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World Cup dinner party dishes to impress your friends

June 14, 2018

The World Cup gives the summer an extra touch of vibrancy and excitement, with the landmark event only coming round once every four years. Even for those who aren’t big football fans, it’s the perfect opportunity to rustle up a dinner party feast for friends and family.

In the spirit of the World Cup and its global reach, we’ve drawn up a list of dishes from each continent. From vibrant South American dishes to barbecued delicacies and rich Oriental flavours, take some culinary inspiration and you’ll be ready to entertain your guests this summer.

Moroccan tagine

A tagine is a Maghrebi dish common across North Africa and traditionally well-known for being cooked in cone-shaped pottery dishes. Tagines are typically slow-cooked meat and vegetable stews, flavoured with spices and dried fruit to provide a sweet and sour marriage of flavours.

For a classic tagine, try diced lamb shoulder in a spiced tomato sauce with some dried apricots or prunes. Tagines are commonly spiced with ginger, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, and saffron and served with cous cous or flat bread. Take a look at this recipe for melt-in-your-mouth lamb.

Leave it to slow-cook whilst the football’s on and you’ll have a stew packed with bold flavour and tender meat. For vegetarians, the hearty earthiness of sweet potatoes and chickpeas are a fantastic alternative to meat.

Korean barbecue ribs

Grilled barbecue pork ribs on wooden board

Barbecue is a popular cooking method in Korean cuisine and there aren’t many better ways to spend a warm summer’s evening than tending to a smoky, sizzling barbecue. Marinating the pork ribs and slow cooking them in the oven, before glazing and transferring to the BBQ will ensure perfect tenderness along with an intense grilled flavour.

Sweet and spicy notes are key to Korean food, so hoisin, soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar and garlic are common staples for the marinade. For that added authentic kick, try sourcing gochujang red chilli paste. Serve with fries, and if you’re feeling adventurous, kimchi, a fermented vegetable side dish.

Grilled king prawns

A refreshing tipple and some fresh seafood is a match made in heaven for summer evenings. Raw king prawns might seem a little daunting, but they’re really simple to cook and are a great centrepiece for dinner party cooking.

Humble ingredients go a long way when flavouring prawns – try marinating in olive oil, chilli and garlic before grilling on the barbecue for around 5 minutes until the prawns are golden.

Paella

Paella in black pan with rice, shrimps, mussels, squid and meat, bowl with olives and vintage cutlery. Seafood paella, traditional spanish dish. Paella on rustic black wooden table. Selective focus

One of the most recognisable Spanish dishes, paella is strongly linked to the city of Valencia and many versions of it are common throughout Europe. For the Valencian purists, paella should consist of white rice, white beans, green beans, chicken, rabbit, saffron and sometimes snails.

If you want to try your hand at a traditional Valencian paella, here’s the recipe for you. Seafood paella is also a common variant, typically including mussels and prawns.

Whilst meat and seafood may seem like the stars of the show, it’s actually the rice which should be given the most attention. Short-grain rice and a wide-based pan should be used, whilst stirring should be avoided in order to give a crisp layer on the bottom of the paella known as the ‘socarrat’.

Chilli con carne

A Tex-Mex classic, chilli has truly travelled the globe and is enjoyed by many of us in the UK as if it’s an invention of our own – for a hassle-free dish to serve up to a party of guests, you can’t go wrong. Such is its wide-reaching status, there’s no single chilli con carne recipe above all others, which leaves plenty of room for experimentation. If you feel like upgrading from beef mince you can use chuck steak, and some recipes omit the tomatoes. Plenty of chillies and kidney beans are essential, whilst sour cream and guacamole are good additions, especially if you need to cool off some of that spicy heat!

Feijoada

A World Cup-related blog wouldn’t be complete without a nod to one of the most famous footballing nations, Brazil. In this case, we’ve landed on a one-pot stew, perfect for big crowds – feijoada. This meaty Brazilian casserole is the country’s national dish and packs a deeply-flavoured punch. The dish is traditionally served as a weekend lunch and is meant to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace throughout the afternoon.

