Your Healthy Home: Cleaning Tips and Tricks

If your family is like ours, no one is excited to have “cleaning” on the top of their to do list. It is easy to procrastinate because there are so many other things that we want to do. So let’s talk a little bit about actually keeping things clean as you go about your daily routine, and some tips and tricks on cleaning in general.

Here’s a trick question: When is the best time to clean a shower? Answer: When you’re still in it! Look at it this way: you’re already all wet, the shower (or tub) is already all wet – why not keep a small brush in there with you, and a squeegee if your shower has glass panels – once a week brush up the surfaces at the end of your shower, squeegee, and then when you’re done, towel the surfaces clean and shiny (yes, your towel then goes in the laundry).

You can perform a similar trick with your refrigerator – you know it’s a pain to clean the refrigerator – everything comes out on to the counter, you are rushing to wash down the surfaces with the warm soapy water the manual tells you to use… the food is sitting out and getting warm… what a mess. Instead, every week or so, pick one small area to clean – remove the items just from that area and wipe down the interior – put the stuff back in, and that section is done. Rotate areas every week and your refrigerator will always be clean and neat. This technique also works for the freezer areas.

I don’t know if the following works on bed bugs, but it does work on dust mites, which are teeming inside those “dust bunnies” rolling under your bed… in addition to weekly vacuuming and dusting, once a month you can load your comforters and pillows into the dryer and run them on as high a setting as the label says you can (and IF the label says you can) – this will roll all the dust and pollen and other “stuff” out your vent to the outside.

Do you have one bathroom sink drain in the house that clogs up about every 3 months? I’ll bet this drain is the one you use most often – the one you wash your hands in after you put that shiny pomade on your hair (hair goes down the drain); the one that you rinse the comb in (hair goes down the drain); the one you brush your teeth over (toothpaste down the drain); the one you wash the bottom of your shoes in (yes, people do this); the one you floss over and sometimes the floss goes down the drain; you get the picture. Where does all this stuff go? Sometimes it does not leave the drain, rather it sits in what we call the “P-Trap”… this is the U shaped thing under the sink that takes what you put down the drain to the sewer, or, in our case, our septic tank. It is U-shaped because we want a little water sitting in the bottom of that “U” so that we don’t have to smell what is in our septic tank. The only problem is, this water “trap” collects all these solids coming down the drain (including your wedding ring or earrings, OOPS!) and then creates a gummy gooey mess out of everything.

No problem, you say, I have a can of Drano! But hold on. Even Drano will have a hard time clearing this goop from your P-Trap, and it’s not good for your septic system or for your plumbing. So here’s how to clean your P-Trap. This is also how to retrieve your rings and earrings when (not if) they fall down the drain.

If you look under your bathroom sink you will discover that some smart plumber figured out that we might need to actually remove or clean our P traps regularly. Look at the U-shaped pipe. If your home was built in the last 40 years, you’ll see white PVC pipe. Now look at the fittings. These are actually designed to be removed by hand! No wrenches. Great. If you see anything else, or you see metal, then you need to regroup and find a professional.

Get a small bucket or towel, because the trap will have water in it. Now twist the fittings off – you should be able to turn them by hand – they have right hand threads just like a bottle top – envision looking down on the connection and your hand is at the top – right tightens and left loosens – the trap will drop off and you can now empty the gunk out of it, including the earrings you couldn’t find. NOTE: If the fittings don’t budge, you can use channel lock pliers gently on them. Make sure you’re turning in the right direction!

Use a brush and some hot soapy water and clean out the trap. Now re-install – hand tight is fine – run some hot water down the drain and make sure you tightened the fittings enough – and you’ll have a clean drain, a well running sink, and the smugness of knowing you can now retrieve your jewelry without calling a plumber.

NOTE: If this procedure did not unclog your sink drain, then guess what – time to consult a professional! Drain snakes and air blowers are the next solution tools. Drain cleaners should always be a last resort – in spite of what the bottle says, they are not good for your plumbing or for the environment.

See the article “More Cleaning Tips and Tricks” for more great bathroom cleaning tricks.

