COVID-19 – Book an Infection Control Clean

As a result of the recent COVID-19 outbreak, the team at GT have obtained Hydrogen Peroxide, a chemical known to kill viruses, including COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from surfaces and external environments.

As you may be aware, once transmitted, COVID-19 can transfer from one surface to another. As part of our Infection Control Cleaning service, we will be using Hydrogen Peroxide to treat and keep your premises is as safe as possible during this uncertain time.

With many businesses enforcing temporary shutdown periods, now is an ideal time to conduct your Infection Control Clean with minimal disruption to your daily operations.

While we are working continually to meet client needs, we suggest you book your service as early possible and kindly ask for your patience during this time.

For more information on how Hydrogen Peroxide can help combat COVID-19 as part of our Infection Control Cleaning, refer to the BBC’s article “Covid-19 How long does the Coronavirus last on surfaces?”

Call now to book your GT Cleaning Infection Control Clean.

A Note to our Customers – Cleaning for COVID-19

At GT Cleaning, your safety is our first priority.

In light of the pandemic COVID-19, we would like to assure all our clients that we have taken specific measures to ensure our team can provide your workplace and or serviced site by GT Cleaning Group, the best possible chance at minimising contamination.

Our leading team members have undertaken specialist training around infectious cleaning to ensure outbreak risk is significantly reduced.

GT Cleaning Group is focused on using a commercial grade disinfectant to kill any germs, bacteria or viruses laying around, specifically within high-traffic areas with regular human contact.

To help our customers we have prepared some simple guidelines on how you can help reduce the spread of virus in your workplace and around the home. Working with COVID-19.

As many have reached out during this time for consumable supplies, we are working very closely with our suppliers to provide us on an ETA for stock to come. However, we do request that you place all your orders as early as possible as we will be putting them forward as a priority for when stock is made available.

While we are working hard to meet all our client needs, high demand for our Infection Control cleaning services means we are getting booked quite quickly and as such, ask for your patience during this time. If you would like for us to schedule an Infection Control Clean for you, please let us know as early as possible.

As we are yet to learn the full extent of the virus, we are requesting all tables/surfaces to be left clear and de-cluttered, so we can disinfect each surface adequately.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time, should you feel the need, or have any further questions or queries.



How to Clean High Rise Windows

Ever wondered how high-rise windows are kept sparkling clean all-year-round?
The answer – GT Cleaning!

While you won’t find us abseiling from the Eureka Tower, our skilled team of professionals do service internal and external windows under 40 metres high of high-rise body corporates, offices and apartments across Melbourne.

Read more below to find out how we keep your high-rise windows pristine and how you too can keep them mark-free between visits.

The GT Method

Our team utilise high quality, specialised window-cleaning accessories and licensed equipment to clean your windows both quickly and effectively, including:

1. Boom Lift

As our team specialise in external window cleaning under 40 metres, we use boom-lifts or ‘scissor-lifts’ to reach your external windows with ease. Our professional cleaning team also includes qualified boom-lift operators  who are well versed in the safety measures and procedures associated with operating a boom-lift safely and effectively.

Our cleaners work systematically from the top windows down to ensure no spillage or dirt falls on already cleaned windows.

2. WaterFed Poles

To clean external windows, our team use WaterFed poles – a long extendable broom pole that dispenses purified water through the brush head. WaterFed poles can range from 10-20 metres long and are generally made of fibre glass or carbon fibres.

3. Purified Water

Purified water is optimal for window cleaning as the purification process removes all dissolved water solids, allowing the water to quickly evaporate without leaving nasty streaks or residue spots. Click here to see how it’s done!

4. Squeegees & Scrapers

For internal windows, our professionals utilise more traditional window cleaning methods, including eco-friendly window detergent, squeegees and scrapers to achieve a flawless, glistening finish.

Tips & Tricks

Want to give window cleaning a try? Check out our favourite window cleaning tips and tricks below you can use in your home, office or apartment.

1. Keep an eye on the weather

When it comes to cleaning your windows, cloudy days are your best friend! Cleaning windows when the sun is beaming can often result in the cleaning solution sticking to the glass, leaving residue marks and streaks, so keep this in mind and plan ahead of time.

