For the safety of both Clients and Cleaners, we have introduced the following rules due to COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Cleaners must not clean if anyone in their household has symptoms (however mild), shielding, self-isolating or is under quarantine.
  • Clients must not allow cleaning and inform Cleaner and us if anyone in their household has symptoms (however mild), shielding, self-isolating or is under quarantine.
  • Clients must stay in a different room to the cleaner. Social distancing of at least 1 to 2 metres must be maintained at all times.

All cleaners must follow our detailed cleaning and safety guidelines for COVID-19

These are based on the latest guidelines from Public Health England/Scotland and the NHS. More on Government guidelines for Covid-19 domestic cleaning can be found here

  • Upon entering the premises, DC staff should avoid physical greetings. Once inside, DC cleaners should avoid physical greetings with tenants and try to stay more than 2m or 1m away from anybody else in the property.
  • Thoroughly wash their hands before, during and after their cleans with warm soapy water
  • Surfaces should be cleaned using effective regular products and then where possible, disinfected using a product that is certified to kill 99.9% of germs, such as Dettol Antibacterial Surface Cleaner Spray or Protect Sanitiser
  • Special attention should be paid to “high touched" areas such as; door and cupboard handles, light switches, TV remotes, tables, countertops etc
  • Warm water (not hot or cold) should be used when cleaning surfaces and mopping floors, to maximise the effectiveness of cleaning products
  • Use disposable or machine washable gloves. Most cleaners are happy to wear disposable masks or gloves during a clean, but the client may need to source and supply, unless agreed otherwise.
  • DC cleaners should open windows where possible for ventilation.
  • Wash cleaning cloths and mop covers at a high temperature (60°C or above) after every use by client.
  • DC cleaners should avoid shaking dirty laundry and soft furnishings such as bath mats and rugs.
  • Payment of exact monies should be left in an envelope by the table or where cleaner and client agreed.

In addition to our robust Health and Safety policy DC has a further measures to deal with our COVID-19 outbreak: Decent Cleaning has introduce additional control measures to prevent or limit exposure to Coronavirus (COVID-19) in addition to our Health and Safety Policy for hazardous substances (COSHH) and Risk Assessment (RA) of how to clean Commercial Premises and an End of Tenancy Cleaning: These guidelines apply where there is no suspected Coronavirus (COVID-19) at the visited premises.

  • DC Cleaners should gather their usual cleaning supplies, plus a disinfectant product and (PPE) disposable gloves, face masks and apron as optional. DC Cleaners will be required to use provided Antibacterial Hand Sanitiser that contains 70% alcohol, disposable latex gloves, disposable facemasks, and optionally a disposable apron.
  • Upon entering the premises, DC staff should avoid physical greetings. Once inside, DC cleaners should avoid physical greetings with tenants and try to stay more than 2m or 1m away from anybody else in the property. All our cleaners will be required to work separates and work alone in each room/area, except in large area where the 2 metre or 1 metre social distancing rule must be maintained.
  • Cleaners will be required to clean their hands frequently, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds or with provided an alcohol-based hand sanitiser at commercial premises (Jangro Alcohol Gel Hand Rub) that contains 70% alcohol and put on disposable gloves and optionally an apron.
  • Before cleaning, DC cleaners should open any windows that they can for ventilation, and turn on extractor fans. Windows must be closed after cleaning.
  • In addition to our regular Commercial and End of Tenancy cleaning list, Cleaners when cleaning should pay extra attention to ‘high-touch’ surfaces that are contacted frequently in daily life, including: Door handles, Light switched and Sockets, Desks, Wardrobe handles, Cupboards, Bathroom surfaces.
  • To clean hard floors, cleaners should fill a bucket with warm water and use suitable product for floor’s surface. For commercial premises mop heads used will be disposed of and should be put into waste bags.
  • Machine-washable equipment including microfiber cloths will be cleaned at a high temperature at 60C or above. Our cloths will be washed at the highest recommended temperature.
  • Any of DC cleaners with even a mild cough or low-grade fever (37.3 C or more) needs to stay at home.
  • Any cleaners who develops flu-like symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath, fever) should go home immediately and contact the NHS online or call 111 for advice. If there is any reason to suspect that they may have been in contact with COVID-19.
  • Any of our cleaners who fall within the vulnerable group identified by NHS are strongly advised to follow the Government's social distancing policy.

As per our online T & C under 'Clients Terms’, clause 8 it clearly stated that if client or any of household member is sick client should inform us immediately prior to our cleaners next visit.

