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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!

Creating instant appeal in your garden – no matter how big or small

 

Feeling inspired by the Chelsea Flower Show but don’t have the time, inclination or green fingers to create a masterpiece?

 

Fear not: even if you haven’t been out in the garden for months sowing seeds and turning soil, you can still create your very own haven with relatively little time or effort.

 

Curb appeal



 

Ever dreamt of living in a country cottage with flowers growing over the door?  Well, while a move might not be on the cards, you can add instant curb appeal to your home by investing in planters to flank your front door.  Buxus and bay trees make ideal additions and look great threaded with solar fairy lights.  They take very little care and create a warm welcome.

 

For real country charm, consider digging a hole and planting wisteria.  This fast growing vine will need a trellis to grow up but the (minimal) efforts are well worth it.

 

Instant appeal


Growing prize plants takes experience and serious patience. Make it easy on yourself and visit a garden centre where all the work has been done for you.  Potted plants can add instant colours, scent, and bring the birds and the bees to you.

 

All pots were not created equally


It’s not just the plants you need to consider but the pot you decide to grow it in.  If you’ve got tall plants, make sure the pot is sufficiently heavy or consider filling the bottom with stones, which can also help with drainage. Aside from practical consideration, there’s also the aesthetic; there are so many options out there – rustic, oriental, modern – you might want to mix and match, or stick to one specific style.

 

The rise of the vertical garden


If you have limited space, a balcony or courtyard, vertical gardens offer the opportunity to add lots of colour, scents and styles.  Choose from ladders, cascade and hanging planters. Simply pick a spot and fill it with your favourite flowers and plants.

 

Conquer the spring cleaning with our 100°C Hot Water Spray Mop

No one likes restrictions in life, so why let your household cleaning appliances limit your movement? Our new lightweight 100°C Hot Water Spray Mop makes that a problem of the past, offering the easy alternative to steam.

 

With more accidents occurring inside the home than anywhere else, we’ve lessened the chances of tripping up for those accident prone individuals among us. Our cordless 100°C Hot Water Spray Mop offers flexibility; no swapping plug sockets every five minutes, no more getting wrapped around chair legs- it makes an often laborious task simple.

 

As seen on TV, this cordless mop is perfect for all your hard floor surfaces including tiles, laminate and wood, offering a quick and easy alterative to steam. Heating up in just 90 seconds, (just enough time to select some motivational music) our innovative mop removes 99.9% of bacteria without the use of chemicals.

 

To use the 100°C Hot Water Spray Mop, simply stand it up, plug it in and when the red light shows, press the yellow button to start heating the water. The red light will flash for 90 seconds as it heats and then – hey presto – the light will go green. Simply unplug your mop and you’re ready to clean with a hot water spray.

 

The swivel head means that those hard to reach places which consume so much of your time can be easily accessed and the easy-to-use trigger enables you to control how much hot water is released on the easy to remove machine washable microfibre pad.

 

We’ve heard and understood your floor cleaning issues and believe that this is the answer to your domestic nightmare prayers!

 

To see the 100°C Hot Spray Mop in action visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIBuGWjjDxc

 

A room with a view? Research reveals tricks to help sell your home

 

 

For many of us home owners, getting your house to stand out when putting it on the market can be difficult as we all want to attract an array of potential buyers in order to snap up that golden sale and make the most we can.

 

Knowing that one of the biggest bug bears when selling your home is the constant cleaning for viewings, we have tried to make the selling process a whole lot easier by conducting research which involved us looking (literally) through the eyes of first time, potential buyers using specialist high tech eye tracking goggles to find out what is actually catching their attention.

 

Forget scrubbing your house from top to toe, buyers eyes revealed that they want height and they want light. The key solutions therefore to making your house more appealing is to firstly concentrate on making those windows shine in order to let in maximum light and secondly, to get up that ladder and ensure there are no cobwebs on the ceiling and something we are all guilty of… clear away all that unnecessary clutter!

