Wednesday, 12 June 2019

A Current Dilemma: Reusable vs. Disposable

It goes without saying – many of us adore morning coffee, be it latte, espresso, flat white or cappuccino. Some have it in a reusable cup at home while the vast majority of others will opt for a disposable option of their morning coffee as a handy way before work. But how many of us have asked ourselves a question “Are paper cups recyclable?” They are not. The most common type used for takeaway drinks cannot be recycled due to its plastic lining that prevents the paper cup from becoming saturated and falling apart. In fact, it will take about 30 years for the plastic lining to break up into fragments and around 100 years to break down entirely, but that’s only if the plastic has the perfect environmental conditions to do so. Unfortunately, right now only about 1% of disposable cups are recycled. The thing is, this plastic lining must be separated from the paper in the recycling process which makes recycling them difficult and costly. Most recycling centers are not even equipped to process them.

Let’s be honest, nobody is going to give up their coffee anytime soon, but what we have to do is to change the way we consume coffee. Having a reusable coffee cup in our bag or at the office is a great alternative to using a single-use cup. It’s now becoming more and more common for big coffee retailers to provide some incentives for customers to bring in their own reusable mug rather than using a disposable one.
But there’s another question that pops up – “Is investing in a reusable cup going to reduce our environmental footprint? Using a reusable cup indeed lowers the waste-management environmental impacts. But there’re some aspects of cup’s life cycle we quite often overlook, such as the materials/energy used to make that “solidly-built” cup as well as the soap and hot water necessary to wash it, etc. Generally speaking, manufacturing one disposable cup has a lower environmental impact than producing one reusable cup, which means it’s more eco-friendly. This is due to the fact that paper cups require much less energy than their reusable alternatives – glass or ceramic. Moreover, disposable cups are smaller, lighter, and easier to make as opposed to reusable ones, that’s no surprise. But have you thought about what happens when you use over 400 disposables in a year, doesn’t that makes a bigger impact than using only one reusable cup?
Another aspect of the environmental impact is washing. Clearly, there’re different ways to wash cups and some are considered to be more environmentally friendly than others, like washing by hand in comparison to using a dishwasher, or washing with cold water rather than with hot water. And with disposable ones there’s no energy input needed while glass or ceramic cups require washing in order to be used again which in its turn contributes to its overall environmental footprint. But again, what is also important is the number of times reusable cup is used.
Last but not least is the cost of disposal, and we mentioned about non-recyclable plastic lining of the single-use cups above. With regard to reusables, ceramic as well as glass cups can last to thousand of uses if cared for and have little to no environmental impact in landfills.
The bottom line here is that reusable cups possess a longer lifespan therefore their overall environmental effect is much lower than those of single-use cups. Most reusable cups could be recycled. Ceramic and glass cups do not pose a danger to the nature as they do not contain synthetic chemicals and they will break down over time in contradiction to the plastic lining of paper cups which do not biodegrade. In contrast, disposal of single-use cups poses a massive problem such as the cost of waste collection and the accumulation of these products in our oceans, when they are not taken to the landfill.
“So what should we do then?” you would ask. By reusing your cup for several years, the reusable option looks like the way to go. But remember – disposable coffee cups are only part of the problem. Straws, stirrers, sugar packets… it’s another issue altogether and another topic of our blog. Responsibility starts with each of us and it’s up to us to make that switch or not but the environment doesn’t have to pay.
At Greenleaf Cleaning, we’re very conscious of our environmental footprint and all our cleaners are taught how to recycle properly. If you’re looking for a London-based household/office cleaning provider, we’re more than happy to assist.
Call us today at 0800 032 6248, or drop us an email with any queries you may have – info@greenleaf-cleaning.co.uk.


