Does your pet cause allergy problems in your home?
When we think of our pets, we often think of the companionship, happiness and love they bring to our homes, not the hidden germs and bacteria they carry. However, each time your pet enters your home, they bring with them a variety of dirt, germs and bacteria.

Fear not! Following the following steps can help you to make sure that your home and loved ones are kept as allergen-free as possible (whilst making sure your pet still has a loving home).

Place a mat by the exterior doors your pet uses. This will help to ensure that you are trapping allergens, dirt and bacteria before it has chance to reach the rest of your home. These mats are often able to be washed in a washing machine, giving you the opportunity to remove the bacteria harboured within them regularly.
 
Wipe your pets’ paws when they re-enter your home from outside. Although this may seem arduous, particularly in the peak allergy season, it can enable you to trap and dispose of many allergens before they have change to impact the health of both you and your loved ones.
 
Give your pet a regular bath. Whilst they may not thank you for their squeaky-clean new image, you will be able to effectively remove more dirt, bacteria and allergens than through brushing alone.
 
Mop your tiled and hardwood floors using an antibacterial solution regularly, focussing on the high-traffic areas that will contain the most bacteria.
 
Where your home has been carpeted, or you have rugs, it is imperative to vacuum at least twice a week to ensure you rid your home of unwanted germs and bacteria.
 
A professional carpet clean performed by Oven&CarpetGreen will ensure your home remains hygienically clean.
 
 Using the very latest carpet cleaning triple vacuum technology, our equipment, partnered with the expertise of our fully trained technicians enables us to leave you with the best possible results. If you need your carpet  cleaning and would like to request a quote then just click here. 

 

So, next time your hear the cat flap rattle, or your dog bounds in after a walk, be sure to follow the above steps to keep your home hygienically clean and your family safe from allergens.
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Our Top 10 Tips For Safety In The Kitchen
The kitchen is the hub of many people’s households, but safety in the kitchen is vital as there are many ways in which it can be dangerous.
Whether you’re a lover of baking and cooking or someone that doesn’t spend a lot of time in their kitchen, these kitchen safety tips will be useful in helping to prevent injuries to you and your family.

 

1. Keep kids and pets out the way
Some children enjoy helping parents out in the kitchen, but you must teach them to stay out of your way when necessary and to keep their distance from hot appliances that haven’t yet cooled down. Furthermore, pets around your feet or lounging on the floor are tripping hazards, so it’s important to make sure that they are also kept at bay.  

2. Don't rush
Rushing around the kitchen will almost guarantee accidents. A top kitchen safety tip is to be careful and take your time when cutting food and moving pots and pans.

3. Wipe up spills immediately
It’s easy to spill something in the kitchen when you’re multi-tasking and trying to tend to others. To improve safety in the kitchen it’s crucial that you clean up water, grease or oil immediately, before anyone trips and hurts themselves. Furthermore, food that is spilt in the oven and not cleaned up gives your food an unpleasant taste of smoke and charcoal, which is unhygienic and can cause illness.

4. Keep your oven clean
Keeping your oven clean is a great kitchen safety tip, because if food is spilt on your oven and not cleaned up, it can burn and set fire. Furthermore, if your oven is dirty then it will often produce black smoke, which can be very hazardous for you and your family. If you need your oven cleaning and would like to request a quote from professional local specialists then just click here.  

5. Learn how to use knives
Make sure you educate yourself on how to slice and chop food properly with knives, so that you don’t injure yourself.

6. Check that your oven and other kitchen appliances are turned off
Leaving your oven and other kitchen appliances turned on could be a fire hazard or injure any pets and children if they’re left hot, so check that these are all turned off once you have finished using them in order to improve safety in the kitchen.

7. Keep a first aid kit in the kitchen
A first aid kit is not only important for the bathroom, you should make sure you have one handy in the kitchen too. It should include gauze, burn salve, scissors, and the phone number for your doctors and nearby hospitals.

8. Wear safe clothing and footwear
Be careful of what you wear whilst cooking or baking. Long sleeves, hair, scarves and jewellery can catch fire or tug at pots and pans, causing them to fall off the top of the stove.

9. Sanitise your kitchen
A kitchen safety tip worth remembering is to clean your kitchen with cleaner as often as possible, in order to prevent bacteria and germs from spreading.

10. Ensure your fire alarm works
According to the fire service, you are twice as likely to have a fatal fire in your home if you don’t own a smoke alarm. The large majority of fires start in the kitchen, so don’t forget to check your smoke alarm battery regularly and replace your fire alarm once every 10 years.

