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Tackling the Cholera Menace in Nairobi

Since May this year there has been a few reports of cholera outbreaks in Nairobi, some of which have been deemed fatal and this has forced the Nairobi county government to issue an alert on the cholera outbreak.

Given that we are a cleaning company, we feel the obligation to participate in the conversation that will help our readers to identify, prevent and even control spread of the disease. We hope you can follow and share the tidbits so you and your loved ones can be safe.

As our esteemed client and reader, you can be a beneficiary to these prevention and control efforts against this infectious disease, through our sanitary and washroom solutions services as seen in this link

About Cholera

Various medical professionals advise that the disease is most common in places with poor sanitation, crowding, war and famine. It has also been established that knowing various facts about cholera can help protect you and your family from infection and / or spreading the infection.

Cholera Causes

Vibrio cholerae, the bacterium that causes cholera, is usually found in food or water that is contaminated. Common sources of the bacterium include:

  • Public water supplies;
  • Ice made from untreated water;
  • Foods and drinks sold by unsanitary vendors;
  • Food and drinks handled/prepared with unsanitary water;
  • Vegetables grown with water containing human waste. infected by the bacteria
  • Raw or undercooked fish and seafood caught in waters polluted with sewage

When a person consumes the contaminated food or water, they could be exposed to the disease bearing bacteria, which could lead to symptoms of cholera such as diarrhoea.

Although it is not likely that you would catch cholera just from casual contact with an infected person, thus it is recommended that you remember to always wash your hands after shaking hands with different people.

Cholera Symptoms

Symptoms of cholera can begin as soon as a few hours after infection. Should you experience one or more of the following symptoms, seek immediate medical attention from an approved medical practitioner.

  • Sudden diarrhea which happens in quick succession ;
  • Nausea and vomiting;
  • Dehydration;
  • Rapid weight loss;
  • Low blood pressure;
  • Sunken eyes;
  • Physical weakness;
  • Stomach cramps and aches;
  • Rapid heart rate

Please bear in mind that, if medical care is not sought with urgency, the dehydration caused by cholera can lead to shock and death in a matter of hours.

Preventive Measures
  • Pay attention to personal hygiene; wash hands thoroughly with soap as often as you can remember, throughout the day, before preparing food, before eating and after using the toilet;
  • Do not buy food from unlicensed and unsanitary food vendors ;
  • Pay attention to the conditions of shops and handling of the food/drink;
  • Keep raw/uncooked food separately.;
  • Use separate utensils for handling/storing cooked and uncooked foods to avoid cross-contamination;
  • Boil drinking water;
  • Keep a clean kitchen;
  • All refuse should be in a covered bin and soon after taken away. This is where we come in with proper garbage and waste management services.

Be sure to use bottled, boiled, or treated water for the following purposes:

  • Drinking;
  • Preparing food or drinks;
  • Making ice;
  • Brushing your teeth
  • Washing your face and hands;
  • Washing dishes and utensils that you use to eat or prepare food;
  • Washing fruits and vegetables.

As Parapet, even as we offer office cleaning services, we shall endeavor to ensure the highest standards of hygiene for you and your team members to prevent contamination and even further spread of the disease.

In the meantime, please see your nearest health care provider for more information or should you suspect you have symptoms of cholera.

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The art of clean

People generally gravitate towards clean places.
For most people, they are attractive, inviting and calming, especially when they are bright and well-arranged, devoid of clutter that could cause trip-ups and accidents.
In some extreme cases however, they are even a turn off, seeming too sterile and almost uninhabitable.
Clean spaces are the utopia for every home, office, commercial building, factory, grounds and event venues. Walking into a building whose façade is spotless makes for excitement when it comes to conducting business.
Clean and tidy homes, with every last dish washed, dried and organized neatly. Well-arranged bedrooms, studies and garages make for peaceful and calm homes sincerely.
Neat offices make for a good presentation and outlook for the people working in them. Less time is spent looking for items and there is a general sense of order and efficiency.
Well-maintained grounds and gardens make for serene escape zones where one can blow off steam, meditate and re-energize.
Interestingly, much as well all love to be in these beautiful settings, but there’s hardly a soul that wants to be tasked with ensuring the status quo is upheld. Why? Cleaning is a horrible, boring, thankless and almost endless task. Even worse than cleaning is the stress that comes with knowing your home or office is filthy.
Even small children hardly love to do chores. Older children receive cleaning tasks as part of punishment. The graph goes on as we grow older and suddenly, no one wants to do anything to do with cleaning at all!
How then is it that we enjoy sanitary environments and yet are appalled by the thought of cleaning? What can be done to encourage more and more people to actually like and look forward to cleaning?

No More Hate For Cleaning

If you find yourself in the category of people who hate cleaning, here’s some good news, spending time cleaning can help to blow off steam and calm your nerves, even curing depression.
Also, you’ll be on top of your inventory, knowing what you do and do not need and be able to manage your expenses in the long run.
You’ll easily be able to trace your receipts and other items that seem to get lost soon as they land on your desk or in your home. Cleaning comes with order.
Maintaining cleanliness comes with the benefit of knowing and being in charge of your spaces.

Let’s Do This

  1.  Be Minimalist.
    Having lots of stuff is exciting but keeping all these things clean and tidy is not. Only have in your home, office or gardens what you really need. It’s good for visual effect and great for the energy expended in maintenance. One word, DECLUTTER! Throw out anything, either at the office or at home that you have no use for. If it can be used by another, give it away.
  2. Clean Up After Yourself
    A little cleaning and tidying a day goes a long way. Ensure that each day you set aside time to clear your desk at the office. File away papers and documents once you finish using them.
    Put away clothes and shoes, wash your cup and plate, wipe tables after eating, pick up bits and pieces from the couch or carpet, water your plants, etc.
    Soon you’ll find that your spaces and clean and tidy without you having used lots of time and/or energy.
  3. Have A Routine.
    Routines and schedules are fantastic for reducing frustrations at any task. Know what you like to do in the morning, during the day and the last thing before clocking out. This will help you even to know what cleaning methods work fastest and most effectively for you.
    Remember, it’s not home spring cleaning, (that’s our work) – , it’s a daily habit that you’re forming so ensure you time yourself not to exceed a certain amount of time.
  4.  Make It Fun
    Cleaning is not always a walk in the park so it helps to lighten the load by inserting some fun into it. Have a favorite playlist to help you through the hour or so that you will spend on cleaning. Use the time to call a friend you haven’t talked to in a long time, put them loud speaker and clean as you catch up with them.
    You could also call your business colleague to brainstorm about a thing or two.
  5.  The Big Stuff
    Cleaning has some heavy hauling involved and this is where you call in the muscle.
    General cleaning and home spring cleaning should be scheduled regularly.
    Do the same for your fumigation and pest control needs.
    After your events, ensure there is clean-up.
    Call in a third party or a cleaning company to this for you. Leave the heavy hauling to them.
    Your gardens and grounds should be tended to regularly as well, not forgetting the swimming pool.
    Have your building’s façade cleaned and maintained to keep up the standards.
    Your drainages, garbage disposal and overall workplace sanitation can also tend to be a messy deal. Be open to hiring the best help in the market and only insist on a Parapet Cleaning!
cleaning your sofa
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Cleaning your Sofa

Cleaning your sofa can be hard and stressful, especially when you don’t do it right. When done right, couches can be cleaned easily using water based detergents. But for that clean finish, and to make sure that the fabric is not damaged, there are cleaning steps that one should follow. That is what we want to look into today.

  1. Pre-condition the fabric

Preconditioners are used to loosen the dirt to make it easy to wash and remove when you shampoo the fabric. However, some of the products in the market may end up discoloring the fabric. It is therefore advisable to do a spot test. What you do is apply or spray the pre conditioner on a spot on the couch. If it doesn’t discolour, then you can safely spray it on the entire surface.

  1. Make a solution of detergent and water

The recommended ratio is 3 parts detergent and 3 parts water. Stir the mixture before you start cleaning your sofa. It is also recommended to do a spot test with this solution so as to ascertain that the solution cannot discolour the fabric. Dip a rag in the solution and rub it on the fabric. Let it sit for 10 minutes or so. Now, press a paper towel on the spot to see if dye comes off. If none does, ten you can proceed to clean the sofa.

  1. Prepare to steam vacuum the sofa

This step is fairly easy. There are hand held steam vacuums that can be found online on e-stores. To prepare for vacuuming, unscrew the cap on the tank, pour in the solution prepared above and then reattach the lid.

  1. Apply shampoo evenly on the sofa

Place the nozzle against the fabric and press the button down to release the fabric. Keep the button pressed down as you move the nozzle across the fabric. Make sure that you cover all surfaces of the sofa.

