Don’t waste your waste this holiday season.

Let’s be real… the holidays generate a lot of waste.

From cooking packaging to toy boxes, chocolate wrappers and paper, there is no shortage of rubbish to haul away once the bins get collected again.

Thankfully, the importance of recycling is becoming recognised more every day.

But, even with our hearts in the right place, we can all still get things wrong.

Many plants and depots often find items with no place in the recycling.

If your council follows a commingled recycling policy, this is especially bad as it means a whole batch has to be sent to a landfill site anyway!

We’ve compiled a handy guide to help you know what festive items are recyclable and which are destined for landfill.


General Tips

Before we get too into Christmas crackers and sweetie wrappers, there are some rules of thumb to follow:

  • Put lids back on jars and bottles
  • Make sure any packaging is empty before binning
  • Keep items separate
  • Ensure items are clean and dry
  • Flatten cardboard

Different councils across the UK will have different approaches and guidelines regarding recycling.

You can use Recycle Now to get information on your local policy and recycling facilities.


Food waste

Now, this is a big one. What goes on your plate is a big part of any festive celebration. But, so is what goes in your bin.

When binning food waste, make sure you follow the aforementioned best practices.

You can recycle:

  • Glass bottles and jars – but not drinking glasses or Pyrex, as these have different melting points and are recycled differently.
  • Drinks cans and food tins
  • Milk cartons
  • Biscuit trays and tins
  • Crisp tubes (Pringles)

You can’t recycle:

  • Black plastic – the black pigment cannot be picked up by the laser technology used in the sorting process.
  • Metal tubes (tomato puree)
  • Cooking oil tins
  • Sweet wrappers
  • Crisp packets

Wrapping paper

For getting rid of wrapping paper, you may have heard of the scrunch test. Our tip here is: try it!

By scrunching wrapping paper into a ball, you can tell whether or not it can be recycled.

How does this work? Simple: if the paper stays in a ball, it is recyclable. However, when the paper is filled with too much glitter, foil, or sticky tape, it is non-recyclable.

When this happens, the paper will bounce back if you try to scrunch it, and it must go into general waste.

For eco-friendly wrapping:

  • Try to avoid wrapping paper that is dyed, laminated, or has glitter on it.
  • Choose eco-friendly paper, like 100% recycled paper, fabric, scarves, newspapers, maps, or old magazines.
  • Because sticky tape is not recyclable, try a specialist recyclable Washi or masking tape. Or try using things like string or ribbon instead.

For wrapping ideas in this vein, check out furoshiki – the Japanese art of wrapping gifts in fabric.


Un-Recyclable items

As you may have gathered, you cannot organise materials by de-facto can and cannot be recycled.

Some items must not be recycled and need to be disposed of differently.

  • Nappies cannot be recycled and need to go into general waste
  • Not all plastics are recyclable. You cannot recycle plant pots, tubs, trays (think toothpaste), or rigid plastics like toys, Tupperware or CD/DVD cases

Some items can be recycled or disposed of economically, but not through your recycling collection.

  • Batteries thrown away alongside general waste/recycling can become punctured or crushed. This can cause them to explode and start fires. So, dispose of them safely by taking them to your local recycling plant or supermarket.
  • Fabrics and textiles cannot be placed in with other recycling and should be taken to a collection point, clothes bank, or charity shop to be gotten rid of.

Need more help?

We hope that these tips help you recycle responsibly this holiday season.

Should you run into trouble during this period, like a stain on your carpet or rug or even damage to your upholstery, contact your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business or book online for help from our experts.

Festive stain removal tips from ServiceMaster Clean. 

Hosting holiday mingles can be stressful, but dealing with unwanted pesky stains can make your head spin.

Before you put hours of work into getting rid of stains, ensure you have the right tools and products.

At ServiceMaster Clean, we’ve been experts in carpet and upholstery cleaning for over 60 years, with the professional tools and expertise to remove any stains that should threaten your carpets this festive season.

With our handy tips, you’ll be able to get out lingering and in-the-moment stains.


Spot Hero

These tools include our patented ServiceMaster Clean Spot Hero, which distils all of our cleaning know-how into one handy bottle full of the power to eradicate most tough stains from carpet and upholstery. Including…


Red wine

With wine, especially red, it’s vital to blot it immediately with a white microfibre cloth until all the liquid has been absorbed to stop it from spreading.

Blotting is essential instead of wiping, as wiping may spread the stain further.

Once the liquid is absorbed, spray Spot Hero on a cloth to remove the remaining stain.


Hot chocolate and eggnog

These delicious holiday beverages can leave behind some ugly stains.

If the stain persists, use Spot Hero or mix white vinegar (one cup) and warm water (two cups) and gently work through the stain, then rinse again with warm water and blot the remaining moisture with a dry microfibre cloth.


Butter and grease

The grease in butter can set in quickly, making it a tricky but not impossible stain.

Start by removing the excess butter from the area, then dip a corner of a dry microfibre cloth into the water and coat liberally with salt, then hold it against the stain – don’t rub.

Hold it for about a minute, and then dust away the salt with another damp part of the cloth.

Or, if you want to avoid the chemistry lesson, use Spot Hero!


Cake icing

While decorating cakes and cookies is a fun family activity, icing is one stain you don’t want to mess with.

Go after these stains as soon as possible, scraping the excess off with a knife or spoon so it doesn’t dry.

