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To make decluttering easier, simpler and faster, you are recommended to follow the simple tips below: ## Organise Make a plan where you will start and move to the next room (or piece of furniture) only after the one you are sorting out is fully decluttered. If you don’t do one room at a time, you will create even more mess and make decluttering even more difficult and time-consuming. ## Sort your things immediately To declutter effectively, sort your things in at least three boxes with the following labels - yes, no and maybe. And be sure to resist the temptation to put too much things into the “maybe box”. Instead, consider following the so-called six-months rule: If you haven’t needed the thing for at least six months, you probably don’t really need it. ## Sell, donate, recycle Just because you don’t want or need a particular thing anymore, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s worthless. On the contrary, most things have some value to someone. So instead of simply throwing unwanted things away, you should consider sorting them further and try to sell, donate or/and recycle. ## Label the boxes carefully The more details the labels contain, the better. Even though you may feel it’s a waste of time, labelling the boxes’ content will save you a huge amount of time when unpacking because you will know exactly where to look for particular items. ## Set realistic goals The amount of time you will need to declutter depends greatly on how much things you have to go through. But if you want to sort through your things effectively, don’t expect to be done in a few hours. Decluttering unfortunately tends to be a very time-consuming task, so be sure to set realistic goals and stick to your plan. If you by any chance don’t succeed with decluttering by the time of end of tenancy cleaning, it’s a lot better if you are left with one or even two rooms than a little bit of everything all over the place. Also, the cleaners will highly appreciate if the property is at least mostly empty. />

Why and How to Declutter Before the End of Tenancy Cleaning

April 12, 2018

- Return everything to its original place. You are supposed to leave the property in the same condition as at the start of tenancy. This also includes the original arrangement of the furniture and other items, if there were any. Obviously, the cleaners don’t know where particular items are supposed to stand and they won’t move heavy pieces of furniture. You can also return everything to its original place later but it’s a better idea to do it before professional cleaning. That way the cleaners will able to effectively deal with surface scratches, stains and other floor marks which may or may not be considered fair wear and tear. - Empty your home completely. Ideally, schedule the cleaners only after you have moved all your belongings to your new home. Needless to say, it is extremely difficult to clean with piles of things all over the place. If it’s not possible to have the property fully or mostly emptied, you are highly recommended to mention it to your cleaning company. They will tell you what to do so that the cleaners can do their job properly. - Double check all the drawers, shelves and cabinets for any valuables, especially those that have emotional significance. End of tenancy cleaning also includes emptying the drawers, shelves and cabinets. The things left behind are considered unwanted and as a result, they are thrown away by the cleaners. While emptying drawers, shelves and cabinets, the cleaners may or may not spot items that may have a monetary or/and emotional value. You are therefore highly recommended to go through all the drawers, shelves and cabinets once again to make sure nothing important gets left behind. />

How to Prepare Your Home for End of Tenancy Cleaning

April 09, 2018

Monthly NO2 Averages Within “Low” Index but Levels Vary Greatly by Time of Day

To find out more about NO2 pollution, London Cleaning System company decided to further analyse the official data, looking back as far as 2010 when longterm exposure to the harmful gas was blamed for nearly 6,000 premature deaths. The company’s researchers noticed that while NO2 monthly average levels at roadside were considerably higher than in background, they didn’t exceed the “low” index level not even once by January 2018. But time of day charts revealed that NO2 levels vary greatly during the day and most importantly, always peak at the same time of the day.

NO2 Levels Always Highest During Morning and Afternoon Rush Hours

Charts presenting NO2 concentrations in London at different time of day in January 2018 show a very predictable pattern. The levels begin to rise just before the morning and afternoon rush hours, and peak around 8 to 9am and 5 to 6pm. Just like the monthly averages, the NO2 concentrations are higher at roadside than in background at all times of the day. Despite that, they remained within “low" index level, reaching a maximum of 60.3 ug/m3.

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London’s NO2 Readings - What Do the Figures Reveal?

March 26, 2018

1. Take off your shoes

Dirt is the greatest threat to your carpet. It won’t only make it look uninviting but it will also cause damage to the fibres, leading to a noticeable change of colour and texture. It is therefore of key importance to reduce the amount of dirt that gets on your carpet to minimum. And taking off your shoes when entering your home is one of the easiest ways to do so. If - for any reason - taking off shoes isn’t an option, you are advised to consider buying a large doormat to trap dirt from shoes and keep it off your carpet.

