Cleaning up London

What is London’s cleanest mode of transport?

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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...

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Are you scared of the Halloween clean-up?

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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.

Pumpkin stains on floor and carpet

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...

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Overview of the UK cleaning sector

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The UK cleaning industry

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%.

Contract cleaning size and growth

Based on company sales, the contract cleaning market is worth more than £3 billion According to a report by MTW Research, the...

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Trends in net migration

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Introduction

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.

Overall net migration

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.

Rise and fall of EU migration

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...

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4 Great back-to-school cleaning tips

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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.

Get organised

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...

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11 Great ways to celebrate Family Day in London

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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.

1.  HMS Belfast

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

2. Sea life Centre

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...

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How to treat your mum this Mother’s Day

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Are you struggling to decide how to treat your mum this Mother’s Day?

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!

 

  1. Do the housework

Treat your mum by taking on all of the household chores she would normally do. After all, today is her day! From washing the...

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International Women’s Day: Is there still a housework gender gap?

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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.

In fact, according to a recent study by Oxford University’s Centre for...

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Brexit Deal or No Deal: What happens to your cleaner?

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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...

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3 Super Sweet Valentine’s Day Recipes

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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

 Ingredients:

  • 1 dark chocolate baking bar (chopped)
  • 75g (¾ cup) butter
  • 400g (2 cups) sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 180g (1½ cups) all-purpose flour
  • 1 bottle red liquid food colouring
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cream Cheese Icing:
  • 110g butter, softened
  • 225g cream cheese
  • 480g icing sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Serves: 16 

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°C.
  2. Line a 9-inch pan with foil and lightly grease.
  3. Melt the chocolate and butter (in a microwave safe...
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How to Stick to Your New Year’s Cleaning Resolutions

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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...

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Interview with Bilyana: Home Care Professional of the Year 2018

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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...

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The Best Posts of 2018

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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.

Read the blog here

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...

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How to keep the kids entertained this Christmas

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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!

 

Get creative

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...

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Is your home ready for Christmas?

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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...

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Spooky but Spotless Halloween

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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.

Pumpkin Panic?

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.

Sticky Sweet Stain?

No...

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Salt cleans what?

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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.

Restores a sponge
Problem: Ratty, broken down sponge.
Solution: Leave the sponge overnight in a mix of ¼c of salt and 1q hot water, in the morning it’s restored.

Removes lipstick marks from glassware
Problem: Girlfriend left her ruby red on your wine glass.
Solution: Rub the lipstick stained glass with salt, wash the glass as  usual.

Clean cast iron pans
Problem: Burnt bottom of your frittata left in the skillet.
Solution: Grab 1c coarse salt and pour it into a warm skillet, use a folded kitchen towel to scour the pan,...

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Don’t leave your cleaner for a robot

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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...

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Getting rid of the September blues

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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.

No routine, no time

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.

Do like Bruno Mars and have a lazy day.

...

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A different way to study

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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...

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Back to school routines

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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 the rucksacks

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...

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You, Your Kids, and The Football World Cup!

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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.

Get out and play! 

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.

Plan a family event 

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...

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Tips to beat the summer depression

Ali

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.

Clean your home

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.

Breathe

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.

Declutter your minds

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!

 

Happy summer!

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A Peek into the Royal Childcare

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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.

Communication is key

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.

Breastfeed

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!

No nappies

Sounds weird, doesn’t it? The English royal family doesn’t use disposable nappies but fabric ones. This might be because they have time and effort to wash nappies and because this is a more eco-friendlier choice.

No trousers

Royal children only...

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Having Fun Painting Easter Eggs? Need Help To Remove Dye Stains?

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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.

How to clean dye stains on your hands?

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.

On your clothes?

OK, this is the tough one. Please do not try to be fancy while painting...

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How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Your Kids

Ali

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?

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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.

Family Zone – Pall Mall East

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...

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Ali

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.

YOU are the Best Gift

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.

 

Your Mother Also Needs to Slow Down

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.

 

Care About Her Health

Gym membership is always on the top list for a healthy...

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Get ready for Spring: Cashmere Care Guide

Ali

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.

1st Spot Cleaning

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.

2nd Hand Wash

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...

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Feng Shui Basics for a More Harmonious Chinese New Year

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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.

Mirrors, when...

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What to do with your child this February

Ali

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.

1. Orchids Festival

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.

2. Chinese New Year

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...

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New Year redecorating: small changes for a big difference in your home

Ali

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.

A splash of colour

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.

Fresh soft furnishings

In the same way that painting a room can...

