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Spring Cleaning Tips for 2019

It is high time you start thinking about spring cleaning for your home. It is very important that you do this type of cleaning, especially if you are an allergic person or you have a family member who is allergic. Cleaning your home will do you good; it will be good for your health, improve the appearance of your home and also make your home to be more welcoming for the visitors. Below is a list of some of the 2019 spring cleaning tips which you can put into practice and make your home look pleasant.

Create a plan

Make a list of the areas which you normally skip during your routine cleaning. By doing this, you will be in a position to focus on the task at hand.

De-clutter

By doing this, you will be able to be organized during the cleaning process, and more than that, you will also be in a position to know when work is done or not.

Work from the top to bottom

You should always ensure that you begin working from the ceiling all the way down. By doing this, you will be able to avoid re-dusting or re-cleaning cleaning; this is because working in this direction forces debris downward. Before you begin vacuuming the dirt from the floor, you should first dust the furniture and any other item in your home.

Find the appropriate vacuum

Once your home is ready for cleaning, find the right vacuum, and this can HEPA vacuum for example. This type of vacuum is very good for spring cleaning; it can even catch the particles that cannot be seen. It can help in removing allergens as well as other impurities from your air.

Think green

Do not use harsh chemicals and ingredients for your cleaning. One of the best cleaning product is the steam cleaner. You can use it to clean the microwave, hard floors, kitchen appliances, tiles, bathrooms as well as the outdoor areas. Steam cleaners are normally 100% natural; they are chemical free because they only use water vapor for cleaning.

Do not forget about the windows and walls as well. You can simply use a damp towel to wipe through the walls; this should be done from the top going downwards. The same should be done for the windows; however, to get great results from window cleaning, you can opt to use the squeegee.

Your kitchen cabinets should be cleaned as well as the refrigerator. Go to your bathroom and change the shower curtains and then go to your drawer and get rid of any expired medicine or cosmetics.

Home cleaning can seem to be very tiresome and difficult before you start, but once you start, you will find it even more enjoyable. You only need to have proper planning and find an ideal time to do the cleaning; you do not want to be interrupted by work or anything while enjoying cleaning your home. Clean your home and live a healthy life, a life free from stress and pressure.

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St Patricks's Day Cleanup

St. Patrick’s Day Cookies on a plate

St. Patricks’s day marks the major clean up in various cities and towns. And when you think about this day, the first things that will come to your mind are people dressed in green, shamrock, parades and maybe packed pubs. If you can wake up very early in the morning, that is the morning after the night; you will notice that the streets are not normally a pretty sight. People drop glass bottles, food wrappers, vomit, cans, and even urine.

But what about the people whose job is to make sure that they do the clean up after St Patrick’s day, they have to ensure the streets are clean and make everything go back to normal. For street cleaners, this is the busiest day of the year.

This is the busiest day than any other day of the year. You will find that this day has over one hundred and fifty cleaning shifts compared to the other days of the year. Therefore, the street cleaners do not have time for their families during this time.

The night before the parade, there is a night crew which is normally assigned to begin the cleanup. And many are the times when more workers are shifted from other areas to the city; this is because this day, extra staff is normally needed due to the increased workload.

Those working on night shift might begin working at 10 pm and finish at 6 am which is tiresome. And the morning after, there is a wash crew which is supposed to ensure that there is nothing on the road that should not be stepped on. If there are any kinds of an offensive poster, they are also responsible for taking it off.

Some of the messiest St Patricks’ days are normally when the sun shines. This is because people normally tend to make the day out of good weather like sunny weather. This might require the cleaners to clean at least three times that day. The most surprising thing is that even after cleaning it three times, there will still be some rubbish and bottles around the streets at night. And that is why there is a night crew for that; on top of that, there is also a 4 am crew which is supposed to deal with early morning rubbish.

Councils doing cleanup after St. Patrick's Day have reported of cleaning up to 20 tons of rubbish compared to the normal weekends which they only clean up to 5 tons of rubbish.

The most important thing is health and safety, that why the council normally ensures that the cleaners are placed in crews, this is to avoid the instances of someone working alone. And by doing this, they will be in a position to work as they enjoy themselves; hence they will be very happy as they work. They also avoid walking into a group that they think might cause trouble; they, therefore, opt to clean that area later when the group is already gone.

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Which Cleaning Products Can Be Used to Kill Molds?

