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Beating Stress During End Of Tenancy Cleaning in London

Moving house is a stressful time

There’s no way around that. It’s listed as the seventh most stressful event in life (behind things like death in the family, divorce, job changes and finances). To make matters worse, you may have to move house because of one of these more stressful factors.

Honestly, anything you can do to take the pressure off during the hassle and upheaval of moving house can help you get through it and cut the stress. Seriously, this is why professional cleaning companies offering end of tenancy cleaning services exist. In fact, many London based maid service companies can help you pass the inventory check with flying colours. Sure, they are all trained in cleaning and have an official checklist that agencies approve and use, but there’s more to it than that. We’re here to make your life easier and less stressful. So don’t feel like you’ve failed or if you’re not good enough just because you can’t cope with the pressure of doing all the moving out cleaning yourself and because you really, really want to get your deposit money back. Quite the opposite. You’re doing the smart thing, especially if your move has been triggered by something more stressful.

All the same, there are some other things that you can do to help ease the stress and pressure during this busy time – whether you decide that you need to do your own cleaning or whether you call in the professional end of tenancy cleaning company. Here are some of our best suggestions.

Treat Yourself

It’s a lot easier to force yourself to do a task that’s annoying or stressful if you can focus on a reward that’s coming at the far end of it (this is why lots of people do dirty jobs – the thought of the paycheque at the end of the job provides the motivation). You can reward yourself for getting through the task by promising yourself a treat. What this treat will be is up to you, but we recommend that during this time, you don’t make it an item that you’re just going to have to pack… unless you shop for it online and you get it sent to your new address by standard (i.e. slower) post.

Gentle Exercise

When your head is buzzing with a million and one things to do, and you feel overwhelmed, then doing some gentle exercise can help ease it out and give that adrenaline buzzing around in your bloodstream something to do. A good walk around the block or in the park can do the trick nicely, and it’s free!

If you’re pressed for time, then you can get exercise by doing one of the physical tasks involved in moving house, whether it’s stacking all the packed boxes of crockery by the door ready to be loaded or whether it’s vacuuming an empty rooHaving A Checklist

Having a checklist is a must if you are doing your own moving out cleaning anyway because it helps you ensure that all the tasks have been taken care of with no double-ups and nothing overlooked. However, having a checklist with all the tasks broken down individually makes a big job seem more manageable. Plus, you get the satisfaction of crossing the jobs off or ticking them off and seeing that list get smaller and smaller –and the feeling of achievement helps reduce stress.

Cleaning Something Really Dirty (But Easy To Clean)

This sounds counter-intuitive but bears with me. During stressful times, it’s the feeling of powerlessness and being out of control that is one of the worst things. However, if you can find a job that needs to be done and do it, with visible results that stay done, then this gives you something tangible that you can hang onto. The fact that it’s something that needs to be done also helps. Plus, doing a mindless task with visible results has a soothing effect. Don’t choose something really tough to do, like cleaning the oven (no shame to you if you leave this one to the professional cleaners – in fact, we often get people calling us in just to do the oven cleaning). Choose something comparatively easy but where you can see a difference after you’ve done it, like dusting skirting boards or scrubbing the grout in the bathroom tiles.

Lift Your Mood With Music

Music seems to hotwire our emotions, so make the most of this fact when you’re packing, moving furniture and cleaning in all those odd places you need to tackle when moving out. Choose something upbeat with a quick beat and cheerful lyrics for a natural mood boost (my pick: Happy by Pharrell Williams might be cheesy, but it is almost sure to pick you up).

Although playing sad and angry songs can help you vent in the short term if you have to move for one of the really stressful reasons like death in the family, divorce or losing a job, it’s probably not good to stay there. Listen to those heartbreak songs or those angry ones while you scrub the heck out of the bathtub and channel some of the emotion into action, but don’t stay there permanently. Give yourself some hope and positivity.

