Excellent reliable and cost-effective service.

-Mr P, York

Thank you for sending me two such pleasant hard working young ladies. Where do you find them?

-Mrs G, Thirsk

I would recommend the Cleanhome service to anyone it’s great value for money easy to set up and Sharon and Phil are extremely professional. My cleaner Kate always does a fantastic job.

-Mrs B, York

Cleanhome York were very quick to respond to my initial query and were able to find me the right support in less than one week. I was looking for a cleaner as soon as possible … but I never thought Cleanhome would be able to act so quickly. I had not heard of Cleanhome York before so I was very impressed with this service. Vicky has been excellent – its like having a second pair of hands … only better!!

-Mrs C, Great Ouseburn
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How to disinfect deliveries

As I write the title for this blog, it really strikes me: the strangeness of the world we suddenly live in.

The New Normal

Distancing ourselves from friends and family. Queuing in long nightclub-style lines (but quieter and spaced out), one-out-one-in, for the supermarket.  A few weeks ago, the idea of all this would have seemed utterly bizarre. But very quickly this has become the new normal. A neighbour of mine washes the cars on his driveway a few times a week, despite the fact they’re barely moving – just out of boredom.

 

But here we are, living through the pandemic that many say has been due for some time. And we’re quickly used to strange protocols. Giving everyone we meet while out for exercise an almost comically wide berth. Washing our hands a few dozen times a day. And regarding everything that Comes From Outside with suspicion and even fear.

What is a Coronavirus?

The Coronavirus has been described in many places and in some detail. It’s a tiny parasite, existing, like all viruses, in the realm of the zombie: neither dead nor alive. Each particle of the pathogen is a tiny string of RNA – RiboNucleic Acid – the material cells use to produce molecules of protein from DNA – DeoxyriboNucleic Acid. This is wrapped in a lipid coating – a layer of fat. Around this is the structure of protein ‘spikes’ that give coronaviruses their name: the appearance of a crown around its spherical form. Covid-19 is the most recently-discovered form of Coronavirus.

So, what can we do to keep safe from infection?

The structure and composition of Covid-19 makes it able to survive (remain a viable threat) in a variety of locations, but it is known to have a limited lifespan on hard surfaces. The length of time and its capacity to be passed on through touch appears to depend on the surface, but it can be from a few hours to a few days.

How dangerous are delivered packages?

That said, the risk to you of infection from a surface touched by an infected person is low. It will depend on your general state of health, but also a great deal on viral load. A small amount of the virus is unlikely to cause infection for the average person. However, to be certain, particularly if you are more vulnerable, there are a few options to ensure items are not infectious.

Disinfectant spray

If you’ve received an item in a box or package, you can bring the item into your home and simply spray with a disinfectant before wiping down and then opening. Avoid touching any part of your face while you do this, and once unpacked, discard any packaging not required to store the item in the recycling or waste bin, then wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap.

Sunshine

Ultraviolet light is effective in killing the virus, so simply leaving an item in a sunny spot for a while will help to render any residual pathogens harmless.

Heat

If the item can be heated, a warm oven (60ºC is hot enough) for a minute will destroy the virus. Handle carefully or allow to cool. For the extremely paranoid, this is something you could do with delivered food like boxed pizza or indian food – but don’t put flammable packaging like paper, plastic or cardboard in gas ovens!

Follow the advice

All the guidelines from health organisations and government information (links below) indicate that, if you maintain a physical distance of at least 2m from people not in your household, avoid touching your face when out of the house and wash or sanitise your hands regularly and follow the simple precautions above, you will greatly reduce the risk of catching Covid-19.

 

Do stay safe and well. Best wishes to you and your friends and family during this crisis.

More information about Coronavirus Covid-19

For more information, please do carefully read the advice from these organisations (and avoid the social media rumour-mill!):

 

UK Govt: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

WHO: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Cleanhome York – Bespoke Service.

We are not happy until you are! Your cleaner will usually tailor their services to fit exactly with your requirements, including spring cleaning and ironing.

Bespoke Service

We are not happy until you are! Your cleaner will usually tailor their services to fit exactly with your requirements, including spring cleaning and ironing.

Peace of Mind

Only 1 in 50 applicants makes it on to our carefully screened database. We interview them twice, visit them in their own homes and take up at least two references. And if they still subsequently don't measure up to your standards, we will send you someone who does.

Personal Cleaner

We don't operate in teams, and therefore you get the same cleaner every week. This is good because you develop a relationship with your cleaner. We have some clients who have had the same cleaner for years and years - and that's what we want for you.

COVID-19 Announcement

 

Firstly, we sincerely hope you and your family remain safe and healthy in these extremely worrying times.

I write in respect of the business fee as we are asking all clients who miss any cleans to keep a record of them. We can then ensure you are refunded any business fees paid over this time for the cleans that have been missed.

As the cleaners work directly for you it is up to you whether you wish to retain their services at this time and we support wholly any decision you make. We also ask that you follow up to date government advice to keep both yourself and your family safe, as well as the cleaner.

The government advice is that people are being allowed to travel to and from work, but only where that work can not be done from home. This means that your cleaner can continue to clean for you should you wish, but that government guidelines on social distancing must obviously be observed.

Most of our clients are continuing with their cleaner, however others are asking that we put the cleaning on hold for the moment, which we are also very happy to do - we will support your wishes to the very best of our ability and will ensure that any of the missed cleans get either refunded or ‘banked’ – whichever you prefer, and we guarantee you will not lose out financially.

Both the cleaners and myself are self-employed. We are a small, local business and we will continue to do our best for both our clients and cleaners in these challenging times. Our office will be open as usual and we appreciate the continued support of all our valued clients.

In return we would like to offer our assistance, if any is needed, to all our clients at this very difficult time, and in particular to our older clients who may be self-isolating. If there is any help that we can provide in any way then please, just give us a call and we will do everything we can to help.

If anything good comes out of this terrible situation, then it’s that we all need to look out for each other, and we are very happy to play our part.

Stay safe and well 😊