Tuesday, 28 March 2017

The process for cleaning a sandstone floor

If a sandstone tile floor is correctly maintained it can make for a durable and striking choice as a kitchen or hallway floor. When cleaned and sealed properly its contrasting shades will make the tiles look beautiful, giving an instant impression.

Sandstone if often made up of the mineral quartz and comes in a variety of colours including tan, yellow, brown, red, pink, white and black, but if not cleaned correctly those colours can become dulled and grey, causing it to lose its unique appearance.  

It’s important to take care of your sandstone tiles in order to keep them looking at their best. Always blot up any spillages as soon as they happen, sweep it regularly to remove dust and dirt, if wanting to mop your floor DO NOT use shop bought or any harsh cleaning chemicals, just use warm water or a specialised cleaning solution suitable for sandstone.

A typical cleaning and restoration process for a sandstone floor.

Inspect & Protect – Identify any existing stains, tile damage or loose grout and if needed protect any nearby furniture.

Dust & Dry Soil Removal - Before beginning the main clean, remove any dry soil and debris from the floor surface. 

Apply cleaning solution and agitate – Starting with a small section of floor, apply a specialist cleaning solution to a small area and agitate it deep in to the sandstone using a rotary machine with a brush attachment. 

Create a slurry and rinse – Using the rotary brushes with the cleaning solution will cause a slurry to form, remove this using a wet vacuum and repeat his process as many times as necessary until all ingrained soiling is removed and it is completely clean. 

Dry and Seal – Once 100% sure the floor is restored to its best condition, dry and seal the floor.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Carpet Cleaning – Tips for small but major stain issues

Regardless of how much effort you put in to cleanliness, your carpet is eventually going to end up being a casualty of careless spillages, accidents and whatever may be on the souls of your footwear.
Below are some tips to take on board so you can handle some of the smaller but more major problems that your carpet can face and help you keep it looking fresh.
Don’t rub, dab
Never start with rubbing a stain, if you can dab it away. Dab the offending stain with a cleaning solution and a clean cloth, sponge or a paper towel or towelette. The key here is to blot the stain and soak it up, always starting from the outside of the stain and moving inwards.
Rubbing causes particles to get worked into the fibres of the carpet and can lead to those fibres breaking down prematurely.

Tackling gum
Whether you’re unfortunate enough to have stepped in gum and traipsed it in to the home or you just missed the mark when going to put it in the bin, there’s a simple trick to get it out.
Grab yourself a couple of ice cubes out of the freezer and place on the gum to freeze it (should only take around 30 sec), once frozen use a spoon to lift and a pair of scissor to remove it from the carpet all together, cutting as little of the carpet as possible and as close as possible to the gum to leave you with a spot that should be unnoticeable.

Washing-up liquid, it’s not just good for the dishes
That’s right; washing up liquid is an ideal cleaner for any stain that involves grease, it loves cutting through it and the carpet is no exception. Simply use a drop or two in a solution of water and fill a spray bottle, spray the stain and then blot. This might need to be repeated for larger stains.

Waxy situations
Having candles burning in the home will always come with the risk of spilling wax on the carpet, well don’t be put off lighting them in fear of that spillage anymore. If you do happen to get some wax on your carpet get a white cloth or thin towel and turn your iron on, were going to heat it back up.
Place the cloth or towel over the wax and then heat with the iron to warm it up, now scrape the wax off with a blunt knife (can use a butter knife). Once you have done that, repeat the process but use a paper towel as the fibres will help pick up the remaining wax. You might have to repeat the last process a few times to get rid of it all.

Monday, 30 January 2017

A few Cleaning Tips to get you going in 2017

Its 2017 and of course a new year doesn’t change the fact were going to have to keep things clean.
Were pretty sure that’s always going to be a thing, so we’ve got some handy cleaning tips to help you get a good start.

In the Kitchen

Circle your way round when cleaning
Always begin cleaning your kitchen by starting on either side of the stove and then working your way around the room clockwise or counter-clockwise depending on which side you decided to start. The stove is generally the dirtiest area of the kitchen and because of this you don’t want it be the last thing you clean and end up spreading that dirt on to the surfaces you have already tackled.
 (First, soak drip pans and knobs in warm soapy water. By the time you've worked your way around, they'll be easier to clean.)

