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Win £100 Worth Of House Cleaning In Our January Prize Draw


For many of us, the New Year is a turning point.  A time for reflection, where we make a commitment to make a change for the good.  That may include spending more time with the family, taking up or a hobby or simply, enjoying life more!

Imagine what you could do with your time if you didn't have to worry about cleaning the house anymore  Well, that dream could soon be a reality.  In our January Prize Draw, we're giving one lucky person the chance to win £100 worth of house cleaning from one of our expert, reference checked cleaners!

All you need to do is send us a short video testimonial.  It doesn't have to be too long, just a short and brief description of your experience of Time For You's services. Just click the 'MAKE YOUR VIDEO' button below and follow the instructions.

Everyone who sends us a testimonial will be entered into a prize draw, with a winner picked at random on February 2nd 2017.  The winner will be informed via email and all testimonials featured on the Time For You website.




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Home Health Help: Why Mold is So Bad For Your Health

Mold in the home is the result of excess moisture caused by condensation or water leaks, and it’s a nasty business. At best, it is a messy, and often smelly problem. It can leave you with unpleasant dirty patches on walls, carpets, wallpaper, upholstery or wood work and can also cause an unpleasant musty odour which can be very difficult to get rid of. At worst, however, the problem of mold goes beyond aesthetics, it could seriously damage your health.

In this blog, we explain what mold is, why it is so bad for your health, and what you can do about it.

What is mold?

Mold is a fungal growth. It is a result of excess moisture in the home caused by condensation or water leaks. Excess moisture is a major problem in many houses, particularly if there is poor ventilation. Moisture in the air from bathrooms, kitchens or drying laundry, causes condensation on windows and walls which, left unaddressed, can lead to the formation of mold.

Mold can be a particular problem in the winter months when the fluctuations in temperature between inside and outside are at their worst. This problem, coupled with the fact that we are less likely to open windows, (allowing ventilation) can cause a major condensation problem.

Mold needs dampness, darkness and poor ventilation to grow. So obviously, bathrooms and kitchens are often the places where mold growth is at its worst. It will prosper in places that absorb moisture and take longer to dry out, such as porous materials like walls, timber, carpets, furniture, and fabrics.

Why is mold so bad for health?

Mold affects people in different ways. For some, it is nothing more than an irritation, usually revealing itself in the form of an itchy nose and sneezing.

For others, however, particularly those susceptible to allergies, mold can be a dangerous health problem, causing long-term health conditions and affecting the immune system. Mold produces allergens and micro toxins that can cause a range of health concerns:

• Respiratory conditions such as chronic coughs, wheezing and asthma attacks.
• Skin complaints like rashes, itching, red eyes and dermatitis.
• Sinus problems such as sneezing, runny nose or itchy nose.
• Tiredness and fatigue.
• Low immune system, which can result in an increased susceptibility to illness.

What should you do about it?

If you are suffering from any of the conditions discussed in this article you should visit your GP, who will be able to recommend treatments.

It is important to address the cause of your mold problem and remove the mold from your home. We have written an article specifically on this subject available on the Time For You blog. 10 Tips to Eradicate Mold from Your Home is our guide on how you can get rid of mold and prevent it from forming in the first place.


 Written by Mike Pye

5 Fun and Free Family Christmas Games

There always comes a time over the Christmas period where the family needs perking up a little bit. After Christmas dinner has been demolished and the chocolates have been snaffled, energy levels are sure to crash!

There is nothing better than an energetic party game to turn the mood levels back up a notch. In our handy infographic, we bring you five family favourites, guaranteed to have your brood in fits of laughter in minutes. You can download and print it here too!


Written by Mike Pye

How to Clean Fabric Upholstery

Furniture, especially sofas, and armchairs, are some of the most expensive items you will buy for your home. If you’ve invested in a suite, you will want to keep it looking as beautiful as when you first bought it. Alternatively, you may have been given a suite or bought a second hand one. In which case, it probably needs a bit of TLC to get it back looking it's best, after a few years of general wear and tear. By giving the upholstery a thorough clean, you can help keep upholstery in tip-top condition, or even bring it back to life. Find out how in our latest guide.


