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How to Fix Broken Ceramics

By Cleaning, Food for thought, Maintenance, Tips

Broken and Beautiful 

There is a beauty in the cracks of an object – seeing the bumps and bruises, the scratches and dents simply adds to the character and sentimental value of a piece.

How many times have you dropped a beloved (or not so beloved) piece and there’s nothing you can do about it?! The plate cracks as you’re packing or unpacking it from the bubble-wrap, the vase which falls to the floor and is shattered, someone brings it out of the cabinet and drops it…so many scenarios! Many times we end up sweeping it and throwing the broken bits out – folded in paper and out in the garbage bag to be forgotten it goes.

Yet, sometimes just sometimes there is the chance to salvage your ceramics in quite a whimsical way really.

What To Do

Fix it. I know what you’re thinking…it’s easier said than done and it will not look the same, but thankfully it’s not supposed to. Unless you take it to a conservator and they will do the job as it is supposed to be done, you have another option.

So how to make something broken beautiful?

It’s called ‘Kintsukuroi’. It is an ancient Japanese method of fixing your broken ceramics, giving them a particular edge as you line the broken bits together with a golden mixture that works like a glue. In the process of fixing the pottery with this gold or silver lacquer you also have to appreciate that the item is more beautiful for being broken.

So before you get angry with yourself (or anyone else for that matter), breathe and try to see it from a positive perspective!

The essence of the practice is focusing one’s intention on life’s hidden beauty and power.

 

You are essentially transforming pottery into a masterpiece. The transformation lies not only in putting the pieces of the broken item together but also in healing the fixer’s emotional state.

Process

You will need

– epoxy for ceramic

– gold mica powder

– disposable plate/paper

 

  1. The Epoxy

A fine balance of ingredients is required. If we add too much gold to the mixture the joints will be too soft to fuse. Yet if we add too much epoxy the adhesive bond becomes too brittle to establish a permanent bond.

Movement is also an issue. Be wary of moving too quickly or too slowly with the epoxy, or you will leave too much or too little of the mixture on the broken edge.

 

– mix a quarter of the epoxy with a pea-size amount of the gold powder

– combine it properly (you can use the end of a matchstick)

2. Examining the Broken Pieces

You need to re-experience every broken fragment to engage in the reconstruction process, so that you will be able to know their exact shape, position and feel. Every single piece must be returned to its original position.

 

– use a fresh matchstick and apply a fine line of the mixture to one of the broken edges

– align the other piece to it and press until the glue seeps between the seam, creating a fine line along the crack

– work in sections if you have a more complicated break

– the glue sets pretty quickly but keep an eye on them as the pieces set together

 

The “epoxy” in the analogy represents our attachment to positive reinforcement or to our expectation of how quickly we should be progressing. Being too attached to only fast and positive movement undermines our willingness to embrace setbacks. We have to be open to setbacks and to the possibility of “cure”.

The “gold” is an analogy for this desire to be healed.

Other Concepts

With this method of fixing you really have this feel of focus being shifted, from the impossible to the possible. Rumi, the great Persian poet addresses such a thought process in this way – The wound is the place where the light enters you.”

 

The process we have just described links to other Japanese concepts, these are a few –

Wabi-sabi: nothing is perfect and that is a good thing

Lki: sophistication without complication

Ma: the space defines what it surrounds and in turn is defined by it

Mono-no-aware: the passing of things

Kanketsu: simplicity through complexity

 

Taking all this is, you can appreciate the thought processes that go into repairing pottery and the art that is involved.

This a great opportunity to be able to combine the old with the more modern elements in your house too. You are literally accentuating the break rather than hiding it – thereby honouring its history.

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Make Cleaning Easier with these 8 Sweeping Utensils

By Cleaning, Tips

Sweeping tips that will get you whistling while you work 

Sometimes getting the wet mop ready is not as easy or as quick as you need it to be. There’s a lot we don’t give the regular sweep credit for – it really does turn the usual chore into more of a joy.

Here’s why!

These are a few hacks that will show you why sweeping often is essential to cutting down on the longer and more laborious chores. What does this mean? Well, you won’t have to wash or mop the floors two or three times a week.

A bit everyday is the trick!