2. Choose the right cleaning solution

When there are thousands of commercial and homemade cleaning solutions out there to choose from, finding the right product can be a daunting task.

While it may seem basic, Palmolive is a great inexpensive detergent that is both gentle on the hands and suds well for window washing.

And, if you’re looking for a more natural solution, white vinegar and water on a microfibre cloth works just as effectively. Check out our blog here for more eco-friendly cleaning solutions to clean your home, office or commercial windows!

3. Microfibre!

While it might be a no-brainer to some, microfibre cloths really are a must-have for every cleaning toolkit. With approximately 200,000 fibres per square inch, they can hold up to six times their weight in water – making them the perfect sidekick for streak-free window cleaning.

We love the Oates 3-Pack that includes 3 different coloured cloths – this way you can easily designate a cloth for general purpose, one for windows and glass and one dust and polish. And, if you can’t get a hold of microfibre, try re-using your newspaper for an almost perfect streak-free finish.

At GT Cleaning, we are happy to come by your body corporate, office or home and offer you an obligation free quote for our professional window cleaning services.  Plus, you can get a Week’s Free Clean on Us!  Contact us today to find out how.

The Difference Between Dry Cleaning and Steam Cleaning your Carpet

Need your carpet cleaned but don’t know where to start?

With an abundance of information online about the benefits of steam and dry cleaning, it can often be difficult to understand which method is the best choice for your carpet. While both dry and steam cleaning can provide great results, it ultimately comes down to the amount of water used in the cleaning process.

Read more to discover the differences between dry and steam cleaning and which is best for you and your carpet.

 

DRY CLEANING

What is it?

Carpet dry cleaning is a thorough cleaning solution that removes dirt, grime and oil from carpet fibres through application of dry cleaning solvents and vacuuming.

Unlike steam cleaning, dry cleaning only takes around an hour to dry, leaving the carpet free to walk on once complete. A quick and effective solution, particularly if you are time-poor, or use the space regularly.

The Process

  1.  A pre-vacuum is performed prior to dry cleaning to remove surface dirt and soil from the top of the carpet. Pre-vacuums are an essential step in the dry cleaning process, as dirt is much more difficult to extract from carpet material when made wet.
  2.  A mixture of water-based dry cleaning solvent is then applied to the carpet. These chemicals absorb into the fibres and break down the oil particles that trap dirt, bringing them to the surface for easy removal.
  3. Absorbent cotton pads are then soaked in a conditioning rinse and spun on a high frequency machine. When spun, the pads collect the loose dirt particles and lift them out, deeply conditioning your carpet and leaving it good as new!

The best part? Dry carpet cleaning keeps you carpet exactly that – dry and clean without the hassle of long waiting times.

 

STEAM CLEANING

What is it?

Steam cleaning is a water-based carpet cleaning method. Unlike dry cleaning, steam cleaning uses high pressure machinery to inject hot water into the carpet and extract dirt particles from carpet fibres. When performed correctly and with the appropriate removal products, steam cleaning is a highly effective cleaning solution for carpeted areas.

The Process

  1. When steam cleaning, primer sprays are always administered prior to steam. This allows for carpet fibres to loosen and allow the water to seep into the material. Without this step, steam cleaning is essentially ineffective, as the water particles aren’t able to fully absorb oils and stains that live deep in the carpet’s fibres.
  2. High power machinery then injects bursts of hot water into the carpet to loosen dirt and build-up among the fibres.
  3. Once the dirt has been collected by the water particles, the steam cleaner then extracts the soiled water from the carpet, leaving it clean and refreshed. As steam cleaning is a water based cleaning solution, your carpet may be wet and unusable for between 24 hours to 2 days depending on size.

If you’re still unsure about which carpet cleaning method is best for you, or want to book in your carpet cleaning service, call the team at GT Cleaning today.

The Best Way to Clean your Warehouse Floor

Knowing how to effectively clean your warehouse floor is paramount to maintaining the day-to-day operations of your business. With facilities often running from 8-12 hours per day, floors become dirty quickly and are hazardous without constant management.  Read more below to find out how to keep your warehouse facility clean and operating smoothly.

