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Tips for Getting Rid of Dust Mites

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Dust mites cause allergies and you need to get rid of them now, right? Well, getting rid of dust mites from your home isn’t that easy. Apart from the fact that you cannot see them, they also adapt very well to the humidity and warmth found in homes. They also breed fast and if you happen to have pets in your home, then they become carriers as well as hosts for dust mites.
 
Dust mites in their lifetime produce waste that is over 200 times of its own body weight. That is not good news for us because our bodies are allergic to their waste. It causes itching, breathing difficulties, nasal congestion, watery eyes, and coughing. Finally, the allergies cause you to experience poor sleep because you find yourself waking several times during the night. To honest, you can never eliminate them from your home. However, you can take several steps to keep their numbers at a minimum.

Tips for Getting Rid of Dust Mites

1. Wash Bedding

Warm and moist bedding are one of the best habitats because of the dead skins we shed while in bed. The dust mites find these dead skin flakes to be a great source of nutrition. The good news is that dust mites do not like it when you expose them to dry air, high temperatures, or low temperatures. Machine-washing bed sheets at 60 degrees Celsius or 140 degrees Fahrenheit is a great way to do that. Next, if you got a tumble dryer, you can spin-cycle them until they are fully dry. If you do that on a weekly basis, you will have dealt the dust mites a major blow.

2. Anti-Allergy Mattresses and Covers

Most experts estimate that a mattress on average is home to over 10,000 mites and in extreme cases, over a million. Irrespective of the exact figure, you can be sure even the cleanest mattress will have some dust mites has these tiny monsters. It's just not possible to keep a regular mattress free of dust mites. However, there are measures that you can take to make sure your body is not exposed to their decaying body matter and feces.
 
That is where a hypoallergenic mattress or anti-allergen mattress comes in handy. The hypoallergenic mattress is designed to kill the dust mites that come to live in it. The more affordable ant-allergen covers create a barrier between you and the mattress. They prevent your body's dead skin flakes and sweat from getting into the mattress. That starves the dust mites and keeps them from breeding excessively. It also helps act as a barrier separating your body from the dust mites in the mattress.

3. Don't Make Your Bed

Did you know that making your bed in the morning aids the dust mites to survive? Well, I guess that's good news to those of us who do not like to make our beds in the morning. Leaving the bedding as they are when you wake up allows the moist air that was trapped inside and in the fabric to escape.  Since dust mites absorb their water from the air, it means forcing them to live in dry bed sheets dehydrates them fast. They will either migrate to more moist environs or die.

4. Don't Use Feather Pillows and Duvets

Feather pillows are comfortable and that is why we easily rest our heads on them for eight straight hours. Unfortunately, they are not easy to wash, the dust mites love the comfortable, and moist environment the feathers provide. To have a greater control on the dust mites, we need to invest in a hypoallergenic pillow. The same goes for a feather duvet. It's comfortable for you and the mites. If you want to give the dust mites a hard time and make their number plummet, you need to get rid of the feather duvets.  Replace them with hypoallergenic duvets that are inhabitable to dust mites.

5. Cleaning Carpet or Using Hard Flooring

Carpets are one of the biggest breeding grounds for dust mites. Apart from the fact that they are mostly warm and dump, they are also full of pet dander and dead skin, which is food for the dust mites. The solution to minimizing the presence of dust mites in carpets is to vacuum it regularly. Do it at least every two weeks and use HEPA, (High-Efficiency Particulate Arresting) Vacuum filters to protect you. The HEPA are not 100% effective against dust mites but they can help to protect you. The other alternative is to use sprays and treatment to kill the dust mites periodically.
 
If you want to eliminate dust mites, you should consider using hard flooring. Dust mites hate the feel of the cold hard floor because it is both dry and cold. They have nowhere to hide and cleaning the guard flooring even with a mop soaked in detergent is enough them. Dump the mite invested carpets and replace them with hard flooring in the trash and you will have rid your floors of dust mites.

6. Control Humidity and Temperature

Something you need to know about dust mites is that they enjoy living in places whose temperature range between 24°C to 27°C (75°F to 80°F) with a relative humidity of 70% to 80%. If you subject them to anything outside of that, they may not die but they will be forced to look for another comfort zone.
 
In that regard, you can try to keep your home temperature to about 70°F (21°C), which is normal for humans. Unfortunately, for dust mites, that is a little bit cold. You will save money as well as keep the dust mite population low. Next, you need to keep the humidity of your home to less than 50%. Dust mites love it when it gets closer to about 70%. Use an electronic humidity monitor and use a dehumidifier or air-conditioning units to bring humidity levels down to 50% relative humidity.

