger
  • Organizing Cable
  • Knitting
  • Put Cloth Irony
  • Cleaning Bar Management
  • Tight Seal Food Bags
  • Toothpaste Surrender
  • Managing Money, Car keys & Cards
  • Safely Razor Packing
  • Securely Put Earphone

Watch a video to know how the above things are made with binder clips.

Simple and clever way to remove clothing wrinkles

You can remove wrinkles in your clothes by steaming them in the shower.

While you're showering, hang up wrinkled clothing from the shower rod. Ensure you close the doors and windows so the steam won’t escape. While you shower and do other bathroom routine activities, the wrinkles will be automatically gone from your garments. It won’t take more than 10 or 15 minutes for the steam to straighten the wrinkles.

If you have little more time and patience, here is another way of removing tiny wrinkles from clothes. While you boil water for the morning tea, hold the spout of the steaming kettle near the wrinkled area on the garment. Ensure you keep it at safe distance (say 12 inches) to avoid scorching the fabric. The advantage here is that the wrinkles are subjected to concentrated steam to get better result. The method of removing wrinkles while showering may cause your bathroom mirror fogging up. So, need not to worry about foggy bathroom mirrors with the teapot method.   

Stained TV Screens?

Make your TV screens and computer monitors stain and dust free by cleaning them with a coffee filter. All traces of grime, dust, dirt and fingerprints build up will be removed and the screens will sparkle again.

Seasonal Home Maintenance Chores

As a responsible homeowner, you need to make up your mind regarding the works you will be able to do yourself and the ones those are to be done by a home cleaning company. If you try to attempt the tasks that are to be performed by skilled personnel, it may run for some time, but you may end up with costly repairs later on. Summer and winter cleaning are important as they involve the beginning of your prime cooling and heating season respectively. Your home’s envelope and infrastructure need to be inspected and improved during these seasonal changes and only experienced home cleaners can manage it properly.    

The above points have been stated as per our vast experience in the home cleaning industry. Working for Select Clean, we have witnessed people paying extra power bills because of bad sealing, and then facing costly repairs due to moisture and leaks affecting the infrastructure of the building. Get a free home cleaning quote today from the most trusted cleaners in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton and Tauranga.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Hygiene Matters, Green Cleaning Concept, and More

How to maintain effective hand hygiene 

Know when to wash your hands – it’s not just before and after food, or when your hands are visibly dirty.  

Wash your hands properly before and/or after the following:
  • Preparing the food
  • Going to the toilet or changing a nappy
  • Blowing your nose, sneeze or cough
  • Handling pets or other animals
  • Attending the sick
  • Visiting a hospital or clinic.

World Health Organization experts say we need to dedicate about 30 seconds to thoroughly wash the hands, whereas normally we do it in 11 seconds.

Follow the steps below to properly wash your hands:
  • Wet your hands and use sufficient soap and water to wash the hands.
  • Rub the soap in the palms, back of your hands, fingers and the webbing between fingers.
  • Rub with closed fingers of right hand in left palm and vice versa. Also do this for the back of the hands and fingers.
  • While washing, ensure to clean fingernails and fingertips.
  • Alcohol-based hand rubs can be used if soap and water are not available.

Cleanliness @ garbage disposal

Your garbage disposal needs degreasing and thorough cleaning because of the existence of harmful germs.

Use vinegar ice cubes to do this cleaning task. Pour a cupful of vinegar into the ice-cube tray and fill the rest with water. Put the tray in the freezer and take out when the mixture of vinegar and water become solid. Use these vinegar ice cubes to clean and freshen the garbage disposal.

Home cleaning FAQs

When you call a home cleaning service, you’ll have questions like: are the cleaners police checked, and are they adequately trained?
Answer from Select Clean:

To guarantee your peace of mind, and eliminate any concerns you may have regarding both the safety of your possessions and the respect of your privacy, our cleaners have all been through an intensive selection process and security check to ensure they are honest and reliable.

