Archive for May 2012
If you are among those people who adore their wood furniture, we know that you can get upset because of that stubborn water marks on your favorite chair or desk. But remember that water marks are not a big tragedy. With our tips caring for your wood furniture won’t be as difficult as it may seem. Follow our suggestions on how to deal with water marks found on your furniture.
First of all don’t forget that the sooner a water mark is treated, the better. Also, always follow manufacturer’s instructions for the particular finish of your furniture. Whether it your new valuable furnishings or the old ones, test the cleaning procedure in an inconspicuous area first.
So, let’s clean. Spread about 3 tsp of mayo on a paper towel. If you don’t want to use mayonnaise, you can substitute it with oil.
Put the paper towel with mayo on the white water mark. Then press lightly. Leave the towel with mayonnaise on the stain for about 10-20 minutes. If the stains on your wood furniture are old, leave the mayo or oil on all night.
Check the stain by lifting the paper towel. Stain should be gone. If the water mark still is there, rub more mayo into the stain. Reapply if necessary.
If more complicate repairs are needed, consult a furniture expert. Get professional advice if stain is stubborn or old.
You don’t have enough time to clean your home or you are you too lazy to do it, don’t get upset. You can cope with all the household chores not spending too much time on it. Just spend few minutes a day on separate cleaning tasks and you will be amazed how much you can do. We’re never going to have enough time on cleaning, but completing some tasks everyday will help us stay organized.
Don’t put off housework if you want your home to stay in tip-top condition. If you only have 15 minutes, give it all you’ve got in those 15 minutes. We understand that it’s not easy to keep up with all the responsibilities you have and still take care of your house. But believe you’re strong enough to cope with all the difficulties and cleaning is among them. Just focus on some cleaning task and it will be much more easily to cope with the rest. For example, if you need to vacuum the floor, but there are so many little toys on it, complete the two tasks simultaneously: sort the toys and prepare your floor for vacuuming. You can get exhausted from picking all the toys up. But it’s worth it. Junk the toys into one big pile in the middle of your living room, grab the trash can, sit down next to the pile and start sorting. It won’t take very long, but you will be onto the next stage of vacuuming much faster.
When you watch TV, get up during the commercial breaks and do something. You will be surprised how much you can get done during a commercial break! Look around the room, decide what you can do during that few minutes. You can wipe down the kitchen counter, clear off the table, vacuum, put some things away, etc.
You can get cleaning tasks on a schedule. This will make your work faster and you will be able to determine what should be given priority and done first. If you do a cleaning task, write it down on your calendar based on when it should be done again. For example, if you clean the toilet on a weekly basis, and you do it on Friday, then write it down for the following Friday on your calendar.
Having an organized cleaning plan will definitely help you divide your cleaning tasks and determine what cleaning tasks are in your list of priorities.
As you realize that a clean bathroom is very important for the health of your family, you should strive to keep it clean and sanitized.
Bathroom is one of the least fun places to clean. Sometimes people clean their bathrooms in such way that they just spread the germs and bacteria around and don’t clean the essential areas at all.
Things you will need to use during the cleaning: rubber gloves, hand towels, disinfectant cleaner, shower cleaner, window cleaner, broom, mop, toilet bowl brush. Of course, you may choose to use environmentally friendly cleaning products to clean your bathroom. Then, you will need vinegar, baking soda or lemon juice. It’s up to you to choose what cleaning solutions to use.
First of all, take everything off the bathroom and sweep. Be sure to sweep all corners of the bathroom, and don’t miss the area behind the toilet either. Then, take everything out of the shower and spray it down with the shower spray. Let it soak.
Now you’re going to clean your toilet. Put on the rubber gloves. Pour the toilet bowl cleaner around the rim of your toilet. Take the toilet bowl brush and scrub inside of the toilet. After using toilet bowl brush, rinse it under the hot water.
Take disinfectant and a rag and spray down the top of the toilet and the lid. Then, wipe down. Open the lid and spray down the rim of the toilet, all sides of the toilet and around the bottom. Then, wipe down. At the end, flush the toilet! Don’t forget to scrub or wipe down the inside and outside edges of the toilet seat.
Now it’s time to clean your mirror. Mirrors definitely add beauty to your bathroom, but they get dirty very quickly. When this happens your mirrors can be a real eye sore. To avoid this clean them regularly. Take the window cleaner and a rag and clean the mirror. Be careful: keep your commercial cleaning solution from getting to the bottom edge of the mirror as this can cause damage to the backing.
