Merry Maids UK becomes official partner in aid of Alzheimer’s Society

Merry Maids have become official partners of Alzheimer’s Society.

We are thrilled to announce that Merry Maids has become an official charity partner in support of Alzheimer’s Society as of 2024.

This blog post has all the details.


What does the partnership mean?

We have named Alzheimer’s Society our charity of the year.

And have thus pledged to raise £10,000 to go towards their work throughout 2024.

Last year, as part of our longstanding commitment as Dementia Friends, we raised over £4000 with our nationwide Forget Me Knot Challenge Campaign.

This year, we’re kicking it up an extra gear.

As official partners, we are committed to supporting our staff and customers to have a better cleaning experience by training every Merry Maids cleaner across the UK in professional dementia support.

Therefore, we are the only domestic cleaning company in the UK certified to provide accredited support to the over 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK.

The training will also help our maids to support our customers with specific needs and extra support, and our customers feel ever more strongly that they are in good hands.


What does dementia support mean to Merry Maids customers?

To Merry Maids customers like this woman from Croydon, our support means her father can maintain his independence:

“My Dad is 93 and has got a serious heart condition and dementia,” she says.

“After a long stay in hospital and living with us for four months, he wanted to live independently,”

“He reluctantly accepted help and within a couple of weeks was looking forward to his visits by Merry Maids.”

“They are very caring and have a very soft spot for Dad,” she adds.

“Which makes my life as a carer easier.”

“Dad would never be without his Merry Maids, and they have made a huge difference to his enjoyment of life.”


What does dementia support mean to us?

This partnership officially recognises our commitment to supporting them and the people we serve living with dementia.

Vikki Donnachie, Merry Maids Brand Leader, says:

“We are thrilled to be working with Alzheimer’s Society again this year. The ability to offer further training to all our maids provides added support and peace of mind to both our customers and their families who are or have been affected by dementia.”

“At Merry Maids, our high levels of customer service and community engagement are what makes us different. Being able to support both our customers and Alzheimer’s Society is a real privilege.”


Aaliah Chik, Senior Marketing Executive for Merry Maids UK, adds:

“As many of our customers are facing dementia, to have this opportunity to take what we do for them to the next level by training our maids and supporting Alzheimer’s Society is so exciting.”

“We have great things planned for this year. I’m looking forward to developing our work to better the people living with dementia in our communities.”


Meg Foxhall, Community Fundraiser of Alzheimer’s Society, says:

“On behalf of Alzheimer’s Society, I would like to thank Merry Maids. We’re so grateful for their support, which allows us to provide help and hope for everyone affected by dementia.”

“Dementia is the UK’s biggest killer,” she adds.

“Too many people face dementia alone. 1 in 3 people born today will develop dementia in their lifetime. We want everyone affected by dementia to know that whoever you are, whatever you’re going through, Alzheimer’s Society is here for you.”


Discover the value of a cleaner who cares

To learn more about Merry Maids UK and our work with Alzheimer’s Society, call 0800 021 3072.

If you or someone you know would benefit from a professional and compassionate, regular or one-off, home cleaning service from the dementia friends at Merry Maids UK, find your nearest Merry Maids business or book online today.

Why should I get my home professionally spring-cleaned?

The benefits of a professional spring-cleaning service.

We don’t know about you, but we’re ready for spring.

It’s when nature washes away the cold of winter and freshens up for a brighter year ahead.

The flowers start to bloom, and the temperatures begin to rise. What’s not to love?

Preparing for spring also means it’s time to start thinking about your spring cleaning.

It may not always be pleasant, but the practice of getting down and dirty to clear out the clutter and the cobwebs of the past year is a vital part of the springtime.

Though the adage often cited is ‘if you want a job done properly, do it yourself,’ we’re here to tell you there is another way.

In this blog post, our cleaning experts walk you through the benefits of hiring a professional cleaning service for your spring cleaning.


What’s involved in spring cleaning?

Spring cleans are a deeper and more comprehensive cleaning than a regular maintenance clean and are all about clearing out the house at a deeper level to prepare for the year ahead.

Regular cleaning keeps your home in top condition, while deep cleaning gives that extra oomph and sparkle to make your home truly SHINE.

Our expert deep and spring cleans are ideal when moving in or out of a property, preparing your home to sell, having the in-laws visiting, in the aftermath of building or renovation works or needing a complete freshen-up.

They can include:
  • Cleaning out kitchen cupboards
  • Vacuuming curtains
  • Cleaning inside windows
  • Cleaning inside and or defrosting fridges and freezers
  • Washing internal doors and window frames
  • Moving heavier furniture to clean behind (where possible)

How do the professionals spring clean your home?

Professional cleaning services like those at Merry Maids use experienced professionals trained to deliver excellent-value home cleaning with a tried and tested methodology and products to produce the best results.

On every visit, your Merry Maids team will dust, wash, sanitise and vacuum your home using our equipment and specially formulated products.

We operate a strict cleaning process that utilises coloured cloths for different areas of the home to avoid cross-contamination.

All our maids are trained in Health and Safety regulations and procedures* to use our products and equipment

*Practices may vary by area due to area-specific considerations.

How much does it cost to have my home professionally cleaned?

There is no standard pricing index used to determine domestic cleaning service fees.

Some businesses charge by the hour, while others will charge for the scope of the cleaning involved.

Either way, professional cleaning services will determine their prices based on the following factors:

  1. Size
  2. Layout and number of rooms
  3. Style of home
  4. Number of residents
  5. Factoring of children and pets
  6. Frequency of cleaning
  7. Location and travel distance from business location

To see the value of professional spring-cleaning services in your area, contact your nearest Merry Maids business for a free, no-obligation quotation.

Why pay when you can do it yourself, you ask.

We’ll tell you…


  1. Professional spring cleaning saves you time and effort

There’s no doubt about it… spring cleaning is a massive undertaking.

Especially if you’re already juggling family and childcare responsibilities, work, and the basics like socialisation and a good amount of rest.

Whatever your idea is of time well spent, we know it doesn’t involve doing the cleaning.

Entrusting your spring cleaning to professionals can save you hours of effort and give you time to focus on what matters most.


  1. The bespoke and professional touch

At Merry Maids, we love to clean. It’s what we do.

Over our 30 years of delivering home cleaning expertise, we have refined the experience had by our customers to a fine art.

We know that each home and each individual we clean for is unique.

So, we go above and beyond to ensure you get the clean you deserve, not just the clean you expect, and work with you to understand the specific needs of you and your home and work tirelessly to ensure that you’re more than happy with gleaming results – at a time that suits you.

Professional cleaning staff like ours are trained with the latest (and often exclusive) products, tools, and best practices to make every room in the house sparkle.


  1. Professional spring cleaning is good for your health

Aside from the obvious aesthetic benefit, a good spring cleaning is also good for your health!

According to Verywell Mind, a cluttered and dirty environment can be harmful to your mental health, as it has been scientifically linked to higher rates of stress, depression and anxiety, as well as decreased rates of focus.

In addition, studies have shown that having a clean home typically is the mark of healthier inhabitants.

Cleanliness in the home has even been found to be a better predictor of good health for the residents than the walkability of its neighbourhood!

Cleaning can also improve the air quality of your home.

This is extra vital in the spring as the winter often involves more time spent inside with less fresh air in the home – causing more dust on the property.

The equipment used by professional cleaners is designed to eliminate harmful dust in the home and can benefit your health and air quality.


  1. Professional support with additional health requirements

We know that people aren’t always able to clean for themselves.

Following our successful Forget Me Knot Challenge last year – where our businesses across the UK raised over £4000 for the Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia Friends in a matter of weeks – Merry Maids UK have this year become an official partner in aid of Alzheimer’s Society.

At Merry Maids, our staff understand the specific requirements of the over 900,000 people living with dementia in the UK and ensure their homes are clean, healthy places for them to live, maintained by friendly, local people who support them with any additional requirements that come with dementia and other conditions – even if that means being someone to make a cup of tea and have a chat with.


Why hire Merry Maids to spring clean your home?

Put the spring back in your cleaning with Merry Maids.

The springtime is for enjoying, not cleaning.

Get a cleaner, fresher home faster and reclaim your free time with the expert help of your local cleaning professionals.

