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Everything You Will Ever Need To Know About Cleaning – Part Two

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Dish-Washing Liquid

Can clean a wide array of surfaces. Anything that needs a mild cleaning such as counter tops, toilet seats, floors, childrens toys, and much more. All will require a thorough rinsing with water after using dish-washing liquid as a cleaning solution..

All-Purpose Cleaner

All purpose cleaners have a variety of useful applications when it comes to house-hold cleaning. If you need to mop, clean up counter-tops, bathroom surfaces, faucets, smudges, small messes, stains, or sticky spots an all-purpose cleaner will be able to get the job done. All purpose cleaners don’t necessarily clean all surfaces but they clean sufficiently enough that you will want to add one of these to your arsenal of cleaning supplies. Before purchasing an all-purpose cleaner, as with all cleaning supplies, make sure to read the label for any precautions that should be taken before application.

Surface-Wipes

I often find that surface-wipes do a very thorough job at cleaning surfaces when in need of a quick clean. They’re simple, reliable, easy to use and can be thrown away just as easily. They can clean anything an all purpose cleaner can but don’t pack as strong a punch.

Abrasive & Non-Abrasive Cleaners

When in need of a more heavy duty cleaning agent, abrasive and non-abrasive cleaners will work best when it comes to cleaning calcium or lime scale buildups, rust, and hard-water marks you may find in sinks, drains, or bathtubs and showers.

What Is The Difference Between Abrasive And Non-Abrasive Cleaners?

If you find yourself asking this question, it’s OK; I had no idea what it meant when I first began cleaning house either. Here is the difference between the two, and what you will need for your own tub or shower:

  • Abrasive cleaners use friction (from small grit like particles) to “scrub” the surface of your tub. This means its “harsh” when cleaning a surface.
  • Non-Abrasive cleaners contain no “grit” like particles in its chemicals so it’s not harsh when cleaning a surface.
  • If you have an acrylic tub you will want to use a non-abrasive cleaner to avoid scratching the surface.
  • For enamel tubs a mildly-abrasive cleaner is what you will need. Enamel is tougher than acrylic and fiberglass, but can still scratch. It’s best to use a mildly-abrasive cleaner.
    Note: Check product description for this information.
  • For a Fiberglass tub you will need a non-abrasive cleaner to prevent scratching.

Note To Reader: Please be advised when you purchase any kind of chemical cleaner that you make sure to read the label for any safety precautions you might need to take when using it. While chemical cleaning agents are made to clean they are not always safe for you or your family’s general health and can be hazardous. Caution is advised.

Window Cleaner

There are many different types of window cleaners out there and which one you prefer to use is based on your own personal preference. In my honest opinion most of the generic based window cleaners do just as good a job as the expensive window cleaners. White vinegar and water also form an excellent window cleaner.

Powdered/Spray Disinfectant

Recommended for cleaning areas like the inside of toilet bowls. Powdered and Spray disinfectants are good for removing tough stains.

Spot Cleaner

Used for cleaning up stains on fabric and carpets quickly. It’s highly recommended to test a spot cleaner in an inconspicuous area first, before using thoroughly. If not checked the product may not be colorfast, so make sure to read all labels and instructions first before purchasing.

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Everything You Will Ever Need To Know About Cleaning – Part One

House Cleaning HelpersIn order to clean house it is necessary that we have the proper cleaning supplies to do so. In this respect we first need to know about the basic cleaning products that every household should have. Having the basic products forms the backbone of your cleaning supply arsenal, and with really good ones you will able to cut down on the need for specialty cleaners. In this article we will be covering common household supplies you will need to clean your home.

Surface Cleaning

There are many different surfaces within a household. Many of these surfaces can be cleaned with one, or maybe two different cleaners. There are however many different surfaces that have a much higher rate for dirt build-up and will often require a more powerful cleaning solution. This list of surface cleaning tools and cleaners should help anyone get a good start at effective surface cleaning around their household.

Tools

Rubber Gloves

Rubber gloves come in handy when handling heavy chemical agents. If you want to protect your hands from burns when using heavy chemical cleaners, you will need rubber gloves.

Paper Towels

Paper-Towels are good for cleaning up surfaces and are disposable. They are normally used with other cleaning products like sprays to wipe down and clean messy areas. They are also great for window and mirror cleaning. They can also be used by themselves with a little bit of warm-water to clean easy spills. Paper-Towels can also be used to collect dust but be careful as they can scratch delicate surfaces.

Cleaning Cloths

Cleaning cloths are not necessarily disposable but are another good surface cleaning item to have. Not only do they clean surfaces, they can clean and polish metallic items depending on its softness. Cleaning cloths like microfiber cloths can also be used to clean bathroom mirrors. Many people actually prefer using cleaning clothes over paper towels to clean their bathroom mirrors. This is all based on personal preference and what works best for you.

Sponges

Get rid of Stains and SpotsSponges perform a handful of different tasks all beneficial for cleaning dirty surfaces. They often have two sides to them: one for gentle scrubbing and absorbing small messes and spills, the other for scrubbing more heavy duty stains and spots with the rough adhesive side. Sponges often will become fully absorbed with whatever mess it is you’re cleaning so it’s advised to completely wash it out after its use.