Lisa P. Turner is a certified home inspector and licensed general contractor. Her company, Your Inspection Expert, Inc., inspects homes for home buyers, sellers, owners, mortgage companies, and banks. Your Inspection Expert, Inc. also conducts in-process inspections for owner-builders and contractors on new residential construction projects, saving them substantial money by making improvement recommendations. Her company also conducts Radon testing and consulting.

Upholstery Cleaning Tips And Guidelines

Furniture can be very expensive – especially if it’s upholstered. If you have a chair, loveseat or sofa that’s dirty, don’t just resign yourself to buying a slipcover to hide all the stains. By cleaning the upholstery carefully and with the proper techniques, you can keep your upholstered furniture looking brand new. Read on for upholstery cleaning tips and guidelines.

You want your home to always look its cleanest, but that can seem like an insurmountable task when family and friends are constantly spilling food and drinks on the sofa, putting their dirty shoes on your ottoman, or wearing-and-tearing your loveseat. It isn’t impossible to keep your upholstered furniture clean between professional carpet cleanings, however.

Check the Fabric

The first step in cleaning any furniture (or any carpet or piece of clothing) is to check what kind of fabric it’s made from. If it’s made from a synthetic fabric such as polyester, nylon, or acrylic, it should be safe to clean. However, if the fabric is a natural fabric or synthetic/natural blend, such as poly/cotton, you will want to do a spot test first. This means testing a small hidden patch of the fabric first (such as the backside of a cushion) to ensure whatever type of cleaning product or technique you will be using doesn’t bleach, smear, or ruin the fabric. If the fabric of your furniture is made of more than 50% cotton, professional upholstery cleaning may be your best bet – especially if you are dealing with an especially large stain or all-over filth.

Act Fast

The easiest stains to clean are those that are treated while they are still fresh, so it’s important to act fast when cleaning your upholstery. The longer you leave a stain to sit, the harder it will be to remove. Remember that moisture is not your friend when cleaning carpet or upholstery, so use as little water or cleaner as possible for the best results. Baby wipes or sanitary wipes are often the best tool for cleaning stains because they offer just the right amount of water and soap and evaporate quickly.

Vacuum Regularly

As much as you might hate vacuuming, it’s important to vacuum the cushions and backs of your furniture on a regular basis. Use a soft brush that’s safe for use on fabrics to remove loose soil; your vacuum cleaner may also come with special upholstery attachments that make it easy to reach small corners and creases in furniture. Vacuuming regularly will reduce overall grime and soiling of your upholstered furniture and is especially beneficial if you have animals or someone in your household has allergies.

Oil and Grease Stains

You may be saying you don’t have oil or grease stains, but check again. Your monthly movie night may be leaving greasy butter stains all over your furniture. For oil and grease stains sprinkle salt, baby powder, or cornstarch on the spot as soon as you discover the stain, and rub it in carefully to absorb as much of the grease as possible. Once dry, brush off the grease and powder (into a dustpan) and wipe with a damp cloth.

Ink Stains

We’ve all had a pen in our pockets burst or mark the sofa or chair we’re sitting on, but how do you remove the ink? Spray hairspray onto a clean towel and dab at the stain. Dry and next blot the stain with a towel dipped in rubbing alcohol. Next dry and apply acetone or nail polish remover with another clean towel. If the stain still remains, blot it with a clean towel and spirits of turpentine.

There are many other kinds of stains obviously, but grease and ink stains are the hardest to remove. Just remember the key with cleaning upholstered furniture is choosing the appropriate type of cleaning method. For example, cleaning a store-bought chair from 2005 is much different than cleaning a hand-embroidered antique sofa. Always check the fabric, and if you have any doubts about cleaning a particular piece of furniture, don’t hesitate to call your local carpet cleaning company.

Window Cleaning Tips and Tricks

While brand new windows are easier to clean, just wait for a couple of months and you can swear that it’s easier replacing the glass itself than cleaning it up. The hard, tough stains due to the different weather conditions can have an undesirable effect on your windows. And having it cleaned by professionals ensures that the windows will return to its brand new look.

