Tuesday 3 October 2017

Storage Hacks That Will Keep You Organised and Peaceful

Find some impressive storage solutions to maximise space and minimise clutter by making the most of your home's existing space. Getting your stuff organized with these smart storage ideas is a great feeling and it makes finding everything easier also.  

Make your furniture a clever storage space
A platform-style bed for children with built-in drawers and shelves is a lovely idea to keep books, toys and clothes stored neatly. This will also help your child to grasp the habit of cleanliness and orderliness.

Also make concealed storage space under your bed so you can smartly de-clutter the bedroom. A bed frame with such storage units is worth the investment.

Recessed pantry
Worried about your cramped, cluttered kitchen? No tensions, some additional storage space can be created there by knocking a hole through a garage wall. Also try height adjustable shelves, pull out baskets, tray divider, and sliding doors which make an efficient, versatile pantry.

Above-the-door shelf
Over the door storage for a small Bath with limited space and no linen closet is a great option for maximising space. These storage shelves can also be constructed for other necessary places around your home for a better organised look.

Clever way to organise your accessories
Want to try a smart idea to utilise an unwanted ice cube tray? Store your jewellery items in the tray displayed in a stylish manner so you can impress your guests next time they pay a visit. Similarly, let your creativity take wings to find lovely storage places for all unused items in your home.

Facing lack of space for laundry storage?
Tired of all the clutter in your floors and on the countertops? Fix a few pegboards on your walls to hang shelves, baskets, and even cleaning materials & brooms. You can also put all the small things and other clutter on your pegboard. Use a combination of open shelves and pegboards to rev up the storage potential of your hallway wall.

Proven, trusted and experienced home cleaners in your town
Everybody likes a home cleaner who is particularly careful about attention to detail. That is exactly what the customers wanted in a house cleaner. Relax then. Select Cleaning are known for providing a stress–free solution to your home cleaning needs.  

The clients will also be impressed if their items are dutifully put back in their original position when the cleaning is over.  Sincere efforts to polish the water taps until they shine, and getting the mop right into the corners of the kitchen floor are the good habits a homeowner looks in a home cleaner.

You deserve an impeccable service whether it’s weekly or fortnightly home cleaning. Many of the customers of Select Cleaning even got their full deposit back from their landlord after a move out clean and you know normally that never happens with other cleaning services in New Zealand!

Given below are a couple of testimonials taken from the Select Cleaning customer review section on their website.

“Very polite and respectful of property. Fit in with my family routines. Always do a fantastic job better than I can. Frees up my time and makes my life more pleasant. 100% dependable and reliable. No problem with security – very trustworthy.” – Rachael; Mt Albert.
“Very reliable, always on time. Love having a cleaner, it frees up my time, makes my life less stressful. Great attention to detail, very trustworthy. They are very happy to accommodate changes with my family timetables. Always respond to my requests in the communication book.” – Lee; One Tree Hill.

You can call the Select Cleaning service now on 0800 000 907 for a free home cleaning quote in Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch, Tauranga and Wellington.

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Home Hygiene and Family Health - Tips and Best Practices

Ms Sue Chetwin, chief executive of Consumer NZ, said in a meeting that 68% of people who attended their latest home survey picked healthcare costs as their biggest concern for the future. Home ownership costs and water quality were close behind.

Health care costs can be reduced by preventing diseases caused by unclean atmosphere in the home premises. This means that maintaining a clean home environment is an important point you should always keep in mind. Unclean homes can contribute to unhealthy children and disease-prone aged family members.

How to keep the home perfectly clean is however a million dollar question! Over 3 million children (below 5 years) die annually due to environment-related causes, a data collection with the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed. It is therefore advisable to do away with air pollutants, mould, contaminated water, household waste, and accumulated dirt & debris from our homes. However, we need not pay heed to the countless advertisements that solely promote a wide collection of antibacterial cleaners waiting to be sold in the supermarket shelves.

So what should you use other than the antibacterial stuff to clean the surfaces in your home to get a clean and healthy environment? Regular detergent, if possible environment-friendly, and water are sufficient to maintain hygiene, provided you follow the correct home cleaning procedures. 

Child health and home hygiene
Inadequately maintained indoor and outdoor areas in your home with overcrowding and clutter can adversely influence a child’s mental focus and physical development capabilities.