Are you tired of spending your free time hunched over to clean cobwebbed corners rather than enjoying the sunshine?

Your springtime is sacred.

Booking your spring cleaning with your local professionals now could be the saving grace you’ve been waiting for.

At Merry Maids, we’ve been experts in home cleaning for over 30 years, providing professional and bespoke services as one-off, regular or deep cleans and taking the hassle out of your spring cleaning.

Naturally, you might not love cleaning, but we do. It’s what we do best!


Contact Us

To start saving time and energy on your spring cleaning, book your spring cleaning with the experts at Merry Maids now by finding your nearest business or booking online today.

At home DIY cleaning hacks

DIY cleaning hacks from the experts.

Stubborn stains, grimy appliances, and no solution in sight?

Here are some cleaning hacks you can do at home to get your house looking ship-shaped in no time.


Cleaning a Dirty Oven Door

Let’s face it… our ovens see a lot of traffic, especially with the holiday period just gone.

This can leave your oven door looking less than desirable due to grime building upon the glass.

Not only is this quite an eyesore, but it also might make it difficult to see what you’re cooking!

Luckily, there is an easy solution that only needs a little help from something you probably already have in your home: Dishwasher Tablets.

That’s right, the little pods that we use to clean our dishwashers can also come in handy elsewhere.

To do this trick, ensure that the glass in your oven door is removable.

You may not know the ins and outs of your oven’s design specification.

But often, you can easily remove the glass from your oven door.

Usually, if you lower your oven door, you can look for a clip at each top corner that will slide off quite easily if you press it firmly and slide it towards you with one finger – we also recommend wearing gloves whilst doing this hack.

Once you’re done with this, you can lift the entire glass panel of your oven door out and make it much easier to clean!

This is where the dishwasher tablets come in. You can use them directly on the glass and apply hot water.

You can now use them like an eraser and remove all that nasty dirt and grime.


Cleaning your Shower Head

Our shower heads get a lot of use and, as a result, develop a build-up of limescale and grime that can affect your shower’s hygiene and performance.

If your shower head is detachable, we have an odd yet cheap and effective solution for you: Cola.

Buy some cheap cola from your local supermarket and place your showerhead into a deep plastic bag.

Then, fill the bag with cola until the showerhead is completely submerged.

Seal the bag with a clip or string and hang it somewhere safe where it will be untouched.

Leave it for a few hours, and the acidic cola will gradually dissolve the limescale build-up!


Bicarb is a cleaner’s best friend

You might not think it, but the humble bicarbonate of soda has many uses within the home for keeping things clean.

You can make bicarb a part of your cleaning routine in several ways, including:

  • Remove tannin stains – You can use a DIY paste of bicarbonate of soda and water to get rid of tannin stains on teaspoons and the inside of your cups. Just be sure to rinse them thoroughly when done.
  • Absorbing food odours – Keeping a ramekin with powdered bicarbonate of soda in your fridge on top of your salad drawer can help to keep it fresh.
  • General Cleaning – You can clean countertops, sinks, microwaves, and cooking utensils. Like removing tannin stains, make a paste using water and bicarb, scrub, and rinse.
  • Remove Odours – Use it to deodorise carpets, pet beds, and upholstered furniture. Sprinkle some bicarbonate of soda onto a surface, leave it to sit for 15 minutes, and vacuum it up thoroughly. This also works on clothes. Fill the sink with cool water and 5-6 tablespoons of bicarb, and soak the offending garment for 30 minutes. Then wash again and dry off naturally.
  • Restore shine to sterling silver – Make up a paste of three parts bicarb to one part water, and apply it to silverware with a lint-free cloth, then rinse it off.

Is your time too tight for DIY cleaning?

If all this DIY seems like a lot of effort and you would prefer to leave your home cleaning to the professionals, find your nearest Merry Maids business today to book a cleaning or to learn more about our services.

Care in the community: Charity Initiatives from Merry Maids Bromley and Orpington

How Merry Maids Bromley and Orpington support their community through charity engagement. 

Merry Maids Bromley and Orpington’s Office Supervisor, Jo, has been with the company for several years, beginning as a cleaner.

She uses her position to combine her passion for the community and background in care to support local and national charities.


Jo’s Background

Jo worked in care for eight years, running care homes and fundraising regularly through sponsored activities and events.

These have included mental health and dementia campaigns and a brain tumour charity.

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, Jo returned to Merry Maids, having worked with us as a cleaner before her time in care.

In joining Merry Maids, Jo joined a business that enables her to use her natural affinity for providing personalised care through professional and bespoke home cleaning services.


Recent Charity Work at Merry Maids

In April, Merry Maids Bromley and Orpington donated Easter eggs and chocolate to Dandelion Time, a local charity that supports children who have experienced hardship and traumatic events.

But that’s not all they’ve been up to.

Recently, Jo has been getting active and supporting charities close to her heart while at Merry Maids Bromley and Orpington.

“In February this year, I did 10,000 steps [daily] for Brain Tumour Research. And then I did 30 miles in September for dementia charities,” she says.

Her other recent activities have again supported the brain tumour and mental health charities.

Jo also completed a Memory Walk for Alzheimer’s Society, a charity that is close to all of our teams at Merry Maids UK and Jo, whose mother-in-law sadly suffered from the disease.

She estimates that she has raised £1500 from her recent efforts.


Upcoming Charity Work with Merry Maids Bromley and Orpington

Looking to the future, Jo has some ambitious charity plans for the new year.

Alongside more active fundraising for dementia and mental health charities, she is organising a charity initiative with her son to give out Christmas presents to local children in need.

Furthermore, Merry Maids Bromley will donate an afternoon tea to Southmore Court Assisted Living, one of their regular cleaning clients.

Jo says she is always looking to push her contributions and do more for the people in the local community:

“Me, myself, I want to do more volunteer work in the lines with dementia, like volunteer, maybe afternoon or a couple of hours here and there. I really like doing it,” she says.

“For my birthday, I’ve put something up for anyone to donate to Alzheimer’s instead of getting me giving me a present. And that’s what I’ll do for Christmas as well. We do cancer one, me and my friends. We don’t buy each other cards, but donate to Cancer Research.”


Want to see the value of a cleaner who cares?

If you or someone you know would benefit from a professional and compassionate home cleaning service from Merry Maids UK, find your nearest Merry Maids business today.

To schedule a visit from Merry Maids Bromley and Orpington, book online or call 01689 830000 for a free quote for our bespoke and professional home cleaning services.

From one-off deep cleans to regular visits and spring cleaning, we do the cleaning so you don’t have to.

Merry Maids’ Pre-Christmas Cleaning Checklist

Our guide to getting all your pre-Christmas cleaning done. 

Christmas is on its way!

Are you planning to host a Christmas party or spend Christmas Day with the whole family?

If you are, you may want to tidy up before the guests arrive.

But with so much to do, Christmas cleaning can feel overwhelming.

That’s why we’ve made a list (and we’ve checked it twice) of handy pre-Christmas cleaning tasks to ensure your cleaning and home can stay in order this festive season.


Guest Bedroom Pre-Christmas Cleaning

If you have a spare or guest room, the temptation may be to use it for… “storage”.

However, around this time of year, ensure your spare bedroom(s) are cleaned for any unexpected overnight guests.

Just in case a white Christmas or extra glass of sherry mean that driving home for Christmas home becomes inadvisable.

When cleaning your spare bedroom, remember to:

  • Change the sheets/bedding & duvets so they are clean and fresh for your guests. A quick tip to make them even fresher smelling is to wash them separately from any clothes
  • Vacuum and polish the guest room to ensure the room has a welcoming scent

If your guest room isn’t used that often, it may not be as welcoming as other rooms.

  • You can potentially get a few paintings or photos up in the room, maybe a houseplant or anything else you may feel is welcoming

Your guests are likely to be staying more than one night. Therefore, they’ll need space for their clothes and other belongings. So:

  • Empty the wardrobe and drawers of usually all of your summer clothes or the: “I’ll take these to a charity shop one-day” clothes. This will ensure your guest has sufficient space and will feel more at home instead of living out of their suitcase

Kitchen Pre-Christmas Cleaning

The kitchen is usually the centre of the action at Christmas.

