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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!

Go on a 45 mile hike…without leaving your home!

 

Paying over the odds for your gym membership? Want to exercise but don’t feel like leaving the house?

 

Well believe it or not, household chores actually help us to burn up to 3000 calories a year in the steps we take alone. Tasks such as vacuuming, mopping and wiping the windows mean we clock up on average 45 miles of walking a year! And all this without leaving the house.

 

Last year we recruited 50 ‘Floor Testers’ who we followed for six months tracking their every cleaning move and seeing just exactly how many steps they took. Here at Vileda we pride ourselves on providing cleaning products which help to make your cleaning tasks quick and stress free and we were interested to see just how much effort and elbow grease goes into cleaning our homes.

 

Most of us tend to fight the most fat in the kitchen…no, we’re not talking about your latest juicing diet…we’re talking about the 20 miles you walk a year mopping the floor and washing and drying that never ending mountain of dishes. We are also busting a gut in the living room by walking an average of 10 miles a year vacuuming the crumbs off our carpet and dusting the dirt from the furniture. Even spring cleaning the bathroom and spare bedroom now and again enables us to achieve a whopping five miles of fat burning footsteps a year.

 

So you see, you don’t have to be a fitness freak to get fit and burn off those extra pounds!

 

Thank you to everyone who took part. If you think you’d like to have a go at being a Vileda product tester and share your thoughts on our current product range then get involved with our Clean Team App on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ViledaUK

 

Find your Top of the Mops!

Are you power crazed? Do you like things to get steaming hot? Or are you more of an old-school kind of gal?

This month we’ve launched a brand new range of electricals to help make your life easier and cut down on the time, effort and chemicals you put into cleaning.

And to help you find out which of these innovative mops is right for you, we’ve put together this fun Top of the Mops infographic!

Power to the people!

 

 

Down but not out – what to do with your Christmas tree now the festivities are over

 

The mince pies have been eaten, the decorations put away and the presents unwrapped… but now comes the annual quandary about what to do with the Christmas tree.

While the weather is cold and you’re unlikely to be outside, it can be tempting to toss it to the end of the garden – out of sight out of mind – only to find it months later and still have the problem item to deal with.

If however you’re more organised and arrange for it to be collected, often they end up in landfill – a sad end for something that brings so much pleasure over the festive period!

If you want it off your hands, check with your local authorities, garden centres and community groups to see what provisions there are for recycling your Christmas trees; often they are shredded into chippings which are used locally in parks or woodland areas.

However if you fancy extending the joy your tree can bring and giving it real purpose for 2015, we’ve put together some tips to do just that!

 

Makes Scents!


 

Love the smell of fresh pine?  Well you can make it last longer, simply make a sachet with the tree’s pine needles. Hide them around the house to spread some scent-sational smells!

 

To serve and protect


 

Pine makes excellent winter mulch for tender plants. Just cut a few branches, or boughs, from the tree and place them over any delicate plants for the winter.

 

Feed the birds


Here’s one you might not have thought of… spread small branches with margarine or peanut butter and dip it in bird seed and hang it out for the birds to find.  A tasty treat to help you get more twittering followers!

 

The gift that keeps on giving


 

If you don’t use your fireplace and have a neighbour or family member who does, tie a ribbon around your tree trunk pieces. They make wonderful gifts for those fireplace lovers in your life!

Take note though; if you want to burn a recycled Christmas tree as firewood, it’s not a good idea to do so right after you take it down. Wait till it dries out as the wood will still be wet and will smoke and could pose a fire hazard.

 

Abracadabra and Alakazam! Introducing new Vileda Magical

Do you believe in magic? Wouldn’t you like to magic away dirty marks & limescale and keep your shower shiny for longer, without having to wipe away water marks on your shower cubicle, tiles, taps and glass over and over again?

Well with our new Magical Spray and Cloth System you can make the daily cleaning ritual a thing of the past.

This clever dual-action water repellent spray and cloth system helps surfaces stay cleaner for longer, meaning you don’t have to fight the dirt – you can prevent it!

Unlike Dynamo, David Blaine and Derren Brown, we’ll let you in on the secret to long-lasting sparkle…

Clean your bathroom as normal and then add the Magical finishing touch.  Spritz your surfaces with Magical and wipe with the microfibre cloth for a streak-free finish; this will create a magical water repellent layer, preventing dirt and limescale build up for up to seven days!

Magical helps reduce limescale build up on shower cubicles, tiles and sinks; has an anti-fogging effect on mirrors and it even prevents water marks on windows.

Ta da!  Behold the sparkle!

Make a clean sweep of it with new Vileda electricals!

 

We have some exciting news… this January we are launching a range of electrical products to help you cut down on the time, effort and chemicals you put into cleaning!

As always, our products are designed to make your life easier and we’ve been listening closely to your thoughts and recommendations to really put some power into your cleaning.

Our range includes an innovative cordless 100˚C Hot Spray Mop, which removes 99.9% of bacteria without the need for steam; a Steam Mop which is the quickest, lightest and offering the longest use on the market*; a Windomatic window vacuum to make cleaning windows and mirrors easier and streak-free and the next generation of cleaning robots.

Vileda 100˚C Hot Spray – RRP £59.99. Light-weight and cordless, it is ideal for different hard floor surfaces all over your house including laminate. It heats up in only 90 seconds, has no annoying cables and removes 99.9% of bacteria with its machine-washable microfibre pad without the use of chemicals

Vileda Steam – RRP £89.99. At only 2.2kg its one of the lightest steam mops on the market. It is ready to use in just 15 seconds, lasts up to 28 minutes on 1 tank, uses machine-washable microfibre pads which are ideal for use on all hard sealed floors including wood and kills 99.9% of bacteria without the need for chemicals. It is also great for refreshing carpets with its carpet glider

Vileda Windomatic – RRP £49.99.  A vacuum and squeegee in one – ideal for windows, sills, spills and mirrors.  With its flexible head and balanced suction power it gives a streak-free finish

Vileda Cleaning Robot – RRP £149.99.  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 most furniture and includes added-value features such as intelligent navigation and cliff sensors (to avoid stairs)

To find out more visit our electricals page http://www.vileda.com/uk/products/electrical-products! And to be in with a chance to win one of our new products, check out our Facebook page www.facebook.com/ViledaUK .

And don’t forget, if you have any thoughts on how we could make your life easier, let us know and we’ll pass on your challenge to our development team!

*Comparison to the UK’s top 4 branded steam mops (fastest to heat up, longest usage time and lightest by weight) GFK data Feb 2014

 

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