Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Home Cleaning in New Zealand – Trends and Cleaning Needs in Today’s World

A recent household survey conducted in New Zealand revealed that over 26% of the respondents (irrespective of whether employed or not) already have a regular home cleaner.

Hiring a house cleaner will make your family happier because the benefits are sure to outweigh the cost – interestingly, the actual cost could be less than what you expect. There is also the health benefit of getting enough sleep without any guilty conscience about keeping your house unclean and cluttered. 

The good sleep and relaxation you enjoy by hiring a professional home cleaner will tremendously improve your memory and attention, cutting inflammation and lowering stress levels, medical experts said.

The method used for cleaning shows a shift from traditional hand washing to appliance-supported cleaning procedures, but dirt, dust and stains still remain nightmares for majority of housewives, the survey further said. 

Life is in the fast lane, and consumers are moving in hyper-speed with their cleaning needs and preferences also changing accordingly. House designs are also changing - countertops made of natural stones and other hard surface materials have gained popularity, and wood floors started replacing carpets etc. - and this change in house design trends requires different cleaning materials and equipment.  In such a scenario, there is high demand for products that help to clean quickly and effectively, thereby reducing the time spent on house cleaning chores.

Advantages of hiring a home cleaning service in New Zealand

  • Fifty-eight percent of householders interviewed said they don’t spend enough time for social life. The time saved from home cleaning can then be utilised for mingling with close friends and family. What a great idea- it’ll simply solve many of the family problems and improve your overall health and social life.
  • When you leave the house cleaning to a verified cleaner, you can go jogging or visit a fitness club with the extra time in your hand. This will help you to get fit.
  • You may get tired during the cleaning process and end up in leaving the germs untouched in the fridge, oven or cabinets in your kitchen. However, the cleaning task undertaken by the Select Home Cleaners is their daily job, and their livelihood. They won’t make any shortcuts to it because on one side they are dedicated and have pride in their work, and on the other side, they know poor and incomplete cleaning will affect their career. Moreover, the professionals come with proper equipment and correct products for the job which make it a perfect job.
  • There are some places in the house you usually forget while cleaning, but the fresh eyes of an expert cleaner will definitely identify them straightaway and clean them as a routine.  
  • You can tidy up the rooms before the cleaner arrives so that precious time can be saved. It’s something like all the clutter from the carpets, TV set, kitchen countertops or the bed can be cleared of so that the professionals can concentrate mainly on the cleaning part. This will also make you more organised.
  • Enjoy your life. You have some extra time because you paid a service provider to do the cleaning and chores in your home. Now utilise that free time to do some hobbies you enjoyed the most but have been kept aside because of time restrictions.  Reading, writing, cooking experiments, handcrafting etc., whatever be it, renew that hobby which gives you the much needed relaxation in your life.

Select Cleaning New Zealand

It’s not that easy to get extremely reliable and honest home cleaning services in your locality. Security is a big issue, and quality of work and cost are other important factors.  We request you to visit our website and read the testimonials written by people like you. ‘Once a customer, always a customer’ is the phrase upon which the cleaning policy of Select Cleaning has been formulated.

We service Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington & Christchurch, and can be contacted on Phone 0800 000 907 for a free home cleaning quote.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Identify the Often Neglected Areas in Home Cleaning

Instead of organising and cleaning the house, some people have a tendency to keep on searching for more innovative and easy-to-do cleaning ideas. However, when it comes to practically doing the task, they feel their mood has changed!  If you fit into that category, then it’s better to hire a professional home cleaning service in New Zealand to do the job for you.

A clean home is very pleasant and evokes divine feeling, whereas a dusty and unkempt house makes you feeling guilty and irritated. It’s also a matter of hygiene to keep your house clean at all times.

Given below are some areas often forgotten while cleaning your home yourself or by some cheap service providers:

1. Some areas where dust accumulates due to continuous neglect are under the bed, and behind the sofa, curtains and doors.

2. Grease in the kitchen cabinets: there will be traces of grease visible as sticky, yellowing or darkening grime accumulated in the kitchen cabinets over time. Just giving them occasional quick wipe down with a damp rag will not suffice to properly degrease. Stubborn grease and oil stains need special cleaners to get completely removed from the cabinets.                  
Here’s a DIY degreasing method: Utilise the grease-busting qualities of white vinegar to clean your kitchen cabinets. Spray few drops of vinegar into clean, dry cloth and wipe down the cabinets. Then dip the cloth in warm water, and use it to rinse the cabinetry after squeezing the water out from the cloth. Finally dry the area to a shine, using paper towels.

