Chestnut Tree House Cheque Presentation

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You might remember that in September, some of our brilliant team from our Head and Nottingham Office set off to climb the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis.


We were delighted to welcome Alison from Chestnut Tree House to our Checkatrade Head Office in Selsey this week and thanks to the teams efforts, we were able to hand over a cheque for £1033 which will be used to support the fantastic work the children’s hospice does to help local families.


Well done to all involved!

You’ll also notice our Christmas Tree in the background. We are selling decorations in aid of Chestnut Tree House too so no doubt we’ll be handing over another cheque again soon…

Christmas Appeal

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The Checkatrade Foundation have launched their Christmas Appeal at their head office in Selsey and are supporting local cause, Safe in Sussex this year. They provide domestic abuse awareness and also have two refuges in the county providing accommodation for women and children.

Every women and child who arrives  at the refuge receives a welcome pack and we’d love Checkatrade to help make up as many of these as possible! Items needed include:

– Shower gel
– Shampoo and conditioner (for both adults and children)
– Toothbrushes and toothpaste (for both adults and children)
– Liquid soap
– Deodorant
– Children’s Book
– Cuddly Toy (new)


If you would like to get involved and help us too then please drop off your donations at;

5-6 Sherrington Mews
Ellis Square
PO20 0FJ

Or email [email protected]

The last date for donations is Friday 16th December


National Payroll Giving Awards

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We were recently nominated for two awards as part of the National Payroll Giving Awards in London. This is all due to our awesome Checkatrade staff who donate to so many worthy causes through their salary.

Two of our Charity Champions, Amber and Becca went along and we won both which is the first time we have done so and we were delighted!


We won Most Innovative and Most Sustained Campaign. A huge thank you to all our fabulous Checkatrade staff! Here at Checkatrade we strive to make a difference and in the past 5 years, due to our generous employees we have donated over £33,000 from payroll giving!

How Important is it to Complete the Burn Test before cleaning Carpets and Rugs?


Many of you have never heard of the Burn Test, however this is why It is beneficial to book a Professional Cleaning company like ourselves , We are fully Qualified and Registered giving you peace of mind knowing that we know exactly what we’re doing. The Burn Test is very important to us and we will complete this test before we begin to clean your Carpets. This test is carried out by our Fully Trained and Skilled carpet cleaners, they know all the safety checks and how to complete them to ensure that the correct cleaning materials and cleaning products are used to clean safely, and not cause any damage to the surface area. To remove carpet stains and so on sometimes it requires the use of our professional cleaning products and some of these products are just simply not suitable for certain carpet types. We believe that it isn’t worth the risk of just guessing so this is why we need to know what kind of carpets you have in the property.


For the test we will need to cut a piece of your carpet loose, don’t worry we will take it from a inconspicuous place such as a closet, behind a pipe, usually toward the edge where it will go unnoticed. We will then burn the fibre that we have removed to watch and see what reaction we get with the flame. We have helpfully listed the types of reaction to expect from all the different types of carpets available.

So the results to expect are as follows, we have begun with some of the more common types of fibres that are found in your homes:

Polyester Carpets: The flame on polyester carpets will burn rapidly and will also melt. you will get a orange flame that will sputter and the smoke given off will be black and it will leave a hard black bead that is round and shiny once it has been put out.

Cotton Carpets:This will produce a smell like burning paper and will create a orange/yellow flame, it will create grey ash and will crumble when touched easily.

Nylon Carpet: This fibre will melt and eventually extinguish itself, it gives off a scent that resembles sealing wax. It will also produce a brightly coloured orange tipped flame with a blue base.

Acrylic Carpet: The smoke that this fibre will give off will be black and it will give off an odour that smells of burning meat. The flame itself will give a splutter as it burns down and the ash will be black and more solid than the other fibres. The flame will be white/orange.

Wool Carpet: This fibre gives off no smoke at all, it will burn considerable slower than the others and it will not melt. The ash it leaves will be black and will crumble easily. It will give off a strong smell of burning hair.

The following fibres are rarer but can still be found in some carpets:

Silk Carpets:This one will also give off an odour similar to burning hair but unlike the wool carpet will leave little or even no ash at all, the flame will be steady.

Olefin Carpet:This fibre will burn rapidly and give off a strong scent of asphalt or tar, it will melt as it burns and leave behind a smooth beady ash. The flame will be orange tipped with a blue base.

