On Sunday 10th May the prime minister sketched out his three-step "roadmap" to bring us out of lockdown.
Cleaners are permitted to work. See our guidelines https://www.tidychoice.com/covid-19
On Sunday 10th May the prime minister sketched out his three-step "roadmap" to bring us out of lockdown.
Cleaners are permitted to work. See our guidelines https://www.tidychoice.com/covid-19
Each year, the British Cleaning Council produces a report on the UK cleaning industry. The cleaning sector is often overlooked so it is great that this report champions the vital services provided to UK workplaces, hospitals, schools, public spaces and homes.
The most striking aspect of the report is the sheer size of the sector. The cleaning sector contributes £55 billion to the UK economy and employs 1.6 million people. The British Cleaning Council divides the industry into four sub-sectors: Cleaning activities, Facilities management, Waste and resource management and Landscape service activities.
We have created a summary infographic to highlight the most important data. We have focused on the Cleaning activities sub-sector and summarised the key trends in commercial and domestic cleaning.
Ultimate long weekend cleaning projects
To help make the most of your time during the four day “lockdown” over Easter, we have compiled a list of cleaning projects. We will admit that at first glance they don’t seem like a lot of fun, but you will feel so good when you finish them and experience the results!
High touch areas
In busy households, high touch areas require frequent cleaning to stop the spread of germs and viruses. Around the house, this includes light switches, door and cabinet handles, hand-rails, table and countertops, remote controls as well as all bathroom surfaces. Your personal electronic devices, such as smart phones, laptops and keyboards should be cleaned regularly as they harbour microbes.
High touch areas need to be cleaned, sanitised and disinfected regularly. Cleaning can be easily done with a soapy damp cloth. Use disinfecting...
We share some of the best sources of business information relating to the Covid-19 crisis. We also cover Government support for employees, the self-employed and businesses as well as working from home. We hope that you find these resources useful in navigating through these uncertain times.
Helpful resources for small businesses
For small businesses like ourselves, there are some very helpful people out there providing useful, up to date information.
The Institute for Chartered Accountants in England and Wales have written comprehensive guidance and illustrations on furloughing staff and claiming CJRS here as...
The worldwide pandemic of Coronavirus or COVID-19 is escalating in many countries. It is likely that COVID-19 will become much more widespread in London.
In addition to best practice as recommended by WHO, we want to share some useful information about keeping surfaces clean at home to protect your household from illness. This is a time to maintain high standards of cleaning at home.
Everyday preventive actions
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. As a reminder, it is recommended to take everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
Stay home when you are sick. The symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, coughing and shortness of breath
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
Wash your hands often with...
We surveyed over 3,000 cleaners on our database to find out what cleaners really think about their customers. We discussed the cleanest habits, the worst habits and their view on people’s overall attitudes towards cleaning. We want to understand the cleaner’s perspective and get insights that might help us improve the service for both cleaners and customers.
The great news is that 98% of our cleaners felt valued and respected by their clients. In addition, 85% of cleaners said that their clients were lean and tidy. This indicates to us that relationships between customers and cleaners are generally very good.
We then asked about client cleaning habits to see if there are any ways that we can help cleaners in their jobs. According to respondents in our survey, 56% of householders do very little or no cleaning between scheduled sessions. It seems that some customers could help cleaners do a better job by doing some tidying up...
New Year, New Me? Every year many of us set goals and targets for the New Year. This year, I filled my ‘Goals for 2020’ diary with familiar-looking resolutions.
Learn a new skill or hobby
Lose more weight
Read one book a month
Lose even more weight
My New Year’s resolutions are always centred around getting fit and losing weight. I try to go to the gym three times a week or stick to a strict diet. But I’ll be the first to admit that after four gym sessions and a second week of not indulging in any takeaways on a Friday night, my hopes and dreams of achieving this so called perfect body usually come to an end.
This year I want to set myself more attainable goals. Goals that can help my mental wellbeing, reduce my stress levels and allow me to sleep better at night. The great news is that it does not involve toiling away at the gym or giving up cake. It simply entails keeping my house clean.
In this blog, I...
Congratulations to Maria Helena! She trumped hundreds of housekeepers across the whole of London to win this year’s Housekeeper of the Year award and a £150 prize.
Customers were asked to nominate their housekeeper for the award. We received a huge response in recognition of the valuable work that house cleaners do across the city. Maria Helena received the most votes from customers and got outstanding reviews.
We spoke to Maria Helena when she came to our offices to collect the award.
How did you feel when you found out you had won the competition?
I was very surprised and very happy! I remember reading about last year’s winner, Bilyana and wishing that it could be me one day. I am very pleased to win this award.
You got huge support from your customers who are clearly very happy with you. What is your secret?
I really enjoy the work which is why I give it my best. I like and respect my customers and treat their home as I do my own. I am not perfect but if I...
We are delighted and honoured to be included in the 2019 list of The Best Cleaning Services in London.
Unlike cleaning agencies on the list, with TidyChoice you can select the cleaner that suits you best and book them in real time online. To see who is available in your area, please visit our homepage.
Walking or cycling around London can feel like a health hazard. Roads are engulfed in dangerous levels of exhaust fumes and pollutants. How does the London Undergorund compare?
Around 4.8m daily commuters use the London Underground every day. According to the latest research published by the Financial Times levels of pollution inside the underground are extremely high. At times as much as 10 times higher than the guidelines set by WHO. The investigation was conducted at over 75 locations across the tunnel segments inside Zone 1, central London.