Then, use Spot Hero to remove the stain.


Professional Repairs

Some stains are too stubborn to be removed without professional equipment.

Nothing says the holidays like candles everywhere, but no one wants to spill wax on a vintage tablecloth.

Should food colouring spill onto your carpet, you will require professional help from experts like your local ServiceMaster Clean technicians.

Our experts can use the latest tools to remove stains or, if they are set firmly into the carpet, will deploy services like a bonded insert to get your carpets looking fresh and clean in time for the new year!

For more help and advice on tackling festive stains during the upcoming holidays, stay tuned for more blogs or call 0800 021 3073 today.

Meet Arran Cooper, External Works Team Leader from ServiceMaster Clean Devon.

 At ServiceMaster Clean, our teams are integral to our expert carpet and upholstery cleaning services for residential and commercial properties.

Arran Cooper is the External Team Leader at ServiceMaster Clean Devon. We sat down with him to see what’s involved in his work.


How long have you been with ServiceMaster Clean Devon?

“I joined ServiceMaster Clean Devon 11 years ago.”


What do you like most about your job?

“I like the mixture of work and the varied places we get to go to each week.”


What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

“I love walking my dog and spending time with my children in my free time. I also enjoy Motocross.”


What’s an interesting fact about yourself?

“I can do the splits!”


Describe a recent workday:

“I arrive at work at 7.30 am to load the van with the equipment needed for the day and fill our water bowsers.”

“Today’s job is external cleaning for a local housing authority, so we need plenty of water onboard!”

“With the van loaded, we set off for the day’s work – preparing external walls of residential buildings ready for repainting by the decorating team.”

“On-site, we do a quick walk around to check for hazards and then begin cleaning. With our specialist equipment, we high-pressure jet wash the walls, cleaning off the dirt and algae.”

“When all the walls are cleaned, we clear any debris to ensure we leave the site clean and tidy. Our final job is to take photos of the finished work, and then it’s time to pack up the van and head back to the warehouse. Back at the warehouse, I unload the van [and] check the job sheet for tomorrow.”


Want support from a team of cleaning professionals?

For the more specialist and ad hoc cleaning responsibilities, utilising an external provider can be beneficial.

At ServiceMaster Clean, we can help keep your workplace clean and safe with regular or one-off carpet, hard floor and upholstery, infection control cleaning, emergency cleaning, periodic deep cleaning and external cleaning.

For a free, no-obligation quotation from ServiceMaster Clean Devon, call 01803 200278.

Or nationwide, find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business or shop online today.

 ServiceMaster Clean sponsors two rugby clubs in Newbury and Swindon with kits and pitch-side signage.

The team at ServiceMaster Clean by Deeland are proud to announce that they are sponsors of the local Swindon Supermarine RFC under 12s and Newbury RFC rugby teams.

 Managing Director Andre Gottemaker said,

“We have always believed it’s important to give back to the local community, and supporting local sports teams is a great way to do this.  Both clubs also have vibrant youth teams, and it’s fantastic to be a part of encouraging young people to get into sport.”


Andre visited the Supermarine U12s on Sunday at their match against Cirencester to present the team with their new shirts and shorts.

The constant rain throughout the morning made for a very muddy experience but didn’t dim the excitement of having a brand-new kit to play in.

After the kit was presented, the boys had great fun chasing Andre across the pitch to get him as muddy as possible!


The new signage among the action!

Commenting on the sponsorships, the Deeland team said:

“We are proud to be associated with the [U12] club.  [We’re] wishing them a successful season with lots more mud, fun and excellent rugby!”

“We are also delighted to continue our sponsorship of Newbury Rugby Club this season.

It’s great to hear about the growth in participation, especially amongst the ladies and youth teams. The club is thriving, and we’re looking forward to some great matches!”


Need a new cleaner?

If you could benefit from carpet or upholstery cleaning from a trusted company, contact ServiceMaster Clean by Deeland on 01635 38100 today for a free, no-obligation quotation.

Nationwide, call 01635 40400 or find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean Services business to learn more.

Nine essential cleaning responsibilities for all employers.

As an employer, maintaining a clean, safe, and hygienic workspace is essential to keeping your employees safe, happy, and productive.

But what does this entail?

As experts in commercial cleaning, the team at ServiceMaster Clean Devon have put their heads together to compile a list of essential cleaning responsibilities for all employers.

Your specific cleaning responsibilities will depend on the type of business or organisation you run, but typical cleaning responsibilities include…


  1. Maintaining a clean workplace:

  • Ensure that the workplace is clean and free of hazards.
  • Regularly clean and sanitising common areas such as break rooms, restrooms and kitchen areas.

  1. Providing necessary cleaning supplies:

  • Distribute the necessary cleaning products and tools for employees to maintain cleanliness in their workspaces.
  • Ensure an adequate supply of soap, hand sanitisers and paper towels in restrooms and other common areas.

  1. Managing waste disposal:

  • Provide proper waste disposal systems and ensure that rubbish is regularly collected and disposed of.
  • Communicate and enforce any recycling programs.

  1. Ensuring compliance with health and safety regulations:

  • Adhere to local health and safety regulations regarding cleanliness and sanitation in the workplace.
  • Keep up with any changes in regulations and adjust cleaning practices accordingly.