A health research published in a recent edition of the Journal of Neuroscience clarified that excessive clutter will lead to over-stimulation and eventually cause slower learning attitude in toddlers. It also said an overcrowded environment makes the children lazy and withdrawn.

A clean home with neatly arranged rooms emanating a pleasant smell, will contribute greatly to your child’s academic performance. Also a clean, germ-free home will improve the immune system of the child.

About 5,000 students in high school were surveyed in a recent study, which confirmed that children living in clean homes obtained higher grades than students who were not. Almost 80% of the students who got top grades revealed that their home had a clean and pleasant scent, while over 30% (with poor grades) admitted that their homes were not kept orderly and had an unpleasant odour. It’s thus clear that a clean home environment is inevitable for the better future of your children.

How to efficiently manage your home cleaning
It’s a challenge for working class parents to manage daily housekeeping and cleaning of their homes. For them, money is not much a big issue, but time is. They need to look for reliable, quality cleaners to maintain their homes in perfect shape. They will be happy if they can get a security checked and dependable cleaner who’ll clean their house safely in their absence too.

Even if one person in the family is a home maker, you’ll find that a Herculean effort will be needed to maintain a house with kids and elderly people. If it really feels beyond you, cleaning companies in New Zealand such as Select Clean can provide help on an hourly or calendar basis like weekly or fortnightly cleaning. They also have special cleaning packages to suit the seasons and particular occasions.

Check out various home cleaning activities and price ranges at Select Cleaning. You can visit their website to know their cleaning standard, company’s security measures, and the training they provide to home cleaners in New Zealand and Australia. Also, watch a comprehensive video on all their home cleaning tasks & house maintenance ideas. Get your free home cleaning quote now by calling Select Cleaning on 0800 000 907 and give your children one less thing to complain about!

Tuesday 19 September 2017

How to Use Your Dishwasher Properly – Some Awesome Dishwasher Tips

Modern dishwashers need less energy to run. Save money using a dishwasher as it also consumes about seven times less water than washing your dishes by hand. It makes your life at least a little bit happier too as there won’t be any more daily evening fight over who is washing and who's drying!

Do you pre-rinse your dishes?
Stubborn stains such as starch stains from breakfast, rice and pasta as well as proteins such as meat and eggs are not easy to remove with your normal dishwasher cycle. What you can do is scraping or wiping all food particles from dirty dishes before loading in the dishwasher. In fact, Food Hygiene Regulations also require scraping of plates before they’re washed by dishwashing machines.

You need not to rinse the dishes before loading them in the dishwasher unless they are very heavily soiled with baked or dried on food. In such case of heavily soiled cookware with baked-on grime, you can use Pre-Rinse Spray units of recognised companies which consume very less water and are very effective using only cold water. If you don’t have Pre-Rinse Spray units, avoid pre-rinsing your dishes, just scrape off any large food scraps before putting the plates in the dishwasher.    

Draining the dishwasher
Drain the dishwasher at least once daily and any time it’s left idle for more than a few hours. Drain the machine soon after a wash cycle so it’ll be still hot to drain all dirty wash water and oils etc. in the water. If at any time you see that the dishwasher overflows onto the floor, check the drain system for any blockage. Select Home Cleaning can recommend expert plumbers who’ll rectify the blocked drain of your dishwasher without overcharging.

Clean your dishwasher at least once in a month
The grease, soap scum and food debris that build up in dishwashers encourage the growth of germs and affect the efficiency of the machine. So, it’s necessary to clean a dishwasher from time to time or at least once in a month. If you have any doubts about cleaning the dishwasher, consult a reputed home cleaning company in New Zealand.

What’s the proper way to load your dishwasher?
Avoid making common dishwasher loading mistakes and get maximum sterilisation. Remember, there is a right and wrong way to load a dishwasher. Stick to the basic rules. Load the bottom rack with large soiled dishes so they get good water flow and effective cleaning. The bottom rack is also specifically designed to hold the dishes in a way that allows more number of plates to fit in and also ensure hot water easily passes through them.

Place the cups, glasses, and bowls at an angle so water can run off the bottoms and dry properly.  This way they also don’t take up too much room.Load Tupperware and all other plastic items on the top rack if your dishwasher has an exposed heating element.

How hot should be the water to get optimal cleaning?
For the dishwashers to perform their best and get you really clean dishes, you need to keep the hot water at 120 degrees F, the ideal temperature to dissolve food stains.