Especially with the mulled wine brewing on the stove, it makes it feel warm and festive!

First, your oven should be clean to ensure it’s ready for the juicy turkey or tasty nut roast!

  • Buy an oven cleaning product and follow the instructions on the label, as there are lots of different products you can use
  • A clean oven will make your food taste better and won’t produce smoke that would float around the house and make it smell unpleasant.

You’ll probably have to put LOADS of food in your fridge and freezer, so it’s time for a clear-out.

A clean and less cluttered fridge will allow space for all pigs in blankets, wine and pudding!

  • Have a clean fridge for all of your Christmas food
    – Remove all food, drawers and shelves
    – Soak drawers and shelves in washing up liquid
    – Use warm water and washing-up liquid to wipe the interior
    – Wipe outer surfaces and dry inside with kitchen roll
    – Dry and return the drawers/shelves
    – Wait until the temperature has returned to 5°C

Bathroom Pre-Christmas Cleaning

The wintertime is the time of year when people get horrid colds that they can’t shake.

That’s why pre-cleaning the bathroom and maintaining the cleanliness throughout the time your guests are here is vital.

  • Clean the bathroom from top to bottom, including the bath, shower, sink, toilet, carpet, cupboards and anything else you may have in there.
  • Tidy up your bathroom to leave space for your guest’s toiletries, or if you have two washrooms, move all your toiletries to the bathroom your guests won’t be using. This will again make them feel at home.

Living Room Pre-Christmas Cleaning

Your living room is the social and board gaming hub, with the fire roaring in the background and the smell of Christmas all around. Lovely!

  • Vacuum your living room carpet before your guests arrive and during their stay, depending on how long they’re there for
  • Vacuum all of your upholstery and cushions before guests arrive
  • Have a general tidy-up and, if you have time, a bit of a declutter of things you don’t need during the winter period

Home Exterior Pre-Christmas Cleaning

Ensure the outside of your house looks welcoming for your guests and any neighbours that might pop around to wish you a Merry Christmas.

  • Clean your outside decorations just by wiping them with a dry cloth
  • Clean your windows on the inside and outside
  • Ensure, if you have a drive, you’ve left enough space for your guest’s car/s or, if it’s on-street parking, there is enough space for them. If necessary, remember to sort out their on-street parking permits.

A bit much?

All this cleaning might seem like a bit much, especially with all the extra Christmas prep.

If you don’t feel like you have time to clean your home, find your nearest Merry Maids business to do it all for you!

We carry out all the services listed above and more, so you can focus on the stuff that matters at Christmas and not do the cleaning.

To learn more about our services and how we can help you, call 0800 021 3072 today.

How to clean urine out of a mattress

A quick and easy method to remove urine from your mattress.

Mattresses are important. Not to mention expensive!

This makes it all the worse when you wake up from sharing your bed with your pet or child to find they’ve wet your bed.

Panic sets in. You understand that accidents happen. But equally, you don’t want it to seep into the mattress and stain it forever.

So, what do you do?

It’s the first thing in the morning (or worse… the middle of the night).

You must handle this quickly, and the longer you spend standing in indecision, the closer you inch to a mattress permanently stained with urine.

We’ve got you covered.

Here is everything you need to know to clean a urine-stained mattress in five easy steps.

1. Strip the bed

First things first, clear the area.

This means removing any bedding: sheets, duvets, blankets, and putting them in the wash immediately.

2. Start to soak up the stain yourself

Begin to bring up as much of the liquid as you can by using a large towel.

Much like the stain from a bottle of wine, the key here is to blot, not scrub it.

As much as you may not want to get wee on one of your towels, using paper towels on bedding will likely get bits of paper all over the sheet.

You’re far better off grinning and bearing it with a towel and washing it afterwards.

You also want to avoid creating heat through friction from scrubbing or with any other heat source, as this will cause the stain to set in and become permanent.

Instead, add as much pressure as possible to soak up the liquid – rather than letting the towel sit on top.

3. Create your own solution

Next, create your own cleaning solution of 50:50 distilled white vinegar and water.

The best method is to give the stain a light coating here.

If you have one, a spray bottle is a good way to apply your solution by spraying the urine-stained area of the mattress.

Let this sit for a while – anywhere between five and ten minutes is preferable and then apply the next magic ingredient.

4. Cover the stain with bicarbonate of soda

Applying sodium bicarbonate to the affected area works in tandem with the solution you’ve put down to help lift the stain from the mattress.

How does this work? The acidic vinegar breaks down the bicarb and releases carbon dioxide, which lifts stains.

But to do this effectively, you need time.

The process yields the best results when left to work for a while – between 8 to 10 hours, to be precise.

The good thing is, once this has been done, the nature of the bicarbonate of soda means that all you have to do is…

5. Hoover up the bicarb

Now, all that’s left to do is vacuum up the remaining bicarbonate of soda and viola – you should have a clean mattress that is free of odour.

If not, you may have to repeat the process.

You may still be left with a faint outline or stain where the mixture did not reach or not enough was blotted up.

However, the smell should be gone, and the stain will fade as you repeat the process.

Alternatively, if you are unhappy leaving a faint stain or would rather trust the stain removal experts, call ServiceMaster Clean from our ServiceMaster brand family.

See how Merry Maids can help.

Or, for a regular deep clean of your whole home, contact your local Merry Maids.

If it’s a deep clean, spring clean, tidy up, regular or one-off visit, our maids are here to take the hassle of cleaning your home off your hands.

Book now, or book your free, no-obligation quote by finding your nearest Merry Maids business today.

Age appropriate chores for children

Our tips for responsible and age-appropriate chores for your little ones. 

Teaching children to pitch in and help with housekeeping at a young age is vital.

After all, they have to start learning responsibility to succeed in life, but how do you know which chores young kids will be capable of handling?

If only you had an age-appropriate chore list to check…

Oh, look: our cleaning experts at Merry Maids UK have produced one just for you!

Use the following chart to assign chores for kids by age, whether a parent, grandparent, teacher or babysitter.

We also give you a few tips on how to keep your children motivated and chores fun.

Children Age 2 – 3

  • Pick up toys
  • Help set the table
  • Throw trash away when instructed
  • Place their clothes in a laundry basket
  • Wipe lower cabinet doors

Tip: Kids this age love to use their imagination, so think of ways to turn chores into fun and imaginative games.

Children Age 4 – 5

  • Put toys and books away
  • Set and clear the table
  • Pick out clothes for the next day
  • Sweep small areas with a handheld broom
  • Fold towels

Tip: Children aged four to five can get overwhelmed with too many instructions.

Ensure you assign one task at a time. To de-stress, consider singing silly songs as you work.

Tip: With a tiled kitchen, you can use a bit of masking tape to make a square, then get your child to sweep everything into this small square.

Children Age 6 – 7

  • Put away clean silverware
  • Help clean the bedroom
  • Wipe down bathroom surfaces
  • Unload the dishwasher
  • Load and unload the washing machine and tumble dryer

Tip: Give six and seven-year-olds plenty of recognition for how well they are doing as their confidence develops around this time.

You can make chores more enjoyable by turning them into games.

Children Age 8 – 9

  • Help prepare meals with supervision
  • Dust and vacuum
  • Feed, brush and walk pets
  • Empty trash cans
  • Fold towels and put clothes away

Tip: Consider buying kids this age their own brightly coloured, child-friendly kitchen utensils and get them to wash these up after every meal.

This will ramp up the fun factor and make them feel more independent.

Children Age 10 – 12

  • Laundry and ironing
  • Gardening jobs
  • Cook simple meals
  • Wash dishes by hand or load the dishwasher
  • Clean the kitchen

Tip: Start incentivising kids at this age.

Devise a routine list of chores for kids by age and reward them with weekly pocket money, extra screen time, and a trip to get ice cream or see a movie.

Children Age 13 and up

  • Make full meals
  • Clean the shower, tub, sink, and toilet
  • Clean out the refrigerator
  • Babysit for younger siblings

Tip: Rewards and incentives still work well.

Ensure you continue to recognise the additional responsibilities your children can take on so they know their help is appreciated.

There may be a little trial and error involved with different age groups.

Every child’s development is different, so give kids a new task if they have difficulty completing the original assignment.