Bring tired and dirty upholstery back to life


Step 1: Vacuum up dust and dirt particles

First things first, you need to address the dust, crumbs or loose particle dirt hidden in between the fabric of your sofa, and that requires a thorough vacuuming. Using the upholstery attachment, get to work on your upholstery and give it an intensive vacuum. Be sure to get the vacuum into any nooks and crannies’, like seams and button holes, by using the crevice nozzle.

*If your upholstery is made from a delicate material such as silk, use the low suction setting on your vacuum cleaner. If your vacuum doesn’t have a low suction setting, you can reduce its power by covering the nozzle with a piece of material from an old pair of tights.

Step 2: Blast out hidden dust with compressed air

There will often be dust and dirt particles stuck in hard to reach places such as button holes, zips, or other crevices. The perfect tool to release and expel this dirt is a compressed air canister, (the same compressed air you would use to clean computer keyboards). Simply attach the straw-like nozzle to the compressed air canister and direct the air jet into any tight gaps or nooks to release the residual dirt.

Step 3: Soap suds are your upholstery’s friend

Now your upholstery is dust and dirt free, you need to target ingrained dirt by giving it a thorough clean. If there are any nasty, dried on stains, then skip to the stain removal section below at this stage.

There is no easier or cheaper way to clean your upholstery than with good old fashioned washing up liquid. Make sure you get hold of a good, CLEAR liquid, to avoid leaving any marks from coloured liquids. To give your upholstery a thorough clean without getting it too wet, you need soap suds and lots of them.

Here’s a great technique to create some proper soap suds:

Mix 1 teaspoon of clear washing up liquid with one small bowl of warm water. Give it a thorough whisk with either a hand whisk or electric whisk until you end up with suds in soft peaks, as if you are making a meringue. These dry suds can be applied to your upholstery using a spatula. Once you have applied the soap suds you should then gently brush the suds in with a soft upholstery brush.
Once you have given the upholstery a good brush with the soap suds you then need to give it a rinse. But again, do not get it too wet. A simple wipe over with a clean damp cloth or moistened sponge will suffice.

Step 4: Leave it to dry

It’s important to let upholstery dry as thoroughly and as quickly as possible. The last thing you want is to have spent time cleaning your upholstery for it to develop marks and smells from mildew. To dry your upholstery, ventilate your room well and turn on all the heating. Even better, leave the cleaning for a dry warm day and do it outside so you can leave it to dry in the fresh air. Removing cushions from their covers will also help speed up the drying time.

Step 5: If it’s still not clean, try steam

If after applying the above technique, your sofa still isn’t as clean as you would like, a more intensive treatment may be needed. Often, if upholstery has absorbed cigarette smoke or animal smells, or has very ingrained dirt, it will need a bit more work. A steam cleaner is perfect for this. You can hire them from DIY stores or buy them from many retailers. Just be sure to follow the instructions and make sure your upholstery is suitable for steam cleaning. If there are lingering smells after steam cleaning you can apply a deodoriser or household odour spray such as Febreze.

A few things to remember when cleaning your upholstery:

• Always check the cleaning guide on your sofa to ensure you don’t damage the material by using inappropriate solutions.
• Don’t use too much water, some upholstery can be damaged by water, or will not dry out properly, causing mildew.
• Avoid applying water to metal components, this could result in rust.
• Always spot check any cleaning technique or solution on a hidden area first to ensure you don’t damage your upholstery.


Removing stubborn dried on stains

Your best chance of removing stubborn stains (such as red wine or coffee) is to clean them immediately. If you leave it to dry you will have a much bigger task on your hands. However, sometimes this can’t be avoided, or you may have inherited upholstery with stubborn dried on stains. Here’s how you can remove them:

• Give the stained area a thorough vacuum, you’ll be surprised at how marks can be removed by vacuuming up the dirt particles.
• Check the cleaning guide to make sure any cleaning solutions you use won’t cause damage to the upholstery. Then, spot test a hidden area to make doubly sure.
• Start by applying a solution of warm water and washing up liquid, Blot the stain, don’t rub it, as this can result in weakened or damaged fabric. Use a moist sponge to rinse the area and leave to dry. If the stain is still there repeat the process and then move on to stronger solutions, replacing the washing up liquid with white vinegar or a clear alcohol such as vodka. If after this approach, the stain is still apparent you may need to reach for an upholstery stain cleaner. There will be many brands available in your local supermarket or DIY shop (but always check that they are suitable for your upholstery).