Mold is not only a common household problem but also a health hazard because it can affect your health as well as that of your loved ones. Some of the signs that you have been affected by mold include sore throat, burning eyes, rash, coughing and breathing problems especially if you are allergic. It is important to understand that poor ventilation and the presence of moisture are the two factors that facilitate the growth of mold. However, certain building materials might have needed ingredients e.g. cellulose substrate to attract spore growth. You are required to look out for the signs to ascertain that there is mold growth in your house. If you see some of the signs related to mold growth, you can clean the mold by hiring a professional company or do it yourself. Here are some of the cleaning products that can be used to kill molds:

I. Vinegar

Vinegar is a mild acid that’s known to kill about 82% species of molds. Therefore, it is an effective mold killer and it has been used by most homeowners over the years to control molds in their homes. To kill molds, you need to dilute the vinegar with some water (although you can spray it directly from the bottle) and then spray the affected area. Leave the spot for a few hours and then scrub it using a brush. If you are looking to prevent mold growth, you can spray vinegar on the surfaces where mold is growing and then leave it to dry. Then, you can spray again after some few days to make sure that you’ve killed all the molds.

II. Bleach

The main active ingredient of bleach is sodium hypochlorite and it is effective in mold removal. You just need to spray or wash the area where mold is growing with bleach and you will kill all the molds. However, bleach is effective on non-porous surfaces only e.g. on glass, countertops, tiles, and bathtubs. When used on a porous material, the water component of bleach is absorbed while the active ingredient (sodium hypochlorite) is left on the surface. Therefore, you can only kill molds that are on the surface and after a short period of time, the molds will regenerate. For this reason, you should use bleach on non-porous surfaces only for it to be effective.

III. Borax

Borax is a natural mold inhibitor and it has been used for many years to kill molds. In fact, borax can be used as a fungicide, insecticide or herbicide. If you are looking to kill molds, you just need to mix it with some water to make it easy for you to scrub the mold-affected areas. After you are done scrubbing with a brush, you don’t need to rinse borax because it can be used to prevent further growth of molds.Here are some of the advantages of using borax:

  • It is a natural cleaning product although it’s toxic if you swallow it

  • Borax does not emit dangerous fumes or toxic gases that could affect your health

  • Borax has low toxicity and it is an effective mold killer

IV. Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen Peroxide is antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral and hence it can be used to kill molds. You just need to buy the cleaning solution from a drug store and it is ready for use. However, you need to spot test the material you are going to clean to ensure that the cleaning solution won’t fade the colors. Here are some benefits of using Hydrogen Peroxide to kill molds:• The solution is effective on a wide range of materials including floors, bathroom fixtures, walls, tiles, clothes etc.• Hydrogen Peroxide does not produce toxic fumes nor leaves a toxic residue after cleaning.

It is evident that there are effective cleaning solutions that can be used to kill mods in a short period of time. If you are going to do it yourself, you need to research well to do it right and to take the necessary precautions. For instance, if you are going to use bleach, you may have to dilute the cleaning solution and/or use nose muffs and gloves to avoid exposing yourself to harmful fumes or toxic substances when cleaning molds.

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Garage Cleaning Tips

Your garage may be one of the most used rooms in the home, but when it comes to cleaning, it's overlooked all of the time. It can become strained, cluttered, and dirt can build up. These are some tips on cleaning the garage and making it neat and orderly.

Get Shelves

If there are not already shelves in the garage a good and sturdy set should be purchased. There are many different types of wall shelving for the garage. This will allow a person to store their items and keep them off the floor. Any items in storage that can fit into a plastic tub with a lid should be placed in them. These tubs can then be put on the shelves to reduce clutter and give the garage some organization.

Seasonal Items

Holidays decorations and similar things should be stored together. This way when a person looks for these items they are in the same area of the garage. If they are used once a year or less they can be kept in the back of the shelves since they are seldom used. Items that are used more often or even on a monthly basis should be kept towards the front of the shelving.

Get Rid of Things

The garage is used for storage in many homes. If items have been laying around the garage for a period of time than it should be thrown out. Keepsakes and similar items are fine but if general things have not been used in around a year then it is time to get rid of it. This will reduce the clutter in the garage too.

Wipe it Down

Once the clutter is out of the way, the garage should be given a good cleaning. The walls, lighting fixtures, and any hardware should be wiped down. The walls can be cleaned with a car sponge and dried with a towel if they are dirty. Once everything is dry the floor should be given a good sweeping. Depending on the type of flooring, it can be moped as well. If there are stains on the floor, commercial oil stain remover can be used to remove these stains.

Flooring

The garage floor can be painted. This will make it easier to clean and will allow it to feel like another room in the home. A high-quality floor paint should be used. In addition. to making the garage floor look better, the paint can help seal up the cracks and keep any additional moisture from entering the concrete.

Keep It Clean

Once your garage is cleaned and organized it is important to keep it this way. When items are taken from storage they should be put back right away and kept off of the floor. This will help keep the garage clean.

These are some tips for keeping the garage clean. With a clean garage, a family can enjoy additional living space. There can even be enough room to protect the cars and keep them in the garage and out of the weather.