Black beans, pork or beef, bacon, smoked pork ribs, and smoked sausage are typically found in feijoada. To try your hand at this South American delicacy, check out this recipe.

When you’re entertaining guests, it can be very easy to get distracted and take your eye off the ball. This could be disastrous if you’re meant to be carefully roasting meat or vegetables in the oven. Our innovative Hoover Vision oven will help you banish any mishaps and let you put your feet up whilst keeping an eye on your food with its integrated HD camera. For more information, watch our Vision video.

And don’t forget the washing up. Hoover’s WiFi-enabled dishwasher will let you start the programme from the comfort of your sofa so you don’t have to miss a second of the football!

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Win an innovative Discovery vacuum cleaner!

June 8, 2018

With Father’s Day just around the corner, we’re offering you the chance to win a Discovery vacuum cleaner!

To be in with a chance of winning, simply send us a picture of you and your dad on Facebook or Twitter and tell us about your favourite memory with him!

The winner will be announced on Facebook and Twitter on Monday 18th June.

Our cordless Discovery vacuum cleaner delivers outstanding dust separation from the filter through HSpin-Core technology, reducing loss of performance. A turbo boost setting gives you even more suction power, while emptying its one-touch bin is as easy as, well, filling it.

Find out more about the Discovery vacuum cleaner here.

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Competition terms and conditions:

  1. The promoter is Hoover Ltd.
  2. Employees of Hoover Ltd or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. Closing date for entry will be 17.06.2018 after this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  5. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  6. The rules of the competition and the prize for each winner are as stated in this post.
  7. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions. Entrants will be notified of any changes to the competition as soon as possible.
  8. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  9. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  10. The winner will be chosen by Hoover Ltd.
  11. The winner will be notified by via the social media platform through which they entered within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  12. The promoter will organise delivery of the prize to one specified address.
  13. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  14. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  15. By entering, the winner and all entrants agree for their name, entry and any images/videos submitted as part of the entry to be used in publicity activity. The winner is also required to provide an image of themselves with their prize for use online and in the press. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  16. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  17. The prize is one Discovery DS22G vacuum cleaner.
  18. There is no cash alternative.
  19. This competition is in no way affiliated with or endorsed by Twitter or any other third party channels in which the competition is being promoted on.
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The essential steps to making the most out of your fridge-freezer

June 7, 2018

Cooling appliances are an essential part of our kitchens, but are you using yours to their full potential? Whilst it’s handy to have a small stock of frozen ready meals or pizzas when you’re struggling for ideas, smart use of your fridge-freezer can lead to saving money, cutting down on food waste and speeding up your cooking times.

In the same way, it’s important to organise your fridge in an efficient way to make life easier in the kitchen. Some clever planning will help you prolong the life of fresh foods and a well-organized fridge is vital to cooking hassle-free.

To help ensure you make the most out of your cooling appliances, here’s some tips to bear in mind.

 

Freezer

Cook larger batches

Maximise efficiency, cut down on waste and save yourself time in the long run, by cooking double your usual portions for evening meals. From curries and casseroles to gravy and sauces, getting into the habit of cooking double batches and freezing the leftovers is a failsafe way of cutting down on waste and making the most out of your appliance. Whenever you’re low on inspiration you can head straight to the freezer for a wholesome dish, rather than a ready meal. And when you’re rushing through the morning and you don’t have time to prep, you’ll always have a work lunch to grab.

Consider storage prep

Resist the temptation to put food straight into the freezer in its original packaging and you’ll reap the rewards. Unpacking and re-wrapping your food in clingfilm or placing it in separate zip-lock freezer bags makes defrosting quicker and organisation much simpler.