The analysis revealed that the Central line is the most polluted, while Northern and Victoria lines are also high risk.
The network has an abundant level of PM 2.5 particles. These atmospheric particles are one-thirtieth of the thickness of the human hair. These fine particles, which could come from various sources including motor vehicles emissions, agricultural burning and power plant emissions last longer in the air...
We hope that you have a great Halloween with the kids trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, attending or hosting Halloween parties and lighting bonfires. It is a fun time of year but can also be a messy one for your house!
We have compiled a list of cleaning tricks and treats to help you solve the stickiest and scariest cleaning problems. Enjoy our seasonable guide.
Carving pumpkin is not only a hard thing to do, but also a very messy one. If you decide to do everything in your kitchen, the best tip would be to lay down a newspaper under the pumpkin. This would make the cleaning much easier and less tricky.
If you have pumpkin stains on the floor or the carpet, we have a solution. Firstly, immediately remove any pumpkin pulp that you see on the floor. You don’t want it to dry out as it would be harder to clean.
If you have pumpkin stains on any carpeted area, there are a couple of steps you...
Figures provided by the British Cleaning Council (“BCC”) show that the cleaning industry contributes over £24 billion to the UK economy. The BCC commissioned market research company, Firedog to compile a report on the industry.
Since the recession of 2010, turnover from the sector has increased by 21%, which is higher than the turnover for the whole economy, which has increased by 17%.
As well as making a significant contribution to the UK economy, the cleaning industry also employs over 700,000 people. Wage growth in the sector is higher than the national average, with a growth of 6.4% compared to a national average of 2.3%.
The report also shows that the number of foreign-born workers in the industry is higher than the national average at 23% compared to a UK average of 17%.
Based on company sales, the contract cleaning market is worth more than £3 billion According to a report by MTW Research, the...
Around 60% of cleaners active on our platform are from overseas with around one third of the total from EU countries. Consequently, net migration is critically important to our business and to the cleaning sector as a whole.
According to latest report from the Office for National Statistics published in August 2019, an estimated 226,000 moved to the UK than left for the year ending March 2019 (612,000 people immigrated and 385,000 people emigrated). This is down 12 per cent from prior period driven by the lowest level of EU migrants in six years.
Since the end of 2016, overall immigration, emigration and net migration have remained broadly stable. However, the overall figures disguise marked differences in EU and non-EU migration patterns.
EU immigration rose to peak in the year ending June 2016 and has continued to fall since then. It is now at its lowest level since 2013. The decrease is mainly due to a fall in...
As stationery and uniforms take over the aisles of supermarkets, the realisation is starting to set in that the summer holidays are nearing a close. With only a handful of weeks to go before your early mornings involve frantic morning drop-offs and journeys to work, one dreaded task may be on your mind. The post summer clean up.
While it was fun to enjoy the days with your children at home, the time has come to get your home shipshape before you are back to your familiar routine. Here we give some great cleaning tips before your kids head off back to school.
It’s normal for kids to ask for a lot of things before they go back to school. New shoes, lunchboxes, jumpers and stationery are just some of the many demands that children make at this time of year.
But before buying anything new for your children, check what they already have. Any worn out clothes or supplies can be thrown away but be sure not to buy items that your children simply don’t...
International day of families, as proclaimed by the United Nations, is observed on 15th May every year.
To help you celebrate the occasion, we have some great suggestions for the whole family to enjoy.
HMS Belfast is Europe’s only surviving Second World War cruises. It has a combination of activities for all the family members. You can explore its 9 decks and the operations room that allows you to plot your own course. The audio guide gives a captivating feel of the ship during its turbulent time in the past.
HMS Belfast entry: FREE with the London Explorer Pass. Adult from £15.45, kids £7.70, includes audio guide
Open: March – October: 10-6pm
Tube: London Bridge
Who is not astonished by the great marine life? This is a must see destination for the family. Sea life has the spectacular Shark Reef Encounter that can be viewed with other magnificent creatures through a glass walkway!
Sealife Centre London family...
They have been cleaning up after us most of our lives. Mothering Sunday is our chance to show our mums how much we appreciate everything they have done for us. Whilst treating our mums should be something we do all year round, it doesn’t stop us from wanting to make Mother’s Day extra special.
But deciding exactly how to show our appreciation can be difficult. Do we buy them a special gift they can cherish or take them out on a lavish day out?
Often the simplest things are often the most heartfelt ways of saying thank you. So, even if your budget is limited, your mum doesn’t like a fuss, or you simply want to do something different this year, we have put together great ways you can treat your mum at home this coming Mother’s Day!
Treat your mum by taking on all of the household chores she would normally do. After all, today is her day! From washing the...
Happy International Women’s Day!
Today is dedicated to celebrating the amazing achievements of women around the world, from politicians and businesswomen, to all of the great women in our own lives.
The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #BalanceforBetter, which reminds us that today is also an opportunity to support the campaigns for greater gender equality.
Whilst campaigns striving to close the gender pay gap and promote greater equality in the workplace tend to receive much attention, the inequality in our own homes is often overlooked!
So, we have decided to mark this important date by highlighting the realities of the housework gender gap.
Who cleans most in your home?
In the 1960s women did at least 85% of the housework almost everywhere in the world! Luckily, we have come a long way since then, but women are still doing the bulk of the chores.
Will cleaning services in London be impacted by Brexit?
There are over 3.5 million EU nationals currently living in the UK. What happens if they decide to leave post-Brexit? Will the economy shrink? A no-deal Brexit could trigger a UK recession but we only really start thinking about it when we are impacted personally.
