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With our lives being busier than ever before, we're all on the look out for handy hints and tips to make cleaning quick and efficient. The Clever Cleaning team at Vileda has put together its years of experience to bring you the Vileda Blog - lots of handy hints and tips to help you minimise the hassle that comes with cleaning, helping you clean smarter so you can spend more time enjoying the things you really want to do!

Avoiding Halloween Horrors

Halloween; these days it seems a firm decision has to be made – either stock up on sweets and kit yourself out in a creepy costume.  Or sit in the dark and pretend no one’s home.

If you are planning a ghoulish gathering of witches, werewolves, monsters and vampires, then we’ve put together the perfect guide to preparing your haunted house… and cleaning up the aftermath.



Everyone loves a fake spider, but the real thing…


While you might want to turn your home into a creepy crypt and invest in frightening fake cobwebs and spooky looking spiders, no one wants to see the real thing!

Inject some microfibre magic into your pre-party clean by whipping round your house with a Microfibre Dust Cloth.  What’s the attraction?  As well as being ideal for all surfaces, the electrostatic charge attracts and holds 40% more dust than a traditional cotton dust cloth.


Having a pumpkin panic?


Before you start carving your chilling creation, lay down newspapers under the pumpkin for easy cleanup. However if you are reading this too late, use a spoon to scrape off as much as possible, then clean it up quickly and easily with a solution of dishwashing liquid and water using a Microfibre 2in1 Kitchen Cloth, which removes the toughest dirt, even without chemicals,  or scratching surfaces.


Sticky sweets stuck in the carpet?


From dealing with sugar highs, to sticky sweets stuck in the carpet, Halloween can haunt us for weeks to come.  But don’t be scared!  This simple solution will ensure you don’t come unstuck, but the stubborn sweet does:

• Lift up as much of the sweet as possible

• Mix 1 teaspoon of washing up liquid with 1 cup of lukewarm water.

• Blot the stain using this solution and an all purpose cloth such as the Style Sunsplash All Purpose Cloth, which is super-absorbent and, importantly, durable.

• Finish by blotting with water, then scrape off the sweet


Get your windows eggs-tra clean after Halloween


There has been a crackdown in recent years on shops selling flour and eggs before Halloween, but if you do become the victim of a horror-ble trick and get egged, here’s what to do.
What you need:

• Bicarbonate of Soda

• Warm water

• Garden hose

• Vileda Window and Glass Cloth

What to do:

• Always wash from the bottom up and do it as soon as possible

• Wet the area below the egg to reduce the possibility of it sticking lower down

• Gently hose the egg off – don’t use a high-pressure stream of water as it will simply splatter

• Take your cloth and, using the solution of bicarbonate of soda and warm water (not hot that will make it congeal even more), gently wipe

• Rinse thoroughly with the hose.


Scrub-a-dub-dub, get the scum off your tub

Love a steaming hot bath on a cold autumn evening, but hate the hard scrubbing it takes to get it sparkling afterwards?  Well don’t we all!

Bubbles, bath soaks and oils make us feel a million dollars, but they make cleaning even more challenging, requiring a whole cupboard full of cleaning apparatus to remove scum and get the taps to twinkle.

So the team at Vileda has put its shower caps on and come up with the perfect solution to make life as easy as possible.

This month sees the launch of the new Vileda Active Wave Bathroom which will revolutionise the way you clean, shaving off the time it takes and condensing your cleaning cupboard.

Vileda Active Wave Bathroom

This dual-sided sponge will remove tough dirt and limescale, with one side coated in a special non-scratch scourer, perfect for getting into corners and scrubbing around taps.The other side is coated in a super-absorbent cellulose sponge, which can absorb up to 10 times its own weight and leaves a streak-free finish.

What’s more it has been moulded to make it so comfortable to hold, you may never want to let go!



Clean your way to Tenerife with ‘Floor Miles’ competition

There’s not long left for you to send in your empty Vileda packaging for an opportunity to win a holiday for four* to the 4-star Sandos San Blas Eco Resort in Tenerife. So, we wanted to give you a nudge and remind you about the ‘Floor Miles’ competition!

Since March 19th our fans have been sending us their empty Vileda product packaging for an opportunity to win a luxurious trip for four to Tenerife or get lucky in our monthly draw for travel vouchers. You can see a couple of our happy previous winners below.

