For the first time in 12 years, we’re putting down our mops 😩😢
We will be back as soon lockdown is over and when we do we will be Covid-19 trained and qualified in the best cleaning techniques from the London Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Disease, a course we are taking while on lockdown 🧼
Thank you for all the support and the kind messages
, you all rock and we look forward to serving you again soon
The same great team of Moppettes and office staff will be back – our staff are employed, appreciated and loved. We are going nowhere 🥰
Stay safe, keep a distance of 2m between you and other humans outside your family groups and please wash your hands regularly with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds 😬
What a crazy and scary time for us all eh folks? 😱
Much love to all NHS staff, care workers, delivery drivers, supermarket workers and all you bad-ass key workers, we love you and we thank you for all you are doing 🙌🏽
We will be posting helpful cleaning techniques, homemade cleaning products and money-saving tricks over the next few weeks, on our Facebook page, so please come join us
Regain Control Of Your Home With A Simple & Effective Cleaning Schedule
We’ve all been there, people are coming to visit, your house looks like a bomb’s gone off in it, and you only have 15 minutes to make it look like you have your life together. Argh!
Thoughts start racing through your mind – is the downstairs toilet clean? Is the kitchen cluttered with dirty dishes, and oh god, is the dirty washing piled-up the wall and if so how and where can we hide it?
We shouldn’t care. People should take us as they find us, but deep down we all do care. No one wants to be the messy sheep of the family, do they?
There is only ONE solution when it comes to panic cleaning…
Create and design a cleaning schedule for your home and stick to it!
Granted, it’s not the sexiest schedule you’ll ever create BUT it will save you time, energy and mental sanity in the long run
5 Reasons Your Home Needs A Cleaning Schedule
No more panic cleaning – Your home stays maintained and tasks are kept on top of
Less stress on you and those in your household – no more fights about who cleaned the bathroom last!
Efficiency – Tasks are planned, so no time is wasted wondering what to do, or what equipment and products you will need
Share responsibilities – A list of tasks can be shared out between all members of the household, even the small ones. Result!
Fight procrastination – With all cleaning tasks scheduled, there is no need for thinking, only doing – become one with the mop ohmmmm
7 Steps To Creating A Cleaning Schedule For Your Home
Decide The Length Of Your Schedule – Do you want to plan out for the year, the quarter or the month? Do whatever feels right for you and your home. For newbies to the scheduling world, ideally, you want to create a 4-weekly schedule to start with for the most repetitive and frequent cleaning tasks. You can always add in other tasks, such as professional carpet cleaning twice a year, later
List All The Cleaning Tasks – Take a pad and pen and walk around your home. In each room write down all the tasks that need to be done. Take note of all tasks that need to be done regularly, such as dusting the shelves, as well as tasks that need to be done but not as often, such as moving large/heavy furniture to clean behind and under
Determine The Frequency Of Tasks – Once you have your full list of tasks for each room, decide how often each task needs to be done. For example, if you have a spare room, that could be cleaned every month, or as and when it’s used rather than every time you clean the bedrooms. Same applies for tasks that may need to be done more often than you would think, for example, if you have 6 people sharing a kitchen, the kitchen sides should be cleaned at least once per day
Assign Tasks To Days – Monday could be your day to dust and polish, Tuesday your day to vacuum, Wednesday the day you clean the bathroom and so on… Having a set routine of cleaning tasks, assigned to days, will stop you feeling overwhelmed by housework and will keep your home clean, (presentable) and maintained
Assign Tasks To People – If you live with other people in your home, they can help you cleaning it and this is one of the biggest benefits and joys of a cleaning schedule – no more martyrdom to housework, no more moaning you have to do everything yourself, no more feeling the weight of a million tasks on your shoulders – divvy those tasks out and set yourself Free(er)