My housekeeper keeps my home from descending into chaos and I would be devastated to lose her! With the deadline only 35 days away, we wanted to know what EU cleaners and housekeepers would do in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
We surveyed over 3,000 cleaning and child care professionals on our database to understand their feelings towards Brexit and their intentions post-Brexit.
Key survey findings
Only 13% of cleaners say that they would leave the UK over a no-deal Brexit but a further 34% said that would leave if their earnings were impacted. Housekeepers that have lived in the UK for more than five years are more likely to stay regardless of what...
Valentine’s Day is less than a month away!
Whether you’re planning a romantic dinner with your partner, a get together with friends, or simply a night in with the kids, we have 3 delicious recipes for you to try.
Each of these recipes are quick and easy and won’t leave you with too much cleaning up to do! These bakes could be the perfect, sweet gift for your loved ones or simply a Valentine’s treat for yourself!
Red Velvet Brownies
2019 is here and the annual tradition of setting New Year’s Resolutions and vowing to break bad habits has begun!
The new year is the perfect time to start afresh and set yourself a few personal goals. This year, why not try setting some resolutions for your home too? From monthly decluttering, to cleaning the fridge once a week, these can be a great way to improve your family’s wellbeing and the general cleanliness of your home.
Once you have decided on your resolutions, the hard part is sticking to them! By late February, many of us begin to lose motivation.
Make this year different – we have gathered six tips that are sure to make your New Year’s cleaning resolutions a success!
1. Keep it simple
It is easy to get carried away when making resolutions, especially when filled with the optimism and determination of the new year. In reality, establishing new cleaning habits will take time and willpower. So, the best approach is to settle for a few, simple...
Bilyana (left) accepting her award from TidyChoice co- founder Ana (right)
The Home Care Professional of the Year Award celebrates the most skilful, professional and reliable housekeepers and child carers. The 2018 winner, Bilyana, received the most votes from customers and outstanding reviews.
We spoke to Bilyana to find out why her customers love her so much.
Hi Bilyana, congratulations on winning our Home Care Professional of the Year award 2018!
How did you feel when you found out you had won the competition?
Absolutely thrilled and surprised! (laughs) When they called me and said I was a winner, I couldn’t believe it, because I am not a lucky person.
When I told my husband that somebody had called me and told me about this award, he said are you sure? (laughs) Nobody believed it because I never win anything!
You certainly deserved this award because all of your customers voted for you! What do you think makes you good at doing the...
With the New Year fast approaching, TidyChoice presents the top three posts of 2018! Looking back over the year, we have gathered our most popular posts and they all offer great practical advice on cleaning and housekeeping.
We are looking forward to bringing you many more unique and useful domestic tips in 2019, to help keep your home clean and tidy all year round!
Secrets for a Sparklingly Clean Bathroom
Cleaning the bathroom is one of the most-hated domestic chores in the UK. However, these great tips are sure to make cleaning the bathroom easier and less tiresome. From scrubbing the tiles, to polishing the sink, find out the secrets behind how professional cleaners leave our bathrooms both sparkling and spotless.
Salt Cleans What?
Salt is a natural substance with endless domestic cleaning possibilities! Salt can help to restore sponges, clean lipstick stains from glassware and even clear drains. As salt is a household...
Keeping the children entertained during the Christmas holidays can be stressful, especially when juggling festive preparations. On top of that, with the children off from school, maintaining a clean house can seem almost impossible!
We have come up with four activities that are sure to keep your children busy for hours and keep your home tidy!
From making their own Christmas home decorations, to designing their own Christmas cards, arts and crafts can be a great way to get your children in a festive mood and nurture their creativity.
As a parent, I know that arts and crafts can seem like a nightmare if you are trying to keep your house clean and tidy for visiting friends and family. Visions of paint splodges on the carpets and fingerprints on the walls can easily put us off. However, it is key children have a creative outlet and I have found that it does not have to be a messy activity. Instead of stocking up on paint and glitter, why not try simple designs...
With Christmas less than three weeks away, festive preparations can seem daunting. How do you get your home ready in time for visiting friends and family?
To enjoy a stress-free Christmas, we have compiled our top six ways to get your home clean and ready for this festive season. These quick and easy tips will leave you with plenty of time to relax and enjoy the festivities with your loved ones.
1. Make a great first impression
To make a great first impression greet your guests with a welcoming, clean and clutter-free hallway.
Begin by clearing clutter from the hallway, such as coats, umbrellas and shoes. This will not only create a clean and open entrance but will importantly make space for your guest’s extra coats and shoes.
Shoes are often the biggest culprit for bringing dirt and mud into the house. To keep your home clean invest in a new outdoor mat. Why not buy a Christmas mat to help give your guests a festive welcome!
2. Declutter your house to prepare...
Halloween is a time of fright, adventure and creativity. Yet the time and effort placed on decorating our home come with a great deal of chocolate stains, pumpkin smears, shedding scarecrows and maybe even a sneaky prank. We want you to be prepared not scared for the inevitable, so you are not haunted for weeks to come. Four tips to guide you to 31st of October and beyond.
Lay down newspaper under a pumpkin before you carve it for an easy clean-up. If you’ve already carved your pumpkins and you want to clean off the pumpkin guts on your clothes or upholstery get a spoon and scrape off as much of the mess as you can then mix 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid with two cups of warm water and dab a microfibre cloth in the mixture. Work the mixture into the stain on your clothes from the outside edge to the centre to prevent spreading the stain. Blot the area with a dry cloth and repeat if necessary, until the stain is removed.
