Keeping Carpets Pristine

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If we look after our furnishings they will last longer and maintain their appearance for many years. We can look after carpet and keep it looking new with a few precautions and preparations.

  • Have the carpets professionally cleaned every six months. This should be steam cleaning, which removes deep dirt and grit from the fibre. By removing such material the carpet suffers less abrasion, so it lasts longer.
  • Have the carpet scotchguarded, or given a similar treatment, when it is still new. These treatments prevent spill and stains from soaking into the carpet fabric, and also resist soiling from dirt and grime.

It is best to have the carpets treated when they are still new. Then reapply the protective treatment after each twice-a-year cleaning.

  • Use coasters under all furniture to prevent indentations in the carpet.
  • Simply ask people to remove shoes in the house, so there is far less dirt tracked form inside, and far less wear.
  • Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet before vacuuming. You only need to leave it on for a few minutes, maybe half an hour. This significantly reduces odour.
  • Deal with any spills immediately.
  • Air filters in the carpeted room and exhaust fans in the kitchen will keep the air much cleaner, so there is less grime, oil and grease settling on the carpet.

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It makes sense to maintain the home we have invested time and money in. Hire professional cleaners to keep your carpets in the best condition possible. Spent your free time enjoying your home rather than cleaning it.

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Bathtub Cleaning

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Many people enjoys a relaxing bath. It’s partly about keeping clean, partly the psychological relaxation. But keeping the actual bathtub clean is something of an inconvenience, and certainly not relaxing. But it’s a chore that needs to be done.

What is the bath made of?

Baths can be made porcelain, enamel, acrylic, fibreglass or occasionally stone or traditional copper. Different cleaning solutions are needed for these different materials.

Porcelain tubs are the most common, and will handle abrasive cleaning compounds. There are kitchen scrubs (power plus, abrasive cleaners) specifically designed for this. Else, you can mix bi-carb of soda with water.

Fibreglass can be cleaned with laundry detergent.

Acrylic bathtubs can be cleaned with a mixture of bi carb of soda and vinegar.

Copper can be cleaned with mild detergent and warm water.

Clear the area.

We tend to accumulate bottles of shampoo, conditioner, soaps, shaving equipment, old toothbrushes and the odd rubber duck and novelty item around the rim of the bath. Remove these for the time being to make cleaning easier.

Technique

Look for any obvious stains in the bathtub, and clean these first.

The traditional way to clean the bath is to scrub the surface while on your hands and knees, or at least to bend over the tub. This is easy when we are young, but a painful imposition for those over thirty.

An alternative to bending over is to use a mop, or a scrubber on a pole (No Kneel Scrubber).

Leave the cleaning solution on the bathtub surface for at least 30 minutes, anything up to a few hours is ok. This gives it time to work on the stains. Then scrub the whole surface.

After scrubbing you should rinse the whole bath surface. A hose or shower attachment is good for this.

Polish the bathtub surface with an old towel.

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Venetian Blinds

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Venetian blinds are an old design concept that have remained reasonably popular because they are functional, reliable and stylish. It is an easy matter to adjust them for the right light level, or for the right level of privacy. About their only downside is that they are a little tricky to clean.

Venetian blinds range from older models with wooden slates to modern metal and plastic slate blinds. The large surface area of these blinds tends to attract dust, which makes cleaning both necessary and slightly difficult. But the right procedure make the cleaning job easier.

  1. Tie back or remove any curtains or drapes near the blinds.
  2. Open the blinds and inspect the surface. Wipe off any obvious trouble spots, sticky marks, stains …etc. With window cleaner or De-solve-It. Wipe these spots clean with a paper towel.
  3. Shut the blinds and wipe them with either a soft dry cloth (Chux, microfiber) or by wearing a soft cotton glove. A clothes drier sheet will also work.
  4. You can repeat the cleaning with a damp cloth or glove. Add some detergent if it suits the blind material. Wooden blinds shouldn’t have detergent, but metal or plastic polymer is fine.
  5. Some people find that an old sock is useful for wiping down blinds.
  6. Open the blinds and reverse them, so the other side can be cleaned.

Blinds can also be given a light cleaning with a vacuum and soft brush attachment.

Some blinds can be easily detached and taken outside for cleaning. These blinds can be hosed down and left to dry in the Sunlight.

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Easier Laundry

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Laundry may be seen as an unpleasant chore, especially if you have to clean the clothes of several other members of the household. But a few tricks make for faster and easier laundry. And prevent that overflowing basket of clothes.

Clean some clothes less often.