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Freezer Cleaning Tips

The freezer is a long-term food storage appliance where it is easy to forget what is in there. Most people are excellent at cleaning the refrigerator but tend to forget about the freezer.

Minor leaks and spills mostly go uncleaned for an extended period and accumulate in the nooks and crannies of the freezer. Leftover foods from dinner parties and other occasions are usually thrown into the freezer which results into bad odor over time. It is important to set aside time to freshen up the freezer once in several months if it does not fall into the house cleaning routine.

Cleaning out the freezer can be quite challenging especially where there is a large amount of frost build up. However, with the more modern freezers, you are likely not to encounter this problem.

You will need at least a day’s planning depending on the size and contents of the freezer to simplify the process. Outlined below are a few freezer cleaning tips that should consider following.

1. Remove all the food

You can put some of the food from your freezer in the refrigerator if there is enough room. You can also create more space by throwing out some stale and unrecognizable elements in the fridge. If there still isn’t enough space for all your foodstuffs, you will need to prepare several larger coolers. Place a layer of ice at the bottom of all the coolers. Proceed to relocate all the food into the coolers and place another layer of ice on the food. If you think the cleaning process will not take much time, you can place the food on the kitchen counters while you clean.

2. Switch off and unplug the freezer

Ensure the freezer is fully disconnected from any power source. This will prevent any occurrence of an electric shock during the defrosting and cleaning process. Also, it will speed up the melting of the ice in the freezer. Additionally, you should move the freezer to avoid damage to the floors during cleaning. Where necessary, place old towels or newspapers under the freezer.

3. Defrosting the freezer

Every freezer is designed differently. As a result, you will need to refer to the instruction manual for defrosting guidelines. If you cannot locate your manual, you can visit the manufacturer’s website for a digital copy. If you are pressed for time, there are two ways to speed up the defrosting process.

  • a. Put hot water in a larger bowl and place it inside the freezer. Close the lid to allow the hot steam to melt the ice in the freezer. Depending on the amount of ice and frost, you may need to change the hot water several times.

  • b. Use a hair dryer set at low heat. Carefully direct the warm air on the interiors of the freezer. The melting ice should at no point come into contact with the dryer to avoid electrocution.

4. Clean

A lot of water will have accumulated at the bottom of the freezer from the melted ice. Use a container to remove most of that water. You can also use a towel to wipe out the remaining water in the appliance. If there are any removable shelves, take them out of the freezer. Use warm soapy water to clean and scrub any tough stains with a sponge. Rinse the shelves thoroughly and allow them to air dry. Make a warm solution of vinegar or baking soda and detergent to clean the walls of the freezer. Dip a soft towel in the solution and gently wipe the inside of the appliance. You can also place the solution in a spray bottle. Spray small amounts of the solution as you wipe down with a cloth. Repeat this step severally until to remove stains. Use a toothbrush to scrub out stubborn food gunk. Rinse the interior of the freezer with clean water. Use the warm soapy water also to clean the exterior walls of the freezer.

5. Dry the appliance

Use microfiber cloths or paper towels to dry the interior walls of the freezer. Remove all the moisture to prevent ice from forming.To eliminate any unwanted smells, place a bowl of activated charcoal in the freezer and close the lid.

6. Turn on the freezer

Many manufacturers recommend the deep freezer should run for at least six hours before placing any foods. Once this period has expired, you can begin to place all the frozen food in the freezer. Organize the food according to those with a longer frozen shelf life which should be placed at the bottom.

There is really no easier way of cleaning the freezer. However, you can shorten this process by cleaning the appliance three times a year.

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Cleaning Your Baby Stroller

When your baby stroller becomes contaminated, possibly with food, milk, saliva or other substances, you should clean it immediately. It is essential for your child's health. The nasty stroller is the perfect place to grow harmful bacteria, both for your child and for anyone. But, mainly, regular cleaning and maintenance will prevent a significant decrease in physical condition and guest value.

Materials

  • A vacuum cleaner

  • 2 towels

  • Small bucket of water

  • Some soap/detergent

  • Sponge

  • Scrubbing brush

  • Toothbrush.

(Remember that you should not use any bleach or whitening materials, as they can fade out of the nursery tissue.)

Cleaning the Fabric

To clean the baby stroller fabric, it must be completely emptied (we recommend doing this outside).

  1. Removal: Remove all that can be removed from the stroller: trays, napkins, blankets, and pillows.

  2. Mold check: Check for mold or fungus. If you find mold or mildew in the stroller, place some vinegar on the affected area and spray it with a small amount of baking soda and wait about an hour, or a mold cleaning agent (follow instructions on the cleaner.

  3. Scrub: Using a scrubbing brush, get areas where food is sticking. You may have to use Goo Gone, Goof Off, or another cleaning agent to remove gum/hard candy.

