Gay Pride Flag

Rob's Housekeeping Service

"Where Exceptional Service & Affordability Meet!"

CLEANING TIPS/SALES & PROMOS

How to clean Laminate Floors

Posted on August 22, 2018 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

How to Clean Laminate Floors

-Less Water is Best-

By Rob Lebeck

Cleaning laminate floors is a breeze with the right mop. This handy guide will teach you how to clean laminate floors effortlessly so you have more time to put your feet up!

To get started you will need 2 things:

#1 Microfiber Mop

First make sure you have the right mop for the job. The best way to clean laminate floors is with a microfiber mop.

Microfiber mops glide across the floor picking up dirt and pet hair effortlessly. The swivel heads make it super fast to cover large areas, they get under tables and chairs easily, plus they require less water which is best because laminate flooring warps easily if exposed to water.

#2 Cleaning Solution

You can either buy a manufacturer’s cleaning solution or make one yourself (scroll down to see my recipe for homemade laminate floor cleaner below). Either way you’ll need a spray bottle to squirt the cleaning solution onto the mop pad.

Quick Instructions

1. dry mop with your microfiber mop OR use a vacuum on the wood floors setting to suck up big dust bunnies and hair tumbleweeds
2. dampen the microfiber pad with warm water and spray on the cleaning solution of your choice
3. mop the floor
4. when the microfiber pad gets too dirty simply – rinse, replace and continue
5. when you’re finished rinse the microfiber pad and put it in the washing machine on sanitary wash

NOT Recommended

Cleaning laminate floors with string mops or sponge mops will take you longer, leave streaky marks and because they use a lot of water will make it easier for moisture to sink into the cracks.

If moisture gets into the laminate core board it can warp the laminate floors over time.

No matter what the manufacturer told you about their floor having an airtight lock system, unless you’ve bought special waterproof laminate flooring with waxed edges I would never recommend using a string or sponge mop on laminate floor.  

Scroll to the bottom of this page to read my do’s and don’ts for caring for laminate flooring, plus bonus tips for removing exotic stains or stubborn marks.

3 Best Ways to Start

There’s never one perfect way to do anything which is why I’m going to leave it up to you to choose how you get the big dust bunnies and hair tumble weeds off the floor.
Everyone has their own personal routine and if you’re happier to do things a certain way then stick to it.
Here are the 3 best ways to get rid of the big stuff before you begin mopping with water. I’ve started with the fastest method and ended with the slowest.


1. Run a vacuum over the floor. Make sure it is set on the wood floors setting*
2. OR use the microfiber mop (without water) to get all the big clumps of hair and dust up. You can scrape the debris off and rinse before using the same microfiber pad for wet mopping
3. OR dry dust mop with a Swiffer type sweeper
Top Tip - It is best to sweep or vacuum in the direction that the floor is laid in to collect all the dirt between the grooves instead of trapping it.
*Don’t use a vacuum with a beater bar because it can scratch the laminate floor. If your laminate floor has a high gloss or piano surface I recommend you avoid vacuuming altogether just to be on the safe side and begin with #2 or #3 instead. This is because even if you set the vacuum to the wood floors setting it can still scratch the floor and scratches on high gloss or piano surface are very obvious in the light.

Just Add Water

If you’ve already been using your microfiber mop to dry mop the laminate floor, you can either scrape off the debris into a bin, rinse and reattach or simply replace the microfiber pad with a spare one.
Top Tip – it’s good to have a spare pad or two so you always have one to mop up emergency spillages with whilst others are cycling in the wash.
1. prepare your home made cleaning solution in a spray bottle or just grab your branded one from the cupboard
2. dampen the microfiber pad with warm water from the tap (not too soggy) and spray on the cleaning solution
3. mop the floor – a microfiber mop cuts through gunk with hardly any pushing down or scrubbing, so relax and let the mop do the work
4. when the microfiber pad gets too dirty after one or two rooms – rinse, reattach and continue. REMEMBER - You don’t need to haul a bucket of warm water around with you. One microfiber pad can easily last for two rooms or more so you don’t need to rinse it out in the sink very often. There’s no squeegeeing or high-duty wringing like with a string mop
5. when you’re finished rinse the microfiber pad in the sink and hang out to dry.
6. After several uses (and the pad appears to be quite discolored) put it in the washing machine on sanitary wash And that’s it!
This method of cleaning laminate floors will cut your cleaning time in half, plus it is the safest way to wet mop laminate flooring to prevent serious damage from warping.

Homemade Laminate Floor Cleaner

Here’s an excellent recipe for homemade laminate floor cleaner that works a treat, especially for cleaning high gloss laminate flooring leaving it completely streak free:
 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar
 1 squirt of liquid dish detergent
 put it all in a spray bottle and you’re good to go!
Making your own homemade laminate floor cleaner will save you from ever needing to buy an expensive manufacturer’s cleaner

Do’s and Don’ts of Caring for Laminate Flooring

 Do not use mops like string mops or sponge mops that use a lot of water (remember – if water corrupts the core-board it will cause it to warp!)

 When wet mopping your floor, do not soak the microfiber mop pad just dampen it

 Blot up large spills with a sponge, dry cloth or paper towel. Do not allow puddles to remain on the surface of your laminate floor for a long period of time because they could cause warping

 Remember, laminate floor is not real wood, so you should never wax or polish your laminate flooring

 Do not use anything with chemicals that promotes a clean and shine

 Do not use bleach or abrasive cleaners for cleaning laminate floors

 Never use steel wool or scouring pads because they are renown for scratching surfaces

Removing Exotic Stains and Stubborn Marks

 Blood: give it spray of window cleaner and wipe with a damp cloth

 Chewing gum: use a plastic knife or something else (nonmetal) to get under the gum and avoid scratching the floor. Once you’ve prized the worst of it off rub the residue with a soft cloth dampened with mineral spirits

 Crayon: apply mineral spirits to a damp cloth and rub away

 Grease: Freeze with an ice pack until the grease hardens, then scrape off with a plastic knife. Wipe away the remaining residue with a squirt of window cleaner and a damp cloth.

 Ink: Wipe with a damp cloth. Add a little detergent if the stain is stubborn. If it’s very stubborn use a commercial ink remover but be sure to wipe up with a damp cloth once you’re done

 Nail polish: You guessed it, the answer is – nail polish remover. Wipe up with a warm watered damp cloth once your done.

 Red Wine or Coca Cola: wipe with a damp cloth

 Scuffs and heel marks: rub with a pencil eraser. It’s just like correcting your kid’s homework

 

 

HOW TO REMOVE SOAP SCUM

Posted on June 14, 2018 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)


The Best Way to Clean & Remove Soap Scum

By Rob Lebeck


Soap scum is not just dirty soap, it's minerals from the water combined with dirt, body oils, sloughed off skin and bacteria.


BAKING SODA

Baking soda is a deodorizing abrasive that will help to remove soap scum from your shower or your tub.

· 1 cup of baking soda

· 1 Tbs. dishwashing detergent (or 1 squirt!)

· 1-2 cups of water

Mix these together in a bowl to form a paste with the consistency of pancake batter.

1. Dip a soft bristle brush into the solution

2. Apply to the soap scum and let the solution sit for about 15 minutes.

3. Scrub with a soft bristle brush until the soap scum is gone.

4. Rinse completely with hot water.

5. Wipe the area dry to help remove any remaining traces of grime.


VINEGAR

This is an acidic formula that helps to cut grease. Vinegar is also a natural deodorizer for your shower or your tub.

· 4 cups of white vinegar

· 4 cups water

· 1 Tbs. dishwashing detergent

Mix the solution together and then fill a spray bottle.

1. Spray the soap scum with the vinegar solution

2. Let the vinegar work on the stain for 15 minutes.

3. Scrub with a soft bristle brush.

4. Rinse completely with hot water.

5. Wipe the area dry to help remove any remaining traces of grime.


AMMONIA

Ammonia is alkaline and is very effective at cutting through waxy soap scum build up. The smell of ammonia is very strong, so open the window when using it.


· 1 cups of ammonia

· 2 cups water

Mix the cleaning solution in a spray bottle.

1. Spray the ammonia solution onto the soap scum

2. Let the ammonia sit on the soap scum for 30 minutes.

3. Do not allow the ammonia cleaner to dry.

4. Scrub the stain with a soft bristle brush.

5. Rinse the area thoroughly with hot water.

6. Wipe the area dry to help remove any remaining traces of grime. 


STANDARD CLEANS

1 Bed/1 Bath ............................$99.00

2 Bed/1 Bath ...........................$115.00

2 Bed/2 Bath ...........................$125.00

3 Bed/1 Bath ...........................$145.00

 

DEEP CLEANINGS

(2 to 5 additional hours of cleaning)

1 Bed/1 Bath........................... $179.00

2 Bed/1 Bath........................... $215.00

2 Bed/2 Bath ...........................$225.00

3 Bed/1 Bath ...........................$255.00

 


Maintaining Porous Floors

Posted on April 5, 2018 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Maintaining Porous Flooring

By: Rob Lebeck


While there are hundreds of hard surface floor types, most fall into two general categories: porous and nonporous.

A nonporous floor does not absorb soils or moisture. These would include such floors as glazed ceramic or glazed porcelain tiles. Porous floors, on the other hand, include traditional unglazed tile and grout (both tile and grout are porous), limestone, concrete, and brick flooring. A nonporous floor is often easier to clean and maintain; however, in most healthcare and other commercial facilities, porous floors are most commonly found. The reason for this is simple: safety. The porous surface can improve traction, which can help minimize the possibility of a slip-and-fall accident.

Safety is its strong suit, but the downside of porous floors is that soil and moisture can build up in the pores, causing discoloration and a soiled appearance. As this happens, bacteria and malodor can also develop. Further, should a soiled porous floor become wet, instead of promoting safety, it can actually become quite slippery, essentially eliminating its most important attribute.

To help protect the floor and prevent soil buildup, some administrators have their floors sealed. The type of sealant used will depend on the type of floor. However, they all work essentially the same. They cover the surface of the floor with a protective film, helping to block contaminants from lodging in the pores of the floor.

The problem that arises is that the sealer begins to wear down with time and foot traffic. When this happens, the floor is left unprotected and soiling begins. Further, some facilities prefer not to apply a sealer typically because floor care is time consuming and costly. In time, the sealer must be stripped off the floor—similar to finish (wax)—and then a new sealant applied. Some facilities are also concerned about the environmental impacts of some chemicals used to perform floor cleaning.

 

Routine and Restorative Cleaning Whether a sealant is applied to a porous floor or not, the keys to maintaining these floors come down to routine cleaning and more extensive restorative cleaning. Whenever possible, vacuum porous floors instead of dust mopping. Using a backpack vacuum, for instance, soils are removed from the pores. A dust mop will remove some soils and it will also push other soils into the pores.

The floor should also be damp mopped regularly. If using a traditional mopping system, change the mop head and water frequently. Just as with dust mopping, as the wet mop is used on the floor, it becomes contaminated and can start spreading soils instead of removing them, again defeating our cleaning goal.

Restorative cleaning typically involves using a conventional rotary floor machine. The problem that arises is that such machines only clean the top surface of the floor. They cannot reach deep into the grout or pores of the floor. An alternative that can be employed is to essentially pressure wash the floors, applying water at about 1,200-psi. The water and soils are then vacuumed up, all in the same process, leaving the floor essentially dry when work is completed. While there are different systems available, those used with so called “dual surface” carpet extractors tend to be the most popular. These extractors can be used to clean carpets and then, with a change of attachments, clean porous floors.

Whichever floor type is installed in your facility, cleaning and care are paramount to protect the floor, its appearance, and the health and safety of the facility. When it comes to porous floors, they can provide years of service, help increase safety, and are relatively easy to clean and maintain…as long as the right procedures, systems, and methods are employed.




REMOVE MINERAL DEPOSITS & RUST FROM YOUR TOILET

Posted on February 3, 2018 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)



TIPS FOR REMOVING


MINERAL STAINS OR RUST

 FROM YOUR TOILET


by Rob Lebeck, Owner

The first thing you want to do when preparing to remove stains from your toilet is to shut off the main water valve located behind the toilet on the wall. Turn it clockwise until it stops. Then use a bucket or cup to remove as much water as you can from the toilet bowl.


If you're using a brush, use one with nylon bristles. The old-style ones with wire bristles will scratch and damage the porcelain. Or, you might even consider using a pumice stone instead of a brush -- it's slightly abrasive, but not enough to damage the porcelain. However, if you go this route, make sure there's a bit of water in the toilet to work with. The water helps prevent the pumice from scratching the porcelain.


If you're using a commercial cleanser, follow the directions on the label. But you can use more natural solutions that you probably already have at home:


 Vinegar and baking soda -- Add 1 or 2 cups of vinegar to the toilet bowl along with a few sprinkles of baking soda. Swish the solution around the bowl with your brush for a few minutes and then let it sit for about 15 minutes. Scrub the stains with your brush (or pumice stone). If this doesn't remove the stain, try adding some lemon juice to dissolve the last of it. Turn the water back on, flush and repeat the cleaning process, if necessary. 


Coca-Cola -- After emptying the bowl, fill it with Coca-Cola (yes, really -- Coca-Cola). The acids in the soda help eat away at the stains. Let it sit overnight. Flush the next day and get to work with your pumice stone or brush on the now-loosened stains.

 

Now for what not to do: Don't use bleach in the toilet bowl. It won't work on the stains and can damage a septic system. And never, ever, mix bleach and ammonia. The resulting fumes can irritate respiratory passages and can even be fatal. Don't scrub with anything metal or super-abrasive. You'll ruin the porcelain.


Another Affordable Housekeeping Tip!!




The one thing everyone seems to agree on is that you may need to apply your stain remover more than once, and be ready to apply some good old-fashioned elbow grease. You can get rid of the stains if you persevere!

 

 

 

 

 



CLEAN CARPETS WITH VINEGAR

Posted on January 2, 2018 at 5:25 AM

How to Clean Carpet

With Vinegar

Vinegar has become the new buzzword when it comes to green cleaning, and this is one instance where the product actually lives up to the hype. Plain white vinegar is an amazing natural cleanser and is quite possibly the most versatile all-purpose cleaner that you could ever use. One unexpected place where vinegar is incredibly effective is for everyday carpet cleaning. As a natural deodorizing agent, vinegar freshens carpets by removing stale odors from age, food, and pet accidents, as well as any mustiness left from excess liquid of any kind. Here’s a look at how you can use vinegar to transform your carpet cleaning regimen.

Benefits of Vinegar as a Cleaning Product

Mother Nature has provided all-natural solutions for cleaning that are both effective and safe, and vinegar is one of them. Vinegar is very acidic with a pH of about 2.4 (a neutral pH is 7). This acidity means that vinegar is naturally:

• antiseptic (kills germs)

• antibacterial (kills many bacteria that cause illnesses)

• antimicrobial (kills microbes and other microscopic organisms)

• able to kill mold

Besides being able to kill numerous household germs and loosen and lift dirt from surfaces, vinegar is completely safe. Unlike most commercial carpet cleaners, vinegar will not cause any harm if ingested and is 100 percent pet and baby friendly. Vinegar is also eco-friendly, will never cause damage to plumbing systems, and is incredibly cheap. In short, white vinegar makes a very effective, economical, and ecologically wise household cleanser.

With Vinegar, It’s All in the Technique

While vinegar can make for an excellent carpet cleaner, you can’t just dump it on and wipe it up like an industrial cleaner. With vinegar, finesse is critical or you may end up damaging your carpet fibers. As with any cleaner, it’s important to test the vinegar on a hidden area before using it to clean the carpet. Using a damp rag, an inconspicuous area of carpet (inside a closet or in a corner, for example) can be moistened before applying the vinegar as if you were actually cleaning the area. Allow the vinegar to sit for a few minutes and then blot it away. After about 24 hours, examine the area for color fading or changes in texture.

If the fibers are unchanged, then you know that the vinegar is safe to use. For most types of cleaning, you will want to dilute the vinegar with water to protect the carpet fibers. Usually, the vinegar will have to sit on the carpet for a bit to maximize its effectiveness. Keep in mind that the room will smell of vinegar during the cleaning, but once the carpet dries, the smell will completely disappear. No rinsing is necessary. For more specific cleaning instructions see below.

Tips for Using Vinegar as a Carpet Cleaner

• Steam Cleaning with Vinegar: When carpets need an overall, deep down clean, plain vinegar can replace those costly and chemical-laden commercial steam cleaning solutions. If the steam cleaner has a tank where cleaning solution alone is added, it can be filled with full-strength vinegar straight from the bottle. If, however, the steam cleaner’s manual instructs you to add a certain amount of cleanser along with hot water in a single tank, the vinegar can simply be substituted in the exact amount recommended. If the manual states to use eight ounces of cleaning solution, for example, eight ounces of vinegar should be used instead.

• Stain Removal: White vinegar may be useful in removing fresh stains from food or drink spills, pet accidents, or grime tracked in from outside. It is always best to treat any spill as soon as it happens, before the stain has a chance to set into the carpet fibers. Any solid matter from a spill should be scooped up and any liquid blotted with a towel. Once almost all of the liquid has been absorbed, diluted vinegar can be sprayed or very lightly poured over the area and allowed to sit. It should then be blotted up with a clean cloth until the stain is no longer visible.

While vinegar is an effective carpet cleaner, dilution will help to ensure that your carpet fibers are protected. Again, always test an inconspicuous area first with the diluted solution before applying it to the entire carpet.

ROB LEBECK

ROB’S HOUSEKEEPING SERVICE

www.robshousekeepingservice.com

206-321-3756



 

CLEAN SPARKLING WINDOWS

Posted on December 5, 2017 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Rob’s Housekeeping Service

206-321-3756 • Seattle, Washington • 98101 [email protected]

December 5, 2017




HOW TO GET


SPARKLING WINDOWS


EVERY TIME:


I’ve cleaned a few windows in my time, and let me tell you Windex is NOT the answer! Homemade remedies are cheaper and much more effective!


Vinegar and Lemon are both acidic and will help give you that shine you’re looking for. But we don’t stop there. Ammonia is a grease cutter and gets that exterior window grime off in a snap. Finally, cornstarch will give you a diamond like luster that will get you to notice! Throw that all together and you’ll be the envy of the neighborhood! You will also have money left over from the savings!


ROB’S WINDOW CLEANER RECIPE:


1 cup Water

1 cup White or Cleaner’s Vinegar

1 cup Ammonia

1 Lemon

2 Tablespoons Cornstarch


Using a whisk, mix the Cornstarch into the liquid mixture.


For a better result, use a rubber tipped squeegee or lint free microfiber clothes. Another excellent choice is crumpled newspaper for a lint free shine.




The Wonders of Vinegar - Clean your Carpet!

Posted on February 19, 2017 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)

How to Clean Carpet With Vinegar

Rob Lebeck, Rob’s Housekeeping Service, Seattle

www.robshousekeepingservice.com

 

Vinegar has become the new buzzword when it comes to green cleaning, and this is one instance where the product actually lives up to the hype. Plain white vinegar is an amazing natural cleanser and is quite possibly the most versatile all-purpose cleaner that you could ever use. One unexpected place where vinegar is incredibly effective is for everyday carpet cleaning. As a natural deodorizing agent, vinegar freshens carpets by removing stale odors from age, food, and pet accidents, as well as any mustiness left from excess liquid of any kind. Here’s a look at how you can use vinegar to transform your carpet cleaning regimen.


Benefits of Vinegar as a Cleaning Product

Mother Nature has provided all-natural solutions for cleaning that are both effective and safe, and vinegar is one of them. Vinegar is very acidic with a pH of about 2.4 (a neutral pH is 7). This acidity means that vinegar is naturally:

• antiseptic (kills germs)

• antibacterial (kills many bacteria that cause illnesses)

• antimicrobial (kills microbes and other microscopic organisms)

• able to kill mold


Besides being able to kill numerous household germs and loosen and lift dirt from surfaces, vinegar is completely safe. Unlike most commercial carpet cleaners, vinegar will not cause any harm if ingested and is 100 percent pet and baby friendly. Vinegar is also eco-friendly, will never cause damage to plumbing systems, and is incredibly cheap. In short, white vinegar makes a very effective, economical, and ecologically wise household cleanser.


With Vinegar, It’s All in the Technique

While vinegar can make for an excellent carpet cleaner, you can’t just dump it on and wipe it up like an industrial cleaner. With vinegar, finesse is critical or you may end up damaging your carpet fibers. As with any cleaner, it’s important to test the vinegar on a hidden area before using it to clean the carpet. Using a damp rag, an inconspicuous area of carpet (inside a closet or in a corner, for example) can be moistened before applying the vinegar as if you were actually cleaning the area. Allow the vinegar to sit for a few minutes and then blot it away. After about 24 hours, examine the area for color fading or changes in texture.

If the fibers are unchanged, then you know that the vinegar is safe to use. For most types of cleaning, you will want to dilute the vinegar with water to protect the carpet fibers. Usually, the vinegar will have to sit on the carpet for a bit to maximize its effectiveness. Keep in mind that the room will smell of vinegar during the cleaning, but once the carpet dries, the smell will completely disappear. No rinsing is necessary. For more specific cleaning instructions see below.


Tips for Using Vinegar as a Carpet Cleaner

• Steam Cleaning with Vinegar: When carpets need an overall, deep down clean, plain vinegar can replace those costly and chemical-laden commercial steam cleaning solutions. If the steam cleaner has a tank where cleaning solution alone is added, it can be filled with full-strength vinegar straight from the bottle. If, however, the steam cleaner’s manual instructs you to add a certain amount of cleanser along with hot water in a single tank, the vinegar can simply be substituted in the exact amount recommended. If the manual states to use eight ounces of cleaning solution, for example, eight ounces of vinegar should be used instead.

• Stain Removal: White vinegar may be useful in removing fresh stains from food or drink spills, pet accidents, or grime tracked in from outside. It is always best to treat any spill as soon as it happens, before the stain has a chance to set into the carpet fibers. Any solid matter from a spill should be scooped up and any liquid blotted with a towel. Once almost all of the liquid has been absorbed, diluted vinegar can be sprayed or very lightly poured over the area and allowed to sit. It should then be blotted up with a clean cloth until the stain is no longer visible.

While vinegar is an effective carpet cleaner, dilution will help to ensure that your carpet fibers are protected. Again, always test an inconspicuous area first with the diluted solution before applying it to the entire carpet.


ROB


                                             

 

 

POROUS FLOOR CARE TIPS:

Posted on November 21, 2016 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Maintaining Porous Floors

By: Rob Lebeck

 

While there are hundreds of hard surface floor types, most fall into two general categories: porous and nonporous.

A nonporous floor does not absorb soils or moisture. These would include such floors as glazed ceramic or glazed porcelain tiles. Porous floors, on the other hand, include traditional unglazed tile and grout (both tile and grout are porous), limestone, concrete, and brick flooring. A nonporous floor is often easier to clean and maintain; however, in most healthcare and other commercial facilities, porous floors are most commonly found. The reason for this is simple: safety. The porous surface can improve traction, which can help minimize the possibility of a slip-and-fall accident.

Safety is its strong suit, but the downside of porous floors is that soil and moisture can build up in the pores, causing discoloration and a soiled appearance. As this happens, bacteria and malodor can also develop. Further, should a soiled porous floor become wet, instead of promoting safety, it can actually become quite slippery, essentially eliminating its most important attribute.

To help protect the floor and prevent soil buildup, some administrators have their floors sealed. The type of sealant used will depend on the type of floor. However, they all work essentially the same. They cover the surface of the floor with a protective film, helping to block contaminants from lodging in the pores of the floor.

The problem that arises is that the sealer begins to wear down with time and foot traffic. When this happens, the floor is left unprotected and soiling begins. Further, some facilities prefer not to apply a sealer typically because floor care is time consuming and costly. In time, the sealer must be stripped off the floor—similar to finish (wax)—and then a new sealant applied. Some facilities are also concerned about the environmental impacts of some chemicals used to perform floor cleaning.

Routine and Restorative Cleaning – Whether a sealant is applied to a porous floor or not, the keys to maintaining these floors come down to routine cleaning and more extensive restorative cleaning. Whenever possible, vacuum porous floors instead of dust mopping. Using a backpack vacuum, for instance, soils are removed from the pores. A dust mop will remove some soils and it will also push other soils into the pores.

The floor should also be damp mopped regularly. If using a traditional mopping system, change the mop head and water frequently. Just as with dust mopping, as the wet mop is used on the floor, it becomes contaminated and can start spreading soils instead of removing them, again defeating our cleaning goal.

Restorative cleaning typically involves using a conventional rotary floor machine. The problem that arises is that such machines only clean the top surface of the floor. They cannot reach deep into the grout or pores of the floor. An alternative that can be employed is to essentially pressure wash the floors, applying water at about 1,200-psi. The water and soils are then vacuumed up, all in the same process, leaving the floor essentially dry when work is completed. While there are different systems available, those used with so called “dual surface” carpet extractors tend to be the most popular. These extractors can be used to clean carpets and then, with a change of attachments, clean porous floors.

Whichever floor type is installed in your facility, cleaning and care are paramount to protect the floor, its appearance, and the health and safety of the facility. When it comes to porous floors, they can provide years of service, help increase safety, and are relatively easy to clean and maintain…as long as the right procedures, systems, and methods are employed.


 

Amazing Mop System

Posted on September 10, 2016 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

It's rare that I publicly endorse a product or service, but when I do I do it wholeheartedly. I wanted to share with you a product that costs about $35 and could save you thousands, by preventing damage to your Hardwood or Laminate floor. Water is the ENEMY to these beautifully finished floors. So O'Cedar has come up with a Mop System with a microfiber mop and a "wringer" built into the mop system. You operate the "wringer" with your foot, and it will extract as much or as little water as you want. It will get your mop practically bone dry if you want to! So after it takes all of the dirty elements out of the mop, you simply spin the mop to the dryness level you want and you're ready to go!

 

 

I purchased this at WalMart stores, and it's also available in most hardware stores like Lowes. Call me crazy, but I LOOK FORWARD to every time I get to use this damned thing! It' so cool!

 

 

95+ Household Uses for Vinegar!!

Posted on August 6, 2016 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (0)

 

95+ Household Uses for Vinegar

It’s Nothing Short of Amazing!!

 

By Rob Lebeck, Rob’s Housekeeping Service

 

With so many different uses around the house, this super item — in its white vinegar as well as its apple cider vinegar versions — deserves a special place in your pantry.

 

Clear dirt off PCs and peripherals

 

Your computer, printer, fax machine, and other home office gear will work better if you keep them clean and dust-free. Before you start cleaning, make sure that all your equipment is shut off. Now mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a bucket. Dampen a clean cloth in the solution — never use a spray bottle; you don’t want to get liquid on the circuits inside — then squeeze it out as hard as you can, and start wiping. Use cotton swabs to get in tight spaces (like around the keys of your keyboard).

 

Clean your computer mouse

 

If you have a mouse with a removable tracking ball, use a 50/50 vinegar-water solution to clean it. First, remove the ball from underneath the mouse by twisting off the cover over it. Use a cloth, dampened with the solution and wrung out, to wipe the ball clean and to remove fingerprints and dirt from the mouse itself. Then use a moistened cotton swab to clean out the gunk and debris from inside the ball chamber (let it dry a couple of hours before reinserting the ball).

 

 Erase ballpoint-pen marks


Has the budding young artist in your home just decorated a painted wall in your home with a ballpoint original or scribbled all over your desk while playing “office?” Don’t lose your cool. Rather, dab some full-strength white vinegar on the “masterpiece” using a cloth or a sponge. Repeat until the marks are gone. Then go out and buy your child a nice big sketch pad.

 

Burnish your scissors

 

When your scissor blades get sticky or grimy, don’t use water to wash them off; you’re far more likely to rust the fastener that holds the blades together — or the blades themselves — than get them clean. Instead, wipe down the blades with a cloth dipped in full-strength white vinegar, and then dry it off with a rag or dish towel.


Clean your window blinds

 

You can make the job of cleaning mini-blinds or venetians considerably less torturous by giving them “the white glove treatment.” Just put on a white cotton glove and moisten the fingers in a solution made of equal parts white vinegar and hot tap water. Then slide your fingers across both sides of each slat and prepare to be amazed. Use a container of clean water to periodically wash off the glove.

 

Clean your piano keys

 

Here’s an easy and efficient way to get those grimy fingerprints and stains off your piano keys. Dip a soft cloth into a solution of 1/2 cup white vinegar mixed in 2 cups water, squeeze it out until there are no drips, then gently wipe off each key. Use a second cloth to dry off the keys as you move along, then leave the keyboard uncovered for 24 hours.

 

Get rid of water rings on furniture

 

If your family is too lazy to use coasters, you might end up with white rings dotting the coffee table. To remove marks left by wet glasses on wood furniture, mix equal parts vinegar and olive oil and apply it with a soft cloth while moving with the wood grain. Use another clean, soft cloth to shine it up. To get white water rings off leather furniture, dab them with a sponge soaked in full-strength white vinegar.

 

Restore your rugs

 

If your rugs or carpets are looking worn and dingy from too much foot traffic, bring them back to life by brushing them with a clean push broom dipped in a solution of 1 cup white vinegar in 1 gallon (3.7 liters) water. Your faded threads will perk up, and you don’t even need to rinse off the solution. You can also prevent mildew from forming on the bottoms of rugs and carpeting by misting the backs with full-strength white vinegar from a spray bottle.

 

Remove carpet stains

 

Rub light carpet stains with a mixture of 2 tablespoons salt dissolved in 1/2 cup white vinegar. Let the solution dry, then vacuum.

 For larger or darker stains, add 2 tablespoons borax to the mixture and use in the same way.

For tough, ground-in dirt and other stains, make a paste of 1 tablespoon vinegar with 1 tablespoon cornstarch, and rub it into the stain using a dry cloth. Let it set for two days, then vacuum.

 

To make spray-on spot and stain remover, fill a spray bottle with 5 parts water and 1 part vinegar. Fill a second spray bottle with 1 part non-sudsy ammonia and 5 parts water. Saturate a stain with the vinegar solution. Let it settle for a few minutes, then blot thoroughly with a clean, dry cloth. Then spray and blot using the ammonia solution. Repeat until the stain is gone.

 

Brighten up brickwork

 

How’s this for an effortless way to clean your brick fireplace? Just go over the bricks with a damp cloth dipped in 1 cup white vinegar mixed with 1 gallon (3.7 liters) warm water. The hearth will look so good you’ll wonder why you didn’t try this sooner! You can also use this same solution to brighten up any other exposed brick, even brick flooring.

 

Revitalize wood paneling 


Does the wood paneling in your den look dull and dreary? Liven it up with this simple homemade remedy: Mix 1 pint warm water, 4 tablespoons white or apple cider vinegar, and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a container, give it a couple of shakes, and apply with a clean cloth. Let the mixture soak into the wood for several minutes, then polish with a dry cloth.

  

Wipe off wax or polish buildup

 

When furniture polish or wax builds up on wood furniture or leather tabletops, get rid of it with diluted white vinegar. To get built-up polish off a piece of wood furniture, dip a cloth in equal parts vinegar and water and squeeze it out well. Then, moving with the grain, clean away the polish. Wipe dry with a soft towel or cloth. Most leather tabletops will come clean simply by wiping them down with a soft cloth dipped in 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup water. Use a clean towel to dry off any remaining liquid.

 

Revitalize leather furniture

 

Has your leather sofa or easy chair lost its luster? To restore it to its former glory, mix equal parts white vinegar and boiled linseed oil in a recycled spray bottle, shake it up well, and spray it on. Spread it evenly over your furniture using a soft cloth, give it a couple of minutes to settle in, then rub it off with a clean cloth.

 

Conceal scratches in wood furniture

 

Got a scratch on a wooden tabletop that grabs your attention every time you look at it? To make it much less noticeable, mix some distilled or cider vinegar and iodine in a small jar and paint over the scratch with a small artist’s brush. Use more iodine for darker woods; more vinegar for lighter shades.

 

Remove candle wax

 

Candles are great for creating a romantic mood, but the mood can quickly sour if you wind up getting melted candle wax on your fine wood furniture. To remove it, first soften the wax using a blow-dryer on its hottest setting and blot up as much as you can with paper towels. Then remove what’s left by rubbing with a cloth soaked in a solution made of equal parts white vinegar and water. Wipe clean with a soft, absorbent cloth.

 

Unclog and deodorize drains

 

The combination of vinegar and baking soda is one of the most effective ways to unclog and deodorize drains. It’s also far gentler on your pipes (and your wallet) than commercial drain cleaners.

 Use a funnel to pour 1/2 cup baking soda followed by 1 cup vinegar into the drain. When the foaming subsides, flush with hot tap water. Wait five minutes, and then flush again with cold water. Besides clearing blockages, this technique also washes away odor-causing bacteria.

 

Get rid of smoke odor

 

If you’ve recently burned a steak — or if your chain-smoking aunt recently paid you a surprise visit — remove the lingering smoky odor by placing a shallow bowl about three-quarters full of white or cider vinegar in the room where the scent is strongest. Use several bowls if the smell permeates your entire home. The odor should be gone in less than a day. You can also quickly dispense of the smell of fresh cigarette smoke inside a room by moistening a cloth with vinegar and waving it around a bit.

 

Clean chrome and stainless steel

 

To clean chrome and stainless steel fixtures around your home, apply a light misting of undiluted white vinegar from a recycled spray bottle. Buff with a soft cloth to bring out the brightness.

 

Give grease stains the slip

 

Eliminate grease stains from your stove, broiler, kitchen table, or counter by wiping them down with a cloth dampened in a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water. In addition to removing the grease, the vinegar will neutralize any odors on the surface (once its own aroma evaporates, that is). For daily grease-fighting action, pour 3-4 tablespoons white vinegar into your favorite brand (especially bargain brands) of liquid dishwashing detergent and give it a few shakes. The added vinegar will not only increase the detergent’s grease-fighting capabilities, but also provide you with more dishwashing liquid for the money, because you’ll need less soap to clean your dishes. You can also boil 2 cups vinegar in your greasy pan for about 10 minutes to give it a natural non-stick quality that lasts several months, or boil 1 cup vinegar and water in a stainless steel pot to melt off stubborn slicks.

 

Deodorize lunch boxes

 

Has your child’s lunch box has taken on the bouquet of week-old tuna? Quit holding your breath every time you open it, and save them from lunchtime embarrassment with a quick deodorizing treatment. Soak a slice of white bread in white vinegar and leave it in the lunchbox overnight. The smell should be gone by morning.

 

Steam-clean your microwave

 

To clean your microwave, place a glass bowl filled with a solution of 1/4 cup vinegar in 1 cup water inside, and zap the mixture for five minutes on the highest setting. Once the bowl cools, dip a cloth or sponge into the liquid and use it to wipe away stains and splatters on the interior.

 

Refresh your refrigerator

 

Did you know that vinegar might be an even more effective safe cleanser for your refrigerator than baking soda? Use equal parts white vinegar and water to wash both the interior and exterior of your fridge, including the door gasket and the fronts of the vegetable and fruit bins. To prevent mildew growth, wash the inside walls and bin interiors with some full-strength vinegar on a cloth. Also use undiluted vinegar to wipe off accumulated dust and grime on top of your refrigerator. Of course, you’ll still want to put that box of baking soda inside your refrigerator to keep it smelling clean when you’re done.

 

Disinfect cutting boards

 

To disinfect and clean your wood cutting boards or butcher block countertop, wipe them with full-strength white vinegar after each use. The acetic acid in the vinegar is a good disinfectant, effective against such harmful bugs as E. coli, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus. Never use water and dishwashing detergent, because it can weaken surface wood fibers. When your wooden cutting surface needs deodorizing as well as disinfecting, spread some baking soda over it and then spray on undiluted white vinegar. Let it foam and bubble for five to ten minutes, then rinse with a cloth dipped in clean cold water.

 

Shine your silver

 

Make your silverware — as well as your pure silver bracelets, rings, and other jewelry — shine like new by soaking them in a mixture of 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons baking soda for two to three hours. Rinse them under cold water and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.

 

Polish brass and copper items

 

Put the shimmer back in your brass, bronze, and copper objects by making a paste of equal parts white vinegar and salt, or vinegar and baking soda (wait for the fizzing to stop before using). Use a clean, soft cloth or paper towel to rub the paste into the item until the tarnish is gone. Then rinse with cool water and polish with a soft towel until dry.

 

Refresh your ice trays

 

If your plastic ice trays are covered with hard-water stains — or if it’s been a while since you’ve cleaned them — a few cups of white vinegar can help you in either case. To remove the spots or disinfect your trays, let them soak in undiluted vinegar for four to five hours, then rinse well under cold water and let dry.

 

Clean a coffeemaker

 

If your coffee consistently comes out weak or bitter, odds are, your coffeemaker needs cleaning. Fill the decanter with 2 cups white vinegar and 1 cup water. Place a filter in the machine, and pour the solution into the coffeemaker’s water chamber. Turn on the coffeemaker and let it run through a full brew cycle. Remove the filter and replace it with a fresh one. Then run clean water through the machine for two full cycles, replacing the filter again for the second brew. If you have soft water, clean your coffeemaker after 80 brew cycles — after 40 cycles if you have hard water.

 

Put the sparkle back in your glassware by adding vinegar to your rinse water or dishwater.

To keep your everyday glassware gleaming, add 1/4 cup vinegar to your dishwasher’s rinse cycle.

 

To rid drinking glasses of cloudiness or spots caused by hard water, heat up a pot of equal parts white vinegar and water (use full-strength vinegar if your glasses are very cloudy), and let them soak in it for 15-30 minutes. Give them a good scrubbing with a bottle brush, then rinse clean.

 

Add 2 tablespoons vinegar to your dishwater when cleaning your good crystal glasses. Then rinse them in a solution of 3 parts warm water to 1 part vinegar and allow them to air-dry. You can also wash delicate crystal and fine china by adding 1 cup vinegar to a basin of warm water. Gently dunk the glasses in the solution and let dry.

 

To get coffee stains and other discolorations off china dishes and teacups, try scrubbing them with equal parts vinegar and salt, followed by rinsing them under warm water.

 

Clean a teakettle

 

To eliminate lime and mineral deposits in a teakettle, bring 3 cups full-strength white vinegar to a full boil for five minutes and leave the vinegar in the kettle overnight. Rinse out with cold water the next day.

 

Clear the air in your kitchen

 

If the smell of yesterday’s cooked cabbage or fish stew is hanging around your kitchen longer than you’d like, mix a pot of 1/2 cup white vinegar in 1 cup water. Let it boil until the liquid is almost gone. You’ll be breathing easier in no time.

 

Things That Should Last a Lifetime, cast-iron pan. Make an all-purpose scrub for pots and pans

 

How would you like an effective scouring mix that costs a few pennies, and can be safely used on all of your metal cookware — including expensive copper pots and pans? Want even better news? You probably already have this “miracle mix” in your kitchen. Simply combine equal parts salt and flour and add just enough vinegar to make a paste. Work the paste around the cooking surface and the outside of the utensil, then rinse off with warm water and dry thoroughly with a soft dish towel.

 

Sanitize jars, containers, and vases

 

Do you cringe at the thought of cleaning out a mayonnaise, peanut butter, or mustard jar to reuse it? Or worse, getting the residue out of a slimy vase, decanter, or container? There is an easy way to handle these jobs. Fill the item with equal parts vinegar and warm, soapy water and let it stand for 10-15 minutes. If you’re cleaning a bottle or jar, close it up and give it a few good shakes; otherwise use a bottle brush to scrape off the remains before thoroughly rinsing.

 

Clean a dirty thermos

 

To get a thermos bottle clean, fill it with warm water and 1/4 cup white vinegar. If you see any residue, add some uncooked rice, which will act as an abrasive to scrape it off. Close and shake well. Then rinse and let it air-dry.

 

Purge bugs from your pantry

 

Do you have moths or other insects in your cupboard or pantry? Fill a small bowl with 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar and add a couple of drops of liquid dish detergent. Leave it in there for a week; it will attract the bugs, which will fall into the bowl and drown. Then empty the shelves, and give the interior a thorough washing with dishwashing detergent or 2 cups baking soda in 1 quart (1 liter) water. Discard all wheat products (breads, pasta, flour, and such), and clean off canned goods before putting them back.

 

Brush-clean can opener blades

 

Does that dirty wheel blade of your electric can opener look like it’s seen at least one can too many? To clean and sanitize it, dip an old toothbrush in white vinegar, and then position the bristles of the brush around the side and edge of the wheel. Turn on the appliance, and let the blade scrub itself clean.

 

Trap fruit flies

 

Did you bring home fruit flies from the market? You can make traps for them that can be used anywhere around your house by filling an old jar about halfway with apple cider. Punch a few holes in the lid, screw it back on, and you’re good to go.

 

Clean windshield wiper blades

 

When your windshield actually gets blurrier after you turn on your wipers during a rainstorm, it usually means that your wiper blades are dirty. To make them as good as new, dampen a cloth or rag with some full-strength white vinegar and run it down the full length of each blade once or twice.

 

Care for your car’s carpets

 

A good vacuuming will get up the sand and other loose debris from your car’s carpeting, but it won’t do diddly for stains or ground-in dirt. For that, mix up a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar and sponge it into the carpet. Give the mixture a couple of minutes to settle in; then blot it up with a cloth or paper towel. This technique will also eliminate salt residues left on car carpets during the winter months.

 

Remove bumper stickers

 

If those tattered old bumper stickers on your car make you feel more nauseated than nostalgic, it’s time to break out the vinegar. Saturate the top and sides of the sticker with undiluted distilled vinegar and wait 10-15 minutes for the vinegar to soak through. Then use an expired credit card (or one of those promotional plastic cards that come in the mail) to scrape it off. Use more full-strength vinegar to get rid of any remaining gluey residue. Use the same technique to detach those cute decals your kids used to decorate the back windshield.

 

Keep car windows frost-free

 

If you park your car outdoors during the cold winter months, a smart and simple way to keep frost from forming on your windows is by wiping (or, better yet, spraying) the outsides of the windows with a solution of 3 parts white vinegar to 1 part water. Each coating may last up to several weeks — although, unfortunately, it won’t do much in the way of warding off a heavy snowfall.

 

It’s Dizzying there are so many uses!

RUN don’t walk to your grocery store for Vinegar!!

 

 

 

HOW TO CARE FOR LAMINATE FLOORS

Posted on August 3, 2016 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

How to Clean Laminate Floors – Less Water is Best

Cleaning laminate floors is a breeze with the right mop. This handy guide will teach you how to clean laminate floors effortlessly so you have more time to put your feet up!

To get started you will need 2 things:

#1 Microfiber Mop

Best Microfiber Mop

 

First make sure you have the right mop for the job. The best way to clean laminate floors is with a microfiber mop.

Microfiber mops glide across the floor picking up dirt and pet hair effortlessly. The swivel heads make it super fast to cover large areas, they get under tables and chairs easily, plus they require less water which is best because laminate flooring warps easily if exposed to water.

#2 Cleaning Solution

You can either buy a manufacturer’s cleaning solution or make one yourself (scroll down to see my recipe for homemade laminate floor cleaner below). Either way you’ll need a spray bottle to squirt the cleaning solution onto the mop pad.

Quick Instructions

1. dry mop with your microfiber mop OR use a vacuum on the wood floors setting to suck up big dust bunnies and hair tumbleweeds

2. dampen the microfiber pad with warm water and spray on the cleaning solution of your choice

3. mop the floor

4. when the microfiber pad gets too dirty simply – rinse, replace and continue

5. when you’re finished rinse the microfiber pad and put it in the washing machine on sanitary wash

NOT Recommended

Cleaning laminate floors with string mops or sponge mops will take you longer, leave streaky marks and because they use a lot of water will make it easier for moisture to sink into the cracks.

If moisture gets into the laminate core board it can warp the laminate floors over time.

No matter what the manufacturer told you about their floor having an airtight lock system, unless you’ve bought special waterproof laminate flooring with waxed edges I would never recommend using a string or sponge mop on laminate floor. The janitor in our office in Beijing used a string wet dripping mop and the flooring is warping after only two years of use.

Scroll to the bottom of this page to read my do’s and don’ts for caring for laminate flooring, plus bonus tips for removing exotic stains or stubborn marks.

3 Best Ways to Start

There’s never one perfect way to do anything which is why I’m going to leave it up to you to choose how you get the big dust bunnies and hair tumble weeds off the floor.

Everyone has their own personal routine and if you’re happier to do things a certain way then stick to it.

Here are the 3 best ways to get rid of the big stuff before you begin mopping with water. I’ve started with the fastest method and ended with the slowest.

1. Run a vacuum over the floor. Make sure it is set on the wood floors setting*

2. OR use the microfiber mop (without water) to get all the big clumps of hair and dust up. You can scrape the debris off and rinse before using the same microfiber pad for wet mopping

3. OR dry dust mop with a Swiffer type sweeper

Top Tip - It is best to sweep or vacuum in the direction that the floor is laid in to collect all the dirt between the grooves instead of trapping it.

*Don’t use a vacuum with a beater bar because it can scratch the laminate floor. If your laminate floor has a high gloss or piano surface I recommend you avoid vacuuming altogether just to be on the safe side and begin with #2 or #3 instead. This is because even if you set the vacuum to the wood floors setting it can still scratch the floor and scratches on high gloss or piano surface are very obvious in the light.

Just Add Water

If you’ve already been using yourmicrofiber mop to dry mop the laminate floor, you can either scrape off the debris into a bin, rinse and reattach or simply replace the microfiber pad with a spare one.

Top Tip – it’s good to have a spare pad or two so you always have one to mop up emergency spillages with whilst others are cycling in the wash.

1. prepare your home made cleaning solution in a spray bottle or just grab your branded one from the cupboard

2. dampen the microfiber pad with warm water from the tap (not too soggy) and spray on the cleaning solution

3. mop the floor – a microfiber mop cuts through gunk with hardly any pushing down or scrubbing, so relax and let the mop do the work

4. when the microfiber pad gets too dirty after one or two rooms – rinse, reattach and continue. REMEMBER - You don’t need to haul a bucket of warm water around with you. One microfiber pad can easily last for two rooms or more so you don’t need to rinse it out in the sink very often. There’s no squeegeeing or high-duty wringing like with a string mop

5. when you’re finished rinse the microfiber pad in the sink and hang out to dry.

6. After several uses (and the pad appears to be quite discoloured) put it in the washing machine on sanitary wash

And that’s it!

This method of cleaning laminate floors will cut your cleaning time in half, plus it is the safest way to wet mop laminate flooring to prevent serious damage from warping. If you are not convinced that microfiber mops are the best way to clean laminate floors see my article: 10 advantages of microfiber mops for cleaning laminate floors.

Homemade Laminate Floor Cleaner

Here’s an excellent recipe for home made laminate floor cleaner that works a treat, especially for cleaning high gloss laminate flooring leaving it completely streak free:

 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar

 1 squirt of liquid dish detergent

 put it all in a spray bottle and you’re good to go!

Making your own homemade laminate floor cleaner will save you from ever needing to buy an expensive manufacturer’s cleaner

Do’s and Don’ts of Caring for Laminate Flooring

 Do not use mops like string mops or sponge mops that use a lot of water (remember – if water corrupts the core-board it will cause it to warp!)

 When wet mopping your floor, do not soak the microfiber mop pad just dampen it

 Blot up large spills with a sponge, dry cloth or paper towel. Do not allow puddles to remain on the surface of your laminate floor for a long period of time because they could cause warping

 Remember, laminate floor is not real wood, so you should never wax or polish your laminate flooring

 Do not use anything with chemicals that promotes a clean and shine

 Do not use bleach or abrasive cleaners for cleaning laminate floors

 Never use steel wool or scouring pads because they are renown for scratching surfaces

Removing Exotic Stains and Stubborn Marks

 Blood: give it spray of window cleaner and wipe with a damp cloth

 Chewing gum: use a plastic knife or something else (non metal) to get under the gum and avoid scratching the floor. Once you’ve prized the worst of it off rub the residue with a soft cloth dampened with mineral spirits

 Crayon: apply mineral spirits to a damp cloth and rub away

 Grease: Freeze with an ice pack until the grease hardens, then scrape off with a plastic knife. Wipe away the remaining residue with a squirt of window cleaner and a damp cloth.

 Ink: Wipe with a damp cloth. Add a little detergent if the stain is stubborn. If it’s very stubborn use a commercial ink remover but be sure to wipe up with a damp cloth once you’re done

 Nail polish: You guessed it, the answer is – nail polish remover. Wipe up with a warm watered damp cloth once your done.