Having to cook rice can really slow you down when you want to quickly reheat that frozen curry you saved, so try freezing leftover cooked grains and storing them in a plastic container. This trick can also be used for grains like quinoa and couscous. If you don’t know what to do with a bunch of fresh herbs, try placing them in ice trays and pouring over olive oil. You’ll have ready-to-use, herb-infused oils ready to drop into soups, sauces and stews.

Organise

It’s tempting to throw food into the freezer wherever you can find the space, but a little more consideration will make sure you’re not awkwardly routing around. As well as saving hassle, it also means you won’t need to leave the freezer door open for too long, which allows warm air into the appliance.

Separating your food:

Meat, poultry and fish: Store raw meat and poultry in clean, sealed containers in the bottom of the freezer.

Fruit and veg: Store in sealed containers. Peel bananas before freezing.

Bread, pastry and chips: Separate into individual portions.

Freeze these items:

  • Butter and margarine – 3 months
  • Grated cheese can be frozen – 4 months
  • Most bread – 3 months
  • Milk – 1 month. Defrost in the fridge and shake well before using
  • Raw pastry will freeze for 6 months

Don’t freeze these items:

  • Raw eggs
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Vegetables with a high-water content, such as lettuce, cucumber, bean sprouts and radishes
  • Soft herbs, like parsley, basil and chives are fine for incorporating in dishes but won’t be good as garnish
  • Egg-based sauces, such as mayonnaise
  • Plain yoghurt, low-fat cream cheese, single cream and cottage cheese

Refrigerator

Dairy

  • Store milk in the coolest area of the fridge – the bottom shelf ideally, or the bottom door shelf for convenience
  • Keep butter in the top door shelf
  • Cheese should be stored in the warmest part of the fridge (the top). Keep cheese in a plastic container
  • Creams and yoghurts should be kept in a visible spot, so the expiration date is easily viewed

Vegetables

  • Fresh vegetables and herbs should be stored in the drawers at the bottom of the fridge
  • Ideally fruit should be stored in a low humidity drawer

Raw food

  • Fish – 2 days
  • Red meat, sausages and poultry – 3 days

Cooked food

  • Deli meats and fish – 1 week
  • Casseroles, curries, and stews – 2-3 days
  • Cooked vegetables – 1-2 days
  • Cooked pasta or grains – 1-2 days

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Elevate your cooking skills with these must-know techniques

May 18, 2018

Whether you regard cooking as a relaxing hobby after a hectic day’s work or a way of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, cooking at home is enjoyed by many people.

If you don’t cook regularly, you may be looking to take your first steps into the world of cooking. And if you do cook at home, you might have picked up a few tips and tricks from books, friends and family, but missed out on some fundamental cookery learnings.

Struggling to recreate that feather-light Victoria sponge Grandma used to make? Can’t quite crack the perfect scrambled eggs brunch? It’s important to learn some key techniques to ensure you can take your food to the next level. Whilst you may understand certain recipes, cooking is both a science and an art, so fundamental techniques are often required if you want to perfect your dishes.

To help you elevate your skills, we’ve pulled together a list of must-know techniques, all of which are simple and easy to introduce next time you head to the kitchen. Once you’ve mastered these skills, it might also be time to upgrade your oven. The Vision oven is the perfect appliance for those wanting to take things to the next level in the kitchen with innovative features including a 19” touchscreen interface and WiFi connectivity, giving quick access to recipes and cooking guidance. Take a closer look at the Vision oven here.

Chopping an onion

Onions are a staple of countless recipes, from Asian cuisine to classic British and French dishes, through to rich Mediterranean delights. You’ve probably been chopping onions for years, but unless you’ve been to cooking school, you probably haven’t learnt the standard technique. The secret is largely down to a couple of precise cuts. Take a look at Gordon Ramsay’s video below for to get yourself up to speed.

Eggs 5 ways

Easy Avocado Toast with a runny poached egg.