The Salt Institute recorded 14,000 ways salt can be used. It just might be the most versatile mineral. Salt though abrasive actually works as an effective cleaning agent. Combined with other ingredients it can serve multiple purposes and become a regular cleaning solution. A simple paste of salt, baking soda and dish soap can make the dirtiest appliances crystal clean. Here are some ways salt can become your favourite eco-friendly cleaner.
In the past few years companies have developed more efficient ways to clean our homes. There are now more robotic cleaners than ever before! You have the robot vacuum cleaner, the robot mop, and even the robot window cleaner, that’s a lot of robots for one household. Now I know most people think well if they can cut down on the time it takes to clean their homes then the technological advancements might be worth the investment, but I wouldn’t rush to make that purchase just yet.
The surge of robotic cleaners has come with a price, a high price most robots starts at around £700 and yes they do call it an investment, but if your investment breaks you will be reconciling with your old cleaner to get your house up to par not to mention there have been various test that show the bots just cant catch them all.
No matter how great the cleaning-bot it will never provide the same satisfaction as our dear professionals. As a matter of fact, a robot will always need a human...
September is basically the New Year of fall, the kids go back to school, so your home is quieter, some may have just returned from a sunny vacation and are now battling with the cooler weather, the workload at home and the office doubles, the days are much shorter, and the weather calls for a jacket. According to doctors, stress levels and depression heighten, and you might just feel stuck. Don’t worry there are a few things you can do to rid these blues.
Time and routines bound us to our responsibility and often times too much of it cause us to feel overwhelmed. I love making lists they make me look forward to conquering my day but once in a while I like to ditch the routine and turn off all the clocks and just go with the flow. So, my advice to you, try going a day without following a schedule or paying attention to the clock, do things on your time. You will enjoy it, and stress levels will fall significantly.
The school term is back as is studying, memorising and reciting. My older children have a high disdain for study, they don’t like to memorise things. They often tell me if they hear a term and can associate it with something else (to develop a meaning) then they will remember it, even more, come test time. I disagree but right or wrong, I believe children should develop their own methods of studying from an early age. As an over-involved home carer, I try to intervene as much as possible so with my younger one. Home is after all the first place a child starts their education. I have found it easier to help him remember his spelling words by using telly commercials (about 3 minutes) as a time to study.
Please do not crucify me! Yes, I know three minutes is not enough, but I use this method in addition to the studying my child has done on his own. We all have our ways, and I have found that my child is more attentive when he knows telly time will be cut short if he cannot spell...
School is now back in session, and I don’t know about other households but this morning required a bit of extra effort. My little school goers dislike waking up, but I made sure my home was set up and ready for their day. Routines are an excellent way to lower childhood anxiety and encourage organisation and self-assurance. So today we present a bedtime and early riser routine that we love to use with our children because face it, no one likes to wake up early, but it is a must.
Start by pushing bedtime back five to ten minutes one week to a month before the start of the school year that way your child’s body clock gradually starts to adapt.
Be sure to prep the night before by
Packing your child’s backpack the night before saves time during their morning routine and ensures your child will have the needed materials to succeed in school. Once their bag is packed leave it next to their door so they can pick it up as soon as they are...
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is the event that all football lovers have been waiting for. All eyes are focused on Russia, from June 14 to July 15.
We have some ideas to help you and your family make the most of the world cup.
Rediscover your childhood energy by heading to the park for a kick-about. Bring the kids out and share in their world cup excitement. It will do you good. Indeed, it is proven that doing physical activities helps reducing illnesses, keeping a healthy mind, being happier and having more coherent relationships. Also, it is a very good way to create stronger bonds with your kids.
Instead of staying at home watching the game, why not take the family out somewhere special. Most pubs and bars are not family-friendly so we have some suggestions of venues with a more chilled and relaxed atmosphere, with the possibility to make reservations: “The Grand” (in Clapham), “Vauxhall Street Food Garden” (in...
Coming into summer, you might feel a little bit drowsy and unaccountably agitated. Don’t be too worried. Here are some ways to calm you down.
Dusting your house, hand-washing your clothes, decluttering your wardrobe, and buying some fresh food are the best remedies. While cleaning your house, you are also cleaning your minds and diverting your attention away from the heat.
Although it might be hot outside, open your window and let in some fresh air. Take a deep breath and feel the air in your lung. Exhaling and inhaling deeply can induce tranquility.
You can start by playing some soft music. Pleasant music can help cool your minds down. Try to clear your minds by writing down unfinished tasks. Prioritize the most important things and let go the least important ones. And don’t forget to breathe!
Duchess Catherine and Prince William are welcoming their third royal baby. While they are busy taking care of the newborn prince, it’s a good time for us to peek into their ways of taking care of children.
The royal parents make sure that their children start networking when they are young. If the parents are away. They dedicate time for royal kids to interact and play with each other. If they are away, the royal nanny will be the one to talk and tell stories to little princes and princesses.
All royal mothers are required to breastfeed their royal babies. This is of course for the health of the babies. Even the Queen has breastfed her babies!
Royal children only...
Looking forward to painting some Easter eggs with your kids or friends during the Easter break? Easter egg dye can be rather painful if they stained your hands or your clothes. Here is the guide to remove these stains. The golden rule is to remove the stains as soon as you can.
Firstly, here is a quick tip on preserving Easter eggs. Applying UV spray paint after each layer of dye helps to extend the lifespan of the dye on Easter eggs.