7. Pets

Pets are the biggest culprits when it comes to spreading dust mites. They lie on the carpets, jump onto seats and run into your bedroom. It can be difficult to control dust mites even with through cleaning if you cannot control the pets. Make sure you wash the pets regularly and keep them away from the bedroom. Train them to keep off seats, especially the dogs. If possible, make a kernel for them to sleep in the garage.

Conclusion

Overall, dust mites can be controlled if you keep the carpet clean. You can get professional carpet cleaners to do the job for you. To make the whole dust mite control campaign successful, do it all at once. Clean the bedding, carpets, pets, and curtains. If you believe the infestation was massive, get rid of soft furnishings and cushions. That will allow you to get a head start. Otherwise, one item can easily transfer the dust mites to the rest, more so if you have pets at home. We hope this article has been informative and you now know what to do.

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Sink Cleaning Tips

There are few things more frustrating than a dirty kitchen or bathroom sink. The problem with them is that they almost always smell, to boot.  This can inhibit you from actually enjoying using your sink to cook --or in the case of a bathroom sink--brush your teeth (or soak your dentures).  You will sooner or later hate looking at it because it's gotten so rusty and filthy, and you are overwhelmed about how to clean it.  This post will suggest that the easiest way to clean it is to follow an overall regimen daily--or at least weekly--to keep it clean and ready for use. Consider the following tips:

1.  Scrub your sink out

This is something you can do daily. As the Reader's Digest suggest, a common misconception about sinks is that they are self-cleaning because of all the soap and water that goes down them. Nothing can be further from the truth!  Food deposits, soap stains, grime, or toothpaste stains-- if the sink in question is your bathroom sink--if left untreated, can lead to rusting and waterspots forming by default.  Scrub a bathroom sink after every 30 uses, and a kitchen sink slightly more often because you have food going down it every day. 

2.  Don't let dishes sit overnight.

Dirty dishes with stuck-on food piled high are a recipe for not only a smelly sink but also for mass clutter that can make meal preparation hardly something to which you can look forward.  For you have to first clean all the dirty dishes, put them away, then start the chore of cooking.  The longer the dishes sit, the more the residue of last night's tacos, or pizza, or whatever, hardens. Consequently, that leads to the more time spent cleaning the kitchen before you begin to cook.  So wash those dishes while the amount of them is small.  The danger here is that if you don't, then keep in mind that the stuck on food that you allow hardening eventually will have to go down the drain.  So much residue from stuck on food can damage the inward part of your sink, perhaps adding to the wear and tear of it. 

3.  Keep the porcelain of your sink maintained

The Reader's digest website suggests you should line your sink with paper towels then soak them with bleach.  Let these towels sit for a half-hour, then get rid of them, running the sink with running water.  Be careful about using bleach to clean the porcelain sink off if the color of the porcelain is anything but white, for that is a good way to discolor it. 

4.  Pour bleach down your sink's drain

Remember here that a little bit of bleach goes a long way. Don't overuse this chemical, it can smell up the whole house, and upset people whose lungs are sensitive to the smell.   Also, ventilate the house while doing it.  But also know that doing this can keep your drain clean and free from the stench of food.  A little bit of bleach--about half a capful--goes a long way.

5. Protect sinks from scratching and staining

As the Reader's Digest website further suggests, you should place a perforated plastic mat at the bottom of your sink's surface.  This will protect it from a natural sign of aging:  scratches and mars.  It will also keep the dishes clear from such damage.  Do not let residue from fruit, vinegar, salad dressing or any other food or condiment containing acid sit on your sink for an extended period of time.  If you find such a mess on the sink, get rid of it right away.

Everybody spills food or juice from food, particularly fruit, from time to time. But the key is to keep your eyes open.  Notice the spill, clean it up right away before it leaves a permanent scar that is all but totally indelible.

 Other hints

Vinegar and baking soda are your best friends.  
 
Vinegar is useful particularly on white spots that may appear on the porcelain.  According to the Readers Digest Website, these are lime deposits. They emanate from hard water mineral deposits.  These deposits are easily removed with vinegar. 

What if my problem is rust?

This is not something that should cause any degree of alarm.  If you find rust spots on your sink, some WD40 can help.  Put some on a cloth then wipe away at the rust stain.  On porcelain sinks, take some salt to it.  Pour it on half of a lemon, then rub it on the stain.  