 

1. Understand your Warehouse Requirements

Understanding the needs of your warehouse is the first step to effectively managing your cleaning processes. Is your warehouse a frequently visited location? Is it used for transportation of goods that need to be kept clean?

Understanding your warehouse’s usage requirements will determine the frequency and thoroughness at which it needs to be cleaned to maintain efficient business operations. When doing so, make sure to take note of layout – isle widths, flooring type, hard to reach places and high-risk areas where spillages may occur.

 

2. Sweep before you scrub

It may seem like a no-brainer, but scrubbing the floors prior to sweeping them is a cleaning sin many still commit. Scrubbing prior to sweeping can scratch floor gloss or cause dirt to get caught in the scrubbing machine fibres, so ensure staff know to sweep the area first.

When sweeping your warehouse, best practices include removing dry particulate, picking up pallet chips and removing stains or spillages.  A Direct Throw Sweeper (similar to that of a dustpan and broom), works well when catching smaller debris particulates. However, when dealing with larger debris, an Overthrow Sweeper is most effective, as the catchment doesn’t need to be emptied as often.

Baby 43  floor scrubbers and Fringe Mops are also great investments for small to medium-sized warehouses that only require basic sweeping scrubbing and polishing.  For larger sites, we suggest employing expert services to ensure your business can run effectively without the added stress of cleaning duties.

 

3. Get the right equipment

While purchasing equipment may require substantial investment, many businesses often forget that the cost of labour is the most expensive part of floor cleaning. Purchasing efficient, eco-friendly machinery will effectively clean your warehouse floors with minimal employee strain – reducing excess labour costs and employee turnover over time.

 

4. Make it a priority

The best way to maintain your warehouse cleanliness is to put a cleaning schedule in place and adhere to it. Empowering employees with cleaning responsibilities and giving them the tools to get it done can create a positive cleaning culture and keep your warehouse in check without the need for micro-management.

 

If your warehouse is in need of a professional and thorough clean, give the team at GT Cleaning a call today to book your Warehouse Cleaning service.

After-Build Cleaning

Have you had your home, office or investment property refurbished only to find dust, building debris, paint and rubbish left by your builders? If this sounds familiar, read more to find out how we can help get your property sparkling clean and move-in ready with our After-Build Cleaning services.

 

So, what is an After-Build Clean?

An After-Build Clean is a professional, detailed and thorough cleaning of the construction site post-completion to ensure it is safe for liveability and domestic use. There are generally two stages to an After-Build clean – a Rough Clean and a Detailed Clean.

 

Stage 1: Rough Clean

The first stage of an After-Build Clean is a Rough Clean. This involves removing all leftover rubbish, dirt and ‘builder’s dust’ from the work site. A Rough Clean is usually performed partway through the construction process as a preparatory clean before tiles or flooring is installed to ensure the foundation is clean and safe for install.

A Rough Clean also removes any potentially harmful chemicals and building remnants such as ‘Builders Dust.’ ‘Builder’s dust’ is mostly made up of silica, a naturally occurring mineral found in most sedimentary rocks and earth materials. When processed, this substance can become respirable crystalline silica or ‘free silica.’ Free Silica particles can be potentially fatal to humans and animals if inhaled and must be disposed of correctly to avoid contamination.

 

Stage 2: Detailed Clean

Once all your interior elements are installed, (cabinetry, appliances and even furniture) we conduct a detailed clean. A Detailed Clean gives a newly renovated house or building the ‘wow factor’ it deserves. Unlike our regular domestic cleaning services, Detailed Cleaning takes time to ensure the entire premises, (both indoors and outdoors) is free of any harmful building chemicals, debris, dust particles and paint spots.