3. You don’t know how many bacteria colonies reside in the kitchen sink:clean the kitchen sinks with a powerful anti-bacterial cleanser at least once in a week. These sinks accommodate more disease causing germs than your bath area!

4. Identify less used items in your house and dust them off: Have a look at the curio cabinets, framed photos on the wall, other decorative items in every room, and the frame of those table lamps- they are less used items and so gradually become super dusty! Dust these ornamental items thoroughly once in a while to prevent persistent dust mites generating allergens in your home. Dust and dirt that accumulate between the creases of a sofa are often neglected where homeowners or residents do all the cleaning.  Only a professional home cleaning service has the knowhow to smartly clean such neglected spots in your home.  

5. Decluttering can reduce the amount of dust particles inside your home. Dispose of old clothes, unused toys, damaged electrical & electronic items, and other less used items that have begun invading common spaces in your home. They form storehouse for dust and dirt.

Select Home Cleaning provides friendly professionals you can trust

If you’re a busy professional and don’t have the time and energy to manage your home cleaning, it’s a great idea to hire a cleaning service. It not only saves your relaxing time, but prolongs the life and good looks of your home and its interiors also.

Select Clean surpasses home cleaning industry standards in New Zealand for affordable, quality cleaning services, while maintaining personalised service standards to clients. Timely service, best quality products at the lowest possible price, perfect cleaning standards, and honest and direct approach in all our dealings make us the clients’ favourite choice. Even though we don’t do carpet cleaning and window cleaning, people used to call us to have those works done by other professionals recommended by us. That’s the level of trust and beliefs vested on us by our clients and professional contacts.   

We value the trust and beliefs vested in us by our clients and professional contacts and provide a dedicated cleaning service with an honest and direct approach in all our dealings. 

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Move Out Clean and DIY Home Cleaning Tips

Are you moving out? Well, Select Cleaning provides the best one-off cleaners in New Zealand- affordable and highly professional. Select Cleaners can help you move out peacefully from your past home or flat by managing all the sophisticated end-of-lease cleaning requirements.

The move out cleaning job is a little bit complicated one as it’ll be further inspected by the property owner, and  you may be in the risk of losing a security deposit over a home that’s not cleaned up to the requisite standard. Here comes the need for professional help from a reputed house cleaning service which knows how to bring the home or flat to the condition it was before your tenancy began. This way, by paying a small fee to the professional cleaner, save yourself the embarrassment with the landowner and take the stress out of the bond cleaning process.  

DIY Home Cleaning Ideas

Eliminate the clutter to avoid constant frustration
For solving clutter menace, remember and follow the old saying, “a place for everything and everything in its place.” Group your clutter cleverly and arrange them in a proper way, like putting them in a decorative storage box or keeping a folder for bills and notes, or a bookcase for favourite reading materials, or a bowl for keys and wallets etc. This will impart a feeling of orderliness in your home. Consider such ideas and implement them to get rid of the clutter and chaos in your home, and life.

Clogged drains?
First, sprinkle two cups of baking soda into the drain followed by two cups of boiled vinegar. Allow the fizzing to stop and let the mixture stay in the drain for about five minutes. Flush with boiling water.
Some people also recommend pouring hot water and detergent down the drain for fat, oil and grease clogs that are common in household clogs.  

Getting prepared for cleaning your room

Ensure that you have all the right tools and products readily available with you before you start cleaning.

Let’s have a list:
  • Microfibre cloths for dusting, cleaning and polishing.
  • Cotton cloth for cleaning windows, mirrors, and glass screens of TV & computers.
  • Mop for vacuuming hard floors.
  • All purpose, good quality cleaner.
  • Glass cleaner.
  • Disinfectant.
  • Fresh linens for bedrooms.

Cleaning procedure:
Firstly, tidy and deal with garbage and laundry. Secondly, start dusting and cleaning. And lastly, mop the floors.