  1. Handling specialised cleaning needs:

Address any specialised cleaning needs, such as spills, accidents, or specific cleaning requirements for certain industries (e.g. healthcare facilities).


  1. Educating employees:

Encourage a culture of cleanliness and personal responsibility for keeping workspaces tidy.


  1. Monitoring and inspecting cleaning standards:

  • Regularly inspect the workplace to ensure that cleaning standards are being met.
  • Address any issues or concerns related to cleanliness promptly.

  1. Responding to health or other emergencies:

  • Implement specialised cleaning measures during health emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic or an infectious disease outbreak like norovirus.
  • Deal with hazardous events, like flooding, and ensure the area is safe.
  • Follow guidelines from health authorities to protect your employees and customers.

  1. Maintaining a safe external environment:

Keep external walkways clean to prevent trip and slip hazards.


Want help with your cleaning responsibilities?

For the more specialist and ad hoc cleaning responsibilities, utilising an external provider can be beneficial.

At ServiceMaster Clean, we can help keep your workplace clean and safe with regular or one-off carpet, hard floor and upholstery, infection control cleaning, emergency cleaning, periodic deep cleaning and external cleaning.

For a free, no-obligation quotation from ServiceMaster Clean Devon, call 01803 200278.

Or nationwide, find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business or shop online today.

Need your carpets cleaning?

Carpets in commercial spaces generally get a lot of footfall so they can get dirty quickly.

A regular carpet cleaning schedule will aid in improving the cleanliness and hygiene of your environment, improve the appearance of your carpet, and help it to last longer.

With a team of trained and professional carpet cleaners and our specialist equipment, we can help keep your carpets in tip-top condition.

In this blog post, the team at ServiceMaster Clean Devon shares how they ensure quality commercial carpet cleaning services.


Benefits of regular carpet cleaning

  • Regular carpet cleaning can prevent the flattening of carpet piles, saving time and money on replacement.
  • Frequent cleaning removes dust, dirt, germs and bacteria, which get deep into the carpet and often cause staining and traffic marks.
  • Plus, you’ll have peace of mind that you’re maintaining the highest hygiene standards on your premises.

ServiceMaster Clean’s carpet cleaning services

Pre-clean site visit

We’ll visit your premises to provide a quotation for the carpet cleaning.

This visit involves thoroughly inspecting all carpeted areas to assess the scope of work.

We’ll discuss timings and schedule a date and time that’s least disruptive to your business operations.

We can do the cleaning outside your regular business hours if convenient.


Carpet clean

We use specialist, high-grade equipment for commercial carpet cleaning.

The process features a hot-rinse extraction to remove deep-set grit and dirt from your carpet and rugs so they stay clean for longer.

Using a hot water extraction system provides the best cleaning and, unlike other cleaning systems, ensures no shampoo or residues are left, which can cause carpets to get dirtier quickly.

It also means the carpet will dry within a few hours of cleaning, ensuring minimal downtime.


Ongoing care

To maintain the health of your carpets, they’ll require a regular cleaning programme.

We’ll recommend a schedule tailored to your carpet’s usage, whether monthly, quarterly, bi-annually or annually.


Need your carpets cleaning?

Our teams at ServiceMaster Clean Devon and beyond are fully insured, accredited and certified to carry out commercial carpet cleaning, and our hot water extraction system results in the best, residue-free clean.

If you’re in Devon and the surrounding areas and want to book a no-obligation site assessment and quote, call 01803 200278.

Or nationwide, find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business or shop online today.

How to make sure your Halloween party is scarily good.

Halloween is coming.

It’s the perfect holiday for people who love sweets and chocolate, dressing up, and being a big kid.

Whether you’re planning a ghostly gathering for kids or grown-ups, some Halloween essentials can’t be missed.

Here are our tips on preparing the perfect Halloween monster bash.

  1. Make it age-appropriate

No matter your guest demographic, ensure it is appropriate for the age of your guests.

For example, some scarier decorations might be too intense for young kids.

If your guests are all adults, you’re probably safe to go all out with the fright factor, but the last thing you want from a fun kid’s party is to upset them!

  1. Avoid hard-to-clean substances

In our experience, some spooky substances are an absolute monster to remove from surfaces and furnishings.

While they are essentials for many, substances like fake blood, silly string, and the makeup from Halloween costume sets can easily stain carpets, curtains, and upholstery and are notoriously difficult to remove without professional assistance.

If any spillages or issues with these substances occur, your local ServiceMaster Clean technicians will remove them in a flash with their specialist expertise and high-quality equipment.

  1. Set the scene with some monstrous media

Prepare for your guests and set the mood for a fun and festive time with a combo of themed media.

Make a playlist of your favourite songs to get you in the spooky spirit.

Some hits like Thriller and the Monster Mash will surely get guests feeling Halloween-y.

And if you don’t have time to make your own, check out our Halloween playlist that’s sure to have your party jumping with fright.

You could also play classic Halloween films in the background for extra ambience.

For horror fans, you could play one of the many Halloween or Scream films, Friday the 13th or The Exorcist.

For a less frightening time, try some appropriate films for a younger audience, like The Corpse Bride, Wendall and Wilde, The Addams Family, or Beetlejuice.

  1. Plan ahead

Your gathering doesn’t need to be a massive expense.

Throwing a memorable, sustainable, but inexpensive party merely requires a little forward-thinking.