Those table spills of salt and pepper, the vitamin rush through the cabinet (but I must have secured that cap yesterday!), the dust settling softly but surely on all your surfaces, and what about pet hair…it just gets everywhere. In summer most especially, missing a sweep for a couple of days makes me wonder if I’m in a western movie rather than the living room…the iconic wind blowing tufts of hay and sand coming to mind.

These utensils will save you and save your face – looking fabulous as well as being useful. It’s worth investing in specimens of higher quality, forget the plastic. The advent of plastic meant that brush-making techniques fell by the wayside, but you can find high quality options made in the old-school way. Also, look for companies using sustainable materials.

Firstly, DON’T underestimate your squeezer

Squeezers are a perfect to use the same way a broom is. So not on a wet floor to scoop up the excess water but on a dry floor which makes it super easy to collect the pet hair and dust. 

The sweeper & funnel dust pan

The curves make for easy scooping and sweeping. So that means that no more annoying lines left behind the pan. The neat element is the hollow handle, which means you can dispose of your evidence without dropping anything. Well…maybe, hopefully.

The Frenchie – table crumber set

The crumber set – might seem like something you’d keep stored in your drawer and never use but it’s pretty handy and looks very professional too. You can use it for you kitchen counters for after you’ve cut that loaf of bread and the crumbs are all over the place. You can also leave it close to the dining table when you have company over – just in case something is spilt, you know!

Brushes & brooms

 

Brushes are not commonly used in Malta, yet abroad they can’t do without them. How about we put them to the test? Brushes are useful when it comes to getting to those tight corners, you get to reach the areas in which dust tends to accumulate, really well.

When it comes to brooms, think witch brooms – they are back, literally! These brooms might seem like something out of “Bewitched” but you will use this. You can use it as your squeezer or replace your usual broom. If not, you can use it for your garden or front paths.

The vintage low push brooms are fantastic, they never let you down. If you care for these properly they will last a very long time and will do the job.

Care for your bristles

  • Immerse bristles of the brush or broom in soapy water
  • Rinse with lukewarm water
  • Shake any remaining water off
  • Allow to dry at room temperature
  • Finish by combing the bristles
how to iron a shirt

How to Iron a Shirt – Ironing Do’s & Don’ts

By Cleaning, Fashion, Tips

Ironing it Right

You either love it or hate it! This is true but you can’t escape ironing, especially if you hate seeing all those creases or need to use shirts everyday for work.

You can always make ironing easier and quicker if you keep some of these tips in mind.

A quicker ironing routine starts with an organized laundry routine.

The state of your laundry basket is essential. Choose the right one for your dirty clothes to hang out in till the next spin cycle; don’t just chuck the clothes or sheets, fold them neatly when you can. This also saves time when sorting through the bundles and colour coding your washes.

If you use the tumble dryer a lot then it’s good to know that drying balls reduce static and wrinkling whilst cutting down on drying time and soften clothes too.

Those pegs! Make sure to straighten out your clothes when wet and do not peg in conspicuous places which will be hard to iron out.

Figuring out the iron

First of all make sure the board is at your waist height.

Then depending on if you’re left or right handed choose how you prefer to have the board positioned so that you can iron comfortably.

Add water if you are going to use the steam feature.

Plug your iron in and set to the appropriate heat setting.

Perfect & wrinkle-free: Step-by-step

  1. Iron on the reverse side for the most part
  2. Spray the garment with some water – do not soak but make sure it’s slightly damp
  3. Pull the fabric away as you iron so you can hear the “sizzle” – this gets the wrinkles out properly
  4. Press any pleats properly and iron the seam lines of your trousers if you have any – right side out this time
  5. Use water/steam when needed and not excessively


Crisping the SHIRT…

– Start with the cuffs, moving from inside to the outside

– Press along the arms and finish off the sleeve

– The collar next – this is a good time to use the steam feature – simply lay the collar flat and press

– Shouldering it involves placing the shoulder into the yolk of the ironing board and press the top and sides

– Flip the shirt so that you can press the back, moving it so that you can reach the sides

– Iron the front and press between the buttons – use the steam here too if you like

– Work your way along the bottom seam of the shirt

– Have a look at the shirt and touch-up as needed

– Hang and you’re done

NOTE

Always check the tag

If ironing delicate materials iron on low, and if you prefer place a thin cloth on top of the garment  and iron over it


Care for your iron

If you don’t care for your iron, it will show whilst you’re ironing your clothes. The iron can stain your garments, this is why it is also a safe option to iron on the reverse side. Remember to remove water every time you use the steamer, leave the iron on its side so that all water can drain out – this ensures there will be no rusting.