 Red Wine or Coca Cola: wipe with a damp cloth

 Scuffs and heel marks: rub with a pencil eraser. It’s just like correcting your kid’s homework

Was this Helpful?


 

 

How to Clean Carpet With Vinegar

Posted on June 18, 2016 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

How to Clean Carpet With Vinegar

Vinegar has become the new buzzword when it comes to green cleaning, and this is one instance where the product actually lives up to the hype. Plain white vinegar is an amazing natural cleanser and is quite possibly the most versatile all-purpose cleaner that you could ever use. One unexpected place where vinegar is incredibly effective is for everyday carpet cleaning. As a natural deodorizing agent, vinegar freshens carpets by removing stale odors from age, food, and pet accidents, as well as any mustiness left from excess liquid of any kind. Here’s a look at how you can use vinegar to transform your carpet cleaning regimen.

Benefits of Vinegar as a Cleaning Product

Mother Nature has provided all-natural solutions for cleaning that are both effective and safe, and vinegar is one of them. Vinegar is very acidic with a pH of about 2.4 (a neutral pH is 7). This acidity means that vinegar is naturally:

• antiseptic (kills germs)

• antibacterial (kills many bacteria that cause illnesses)

• antimicrobial (kills microbes and other microscopic organisms)

• able to kill mold

Besides being able to kill numerous household germs and loosen and lift dirt from surfaces, vinegar is completely safe. Unlike most commercial carpet cleaners, vinegar will not cause any harm if ingested and is 100 percent pet and baby friendly. Vinegar is also eco-friendly, will never cause damage to plumbing systems, and is incredibly cheap. In short, white vinegar makes a very effective, economical, and ecologically wise household cleanser.

With Vinegar, It’s All in the Technique

While vinegar can make for an excellent carpet cleaner, you can’t just dump it on and wipe it up like an industrial cleaner. With vinegar, finesse is critical or you may end up damaging your carpet fibers. As with any cleaner, it’s important to test the vinegar on a hidden area before using it to clean the carpet. Using a damp rag, an inconspicuous area of carpet (inside a closet or in a corner, for example) can be moistened before applying the vinegar as if you were actually cleaning the area. Allow the vinegar to sit for a few minutes and then blot it away. After about 24 hours, examine the area for color fading or changes in texture.df5

If the fibers are unchanged, then you know that the vinegar is safe to use. For most types of cleaning, you will want to dilute the vinegar with water to protect the carpet fibers. Usually, the vinegar will have to sit on the carpet for a bit to maximize its effectiveness. Keep in mind that the room will smell of vinegar during the cleaning, but once the carpet dries, the smell will completely disappear. No rinsing is necessary. For more specific cleaning instructions see below.

Tips for Using Vinegar as a Carpet Cleaner

Steam Cleaning with Vinegar: When carpets need an overall, deep down clean, plain vinegar can replace those costly and chemical-laden commercial steam cleaning solutions. If the steam cleaner has a tank where cleaning solution alone is added, it can be filled with full-strength vinegar straight from the bottle. If, however, the steam cleaner’s manual instructs you to add a certain amount of cleanser along with hot water in a single tank, the vinegar can simply be substituted in the exact amount recommended. If the manual states to use eight ounces of cleaning solution, for example, eight ounces of vinegar should be used instead.

Stain Removal: White vinegar may be useful in removing fresh stains from food or drink spills, pet accidents, or grime tracked in from outside. It is always best to treat any spill as soon as it happens, before the stain has a chance to set into the carpet fibers. Any solid matter from a spill should be scooped up and any liquid blotted with a towel. Once almost all of the liquid has been absorbed, diluted vinegar can be sprayed or very lightly poured over the area and allowed to sit. It should then be blotted up with a clean cloth until the stain is no longer visible.

While vinegar is an effective carpet cleaner, dilution will help to ensure that your carpet fibers are protected. Again, always test an inconspicuous area first with the diluted solution before applying it to the entire carpet.

 

 

Replace commercial Window cleaners!

Posted on June 11, 2016 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Vinegar is a miracle from nature. Completely non-toxic and anti-bacterial, vinegar is actually beneficial to any surface it touches. It safely kills germs and is much more economical than chemical cleaning solutions. It’s not even harmful when accidentally inhaled or ingested. (If you’ve got kids, you’ll love that part).

 The acidic composition of vinegar acts quickly to break down the kind of film that frequently accumulates on glass surfaces. When you wash a window using a solution that contains vinegar, the results will almost always be free from streaks and sparkling clean.

 Recipes for Vinegar Window Washing Solution

Martha Stewart included a section with detailed recommendations for window washing in her series, "20 More Things Everyone Should Know". Below are a few choice tips, along with her vinegar window-washing recipe.

 Mix one part hot water to one part distilled vinegar.

Sponge cleaning: Moisten the window, using the solution, then clean.

Squeegee cleaning: Always dampen the squeegee first and clean from the top down, wiping the edge of the squeegee after every stroke.

Clean only when there is no direct sun on the windows.

Rinse and dry the window frames immediately to avoid any damage.

Green Living, from National Geographic, recommends this simple recipe, plus a few extra tips for the best window cleaning outcome.

 

In a spray bottle, mix 50% distilled vinegar (white) and 50% tap water.

For extremely grimy glass, prewash with very soapy water, then go to the vinegar spray.

Got highly resistent spots? Try rubbing hard with a cloth dipped in undiluted vinegar.

Are the Streaks Still Blurring Your View?

Don't blame the vinegar. Streaks are caused by residue left on the glass by commercial products. The answer? See the information below:

 white vinegarFirst Vinegar Wash

2 c. water

1/4 c. white vinegar

1/2 tsp. dishwashing detergent or liquid

Combine these ingredients in a spray bottle, then just spray and clean.

Forever After Vinegar Wash

1 c. water

1 c. white vinegar

Combine these ingredients in a spray bottle, spray and clean. This is for normal windows.

Vinegar Wash For Horribly Grimy Windows

1 c. full strength white vinegar

Warm up the solution and use directly on glass to clean.

What's the Best Wipe?

You can ensure a streak-free, squeaky clean window by using one of the above tips and wiping with paper towels, microfiber cloths or newspaper. Whatever you use, make sure its lint-free.

 HINT: Squeegees are harder to get the hang of, but they almost always do a better job.


 Homage to Vinegar in the Home

Psst! Reader's Digest recently published a collection of over 150 uses around the home for common vinegar. Here are just a few to give you a glimpse of tricks you are probably missing out on:

 Clean window blinds- A cool idea is to don a pair of white cotton gloves, dip your gloved hands in a 50/50 solution of hot water and white vinegar, then clean the blinds by simply sliding your gloved fingers down each side simultaneously.

Unclog drains- Did you know you could use 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1 cup vinegar to foam clean a stubborn drain? Put the baking soda in first, followed by vinegar and watch the chemical magic. The combo kills bacteria too and is easier on pipes and drains than harsh commercial preparations as well.

Spiff up your silver- Combine 1/4 cup of white vinegar with 1 tablespoon of baking soda and soak your silverware in the solution. Rinse, then dry and voila!

8)