  1. Remove excess detergent

To remove the excess detergent, release the button and move the nozzle once more across the surface of the sofa fabric. This will suck up excess detergent back into the vacuum.

  1. Let the sofa dry

No amount of vacuuming dries the sofa 100%. It is advised that you put the sofa out to air.


Next time you clean your sofa, follow these steps for a pristinely clean sofa that will awe your guests.

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Easy Tips to Keep your Home Office Neat.

One of the best things about today’s digital world is that you can work from home and still perform as well as you would have in the office. Most prefer working from home to avoid the morning commute not to mention the amount of time you can save rather than sit in traffic.

For you to be able to work well at home, you will need to create an environment that feels like a place of work. One way to do this is to have a home office that is organised and clean. Here are some easy tips to keep your home office neat:

1. Throw away all the unnecessary clutter

If you cannot remember when you used it last or have a solid reason as to why you should keep it, then it is probably best to toss it in the bin.

2. Adopt a paper- free environment

If you would like to access your documents and files from anywhere, try using some digital solutions like Google Drive. Less paper, less clutter and it is also good for the environment.

3. Create and adopt to a filing system.

Whether it is online or for paper, come up with a concise filing system to guarantee a more organised space for working. Split your filing categories into main and sub-categories to make your work easier.

4. Curb cable clutter in your working space.

Ensure all wires are neatly organised with cable ties and run behind appliances to avoid tripping over them.

How else do you organise your home office?

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Reasons to Book a Cleaner and Give Yourself a Break

Chances are, if you are reading this, you have considered hiring a cleaning service at home but you are still doubtful.

This is completely understandable, but we would hate it if you missed out on what many clients have come to cherish. So, we have compiled a list of some of the reasons why hiring a cleaning service is not only a great idea but also life changing.

1. Being Domestic Is Overrated

It’s a Saturday morning and you have a planned drive with your friends at noon so you decide to try out that baking recipe you saw online a while back.

Well, now that you are done baking and the cake looks good, the kitchen is a mess and you have no time to clean it up before the drive with your friends. What do you do? Cancel the drive to clean up or leave the kitchen for later? How about having your cake and eating it too? How you ask? Well, all you have to do is call us and we shall have your kitchen looking as good as new by the time you get back from your afternoon with your friends, that way you can enjoy your baked goods in a clean house after a long and eventful day.

2. Its Easy and Safe

In this day and age, it is very hard to know who you can trust when it comes to letting a stranger into your home. But, thanks to the rise of online booking, it is not only easy to get a professional cleaning service at your home but it is also easier to find a company that feels right for you. Here at Parapet Cleaning Services, we interview all our employees in person, run a background check and train them.

Our cleaning professionals have a full support staff to ensure they have all the right and necessary tools at their disposal to succeed in their jobs. You can also contact our customer service team who are more than ready to work with you at all times to ensure your satisfaction.

3.   Sometimes Spontaneity Requires Just a Bit of Planning

Your friends have just called to inform you that they will be visiting the city over the weekend and they have decided to take you up on that offer of visiting and getting to see where you live but you have that one little problem, your house is a mess.

Where do you start? Do you begin with the guest bedrooms, the toilet, the living room or the kitchen?

Sure, it’s still early in the week to get worried about something that may happen during the weekend but what time do you plan on cleaning?

This is where we come in to clean and freshen up your house for the expected guests over the weekend, and what’s more, we can even do some gardening and landscaping for you if and when you decide to have a barbecue in your back yard.

4.  A Clean Slate Goes a Long Way

In the past, you had made a promise to yourself that you will spare 10 minutes daily to tidy up. Unfortunately, you never kept that promise and you are feeling weighed down because the mess is now intimidating and it may take you more than a day to clear it up, leave alone having your space looking stylish and organized which will end up messing your plans for the day.

You can make your life easier by booking our Home Spring Cleaning and put your hard-earned money to work instead of slipping deeper into a mess that can be exhausting. You can now come home to a clean and fresh feel that will help you relax while we take care of the mess.

Go ahead and give yourself a break, after all, you deserve it.

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Different Ways in Which Baking Soda Can Help in your Cleaning

We all have those stains around the house that are always troubling us when cleaning. Baking soda could be your solution for most of these stains. Discover how baking soda can make your cleaning less tedious.