Take a clean cloth and wipe your iron when you’re done with using it and it has cooled down.

Care for your fabrics

Most importantly, if you want your clothes to last you need to be careful. So make sure to get rid of stains as quickly as possible, and follow the instructions above when you’re washing and ironing.

Natural fibers

Cotton: iron damp on high heat

Denim: wash inside out to avoid fading and iron on high

Flannel: use instructions for cotton or wool – on high or low if using steam, iron inside out

Hemp: wash in cold water and iron when still damp on high

Leather: this requires special care, make sure to let it dry naturally and use the lowest heat possible as well as heavy paper over the top

Linen: hand wash, iron on reverse on a high heat when garment is still damp, use a press cloth too

cloth – high ironing causes yellowing

Seersucker: does not need to be ironed

Silk: iron dry clothes on reverse on medium heat using a pressing

Terrycloth: does not need to be ironed

Velvet: hand wash and use cool water, use a steamer to remove any creases

Wool: use a press cloth, iron dry clothes on reverse and use a low/medium heat

Synthetic fibers

Acetate: iron dry clothes on the reverse side on low/medium heat

Acrylic: iron dry clothes on reverse side with low heat

Nylon: iron dry clothes on a low heat – to prevent from melting

Polyester: iron them damp on a moderately warm iron

Rayon: avoid ironing but if you need to do so on low temperatures

Spandex: avoid ironing or use lowest heat

 

Lastly, ENJOY it

Set it up the ironing board in front of the TV or in the family room if you have to so that you won’t miss any family quality time. Get others to help out with the chores – placing the garments on hangers, taking them to their proper place around the house, you know what to do.

 

Also, take your time to do it right. Caring for and ironing your clothes properly implies you’ll get to wear them for much longer!

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Decluttering the kitchen by using the right cookware

By Cleaning, Tips

COOKWARE – what to use to save on cleaning time, not to mention kitchen clutter

When it comes to you kitchen, you want and need something versatile, something practical and functional which still looks good and is user-friendly – we are not all Michelin star chefs right!

These are our tips to reduce the dirty pots, pans and plates on the hob and in the sink.

Oven-to-table Cookware – the glorious one-pot cooking 

 

Your pots and pans are suited for certain types of tasks in the kitchen. It’s good to know what to use what for. Knowing this will allow you to choose the right cookware – which means less of a mess, less cleaning up after, smooth flavours and more time with family rather than cooking. So, what you want to cook as well as how much clean-up you’re looking forward to after, enters the equation.

Knowing your Pots & Pans – Materials

 

If you keep this in mind you won’t go wrong again!

Borosilicate glass: show off the bubbly edges. This is great if you want to make your dish to go from oven to table and see the results. This is lab-grade glassware and it will make the cooking experience feel like you’re in the lab at school again…only you make the rules here!

Ceramics: baker & oven lovers. Ceramics are safe for the oven and very versatile.

Copper: for the chemist. Copper has antimicrobial properties, it is excellent when it comes to retaining heat (sauces won’t separate, chocolate melts perfectly). If your pot is lined with tin you can cook alkaline or acidic dishes.

Enamelled cast iron: your everything. It’s non-stick, no seasoning needed and it can handle acids well.

Non-stick: for easy-does-it, with little clean up. When cooking eggs or reheating you want something that remains slippery over low heat. Non-stick should be your choice.

Stainless steel: feeling saucy! Stainless steel is nonreactive, holding even acidic ingredients such as wine and tomatoes. If you’re making a pan sauce after browning, stainless steel catches more “fond”, so there will be more flavour you can capture. Yum!

Roasting in stainless steel can be a pain to clean the grease splatters and burns on the side from, so go for enamelled cast iron in which you can also seer over a flame (one less pan to clean).

Caring for your Pots & Pans

It’s important to care for your top-notch kitchen performers.

So we can start from scratch!

  • Once you’ve removed the labels from your pot, rinse in warm water and dry thoroughly
  • Then brush some vegetable oil on the inside – this will optimize the non-stick features
  • Heat the pan on a low heat/flame, until the moisture has steamed out
  • Once it’s cooled, wipe the excess with a towel

NOTE: if you have enamelled cast iron dishes it is best to hand wash rather than place them in the dishwasher – as this will prevent the paint from fading.

Enamelled dishes can handle acidic ingredients as well as dish soap.

This kind of cookware is tough as nails. They are also a financial investment – think about all the years of cooking ahead, or how this pot will become a piece that is cherished by family members, it becomes the symbol of family gatherings – this is why you should take care of your precious cookware.

The following will take you through: breakfast – lunch – dinner

Casserole pot/French oven: for braises, stews

 Pan & press: for grilling meat, flatbread, pizza, paninis, fruit

 Wok: for the yummy stir-fry, braise fish, slide into the oven, boil pasta! (I know right)

 Oval roasting dish: these are perfect for gratins, lasagnas, baked pasta, layered vegetable, braise-roasted chicken

 Fry pan: for your browning to be spot-on, pancakes and crab cakes, latkes, frying eggs and, of course, bread

 

So hooray for one-pot cooking!

These tips will transform your kitchen and the way you cook. We hope they have come in handy.

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Briiz Client Services

By Cleaning, servicing, Uncategorized

The New Sign-Up Hub for You 

If you’re an esteemed client of Briiz Cleaning we just wanted to let you know exactly what we are offering you with this new client hub sign-up. We’re just trying to make your life that much easier!

These are the steps you need to follow. It’s all pretty simple, you’ll see!

Step 1 – access the Briiz Website to LOG IN

Search for briiz.com.mt in your search engine and then click on the blue ‘LOG IN’ button at the top right hand corner of the screen.

Step 2 – Sign-up

A white screen will appear and you can enter your email in the box, located in the centre of the screen.

Now we get to the important bit! 

Step 3 – Requests, Quotes, Invoices 

Depending on what you want to do you can access either: ‘Requests’, ‘Quotes’, or ‘Invoices’. But what are these exactly?

Requests

This option allows you to book new cleaning jobs with ease. All you need to do:

 

Step 1 – click on the Requests tab at the top left panel

Step 2 – click on the green button with ‘new’ written on it

Step 3 – all that is left is to let us know what you need us to do for you. So fill in your details. Tell us where you need us to be (the address), and give us a heads up about what to expect! Just describe what you need from us on this particular job, and we will take it from there 

Step 4 – once you’re done with the description you can select ‘Send Request’ and you’re done.

Quotes 

If you want to check your previous quotes or new ones, simply click on the second tab on the left panel: ‘Quotes’.

 

All your quotes will appear on this page and you can click on each to view the details. You can also make a request for a new quote too.

Invoices 

We know you might want to check these from time to time, so here they are.

Step 1 – click on the third tab in the left panel: ‘Invoices’


Step 2
– your view your collected invoices

Step 3 – if you want a more detailed view simple click on the one you want to check and you’ll have all the details you need.

And there you have it.

See, we have you covered! If you need any assistance please do not hesitate to contact us via phone, email or follow us on Facebook and send us a message there.

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How To Make Cleaning Fun

By Cleaning, Tips, Uncategorized

How can one make his or her cleaning ritual fun?

Cleaning is not something you might necessarily associate with fun, yet it needs to be done so we might as well make the most of it…right

No one enjoys coming home to a messy house, or feel like they’re fighting a losing battle with chores.

Here we will have a look at ways to make our daily routines incorporate the essentials when it comes to cleaning:

  • Create your own cleaning products, spice things up a bit!
  • Create different playlists
  • Plan ahead, so make a weekly schedule and don’t worry if you don’t manage it all.

When you’re doing a little everyday the backlog won’t be as bulky as you think!

How do you go about creating a schedule?

Starting the ritual

It might be easier said than done to do chores every single day after work and also schedule what you’re going to do. But this will save you a lot of time and trouble.

Learn to involve everyone who lives in the house in the cleaning schedule. It will distribute the load equally and also teach young kids responsibility – besides it’s more fun to make it a family affair.

