Duties to Delegate to Your Housekeeper

GSR Cleaning Services Melbourne is a one-stop shop for all your cleaning needs. We cater to professional couples, new mothers and just about anyone in need of an excellent residential cleaning service. Our best bet is a professional housekeeper; do you which duties to delegate your housekeeper?

We feel the weight of the pressure that cleaning a house places on you- it is hard trying to be successful in the house and still excel at work- and even more stressful when you are a new mother. Our professional housekeepers offer the best solution.

How Do You Know You Made the Right Choice with GSR Cleaning Services?

Our housekeepers are well-trained and compensated and offer the best in class cleaning services. Not to toot our horns, but every client who has worked with a different cleaning swears that our services are excellent.

Our housekeepers will stay with you for as long as you wish and you with light duties in the house. They won’t clean your kitchen, scrub your toilet and make your appliances shine, but they’ll ensure that you come back home to a hearty meal, sleep in clean bed sheets and ensure your furniture is dusted.

Duties Our Housekeepers Will Handle

A cleaner is different from a housekeeper. A cleaning will always deep clean your house and probably stay with you for a few hours.

A housekeeper is different since you can stay with him or her for as long as you please. However, you need to know that the housekeeper can’t handle tasks that cleaners do since they are trained to only do light tasks such as:

Light cleaning, dusting, sweeping, mopping: it is a housekeeper’s duties to ensure that your home or commercial building remains clean. They can dust, sweep, mop and vacuum your surfaces to ensure that they remove debris and stray hair from your floors.

Washing and drying dishes: Since you’ll be hiring a housekeeper to help your family, the housekeeper should ensure that the dishes are washed and dried.

Washing, folding and ironing clothes: Your housekeeper will help you wash, fold and iron your clothes, when you hire from us, be rest assured that you will have clean clothes to wear when you step out of the house.

Changing bed linens and making beds: make your bed before going to work or leave it as it is, your housekeeper will be there to ensure that it’s looking neat before your next plunge to slumber land.

Separating and removing garbage and recycling: the housekeeper will help you take out your trash and sometimes even help with recycling.

Restocking personal care products, toilet paper: do you want to replenish your stock but have no time? Well, trust in your housekeeper that this will be done.

Picking up toys and/or clutter and other general organizing: your housekeeper can help you keep your home organized by ensuring that your kids’ toys and any other thing are put in their right place.

Running errands for the family: When you need some shopping done and you can’t handle yourself, you can call in your housekeeper and have him or her handle it. Your housekeeper can handle your to do list too.

Preparing meals: Tired of eating out or ordering pizza for dinner every day? Our housekeepers are trained to prepare different dishes that the whole family can enjoy together.

You don’t have to restrict your requests to the mentioned tasks. Whenever you want, you can have your housekeeper perform light duties as requested or simply ask us so you know which duties to delegate to your housekeeper.

Contact us today to enjoy the services of our housekeepers and bring back sanity to your work, new baby, and your home.

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How Spring Cleaning Can Help You Survive Hay-Fever

Spring is beautiful, but it’s also a key time of the year for seasonal allergies. As plants release pollen, millions of Australians with hay fever start to sniffle and sneeze. This may seem normal, but the National Asthma Council Australia warns a runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing and breathing difficulties in spring can be far more serious. While there may be no real cure for springtime allergies, medication and household habits like spring cleaning can help.

Causes

The number one spring allergy trigger is pollen. Your immune system sees pollen as a danger, so releases antibodies to attack the allergens. This leads to histamines entering your blood, triggering your runny nose, watery eyes and other symptoms.

Diagnosis

A visit to your regular doctor may help. They will probably tell you to take antihistamines. If that doesn’t help, you may need to go to an allergist for tests to discover what you’re allergic to.

Survival Tips for Sufferers

Apart from taking antihistamines, avoiding pollen as much as possible is the best solution:

• Stay indoors when the pollen count is very high. The counts usually peak in the mornings.