Now it’s time to clean the sink and counter. Take your disinfectant cleaner and spray down the counter and sink. Clean them using the rag. If you have soap scum stains in your sink fill the sink with bleach and hot water and let sit.
Then, wipe down the door handle. If you decide to deep-clean your bathroom, you should clean the windows and wash curtains as well.
Now take a new rag and wipe down the shower. Once your shower is cleaned, put everything back into place. And don’t forget to wipe down the shower walls when cleaning the bathroom. The last thing you need to do is to mop the floor. You can empty the trash can while waiting for the floor to dry. Once your floor is dry, put everything back into place. Now your bathroom is sparkly clean!
If you want your upholstery furniture to look its best for a long time, you should know how to properly clean and care for it. Careful and regular maintenance is the key to prolonging the life and retaining the appearance of your upholstery. It’s not hard to care for your upholstered furniture.
First of all, it’s very important to choose the right fabric. The fabric you choose should be appropriate for the upholstered furniture and your lifestyle, of course. You should protect your fabric if you want it to look good as long as possible. A prompt attention to spills is required. The fabric protectors should be applied to your upholstered furniture in the factory, store or at home. These protectors will create a barrier to help keep stains becoming immersed in the fabric of your upholstery. But don’t forget that you should clean up any spills or stains as soon as they occur. Blot any spills immediately with a clean towel. Blot gently, never rub. Before using any commercial products for spot cleaning test them in an inconspicuous area. Also always follow manufacturers’ instructions for proper cleaning, care and maintenance methods.
Turning over the loose cushions is also a good method of extending your upholstered furniture’s life. Fluff the cushions periodically and especially after you’ve cleaned.
To prevent dirt from becoming embedded into the fibers, vacuum your upholstered furniture regularly. You can also choose to use a brush to clean the upholstery. But be careful when choosing the brush. Make sure that your brush doesn’t snag the fabric.
Position your upholstery furniture so that it doesn’t sit in the sun. Too much of sun may damage the fabric. Also try to avoid pollutants such as smoke or fumes from cooking. As upholstered furniture easily absorbs odors proper ventilation is a need.
Clean your upholstery regularly. The dirtier your upholstery becomes, the harder it is to restore its original appearance.
Your living room will never look clean and tidy if your sofa is in disarray. First, rearrange and fluff the pillows. Then, fold the throw blankets on your sofa. You can use a hand held vacuum to pick up crumbs. You can pop in a CD while you clean and you will cope even with more tasks in a shorter period of time. It won’t be so annoying to clean your living area while you’re listening to music.
So, turn your favorite song and and dust all bookshelves, tabletops, chair and table legs, and other knickknacks. Dust off the cobwebs, clean all hard-to-reach corners. Use hand-held vacuum for cleaning crumbs and lint under cushions and on the floor. Use disinfecting wipes for spot-cleaning switch plates, phones, etc. Dust from top to bottom, and leave the vacuuming for last.
There is a plenty of ways how to get a living room looking better. If you want to keep your living area clean and not spend a lot of time on it, follow the hints below. Choose what make the most sense to you, depending on how you use your living room and what you keep there.
Encourage your guests and family to take off their shoes every time they enter the house.
If you have a lot of pets (like dogs) you will need to vacuum your living room a lot. Try to wipe their feet each time they enter the house.
Make sure your doormat effectively traps dirt. You can place an additional rug for your pets.
Fluff the cushions and fold the throws.
Spot-clean cabinets when you see fingerprints.
Throw out old magazines and newspapers.
Vacuum and clean windowsills and corners. Wash the insides and outsides of the windows.
Vacuum the upholstery. Clean soiled couches and chair surfaces if needed.
Lift big pieces of furniture and vacuum underneath.
Unplug and dust down all the electronics.
Dust-mop the floors.
Shake out or vacuum the doormat.
Vacuum the rugs and carpeting.
You don’t have to do the whole room in one shot. But cleaning your living area on a regular basis will help you maintain a clean and cozy home.
No matter are you rushing to work or not, make sure you have made your bed. You can make your bed right before or after your morning shower (breakfast). The well-made bed will definitely inspire you to deal with other messes around your house.
At first sight a made bed may not seem like a high priority, but with some time you will notice the difference. You will enjoy your smoothing sheets and plumping pillows, when you will slip back under the unruffled covers.