2. Keep those paws clean

If you have pets, you are advised to consider keeping a towel at the door to wipe your dog’s paws when returning from outside. If you own a cat, this obviously isn’t an option. However, a mat at the cat flap or door will make a huge difference. It is also a good idea to trim those claws or at least install a cat tree, scratching post or something similar to discourage your cat from scratching your carpet.

3. Prevent direct sunlight exposure

Believe it or not but direct sunlight exposure can seriously harm your carpet as prolonged exposure to UV light can eventually lead to discolouration, most often in the form of fading. To prevent this from happening, you are recommended to try to limit your carpet’s exposure to direct sunlight by installing blinds, using curtains or some other method to block sunlight.

4. Move furniture or/and use furniture coaters

Furniture can cause a serious damage to your carpet in the form of indentations which can become permanent, especially if furniture is left on the same place for years. For that reason it is highly important to move your furniture from time to time - just an inch or two to the left or right every few months is all that is necessary to prevent those dents from becoming permanent. It is also a good idea to consider furniture coaters which help minimise furniture dents by distributing the weight more evenly.

5. Have your carpet professionally cleaned on a yearly basis

Just because you vacuum your carpet on a regular basis, that doesn’t mean it’s clean. Unfortunately, even the most powerful vacuum cleaners cannot remove the dirt and dust that over time accumulate at the base of carpet. Besides making the carpet to look and smell dirty, the accumulated dirt and dust can eventually also become a potential health hazard, triggering allergies, asthma attacks and other health problems. To keep your carpet clean to the base and prevent it from jeopardising your health, you should have it professionally cleaned once a year or more frequently if you have pets.

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Simple Ways to Protect Your Carpet and Extend Its Lifespan

March 14, 2018

Do I Need To Leave My Rented Property In Good Condition?

Although the main motivation for doing an end of tenancy clean in most cases is getting the deposit back, a lot of renters also take pride in their home and want to see it passed onto the next tenant in good condition. Giving every room in the property a once over and removing any dust or dirt that’s built up over the years will help to ensure the home is as good as new for the next inhabitants.

Is A Reference From My Landlord Important?

Another important thing to consider when moving out of a rented property is that a lot of letting agents ask for references from past landlords. If you’ve previously left a rented property in poor condition, this could come up in future checks and may harm your chances of securing a new home in the future.

Love it or hate it, end of tenancy cleaning is an integral part of living in rented property. Check our end of tenancy cleaning offering and book it online.

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Do I Need To Do End Of Tenancy Cleaning?

November 24, 2017

There have been problems with the rollout, and while the idea was that every home would have one by 2020, only seven million have been installed so far. Not only that but you will also have the option to reject it, something that one in five households seemingly intend to do according to a recent comparethemarket.com survey.

So what is a smart meter and how do they work?

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Why is the government getting involved?

The Government sets overall energy policy. This means that the idea for smart meters was not made by the suppliers, and the implementation of it all, along with the growth of renewable and nuclear power, is done at the cost of the consumer.

Do you need one?

Ultimately, you don’t need one. The traditional method of meter readings is writing them down, and these are then submitted online. The difference now is that this will all be done automatically for you, ensuring accurate bills and potentially getting some free ideas to monitor or lower energy usage throughout the home.

We seem to be using more and more technology by the year, let alone the decade, and as our energy use changes we need to ensure everything is up to date. This should help everyone reduce their energy bills over time.

The case against smart meters

The Telegraph recently published an article on six reasons to say no to a smart meter that covered some key objections to the meter. These included:

  • They make it harder to switch providers
  • Estimated bills and billing errors still happen
  • You need good mobile signal in your area
  • The interface is “difficult to understand”
  • No evidence so far that it saves time or money
  • They could pose a security risk

We are in the early stage of using smart meters in households up and down the country so we can’t expect everything to be working to capacity but some of the evidence for these early considerations is concerning.

Should I get a smart meter?

We’ve looked at a few pros and cons, and it is now going to be a choice rather than a requirement for households to have a smart meter. It would seem that there are amendments that need to be made but they are useful in showing you in real terms, your live energy costs throughout the home.

For more interesting articles like this one, check out our blog here.

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What Is A Smart Meter And Should I Get One?

August 21, 2017