Remember, when dealing with children and chores, there is no such thing as too much praise.

Let kids know you’re proud of their efforts.

It will make them feel good, and they’ll want to keep helping to get more positive feedback.

Learn More

Looking for more insights on children and chores?

Check out our post on fun cleaning games with kids.

And if you’re finding that life has you too busy to even think about cleaning your home, contact your local Merry Maids!

We’re happy to lend a hand so you can free up more time to do what you love with the people you care for the most.

Merry Maids UK’s essential pre-holiday home cleaning and safety checklist

Come back from your holiday to a lovely, clean, and organised home.

The one thing worse than coming home after a perfect summer holiday is returning to a house full of mess.

So, before your leave for a well-deserved break, your home should be clean, organised and secure.

At Merry Maids UK, we’re experts in home cleaning – it’s what we do.

Following these steps from our experts before you leave means you can enjoy peace of mind knowing everything is in order while you’re away.

1.   Declutter and Organise

To start your pre-holiday cleaning schedule, declutter and organise your home. Clear sideboards, put away items that usually live in drawers or cupboards, and tidy up each room.

2.   Give the kitchen a deep clean

No matter your idea of a perfect homecoming, we know it doesn’t involve a stinky fridge.

Ensure you dispose of any perishable items, and give the surfaces a good wipe-down.

The first thing you do when you get home from a holiday isn’t the washing up, so pop the dishwasher on to ensure you have clean cutlery and dishes ready for your return.

Empty the general and recycling bins to prevent unpleasant odours and unwanted guests while you’re away.

3.   Clean and put away your washing

Make sure you do a load of washing before you head off to ensure you don’t come home to a pile of dirty laundry, as you’ll already have all your holiday clothes that need to be cleaned upon your return.

Put some clean sheets on the bed as well, as there’s nothing better than returning home from a late flight and getting into a bed with nice clean sheets!

4.   Dust and vacuum

Dust all surfaces, including furniture, shelving, and blinds, to eliminate build-up.

Vacuum your whole house from top to bottom to remove dirt and debris, as you don’t want to be doing this upon your arrival.

5.   Bathroom Cleaning

Scrub a dub, dub the tub, the toilet and the shower, clean the sink, and any countertops and give the floor a clean.

Put out clean towels ready for use when you’re back.

6.   Secure your home

Check that all windows and doors are securely locked before leaving, and consider installing timers for lights or using smart home devices to create the illusion of someone being home.

Set your security alarm before leaving the house.

This will give you peace of mind while you’re on your holiday.

7.   Notify those you trust

Make sure you inform your trusted neighbours or friends about your holiday plans.

Provide them with your contact information if they haven’t already got it, and ask them to keep an eye on your home while you’re away.

8.   Save energy

Unplug non-essential appliances and electronics to reduce energy consumption and protect against power surges.

Make sure your TVs are turned off and not on standby as, according to Uswitch, switching off your TV when not in use will do more to reduce energy usage than anything else.

9.   Call in the cleaning experts

Our teams of maids can be trusted to keep your home clean while you’re away and give you that little bit of extra peace of mind knowing that your home is being checked on while you’re away.

Whether you need assistance with a one-off deep clean or regular cleaning, you can rely on your nearest Merry Maids business.

Call 0800 021 3072 to learn more, or book online in select locations.

World Environment Day | 10 Useful Home Energy-Saving Tips

Today is World Environment Day, so here are ten handy energy-saving tips to implement in your home.

In celebration of World Environment Day today, the day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment, here are our top 10 energy-saving tips to help you and the environment.

  1. Wash at 30°

Of course, you always need to check the care labels before loading up the washing machine.

But high temperatures aren’t always necessary and can waste energy, and considering the world we’re living in, we want to save every penny we can!

Washing at 30 degrees instead of a higher setting can save you up to £40 per year and still leave your clothes looking clean and smelling fresh.

  1. Avoid using your tumble dryer

Avoid using your tumble dryer; instead, hanging your clothes outside or on a rack inside could save you up to £70 a year.

If you need to use your tumble dryer, lower the temperature or use quick drying cycles to save money.

  1. Close your curtains at night

By closing your curtains and blinds around the house, you can help stop warm air from escaping through the windows and reduce heating costs, especially if you have radiators placed under your windows.

  1. Use energy-saving lightbulbs

Switching to energy-saving lightbulbs around your home can save you as much as £65 a year.

You can buy many different energy-saving light bulbs, and the Energy Saving Trust goes into more detail on how energy-saving lightbulbs work.

  1. Turn off the lights

We all forget to turn the lights off when leaving a room, but if you get into a habit of doing this, according to the Energy Saving Trust, you can save around £20 a year!

  1. Take shorter showers

Water is the most valuable resource on Earth, yet every day worldwide, it’s wasted by the bucket load.

Taking shorter showers can save you up to £95 per year, and the time to aim for is a maximum of 4 minutes.

The charity Water Aid has put together a playlist of songs on Spotify, each lasting 4 minutes.

So, by listening to one of these songs each time you shower, you can hit your time limit every shower you take.

  1. Switch off appliances on standby mode

Save up to £60 a year by switching your appliances off at the wall when not on.

The Energy Saving Trust has compiled a list of your home’s top five most-energy-hungry appliances.

  1. Don’t overfill the kettle

Us Brits love a good cuppa, but did you know that boiling the amount of water for the number of cups you need to fill can save you £36 per year?

You can also buy hot water dispensers that only boil enough for one cup each time, helping you save money.

  1. Keep your hob clean

The average cost of an electric hob cost around £44 per year.

However, burnt-on food or grease on the hob can absorb the heat when cooking, making it less efficient.

  1. Install a smart meter

As part of a government scheme, all energy suppliers can install smart meters at no extra cost, and they are great for keeping track of what you are spending.

Want a more efficient clean?

Look no further than Merry Maids UK for efficient and quality home cleaning.

Our domestic cleaning experts are no strangers to deep cleaning or regular cleaning at an exceptional standard.

So, whether you need someone to keep on top of things or make a messy home sparkle again, you can rely on your nearest Merry Maids business to handle it for you – so you can save your energy for the things that make you happy.

Earth Day 2023

Join us in celebrating Earth Day.

Earth Day is this week, a national day observed to support our planet, held annually on 22nd April.

The first Earth Day was introduced in 1970 to flood the world with hope, optimism and action for our beautiful planet Earth.

It is now the world’s largest recruiter for the environmental movement, working with more than 150,000 partners in over 192 countries.

Why does Earth Day matter?

Our planet is currently facing a crisis that most of us know as climate change.

Human activity causes immense damage to our planet and environment.

From overpopulation to burning fossil fuels, deforestation and pollution, our activity has been linked to negative impacts across the world like rising sea levels, poor air quality and loss of habitat for wildlife.

When faced with the failings and misdoings of our entire species, it can be disheartening and discouraging to think about what we could do to help.

Earth Day serves as a reminder of the value of individual action to inform collective action and change.

As EARTHDAY.ORG say:

“Our world needs transformational change.”

“As an individual, you yield real power and influence as a consumer, a voter, and a member of a community that can unite for change.”

“Don’t underestimate your power. When your voice and your actions are united with thousands or millions of others around the world, we create a movement that is inclusive, impactful, and impossible to ignore.”

“Every Earth Day can drive a year of energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to create a new plan of action for our planet.”

How can you help save our planet?

Going green and doing your bit to save our planet is easier than you may think.

There are lots of little things you can do every day to help save our precious planet.

Ahead of this Earth Day, you can also check out this event map to see what events are taking place near you.

Save water

Conserving water is important.

According to theworldcounts.com, if we continue the way we are, freshwater will run out by 2040!

Here are a few ways that you can help save water:

  • Turn the tap off while you’re brushing your teeth and shaving
  • Have shorter showers, also turn off your shower while lathering yourself in soap
  • Take baths when possible, however, only partially fill your tub, this will use less water than even those short showers
  • Only boil the amount of water you need for your cups of tea and coffee
  • Collect rainwater for your garden by using a water butt, or another rainwater collection system (this can save up to 5,000 litres of water a year)
  • Use a watering can or regulated sprinkler system where you can, instead of a hosepipe

There are plenty more ways you can help save water, you can find a few here from Volusia.org.