Care for your oven
The oven is the heart of any kitchen and should be care for appropriately. Lining the bottom of your oven with non-stick oven liner is a great way to do this, it keeps the bottom of your oven clean and is very easy to clean its self with a paper towel and then can be put in the dishwasher and reused again and again.

In the Bathroom

Get those glass shower doors shiny

Get yourself a teaspoon of lemon oil and rub it on to the glass doors every 2 months to cause the water to bead up and then roll off.

Keep your shower curtain in shape

Keep attacking mold and mildew from your shower curtain by chucking it in the washer with a few towels, the towels will aid in scrubbing the curtain while in the washer and then simply hang back up to dry.

 In General

Corner to corner

When you are vacuuming a room always start at the farthest corner and then work towards the entrance of the room, use a slow repeating front to back motion in an overlapping sequence. When finished you shouldn’t see any footprints on the floor.

Lost and found
Great for any home but especially a family one;  you can use any container you like to create a space for any stray item found around the home and then when you do realise what it was for you will know where it will be.

Time yourself
You will be surprised how long it takes to do certain chores and timing yourself can actually make you less bothered about doing them in the future as you know they don’t actually take as long as you thought.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Get your equipment on finance from Crisp & Brite

At Crisp & Brite we are happy to be able to provide you with the option to purchase any of our equipment from us that costs over £500 on finance. To do this we work with the Oxford Funding Company to source the top finance packages for you, our customers and even better they take care of all the hard work in getting approval of your finance and the funding put in place. All done free of charge and for your convenience.

It couldn’t be simpler to buy on finance form us

You can calculate a guideline for what your monthly costs will be for your desired equipment using our Finance Calculator spreadsheet and once you have decided that you would like to organise finance it just a simple case of giving Glin Beams or Peter Williams at the Oxford Funding Company a call on 01242 226662, where they take all the details they need over the telephone and aim to have a formal offer back with you the same or next day.

Some reasons why you would consider finance.

·         The main reason for finance is simply that you want to buy the equipment, but you either haven’t got the cash – or you don’t want to use your own cash – so you in effect borrow the money to pay for the equipment.
·         Lease finance and Hire purchase is a quick, efficient and often cheaper alternative to traditional bank finance.

·         To reduce your tax liability as part of the management of your business.

·         To match the cost of equipment with income.

If you would like more information on our finance service or why you should consider getting finance to buy your equipment from us, you can visit the finance page on our website here.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Different ways to remove wine stains

Wine stains will happen to the best of us, it’s inevitable if you like to enjoy a glass every now and then and you will then need to deal with cleaning the spillage up.
But no need to panic if a bit of wine does get spilt on your favourite white shirt or your table cloth or any other washable fabric, we have some wine stain removal tips for you below:

Particularly good for getting stains from carpets due to their unmovable nature, but will also work on other fabrics. As soon as possible after spilling gently blot or dab the stain (do not rub, this will only make it worse) and get up as much as you can. The salt will soak up the excess liquid and stop it from penetrating the fibres and as it dries should essentially suck up the stain, after it has dried and done its job simply vacuum up.

If you are using this method on fabric than be handle and manoeuvred then a good way to remove the stain is to pull the fabric taught and centre the stain over a bowl and then secure the fabric around the bowl with elastic bands, keeping it as taut as possible. Repeat the salt process but once complete slowly pour boiling water from a height of around 8 inches over the stain to further flush out any wine that may be left and then wash using a hot setting.

White Vinegar and Detergent
A good one for cloths, simply cover the stain in white vinegar which will neutralise the pigments of colour in the red wine. As soon as the vinegar has been applied to it will then be time to rub a liquid detergent in to the stain. Once done launder on a hot setting and the stain should be gone.

Though using bleach is not a recommendation for most stains it is the best bet for getting red wine stains out of white fabrics. All you need to do is to soak the fabric in bleach for around 10 minutes and then wash in hot water and the stain will disappear.

Delicate Fabrics
If you have stained something a little more delicate such as silk it may be a better idea to get the fabric professionally cleaned as the above methods are more suited to commons fabrics such as polyester and cotton.

If any of these methods aren’t available to you or do not quite get the stain out then applying a stain removal product is your best course of action, but please remember to follow the manufacturer’s directions for best results.

These tips will hopefully ease the anxiety of spilling any wine in the future, because even if you do spill it you will know how to deal with it.