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This is where you'll find free advice, articles and answers to many of your home cleaning questions, with little known cleaning secrets and the occasional food recipe thrown in. Why food, you may ask? Well, as many of you who are interested in cleaning using nature's own products will know, there are many effective cleaning materials to be found in the average kitchen larder. What better way to get the most out of your food than by using the leftovers for cleaning?

 

We'll also be posting details of what we're currently up to here at Adore Cleaning, along with general chit-chat and some of our cleaning stories. So why not bookmark us into your favourites and stop by from time to time?

 

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Until next time!

 

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: when cleaning generally or when trying out any tips in this blog, the reader should always bear safety in mind. Use protective gloves and clothing whenever necessary, keep the room well ventilated and always follow the safety instructions on the packaging of any product. Keep potentially harmful products away from children and vulnerable adults. The information in this blog and website is general in nature and is not intended to constitute specific qualified advice. While every care has been taken to present the information in this website as accurately as possible, neither Adore Cleaning, nor the authors or contributors, can take responsibility for any errors, inaccuracies or omissions, howsoever caused. References to products and/or third parties are given for information purposes only and are not a recommendation. If in doubt, the reader should always check any information, product or method with a suitably qualified expert.

 

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Happy New Year!

Posted on 6th January, 2013

 

Happy new year to you all!

 

It doesn't seem possible that it has been nearly four years since we first started Adore Cleaning, they have flown by. These days we have hundreds of happy clients, and get lots of great compliments all the time, far too many to upload here, but we thought it would be nice to share a couple with you that we particularly liked from over the Christmas period relating to one of our newest cleaners, Boby:

 

From new client Ms P, Kemp Town, Brighton:

 

"Hi Lorraine

I just wanted to say how brilliant Boby's clean was!  My son, upon seeing the bathroom yelled down - 'mum! you should see the taps - they're like real silver!'"

 

And from long-standing client Nick L, Brighton:

 

"Happy new year guys!! Hope you had a good Christmas and a good time off! Boby was great and did a superb job on Christmas Eve, again she did stuff that was not on the list, very impressed with all the cleaners we have had."

 

Boby is one of the cleaners who chose to work over Christmas and we'd just like to say well done Boby, and to all the cleaners who work so hard not just at Christmas but all through the year. As I was telling another of our clients recently, you are all gems, and our clients are very happy to have you cleaning for them. Smile

Merry Christmas!

Posted on 25th December, 2012

 

This year we were absolutely delighted to get the above Christmas card from one of our fantastic cleaners, Marina. It's our absolutely favourite card. Marina, we didn't know you had such drawing talent - you kept that very quiet!  Not any longer though - your secret's out!

 

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our lovely clients and wonderful cleaners, our much appreciated suppliers and all our friends, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

New Arrival!

Posted on 11th March, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well what can we say? One of our cleaners, Lina, has texted us to say that her little boy, Alfred, was born on 29 February. What a lovely, noble English name. Well done Lina, and congratulations! We look forward to seeing little Alfred in due course!

Heavenly Bodies, or Cleaning Products?

Posted on 11th March, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well here we are, and already it’s March. For those of you who have been wondering where we’ve been for the past three months, all I can say in our defence is that we’ve been coping with an invasion of babies. Yes, BABIES! As we mentioned last year, one of our cleaners, Lina, went on leave just before Christmas, and since then two more cleaners, Debbie and Louise, became pregnant and left recently to get on with the job of, well, growing what they started.

 

One baby? Fine! Two babies? Okay. Three babies? What on earth is going on?*! There was only one thing to do, of course. I ordered an immediate investigation into the cleaning products the cleaners have been using ☺

 

Since then we’ve been scampering about the countryside to fill the places left by the escapees, and to find extra cleaners to cope with the ever-increasing stream of clients who are coming to us because, even when we don’t advertise, we receive a constant stream of enquiries from friends of our happy customers. Thank you to all our wonderful clients, we’re always delighted to receive your recommendations and to know how well we’re serving you.

 

Nevertheless, it has taken us the best part of three months to fill the baby gaps (if you’ll pardon the expression) and to expand our database of cleaners further to cope with the increased demand for our services. This is because we won’t accept just anyone, we are extremely fussy, and finding those ‘rare diamonds’ – talented people with the potential to be wonderful cleaners for our clients – can be a real challenge. Nevertheless, we’ve done it, and I’m delighted to report that we’ve just found three new fantastic cleaners to fill the places of the cleaners who have recently left. They have all completed our very thorough training and are already wowing everyone with their cleaning skills.

 

So here is a very big welcome to Janine, Sue and Stephanie! All of your clients have said that you are doing an absolutely excellent job, so very well done to all of you!

 

I’m also delighted to report that we have also found a further four cleaners to cope with the increased demand from our new clients. They are fantastic, very skilled people and you’ll be hearing more about them shortly.