 
Other Hints

As the Kitchn.com website points out, you should monitor your sink very carefully to make sure hair, grease, and soap residue stays out of your drain, to begin with.  But if they get in, be careful to take notice and deal with the situation immediately before it builds up and wreaks havoc on your sink.  In most severe cases, it may be best to invest in a good plumber.  After your plumber's work is done, be careful to keep your sink clear of such debris.  Part of this is faithfully cleaning it once a day, or at least once a week. 

References

http://www.rd.com/home/cleaning-organizing/8-tips-for-cleaning-a-kitchen-or-bathroom-sink/
 
http://www.thekitchn.com/10-ways-to-clean-your-kitchen-less-often-and-enjoy-it-way-more-195852
 

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Bathtub Cleaning Tubs

This is a perennial problem for most homemakers--scum on tubs that won't come clean.  

Although this can be a tough, frustrating problem, there are solutions that can keep it under control.  First and foremost, the key is to rinse dirt residue from your body off the tub every time you bathe or shower.  As your mother probably told you, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Besides that, this post will present some practical other steps you can take to make sure that your tub stays fresh and clean.

Steps to Take

Indeed, there are things you can do to keep your tub clean.  The solution can be found in things you may have never thought of as cleaning supplies.  For instance, as Bob Vila suggests, while you can use fresh, clean, warm water as a surface cleaning agent, wiping it down with a squeegee or microfiber rag, you can also employ a cooking ingredient such as white vinegar, mixing it with warm water.  Place this mixture in one of those spray bottles.  Spray it on, wiping it down with a squeegee or a sponge.  
 
I would not suggest a squeegee rather than a sponge because if you use the latter, remember that sponges hold germs.  That could add more trouble because germs can cause skin diseases you may not want to experience. 
 
If you're one of those people who tend to put off cleaning your bathroom for weeks at a time, remember that you may have to use agents that will provide a deeper clean, for hard water stains can easily form.  Baking soda comes in handy, according to Vila.  Sprinkle it on in conjunction with the vinegar and water solution.  Scrub it with a soft cloth.  Do this until you've made it into a paste.  Then let your newly-formed paste sit for 15 minutes. 

Hard Water Stains

As  Vila further states, the hard water treatment plan includes dipping paper towels in white vinegar.  Do not dilute the vinegar.  It should be used full-strength.  Place soaked towels on the stains.  Take a 2-hour break while allowing the solution to work.  Then return and scrub the stains right off.  When scrubbing use the baking soda and vinegar paste. Then rinse clean.

Other Tips

According to Readers Digest, you can also use cream of tartar for a bathtub cleaning.  Fill up a small cup or dish with cream of tartar.  Then add hydrogen peroxide.  Stir it steadily until thick paste forms.  Then apply to the troublesome stain. Then let it dry. 
 
Did you know that common kitchen table salt also works?  You can also use another common household product:  shampoo, which contains soap.  These are easy ways to clean up your bathroom tub.

Conclusion of the Matter

All this being said, remember some safety rules when cleaning your bathroom.  Do not use anything with chemicals in it, such as ammonia, or Clorox Cleanup, which contains bleach--without ventilating your house.  Open some windows, and allow the air to kill the odor.  If you breathe in the fumes, or if the gasses come into contact with your skin, you could become very sick.  In some cases, you could even die. 
 
Short of that, if you have breathing problems--like I do (I have bronchitis)--it is especially important that you ventilate the area really well before leaving it.  
 
Above all, the most important item is maintenance.  After you've been in the tub--rinse your personal residue away with warm water and a fiber cloth.  Do it every time.  Even given that you follow these tips, you will still need to deep clean your tub, but if you rinse all the time and not let dirt, hair, grime, scum, and other such problems sit--when it's time for deep cleaning, the process will be easier. 

 References

https://www.bobvila.com/articles/cleaning-bathtub/#.WKD10fhOmUk
 
http://www.rd.com/home/cleaning-organizing/6-household-items-for-a-sparkling-bathtub/
 

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Toilet Cleaning Tips

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We all know that toilet cleaning is everybody’s least favorite job. But it really doesn’t have to be such a dastardly chore if you just know about a few handy hints on how to make it easier and more effective. Now, to be sure, there are tons of commercial toilet bowl cleaning products on the market, however, most of them contain very strong bleach and some pretty nasty chemicals. So, we put together some helpful hints for a clean sparkling throne that anybody can enjoy without strong chemicals or noxious smells. Some get it cleaner, some make it sparkle, and still others make it smell terrific. So, here are a few toilet cleaning hints to try:

1. Peroxide

Skip the harsh chemicals that you might usually put it your toilet to get it clean and just disinfect it with hydrogen peroxide. Pour it in, let it work for about 30 minutes, and then flush.