For lowering the allergens and improving the air quality in your house, make it a habit to dust out your rooms regularly. Use a microfibre cloth and go left to right, and top to bottom in order to avoid spreading of dust all over the place.
How do you dust the slatted blinds, one slat at a time? You’re doing it wrong. The easy and efficient way is to close them one way (by pulling the string) and dust, then close them the other way and repeat the dusting. Clean the computer and TV screens, and the glass framed photos using glass cleaner sprayed to a fresh cotton cloth.

After dusting, go for mopping. While you do mopping, always start at the farthest corner of the room and move back toward the entrance door, so you’re always standing on a dry piece of floor without spoiling the already cleaned area. Rinse the mop frequently to ensure thorough cleaning.

Now listen to the best option:

While you're busy at work or on a weekend family trip, a police verified smart Select Home cleaner will make your home absolutely neat and clean. There's nothing like coming home, walking in, and see the house fresh smelling and in perfect shape!  Book a regular weekly/fortnightly cleaning service, or a catch up, once off cleaning service on the weekly cleaning when your week gets away from you! 

Visit SelectClean website for more info.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

How to Deal with Moisture & Mould Problems in Your Home

Surveys had revealed that many New Zealand homes are poorly insulated and cause health problems- latest survey being the HRV State of Home Survey which interviewed over 1400 New Zealanders, also found out that 56% of landlords refused to do anything about poor insulation when contacted by tenants. The survey was conducted by Buzz Channel in collaboration with a Professor of Sociology at Auckland University of Technology, on 20th July, 2016.

The survey revealed that the presence of excess mould is a cause of worry in around 50% of the rented homes in New Zealand affecting the health of the tenants. And as a result, the renters take more sick leave than the national average, the survey said. 

Addressing the mould issue

You can find traces of mould behind the bed, in the bathroom or dotting the kitchen ceiling, and if not controlled, it’ll creep into every nook and cranny.

Being a responsible home cleaning service, Select Home Clean in New Zealand regularly publishes efficient mould removal methods on their blog site.

If you have rented a house, you should first check it thoroughly to ensure that there is no mould problem in the house. If you notice it later, landlords may not accept they're responsible for the mould because there is no clear-cut responsibility laid out in the law. And tenants will have to go through housing tribunals or the courts to prove their case.

If you see that there are leaky taps, broken gutters or windows that don't seal properly, immediately report the matter to the landlord and get it repaired. It’s also important to call professional home cleaners occasionally to perfectly clean your house so that the possibility of mould developing is avoided.

How to get rid of mould in your home

Mould is classified according to the place where it occurs, like non-porous, semi-porous and super-porous. If the mould has heavily infested a super-porous surface, such as a textile, carpet, clothing, cardboard or furniture, you may need to discard that item because the mould can't be removed completely.

First, vacuum up the mould with a vacuum cleaner that has appropriate filter for absorbing the mould spores. If the filter is not a good one, you may end up making the problem worse by spreading the spores and mould vapours around.

Next, remove all the left over traces of mould with the help of diluted vinegar.  Prepare a solution of vinegar and water in the proportion of 80:20 in a large container, and then pour it into three buckets. Dip a microfiber cloth in the first bucket and clean a patch of mould. Before using this cloth on another colony of mould, clean it in the second bucket and again in the third bucket also to remove all mould spores so as to avoid cross-contamination. This way, repeat the process till the mould presence has been completely removed.   

If the use of vinegar has left streaks on the cleaned surface, clean it further with bleach to remove discolouration.

When to call the mould removal experts

If the mould affected area is comparatively larger, it’ll be dangerous to your health, releasing toxic spores and vapours, possibly resulting in hypersensitivity or allergic reactions with itchy skin rashes, and asthma and flu-like symptoms. In such instances where the mould covers an area greater than three feet by three feet, it’s advisable to call professional home cleaners to deal with the mould problem.

Get a free house cleaning quote today by calling the Select Home Cleaners on 0800 000 907.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Don’t Make Life Complicated with Home Cleaning- Life Is Supposed to Make You Feel Good!

Your time is precious and it need not be stressed over the housework, but in our case, home cleaning is our profession and we love to do it to get your home looking just the way you like it.

