That’s what people say, ‘oh I’m just a cleaner’ or, ‘that’s just our cleaner’.

But what does being a cleaner really mean? A quick dust down and running the vacuum around the office?

I went out with our cleaning team for a day to see what they really do in a day. I found out they work really, REALLY, hard.

Their day starts at 6.30 am, when they arrive at work and get ready for the day ahead. All dressed in their distinctive uniforms, looking smart, and professional and all with travel mugs of coffee in hand!

They stock their vans, making sure they have everything they could possibly need, you never know where the day may lead! They then check the run for the day, what jobs they have, what times the appointments are at, the names of the customers and the route to get to the properties. Covering such a wide area as we do, all of Gwynedd, into Anglesey and occasionally even further afield, it’s essential or team know where they are going!

The first job we had booked in for the day was a change-over clean (bet your thinking, easy! How hard can it be?). Well, I will tell you now, it was not an easy clean. The team were busy from the moment they arrived to the moment we finished, cleaning things so fast that they were a mere red blur, but everything looked and smelled amazing. They know where the dust hides, they see the things we don’t- they see finger prints on windows that I swear are invisible to the human eye! The other thing I found was our team are our frontline customer service representatives. They have the customers laughing and smiling and they ensure that they leave the property exactly how the customers want it. They answer queries about payments, cleaning products, equipment and offer up advice on a variety of issues, from decor to dry rot. Our cleaners know their stuff!

On the way to our next clean I ask about different products, ‘what’s this E.M.C plus’ I ask, ‘ah’ says the manager, ’that’s an alkaline cleaner, it’s made up of……..’ he listed chemicals and reactions that only a science teacher would understand, and that’s when I learnt our team really do know everything. I never knew how much knowledge goes in to cleaning, choosing the right product for the job and knowing the equipment like they do.

At the next job there’s a wooden floor. That’s what I would have seen, just a wooden floor. Well, the team tell me that this particular wooden floor is special wood and is unsealed, and therefore you must dry mop it using a specific product. I, stupidly, ask why, and hear all about expanding wood, joints, joists and linseed oil, it definitely takes a lot to be ‘just a cleaner’.

Our third, and my final, job of the day is an empty property that has seen some hard times fall upon it. I won’t discuss what was in there, but I learnt that our cleaners have a very strong stomach to do what they do. I ask how they clean things like this every day and they say ‘because someone will move in here, they deserve it to be a nice as it can be, it will be their home’ and that’s when I learnt, our team really care about our customers, about their job, about the quality of their work and about the people who will benefit from what they do. Our team have pride in their work and in themselves. Our team know more than I will probably ever know. Our team are certainly, 100% not ‘just cleaners’ they are amazing.

We have all been there, sitting on the couch, relaxing watching some rubbish on TV and the house not looking it best when a text announces the impending arrival of visitors. You spring up off the sofa and look around at the house, not knowing where to start. But never fear, Spick ‘N’ Span Services has a 15 minute tidy up that will have your house looking ship shape for your visitors in no time at all.

The key to a super fast clean is delegation. It’s all hands on deck for the vital moments prior to an unexpected visit. Older children can run the vacuum over or put dishes away whilst younger children can run a duster over anything they can reach. Many hands make for light work!

The next key stage to an instant tidy is to hide the clutter. The quickest way to hide clutter is to grab an empty laundry basket, then walk through the rooms your guests will be seeing, grab anything out of place an put it in the basket- the stash the basket away in a cupboard or anywhere the guests won’t see it. You can always organise it later when the guests have left.

Dusting is key to making your house look clean, and the easiest way to collect dust is using a slightly damp microfiber cloth. The dust will cling to the cloth, leaving surfaces clean in no time at all. A little spray polish also makes a home smell lovely and clean with minimal effort.

In the kitchen, the dreaded clean up can be made easy with a few quick tips. Quickly put away any out of place items such as milk on the side or clean dishes on the drainer. Place any dirty dishes in the dishwasher, or quickly wash them up to get them out the way. Wipe down the surfaces and the hob with a scented spray and run the brush over the floor for any visible dust and crumbs. A top tip for getting your kitchen smelling super fresh is to put a sliced lemon or lime in water on the stove and let it simmer and release its citrusy scent into the whole house.

In the bathroom, using a microfiber cloth, wipe down the sink, bath and taps to get them looking clean and shiny and using disposable cleaning wipes quickly clean over the toilet. Spray some air fresher, open the shower curtain and place a clean hand towel out, take the rubbish out too!

Whilst you are waiting for the knock at the door, quickly tidy any shoes, coats or other items in the hallway and have a quick look around the home to ensure that everything is in order.

Oh, and pop the kettle on!

