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Is It Ok To Wear Your Shoes Inside Your Home?

By Food for thought, Uncategorized

From time to time, a question comes up online that will split “the audience” in half. On some days it’s a blue & black dress that changes colour,  other times its discussing if the toilet roll should go over or under.

Today; we are looking at another heated debate, which is;

Is It Ok To Wear Your Shoes Inside Your Home?

Shoes Inside Your Home

Personally, I am all for keeping your shoes on when indoors. I do it at my home, and I have been this way from seeing my parents with their shoes indoors as well. I do not see any problem with this, but apparently; the internet does, so once we came about this dilemma, we decided to do our research.

Following are some ideas on WHY you should NOT keep your shoes on when going inside you home.

4 Reasons Why You Should Take Off Your Shoes Inside Your Home

421,000 Different Types Of Bacteria

Apparently, and please do not freak out, but shoes carry on them (or rather under them?) an incomprehensible amount of bacteria. Some would say close to 421,000 different types of bacteria.

So, the argument here; would you want to bring each and every single one of them inside your home?

It Carries Dirt Indoors

Yes, this argument I can see being valid. The street is not clean. You have dust, dog poop, spit, gum, etc…

Walking around all day in the city would make your shoes undeniably filthy and when you think about it; bringing all this to your “comfy place of rest” is not ideal.

Keeps The Home Cleaner

Also, it’s been proven that families that take off their shoes before entering the home leads to the house staying cleaner for much longer.

Dust, rain and mud can all be carried inside after walking about for just a few seconds so yes, we agree that home cleaning will be much easier if people started taking off their shoes.

Shoes Damage Feet?

There’s also the argument that shoes are not good for the feet and it’s much healthier to give your toes some “air” when inside your home.

While this surely can’t be denied, some prefer giving their feet support and are much more comfortable when wearing something, especially people who suffer from a bad back.

What are your thoughts on this?

3 Rebuttals Of The Above “Rules”

Now that we’ve heard one side of the argument, let’s look at the other side of it a, and that is; 4 reasons why you SHOULD keep your shoes ON when entering your home.

If You Have Pets

Anybody that owns a pet knows that nine times out of ten, there will be some sort of mess when they come home, so wearing shoes inside the home to avoid stepping in something is a valid argument which we agree with.

If You Have Children

Another good point we also agree on is a comment posted online that said since they have kids at the house, it’s safer to wear shoes to avoid stepping on something that might cause you some pain.

While this may be a bit too far-fetched, it’s a good valid point for #TeamShoes

Comfort

Again; some say that they much rather wear some sort of footwear inside, and for most, it’s a pair of sneakers which provide support and comfort to their feet.

We can’t argue with this, and I honestly think anybody can do whatever he wants with their feet in the comfort of their home.

We Asked The Briiz Staff For Their Opinions…

Now that we heard  both sides of this argument (with some valid points backing up the claims), we decided to ask some of our Briiz employees on what they think, and we’re surprised to see the results;

Most of our staff here at Briiz HQ prefer to wear their shoes inside. The reason for the ones that do not wear shoes was simply “because I was raised that way“.

What Are YOUR Thoughts?

What are your thought on this? Do you wear your shoes inside or do you take them off? And why?

As for our official opinion here, we are still not sure. We see the benefits of both sides, but mostly, we like to keep wearing our shoes.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this so be sure to let us know on our Facebook page.

Keeping A Clean Home

One point that we like though, is the fact that taking off your shoes does lead to a clean home “staying clean” for much longer.

That we can’t deny, but we can also help you with keeping a clean home. See our home cleaning services here and if you have any questions, be sure to let us know.

We’d love to help you out (whether you like keeping your shoes on or off when going inside your home).

Thanks for reading.

Briiz

A Bedroom Cleaning Checklist To Make Home Cleaning Easier

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Last week, we’ve brought you a kitchen cleaning checklist perfected by our cleaning professionals here at Briiz. After seeing the interest in that post, this week we decided to do a bedroom cleaning checklist with the hopes of making your home cleaning chores that little bit easier.

