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Cleaning Tips For Pet Owners

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At least 49% of all adults in the UK own a pet, showing our love for animals. However, when it comes to cleaning your home it can sometimes be difficult. With pet hair, mud and accidents prone to happen, it can be hard to keep your house spick and span.  

Our blog at Lancaster Cleaners looks into some handy cleaning tips for pet owners, making your life easier.

How Many Pets are in the UK?

According to recent research carried out by the PDSA, almost half of all adults own a pet. Of these 25% have a cat, 24% have a dog, and another 2% own a rabbit. With all of these pets, there’s sure to be a lot of cleaning that comes with them.

The PDSA also looked into how much money is spent by pet owners on their four-legged friends. Monthly costs ranged from £70 for a pair of rabbits to between £70 and £105 for a dog. However, we all often underestimate the costs of our pets! Vet trips and accidents on upholstery can cost us a lot to resolve. In fact, 88% of cat owners said that they spend more than they’d budgeted.

facts about petsKeeping Fur at Bay

One of the most annoying parts of owning a pet is the fur that’s shed. Whether you have a cat or a dog, you’ll find fur everywhere. Luckily, there are a few tips and tricks when it comes to keeping your house clean. Using a lint roller on fabric, especially clothing, will help to keep your possessions fur free.

Most vacuums also come with special pet adaptations now which are designed to remove hair. If you don’t have one, then using a pair of rubber gloves will do the same thing. All you need to do is slightly dampen them and wipe your hands over fur to bring it together.

Although, the best way to keep fur to a minimum is to brush your pets regularly. This can sometimes be a challenge but try making it fun and enjoyable. If that fails, then using treats is always a good option.

Managing Smells and Odours

There is nothing worse than walking through the front door to be greeted with an overpowering smell of dog or cat. A wet pet or smelly litter tray needs to be dealt with. Washing your pets keeps them clean and also helps to take care of their coats. There are plenty of shampoos and conditioners out there to suit any kind of allergy that your pet may have.

Other options are to place air fresheners or diffusers around your home. Make sure they are out of reach (as far as possible) and they should mask smells. For a more natural option, essential oils like lavender will also do the trick.

Baking soda is also another favourite with pet owners. If you have a pet bed with a removable cover, then you can wash this using detergent and a small amount of baking soda. Once dry, any smell should be a thing of the past.

Cat Litter Trays

Any cat owner will know that litter trays can be a smelly place to be. Cleaning these regularly is crucial and as cats prefer a clean environment, it’s a win-win. There are a few things you can do to make this easier to do. When you fill them up, place a layer of plastic underneath it to make emptying simple.

It also helps to carry out a deep clean once a week to make sure that smells don’t linger. Wash them out and use a small about of cleaner to keep them fresh. Replacing a litter tray every year or so provides your cats with a clean space to go to the toilet.

If you need any help cleaning your home as a pet owner, then do not hesitate to get in contact with our team.

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7 Fun Facts About Cleaning Your Home

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The process of cleaning your home isn’t always fun. From scrubbing down the toilet to cleaning a stain on the carpet, there are so many things to do.

Luckily, there are some fun things to know about cleaning! Our blog at Lancaster Cleaners looks into 7 fun facts about cleaning your home, giving you more knowledge that you never knew you needed.

1.      Antibacterial Spray Takes 30 Seconds

There is nothing worse than waiting around. Although, if you don’t wait for antibacterial spray to take effect then you may as well not clean! On average it’s recommended that spray is left for 30 to 60 seconds before being wiped away.

2.      Dust is Worse Than You Think

We all know that dust isn’t great, but it’s worse than you think. As well as making us sneeze, it contains more than outside dirt. It’s estimated that dead skin makes up at least 70% of dust. Now you have more of a reason to wipe away any unwanted grime.

3.      People Love Baths

Most people say that the bathroom is their favourite room to clean in the house. Not everybody would agree, especially when it comes to scrubbing down tiles.

