How to make your home sparkle

on Wednesday, 14 April 2010. Posted in N21 Experts

 

Zuzana Cisarova runs a home cleaning and support business, with many clients in the Winchmore Hill area. Her efficient, no nonsense approach to cleaning works wonders and she believes that her clients can be trained to achieve her high standards!



Over the ten years I have been running a cleaning business I have developed a number of effective short cuts, which produce great results, without compromising on either hygiene or aesthetics. Here are a few tricks of my trade.

 

Firstly stainless steel – my clients always compliment me on the flawless finish I am able to achieve on sinks and taps and want to know my secret. The answer is Viakal – this is not a product endorsement, but I have found that it is the most effective product to dissolve limescale. It just needs to be applied with a sponge, with some pressure behind it (not a cloth, it isn’t as effective); rinsed properly and then polished up with a tea towel. 

 

Whenever I take on a new client, I am always amazed by just how many different cleaning products they have in the house. YOU DON’T NEED SEPERATE PRODUCTS FOR EVERY CLEANING PURPOSE, AND DON’T BE SEDUCED BY THE LATEST TV CLEANING ADS

 

Here is the short list of MUST HAVE products which I wouldn’t be without

 

1. Viakal, not only for stainless steel but because London water is so hard, use it anywhere where limescale builds up, such as around taps and in the shower. However when you are using it on shower screens, make sure you rinse it thoroughly for a smear free finish.

 

2. E-cloths, they may seem expensive but save money in the long run because you just wash them and use over and over again. The manufacturer says that you don’t even need to use chemicals, however to be on the safe side, I still prefer to use an e-cloth with my general purpose cleaner.  I have found that using an e-cloth is definitely the best way to rinse off chemicals - after all you don’t want to sit in a bleach bath!

 

3.  The exception to my one cloth rule is the E-cloth glass polishing cloth, for mirrors, TVs and windows, again it’s worth the investment

 

4.  One recent cleaning innovation that I am in favour of are toilet wipes. Although they may not seem very eco-friendly, this is one place where you don’t want to compromise on hygiene and it may even be possible to train the rest of the household to use them! If you don’t reseal the pack properly they can dry out, but don’t worry, just put them under the tap, they still work.

 

5.  When it comes to what general purpose cleaner to use, this is actually up to you. Supermarket own brands work perfectly well, you don’t need to spend extra money on big brands.  I would always recommend using an old fashioned thick cream cleaner, not a spray, especially when removing grease and dirt from kitchen cabinets, but AGAIN THE ANSWER IS RINSE AND POLISH WELL.

 

6.  As many women are good at multi-tasking, there is a right and a wrong way to go about it when you are cleaning. Firstly, when cleaning in the kitchen or a bathroom, you can apply a cleaning product, pour bleach down the loo and get on with something else. However, in the long run it saves time doing chores in a specific order and don’t get side tracked. Move round the room systematically. For example, in the kitchen, deal with the work surfaces first and sweep all the crumbs onto the floor (including the toaster!). Next wipe down the front of the cupboards and appliances. Having applied your cleaning product to the cooker first, it should by now be ready to be wiped off easily.

 

7.  And now the kitchen floor. It may seem strange and more effort but actually hooving the floor rather than sweeping it is more effective. If you have a bin cupboard you can give that a quick hoover as well. The best mop to use is a Vileda, stripy mop, which will gets into every corner, unlike the flat sponge kind.


The more you practice this regime, the easier and quicker it gets. The secret is little and often rather than letting it build up over the week (or weeks!).


Zuzana Cisarova

07962 344843

http://www.homesparkle.co.uk

 

 

Zuzana Cisarova runs a home cleaning and support business, with many clients in the Winchmore Hill area. Her efficient, no nonsense approach to cleaning works wonders and she believes that her clients can be trained to achieve her high standards!

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