Spring Cleaning Done and Dusted with Fantastic Services (& a Giveaway)

Have you ever wished you could click your fingers and have all the dust, lime and grime gone so that you could enjoy your family instead of scrubbing the shower cubicle on your hands and knees with a toothbrush?

A few weeks ago, Fantastic Services got in touch after my lovely friend Reneé (love you, sweetie!) had told them about me – a busy mum of four with very little time and a very dusty home. They offered to clean my house (yes please!) and I told them I would write about their services if was happy with them.

After booking, I had a quick phone call with Danni. She was incredibly friendly and assessed my needs. Without being pushy, she mentioned services I might need and we settled for a one-off clean of my house alongside a much-needed clean for my chenille sofa.

The team was due at 8.30 a.m. on Monday morning, so when I spotted a Fantastic Cleaners car outside my house 10 minutes early, I could not help but swear under my breath. I cannot stand people being early and our morning routine is hectic to say the least. But you know what? The knock on the door came at 8.30 a.m. exactly, not one minute earlier!

I would lie if I wasn’t surprised to see a man there (sorry if that sounds sexist, not my intention at all, this is just what I felt), but as soon as he came in, I relaxed. He introduced himself as Stefan (he even had a name badge!) and asked me to show him what I wanted done. I was surprised because this had all been agreed, but as I was giving him a tour, it was clear the upstairs was pretty clean other than windows whilst the downstairs and family bathroom needed some TLC.

Our family bathroom last week, before I had time to sort out everything from the loft I was storing in there:

Spring Cleaning Done and Dusted with Fantastic Services  - Family Bathroom last week

The bathroom now:

Spring Cleaning Done and Dusted with Fantastic Services  - Family Bathroom

As soon as he spotted the children having breakfast, he looked concerned and asked me whether they would be home, because he didn’t want them to inhale the fumes of the cleaning products. I liked this sort of approach and reassured him they would all be in school or preschool apart from Wriggly.

When he realised the house wasn’t as dirty and dusty as I had described it over the phone, Stefan suggested cleaning inside the bathroom cabinets. Oh my goodness, if I had known that, I would not have stayed up until 4.30 a.m. the previous night sorting out those cupboards! Downstairs, he suggested cleaning the oven and fridge. I also shyly suggested kitchen cabinets, which I didn’t have time to get, and he said, “Of course.” Oh my goodness, it was like Xmas!

Stefan and his two male colleagues put on some overshoes and got started straight away. They came with their own cleaning products, and even bin bags, which I really appreciated since my back garden is, well, bin central at the moment. My step was light when I left the house to take the children to school and I took my time, chatting with other mums and walking Jumpy to preschool.

Just under two hours later, Wriggly and I were back home. She had a nap and I started fretting. No one other than me has ever cleaned my cupboards so when they got to them, I felt a tad panicky. They could tell I was hovering around and asked for a short break in their car whilst the boiler was warming up some more water. That was exactly what I needed and I love the fact they gave me the space I needed.

The services offered were not at all what I had imagined. I had pictured a noisy team of cleaners creating a whirlwind in my house, but they were quiet and as discreet as you could imagine. I still felt at home in my home if that makes sense. They were like ninjas! Once she was awake, Wriggly kept spying on the work they were doing, but they did not once made a comment or seem annoyed about my prying toddler.

Spring Cleaning Done and Dusted with Fantastic Services  - Supervisor

My house feels lovely, clean and now it really feels like spring is just around the corner and the dust from the loft conversion has finally gone! My oven is an old thing we inherited with the house. It has never been this clean. It looks new (seriously!). My sofa, which had seen better days, is like new now.

Spring Cleaning Done and Dusted with Fantastic Services - Brand new old oven

Win a one-off domestic cleaning of your home!
The lovely people at Fantastic Services are offering one lucky reader within the M25 a one-off domestic cleaning. Check the Terms and Conditions for further details.