As an on-demand cleaning company, we value doing our cleaning chores the best way they can be done, and also in the least amount of time.As a person who’s also probably very busy with other tasks such as yourself, we are sure this mini-guided checklist will come in handy for you, so here goes:

Your Bedroom Cleaning Checklist To Make House Cleaning Easier

This checklist, like our previous one, will be divided into daily, weekly and monthly tasks with the reason being not to waste time on unnecessary cleaning chores.

Obviously, you can seek out the help of our cleaning professionals to help you with your cleaning chores around the house so if you think we can assist you in any way, feel free to get in touch with us or use our all new online booking engine to book a cleaning appointment with Briiz.

Bedroom Cleaning Checklist

Daily Bedroom Tasks

Make The Bed

A simple task to start off your day in a productive manner should always be making your bed.

This will not only set the tone for a productive morning but also make your bedroom look much cleaner and neat with this job that takes just a few minutes.

Fold Or Hang Your Clothes

If you have any clothes lying about, then taking a quick 5 minutes out your day to put them away will not make much difference to your time, but a world of difference in your bedroom.

Put Away Your Accessories

Clothes, watches, jewelry and other accessories. Chances are that at this very moment, there are some things that are not in their usual place.

Go put them away and get in the habit of leaving your bedroom clutter free:

Pick Up Clutter

Although in a bedroom you might not find as much clutter as in a kitchen, clutter does pile up everywhere so taking a few minutes of your day to handle this problem will be beneficial to you in the long run.

Weekly Bedroom Tasks

Dust

Dust gets everywhere even if you keep all your windows closed – you should know that by now if you’ve been living in Malta more than 2 days.

As part of your weekly bedroom cleaning checklist, add “dusting” as part of your tasks. The good thing about dust is that if you maintain it regularly, it won’t be that bad to clean.

Take Out That Vacuum

Got carpets in your bedroom? Take out the vacuum if you have one every week or so and give them a quick cleaning. This will take seconds but it will do wonders for keeping your bedroom sparkling.

Wash Sheets

Yes, your bed sheets should be washed on a weekly basis – shocking, but it’s true.

Think about it; you’re having full body contact with your sheets for around 8hrs a day so yes, they do get dirty and yes, you do need to clean them.

Monthly Bedroom Tasks

Check For Cobwebs

Looking into room corners and under your bed, chances are there are some cobwebs that should not be there.

This is not something that you do not need to do often, but you should do it every month (or couple of months).

Clean Your Blinds / Curtains

We already talked about dust and how it can get everywhere thus it’s a good thing to mention that dusting off and wiping your blinds or curtains is also a good way to minimize dust buildup in your bedroom.

Wipe Down Floors

Floors in the bedroom, unlike in the kitchen won’t get dirty often so you’ll be safe to give them a good wipe every month at the very least.

Sanitise Switch Panes

We mentioned this in our previous post but it’s good to mention again; switchboards are not as clean as you think they are so a monthly wipe-down with sanitizer is recommended to keep these often overlooked items safe and clean.

Wipe Down Furniture

Any furniture you have in your bedroom should also be kept clean, and yes we are talking about under, above and behind as well (no cheating).

You don’t want to let this pile up as the longer you leave it, the bigger the job it will be.

Get Briiz To Help With Your Bedroom Cleaning Checklist

As part of our home cleaning service, bedroom cleaning is obviously included so if you think we can assist you with your bedroom cleaning chores, be sure to get in touch with us.

We look forward to helping you make cleaning a Briiz in your life.

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Briiz Cleaning Malta

Tips for Yacht Maintenance

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Maintenance is a must for any yacht owner. Seawater, the sun and other things can all be very harmful to your yacht. To help you, we’ve put together a list of yacht maintenance tips that you will want to keep in mind to help your yacht run smoothly.

Know Your Yacht

Many times, damage to a yacht could have easily been prevented ifit was spotted during a thorough inspection.. Getting familiar with your yacht, by inspecting it on a regular basis, will help prevent future damage. Inspection is a great way to learn more about your yacht, making it easier for you to spot anything that might look a bit different. Check everything from loose fittings to fraying ropes, and make sure that nothing is overlooked. Regularly checking over your yacht can help prevent big problems in the future.

Keep Your Electrics Dry

It’s important to make sure that all electrical components are dry. Wet electrical components can corrode your electrical system and severely harm your yacht. Electrical components can be kept dry by using corrosion inhibitor, water-repellant or non-conductive grease.