• Keep your doors and windows closed during the spring months to keep allergens out. An air purifier may also help.

• Change your clothes and wash your hair after going outside, because the allergen can collect there.

• Vacuum twice a week. Wear a mask, because vacuuming can kick up pollen (and mould and dust) trapped in your carpet.

• Clean the air filters in your home regularly. Clean bookshelves, vents, and other places where pollen can collect.

Kristine Whorlow, CEO of the National Asthma Council Australia, says that spring cleaning can also help reduce exposure to allergen triggers.

However, a proper spring clean can be strenuous and difficult, so getting expert help is a great idea. Most spring cleaning experts provide a complete sterilized cleaning service that removes collected dirt, germs and dust on every surface of your living space. They deliver a fresh, clean, beautiful home much quicker than you could do it yourself.

When you’re looking to hire, don’t just check that the company uses state-of-the-art machinery to clean your house: ensure that the procedures and products they use are time-tested, verified and harmless.

If you suffer from hay fever, you will get extra benefit from regular cleans – choose a weekly, fortnightly or monthly spring cleaning service to keep pollen from settling and building up, triggering your allergies. When you hire a cleaning team, tell them you get hay fever and ensure they concentrate on leaving your carpet, windows and other surfaces free of dust and pollen.

At GSR Cleaning Services, we know how allergies and asthma can ruin one of the most pleasant times of the year. That’s why we pay attention to the procedures and products we use for spring cleaning – we’ll minimize your sniffling and sneezing with our expert service.

Contact us today for specialized spring cleaning and keep your family safe from hay fever.

Top 10 Benefits of Hiring Professional House Cleaners

Keeping a clean home is definitely paramount to making sure to keep things safe and allergen-free. Add to that the level of peace of mind you have seeing everything organized and you will want to keep things clean at all cost. If you are someone who has one of the most hectic schedules on the planet, you may be thinking about hiring some professional to come help you out. Well, in case you are still on the fence about it here are the top 10 benefits of hiring professional house cleaners.

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1. You always have a clean home

When you hire people whose sole purpose is to clean, it will give you peace of mind knowing they will do their job. You are always guaranteed of a clean home every time.

2. Gives you time for other things

Having a crew do those things you simply don’t have the time free, frees up your time to continue working on other things that are important to you.

3. Perfect if you are unable to clean your home yourself

Having a professional cleaner help you to maintain the sparkle of your home is a perfect choice for anyone unable to clean their home because of one reason or another, and especially if you are disabled.

4. Signing a contract ensures regular visits

If you sign a cleaning contract, you can have the times and dates already scheduled so they will arrive at times you have already specified are great times to clean.

5. Professional house cleaners provide experience

Because the team you choose will have professional experience, they are more likely to give you the best cleaning services and you will not have to worry about whether they know what they are doing.

6. Professional house cleaners provide expertise

They will know exactly what cleaning products to use for every area of your home and if needed know what cleaning agents to change if any of your family members suffer from allergies.

7. Industrial-grade equipment

Professional crews will usually mean you get people who bring in more industrial-grade equipment with them to do deeper and better cleanings.

8. Customized cleaning plan for you

You can have a cleaning crew to come out and see your home first in case you have certain things that need special cleaning. This will allow them to put together a customized plan for cleaning your home.

9. Professionalism

A professional cleaning crew gives you service on a level that makes you feel glad you hired them.

10. Extensive training

Most of the crews undergo very extensive training to know how and why the things they do must be done.
It surely means a lot to have a clean home you can be proud of while you go about your business and enjoy your family. If for some reason you aren’t able to tackle the task yourself, why not hire someone? After all, hiring a crew could actually allow you to be more productive, healthy and happy.

Are there any benefits I didn’t mention? Share them in the comment section below. Or, simply contact us for any of your cleaning needs.

