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      Leifheit Cleaning Guide — Cleaning Tips

      5 Steps To Disinfect Your House (When Someone Falls Sick)

      5 Steps To Disinfect Your House (When Someone Falls Sick)

      If someone in your home has caught a flu bug, there is a real possibility of contracting that virus as you are all living under the same roof in close contact.

      Beyond practising basic hygiene such as covering your mouth when sneezing or coughing and washing your hands frequently with soap, it is important to know how to disinfect your home to prevent the spread of the virus within the home.

      1. PREPARE YOUR DISINFECTING TOOLS

      disinfectant spray

      Mild cleaners and water might not be strong enough to kill virus and bacteria, so we recommend proper disinfectants to do the job right. Here’s what you need to disinfect the surfaces in your home:

      1. Disinfectant spray / anti-bacterial cleaner
      2. Cleaning cloth
      3. Alcohol wipes
      4. Cotton swabs

      2. DISINFECT SURFACES

      As viruses can live on hard surfaces for 24 hours, it is important to pay special attention to the surfaces that the sick person touched and prepare to disinfect them.

      A sick person would usually be confined to the bedroom and bathroom, so key areas to disinfect include tabletops, remote controls, phones, computer keyboards, door knobs, switches, faucets, and toilet seats. 

      Apply the disinfectant solution and ensure that the surface is visibly wet for four minutes before wiping it dry with a cleaning cloth. After cleaning the contaminated surface, do NOT re-use the cleaning cloth on other surfaces in the house. Instead, disinfect it by soaking it in a solution of bleach (1/2 cup) and 4 litres of hot water.

      3. DISINFECT PERSONAL APPLIANCES

      Do not neglect smaller personal appliances such as personal electronics and remote controls! Being touched often, they harbour germs from our hands. Wipe them down using alcohol wipes and cotton swabs to disinfect them.

      4. DISINFECT BEDSHEETS

      We spend most of the time in bed resting when we're sick. As such, we leave a lot of germs and bacteria in the fabrics of the bedsheets, pillow cases and cushion covers, since they are in direct contact with the body.

      After the sick person has recovered, strip the bed of its sheets and pillow cases and wash them immediately. When doing laundry, separate the sick person’s pyjamas with from the rest of the laundry load — do not wash them together.

      Add 1/2 cup of colour-safe bleach to hot water (if the fabrics allow it) and wash for one cycle. The damp environment in the washing machine could potentially breed germs, so do wipe your washing machine dry and allow it to air after washing the sick laundry.

      5. DISINFECT CLOTHING

      It is important to wash a sick person's laundry separately from the rest of the laundry load — a sick person's clothes might contain viruses from their bodily fluids such as sweat, mucus and saliva. 

      Carry out the same washing procedure as the bedsheets to ensure that the sick laundry is properly disinfected.

      5 Tips For Doing A More Effective Spring Clean In Less Time

      5 Tips For Doing A More Effective Spring Clean In Less Time

      It's just less than a week more to Chinese New Year 2020! If you haven't done your spring cleaning, it's high time you started.

      Spring cleaning doesn't need to be excessively time consuming and energy sucking. Do it right and you should be done in a few hours!

      Here are 5 cleaning tips to help you achieve a more productive spring clean in a shorter amount of time.

      1. DECLUTTER & ORGANISE

      Now that it’s spring, it’s the time to put in more commitment into organising the clutter in your house.

      Start by throwing away unwanted items. Then, separate the items you want to keep into different categories, before allocating space for these categories & putting them away. 

      Doing this step systematically makes the process smoother & faster! Plus, your home will look much neater & become easier to clean with the clutter out of the way.

      A must-do first step for every spring cleaning!

      2. FOCUS ON CLEANING CHORE BY CHORE

      One of the most inefficient ways to spring clean is to clean one room after the other.

      If you’ve to dust, vacuum, & mop room after room, you’ll soon feel like you’re in a dreadful never-ending cleaning cycle, repeating the same task over & over again.

      Instead, focus on cleaning chore by chore. Declutter the entire house first, before dusting, vacuuming & then mopping the whole house with each chore.