Plant trees

You can give a little gift to mother nature by planting a tree in your garden, this will increase happiness as well as help the environment.

Trees and other plants are vital to Earth’s survival, so do your bit and plant trees in your garden.

Here is what your trees will do for the planet:

  • Absorb carbon dioxide and provide us with oxygen
  • Improve air quality
  • Help conserve water
  • Preserves soil
  • Helps support wildlife

“The little things that we can do to help save the environment, are the ones that make the biggest difference.”

Buy local or grow your own

Buying local produce like fruit, vegetables and meat from your local farm shop instead of your local supermarket will have a positive impact on the environment:

  • Will help reduce air pollution because of the decrease in goods being transported across long distances
  • Many local food producers grow their food organically, meaning they’ll use natural pest repellents and no chemically produced pesticides
  • Buying locally will help preserve farmland and reduce the amount of space for industrial and commercial development

Growing your own fruit and vegetables where possible will decrease air pollution even more, as you will only be walking into your garden or allotment to pick the produce. It’s as easy as pie!

Check out the RHS website for tips on growing vegetables.

You can learn more about Earth Day and how you can help on the Earth Day website.

Want to care for your environment?

Caring for our planet is important and there is much that we can do to help out. While you’re making change, we’ll look after your immediate environment: your home.

For a free quote on a range of home cleaning services from one-off deep cleans to regular visits, find your nearest Merry Maids business today or book online in select locations.

Merry Maids Bromley donating Easter eggs to Dandelion Time

Spreading Easter cheer and chocolate.

Over Easter, Richard Wall and his team at Merry Maids Bromley and Orpington partnered with Reed Employment to donate chocolate eggs to Dandelion Time.

Richard, who has previously engaged in other charity work, such as running the Cambridge Half Marathon to raise money for Dementia Friends, says he and his business are always looking for ways to help charities that do vital work, like Dandelion Time.

“We are always glad to support charities and help [wherever possible].”

Due to Richard’s first-hand experiences earlier in his career, supporting children’s mental health for him was a no-brainer.

Hence when Reed contacted him about Dandelion Time, Richard was more than happy to help.

Dandelion Time

Dandelion Time is a charity local to Richard’s area.

Their mission is to support children in Kent who have suffered traumatic experiences like neglect or domestic abuse.

According to Dandelion Time,

“Health, education and social care services face huge financial pressures and aren’t always the right solution for children with [mental health and trauma] issues: Dandelion Time fills this gap.”

Over the last 20 years, they have brought lasting change to over 1,000 families through their unique therapeutic approach focusing on the great outdoors.

At Dandelion Time, families take part in a ten-week programme.

During this time, they work with experts, nature, crafts and families to get the time and space they need to recover and be the children they deserve – without trauma and distress.

Donating Eggs

We all know that as much as the time off is much appreciated, the holidays are the best for children.

Especially when there’s plenty of chocolate to seek out and snack on.

That’s why, in partnership with Reed Employment, Richard and Merry Maids Bromley and Orpington donated Easter Eggs to Dandelion Time so the children in their care could share in the spirit and have some chocolate eggs this Easter.

A gesture which was gratefully received by the children and staff at Dandelion Time:

“Dandelion Time is committed to supporting Kent children and families who are in difficult circumstances and so are keen to brighten their day in any way we can.”

“The Easter donations of chocolate eggs were a lovely way to help them celebrate and we were all so grateful for the generous donations received from organisations such as Merry Maids, via Reed.”

– Dandelion Time Representative

Find out more

To find out more about Dandelion Time’s vital work please visit their website.

To schedule a visit from Richard and his team at Merry Maids Bromley and Orpington, book online or call 01689 830000 to receive a free, no-obligation quote on a range of bespoke and professional home cleaning services.

From one-off deep cleans to regular visits and spring cleaning, Richard and his team will do the cleaning so you don’t have to.

Or nationwide, find your nearest Merry Maids business to see how your local cleaning experts can help you today.

How to clean up your home office in a flash

Our top tips on keeping your home workspace clean.

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, workers worldwide had to learn to adapt to working from home.

Subsequently, hybrid working has remained a fixture of our new work culture.

Whether commuting to a home office, kitchen table or bedroom, keeping your workspace clean benefits your productivity, mood and health.

To commemorate national organise your desk day, the cleaning experts at Merry Maids have compiled a list of simple things you can do to tidy up your at-home workspace.

Cleaning your Desk

Your desk, whether at home or in the office, is probably where you spend most of your working day.

As a result, it likely sees a lot of traffic from your hands, papers and stationery, keyboards, phones, laptops and computers, and even lunch.

With the average desk containing more germs than a toilet seat, knowing how to properly clean them is imperative. You should be:

  • Cleaning your desk frequently

We all grew accustomed to carrying out proper sanitisation and cleaning procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, you should still be sanitising your workspace regularly using antibacterial spray and a damp cloth.

Most shop-bought cleaners will do, or you could also use a combination of 1:1 water and vinegar to get rid of germs on your desk.

  • Ridding your desk of marks

Though less important from a sanitation standpoint, if you have a hardwood desk that has been marked, you can clean them with household items.

Use bicarbonate of soda and a damp cloth to scrub marks from your hardwood.

If this doesn’t work, you can also try using a clean tennis ball.

Simply rub it on marks like an eraser and watch the marks disappear! Similarly, you can…

  • Remove watermarks

Water rings from cups of tea and other beverages can be an eyesore and foster germs.

You can remove them by turning a hairdryer onto a high setting and pointing it directly at the mark; voila, water rings vanished!

Don’t eat at your desk

Working from home or in the office, it can be easy to forget to take time away from your desk to eat.

Eating at your desk can be an easy trap to fall into. Especially when working from home. For the sake of cleanliness, as well as your general health, we wouldn’t advise it.

Studies have found that you should be leaving your desk/screen for at least five minutes every hour, to benefit both your productivity and overall health.

As well as this, food can easily fall into your keyboard and foster germs and odour.

Cleaning your Keyboard

Speaking of your keyboard, how do you clean it to avoid germs and smells?

  • Turn everything off

First things first, you’re going to want to disconnect your keyboard from your computer or monitor.

If you’re using a laptop, then make sure it’s turned off before you start.

  • Flip it

Start by turning your keyboard or laptop upside down to get any initial crumbs, hair, and other debris out of the nooks and crannies.

  • Hoover up debris

Use the duster appliance on your vacuum cleaner or a can of compressed air to eliminate any remaining debris lingering between the keys.

  • Sanitise the keys

Take an antibacterial wipe, cotton bud or piece of kitchen roll and dip it into some antiseptic disinfectant. This can be purchased at most supermarkets.

Rub it between and along the keys of your keyboard.

Make sure to use a light touch, as getting your electronics too damp is an obvious no-no.

  • Wipe up

Use a microfiber cloth to clean up the remaining disinfectant and give the keys a little polish.

Cleaning your Computer Screen

Your computer screen will also likely be home to a surprising amount of dirt and grime as a potentially high touchpoint area.

Luckily, cleaning your computer screen follows the same process as cleaning a TV screen. 

Cleaning your Office Chair

Your office chair follows the same principle as your desk, but when upholstered can be even more stained and more difficult to clean.

To give it a proper clean, your best option is to start by vacuuming it to get rid of dust and hair etc.

Then follow up with a damp cloth or an antibacterial wipe to disinfect it.

You should be aiming to do this regularly, at a minimum of once a fortnight.

If your chair’s upholstery is looking tired or too difficult to clean, you can call on the ServiceMaster family of brands.

Our furniture repair business Furniture Medic offers services to repair damaged upholstery and ServiceMaster Clean offers bespoke upholstery cleaning services.

If you want to leave your home cleaning to the professionals whilst you work from home, get in touch with your local cleaning experts.

Find your nearest Merry Maids business today to book a free quote or to find out more about our services.

Simply call 0800 021 3072 or book online now.

The best tools for home cleaning

Five essential tools that everyone should have to clean their home.

Everyone has their preferences when cleaning. For some, the right cleaning tools could be their favourite playlist at max volume. For others, it’s a secret DIY cleaning hack.

Whatever you’re partial to, there are a few things that every household should have when it’s time to clean.