You can prevent stains by wearing rubber gloves. If you do get stains on your fingers, you should soak your hands in warm water as soon as possible. Then apply either a little scoop of baking soda and white vinegar or your toothpaste in your palm and gently rub against your hands. Don’t worry if the stains didn’t come off at once. They will, eventually.
OK, this is the tough one. Please do not try to be fancy while painting...
The Mayor of London has announced a range of events celebrating St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) in central London and Trafalgar Square. The celebration will last for two days from March 16th to March 18th. Are you ready to dress your children and yourself in shamrocks and dive into the celebration?
An interesting fact about the parade is that the tradition didn’t start in Britain but in America. In 1762, several Irish soldiers marched several blocks to a tavern in lower Manhattan, which marks the beginning of the long tradition. This year in London, the parade will begin at Greek Park and pass through Piccadilly and White Hall with vibrating Irish music and energetic Irish dance.
Pall Mall East, next to Trafalgar Square, on 17 March from 12-6pm will have a range of fun events and activities designed for families, including education on St. Patrick’s Day history, performances of fairytales...
March is a gift shopping month. Mother’s Day is on March 11th and Easter starts at the end of March. That’s a lot of gifts to plan for. Today, let’s start with the toughest one, Mother’s Day gifts.
There are a lot amazing gift ideas. However, keep in mind that company is always the best gift. If you haven’t seen your mother for a while, book a restaurant now and schedule a dinner with her on Mother’s Day. If you are too tangled in work to spare some dinner time, call her now and ask about her life.
Relaxation and free time are incredibly desirable in this busy city. Buying your mother some relaxing time can really flatter her. Book her a reliable cleaner to free her from tedious housework; buy her a sound bath and give her mind some deep meditation.
Gym membership is always on the top list for a healthy...
Spring is the season when everything comes back to life. As temperature rises, thick cashmere sweaters can be put away. However, before you start doing that, proper cleaning is necessary. It is recommended to wear a piece of cashmere knitwear several times before you wash it. You don’t have to bring it to dry cleaning. TidyChoice provides you an alternative method which enables you to wash it gently and professionally at home.
Before washing the luxurious material, deal with the stains first. Gently use the damped cashmere brush to apply cashmere stain remover onto the spots. Leave the item for several minutes to allow the solution to completely dissolve the stains.
Soak your item in a clean basin filled with cool water. Add cashmere shampoo into the basin and gently massage your item for several minutes. Let it bathe in the solution for 30 minutes before you take it out. The Laundress provides great cashmere care products. If you...
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy that emphasises the importance of your surroundings in determining various aspects of your life, including your mental and physical health, success, relationships, and prosperity. Your home and how it is decorated are key to your life’s improvement.
The first step to increasing the flow of positive energy around your house is the removal of clutters. Through removing things that you do not use and making your home more spacious, you are removing obstacles that prevent chi from flowing freely around your residence. Moreover, as a byproduct of your de-cluttering labour, your house will look cleaner and tidier.
To introduce further positive energy into your home, allow your house to receive more fresh air and natural light. Make use of your windows, and open up your curtains a little bit more. Natural lights will help you see things more clearly, while also reducing the need to rely so much on electricity.
Half-term is coming soon, and many children will surely want to do something special with their parents during their February holiday period. Therefore, in this post, we think that it would be a great to share our top five family activities that parents could do with their child in London this winter half-term.
From 10th February to 11th March 2018, Kew Gardens is bringing back its Orchids Festival to London for the 23rd year. Explore the magnificent and colourful tropical flowers in one of London’s best parks. Give yourself a chance to walk in the outdoors with your children, and have an educational experience learning more about the flowers’ use in Thai medicine and culinary culture.
The Year of the Dog is arriving on the 16th February, and it promises to be a great one. Enjoy the vivid and jubilant festivities marking the beginning of the new lunar year in Leicester Square. Then try some Chinese...
Now that we’re in a new year it’s the ideal time to freshen things up in your home. You don’t have to spend fortunes as there is plenty that you can do yourself, including changing wall colours, moving things around and adding a few new furnishings. Let’s check how you can implement these small changes and a make a big difference in your home.
Re-decorating is one of the best ways to completely change the look of your home, and you can do it yourself. Whether you want to freshen up your entire house, an individual room or just create a feature wall in your living room, a lick of paint can work wonders. Get some samples and try different shades out to see what you like and then get stuck in. Something that often puts people off painting is the lingering smell, but once you know how to get rid of paint smell you’ll be more than ready to get going.
In the same way that painting a room can...
2017 has ended and 2018 has arrived. The beginning of a new year is a great time for us to reevaluate our life choices and habits and start afresh. We may regret some past decisions or want to change our lifestyles. But among all the possible new year’s resolutions that you can think of, what are some of the things you could do to improve the well-being of your own house?
Keeping your house clean and tidy is not only good for the aesthetic presentation of your home. It is also beneficial for your mental and physical health. In an organised house, you will be able to find lost items more easily. In a properly cleaned home, you will also be less likely to catch illnesses or experience allergic reactions caused by germs and dust.
So what are some resolution ideas to improve the state of your home this new year?
Dust does not only make your house look bad and cause allergic reactions. It can also...
Christmas is coming in less than two weeks, and many people are now in their full Christmas-preparation mode. However, besides doing your Christmas shopping and decorations, readers should consider adding a small but highly rewarding task to their festive to-do list. This extra task that we are referring to is pre-Christmas decluttering.
Why Declutter Pre-Christmas?