Get Yourself Some Nice Cleaning Tools

One of the reasons professional end of tenancy cleaners can do such a good job is that they have top-quality tools. OK, you might not be able to replace your dusters and mops and the like as a business expense the way they can, but you can ensure that you do the job effectively by using tools in good condition that work effectively. OK, don’t run out and buy yourself a new vacuum cleaner (unless you really need a new one), but a new scrubbing brush and a brand new microfibre cleaning cloth in a colour you like aren’t going to break the bank.

When you choose or buy the products to use during moving out cleaning, then make sure you get something that smells nice. If you like natural homemade cleaning products like vinegar, baking soda and the like, then splash out and get a bit of essential oil to add into the mix. Lavender isn’t that expensive an oil, and it smells lovely. It’s antibacterial and thought to have a calming and soothing effect – what more could you want?

Give Yourself Some Time

Don’t put the job of packing and cleaning off until the last minute. This just puts extra pressure on yourself. If you start the job of packing weeks before the big day and some of the cleaning jobs a week before moving day, then you’ll save yourself a world of hassle. Sure, there are some cleaning jobs that you won’t be able to do until the room in question is empty (vacuuming, for example) or you aren’t going to use whatever it is again (cleaning the loo). Still, you can, for example, get the dust off the ceiling fan, clean the inside and outside of wardrobes and cupboards you’ve just cleared (well done, you!) and clean windows that your children or the cat won’t put grubby fingers all over.

Send Small Children To Grandma’s

Moving house is tough on small children – after all, the only world they’ve known is coming to pieces around them. Because meltdowns are likely, and they may need more attention right when you’re busy, it can be wise to get the children out of the way. A trip to Grandma’s place while the old house is in chaos with strange burly guys from the moving company are taking away their bedroom furniture helps a lot – if Grandma offers to help you during your move, this is what you can ask her to do. Older children, however, can help with the job, as the physical nature of moving can help them process the changes.

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Seven Weird Things You’re Likely To Find When Moving Out Froom Your London Home (And Where You’ll Find Them)

Moving Out Is/Not Fun

Ah, moving house! The time when you have to go into all the old cupboards and places that you don’t really go into and discover things that you haven’t touched for years. It happens to everybody, even the most minimalist among us. We tend to collect clutter and memorabilia like dragons collect gold (I am sure raiding as many London car boot sales as I can is some kind of a condition) – and we can be just as grumpy as dragons when it comes to parting with any of it, Marie Kondo et al. notwithstanding.

Moving Out Is Not Fun in London

When the time comes to move out of your old London home, you tend to be confronted with your cluttery tendencies. There are certain items that you will probably find during the process of packing all your gear up and cleaning out those obscure cupboards and other spots (you’d better hope you find them or they’ll be there to amuse the professional end of tenancy cleaning team later – if you’re doing the moving out cleaning the easy way).

#1: Children’s Drawings

Tucked away in a cupboard or into a drawer, or maybe pinned onto a board somewhere, you’ll come across one of those cheerful wonky drawings with stick arms that seem to be all head. It was charming and made you smile when you got it but now… you’ve got no idea which of your children drew it or when they drew it or why they drew it. It may make you feel like a hard-hearted old monster, but it’s probably best to quietly dispose of it.

Of course, if you know who drew it and why, or if it makes you smile every time, then definitely treasure it. I, for one, will never throw out a certain Get Well Soon card my daughter made me when she was seven that makes me laugh every time. (I’m not giving you any more details – that’s a family secret.)

Cleaning Up and Tidy After a Move Out

#2: Odd Socks

Do you know all those odd socks that you’ve accumulated over the years? The chances are that you will finally discover them when you move out. Some of them will be in the laundry, often behind the washing machine from where careless laundry maids and laundry-lads have tossed them while aiming at the innards of the machine. Others will be under beds, trapped between mattresses and the wall or fallen down the back of an overstuffed set of drawers.

