The Poison In Polish

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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

Damp dusting Mrs Mopp Style

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

Even Chrissy is rethinking her furniture polish use

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

5 Tips To Help De-Clutter Your Home in 2015

5 Tips To Help De-Clutter Your Home in 2015

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De-clutter Your Home In 2015

It’s the beginning of a brand new year and everyone is full of resolutions and hope for the upcoming 12 months. As well as promising to lose weight or join a gym, I’d like you to promise one thing to your home for the next year…To de-clutter it. All of it.

We all lead crazy busy lives and lives that are filled with convenience and “stuff”. Lots of  stuff. We are a nation of work hard, spend hard people and our houses are full to busting point of things we do not wear or use.

Couple of interesting facts for y’all – Did you know that the average UK  adult has over £1,000 worth of stuff/clutter that they could sell or donate just lying around their home? Also, did you know that many psychologists believe having an overcrowded and cluttered house can lead to depression, anxiety and even weight gain? Things that make you go hmm right?

Now I understand that you may not want to throw away that stripy bat-winged jumper that you looked good in when you were 17, just in case, one day,  it should make a miraculous return to the catwalks of the world. However, sometimes we just have to face facts and be hard on ourselves and admit that we would never (ever) wear that jumper again anyway, even if the great Anna Wintour herself declared it chic. The thing is, the memories you have of being a footloose and fancy free bat-winged-jumper-wearing-individual are not trapped in a jumper and they won’t erase if we got rid of the jumper.

This is were de-cluttering becomes hard, we have to separate the emotions from all the stuff…

5 Tips To Make de-Cluttering Easier

1. Make a plan. Tackle your house room by room.

Don’t try and do your house in a day or in one weekend as, unless you live in a tiny house, you won’t manage it and that will  just make you feel fed up and discouraged to carry on. Instead of throwing yourself aimlessly at your home, be strategic and make a plan of what you will do and on what days. You have a year to get everything straight so don’t panic. Just think about it for a second – it took yeeeeaaaaars to collect all the stuff you have right? It will take a while to sort out and get rid of. Rome was not built in a day…

Plan pic

2. Start with the “lived in” areas first

Start in your lounge, for example, and then work through your home from the most used rooms to the least. As you start to de-clutter the most used spaces of your home you should start to begin to feel and see the benefits of less clutter almost immediately. Your room will look bigger and brighter AND it will now take less time to tidy and keep clean, hurrah!

3. Get a 3 box system going in your home

Have 3 boxes or large bags with you when you de-clutter each room to keep you focused and working to a system. The boxes are i) Skip/Recycle ii) Keep/Relocate iii) Charity/Sell. As you go around the room place objects into one of the three boxes. Once done, the room will be ready to be cleaned and the ‘kept’ items put back. If you have the space in a utility or garage, try to keep a regular 2 box system for skip/recycle items and for charity items and make sure everyone in your home knows about and uses them.

5 De-Cluttering Tips from Mrs Mopp

4. Find a charity close to your heart

To give is always better than to receive and if it is possible for you to do so, please think about having a regular charity box in your home. A charity that means something to you will give you motivation to keep the de-cluttering effort going. If you have good quality items or clothing, find a a charity that moves you and one you that you would love to help and be involved in. Not everyone has time to volunteer or has the money to set up a charity monthly direct debit, so donating your un-wanted items is the next best thing and very much appreciated by the charities. Donating to your chosen charity is a win-win for everyone involved – Your home gets de-cluttered, the charity makes money for their cause and someone goes home happy with a new stripy bat-winged jumper. Yay!

The Mrs Mopp charity of choice for 2015 for clothes, household items and furniture is the Shropshire Community Project – If you live in the local area, please click the link after you’ve finished reading this post (Obvs), to learn more about them and the very wonderful work they do in our County. Thank you.

5. Hold a Clothes Swapping Party

Get all your chums to sort out their wardrobes, shoes and accessories, that they no longer wear and arrange a get together to swap with each other whilst holding your own private fashion show. A good giggle, you get to see your friends in one space and everyone goes home with something new and exciting to wear without even spending a penny!

5 De-cluttering tips from Mrs Mopp

Do you have any tips for de-cluttering and learning how to let go of things you no longer need or use? Please share them below if you do, we would love to hear them.

Until the next time, happy Cleaning!

K x