Our Detailed Cleaning services include the following:

  • Window cleaning – inside and window tracks
  • Cabinetry cleaning
  • Wipe-down of all surfaces including benches, sink-tops, tables etc.
  • Mark and paint-spot removal
  • Floor mopping and vacuuming
  • Skirting board cleaning
  • Tile cleaning
  • Grout defect cleaning
  • Rubbish removal
  • Mirror cleaning
  • Fireplace cleaning
  • Doorknobs, light switches, door and door frame cleaning

At GT Cleaning, we understand that not all construction sites are left the same. Some builders take extra care when clean post-build, while others only do the bare minimum.  That’s why we assess the premises prior to cleaning to decide how extensive our service needs to be. From this initial assessment, we will recommend services based on the state and needs of the site and quote accordingly.

 

How are we different?

We take pride in our work. Our team of professionally skilled cleaners have detailed knowledge and expertise in cleaning all types of buildings, houses, offices and body corporate complexes.

Our attention to detail sets us apart from regular cleaners. For us, quality is king, so we take extra care to ensure your premises is spotless from head to toe.

We listen.  At GT Cleaning, your needs are our priority. That’s why we believe in offering flexible services tailored to your specific cleaning needs.

We’re environmentally friendly. We take pride in only using environmentally friendly, non-toxic and safe products to provide a thorough clean without the harsh chemicals.

 

If you are looking for a professional, safe and thorough cleaner to take your renovated premises to the next level, give GT Cleaning a call today to book your After-Build Cleaning service.

Keep Your Gym Clean and Safe

When it comes to owning a gym, engaging a professional cleaner that is up for the job is critical to your success. Maintaining clean, hygienic equipment and change rooms is as important as having the latest equipment and great personal trainers. After all, cleanliness is a key determinant when it comes to attracting new clients and retaining existing members. It is a given that when your cleaning isn’t up to scratch, members will notice, and they will talk about it to others. There is nothing more off-putting than starting a workout, only to be greeted by unclean equipment.


While professional cleaning is optimal, there are simple cleaning practices your staff can use to ensure members always have a positive workout experience. 

 

GT Cleaning’s Top Tips on How to Keep Your Gym Clean and Safe

 

1. Train Staff to Train Members

Fitness professionals have an intimate understanding of how “good habits lead to good outcomes.” As such, designate times to educate members on how their positive contribution to keeping the gym clean makes all the difference. The obvious times to do this is when a new member signs up or attends their first personal training session or class. Kindly remind members to clean down the equipment after their class – particularly after high-intensity classes, such as HIIT or spin, where sweat transfer onto equipment is unavoidable.

 

2. Establish a Membership Culture of Inclusion and Responsibility

Good gym hygiene is contagious, especially when a new member starts at a gym. New members will naturally observe the cultural practices of others, including how they use and look after the equipment. Ensuring your gym promotes cleanliness and respect for hygienic practices is the first step in cultivating a clean gym culture.

When members feel valued, they will naturally treat the place as their own to enjoy and keep clean. Valuing members can be easily encouraged through training of staff to welcome each member and build relationships over time.

 

3. Strategically place multiple cleaning workstations around your facility

Keep cleaning stations in line of sight and easily accessible. If members need to climb over equipment, pass through high traffic areas or constantly ask staff for supplies, they will ignore their responsibility to maintain the equipment.

 

4. Maintain good communication and processes with your cleaning company 

Ask your cleaner to use Eco-friendly products that are both safe for the environment and filled with good bacteria to keep fighting germs long after surfaces are cleaned. Discover more about Eco-friendly cleaning products here.

Additionally, when you engage a cleaner or renew their contract, ensure their emergency call-out process meets if not exceeds your expectations. You want to know that if an unfortunate situation arises, such as a member falling ill on-premises, or a toilet blockage that the team can respond quickly and clean up the mess with efficiency.

 

5. Use signage around the gym that reminds users to keep “trouble-some” areas clean

Signage is especially useful in non-workout areas that users may not associate as their responsibility to keep clean, e.g. bathroom sinks and mirrors. Use soft, simple language such as “Kindly wipe down the sink and mirror after use” to encourage cleanliness in these areas and ensure members do their bit to maintain facilities.

 

6. Encourage staff and members to check the cleanliness of equipment and bathrooms regularly

Gyms can very quickly turn from great to awful, often unbeknownst to management. Use signage to encourage users to report anything not up to standard. When reported, ensure you fix the problem quickly and with minimal fuss. For issues that you can’t fix without professional cleaning assistance, contact us today.