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Spring Cleaning Tips from GSR

Dreading spring cleaning time? Feeling overwhelmed and exhausted already? Take a deep breathe, focus, and follow some great cleaning tips by our team at GSR! 

The Preparation

Never start a cleaning process by thinking on the chores you have to do. Rather, keep the end result in mind. Think of the sparkly clean house, the beautiful lounge or the well-groomed garden that will make your family feel relaxed and happy. Now with that image in mind, gear up and start preparing by making a check list. You should be having the following things handy:

– Cleaning supplies

– Paper towels and cleaning rags

– New brooms and mops

– A working vacuum cleaner

– A cleaning brush

Don’t procrastinate going to store and getting these supplies. There’s nothing worse than having to clean yourself up during your big spring cleaning to run to the store for a new bottle of Windex.

Gear Everyone Up

One of the best ways to make spring cleaning fun and engaging is getting everyone to help in and assigning them various tasks. Get your kids (if they are old enough) to pack their toys up and organize their room. You don’t want to waste time picking up toys or re-arranging rooms when you’ve got to do the cleaning. Ask your spouse to help you do the dishes if possible. And don’t cook for the day. You’ll be tired. There’ll be chemicals and dust and lots of germs. So better to order.

Getting Started with the Day

Get up early and put on some comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Dress all the way down to your shoes and put your hair up. Take a few minutes to gather all your cleaning supplies and get going.

The biggest mistake to make is to try to do it all at once. Take it one room, one area at a time. If you have anyone around who can help you, then divide the rooms. You could the bedroom while the helper can do the kitchen. This works much better than trying to do 10 things at once. It will also give you a great sense of accomplishment to see each clean room.

Some Cleaning Tips

When cleaning a room, always start from the ceiling. Use a long broom to sweep off cobwebs and the dust that accumulates in ceiling corners. Clean the fans too because they absorbed the most moisture and dust. You’ll be amazed at how dust actually sticks to the fan panels. Once done, start dusting the furniture. Keep working your way down cleaning counters, windows and windowsills, furniture. When all done, give the carpets a good vacuuming. Make sure to go under the bed and move furniture around if necessary. You don’t want dust accumulating in unseen corners.

The bathrooms should be dealt with the last. Infact, if you’ve got a helper, you can ask them to do the bathroom (they may put up a fight!) while you do the rooms. When you get to the bathrooms, start by spraying some all purpose or bathroom cleaner on all the appliances, especially anything that may have some build up on it, like the soap dish in the shower. Pour some Clorox in the toilet. Allow the cleaner to soak in while you get started on the ceiling, windows and counters. By the time you get around to the sink, shower and toilet, all you need to do is wipe them down and give the inside of the toilet a quick scrub with the brush.

Oh and you don’t have to lose your head while doing the cleaning. Keep cool and take breaks to drink tea or water. Don’t take too long though or you won’t be motivated to finish it all! Once done, sit back, enjoy the view and relax!

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Tips on how to hire a great cleaner

Finding someone that you trust to clean your house or business is harder than most people think. Not only is important that you can have someone that you trust to work with little or no supervision around your valuables, but you also need to have someone that you can trust to be reliable and to do a great job.

And what if they break something that is a valuable? Or become injured? And how do you work out what specific tasks they will do?

Where should you look

Getting advice from reliable and impartial sources is critical in deciding who to trust. So if you know somebody who has a cleaner, then they may be a great place to start. Other than that, online reviews are one of the best ways to find who is reliable. www.womo.com.au is a great online review source, there are reviews are quality checked and done away that you can be quite sure that they are from real customers.

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Six questions that you should ask any cleaner

How long have you been in business

A well-established company will have a long list of references, be highly experienced and have dealt with all of the situations that you are likely to encounter. They should provide you with at least three references (and you should call at least three references).

Ask about the turnover rate they have with employees

Housecleaning usually has a very high turnover rate, a lot of employees don’t stay longer than 3 to 5 months and having this change in personnel means trusting someone you in your home frequently. Companies with lower turnover rates generally produce a higher quality results because they hire the right people, treat them well and save time on retraining.

