Sunday, 2 November 2014

Cleaning schedule from professionals that will help you to stay on top of things.

Not always we have control over things in our lives and it is a relief to know that some parts of life

are in our full and sole control – like our homes (unless you have unruly children in which case we

should wholly abandon the idea of control whatsoever).

Nice to know that your house could be a sanctuary- clean, tidy and orderly, place where you can

relax and put your mind to rest. How to maintain it this way? Easy if you have a schedule. Follow it

yourself or hire professionals to do it for you – give the list to them and make sure they stick to it.

Weekly tasks: 

- wipe fridge inside out

- vacuum clean and dust curtains and blinds

- vacuum clean sofa’s and under the sofa’s cushions

- vacuum clean under the furniture and behind the doors

- wipe skirting , above the doors , picture rails and picture frames

Monthly tasks: 

- Dust air fans (bathrooms and kitchen)

- Clean light fixtures (chandeliers and lamp shades)

- Dust intensively and clean behind the furniture

- clean walls off occasional marks (please make sure the paint on the walls is not water based

and will not run)

- clean windows

- check smoke alarms and change batteries if needed, dust the alarm

- check your vacuum cleaner filter, clean it or change it if needed

- deep clean of house appliances – oven, extractor fan, washing machine, toaster, kettle


- clean exterior doors

Twice a year tasks:

- air wardrobes and clean them inside

- steam clean carpets

- clean outside furniture

If you need help and advice - our GreenLeaf London Cleaning Company will happy to provide this particular cleanings well as Domestic Cleaning and Office and Commercial Cleaning.

Visit our website for more information or call via free phone number:  0800 032 6248

Friday, 19 September 2014

All You Need To Know About End Of Tenancy Cleaning.

End of Tenancy Cleaning (ETC) is not a particularly glamorous subject to talk about but the knowledge will come handy if you want to receive your rent deposit back from your demanding landlord or estate agents.

A diligent inventory clerk booked by the landlord/estate agent will pick up on any tiny scratch, spot or not finished to the perfection cleaning. So you would better be first to spot anything which could potentially jeopardise your sometimes hefty deposit, spot it and put it straight.

Now what does an ETC normally include? When asked I answer that that is a thorough cleaning of everything in the property apart from painted walls, ceiling and windows outside.  Majority of London based cleaning companies would carry out precisely the same when booked for this kind of service.

By “cleaning everything” I actually mean absolutely everything including furniture and appliances that there are in the property. It also means carpet/rugs to be steam cleaned too. Some of the agents would be happy with curtains / blinds/ upholstery be just vacuum-cleaned while others find that steam cleaning is an absolute must for these items too.
Here is the list of things which are easily missed by a negligent cleaner or an unexperienced tenant but are not getting overlooked by inventory clerks carrying out their jobs.


  • Soap dispenser in the washing machine
  • Rubbish bin
  • All cupboards inside out – top and bottoms
  • Oven inside and out (including trays and rakes)
  • Extractor fan inside and out
  • Fridge – defrost + inside and out (behind too if free standing)
  • Microwave – inside and out


  All limescale to be removed off:
  • Tiles
  • Shower head- shower hose
  • Taps
  • Toilet bowl above and below water line
  • Shower screen
  • Make sure that extractor has been dusted


  • Skirting
  • Move furniture and dust behind
  • Sofa – take off cushions and vacuum clean under them
  • Under the furniture (bed, tables, chairs, etc)
  • Hoover mattress and under the mattress
  • dust above the doors and door frames
  • Entrance door –clean BOTH sides
  • Electric switchers
  • Door handles
  • Clean entry phone
  • Radiator and behind the radiator

One last thing to mention while talking about ETC. It is not a cheap service so do demand for your cleaners to go back and rectify any mistakes if your check out report is less than perfect.
If you need help with End of Tenancy Cleaning our GreenLeaf London Cleaning Company will happy to provide this particular cleanings well as Domestic Cleaning, One Off cleaning and Spring Cleaning.

Visit our website for more information or call via free phone number:  0800 032 6248

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Bleach and Green Cleaning - Shall we or shall we not?

When I first came to work in the cleaning industry I didn't know what a good clean was or what cleaning products to use to assure a good clean. The tablets which you drop down the toilet, close the lid, wait a minute or two and get a toilet bowl sparkling seemed to be an amazing find. We used them a lot while doing heavy duty End of tenancy cleaning. It wasn't advised though to touch them without robber gloves The equally enthusiastically used was the bleach; in fact at that time the smell of bleach was the smell of cleanness for me, although not very pleasant.

Oven cleaners for the greasy kitchen appliances are another field where very strong chemical are used. There are some very powerful sprays that you cannot use in a closed room and of course a protective gloves needs to be worn. We had a cleaner who incidentally sprayed the solution onto her forearm in a minute the skin was red and chemically burnt. Goes without saying it is always required to wear a protective face mask while using this strong chemical so the vapours could not be breathed in. This is really how professional cleaning is done in many cleaning companies operating in London and the country to ensure a cost-effective and fast cleaning.

I always thought it is the right way; it is how the industry works and how money is made in the field. Nowadays either I have changed or times changed or in fact we all changed and cleaning materials which you do not want to touch, breath in etc. suddenly and swiftly losing their appeal. Using eco-friendly cleaning products sometimes means harder work and more time put in but in a long run it is a much better option for everyone: for you as an individual, for your family and for the environment.

Just why exactly is bleach bad for us you might want to ask Well if the burning sensation you felt in your throat and eyes while using the bleach is not convincing enough and for that you don't need to have a degree in Chemistry, here are a few other facts:

- The use of bleach and cleaners with chlorine aggravate problems associated with allergies and asthma,
- Cause damage to the nervous system,
- The chlorine mixed with some chemicals and household products such as ammonia, dishwashing soap and others create poisonous gas which sometimes not detectable but still very dangerous to the human body.The chemical reactions produce a number of very toxic elements. Most of these are known as carcinogens, build up in the body as it is exposed to them, and get into the food chain through the water.
- The toxins produced by the chemical reactions with chlorine kill aquatic life and harm animals.

There are 8.173.944 households in London according to Every household has at least one toilet and by each of those toilets quietly stands a bottle of a toilet cleaner or a bottle of bleach. Now let's do a bit of math. Even if the two thirds of households use bleach as their choice of a toilet cleaner, a standard 700ml bottle a month, which means that 3.814.507 litres of bleach go down the drain every month in London alone. It is nearly 4 Olympic sized swimming pools (the Olympic size swimming pool is 1 mln litres).

That whopping amount of the chemical goes into the soil, waterways and potentially to our bodies with the water and food products we consume.

While some of the cases do justify using bleach cleaning operating theatre for example or blitz cleaning after squatters and drug-users, the majority of the households could be perfectly well taken care of with eco-friendly products, the variety of which is now available from every reputable supermarket.

Tips and Advice from Award Winning GreenLeaf Cleaning Company in London, which provide Eco Green Cleaning Services for Homes and Offices as Domestic and House Cleaning, One Off Cleaning or Spring Cleaning, Move in, Move out, End of Tenancy Cleaning, Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning, Commercial and Office Cleaning. For more information and advice please visit our website: