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Spring has sprung, the clocks have gone forward and the weather is getting warmer, this makes everyone feel more energised to tackle the big spring clean.
Spring Cleaning is a very old tradition that is passed down from generation to generation. Have you ever wondered why we do a spring clean?
The origin is unclear; however some historians think it originates from Iranian Nowruz, the Persian New Year that falls on the first day of Spring. Iranians continue to practice “Khooneh tekouni” which means “shaking the house” with everything in the house being thoroughly cleaned.
Spring cleaning in the Jewish custom is linked to Passover, which marks the liberation of Jews from slavery in Egypt. Before the holiday commences, cleaning will be done to remove any yeast bread or chametz from the home.
The Catholic tradition is to clean the alter on Maundy Thursday, this is also taken into their homes for preparations for Easter.
The word “Spring Clean” was supposedly first reported in the “Washington Post”. In the 19th century, the newspaper reported that the yearly big clean took place mainly in the spring. This was due to after a winter in Victorian times, everything was left with layer of soot and grime from coal fires and gas lamps. With the warmer weather arriving, it was easier to open the windows and air the rooms and rid the grime of winter from their homes.
Now in modern times, we want to freshen our homes at spring time and put away the winter throws and lighten the room ready for summer. With the clocks going forward, this gives us longer days to clean away the winter. With more daylight hours brings us more energy as we are getting more vitamin D and our hormones change to give us more get up and go as spring arrives. This gives us more vigour to tackle the deep clean.
A spring clean gives us an opportunity to get the jobs done we don’t usually have time to do, such as cleaning the upholstery and carpets, curtains and pelmets. In the kitchen a deep clean of inside the cupboards is good way of clearing the gadgets that you never use. Cleaning the silver and glassware at this time of year will allow a little sparkle back into the room.
We wish you a “Happy Spring Clean” and if you do not have the time to start a spring clean, let our team of housekeepers help.
Please call today on 0330 333 9234 for more information or email info@elegantini.com.
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Christmas is the most magical time of year and we love spending it with our pets and our loved ones. The Guardian reported last month that 56% of Brits plan to spend more on their pets than their loved ones at Christmas. So how do we make sure our pets enjoy Christmas as much as we do? At Elegantini we want you and your pets to have festive Christmas and we hope these few tips will keep your beloved pets safe.
Christmas Dinner
Christmas Dinner is the most important meal of the year and we want to share it with everyone including our pets. It is so tempting to give them some turkey but be careful that no bones are hidden in the meat. Turkey bones become brittle when they are cooked, this could splinter off into sharp pieces and become stuck in the dog’s stomach. If you think this may have happened and the dog has swallowed a piece of turkey bone it is important to take them straight to the vet as it can become infected or perforate the insides of the bowel or abdomen.
When pouring your gravy over your dinner, be careful not give it to cats or dogs. The onion and products containing onion such as gravy can cause gastrointestinal upset and lead to red blood cell damage and anaemia.
Christmas pudding and Christmas cake is the grand finale to our sumptuous dinner but this can be bad for dogs. The currents, raisins and sultanas are toxic for dogs and can cause severe stomach problems. Christmas pudding is usually laden with alcohol which is also poisonous to dogs, so best to keep the Christmas pudding for human consumption only.
Poinsettias and Floral Table Decorations
A poinsettia does brighten a room with the festive red leaves, but these are quite toxic to cats if they digest them. Floral arrangements that decorate the table can also be a hazard, lilies are extremely toxic to cats and if they brush past the pollen stamen this can leave the pollen on their coat and digest it when grooming. Holly, ivy and mistletoe are also poisonous to animals so be extra careful with these when decorating the house with festive greenery.
Bows and Ribbons
We all love dressing our pets up as Father Christmas or a Christmas pudding but be careful of the ribbons as this can be a choking hazard. Do not leave the parcel ribbon lying on the floor as this could also cause a choking hazard. Cats love playing with tinsel but if they swallow parts of the tinsel it could become entangled in their intestines and lead to a costly operation.