To keep your bedroom clean you should have some supplies at hand. Store your dusting mitts and microfiber cloths, mops, disinfecting, glass and surface wipes in a night-table drawer. You will use these supplies for dusting your electronics, floors, furniture, and other knickknacks. You will need some duster for tackling cobwebs behind your bed and other hard-to-reach places.
Don’t forget about cleaning your mirrors. Sparkling clean mirrors add beauty and elegance to any room. So, gather your mirror cleaning supplies and clean your mirrors. You can use white vinegar, a spray bottle, a plain soft cloth, a microfiber cloth, or a towel. After you finish cleaning all the glass or mirrors in your bedroom, switch to cleaning your windows. Clean and sparkling windows can enhance the appearance and add beauty to your bedroom.
Use your blow-dryer to remove dust from your lampshades and curtains. Put everything into its place. Hang clothing and put away jewelry. This will also take a few minutes. Throw out old magazines and newspapers. Wipe and disinfect your telephone.
Spend some time on cleaning your computer. Clean and disinfect the keyboard using an all-purpose wipe. Don’t forget to unplug the keyboard before cleaning. Wipe down your monitor except the screen. Take a dry or slightly damp microfiber cloth and remove fingerprints from the screen. It’s recommended not to use any chemical cleaners on the screen.
At the end, clean the dust that has fallen on the floor. Mop the floors or vacuum the carpeting.
When disaster strikes your property, you have a lot of things to take care of. If your home has experienced a fire damage, stubborn smoke odors may deeply penetrate your carpets, drapes, ceilings, walls, furniture and other surfaces in your home. The odors caused by fire are very harmful to the health of the residents that’s why it’s necessary to let them out of the house. Then, you should perform some smoke odor removal methods to get rid of these unpleasant odors. It’s quite difficult to get smoke odor out. That’s why you may need a professional help.
You can hire professional odor removal services to get rid of the odors caused by the fire. These companies do restoration after fire using special equipment. Oftentimes, these odor removal services cost a fortune, that’s why people prefer to remove the smoke odors themselves. If you also want to save your money, try to immediately perform the following tips after a fire in your home. We hope our advices will help you get rid of smoke odor more quickly and thoroughly.
Keep all doors and windows open to promote good ventilation in the home. This will help you get the smell of smoke out of your house. If your home still smells of smoke, take the following steps.
Fill several bowls of vinegar and let stay there without anyone in the room for a few hours. Put more of these vinegar bowls in areas of your home which have been severely damaged by fire. Vinegar always works effectively in smoke odor removal so you have to use this eco-friendly cleaning product in your smoke clean-up process. Also, you can try to use fresh coffee grounds to get rid of bad odors. Leave opened can of coffee in your closed room for a few days.
Dip a damp cloth in warm water mixed with vinegar. Clean all walls, furniture, ceilings, cabinets (inside and out), appliances. Wash curtains, clean furniture and carpets with professional cleaning solutions. Make sure you clean up as much as possible. Remember that you should actually destroy the odor molecules, not just mask the odor.
If the odors stubbornly remain even after your initial clean-up process, you should search for professional smoke odor removal solutions currently available in the market. Choose a strong solution that will work in a short time. Follow the instructions in the label when you apply the treatment.
If you don’t like to tackle with big cleaning projects, find another option. Make completing basic cleaning task a habit. Maintain your entire home in order spending just a few minutes a day. Start from your kitchen. If you are looking for ways to quickly and efficiently clean your most-used room, follow our tips.
First of all, delegate cleaning tasks to each family member. This will help you get kitchen cleaning done faster and easier.
Peek into your kitchen cabinets, oven, and fireplace to see what needs to be cleaned, wiped or replaced.
Wet a microfiber cloth with water and cleaner, and clean the countertops. Then mist with water and wipe down with a clean cloth. Clean any spills or sticky spots.
Use a microfiber cloth, water and a few drops of mild cleanser to wipe your cabinet fronts.
Scour the surface of your stovetop. Use a microfiber cloth moistened with water and cleaner.
Don’t forget about cleaning your oven. Clean the inside according to instructions. When finished, wipe down the hardware, handles and door.
Clear out your sink. Move piles of dirty dishes into the dishwasher. To clean your sink you will need a cloth and cleaner. Scrub the sink in a circular motion. Use an old toothbrush to remove any mold lhidden in the edges of the drain or faucet.
If you want to clean your dishwasher and microwave, use a cloth dampened with water and dish soap.