2. Toilet Bombs

Make some awesome toilet bowl cleaning bombs by combining tea tree oil, baking soda, and vinegar. Toss it in and enjoy that foaming effect, knowing that your toilet will turn out sparkling clean.

3. Alka Seltzer

You can also clean your toilet effortlessly by dropping two Alka Seltzer tablets in and leaving them for about 5 to 15 minutes. How long is actually needed is dependent on how long they take to dissolve. Then swirl it around with a toilet bowl brush and flush.

4. Pumice Stone

Tired of looking at that unsightly ring in your toilet bowl? Well, you can get rid of it by using a toilet pumice stone. This is very effective but we would recommend trying a few of the “effortless” suggestions first and use the pumice stone only as a last resort.

5. Gatorade

Here’s another effortless way for getting rid of the calcium and lime buildup in your toilet that looks really gross. Just pour a bottle of Gatorade in and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes, then flush to eliminate those nasty buildup problems.

6. Grapefruit

Now, if you want something that cleans like a dream and smells fantastic, too, then try this trick. Cut a grapefruit in half and dip it in a copious amount of salt. Then, just scrub your toilet with it and enjoy the scent of grapefruit instead of that bleachy smell you get from commercial cleaners. 

7. Borax & Castille Soap

Mixing some Borax and Castille soap together will make a great toilet cleaning foam. And, don't forget to use a toilet brush or an old toothbrush for really getting up under the rim and cleaning the siphon jets.  

8. Clearing Clogs-

Sometimes your toilet gets clogged and a plunger doesn't work, you can't find it, or you simply don’t have one, so here's what you can do. Just pour some dish soap and hot water in the toilet and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes, then flush. Make sure it's not boiling water, however, as that might crack your toilet bowl.

9. Vinegar

In the event that you have really hard water and perhaps an older toilet with an ugly lime ring, you may have exhausted all the common cleaning ideas like bleach, brillo pads, Comet, and everything in-between with no success. Don't worry though because all you have to do is pour a bottle of apple cider vinegar in the toilet bowl and leave it overnight without flushing. When you flush in the morning, that nasty ring should be gone and with no work whatsoever. 

10. Denture Tablets

OK, so you might not wear dentures, but keeping some denture cleaner in your house could be a great idea. The effervescent power can clean all kinds of things around the house, especially toilets. Just drop two tablets into the toilet bowl and leave them for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then, give it a quick scrub with a toilet brush and flush. Voila! Sparkling clean. 

11. Cola

Have you ever poured Coke or Pepsi on raw hamburger meat and watched it eat it? Well, cola can do the same for your toilet. Pour a bottle in and let it sit for a few hours, then flush and watch those hard water and lime stains disappear.  

12. Toothpaste

A company's coming and you don't have anything to clean your toilet with. No problem, just clean it with some toothpaste and a brush and it will sparkle like new.  

Your cleaning experience

So, as you can see, you can clean your toilet with things that you probably already have in your cupboard. You'll also find that your toilet cleaning experience will be a lot less of a chore and, well, you probably still won't like having to clean the toilet but maybe you'll find that you dislike it a little bit less.  

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Benefits to Carpet Cleaning

Carpet cleaning is a necessity for your health, especially if you suffer from allergies. Even if you don't, it is also important to keep the air you breathe in your home--not to mention people who regularly come over to visit--clean.  Plus it makes your carpet more attractive.  In fact, there are apartments whose leases require that your carpet is cleaned at least once every year. This post will present a strong case for using a carpet cleaning service, instead of doing it yourself.   

Professional Steam Cleaning Benefits

According to About.com carpet expert Cheryl Simmons, a professional carpet cleaning service will use a truck-mounted hose that will go into multiple apartments within a given complex.  They also use portable machines but are more skilled at their use.  They know exactly how much cleaning fluid to use because only a certain amount can be used.  Otherwise, you run the risk of over-wetting the floor.  If the water is too wet, it may be harder to get the water up and your carpet could mildew, which could leave you in worse condition than if the carpet were not cleaned at all.