Window glass cleaning is not just cleaning against dust but also cobwebs, bird’s poop and other small animal residues like snail trailing by your window.

There are some pundits who might tell you to do the window washing by yourself with lots of tutorials and tips scattered over the net but a lot of people who tried reading and doing it by themselves end up abandoning the job and focus on other easier, less strenuous chores.

If you’re windows are high up in the house that needs cleaning, then you will face the problem of requiring a ladder which can be dangerous and unlikely if you have fear of heights.

Aside from that, there are lots of professional tools that are needed for it to be effectively clean. Using a squeegee also requires some techniques that can affect performance. You can watch how to do it online but watching and reading about is different from experiencing it altogether.

There are a lot of tips and tricks that are handed over in the internet but the best thing is to learn from the experts. There are a number of reliable of window cleaning services that you can contact and learn from. Do not be shy about asking them about tips and you will find that a lot of them are willing and happy to do so.

Window Cleaning Tips and Tools From a Window Cleaner Number 9

After years of cleaning windows, I have learned about streaks, water spots, or water damage like hard water stains. Some hard water stains can be removed when using the right cleaners if the window or glass is not in 2nd stage corrosion.

2nd stage corrosion is where the molecular structure is broken down or the glass is damaged beyond repair. It is very common to not to be able to see damaged glass before it is cleaned. After cleaning the glass is when you will see all the imperfections. Even when doing a good job of cleaning, it is very common to still see water spots on the windows. A very good tip is to inspect the windows after cleaning.

A commonly used tool for water spots it the microfiber cleaning cloth. I think microfiber cloths provide the best washing and drying properties. These lint free towels will not let you down. They are perfect for cleaning of glass.

The most common water spots are the ones that get around the edge of the window after you clean them. If these spots are not removed they will make the window look dirty. After cleaning and inspecting your windows, if you still see these spots, don’t get aggravated. With just a quick wipe using one of these microfiber cloths, the spots will be gone.

Microfiber is a fiber with less than 1 denier per filament. Denier is a measure of linear density and is often used to describe the size of a fiber or filament. Nine thousand meters of a one-denier fiber weighs one gram. Fibers are combined to form yarns. Yarns are knitted or woven in a variety of constructions.

While many microfibers are made of polyester, they can also be composed of polyamide (nylon) or other polymers.

Microfiber products used for consumer cleaning are generally constructed from split conjugated fibers of polyester. Polyamide microfiber is used for commercial cleaning products. Commercial cleaning products also include many products constructed of 100% polyester microfiber. Fabrics made with microfibers are exceptionally soft and hold their shape well. When high-quality microfiber is combined with the right knitting process, it creates an extremely effective cleaning material.

Window Cleaning Tips and Tools From a Window Cleaner – Number 21

A good cleaning tip is to use a micro fiber cloth for Window cleaning. This micro fiber cloth can be a good cleaning tool especially when the windows have tinting on them. It is very important to know what type of glass you are cleaning. Getting to know the glass before the cleaning process and finding out if it is tinted is very important so you do not damage it while cleaning.If the glass has any kind of bubbles from the tinting getting old the only sure way to clean with out damage is the micro fiber cloth. That is why this is a very good cleaning tool.

In some cases for safety, the glass can even be tempered. Tempered glass is heated and cooled a certain way when it is made to make it crumble instead of breaking like normal glass and this is for safety.

There are a lot of different types of windows that are tinted and cleaning tinted windows has to be done very carefully so you do not damage them.

A good tip is to know if the tinting is on the inside or outside. The tinting should be inspected very carefully for any kind of bubbles. For example, if the window tinting is showing air bubbles, it can be easily damaged when cleaning. This means that the window would need to be cleaned by hand in that area and no scraper or squeegee can be use on it or it can be damaged and the tinting would need to be replaced.

A good cleaning tool is a window cleaning scraper. This tool is used for scraping paint, stucco, concrete and much more. It also makes it easy to clean bugs and much more off the windows.

It is also very important to know if tinting on the windows is on the outside or inside.

For example, if the windows are tinted on the inside and there are no air bubbles, the window can be cleaned from the inside and out with a cleaning pad and squeegee using caution.