Scrubbers

Scrubbers are essential when it comes to heavy duty surface cleaning. Without scrubbers we would not be able to get out hard stains, calcium or lime scale buildups in toilets, bathtubs, showers, sinks, and around drains. These little tools come in a variety of different shapes, sizes, textures, and materials. Each scrubber has its own use. Which type of scrubber you will need depends on your own cleaning situation and personal preference. Scrubbers are normally used with heavier cleaning agents for fighting tougher stains and buildups.

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Getting used to the Cleaning Routine

Let’s be honest! When it comes to cleaning most of us can become really lazy and dread the idea. By nature we are procrastinators and just don’t want to clean. Don’t worry though, because there are a few tips that can help make cleaning much more enjoyable, and the best part, they are quick and easy!

cleaning kitchen and bathroom

 

The kitchen is the best place to start off, because most people tend to need the kitchen to sparkle. It’s where food is prepared and no one wants guests to come over and see a dirty cooking area. If you want a more effective way to clean your dishes in the dishwasher try adding a few tablespoons of vinegar directly to the dishwashing detergent. This makes it much easier to remove unwanted grease and leave dishes spotless. For the oven try some salt. As soon as you spill something sprinkle a little salt on it, and once it has cooled down wipe it away using a damp sponge. Have you ever tried using toothpaste in the kitchen? No I’m not crazy! Let me explain, if you where to rub a little on the black marks on your floor before you mop up, your floor will come out spotless. To finish off the kitchen, sprinkle a little Borax directly at the bottom of your garbage can to eliminate all horrible odors.

Next step, Bathroom! You can use Vinegar to clean up your shower curtain really easily. Lemon oil for shower doors, because it will remove all the nasty buildup and postpone any future buildup. Now the worst possible thing you can clean in the house, the toilet! Pour Lysol directly into the bowl and let it soak. Use this time to clean the seats and all the nasty areas around the outside of the bowl with bacterial wipe. After that dry it off with a dry cloth, scrub the bowl and flush. It’s as simple as that. It’s actually all in your head. When you actually do it, you will realize that it’s not so bad.

Now if you were to apply these awesome, simple, easy and quick cleaning tips you will find that cleaning your house doesn’t take long at all. In the end you will have a sparkling home for all your guests to see, if you still don’t want to do it yourself than you can always hire a professional, like us, to come clean it for you.

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Help Organize Clutter – Do It Now Not Later

Is your home full of clutter? Are you constantly frustrated because you can’t seem to keep your home clean and tidy? These things happen to the best of us and it is usually due to a “do it later” attitude that most people are not even aware of. Whether you need to clean up the kids cloths, put the clean dishes away or do the dirty laundry, if you often say “I’ll do it later.”, you are contributing to the clutter that is causing you so much stress. Luckily there are a few simple things that you can do to help eliminate this problem from your life for good.
Organize your clutter now!

 

A few simple ways that you can cut down on clutter are:

  • Put things back after you are done using them.
  • Take misplaced items back where they belong when you travel from room to room.
  • Pick things up when they fall.
  • Wash dirty dishes and utensils right away or place them directly into the dishwasher once you are finished with them.
  • Clean up spills when they happen, don’t let them sit.
  • Fold clothes as soon as they come out of the laundry, then put them away.
  • Teach the rest of your family to clean up after themselves so that you don’t have to.
  • Make a list of simple clean up chores for everyone to do once a day or once a week.
  • Get rid of things that you just don’t need (old magazines, newspapers, plastic grocery bags, ect.)

The basic premise here is not to put things off until later. After all, those of you who are currently dealing with a clutter problem most likely already know that that is how it started to begin with. Take a few extra minutes several times a day and save yourself a huge headache later on. Remember to do it now and not later to avoid cluttering up your home.

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A Few Simple Tips To Get Out Stubborn Carpet Stains

There are certain stains that just seem impossible to remove. This is especially true when it comes to carpets. Whether it happens to a brand new carpet that you just had installed or an older carpet that you have had for years, here are a few tips to help you remove these tough stains:

Fruit Punch: Pull out your handy dandy club soda and drench the stain with this carbonated beverage. Once the area begins to fizz, soak up the club soda by forcefully blotting. If the stain has been sitting for awhile or is an older stain continue with the club soda method several times to help lighten the it’s appearance. Use your carpet cleaner on the blemish and if it remains you can use a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to saturate it. Let the peroxide sit for about 10 to 15 minutes then blot with a towel. Pay close attention that you are not fading the color of your carpet while using this method.

Cleaning up wine stains in the carpetRed Wine: Most red wine can be cleaned up by simply using white wine. Pour the white wine on the stain and saturate with salt. Be careful when using salt as it can create a damp patch if not done properly. Follow this up with club soda and carpet cleaner as mentioned in the fruit punch clean up method.

Coffee: When coffee has been spilled make sure to act quickly! Since coffee is so dark, it helps to remove as much as possible before you begin cleaning. Make sure to blot up as much of it as you can and then apply some club soda in the same way that you would with a fruit punch stain. Continue to apply and blot the stain until it starts to disappear. If the stain does not completely fade with the use of club soda, try using a small amount of laundry detergent and warm water. Pour on a little detergent, scrub and then blot.

Gum: Gum needs to be frozen and then scraped up before you can begin cleaning. Freeze the gum by rubbing it with ice in a bag then scrape off as much as you can. Use petroleum jelly to loosen any left over remanence of gum and then use a regular carpet cleaner. If all else fails, you can use a few of the above methods to try and get the spot completely clean.

As you can see, there are several fairly simple methods that can get out even the toughest stains.

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