Eggs make for the perfect weekend breakfast, whichever way you cook them. Fried eggs are self-explanatory, but the boiled, poached and scrambled varieties require a touch of consideration. Starting with boiled eggs, if you want them runny for toast-dipping, 4 minutes is the ideal time. For soft, slightly firm yolk, 6 minutes is perfect. For a fully hard-boiled egg, 10 minutes is perfect.

For poached eggs, make sure your eggs are fresh. Crack the egg into a saucer to make it easier to place into the water. Bring a pan of water to the boil and add a drop of vinegar. Stir the water to create a gentle whirlpool, then tip the egg into the centre and cook for 3-4 minutes before lifting it out with a slotted spoon.

When it comes to scrambled eggs, patience is key. Add a knob of butter to a non-stick pan and pour in the whisked eggs. Using a wooden spoon or spatula, allow the eggs to set slightly then fold. Repeat this process until they reach your desired texture. It’s always best to take them off the heat just before you feel they’re ready, as they will continue to cook.

Using a bain-marie for gentle heat

A bain-marie is a water bath for applying gentle heat to a variety of dishes and is the most effective way of melting ingredients like chocolate, which may burn or split. Creating a bain-marie for melting chocolate is very simple. All you need to do is bring a shallow pan of water to the boil and place a suitable container, such as a Pyrex bowl, over the top. This allows heat to transfer gently to the bottom of the bowl and to the contents. Custards and some sauces such as Hollandaise are often cooked in a bain-marie.

Searing meat and fish

Grilled chicken fillets on slate plate. Gray concrete background

Pan-searing is a technique in which meat or fish is cooked at a high temperature until a caramelised crust is formed – typically the meat’s surface must exceed 150°C. The meat or fish is often then transferred to an oven to complete the cooking at a lower temperature. Searing is an essential technique as it creates desirable flavour, improves appearance and provides a contrast in texture.

Folding batter for light soufflés and cakes

Folding is a crucial technique in baking. It’s the process of combining ingredients (often whipped) together gently. Folding is important as it helps keep the ingredient aerated – crucial for light cake and soufflé mixtures. When folding, the light mixture should be added to the heavy mixture, then cut through the middle and worked in a gentle figure-of-eight motion.

De-glazing to make a richly flavoured sauce

If you’ve been cooking meat in a pan, a great way to make a rich, flavourful sauce or gravy is to deglaze the pan you’ve been cooking with. All this means is adding liquid to loosen the residue, which then provides plenty of flavour to your sauce. You can use water, stock or a combination of wine and stock depending on the type of sauce you want to make. If you decide to add wine, make sure you allow it to cook for at least five minutes to remove the strong taste of the alcohol.

Kneading dough

Baking bread is a key skill in the culinary world and can be a lot of fun, but some technical skills are required to do it well. One of the most important is learning how to knead dough. When flour is mixed with water, gluten is created. Kneading develops the gluten to make the dough stretchy and elastic. The key to this process is stretching the dough away from you with the heel or knuckles of one hand and then folding it back over the top towards your body. Watch the video below to get a good idea.

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Introducing the energy-saving hybrid tumble dryer

April 26, 2018

We make it our mission to make appliances that provide new solutions for the demands of the ever-evolving modern household. With laundry in mind, we set to work on our most innovative drying appliance yet; it’s called the Dynamic Next 10kg Hybrid Tumble Dryer, and we’re delighted to announce this state-of-the-art extension to an already much-loved range, helping you take care of the laundry with new levels of efficiency.

What are the benefits of Heat Pump Tumble Drying?

Offering the best of both worlds, the hybrid tumble dryer combines modern, energy-efficient, heat pump technology with a traditional condenser dryer. The innovative blend of both technologies means the model uses significantly less energy than other tumble dryers, but can also offer fast drying programmes if required. Heat pump models are more efficient than conventional dryers, temperatures are 35% lower and they use over 50% less energy, which not only saves money but helps take care of your clothes, keeping them in a good condition for longer.