Christmas provides a perfect reason to declutter your house. As the holiday season arrives, you may be expecting many guests to visit your home. Cleaning your house thoroughly is not enough to present your living space to invitees in its most inviting state. Clean houses can still look messy and unorganised, and you don’t want guests to perceive your house that way. Pre-Christmas decluttering is the key to improving your home’s appearance through the removal of unnecessary items from your house.
Ensuring the organisation of rooms which guests will be making...
That is the phrase that is most associated with the Halloween season. However, do not get overjoyed by the nice little smiles directed at you by cute dressed-up children as they stand in front of your house asking for sweet treats. It is common knowledge that tricking is a relatively standard practice, even among the loveliest-looking zombie in town.
This October, TidyChoice’s blog brings you some advice on how to deal with the most scary thing about Halloween – the tricksters’ mess.
Eggs are among the most common instruments used by Halloween pranksters. When your house is egged, its wall will be left with a sticky liquid mess that requires special cleaning techniques to deal with.
To resolve this situation, clean the mess as soon as possible, as sunbaked yolks can easily stain your wall. Begin by applying warm water to the bottom of your siding and work upwards to the eggs’...
Part of going back to school may mean the age-old morning struggle of getting your children dressed in the morning. The budding fashionista may throw a tantrum if the outfit isn’t what she wanted or you might have a child that insists on wearing the same shirt day after day. Moreover, a child might even refuse to get dressed in the morning! This can throw the entire household into chaos.
Here are a few tried and tested methods to solve these problems:
Summer’s almost over…hang up the flip flops…It’s back to school!
School’s about to open and there’s a rush to get everything sorted. Buying stationary, clothes and bags, getting ready for the first day is quite a nerve racking experience. On top of all that, it’s worrisome, thinking about how to get the children to do their homework!
In these times of peril, we have a few tips to help you solve that last problem!
Schools’s out, that means chaos in the house. It’s not easy having a full time job and making sure your kids are well looked after too.
Here are some tips and trick from us to help you out this summer.
Schedule Everything! Looking after children is one aspect of life where spontaneity is probably not the best of ideas. It leads to last minute rushes to the supermarket, laundry piling up and sometimes even unhealthy dinners! So, spend some time on Sunday to plan out your week. It’ll surely keep things running on a schedule.
Have your kids do something Fun! While it’s quite easy to think that time off from school, should be just that..TIME OFF! Engaging in productive activities around their areas of interest will help children develop skills for the upcoming year. So, get them to read a book, play a sport or go to summer camp. After all, “An idle brain is the devils workshop!”
Spend quality time with the kids! During...
School’s out, the kids are off and travels in. Vacation beckons and there’s mayhem in the house. It’s easy to let chores slide. This season comes around only once a year after all.
Don’t let things pile up though. It’s much easier to keep things running on schedule with a few simple tricks. Organisation is key.
1. Prepare the first-aid kit! With the kids at home, you never know what to expect. Small medical emergencies involving scrapes and bruises are inevitable. Make sure, the medicine cabinet is all stocked up. Dispose of any expired medicine and make sure that there is a healthy supply of bandages and hot/cold packs to last you this summer holiday season.
2. Plan ahead for vacation: Start making a list of all the essentials for you vacation. Last minute fumbling about often means forgetting something important. The more prepared you are, the better your vacation.
3. Look around for a babysitter: Babysitters are in high...
Kids are about to finish school for the summer, and you’re about to face the biggest mess of the year!
Summer cleaning is not quite the ordinary cleaning you do during the year. This is the time to give your home a complete makeover or plan that deep clean. It is important that you do this to discover what you might have been hiding under your bed or on top of your cupboards.
With the British summer approaching and the days getting warmer, you will have to rearrange your house to suit you best. When the sunshine starts beaming through the window and makes all the dust on your desk visible you may feel the urge to clean. So, whether it’s making space for the new fans or cleaning your window sills to allow you to open the windows with ease, it’s time for a change.
However, prior engagements like a trip to the beach, parties with the colleagues or a day out with the family leaves you with no time to clean. Have you considered getting some professional help?...
With Father’s Day just around the corner, you know you want to plan something nice for him, but just can’t think of ideas. We have the solution for you. Here are some quick ideas of how you can make this Father’s Day special for him.
It is amazing how in your busy lifestyle, sometimes, you struggle to make time and have a sit-down meal with your dad. A simple gesture of taking him out for a meal to spend some quality time can make this Father’s Day special for him.
There is a lot going on in and around London this weekend to make this Father’s Day fun for the both of you.
Here you can try some of the amazing different cuisines from some of the London’s best restaurants.
A spa is no longer a women-centric activity but has now become a...
London has just experienced one of its most festive weekends filled with firecrackers, lanterns, lion dances, and lots and lots of Chinese food. What is the special occasion you may ask? It is of course, none other than Lunar New Year!
With celebrations happening all around the world, people are getting increasingly familiar with the stories and legends behind this tradition. However, in many households, the New Year is also filled with superstition and taboos, which are strictly observed in hopes of receiving good fortune for the rest of the year. A few of the most surprising ones include:
House cleaning should be done before New Year, making sure to clean the whole entire house. On the day itself, all cleaning equipment such as dustpans, brooms, and mops need to be stored away. It is believed that sweeping the dust out might sweep away all the good fortune for the year.
One less thing to do! In Mandarin, there...
The US spends $675 million on fireworks annually – that is over £550 million! Here at TidyChoice despite being fans of Guy Fawkes night, we are also curious to see where else this money could be spent. We have compiled a list of items (some that may be cleaning related), that you could buy for 550 million pounds.