For more guidance about COVID-19: cleaning in non-healthcare follow this link Covid-19

Saturday, 09 November 2019 00:57

Daily Cleaning Tips

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Kitchen

Wash dishes Clear and wipe table Wipe worktops and cooker Wipe the sink Sweep Wipe up spots on the floor Take out trash

Bathroom

Spray shower with shower mist Clean mirror Wipe the sink and counter Clean the toilet bowl Wipe toilet seat and rim

Bedrooms

Make bed Straighten nightstand Put clothes away

Living/Family Rooms

Clean up the clutter Straighten pillows/cushions Straighten coffee/end tables Wipe spots off tables

Home Office

Clean up the clutter Sort mail

Laundry / Utility Room

Laundry - clothes Sweep

Entryway / Porch

Pick up clutter

Friday, 27 November 2015 11:36

Cleaning Induction Hob

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Cleaning Ceremic/Induction Hob

Clean your glass ceremic / induction hob regularly, try to clean every time you use it. Avoid using abrasive sponges or scouring agents. Harsh chemical cleaners like oven sprays or stain removers are also unsuitable, as are bathroom or household cleaners. We advise you to use a list of recommended cleaners and substances from ceremic / induction hob manufacturers, to protect your induction/ ceramic hob against damage such as chipping.Ceremic induction1

Cleaning tips:

  1. To thoroughly clean your glass ceramic cooktop, first ensuring your hob is cold, simply scrape food deposits off with a suitable metal scraper or special sponge for glass ceramic hob.
  2. Once the glass ceramic/induction hob has cooled, put a few drops of a suitable cleaner on it and rub it on with a paper towel, a clean cloth or an approved cleaning sponge.
  3. Then wipe the glass ceramic/induction hob with a damp cloth and dry it with a clean cloth or an approved cleaning sponge.
  4. - Use the scraper at a shallow angle with smooth strokes
  5. - Always ensure cloths used are clean and non-abrasive

Tips for keeping your glass ceramic/induction hob shiny:

  • Use a burner that is the same size as your cookware.
  • Use cookware with smooth undersides to prevent them from scratching the glass induction hob.
  • When hot, keep cookware flat on the glass ceramic/induction hob. This enables the heat to be more effectively transferred.
  • If you use the ceramic/induction hob as a work surface when cold, make sure you wipe it clean to avoid any residue scratching.
  • Lift up your cookware when moving them around on the hob to avoid scratches

 

 

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Tuesday, 02 June 2015 23:08

Window Cleaning

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Clean Windows

Clean windows on a cloudy, but not rainy day. Working in direct sunlight causes streaks because the cleaning chemicals dries before you can wipe it off. This is the best time to clean the frames and windows sills. Cool, clear water is the choice of most professional window cleaners. If windows are very dirty you can use Method Glass Cleaner Spray 828ml UK, or you can find other good windows /glass cleaning solution on market.

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This one cost around £6.50. It is among of the good glass cleaner solution which removes streaks and smudges on glass and it has a fresh mint scent, also it is non-toxic window cleaner. Remember to use horizontal strokes on the inside and vertical on the outside so you know which side the streaks are on. For drying windows, a wad of crumpled newspaper works just as well as expensive paper towels. Wear rubber gloves to keep your hands free of ink. If you need more help ask Decent Cleaning.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 14:43

Cleaners urgently needed in Cambridge

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Domestic Cleaners Cambridge

We are looking for Self-Employed cleaners for our clients across Cambridge. Must be honest, reliable, and competent. Working hours to suit, Monday to Friday daytime minimum 3 hours per client each week with various start times. Hourly rate is £7.50.
Duties will include general house cleaning at several clients homes in Cambridge. Some of the jobs will be key jobs so responsible approach to work is needed. Full-time temporary/permanent positions available.

Requirements:

Previous cleaning experience is desirable, also cleaning training will be provided. You must be able to clean to a very high standard and have a good eye for detail

  •  2 References in the UK
  •  Proof of current address
  •  Minimum English language skill is must!
  •  Be eligible to work in the UK
  •  Police check may required

If you would like to apply for this position please indicate your availability time/days Monday to Friday.

Wednesday, 06 August 2014 00:00

House Cleaning Tools - Essentials

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Remember there's no point in doing a job if you can't do it right - and you can't do it right if you don't have the essential house cleaning tools that you need! A plumber cannot fix a leak without his tools and you cannot clean your house without the proper household cleaning tools. Buying better quality cleaning tools it’s important; they usually work better and last longer. Here are the necessary house cleaning tools to keep on hand:

Vacuum Cleaner

A good Vacuum is a number one must-have for every household. Vacuums prices are vary there are cheap and expensive ones, be sure to buy from a name you trust, a good brand! E.g. Henry, Dyson etc. If you're not sure, ask friends and family about theirs. Offer to vacuum a room in their home so that you can test it out! Or go to stores such as Dixons Retail Megastore and ask for Vacuums machine expert who can demonstrate a few Vacuums for you.

Broom

You definitely need a well-made broom for sweeping, as well as Dustpan to pick up a few dirt on floors. Use broom such as Vileda 2-in-1 which will gather dirt and dust in one sweep. The broom uses foam to collect fine dust, while the bristles collect particles and hair.