If you are lucky, you will have the mates to the long-lost socks patiently waiting. If you are not, then you will have thrown out the other half a long time ago. There is also a good chance that if you do have odd socks waiting for their other half of the pair, the mate will not turn up while you’re cleaning up ready to move. This leaves you believing in the late Sir Terry Pratchett’s sock-eating monster or Stephen Hawking’s untested hypothesis that the high spinning speed of washers and dryers creates miniature black holes that swallow socks.

Put any unmatched socks to good use as dusters and cleaning rags if you’re doing your own end of tenancy cleaning rather than calling for professional help.

#3 Unused Kitchen Implements

Do you know that cheese knife that originally belonged to your grandmother, the handles for the Popsicle maker set, the 1/3 cup measure and the meat thermometer that you haven’t seen for ages and you swear that you’ve hunted for a dozen times? You will finally find them at the bottom of the kitchen implement drawer now.

Yes, I know you looked for them when the drawer was full but you were probably trying to avoid slicing your thumb on the potato peeler or stabbing yourself on the skewer, so you missed them. If you’d emptied out the entire drawer to hunt for them and gone through everything, you’d have found them earlier. But when does anybody go to all that sort of palaver? That’s right – when moving out.

#4 Dead Pens

Forget the Dead Poets’ Society. When you move house – or move office, for that matter – you are likely to discover the Dead Pens’ Society. Sometimes, the ballpoint pens with dried ink and snapped clicking mechanisms will be all in one place, such as in a drawer or even in a caddy. Others will be in obscure places – behind the landline telephone that has been quietly collecting dust (apart from when you get rung by cold callers and phone scammers – at least these are the only people who ever call my landline), in the kitchen drawer, behind the fridge, in the laundry after being rescued from pockets, and so forth.

Test each of the pens out – preferably to write the contents of a box on the outside up or the words “FRAGILE – WITH CARE” on the one with the crockery. If they don’t write, ditch them. The same applies to other writing implements (permanent pens, whiteboard markers, etc.) that you discover in odd places.

#5 Broken Appliances

You were sure that you could fix it one of these days and that you were going to get around to it eventually because it only needed one little spare part that you’re certain you can get at the hardware store if you remember to pick it up and… Well, it’s been sitting at the back of the wardrobe or the cupboard under the stairs or in the attic or at the back of the garage and you never did get around to it. Time to face facts and give the thing the chuck.

Moving Out Of Rented Accommodation in London

#6 Mousetraps

The best thing you can hope for when discovering a forgotten mousetrap in the laundry, in the pantry or in the garage is that it has snapped shut and not caught anything. If you are unlucky, it will have snapped shut and caught something. So that’s where the horrible smell was coming from all this time. Remove the shrivelled and quasi-mummified carcass, or the hideous disgusting one (the mummified one is the easiest), try not to vomit and wash your hands thoroughly afterwards, then disinfect the area where you found the mousetrap.

If you’re very unlucky, the mousetrap will still be active and will snap shut on your fingers as you reach into the depths of wherever you’d forgotten you’d put it. I hope you haven’t already packed the ice pack and the first aid kit.

#7 Outgrown Outfits

This is one item that you won’t discover quite as often if you’ve been diligent. However, most of us will find one or two items that somebody in the household doesn’t fit anymore. It could be as simple as outgrown children’s clothes that were being stored in a bag or a suitcase in case you had another child or to give to that cousin or friend, or the second-hand store one day. It can be more gut-wrenching to discover items that you’ve got too plump for thrust to the back of the wardrobe. However, finding items that once fitted you but are now too big because you’ve stuck to that diet and exercise plan is a bit more encouraging.

What you do with those items now is simple: send the lot down to the charity store. This is obvious in the case of old children’s clothes that are in good condition. If they’re in bad condition, use them as cleaning rags, because you will need a lot if you’re doing your own moving out cleaning.

Do not keep items that you don’t fit just in case. If they’re too small for you, they’ll just bring you down every time you look at them. Don’t give them space in your new home. If they’re too big and you’re keeping them just in case, what sort of thinking is that? Are you planning on getting chubby again? Out, out, out!


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Are You Making These Common Home Cleaning Mistakes?