The right temperature

The second benefit is that a professional carpet cleaning service will understand that a carpet cleaner must be heated to a certain temperature in order to be effective.  Failure to heat it to that temperature can result in an inefficient cleaning job.  This is because that without heating to the temperature required to be effective can result in water not being removed efficiently enough.  If water is not removed easily, then neither is the dirt.  The dirt, consequently, will remain in the air and continue to affect the residents' health negatively.

Faster & More Efficient

The third benefit is that professional carpet cleaning is on the whole faster and more efficient.  They can treat carpets more efficiently than their DIY counterparts.  A professional carpet cleaner understands the tested and proven methods associated with their trade.  They use equipment and methods that have been tested and approved by the Carpet and Rug Institute.  They use portable machines which are strong suction vacuum cleaners that allow deep cleaning because they extract dirt and dust mites that are hidden to the naked eye but can still be allergenic to some people. 

Save time

The fourth advantage to professional carpet cleaning over DIY is that you save yourself a lot of back breaking labor.  The cleaners--at least the ones who work for the best companies--are required to move your furniture themselves--without charging you a dime.  Otherwise, if you decide to do it yourself, you will have to do the same exercise every few months, and have to risk damaging your back by bending and by carting heavy furniture across the floor.  

The fifth benefit

It improves air quality indoors.  DIY machines, sorry to say, are not as good because they don't do the deep cleaning necessary for the improvement of the air quality in your home. You may think that a good old fashioned vacuuming or use of a DIY machine can clean your carpet.  It only does a surface cleaning, which extracts only the dust you can see.  What you want is a more thorough cleaning.  It is worth the money that you will spend in the long run.

Sixth and last but not least...

Professional carpet cleaners guarantee their work.  The best ones will send their workers out to give you a complimentary cleaning if for some reason you are dissatisfied with the quality of their work.  For example, if they left too much water, and your floor is excessively wet after their cleaning, they will give you a free or half-price recleaning. How do you find these who will do this?  You have to ask around until you find a service that answers "yes" to the question of is there a guarantee.

Putting It All Together

You very well may have to spend some money to get a professional carpet cleaning versus doing it yourself.  But think of it as an investment in your health, as well as your family's. You will save money on doctor's visit due to visits to the allergists and lung specialists later down the line because you continued to breathe in dust and other air pollutants.  Clearly, utilizing professional carpet cleaning services is the way to go.

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Cleaning Your Closet

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The closets in a home might not be the first thing that guests notice when they come into the house, but they are still something that you would like to keep clean. You want your closets to be as useful as possible, you would like to be able to store away a lot of different things inside of them. You will find the cleaning closets and then organizing them will help you use them in a better way. When you know how to clean your closets thoroughly, you can make the most use of the time that you spend cleaning them and you can make the most use of them, overall.

When you are cleaning closets, it can be helpful to empty out everything that the closets hold. You should bring everything out of the closet and into another part of your home. It is hard to work in a space as small as a closet, and giving yourself more room will help you get the job done in an easier way. Starting with a clean slate when refilling the closet is helpful, too, as it allows you to set things up in a whole new way. Before you can begin with anything else, take some time to empty your closet out.

After you have emptied your closet out and you have a pile of possessions that have been stored in that space for a long time, you need to go through those things and figure out what you actually want to hold onto. You need to go through all that you have pulled out of the closet and you need to think about whether or not you want to keep each item. When cleaning closets, you have to be willing to part with some of the things that have been hidden away and that you never actually use.

While your closet is free of any of the things that you usually keep inside of it, you want to take a vacuum cleaner and you want to clean up the floor. You want to get rid of any dirt and dust that has collected in the closet. You should also use the vacuum cleaner to clean off any shelves that are a part of the closet. You may want to use a scented cleaning spray to freshen up the closet. You should scrub down any mess that has collected on the walls and then allow the closet to dry out completely.

Once the actual closet is clean and dry, then you can start to put all of your possessions back into it. You want to do this in an organized manner so that the closet space not only looks nice but so that you can get the most use out of all of the space. Put everything back in a way that makes sense to you.

Having a clean closet can feel great. It can simplify your life and help you love your home a little more. Take some time and clean closets in your home that have been neglected for too long.

 

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Carpet Cleaning Tips For Moving In and Moving Out

Whether you are moving in or out of a premise, there is a need to clean your carpet regularly. You can be one person that observes high level of cleanliness, but one thing that is for sure is that your carpet will always be at the end of this as it is subject to liquid spills, step on with dirty feet wear, and drops. Some of these might be accidents, but the point is your carpet will eventually get dirty and therefore the need to clean it after some time. This article however is set to give you a few tips on how you can successfully clean your carpet, especially at the time when you want to move in or out of your premise (see also TOP FLOOR CLEANING TIPS YOU NEED TO KNOW).