How to enter the giveaway:
Check the instructions in the form below. You can pick and choose a range of ways in which to enter. The only one you must click on to get into the draw is the one asking you to leave a blog post comment. You must also leave a comment telling us which service from Fantastic Services you would need the most.

Entries are open until 23.59 p.m. GMT time on 15 March 2016. Good luck!

Fantastic Cleaning

Disclosure:
– The prize will be supplied directly by Fantastic Services.
– The giveaway is open to UK residents over 18 and the one-off cleaning is to take place within the M25.
– I was offered a deep cleaning of my house (3 cleaners for 5 hours) and sofa cleaning. All opinions and photographs are my own.

I have listed this giveaway on ThePrizeFinder, SuperLucky and Loquax.

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Comments

  1. Cleaning the house as could do with a nice spring clean everywhere and one of the jobs I hate doing

  2. wow – looks amazing!!

  3. Sobia says:

    Gardening would be the most useful to me right now. I have been dreaming of a beautiful garden for ages.

  4. Elaine Savage says:

    it ALL sounds like dreamm come true but I would particulalry love the window cleaning as I hate all the standing on chairs to reach the top and rubbing hard is painful for my arthritis

    • Same here (not the arthritis, but hating window cleaning). We have a small conservatory and cleaning the top windows is my least favourite job. It also seems that I always leave marks, no matter how much I wipe them…

  5. Joanne Hardy says:

    I would love all services offered by Fantastic Services – as a single mum who childminds from 6-7am to 6.30pm, the house suffers!

  6. Karen Christmas says:

    Having my oven cleaned would be amazing , I hate the smell of all the over cleaning products and can never get it looking as clean as I would like

    • Same here! The stuff I put in my oven makes my eyes water and I always end up sneezing uncontrollably. Those guys did an amazing job on my oven. It looks better than it ever has!

  7. Jessica steele says:

    Handyman

  8. Carolyn Montgomery says:

    I most need the Domestic Services because I hate housework so much!

  9. Samantha Loughlin says:

    One off clean as unable to give house Spring clean xxx

  10. Quelle dommage qui soit seulment pour les UK! I need this service as well!! x

  11. Love you just as much gorgeous. So pleased you had such a great experience xxx

  12. Julie T says:

    My oven, I inherited it when we bought the house, but I would love to have it professionally cleaned.

  13. Abby may says:

    I’ve recently had surgery and been struggling to keep up with the cleaning since.. I feel I am losing a never ending battle so a deep clean would help me out

  14. Ruth Harwood says:

    the cleaning – my home needs it as the cleaning fairy’s been on strike as long as I can remember!!

  15. Sally Collingwood says:

    I would love them to clean my windows inside and out

  16. michelle k says:

    I would like all the bits I ignore cleaned!

  17. Paula Barker says:

    A Handyman for all those little jobs I never get round to

  18. They did a great job!

  19. Ylenia says:

    I’d love this ??!!

  20. Ray Dodds says:

    yippee don’t like housework at all

  21. Natalie Baskerville says:

    The cleaning service, struggle to keep on top off everything with the kids and my husbands strange work hours

  22. Rachel Craig says:

    Cleaner, as need someone who is able to do floors etc. As with arthritis :- stiffness and pain makes it impossible to do certain tasks. Yet “Home is where the Heart is”, it is necessary to maintain a degree of cleanliness and organisation within the home. Or Risks to Health can increase.

    Great to see the variety of services. Would be nice to have these available locally, in order to keep on top of maintenance, repair etc.

    I wish there was such a package of services available locally for myself and others. Health could improve with such a degree of supportive services.

    • I completely agree with you. This kind of package made available for people with reduced mobility or conditions like arthritis would make sense, wouldn’t it? Fingers crossed for you, Rachel.

  23. Angela treadway says:

    Handyman service looks good! X

  24. Please, my house needs some deep cleaning:) Fantastic prize!!!

  25. Olivia m says:

    Window cleaning

  26. Dawn Gould says:

    Cleaning. With a 19 month old running around like a whilwird it’s almost impossible to keep the house tidy!