The only strangers turning up on your doorstep should be trick-or-treaters.

Establish a “ghouls list” and get an exact headcount for the evening by specifying whether or not people should bring plus 1s.

When you invite your guests, set an RSVP date.

If you host guests often, you can also use decorations that can be used more than once.

You can source a lot of cheap and inexpensive decorations from discount stores.

Halloween is meant to be scary, but one thing you shouldn’t be afraid of is asking for help.

Ask your guests to help out by bringing beverages or their favourite (possibly themed) dish.

This might save you valuable prep time ahead of your party.

You can also plan fun activities like games or a prize for the best costume.

  1. Clear away the cobwebs

While giant spider webs are appropriate for Halloween, you don’t want to invite guests into a messy home.

With the potential dangers of a dirty carpet, don’t miss a trick by treating yourself to professional carpet and upholstery cleaning services from ServiceMaster Clean.

As experts in cleaning for over 60 years, we use the best tools, people and equipment to ensure your carpets and furnishing are so clean it’s almost scary!

In the event of any unwanted spills or stains, we’ll be there to help with the clean-up.

Contact Us

To see how we can help you maintain a clean home, find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business for a free, no-obligation quotation on a range of bespoke cleaning services.

ServiceMaster Clean by Deeland has raised over £700 for Macmillan Cancer Support through a very successful coffee morning. 

Macmillan Cancer Support’s coffee mornings are the staple of their fundraising.

First started in 1990, the idea was simple: get people together over a coffee and donate the cost of their beverage to Macmillan.

But it was a hit and became an annual event. To date, coffee mornings have raised over £310 million for Macmillan!

Macmillan Coffee Morning by Deeland

This year, the official coffee morning date was late September, but people can choose any date they wish to participate.

So, there is plenty of the year left to host your own!

ServiceMaster Clean by Deeland recently hosted their coffee morning and raised over £700!

This has contributed to this year’s coffee morning national total of £6,166,878, which can fund 98 Macmillan nurses and the work they do for a whole year!

Business Services Director Jane Paisley says:

“We are delighted to have raised over £700 for Macmillan Cancer Support.  A big thank you to everyone who baked, ate, raffled and donated to help achieve this!”

Learn the value of a cleaner that cares

If your premises could benefit from carpet or upholstery cleaning from a trusted company, contact ServiceMaster Clean by Deeland on 01635 38100 today for a free, no-obligation quotation.

Nationwide, call 01635 40400 or find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean Services business to learn more.

Christian Grispino from ServiceMaster Clean Kingston Upon Thames has become certified to clean wool carpets.

At ServiceMaster Clean, our staff work hard to constantly deliver the best quality cleaning service for your carpets and upholstery.

All of our businesses employ expert knowledge and top-of-the-range cleaning equipment to give you the satisfaction of a cleaner and more appealing home.

We also regularly innovate our services and ensure we work to the highest possible standard.

This is precisely what has been happening at ServiceMaster Clean Kingston Upon Thames as one of their technicians, Christian Grispino, has achieved certification from The Woolsafe Organisation, certifying him as a fibre care specialist.

Christian, who now boasts a slew of industry-recognised certifications, having previously attended courses at Jacaranda Carpets and Altec, now adds specialisation in wool fibre cleaning to his repertoire after participating in the specialist programme from Prochem, an industry-recognised training provider.

Cleaning wool carpets

Wool carpets have many benefits, but cleaning them can be tricky without the right expertise.

The products and methods you use to clean your carpet can do more harm than good.

This can include:

  • Damage to fibres
  • Loss of colour
  • Shrinkage in water

As a result, extreme caution should be exercised when cleaning wool carpets.

Trust the professionals

At ServiceMaster Clean Kingston Upon Thames, we take the training of our technicians very seriously to ensure that the quality and standard of service we deliver to our customers is always first class.

With over 60 years as leaders in the carpet cleaning industry, you can trust that you benefit from expertise and knowledge that ensures your carpets will be cared for and protected from damage.

The technical knowledge of our technicians like Christian means that even down to the most minute details, like the fibres of your carpet, we provide a service steeped in care and understanding.

Christian says he was “very pleased to have attended and passed his latest training course & qualified as a Woolsafe-approved fibre care specialist.”

Business owner Phillip Wingfield added:

“Christian has been with us now for about 18 months & is gaining experience and confidence in his role as one of our carpet & upholstery cleaning technicians. We are very proud of him.”

Need your wool carpets cleaning?

If you’re in Kingston and the surrounding areas and need your wool carpets cleaned, call Phil, Christian and the team on 0208 5467494 today.

Or nationwide, find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business or book online in select locations.

ServiceMaster Clean Bournemouth is partnered with British Forces to offer a special discount for all British Forces personnel. 

This organisation offers exclusive discounts on a range of products and services from restaurants and clothes to holidays and days out, and now… ServiceMaster Clean!

Whether you need:

  • Carpet, Rug and Upholstery Cleaning
  • Fabric Protection
  • Hard Floor Cleaning
  • Curtain Cleaning
  • Carpet Repairs
  • Commercial Cleaning Services
  • Caravan Cleaning
  • Disaster Restoration
  • Amtico Aftercare Services
  • Infection Control and Pest and Insect Treatments
  • Deep, builders, and end-of-tenancy cleaning

And more, you can receive 10% off services of more than £80 if you are a member of the British Forces.

