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Washing your hands domestic cleaning tip No64

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

With luck you will find this household domestic cleaning tip that gives you useful advice on washing your hands to be of use. You will also find below a further link to other household domestic cleaning tips that make up this series of blogs that I am currently publishing on a regular basis.

Domestic cleaning tip No64 offers advice on washing your hands.

This domestic cleaning tip is aimed more, or at least it ought to be at the younger members of the family. When your children have been outside playing and then come back into the house with absolutely filthy dirty hands as children often do, it is a good practice to get them to wash their hands before they start touching your furniture and laying on carpets as this will save the dirt and filth from falling off their hands onto your furniture and carpets.

This simple bit of advice if followed might well save your carpets requiring many shampooes over a period of time.

New domestic cleaning tips are always more than welcome. 

Please note that I have produced these cleaning tips in good faith and has such will take no responsibility for any failure or damage that may be caused or attributed by the use of any of the tips given.

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Dolly Char - Cleaning up in the 21st Century

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

In the UK, the domestic cleaning market has grown substantially over the last few years, and is thought to be worth around £2bn. Although it is hard to pinpoint the exact number of people of working within the industry, the industry itself is vibrant and is always looking for new cleaners. As a society, we are more house proud than ever. Increasingly, we spend a higher proportion of our household income on domestic services and the cleaning products market alone is worth over £500m.

 

Finding a cleaner is one of the major issues affecting the domestic cleaning industry. In the old days, a local cleaner may have serviced a number of houses on a ‘cash in hand’ basis. Increasingly this is not the case and many households also want a service that is professional and cost effective. Being cash rich and time poor has resulted in an increase in demand, but also an increase in the standards of service demanded.

Every household has their own individual requirements, but recruiting someone who can fit around those requirements is very hard.  This is one of the reasons behind the growth of domestic cleaning companies. Such companies offer clients the piece of mind that they need, by pre checking cleaners to ensure that they are suitable and trustworthy.

 

The Dolly Char cleaning franchise was launched in 2005 to service the growing demand for domestic services in the UK.  Dolly Char offers its clients a very professional regular domestic cleaning and ironing service.

 

Dolly Char (UK) Ltd is owned and run by a husband and wife team Robin and Carol Harrison. According to Robin, the business offers a great service to many people who don’t have the time or the inclination to clean their own homes. ‘Many people now have lifestyles that are becoming increasingly cash rich but time poor. In addition, more people are making the positive decision that they don’t wish to spend their precious weekend and evening leisure time carrying out basic domestic chores – they want to employ someone else to do that. The Dolly Char service provides cleaners on an agency basis which means that we help our clients recruit a suitable individual in line with their specific needs. If at some point in the future their domestic help leaves or the client is unhappy with any aspect of the work then we help to find a replacement. This takes away many of the problems associated with employing people’ says Robin.

 

With an increasing number of households looking for domestic services, the industry is growing at a rapid rate.  The key issues for many people are quality, reliability and cost. Dolly Char offers a competitive pricing strategy that means their services are affordable by a wider range of people than many other professional cleaning services. Dolly Char is looking for people who can manage a domestic cleaning business that is friendly, local and dedicated to high standards of service.

 

 

For further information call 01507 525159 or visit www.dollychar.com/franchise.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Robin Harrison is the managing Director of Dolly Char (UK) Ltd. Dolly Char (UK) Ltd is one of the fastest growing domestic cleaning franchise companies in the UK today giving people the opportunity to work from the comfort of their own home.

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Leaflet Delivery as a form of marketing

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Trudging around delivering leaflets can be a joy, and likewise, can be a nightmare!  It’s great on a sunny day, in a nice area, and you can have a great few hours.  Especially if there’s a few of you, you can have a great time.  However on a day like today where the weather is at best ‘changeable’ and at worst ‘filthy’ there is little fun involved.

However, we wanted to gauge how effective our response from the leaflets was, so I devised a quick and easy way of measuring the response using an Excel spreadsheet.  From this we can see that our efforts in the last two weeks have provided us with an income per leaflet of 44p!

Now that might not sound an awful lot, but if someone said to you, here’s a hundred leaflets.  Deliver them and I’ll give you £1.85 per month, every month, you’d probably think it was a good deal.  Carry that forward to figures like 5000 leaflets, which can easily be achieved in a month, and it’s giving you an income of around £100 per month, every month.

Again, it’s not an exact science, and the figures will bob up and down, but it’s nice to know on a cold, rainy April Monday afternoon, that each leaflet is bringing in the bacon.

This post was kindly submitted by Richard & Megan from Dolly Char domestic cleaning Wakefield

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Scuffed leather shoes shoe cleaning tip No.63

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Hopefully you will find this shoe cleaning tip that gives you advice on polishing badly scuffed leather shoes to be of use. You will also find below a link to many other household domestic cleaning tips that help to make up this series of blogs that I am currently publishing on a regular basis.

A domestic cleaning tip that gives you advice on cleaning your scuffed leather shoes.

This domestic cleaning tip offers you advice on cleaning badly scuffed leather shoes, to improve the result of polishing rub your leather shoes firstly with a piece of raw potato.

New domestic cleaning tips are always more than welcome.

Please note that I have produced these cleaning tips in good faith and has such will take no responsibility for any failure or damage that may be caused or attributed by the use of any of the tips given.

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Cleaning pans pots and plates cleaning reduction tip

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

I am currently writing a series of articles which are aimed at what I call cleaning reduction! Strictly speaking these domestic cleaning tips are focused more on minimising the domestic cleaning requirements of your household, by explaining ways that you can reduce the spread of dirt, grime and germs throughout your property.