The SelectClean home cleaners are Franchisee owners who own their business, and so honestly care about the quality they deliver and are professionally trained to carry out all house cleaning activities using latest equipment and products.

Green cleaning concept and Select Clean

Green cleaning is “a marketplace phenomenon that is being driven by customer demand and the overall trending of the broad marketplace for environmentally preferable products and services”, according to the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association.

Home owners as well as business owners these days are aware of the harmful effect of chemicals used in the cleaning products, and cleaning services that use non-toxic supplies and processes are becoming their favourites.  

The Select Cleaning professionals are very much conscious about these issues. They take steps to reduce the negative impact on our environment from petrochemicals and solvents. However, unlike some other service providers, they don't pretend to be perfect.  The Select Cleaners do their best by reviewing procedures and choosing the most appropriate products.

Select Clean render their meritorious service at Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington and Christchurch. Visit Website for detailed info, or call them on 0800 000 907 for a free home cleaning quote. 

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Brilliant Cleaning and Maintenance Tips for Every Homeowner

Clogged and smelly kitchen sinks?
Sprinkle a cup of baking soda down the sink plug hole at night.  In the morning, heat a cup of white vinegar in the microwave and pour it down on top of the baking soda. The chemical reaction will loosen up any grimy sludge settled at the bottom of the drain and jolt it all loose. Finally, flush the drain with boiling water which will ensure unclogging perfectly.

The added advantage here is that the hot vinegar will deodorise the microwave also in addition to your sink.

Check your dishwasher, isn't it dirty?
Add one-quarter cup white vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher and run a full wash cycle. Now you’ll see that all stains and dirt have gone. 
Did you know that dishwashers can also be used to clean stove vents, plastic cutting boards etc.? Place these special items carefully in the dishwasher and run a full cycle along with other dishes to get amazing result. It will remove stubborn stains and scum from the cutting board to make it as good as new.

Blocked shower heads?
This method allows you to clean the shower head without removing it from the pipe attachment. Pour a mixture of 1/3 cup baking soda and one-cup white vinegar in a plastic bag big enough to cover the shower head. Now tie the bag to the shower pipe with a tape, rubber band, or plastic thread etc. Ensure that the shower head is fully dipped in vinegar and no liquid is leaking. Let it remain like that overnight. Next day, remove the plastic bag carefully without spilling the liquid. You’ll be happy to see that all blocked holes are clear now.

Tired of trying to clean lime scale off the toilet bowl?
We know that one of the most dreaded household tasks is cleaning the toilet. But wait! Try using coke. 
Pour a cup or two of coke into the toilet bowl, and also around the rim of the bowl. Leave it to soak overnight and the acids will slowly loosen the built-up stains. In the morning, flush and lightly brush and see the difference. The dreaded job has turned out to be a simple one.

You may also use a pumice stone to clean and remove toilet bowl rings. It’s easy to use and won’t make any scratches provided the stone and the bowl are wet.  It works perfectly and gives good result.

Dirty Pans and pots
No more worries about burnt pans. Pour half a cup of vinegar to your pan and boil it to loosen the sticky burnt stuff. Now it’ll be easy to remove the stains completely by rubbing with baking soda with the help of a sponge. After removing all residues, just scour the pan normally.

Cut a piece of raw potato. Take some salt powder and sprinkle it in the pan/pot. Now take the potato piece and strongly rub the pot with salt. Then wash away the salt powder and dirt, and dry it with paper towels. Add some oil at the bottom of the pan and spread it to make a thin film of oil in the pot. Heat the pot in low temperature for half an hour to let the oil soak into the pan.

Stained Coffee mugs and discoloured old dishes
Immaterial of how thoroughly you clean, there will always be some traces of coffee and tea stains in your mugs. Remove those stubborn stains by scrubbing them with a lemon peel dipped in salt.

Clean those discoloured old dishes you kept aside in your kitchen cupboards, using a mixture of baking soda and water. You’ll be stunned to see the dishes sparkling again.  