 

In the meantime, we would also like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to all our other clients for your lovely testimonials and words of thanks. We are sorry we are not able to put them all on our website due to space and time constraints, but they are all very much appreciated and we will endeavour to add another small selection of them to our site in the near future.

 

Moving back to babies, I’m disappointed to report that my investigation into cleaning products proved inconclusive ☹ I am now beginning to wonder if there is some spectacular alignment of heavenly bodies somewhere, because the baby phenomenon has spread to some of our clients and, indeed, to our friends. Even I have succumbed. No, before you ask, not to ‘growing my own’ - but to a rare foray into knitting needles, and you can see the result of that attempt above.

 

Before you ask, yes, the blue round thing beneath the hat IS a gym ball. It was put there in order to protect the identity of the poor unfortunate who will be expected to wear this humble little hat.

 

I confess I haven’t knitted for years, but I did manage to cast on the required stitches and knit away quietly at this little green ‘tea bag hat’ of an evening after scampering around the countryside each day looking for new cleaners. All was not completely calm on that front, I confess. I had barely six rows left to knit when a text arrived announcing that my friends were to hold a ‘baby shower’ in three days’ time to present their baby gifts. That was much sooner than I had expected and caused nothing short of a panic. I didn’t know how to ‘cast off in pattern’ and sat there wondering how to get the darn thing off the needles. And eek! What then? I couldn’t remember how to make up the hat either. And I had too many work commitments to take time out to go and get some help somewhere.

 

So it is with a very great deal of gratitude and a somewhat red face that I must now thank Jenny, a very accommodating lady in the knitting department of C & H Fabrics, Brighton, who managed to talk me down off the ceiling and explain to me over the telephone what I needed to do. I’m not sure that my subsequent stitching was completely correct, but I am hopeful that it will fool the uninitiated, at least from a distance. In fact I rather like it for myself. So if any seasoned knitter out there would be kind enough to share with me how to expand the size to fit a grown-up woman, I would be all ears. I’m already seeing the potential of unravelling some unwanted old sweater and reknitting it up into a new hat for free. So thank you, Jenny of C & H Fabrics (http://www.candh.co.uk/). You certainly saved my little tea bag hat from metamorphosing into something unrecognisable.

 

 

This post was written by Lorraine Turner for Adore Cleaning.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Posted on 27th December, 2011

 

Here's wishing all our wonderful clients and fantastic cleaners, our very valued suppliers, our lovely friends and well-wishers, a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

 

From everyone at Adore Cleaning!

 

A Thank You From Lina

Posted on 27th December, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a message from the lovely cleaner Lina, who left on 17 December to have her baby:

 

"To all my lovely clients, I would like to say thank you for all your cards and good wishes, and for the flowers, sweets, baby mobile, baby mirror, the Brut Champagne, the penguin and the piggy. Thank you also to my lovely client who is knitting bootees for my baby (you know who you are!).

 

And of course a special thank you to Lorraine and Catherine for the silver bangle for my baby and the necklace for me, and to all my friends at Adore Cleaning!

 

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I will be in touch again when my baby is born!

 

Lina x"

 

PS: In case some of you haven't heard, just before she left, Lina told us that she is expecting a boy. We will keep you all posted!

WELCOME TO FIVE NEW CLEANERS!

Posted on 21st November, 2011

 

Here at Adore Cleaning we are delighted to welcome five new cleaners: Marina, Gery, Madeline, Kerry and Louise. You are already wowing our clients with your fantastic cleaning skills! Well done everyone!

 

Do you ever find yourself saying, “I haven’t got time to get out and exercise” or “I’m too busy to go to the gym”? With today’s increasingly pressured lifestyle, many people are having to scale down their fitness routine or squeeze short exercise sessions into coffee breaks, but you can use domestic cleaning and household chores to give yourself a good physical workout at home – and the best part is, you don’t have to use up your valuable free time to do it!

 

While cleaning your home is no substitute for a full exercise regime, it can be a fantastic way to help burn off those calories if you do it in a vigorous way. Before you embark on this or any other exercise regime, however, be sure to consult a suitably qualified medical professional if you are over 40 or pregnant, if you have an existing medical condition or are convalescing, or if you have any doubts about your physical fitness for any reason. Also be sure to drink plenty of water during your cleaning session to help keep you hydrated and feeling good.

 

To begin, first put on some clean indoor shoes with light-coloured rubber/non-slip soles. These will not only help protect your floors and keep them clean, they will also prevent you from slipping on any wet floors. You’ll also find a couple of pairs of household gloves useful – rubber or latex are ideal. You’ll need to keep one pair separate for bathroom cleaning in order to protect the rest of your home from cross-contamination from germs, and the other pair can be used to clean the other areas of your home. You will also find an apron will help to keep your clothes clean and free from damage.

