The Exeter Cleaning Team in Action

The Exeter Cleaning team had a great day on friday 7th  playing in the charity golf event raising awareness and funds for the Drean-A-Way charity. Fair to say we did not win the event but it was a great day all the same.

10 Tips for a healthy way of living to help your heart

It’s not all about cleaning, but a cleaner environment anda cleaner way of living won’t do you any harm!

Here are 10 things you can do to look after your heart as suggested by the NHS help and guidance pages

1. Give up smoking

If you’re a smoker, quit. It’s the single best thing you can do for your heart health.

Smoking is one of the main causes of coronary heart disease. A year after giving up, your risk of a heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker.

You’re more likely to stop smoking for good if you use NHS stop smoking services. Visit the Smokefree website or ask your GP for help with quitting.

2. Get active

Getting – and staying – active can reduce your risk of developing heart disease. It can also be a great mood booster and stress buster.

Do 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week. One way to achieve this target is by doing 30 minutes of activity on 5 days a week. Fit it in where you can, such as by cycling to work.

3. Manage your weight

Being overweight can increase your risk of heart disease. Stick to a healthy, balanced diet low in fat and sugar, with plenty of fruit and vegetables, combined with regular physical activity.

Find out if you’re a healthy weight with the BMI calculator. If you’re overweight, try our 12-week weight loss plan.

4. Eat more fibre

Eat plenty of fibre to help lower your risk of heart disease – aim for at least 30g a day.

Eat fibre from a variety of sources, such as wholemeal bread, bran, oats and wholegrain cereals, potatoes with their skins on, and plenty of fruit and veg.

5. Cut down on saturated fat

Eating too many foods that are high in saturated fat can raise the level of cholesterol in your blood. This increases your risk of heart disease.

Choose leaner cuts of meat and lower fat dairy products like 1% fat milk over full-fat (or whole) milk.

Read the facts about fat.

6. Get your 5 A Day

Eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables a day. They’re a good source of fibre, vitamins and minerals.

There are lots of tasty ways to get your 5 A Day, like adding chopped fruit to cereal or including vegetables in your pasta sauces and curries.

Get more 5 A Day fruit and veg tips.

7. Cut down on salt

To maintain healthy blood pressure, avoid using salt at the table and try adding less to your cooking.

Once you get used to the taste of food without added salt, you can cut it out completely.

Watch out for high salt levels in ready-made foods. Most of the salt we eat is already in the foods we buy.

Check the food labels – a food is high in salt if it has more than 1.5g salt (or 0.6g sodium) per 100g.

Adults should eat less than 6g of salt a day in total – that’s about 1 teaspoon.

8. Eat fish

Eat fish at least twice a week, including a portion of oily fish. Fish such as mackerel, sardines, fresh tuna and salmon are a source of omega-3 fats, which can help protect against heart disease.

Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not have more than 2 portions of oily fish a week.

9. Drink less alcohol

Do not forget that alcohol contains calories. Regularly drinking more than the NHS recommends can have a noticeable impact on your waistline.

Try to keep to the recommended daily alcohol limits to reduce the risk of serious problems with your health, including risks to your heart health.

10. Read the food label

When shopping, it’s a good idea to look at the label on food and drink packaging to see how many calories and how much fat, salt and sugar the product contains.

Understanding what’s in food and how it fits in with the rest of your diet will help you make healthier choices.

5 cleaning tips to get your house ready for the summer!

This sunny bank holiday weather has got us in the mood for summer so here are 5 tips to get your house ready for the summer.

  1. Get Rid Of Clutter – Not only does it get in the way and make the place look messy, it makes cleaning your space to longer. Clear it out and enjoy the sun
  2. What out for Mold – Sudden temperature changes and warmer weather, its perfect time for mold and mildew to grow. Spend some extra time cleaning out those typical mold growing areas.
  3. Citrus based cleaning wipes – Invest in some anti-vac citrus cleaning wipes! Super quick and easy to use and the perfect solution for children finger prints.
  4. Clean the windows – The sun shining is going to highlight any dirt on your windows. Give them a good clean and opening up the windows and let the fresh air into your home.
  5. Prep the bbq – British summers are made for bbq food in the garden, don’t get caught out. Heat up your BBQ and then turn it off but clean the grill using a wire brush whilst its still warm it will be so much easier to clean.

 

Are you looking for a company to cleaning your medical or care facilities?

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) guidelines require all healthcare settings to comply with ‘Outcome 8 – Cleanliness and Infection Control. Exeter cleaning work with dental, medical and care providers to ensure that they meet the CQC National specification for cleanliness.