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New Year’s Resolution Ideas to Improve Your House’s Well-Being

Ali

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 and hoover your house once a week

Dust does not only make your house look bad and cause allergic reactions. It can also...

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Pre-Christmas Decluttering: The Why and the How

Ali

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...

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Preparing for the Halloween Clean-Up: What You Need to Know

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Trick or Treat?

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

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’...

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Back to School: Wardrobe Wars

Ali

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:

  • Plan Ahead! Waiting to choose and outfit is a sure-fire way of failing. Pick out an outfit the night before and get it approved by your child. This will save you valuable time in the morning. You can eve spend some time on Sunday and make sure that the wardrobe for the coming week is sorted!
  • Allow the Children to choose! Giving your children the power to choose their own outfits minimises the morning chaos. It will save you time and won’t drive you insane in the morning. It may even help your child become more...
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Back to School: Get your homework done!

Ali

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!

  • Rely on Routines! This is one of the best ways to make sure that children do not skip their homework. Avoid the nightly conflicts by setting up a dedicated time for homework during which, the TV’s off and the books are open! However, remember older children need some flexibility in terms of timing as they have heavier workloads! So be mindful of that.
  • Establish a Homework Centre! The old days of a desk facing the wall, with nothing but pen and paper on it are gone. The rise of technology means that children...
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3 Tricks to manage Summer

Ali

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...

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Summer Checklist

Ali

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...

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Summer cleaning is not your ordinary cleaning

Ali

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?...

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Things to do on Father’s Day

Ali

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.

Take him out for a meal

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.

Plan a day out with 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.

  • Head to the food festival – Taste of London in Regent’s Park

Here you can try some of the amazing different cuisines from some of the London’s best restaurants.

  • Gift him a spa treatment – Men appreciate such relaxing endeavours too

A spa is no longer a women-centric activity but has now become a...

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Don’t clean on Lunar New Year! (and other quirky Lunar New Year traditions)

Ali

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:

1. Don’t clean on New Year’s Day

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.

2. Don’t wash hair

One less thing to do! In Mandarin, there...

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4 things fireworks can buy you

Ali

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.

 

The World’s Most Expensive Vacuum Cleaner

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.

Diamond Massage

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...

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How to clean up after Halloween

Ali

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.

Chocolate

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...

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Cleanest Boroughs of London

Ali

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

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

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...

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Whilst it’s warm…

Ali

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.

Buckingham Palace

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

In for a laugh?

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A Summer in London

Ali

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!

Lemons!

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!

The Grill

We hope this summer most people will be able to have a barbecue. It is the...

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A Visit to the Palace!

Ali

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.

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International Woman’s Day

Ali

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...

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The 7 Essential Scented Flowers For Their House and Garden This Mother’s Day

Ali

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.

1. Roses (The Traditional.)

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...

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Having a hard time cleaning up your home this Christmas?

Ali

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...

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Back to School

Ali

The day has come to mourn the summer months and welcome this busy time back into our lives. Yes, it’s back to school!

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.

  1. Lunchbox planning: to make life a little easier, prepare lunches the night before so they are packed and ready to go in the (way too) early mornings!

  2. Set bedtimes: not just for your nocturnal children, but for you as well! This will help you avoid the half-awake delirium that ensues forgetting to pack your children’s P.E kits!

  3. Be organised: in every sense of the word. By allocating a space for your children to dump their school bags, planning times for dinner and (the always dreaded) homework and by keeping your...

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Domestic Cleaning: The Gender Gap

Ali

How much cleaning have you done in your lifetime? Think about how much time you could get back when you find a professional home cleaner that’s right for you…

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...

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Our Homes: The Dirty Truth

Ali

How clean do you think you are? Prepare yourselves for the less than tidy reality and consider professional home cleaning services…

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...

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Have no fear, TidyChoice is here!

Ali

Stranded by Homejoy? Worried about what to do for your next house cleaning?

When Homejoy ceases operations at the end of July, many customers will be left stranded. How could a big international cleaning agency like Homejoy suddenly go out of business?

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.

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Calling All Bloggers!

Ali

Are you a home and lifestyle blogger? Do you live in London? Interested in testing our service and publishing your own honest review?

Who are we?

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.

How can you help?

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:

  • Try out our service (free of charge) and post about your experience
  • Host competitions to publicise our service

Help us and we’ll help you. There are several ways in which we may reward those that choose to support TidyChoice.

If you are interested in getting involved or would like some more information, please get...

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Where to find free advice on all property related matters

Ali

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.

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One lofty 2015 New Year’s resolution that you’ll keep

Ali

 

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...

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The day when chaos visited my home – A customer story

Ali

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...

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