Contact Us

For a free, no-obligation quotation and on-site assessment, find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business today.

Or, if you’re in Bournemouth and the surrounding areas, contact the ServiceMaster Clean Bournemouth team on 01202 895551 today.

How we work to keep your hard floors clean.

Hard floors are generally easy to keep clean, and regular mopping will help maintain the floor’s appearance and hygiene.

However, from time to time, a deeper hard floor clean is necessary to:

  • Remove ingrained dirt that regular mopping will not achieve.
  • Prolong the life of the flooring.
  • Enhance the appearance and make colours more vibrant.
  • Remove grease and contamination that can cause a slip hazard in commercial kitchens and restaurants.
  • Maintain hygiene levels within changing areas and wet rooms where people walk barefoot.

At ServiceMaster Clean Devon, we professionally strip, deep clean, seal and polish hard floors to remove stains, grease and grime, kill bacteria, bring back the shine and protect the floor. We clean all hard floor types, including Karndean, natural stone, tiles, vinyl and wood.

Some flooring types, such as wood and natural stone, require specialist treatment to protect their integrity. Our experts are fully trained in using the right equipment and products to restore and enhance your floors without damage.

ServiceMaster Clean Devon’s hard floor cleaning process

Pre-clean site visit

  • We’ll visit your premises to provide a quotation for the works and thoroughly inspect all areas to determine the floor type and the correct sealant to apply.
  • We’ll discuss your requirements and ascertain vital information such as footfall volume, how easily you can maintain the floor once the finish is applied, how long the area can be out of use, etc.

Floor clean

  • We vacuum the floor to remove dry dust and debris.
  • A chemical polish remover is applied to remove any previous coatings and contamination.
  • After the product has had time to work, we carry out a deep roto scrub with a slow-speed rotary floor scrubber. This process removes any polish build-up and loosens any dirt.
  • The dirt is removed with a high-pressure extraction machine.
  • The final step is to seal the floor using a sheen of your choice.

We take detailed before and after photos and can provide job reports if required.

Aftercare

  • Before leaving, we advise on the correct products and cleaning procedures to maintain the floor.
  • We can return at six-monthly intervals to clean and spray buff the floor or re-apply polish as necessary.

If you’re looking for a professional hard floor cleaning company, please get in touch to see how we can help.

Need help from professionals?

If you have any questions about dealing with a challenging void property or for a quote to support you on a project, call ServiceMaster Clean Devon on 01803 200 278.

Or, nationwide, find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business or book online in select locations to see how you can benefit from our services.

Our top tips for cleaning and maintaining hard floors.

Hard floors are popular in commercial settings due to their durability and low maintenance.

Hard floors are generally easy to keep clean, and a regular cleaning schedule will help maintain the floor’s appearance and hygiene.

Here are ServiceMaster Clean Devon‘s tips and advice for cleaning hard floors.

  1. Sweep or vacuum first

Before mopping, sweep or vacuum the floor to remove loose dirt, dust, and debris.

This process prevents these particles from scratching the floor surface during cleaning.

  1. Use the right cleaning solution

Different hard flooring materials require specific cleaning solutions.

For example, hardwood floors should be cleaned with a hardwood floor cleaner, while tile floors may need a tile and grout cleaner.

Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for your specific flooring type.

  1. Avoid excess water

Excessive moisture can damage hardwood and laminate floors.

When cleaning these surfaces, use a damp (not soaking wet) mop or cloth. You can use more water for tiles and linoleum, but avoid flooding the floor.

  1. Choose the right mop

Microfibre mops are great for most hard floors because they trap dirt and grime effectively.

Consider using a mop with a reusable and machine-washable microfibre pad to reduce waste.

  1. Scrub grout lines

If you have tile floors with grout lines, use a grout brush or an old toothbrush to scrub the grout periodically to help maintain a clean and fresh appearance.

  1. Use a PH-neutral cleaner

When in doubt, choose a PH-neutral cleaner for hard floors. It’s less likely to damage the finish and is generally safe for most types of flooring.

  1. Dry quickly

Dry the floor soon after mopping to prevent water damage or streaks.

A dry mop or towel can help with this.

  1. Protect high-traffic areas

Consider using rugs or mats to protect the floor from excessive wear and tear in areas with heavy foot traffic.

  1. Address spills promptly

Wipe up spills as soon as they happen to prevent staining or damage to the floor’s finish.

  1. Regular maintenance

Establish a regular cleaning schedule based on the needs of your floor type. High-traffic areas may need more frequent cleaning than less-used spaces.

  1. Avoid harsh chemicals

Avoid using abrasive cleaners or products that could harm your specific flooring type. Always check the manufacturer’s recommendations.

  1. Move furniture carefully

Use protective pads on the legs to prevent scratching the floor.

Lift furniture rather than dragging it to avoid damage.

  1. Inspect and repair

Periodically inspect your floors for any signs of damage or wear and address any issues promptly.

Spotting problems early can help prevent more extensive and costly repairs later on.

  1. Consult professional help

If you’re unsure how to clean or maintain your specific type of hard flooring, consider consulting a professional cleaner or the manufacturer for guidance.

By following these tips and establishing a regular cleaning routine, you can keep your hard floors looking their best and extend their lifespan.

Need help from professionals?

