Upholstery Cleaning Tips

March 16th, 2013

A lint remover with tape strips is a great way to remove loose hair, dirt and particles from the fabric on your sofa and chairs. It puts less pressure on the upholstery than a regular lint brush, pulling dirt away rather than pushing it into the fabric weave.

Cleaning Ceramic Floors

March 12th, 2013

During mopping, use two mop buckets: one for the cleaning solution and one to rinse your mop. The dirt and sand from your mop will wash out and settle in the rinse bucket, keeping the cleaning solution cleaner longer.

To remove a water-based stain from a marble surface, mix _ cup of flour and add 1 tsp. of hydrogen peroxide. To remove an oil-based stain from a marble surface, mix _ cup of flour and some dishwashing soap (a few squeezes of the bottle will do the trick!). Pour warm water into the mixture until the consistency is thick and no longer runny. Spread the substance over the stain and cover it with clear plastic wrap. Tape the wrap to the floor and let it settle overnight. Remove it in the morning and let the mixture dry. Scrape the mixture off the marble once dry.

Cleaning Wood Floors

March 10th, 2013

Always remember to use a very dry mop when you mop hardwood floors. This prevents moisture from leaking between boards in the floor. Polish wood with three parts olive oil and one part white vinegar. Some homeowners use vinegar combined with vegetable oil on wood floors.

Carpet Cleaning Tips

March 8th, 2013

Small whisk broom will help you clean the carpet edges around the outside of each room and in corners.

If you spill either red or white wine on carpet, believe it or not, use salt! Pour salt over the spill. Allow the wine to soak into the salt and then vacuum up the salt. If the stain remains, mix 1/2 tsp of dishwashing soap with 8 oz of warm water.

Apply a small amount, then blot and repeat until the stain is completely removed. Cover the stain with a towel and press down repeatedly to absorb the stain and the soap. Once the stain is completely removed, rinse the area with cold water.

Blot with a dry terrycloth towel and repeat if necessary until all the moisture and residue is removed. If the spot or stain turns to a brown color when dry, mix 1 part white vinegar and two parts water. Apply a small amount and blot. Repeat only once.

Bathroom Cleaning Tips

March 4th, 2013

bathroom cleaning tipsUse a dry tissue to pick up loose hairs in tubs and sinks nicely. Then use glass cleaner on tile walls and ceramic fixtures for clean, shiny surfaces.

Mix a paste of baking soda and vinegar to remove stubborn toilet bowl rings.

You can mix borax, also called sodium borate, with vinegar or lemon juice to clean the toilet.

Burn scented candles in the bathroom and kitchen or set out potpourri.

What’s the best way to remove stubborn stains from toilets? The first thing to do is to empty the bowl of most of its water using one of three methods:

Take a bucket of water and pour it rapidly into your bowl — this drives most of the water down by sort of a manual flush — enabling you to work directly on the stains.

Another method — the most convenient — is to take a bowl brush and ram the water in a controlled way down the toilet trap ten or fifteen times until all the water’s out except a little pool at the bottom.

A third way you can do it is to take a plunger and plunge the water down the trap.

In each case, your objective is the same: emptying the bowl so you can work. Then sprinkle the inside of your bowl liberally with cleanser and give it first a general cleaning using a bowl brush. Rinse the bowl by taking water from that little pool at the bottom. Then take your pumice stick and work directly on the deposits. The pumice stone is a great tool because it is softer than the porcelain but harder than the deposits — it won’t scratch the bowl; but wet it before using it to be safe and to make it easier to use. Work until all the rings and stains are gone.

Kitchen Cleaning Tips

March 4th, 2013

kitchen-cleaningUse a system of working left to right, from the top to the bottom, starting with the top of the refrigerator ( an often-missed surface). And after using stainless steel cleaner for your stainless steel sink, buff it with a dry cloth to really make it shine.

Water, mild detergent and a sponge is all you need to clean a microwave oven; avoid harsh or abrasive cleaning agents.

Unplug and pull the refrigerator / freezer out three to four times a year to clean underneath. Vacuum the front of the motor and coils to remove dust and dirt. Your refrigerator will work better longer.

A small cotton ball with a few drops of vanilla on it will eliminate odors when placed in your refrigerator.

Clean under sinks where mold is present with denatured alcohol and one-cup water. Check plumbing under sink periodically to look for leaks.

Refrigerators

Wash the inside of refrigerators with a mild soap and water solution. If the refrigerator has a bad smell, add a teaspoon of lemon extract or a teaspoon of vanilla to the wash water.

Wipe off fingerprints on appliances. Remove any dishes from the sink or countertops.

Fingerprints – Buff surfaces with a clean cloth dampened with a neutral disinfectant. This will not only remove fingerprints, but childhood germs as well.

Maid Service 101

March 4th, 2013

Del Mar maid service1. Take the time to learn about the service you are considering purchasing.
2. Ask for the advice of local experts.
3. What should the service cost?
4. What is typically included in the service?
5. What level of training is typically required and is the service a licensed service by your state
contractor’s license board?
6. Does the service provider offer references? Check them out!
7. For services above $1,000.00 work –
out payment schedules that you can monitor and see so that you pay as the work progresses.