If you can afford this vacuum cleaner you may be filthy rich, but at least your carpet will be spotless! For the cheap price of 800,000 you have the perfect machine for cleaning up those loose wads of cash lying around your home. This vacuum cleaner is ideal for yacht decks, stretch-limousines interiors and red carpets.
You have booked a cleaner using TidyChoice and now have a couple of hours spare – why not have a Diamond Massage? For the small price of $100,000 you could experience a cleansing, jewel-encrusted massage. During this treatment, 1.5 carat diamonds are...
Cleaning can sometimes feel like a nightmare, with messy situations that will send shivers down your spine. After Halloween, when children have left their half-eaten candy in unimaginable places, the prospect of cleaning can be haunting. But don’t get scared, because here at TidyChoice we have fang-tastic solutions to aid you in your cleaning horrors.
Despite being your best-friend when you are in need of comfort, chocolate to clean up can be a blood-curdling experience. After Halloween you may find your living-room strewn with sticky remnants of unpopular chocolates like Bounty and Galaxy Caramel. If you want help cleaning up this mess, follow our tidy instructions.
First, allow the chocolate to harden. This may sound counterintuitive, but removing hardened chocolate is much easier than cleaning it when it is sticky. Next, after picking away as much chocolate as you can, treat the stain with dishwasher liquid and water. Blot-out the stain using a light-coloured...
Considering its size, London is one of the cleanest cities in the world. At TidyChoice we are proud of this and, as a result, we have taken the liberty to list what we consider to be the cleanest boroughs of London.
Hackney is one of London’s cleanest boroughs because of its high cycling population. In 2014 more residents cycled to work than who drove. Additionally, more residents cycled to work than in any other London borough. This is because the area is very cycle-friendly. All Hackney’s residential streets are 20mph zones and pavement parking has been removed from over 60 streets in the borough. These factors along with many others have made cycling much safer and the environment much cleaner. At TidyChoice we are very impressed!
Croydon understands that first impressions matter. As a result, they have a zero tolerance policy to littering. In 2013/14 they spent £300k on cleaning-up fly-tips and picking-up 354kg of...
Now Team GB has landed back in the United Kingdom, we would just like to congratulate everyone for their amazing efforts! We came back holding 27 Gold – 23 Silver – 17 Bronze! Brilliant! Now it’s time for the Paralympics, we’re very excited to see our performance once again.
Today, the highest is 30 degrees and it feels good. Though people are at work, we need to make the most of this heat! But before I go on a tangent informing you on the latest, I would just like to announce that housekeeping services are available on TidyChoice! So if you ever need a hand with anything, as well as cleaning, take a look at people on TidyChoice.
Remember when we mentioned that Buckingham Palace is open to the public? Well it’s still open! Take a peek at the state rooms! We think you’ll be amazed. Read more about it here: http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/event/27250576-buckingham-palace-tour-summer-opening-2016
British summers are very temperamental, I think we all know that. But recently, England has been struck with a heatwave that has undoubtedly left us in a bit of a fluster. I can’t remember the last time it was this hot! We know cleaning isn’t the best of duties, especially in the middle of Summer! We found some tips and tricks online that may help you with your summerly chores! Alternatively, have a look at TidyChoice for independent cleaners, where they are reviewed by the public for you!
While you may have your citrus fruit in your water to quench your thirst, use your left overs to clean fixtures! One example of using your citrus fruit is to rub half a lemon over your steel faucets then wipe it off with a microfibre cloth. You can do this in replacement to your other faucet-cleaning products, it may be cheaper and it will help the environment!
We hope this summer most people will be able to have a barbecue. It is the...
Every Summer, Buckingham Palace opens up its State Rooms to the public. This year is no exception and will be hosting the event from 23rd of July all the way to October 2016. Although it would be absolutely amazing to see the queen, we don’t think she will be there to offer you a cup of tea. But you will be able to see nineteen State Rooms! All of the rooms are encompassed with the Royal Collections of gifts and treasures from across the globe, and across the years.
Not only will you explore the State Rooms, but your ticket also grants you entry to Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from the Queens Wardrobe! This event expresses how the Queen reigned the country through her fashion pieces, which would be fantastic to see! Both her Wedding Dress and Coronation Dress will be on show for the first time ever!
Now here’s a question: How many cleaners does it take to clean Buckingham Palace?! We think it is quite a great number.
This International Woman’s Day, we’re thanking the technology that launched the twentieth century women out of the private sphere of the home.
You might be surprised to hear that we don’t mean the megaphone.
Hoovers, and washing machines may be banal, but they radically transformed women’s lives. In 1965, the average woman spent 44 hours a week cleaning and managing the home. That’s easily the equivalent of a full time, and sadly unpaid, job. No holiday time, no sick pay – yikes. Today, thanks to technology, that’s now down to five and a half hours a week.
But is that too long? It’s still more than a man’s average of three and a half hours a week.
There’s certain influential female names that you’re bound to see a few times today, and one of those will be writer Virginia Woolf. She protested that “…a woman must have money and a room (with a lock and key) of her own.” Having an...
Whether you’re buying an armful of cut flowers in a bouquet or one to go in the garden now that the greenhouse has defrosted, scent is one of the biggest factor of why we buy flowers – not only do you bring something beautiful into your home, you get that natural essence that can’t be replicated out of a bottle.
Here at TidyChoice, we know people have pride in their homes, and so here are 7 flowering plants you can give this Mother’s Day to the special woman in your life to bring something special into her home and garden.