 

The high life

 

While you might think scrubbing floors and polishing surfaces is the best use of your time, one of the key findings of the eye tracking research was that potential buyers are actually looking at room height, so while you may be concentrating on spotless surfaces, spare a moment to look up and check you haven’t got any spider squatters scaring off buyers.
Having a positive outlook

 

 

It can be hard to keep positive after the tenth viewing, however having a positive outlook is important in more than one area. 95% of our viewers looked out of windows to check out the neighbourhood and garden, so as well as letting in the light, smear-free windows will also improve the way buyers view your home.

 

 

Size matters – make the most of it

 

We all know size matters when selling your house, but while you can’t magic up an extra bedroom, you can make the most of the space you’ve got. De-cluttering before you put your house on the market will not only make packing to move easier, but make your home far easier on the eye. If you’ve got an under-stairs cupboard, tidy it out; every one of our respondents popped their head in to see how big it was. No-one wants to get hit with an avalanche of belongings you’d just hoped would stay hidden away.

 

With the average house in the UK taking 65 days to sell, these top tips may be just the thing you need to reduce those endless, painful viewings. Remember: think height and light, and this could be what gets your house speedily and successfully off the market, whilst ensuring a killer sale!

 

Say goodbye to pesky pet hairs

Most of us would not be able to live without our furry friends, but even the most ardent of animal lovers can get fed up with the hairs cats and dogs leave behind.

 

Cleaning up after pets isn’t always easy; luckily, we have the perfect solutions to eradicate those fur balls from your home.

Keep your pets entertained for hours with our new Cleaning Robot (RRP £149.99). It does the cleaning for you while you sit back and relax. Suitable for all hard flooring and short-pile carpet, this rechargeable robot sweeps and vacuums edges and under furniture with two counter-rotating brushes especially designed to pick-up particles and hair and vacuum power to pick up finer dust and fluff.

 

 

You are only one stroke away from getting rid of those horrid hairs with the DuActiva broom (RRP £6.49), a dual action brush designed to pick up dirt and hair in only one fell swoop, so you’re not sweeping away for hours on end. Don’t worry if kitty has crept behind the cupboard, the telescopic handle means you can get in those hard to reach places and adjusts to a length that suits you.

 

Does Rex make a dogs dinner of his meals and leave a trail of water after him along with muddy paw prints? The revolutionary SuperMocio 3Action Mop (RRP £6.29) has a red spot eraser for tough dirt removal to help get rid of that dried on pet food and special super- absorbent microfibre zones for removing paw prints and soaking up water. No matter how much of a mucky pup he is, the mop head can be washed over and over again in the machine up to 60˚C.

Take it easy on yourself this National Cleaning Day

 

March 19 sees the return of National Cleaning Day.

 

If you are planning to embark on a stellar spring clean, then take stock of your tools as you could be putting in far more time and effort than you have to in order to get the job done.

 

Take your window cleaning routine; is it a task you dread? You’re not alone as research has shown it is one of our least favourite jobs because of the time and effort it takes to get a sparkling, smear-free shine. Rather than vigorously buffing the glass to get it glossy, simply whip out your Windomatic (link to), the window vacuum which sucks away the dirty water, leaving a streak-free finish and reducing the tiresome and time-consuming task of cleaning windows and mirrors by up to 50%.

 

Floor cleaning making you want to kick out the bucket? If you are fed up of dragging around a heavy mop and bucket to get floors shining, or getting your steam mop cable caught around table legs, then the innovative new cordless 100°C Hot Spray mop (Link) could be the perfect solution to help you get an effortless clean.

 

Combining hot water and superior microfibre technology, it offers the easy alternative to steam: a cordless clean, removing 99.99% of bacteria without using chemicals.

 

Dust getting you down? It’s a never-ending chore trying to eradicate it, however, rather than just spreading it around and creating clouds that just resettle minutes later, by wiping with our microfibre Soft Dust Cloth you can pick up 40% more dust than traditional cotton cloths thanks to its special electrostatic charge which attracts and holds the dust.

 

So, if you are planning on kicking up a storm and embarking on a serious spring clean this National Cleaning Day, then why make the jobs harder than they have to be? The sooner it’s done, the sooner you can sit back, relax and enjoy the spring sunshine.

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