Keep repeating the stain cleaning exercise until you can no longer see the mark, it may take a few attempts but keep at it, it will be worth it in the end.

Do you have any unusual home cleaning techniques that save you money and time? Tweet us @TimeForYouGroup and let us know, or alternatively visit us at for more tips and advice for cleaning your home. 

Written by Mike Pye



Productivity Tips: Work Smarter with 'Getting Things Done'


Getting Things Done, or GTD for short is an excellent method of organising your to-do list, to make it more manageable and increase the likelihood of you actually completing each task. The concept was devised by productivity consultant, David Allen, and became a bestselling book. GTD helps you get all of your to-dos out of your head and down on paper (or into any productivity software you use) and helps you decide in which order you should complete each task.

This article, one of many in our productivity series , will explain how GTD works and how you can use it to work smarter, not harder, in your day to day life.

What is Getting Things Done?

GTD uses five core principles as it’s foundations; capture, clarify, organise, reflect and engage. By understanding each principle, and putting them into practice in your daily workload, you will be on the way to a much more productive work day.


To ‘capture’ means to record every task you have in your head on a to-do list, notebook, or any organisational software you regularly use. You can use whatever method suits you best but it must be quick and easy and provide no obstacles to you completing your tasks. Capture absolutely everything, from tasks to meetings, emails to household chores. The idea is that you get everything down so you don’t have to add anything to your list later as this will ruin the process.


The clarification principle requires you to go into detail on every task. Break down each task into subtasks so you know exactly where to start for each. This will help you avoid getting sidetracked by thinking about how you will complete mammoth, complicated tasks. Do small tasks immediately and delegate anything you don’t have to do yourself? This will leave you with a well-organised list of things you absolutely need to do and an idea about how you will complete each task.


Next, prioritise your to-do list and set due dates and reminders for each task. This will help you ensure you have time allocated to complete each one and ensure you don’t forget about any of them if you get side-tracked by meetings or work that you hadn’t originally planned for. The organisational stage is vital to the success of GTD so don’t rush it, take the time to thoroughly consider each task and understand when each must be completed and what you will need to do along the way.


Before getting down to work, take some time to reflect on your to-do list. Look at the tasks with the highest priority and consider which you will tackle first. This is the beauty of the clarification stage as it helps break down tasks into chunks. You can pick and choose the chunks you are most comfortable with to get started.


Now is the time to get working. By now, you should have a thoroughly organised system that outlines what you should be doing now and what should be next on the list to complete. Tick off each task as you go and if you find a task that is still too vague and requires thought, break it down into further manageable chunks.

GTD should help you organise and rationalise your day to day to do list so you can spend more time working and less time thinking or procrastinating. For more tips on how you can be productive, read our recent blog post on the Pomodoro Technique.



Written by Mike Pye




Why You Should Clean Your Curtains Every Three Months


Curtains are not an obvious part of your home that needs regular cleaning. You might give them a hoover every now and then but let’s face it, they just hang there. So how dirty could they really get?

Well, your curtains, because they are made from a fabric material, attract dust and absorb odours that naturally occur in your home. Here're a few reasons why they should be regularly cleaned:

• If you are a smoker, you will notice that your curtains become stained over time and will retain the scent of stale smoke. The same can be said of other household odours. Animals and cooking smells can all take their toll, and depending on your curtain colour, stains can be very noticeable indeed.
• Many people, particularly if they live in older properties will experience problems with condensation and damp around windows. This can leave your curtains stained and cause a lingering musty smell.
• If you suffer from allergies, then regularly cleaning your curtains could really help. Curtains trap allergens such as dust, pollen, mould spores and pet dander so keeping them clean is incredibly important.

You should clean your curtains every three months to keep them looking and smelling at their best. Follow our steps below to get your curtains looking ship shape and smelling fresh again in no time.

1. If your curtains are made of linen, silk or other sensitive fabrics, then they will need to be dry cleaned. The sensitivity of the fabric makes them unsuitable for conventional washing and they may shrink or be damaged by detergents. Also, if your curtains have beading, embroidery or other areas of detail it may be safer to send them to a professional dry cleaner. Curtains are expensive, it is better to get them cleaned professionally than risk damaging them. If your curtains are suitable, however, you can clean them yourself.

2. Some lightweight curtains can be washed in the washing machine. It’s very important to check the label first to ensure your curtains are washing machine safe or to see if there are any special instructions. The last thing you want to do is shrink or damage them. Heavy curtains will retain too much water so are unsuitable for the washing machine.

3. You may prefer to hand wash your curtains and if so you should use a detergent that is designed for delicates to avoid any damage to the material. Handwashing is best for curtains that are 100% cotton to avoid any shrinkage. Be careful when squeezing out water not to twist the curtains too tight as you may inadvertently stretch the material and in doing so damage their appearance.

4. Steam cleaning is easy and convenient. Use an upholstery attachment and steam your curtains from the top down. Before using a steam cleaner make sure your curtains are suitable for this method of cleaning and remember steam burns, so always wear protective equipment. Steam cleaning is ideal for very heavy curtains that you can’t wash. This method avoids the absorption of too much water and allows them to dry quickly.

5. Whether you choose to hand wash, or machine wash your curtains there are specialist curtain detergents available both online and in your local supermarket that are perfect for the job.

6. Avoid using the tumble dryer. The heat may cause your curtains to shrink and the dryer will cause creases that are a real pain to remove. Instead, wait until a dry and warm day and hang them outside. This will also leave them smelling clean and fresh and avoid any damp musty smells.

7. Once they are dry, iron them using a gentle setting but be careful on any areas of detail. They should now be looking as good as they did when you first bought them and are ready to be hung back up.

8. Vacuum your curtains with the soft brush attachment every week as part of your regular house cleaning regime. This will help you keep on top of the problem of dust and smells and keep them looking their best for longer.

By following these simple steps, you will be able to keep your curtains in tip top condition and leave them looking beautiful from both inside and out.



Written by Mike Pye


Home Health Help: How to Banish Bacteria


Did you know that the toilet seat is NOT where you will find the most bacteria in your home?

Bacteria such salmonella and E. coli, as well as germs that can cause infections like MRSA, can be found all over you home, not just the bathroom. In our latest blog on health in the home, we share everything you need to know about bacteria and what you can do to keep your home clean and above all, SAFE, from the nasties that could make you and your family seriously ill.

Chopping boards

What’s the risk?
Chopping boards have been shown to often harbour dangerous coliform bacteria as well as other molds and yeasts.

How can you protect yourself?
Wash thoroughly after every use, either by hand or in the dishwasher. Use an antibacterial washing up liquid and scrub in hot water.

Cooker knobs

What’s the risk?
Cooker knobs have also been shown to be one of the most popular places to find coliform bacteria. We are likely to turn on knobs whilst cooking in between food preparation, often forgetting to wash our hands and the raw or partially cooked food is also easily spilled on the cooker hob and knobs.

How can you protect yourself?
Remove the knobs regularly and wash in hot soapy water. Clean your cooker hob and knobs after every use to keep it spotless by using an off the shelf antibacterial spray or a homemade natural solution.


What’s the risk?
Spillages and raw food have been shown to cause worktops to grow molds and coliform bacteria.

How can you protect yourself?
Clean after every use with an antibacterial spray, bleach/water solution, or natural antibacterial solution. Make sure your worktop doesn’t require specialist solutions to prevent damage to the surface.


What’s the risk?
If you’ve got a pet, you’ll already be aware that they can make a bit of a mess of your house, but did you know their toys can actually be dangerous. Balls, dog chews, and other toys have been shown to contain bacteria and molds. Food bowls are another big problem.

How can you protect yourself?
Scrub hard toys with soap and water. Make sure you rinse them thoroughly to avoid harming your beloved pooch when you give them back. Put soft toys like balls into the washing machine on a hot wash. Put bowls in the dishwasher or hand wash with an antibacterial liquid.

Bathroom sinks

What’s the risk?
The sink, and more importantly the handles, are a major problem when it comes to bacteria. We can’t wash our hands after using the toilet without using the tap! Do you really give it the cleaning it the thorough and regular cleaning it requires?

How can you protect yourself?
Clean daily with an antibacterial wipe or disinfectant spray.

Kitchen sinks

What’s the risk?
The kitchen sink is exposed to all sorts of nasties. Raw and rotting food, dirty plates and much more have been shown to cause coliform bacteria and molds. That’s why you should never wash raw chicken and cook it straight from the packaging. By washing it, you are simply spreading the harmful bacteria all over your sink and anywhere else the water splashes.