4.      Cleaning Burns Calories

Need to go to the gym but have a home to clean? There’s no need to panic! According to research, 2 hours’ worth of cleaning can actually burn 200 calories. Running around with the vacuum doesn’t seem so bad after all.

5.      Lemons Are Your Friend

There is nothing worse than running low on cleaning supplies and realising you need to tidy up. Luckily, lemons have got your back. They contain antibacterial properties which make them just as good as sprays when it comes to disinfecting surfaces.

All you need to do is get some kitchen roll and wipe away. Rub the lemon along the surface you want to clean, wait 30 seconds and then remove any unwanted grime or dirt. Sometimes the surface can be left sticky, so use a damp piece of kitchen roll to combat this.

6. Finland is the Cleanest Country

Apparently, the country of Finland in Scandinavia is the cleanest in the world. The Environmental Performance Index found that they had clean public spaces, low emissions and were using a lot of renewable energy sources. Iceland were in second place and Denmark and Sweden were in the Top 4.

7. Disneyworld Produces A Lot of Laundry

With thousands of people visiting and staying every year, Walt Disney World generates 129,275 kg of laundry each year. This includes their water parks, hotels, theme parks and resorts around the world. To put this into perspective, that’s the same weight as 100 tall polar bears.

Help With Cleaning

If you need help with cleaning around your home or business, feel free to get in contact with us.

Benefits of Using a Cleaner

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Life is busy and cleaning can often be put on the backburner. It’s easy for toys to be left out and for shoes to be untidy in the hallway. However, having a cleaner can dramatically change your home and life.

Here at Lancaster Cleaners, our blog this month looks into why you should use a cleaner.

Avoiding A Problem

Coming home from work and facing a whole house clean can be daunting. After a long day, the last thing you want to do is wipe down every surface and vacuum. When you’re tired, it can be easy to make mistakes.

From putting washing up liquid in the dishwasher to staining a surface, anything could go wrong. With a cleaner, you can make sure that your house is clean and cosy in no time.

More Time For You

Using a domestic cleaner gives you more time to spend on your social life. It can often be difficult to find time to spend with family or friends. Whether a new film has come out or you’ve been invited to a family BBQ, a cleaner gives you the spare time you need.

Allowing yourself a break from responsibilities like cleaning gives you the space to do the things you want to.

In-Depth Cleaning

One of the best aspects of professional cleaning is that you can be guaranteed of a better clean than you can ever achieve! They’ll notice things you don’t and be able to make your house shine.

On top of this, they’ll have access to the very best cleaning equipment and products. A cleaner may also be able to provide you with handy tips and tricks, making life even easier!

Better Organisation and Planning

Knowing you don’t need to schedule in the vacuuming can help to relieve stress and anxiety. If you have difficulty finding time for everything you need to do, it is sometimes worthwhile seeking help.

Having a regular cleaner is a way of outsourcing responsibility in a way. Instead of worrying about finding energy or time to clean, you can relax knowing everything is taken care of.

Find Out More

Our cleaning team are available to help wherever you are located across Lancaster, Torrisholme, Bare and Morecambe. For more, do not hesitate to contact us or visit our Facebook page.

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Why Use Professional Office Cleaners?

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As a busy space, an office can easily become overwhelmed and cluttered. There is nothing worse than over spilling rubbish bins and dusty desks. However, with a team of professional office cleaners, any space can be clean in no time.

Our blog this week at Lancaster Cleaners covers all the benefits of hiring a professional company.

Offices, Cleaning and the Stats

Keeping your office clean is important. Not only does it encourage people to work, but it also provides visitors with a positive impression of your space. The old saying of ‘tidy house, tidy mind’ applies for a working environment too!

According to Elite, only 70% of offices have a dedicated cleaning team. To add to this, a shocking 60% of workplace absence is attributed to unclean offices and spaces. Moreover, cold and flu viruses are able to live on surfaces for up to 18 hours. As the average desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat, we should prioritise keeping these as clean as we can.