Dishwasher detergent
It’s advisable to use tablets, or small pre-measured gel packs called pods, which are known to clean the dishes best, without leaving behind water spots, film, or discoloration as it happens with powder detergents. New Zealand Hygiene Regulations require the use of liquid detergents and automatic injectors in dishwashers.

Note that all dishwashing machine detergents are hazardous and so they are to be stored safely out of the reach of young children.

Tuesday 12 September 2017

Quick Fixes and Home Improvement Skills Every Adult Should Know

To be part of a well-functioning place to call home, you have to be able to fix damages/ breakage or should know how to make them alright by hiring a professional home maintenance service.

Today we want to discuss some simple house maintenance activities every adult should master so they can manage their homes in good condition without spending much.

Unclog a smelly and blocked drain
Blocked drains can be cleared with the following easy technical method. First, remove the stopper by loosening the horizontal rod that goes into the drain pipe. Now bend a piece of stiff wire to make a hook, and use it to locate and fish out the clog. A wad of hair and soap scum near the top of the drain can be easily removed this way without applying any chemicals.

If the drain is still clogged, you can unclog it naturally using household items. Pour quarter to half a cup of alkaline baking soda onto the drain. Add one cup of white vinegar after 20 minutes. The acidic vinegar and the alkaline soda generate a chemical reaction resulting in the release of oxygen which will be forced into the mix and scour the drain pipe. Finally when the chemical reaction is over, pour enough boiling water into the drain to flush it clean.

The baking soda-vinegar method is environment-friendly and the cheapest cleaning idea you can ever try. This way you can also avoid using harsh chemicals that may leave odours and residue in your sinks.

Precautions while hanging wall art and mirrors
The wall art or a mirror can enhance your home decor by highlighting a focal point or an architectural detail.

You can easily learn how to hang up artwork or mirrors properly in their right place. Here are some safety measures to be observed to display them properly without damaging the walls.

First of all check and find out if it’s a masonry wall or a cavity wall. You should be more careful with cavity walls, which can conceal all manner of pipes and electric cables.

Also, never drill directly above or below light switches or plug sockets because you’re sure to find electric cables there. Take precaution using an electronic tester, which can detect electric current and the metal of a pipe behind the wall.

How to manage patching holes in the wall
Normally people have a tendency to ignore holes in a wall. Patching holes is not a difficult task if you read the hints given below.
Lightweight spackle dabbed on with a fingertip and a damp rag is all you need to plug pinholes in your home’s walls.  When it dries, touch up with an artist brush and a little leftover paint. Wipe off all excess spackle surrounding the hole.  For textured walls, you can apply the spackle with a toothpick so it won’t spread beyond the hole and spoil the texture.

To patch a big hole in drywall, you need some expertise in handling tools. Attempt the DIY procedures only if you are ok with that.

Set a screw that won’t stop turning
We know it’s frustrating to see a stripped screw that spins and spins endlessly without getting tightened. Of course, there are a few ways to deal with the screw that just spins in place.

Remove the stripped screw and try using a wider screw if it fits with the hinge so you can fix a wobbly cabinet door. If the hinge allows the small screw only, then stuff the screw hole with wooden toothpicks coated in wood glue. Once the glue is dried, cut the protruding extra portion of the toothpick with a knife. Now you can easily tighten the screw which won’t spin again.

These DIY home improvement skills that everyone should know how to do are brought to you by the training department of Select Cleaning, New Zealand's most reliable home cleaning service.

Tuesday 5 September 2017

Franchising New Zealand 2017 Survey and Some Highlights of Select Franchise

A research team from Massey University Business School and Griffith University’s Asia-Pacific Centre for Franchising Excellence conducted the ‘Franchising New Zealand 2017 Survey’ from April to May this year.

This business-related survey confirmed that New Zealand is the most franchised country per capita in the world as it had one franchised unit for every 124 people during the survey period, a report published by World Franchise Associates on 2nd August said.

The survey revealed that there are an estimated 631 different franchise systems (business format franchisors) in New Zealand in 2017, compared with 446 in 2012. The total number of franchise units around the country stands at 37,000, an increase of 14,600 since 2012.

Sales and service sector turnover has increased substantially in the past five years with further growth forecast into 2018 and 2019. Franchising offers employment opportunities for increasing numbers of people, and full-time positions have risen.

The survey clarified that the turnover of the franchise sector has shown robust growth (about 84 percent), with an overall turnover of $27.6 billion compared to $15 billion turnover in 2012. This indicates the strong, experienced New Zealand franchise sector is riding the wave of an upbeat national economy.