      That way, you’ll feel more motivated & accomplished, as with each tick of the cleaning checklist, you'd have completed a much more significant portion of your spring cleaning!

      3. GET THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR THE JOB 

      Spray Mop

      While there are many types of cleaning tools available in the market, it’s important to purchase those that can help you clean more with little effort.

      Getting tools that have such features that would not only save your back-breaking effort, but will help you accomplish more in less time.

      For example, on top of having to lug a heavy bucket of detergent-filled water, a traditional mop & bucket set requires you to dip & wring out the mop head into detergent water regularly.

      Having innovative mops such as a spray mop or steam mop cuts out all that work, and replaces that with just a squeeze of a handle!

      Getting the right tools for the job will save you a lot time spring cleaning while achieving the same result!

      4. MAKE SPRING CLEANING A FAMILY ACTIVITY

      Spring cleaning should not be a one-person effort. Everyone in the family should do their part to make the house sparkly clean!

      Allocate each member of the family to a specific role, be it cleaning their own room or taking charge of a specific task.

      Not only does it share the back-breaking workload of spring cleaning, it is a great way to bond as a family too!

      Nothing bonds the family better than accomplishing a spring cleaning feat together. Everyone gets to live in a cleaner & fresher home!

      5. DON'T NEGLECT THE SEASONAL CHORES

      Some chores just can’t be done on a regular basis, given how packed our schedules are and how much effort these chores require.

      These seasonal chores includes (but are not limited to) wiping down your windows, scrubbing your toilets, and cleaning the area under your furniture.

      And while we neglect these chores for most of the year, these areas are slowly collecting dust, dirt and grout.

      Getting these chores done during spring cleaning will clean off so much of those, your house will feel revived with new life once it's done!

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      If you’re looking for cleaning tools to help you deep clean your home more efficiently and effectively, check out our collection of cleaning appliances!

       

      You Can't Do Spring Cleaning Without These 8 Cleaning Tools!

      You Can't Do Spring Cleaning Without These 8 Cleaning Tools!

      Spring is upon us! Chinese New Year 2020 falls on 25 January — a date earlier than usual.

      Do start planning your spring cleaning schedule early to get your house sparkling clean in time for your relatives & guests this CNY!

      Equip yourself with these 8 essential cleaning appliances for the spring cleaning battle:

      1. MOP SET

      Leifheit Clean Twist Spin Mop Set

      A mop set comprises of a mop wiper and a mop bucket.

      While practically any pail & mop can do the job, a good quality mop set cleans your floors more efficiently & with lesser effort.

      For example, spin mop sets, which are becoming increasingly popular, feature a mechanism whereby the mop is wrung by twisting the mop stick into a specially designed wringer.

      This makes wringing less tiring, as you don’t have to bend your back & subject your tired hands to squeezing detergent-filled water!

      2. VACUUM CLEANERS

      vacuum cleaner

      Before you begin mopping your floors, it is crucial to vacuum the floor first to get rid of any dirt, dust or loose particles.

      While vacuum cleaners come in many shapes, sizes and feature different technologies, it is important to find one that suits your needs and house confines.

      For more information on the different types of vacuum cleaners, here’s a buying guide to help you pick one suited for you.

      3. MICROFIBRE CLOTH

      Microfibre cloth

      Microfibre cloths are all the rage these days — and rightly so. These cloths are miracle workers!

      The microscopic fibres in these cloths attach themselves to dirt, trapping them within their fibres and ensuring that the surface is bacteria-free.

      A good microfibre cloth should leave the surface with a good polish-like feel that feels smooth on the skin. That’s when you know that all the dirt has been removed from the surface!

      Microfibre cloths comes in a variety of shapes and forms, each with their own unique features to clean specific areas of your home effectively. We highly recommend the E-Cloth, which claims that it just needs water to clean — a claim that we ourselves can’t refute.

      4. DUSTER

      Leifheit Duster

      You might not notice it, but there are layers of dust accumulating in areas of your home that your eyes don’t see.