For those more intense cleans, or when you have prior notice of house guests and you want everything in order for their arrival, call Spick ‘N’ Span Services to find out more about or deep clean, upholstery and carpets service on 01753 614 200 or email us: [email protected]


Written by Charlotte Jones


Time for our weekly blog and this week we have decided to talk about Our Team and that we are now looking for new members as we grow!

We have a great team here. They all work so hard and have a wonderful outlook on life. Each member adds a great contribution to the business so a big Thank you to them!

All the team take on tasks from all areas of the services we provide whether it is window cleaning, carpets, kitchen systems high level or office cleaning the whole team digs deep and gets involved and thats not all they all come back every Friday and wash the vans so they are ready for Monday morning. We have a small but dedicated office team too. The ladies there are on hand via phone, email, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and at our office door to help with all your enquiries and helping the team get to you to provide our fantastic services. We have our Quotes team too traveling around providing free quotes to all our customers. Then we have our Teams on site who work really hard too.


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We are currently looking for 3 New team members to join us here at Spick ‘N’ Span Services.


we required…


1 X full time member of staff (must be able to drive and be over 25 due to our insurance company policy)

1 X afternoon cover job 4pm/4.30pm -6pm/6.30pm Monday to Friday (10hrs)

1 X  temp job in Abersoch 21 hours a week from 1st JULY TILL END OF AUGUST.


We are looking for people willing to do all areas of the services we provide.

*Be a team player

*Have a positive attitude towards others and be understanding and respectful.


In return we offer…. 


To apply for these positions you will need to send a cover letter and a CV to

[email protected]

We are looking forward to hearing from you

Have a great weekend!






So time to get outdoors into sunny Wales! When you have this much on your doorstep why go anywhere else? Though the weather seems to be plotting against any weekend trips planned!

Did you know that research shows that people who spend time camping are happier, more relaxed, and tend to buy more bug repellent!

If nothing else at least camping blows out the cobwebs.

But packing for camping can be a pain, and something is ALWAYS forgotten, but camping in the forest has created a handy info graphic to make sure you don’t forget the essentials.



So now you’re packed, no excuses… off you go! Rain?? What rain!


Don’t worry about the cleaning just get un in to deal with that! For all you cleaning needs!



Written by Charlotte Jones

Spring has sprung, as the saying goes, and now is the time to get out in the garden. Daffodils are everywhere already, and the trees are all starting to bud. The days are longer and warmer and before you know it will be summer!


This winter feels like it’s been never ending, and with a few storms hitting Wales I’m sure everyone will be glad to see the back of it!

As the hills get greener and the sea seems bluer, it’s the best time of year to get outside. Fences need painting, the shed might need a spruce up, and personally I always wonder what on earth has happened to the garden furniture, because it certainly didn’t look like that last year! But when that perfect BBQ day comes round and you get to enjoy the hard work you have put into making your garden perfect, it all just feels worth the effort.

Caravans will soon line the streets queuing to get the best pitch in one of the local holiday camps. Campers will be pitching their tents wherever the sun shines, but for anyone lucky enough to live in such a beautiful place as Wales, you can make your own slice of heaven right outside your back door.

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The thing with gardening though, is that sometimes over winter we give up. It’s too cold and rainy to trim that hedge; the ground is too wet to cut the grass, weeds? What weeds?? And before you know it, you have a jungle outside.  So when summer rolls around you finally brave looking at what nature has done to your beautiful garden and realise it’s all too much! I think we have all been there!

Spick ‘N’ Span can clear your garden, cutting hedges and grass making it easier for you to make it all pretty! If you would like a quote for garden maintenance call the office today on: 01758 614 200

Written by Charlotte Jones

Red Nose Day 2017

Comic Relief has been running since 1985, however the first ever Red Nose Day wasn’t until 5th February 1988. The first ever Red Nose Day raised 15 million pound and over 150 celebrities took part. It was aired on BBC to an audience of over 30 million.

Each year since 1988 Red Nose Day has been a massive success raising more and more money each time.

This year Red Nose day is on the 24th March 2017, and Spick ‘N’ Span are doing our bit to help. We are aiming to raise £500! We are going to be dressing up, wearing red noses, running a bake sale and running a sweepstake.



We are hoping that with your support we can reach our goal and help Comic relief to change lives. Most of the money raised for comic relief is used to help charities within the UK, in fact there are 2000 projects in the UK alone, while a small proportion of the money is used to help worldwide. Even a small donation can help, just £2 can pay for a dementia patient to attend, and enjoy an activity session.