There are various reasons as to why carpets get dirty. Depending on how they do, you will be able to make correct decisions and judgments on the best methods to use in cleaning your carpet.  Here are some of its causes and how to clean them:

Blot stains

With these types of stains, it is advisable that you should never scrub them as that will cause the stain’s particles to get deeper into the carpet’s fibers and may lead to them getting broken down prematurely. You should remove the stain by using a cleaning solution and a clean sheet or any other material that can soak up the stain for example a sponge. You should deep your cleaning sheet or sponge into a cleaning solution, then carefully apply a little pressure on the stain from the outside going inward as trying to disfigure the stain outward will make the stain to spread to other parts of the carpet.

Grease stains

With these types of stains, you are advised to use at least two drops of dish-washing shampoo. Preferably a shampoo with the ability to also grease cut, for example a cup of water with Joy. The same way it does your dishes, the washing shampoo will go through the grease stains and eventually cleaning up your carpet. You are supposed to put the solution in a spray bottle then spray the parts of the carpet that is affected by the stain. This might be done again and again depending on the size of the stain.

Beer and wine stains

The club soda process is the most effective when it comes to these types of stains if used in the right way. You should first try to remove the stain by blotting the affected part of the carpet using a cloth that has been dipped in the club soda. If the stain persists, try mixing vinegar with water and with the help of a hand sprayer, spray the stained area with the solution. You should then allow it to soak for about 15 minutes, then use a clean cloth, preferably a sponge to soak up the solution including the stain from the carpet. After successfully removing the stain, you should then use warm water to rinse the place that was affected by the stain. Use a clean piece of cloth, for example a towel to cover the spot so as it dries up. Usually this will take around 24 hours.

General stains

For general stains, you should try shaving creams. You should directly apply the cream on the affected areas of your carpet. You should then let it set for around half an hour. Once it is set, remove it using a clean towel. Using water and vinegar solution, spray the area affected and then wipe it using a clean towel.

Dried Gum

To remove a stuck chewing gum from your carpet, from your freezer, take a few ice cubes and use them to also freeze the gum for about a minute. Use a spatula to lift up the hard chewing gum and cut the fibers of the carpet closer to the gum so that the cut strands won’t be noticeable thereafter.

Conclusion

As I have discussed above, it is clear that carpet cleaning can be a very easy task. There are different things that can make your carpet and depending on them (see our residential carpet cleaning services), you will be able to make the right decisions on the best method to use so that minimal or no damage is caused to your carpet. Whether you are moving in or moving out is also another factor to be considered.            

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Top Floor Cleaning Tips You Need to Know

It doesn't matter whether you have an office or a home, you need to know how to do it quick and fast. Cleaning floors and carpets can be one of the toughest task to perform. Maintaining a clean surface regularly can be a challenge.

If there are children living in the home, then it can be a big deal to maintain cleanliness all the time. Tiles can be kept clean if you wipe out the dirt on a regular basis like daily cleaning. But if you don’t clean the floor on a regular basis the dirt can be formed on a layered basis, and it is very hard to clean the dirty floor.

Top Cleaning Tips To Help You

You may follow some simple yet powerful cleaning tips to maintain a clean floor. Here are top floor cleaning tips for you.

1. Use Ammonia

Ammonia is a great cleaning product available to remove the dirt from floors like anything. It can remove the hard stains too. All you need is to mix 1 cup of liquid ammonia to 2 liters of water and let the solution sit for around five minutes. Using a nylon pad clean the floor dipping the nylon pad into the solution at times to make sure to clean the floor evenly.

You can also use this solution to clean bathroom floors. Use sponge instead of nylon pad for bath room floor

2. Don't forget Steel Wool

Rubber shoes leave heavy marks on the floor. They are very tough to clean; damp mop can’t do this. Use damp steel wool soap pad to clean the shoe mark. After the mark get wiped off clean the surface with damp mop. It will be as clean as the new floor.

3. Tea can help

If your floor is wooden, then it’s the best way you can wipe of the dirt from it. You can also clean your furniture using tea. Boil 2-3 tea bags in a litre of water and let the mixture settle for some time. Dip a cloth in this solution and clean the floors or wooden surfaces to remove dirt. Dip the cloth in the solution at times if needed.