Also, if the window has tinting on the inside, a scraper should not be used in the inside, but would be alright for the outside cleaning.

Cleaning Tips and Tools

Keeping up with daily household chores can be a daunting and tiresome task to do. However, to achieve the great look of your home, you need to complete occasional deep clean, and general cleaning. You cannot do these tasks all by yourself, what you have to do is to get every member in your family participate. It is easy to enjoy a clean and neat home, but maintaining it as clean as possible all the time can be crucial. Give everyone a role to perform during the cleaning session. Even young ones can get involved by wiping out dirt from small space or helping an older family member clean larger space. Also, if you allow a family member to choose one task to accomplish, it will lessen the workload for the parents as the day ends. Cleaning the entire home does not end the chore, it is also entails a great deal of patience when dealing with home tools and equipments. Take into account the kind of tools when cleaning them. Each tool has its distinct part which means you need different cleaning approach.

Before you sink into the floods of household chores, you need to plan the entire task you will have to do. Your planning will include the lists of supplies and other important tools in cleaning your house. Always make it to the point that everything is in their proper place. Try to make arrangement of the things you need to have. If you fail to do so, you might end up fixing the vacuum in the entire day. You may consider getting a garbage bag around the house with you rather than making repeated trip to and fro. You also need to use the appropriate cleaning materials that will make the job easier.

Once you are finished in cleaning up all the mess, you may proceed on the upper level of the room and make it towards the ground floor. Remove all the unnecessary dirt in all the corners of the room as well as the spider webs. After that, you may start cleaning the shelves starting on its peak. In this manner, all the dirt and dusts will eventually fall down on the floor where it will be easier for you to vacuum. Another tip in cleaning your room is to clean one room at a time. One you are finished with the first room, you will get to experience a fulfillment in your cleaning task. Check all the head boards of your children’s bedroom sets to make sure if this will lasts for a long time.

A clean home is like a dream paradise that will always looks accommodating and inviting. Each home is a highly personal belonging, how you take care of it is completely up to you. If you routinely clean your house, it will appear as good as new all the time. It makes you feel good about yourself when your house is tidy and clean. More importantly, as much as hygiene is concerned, you must maintain a home that is free from disease-causing dirt and microorganisms. It should be conducive to health maintenance and health restoration.

Window Cleaning Tips and Tools From a Window Cleaner – Number 16 – Part 1

In my last article I spoke about rain gutter cleaning. I also spoke a lot about the debris in the rain gutters, how the debris can also get on top of the roofs and in the rain gutters, and also about the dangers of fire hazards from the debris.

So by cleaning your gutters and if they are done completely and the debris is removed, this will eliminate fire hazard problems in those areas. It is a major safety concern.

Another good tip is to use pressure washers to help you clean your rain gutters. Another good tool to use is a pressure washer extension pole.This tool will help you get to high areas if you are unable to get to the rain gutter by a ladder.

In some cases, a pressure washing extension pole can be extended to well over 40 feet to get to areas almost impossible to climb to.

There are many different ways to get to your rain gutters and the way to clean can be different in each case. The reason for this is if the rain gutters are still wet inside or there is dirt, mud, or leaves. For example, you can use a very strong vacuum for dry leaves and even dry dirt. When the rain gutter is still wet, the cleaning can be a little different. When using a strong shop vacuum to clean, a very long hose will be needed depending on how high the roof edge is.You might try to bring the shop vac on the roof but this is not recommended.

Home Pressure Washer Cleaning Tips and Tools

Spring is upon us and it is time to get busy and get cleaning. With the higher costs of food and gasoline, this year you may be doing more of it yourself than in prior years, but I am here to tell you that if you do it right you can do it yourself. All you need is a little knowhow and the right tools and you are good to go. Let’s start with the pressure washer; having the right pressure washer can really help you clean the place up.