  27. GLENDA HANKS says:

    I’d love the oven clean, we always seem to get white residue from cleaning products when we do it ourselves; fab idea for a prixe :o)

    • Same here! No matter how many times I rinse it, I get white marks as soon as I turn it on after cleaning it.

  28. fionajk42 says:

    I could do with a handyman to do all the little jobs that I cannot do myself but which are too small to get a builder in to do. For example, the steps down to our garden have loose pavers, and I’m always worried that someone will slip & injusre themselves. but when we have had someone in to look at it they either wanted a ridiculous price or said the job was too small

    • I agree: having a handyman around for a few hours could be brilliant. You could have a list of those small jobs that need doing.

  29. Cassandra Mayers says:

    Definetly a good one off clean! I struggle to get my place clean with 3 cats and a baby!

  30. amy rennocks says:

    The handyman as we have so many little odd jobs around the house that need doing that we always put off, it would be so helpful to get a professional to come and do it rather than us doing a bodge job!!!

    • My thoughts exactly! I tried putting up a frame the other day and managed to turn my wall into Gruyere cheese instead!

  31. robyn297 says:

    Kitchen Deep Cleaning, would love my appliances all clean and sparkling again.

  32. Kate Phillips says:

    Definitely the cleaning service as it’s not my favourite task, then perhaps handyman and builders (with cleaners again afterwards!). Looks a great site!

  33. About to move house so a professional clean when we move in would be fab!

  34. ruth robinson says:

    id like my home cleaned fully for when i move out of rented accomodation

  35. Lorraine Saeed says:

    window cleaning – I’m terrible for ignoring mine!

  36. Kim McCreight says:

    Since having a baby I need all the help I can get to keep my house clean. I hate housework even more now that I never have any time! I’d like my oven and fridge cleaned especially!

  37. Harline says:

    A lovely spring clean especially my oven one job I hate

  38. Ruby Warwick says:

    Oh I would love to have clean windows and a good general dust and de-hairing! (My hoover refuses to work properly and I have a big shedder in the flat)

  39. Natalie Osborne Thomason says:

    I struggle with health problems this would be amazing

  40. Johanne currie says:

    I could do with this it’s hard work on your own x

  41. Betony Bennett says:

    Definitely the windows – inside and out 😀

  42. Emma Boylan says:

    A spring clean would be fantastic. I have been trying to declutter so a proper clean afterwards would be fantastic!

  43. linda curtis says:

    would be great to get some help with my windows

  44. Hannah Carroll says:

    They all sound amazing but I would LOVE a god spring clean, especially cleaning the shower enclosure and oven, hate those jobs!!

  45. Fiona K says:

    A handyman would be a fantastic help for jobs in the bathroom that have been left outstanding for way too long

  46. Kamara H says:

    The oven! I have been dreading tackling it…

  47. Shivon Davis says:

    The cleaning would be amazing, Thanks so much for the chance xx

  48. leanne weir says:

    a home clean would be great right now

  49. Ruth Tesdale says:

    That would be amazing.

  50. Bernie says:

    Id love a deep clean of my kitchen please!

  51. marianne says:

    Cleaning and removals, as we have an impending move, and how much work is that?!

  52. Megan Adams says:

    Definitely garden clearing – Our garden is a mess after the winter and needs some serious TLC.

  53. Oven cleaning would be great

  54. Mark Johnson says:

    cleaning

  55. e. malcolm says:

    Ideally I would like the cleaning service because when I’m away, alot of dust settles over everything. So this would be fantastic if I could win this prize.

  56. Maria says:

    Wow, looks great!

  57. Elizabeth Hinds says:

    Definitely a one-off deep clean, it would just be so great to have a thorough clean so that I feel like I’m on top of it all again and can cope on a daily basis 🙂

  58. MrBrown says:

    A good Spring Clean for our home would be amazing!

