Major House Cleaning - How To Do It Right
Thank God I don't have this many windows to clean :-)
It's Time for Some Major House Cleaning! Are You Ready?
Spring is about to arrive and hopefully stay for a while. Therefore it's time for major cleaning! Here are some practical tips and tricks that will help you clean the whole house.
Dirty windows? Not a problem! Just use squeegees - it is much faster and more effective than cloth or paper. You will find squeegees in several different sizes and the ability to extend the handle, so you can reach all hard to reach spaces.
First dip a sponge in a bucket of warm water and detergent. Soak the window, then wipe off the dirt. Dampen your squeegee and starting from the top corner, lead it to the lower part of the window, then wipe it with a sponge. Dry windowsills with a dry cloth.
Just remember to choose a nice, sunny day for this task!
Remove a bulb, wipe it with a damp microfiber cloth (avoid wetting the metal part). Bulbs located in chandeliers: clean them with a wool duster.
Wooden blinds need to be wiped once or twice a year, by using a sponge with a few drops of a wooden surface cleaning product.
Aluminum blinds can be cleaned outside: place them on an old, large blanket, on a sloping surface. Start scrubbing with water and anti-corrosion agents. Use a garden hose to rinse, then dry blinds with a towel to prevent corrosion.
Refreshing Garbage Disposal:
Toss a few ice cubes into the garbage disposal. It will break and scrub off accumulated grease and gunk . All you need to do is throw jn a handful of cubes, turn on the disposal and run cold water. You can also toss some lemon peels to freshen up.
It will get a bit noisy, you may want to take your pets out for a few minutes, so they don't get scared.
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Protecting Wooden Floors:
To protect your wooden floors from scratches, use adhesive discs for the bottoms of your furniture. Check, if they are worn or soiled, and replace them, since accumulated dust can also damage the floor.
You can find adhesive discs in any store with products for home, they are thick and soft, and come in a variety of diameters.
Cleaning a Refrigerator:
This activity usually is quite difficult, time consuming and daunting, let's try to make it a bit easier:
- The first step is to immediately wipe stains, as they occur, to avoid any discoloration of the surface.
- Make tossing out of rotten produce a part of your weekly tidying up routine,
- Every few months, wash the interior of the refrigerator with two teaspoons of baking soda dissolved in a liter of warm water.
- Using the above solution, clean removable shelves and drawers. Make sure to allow glass shelves to reach room temperature beforehand. It will prevent them from breaking during washing with warm water.
- Use an old toothbrush to clean nooks and crannies.
- Twice a year vacuuming the condenser to protect it from overheating.
- Smelly fridge? No problem! Simply place used coffee grounds in a small container on one of the shelves. Replace them every few weeks. Easy and free!
Getting Soap Scum of The Bathtub:
Save dryer sheets after doing laundry. Collect a few of them and then use them to scrub your tub. They will actually attract the soap scum, and make your tub super shiny.
Dryer sheets also work well on the toilet!
If you have smoke detectors, be sure to replace the batteries every six months. Use the day of daylight savings time change as a reminder, so it will be unlikely that you forget.
I am sure you have plenty of things that you never use and you don't need them anymore. We all do. How about making some extra money (hello vacation!) and cleaning up at the same time? I am thinking: Heck YES!
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Exact Cleaning Rugs and Carpets:
For synthetic surface rent or buy vacuum carpet cleaner, which cleans the fibers and removes traces of dirt with hot water and soap. Open the windows to allow air flow, allowing carpets to dry. In case of wool carpets and rugs, that are precious and fragile, take them to a professional cleaner.
To thoroughly clean curtains, use a steam vacuum cleaner, or take them to the dry cleaners. If you substitute heavy curtains to light ones during the warmer period, don't forget to remove impurities before you store them.
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