And now coming to Select Home Cleaning Franchise, it has helped many people attain financial freedom through business ownership with over 190 Franchisees in its fold in the home cleaning sector. It had also once bagged the Westpac New Zealand Franchise Award for the best franchise system in the home services area.  

Select Cleaning effectively deploys their core systems and business processes that enabled their franchisees to deliver and maintain consistent quality cleaning to their customers at a cost effective price. As Select Cleaning Franchisees own their businesses, they really care about the cleaning quality they provide and are trained professionally to delight their customers.

Select Cleaning Franchisees get quality training, which covers everything one needs to know from how to mix chemicals through to how to build positive and lasting relationships with clients. The training has been provided in several different ways such as face to face training with dedicated trainers, video training, operational manuals and onsite training, and more.

Quick home maintenance tips for the week 

How to replace a sink pop-up stopper: Fixing a bathroom sink pop-up stopper is not a difficult task if you have the willingness to do it.  You only need some common tools like a slip joint pliers, an adjustable wrench and a screwdriver to replace the stopper.

First, remove all items from under the sink. Using torchlight, you can locate the horizontal pivot rod that connects to the sink drain, and see where the rod threads through the clevis (vertical plate).
Unscrew the clevis screw and the pivot nut where the rod slips into the drainpipe. Now pull out the rod enough to insert the new pop-up stopper into the drain.  Slide the clevis over the stopper rod and carefully insert the horizontal pivot rod into the drainpipe and check to ensure everything is properly aligned.

Next, tighten the pivot nut just enough so the stopper doesn't slide down, and tighten the clevis screw also on the other end. If you feel that the stopper doesn't move freely, slightly loosen the nut till it is working fine. Check for leaks under the sink before you finish the job.

For a free home cleaning quote, use our New Zealand wide phone number 0800 000 907, and a trained office staff will promptly attend to your queries. You may also contact us via email; all you need to do is fill in your name, suburb and phone numbers on our Select Cleaning website. While visiting the Select Home Cleaning website you can also read customer reviews about our dedicated home cleaning service. 

Tuesday 29 August 2017

How to Break Bad Housekeeping Habits Efficiently

Regular maintenance will keep your home working well and looking good longer. Two golden rules for keeping your home clean are: allot a place for everything and constantly rid yourself of unwanted stuff. Once you inculcate the habit of designating a spot for everything coming into your home, you can see that the clutter will automatically disappear.

Let’s now discuss some bad housekeeping habits to avoid
  • Wearing shoes inside: Shoes scuff floors, stain your lovely carpets, and deliver dust, dander and even diseases into your home. A research paper published by University of Houston states that 39% of shoes contained Clostridium difficile (C. Diff), a type of bacteria which causes a potentially life-threatening infection. A good idea is to place comfy slippers at the entry door for you and the guests to use inside your home.
  • Putting cleaning tablets in the flush tanks of toilets: you may find it a handy shortcut to clean your toilet, but these tablets contain chemicals that will slowly corrode the plastic parts in the flush mechanism. Read Select Cleaning blog to get easy home tricks to keep your toilet clean and hygienic.
  • Using closets to hide clutter: Clutter makes your house less organised and messy. You need to break bad habits such as letting the mails accumulate, keeping clothes you no longer require, old magazines you won't read again, and dishes you don’t need any more. Learn easy storage tricks that will make even the smallest closet in your home, a well organized and functional space.
  • Neglecting small maintenance issues: A continuous musty smell in the bathroom area or basement could mean mould is growing. Hiring professional home cleaners occasionally can prevent mould growth in your house. However, if you avoid such warning symptoms in the beginning, things may complicate further, forcing you to go for major repairs.

Environment-friendly home cleaning tips for 2017

Add one tbsp of cornstarch to a litre of lukewarm water and your glass cleaner is ready. Now spray this liquid and wipe with newspaper, cloth or a squeegee to get your windows sparky clean. Remember to dampen the squeegee before cleaning and use it from the top down, wiping its edge after every stroke.

Naturally clean your window traps with vinegar. Dip a cotton bud in distilled white vinegar and run it along the filthy cobweb- and dust-ridden frames to perfectly clean the window traps.