 

If you’re looking for a more effective cleaner for your gym facility, childcare centre, medical facility or other commercial building, GT Cleaning can tailor a cleaning solution to meet your needs. Contact us today for an obligation-free quote, and we can discuss which cleaning solution is best for you.

Childcare Cleaning Checklist

As professional childcare cleaners (and parents), we know just how quickly contagious germs can spread between children.

While many precautionary measures are taken by parents to protect their child’s health, fragile immune systems coupled with the closely interactive nature of childcare provides the perfect environment for illnesses to develop and spread between little ones.

As such, it is critical to employ effective cleaning and hygiene practices to actively kill germs and minimise the risk of infection of both children and staff.

Not sure where to start?  Check out our checklist below for our essential steps to providing a cleaner Childcare.

Waste

–  Clear food waste and wipe down tables after meal times.

– Empty bins regularly, replace liners and and disinfect units.

– Discard dirty tissues, nappies, napkins and wipes immediately after use.

– Keep rubbish bins out of reach and away from children.

Bedding

– Wash bedding regularly – including sheets, pillowcases and blankets.

– Disinfect mattresses each week and air out if needed.

– Do not use bedding if it is dirty, smelly or stained.

Toys

– Regularly wash and disinfect toys.

– Wash all toys that have been used outside before re-use.

– Keep toys packed away in a clean storage unit when not in use.

– Discard toys if they are overly dirty, smelly or old.

Stationery

– Disinfect stationery items such as textas, pencils, brushes and crayons.

– Clean out stationery storage units.

– Replace stationery if it is damaged or unsanitary.

– Teach children to refrain from putting stationery items in their mouths as this is both unhygienic and a choking hazard.

Healthy Habits

– Make hygiene fun! Try teaching the children healthy habits to keep germs away, such as sneezing into tissues, coughing into their arm and throwing waste into the bin by incorporating the actions into games and group activities.

 

At GT Cleaning, we are happy to come by your childcare and offer you an obligation free quote for organising and cleaning your workplace in an environmentally-friendly manner.  And, you can get a Week’s Free Clean on Us!  Contact us to find out how.

Part 2 – Your Essential Home Cleaning Toolkit

In this series of Tips to Organising Your Home and Keeping it Clean, we were planning on writing a blog post on ‘How to Declutter Your Cupboards and Storage Spaces Around the Home.’  Instead, we have decided to interrupt the series with an Essential Home Cleaning Toolkit post.  That way, you will have the right tools at the ready for when you are organising and cleaning your home.

We all know there are thousands of effective cleaning tools and solutions you can buy and use, but we want to keep your toolkit simple.  Think practical, multi-purpose tools that can tackle jobs of any scale, while minimising your impact on the environment.

The Home Cleaning Tool Checklist

1. Microfibre Eco-Cloths

With approximately 200,000 fibres per square inch, microfibre cloths can clean, dust and polish.  They are useful dry and wet; in-fact they can hold up to six times their weight in water.  These super-absorbers will revolutionise the way you clean.  They are your powerhouse defence against liquids, dust and even soap scum in the bathroom.  Plus, microfibre is perfect on delicate surfaces and walls.

The magnetic-like structure of micro-fibre effortlessly attracts the dirt particles. The best part is, their versatility and strength mean they can be reused again and again for wet and dry jobs around the house without deterioration.

Try colour coordinating your cloths with different zones of the house to ensure no cross-contamination occurs across cleaning areas. For example, Blue for bathroom, green for kitchen, red for bedrooms, orange for pets etc.  For the home, we love White Magic Eco Cloth Value Multi Pack, which has a cloth for general purpose, windows and glass and a dust and polish cloth.

If looked after properly, microfibre cloths can be used thousands of times, which is better for you and better for the environment.  So, when they have done their cleaning job and need a good clean themselves, love them right back with these simple care instructions.  Simply soak them in a bucket of water before throwing them in the washing machine with a mild detergent.  They should be washed separately to other clothes and towels.  Avoid using fabric softener; it will clog up the fibres and significantly reduce the cloth’s effectiveness.