Put It In Writing – It’s all very well saying Betty will clean the bathrooms on Tuesdays and Bob will vacuum the downstairs, but overtime folks will forget, deny and/or try and swerve their duty. With a written up cleaning schedule, everyone can keep on top of what they need to do and when
Stick To It – Put your schedule on the fridge, on the family notice board or at least somewhere it is seen and seen regularly. When you come in from work (and before you slip into your PJ’s and batton down the hatches) spend 15 – 30 minutes just to cross off that days tasks on your cleaning schedule – No thinking, just doing remember and then, once done, pat yourself on the back for a job well done
NOTE: If you have a busy day and don’t do your tasks, don’t worry, just add extra time to the day after or, depending on the task, you could skip it altogether until the next time it’s due – your cleaning schedule should reduce stress in your home and not create it. Be kind to yourself
Do you have a cleaning schedule already? How does that work for you? Share your tips and pointers below
For optimal results, when using a cleaning schedule, we would recommend a full deep clean of the home first to get everything ship-shape and easy to maintain – so, make sure you check back for our next blog on how to go deep when cleaning
If you live in Telford, Shrewsbury, Newport, or Shifnal you can take advantage of the Mrs Mopp February offer of20% off a deep cleanby calling our offices on:
Mrs Mopp Shrewsbury became a stand-alone branch of Mrs Mopp in 2017 due to continued demand for reliable domestic cleaners in Shrewsbury
Mrs Mopp has worked within Shrewsbury for over 10 years, but as our client list grew it was important for Shrewsbury to have a dedicated team of local Moppettes and a dedicated account manager
Meet the Mrs Mopp Shrewsbury team
First up, meet team leader Zara – Zara has been with Mrs Mopp for over five years and started on our Shrewsbury team as a domestic Moppette.
Zara has worked hard and been a consistent member of the Mrs Mopp team since day one. Did you know, one time Zara’s car broke down and needed to be repaired so, not one to let her clients down, Zara got on her pushbike and cycled to all of her clients for a WHOLE WEEK and didn’t miss a single cleaning service!
Zara, who still cover-cleans when needed, completes all quotes in Shrewsbury and manages her team of Merry Moppettes – book a home visit with Zara
Zara is a mummy to two lovely girls (often seen out posting Mrs Mopp leaflets with their mama around Shrewsbury in their own mini-mopps uniform) give them a wave if you see them around
Want to know to know more about Zara, like what her favourite cleaning tip is, or perhaps her hidden talent, or maybe the music she likes to clean to? Find out all that and more by reading Zara’s interview featured on The Best Of Shrewsbury
Meet The Merry Moppettes – Mrs Mopp Shrewsbury
Say hello to Sarah. Sarah has been with Mrs Mopp Shrewsbury for over two years and is an integral part of our team. Sarah cleans many homes across Shrewsbury and is loved by her clients for her attention to detail
Meet Dawn. Dawn is a seasoned and experienced house cleaner, who has been with Mrs Mopp Shrewsbury just over a year, after joining us another cleaning service. Dawn brings lots of cleaning knowledge and a stocked cleaning bag to every service
Let us introduce our very own Rapunzel – say hello to Rachel, the owner of the most beautiful hair we have ever seen at Mopp Towers. Not only is Rachel a dab hand with a hairbrush, but she is also a wonder with a dustpan and brush. Rachel has received many happy clients reviews since joining our team and is known for her thoroughness in every task
We have a few Moppettes in training, over at Mrs Mopp Shrewsbury, they will be revealed soon, so keep an eye on our Instagram
For July only we have a special offer running on The Best Of Shrewsbury for Shrewsbury folks looking to book a weekly or fortnightly house cleaning service – 10% off for 3 months (T&C’s Apply) – click the above link to find out more
Do you know what you breathing in and absorbing into your body when you use furniture polish?
