Checklist to Make the Most Out of Your Cleaning Crew

Professional cleaning services are always a good choice whether you want to reclaim your bond, to solve a stubborn stain or to save a well-earned weekend. While cleaning crews are already well-trained and well-equipped to fulfill your cleaning needs, you can further maximise the value of your money with better planning.

Use this checklist to help you and your homes or offices make the most of your incoming cleaning service provider:

  • Ask for free estimates
  • Shop for rates and request price matching if possible
  • Ensure that the company is covered by a liability insurance and is bonded
  • Clarify cleaning cancellation, rebooking or do-over policies
  • Ask for crew credentials and background checks
  • Put agreements into writing
  • Give a walkthrough of your home or office
  • Inspect your home or office for problem areas
  • Specify and share your cleaning goals
  • Emphasise priority cleaning areas or items
  • Provide special instructions for precious or delicate furnishing
  • Designate off-limits areas
  • Ask for suggestions on best cleaning technique
  • Keep jewelries, gadgets and valuables out of sight
  • Take note of the names of your cleaning crew
  • Prepare preferred cleaning products if you want a special product used
  • Remove out-of-place items on surface
  • Store clothes
  • Declutter your home or office
  • Keep communication lines open in case of inquiries or emergency
  • Leave instructions for key drop offs
  • Avoid micro-managing
  • Conduct a post cleaning inspection
  • Give feedback

For professionally-trained, police-checked, fully-equipped cleaning crews and bond-back guarantees, choose A2B Cleaning! Enjoy the best rates in the cleaning market, efficient and punctual services with A2B Cleaning. Find more about A2B Cleaning or get a free estimate here.

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Cleaning DIYs Gone Wrong

Part 1: Monique and Martin

As tempting as it is, do-it-yourself cleaning can result in far more work, more money and more time when you consider the things that can go wrong. DIY sometimes works, sometimes it doesn’t. Would you risk your home, office, property or bond? Check out the stories below of people who, despite their best intentions, created more cleaning problems than solutions.

 

Monique’s Carpet Cleaning Disaster

Distant but important relatives were coming in from Brisbane and Monique wanted to make a good impression. Among her many chores is the carpet. It has not been cleaned in ages and it was showing signs of wear and tear. Plus that huge blot of coffee stain is not helping either.

She knew carpet cleaners could do the trick but she wanted to try something new, she rented a cleaning machine and did the cleaning on her own. After a good day’s work, the stain was removed, the colors brighter and the carpet definitely cleaner. The carpet was a bit damp but she thought it would dry up by the time her guests arrive. The bad news is it did not dry up on time but that was only the beginning Monique’s headache.

The carpet was left wet for days and there was a smell of damp fabric that saturated the entire living room. Left with no time, she burned peppermint oils just to mask the smell. After a couple of weeks, the guests left and Monique hoped that by this time, the carpet was dry. It wasn’t. The carpet was dry in the surface but when she pressed into it, she can still feel the dampness. The moisture seemed to have caused some discoloration. The worse has yet to come.

Monique decided to air out the carpet but when she lifted it, she discovered what appeared to be moulds. The oils masked not only the damp smell but also the odour of the moulds. She knew that it wouldn’t be long when her daughter’s asthma attacks sets in. Not wanting to risk her carpet or her child’s health any longer, she decided to do what she was supposed to have done in the first place, get a professional carpet cleaner.

 

Martin’s Oven Auto Cleaning Mistake

Martin thought of himself as a responsible and proud oven owner. It was one of those ovens that had an auto-cleaning function. No need to get down on his hands and knees, breathe in dangerous fumes, use some elbow grease and sacrifice a weekend for cleaning. With the auto clean function, a few touch of the buttons and the self cleaning cycle is set and Martin thought he can just sit back and relax. He was wrong.

The auto clean function is intended to turn up the heat in the oven to a point that it will turn any grease, dirt or debris into ash. An average of 3 to 4 hours is needed to complete the cycle. Once completed, Martin still needed to do a bit of manual labor. He had to use a smooth sponge with soap to wipe the ash and once done, he called it a day. He has been doing this at least once a month. It was on the fourth month that he began to notice a pattern.