That’s why our experts at Merry Maids UK have put their heads together and devised a list of the best tools for home cleaning.

Many of these may already be in your cleaning cupboard, so we’ve included recommendations for product types in case you need a refresh or want to add to your cleaning arsenal.

  1. Microfibre cloths

If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you’ll know that we frequently recommend microfibre cloths as an essential cleaning tool.

That’s because they often leave a surface clean on their own with little more than a bit of water and elbow grease.

You’ll find that these work wonders cleaning things like windows, tellies and electronics, and bath and shower screens, as they shouldn’t leave scratches or marks behind.

And the best part? They can be purchased cheaply from most supermarkets or online retailers like Amazon or eBay.

  1. A vacuum

It’s pretty much a given that a vacuum is one of the essentials for cleaning around the house. But they have to be able to do a lot to keep your floors clean beyond removing allergen-carrying hair and dust that lingers in the dark or on the brush roll.

Therefore, many hoovers fill multiple roles and come kitted out with an abundance of extra features and attachments. But how many of these are actually up to the task?

Well, we’ll tell you. According to a recent ranking, the best vacuum cleaner in the UK this year is the Shark Anti Hair Wrap Lift-Away Vacuum.

The main draw of this vacuum is that it catches hair and dust usually missed by other models by removing hair from the brush roll and using LED headlights to illuminate hidden dust.

It’s also portable and versatile and includes many tools for a comprehensive cleaning and an anti-allergen seal to capture dust and allergens.

So, if you’re thinking about upgrading your vacuum this year, look no further than this cleaning must-have.

  1. A squeegee

You may have heard the word squeegee floating around but had little idea what it might be.

Wonder no longer. A squeegee is a helpful tool that keeps your shower free of mould and mildew.

This makes them very useful for cleaning shower screens or condensation from windows.

To keep your squeegee at its best, ensure you protect the blade from damage while you use and store it. You’ll know it is time to replace it if it leaves streaks after use.

Alternatively, you can purchase rechargeable vacuum squeegees (or window vacs) for a little extra support to defend against mould and mildew.

  1. Toothbrushes

Hear us out! Scrubbing the floor with a fine-tooth comb may seem like a medieval punishment, but toothbrushes can be very handy when you need something a little finer than a regular scrubbing brush.

You don’t even need to go out of your way to buy new ones!

Just disinfect old toothbrushes to get a helpful tool to scrub the grout, sink rims and other hard-to-clean areas.

Or, if using old toothbrushes isn’t for you, you can purpose buy scrubbing brushes online.

  1. Merry Maids

With over 30 years of expertise as leading domestic cleaners nationwide, Merry Maids UK is the most valuable tool in your arsenal when it comes to home cleaning.

We know that no matter how slick your equipment is, sometimes you really don’t want to do the cleaning.

It’s sweaty, filthy, and exhausting. Not to mention, it takes a gigantic bite out of your precious free time!

That’s where we come in. Our maids are experts in what they do. And they love to clean!

Whether it’s a one-off, intensive deep clean or regular visitation to keep on top of your day-to-day cleaning, we take care of it so you have the time to focus on what matters to you.

Whatever tools you buy, be it a vacuum, brush, cloth, or something else, they can only focus on one job. Merry Maids does it all.

Get a cleaner home today

For the best standard of cleaning, direct to your door and as often as you need us, look no further than Merry Maids.

To book your free, no-obligation quote, find your nearest Merry Maids business today.

Or book quickly and easily through our online shop in select locations now.

Merry Maids UK: Home Safety

How Merry Maids UK and our staff ensure you and your home are kept safe.

As nationally trusted domestic cleaners, the safety of our customers and their homes across the UK is our highest priority.

Recently, some of our teams across the country have been saddened to hear of burglaries and home invasions that have affected their customers.

In these instances, the perpetrators have taken advantage of vulnerable people living alone, posing as service workers like electricians.

They then used that cover to enter people’s homes and steal from them.

All of our customers are dear to us, and the last thing we would want is for someone to violate your trust in us by posing as a cleaner to take advantage of you.

That’s why, across all of our franchises, we have standards and practices that are in place to protect the safety and discretion of the people who trust us in their homes.

Here’s how we work to keep you safe, and what to do if you are concerned you may be being targeted.

Our safety and security practices

Scheduled bookings

At Merry Maids, we work by appointment, so you should always know when our staff are coming.

When you’ve booked with us, you will receive a prompt via text or email ahead of the cleaning to let you know when our maids will be with you.

If someone turns up at a time you don’t expect or without warning, this could be cause for concern.

We are easily identifiable

For your safety, our staff are easily identifiable. Our maids are never without their Merry Maids branded uniforms, so you know who we are.

Our maids will also have the equipment we use to clean your home to the best possible standard. If someone comes to your door without these items, this may be a reason to be suspicious.

Should your doubts be raised by any of the above – or something else entirely – please do not hesitate to pick up the phone and call your local business.

All of our branches take their duty of care to our customers very seriously. Nor do we take the significance of you trusting us in your home lightly.

Staff safety standards

At Merry Maids UK, we work with experienced professionals you can trust so you know your home is in safe hands.

We also carry out free, no-obligation quotations for your home, so you can get to know our business owners and maids before you decide whether you choose us to clean your home.

If something doesn’t feel right: stay safe and always call. By calling your nearest Merry Maids business, our teams can verify the cleaning schedule or the maid’s identity.

Merry Maids means safety

At Merry Maids UK, we have over 30 years as leaders in domestic cleaning nationwide. That’s 30 years of expertise, 30 years of happy customers, and 30 years of trust.

To find out more, or to see if Merry Maids is the right fit for your home, call today on 0800 021 3072 or find your nearest Merry Maids business to book a free quote.

Or, to book a cleaning online, be it a regular or one-off deep clean, visit our online shop.

And remember: stay safe, take care, and always call.

How to: Organise your kitchen

A helpful guide to de-cluttering your kitchen.

Have you ever found yourself jumping back to avoid a rogue jar, container or bag of flour when you open your kitchen cupboards? Or have you ever wondered how much time you’ve wasted searching for measuring cups or food storage lids? If so, you’re probably in need of some kitchen organisation.

Organising your kitchen not only saves you time and bumps on the head from Tupperware avalanches. It also helps you keep your kitchen clean, as it’s much easier to wipe down and tidy an uncluttered space. Our home cleaning and organisation experts at Merry Maids can help. In fact, we’ve put our heads together to give you our four favourite kitchen organisation tips, all in one place.

1. Free up space with hooks and racks

Overall, the best way to maintain a clutter-free kitchen is to clear out cabinets and drawers and keep countertops clean. And hanging items to keep them off of counters is an excellent means of doing this. Here are several ways you can organise your kitchen by hanging cookware and other kitchen necessities:

Install a magnetic knife strip above your countertops to keep them free of bulky knife racks.
Use small hooks to hang coffee mugs and measuring cups under cabinets and shelves or on the inside of cabinet doors.
Hang a pot and pan rack from the ceiling so you have easy access to cookware and don’t clutter your cabinets.
Invest in a wall-mounted kitchen storage rack that can be used to hold everything from spoons and whisks to sponges and dishwashing soap.

This is a great method if you’re organising a small kitchen, as hanging items can help you maximize every square inch of the room.

2. Organise your kitchen with shelves

It may seem obvious, but shelves can work wonders when it comes to kitchen organisation, they can open up the valuable cabinet and counter space. One means of organising your kitchen using shelves is to install them to hold frequently used items. For example, you could hang a shelf with olive oil, spices, and even cookbooks over your stove so they’re handy when you’re preparing meals.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of shelving and kitchen organisation. What’s less obvious is where you can put, or even hide shelves. For example, you can add them to the inside of your cabinets as a quick way of increasing your storage space – which is especially helpful when organising a small kitchen. You can even purchase tiered shelves that make it easy to spot ingredients, eliminating the time-consuming emptying of cupboards to search for what you need.

3. Keep the kitchen tidy using containers

Never underestimate the tidying effect that containers and bins have when organising your kitchen. For starters, baking ingredients such as different flours and sugars can be poured into containers and stacked, freeing up precious space on your cabinets and counters. To take your kitchen organisation one step further you can label each container so you know what’s inside. Another great use for containers is to store items that tend to spill as a result of their original packaging, like dry beans, pasta and rice.