 Cleaning Checklist

  • create your schedule around your needs
  • be organized when it comes to everything. From your rooms to what you clean with, this means that you know where things are and what you need
  • dress appropriately when cleaning (so don’t be tempted to stay in your pjs)
  • take the time to create different playlists to use when you’re going to be cleaning or clearing up, or be silent…whatever motivates you
  • put on a candle with a calming scent or create your own infusion (trust me, this is very calming and at the same time energizing)

The Daily essentials

Bedrooms

  • make your bed
  • make sure there aren’t clothes out that need to be in the wardrobe

Bathroom

  • clear the bathrooms of clutter
  • place the towels into the laundry baskets
  • clean the sink, countertops and mirrors
  • depending on your needs see if it makes more sense to do the loads on a daily, every-other-day basis or choose a day to do it all (this might involve having heaps though)

Make sure the main areas of the house are free of clutter

Kitchen

  • clean the plates, pots and pans, and the sink
  • clean the countertops
  • clean the exterior of the appliances

Living

  • clear the clutter
  • straighten the furniture
  • wipe away any dust

On a Weekly basis

Do the floors – sweep, mop, vacuum

Schedule one deep-cleaning job per week – if it’s getting to the hob, stovetop, inside of the oven, shower or bath, windows, study, balcony or garden

Declutter! – this is an important one, simply ask yourself: ‘is this item something I use regularly?’ or ‘am I holding onto something I don’t need?’

These questions apply to anything from ornaments to clothing

Practise minimalism

  • keep only the things that you need
  • give the clothes you haven’t worn in two years over to charity
  • appreciate the people you love (they’re more important than your cleaning schedule, prioritize well)
  • go to places or areas in your house that make you happy – often
  • do activities that you enjoy regularly

 

 

Once a month

  • Clean out the washing machine
  • Turn out the mattresses and vacuum them

These are just a few tips to get you started and interested!

Cleaning the Green way

The Basics

White vinegar   Baking soda

Lemon juice      Essential oils

Creating your own cleaning products

All purpose – 2tsp baking soda, ½ tsp dishwashing soap, 4tbsp white vinegar, 400ml warm water and mix well

Granite cleaner – ½ c rubbing alcohol, 8 drops dishwashing soap, 2 c warm water and mix well

Glass cleaner – ¼ c rubbing alcohol, ¼ c white vinegar, 1 tbsp cornstarch, 2 c warm water and mix

A black tea brew will also work as a mirror cleaning formula

Experimenting with Essential Oils

Light:

  • 2 drops tangerine
  • 3 drops lavender
  • 3 drops cedarwood

Fresh:

  • 2 drops lavender
  • 2 drops ylang ylang
  • 2 drops jasmine

Use bergamot, ginger, peppermint, lemongrass as alternatives

… Move the ritual to your workplace – end your day at the office with a bit of a clean-up, this way you will find a clean space waiting for you the next morning.

All this will help you change the way you look at chores and cleaning in general, making it a quicker and more enjoyable task.

Having a cleaner and more organized house will also put you in a brighter mood too.

It’s all a matter of perspective!

Briiz Cleaning Service Malta

By Cleaning, Quotes

Introducing our Brand New Booking Engine

 

Is your house or office in need of some good cleaning? We have got you covered!

Here’s how to book a home or office cleaning service.

Stage 1: Book a cleaner

Access our Briiz Cleaning Company website to get you started.

 

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Stage 2: Choose home & office cleaning

 

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Stage 3: Fill in our booking form – Start by telling us where we need to go

 

Enter your home/office address, city, postcode and apartment or suite number.

 

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Stage 4: Pick a service

 

Select the number of bathrooms, kitchens and rooms for cleaning. Also, provide an estimate number of square metres of your home or office.

 

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Stage 5: Provide us with your contact details

 

Enter your name, surname, email and mobile number so that we can contact you about your service.

We also suggest you tick the box underneath the mobile number so that you can receive reminders from us about your service via text message!

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Step 6: Select Extras

 

In this section you may select more options such as cleaning windows, cleaning inside the oven/fridge etc…

At this point you will start seeing your booking summary with the list of services chosen and the total.

The booking summary will be your point of reference and you will also be able to see the price changing according to the services you select.

The current price is the total cost without any of the bottom selections.

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Every time you select a service, the box becomes blue. Notice that the total changes every time a new service is selected.

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You can also select a number of windows to clean !

 

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And the number of cabinets too

 

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Stage 7: Tell us the date and time when you would like us to come

 

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Stage 8: Then tell us how often you would like us to come

 

Would you like us to come one time, monthly, biweekly or weekly?

You also get a discount depending on what you choose!