Take Care of Your Motor

It is good practice to flush out your engine after each outing. Apart from this it’s important to check fuel clamps and tanks on the fuel line to make sure that they’re free from any rust or damage. Keep an eye on oil levels along with its cleanliness and proper filtration. Don’t forget to change your oil! Although this normally depends on the size of your engine, a good rule of thumb is to change it every 100 hours or once a year. As mentioned previously fully inspecting your yacht, and taking care of your motor means that any potential damage can be dealt with before the problem gets too big.

Don’t Forget the Battery

Always make sure that your battery is fully and properly charged. Keep your battery clean and don’t forget to check for dampness and dirt since they can harm your battery and reduce its longevity.

Keep it Clean

Cleaning your yacht is one of the most important parts of yacht maintenance. Having a clean yacht doesn’t just create a pleasant on-board environment but it also helps to counteract any possible long-term effects such as saltwater corrosion. Not a fan of cleaning your yacht? Why not give Briiz a call to help you with all your yacht cleaning needs?

A Guide to Car Detailing

By Cleaning, Exterior, Interior, Maintenance, Uncategorized

While to some people car detailing means can mean a mere wax and wash, to others means a full cleaning and protection service inclusive of an interior shampoo and steam clean.

Start car detailing by evaluating your car’s paint. If its paint is smooth and contaminant-free, then there’s no need to do any other maintenance work than washing it thoroughly once a week. Spend a good 30 or 45 minutes to get a really good finish.

On the other hand, if you find that your car’s paint is stained and rough, then you’re going to need a lot more elbow grease than it takes to get a good finish when simply washing. Think about investing some 30 minutes to three hours of your time to achieve the best result.

Use a paint pre-wax cleaner next, as this will help eliminate any contaminants that are still present on your car’s paint surface. After you’ve gone over it using this kind of product, the next step is to evaluate the paint bit by bit in order to check for scratches and the depth of those scratches, if any. Most scratches will disappear using a good polish. Take one to five minutes on each scratch to ensure that it disappears.

Once you’ve polished your car’s entire surface sufficiently, the next car detailing step is to move on to waxing. Waxing your car should take you about 45 minutes to an hour. Repeat the process four times per year. A deep cleaning and polish needs to be undertaken just twice a year to ensure that your car’s paint looks just as it did when it left the showroom floor many years later.

Last but not least when it comes to exterior car detailing, pay good attention to your car’s wheels. Dull-looking, dirty and brake dust-covered wheels really age a car, so invest in a tyre and wheel cleaner. Have a big bucket of soapy water handy, together with a brush, and prepare to scrub them for 15 minutes apiece for the best finish.

Turning attention to your car’s interior, the first interior car detailing step to take is to evaluate how much effort you’re going to need to get it looking its best. If you’re a businessman who wears suits all day long, then it’s highly likely that you’re going to require less cleaning time than if you’re a mum driving about with two young kids in tow.

Start by vaccuuming regularly. We recommend vaccuuming twice each month for 10-15 minutes at a time. If you clean your car’s exterior regularly, doing so shouldn’t take you long. However, if you clean your car infrequently, then this job might take one to two hours to getting the interior fresh again. Pay special attention to the products you use – use a good interior shampoo for the seats in particular.

So there you have it!

 

If you care for your car to give it this much love and attention with car detailing, let Briiz give you a helping hand with the one of our many car cleaning services.

The Middle Sea Yacht Race

By Boat, important, Learning, Uncategorized, Yacht

The Rolex Middle Sea Race has run for 35 editions as of last year, and is considered a “must-do” race for competitive sailors from around the world. Competing boats head northeast towards Messina then head northwest to Stromboli before heading southwest to Favignana, Pantelleria, Lampedusa and back to Malta. High winds, strong currents and fierce competition typify this race.

Co-founded in 1968 by the Royal Malta Yacht Club and the Royal Ocean Racing Club, the Middle Sea Race is no less than 977 kilometres long, starting and finishing in Malta. The competing fleet travels in an anti-clockwise direction and races over a duration of two to three full days.