How can you protect yourself?
Clean every part of your sink, including the taps, sides, and base, twice a week, using a bleach-based solution or disinfectant spray. Be sure to pour bleach down the drain to kill off the bacteria growing down there too.

Toothbrush holders

What’s the risk?
Our mouths contain an amazing number of harmful bacteria and this is often transferred to the toothbrush holder and left to breed after we’ve finished brushing our teeth. It is also usually located near the toilet and airborne faecal particles can quickly find their way to your toothbrush holder, where they will settle and breed bacteria too. A disgusting thought isn’t it!

How can you protect yourself?
Do you clean your toothbrush holder enough? You should clean it at least twice a week either by hand or by sticking it in the dishwasher.

Sponges and dishcloths

What’s the risk?
By far the worst place for bacteria in your home is in sponges and dishcloths, ironically the tools we use to clean the house in the first place! Coliform bacteria, molds, and yeasts are usually present and even the most dangerous staph bacteria have been found regularly.

How can you protect yourself?
Use your microwave to zap sponges on a daily basis, this will kill off the bacteria. Wash dishcloths in the washing machine and be sure to replace both sponges or cloths every two weeks.

By following the advice above your home should be spotlessly clean and bacteria free to help you protect yourself, and your family, from nasty bugs that could make you seriously poorly.

Stay tuned for next month’s home health blog when we will tackle the serious health issue of mold in your home and explain what you can do to get rid of it.


Written by Mike Pye



Where Can You Find a Christmas Market in 2016?



Christmas Markets have exploded in popularity over the last few years. Major cities like Manchester, Birmingham and London welcome ever growing markets every year with gifts and entertainment from around the world. They are the perfect place to wrap up warm and soak up the festive spirit, drink mulled wine and buy some original gifts from the wide range of retailers. Christmas markets are not just limited to the big cities, however. There are hundreds of events all around the country where you can get into the yuletide spirit.

We’ve picked out almost 60 markets nationwide below so there is bound to be an event near you.


Ardingly W.Sussex Winter Fair

When: 03 Dec to 04 Dec | Where: South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex | Find out more 


Bath Christmas Market 

When: 24 Nov to 11 Dec | Where: Bath City Centre | Find out more 


Belfast Christmas Market  

When: 19 Nov to 22 Dec |Where: City Hall Gardens, Belfast | Find out more 


Belgravia Christmas Sunday  

When: 04 De to 04 Dec | Where: Elizabeth Street, Belgravia, London | Find out more 


Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market & Craft Fair  

When: 17 Nov to 22 Dec | Where: Birmingham City Centre | Find out more 


Blenheim Palace - Living Crafts for Christmas Fair 

When: 17 Nov to 20 Nov | Where: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock | Find out more 


Brighton Christmas Fair in Sussex at The Amex Stadium 

When: 12 Nov to 13 Nov | Where: American Express Community Stadium, Brighton | Find out more 


Bristol's Christmas Markets  

When: 11 Nov to 24 Dec | Where: Broadmead, Bristol Shopping Quarter | Find out more 


Brixham Christmas Market 

When: 26 Nov to 26 Nov | Where: Brixham | Find out more 


Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre 

When: 24 Nov to 27 Nov | Where: Angel Hill & Town Centre | Find out more 


Cardiff Christmas Market 

When: 4th Dec to 20th Dec | Where: Cheltenham Christmas Market   Promenade, Cheltenham | Find out more 


Chester Christmas Market  

When: 18 Nov to 18 Dec | Where: Chester Town Hall Square | Find out more 


Chichester Christmas Market  

When: 03 Dec to 11 Dec | Where: City Centre, Chichester, W. Sussex | Find out more 


Deepdale Christmas Market, North Norfolk Coast  

When: 02 Dec to 04 Dec | Where: Dalegate Market, Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk | Find out more 


Durham City Christmas Festival  

When: 02 Dec to 04 Dec | Where: Throughout Durham City centre inc Cathedral & Castle | Find out more 