Avail professional help from Select Cleaning
These handy home cleaning and maintenance tips are published for the benefit of our esteemed customers. Learn these simple tips to make your house cleaning easier and efficient. Call Select Clean whenever you feel the need for professional home cleaning.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

The Need for Creating a Workable Home Cleaning Schedule

A research about people’s housekeeping behaviour published recently said only one in three persons has a set home cleaning schedule. The rest, that is around 62%, admit that they do the house cleaning chores as and when they find time.  In the survey, about 42% said they want to do it as fast as possible because they always have other important commitments to attend to.

Today everybody leads a busy life and it naturally gets in the way of house cleaning routines too. More people thus attempt the cleaning task when they have time rather than pre-planning in advance. Also, several people now depend on a professional home cleaning service to do it most efficiently. Oven cleaning, toilet cleaning and window cleaning are normally outsourced.

A whopping 67% of people who attended the survey said cleaning the oven is the thing they disliked most. Around 47% ticked toilet cleaning and 41% stood against window cleaning as their top dislikes among house cleaning tasks.

We know that the word cleaning makes you feel a bit nervous. Try to make monthly, weekly and daily house cleaning schedules and you’ll see that it becomes little bit easier and sensible that way. 

Make a list of cleaning chores that need to fall on your daily house cleaning checklist. Making beds, managing the dishwasher, washing & ironing the clothes, bathroom cleaning etc., - say anything that could get out of control if ignored on a daily basis, should be on your daily house cleaning list.

Dusting and vacuuming the living rooms, thorough cleaning of the countertops in the kitchen and may be removing unwanted items from the refrigerator etc. can fill up the weekly cleaning schedule. Then for the monthly cleaning tasks, include closets, pantries, the fridge, laundry rooms, guest rooms and garages etc.

Economic growth hints good prospect for the cleaning industry

Westpac’s Acting Chief Economist Michael Gordon said a couple of months back that the New Zealand economy is something of a sweet spot so far this year. His introduction to the bank’s latest Quarterly Economic Overview states: “The economy has been growing at a steady pace for some time, and a strong pipeline of building work and an improvement in dairy prices will help to keep that momentum going.”

Economic experts at Westpac are hopeful that annual GDP growth will reach 3% over the next couple of years. They attribute this high growth rate to a wave of building work progresses and higher dairy prices providing the much needed relief to rural regions.

The above growth rate is also confirmed by Euromonitor international’s home care in New Zealand report published in April, 2017. It says a housing boom is expected to drive growth this year. It clarifies that home care is expected to positively benefit from the expected increase in new build houses, especially in the Auckland region, as well as the continuing strong overall population growth rate of two percent.  In accordance with this population growth and building construction growth, laundry care and home cleaning sectors will be witnessing overall growth.

Ask the Select Clean experts what cleaning schedule you should follow to maintain proper order in your home. With a bit of home organization and know-how, you can prevent the daily cleaning chore piling up.  Scheduling the house cleaning task and dividing it among family members is a great idea to work together and finish the work fast.  Call the home cleaner professionals at times and on special occasions so that any mistakes in your cleaning technique will be compensated and your house will sparkle again.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Unleash a Sense of Imagination to Organise and Declutter Your Home

From the bath area to the home office, these creative home organising and decluttering ways will help you a lot to live a simplified, uncluttered life. Now onward you’ll feel getting organized is so much easier and fun.

Good to make a list and give away one item each day to reduce the unwanted things gathering dust. If you are working from home, it’s good to have a separate room for office supplies and crafts. Ensure office stationery such as file folders and notepads are all neatly arranged. Also minimise your writing instruments and physical files (paper documents) by creating digital files and folders.

Place different sizes of recycling bins - including small ones for expired medication, beauty products and dead batteries – at different places such as the bath area, bedroom, kitchen and all other locations where there is a possibility of clutter buildup.  For organizing a cluttered space, pick up the loose items and put them in matching bins and boxes, differentiating them with labels for easy identification.

