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19Jan/15Off

Happy New Year!

A slightly belated but heartfelt Happy New Year to all our customers, friends and readers!

Mid way through January (when I'm writing this) is the time when many New Year resolutions tend to come unstuck. I thought that I'd give you my take on what to do when it comes to achieving personal goals.

I'd say that it's a question of double vision: one eye on the action we take today and the other eye on keeping to the long term strategy that we've set.

Many times people set goals which are more like aspirations, such as "I'd like to lose a stone in weight by the end of March". However, this won't happen unless action is taken. So I'd break it down into two segments:

  • Strategy - to lose a stone in weight
  • Action - today / this week I will take this specific action (whatever action you identify as helping the strategy)

So, as I say, Happy New Year! Go for that mix of strategy and action and I very much hope that it pays off for you.

Good fortune

From,
Richard and the TEAM
Abbfab Cleaning Service
M: 07875 030 885
T: 01437 779 775

25Sep/140

Robot Cleaners Now Available!

If you don’t enjoy cleaning – or if you don’t have time to do it – a cleaning robot may seem like a great idea.

This isn’t as far fetched as you may think. Smart home technology is already here, and homeowners are able to control various locks, lights and so on from their mobile phones.

So it’s no surprise that Dyson has recently announced the ‘360 Eye’ robotic vacuum cleaner. This isn’t the first robot cleaner. For example Samsung has a Navibot, and there’s also an iRobot and Hoover’s Robo.com.

The most striking feature of the Dyson 360 Eye is its camera technology. It uses a panoramic camera to take a 360-degree video of its surrounds. This means that the 360 Eye knows exactly where it has cleaned up and where it hasn’t.

The 360 Eye can also see in the dark - it’s got an infrared sensor meaning it’s capable of vacuuming floors in the dark while avoiding obstacles like walls, doors and chair legs. The Dyson 360 will be launched in Japan in 2015.

In the meantime, though, that cleaning just has to be done! If you need help please call Richard and the Abbfab team. We’ll be delighted to help.

Good fortune

From,
Richard and the TEAM
Abbfab Cleaning Service
M: 07875 030 885
T: 01437 779 775

14Oct/130

A Tidy House Comes Top!

More people prefer having a tidy home to going on holiday, having a good night out or even making love to their partner, according to a survey by UK home appliance firm Beko.

The 3,500 survey respondents gave their number one priorities as follows:

  • 36%  - a tidy home
  • 34%  - going on holiday
  • 18%  - making love
  • 11%  - a good night out

Researchers found that a messy house was rated as more irritating than being stuck in a traffic jam, having to listen to telephone hold music or even dealing with parking wardens.

Well, this was news to us at Abbfab. Yes, we did know that our clients like a clean home but we didn't realize quite how much that was the case. It will certainly put an extra spring in our step to know that we are alleviating so much irritation.

I guess the next thought arises is, 'how often are are people satisfied with the tidiness of their houses?' Not all the time, that's for sure.

If you're one of those many people who would put a tidy house above having a holiday - and if your house isn't as clean and tidy as you would like - why not call your local house cleaning company? If you live in Pembrokeshire, Abbfab would be very glad to help.

Good fortune

From,
Richard and the TEAM
Abbfab Cleaning Service
M: 07875 030 885
T: 01437 779 775

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20Jun/130

Cleaning the Workplace

Cleaning the workplace is like a lot of things in life. In the mind's eye it can seem like hard work - harder than it really is. In fact, sometimes the thought of it is so daunting that it gets left undone.

If you're talking about office space or a factory floor, maybe it doesn't matter if it's not spick and span. But what about the kitchen area and the toilets? Grime in those places can lead to health problems.

It's not just arguments between staff about who should do the washing up. It's old food spills, lack of clean hand towels and dish cloths - and so on.

Many times I put the case for 'more clean space' because of the positive effects it can have on staff morale. But way below those lofty psychological reasons is the basic need to take care of our health.

Like I say, it's not that hard. But cleaning the workplace is perhaps something that, for whatever reason, doesn't get done very often. If you're local to Pembrokeshire, why not give us a call and we'd be glad to help out.

Good fortune

From,
Richard and the TEAM
Abbfab Cleaning Service
M: 07875 030 885
T: 01437 779 775

 

 

27Feb/130

What We Do at Abbfab

I thought that it would be useful to list the various services we provide at Abbfab. It's all about providing you with more clean space and more free time. Hopefully, too, you will feel uplifted when you walk into the bright and tidy environments that we leave behind.

Here we go...

Residential cleans: we can clean your home every week or month, or come in on a one-off basis for special events like spring cleaning.

Workplace cleans: we clean offices and showrooms - places where you want to make a good impression on your customers. And we also clean staff areas where you want more clean space to help increase productivity.

Holiday lets cleans: if you own or manage a holiday let you'll know that guests seldom leave a property in the same spick and span state as when they arrived! Abbfab provides a range of service levels - gold, silver and bronze - even including laundry cleaning.

Carpet cleans: whenever you hoover your carpet it probably looks brighter and cleaner. But after a professional steam clean, you'll really see a difference. And, of course, steam cleaning will deal with those nasty bits of grime that you can't spot with the naked eye.