 

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Stage 9: Let us know if you have any pets at home that might be messy

 

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Step 10: Leave us a comment to specify instructions

 

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Step 11: Enter your discount code (if you have one)

 

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Step 12: Select payment

 

For the moment, we can provide you with a quote. However payment by card will be available soon.

 

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Stage 13: And you’re done!

You can now sit back, relax and wait for us to come over and get your place all sparkly clean.

Don’t believe us? Follow us on Facebook for the latest posts and client reviews!

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Want to know more about our Stellar Cleaning Service?

 

Head over to our FAQ section or Get in touch with us now !

Send an email to info@briiz.com.mt or call us on +356 77724173

We look forward to helping you!

P.S. Don’t forget to check out our News & Tips section for the best tips and hacks to make your life easier!

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6 Steps To Ironing A Dress Shirt For Perfect Results

By Cleaning, Tips

We all know that feeling right? Unless you’ve been brought up in a military family, ironing can be a b**ch and nobody looks forward to doing it.

As part of our new home ironing service, we would like to share with you these 6 steps to ironing a dress shirt with ease.

We hope you enjoy this guide and find it useful.

Ironing A Dress Shirt

Preparing Your Work Flow

The first step to do is to obviously set up your ironing board and start warming up the iron, once that is done, you need to “prepare” your dress shirt for ironing:

Read the shirt’s label first and find our what fabric it is. It’s important to do this since different fabrics require different ironing temperatures.

For example; cotton and cotton blends can withstand pretty high temperatures, but polyester shirts need less heat and it actually can be quite damaging to the fabric.

Also, a good way to get the best results, it’s best to dampen the shirt a bit. Don’t make it wet, just a bit “moist”. A spray bottle with water can do the trick here.

How To Iron The Shirt’s Collar

Now it’s time to get into the actual ironing of the shirt, and the collar is the spot you need to get started with.

Pop the collar and apply the iron from one spot on the inside to the next. Once the side is done, flip it over and repeat the whole process again on the outside of the collar.

How To Iron The Front Of The Dress Shirt

The main bulk of the work would be to ironing of the front of the dress shirt. It may sound a bit complicated, and it’s when most get confused when ironing a dress shirt but don’t worry, this process is fairly straightforward if you know what you are doing.

Start ironing the side of the buttons and slowly go from the bottom od the shirt to the top in a straight line.

  • Also, do not forget to do the shoulder and collar/shoulders are.
  • Do not rush this as it could make the difference between a good job and a bad one.
  • Time and patience is the key and also some practice would come in handy if this is your first time ironing a dress shirt.
  • Just take your time with it, and you’re ready to go.

How To Properly Iron The Cuffs

The cuffs are surprisingly often overlooked, and it’s a shame really since not doing these correctly can make the whole “job” seem half done.

It doesn’t take much effort either to iron your cuffs. Simply;

  • Unbutton the cuffs
  • Iron in the insides first
  • Put a towel over the buttons as not to iron over them and melt the plastic
  • Work your way slowly around the buttons

Easy.

Again; this just requires some patience and practice so take your time with it. In time, you will get the hang of it and be able to do this while process with ease.

How To Iron A Dress Shirt’s Back

Position one of the sleeve heads in the square edge of the ironing board. This way you can iron hold the back and only have to slide it over slowly to complete the rest.

And Finally, How To Iron A Dress Shirt’s Sleeve

Start by making sure that the sleeves are flat and smooth on your ironing board and slowly start from the top of the bottom of the cuff (again watch for those buttons).

If you don’t have a sleeve board, you can use a rolled-up towel inside the sleeve to avoid creases.

6 Steps To Ironing A Dress Shirt For Perfect Results

Let Briiz Handle Your Ironing

Our latest service is home ironing, and we would like to take this load off your shoulder and let us handle all of your ironing needs ourselves.

All you have to do is simply use our all new online booking engine and pick the size of the ironing back.

Fill it up and our cleaning professionals will pick it up, take it to Briiz HQ where we iron all your clothes and return them within 24-48 hours.

We hope you enjoyed these 6 steps to ironing a dress shirt, if you require any more information, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Thank you for reading. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and also our new Medium publication where we will be sharing all our updates and cleaning tips and hacks.

Talk soon.