Luckily pressure washers do not cost nearly as much as they use too, of course, not all pressure washers are created equally. You need a pressure washer that is industrial grade or close to it, if you want the right results. But you can purchase a 2200 PSI Pressure washer for under $400.00 and if you purchase the right attachments you will be surprised how easy it is to clean things such as the:

Driveway
Deck
Eaves
Rain Gutters
Walkways
Pool Area
Block and Brick Walls
Vinyl Siding
Awnings
Screens
Patio Covers

You need a soft bristle brush and a hard bristle brush and a few various nozzles for the pressure washer such as a zero tip ( be careful), 15, 25, 45 degree tips. For things like wood, screens and vinyl siding, use the 45 degree tip. For concrete the 15 and 25 degree tip work well and for reaching further away places such as the eaves on a two-story home the zero tip will help you get the water up there with pressure to spare. Most higher-end pressure washers include these various nozzle tips. Please for your safety; follow the instructions.

Cleaning Tips and Tools

You don’t have to dry clean your delicate clothes all of the time. You will find out that there are a few alternatives to washing nice clothing items.

Find out what material your clothes are made of. The type of material will dictate the type of washing that you can provide. You will likewise determine the right amount of care needed in order to wash the materials.

You might also want to consider washing these materials separate from the other clothes you have. Take your nice clothes and wash them one by one. This is the most ideal set up as different fabrics will require different conditions.

Be aware that cashmere might only be suitable for hand washing with warm water. Avoid putting it into a washing machine even at low speed. The temperature of the water should not be too warm or hot. Very high temperatures can make the clothing item shrink. Shrunken clothing items will be the last things that you want to have.

Wool is another delicate material. Avoid wringing out the excess water when you have to dry it. Letting it air dry is recommended. Wool can be hand or machine-washed. Make sure that you put it to a gentle-wash setting when you have to machine wash it. Cold water is recommended.

Going to specialized leather cleaners will be your best action when you want to clean a leather item. They will have the right knowledge and materials. Leather is very delicate and will require care that will not be readily available in your home.

Another delicate material that you can clean at home is silk. Spot cleaning silken items can be easily done. You can dab the stains and try to remove them. You may also use specialized liquid cleaners. Leave it to the professionals when you have to clean the whole clothing item.

Stains on delicate clothing materials have to be removed as soon as possible. The longer you let them stay, the more difficult it will be for you to remove them. Inspect the clothes that you have before you decide to wash them. You have to take care of stains before you launder your clothes. You risk the chance of making the stain spread if you just wash the whole material.

Be patient and remove the stains only with gentle rubbing. Never rub vigorously as that can damage the material. You are also advised against using hot water on the stains. Another key is removing the stains as soon as possible.

Different stains will require different cleaning methods. For lipstick stains, blot the item with wet cloth. For cotton, you may use alcohol and not risk damaging the material. If there are blood stains, remove them as soon as possible. If the blood has dried as you left it for quite some time, using hydrogen peroxide will help.

Window Cleaning Tips and Tools From a Window Cleaner #6

When cleaning windows, I find that most of the time there is a lot of dirt around the windows and even around stucco areas on residential houses.

Sometimes when cleaning, I find that the windows can be so bad that pressure washing even needs be used to clean the surface first. Another good cleaning tip is that there are other services which can be offered along with cleaning the windows and stucco surfaces. Rain gutter cleaning is another very common type of cleaning that window cleaners do.

There are a lot of different methods to clean rain gutters. One very common method is by using a very strong vacuum. A lot of times a generator is also needed as well to run this type of equipment. One of the most common methods to clean the rain gutters can be to use a pressure washer.

Different types of tips for the pressure washer can be used to increase or decrease pressure for easier cleaning. By decreasing pressure by using a special tip for your pressure washer, it can make the pressure washer wand easier to handle when cleaning hard to reach high areas. Reducing the pressure with this special tip is especially helpful when using an extension pole for high areas. It makes the extension pole much easier to handle. The reason for this method is so you don’t loose control of the extension pole when cleaning.

When doing window cleaning, you learn all kinds of tips and new tools to use. Extension poles are another important tool to use and they eliminate some of our climbing. There are also the water fed extension poles that make it easy to clean at heights as high as 50 feet or more from the ground.

The number of tips and tools we learn from day to day is amazing and I am happy and excited to share this information with you in my articles. For more tips and tools check us out at.

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