At Mrs Mopp, we are always working on improving our cleaning techniques and we continually test products to ensure we provide the best clean and service for all of our clients
In some of the homes we clean, we have clients that live with asthma, COPD and many other breathing conditions, and in those homes, we only damp dust, after much research on the best cleaning methods for those with lung conditions
Damp dusting does not use conventional furniture polish, instead it uses a damp soft microfibre cloth and a dry soft microfibre cloth to clean in a Mr Myagi “wax on, wax off” style – if the wood is sealed we may use safe-for-wood anti-bacterial treatments and we are currently trialing an environmentally friendly vinegar, water and jojoba oil mix (jojoba works as a natural wood oil) as we aim to cut down on the cleaning chemicals we use for both the health of our Moppettes and the health of our planet
Damp dusting provides a better clean and shine to your furniture, your picture frames, your ornaments, and your handles and switches etc. (Mrs Mopp first tests all products and cleaning techniques in our founders home before we ever put them into our clients homes, and Kelly is converted, the only type of dusting and polishing that is done in her home now is damp dusting). For longer lasting wood treatments, depending on the wood, we regularly beeswax or oil clients wood and damp dust in between bi-annual wood treatments.
See this short clip from one of our Moppette training videos showing the correct technique and also showing the shine achieved from damp dusting
The nasty truth about furniture polish
Did you know one of the hydrocarbons in furniture polish is formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen that can accumulate in human fat tissue over time?! It also contains nitrobenzene – which is easily absorbed through the skin and is another known carcinogen that is a reproductive and central nervous system toxin. Many brands contain petroleum distillates which have been linked to skin and lung cancers and can cause nerve damage, are highly flammable and dangerous if swallowed! Yikes!
This is in addition to morpholine (irritant which can cause kidney damage), neurotoxins and a host of other ingredients that can cause skin irritation, eye irritation, headaches, and coughing.
Limited exposure (once weekly) is classed as ‘safe’ but our Moppettes clean between 2-4 homes a day, 5 days a week… and that’s an awful lot of exposure
But I’ve always used furniture polish…
Furniture polish can damage your wooden furniture too as the silicones they contain can soak into the grain and damage the texture and look of the piece permanently. Some brands can leave a residue on furniture too, dulling the shine over time
A future without furniture polish?
There are many ways to clean furniture and at Mrs Mopp we always clean an item in accordance with the information acquired when we visit clients homes for a quotation and with the suppliers/manufacturers instructions for wooden items but for everything else, we damp dust – damp dusting stops the dust from circulating in the air (and ultimately landing back on the furniture) and brings items in a home to a bacteria-free high shine, with no inhaling and absorbing of nasties from a polish spray
How do you polish furniture? Let us know in the comments as we are always willing to learn
Well school holidays are upon most of us and whilst children will be looking forward to weeks of fun and very little work, it can be a bit of a nightmare for parents.
Here at Mopp Towers, my children were introduced to cleaning and tidying at an early age, they learnt we do not have a Bedroom or Washing Up Fairy that cleans and tidies everything up while they sleep.
You have to be realistic of course, if you are a bit of a cleaning control freak you may find it hard to let your standards slip. But on the other hand any help is worth something – right? So here’s some advice I learnt along the way.
Seven Top Tips for Cleaning with the Kids
Start them Young
Young children love to please and help out so get them to watch and talk them through what you are doing at the beginning. Even a toddler can hold a (child friendly/chemical free) wipe and will imitate you – great for those low down jobs like skirting boars or chair legs! Very young children can put their toys away at the end of the day or help lay the table.
The Right Chores for the Right Age
Little people don’t always have the dexterity or concentration for complex tasks so you need to think about what chores are right for your child. You will set yourself and your child up to fail if you assign tasks beyond their capability. Better to have your children do something simple but well as you train them up to take on more complex tasks.
Lots of Praise and Encouragement
Children do take pride in what they do, so do thank them and praise them – and don’t expect perfection, especially at the beginning. Try not to associate cleaning with punishment as they will get discouraged and you will never get a willing participant.
Simple Instructions with a Time Limit
To many children ‘Clean up your Room’ can be overwhelming – where to start? Simple instructions like ‘Put all your toys away before teatime’, or ‘Put your dirty clothes in the Washing Basket’, will help younger children. Teenagers may be a different matter –but once again one task a day to clear a messy room will get there in the end.
Make it fun!
Well I love cleaning but for children you can introduce music and dancing or singing. You can even go so far as dressing up as characters from a favourite book or movie. Ring the changes a bit so, once in a while get the kids to shampoo the dog, declutter the toy box so they can choose a new toy. On nice days outdoor chores can be good fun such as sweeping the leaves or washing the car.