People have been cleaning their homes for millennia, so you’d think that we’d have it right by now. Unfortunately, many of us are still making a bunch of mistakes. Knowledge is power, they say, so if we know about these mistakes, we know what not to do and can clean more efficiently and effectively instead.

Mistake #1: Overusing cleaning products (e.g. using twice the amount directed on the packaging)

How Professional Cleaners Do It: Follow the instructions! If you use too much of a cleaning product, you end up leaving a residue or film on whatever you’re cleaning. This residue will end up attracting dirt (which is how cleaners work) and leave the surface dirtier than before.

House Cleaning Products - Do Not Overuse

Mistake #2: Thinking that natural cleaners are always cheaper and gentler

How Professional Cleaners Do It: While vinegar and baking soda do work very effectively for most chores and are pretty cheap, other natural cleaning products aren’t. Take lemons: yes, they are natural and safe, but they’re not cheap. Vinegar can also be a trap for the unwary, as this strong acid can eat into certain surfaces. Find out the facts before you make the switch to natural cleaning products.

House Cleaning Products You Can Use Every Day

Mistake #3: Getting fiddly when doing the laundry

How Professional Cleaners Do It: Make the owners of the clothing responsible for removing things from the pockets and turning clothes right side out. Instead of getting obsessive about matching socks, have a designated spot for odd socks where they can wait for their mates after being washed. Check the pile periodically for any matches. If any sock has sat there for over 9 months, get rid of it as its mate is probably lost.

Mistake #4: Racing too quickly

How Professional Cleaners Do It: You can’t just spray or squirt on a product then start wiping straight away. Whatever’s in your cleaner, be it natural or commercial, needs time to work. Water needs to soak in and soften dirt and stains; disinfectant needs time to kill germs. Spray a surface, leave it to sit (while you start another small chore) then go back and start wiping.

Mistake #5: Using the wrong tool for the job

Deep Cleaning Your Home - Use the Right Tools

How Professional Cleaners Do It: Have a good selection of tools on hand and keep them in your cleaning caddy. That way, you’ll avoid using a too-stiff scrubbing brush for soft surfaces, a sponge on the computer screen or a mop for getting cobwebs off the ceiling. Multipurpose tools do exist but even these can’t do every single job.

Mistake #6: Cross-contamination

How Professional Cleaners Do It: Have a designated set of tools – including rubber gloves – kept for really dirty and unhygienic jobs and places like the lavatory, inside the rubbish bin and for cleaning up pet poop or vomit. Colour code them like the pros do to ensure that they don’t accidentally get used for wiping down your kitchen bench or washing the dishes you eat off.

Mistake #7: Leaving all the cleaning to one person

How Professional Cleaners Do It: OK, professional cleaners usually work solo and do all the chores. However, they get paid to do this. You don’t get paid to clean your own house! Everybody in the household should be responsible for some of the work from the age of two years old. Yes, even a two-year-old can put away his/her toys and dust a dresser!

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Accidents in Your Property and Emergency Cleaning – What is Essential to Know

In the case at home, office, halls, showrooms and storage or manufactory areas leak or spill, you must have an emergency response team which is available 24 hours, seven days in the week and always welcome your needs and requirements. So it is quite vital to find a reliable and professional cleaning company for that purpose and to be ready to cope with such surprises.

With expert full state-of-the-art equipment, involving machines and fans, there is nothing impossible in emergent cases. They can rapidly extract the excess water after that would be time for the cleaning and drying process.

Be careful – drying includes the entire surface of the carpeting-the top, bottom and padding.
No matter it comes to fire damages and soot grime, water accidents or natural disaster, professional support is necessary. Such accidents are critical moments in life and expert experience can take off a small Emergency Floor Cleaning Protects Against Accidentspart of the stress over your shoulders, but that could be vital. Besides that, the professional services possess a rich range of arsenals for such specific cleanup. They can help you to get back to your day much more successful than if you are alone and strive to reduce the disaster effects by yourself only.

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