Our red nose day activities are running for a whole week from 20th-24th of March. If you want to support us please visit our just giving page,

Written by Charlotte Jones

Well another week and another blog and I wanted to have a cleaning theme this week but also something we can all relate to. So my research began, should I write about our services, or what the team has been doing this week, or maybe something about our plans for 2017. As always I am ever so keen to get ‘all the details’ written down! Then it happened the lightbulb in my head flashed on.


‘It’s all in the details’


For as long as I can remember I have alway live by this making sure I have all the details, no matter what it was for. A holiday, going to school or shopping trip I have worked in cleaning for a long time now and it must have been part of my life since a child my mother loved to clean every Saturday morning before our weekly shop and my job was the bathroom. Mum had a little box all ready for me and I loved it (sad, but true). But even then I would check I had everything I needed before starting. And then go over bathroom make sure it was done to a fine toothed comb. I would always polish up the taps and wipe the door, clean the glass and mirrors. Make sure it was all dry to finish off fresh towels placed out for the family and some linen spray (ohh lovely).


But it seems it has set me up for a life of ‘it’s all in the details’. the team here at Spick N Span the team are the same and it is so nice to be part of a team that really care.


They all notice little details that make the world of difference. Cobwebs dusted away. Glass cleaned of nose art from the pets. Bins wiped not just emptied.


It’s the same at head office on a Friday the team are washing the vans and making sure all the products and equipment are all ready for Monday morning.


So Thank you to the team for checking “all the details” and have a great weekend.


No little tips this week just pop your feet up and enjoy the weekend and I will have 2 cleaning tips next week instead.


Spick N Span Services!

What’s that… keep your eyes peeled because this week’s blog is about Awareness! There is that golden myth that humans only use 10% of their brain, this is not a proven fact and I have researched today to make sure. But it is however proven that we do miss things and even if we are aware of some, we do miss others!

So with this in mind and if you have time watch these videos. See if you can pass the awareness tests. No cheating!

Did you do it? Did you see everything? You can be honest with me I’d love to hear back from you all about what you did and didn’t see. I thought that I was really aware of things around me. But after watching these videos it made me notice certain things even more so.

But you can use this in everyday life too! Sometimes it is the small things that we miss but if you notice them you can make someone’s day all the more better. It’s could be something a small as saying hello to someone, a thank you for something you’ve been given or just asking someone how their day was. Washing up that cup that wasn’t yours….

On that note, I better wash up my cup from today.

We were all chatting in the office this morning about change

Change is like stepping in to a cold swimming pool at first you dip your big toe in and boy it is cold!  You think no thanks, no way, I’m not doing that! But once you take the plunged and start moving it is the best thing that ever happened.


Change can happen at any point in your life, career or business. Here a Spick N Span we grasp hold of change and go with it, for the better. Life has it’s ups and down and you never know what is around the corner. As a company we started of with a General Cleaning Service and Ground Maintenance. Now 20 years on and we now offer a full range of services over 15 difference services. As our customers needs or business grew or ‘Changed’ so did we. We adapted to what was happening.

Change is a good thing and we here embrace it. So the next time you are faced with a change in life, career or business think about how it can be for the better and make it work!

 Just a little short and simple blog.

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Oh and before I forget our cleaning tip of the week…


Blocked sink or drains…. ½ a cup of baking soda down the plug hole and ½ a cup of Vinegar cover with a wet cloth to contain any fizzy like effects wait 5 minutes and then flush with hot water.

Have a great week everyone!

Spick N Span Services









Noun: knowledge; plural noun: knowledges

Facts, information, and skills acquired through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.


Knowledge is so important in life and business. Here at Spick N Span we like to think we have the cleaning knowledge. It was only last week that I cut a lemon in half and placed it in the microwave for 30 seconds removed it and wiped it clean and my partner was so impressed he even said “KNOWLEDGE”!  Yes is may be simple but one of many tricks we have picked up over the years of cleaning. I then just used some anti bacterial on it and hey presto one clean microwave in less then a minute!  They say when life give you lemons clean the microwave (well maybe not, but anyway).

We asked ourselves constantly do we…

  • Know what your customer wants
  • Know what your customer needs
  • Know how to for-fill your customers’ needs
  • Know how to do complete the task at hand
  • Know how to make sure it is done to the best of your ability

We hope and are sure the answer is YES!

Each year we make sure we are approved by Safe Contractor and our team are trained and up to date with the information to provide you with a large selection of cleaning services, it’s not just Safe Contractor either we are part of the FWC (Federation of Window Cleaners) NCCA (National Carpet Cleaning Association) Our team were also trained on our Kitchen Duct and Extraction cleans by NDCA. (National Duct Cleaning Association) which cover our services,you can see our services just to the right on this blog.


We pride ourselves in having the knowledge to help our customers….

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Call our friendly office manager on 01758614200 if you wish to discuss any of our services.


SNSS Team.