How it works

Unlike conventional tumble dryers which expel the hot air used to dry the clothes, Heat pump technology cleverly conserves and reuses it.  During the drying process hot air circulating inside the drum absorbs moisture from the clothes. The air travels through the evaporator which extracts the moisture, this is then transferred to the in-door Aquavision water collection system for easy emptying. With a 10kg capacity, the appliance also utilises sensors inside the drum, which help protect and care for the garments, preventing damage from over drying.

Useful Technology

This trailblazing appliance also Wi-Fi technology for remote-controlled programming, as well as NFC tap-to-connect options, both of which can be controlled via an app on smart phones or tablets. This added connectivity lets you download new programmes, keep an eye on energy consumption as well as being able to check drying progress remotely or stop and start the machine when you want, giving you the freedom to arrange your laundry around your schedule, ensuring it’s never the other way around.

You can read more about the new Dynamic Next 10g Hybrid Tumble Dryer here.

 

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Step into the future: 4 ways the Vision oven will revolutionise your kitchen

April 19, 2018

Here at Hoover, we’re proud to be at the forefront of innovation in the world of home appliances and one of our proudest innovative moments was the launch of the Vision oven. Our state of the art appliance combines clean, sleek style with powerful technology, making it perfect for true 21st century cooking.

Ideal for techies and budding chefs, the Vision oven boasts a host of high-end features which increase functionality and performance. On top of this, it builds on our existing range of WiFi-connected products, representing the pinnacle of our use of WiFi technology.

Looking to take the leap into the kitchen of the future? Here’s how the Vision oven will revolutionise your kitchen.

It helps you return to simplicity

The ability to control the oven with simple touch-screen functionality makes using the Vision simple and intuitive. The oven boasts a 19-inch, fully interactive touch screen with just one single on/off button. With the appliance door also doubling up as a large screen, users can watch video cooking tutorials, generate, save and amend favourite recipes, creating a personal library of cooking programmes, as well as checking the temperature, time remaining and access selected websites.

This combination of features, along with integration with the existing Wizard app, allows you to manage each moment, from food preparation to final presentation. Meaning you can relax and enjoy a stress-free glass of wine as you cook!

It allows you to keep an eye on your food from the comfort of the living room

If you’re a keen baker, you’ll know that opening the oven door is a sure-fire way to a sunken sponge if done too early in the cooking process. The Vision oven’s integrated camera means you can check on the progress of your food without even opening the oven door. It also allows you to get a close-up view of the cooking progress, which you can view on your mobile device, so you can ensure your roast dinner is cooked to perfection!

It’s your new kitchen entertainment hub

The oven is preloaded with a selection of websites and apps, making it a hub for interaction and entertainment. There are plenty of recipe websites to explore, so you can quickly check your recipes on the fly, saving you from digging out those old recipe books! You can also keep up with the latest news via the BBC and Sky News, and if you like to listen to music whilst cooking, you can link the oven to a Bluetooth speaker and stream music via Spotify.

It brings one-of-a-kind style to your space

With minimalist, contemporary design a key feature of the modern kitchen, the Vision oven will elevate any kitchen’s style credentials. The large touchscreen gives a contemporary edge and the oven’s sharp, considered aesthetic marries with modern design seamlessly.

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Connected kitchens: The essential guide

April 16, 2018

Whilst living in an increasingly technological age, it can be difficult to keep up with new developments in the modern home. What’s the latest innovation? What will make our day-to-day easier? What are the newest home appliance trends?

One of the biggest developments in the world of domestic appliances is the advent of Smart technology and connectivity. With the internet’s influence continuing to grow, we’re seeing how it can greatly benefit us in our everyday lives. Here at Hoover, we have been at the forefront of the connected revolution and our dedication to innovation resulted in Hoover becoming the creators of the first fully WiFi-enabled range of kitchen appliances in 2015, allowing people to stay connected and in control of home appliances wherever they may be.

