Category: Residential House Cleaning Tips
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Even if you change your sheets and pillowcases weekly, chances are you haven't thought about how to clean a mattress lately. Dust and dust mites accumulate in bedding very quickly and can cause anywhere from mild to severe allergic reactions. Getting rid of dust mites is an ongoing battle and one effective way to fight them is to keep your mattress and bedding clean.Below are simple steps to help you clean your mattress on a regular basis. (more…)
Common household vinegar uses ingredients that is considered as one of those wonder products that people are always finding new uses for but not everyone understands how harmful vinegar is. Whether you want to drive away dandruff, eradicate mildew, or keep bugs at bay, vinegar has been suggested as a solution to just about every problem under the sun.
But while it has a number of uses, vinegar isn’t always the solution, and on occasion it can be downright dangerous. Here are some ways not to use this miracle chemical to work in your home.
Here are 8 harmful vinegar uses to write down
1. While vinegar is good at cleaning many things, you shouldn’t confuse it with soap. Alkaline cleaners like dish detergent are ideally suited for lifting grease, whereas vinegar will have little effect on it. If you have a greasy cleaning job, reach for regular soap and leave the vinegar on the shelf.
2. You should never use vinegar on waxed surfaces. The vinegar will only strip the wax off, dulling the gloss on your nicely shined car. However, vinegar is a great option if you’re looking to remove an old coat of wax before you put down a fresh layer of polish.
3. Do not use vinegar on marble countertops or other stoneware, as it can cause the stone to pit and corrode, according to the Marble Institute.
4. Your smartphone and laptop monitor probably have a thin layer of oleophobic coating that limit fingerprints and smudges. Acidic vinegar can strip this off, so you should never use it to clean sensitive screens.
5. Cast iron and aluminum are reactive surfaces. If you want to use vinegar to clean pots and pans, use it specifically on stainless steel and enameled cast iron cookware.
6. While both bleach and vinegar uses effective cleaning agents, when mixed together they make a powerful chemical weapon. Chlorine gas, the stuff used to clear the trenches in World War I, results when bleach is mixed with an acidic substance, so never mix them together.
7. While vinegar can be useful as an insecticide, you shouldn’t spray it directly on bug-infested plants as it can damage them. However, you can use vinegar’s plant-killing effect to your advantage by using it as a weed killer.
8. If you’re the victim of being egged, do not try to dissolve the remains of this prank away with vinegar. Vinegar will cause the proteins in the egg to coagulate, creating a gluey substance that is even more impossible to clean up.
Remember, vinegar uses ingredients that tarnish surfaces or kills weeds.
I also feel compelled to say that although vinegar is recommended as a great way to remove mildew and mold, like bleach it only kills surface mold. Most mold problems are deeper than what you see on the surface, and your best bet is to kill them at their source (which is usually leaks and rotting drywall). Vinegar uses powerful agents that works with some things but remember it is also harmful.
If you cannot afford hiring professionals, save yourself a trip to the store or spending unnecessary money on all these cleaning products. Next time you need to clean, try one of these 31 different household cleaners that you probably already have in your home and save a few bucks.Let's go over some tips that will help do the job and save you money. (more…)
Removing Pet Hair From Furniture, Carpets and ClothingTake a slightly damp, clean sponge or microfiber cloth and run it over your furniture. The hair will ball right up. A slightly damp, clean sponge mop will remove pet hair on carpets as well when your vacuum is just not doing its job. Also, a rubber broom or squeegee will get rid of hair from furniture and carpets quickly and effectively. Lightly spray the area with a 50/50 vinegar and water solution to help with the removal process and odor control. Traditional rubber gloves (not latex) dampened with a bit of water or vinegar and water solution will make it easier when removing pet hair from couches, chairs, carpets, bedding, etc. Simply rub the area covered in hair until it balls up then toss it out. This method works great on clothing too! Gloves can be rinsed, sanitized and reused so why keep spending money right?
Make it fun for the kids to remove pet hairIf you have children, you can make it fun by having them blow up some balloons and rub them on the areas where your pet hair is. The static will collect the hair from the surface and on to the balloon. Our little Noah thinks it's fun, so we figure it would be fun for your small children too. One last trick is you can rub a dryer sheet when removing pet hair from any surface then remember to brush away in the trash. Very simple solution for pet owners that cannot afford hiring professionals to come do the dirty work for you. Hopefully this tip helped for all of you pet owners getting frustrated at pet hair all over the place. If so, leave your comments below! Let us know what your thoughts are. Until the next blog post, have a amazing day.
How to prepare yourself for a housecleaner
The housecleaner is arriving in an hour and you are in a panic because everything is everywhere. The kitchen is filthy, the coffee table has a ton of mail piled on it and you still have a little work from home stuff to do or take a shower and get dressed. Wait— the whole point of hiring a professional cleaning service is for them to do the work so you don’t have to. Avoid the urge to completely clean your house before your cleaning service arrives, but know that a little prep work can go a good way. It will make your house easier to clean for the cleaning service and leave more time for your house cleaner to tackle the really tough stuff for you. Here’s what you can do:
Straighten or Pick up the Clutter for your housecleaner
Take a few minutes that morning or the night before to pick up your cluttered mess. We all have clutter, some more than others, and most cleaning services are used to it but think about how much stuff the cleaner has to move to clean under or around. This is time consuming for your housecleaner. Instead, try grouping things together or pile up your papers. If you have a lot of bathroom or dresser-top items, put them in a basket or cabinet for that day. Put toys away in the toy box and pickup the cat or dog toys so they don’t have to before vacuuming. Saving worker’s time on non-cleaning related activities translates to more actual cleaning time for your dollar. Make sense?
Wash Your Own Dishes
Since dishwashing is a job that must be done properly and carefully, it can be also be a time-consuming process. So unless you just hate doing dishes, you might prefer the worker’s time be spent doing more energy-efficient tasks. Taking the time to empty your dishwasher and drain board means your house cleaner will have more time to devote to cleaning the sink, countertops, microwave and stove.
Leave a note, or speak with your Cleaner or the “Specifics of the House”
Several of our weekly, bi-weekly and monthly clients like to speak with us at the beginning of their appointment. They like to let us know about the “specifics of the house”. Another words, “the kitchen needs extra attention, don’t move the pile of papers on the counter”, or “the kids bedroom floor has a sticky spill on it.” All of this will help your housecleaner, including us, evaluate the work that needs to be done and make the most out of your appointment or service. These are some helpful tips from The Sweeping Angels to make sure that you get the best results from your cleaning experience even if you do not choose us. Give us a call for your FREE estimate today and we will tailor the cleaning to be exactly what you want based on YOUR preferences. Or you can simply have us to call you by clicking here. Either way, we hope that you get the best experience and best results from your house cleaning services.
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Residential House Cleaning Tips for Wood Floors
When cleaning hardwood floors, DO NOT use vinegar on a wood floor as it will cause damage as a result. Vinegar is acidic and will slowly eat away at the poly coating, or wax coating, or oil, whatever the floor is sealed with. It is fine for no-wax linoleum and ceramic but don't use vinegar on wood floors!
If you have new wood floors, using anything but what the manufacturer specifically recommends will void your warranty. When in doubt, use just water.
More Residential House Cleaning Tips for Wood Floors
Use a soft microfiber dusting pad (preferably with fringe) and run it along all the baseboards without lifting it. Then run it up and down the room, like mowing the lawn, again not lifting the mop. Lifting the mop allows larger debris to get under the mop pad, which can scratch the floors. You want the larger debris to be trapped by the fringe and pushed ahead of you while dust and dirt is trapped by the microfiber pad. This is why swiffer is horrible...it can scratch!
We would recommend the Rubbermaid Commercial Mop with a separate wet and dry mopping head since they just velcro onto the mop. You can get them at Home Depot for about 20 dollars and they sell replacement heads when they become to old to use. To clean them, all you need to do is run the wet mop under the shower tap and use some shampoo to clean it out, while the dry mop can be vacuumed with an attachment then thrown into the wash.
Using a spray bottle, mist the floor lightly with water, or a cleaner specifically formulated for wood floors. DO NOT use Murphy's Oil Soap on your floors, nor should you use Orange Glo. Murphy's Oil Soap will ruin the floors and Orange Glo makes them dangerously slippery. Again, when in doubt, just use water.
After lightly misting a small area, use a seperate microfiber pad that is labeled for wet use and mop the area following the grain of the wood.
Continue to spray as you go. The floor should dry behind you. Never dump a bucket of soapy water on a wood floor...it will warp, cup, split, and generally need replacing really quickly.
We understand the importance of effective cleanliness and each floor is different as each home is different. Hopefully, these methods helped you understand how important it is to properly clean wood flooring and gave you insight on residential house cleaning tips.
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