In the Kitchen:

  • You can place a bowl of baking soda in a kitchen cabinet or refrigerator to keep away bad odors
  • To eliminate stale smells from food storage containers, rinse using hot water and baking soda. If this does not completely remove the smell, try soaking the container in a baking soda and water mixture
  • To clean a greasy surface from the kitchen floor, sprinkle baking soda and wipe with a damp towel.
  • For burnt-out food at the bottom of sufurias, sprinkle some baking soda followed by hot water and let it soak overnight. This allows the food to loosen easily.
  • To get rid of garbage odors, sprinkle baking soda at the bottom of the can before putting a new garbage bag.
  • To remove burnt food on the grill, soak it in a mixture of baking soda and water for a few hours.

In the bathroom

  • To avoid clogged sinks, pour a quarter cup of baking soda down the drain weekly followed by hot water.
  • To make your hairbrushes and combs less greasy, wash them in a baking soda solution.
  • When washing your bathroom floors and walls, you can use baking soda before scrubbing.

Around the House

  • Before vacuuming you carpet, you can sprinkle it with baking soda and wait for about 15 minutes then proceed to vacuum. This help remove odors from the carpet.

We bet you didn’t know baking soda can do all this for your cleaning.

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The Arboretum Gardens was the place to be on Sunday 18th September afternoon for the 14th Edition of the Koroga Festival. The Parapet event clean up team arrived early for this event to ensure everything was set before guests started arriving. It is always our goal to ensure that every guest enjoys his or her time in such an event by creating a clean and neat environment. In the case of family events like Koroga we also ensure that the environment is somewhat kid friendly. That includes disposing litter in a timely manner and setting up accessible disposal bins. We also enjoyed the music and performances by the talented acts who graced the stage.

The event featured, Gilad, Kenya’s latest sensation and Israeli diplomat turned pop star who started off the Koroga Festival with his sensational music. Cameroon Makossa legend, Sam Fan Thomas, brought the house down with his amazing performance and gave us the chance to relive our 80s and 90s memories with his hit music. Also performing was the Godfather of South African House music Oskido who started off his set by observing a minute of silence for the fallen Kwaito musician, Mandoza, may his soul rest in peace. On the decks were Capital FM’s finest Dj Adrian and Dj Protégé as well as veteran Kenyan disc jockey Dj Stylez who got us dancing to the old and the new hits alike entertaining the entire crowd.

It was a pleasure to ensure that the venue was clean and tidy for everyone and to celebrate Capital FM 20th birthday. We appreciate you for attending the Koroga Festival and for giving us the chance to serve you. The next time you are planning an event, you know whom to call.

Just like everyone who was there for the 14th Edition of Koroga, we are looking forward to the next Koroga Festival!

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7 Places you are Likely to Overlook When Cleaning Your Home

There are certain places we are likely to overlook when cleaning our homes. It may not be intentional, maybe you are not tall enough, or there are items too heavy for you to move or it simply did not occur to you that such place should be cleaned as well. Here is a list of some places you should not overlook anymore when cleaning.

  1. Throw Pillows

Most of us know the importance of cleaning our bedroom pillows but we forget the stylish throw pillows on our sofas. As you use them to prop up your feet or rest your head, these pillows collect a lot of dirt. Remember to remove the pillow covers for regular laundering and to use vacuum upholstery attachment on the pillows. Maybe this weekend?


2. Overhead light fixtures

We love the decorative light fixtures on our ceilings but how often do we clean them? Most of us focus on the items that are in our line of sight, forgetting all the dust and bugs crawling up on these lights. We should give these items some attention too.


3. Handles, Knobs, and switches

Having in mind the number of dirty hands that grab door knobs, handles and switches one would think they are regularly disinfected, but these places are often overlooked. It is especially important to address these areas in the kitchen and bathroom. Let’s get on it.


4. Trash Can

After taking the trash out, most of us just replace the garbage bag and ignore the lingering foul odor from the trash can. A lot of bacteria makes its way to the trash can and it is important to give it a thorough scrub down regularly.


5. Remote Controls

We touch these devices a lot and they collect a lot germs and oily residue from our hands. It is important to wipe them with a disinfectant regularly especially if you have a toddler around the house.


6. House Plants

Indoor plants are the ultimate dust collectors in our homes. We focus more on watering these plants and often forget to wipe off the dust.


7. Wall Hangings

When carrying out our routine cleaning. It is important to clean our wall hangings as well since they collect a lot of dust.

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