Chocolate Treats
Chocolate tree treats and chocolate coins in a stocking are part of our Christmas traditions, but chocolate is poisonous to dogs and cats. The chocolate contains theobromine which is very harmful to our pets and can cause seizures and heart rhythm abnormalities. The darker the chocolate the greater the concentrate is of theobromine. Make sure you do not leave chocolate out in a room when a dog is alone or best still kept it locked away from the dog or cat.
Christmas Tree
There is nothing better than the smell and look for a real Christmas tree, but these can be dangerous to our pets. The pine needles if eaten can puncture internal organs. The pine can cause a skin allergy to the pets as well. When you put the tree in water to stop it drying out, it is important to not allow pets to drink the water as this could be poisonous to pets.
We hope that these tips will help your pets have a happy, safe Christmas and keeps them away from the vets.
Elegantini wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Joyful New Year. If you would like to know more about our housekeeping services, please contact info@elegantini.com or call 0330 333 9234 for more information.
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Elegantini are very proud to now be members of Checkatrade.com
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Elegantini are over the moon to announce we are The Best Home Based Business of the Year and runners up of Kent Business of the Year.
Congratulations to all the other winners and finalists. Thank you to IBAK for such an amazing evening, we all thoroughly enjoyed it.
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We are very proud to announce we are finalists in two categories for the IBAK Awards. Good luck to all the other finalists and we are excited to meet you all on October 12th in Maidstone
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Our kitchens are the busiest rooms in the home and we all think it is heart of the family home, so it is not surprising that they need more cleaning and attention than other rooms in the house. Our latest blog looks at the kitchen and items we think are innocent but are quite harmful to us.
Tea Towels
Tea Towels are not at harmless as you think. We all have tea towels hanging in our kitchens, but how often do you change them? A study by the University of Mauritius has found through a study, tea towels have large levels of E-coli. This is due to them being used for different jobs in the kitchen. We may use them for wiping up crockery and then go on to dry our hands on them. The government have a recommendation of changing your dish cloth and tea towel regularly. The BBC news brought this to our attention and you can find out more from their website https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-44401330
Cutting Boards
There has been a big debate over the last few years whether plastic or wooden chopping boards are the best for chopping food. It was thought for a few years that plastic was the best option for keeping clean but now with further studies, it is thought a wooden board is the best option. Plastic is certainly a cheaper option and if they are in a good condition, it is easier to keep clean as can go in the dishwasher. However, overtime knives can leave ridges and dents which bacteria can grow under the surface. Wooden chopping boards are better for the wear and tear on knives and due to wood being a harder material it is less likely to dent and scratch. The only problem with them is that they cannot go in the dishwasher so best to wash them in hot soapy water and then make sure they are completely dry with kitchen paper. For more information please visit http://www.foodsafety.company/2017/02/plastic-vs-wood-chopping-boards.html
Kitchen Sinks and taps
Kitchen sinks can be the dirtiest places in your kitchen. Research was done in 2012 where it was found that more E. coli was in the kitchen sink than a toilet after it has been flushed. It is important to not leave washing up in the sink for long period of times as this builds up the bacteria in the sink. Clean the sink everyday with hot soap water and antibacterial spray, making sure to dry the sink completely with kitchen paper.
Do not forget the kitchen taps, they are just as dirty as your toilet cistern handle with as many germs on them. Always wipe down with anti-bacterial spray every time you use them whilst cooking or washing up.
Coffee Machines and Toasters
Coffee machines are a breeding ground for germs, the drip tray if not cleaned regularly will allow the germs to breed in the tray. Toasters leave crumbs in the bottom of them and need to be emptied out regularly. Not only is this a health risk with bacteria but can also be a fire risk if they are not emptied out regularly. A toothbrush is a good tip to help get into the small crevices of the toaster.
If you would like more information about traditional housekeeping services, please call us today on 0330 333 9234 for a free, no obligation quotation or email us on info@elegantini.com
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