Greenleaf Cleaning Company provides:  Domestic and House Cleaning Service in london as well as Commercial and Office Cleaning in London.  Please visit our website: http://www.greenleaf-cleaning.co.uk/

Thursday, 21 February 2019

AirBnB and Serviced Apartments Cleaning

AirBnB and Serviced Apartments Cleaning


Would like to give off a great first impression and set the standard for the rest of your property?
Relax and let the housekeepers do the work for you!




For any Serviced Apartment company or AirBnB host, cleanliness totally results in guest’s comfort and satisfaction as nobody wants to be on holiday and see dust on the surfaces or stains on the carpet. Therefore, cleaning of the apartment is one of the things one must never overlook or save on. It is no question that washing the floors, scrubbing bathroom tiles, changing the bedding and doing other cleaning duties between each booking could be exhausting both physically and mentally, not to mention other organizational tasks. Fortunately, there’re professional cleaning companies which can step in and do the work for you. This will definitely take some weight off your shoulders.

Guests do expect the same high cleaning standards as in the hotels, and meeting those standards may appear to be difficult if you choose a non-specialist or someone who has no experience working in a similar environment. So how does one make sure that the cleaning team they select is trained to clean and tidy up their rental property to the required standard? And what to look for?

Your cleaning provider should attend to a number of services, including:


washing and putting away the dishes,
changing the bedding,
cleaning toilets and bathrooms,
kitchen cleaning,
wiping door handles, light switches and cupboard handles,
hoovering and mopping,
moving the furniture to clean,
taking out the rubbish,
checking and reporting damages,
reporting low inventory, etc.

While cleaning between guest check-outs helps your property look fresh and sparkling, it is crucial to schedule periodic deep cleans. They don’t need to happen frequently, but at least several times per year. This type of cleaning will involve the basics of regular cleaning as well as it will go to an extent such as shampooing the carpets, cleaning the inside of the cabinets, oven cleaning and other specialized cleaning of the kitchen/bathroom and appliances. The best option would be to have the same company doing the regular and spring cleanings for you, as they will be already familiar with your apartment and any specific requirements you may have. Therefore, it is paramount you enquire about their ability to manage deep cleans apart from basic regular cleaning.

It is also worth choosing the provider who will make an effort to spend time on doing an inspection of the property and its supplies. Agree, it’s never enjoyable to deal with damages, but even the bigger problem is completely overlooking it. It’s also very easy to lose track of inventory by simply forgetting to replenish the stock like paper towels or basic toiletries which will clearly get noticed by your guest. So, if you would like to ensure client’s satisfaction and receiving a positive review, you might want to discuss these points with your cleaning service. In fact, some companies will be happy to take photos of the damages for you as well as notify you of anything that needs to be restocked before the next guest checks in.

Here at Greenleaf cleaning, we have a dedicated team of professional cleaners who specialize in AirBnB as well as Serviced Apartments cleaning. As part of our service we will:

adapt the cleaning schedule specifically to each of your properties,
provide eco-friendly cleaning products with no harm to the environment,
change the bed linen,
resupply the toiletries,
guarantee the key safety, and
ensure every cleaning session is completed to the highest standard.

Our cleaning operatives operate 7 days a week and we will be able to arrange on-demand property cleaning be it a one-off, weekly, fortnightly or monthly clean. Moreover, you can reschedule any booking for free providing at least 24 hours’ notice.

If you’re under time pressure, our team of experienced cleaners will be able to assist you in making your apartment spic-and-span for each and every visitor.

If you’re in London, check out our website – Greenleaf Cleaning or call via free phone number: 0800 032 6248


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Monday, 12 November 2018

After-builders clean up ensures a pristine environment of your space

The building or refurbishment works of your house/office are now finished and you’re ready to go back to your normal life. We all know how stressful and annoying the building disruption could be as it results in the place being covered in a lot of dust and dirt for weeks or even months.