      Be it on the top of your cupboards or the back of your television closet, the accumulated dust might trigger dust allergies and sinus from your guests.

      Hence, it is important to have a high quality duster to dust the hidden and hard-to-reach spots thoroughly.

      5. BATHROOM CLEANER

      Bathroom Cleaner

      Even though this is where we clean ourselves daily, the bathroom is definitely not the cleanest of rooms in your home.

      There’s grime, dirt and bacteria stuck in between your bathroom tiles, and watermarks stuck on your bathroom mirrors & glass partitions.

      Get rid of any unsanitary stains & unpleasant odours before your guests arrive — be sure to take care of the bathroom floor, walls, and any glass surfaces.

      6. WINDOW WIPERS

      Window Wiper

      Washing your windows is a tedious chore to do, and hence we don’t do it on a regular basis.

      But with the spring cleaning season coming up, what better time to do it then now!

      When selecting your cleaning tool of choice, we recommend choosing wipers with microfibre cloth attachments. These clean off any dirt and watermarks from your window surface easily!

      7. DETERGENTS & SPRAYS

      Leifheit Detergent

      While it is important to have all the tools needed to clean your house, it’s also important to have the right cleaning solutions to use with these tools. 

      Do check that you have sufficient detergent left before you embark on your spring cleaning campaign!

      Nothing is more frustrating than being all hyped up and ready to start on your cleaning chores, only to realise that you’ve run out of the very thing you need.

      8. DRYER

      Leifheit Pegasus Laundry Rack Dryer

      Make your home extra cozy this CNY by washing all your cushion covers, pillow cases and bedsheets before your guests arrive!

      To support your laundry washing and drying needs, you’ll need a good quality laundry drying rack that is both sturdy, offers extensive drying space, and space-efficient.

       

      Make Your Home Guest-Friendly For Christmas By Cleaning These 5 Areas

      Make Your Home Guest-Friendly For Christmas By Cleaning These 5 Areas

      Christmas time is almost here! While there’s much joy when you’re with friends and family, you’d want to make sure that your house is clean and guest-ready before they come over.

      It could be a stressful process, so here’s a useful and practical Christmas cleaning list for your home, complete with cleaning tips for those in a hurry!

      1. SWEEP & MOP UP HARD FLOORS

      Clean Twist Mop Set Floor Mop

      Start by sweeping or vacuuming your floors to remove any dirt, dust, hair, crumbs, and any other loose debris.

      Once done, grab your mop set and start mopping your floors! Don’t miss this step as it removes any bacteria and germs from your floor.

      Plus, it gives it a shine that will feel good on your guests’ feet!

      Cleaning Tip: If you’re short of time, focus on cleaning the floors in the parts of your house where your guests will be at, such as your living room and dining area.

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      Check out our recommended floors cleaning products: https://leifheit.sg/collections/mops-brooms-sweepers

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      2. FRESHEN UP YOUR CARPETS

      Clean Tenso Steam Mop Carpet Cleaner

      Carpets are the centrepiece of your living room. We often neglect cleaning them, even though they collect a lot of germs, dirt and bacteria.

      While you can hire a professional carpet cleaning services, that might be too troublesome to arrange if you’re short on time.

      Cleaning Tip: Alternatively, you can DIY and clean your carpets with just a steam mop cleaner! It cleans carpets by injecting hot steam into your carpets, which removes any bacteria, germs and odours that are lodged within your carpets.

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      Learn more about steam mop cleaners here: https://leifheit.sg/pages/leifheit-clean-tenso-steam-mop

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      3. CLEAN THE BATHROOM

      Bathroom Cleaner

      As a guest, there’s no worse feeling than having to relief yourself in a dirty and unclean bathroom.

      When cleaning your bathroom, pay attention to these areas: 

      Glass surfaces — Bathroom window, mirrors, shower partition, etc. Give it a good wipe down with a window cleaner to remove any stains and give it a shine.

      Bathroom walls — Use a good tile cleaner to wipe away any dirt or grime that might have accumulated on your bathroom walls.