What is a connected kitchen?

You may be wondering what me mean by a ‘connected kitchen’, ‘connectivity’ or ‘smart home technology’. These terms simply relate to modern innovations which allow appliances to be controlled via NFC ‘proximity’ connectivity or by ‘remote’ connectivity via Wi-Fi, both working in conjunction with the Hoover Wizard App. The Wizard App is the connectivity system that allows you to interact with your home appliances 24/7, keeping tabs on them and adding innovative functions to fit your needs. This means that thanks to the Wizard App you will always be in touch with your home.

So, whether you want to ensure your washing machine is in peak condition, put a wash on while walking the dog or even clean the dishes from the gym, now you can!

The benefits of a connected kitchen

There are numerous benefits to introducing connected appliances, from keeping tabs on performance to adding innovative functions to fit your needs as well as giving advanced warning of potential issues like a blocked filter.

Laundry & tumble dryers

Tailored Wi-Fi Functions

Remote control – select programmes, activate and monitor your appliance from anywhere.

Set and save your favourite cycles, personalizing time and settings, so you can start them with minimal effort.

Download New Cycles

Find out countless new cycles in tune with your ever-changing needs. Some examples include:

  • Energy and time saver
  • Kids clothes
  • Special delicates
  • Sports and fitness
  • Stain remover
  • Office wear
  • Home and family
  • Health and wellness

Optimises Performances Over Time

A special cycle will test the appliance’s performance levels and give practical hints for keeping it in peak condition to ensure a consistently high effective operation over time.

Remote Efficiency Check

Monitors the appliance’s consumption levels easily and immediately in real time, and calculates its

efficiency with the aid of statistical reports.

Dishwashers

Wi-Fi Start and Control

This is a perfectly tailored washing cycle which you can start remotely. It also allows you to calculate the appliance efficiency with the aid of statistical reports and check consumption levels easily with the Wizard technology.

Download New Cycles

Discover new cycles in tune with your ever-changing needs.

  • Hygienic 75°C wash
  • Steam wash
  • Special pans and shelves (wok oven shelves, baking trays and large pans)
  • Cocktail & wine glasses
  • Fine Bone China
  • Rapid Wash

Refrigerators

Remote Temperature Control

Set the temperature by degrees C°

Super Freezing

Remotely activate a cooling boost – perfect for freezing ice cubes or lollies on a hot summer’s day!

Holiday Function

Ideal for longer periods of absence, it allows you to switch off the fridge to save electricity but keep the freezer running.

Explore our range of connected appliances here and learn more about the Wizard App.

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Explore our new Vogue Premium Collection

April 6, 2018

We’re delighted to reveal the launch of our second high-end cooking collection – Vogue Premium.

Building on the success of our Vogue range launched in 2017, we have created a family of appliances that combine the latest professional technology with a minimalistic, modern style.

Designed to perfectly match one another, the appliances can be banked vertically or horizontally to create a high-end aesthetic in the kitchen. The Vogue Premium Collection is perfect for those who have a keen eye for style and want to cook restaurant-quality food in their own home.

With perfectly-aligned doors, panels and control interfaces, the range of sleek black glass and stainless-steel appliances comprises standard and compact ovens, a sous vide system, coffee machine, warming drawer, vacuum sealer drawer and blast chiller/shock freezer.

The HBC450SV blast chiller/shock freezer has a 40-litre capacity and can perform blast chilling at -3 degrees and shock freezing at -18 degrees.

The HVSD14SV vacuum sealer drawer has three power levels and a 7L capacity. The control interface sits within the push/pull opening system, providing a flush aesthetic with an uninterrupted finish. Vacuum sealing allows users to marinate meat and is the perfect accompaniment for sous vide cooking. It’s also perfect for slow cooking and the proving of dough.

The Vogue Premium collection is the next step in our evolution and our continual innovation means that we offer appliances that deliver professional-style results in households across the UK.