Decluttering basics

The key to getting and staying organized is to act according to the well known saying that everything in your home needs a place. If you struggle to find a place for everything, it’s time to get rid of unwanted things, the less used items which you unknowingly keep for no purpose at all. Don’t put back in your cabinets something you know you don’t need and don’t love anymore- auction it or give it to charity. 

How to identify which clothes you can easily discard?  Do this funny hanger trick. Arrange your clothes in the wardrobe with all the hangers in the reverse direction. Once you use a dress and washed it, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the correct direction. After a few months, you can find out what clothes you wear a lot, and what you don’t! This will give you a clear picture of which items are to be trashed.

And for arranging things in their proper place, try to keep likes with likes; say keep all your dishes in one cupboard, and all your cups in another. And remember, though it’s a simple and easy method (Throwing out what is not in regular use, and keeping a box or bag for temporarily storing them before selling off), it’s actually the easiest way to keep your home neat and orderly.

The basic principle of decluttering is to start modestly, not over ambitiously. Pick up an easy spot first, for example, a drawer, a kitchen cabinet, a little stack of items, and try to make it neat and tidy. Once you manage it nicely, your confidence level will build up and also increase the energy and enthusiasm to try out further decluttering tasks in the house.

Decluttering woes

There are plenty of tempting organising materials, from cute wicker baskets to mini chalkboard labels, and from lovely looking containers to stylish baskets etc., available on the market via online and retail stores. However, before ordering these stylish items, just declutter and organise your home and find out what storage you actually need. Otherwise you end up spending money and creating more clutter!

Decluttering your home can be overwhelming if you approach it unplanned. For everyone, the most productive day starts the night before, as mornings are short lived with busy schedule. Try doing little bit organising and decluttering by utilising a few minutes in the evening to prepare yourself for the next day. This way you know exactly where everything is when you’ll be rushing through the morning hours. It’ll be a great relief to find the right makeup kit or medicines without hunting and pecking for them through piles of clutter.

With the Select Clean providing you professional home cleaning service, you need not to live in chaos anymore! We can get your home perfectly clean and organized without much ado! After our dedicated house cleaning process, you’ll find it cakewalk to organise it. Our blog will guide you to delutter efficiently and establish simple routines to keep your home sparkling. Call us now on 0800 000 907 to book a cleaner or for a free quote.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Home Design Trends and the House Cleaning Industry

Our homes not only give us shelter but provide happiness and the joy of living as we look at it as sanctuaries- places where we feel safe and nurtured.

Interior experts say there will be more people renovating, decorating and beautifying their houses in the coming years, turning them into passionate and stylish homes. This makes the home cleaning task more sophisticated and burdensome for the home owners, and so there will be more work for professional cleaning services.

Modern day kitchens have evolved into social hubs and are considered as the nerve centre of the home, even more so than the living rooms.  From cooking and entertaining to planning and socialising, most of our daily activities are happening in and around the kitchen. It is thus clear that all latest design trends and new appliances are first coming into the kitchen.    

Even though the home cleaning industry as a whole suffered revenue loss during the recession period, it has bounced back since 2015 as unemployment and office vacancy rates saw steady declining trends. The cleaning service will further expand its horizon as strong economic growth (boosted by job growth) is predicted for the next 5 years, by economic analysts.

However, there is high risk in the cleaning industry as cleaning companies in general lose up to 55% of their customer base every year due to poor service. That’s why Select Clean makes it mandatory for its cleaners to be 100% quality oriented. During the training process, we advise every cleaner that the cleaning activities they do sincerely and perfectly may go unnoticed for years, but a single bad job will get reported instantly and affect their reputation.

Home cleaning tips
Cherry wood kitchen cabinets can be nicely cleaned with any standard dish soap. You should clean them once in a month or even fortnightly as the dirt accumulation is directly proportional to the number of times you cook and how often you use your kitchen.  Sometimes it’s OK to clean the cabinets once a season. The key point here is to check how grimy your wooden cabinets are getting.