4. Did you forget Vinegar?

Vinegar is a good stain removal used around the world. It can almost remove any kind of stains on any surface. There can be water stains or tea or coffee stains on glass floors. Using vinegar they can be completely wiped off. Take a cup of vinegar and add it to a litre of water. Use a cloth to dip in the solution to clean the stains on glass surfaces. You can store the remaining mixture in a glass container to avoid wastage.

5. Toothpaste can work too, you know?

To clean the surface of your sink you can use toothpaste. Toothpaste can be a multi-purpose cleaner. If you drop any toothpaste on your sink, accidentally don’t just pour water on it to wipe it off. Just add some more paste to it and using an old brush or a sponge, clean the sink. Rub the toothpaste completely over the surface of the sink and let it settle for 2-3 minutes. Now clean it with water. You can see tour sink shining.

6. Lemon Works Great!

You can use lemon to clean the dirt. Cut few lemons into pieces and add them to water and boil them to make the wipe clean mixture. Filter the water to remove lemon pieces from the solution. Use a cloth or sponge to dip into the solution and clean the floors to remove excess dirt. This solution can remove hard stains from any surface like tiles, wood, and glass. You can also store this solution in the refrigerator for future purpose. Use this solution regularly to clean your tiles to look clean always.

7. Go the Traditional Style with a Damp mop

Damp mop on regular usage can do wonders. When you finish cleaning the floor with a vacuum cleaner, simply dip the mop in plain water and use this mop to clean the surface daily or regularly for three times a week to avoid hard stains sit on your floors. Regular usage of damp mop can avoid hard stains to form, and it can be ever clean.

If guests come to visit your place out of a sudden without informing you prior, you can surprise them with clean floor if you use damp mop to clean your floor regularly. It is a least cost effective method too. Both your money and time can be saved on longer usage.

8. Change your strategy


If you have no time to clean your floor, it is best advised to change the regular method you follow to keep your floor clean. If you use vinegar on a regular basis to clean your surface, you are advised to change to other methods mentioned above to clean your floor. For example use lemon mixture or use steel wool method or using tea clean your floor. You can see visible results if you change your product to clean your floor.

9. Using Oil soaps
 

To clean fine tiles, vinegar, lime like substances can spoil the floor. Alternatively, it is recommended to use oil based soaps to clean your floor. Use 1 table spoon of murphy oil soap and add it to around 5 litres of warm water. Using mop, you can clean the surface. After finishing with this cleaning procedure simply use plain water cleansing to remove any excess oil residue on the floor to avoid skidding on the floor.

10. Going in for a Laundry detergent

Laundry detergents are not only meant to clean the dirt from clothes, they can also be used to wipe off the dirt from floors. Using laundry detergent can also clean floors when you don’t have any cleaning substances left in your home. Add 1 cup of laundry detergent and ½ cup of ammonia to 3 liters of water. Using a cloth or mop, you can clean your floor. It equally cleans your floor like any other method mentioned above.

Depending on the type of the floor you have to choose from the above tips to clean your floor. Some floors need special attention (learn about our carpet cleaning services), while some floors can be easily cleansed using simple ways without spending too much of money and time on them. In most cases, you can use damp mop technique regularly to clean the floors.
 

 


 

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4 Tips on Cleaning Grout for Homeowners

You know the situation - you've just cleaned your tile floor and it looks great, except for the grout. Your broom and mop don't seem to touch those dingy lines that now stick out like a red flag. Because of its porous composition and the fact that it's usually a light color, regular floor cleaning methods just don't cut it on grout. This blog will go over several different methods/solutions you can use to remove those stains - the one you choose depends on which ingredients you prefer and the severity of the stains. Any one of the following grout cleaning tips should do the trick and return your grout to its original look:

Baking Soda and Vinegar
 

These trusted kitchen staples can clean a myriad of items, including grout. For an effective cleanser, mix baking soda with water to form a paste (roughly 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water) and apply to grout lines. Make a solution of half white vinegar and half water and spray onto the baking soda paste. It should start to bubble and foam up for a few minutes, letting you know the chemical reaction is working. When the bubbling stops, scrub the grout lines with a stiff brush or toothbrush, then simply rinse with plain water. Test in an inconspicuous area first and verify the safety of using vinegar if you have natural stone tile such as marble or limestone.