  59. Alison Joyce says:

    Pressure Washing and Gardening – My garden needs a bit of TLC and I hate doing it.

  60. Catriona Hutchinson says:

    I was going to say garden after the terrible winds but actually. if someone could just get up high and clean the tops of things and higher windows I’d be happy. I’m only a little over 5 foot so have to be really creative when cleaning!!

  61. Natasha Whenham says:

    My flat could definitely do with a spring clean. I always seem to be playing catch up with the cleaning!

  62. Ellie O says:

    An oven clean would be amazing. We have just moved into a new house and the previous owner has left the oven in a state 🙁

  63. Julie Booth says:

    I just need an overall spring clean- I have so many dust bunnies under the bed- I will have fur Easter eggs!

  64. Solange says:

    Definitely the home clean. It would be nice to have someone else do it for a change.

  65. lyn west says:

    A one off spring clean

  66. juliette says:

    I would loveto have the shower cubicle scrubbed – one of those jobs that I always manage to put off

  67. The oven cleaning service. It’s the job I hate most.

  68. sofa cleaning would be great. The cat was sick on mine recently and I can’t get it clean. So they may have some tricks to make it better.

  69. Kitchen deep clean!

  70. Maureen M says:

    Would have to be the handyman – imagine all those little jobs that never get done !

  71. Danielle Hatchett says:

    I’d love to win this for my mum. Fab giveaway!!.
    She works 13 hour shifts as a nurse in intensive care to them come home to look after my step dad who is dying from chronic lung disease that he got from diesel poisoning in the Army. She also looks after my 19 year old brother who is lazy and a typical messy boy. She has 3 big dogs that make a mess and 4 cats. She also has to then cook dinner for everyone when she gets home at 8:30pm. She doesn’t have time to clean around her busy life style or even relax. This would really help her out.

    Brilliant blog and giveaway 🙂

    • Thanks Danielle. Fingers crossed for you (your mum!). I love the fact you’d pass on the prize to her if you won. She definitely deserves it!

  72. Laura Nice says:

    The gardening would be a dream come true!

  73. Gwen Maynard says:

    Definitely the spring cleaning. I’m disabled and can’t do it myself.

  74. Kim Styles says:

    Gardening because my garden is getting beyond me

  75. Sharon Freemantle says:

    If I won I would give my prize to a friend that is struggling at the moment. Don’t get me wrong I could do with it here. But my friends need is greater.

  76. Georgia McAllister says:

    It would have to be cleaning at the moment but later in the year I’d love to get them round to sort out my garden.

  77. Rich Tyler says:

    Spring clean for me – so useful!

  78. Emma R says:

    Rubbish Removal for sure, just moved into a new house and they left 3 sheds worth of rubbish – charming!

  79. helen newton says:

    Probaly the carpet cleaning , or a general spring c;ean would be lovely 🙂

  80. kelly H says:

    Would be the one off cleaning especially for my oven and the kids rooms with 4 kids 1 being disabled its hard to keep on top off everything so this would be a great help x

  81. Steve Higgins says:

    Would love to have a spring clean done as it looks brilliant and it’d be great to have it all taken care of.

  82. Kristyn Harris says:

    WOW! What a fantastically useful prize! I would LOVE to win! The one service I could do with the most is carpet cleaning! I’m going to keep my fingers and toes crossed on winning this competition!

  83. Mark T says:

    A one off spring clean

  84. Vicki deacon says:

    Wow I’d love this, I am a poor cleaner I don’t keep Ontop of things but hopefully a win like this may change my habbits

  85. Justine Meyer says:

    It would be the garden, i have back problems and struggle to do anything with it x

  86. Jessica Walker says:

    Oven cleaning would be top of my list followed by window cleaning which are in need of some TLC!!