The classic choice. Our fascination with roses reaches back past the famous War of the Roses that shaped England, through time all the way to the Roman period where there were public rose gardens and even back beyond that, to their birth a staggering 25 million years ago.
The scent is complex and fascinating, and has even been linked to improve memory with a German study finding it increased...
Christmas is a time for family traditions. It is the time of year when children hang up their stocking, shops are filled with Christmas songs and when family and friends come together to share centuries old customs.
We understand that during the holidays, things can get a bit messy. Usually, a sign of good Christmas is a messy household. However, thinking about cleaning up after the festivities might put a dampener on the holidays.
Fortunately, there is help at hand. With TidyChoice, you can enjoy a sparkling and serene home after your holidays.
Booking has never been so easy. Simply enter your postcode and requirements and we will match you with a fully vetted, experienced cleaners who are passionate about their job. You can select a one off cleaning after the busy season is over or a regular service that will leave you peace of mind.
Simply pick a cleaner that is right for you and enjoy a tidy, sparkling, and serene home with more free time. You can always...
With the infinite amount of tasks that need to be done, from buying new uniforms and planning lunchbox ideas, how does one have the time to think about domestic cleaning? Well, to start with we have composed a list of the three essential ‘to-dos’, if you may, that will ensure a smooth back to school transition.
Although we’d all like to think that we have evolved into a world of gender equality, recent household cleaning statistics suggest otherwise. According to the Daily Mail, women spend over a year and a half of their life (12,896 hours) cleaning, tidying and maintaining their home. Men, on the other hand, get away with dedicating only half of that time (6,448 hours) to household chores. These figures should be no surprise given that 20% of men admit to never having thoroughly cleaned their home and 16% admit to leaving household responsibilities to their partners. Nevertheless, these statistics are frightening! Especially given the facts about UK homes covered in our previous blog post. As a nation, we need to change the way we approach domestic cleaning.
Stop cutting corners when keeping...
Recent research conducted by Rug Doctor has revealed shocking truths about the cleanliness of our homes. A survey distributed to thousands of UK homeowners, indicates that although a whopping 90% of the population have carpeted homes, 44% people have never deep-cleaned their carpet. Alongside the survey, they swabbed 30 carpets to get some idea of what exactly gets under our rugs. The results were horrifying; they found traces of just about everything, ranging from human and animal faeces to pneumonia and E coli. Many of these bacteria have been carried into homes through shoes, which are then left to fester in carpets that have been neglected for far too long.
Despite people becoming aware of these horrors, 41% still have no intention of removing their footwear when they enter their homes. Paul Fildes from Rug Doctor is...
Like most agencies, Homejoy cleaners are contracted by them rather than actually employed by them. Agents charge the customer a fixed amount and pay cleaners a percentage, sometimes only 60%, of the total amount. The problem is that agency cleaners are not truly independent and cannot choose their own rates or working conditions. Homejoy faced legal proceedings to classify their cleaners as employees, which would have increased their costs significantly. Consequently, they decided to cease operations. There is a risk that other cleaning agencies will suffer the same fate. What can you do to ensure that you are not stranded if your cleaning company goes bust? The answer is to book your professional home cleaner directly.
Here at TidyChoice, we connect people. We believe that technology can help and improve the relationship between customers and home care professionals. We provide a bespoke online matching service where people can search, find and instantly book trusted cleaning professionals in their local area. All available cleaning professionals are fully vetted.
We are an ambitious start-up looking for bloggers that share our passion for family, lifestyle and all things household related! We would like you to:
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If you are interested in getting involved or would like some more information, please get...
1ROOF (www.1roof.com) is a new digital service that gives free advice on a whole range of property related matters. Their website contains complete guides on how to add value to, and maintain your home. The guides give practical advice and tips on extensions, renovations, decorating and building repairs. You can also get their experts to answer your specific property questions. There is guidance on hiring property related services, such as architects, surveyors or home cleaning, and listings of recommended and trusted companies. TidyChoice is proud to partner 1ROOF as a recommended cleaning company.
After some Christmas overindulgence, we often get carried away with wildly aspirational vows to change our lives for the better. We assess our fitness regimes, eating habits and work/life balance to look for improvements. We then make promises to lose weight, save money and enhance our careers in a bid to become better people.
However, it’s important to be selective and realistic with our resolutions. A 2007 study by Richard Wiseman from the University of Bristol involving 3,000 people showed that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail, despite the fact that 52% of the study’s participants were confident of success at the beginning. Psychologists suggest that our best chance of success is having specific goals related to changes in behaviour. “I will go the gym twice a week” will work much better than “I will keep fit”.
Sometimes our homes and loved ones can get overlooked in New Year’s resolutions. It is difficult to come up...
Everyone moves on. One day, my fabulous and faithful cleaner of many years announced that she was moving back to her home country. My heart sank and I knew that a tsunami of chaos was about hit my normally pristine and orderly home. I needed a quick solution but I knew that finding a trusted replacement was not going to be an easy task.
My first port of call was to ask my friends and neighbours if they could recommend a good cleaner. Some were not terribly complementary about their current cleaners but one of my friend’s cleaners sounded like the perfect solution. Unfortunately, she was fully booked. I suspected that this might be the case for the very best cleaners.
Next, I turned to the traditional cleaning agents. They came to my place and gave me an estimate of the time required and likely cost (which was much more than my previous cleaner). They sent me a cleaner from a pool of cleaners that they manage. Whilst I was paying more than before the quality of cleaning was...