Cleaning pots pans and plates

This cleaning reduction tip is or should be quite obvious, when you have finished cooking and eating your food place your dirty pots, pans and plates etc into your dishwater after first scraping the waste off them. If you unfortunately do not posses a dishwasher then wash every thing up by hand. Do not let your washing up build up, as within a couple of days you will find unhealthy mould starting to grow on the food waste.

New cleaning reduction tips are always more than welcome.

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Domestic bliss or domestic miss!

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Which category would you describe yourself as a member of, the domestic bliss club or alternatively the domestic miss club? 

Let me attempt to explain the criteria involved here which will hopefully allow you to discover which club you belong to. 

Domestic Miss

If you are a member of the domestic miss club you will be spending far to much of your free time doing a variety of mundane household tasks such as domestic cleaning, ironing, clothes washing etc on a regular basis instead of enjoying your free time.  Basically you work all week and then spend your free time as a domestic and so miss out on the finer things that life can and should be offering you.  If this category is you then you are a domestic miss!

Domestic Bliss

If you are a member of the domestic bliss club then yes you will go to work but instead of coming home and becoming a domestic miss you look forward to a life of domestic bliss because instead of doing all your own mundane household domestic cleaning tasks yourself you have delegated them out to a local cost effective domestic cleaning company.  A domestic bliss club member will enjoy the finer things in life.

Summary

Enjoy your free time, make time for you, let your life be one of domestic bliss rather than it becoming a life of domestic miss!

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Cleaning chicken muck domestic cleaning tip No62

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Hopefully you will find this household domestic cleaning tip that offer advice on chicken dirt to be useful. You will also find below many a further link to other household domestic cleaning tips that constitute part of this series of blogs that I am currently publishing on a regular basis.

Domestic cleaning tip No62 gives advice on chicken muck.

This tip is based on a personal experience of mine that happened many years ago when I used to work on council house maintenance. I went along to replace a ceramic tile above a kitchen work surface and I was warned that the clients’ property was a touch smelly. Upon arriving at the house on that warm summers afternoon I could detect what smelt like chicken s–t/muck and when I opened the clients back gate I was greeted by chickens and a back garden that was totally covered in well chicken muck. I carefully tip toed towards the back door and when the client opened the door to let me in out popped two or three chickens. The chicken muck was also all over the ground floor of the property. The client went on to explain that the chickens had the run of the downstairs but that they were not allowed to go upstairs! My stomach was reaching and I could not face doing the job and turned around and left. I did end up getting a rollicking from my boss for refusing to do the job!

You can certainly prevent yourself a lot of cleaning by keeping your chickens out doors.

New domestic cleaning tips are always more than welcome.

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Scotlands City Of Gold, Baile An Or

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Back in 1869 there was a gold rush up in Sutherland in the Scottish highlands about ten miles inland from the coastal fishing village of Helmsdale in the strath of Kildonan.

The gold rush took place after two local brothers the Gilchrist brothers returned from a mostly unsuccessful stint in search of gold down under in Australia. On their return to their native Strath of Kildonan they were looking in their local burn the Kildonan burn and thought the sediment looked very similar to that which they had come across while panning for gold down under.

They decided to have a pan in the Kildonan burn and low and behold they struck gold! Soon word got around and in no time at all a gold rush was underway with a shantytown quickly growing on the banks of the Kildonan burn. The prospectors named this shantytown Baile An Or which is Celtic for the City of Gold. Although the gold rush is long past the old shantytown name can still be found on the banks of the Kildonan burn.

Gold was also discovered in the two nearby burns the Suisgill and Kinbrace burns.

I can not remember exactly how long the gold rush lasted for but I think it was somewhere in the region of two years before it finally fizzled out. Some people did do quite well out of it and the biggest gold nugget that was found which was somewhere in the region of 2oz can still be found and viewed in Dunrobin castle which is just North of the small Cathedral City of Dornoch on the Dornoch Firth.

As a family we used to go camping on the banks of the Kildonan burn for many years stopping for three weeks every summer. We did find a few ounces of gold and my wedding ring is made out of gold that I found whilst panning in the burns. My father made the ring for me during the night before my wedding.

After almost 20 years I went back to Baile An Or last year during August 2009 and I am considering going back again this year.   As  well as the gold panning it is a beautifully scenic and tranquil part of the British Isles to pay a visit to.

You can camp free of charge on the bank of the Kildonan burn, although to pan for gold you are required by law to have a gold panning licence but this can be obtained free of charge, you just have to sign the register which is on site.

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Chimney sweeping cleaning reduction hint

Friday, April 17th, 2009

I am writing a series of small articles which are aimed at what I call cleaning reduction tips! Strictly speaking these tips are focused more on the minimising of the domestic cleaning requirements in your household, by explaining ways that you can reduce the spread of grime and germs throughout your property.

Chimney sweeping

This tip is or should be quite obvious, if you have a coal fire and instead of hiring a professional chimney sweep you decide to clean your chimney yourself make sure that you cover up your carpets and furniture with old sheets.

Also and more importantly secure a board up against your fire surround and make an hole in it just big enough for your chimney sweep rods to go through as this will drastically reduce the amount of soot that escapes into your room.

This advice if followed will most certainly save your carpets and furniture requiring some intensive cleaning.

New cleaning reduction tips are always more than welcome.

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Cleaning window sills domestic cleaning tip No61

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

With luck you will find this domestic cleaning tip that gives you advice on cleaning window sills to be advantagous. Also please find below a link to other household domestic cleaning tips that help to make up this series of cleaning tips that I am currently publishing on a regular basis.

Cleaning tip No61 gives you advice on window sill cleaning.

Rubbing alcohol will often shift spots off window sills.

 

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