In addition, there are many different types of bins and containers that can be used to declutter your fridge, which can help keep it clean. These can be found online by searching for unique organisational finds from places like Amazon, or locally through a department store. You can expect to find numerous space-saving storage items including bins that dispense cans, thin water pitchers and organisers for your fridge.

4. Keep the kitchen tidy using containers

When organising a small kitchen, one thing that can really help is dividers. With that being said, they’re incredibly useful in any size kitchen.

How do they help? Well, picture the inside of your drawers. Aside from the silverware drawer, things are probably pretty chaotic in there. Measuring spoons tangled with whisks and mixer attachments. Silicone spatulas hiding under the cheese grater. Dividers can help keep all of these items separated. That way, when you open a drawer looking for something, you don’t have to rummage around to find it. It’ll be right there with similar items.

Vertical dividers can also be used to organise kitchen cabinets. They’re a great way to keep chopping boards, pan lids and baking sheets orderly.

If you’d like a little extra help with the cleaning and organisation of your home, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your nearest Merry Maids business to schedule a free quote from our of our teams of friendly cleaning professionals.  

Written by Tom Page, Digital Content Writer

How to clean your electronics

Tips on cleaning those all-important electronic items in your home.

Let’s face it, your electronics get a lot of use. Not only that, but they are very sensitive to the spread of germs and bacteria due to being ‘high touch point’ items.

Even though COVID-19 restrictions and sanitisation requirements have relaxed in recent months, to minimise the spread of various types of germs and other harmful bacteria, you should be cleaning items like phones, remote controls, and keyboards once a fortnight at the minimum.

But how? Cleaning electronics can be fiddly, with lots of cracks, and crevices and they are sensitive to too much liquid – knowing the right way to clean your electronics continues to bemuse people across the UK.

Until now.

Our Merry Maids cleaning experts have put together this guide on how to clean your electronic items to minimise germs and keep your home looking and feeling spotless.

Mobile Phones

Nowadays we pretty much all have them. No matter how much you use it, the simple fact remains that these high touch point items are unique in that they spend time pressed against your face after being touched.

Therefore, ensuring that you clean it thoroughly and often is of the utmost importance. To do so, you’ll first need to remove any cases that you have on. Underneath and on the inside of your case you’ll often likely find bits of dirt and a fairly substantial build-up of grimy bits. Give the case a brush down with a microfibre cloth and then spray the cloth with a cleaning solution and wipe down the phone itself and the case. At Merry Maids, we use SaniMaster 6 from ServiceMaster to fully disinfect this and other high touchpoint items. Remember, you only need one light squirt of spray, as you want to avoid getting your phone too wet.

Laptops and Computers

Whether it’s a personal or work laptop or computer, these items get frequent use and have many high touchpoint areas such as the keyboard – or even a touchscreen. As a result, you want to ensure that you are giving these items a clean and wipe down as frequently as you clean your mobile phone.

For laptops and keyboards, the first thing to do is flip them upside down get shake any bits and dust from the keys, and wipe it with a cleaning cloth or a cotton bud to get into the nooks and crannies of the keys. Then use a cleaning solution like SaniMaster to sanitise the entire device and your mouse or mousepad, just as you have with your phone. To avoid streaking the screen, we recommend using a dry cloth for this part or using a small amount of distilled water on the cloth.

Remote Controls

We may be watching a little less telly than at the height of lockdowns, but remote controls remain high priority electronics to clean as high touch point items. Like keyboards, these can have lots of little nooks and crevices for grubby bits and dust to get into so we recommend using a fine brush or a cotton bud to get into these corners. Then you can go back in with your cleaning solution to make sure it is properly sanitised.

For a full and comprehensive clean of your home and all of your high touch point electronics, get in touch with one of our friendly and professional Merry Maids teams today. Find your nearest Merry Maids business now to schedule a free quote, or book online for a one-off, regular, or deep clean service.

Written by Tom Page, Digital Content Writer

How to remove dog urine from carpet and hardwood

With the weather getting warmer and the days growing longer, it’s becoming possible to take your furry companion out for a long walk in the sunshine. Or to let them out into the garden without the worry of them trekking muddy pawprints back into the house. But as any dog owner is aware, just because they can go outside, it doesn’t always mean that they will. But not to worry, accidents happen, and there are ways of dealing with the mess. That’s why we’ve put together a blog on the best ways to clean up after your dog.

How to Clean Urine from Carpet

Fresh Urine:

If the urine is fresh, your first instinct might be to cover the area of the stain with paper towels, and you’d be right. In the case of a fresh urine stain, the best thing to do is cover the affected area with paper towels. But, make sure you apply a significant amount of pressure rather than letting them sit on top. Applying more pressure will allow you to soak up the urine as much as possible.

If the stain is set:

If, unfortunately, you didn’t catch the stain in time and the urine is now set into the carpet, there are still ways to help. Simply sprinkle some baking soda onto the stain and let it sit for a moment. Then, decant some distilled white wine vinegar into a spray bottle and spray it onto the affected area. After that, you need to wipe it with a wet dishcloth. If the stain is still set in the carpet following this, you might need to repeat the process.

How to Clean Urine from Hardwood Floor

It is easier to deal with dog urine on a hardwood or tiled floor. Simply wipe away the urine with a paper towel and spray the area with a cleaning solution.

When buying a cleaner:

When choosing a store-bought cleaner to get rid of dog urine, be sure to use an enzymatic cleaner that is specifically designed to remove pet urine. These can include well-known brands like Vanish®, which have their own pet stain and odour removers. Be sure to steer clear of cleaners that contain ammonia such as many Flash® or Dettol® products dog urines also contain ammonia, so this may encourage your dog to mark the same spot.

If the odour from dog urine is still present after cleaning, then it may be time to enlist the help of a professional carpet and hardwood cleaning business like ServiceMaster Clean or use a carpet cleaning device. However, if you do try and deal with the smell yourself, make sure you avoid using a steam cleaner as the steam will set the odours into the carpet fibres.

For more advice and cleaning tips, or to enlist the help of our professional domestic cleaning services, stay tuned to our blog or find your nearest Merry Maids business to book a free consultation today.

Merry Maids Spring Cleaning Checklist

Here’s our very useful spring cleaning checklist for you!

The days are getting longer, the weather is warming, the flowers are slowly blooming – there’s no question, spring is finally here! For many, this is the cue to break out the cleaning supplies and give the house a proper de-cluttering and spring cleaning.

Unsure of where to start? With the whole house in need of seeing to, it can be easy to get overwhelmed with the sheer number of things to do. Luckily, the Merry Maids cleaning experts are on hand to help you out. We find that the best way to spring clean is to take it room by room and have a list of jobs for each. So, we’ve put together a list of jobs for the ten major rooms in your home, and some top tips for each.

  1. Hallways and stairs
  • Dust light fixtures
  • Sweep and vacuum floors and stairs
  • Mop hardwood floors

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  • Give walls, bannisters and skirting boards a wipe down
  • Clean doors
  • Clean doormats. We recommend having two doormats, one inside and one outside, for maximum cleanliness.
  • Organise shoes and coats and make sure they’re not an obstacle or trip hazard
  1. Living room
  • Wash cushions and throws
  • Dust and polish mantles and furniture
  • Dust curtains/blinds and lampshades
  • Vacuum sofas. Spot clean when necessary.

Have a stubborn stain on a piece of furniture or upholstery that you just can’t seem to shake? Try Merry Maids Spot Hero Cleaner, used by our cleaning technicians to get rid of any persistent mess.