If you have any questions about dealing with a challenging void property or for a quote to support you on a project, call ServiceMaster Clean Devon on 01803 200 278.

Or, nationwide, find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business or book online in select locations to see how you can benefit from our services.

This case study from ServiceMaster Clean in Devon details how they help institutions and businesses maintain pristine standards of floor cleanliness.

All flooring needs regular cleaning to maintain hygiene, enhance appearance and prolong life.

In a commercial environment where footfall is high, frequent cleaning is essential.

Outsourcing your floor cleaning to an external company like ServiceMaster Clean ensures your standards remain effortlessly high.

Here are two examples of organisations that have benefited from our floor cleaning services in Devon.

The University of Exeter

The University of Exeter requires the team in Devon to clean the carpets in the bedroom and communal areas within its student residence halls.

The carpets within these areas are often stained, and some are problematic, which our teams need to resolve.

Using our specialist cleaning products, combined with high-pressured water and steam, we remove the ingrained dirt and eliminate or reduce the staining.

The university values our service as it frees up its in-house cleaning team to focus on deep cleaning the other areas of the residence buildings ready for the students to occupy.

Exmouth Leisure Centre

Exmouth Leisure Centre has a floor care program with ServiceMaster Clean.

We regularly attend the site to deep clean hard floors in the changing rooms, café areas, toilets and exercise areas.

Typically, the floors have a lot of ingrained dirt from mop usage.

We use a specialist floor cleaning product to loosen the dirt and contaminants from the floor’s surface.

Once the dirt is visibly lifted, we scrub the floors with a rotary floor scrubber and extract the grime with a high-powered steam extraction machine.

The steam extraction leaves the floors clean and sanitised, ready for use.

Our cleaning requires little downtime so the facility can stay open with minimal disruption to the leisure centre’s users.

Need help from professionals?

If you have any questions about dealing with a challenging void property or for a quote to support you on a project, call ServiceMaster Clean Devon on 01803 200 278.

Or, nationwide, find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business or book online in select locations to see how you can benefit from our services.

Why buy a wool carpet?

There is a lot of choice involved in buying a carpet, as there are so many different types.

The most common synthetic fibres used in carpet manufacturing are:

  1. Nylon
  2. Polyester
  3. Polypropylene (olefin)
  4. TriextaA

When up against these big hitters, how does the humble wool carpet compare?

This week at ServiceMaster Clean, we’re looking at the benefits of wool carpets, from sustainability to safety, to show how, with a wool carpet, there’s sheerly something for everyone.

Maintenance and appearance

Strap in because these are the big ones.

When you’ve invested in a brand-spanking new carpet, you want to know that it can withstand everything that everyday living will throw at it, whether muddy footprints or dog wee!

Therefore, any prospective carpet buyer needs to ask some essential questions, including:

  • Will the carpet lose its texture, thickness or colour gradual loss of colour?
  • Will it retain spots and damage?

On this front, wool carpets are fantastic.

They are infamous for their long-lasting good appearance, which comes from their ability to respond excellently to dry and wet cleaning.

They are resistant to soiling, which means they retain their colour brilliantly.

The only maintenance and appearance issue that wool carpets face is staining.

However, this is only if the stains are allowed to seep into the fabric.

If spills and stains are handled promptly by carpet cleaning professionals, you shouldn’t have any issues.

On the other hand, synthetic fibres initially respond well to cleaning but may worsen in cleaning ability over time as the fibres become damaged.

Sustainability

Wool carpets are more sustainable since regular shearing is essential to caring for sheep.

Each year, there is a fresh supply of natural wool for the carpet industry.

Wool is also biodegradable and recyclable and won’t clog up a landfill site for decades or centuries.

So, if one of your primary concerns is living sustainably, a wool carpet is a brilliant addition to your home.

Safety

Wool carpets may also be considered for their safety compared to other options.

They are naturally flame retardant and have a higher ignition point than synthetic carpets.

With a wool carpet, you don’t have to worry about dropping matches or other fire hazards in the same way, as they won’t send your home up in smoke.

Insulation and breathability

Wool carpets are also natural insulators, which is a benefit during the cost of living crisis.

Wool also naturally absorbs humidity and serves as a natural filter, releasing heat when the atmosphere becomes dry and improving air quality by trapping and removing airborne allergens.

How ServiceMaster Clean can help your wool carpet

At ServiceMaster Clean, many of our branches, such as Leicester and Kingston Upon Thames, are accredited by WoolSafe:

“Established in 1991, the WoolSafe Certification Mark is widely recognised in many parts of the world as the standard for excellence and safety of carpet care chemicals.”

At ServiceMaster Clean, we use the best tools and products to clean and maintain your wool carpets.

Need your carpet cleaning?

No matter your carpet fibre profile, carpet cleaning can be a laborious chore.

But with the right tools and expertise, it doesn’t have to be.

If you’d like to discuss the specific products we use to clean wool carpets, contact your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business and schedule your free, no-obligation quotation or book online in select locations today.

Tips for taking care of your upholstered furniture.

Are you cleaning your upholstery? You should be.

Upholstered furniture needs as much care and attention as your carpets.

When facing the cost of living crisis, buying or cleaning used or existing furniture is much cheaper than buying new.

Not only will this preserve the colours and textures, but it will also help to remove stains and smells.

Especially if you have pets.