Professional building companies will normally remove the construction waste and dispose of any leftovers of their materials and get your space to a point where it is “available for a move-in”. However, it does not actually mean that people can sit down, work and perform daily tasks there. The place needs one last thing, and that’s an after-builders clean for you to move back in.
When a building team leaves the site, sometimes it is not always noticeable the place requires any clean as everything looks brand new, there’s no mess left so you might think it’s all done and rush to your daily routine as quickly as possible. But if you stop for a few seconds and look closer, open the drawers and run your hand over the surface, or bend down to examine the skirting boards, the whole situation will look completely different. On the other side, there’re construction companies that might misrepresent their services and will often leave behind the debris like wood particles, window film, packaging and paint. Therefore, it’s crucial to clarify such things at the very beginning to avoid any misunderstandings down the line. It is also very important that a post-construction cleanup takes place only after the builders have finished, ideally after 1-2 days since the building works as it takes some time for the dust that’s in the air to settle. Quite often, when the cleaning is well underway, the builders tend to return to the property to put the final touches to their work, meaning the rooms will be inevitably dirty again. We must bare in mind that the best results could only be ensured when there are no renovation works whatsoever taking place after the cleanup.
At Greenleaf Cleaning, we take care of the following areas and others:
• Furniture surfaces and frames. Whether the furniture is old or new it attracts and holds dust. Most of the new items will have adhesive labels on them, and our team utilizes the right products to remove them without any damage to the furniture.
• Cabinets and desks/tables. Drywall dust and sawdust will end up in the cabinets and drawers of the desks, therefore we wipe them on the inside too, as part of the service.
• Vent covers and exposed pipes. These are other spots which accumulate dust and could be missed if the job is getting done by non-professionals.
• Windows. The inside of the windows, window frames as well as sills are on the checklist.
Our package does not include the outside of the windows. If this type of work is required from the client’s side, we’re more than happy to oblige and arrange the service (additional quote is provided).
• Flooring. Probably the dirtiest spot and the last one on our to-do list is normally the floor as all the dust and dirt lands here.
We should note that any carpet or upholstery cleaning is not included in the package, however could be combined with a major clean upon client’s request and quoted.
Other areas to tackle include:
– skirting boards, doors, door frames,
– light fixtures, switches and sockets,
– kitchen/bathroom tiles,
– toilets, sinks, bathtubs and showers,
– kitchen appliances,
– stairwells,
– mirrors, etc.
Some of the areas outlined, you might not expect to gather dust and grime but they certainly do.
At Greenleaf Cleaning, we take the worry out of you providing a spick and span environment so you can focus on what is most important — your company and customers’ success if that’s an office and/or your family, friends if we talk about a domestic household.
Looking for a professional cleaning company to do a Post-build cleanup? Be it a house, flat, office space or a communal area, we’ll do more than just make sure your place looks good; our employees are properly trained and will look into every nook and cranny to ensure the best results possible.
Call us today at 0800 032 6248 for a free quote, or drop us a line on our corporate email address – info@greenleaf-cleaning.co.uk.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Plastic recycling - Learn More ...