The race has attracts between 25 and 30 yachts annually, with the largest-ever fleet being recorded last year. Over 120 yachts took part. The Middle Sea Race is often mentioned in the same breath as the Rolex Sydney-Hobart, Newport-Bermuda and Fastnet races as a competition that must be entered into if one considers him or herself a true sailor.

Changeable Conditions

It is notorious for changeable conditions which really challenge skippers are crew, pushing man and machine to breaking point. They do get a small piece of respite from the stunning scenery, seeing as they pass by various islands. Some even go as far as calling it the most beautiful yacht race in the world.

Between 1984 and 1995, there was no racing, however luckily things kicked off again in 1996 and the race is arguably in as good health as it has ever been, down in no small part to the backing of international luxury watch manufacturer, Rolex.

Course Record

The course record is held by the USA’s George David, who skippered “Rambler” to victory back in 2007, with a time of 2007 – 47 hours 55 minutes and 3 seconds. This year’s race will start on Saturday 17th October – earlier than usual. Entries from countries as far-flung as Australia and Canada have already been submitted. It promises to be another exciting race!

The Right Way to do Rib Cleaning

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A Rib, or Rigid Inflatable Boat, requires cleaning in a slightly different way than a regular boat or yacht, not least due to the material used for their construction. In this blog, we tell you the right way to do Rib cleaning.

Rib Materials

Most Ribs are made out of Hypalon, PVC or Polyurethane. Luckily, all these fabrics require similar cleaning techniques for the best results to be achieved. However, if the wrong boat cleaning products or tools are used for Rib cleaning, the consequences could be disastrous. The worst-case scenario is the accidental destruction of the rib itself.

Attention to Delicacy and Product Usage

The delicacy of this kind of boat must be taken into consideration at all times, and the same cleaning products be used for aluminium or fibreglass boats do not apply to Rib cleaning. For example, products such as solvents, toluene, acetone or bleach should never be used for Rib cleaning, nor should any highly alkaline cleaner.  Steel wool or any abrasive scrub pad should also be avoided at all costs.

Products, Products, Products

The first thing you should do is invest in a premium-quality Rib cleaning product, preferably one specifically for the kind of material your Rib is made out of.

Wash Down

Before any sort of cleaning work on a Rib can begin, the first thing to do is wash it down after each usage. Pay special attention to the collar seams, deck/collar joints and transom joints to ensure they are free from any contaminants.

Boat Wash

While your Rib is still wet, apply an inflatable boat wash, following the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Do so using non-scratch cleaning cloths and/or pads. Work the cleaner into the Rib’s fabric, and use a soft nylon brush to clean D-rings, strake mouldings and so on.

Taking Care of Oxidation

Oxidation can be an issue on Ribs, especially those made out of Hypalon. A good quality inflatable boat wash should take care of this, however if the issue has already become quite severe, then a dedicated Rib solvent should be applied, with plenty of respect given towards warnings and correct usage instructions.

Protect your Rib

Last but not least – this step is absolutely crucial, yet is often overlooked – it is a must to apply an inflatable boat fabric protector and conditioner to protect your Rib’s material. Fabric protectors for automotive use or otherwise will not suffice, because they are not formulated to cope with the stresses and strains of a marine environment.

So there you have it!

How to Care for your Boat

By Boat, Cleaning, Exterior, Interior, Learning, Maintenance, servicing, Uncategorized

Regardless of the kind of boat you own, it’s important to care for it properly in order to ensure your safety and maintain its longevity. Care for your boat with pride! In this entry, we tell you exactly how to do it.

Storage

If indoor storage is an option for you, then we highly encourage you to store your boat indoors. It provides the best protection and care for your boat against the elements bar none. Rain, cold, wind and UV rays in the sunnier months can all cause damage to your boat, so it is best they are avoided it when it isn’t in use. Cover it up to prevent moisture, dust and debris build-up.

Routine Maintenance

It’s important to check over key aspects of your boat routinely and see to them if and when needed. If you don’t have any technical know-how whatsoever, take a course in basic boat maintenance. The most important things to consider are your boat’s bilge pumps, engine, oil, electrical system, propeller and hull.

Regular Cleaning

Think about all the things that could affect your boat’s hull, namely aquatic pests such as barnacles attaching themselves to it, algae, plant growth and rust. Not only do all these things corrode your hull, they also can make you boat perform less efficiently, affecting its performance. Set up a cleaning schedule which is devised according to how much time your boat spends in the sea.