This is because prolonged exposure to the pollutants they leave behind can degrade upholstery.

But how do you even go about cleaning your upholstery? And what do you do if you stain an upholstered item?

ServiceMaster Clean has the answers.

How to clean your upholstery

For at-home upholstery cleaning, remove cushions and use a nozzle attachment on your vacuum for to hard-to-reach areas.

Ensure you beat the upholstery to loosen the dust and to get it all.

Once you’ve done this, plump up your seat cushions.

You should also be rotating your seat cushions often. But why?

Simple: Plumping and rotating help your cushions keep their shape and avoid premature wear.

Make sure you’re also airing out your furniture. Opening a window to allow fresh air to circulate eliminates the need for chemical air fresheners.

We understand that you probably want a room that gets good light.

However, do try to avoid any upholstered furniture in direct sunlight.

The reason for this is that it will degrade the quality of the materials over time.

What to do if you stain your upholstery

Nightmare! You’ve spilt hot coffee on your upholstery and left a massive mark right in the middle of it.

Don’t panic. Think ServiceMaster Clean.

Your upholstery is delicate, but there are anti-stain treatments that are highly effective with the proper application.

We use a special fabric protector that gives fantastic resistance to spills.

This makes it easy to deal with any future stains quickly and effectively.

Our fabric protector also contains a unique additive that kills viruses and bacteria.

Trust ServiceMaster Clean

With budgets tight, consider buying or cleaning older furniture rather than buying new.

We have stayed the UK’s number one cleaning brand for 60 years.

So, join those nationwide that trust ServiceMaster Clean to maintain their furniture.

Learn more about how we can help you refresh your upholstery. Find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business today.

And you can now take the magic of a ServiceMaster clean home with ServiceMaster Clean Spot Hero.

All the reliability of our specialist cleaner – in a handy-to-use bottle – for just £7.99!

Regular external cleaning can help maintain your property and improve its appearance.

However, without the right tools for the job, it can be tricky, time-consuming and even dangerous.

Especially when working at height.

So, it’s worth bringing in a professional.

At ServiceMaster Clean, we have the specialist equipment and the expertise to undertake external property cleaning with exceptional results.

Here’s a recent example of work from ServiceMaster Clean Devon demonstrating the benefits of using our services.

External clean ready for redecoration

Our customer had booked decorators to paint and refresh their property externally.

However, the property exterior required preparatory work before any decorating could begin.

We were called in to prepare the property ready for the decorators.

Using professional-use biocides, we removed algae, mildew and lichens from the guttering and fascia boards and then gave the whole building a deep clean.

Our specialist equipment enabled us to access hard-to-reach areas and ensure a thorough job.

We provided all the cleaning products and equipment, including water, so we didn’t need access to external taps nor have to inconvenience the customer.

Once complete, the property was ready for the decorators to get straight to work and not waste time preparing the surfaces for painting.

And the results speak for themselves!

Before and After

In need of professional external property cleaning?

At ServiceMaster Clean, we provide a professional external property cleaning service.

We’re fully insured to clean property exteriors and follow stringent health and safety policies.

Our self-contained vans have all the necessary specialist equipment and professional-grade supplies to ensure an excellent result with minimal disruption on site.

If you’re in Devon and the surrounding areas and want to book a no-obligation site assessment and quote, call 01803 200278 today.

Or, nationwide, find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business or call 0800 021 3073 to learn more.

Eight top tips for preparing for commercial carpet cleaning on your premises.

All carpets need regular cleaning to maintain hygiene, enhance the appearance and prolong the carpet’s life.

Scheduling frequent cleaning is essential in a commercial environment, where footfall is likely high.

There are several key factors to consider when planning commercial carpet cleaning to ensure a successful and efficient process.

In this blog post, ServiceMaster Clean Devon gives eight top tips to help you with your planning.

  1. Evaluate your carpet cleaning needs

Assess the condition of your carpets and determine the level of cleaning required.

Consider factors such as the size of the area, traffic levels and any specific stains or areas of concern.

  1. Set a schedule

Plan the carpet cleaning around your business operations to minimise disruption.

Determine the best time for cleaning, such as after working hours, on weekends or during a quieter period.

Communicate the schedule with your staff and ensure they know of temporary closures or restricted access to certain areas.

  1. Research and select a reputable cleaning company

Look for a professional cleaning company that specialises in commercial carpet cleaning.

Read reviews, check references and compare quotes to find the most suitable option.

Ensure the company has experience in handling large-scale commercial projects.

  1. Communicate your expectations

Agree on your expectations and specific requirements with the cleaning company.

Discuss areas of concern, any particular stains or spots that need attention and any unique aspects of your carpets.

A full brief will help them plan their approach and allocate the necessary resources.

  1. Prepare the area

Clear the area of any furniture, equipment or obstacles that might hinder the cleaning process.

A clear space will ensure the cleaning crew can access all areas efficiently.

  1. Budget for regular maintenance

Commercial carpets typically require regular maintenance to keep them in good condition.

Consider scheduling periodic cleanings throughout the year to maintain cleanliness and extend the life of the carpets.

Discuss this with the cleaning company to establish a long-term maintenance plan.

  1. Address safety and security concerns

If your business deals with sensitive information or valuable assets, ensure the cleaning company has appropriate security measures.

You may need to provide access control or supervision during the cleaning process to protect your business interests.