  • Socks and underwear need to be cleaned after each use.
  • Gym clothes need to be cleaned each time.
  • Suits can be worn 3 or 4 times between washes
  • Jackets and coat, worn on the outside, need only be cleaned monthly, perhaps less, inspect them for any marks.
  • Hats, scarves and most gloves can be cleaned monthly.
  • Pyjamas need to be cleaned about twice per week.
  • T-shirts need to be cleaned after each use, at least if they are worn in public. If you stay at home in cold weather you ca wear the same t-shirt twice.

A few items like pyjamas can be hung inside out in the sunlight. The UV light from the Sun will help keep them clean between washes.

Divide and clean

Laundry needs to be separated into whites, colours, delicates …etc. Try having a different laundry basket for each to save sorting time and troubles.

Wash small items like socks and underwear together so they don’t get lost inside bedsheets or other large items.

Uniform Solution.

Odd socks are a nuisance. But if you buy several pairs of identical socks there will always be plenty of matching pairs. And you won’t get your socks mixed up with other people’s socks.

School uniforms already follow this pattern. Have a groups set of socks for summer and another for winter.

Deal with stains straight Away.

If you notice a stained item of clothing then immediately soak the item or use a spot stain removed (Sard Wonder Soap). This prevent the stain from being stubborn.

Use stain removed in all underarms to prevent satins and odour.

General Advice

  • Hang out washing inside out. The reduced colour fade from UV sunlight, and allows that same UV to kill bacteria.
  • Make sure to periodically clean the washing machine.
  • Hang wet clothes so that they dry in the correct shape. E.g.: hang shirts by the shoulders. This saves on ironing.
  • Some shirts need not be ironed if they are steamed. Put the shirt neatly on a coat hanger and leave in a steamy bathroom.

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There is a certain small satisfaction in getting the cleaning done. There is a great psychological benefit when living in a clean environment. Arrange professionals to look after the time consuming aspects of cleaning. Spend your time on the mote satisfying aspects of life.

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Windows

The old pop culture joke was that clearers ‘don’t do windows’, because they were too tricky. But we obviously cannot leave them dirty. In realty cleaners to do windows, and they have a few tricks to make sure the job is done well.

  • Avoid anything even slightly abrasive. Glass will scratch, and this will permanently leave the window with ugly marks.
  • A generations or two ago people used newspapers to blot windows dry. This was though to prevent streaking. But newspapers contain chemical print that isn’t good for the glass. And nobody reads the paper now anyhow.
  • A microfiber cloth is a good cleaning option for glass, especially windows. These are extreme soft, so they won’t scratch. Yet they are extremely effective because the super fine fibres will pick up the smallest particles, including bacteria. They will even work quite well with no detergent.
  • A mixture of water and white vinegar (half of each) is a good general purpose cleaner. Apply this with a spray bottle and clean with a microfiber cloth.
  • Avoid anything that will change the temperature of the window. Like most materials glass will expand and contract with changing temperatures. But if the temperature changes too quickly the glass will crack. Don’t put hot water on a cold window, or cold water on a window that had grown hot in the sun.
  • Avoid cleaning windows on hot summer days. The glass will dry too quickly, leaving the window with streaks.
  • A rubber squeegee a very useful for glass. After the window is clean the squeegee removes water without leaving streak marks.

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UV light and Damage

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Commercial cleaning services can clean up the mess, but they do not repair damage caused by time or negligence. If we want to keep our possessions in the best possible condition then we need to take some preventative measures

Ultra violet light (UV) from the Sun will slowly damage many materials, including home furnishings, carpets, curtains and paintwork. This is the same light that causes sunburn and premature skin aging.

UV light will cause most fabrics to fade. This is especially noticeable when one part of the fabric receives more UV exposure than another, making the colour fading uneven. This fading can occur on most furniture fabrics and leather. Most carpets will also suffer too. Paint is affected in unpredictable ways by UV; some paint will darken without sunlight, some paint will fade with sunlight. More modern paints are less effected than paint of a generation ago.

UV light gets in through most glass windows. Conventional glass will only block more than half the UV from the Sun, but if we want to block more UV light, to prevent damage to possessions inside, then we need to block or filter the light.

We can block the light by using UV proof curtains or blinds. This is effective, though it will block the visible daylight light as well as the UV. We will need to use light inside to see.

By using UV film on the windows we can block the UV light while allowing almost all of the visible daylight through. UV film is permanently fixed to the windows, where it is barely noticeable. It will remove 99% of the UV, protecting the interior of the home from fading. It is also possible to buy windows that have UV proof glass.