Verbal praise is essential but some families have a sticker chart, (one of Super Nannies great tips) this works well if you have more than one child who has completed their chores first and gets the most stickers! It is also good to have a schedule, making the time for cleaning and balancing out the week.
Other families find that they have to make activities more challenging. Trust your child to do some tasks a little quicker or unsupervised (after a bit of practice of course).
Just like clearing up for the cleaner (last week’s blog – link) you will get more from your children if they have a clear area to clean. Clutter is confusing – they can of course help you with putting things away in the playroom or kitchen before the task of cleaning can begin.
If you give your children confidence they will feel more motivated to complete the weekly chores and be more independent, they will probably start suggesting new tasks they can take responsibility for like feeding a pet. And don’t forget you are building life-skills, before you know it you are packing them off to university able to cook, clean and look after themselves!
People think it’s hilarious when I say I have to clean up for the cleaners. So should you clean up for your cleaner? The answer to this has to be ‘No’! But if the question was “Should you tidy up for your cleaner,” then the answer is most definitely yes.
Essentially, I believe you pay a cleaner to clean and not to tidy up. You will get a lot more for your money if your cleaner can get in and actually clean, rather than putting toys away or picking up clothes from the floor.
You work hard and you are probably looking after your kids/partner/parent as well. Let’s face it you are on the go all the time, there are not enough hours in the day and still you are having doubts about hiring some help! Why? What is stopping you?
Let me guess, it’s that guilty voice that says: ‘I should clean my own house…., ‘Only rich people have cleaners’…., Or even ‘Would I be comfortable telling someone how to clean my house?’
STOP! You don’t have to act like Lord or Lady Muck to have some help in your home, you don’t have to be all superior and you are not lazy – you are just busy!
Can I read minds? No, sadly not, but I have worked in this industry for many years and have done hundreds of cleaning quotes for lots of ordinary people.
What I have found is this: Women fight with the decision to hire a cleaner far more than men do. Men see it as a practical necessity; who has time for cleaning bathrooms? Women, however seem to guilt trip themselves into thinking they should be able to do everything. It can become a vicious circle of guilt and pressure.
My advice? Let it go! Take a deep breath and join us in the 21st Century – it is okay to ask for (and hire) help! You are not a bad person for not cleaning your own toilet, sending the ironing out or having a gardener. You are a busy, hard working person and deserve to have some quality time for you and your family.
Overcoming the Guilt Monsters!
Only the well-off have cleaners
Maybe once upon time that was true, but not now. With busy lifestyle and more disposable income than ever before, having a cleaning service is for people of all walks of life.
I guarantee there is a cleaning service out there to suit your needs and budget. Even if you cannot afford a weekly service, you could think about having a clean every month or quarter. At the very least I would recommend a deep clean/spring clean at least once a year to tackle all the jobs that everybody tries avoid. Mrs Mopp offers all these options.
I should clean my own house
Firstly, says who? You feel perfectly comfortable paying for all sorts of services to be done for you; why would paying someone else to clean your home be any different?
Secondly, unless you live alone, you are not be the only person responsible for making the mess! But let’s face it, it’s not easy to get your partner/children/roommate to take the share of the work and you just end up nagging and getting stressed. So, unless you want to live with a kitchen floor that no one has mopped in three weeks, now is the time to hire a cleaning service to help you keep things spick and span without all the drama and family rows.
I feel like I would be exploiting someone
Now unless you are forcing someone to clean your house I would imagine that there will be no exploiting going on. There are some 800,000 thousand registered cleaners in the UK today who have voluntarily decided that cleaning is the job they want to do.
Some people see cleaning as lowly profession, but to me this is a myth and a bit of an insult. I feel cleaning is a very noble job, in fact, I tell my staff that cleaners are like the fourth emergency service; the silent, probably unseen presence, keeping everything working. Please do not feel sorry for a cleaner, most cleaners are happy with the flexibility of their jobs and take great pride in their work, so you are not exploiting anybody, it is their job.