  1. Follow-up maintenance

After the cleaning is complete, establish a routine for ongoing maintenance.

Regular vacuuming and spot cleaning will help maintain the cleanliness of your carpets between professional cleanings.

In need of professional commercial carpet cleaning?

At ServiceMaster Clean, we provide a professional commercial carpet cleaning service.

We’re fully insured, accredited and certified to carry out commercial carpet cleaning, and our hot water extraction system results in the best, residue-free clean.

If you’re in Devon and the surrounding areas and want to book a no-obligation site assessment and quote, call 01803 200278 today.

Or, nationwide, find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business or call 0800 021 3073 to learn more.

What’s involved in our property clearance and clean service?

Preparing a void property ready for the next occupant can sometimes require more than a straightforward cleaning.

If a previous resident has left unwanted contents and potential health hazards, it’ll need a specialist approach.

At ServiceMaster Clean, we have the expertise to safely clear and clean your premises, ready for the specialist trades to undertake repairs and redecoration or for your new tenant to move in.

In this blog post, ServiceMaster Clean Devon walks us through their property clearance and cleaning process so you know what to expect when you book with the experts.

What we do

We follow a three-step process to clear and clean a void property.

Since we handle everything, you won’t need to deal with separate organisations ensuring a quick and seamless service.

Out three-step process to void property cleaning

  1. Making it safe

First, we remove biohazards, sharps and bodily fluids from the property.

Each team member has the appropriate protection equipment and is trained to handle these high-risk materials and manage their safe removal.

  1. Clearing rubbish

As soon as the property is clear of hazardous materials, we remove and dispose of any other unwanted contents.

As well as general rubbish, we can take away items requiring specialist disposal, such as fridges and freezers.

  1. Deep cleaning

With all waste cleared, we move on to the deep clean and decontamination.

This final stage ensures that the property is clean and hygienic.

If necessary, we can thoroughly disinfect the property by fogging or Ozone treatment, where very fine droplets of disinfectant are sprayed throughout to remove unwanted odour and kill mould and microorganisms.

We supply reports on our findings, along with before and after photographs and can also provide method statements, risk assessments and COSHH sheets.

As soon as we have cleared and cleaned down the property, you can bring in your tradespeople to prepare the property for the next occupant.

Need help from professionals?

If you have any questions about dealing with a challenging void property or for a quote to support you on a project, call ServiceMaster Clean Devon on 01803 200 278.

Or, nationwide, find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business or book online in select locations to see how you can benefit from our services.

Your Amtico floors are an investment and we’re Approved Amtico Aftercare Specialists, so you can trust us to look after them for you.

Trained by Amtico on how to restore and dress Amtico flooring, at ServiceMaster Clean, we offer specialist advice on the types of coating and treatments available to keep floors looking pristine.

Our national network of trained specialists now boasts over 50 technicians who have all been thoroughly trained in how to care for your Amtico flooring after installation.

Even in the most careful of homes, accidental damage such as scratches, stains and scrapes can occur when it comes to hard flooring. Fortunately, they’re all things that we at ServiceMaster Clean, like to get our teeth into.

Here are some useful tips for looking after your Amtico flooring:

Scratching

Use fibre matting to remove excess grit, dirt and moisture. Sweep your floor more often. Use Amtico International Floor Dressing for that extra protection.

Sticky Floor

If greasy, remove solids with absorbent paper then use Amtico International Floor Cleaner (following the instructions on the bottle). If there are dull residues, mop the floor again and avoid exceeding the recommended concentrations of the product. Avoid using ‘other’ cleaning products, for example washing up liquid.

Floor Indentation

Protect your floor under heavy furniture with wide-bearing cups. For chairs and frequently moved furniture, use easy swivelling wide wheel casters or felt pads. The subfloor beneath the tiles may be permanently indented if load-bearing devices are not used.

For more information on our Amtico services click here to find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean for contact details.

What to expect from ServiceMaster Clean Devon.

At ServiceMaster Clean, we pride ourselves on our high work quality and exceptional customer service.

But, of course, we would say that… so, in the name of walking the walk, we spoke to ServiceMaster Clean Devon about what you can expect from us.

Whether you’re instructing us to provide ongoing communal cleaning or a one-off emergency clean, you can rest assured of our quality assurance guarantee.

This means:

  1. Safety first: We conduct risk assessments on our cleaning services and create risk assessment method statements (RAMS). Our staff wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and follow a step-by-step safe working guide to deliver best practices consistently.
  2. Superior equipment: We continually upgrade and invest in our equipment to ensure it’s appropriate for the job and that whatever the cleaning task, we deliver exceptional results.
  3. Responsive service: Our service fits to suit your needs. So whether you need cleaning outside of usual office hours or an emergency response, we’ll deliver what you need.
  4. Clear communication: Depending on the job, we provide before and after photos, completion reports and sanitisation certification to confirm completion to the highest standard.
  5. Staff training: Our new employee induction process and ongoing internal and external industry training programme skills our staff to be the best at their job.
  6. Professional attire: Our branded vehicles and staff uniforms reflect our high standards of professionalism and provide reassurance that we’re genuine.

Interested in professional carpet and upholstery cleaning?

If this sounds like the kind of cleaning company you’d like to look after your property, please call 01803 200 278 or email office@smcdevon.co.uk and let’s see how we can help.