Dustpan and Brush

Use standard dust pan and brush set can deal with any kitchen situation from spilt food to broken crockery. Go with brush that has soft bristles for easy use and easy clean, sturdy plastic material will ensures longevity. dustpan1

Mop

You need a high quality mop. One that you can really push around without it snapping. Use either sponge mops, the kind with replaceable heads. Or some other people prefer cotton string mops. It’s definitely personal preference as longer as it does a good job.

Cleaning Cloths

You need plenty of Cleaning Cloths to clean effectively. You can purchase Microfibre cleaning cloths. These can be used for polishing, dusting, cleaning, wiping up, wiping down as household chores are endless, but at least they can be cheery with these different of microfibre cloths. They're practical too as it's easy to pick the right cloth for the job at a glance, and with no need for harsh chemicals.

Extendable Telescopic Duster

Extendable Dusters - some of these handy duster extends to 1.96m to allow cleaning in all harder to reach areas such as ceilings, pictures rails, skirtings, radiators, paintings etc to help you clean at home or even in the workplace.

Bucket

Use a bucket to store cleaning products and to carry from room to room and of course, to mop your floors. Brushes

Toilet Brushes for each bathroom.

An old toothbrush for getting into cracks and crevices, like around the knobs on the toilet seat and behind faucets. If you don't have an old one, grab a cheap one at the one pound shop.Paintbrushes of different shapes and sizes with good stiff bristles for dusting delicate items, wicker and lamp shades. Small scrub brush for cleaning tub and tile.

Rubber Gloves

You should always wear rubber gloves when cleaning. Not just because of germs but also to save your hands from chemicals.

Cleaning Solutions

There are many different cleaning products and tools on the market, each promising to help make house cleaning easier. However, in order to keep your home clean, you must choose cleaning products that works, effective and easy. Although everybody's cleaning needs are slightly different, for instance, a home with full wall-to-wall carpeting throughout will have different needs than one with hardwood floors. The basic good cleaning supplies do most of the work in your home, and the really good ones will limit the number of cleaning products you need to purchase. Take an inventory of your cleaning supplies now. Do you have what you need? If not, write it down. Does your mop need replacing? Make a point to buy a new one. Having the proper tools to clean will help you to clean your home properly. With the right tools you'll have your house or apartment clean in no time! If you still doubt ask Decent Cleaning.

Monday, 03 March 2014 10:58

Advantages of keeping your office clean

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An office is a place where the business of an organization is conducted. Employees spend around one-third time of their day in the office. Many customers, suppliers and other people associated with the business visit the office regularly.

It is very important to keep the office premises clean. There are many advantages of keeping your office clean. In a clean office, employees fall sick less often. An unclean office breeds diseases.

Too much dust in the office may cause allergies. Employees with itchy eyes, runny nose and sore throat will definitely not enjoy working. They cannot be innovative. Their creativity will die. A sneezing employee cannot focus in the work. Lack of focus is one of the main reasons for lack of productivity. According to a study conducted recently, there are more germs in an average office than in a bathroom. Around two-thirds of the employees eat lunch at their desk. There are chances of food spilling on the floor or on the desk. This is an excellent breeding ground for germs.

Employees cannot work efficiently in an unclean office infested with germs. They may suffer from various illnesses due to unfavorable environment. This results in them taking time off work to recuperate. This will definitely have a huge negative impact on your productivity. By keeping your office clean, you are ensuring good health of your employees. A healthy employee is more productive and innovative than an unhealthy one.

Your customers and business associates keep visiting your office premises. They will definitely not be comfortable in an unclean and ill-maintained office. They will think that you are inefficient and disorganized. Unclean office can ruin your business reputation. It can affect your profits negatively. As an employer, you are legally bound to keep your office premises clean. You need to ensure that all specifications in the Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act are met.

Is your office clean? You are the best judge to decide. All you need to do is to take a look around. If it is not up to your expectations, you need to act. Fortunately you need not get on your knees and scrub the office. You can hire the services of Office cleaners Cambridge. They are among the top commercial cleaners Cambridge.

This reputed business has immense experience in this field. Their End of tenancy cleaning Cambridge service is of top quality. Many businesses are benefiting from their professional approach and client focus.

“Decent Cleaning” has built its reputation by keeping customer’s needs as its top priority. The business believes in providing customized solutions to its clients. It does not believe in casual “one size fits all” approach. It believes that each business is unique.

People at Decent Cleaning are trained professionals. They believe that a clean office is a successful office. Our goal is to keep you office clean. They strive to create customer delight. We listen to our clients and acquire through understanding of their needs before beginning the job. This invariably results in client satisfaction. Hard work and dedication have yielded positive results for the business. Decent Cleaning has successfully transformed many offices.

