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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice - Free Risk Assessment Document Download

What is Coronavirus?  Coronaviruses are a family of viruses known to cause a range of illnesses, from the common cold to the SARS-CoV outbreak in 2003. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus, originating in Wuhan, China, not previously detected in humans.  How is it transmitted?  Coronaviruses are mainly transmitted by large respiratory droplets and direct or indirect contact with infected secretions. What does this mean? Essentially Coronavirus is most likely transmitted through coughs and sneezes and can also be passed by other bodily fluids. There is some evidence suggest it can also be transmitted airborne as well.  How can I protect myself and those around me?  Surface Sanitising  The Cen...

Would you like to work in a pet-friendly office?

Did you know that 20th February is annual ‘Love Your Pet Day’? I’m sure if you’re like the pet owners here at The Cleaning Collective, you love your pets every day of the year… but why not take a day out to celebrate them even more than normal!  Choppa, one of the office dogs at The Cleaning Collective makes himself comfortable.  It’s estimated that 12 million UK households have a pet. This works out at 44% of households. With so many of us having pets nowadays, especially younger people without children and those who work full time, there is an increased need for dog walkers and pet sitting services but there is also an increased amount of people taking their pets to work with them....

How Cleanliness Can Affect Your Mental Health

Cleaning and decluttering gurus are amassing huge numbers of followers on Instagram and Twitter, with several 'cleanfluencers' becoming regular faces on daytime TV. Organisation 'porn' and cleaning blogs have never been more popular. Cleaning products suppliers are seeing year-on-year growth in sales, thanks in part to the recommendations of social media influencers. This is a trend that's been around for a couple years but it shows no sign of letting up, with Mrs Hinch gaining as many as 100,000 followers on Instragram each month. Many of these influencers champion the benefits that cleaning can have on mental health, but is there anything in this? What is it about clean homes and organised drawers that peop...

The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Successful Cleaning Business 

If you're looking to establish a cleaning business but feel daunted by the challenges prospective business owners face, you've come to the right place! Our guide will provide the insight you need to make a success of your new venture. A cleaning company should be one of the easiest businesses to set up. Once you've done your homework you'll realise that you won't need much in the way of start-up capital, and the legal implications aren't as demanding as they might be for some other business ideas. Reassured? You should be. But that doesn't mean the process won't be completely painless. The success of almost every business is dependent on the hard work of its owner, and that's where we'll start&h...

How to avoid getting a cold this winter

It’s that time of year when illnesses like colds and the flu are rife. If you work in an office, there’s probably someone not that far from you with a runny nose. Sometimes it seems like it’s impossible to avoid the inevitable winter colds… but there are some easy steps you can take to reduce your chances of getting sick this winter. Wash your hands regularly This may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many of us are getting this wrong. Some studies have shown that as few as 32% of men and 64% of women wash their hands after using the bathroom! Proper hand hygiene is one of the most effective ways of stopping the spread of germs and illnesses – it alone can result in a 20 percent reduction in...

The Benefits of Using Concentrated Cleaning Products

Concentrated cleaning products have been gaining popularity recently and for good reason. We're here to let you know what they are and what the benefits are of using concentrated cleaning products in your home or business. Ready to use vs. concentrated cleaning products – what’s the difference?  A lot of cleaning products on the market are ‘ready to use’ – sold already diluted to the right strength, in a handy trigger bottle so you can get on and clean straight away.  Look on the back of a ready to use bottle and you’ll see that the main ingredient is almost always water. Concentrated products contain the same active ingredients as ready to use cleaners, just without all that water ad...

6 Cleaning mistakes that you would never realise you’re making

1. Overloading your dishwasher I’m guilty of this one, piling as much as humanly possible into the dishwasher, putting in the dishwasher tablet and then hoping for the best. The worse thing about it is, if you have prewashed your dishes, you might not even realise that they haven’t been properly cleaned (gross!). Make sure that you regularly clean your dishwasher, don’t overload it and use a quality dishwasher tablet to ensure maximum results. We would strongly recommend using Glaze All In One Tablets.   2. Using Dish soap on wooden chopping boards This is something that many of us probably do but is one of the most dangerous cleaning mistakes that you can make. Washing up liquid will not kill the germs that...

Move out of the way Beauty Bloggers - The Cleaning Queens are here!

Move out of the way Beauty Bloggers - The Cleaning Queens are here! A wave of influencers are taking over social media, in particular Instagram. Instead of plugging their favourite eye shadows and sharing contouring tips, they're posting their advice for squeaky-clean surfaces and how to achieve that picture perfect show home. Unlike the world of beauty bloggers, cleaning influencers value function over form and focus their content on cleaning your home in the simplest and most cost-effective way possible. Mrs Hinch Sophie Hinchcliffe is a self-proclaimed ‘cleaning crazy’ woman from Essex, whose desire for cleaning has gained her an army of fans. Known as Mrs Hinch, 28-year-old Sophie’s top tips have gained...

Is your kitchen a breeding ground for harmful bacteria?

Is your kitchen a breeding ground for harmful bacteria? No matter how clean your kitchen may be, common bacteria can lurk on your cooking tools and other hard, non-porous surface areas. Research has shown that E.coli, salmonella and staph is often found in both domestic and commercial kitchens around the UK .(1) The study conducted, also found that kitchens are often covered in potentially harmful micro-organisms such as Campylobacter.  Consumer hygiene habits have frequently been found to be inadequate and relate both to microbial growth, survival and cross-contamination. (2) Raw Chicken A government food survey has found that most raw chicken sold in the UK contains campylobacter, a bacterium that can cause...

How to have a clean home and a pet

How to have a clean home and a pet As a nation, we absolutely adore our pets. Long gone are the days where our pets were simply working companions who weren’t allowed in the house. Now they not only cuddle with us on the sofa to watch Eastenders but they sleep in our beds, go on trips in the car and (in our case even come to work with us). “Peew-Yewhh” If that’s the first noise someone makes when they walk through your door,  because your house smells like dog, you need to read this blog post. It doesn’t just reflect badly on you, it makes your guests feel uncomfortable and isn’t particularly pleasant for your dog. Pet Smells Thorough vacuum Take all of the furniture apart, pillow...