Get Insured

Boat insurance is always a good thing to have in order to care for your boat, because you never know what might go wrong both when it’s moored or when you’re at sea. Take a look at a previously blog entry to find who our recommended insurer is.

Ensuring Your Boat is Secure

By Boat, important, Learning, Uncategorized, Yacht

Ensuring your boat is secure is just as important as ensuring the security in your own home. Thieves could be tempted to steal all kinds of things on your boat, from your outboard engine, to safety and marine equipment.

The above is without mentioning the possibility of your radio, tools or personal items being stolen. In the worst case scenario, it could be your boat itself which is taken. In light of the fact that you’ve probably spent plenty of money purchasing and maintaining your boat, as well as filling it with all the right tools and equipment, this would be nothing short of a disaster.

What you Can Do

There are certain things you can do in order to ensure your boat is secure, with the guiding principle being to make your boat as unattractive to thieves as possible. First off, don’t ever leave anything valuable where it can be seen, no matter how small the item is. Secondly, make sure that you’ve always got your ignition key with you – don’t ever leave it in the ignition, because that’s just asking for it.

Good Locks

Padlocks and rimlocks are an important consideration also. Make sure they are top-quality, strong and will stand up to any attempts to damage or break them. Use them on all hatches, entry points and lockers.

Alarm

Install an alarm, and let any would-be intruders know that one is installed by placing stickers to indicate so in visible places. Check your main and fore-hatches for strength, and ensure they can stand up to tampering. Consider investing in a strongbox (portable safe) to keep down below to further protect any valuables you may store on your boat.

Security Check

Before you leave your boat, make sure you do a security check and see to anything which may attract thieves to it. Keep its curtains closed. If you have a life raft or use an outboard motor, make sure they are secure and cannot be stolen.

Top Maltese Bays for Staying on a Boat

By Boat, Learning, Tips, Uncategorized, Yacht

The Maltese Islands has plenty of bays and inlets which are more obvious choices than the ones listed here, but we wanted to let you know what our favourite picks are for staying on a boat for a weekend. Check them out!

Santa Marija Bay, Comino

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Santa Marija Bay is a pretty little bay on the northern side of the island of Comino. It provides superb shelter should you be staying on a boat there. It is also quieter than the most well-known spot for boating in Comino, namely the Blue Lagoon. Should you want to venture onto land, you’ll find a campsite, Comino’s little police station and a small, yet superb, beach.

Xrobb l-Ghagin, Malta

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Xrobb l-Ghagin isn’t really known by the hundreds of thousands of tourists which visit Malta each year, however it is highly popular with locals, especially too moor a boat for the weekend. It features some stunning natural scenery – crystal clear water set against a backdrop of sheer cliffs. Although the bay is somewhat exposed, it still provides a good level of shelter against the wind and waves.

Crystal Lagoon, Comino

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Lying in the shadow of one of the Maltese Islands’ famous 17th Century Wignacourt towers, the Crystal Lagoon is the lesser known of Comino’s two lagoons. Shafts of light appear to come from its seabed, hence its name. It is surrounded on all size by high cliffs which provide great shelter for boats. You’ll get day-trippers coming in and out of the lagoon at the height of summer, but for the most part it’s quiet.

Mellieha Bay, Malta

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Mellieha Bay is Malta’s largest bay, and as a result it teems with people from June through to early October. Many boats are also present, but there’s space for everyone due to the bay’s size. Should you have a dinghy, you can easily zip to the beach and back if you need to. Topping off the Mellieha Bay experience are incredible views of Mellieha village and Santa Marija estate, with the latter being one of Malta’s wealthiest neighbourhoods.

Dwejra Bay (Fungus Rock), Gozo

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Dwejra Bay is home to the Azure Window, an amazing natural limestone framing views of the Mediterranean Sea beyond it, and Fungus Rock, an islet which features a unique plant believed to have medicinal properties. Not only is Dwejra Bay a prized diving and snorkelling location, not to mention a place of outstanding natural beauty, it’ll provide plenty of shelter for your boat should you choose to moor for a weekend.