2. Scourers

Scourers are an essential tool for tackling built-up food on benches, grime and residue on your appliances.  There are some great eco-friendly bio-degradable options now made from bamboo or corn, so do your eco-research before you buy.  Try and avoid using the traditional, limited-use scourers that are often made of plastic and don’t last long.

3. Toothbrushes

As strange as it sounds, toothbrushes aren’t just good for brushing teeth.

In fact, they can be used to clean a whole range of household items and areas, including namely;

  • Kitchen and bathroom sinks especially around taps.
  • On the stove and microwave.
  • Around the toilet in hard to reach places.

As with the microfibre cloths, we recommend using different coloured toothbrushes for specific purposes to avoid cross-contamination.  We love upcycling the family’s discarded “shaggy” toothbrushes.  And whenever we do buy new toothbrushes, we suggest trying bamboo biodegradable alternatives, like this awesome rainbow one from Great Earth.

4. Combination stick/hand-held vacuum

Say goodbye to your traditional bulky cord vac and hello to your cordless dual-purpose best friend.

Investing in a bag-less stick/ hand-held vacuum gives you the freedom to tackle mess of any size with the convenience of one device. Simply remove the stick extension to hand-vac smaller areas such as  pet beds, mattresses and upholstery. With the ability to move swiftly around the house without a large motor or cord, you’ll have the house sparkling in no time!  The most eco-friendly option is generally, the device with a great warranty.  The less vacuums you go through in time, the less discarded electrical appliances end up in landfill.

5. Bamboo Microfibre Mop

Investing in a mop with bio-degradable interchangeable, washable microfibre head extensions is a great way to expand your eco-friendly tool kit.  If possible, try opting for an all-in-one device that can accommodate a mop head for tiles and wood flooring, a window squeegee for glass and a duster for shelves and ceilings.  If it has a bamboo handle, rather than a plastic/metal one, it’s an even better eco-friendly option.

6. Eco-Friendly, Chemical Free, Cleaning Solutions

Sometimes just water and a microfibre cloth might leave you feeling like your home isn’t adequately cleaned or deodorised; For these times, we recommend the use of our, eco-friendly cost-effective, chemical free solutions.  See our article on How to Clear Your Office and Home Without Harsh Chemicals.  Better still, all our solutions won’t damage the microfibre tools in your kit.

At GT Cleaning, we are happy to come by your work and offer you an obligation free quote for organising and cleaning your workplace in an environmentally-friendly manner.  And, you can get a Week’s Free Clean on Us!  Contact us to find out how.

Part 1 – Tips to Organising Your Home & Keeping It Clean!

As professional cleaners, we know firsthand that the cleanest offices, childcare centres and body corporates spaces, are those that are the most organised. As such, we are going to create a series of articles where we will share our top tips on organising and keeping your home clean.

  1. Be Prepared

Before scheduling your first home organisation day, be prepared with our quick checklist:

Checklist

  • Block out 2 x 3-4 hour appointments in your diary. Schedule these one week apart.  Invite others, but only if they are as committed as you are to the cause! This is not a job that can be started and stopped with unnecessary distractions.
  • Have your eco-friendly cleaning products ready for the: bathroom, windows, surfaces and floors. Read about our favourite DIY formulas here if you don’t have some already.
  • 3 x empty washing baskets or hampers.
  • 3 x sizeable recycled cardboard boxes.
  • 3 x document trays.
  • A tidy kitchen – just make sure there are no dirty dishes lying about.  Don’t stress if the oven/stove or benches need a wipe down or a deeper clean.
  1. Kick everyone out

Send away anything with a heartbeat that that doesn’t share your enthusiasm to get organised. This includes partners, flatmates, cats and dogs.  Send them packing on an external excursion – especially children. If you’re a parent, you will know that as soon as you can organise one room, children have an insane ability to transform a room into chaos in the same amount of time.  A client of ours once compared cleaning a house with children in is like “beating the sea back with a stick;” and no truer words were ever spoken 😊  While it is good to teach your gorgeous brood the importance of cleaning up after themselves, this is not the time to teach this lesson.  Children inherently don’t like to see change happening and will try and reclaim pretty much anything that you try and throw out or recycle.  The only exception to the ‘kick-out’ rule is anyone who shares your desire to declutter and clean the house as quickly as humanly possible.