He had to regularly replace popped fuses. One or two of the switches in the control panel seemed to burn out but he was not sure. It turns out the auto clean function can do more harm that good because of the extreme temperatures that it subjects the oven. Martin was not one to give up that easily.

He decided to take matters into his own hands and clean the oven on his own. With the strongest detergent on hand and a heavy-duty coarse sponge to match, Martin went off to work. The result was far worse. There was a noticeable soapy taste on food cooked in the oven, from pastries to pies to meals. There were scratches too in the grills and the rest of the interior. Martin realized that if he got the help of professional oven cleaners, he would not be in the mess he was in right now.

Don’t be like Monique or Martin, if you ever need carpet or oven cleaning, do not attempt to do it on your own. Save more of your money, effort and time with professional carpet and oven cleaners who know what they are doing, have the right cleaning detergents and products and have the track record to prove it.

Still, no two cleaning services are exactly alike. Some are good and some are definitely better. When you factor in cost, time, quality and safety, nothing beats A2B Cleaning Services, the experts’ touch, in cleaning your carpet, oven, home, office or property. When you want to spend your weekends with family, to have a spotless office that impresses your clients, to have a property’s curb appeal enticing to buyers or simply to get your bond back, A2B Cleaning Services is the answer!

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Help! My Carpet is Damaged!

Carpets instantly elevate your home, office and property to new heights with their sleek and polish look but carpets can also age, clutter and ruin your space. The culprit is carpet damage, which can range from the minor stains to major tears. Nothing can ruin your property more than a poorly maintained carpet. Here are some instances of how your carpet can be damaged:

 

Stains

Newly bought carpets are protected with a stain-resistant finish. The problem is over time the treatment fades and loses its ability to protect your carpet. Everything from food, wine, feces, urine, mildew and mold can cause stains. Some can be safely removed on your own but most require professional cleaning.

If you spilled bleach, wine, mustard or tea, then your best option is a professional carpet cleaner. Do you know how to match the right cleaning product with the type of stain your carpet has?

 

Flooding

One of the worst damages that your carpet can suffer is when it is flooded. The trouble with carpets is that the carpet is very absorbent and cannot be dried as easily as expected. Even when the carpet is left outside, hung and allowed to dry under the sun, it will not be enough.

Left unattended, expect mould or mildew. When this formation occurs, both your home and yourself are in danger. Moulds alone have at least one million different strains and a majority of them are highly toxic. Do you know how to stop mould and mildew from forming in your carpet?

 

Wear and tear

Despite your best efforts, carpets will suffer the passing of time. This means that rips, tears and deforming are inevitable. Check the material of your carpet too, polyester carpets are notorious for losing their durability, form and shape. Nylon carpets are your best bet; they are more resilient and yield better results when cleaned. Rips and tears are another issue though. Small tears require professional repair but larger ones may need replacement.

 

DIY

Worse than stains, flooding, wear and tear is the do-it-yourself (DIY) carpet cleaning that the average carpet owners do. Carpet cleaning is not as easy as it sounds, in fact it can be quite complicated. There is a wide range of cleaning techniques from standard, dry, steam to deep cleaning; every technique must match the type of carpet damage.

Carpet materials, the fabric, pH levels, type of the stain and extent of the damage, these are just few of the many factors that determine the best and most appropriate carpet cleaning technique. An understanding of this information can make or break your carpet cleaning. Would you risk your carpet and waste your time on DIY work?

Worried about stains, water damage and proper maintenance of your carpet?  Worry not! Carpet damage can easily be solved through carpet cleaning services. Cleaners start with a methodical inspection of your carpet, from the material it is made of to the type and extent of the damage.

 

Still, no two cleaning services are exactly alike. Some are good and some are definitely better. When you factor in cost, time, quality and safety, nothing beats A2B Cleaning Services, the experts’ touch, in cleaning your carpet, home, office or property. When you want to spend your weekends with family, to have a spotless office that impresses your clients, to have a property’s curb appeal enticing to buyers or simply to get your bond back, A2B Cleaning Services is the answer!

 

Find more about A2B Cleaning Services and why we can be the perfect fit for your cleaning needs by clicking here.