We hope that our kitchen safety tips will help you be more vigilant, so you can improve the safety of both you and your family.
If you would like one of our specialists to clean your oven and other kitchen appliances, such as your hob, extractor hood, microwave, aga or barbecue, then just request your free estimate with us today.
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Barbecue cleaning tips and some simple steps on how to clean a BBQ.
Cleaning a BBQ may not be as exciting as preparing delectable barbecue food, but keeping a barbecue clean is paramount to ensure your food tastes great, as well as being safe to eat.

We recommend cleaning your BBQ around once a month, but you should also complete the first 3 steps of this BBQ cleaning process each time after using your barbecue. 

1. Leave the grill in place and wait for your barbecue to get to full heat. For a gas barbecue, turn the heat on full and for a charcoal barbecue, throw in fresh coals and wait for them to get boiling hot.   

2. Put the lid on, and leave for 15-20 minutes. This will clean your BBQ by baking off any food particles and debris, making it much easier to clean the barbecue parts.  

3. Switch off your barbecue and wait around 30-45 minutes until it has completely cooled down, and then remove the bars and scrub at them with a steel brush. A good BBQ cleaning tip is to make sure that you reach all of the corners and edges of the grills.



4. To clean a BBQ thoroughly, add the grills to a bucket of warm, soapy water and scrub at them again. There are also domestic barbecue or multi-purpose cleaning products that you can use to clean your BBQ grills, however it’s worth checking the manufacturer’s instructions before using them.

5. Once you’ve scrubbed the grills again, rinse and dry them immediately.

6. Remove all the other barbecue parts such as drip trays, again waiting until they have cooled down, and wash all of them using warm, soapy water and then dry them as before. 

7. Scrub down the rest of the inside of the barbecue with a steel brush and a little warm, soapy water if necessary.

8. Place all the parts back onto your barbecue. 
 
But if you’d rather not endure the hassle, time and effort of cleaning a BBQ, Oven&CarpetGreen can do the hard work for you. Using safe, eco-friendly and fume-free products, we can leave your barbeque spotless and ready to light at a moment’s notice when the sun appears!
As well as bbq cleaning we can remove grease, fat and burnt on carbon deposits from ovens, hobs, microwaves, and agas - using 100 percent caustic free cleaning solutions ensuring a safe, hygienic and fume-free environment, so your appliances are safe to use as soon as the cleaning job is complete. 
 
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7 Habits to Keep Your Carpets Cleaner Forever
If you live with wall-to-wall carpeting, or have a home full of rugs, you know how quickly your soft, beautiful floors can get dingy and dirty. How your carpets fare has a lot to do with your daily habits and cleaning methods, so there might be more you can be doing to keep your carpet looking and smelling its best. From how you vacuum to your stance on shoes in the house, here are a few ways you can tread more carefully.

Get good doormats (for every entrance)
One way to protect your floors and carpeting is to make sure all the entrances to your home have a doormat for you and guests to wipe your shoes on when you come in. It might even be a good idea—especially in winter when snow, salt and slush from can make a huge mess—to have two at each entrance, one outside to wipe your shoes on, and one inside to take them off without making a mess.

Clean any stains right away
The longer you wait to deal with spills and food or pet stains, the harder it'll be to clean them up later, and the more damage they'll do to your carpet. To make sure your rugs and carpeting last as long—and stay as clean—as possible, be diligent about cleaning up any messes immediately. And remember, different materials and types of stains require different clean-up methods, so make sure you're using the right solution for your carpet.

Always take your shoes off inside
Speaking of taking your shoes off, if you really want to keep your carpet clean, make it a rule that shoes come off when you walk in so you don't bring in dirt and debris from outside. And if you want to go the extra mile (or you just really like wearing shoes indoors) you can wear socks or designate house shoes or slippers to wear around your home to protect carpeting from any oils and dirt from your feet—just make sure you never wear them outside.
 
Splurge on a good vacuum
You might think any vacuum cleaner will do the trick, but if you've got a lot of carpeting in your home, it's definitely worth it to splurge a little on a good vacuum. Vacuuming regularly is one of the most important ways you can care for your carpets, and you should make sure yours is cut out for the job. If you're not sure how to choose the right vacuum cleaner for you, 

Vacuum twice a week
While we're on the topic of vacuuming, make sure you're doing it often. First, you should be vacuuming your carpet at least twice a week, but along with frequency, the way you vacuum matters. You should go over each spot on your carpet   depending on how much foot traffic the area gets, and you should vacuum in all different directions to get the most dirt and debris out. If you don't think you'll be up to the task of twice-weekly vacuuming
 
 Get it professionally cleaned annually
This is a big one: To keep your carpet clean and damage free for as long as possible, you should make sure it gets a deep professional clean at least once a year. You can also rent carpet cleaning machines to do it yourself if you prefer, but make sure you know what you're doing—improper steam cleaning could attract more dirt and cause mold and mildew to grow. 
 
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