Without regular cleaning, it is easy for employees to pick up illnesses.

How Can Professional Office Cleaners Help?

An estimated 31% of total cleaning contracts are taken up by office jobs, making it an incredibly popular field. Using a team of office cleaners helps to reduce your responsibilities, saving you time and keeping your employees safe. The time it takes to clean an office can often be overwhelming and you do not want this to eat into work time.

A huge benefit of a cleaner is that they know exactly what they are doing. With years of experience in the industry and tons of tricks up their sleeves, they can have any space sparkling in no time. Also, they have access to all the latest equipment and products, ensuring that your office is up to the highest standards.

Arranging For Cleaners

If you decide that professional office cleaners are for you, then it is important to get the ball rolling. You should look for companies in your local area to find one that suits your needs. Each will offer different prices and services, so it is definitely work researching.

To add to this, reading reviews on Facebook or any other review platform like Yell is a great place to start. This way you can see exactly what others think of the business and whether they’re right for you.

Arrange For Cleaning Today

Here at Lancaster Cleaners we work across the Morecambe and Lancaster area to provide our office cleaning services. To find out more, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us on 01524 409147.

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Bad Cleaning Hacks You Should Ignore

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We’ve all fallen victim to the temptation of online hacks. They’re all over social media feeds and take advantage of us when we’re tired. However, there are some bad cleaning hacks out there that you should ignore.

At Lancaster Cleaners our domestic cleaners are committed to cleaning your homes correctly. When it comes to your property, we only ever use the best techniques.

Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook

These social media platforms are the most common places for hacks. From clothing design to make up tips, everybody has been making suggestions. However, there are some particularly bad suggestions when it comes to cleaning.

As well as being useless, some of these ‘helpful tips’ can cause damage to your possessions.

1.      “Vinegar and Soda removes everything!”

Nobody is saying that these items aren’t miracle workers. Used in the right way, vinegar and baking soda can be great for cleaning. However, when mixed they do not work. The two cancel each other out and leave you with a salt water combination.

2.      “Ink stain? Use hairspray”

Some of you may be thinking that this trick has worked in the past and it may have done. However, as modern day hairspray no longer contains 100% alcohol, this trend no longer works. With additions of oil, conditioners, and emollients, the popular product can’t remove stains.

If you do need to remove a stain, then you’re better off leaving the hairspray to one side. In some cases the substance will cause more harm than good. It can leave a tacky mark behind, ruining your fabrics.

3.      “Mouthwash cleans a washing machine”

As a dental favourite, mouthwash is ideal for killing unwanted germs. On the other hand, it is not strong enough to clean your washing machine. For effective cleaning you should use a dedicated cleaner. This will be tailored to remove limescale and other unwanted grime.

4.      “Lemon in your dishwashing makes dishes cleaner”

Citrus fruits smell lovely and taste great in drinks. In fact, some people on Pinterest believe that the fruit is a natural disinfectant. While putting a lemon wedge in the dishwasher may make your dishes smell lovely, it won’t impact the cleanliness of them.

The best solution for sparkling dishes is traditional washing up liquid or dishwasher tablets.

5.      “Use olive oil and lemon juice as a polisher”

When it comes to wooden furniture, you need to take care of it. Covering the surface with olive oil and lemon juice does just the opposite. You’ll be left with a tacky substance, causing you more cleaning. Who wants that?

Another urban myth is the use of teabags to clean furniture. As well as not doing any cleaning, this hack could cause potential staining.

Taking Care of Your Home

The best way to avoid any issues is to use domestic cleaners that you can trust. Whether that’s by researching the best products available or by outsourcing your cleaning, there’s always a better way.

Here at Lancaster Cleaners we’re always available to help. Our team can come to you and make sure that your property is as good as new!