A Kitchen Cleaning Checklist To Follow Daily, Weekly & Monthly

By Cleaning, Tips

Here at Briiz, we strongly believe in having a checklist to follow when doing a cleaning job for a client. In a previous post, we shared with you how often you should be washing and cleaning your stuff at home but today we are going to dive a bit deeper into this and give you a kitchen cleaning checklist for you to follow.

The tasks below will be divided into daily, weekly and monthly tasks just to make it easier for you to understand and cope with.

As always, we would like to help you with your kitchen cleaning, or all other cleaning jobs for that matter, so if we can help in any way, feel free to get in touch with one of our cleaning professionals.

Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

A Daily Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

Sweep Floor

A quick thing you can do each and every day to keep your kitchen looking clean is a quick sweep to help declutter the floors and give it a cleaner look in general.

Wipe Down Counters

Things that you use (and touch) every day should be given a quick wipe down as to get rid of smudges and hand prints all over the counters.

Also, if you’re preparing your food on the counter, it’s best to also disinfect them to make sure no bacteria is left.

Wipe Down Oven

Ovens are messy, especially if you cook a lot. make sure you give your oven a quick wipe after every time you use it or at least, once a day.

Empty Dishwasher

if you have a dishwasher in your kitchen, then you should already know how that is very easy to leave it full even after your dishes are clean.

Try to empty your dishes as soon as you are down with them and store them in their appropriate places.

Load Dishwasher

obviously, if you have more dishes to do. Once you have emptied it and gave it a quick clean, all is left to do now is to load it up with your dirty dishes thus to keep the kitchen clean and decluttered.

Pick up Clutter

Clutter is everywhere, especially if you have a big family. Although this not makes the kitchen “dirty”, it does make it look like it is so set aside 5min a day to quickly declutter as much as you can.

next up, is you “weekly” to-dos to keep a clean kitchen

A Weekly Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

Dust

We all know dust is an issue in Malta so this is something you should keep in mind when doing a clean out of your kitchen.

Every week, try to dust off your furniture, floors and whatever else you see dusty (duh). You do not want to let dust pile up as a quick 15-minute job can become hours long if you let it pile up.

Vacuum

Obviously, if you gave any carpet lying about, a weekly vacuum can also do the trick.

Wipe Down Cabinets & Appliances

Things that you use and touch regularly like cabinets, appliances and such won’t need a daily wipe down unless you’re a neat freak but ideally, you would do them at least once a week,

Scrub Kitchen Sink

If you use your sink often, a weekly proper scrub down is ideal. Ideally, you would also use some antibacterial cleaning spray to keep it shining and hygienic as much as possible.

On to the monthly checklist….

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A Monthly Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

Clean Blinds & Curtains

If you have any blinds or curtains about in your kitchen room, you may be surprised to know (especially if you haven’t cleaned them in a while) that they are probably in need of a cleaning.

Doing this once a month should be enough though so as long as you keep this in your monthly to-do’s it should be an easy task to handle.

Clean Refrigerator

This is an important one, probably the most important one. Make sure that at the very least; you give your refrigerator a cleaning.

That is throw away unused items that are probably out of date (yes you have them in there somewhere) and give it a good scrub with an anti-bacterial cleaning agent.

Your refrigerator is where you store your food, so this is extremely important to make sure it stays clean.

Clean Inside Oven

If you’re using your oven often, it’s inevitable that it gets dirty and unless you’ve been cleaning it every once in awhile ,it;s due for a good clean out.

Wash Inside Trash Bins

Trash bins gather trash and just because “you take the trash out” doesn’t mean that it doesn’t need to be sealed every month.

Some may do this step every week, his depends on your preference but a good clean out each and every month should be enough to keep it clean and smell free.

Sanitize Switch Plates

An often overlooked cleaning job in the kitchen is the switch plates for your electricity. Most likely you are switching them on and off with dirty hands from cooking and eating so unbeknownst to you, your switchboards can have a lot of dirt on them along with unwanted bacterias.

This is an easy job but still an important one so make sure you give them a scrub every month or so.

Get Briiz To Clean Your Kitchen

As always, Briiz are here to help you and as out motto say, we want to make cleaning a briiz.

We hope this kitchen cleaning checklist helps you stay in control of your kitchen cleaning duties but we;d love to help you with this job.

If you’re interested in hiring one of our cleaning professionals on a recurring basis, please see our cleaning services that we’re offering and fill out the booking form.