Vinegar can also be used to deodorize your garbage bins and eliminate odours. Spray the bin inside and out with white vinegar. Scrub the bin with a toilet brush or other convenient long-handled brush before rinsing out with a hose.
Allow the can to air dry and you’ll find that the terrible smell has gone.  

Do you dust the floor before vacuuming? If not, make it a habit because this way you can suck up any dirt and debris that you dislodge.

Remove rust stains from your tiled countertops or floor tiles with the help of a tomato. Acid elements contained in the tomato work with the rust stain and loosen it. Rub a cut piece of tomato onto the stain, add a little rock salt and use a toothbrush to clean the rust completely. Another method to remove rust is using bleach: smear a little bleach on the rust cylinder stain on your floor tiles, and after 15 minutes, sprinkle a little water and brush it away to get a clean surface.

Leave odour removers, such as a bowl of oats, a cup of distilled white vinegar, baking soda, charcoal briquettes, or a dish of dried coffee grounds, open in your fridge and they will suck in all the bad smells.

Call Select Cleaning verified home cleaners today on 0800 000 907. Your home cleaning tasks in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington and Christchurch are carried out by local, dedicated owner operators of Select Cleaning who bring all the cleaning materials, tools and equipment for the job.

Tuesday 22 August 2017

Make Your Cleaning Time As Productive As Possible with Handy Home Tips

Nearly one-third of rental properties were assessed as 'poorly maintained' in a recent building industry survey undertaken by the Building Research Association of New Zealand(BRANZ). The survey had rated one fifth of New Zealand housing stock as poorly maintained - one third of rental housing falls in this category, compared to 14% of owner-occupied houses.  With the owner-occupied houses, about 48% were judged to be 'well-maintained'.

It was reported that the BRANZ survey inspected 560 homes across the country and assessed each property's condition and defects, both internally and externally.

Postponing timely home maintenance can cause minor repairs to become big problems over time, which requires more expensive procedure to finally fix.

Standard home cleaning services are available in New Zealand, which won’t cost you much. Only thing to remember that you should check the credentials of the cleaner you’re hiring. Visit their website and read testimonials of their clients; also read all the contract terms, guarantee, safety etc.

Given below are some smart tricks for easy housekeeping, brought to you by Select Cleaning, the top home cleaners in New Zealand:
  1. Price-sticker residue on homewares can be completely removed with the help of a paper towel and any readily available oil in your kitchen such as sunflower or olive. Apply the oil onto the paper towel and place it over the sticker residue. The gunk will be softened after sometime and then you can remove it completely by rubbing.  
  2. While handling furniture, you might have spoiled your costly carpet with dents. Don’t worry; these indentations can be made alright by placing an ice cube onto the spot and leaving it overnight. Next day you’ll find that the dents have covered completely with the ice treatment. If some fibres are still not straightened, raise them using a fork.     
  3. A tape barrier can effectively stop ants entering your home and food cupboards. Take a double-sided tape and line your windows and entranceways to prevent the ant menace.
  4. Easy way to keep your bathroom mirror from fogging up: Rub a dry bar of soap lightly onto the surface and buff it in with a cloth to see crystal clear mirror. Another trick to prevent bathroom mirrors, glass doors and windshields from fogging up is to lather the glass surface with shaving cream, then wiping it clean with a towel.
  5. A simple trick to make your candle last longer is to place it in the freezer before use- freezing time for thicker pillar candles is around seven hours while it needs just an hour for thin candles. The science behind this technique is that freezing makes the candles melt more slowly.  
  6. Want to get rid of musty odour in your fabric couch? Sprinkle some baking soda on the couch and leave for a few minutes before you vacuum it. The baking soda absorbs odours from fabrics. 
  7. To remove stains from mattress, follow this method: apply a mix of quarter cup hydrogen peroxide with one tablespoon each of dishwasher detergent and table salt on the stain mark. Rub in before scraping away.
  8. When you’re cleaning dusty blades of ceiling fans, use an old pillowcase, which will prevent dust and debris falling on the floor. 
  9. Clean a burnt iron with salt. Put five spoons of table salt on a cotton cloth; lay the cloth on the ironing board and then iron over on the cotton setting, till all traces of the scorch marks are gone. Turn off and allow cooling completely, and then wipe the iron's sole plate with a damp cloth.

Use these handy home tips for day to day housekeeping. And for regular home cleaning, always depend on professionals. You may contact Select Cleaning now on 0800 000 907 for guaranteed home cleaning service in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Tauranga and Hamilton.