What cleaning supplies do you use, and what cleaning methods?

Some cleaning services bring their own cleaning supplies and others preferred you to supply them for them. Knowing what this actually means can be highly beneficial, for example for some cleaning companies they consider bringing their own cleaning equipment as simply bringing a rag and a bottle of spray.

Do you have insurance?

Insurance is great and any cleaning company that you engage should happen. Insurance not only helps to protect you from a cleaner getting injured on your site, but also it is there to protect the value of your assets.

How long will it take to clean house of my size?

Sometimes it will focus on a rate per hour, but the best way to look at it is how much to complete the job. Some cleaning companies spend longer than others, and other cleaning companies complete more tasks. So when you’re looking at a cleaning service just make sure that you’re comparing apples to apples. Knowing what specific tasks they do and how long they spend can help you get a better understanding of value.

Do you guarantee your work?

Some cleaning companies offer quality guarantees including 24-hour satisfaction guarantees. Check to see if you’re cleaning company is confident enough with their work to guarantee that you will like it.

Cleaning Dust Mites

It’s common knowledge that a lot of allergies are caused by environmental factors such as pollution, dust mites, germs, insects and pests. However, what most people don’t know is that these factors are present right in their homes instead of the outside environment. Infact, homes that have dust mites are often the cause behind family members getting skin allergies or at worse developing asthma. For years now, GSR’s cleaning team has been actively carrying out cleaning activities with homes infested by dust mites.  With our experience and knowledge, we aim to help our customers by educating them of basic cleaning activities that can greatly reduce dust mites at home and prevent allergies.
Dust Mites

Change bed sheets, pillowcases and blankets at least once a week.

Dust mites cannot be seen by the naked eye, hence, you cannot really identify their location and clean up. The only way to avoid dust mites is to carry out weekly cleaning activities. The bed is a potential host area not just for dust mites but also for bed bugs and termites and so extra precaution has to be taken when it comes to cleaning your bed sheets and bedding. To kill dust mites, you have to wash bedding in a washing machine at a temperature of at least 130 F. If you don’t have a washing machine or find it difficult to manage, then simply washing the bed sheet with hot water and detergent is also a good way to ensure cleanliness.

Protect your mattress, box springs and pillows with allergy-proof covers.

This keeps dust mites away from the flakes of dead human skin cells which are a primary food source for them. Keep stuffed toys away from your bed as dust mites usually cling on to them. To prevent stuffed toys from being a dust mite colony, keep them in the sun twice a week. If you’re extra active, wash them in hot water too. Just make sure, they don’t get ruined!

Reduce humidity.

It helps if you can lower the relative humidity in your house, normally lower than 50% is sufficent. When dust mites can’t absorb moisture from the air they will shrink and die. You can use air conditioners and dehumidifiers to achieve this benefit. If you live in a sunny area, keep the curtains open for sunshine to pour through.

Use stone, hardwood or laminate flooring instead of carpet if possible

This eliminates an ideal dust mite territory. If you cannot choose your flooring, make sure that you use asteam cleaner on your carpets at least once a year. Dust and vacuum your home at least once a week.

You need to clean your house regularly.

Find a cleaner if you cannot afford the time. Regular dusting and vacuuming will help to control dust and therefore dust mites in your house. Use a damp mop or damp cloths on hard floors and furnishings as dry cloths stir up dust mite remains. Vacuum carpets, sofas, curtains and window blinds regularly with a powerful vacuum cleaner, preferably with a special filter.

Keep away furry and feathered animals from your bedroom.

Your pets’ dead skin cells are another food source for dust mites. So it’s best to have your pets sleep as far away from your bedroom as possible. You can treat your pets’ sleeping areas the same as yours, i.e. regular cleaning and use allergy-proof covers. http://www.gsrcleaning.com.au/