We’ll be in touch in less than 24 hours and we’ll take care of the rest.

Thank you kindly for reading.

See you on the next blog.

Restaurant Cleaning Services: 8 Tips To Keep Your Restaurant Clean

By Cleaning, Commercial Cleaning, Tips

When they come into your restaurant, people expect the food to be served using clean dishes, plates and glassware and the place to be clean and sanitary.

Although running a restaurant might be exciting, very few of us like to clean the floors, curtains or window blinds. As part of our commercial cleaning services that we offer, a restaurant cleaning service seemed like a perfect for to offer our customers.

Today we are bringing you some of our best tips on how to keep your restaurant clean. Further down we’d also be telling you how we can help you keep up with all your restaurant’s cleaning.

Restaurant Cleaning Services

Create Checklist Duties For All Employees

It is important too that these chores are put into plan and divided according to various employees to share the load, so they are not left unattended whilst the restaurant is in operation.

Whatever strategy is used, having employees who take pride and ownership of their workplaces to keep their areas clean is the best shot to go for, since it will be an “ingrained culture” within the restaurant and avoid management having to chase and remind employees to go over these chores.

A senior employee can also offer weekly or by-weekly cleaning checklists to manage the cleaning tasks amongst employees, possibly having some of them being rotated amongst employees.

Clean (As You Go)

The “Clean as you go” approach keeps your cleaning tasks under control and your restaurant looking more presentable.

You should brush down the grills between orders, whilst prep areas should be kept tidy and clean.

Meat, fish, and vegetables should have their own separate cutting board to avoid cross contamination, and boards should be also be removed and washed often.

Cleaning water and cleaning cloths should be changed frequently.

Create Hourly Tasks

Washroom and toilets should be cleaned every hour in order to keep hygiene standard as high as possible. Make sure you clean ‘touch points’ with disinfectants such as handles, switches, and fittings.

Also, make sure you maintain things functioning such as fixtures, taps, toilet seats, mirrors and grouting between tiles since these are prone to bacteria.

Tiles can be cleaned with hard –bristle grout brush which is specifically designed for the purpose.

Create Weekly Tasks

Each week all employees should change the food in the walk-in fridge then wash and sanitize it thoroughly.

It is more organized if you assign one task for each for each day of the week, for example, sanitize sinks on Tuesdays, drains on Wednesdays, and other appliances such as ovens and coffee machines on Thursday.

Weekly tasks should include;

  • Empty coolers and wash and sanitize them
  • Delime sinks
  • Clean coffee machine
  • Clean the ovens. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instruction on this particular job.
  • Sharpen knives
  • Use drain cleaners on floor drains

Monthly Cleaning Tasks

You can organize yourself and your employees for the monthly tasks too. These could include ice machines, freezers, storage areas, walls, floors, and ceilings.

A gantt chart can be created to map out the hourly, daily, weekly and monthly cleaning tasks.

Monthly tasks could include but are not limited to:

  • Wash behind the oven, stove and fryers to cut down on grease build up, which is a major fire hazard,
  • Clean freezers,
  • Calibrate the ovens and thermometers,
  • Wash walls and ceilings,
  • Clean the dry storage area,
  • Check your first aid kit and see if it needs restocking.

Stock and Storage

Check expiry dates of products and ingredients from the storage cupboard/room. It’s also important to build quality of the shelves for safety, whether containers are still airtight and labeling is up to date.

Furniture

Make sure your tables, chairs and restaurant furniture look as brand-new.

For outdoor wooden furniture use teak oil and for indoors touch up any surface scratches and keep upholstery clean should they be present in your restaurant.

Powerwash Outside Floor

The outside area of your restaurant business provides a very important first impressions particularly for walkers by to decide to choose to come inside your restaurant instead of the others especially if you are in a busy central area with many options to choose from.

Food that falls on the floor and not immediately cleaned can be stuck on the floor which requires cold water pressure washer to blast the dirt and stuck food.

Trust Briiz With Your Restaurant Cleaning

Briiz Cleaning Malta

If you’d like to disregard all these tips and simply “outsource” your restaurant’s cleaning service, we can help you.

As part of our commercial cleaning services, this is something that we also offer so if we can help you in anyway with restaurant cleaning, do not hesitate to give us a call so we can schedule your next cleaning appointment.