Rayon Carpet: This fibre will also like the Olefin carpet burn very rapidly but it won’t leave any ash and will smell more like burning paper

After completing these burn tests we will be able to tell exactly what carpets that you have in your property. This means we know exactly what cleaning products can be used and not cause any further damage to the carpets. We want to come and improve your carpets not make them worse.


Written by

Kiril Natov (Premium Clean Ltd. Director)

Checkatrade customer feedback

Tel: 02030040643

Checkatrade Member to the ‘Garden Rescue’!


One of our members was recently called upon by the BBC to take part in their new series ‘Garden Rescue’ with Charlie Dimmock and the Rich Brothers.
The series will help people who have the money put aside for their dream garden but no idea where to start. TV favourite, Charlie Dimmock, and the stars of the 2015 Chelsea Flower Show, The Rich Brothers, will both pitch their designs to the customer who will then pick their favourite and hand over their money.

Red Terrain Landscaping was completing a job in Surrey Heath when he was approached by the programme’s project manager who has been aware of the company for some time and asked them to work on the show as a landscaper.


They arrived at the job on 16th October and were given two days to complete the garden with the teams help. The weather was against them on the first day but they soldiered on and even with a patio, decking and fencing to complete, they managed to finish by the deadline and as you can imagine, the customer was thrilled with the results and their new garden.


Alan from Red Terrain said “Working with Charlie Dimmock and the crew was a pleasure and I’m looking forward to next year with more builds with them.”


Keep an eye out for the show in the New Year and let us know what you think of the gardens.

Everyone at Checkatrade would like to say a massive well done to Alan and his team, it’s great to see our trade’s getting the recognition they deserve!

If you’d like to find out more about Red Terrain Landscaping, visit their page at

How To Clean Gum and Rust From Your Carpet Efficiently



It’s terrible for any homeowner to see their carpet stained. First comes the panic, then mixed feelings of anger and helplessness.

In most cases, you’ll grab the first product you see and start to bitterly scrub the area. Sometimes this has an effect…. sometimes, even when you try your best, not quite. 

When traces of chewing gum or rust appear, you might think that everything is lost because we think there’s no way to tackle them. 
That’s where you’re wrong!


There are different ways to handle these problems and you can learn these from Cleaner Cleaner’s carpet cleaning specialists. Anyone can do it with our easy methods and you won’t require any special products or preparation.

Chewing gum is the substance which can cause the most damage on the carpet, especially if you try to remove it the wrong way. Even if you are unable to remove any sticky particles, it is very easy to get lint from the carpet together with the gum and break the integrity of the rug.
There is also a risk that the stain will remain. Therefore, specially for you, we have selected the most efficient methods for dealing with it.

Cleaning by freezing

You will need a few ice cubes, a plastic bag and a spoon or knife with which to scrape the gum from the carpet. Put the ice cubes in the plastic bag and place it on the contaminated area. Wait a few minutes until the gum has solidified then take the spoon and carefully remove it. If necessary, repeat several times to complete removal of the stain from the carpet.


Cleaning with a hairdryer

This method is the exact reverse of freezing the gum. Using the warm setting on a hair dryer, heat the gum. Be careful not to overheat the carpet surface and to avoid damage to the fibers. After the gum is soft and smooth enough,  pull it out of the carpet. Use nylon or rubber gloves so your hands stay clean. Remove as much as possible of the gum.
To help remove the remaining residue, check our advice below. 

Cleaning of chewing gum residue on the carpet

Even though it sounds strange, residue can be removed with peanut butter or muscle pain relief cream. Both have lubricating properties and that’s just what you need. Apply the cream on the affected area and rub it in with your fingers. With the help of a soft cloth, remove any residue of chewing gum from the fibers of the carpet. It may be necessary to use your nails.
Then it will be necessary to remove the traces of the selected cleaner. However be careful and match the product with the particularities of your carpet.

You can also use a DIY product. For it, you will need to make a solution of water and dishwashing product. Apply it on the area and rub with a moist cloth.
The rinsing can be done by absorbing with a clean cloth. If you want it to dry faster,use a very dry cloth to remove any remaining water. 