Edinburgh Christmas Market 

When: 19th to 7th Jan | Where: Edinburgh City Centre | Find out more 


Exeter Christmas Market 

When: 17 Nov | Where: Exeter City Centre | Find out more 


Glasgow Christmas Continental Market 

When: 11 Nov to 22 Dec | Where: Glasgow City Centre | Find out more 


Gloucester Quays Victorian Christmas Market  

When: 17 Nov to 20 Nov | Where: Gloucester Quays and Historic Docks | Find out more 


Grassington Dickensian Festival  

When: 03 Dec to 11 Dec | Where: Grassington | Find out more 


Harrogate Christmas Market  

When: 17 Nov to 20 Nov | Where: Harrogate | Find out more 


Hestercombe Gardens Christmas Market  

When: 18 Nov to 20 Nov | Where: Hestercombe Gardens | Find out more 


Ipswich Christmas Market  

When: 09 Dec to 11 Dec | Where: Town Centre, Ipswich | Find out more 


Kelham Island Museum 24th Victorian Christmas Market  

When: 03 Dec to 04 Dec | Where: Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield 


Knaresborough Edwardian Christmas Market  

When: 03 Dec to 04 Dec | Where: Market Place, Knaresborough | Find out more 


Leeds Christkindelmarkt Traditional German Christmas Market  

When: 11 Nov to 18 Dec | Where: Millennium Square, Leeds | Find out more 


Lincoln Christmas Market 

When: 01 Dec to 04 Dec | Where: Lincoln | Find out more 


Llandudno Christmas Fayre  

When: 17 Nov to 20 Nov | Where: Llandudno | Find out more 


London Tate Modern Christmas Market  

When: 19 Nov to 23 Dec | Where: Tate Modern London | Find out more


Manchester Christmas Markets 

When: 10 Nov to 21 Dec | Where: Manchester City Centre | Find out more 


Newbury Christmas Market  

When: 01 Dec to 18 Dec | Where: Newbury | Find out more 


Newcastle Continental Christmas Market

When: 18 Nov to 11 Dec | Where: Grey’s Monument, Grey Street and Grainger Street | Find out more


Nottingham Christmas Market & Ice Rink Winter Wonderland 

When: 19th Nov to 8th Jan | Where: Old Market Square, Nottingham City Centre | Find out more 


Oxford Christmas Market  

When: 08 Dec to 18 Dec | Where: Broad Street, Oxford | Find out more


Portsmouth Victorian Festival of Christmas

When: 25 Nov to 27 Nov | Where: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard |Find out more 


Rochester Christmas Market  

When: 26 Nov to 11 Dec | Where: Rochester Castle Gardens, Rochester Castle | Find out more 


Royal Holloway - AWBS Christmas Craft & Gift Fayre  

When: 05 Nov to 05 Nov | Where: Founders Hall Royal Holloway, University of London | Find out more 


Salisbury Christmas Market  

When: 24 Nov to 18 Dec | Where: The Guildhall Square, Salisbury | Find out more 


Skipton Christmas Market

When: 04 Dec to 11 Dec |Where:   Skipton High Street | Find out more 


Southampton Christmas Festival

When: 12th Nov to 23rd Dec | Where: Southampton City Centre | Find out more 


St Albans Christmas Market  

When: 24 Nov to 18 Dec | Where: Vintry Gardens, St Albans Cathedral | Find out more 


Stoke-on-Trent Christmas Market  

When: 30 Nov to 21 Dec | Where: Parliament Row, Tontine Street | Find out more 


Windsor Christmas Gift Fair 

When: 17 Nov to 20 Nov | Where: Windsor | Find out more 


Wellington Christmas Market  

When: 26 Nov to 26 Nov | Where: Wellington Town Centre, Shropshire | Find out more 


Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market & Ice Rink  

When: 18 Nov to 20 Dec | Where: The Close, Winchester | Find out more 


Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre  

When: 24 Nov to 27 Nov | Where: Worcester City Centre


Wrexham Victorian Christmas Market 

When: 08 Dec to 08 Dec| Where: Church Street and St Giles Church | Find out more 


York Christmas Markets 

When: 17 Nov - 23 Dec | Where: Parliament Street, York | Find out more 


Written by Mike Pye

Roll back the years on your favourite pair of trainers

Fresh out of the box trainers always look fantastic, but after just a short amount of time they can pick up all kinds of stains and scuffs.