Follow these steps to make your home smell good: 
  • You’ll get sweet smell in your home by simmering water in a saucepan with citrus slices and herbs, such as lavender or mint. 
  • If you face a stink near the kitchen sink, put a small lump of lemon-scented dish soap, a lemon piece, or a few lime rinds down into the garbage disposal, then run the water, and turn it on. Sometimes the smell may not have been fully removed, so try pouring in half a cup of baking soda and run warm water. 
  • Place sweet smelling candles (without burning them) in the linen closet, or any other place where you have fabrics stored. The lovely fragrance of the candles will be slowly absorbed by the fabrics, giving you a rush of sweet smell every time you open the door. The added advantage is that the linens will also carry the scent with them wherever you use them. 
  • Try to grow at suitable locations in your home indoor plants such as geraniums, corsage orchids, eucalyptus, Arabian jasmine, gardenias, or Cuban oregano, etc., which will purify the air in your home in addition to emitting nice fragrances. 
  • Prepare something in the oven if you have guests at home. The welcoming aroma of fresh baked items fills the house with yummy smells to everyone’s liking. 

How to clean windows and glass effectively

Select Home cleaning service doesn’t provide windows cleaning. However, they have some good tricks and DIY tips to make your windows and glass surfaces sparkle.

Select Home Cleaners recommend natural solutions to give you the best cleaning, without any health hazards to the kids and elderly people. They also take steps to reduce the negative impact on our environment from petrochemicals and solvents. Natural ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, lemons, and borax are good cleaning agents, so you can rest assured that better results can be obtained without chemical cleaners.

While you can use vinegar to remove built-up water stains on glass, you need some soap which acts as an emulsifier to clean up a bit of dirt and dust on exterior windows or sliding doors. Natural toilet cleaners designed for lime and rust deposits also can be used to remove hard water spots on the outside of windows.

After spraying down the mirrors with cleaning solution, you can use a newspaper to perfectly clean the glass and windows. Finally, use a microfiber cloth to get rid of any last streaks from the glass surface.

Advantages of professional home cleaning

Every nook and cranny of your house needs utmost care when the house cleaning is done. The professionals know which places are to be cleaned thoroughly and which places need less care - less time working on the easier places gives them more time to focus on important areas in the house.

So, whether you’re looking for a regular home cleaning, a spring clean or some specialised jobs such as oven cleaning, refrigerator cleaning etc., Select Clean is there to take the hassle away. Get a quick quote now by visiting their Website or by calling them on 0800 000 907. They service Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington and Christchurch- affordable, security checked and award winning home cleaning service.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Expert Tips and Tricks for Maintaining Your Home in a Spick and Span Condition

With an aging society, and majority of younger generations unwilling to do DIY jobs, we have more consumers calling the professionals to do home cleaning and maintenance jobs for them.
This trend, known as Do-It-For-Me (DIFM) as against DIY, is now gaining momentum in the modern day society.

While you’re going to enjoy the autumn season, here are some tips to remember before winter sets in after three months:

Gutter cleaning:
Leaves and dirt might have got stuck in your gutters during the summer season. This will cause the blocked water to back up against the house, inflicting damage to the roof and weather protection materials. Gutters and drains, if not allowing the water to flow smoothly, can affect the functioning of the drainage system, which will lead to leaks in your home.

Avoid air leakage through windows & doors:
During winter period, it’s good to keep the entire volume of inside warm air in the house. Inspect the windows and doors to ensure that they don't have any cracks. In case of air leaks, take help from professional service providers who’ll use caulk to seal any cracks between each door frame and weather-stripping to efficiently seal the air leakage.  

Reverse the rotation of your ceiling fan:
During the winter period, you could increase the performance efficiency of the ceiling fans and save on energy bills by reversing the direction of rotation. When the fan’s rotation is reversed, it will send all the warm air near the ceiling to your living space as the warmer air naturally stays near the ceiling. This will help to ease reliance on running other home heating appliances (you can turn the thermostat down a couple degrees!).

Simple points to keep in mind while dusting, and vacuuming

When you dust your home, it’s good to start the task from one corner of the room, working top-to-bottom and back-to-front. This is to allow the dust to fall onto the floor. Similarly, while vacuuming, you can begin the task from a back corner and continue vacuuming your way out the door, using long firm strokes. And when you vacuum the carpet, remember to run the machine over each strip of the carpet only once and not twice, to save time.