The spots of the chewing gum on the carpet may be removed with the aid of warm vinegar. Heat a small quantity of it and apply it on the desired area. Let it act for about 15 minutes and then remove the gum with a cloth. It is best to use white vinegar, especially if the color of the carpet is light. Don’t worry about the strong smell – it will ease when the liquid has evaporated.


Cleaning Rust

Cleaning the stains from rust may prove to be a difficult task. They are stubborn and annoying and emerge from the various metal items that are present in the interior of your home.

At first glance, this contamination on a carpet appears to be hopeless for stain removal. The spots of rust are a true challenge, but there is a remedy for them. Although it‘s difficult, their removal is not impossible and there are methods with which to solve this problem.



Put the carpet on suitable surface. Soak the stain with lemon juice directly put on the affected area. Do not wet the carpet in advance to achieve the desired effect.

Let the acid stand for 24 hours then wash the spot and there won’t be a trace of the stain. 


Before you start to treat your carpet with lemon juice, test to see how will the fabric react to it on a spare or harder to see piece of carpet. This will prevent possible fading of colors.
The DIY carpet cleaning method with lemon juice can be more succes    sful if you add baking soda. The catch here is that the soda has very strong bleach action, so only use this option for bright carpets.


Revolutionary Lightweight Boots from Dr.Martens

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Industrial safety footwear experts Dr. Martens has launched their new, revolutionary footwear collection, DM’s Lite. Designed to provide ultimate comfort without compromising on function or safety, Dr. Martens has unleashed a game changer in the form of three new styles, the Calamus, Linnet and Corvid. Lightweight without compromise.

Weighing in at only 3.2lbs a pair, Dr. Martens’ Calamus are guaranteed to keep you light on your feet. Each pair of DM’s Lite comes with a Softwair memory foam footbed, positioned and shaped for arch support, and also includes breathable linings, padded collar and tongue for all-day ease and comfort.


When it comes to safety footwear, it’s crucial to have the right type of foot protection to suit you and your workplace. Research suggests that 2.1 million working days were lost in 2014/15, with over half caused by slips, trips and falls from height. DM’s Lite offer lightweight, comfort-driven styles, ideal for those working on their feet all-day. From the everyday DIY-er, to the full-time Transport Operations Manager, DM’s Lite makes for an ideal choice.

Aside from the lightness, each style boasts a range of safety benefits, including a composite toe cap, a flexible puncture-resistant midsole and a Nitrile rubber outsole that provides exceptional heat and slip resistance.

For more information on what you can expect from the new Dr. Martens range, click here.


Get Your Home In-Law Ready This Christmas!

Advice, Inspiration

With those chilly mornings and evenings drawing in, it can mean only one thing – the countdown to Christmas is on!

While the festive season is a great time to get together with friends and family, it can also be a stressful time. With so much to think about in terms of planning and preparation, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed.


Add to this, guests staying at your home for a couple of days and you have the recipe for a potentially stressful situation!

The key, of course, to a successful festive break is to get organised in plenty of time. While I can’t help you decide what to get your Great Aunt Alice this year, I can share some of my top tips for getting your home guest-ready.

If you do have guests coming to visit, the most important thing to consider is where they will sleep. Ideally this will be a room of their own. Not only will this give them a space of their own to escape to for some quiet time but will also be the perfect place to store all their luggage and gifts.

If your spare room is looking a little neglected, don’t panic! There is still plenty of time to get it ship-shape and in-law ready!

Of course in an ideal world, getting your home ready for guests would require little more than a clean and tidy. However many of you may be faced with a much larger project.

Firstly, if your spare room is a dumping ground then spend an afternoon sorting it out and store what you can in the loft space. Invest in some basic storage solutions such as lidded plastic boxes to neatly store and stack everything else away.


Once the space is tidy, you can see what you are working with. Firstly check the walls – are they in good repair? If the walls are papered and seen better days, you will need to strip them.
From here, assess the quality of the plaster. While it may seem like a big job, giving the walls a light skim will leave them looking smooth and fresh and offer the perfect base for painting.

Re-plastering the walls will require the skills of a professional plasterer, visit to find a trusted and approved plasterer in your area.

Whether your walls need plastering or not, if the room has been left untouched for a while it will most likely require an update of the décor.
The easiest way to achieve this is with a coat of paint, while this is something a competent DIYer can do themselves. For those short on time or unwilling to tackle the project, a professional decorator can be called upon to paint walls, ceilings and woodwork to a high standard.