“We live in a disposable society.
It’s easier to throw things out than to fix them.
We even give it a name – we call it recycling.”
— Neil LaBute
Looking back, plastic was supposed to be the wonder-product of the 20th century, but given its impact on the environment it has become harmful. And it seems that over the last 13 years the world has produced more plastic than during the entire previous century. It creates serious environmental problems – plastic pollution ends up in our rivers, oceans, air causing deaths to millions of marine animals every year. Therefore, it has become crucial that we recycle all plastic waste.
According to figures, the UK produces around 76kg (167lbs) of plastic waste per person every year, while in Sweden, it’s around 18kg (40lbs). And out of around 13 billion plastic bottles used per year by UK consumers, more than 3 billions are not recycled.
If we dig deeper, we can find out that there are more than 50 different types of plastics. Almost all types could be recycled, however some packaging may contain more than one polymer type which makes it problematic to reprocess. “Tricky” plastics cover black food trays used in many supermarkets. Due to its colour the sorting machines are unable to detect them, therefore they go to landfill. Some yoghurt pots, for example, are made from polystyrene which cannot be successfully sorted and therefore are not accepted at the sorting plant. The same applies to margarine tubs which are often shipped abroad for recycling as currently there isn’t such technology available in the UK. Some authorities now do allow residents to place plastic trays, pots and tubs in their kerbside collection but this is managed on a local rather than national basis.
When it comes to plastic bottles, they are the most frequently collected plastic type as they are normally heavier and are easy to sort and recycle in comparison to most other plastics. Nevertheless, a plastic bottle and a food tray, for example, couldn’t be recycled together as they melt at different temperatures.
Because there’s so much of plastic, it is so important to recycle it. The process reduces the amount of energy and natural resources (water, natural gas, etc.) needed to create virgin plastic. It could save the landfill space that should definitely be used for other purposes. While recycling is indeed important, one of the best ways to reduce the amount of plastic is to find alternatives.
This year more than 40 companies, including such consumer goods giants as Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Marks & Spencer and Asda, have signed a deal to reduce plastic pollution by 2025.
However bad the problem was, it could be resolved if we think and act differently. If we all make an effort, the consequences of plastic impacts on the environment and on our health will be minimal.
At Greenleaf Cleaning, we’re very conscious of our environmental footprint and all our cleaners are taught how to recycle properly. If you’re looking for a London-based household/office cleaning provider, we’re more than happy to assist.
Call us today at 0800 032 6248, or drop us an email with any queries you may have – info@greenleaf-cleaning.co.uk.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Why to spring clean? / Why spring cleaning actually matters?

Why to spring clean? / Why spring cleaning actually matters?

The winter is quickly coming to its end and for many of us it is time for a traditional spring clean. But why do we do it?


Spring cleaning has its origin in many cultures. In the United Kingdom, for example, this practice developed as a way to scour the house after a long winter. Nowadays, it is still something people do however for many this need does not feel so good.

One of the last year surveys showed that 85% of British people believe that spring clean could soon become a thing of the past. Less than half of the 2,000 adults questioned said they still do a spring clean once a year, 37% said they do it every few years, and one in five revealed they never bother.
For what it’s worth, spring clean does have its benefits – from our health to our piece of mind. So let’s discuss the main points of why spring cleaning is important.

HELPS TO KEEP WATCH OVER ‘FORGOTTEN’ PLACES. There’re always these areas in the house which do not get a look at too often such as the oven, windows, dishwasher, washing machine, mattress, tub drains, vents, carpet/upholstery, etc. Spring clean is a good chance for those jobs to be tackled and in that way to get us ready for spring and summer ahead.

ASSISTS IN SPOTTING BIGGER ISSUES. Moving furniture and looking under it may not only help to find items that you lost and thought they’d never be found, but also to notice things in need of fixing such as loose floor boards, and even pest problems.

MAKES LIFE EASIER. We have all heard the old saying “Out of sight, out of mind” which can also apply to cleaning – being around the clutter creates unnecessary stress, therefore the best solution is to declutter. Many studies have shown a more organized environment provides a sense of satisfaction and puts us in a good mood.

GOOD FOR OUR HEALTH. Letting fresh air in is good for our respiratory system as well as a good spring clean can help us avoid allergy symptoms, especially at a time when allergies are widespread.
These days, there are many companies that are trained to conduct spring cleaning, so if this idea of a spring clean sounds exciting but you lack time, consider hiring cleaning professionals who will do the job for you while you can relax and enjoy the time with your loved ones.


If you need help with Spring Cleaning in London our  will happy to provide this particular cleaning well as with House Cleaning in London and London Cleaning Services.
Visit our website http://www.greenleaf-cleaning.co.uk/ for more information or call us today to book your spring cleaning session: 0800 032 6248

Monday, 16 October 2017

Ocean pollution and what can we do about it?