If you have laminate flooring and stone flooring, remember that both need separate cleaning procedures. Avoid wet-washing the laminate ones frequently.  When they are wet-washed, use either white vinegar or ammonia only, not soap, abrasives or wax-based products.
To get rid of ink stains on cloths or rugs, try rubbing alcohol on the ink stains. For ink stains on carpets, apply a paste of cornstarch and milk to lift the stains.

Tired and bored of cleaning the household chores? Try tricking your children into home cleaning! Show them different cleaning products such as gloves, face masks etc. and some hands on activity on cleaning equipment under your supervision. If you can cleverly and properly manage it, it’ll be fun!

Stubborn stains on your carpets or rugs can be removed by brushing the spots with a toothbrush sprayed with a good quality stain-removing spray. 

If you have pets, house cleaning assumes great significance due to hygienic issues. Allergy and other problems can be caused due to the presence of fur, flakes of skin, dirt, dog drool, pet urine etc. In such a situation, it is a must that you should maintain your home germ-free and perfectly clean.  Only a reputed home cleaning service in New Zealand can ensure that you can enjoy life with pets without any health issues. Also use more pet-friendly upholstery and fewer rugs in your home interior decor.

Need some help with cleaning your home efficiently?
Call Select Clean now on 0800 000 907 for a free home cleaning quote. They provide reliable domestic house cleaning service in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington and Christchurch.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Autumn Cleaning and Home Maintenance Tips

While autumn is the best time to go for trekking, cycling or fly fishing, it’s also the ideal time to clean out the rain gutters from autumn leaves and debris. As you watch autumn’s last leaves fall, beware of the damage it can cause - these leaves clog your gutters and send water into your home. However, if you don’t have the time to clean the gutters or don’t want to pay house gutter cleaners, try installing quality gutter protectors which stop leaves and debris etc. from entering your gutters.  

Autumn season is the right time to give the deck and patio some face-lift. If you have a wood deck, you should consider giving it a bath before it goes for seasonal hibernation in the rains or snow. This is to avoid mould and fungi growing and staining the wooden surface. Brick or concrete patios also need thorough cleaning and if possible apply some concrete or sand seal at worn out joints and cracks.

When you turn the clocks forward and back, remember one more thing- do the functional check on fire alarms. Change their batteries as needed. Also remove all dust and dirt accumulated in the alarms with the brush attachment on the vacuum cleaner.

Autumn is also the right time to collect and store enough firewood for the burner. And if you see that your mud yard is slippery, make an alternate brick pathway to the mailbox or boundary wall before the onslaught of rain or snow. Similarly, inspect and fill the cracks on the sidewalks and driveways now, or they may get larger and damage the driveway when water seeps inside the small cracks and freezes during the winter.    

General home cleaning and maintenance tips

There are two basic organisational tips: 1. Maintain a place for everything; 2. Inculcate the habit of removing things that are no longer in use.

Stains on plastic cutting boards: Sprinkle some rock salt into a cut lemon; now use it to clean the cutting boards, you’ll see that all the stains have gone!

Barbecue cleaning: This cut lemon with salt also works fine to clean your barbecue. First, heat the grill up to a high temperature, and then wipe it clean with the half lemon and salt.

Bathroom & toilet cleaning: If you see mould growth on the caulk between the bath tub and tiles, make it a habit to clean the area with white vinegar.

For stubborn toilet stains, clean it with the help of a good quality bowl cleaner solution and a pumice stick. 

Home Cleaning Service providers in New Zealand

Select Clean professional home cleaners- the security cleared, owner operators- are insured, and trained on latest technology in the house cleaning industry.

Everybody knows that cleaning a house at times is very stressful. Let Select Cleaning in New Zealand take away that stress from you as their cleaners can come in and do all the normal weekly or fortnightly cleaning tasks with more technical precision than you would normally do. 

Select Clean's routine cleaning service include: vacuuming all floors, dusting surfaces, spot cleaning marks around doors and switches, washing all hard floors, cleaning all kitchen surfaces, and completely cleaning bathrooms & toilets. They can also do the little extras like inside the fridge or oven.  

Call Select Clean today on 0800 000 907 for a free home cleaning quote.