  1. Choose a Room to be the “Transfer Station”

 Choose a room in the house where you have some space to work.  The larger the room, the better.  We suggest the living room where there is a dining room table or bench you can use.  You can shift sofas to the side of the room if you need more space to move about.
Prepare the transfer station by:

  • Laying the document trays on the table side by side – label them recycle, file and action.
  • Lay out the washing baskets next to one another – label them dirty darks, dirty lights, store.
  • Lay out the boxes parallel to the wash baskets, but on the opposite side of the room – label them keep, maybe keep and charity.  If you have enough room, try to create a runway up the middle of the room so you can safely work.
  1. Hunt & Gather

Starting at the front of the house, screen every room for items that aren’t stored away in their ‘ideal’ home.  Don’t worry this week about things that are stored away out of sight.  Use one of the washing baskets to hunt and gather the items and move them to your transfer station.  This includes clothes, random clutter, knick-knacks and paperwork.  It doesn’t matter at this stage if it all goes in the basket together, just gather up as much as you can safely carry and transport it to your transfer station room.  When you return, unload each full basket.

  • Pile the paperwork to the left of the prepared document trays.
  • Dump all dirty clothes to the left of the wash baskets.
  • Place all other random items to the left of the boxes.

It’s okay to make multiple trips from particularly cluttered rooms.  Once you have gathered everything from each room, unpack the basket as described above.

Work through each room of the house until all floors and surfaces are cleared of “things” that aren’t in their ‘ideal home.

  1. Sort

Return to your Transfer Station.’.  Screen the room and decide which is the biggest pile.  This is usually the clothes or sometimes the random clutter pile.

  • Sort the clothes into dirty laundry darks, dirty laundry lights, clean clothes to be put away.
  • Sort the random clutter into the boxes: keep, recycle, charity.
  • Sort the paperwork into the trays: recycle, file, action (any paperwork that needs action, e.g. unpaid bills etc.)
  1. Store or Charity Store Run

  • Put on a load of dirty laundry and put the remaining items back in the laundry or hampers.
  • Fold clean clothes and put them on the bed of the person they belong to for them to put away when they get home.
  • Put the recycling in the recycling bin.
  • Sort through the maybe box.  If the item hasn’t been used in the last four weeks or brought you sentimental joy in the month, move it to the charity box.
  • Take the charity box and take it straight out to the car.  Don’t waste your time carefully packing it.  Just make sure that any fragile items are safely stowed.  The charity stores will need to unpack and screen all the items anyway so perfectly folding everything is not necessary.
  • Store the remaining keep items in their correct storage space in your home.
  • Screen the action document tray for anything urgent, before stacking the document trays together and put them out of the way ready for the next scheduled organising day.
  1. Coffee & Charity Shop

Grab yourself a coffee and take a trip to the charity shop.  This will prevent any unpacking and reclaiming of long lost toys, clothes or keepsakes happens from fellow house dwellers.

  1. Clean Smart

Once you have returned to the house, it’s time to clean.

Work downwards, and in this order: remove cobwebs from the ceiling, dust downwards, clean windows, put cleaning product on sinks, toilets and showers bath to give them time to do their work while you vacuum.  Mop the floors, clean sinks, the toilet, bath and then jump in the shower, clean it off before cleaning the days grime from your hair and body.

  1. Finish Up for the Day

You will be fairly exhausted by this time, so relax for now.  Reward yourself by welcoming any forthcoming praise from returning housemates and children and enjoy the clean space.  Ask them to shout you out for dinner, so that you can keep your home tidy for a little while longer than usual.

In our next article, we will look at the decluttering your cupboards and storage spaces around the home, so stay tuned.

At GT Cleaning, we are happy to come by your work and offer you an obligation free quote for organising your workplace.  Get in touch today.