The Hoover Vogue Premium Collection is available now from retailers across the U.K.

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5 top tips for your spring cleaning routine

March 20, 2018

Spring is upon us, and it’s that time of year the typical homeowner embarks on a mission to clean the house from top to bottom. The chaos of the cold winter months is far behind and it’s time to restore order in the home for another year. Caring for the home isn’t always easy, and a successful spring clean is certainly no mean feat, that’s why we’ve compiled a few tips to help you with your routine this year:

  1. Provisions

The first step for any big task is to ensure you’ve got the essentials. Analyse the challenge ahead of you and make a list of all the items you’re going to need for your spring clean, and what you’re going to need for each job. There’s nothing worse than starting a big job and not having the tools to complete it, and a thorough spring clean is no different. We recommend keeping it simple with rubber gloves, anti-bacterial wipes, bleach based and non-bleach sprays, white vinegar, and good old-fashioned washing up liquid as a start.

  1. Steam clean the kitchen

Dirt and grime can build up quickly in the kitchen, and although a weekly wipe down will provide a temporary fix, a thorough steam cleaning should be on the agenda for every spring clean. Steam cleaning gets deep into places wipes and sprays can’t, eradicating all dirt and bacteria. You can read more about the benefits of steam cleaning here and browse our range of steam cleaners here.

  1. Let your fabrics breathe

The typical person spends a good portion of their day in bed and on the sofa, so it’s important to give your well-used fabrics a bit of extra care in your spring clean routine. Hopefully, now the winter is over, the skies are clear and there’s still a slight breeze, perfect for breathing new life into your fabrics. Strip whatever fabrics you can, from cushion covers to bed linen, wash them and hang them outside for as long as possible to flush out extra dust and dirt. The UltraMATT is a powerful vacuum cleaner designed to eradicate invisible dust mites and dry skin from your mattress, cushions, pillows, duvets, throws and upholstery that cannot be washed in a washing machine, helping you refresh your fabrics all year round.

  1. De-limescale the bathroom

Cleaning limescale and grout is easily put off, but the effects of prolonged limescale build up can be damaging to your bathroom. Steam cleaning is the best way to do this, but for those without a steam cleaner, white vinegar is the answer. Simply spray down your whole bathroom with a water, vinegar mix and leave overnight. Once the morning comes, your bathroom will wipe down with ease.

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  1. Utilise your appliances

It’s important not to overlook just how much appliances can do for you beyond their usual tasks; making the most of them will help you on your way to a more efficient and easier spring clean. Our dishwashers are a great example, they can be used to clean all manner of items, from shoes, vases, tools, jars, and more, saving you time for the bigger tasks. It’s also wise to make the most of all the features on your vacuum cleaner; Our cordless sticks come with a variety of features and benefits which help you clean effectively and efficiently around the home, even in those hard-to-reach places.

If you’ve found this blog useful, why not take a look at our other cleaning blogs here. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more home inspiration, recipe ideas, updates on our latest technology and more.

 

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Hoover sponsors James Martin’s Saturday Morning

March 14, 2018

We are delighted to be the new sponsor of ITV’s James Martin’s Saturday Morning.

The show, filmed at James’ home, sees the hugely popular chef, along with guests from the world of food, entertainment and sport, cook and chat, providing a relaxing start to the weekend. The series reflects James’ love of hearty food as well as some of his other passions…the great outdoors, his beloved dogs and, of course, fast cars.

Airing at 9.30am every Saturday on ITV, each two-hour show will be packed full of inspirational recipes alongside delicious, deceptively simple meals that anyone can achieve at home.

The show is very topical, both with its discussion points and ingredients, so we’re hoping that it will inspire people to replicate the dishes, or even their own take on the recipes, in their own home.

The sponsorship will run from Saturday 3 March 2018 until the end of the series in June.

Has the show inspired you to get more hands on in the kitchen? Ensure you’re fully equipped with our innovative and stylish cooking range here.

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