 

Put on some fast, uplifting music that makes you want to dance. This will help you feel energized. When you feel your toes starting to tap, start walking around your home as vigorously as you can, tidying things up as you walk. Exaggerate your movements, and if you have stairs in your home, even better! These are a great way to get the circulation going. The aim is to get nicely warmed up. While you are tidying, avoid gathering everything up at once – instead fetch one thing at a time, and then go back for something else. This will help squeeze more journeys into your cleaning session. When you’ve done all the tidying, you can use the same method to collect together your cleaning materials, walking back, to and fro, to collect each item.

 

Now for some stretches. Grab a feather duster and stretch up high to clear any cobwebs from the ceiling, or dust from a picture rail. Don’t just stretch above your head – try to create long stretches to either side of your body as you stretch up and to the side to dust the tops of books on shelves, or along stairwells or window ledges. Gradually work from the top downwards. If you have time, use the feather duster over the walls, door frames and mouldings, switching hands from time to time to give both arms a workout, and remember to reach and stretch as much as you can. When twisting, don’t jerk – just twist smoothly from the waist, keep your shoulder blades down, and keep your head and spine in alignment.

 

Are some areas really high? Time for the stepladder. Climbing up and down a stepladder is a great way to add in some step aerobics, which will help tone your legs and increase your stamina.

 

Now for the cleaning and dusting. Aim for wide, vigorous arm movements as much as possible (taking care around any fragile objects, of course). You can get particularly wide, vigorous movements going when you are cleaning windows, for example.

 

Need to dust a high piece of furniture? Do a series of ankle raises for maximum effect: simply keep your feet together and your legs straight – the movement comes from raising and lowering your heels – up, down, up down –with the weight of your body concentrated on the balls of your feet, until you can really feel the workout in your ankles and legs.

 

Do you have any wood furniture to clean? Sprays are quick and easy to use, but a more traditional tin of wax will get you rubbing and buffing much harder and will give your furniture an absolutely beautiful shine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you get down to floor level, don’t bend or lean, do a series of squats instead. Keep your spine straight, pull in your abdominal muscles to protect your back, and bend at the knees. Use this method when cleaning your toilet too. 

 

Floors need mopping? Vacuum them first otherwise the mop will simply disperse bits and pieces around the floor. Vacuuming before mopping will also enable you to get a double workout from each floor. Remember to pull in your abdominal muscles and squat when you use the nozzle attachment around the floor edges and skirtings. Keep your back straight, never simply bend over or you could hurt your back.

 

After you’ve gone round the edges, why not practise some lunges to vacuum and mop the main area of each floor? Keep your toes pointing forward, and your knees directly over your toes, don’t allow the legs or knees to twist. And when you bend the leg in front at the knee, keep the bent leg at a right angle to avoid injury and to work the thigh as much as possible.

 

When you’ve done enough lunges on each leg, vary the exercise by walking around while you vacuum and mop. To do this properly, don’t simply stay in one place and use your arms to pull and push the vacuum cleaner or mop, instead use your legs and walk around as you clean. This enables the legs to do the work and will help to keep any strain away from your back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When picking up heavy items, such as full baskets of laundry, remember that the same method for protecting your back applies: always bend at the knees, and pull in your abdominal muscles. Keep your back straight, and breathe normally.

 

So how many calories can you expect to burn off from all this cleaning? Here is a rough guide, based on 10 minutes for each activity, but do bear in mind that these figures can vary widely depending on your age, weight and physical fitness:

 

Dusting: 29

Vacuuming: 41

Mopping floors: 33

General cleaning: 42

Cleaning windows: 30

Laundry: 45

Making beds: 24

Changing linen: 57

Ironing: 19

Carrying out the rubbish/trash: 57

Walking (moderate pace): 48

Walking up and down stairs: 87

 

Other household chores (in case this inspires you to do more!):

 

Cooking: 31

Gardening (weeding): 48

Gardening (trimming shrubs): 53

Washing the car: 39

 

To put the above figures in perspective, cleaning and vacuuming a small 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom apartment for a couple of hours can burn off around 500 calories. No wonder so many of our cleaners lose weight and tone up fabulously after a few weeks or months of working for our clients!

 

Why not try this for yourself? It’s a great way to multitask, because you will not only give yourself an invigorating workout, you’ll have a beautifully clean home too.

 

 

 

This article was written by Lorraine Turner for Adore Cleaning.   As Featured On EzineArticles

Welcome to another fabulous cleaner!

Posted on 13th September, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We'd like to say a big welcome and thank you to one of our newest cleaners, Sheran, who has really been wowing her clients. Here is what one lady said after a taste of Sheran's work recently:

 

"What a fantastic clean Sheran did today - spotless! Will be very happy to have Sheran every second Wednesday at the same time."

 

Susan C, Lewes

 

Fantastic Sheran! Well done!

 

 

 

 

Welcome, and Well Done!

Posted on 12th July, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome our latest cleaner, Mandi, who has recently completed her training with us and is already wowing her growing base of delighted clients. Here is what one happy lady in Lewes has just sent to us by email:

 

 

"Mandi did a fantastic job again on Wednesday."

 

 

Well done Mandi! Keep up the good work!