Before you hire a home cleaner in New Zealand, have a thorough internet search: 
  • Check their credentials (work ethics, reliability and quality of work) by contacting their references, if possible. If you couldn’t get in touch with references, gather information by checking customer reviews about the company in Google or other independent social media sites other than their own website. 
  • Ask if the home cleaning company has experience in doing the particular cleaning task you require; if your work is being subcontracted, know in advance who can be contacted in case of any difficulties. 
  • You also need to look at the price the home cleaning companies are asking for. Never go for cheap contractors who may compromise the quality of work. 
  • Check if the house cleaners are insured, and police verified. Also peruse their guarantee terms and conditions.

If you’re going to call Select Clean home cleaners who service Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Tauranga and Christchurch in New Zealand, you are at zero risk regarding security, reliability, dedication and quality of work. Check it out on their Website or get your free quote now by calling them on 0800 000 907.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Speed-Cleaning Ideas to Get Your Home Ready for Short-Notice Guests

Quick clean guidelines

Plan your house cleaning task in advance, get all equipment and cleaning products ready and set the clock. First, declutter the entire house before you start cleaning.  Collect all the bathroom floor towels and bed linen and put them in the washing machine. Same way, load the dishes into dishwasher.  This will clear the space for you to move quickly during the cleaning process.

Now begin cleaning the rooms one by one. Don’t spend more than 10 minutes on an average in any room, even though there are exceptions. For example, your time together with guests is limited to some particular spots in the house, so spend more time there giving attention to details. These important locations can be the kitchen, lounge room, one bathroom and other areas you think the visitor may use.

Kitchen and bathroom cleaning

It’s advisable to first give your full attention onto the difficult areas that take more time to clean and make the area spic-and-span, like the bathroom and kitchen.   

Do a quick scanning of the kitchen, collect all loose items and put them in their correct place. Anything placed on the benchtop and other surfaces will go to the cabinets and refrigerator respectively. Your kitchen will look cleaner once all the clutter, including the dishes, has gone into proper place.  

First clean the sink thoroughly then wipe down the stove, microwave, and refrigerator. Walls and other hard surfaces need to be cleaned from top to bottom in order to avoid any debris dripping into already cleaned areas.  

Quick bathroom cleaning:  
Remove hair and dust by giving a quick run of the vacuum cleaner on the floor and bath mats.

Spray the shower, bath, vanity and sink with a quality cleaner, and leave it there to work for some time. 

In the mean time, you can wipe down the walls, and scrub the toilet using a brush and all purpose cleaner. Flush the toilet after brushing, and then wipe down the outside of the toilet and tank. Remember to clean under the seat and all other nooks and crannies of the toilet. Use a disinfectant spray while wiping down the toilet. 

Clean the mirror and any glass panels using glass cleaner and a squeegee. Spray the cleaner on the glass and wipe in a circular motion starting from the top corner. Give the shower and bath a quick wipe-down giving particular attention to edges and grouting. A full scrub is not required if the guests are coming within short notice.  Wipe down the vanity top and basin and also give the sink a quick wash and rinse. Lastly mop the tiles. 

Do everything swiftly, keep moving constantly once you have started the house cleaning task. Arrange the cleaning paraphernalia in such a way that you can avoid going back to rooms that you have already cleaned. This will save you time and energy running back and forth. 

Tips & Testimonials  

Marble benchtop or floor tiles can get easily stained. For removing these stains on natural stone, try cleaning them with a piece of lemon dipped in salt powder. Once the stain mark is gone, quickly clean all traces of lemon because the acid in lemon can again damage the marble surface.  

Microwave cleaning: Mix 3 table spoons of lemon juice with one and a half cup of water. Pour this lemon water into a microwave-safe bowl and run the microwave on high for 8 minutes then wipe the oven to sparkling clean.  

Use environment friendly home cleaning products which should also be kid and pet friendly. While keeping your house green using homemade cleaning products, remember one thing: there are certain cleaning ingredients that you should never mix together. 

Read all the testimonials at Select Clean website 

Here’s one from a happy customer:
Siane Ormsby wrote to us: “Just had the most amazing cleaning experience and I've been getting a bit of help from a few companies at the moment and the Hamilton crew (of Select Home Cleaning) Ray and his partner were just awesome!! They were professional, friendly, fast and left me with a huge smile and beautifully cleaned ceilings. Thank you so much, I will be recommending you to everyone I know!”