  • Clean sills and wash windows
  • Sanitise remote controls
  • Vacuum rugs and carpets
  • Dust TV and other appliances. Here are our tops tips for cleaning the screen of your telly without leaving streaks.
  • Untangle, sort and label wires and plugs from electronics
  • Sort through any DVDs and CDs etc. Organising them in a proper place or selling/donating ones you don’t want
  • Wash walls
  • Clean light switches
  • You may want to also get into the habit of washing and sanitising doorknobs
  1. Kitchen
  • Empty cabinets and drawers, give cutlery a clean if necessary, then clean them inside and out and sort everything back neatly.
  • Dispose of out-of-date food and drink items and donate anything unwanted. Provided food and drink items are in date and look okay, you can use this handy tool from the Trussell Trust to find your nearest foodbank.
  • While you have them out of the drawers, sharpen your knives.
  • Clean and organise your fridge. Not sure how to go about it? Check out our top tips.
  • Clean and organise freezer, pantry or larder cupboards
  • Clean the oven. For an easy way to clean a grimy oven door, and other handy tips, check out this blog post on our best at-home DIY cleaning hacks.
  • Clean microwave
  • Clear crumbs from the toaster
  • Clean and descale the kettle
  • Clean the dishwasher
  • Defrost your freezer if need be
  • Dust high surfaces like the top of the fridge and cabinets
  • Wipe walls and baseboards
  • Wipe countertops and appliances
  • Vacuum and mop the floor
  • Shake out doormats if you have them
  • Reseal grout lines if needed
  • Disinfect high touch point areas like light switches and door handles
  • Disinfect sinks and drains
  • Clean and shine taps
  • Clean dishcloths and sponges
  1. Dining room
  • Dust and polish furniture
  • Wash curtains or dust blinds
  • Sanitise tables and chairs – polish where needed
  • Vacuum, sweep or wash floors and
  • Vacuum and/or spot clean cushions. You could also machine wash these where possible.
  • Wipe walls
  • Wash any table lines
  • Dust any décor such as wall hangings or china
  • Wash windows and sills
  • Polish and shine any silverware
  • Sanitise high touch point areas like light switches and doorknobs
  1. Laundry room
  • Wash windows and sills
  • Clean washing machine and dryers inside out
  • Empty the lint trap and wash it out with soap and water to get rid of any excess build-up. Be sure you air dry it thoroughly before putting it back.
  • As in the kitchen, empty any drawers and cabinets, wash inside and out before organising and replacing the contents
  • Sanitise high touchpoint areas like light switches and doorknobs
  • Sweep and mop or vacuum floors
  1. Office
  • Organise documents, file to suit your needs and recycle and/or shred anything you don’t need.
  • Wipe down and sanitise any laptops or computers and keyboards etc.
  • Empty desk drawers, before you clean, organise and replace contents.
  • Dust and polish any woodwork and furniture
  • Sort bookshelves and donate or sell unwanted books
  • Sanitise high touchpoint areas like light switches and doorknobs
  1. Bathroom
  • Have a sort through old products and get rid of things you don’t use or need. Bring wanted items to a drop-off site. These are often in different locations or shops so it’s worth having a look around. One great resource is Toiletries Amnesty, which has this comprehensive directory to help you find your nearest facility.
  • Clean any makeup brushes that you plan to keep
  • Wipe down mirrors and windows
  • Dust surfaces
  • Vacuum and mop floors
  • Clean the bath and/or shower
  • Make your showerhead spotless using our DIY cleaning method
  • Air your shower curtain or replace the liner
  • Disinfect and clear drains and clean the sink
  • Wash and shine the taps
  • Wash windows and sills
  • Clean the toilet, both inside and out. For maximum cleanliness, you can even remove the seat and give this a proper scrub!
  • Wash walls
  • Sanitise high touchpoint areas like light switches and doorknobs
  • Re-grout tile lines if needed
  1. Bedrooms
  • Take items out of drawers and off of shelves and have a thorough organise of what you do and don’t need.
  • Dust and vacuum floors and furniture
  • Empty drawers, dust, wash, organise contents and replace
  • Empty and clean the inside of wardrobes
  • Donate any items of clothing or other things you don’t need
  • Push your bed to one side so that you can vacuum and clear any debris underneath
  • Hoover your mattress. For an extra tip, you can sprinkle some baking soda over it beforehand to make it extra fresh.
  • Wash bedding, pillows and duets and air the mattress
  • Wash windows, sills and mirrors
  • Wash walls
  • Dust blinds and curtain rods and vacuum curtains
  • Dust décor
  • Wash floors if needed
  • Dust lights and lampshades
  • Sanitise high touchpoint areas like light switches and doorknobs
  • For stubborn carpet stains, contact ServiceMaster Clean or spot clean with Spot Hero Cleaner
  1. Other

When looking outside the home, check out our compressive guide to cleaning and decluttering your garage here.

Other spring-cleaning tasks you may want to think about include replacing lightbulbs and smoke alarm batteries, cleaning air vents, and organising and cleaning bags and purses, and their contents. This could include sanitising keys, mobile phones, or tablets.

If this seems like a lot to handle on your own, we can lend you a hand. Find your nearest Merry Maids business to schedule a one-off deep clean or regular domestic cleaning service today.

Written by Tom Page, Digital Content Writer

Running a business… literally!

Join us in supporting Merry Maids Bromley & Orpington owner Richard Wall in running the Cambridge Half-Marathon in aid of Dementia Friends this March.

In the spirit of hitting the ground running, the new owner of Merry Maids Bromley & Orpington, Richard Wall, is participating in the 13-mile Cambridge Half-Marathon to raise money for Dementia Friends on 6th March.

This comes following Richard’s recent participation in the 26-mile Brighton marathon, which, along with his regular training, has prepared Richard well. It has also tied into to his new business, as he has been able to incorporate his training into his commute to Merry Maids Bromley.

 

Richard running a business and running a mile in training for the half marathon!

Richard’s giving nature has gelled well with Merry Maids and his support-based approach to running his team is no better exemplified by his running in aid of supporting Dementia Friends.

About Dementia Friends

Dementia Friends will be receiving support from the ServiceMaster Brands UK family throughout 2022.

Dementia Friends is an initiative aiming to change the perception of dementia. Based around learning more about dementia, they strive to create a better quality of life for those living with the condition. Dementia Friends advocates the conversion of information to action to make a change. They do this by providing information about the reality of living with dementia on their website.

They then encourage turning this information into action by becoming a Dementia Friend. Part of what they do also involves partnering with brands, and in 2022, Merry Maids UK have become dementia friends.

We work closely with all of our clients and are always striving to make sure we can provide them with the best possible support. That’s why, up and down the country, our maid teams have been training to work sensitively and effectively with residents living with Alzheimer’s, and how best to aid them when carrying out our services in their homes. 

Alzheimer’s support is also close to Richard’s heart as his mum lived with dementia for 10 years before she passed away in 2019. Richard says he wants to do all he can to help support what Dementia Friends does to support those living with Alzheimer’s.

Show your support

Keep your eyes out for more of our fundraisers and events in aid of this good cause throughout the year. In learning more about the condition, we have also been able to convert information to action, as our services are dementia friendly.

You can also join us in sponsoring Richard in his effort to take action by donating to his JustGiving page today.

Book a clean

Give Richard and the team at Merry Maids Bromley and Orpington a call today on 01689 830000 to book a free, no-obligation quotation on a range of bespoke domestic cleaning services.

Or find your nearest Merry Maids business to book or to learn more about our services nationwide

Introducing Merry Maids Spot Hero

Do you want a professional stain cleaning product? Try Merry Maids Spot Hero today!

From our ServiceMaster family of brands, introducing Merry Maids Spot Hero cleaner. The cleaner is tried and trusted by each and every one of our maids across the UK. And now available to you! Safe to use on all water washable carpets, fabrics and upholstery, our Spot Hero cleaner has been developed by cleaning experts at ServiceMaster to give you a professional stain removal for you to use.

Using a spritz of this flash cleaner will have your carpets and upholstery looking as good as new in no time. Spot Hero cleaner works fast and effectively to eliminate all of the most common household stains, including:

•     Tea
•     Red Wine
•     Cola
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•     Fruit
•     Berries
•     Grease
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•     Grass
•     Vegetable Oil
•     Jam
•     Tomato Sauce
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ServiceMaster has been a trusted hero in the cleaning industry for over 55 years, and now we’ve distilled the magic of our professional cleans into a spray for you to take home. Whether you’re one of our valued Merry Maids customers, or simply looking to brighten up your home, you can call on Merry Maids Spot Hero to save your carpets and upholstery from stains for as little as £7.99!

Simply, click here to take home that ServiceMaster shine today, or find your nearest Merry Maids branch to find out more about our services.