(Caption from L to R: Marie Parton and Paul Elliot)

Every piece of packaging counts as a separate entry. Quite simply, the more you send in, the more chance you have to win. All Vileda product packaging is accepted.

31st October will be the last day that the entries are being accepted. At the beginning of November we will reveal the winner of the luxurious break in Tenerife, as well as a winner of the grand prize of £500 travel vouchers.

The holiday prize is for two adults and two children under 12 to experience pure quality on a luxurious all-inclusive five-night break to the luxury 4 star resort.

Set in its own nature reserve, the stunning resort of Sandos San Blas combines sustainable amenities, eco tours and a variety of cultural activities for the whole family to enjoy, such as aqua gym, basketball, beach volleyball, pool volleyball, soccer, golf and ping pong.

For more information and full terms and conditions click here.

Now everyday is a good drying day

Every day is a good drying day

As the days grow colder and outside drying days become scarcer, getting through your laundry can become a real hassle.  Relying on the occasional, unpredictable dry day is particularly frustrating when your favourite top’s in the wash and switching on the heating when there is no-one at home to get your clothes dry is costly

And while the tumble dryer can sometimes be the only option if you need something in a hurry, it’s worth bearing in mind that they are one of the most energy hungry appliances in the home*, using about 4 times as much energy as a washing machine.

To make life a little easier, we’ve put together our top tips for making sure you make the most of the time and space you’ve got.


Pick the right air dryer
If you have mountains of washing, squeezing all your smalls onto your radiators isn’t always possible… plus it is a pretty expensive option if there isn’t going to be anyone home to enjoy the tropical climate you create!

Air dryers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes; the Vileda Dry Cascade is a 3 tier airer which is ideal if you have limited space but still has 15m of line length and the Vileda Viva Dry Flex which, with a massive 25 metres of drying length and adjustable wings, is ideal for bigger loads and drying delicates flat.


Reduce power and follow the sun
If the sun does decide to put its hat on, but you don’t trust the rain to hold out all day, move your air dryer to a sunny spot in your home.  Also consider where the warmest places in your house are; often they are the kitchen and bathroom


Shake it & flip it
If you’ve ever bunged a pair of jeans on a radiator and just left them there to dry, you’ll know trying to climb into wrinkled, crispy clothes isn’t particularly pleasant.

To keep them supple and minimise creases, make sure you give your clothes a good shake before hanging them out and to speed up drying time, if you get a chance, flip them over for a more even dry


Dealing with delicates
There’s nothing more disheartening than an item that calls for hand-washing.  As well as being a bit of a pain to wash, drying delicates, in particular knitted garments, comes with its own set of problems as hanging them up often causes them to lose their shape.

Rather than risk extra long arms on your favourite sweater, spread it out over the adjustable wings of the Vileda Viva Dry Flex so that it dries flat.


Worried about damp?
If damp is a problem in your house, consider using a dehumidifier. While this still uses electrical power, they often use a lot less energy so are cheaper to run than most heating devices.


* Source Energy Saving Trust

Cleaning around cooking

The school year has started again and parents will want to make the most of the weekends with their children. Dinner time is a great opportunity for a fun family activity where your kids can learn how to prepare food and release their creativity. However, we all know this can get messy.

An important piece of advice is to clear up as you go. While your little one may be assigned to mixing or stirring, you can be washing up the used chopping boards, bowls, pans etc. This way, you will just have a few items which can be left at the end soaking while you eat.

Whatever utensils you’ve been using, Vileda’s Active Wave Scourer can remove stubborn food. The Active Wave is appropriate for Teflon® non-stick coatings or other coated surfaces due to the special structure which lifts the dirt gently but effectively. Active Wave is the ideal all-purpose scourer.

While your child’s efforts of stirring the pan are of course greatly appreciated, it can sometimes lead to half of your meal being left behind on the cooker. Vileda have a 2in1 Microfibre Kitchen Cloth that will both scour and clean surface tops to remove grease, as well as tough dirt without scratching. This cloth can be washed over and over again by hand or machine so that surfaces can always return to looking clean and shiny.

The final job is to lay the table. Obviously, the table must be cleaned first and Vileda’s Style Sunsplash is the perfect all-purpose cleaning cloth which makes this simple and painless. A wipe before and after the meal with this long-lasting, durable cloth will absorb any spills and provide a fresh, clean surface to enjoy your delicious dinner on.

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