      Bathroom floor — Scrub out any dirt, soap scum and stains off your bathroom floor using a push broom.

      This step might require a bit more time and effort, but maintaining a clean toilet ensures a pleasant Christmas experience for your guest!

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      Not sure what tools to use for bathroom cleaning? Check out our range of bathroom cleaning products here: https://leifheit.sg/collections/all/bathroom

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      4. WIPE ALL FLAT SURFACES

      Cleaning Cloth

      Ensure that any exposed surface in your home is clean from any dust and dirt!

      Start with your kitchen first, as that’s where your Christmas dinner is prepared. Do ensure that your countertops, stove tops and kitchen are thoroughly wiped and cleaned.

      Once done, move on to your living room, where your guests will be gathered after the Christmas dinner! Wipe all the exposed surfaces there, such as your coffee table, cabinets and TV stands.

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      Looking for a good quality cleaning cloth? Check out our range of cloth here: https://leifheit.sg/collections/cleaning-products/cleaning-cloth

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      5. DUST OFF YOUR CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

      Let’s face it — your Christmas decorations spend most of its time collecting dust in some deep corner of your cupboard!

      Do give them a good cleaning before hanging them up to avoid triggering any dust allergies from your family and guests.

      Use a good duster to gently remove any dust that has accumulated on your decorations.

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      Keep the dust off your home with our range of dusters: https://leifheit.sg/collections/cleaning-products/duster 

      How To Get Your Children To Clean The House This School Holidays!

      How To Get Your Children To Clean The House This School Holidays!

      Keeping your home clean is crucial for your children’s health.

      Ask any parent and they would know — cleaning the house keeps germs away and prevents your children from catching sinus, flu or other dust-related allergies.

      Now that your children are having their school holidays, it’s the best time to educate them and get them to be your extra pairs of helping hands around the house!

      Although it may seem like an uphill battle to get them to cooperate, with the right instruction and guidance, you can nature them to be meticulous cleaners!

      Here are some tips for you to get your kids to start cleaning:

      1. Delegate chores and cleaning roles


      Break up house cleaning duties so that every member of the family has a specific job to do.

      For example, one child can be in-charge of washing the dishes, while another child can be in-charge of sweeping the floor.

      Not only does this give your children simple and easy-to-follow instructions, it also allows them to take ownership of their tasks.

      Additionally, do rotate their assigned chores regularly to keep them interested, and also to allow them to pick up new cleaning skills!

      2. Make It a Game


      For younger children, turning chores into games can excite your kids to clean the house. An example is to “race” them to see who can finish packing up the toys first.

      Another tactic, especially for parents with multiple children, is to get them to work towards common goal.

      For example, you could tell your children to clean up their room within a certain timeframe, after which they will be rewarded with an incentive, such as a trip to the ice-cream store!

      3. Set Up a Reward System


      The older your children get, the more difficult it is to get them to clean.

      As such, they need a stronger motivation to interest them to clean — try out a reward system!

      Reward them with privileges (such as extra play time, allowances, movie time, etc.) when they get their assigned tasks done.

      The reverse also applies: take away these privileges when they refuse to follow through with their assigned task.

      Of course, it is equally as important to follow through on your rewards and punishments to show them that you mean business!

      4. Show Your Appreciation


      Children are constantly seeking affirmation and reassurance from their parents.

      As such, it is important for you to be as encouraging and supportive as possible, even if the cleaning task wasn’t done exactly to your expectations.

      Rather than scolding them for not executing the task to your expectations, thank them for their efforts sincerely!

      Then, practise the task again with them, guiding them through with helpful hints that would result in a more successful clean in the future.

      5. Set a good example


      You might not think that they are, but your children are constantly watching the things you say and do around the house. Children learn from our examples, and they inadvertently mimic our actions.

      So do take the extra effort to put your shoes back into the closet neatly, or diligently wipe the dust from every corner of your house.

      Your children will remember your actions and be more inclined to carry out their cleaning chores without making a fuss!
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      Shop Leifheit’s wide range of home cleaning products here this school holiday season: https://leifheit.sg/collections/clean-home

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