Our Exeter based medical cleaning company ensure that the service we provide is not only hygienically clean but is also kind to the environment.

We can provide your company with a personialised quote based on your reccomendations. If you are unsure what it is you are after then please do not hesitate to get in touch for a chat – 01392 466622 

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Fundamentals for cleaning a commercial kitchen

A spotless commercial kitchen is extremely important for health & safety reasons. With regular maintenance, commercial cleaning does not have to be a particularly difficult or time-consuming task.

The best approach to professionally cleaning a commercial kitchen is to divide the job into a series of smaller tasks.

Here are some basic tips on how to professionally clean hard surfaces, non-carpeted floors, and bins.

Cleaning Hard Surfaces

  • Set any storage items to the side.
  • Remove loose debris from the surface, and discard into a bin.
  • Holding the bottle about eight to 12 inches away from the surface to avoid over-spray, spray cleaner onto the area to be cleaned.

Cleaning Non-Carpet Flooring

  • Sweep the floor first.
  • Mop the floor with a hot soapy-water solution.
  • Mop the floor a second time with a fresh bucket of plain hot water to clean up any excess soap.

Cleaning Out Bins

  • Remove the bin bag from each bin.
  • Make sure no liquid drips onto the floor, dispose of the bin bags properly, recycling if possible.
  • Using a cleaning solution, scrub the containers both on the inside and on the outside with a non-food contact brush or scouring pad.
  • Rinse with water.
  • Empty the dirty water.
  • Allow the containers to air-dry.
  • Place new bin bags in the containers.
  • Place containers back into their proper locations.

if you need help with your commercial cleaning then please contact us we will be delighted to give you a quote

5 Tips To Consider When Choosing Professional Cleaning Services

The market for cleaning services has been on the rise. With more companies entering the market it can be challenging to find the right company that delivers high-quality services. There are many businesses out there that would be willing to offer cleaning services at a low cost, but does that guarantee that they have the necessary skills to meet your needs?

Below are 5 factors we feel you should consider when selecting  your professional cleaning services company.

  1. Past industry experience – While it may seem that cleaning services are a basic skill, there are specific standards across different industries that may vary. Therefore when considering companies be sure to check whether they have the requisite experience to meet your individual cleaning needs. A company that has been in operation for many years and has worked in several industries is better equipped to handle a wide range of cleaning services.
  1. Cleaning checklist – Before engaging cleaning services you should discuss what your expectations are at the onset. Professional cleaning companies will typically have a set checklist that can be modified to suit your individual needs. This gives you a sense of comfort in knowing exactly what your payment will be going towards.
  1. Staff training and qualification – Working with a professional cleaning service can be great as you have the comfort in knowing that there is a team of persons working, so if any one person is unavailable it does not affect operations. However it is important to consider what training staff members go through and if each person assigned to you is properly trained.
  1. Customer service – There is an age-old saying that you can learn a lot about a person by how he/she handles problems; the same applies to cleaning companies. When working with a cleaning company, take note of what systems are in place to rectify any issues that arise.  Some companies also offer trial period where you can feel them out and get a better sense of how they operate. At the end of the day you should feel as though this company is just as concerned as you are about ensuring that your cleaning needs are met.
  1. Types of cleaning products used – In recent times there has been increasing awareness of the damage caused from the use of toxic chemicals in the cleaning process.  You should therefore be sure to question companies about the type of chemicals they use and its impact.  Professional cleaning companies are well versed in alternative chemical products that are less toxic and harmful. This provides you a huge sense of comfort in knowing that the cleaning procedures employed are environmentally safe.

Following the above guidelines takes the guesswork out of the process and gives you the confidence to make the right choice to meet your cleaning needs. Whatever your choice, no matter the industry, feel free to contact us on 01392 466622  or email sales@exetercleaning.co.uk

Keeping your office computer keyboards & telephones clean

Keeping your office computer keyboards  &  telephones clean

While everyone knows the importance of keeping the office toilets and kitchens clean, it is easy to forget about the importance of ensuring that telephones and computer keyboards are free of dirt and bacteria.

While toilet seats and worktops are obvious bacteria breeding grounds, you’d probably be surprised by the amount of debris and grime which can build up on communication equipment over time, and they can be a hidden source of danger lurking in the workplace.

Although most office cleaners will dust the keyboards and telephones in the office on a regular basis, often wiping them down as part of the process with a wet cloth, this isn’t really sufficient to remove all of the ground in dust, bacteria and even makeup which accumulates with every passing day.

Why are computer keyboards and telephones such a problem?