‘Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.’ — W.H. Auden

As 70% of the earth is covered with water, many of us have probably thought at some point before that because the ocean is so vast, the litter ending up in it would get diluted and will eventually disappear. However as we can see the issue has strongly accelerated recently. Today, plastics are the number one type of waste found in the sea, and one of the reasons that plastic pollution is such a problem is that it merely breaks down into smaller pieces attracting more debris but won’t go away.


This litter is found everywhere from the North Pole to desert islands and affects dozens species of marine life which as seafood can end up on our plates causing serious health problems.
The truth is that the biggest cause of oceanic pollution comes from activities based on land like sewage, industrial runoff, deliberate garbage dumping into waterways, etc. Recent study has found that microplastics (small particles of plastics) can also get extracted of synthetic clothing, like polyester or acrylic and a single cycle of a washing machine could discharge more than 700,000 plastic fibers into the environment.

In spite of many organizations’ efforts, an estimated 19 billion pounds of plastic garbage annually enter the ocean. Around one million seabirds are killed by ocean pollution and three hundred thousand dolphins and porpoises die each year as a result of becoming ensnared in thrown away fishing nets, among other items, even the rings of a plastic six-pack holder can pose a big danger.

Everyone can do something to reduce their personal footprint and here are some tips on how we can help:
 1. Do not litter. Always “take five” whenever you leave a space to ensure that you’ve collected all your trash.
 2. Whenever you see litter - dispose of it correctly. This seemingly small action will add up.
 3. Steer clear of microbeads. Plastic microbeads are sometimes added as an exfoliating agent to beauty products like face scrubs, body washes and toothpaste. They can go along unfiltered through sewage systems and end up in waterways, and ultimately the sea.
 4. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Reduce use of disposable plastics (bags, bottles, straws), utilize your own reusable bag to purchase groceries and of course, dispose of plastics properly.
 5. Spread the word. Make your friends and family aware of the pollution issues as people cannot change what they do not know about.

We’re an environmentally- conscious cleaning company in London specializing in home and office cleaning, are ready to take care of your premises.

For any queries you may have, please email us at info@greenleaf-cleaning.co.uk or call via free phone number: 0800 032 6248.

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

How to retain high quality cleaning standards in the commercial (office) environment

How to retain high quality cleaning standards in the commercial (office) environment



Maintaining unparalleled service is the fundamental principle to building strong relationships with the client. In this article we will discuss what makes a suitable office cleaning company and how to make sure the standards of cleaning are on par with customer’s expectations.



First of all, experienced staff plays the biggest part in the whole process. When choosing among numerous providers on the market today, you would definitely wish to employ highly-trained, capable and skilled operatives who have experience working in the similar to yours workspace environment, someone who will clean like they’re cleaning their own office. Trained professionals will possess a thorough approach to cleaning which is something to factor in as well.

Secondly, you would like to make sure that different trainings are being carried out on a permanent basis for cleaners so they are up to date on new methods or cleaning products to ensure the immaculate cleaning results.

On top of the mentioned above, keeping highest standards while using green cleaning products is most efficient as the majority of these cleaning solutions meet environmental standards for commercial cleaners. They are also able to tackle the toughest jobs without any poisonous side effects that we can get by nasty chemicals.

The quality of the cleaning provided is indeed critical, but that is not everything. Strong interaction between the client and the customer service is extremely important in every cleaning business. Genesys Global Survey shows that the 78% of customers say that competent customer service representatives are most responsible for a happy customer experience. Responsible cleaning company will be there for you, they will assign a dedicated account manager who would navigate the process, have a good knowledge of client’s requirements and who can promptly respond to any arising requests.

Last but not least, a professional cleaning service will have a system in place for regular spot-checks of cleaning which would normally need to be followed up on with the client.

If you’re looking for an office cleaning provider who will build consistency and provide a quality service, please contact Greenleaf Contract Cleaning. We would be able to arrange a site meeting to discuss your requirements and supply a free quotation based on your needs.

For more information you can email us at info@greenleaf-cleaning.co.uk or call via free phone number: 0800 032 6248.