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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!

Quick Christmas Clean

Socks next to fire

You know the feeling, you’re relaxing on the sofa with your feet up, enjoying a nice sweet sherry and a mince pie, tin of chocs at your side, fire roaring, TV showing your favourite Christmas movie… and then you get a text…“We r just in town, r u in if we pop over 4 a cup of tea?”

Ah! Dilemma! You want to see them, but the house looks more like something from Home Alone than The Holiday (who doesn’t want to live in that house… with Jude Law…)

Well doesn’t don’t be a scrooge, say yes! We’ve put together our top tips to help magically transform your home in a matter of minutes.

 

Stop and think
You may only have ten minutes, but use those minutes wisely. Think logically about which rooms your guests are likely to go in and concentrate your efforts there. Just shut the doors to any rooms you’d rather they didn’t see.

 

Use all available drawer space
You haven’t got time to put everything back in its rightful place– just stash anything that needs hiding until the coast is clear! If you run out of room in cupboards and drawers, the space underneath the sofa can be perfect for slipping your plate of biscuits (unless they are bringing their dog…)

If you’ve got plates and mugs on the side in the kitchen ready to be washed up, pile it tidily in the sink and, while you’re there, stick the kettle on so the tea’s made by the time they get there – that way they won’t be tempted to hang around in the kitchen (with more time to spot the dishes) while you’re waiting for it to boil.

 

A quick once over
Inject some microfibre magic into your clean by giving your surfaces a quick once over with a Vileda Soft Dust Cloth; it offers 40% better dust pick up – that’s 40% less time and effort!

 

Floor it
Grab the vacuum cleaner and give your floors a quick once over – start by the front door and stick only to the rooms your guests are likely to go in. Follow up with the Vileda 1,2 Spray to easily remove sticky, greasy marks and give a spotless finish to any laminate, wood or tiled floors. Crucially, it sprays a micro mist onto the floor, meaning you can control the amount of water going onto the floor and it dries super fast while still getting a sparkling result.

Final touches
Create a welcoming glow by lighting your favourite Christmas candle, check the tree lights are turned on and plump the sofa cushions – you’re ready! Now where are they…

The big Christmas clean

 

Why is it keeping the family entertained with fun-filled festivities somehow always results in a messy home?  Throughout the first 12 days of December, we’ll be running festive competitions to win products to make your Christmas that little bit easier. To find out more visit https://www.facebook.com/ViledaUK

And continuing the theme of easing the stress of the big Christmas clean, we’ve put together our suggestions for getting your home in tip top condition.

 

Have the dust fairies been in?

With the sudden rush of Christmas cards coming through the door, plus garlands and candles to adorn your mantelpiece, when time’s tight, it can be tempting to simply put up your cards… surely they’ll just cover the dust?

Well if you want to create a festive scene to be proud of, inject some microfibre magic into your clean with the Vileda Soft Dust Cloth, ideal for all surfaces including often missed skirting boards, the Soft Dust Cloth also offers 40% better dust pick up!

 

Laundry overload



Are you expecting a house full this Christmas? Bedding can be a pain to get clean and dry in the winter months and with the added pressure of guest bedding and towels, sometimes it can seem like your house is turning into a Laundrette!

Start preparing early and make the most out of drying time while keeping wet laundry tidy with the Viva Dry Flex, which offers 50% more drying space than some traditional dryers… it is perfect for getting your bedding ready for the rush!

 

Leave it out!

Are wet leaves taking over your hallway every time you open the door? Unfortunately, the wet, windy weather, combined with winter boots means there is very little you can do to stop them.  However quickly cleaning them up can be easy! The telescopic Vileda DuActiva broom has two different sides; bristles on one side to sweep up leaves, dirt and hair and a foam strip on the other to collect fine dust.

 

Slippery when wet

 

Come rain or (hopefully) snow, water can not only be slippery, but also cause damage to your floor.  The last thing you want to do is drag a mop and bucket out every time you come in from the cold.

The Vileda 1,2 Spray (RRP £19.99) is ideal for wood and laminate flooring, easily absorbing moisture, removing sticky, greasy marks and giving a spotless finish.  Once you are done, just pop it in the corner for the next deluge.

 

Make your Christmas dinner scent-sational

Want the smell of Christmas future rather than dinners past? Then it’s probably a good time to treat your oven with a little TLC.

There is no doubt that cleaning the oven can be a pretty unpleasant job, however, by preparing properly and using the right tools, you can make it a little easier.

So if your oven is a bit whiffy, set aside the time, pull on your Marigolds and reach for our Teflon®-recommended Active Wave Foamback Scourer, which won’t scratch surfaces like traditional scourers. This is due to its special structure which means it’s powerful against dirt, but gentle to the surface.

 

A Barbecue…for Christmas?!

A BBQ is not just for summer, it’s also for Christmas! If you’re worried about oven space this Christmas, have you thought about barbequing your turkey? A growing trend in the UK, and why not?   All that extra cooking space just going unused in the garden shed! Just remember, if you put it away without giving it a good clean, thinking we’ll get one more good weekend, then don’t leave it till Christmas day to get it spick and span.  The Glitzi Power Inox stainless steel scourer is perfect for making the job easier and it is five times longer lasting than a traditional metal spiral scourer!

Want to know more about barbecuing a turkey?  Visit http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2011/dec/20/how-cook-christmas-turkey-barbecue

 

 

Don’t play it straight, use the figure of 8!

Did you know that the number 8 is considered as lucky to some? It is rumoured to bring life equilibrium and is also a sign of wealth. Well, it doesn’t stop there, in the world of cleaning it may also bring you some luck in the form of mopping!

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To begin your journey to a super clean and shiny floor you will need one of our SuperMocio 3 Action mops, which can be used with just warm water due to the ultrafine microfibres that remove stubborn dirt .

So, your mop is prepared, now time to work on technique.  Dip the mop into the water and use the SuperMocio Powerpress Bucket and Wringer to wring out all excess water before you start. Next, create a figure of 8 whilst mopping to ensure all dirt particles are picked up effectively and easily. The lemon-shaped head allows you to reach into difficult corners and the 3D flocked material picks up hair and dust with ease.

Last but not least, to avoid mopping yourself into a corner, mop from the top of the room towards the door. Don’t forget to stick the mop head in the washing machine and hang it out to dry so it remains in tip top condition for every use!

 

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!

 

 

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