  4. Wash the fabric: Wash the fabric in the washing machine. Typically, it’s washer safe, but check manual to make sure.

  5. Dry the fabric: Check the stroller manual for drying instructions. Typically, after washing, you transfer the fabric to the dryer and dry on a normal setting for approximately 30 to 35 minutes.

  6. Repeat: Repeat, if necessary.

Cleaning the Stroller Body

  1. Vacuum the body of the baby stroller methodically.

  2. Use a towel to clean the body, and a scrubbing brush to remove tougher areas stained with food.

  3. Rinse with a hose.

  4. Dry.

  5. Inspect the body.

  6. Repeat, if necessary.

That’s It!

There you have it. This is my method for cleaning a stroller, and it works just fine. Of course, there are thousands of methods out there, and a ton of strollers are different. Please feel free to share your tricks and tips with Out of Sight Cleaning.

woman with baby stroller

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What is a deep house cleaning?

We all know those areas we avoid cleaning until it is absolutely necessary. When the oven starts making smoke signals. When the inside of your microwave looks like a competition of kids finger painting project. When you have such a greasy situation, the payoff is huge- its time you stop putting aside those deep cleaning tasks! Deep Cleaning entails cleaning or washing down your doorframes, baseboards, cabinets, windowsills, carpet, and doors. You also need to clean fan blades, light fixtures, blinds, and perfume a detailed kitchen and bathroom cleaning.

General House Cleaning vs. Deep Cleaning

It is highly beneficial to deep clean the entire house at least once every year to remove all debris and dust and debris completely for a cleaner home and to enhance a healthier environment. However, deep cleaning each room of your house can turn out to be a tedious task and if that the case, you can always hire the services of professional home cleaners to effectively clean every inch of your home. These professionals understand the hassles of everyday life where everyone is so busy with work, family, and social life, barely leaving no time to clean your house properly. Typically, deep cleaning covers areas that are not traditionally covered by spring or regular cleaning. These areas include:

  • Behind kitchen appliances such as washing machine, oven, and cutting through the grimes that build up beneath the sink.

  • Full and deep dusting all the corners of the rooms for cobwebs

  • Inside of patio doors and window frames

  • Inside your oven and don’t forget the oven door glass

  • Outside and inside of all windows

  • Scale removal from all kitchen tiles, bathroom tiles, taps, shower heads, and more

Deep Cleaning the Entire Home checklist

The key aspect to keeping a healthy and happy home is maintaining a well-cleaned home and you can’t achieve this without a thorough deep house cleaning. Typically, this is what deep house cleaning entails:

Dust and vacuum cleaning: Hard-to-reach places, ledges, light fixtures, windows, and above the cabinets need to be cleaned thoroughly. Typically, you need to remove obstacles and clean all the areas that tend to be too hard to reach during a normal cleaning routine.

Cabinets or Drawers: Empty your cabinets and drawers one after the other and wipe them with a clean cloth. Then give them a vacuum, and you can also use favorite cleaning spray. Not forgetting where your eyes land, don’t forget to wipe down your cabinet faces as well.

Couch and Chairs: Take out all cushions to allow you to vacuum the creases where cans, pet hair, and snack debris, popcorn love to call home. Also, you can move the couches to clean behind it if it sits against the wall and underneath where most dirt particles lay.

Carpet: carpet cleaning is the centerpiece of your deep cleaning. You need to clean spots, stains, and dust in your carpet to ensure that the whole family is healthy and that they enjoy a cleaner interior environment

Blinds: deep cleaning is not complete without giving your blinds a thorough cleaning by spraying them with some vinegar and scrupulously scrubbing them down.

Faucet: Wipe your faucets and showerheads with vinegar and remember to also clean out the aerators.

Windows: Vacuum your window tracks and windowsills and try to remove bugs and cobwebs from the window screens.

Vent Covers: Remove your HVAC vent covers and clean them thoroughly in a sink with luke-warm soapy water.

Garbage Cans: Sanitize and wipe out garbage cans, your recycling bins, flowerpots, and wastebaskets.

Doors: ensure that you wipe down your doors as well as doorframes for all the dust, fingerprints, and smudges.

Ceiling Fans: dust and wipe down the ceiling fan blades

Kitchen: you can use vinegar and baking soda clean the sink, microwave, oven stovetop, cabinets, fridge, freezer, and dishwasher. Also, remember to remove fire hazard at the bottom of your toaster.

Bathroom: Remove your shower curtains and wash them. Also do a thorough cleaning to your toilet, toothbrush holder, and grout.

Bottom line

The best way to avoid a strenuous deep cleaning is by practicing continual upkeep. If you clean your home regularly, the next time you confer with the above Deep Cleaning checklist, your house will be in a right place.

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