Unfortunately, many types of trainers are unsuitable for the washing machine which means that you need to find other ways to clean them. Here are our top tips for restoring and maintaining your best trainers.

Restoring your trainers

To get started you should perform a ‘spot clean’. Here you do some targeted cleaning on your trainers to tackle any easily dislodged dirt. Begin by knocking your trainers together which should cause any large bits of dirt to fall away. Look for any other surface muck and marks to wipe away and use a pick to dig out any stones.

Next apply some shoe cleaner. If you don’t have any handy then try mixing together a solution of baking soda, warm water and a dash of vinegar. Now use a tooth brush and scrub with your cleaner in a circular motion. The tooth brush should make it easy to get any hard to reach dirt. This should work well on your trainers, particularly if they are white. Once you’ve done this, simply allow them to dry and then wipe them down with a cloth. If they still look dirty then just keep repeating the method until you get the results you hoped for.

Next loosen up your laces and throw them in the washing machine. This is a great way to lighten your laces and make your trainers appear brand new. Remember that most trainers aren't suitable for the washing machine. The combination of heat and moisture can cause warping and can even ruin them.

Maintaining your trainers

It’s all well and good giving your trainers a deep clean once in a while, but if you want to extend their shelf life then you should do it regularly.  The longer you leave muck on your trainers the higher the chance of creating tough stains that are hard to remove. Try to form a habit of cleaning your trainers before you put them away each day, even if it’s just a quick ‘knock’ together and a light wipe with a cloth.

Do you have any unusual home cleaning techniques that save you money and time? Tweet us @TimeForYouGroup and let us know, or alternatively visit us at for more tips and advice for cleaning your home.

Are you allergic to your home?


Perennial Allergic Rhinitis, (or home fever) affects over 12 million people every year. Most of us are aware that dust mites are a major cause of allergies, but did you know that there are dozens of other allergens in the home? From moulds to cleaning products, pets to room sprays and much more in between, home allergens can all contribute to Perennial Allergic Rhinitis.
This is the first in a series of articles in which we will explain the various causes of home fever, and what you can do to prevent it. In this article, we will explain the symptoms and common causes of Perennial Allergic Rhinitis.

What is Perennial Allergic Rhinitis?

Perennial Allergic Rhinitis affects around one in every five people in the UK. It’s incredibly common. It causes an inflammation inside the nose which is usually triggered by allergens in and around the home such as pollen, dust, dust mites, moulds, animal hair or animal skin flakes. It can also be caused by various household cleaning solutions or chemicals.
Because of the nature of the causes, home fever is ‘perennial’, which means that symptoms can be present all year round, which can be a real struggle for sufferers.

Many of us will suffer from Perennial Allergic Rhinitis without even knowing as the symptoms are easily confused with those of the common cold. Sufferers will experience sneezing, a blocked or a runny nose, and even a decreased sense of smell. It can also trigger pain around the face caused by inflamed sinuses and sometimes headaches. As a result, most of us will rush to treat the symptoms as if it were a cold, choosing mild pain killers or cold and flu remedies. This may help in the short term, but will do nothing to prevent suffering again in the future.

What causes Perennial Allergic Rhinitis?

There are many causes depending on your sensitivity to different allergens but here are some of the biggest culprits.

• Dust mites: The major cause of allergies in the home
• Pets: Pet fur and dead skin are both allergens
• Room sprays: Can cause reactions or even trigger asthma attacks
• Carpets: A haven for dust mites but also the chemicals and materials used can also be allergens
• Mould: There are various types of mould found around the home that can cause skin irritation and respiratory conditions
• Furniture: Furniture made from chipboard or manufactured wood can sometimes contain formaldehyde which irritates the airwaves
• Perfume: The chemicals used in perfumes and beauty products can cause skin reactions
• Flowers: Indoor plants and flowers can cause hay fever all year around

Can it be treated?

If you are suffering from any of the symptoms described above then be sure to consult your doctor, particularly if they are preventing you from carrying out everyday activities.
There are a number of over the counter medications such as antihistamines but if your symptoms don’t clear up, your doctor may prescribe stronger medication.

Prevention is much better than a cure

Coming up in our series of articles on home health, we will put the spotlight on every health threat in the home and provide guidance on how to prevent them in the first place.

Stay tuned for next month’s guide to the dangers of bacteria.



Written by Mike Pye