Hydrogen Peroxide, Baking Soda and Dish Soap

This mixture is effective at cleaning more moderate stains as all three ingredients perform a specific function: baking soda is a natural abrasive, hydrogen peroxide releases bleaching oxygen ions when it chemically reacts with the baking soda, and dish soap helps to remove any grease present and loosen dirt. First, make a paste of 3/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide and a tablespoon of dish soap. Apply mixture to grout and allow it to sit for 15 minutes to remove stains. Rinse with warm or hot water, scrub with a towel and finish with a wet mop to ensure all of the solution is removed from the floor. Again, test a hidden area for any adverse affects first, especially if you have colored grout.

Oxygenated Bleach

If you still have some stubborn stains remaining, you can try oxygenated bleach to remove them. This usually comes in a powder form. Make sure your area is well-ventilated first, then mix two tablespoons of the beach into two cups of water. Test the solution in a hidden area, as the bleach may discolor some grouts. If there are no problems, pour the bleach solution onto the grout, covering a small area at a time. Using a stiff brush, scrub the bleach into the grout. You may add more powdered bleach directly to certain stains, if necessary. Allow it to sit for several minutes, then rinse with plain water.

Other Methods

Chlorine bleach may also be used, but must be done so on a limited basis, since it can erode grout over time. Steam cleaners, either bought or rented, can also be effective in removing stains and use only hot water to clean. One of the easiest methods to cleaning grout is simply maintaining it on a regular basis to prevent stains in the first place. You can use vinegar once a week to help keep stains from developing. Simply spray the grout with vinegar and wipe off with a cloth. A little regular maintenance now can help prevent a lot of work later.

These are the most common and effective cleaning methods for tile grout. Choosing a method depends entirely on you and your preference of cleaning products and processes. Whatever you choose, use it on a regular basis to help keep your grout clean and preserve the appearance of your home. Find what works best for you and you'll be on your way to a clean, sparkling home that you can take pride in for many years to come! 

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The Benefits of Using Green Products


It's inevitable--at one point you'll need your carpets cleaned. And this is especially the case when it comes to businesses. As customers and employees come and go, it's easy for dirt to become deeply ingrained in your carpet, which means that you're going to need the assistance of people who specialize in thorough cleanings. While it's essential that you choose a company that is reputable and has years of experience, it's also ideal that you choose one that is environmentally friendly.


Environmentally friendly cleaning companies only use carpet cleaners that are easy on the ecosystem. Not only do they focus on what's best for your floors, but also the health of the earth and all of it's inhabitants. Let's take a moment to discuss the benefits of having your commercial cleaning done by a company that specializes in green cleaning. But first, let's discuss what green cleaning is.

What Is Green Cleaning?

So what is green cleaning? Well, green cleaning is the process in which organic products, which are those that are made with ingredients that aren't harmful to people or the environment, are used in order to clean the homes, offices,or other areas. While green cleaning may sometimes include commercially developed ingredients, it can also include natural foods or environmental products which are found to be effective at removing stains and cleaning surfaces. In recent years, there has been a surge in the commitment to green cleaning. In fact, many experts suggest that almost half of the US population uses some form of green cleaning technology on an everyday basis.

Green Products Are Easier On The Skin

Even if your employees don't come into direct contact with cleaning solutions, they could still be on danger. This is because chemicals can be absorbed through the skin and lungs. These chemicals actually linger in the air and can lead to severe breathing problems and cause some to develop conditions such as asthma. You don't have to worry about this with green cleaning products because they are made of all natural ingredients.

Green Products Contain Less Antibacterials

It's easy to assume that products that say, "antibacterial" are the best. However, this could not be further from the truth. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, washing your hands or cleaning with antibacterial soaps is no better than regular soaps. The American Medical Association also says that frequent use of antibacterials can actually lead to a resistance to antibiotics. In fact some of it's ingredient can do damage to your thyroid and hormonal system. The good thing about most green products is that they do not contain antibacterial agents.

Green Products Afford Better Air Quality

While many can appreciate the smell of strong cleaning products, there are some who find them quite offensive. And in the worst cases, these smells can make some individuals very ill. Conventional cleaning products tend to have strong stenches due to the mixture of ingredients. While, environmentally friendly products are barely detectable. At most, cleaning services may add a small amount of essential oils for a therapeutic effect.
 

Not only are green products good for air quality, they are also help to cut down on air pollution. Whenever you use a lot of cleaning products, all of the harmful chemicals are being released into our environment. And it slowly but surely makes it's way into our waterways and has a huge effect on the ozone layer. This creates the perfect environment for smog. This is isn't the case with environmentally friendly products. Green cleaning services focus on protecting the environment. 

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