As a final point, even when you hire a cleaning service you may still feel pangs of guilt when telling people that you have a cleaner. This is normal, but there is nothing like coming home to a clean and tidy house after a hard day’s work and knowing you won’t have to nag anyone (including yourself) to clean the house.
If you have any thoughts or stories about the topic of guilt when hiring a cleaning services, I would love to hear them!
Are you the recycling Superhero your house? Do you ferret around in the bins tutting and separating paper and plastics that the rest of your family have thrown away without a thought?
Recycling rates have been increasing in the last few years but rates have dropped despite stringent EU targets to recycle 50% of all household waste by 2020. There are many thoughts on why this might be but a big factor seems to be confusion!
Most of us have to sort our rubbish into four or five different bins, but in Newcastle-under-Lyme there are nine bins for every home – are they kidding!
Holding onto clutter can make you feel overwhelmed, stressed and low in energy. If you feel guilty about the amount of ‘stuff’ you have, you are not alone. Many of us are victim of the Evil Clutter Fairy – whether it’s that impulse buy or something to cheer us up, we tend to hold onto everything “Just in case”, so it’s often fear that is holding us back.
If this is you, then are let us help you get started, we promise you’ll feel better for it!
Top 10 tips to De-clutter your Life
Set a Date – don’t procrastinate any longer – set a date to start and stick to it.
Get Help – roping in someone you know and trust to help you, will give you the motivation and confidence to be tough with your throwing out!
Small Steps – if you just cannot face a massive onslaught on your clutter, start with nice, easy bite size chunks of 15 minutes every day. And tackle one room at a time. I guarantee– little by little you will start to feel better as you see the light (and more space) at the end of the tunnel.
Be Systematic – keep on decluttering that room until it is fully cleared. Cupboards, drawers, wardrobes, under beds, on top of wardrobes etc. Don’t be tempted to start on another room.
Take Five – whilst waiting for the kettle to boil, start sorting through your “junk drawer” (every kitchen has one!). Do you really need all those plastic boxes with no lids, empty jars or recipes torn out from magazines?
One in, Two Out – for every new item brought into the home/office, two items must leave… no cheating though, throwing out a piece of paper and empty toilet roll does not count! This rule may even save you money too – yay!
The Clothes Hanger Rule – each time you wear an item move it to one side of the wardrobe, you’ll find you probably wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time. After six months you will see what items you have never worn and can give them to charity or sell them on eBay.
Box it for Twelve Months – if you just cannot bear to throw certain items away as you may use it, fix it, need it etc. put all these items into a box, seal up it up and pop it in the loft… IF after 12 months you have not opened the box, donate the whole box to a charity shop (without opening it, as that would only tempt you again). I recently ditched curtains and bedding going back 20 years that were still boxed up from house moves!
List and Reflect – every time you feel the urge to buy the latest gadget, dress or yet another pair of shoes, write it on a list of ‘Things I want’ or take a picture. When at home, reflect on your decision and ask “Do I really need it?” If you don’t you’ve saved both space and money!
Be Honest – do you have a problem detaching emotions from items and blackmail yourself into keeping items that you have been given by your children or spent a lot of money on and have never used? Try this little trick: Do you REALLY a) Love it. b) Need it? If you honestly love it and will use it then you can keep it – otherwise ditch it or donate it!
So those were my top tips. I guarantee if you free up the space, take the plunge, get tough and declare war on your junk that you will feel less stressed, more organised and really appreciate what you do have!
If you need a deep clean, before you tackle your decluttering or after the end of a tenancy let Mrs Mopp and her merry Moppettes® clean, sparkle and refresh your home, from top to bottom, allowing you to spend your well-deserved time off and weekends with friends and family. Contact us for a quote.
I’ve been in the cleaning business for many years and I know people can be confused about the various options for finding a cleaner. So what are the pros and cons and how do you choose the cleaning service that is right for you and your home?
I’ve been in the cleaning business for many years and I know people can be confused about the various options for finding a cleaner. So what are the pros and cons and how do you choose the cleaning service that is right for you and your home?