At one time, office workers were often the only person to use their computer keyboard or telephone, however these days this is no longer the case. Nowadays equipment is frequently shared between two or more workers, and that means that cross-infection is always a risk.

This is why telephones, and all of their attached components including headsets, handsets, cords and buttons are thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis with sanitising solutions and alcohol wipes.

Computer keyboards also represent an attractive breeding ground for the bacteria which can cause illness in the office, and therefore they need to be regularly cleaned with the same alcohol wipes and sanitisers, as well as brushed and vacuumed to remove any crumbs and dust collecting under the keys.

The facts about bacteria

It will probably shock you to discover that an office keyboard can harbour over 300 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat, which make it clear why they can be such a health hazard, particular in offices where workers often eat at their desks.

More than 70% of infections are passed to others through touch, and the average office employee comes into contact with as many as 10 million bacteria on a daily basis, some of which can cause sickness which is severe enough to have to stay off work.

Some viruses like the common cold and influenza are able to survive on desks, keyboards and telephones for as long as 24 hours, and therefore a deep clean is a key part of protecting workers from illness while also ensuring that the office remains productive.

Although it’s impossible to eliminate all viruses and bacteria, the best solution is to use a sanitiser and alcohol wipes on telephones and keyboards regularly. With billions of pounds being lost every year because of staff illnesses, it’s essential to take steps to reduce the risk of disease from unsanitary equipment, not only to protect the workers’ well-being and health, but also to help the company to save money and to function more effectively.

Keeping your office clean and tidy

We are always there to help with cleaning your commercial property and offices , however if you want to keep things spick and span below are a few helpful tips for keeping your office and personal area clean.

  1. First, do a little bit of paper organizing so the surfaces you need to clean aren’t covered in actual work.
  2. Use a solution of 70% alcohol and water to clean your phone and tablet.
  3. Take a magic eraser to your keyboard’s keys.
  4. Then run the sticky edge of a sticky note between the keys to pick up any crumbs.
  5. Wipe the grime off your earbuds, then disinfect them with rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball.
  6. Wipe all of the parts of your computer that ~aren’t~ screens (including your trackpad or mouse) with a lightly moistened microfiber cloth.
  7. Be careful with water around your electronics, especially their screens.
  8. Vacuum the tops of your books.
  9. Use a dusting spray to wipe down all of your wood furniture, like your bookshelves and your desk.
  10. Wipe down your air vent with the help of a butter knife or a ruler.
  11. Clean your windows and the glass in any picture frames you have hanging on the walls.
  12. Scrub out stains in your office chair using dish soap and hydrogen peroxide.
  13. If you have one of these chair mats, make sure to at least sweep it, if not wipe it down with a damp cloth.
  14. Make the whole room smell good while you vacuum by sprinkling DIY carpet refresher.
  15. If you have indoor plants in your office, gently wipe off their leaves with a damp cloth.

 

 

 

Fun Cleaning Tip

We all know it is very easy and convenient to pop to your local supermarket and purchase some all-purpose cleaners..but if you are feeling creative and inspired you can actually make your own very effective cleaning products from a few household things!.

We came across a great article on www.goodhousekeeping.com titled

9 Homemade cleaners you can make yourself

Here is our favourite: –

Scented all-purpose cleaner

What you’ll need:

  • One part white vinegar
  • One part water
  • Lemon rind
  • Rosemary sprigs

Combine the above ingredients together, pour into a spray bottle, shake, and then let infuse for a week before using. Once done, you can use the solution to freshen laundry, banishes spots on carpeting, and much more. Plus, the fruit’s acid adds extra cleaning properties — perfect for stubborn stains.

Follow this link for the full article

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning/tips/a24885/make-at-home-cleaners/

 

 

 

Devon Commercial Cleaning

It doesn’t matter what type of business you are running, having a clean and professional workspace will showcase your company ethos.

Hiring a commercial cleaning company like Exeter Cleaning to oversee the day-to-day cleanliness of your facility will allow your employees time to do what you actually pay them to do rather than clean up.

First impressions do matter – When a customer or client enters your workplace, they may not realise, but they are judging your company and its surroundings. If our office is shabby and uninviting that’s the message you give out.

Clean workspace – Keeping your employees productive is key to any business, by providing them with a commercially cleaned space it will be germ-free, uncluttered and just a nicer place to be. This in return should provide more productivity.

Deep Clean – Everyone has been known at some point to wipe around the sugar pot rather than lift it and clean under..this attitude is very prominent when workers are just having a quick ‘wipe’ around. Exeter Commercial Cleaners will deep clean your work enviroments….no keyboard left unturned!

People spend over half of the day in there workplace, let’s make sure its at least clean 😊

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