Public events cleans: if you hire a venue for a party or public event, we can provide a clear-up (spills, breakages) and cleaning service (sanitary, kitchen etc) for the duration of the event - and we'll clear up afterwards.

Post build cleans: some builders leave a bit of a mess - but even the tidiest usually leave unseen particles of dust. And of course, there may be sharp nails or tiny pieces of glass or masonry. Again, Abbfab can deal with it.

Remember, we bring all the cleaning equipment and materials needed - and they're eco-friendly!

So, if you'd like some help - even if your cleaning requirement is not on the list -  please give me a call.

Best wishes,

From,
Richard and the TEAM
Abbfab Cleaning Service
M: 07875 030 885
T: 01437 779 775

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15Feb/130

Spring (Cleaning) is in the Air

It's not quite Spring yet - but you can feel a change in the air. The sun is shining now and again, you see some patches of blue sky and flowers are coming up in the garden.

Yes, it's time to think about spring cleaning! But why did spring cleaning become a tradition?

Going back a generation or two, many homes were heated with open fires - wood or coal. Over the winter months soot would get deposited on internal walls, windows and furnishings. When the weather warmed up, windows could be opened wider to let in more fresh air and the soot could get cleaned up.

Nowadays our heating systems are much cleaner and most households don't suffer from these soot deposits. However, the idea of spring cleaning still seems to be here.

That's probably because dirt accumulates over time - even without the help of open fires. If you've ever had your carpets steam cleaned - a service that Abbfab provides - you'll know what I mean. Hoovering does a reasonable job of picking up larger pieces of grime but steam cleaning deals with much smaller particles and does a much more thorough job.

The Abbfab Spring Clean Offer

Abb Fab carries out spring cleaning for many customers. This year, we are very pleased to offer a special discount.

Between 15 February and 15 April 2013 we are reducing the cost of our Spring Clean from £100 to £75 – but we will still do £100 worth of work. That's two extra hours for free. Before we start work, we agree which areas of your home you'd like us to work on. Also, we can agree whether you'd like to book any extras, such as carpet cleaning.

Remember, we bring all the cleaning equipment needed - and we use eco-friendly cleaning products.

So, if you'd like some help with your spring cleaning this year, please give me a call.

Best wishes,

From,
Richard and the TEAM
Abbfab Cleaning Service
M: 07875 030 885
T: 01437 779 775

 

 

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30Jan/130

Pay As You Go Discount Vouchers

I think that quite a few more people would take the 'pay as you go' option for their mobile phones if it was the best value option.

Imagine if you received a 5% discount with pay as you go - making it 5% cheaper than a monthly contract. Would that tempt you?

Well, if so, you might be interested to hear about the new Abb Fab discount vouchers that work in a similar way.

  • You pre-pay Abb Fab for however many hours cleaning you like
  • You get a 5% discount on our standard charges - reducing the £12.50 an hour to £11.87
  • We then agree a convenient time to visit your home or business to clean

Other than gaining a valuable discount, what are the advantages of paying for your cleaning with the voucher scheme?

Firstly, some people like them for the same reason they might opt for a pay as you go phone deal. They don't like buying on credit. You have the peace of mind of knowing that you've already paid for your cleaning before we visit.

Second, you can give these vouchers to someone as a gift. If you were thinking of giving someone cash to pay for a cleaner, buying vouchers instead ensures that the money is spent as you wished.

Third, it means that you can pay Abb Fab as and when you have money available even if you want us to clean at a later time.

So, if like the idea of a 5% discount - or if you would value the other advantages of our voucher scheme - please give me a call.

Best wishes,

From,
Richard and the TEAM
Abbfab Cleaning Service
M: 07875 030 885
T: 01437 779 775

23Jan/130

10,000 Man Hours To Date!

AbbFab has just gone past the 10,000 man hours staging post.

A couple of points occur to me. First, we must be doing something right to have come this far! Second, it's interesting to take a look at the 10,000 hours statistic quoted by Malcolm Gladwell in Outliers - his bestselling book on how novices become experts.

Though it was Gladwell who brought the 10,000 hours figure to public attention, he was drawing on previous research by Dr. Anders Ericsson. Ericsson said that becoming an expert at any skill requires a long period of deliberate practice - in fact 20 hours for 50 weeks for 10 years (adding up to 10,000 hours).

Clearly some people start with more talent than others when it comes to a particular skill. However, what Ericsson was saying is that a lot of practice is required regardless of your initial skill level.

So, can you become an expert at anything if you spend 10,000 hours doing it? Unfortunately not! Just think of the many enthusiastic amateur golfers who never play anywhere near a professional standard - even after 50 years of trying.

No, the truth is that practice is required but it is not enough on its own. In addition, you do need talent if you want to become world class at something. There also needs to be a continuous effort to improve based on some sort of expert feedback.

Fortunately AbbFab has received that expert feedback from our many clients. We don't get clients to sign long term contracts that guarantee us a job for life. The only reason that we get repeat business is that we do our utmost to provide a great service.

So, many thanks indeed to all our clients.

Here's to the next 10,000!

Best wishes,

From,
Richard and the TEAM
Abbfab Cleaning Service
M: 07875 030 885
T: 01437 779 775

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23Oct/090

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