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It’s already February and no sooner have we finished the cleaning from Christmas, but it’s half term and those muddy boots are back in the house!

We’ve got some great tips to make it all extremely easy for you to sort out – but, if you’re not using us, why not? Of course, if you love cleaning yourself that makes sense, but did you know that you could be you’re using our cleaning or ironing service for a lot less than you may think – and then you would be all set to do something fun with your weekends and holidays?

Our tip this month is for those muddy moments! The first is shoes, and if they are suede don’t panic – just don’t apply any more moisture. Just brush the dirt and leave to dry. Repeat as often as needed.

If it’s a fabric and mud incident – like a sofa, then mix one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent with two cups of warm water. Apply, and then using a clean cloth, sponge or rag, dab and take away the residue. Leave to dry.

Finally – those walls and skirting boards! The trick here is elbow grease – and you can easily tackle most walls with some normal dish soap – just be gentle.

So, now your cleaning is out of the way – what can you do this half term that’s going to really make the kids smile?  Our number one suggestion is Cliveden! This is the ideal place to get muddy, get wet or get crafty and with a range of fun outdoor activities,  whatever the weather, as well as walks, talks and games – this is the ideal place to visit! Based in Taplow, Maidenhead, ) Cliveden have a real range of events. Our picks include:

The Snowdrop Walk – Friday 20 Jan 2017 to Tuesday 28 Feb 2017

Did you know that in 2016 staff and fans of Cliveden planted 30,000 snowdrops? If you want to see them in bloom, come on by, anytime from 10am to 15:30pm.

Cliveden Entertains: Daily Talks – Everyday!

The volunteers at Cliveden have a wealth of knowledge and are able to talk at length about the estates. Call on the morning and see what’s on and who’s speaking!

Clive’s Den – in the woods – anyday!

Just next to the play trail you will also find Clive’s Den, our extra special natural den for make-believe of all kinds. Clive’s Den is big enough for the whole family hide in plus there’s wooden musical chimes to play. Adults tend to think this is the ideal spot to pop your feet up!

Cliveden – Game of Clues Murder Mystery – Monday 20 Feb 2017 to Wednesday 19 Apr 2017

If you have ever played the game of murder mystery, you’ll know that it needs somewhere really spectacular to really make it a thrill! Where better than Cliveden? Up until the 19th of April, there will be a game on the grounds, where you can work in a team to solve the murder of Lord Mucke, found murdered on the estate. Seek out clues, solve puzzles and unravel the mystery! Children aged 8+ can play, and you don’t need to book, just call before you arrive.

The details for your sat nav are: Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire SL6 0JAContact telephone: 01628 605069  and you can check out their site  here:

If you’re still not getting any free weekends of half term time because of your cleaning schedule – leave it to us! Call and speak to us about your unique requirements, we’d love to help free up more time for you.





Belle Casa provides high-quality, domestic cleaning services and housekeepers, to give you time to do the important things in life. We have over 20 years experience in the industry and have many happy customers situated across the Buckinghamshire and Berkshire area.