  87. This looks like an amazing prize! My bathroom needs a bloody good clean and I hate doing it!

  88. leanne perrett says:

    gardening would be great as mine really needs doing

  89. Karen Howden says:

    Pet Care would be most useful for my 5 dogs, cat, 13 chickens, rabbit and lizard

  90. Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog) says:

    The pet care/sitting would be useful for when we get married. The cleaning would be nice too! and a handyman for some decorating!

  91. kellyjo walters says:

    altho my house is practically spotless it would be brill for someone to do a good spring clen inc all wood work and ceilings

  92. A general one-off clean would be great for us, we’ve been letting the mess pile up a bit!

  93. Adrian Bold says:

    I’d love someone to help with the garden as I never feel I’m on top of it.

  94. Anna brown says:

    I like the sound of the oven clean, this is my pet hate!

  95. Meena Hindmarch says:

    The cleaning – my house is such a state with 2 boys, a dog and a cat running around!

  96. Kath Amis says:

    I would like this very much!

  97. Carpet cleaning would be amazing

  98. Alix Smith says:

    The gardening service would be useful – we’ve just moved house & the garden needs sorting out.

  99. Mia Clarke says:

    hate cleaning the oven and defrosting the freezer

  100. Laura Vitty says:

    The oven cleaning… I really hate that job and it’s not one I can even do properly, it never looks clean no matter how hard I try…

  101. Natalie Gillham says:

    Hard floor cleaning would be great as it is so hard to get mine properly clean x

  102. Oksana Fitzgerald says:

    Gardening would be the most useful. I did not have time to do my garden at all.

  103. Christine Hobbs says:

    A recent diagnosis of frozen shoulder has left the house feeling neglected. Finding dusting in high places difficult and window cleaning impossible. Would love these services x

  104. anyone to clean my house is a saint

  105. Sarah says:

    Cleaning – I just can’t seem to keep up with it!

  106. Melanie Burton says:

    It would be either the garden, which because of my back I struggle to do, or the oven, which badly needs a clean! This would be an AMAZING prize!!

  107. Kathryn Casbolt says:

    All the jobs that I hate – this would be fantastic!

  108. Cleaning the kitchen to make it sparkling clean! We all work full time at my house so it’s difficult to find time to clean!

  109. Colette Sheeran says:

    The whole house needs a good clean ready for when my new granddaughter arrives in May.

  110. Claire Nelson says:

    I would love a handyman to fix some lights for me

  111. Claire Nelson says:

    A handyman to sort out some dodgy light switches

  112. a spring clean would be awesome!

  113. Simone says:

    the oven, windows, skirting boards, in cupboards. this would be amazing, having a little one makes it so hard to keep up.

  114. Karen Howden says:

    gardening to sort my mums garden out

  115. Sarah R says:

    I would love to have a deep clean of the parts of the house I don’t often get to – under the bed for example!

  116. Julie Edwards says:

    I would love to have them do a really good deep clean on the whole of my house, As a working mum of three (and 2 cats) finding time to clean is so hard

  117. Carly M says:

    I’d get my flat a spring clean

  118. leonie owen says:

    the gardening service because my garden is such a mess

  119. Louise Tring says:

    All would be pretty useful. House cleaning and gardening would be most useful for us. Just moving house so would be nice for everything to be cleaned to start off clean and fresh.

  120. Dog Groomong as l like to pamper my dog

  121. Judy Beba-Brown says:

    The Oven cleaning, Oh dear……..

  122. Sarah addey says:

    Windows cud I never get chance to do em

  123. Samantha cartlidge says:

    Anything, I would just love the break. ?

  124. Bridget Daley says:

    I would love my oven cleaned as when I do it I can never clean the top of it as I cant see it

  125. Denise S says:

    handyman services for 1/2 day would be great for though outstanding things

  126. A good spring clean would be amazing!!

  127. If someone could clean my oven that would be AMAZING. Seriously, at this point I’m scared to look in the damn thing. We were going to give it a clean at Christmas for all the Christmas cooking, took one look at the thing and decided there was no hope!

  128. A deep clean of our carpets would be amazing, we could also do with a good degrease of our kitchen

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