Certain items in your kitchen require special attention. One of such items is your refrigerator. This kitchen appliance is subject to spills and varied odors. Maintain the cleanliness of your refrigerator. A clean refrigerator will keep your food fresher. Move the refrigerator and vacuum behind and underneath it.
Fold or hang dish towels.
Take care of the floor in your kitchen. Sweep or vacuum it. Then mop in small sections. Use clean water and detergent.
If you are looking for safe ways to clean your home, you should rid your home of toxic chemicals. Clean your home with natural cleaning products. This will save you money, improve your health and reduce your carbon footprint. Face a day of cleaning with environmentally friendly cleaning solutions.
Products that contain petrochemicals, bleach, ammonia, anything toxic, neuro toxin or carcinogenic are harmful to both us and the environment. That’s why it’s recommended to use non toxic cleaning products. By the way, these powerful, biodegradable, personally safe cleaning solutions are extremely effective. Make some small changes to your cleaning habits. This will definitely have a positive impact. Clean your home quickly, efficiently and naturally! Everything from pet messes and smells, rings in the bathroom, to red wine stains on carpets or hard water spots can be eliminated with proper cleaning solutions.
Cut your household costs and environmental impact by using affordable environmentally friendly cleaning products. There is a plenty of cleaning solutions you may use to clean your home in a green way. We want to place emphasis on the most traditional and easy to get cleaning products. Be sure these products will get your home gleaming.
Baking soda is a perfect cleaner. It is great as a deodorizer. You can place a box in the refrigerator, laundry room and anywhere else to absorb odors. A mixture of baking powder and water (or white wine) can tackle red wine carpet stains.
Lemon juice is a great natural solution that can be used to make your home sparkle. Use the lemon to scrub dishes, surfaces, and stains. Be aware that lemon juice can act as a natural bleach. Also, you can make cleaning pastes by mixing vinegar or baking soda with lemon juice.
Vinegar is a great natural cleaning product, disinfectant and deodorizer. Vinegar is perfect for killing bacteria and germs. All you need is to mix a solution of equal parts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle and you have a solution that will clean most areas of your home. Nevertheless, it’s recommended not to use vinegar on marble surfaces. You can also mop the floor in the bathroom with a vinegar/water solution.
Don’t hesitate to clean your home the old fashioned way. Use eco-friendly cleaning solutions and be amazed at the fresh shiny results. If you want to reduce your packaging waste, don’t buy a new bottle of cleaning solution every time. Purchase cleaning products that offer a refill option. Don’t throw our your old clothes. Cut them up and use as cloths for polishing and cleaning.
Spring is a time for new beginnings, expectations and dreams. The days get longer, flowers bloom, and you can get the most enjoyment out of flowering trees. You want to spend your free time admiring nature’s beauty, but you also should keep up with all household chores around your home. When it comes to cleaning your home, you wish to spend less time on cleaning and more time on enjoying life’s pleasures.
Knowing when to get things done and in what order will help you organize your cleaning process and complete all the cleaning tasks in a timely manner. Refresh your home and prepare it to warm season. Jump-start the cleaning process following our advices on how to organize your spring cleaning checklist.
You can go through each room and write down what needs to be done. First of all, get rid of clutter that you don’t need. Gather the clothes you don’t wear anymore. Donate or throw them away. You can plan a garage sale to get rid of the things you don’t use anymore.
Deep clean the areas of your home that really need extra attention. If it’s kitchen, an extra attention needs to be given to your sink. Get rid of piles of plates in the kitchen sink. Pour a cup of baking soda, followed by cup of white vinegar, down the drain. Once it stops bubbling, pour a kettle of hot water down the drain.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the cleaning tasks. Don’t forget that you don’t have to do everything! Try to involve all your family to spring clean your home. Delegate cleaning tasks to your family members. It will be much more easy and effective if everyone will be responsible for each cleaning task. You can wash your windows, inside and out. Your husband can move furniture and vacuum beneath it. Your children can sweep working from the walls to the middle of the room.
There are some special chores that need to be done seasonally. Concentrate on the areas that have been neglected all winter long. Put on your favorite music and make cleaning your home more enjoyable! Make sure your home is spotless this spring!
Make smart choices for your family and the environment. Use eco-friendly cleaning products while spring cleaning your home. Make your home a more environmentally friendly one. If you want to keep your home smelling fresh, take into account that houseplants are a great natural air freshener.