With the décor refreshed, you should next consider storage for the room. Not only will this make your guests stay more comfortable but it will be useful all-year round.
If your room is especially small or unusual in shape, consider inviting a joiner to design bespoke storage for the space.

With over 23,000 vetted tradespeople including plumbers, decorators and electricians, is the perfect place to start when it comes to getting your home ready in time for Christmas!


By Craig Phillips
Checkatrade Ambassador

Clipstone Man Swims the Channel to support local children’s sports club!

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Neil Hardwick has struggled with diabetes since 2005 which unfortunately in 2010 led to him suffering a life threatening stroke. The stroke left Neil disabled with very little movement in his left side and with severe limitations in his legs which meant even a short walk to the shop was a real challenge.

Five years on and after several major operations including one leg being almost completely reconstructed out of steel Neil was able to start a rehabilitation exercise plan to help aid his recovery. Swimming was one of the recommend activities and although his first trip to the pool only saw him swim six lengths in an hour Neil was delighted to be able to exercise free from any pain.

The Challenge!

To swim the English Channel! From the 16th January to 22nd January 2017 Neil will attempt to swim 21 miles, the same distance point to point from the UK to France.

The challenge will take place in an indoor pool and has to be completed within 7 days with a minimum of 3 miles (192 lengths) per day with only a five-minute break allowed every mile.

When Neil was asked why he had decided to take on the challenge his reply was easy for him to explain, “I’ve for some reason been lucky enough to be given a new lease of life and mixed with me being a little mad, we came up with the plan after one of my recent training sessions”.

Neil is looking to raise £5,000 for Clipstone Welfare Colts FC

A Clipstone man, Neil has a passion for football and supporting his local community. Clipstone Welfare Colts Football Club has been a significant part of his life and following a very tough few years the club continues to play such an important role in offering sporting opportunities to children between the ages of 6 to 14 years old.

Can you help us reach our target ~ 100 businesses donating a minimum of £50.00 would do it!

There are several ways in which you can donate and support Neil’s remarkable challenge and his chosen charity. Neil’s just giving page is:

Donations made by cheque should be made payable to Clipstone Welfare Colts FC and sent to Neil’s Swim the Channel Challenge, Clipstone Welfare, Mansfield Road. Clipstone NG21 9AL.
Cash donations will also be gratefully received.


Cyber Crime Prevention Tips from Dorset Police Cyber Crime Unit

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Dorset Police Cyber Crime Unit have kindly put together their top tips for this ever growing problem.

Cyber Crime Prevention Top Tips

  • Backup your files and data to external hard drives, the cloud and don’t forget to back up your phone regularly.
  • Check that a websites address is genuine by looking for misspellings.
  • Use 3G/4G for confidential browsing instead of free public WiFi.
  • Do not enter personal information on a website that has no padlock in the browser or https:// at the beginning of the web address.
  • Always ensure you are running the latest version of your chosen browser.
  • Ensure you have effective and updated Anti-Virus software and firewall running before you go online. Do not install 2 Anti-Virus programs as they will conflict.
  • Be aware of USBs containing malware that can run without your knowledge.
  • Use strong and random passwords/passphrases i.e. use at least 10 characters, include numbers and letters, both upper and lower case.
  • Different site – different password.
  • Use a password manager to remember all your passwords.
  • Use multi factor authentication.
  • Delete and block spam/junk emails. Be careful when opening attachments or using internet downloads and don’t click on links in emails from unknown senders.
  • Change your default WiFi passwords
  • Especially if you run a business, make sure you double check who is sending you invoices and where they want the money sent.
  • Make sure your internet browser and any plug-ins are updated (e.g. Flash, Java, Silverlight).
  • Use reputable companies when shopping online.
  • Use secure payment methods, such as PayPal or credit cards for online purchases.
  • Be aware of scams: criminal gangs operate scams and use the internet to defraud people and businesses, i.e. asking for money to pay for travel, finance a sick relative, or winning the lottery.
  • Protect your identity online and beware of social engineering. Remember if you share any pictures or information with anyone online you will lose control of it and could be used in attacks such as trying to guess your passwords.
  • Take 5 minutes to think when about to send a large amount of money online. Is everything adding up as it should?
  • Report any suspicious activity to Action Fraud

If you have any specific questions relating to this subject please email [email protected]