It is extremely important to keep your office clean. If you find your office unclean, just contact Decent Cleaning. You may rest assured that your office will be sparkling clean, with a welcoming atmosphere for your employees and business associates. Happy employees and business associates increase your profits.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 00:00

Carpets and Rugs cleaning tips #2

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A quickie carpet cleaning alternative to shampoo using Vanish Powerfoam

Here’s how to brighten a wool carpet without shampooing it. First, vacuum the carpet. Then spray the Vanish carpet cleaner. Always first test the chemical on an inconspicuous part of the carpet. If there's no color change, spray vanish powerfoam on the area you want to clean the carpet or on stain areas, you can also use a sponge instead, wring it almost dry, and lightly run it over the carpet’s surface. You can also follow 3 steps here below recommended  by manufacture.

  1.  Shake the can well and spray from an 80cm height over the area to be treated. 
  2.  Work the foam into the carpet using a clean colourfast damp sponge-mop or cloth. vanish1
  3.  Leave for 2 hours, or until dry, and vacuum

How to stop fraying

Want to prevent carpet seams and edges from fraying?

Brush them with a liquid resin that locks the yarns in place as it dries. It’s sold at fabric and craft shops. The outermost braid of a braided rug usually wears out first. Save the rug from this fate by sewing a strip of bias binding around the edges of the rug.

Removing a discoloring spill

If a spill causes carpet discoloration, dip a clean, white towel into a solution of 1 tablespoon of liquid hand-dishwashing detergent (or 1/2 cup white vinegar) in 1/2 cup of warm water. Alternately dab the spot with the solution and then blot it with a clean, white towel. Repeat until all of the spot’s color transfers to the towel. Then cover the area with a clean, white towel until it’s dry.

Removing furniture imprints

To remove deep indentations left in your carpet by furniture, lay a damp bath towel over the depression and press lightly with an iron. When the towel area is dry, the indentation will be gone. If you must replace furniture on a freshly cleaned carpet before it has dried completely, place coasters under the legs to prevent stains and indentations.

Monday, 27 January 2014 11:04

Office cleaner

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We are looking for Part Time permanent office cleaner to work at CB5 area 7.5 hours per week. Must be honest, reliable, and competent. Working hours are from 18.00 to 19.30 Monday to Friday. The hourly rate is £7.00

Duties will include general office cleaning - vacuuming, mopping, dusting, clean toilets, washing up, empty bins..etc.

Requirements:- Previous cleaning experience is essential and minimum English language skill is must.

  1. Proof of current address in the UK.
  2. References in the UK
  3. MUST have the right to work in the UK
  4. Police check may be required

NO agent only candidate may apply.

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 18:50

Decent Cleaning become Safe Contractor Approved!

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We are very proud to announce that Decent Cleaning has been awarded Safe Contractor status. The company has achieved SAFEcontractor accreditation in recognition of reaching the SAFEcontractor health and safety standards.

Following a lengthy application process we are now SAFEcontractors approved supplier. All of our Health and Safety processes and procedures have been fully audited and approved.

SAFEcontractor is a leading health and safety accreditation scheme, which is used by some of the UK’s biggest organisations to select contractors for work on their sites. The accreditation follows a rigorous assessment of cleaning health and safety arrangements, and working practices.

The following health and safety topics have been considered during the assessment:

  • Policy statement & Implementation
  • Organisational structure
  • Health & Safety responsibilities  SafeContractor
  • Communication with employees
  • Health & Safety training
  • Manual handling & Risk Assessments
  • Insurance policies
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Welfare arrangements
  • Work equipment testing
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • First Aid & Accident reporting
  • COSHH

The company’s application for SAFEcontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business. Commenting on the accreditation, Abu Said, Director at Decent Services said:

“accreditation to the SAFEcontractor scheme shows our commitment to health and safety requirements of our customers, employees and public”

SAFEcontractor accreditation is expected to enhance the company’s ability to attract new contracts and its commitment to safety will be viewed positively by its insurers when the company liability policy is up for renewal.

SAFEcontractor is applicable to most sectors although it is particularly relevant to food manufacture, property, facilities management, retail and leisure sectors, all of which are big users of contract services.

John Kinge, Head of Risk at SAFEcontractor said,

“Major organisations can no longer run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies.

He continued,

“More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Decent Cleaning has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example, which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector.”

Under the SAFEcontractor system, businesses undergo a vetting process, which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Those companies meeting the high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users only via a website, www.safecontractor.com

Employer-organisations who sign up to the scheme can access the database, enabling them to vet potential contractors before they even set foot on site. These employers agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engage only those who have received accreditation.

Over one hundred and fifty major nation-wide businesses, from several key sectors, have signed up to use the scheme when selecting contractors for services such as building, cleaning, maintenance, refurbishment or electrical and mechanical work.

 

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