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Plain glass windows will block the high level UV light that causes sunburn (UVB), but not the lower level UV that slowly causes skin aging and fading on carpets and fabric (UVA). If we want to remove UV from inside office space then we need to use UV film on the window are replace the glass with UV proof material.

 

UV proof windows are a sound investment if we want to protect the possessions inside the office.

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Strata Living

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There are a lot of reasons to be attracted to apartment living. Its fairly secure, convenient and low-maintenance. About the only disadvantage is the limited space. And that pets are not allowed.

Yet there are always a few tick to making the most of the situation you are in.

  • Rent some storage space for the things that don’t fit into the apartment. Some people have model trains set up in storage areas, or pianos and band gear.
  • Rent a pet. Or make some money by walking somebody else’s dog on a regular basis.
  • Some strata have gardens and lawns. Use these for a weekly outdoor lunch.
  • Buy modern technology, which is often small. A laptop takes up less space than a desktop, and can be put away in a draw. A small projector and desk top box take up less room than the average TV, and still deliver a bigger picture.
  • If you have a car you may be allocated a parking spot. Sometimes you can rent space from another. Or you might use public transport and rent your car space to another.
  • Minimise your wardrobe. Buy neat sets of matching undergarments and socks, a few good dresses and suits. Then ditch anything that you no longer wear.
  • Find storage tricks for the possessions that you do have. Under bed, under couches, near the ceiling. There is so much unused space.

Use a lazy Susan / carousel in the cupboard.

Have desks and tables that slide under other tables.
The couch becomes a spare bed.

  • Heating and air conditioning are fairly cost effective in strata as you only need to cover a small space.
  • Increase kitchens space by putting countertops over the sink, over open draws. Use the space between cupboard and appliances to store the countertops.
  • Re-decorative kitchens with stick on tiles and contact. This is easy to remove, though it might require you to touch up the paint.
  • Add a few mirrors to make the apartment seem bigger.
  • Indoor plants are good for cleaning the air, and add to the homely feel of the place.

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Apartment complexes and strata are a combination of private accommodation and public space. Regular cleaning of the public areas is essential, as no one individual owns these spaces. Private apartments are the responsibility of the individual owners, but many choose to make use of the same cleaning service that looks after the general building. Strata make for a neat and organized lifestyle, especially with regular professional cleaning.

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Clothes and Sweat

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Clothing may suffer staining and odour over time. This is not acceptable in the company office, or anywhere else. The problem can be a combination of the deodorants and the inevitability of human sweat.

A few cleaning tricks will help us deal with clothing stains and odour:

Sweat Stains

The yellow discoloration that appears in the underarm and other parts of clothing can be causes by aluminium reacting with alt in our sweat. This discolouration tends to accumulate over time.

For stained clothing:

  • Make a paste out of bicarb of Soda and water. Rub this on the stained area and leave the shirt out in the Sun for two hours. The rinse and wash as usual.
  • Equal parts hydrogen peroxide, water and bicarb of soda is a good mixture for soaking a stain. Soak stained clothes for an hour then wash. 
  • Crush aspirin and mix with a little water to make a paste. Apply this to the stain with a toothbrush. Wash as usual.
  • Mix equal parts lemon juice and water, apply the stained area and leave the clothing in the Sun for a few hours.

Avoid regular bleach on stained white clothing. This can make the stain worse. Try oxygen bleach instead.

To prevent stains you can spray diluted vinegar (equal parts water) to the underarms after you finish wearing the shirt. Let the shirt air dry before you wash it. Do not leave the shirt damp for any period or you may get mildew problems.

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Detergent can cause problems in many situations. Ironically it can make cleaning worse. Many have noticed that a sticky floor is causes by soap or detergent that has been left to dry. This type of floor will always be dirt because dust, grime and dirt will always be stuck to the surface. The detergent must be removed to keep the floor clean. Grout remover will remove this stickiness from tiles and concrete.

Bedsheets and some other fabrics can retain bad odours if they have soaked up detergent. This sticky residue can be removed by washing in hot water with a little vinegar.

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Cleaning and Kids

Children make more of a mess than most adults, and will rarely clean it up on their own. Until they are old enough to learn some good habits and responsibility it helps to be proactive, and develop some means to make cleaning easier.

Tips for a cleaner House when you have Children.

  • Avoid glitter, it gets everywhere. If you have no choice, it your little princess is addicted to the shiny stuff, use a lint roller to get rid of the annoying sparkle.
  • Keep Play-Doh away from carpet and fabric. If it does get into the fibres, let it dry out and vacuum.
  • Crayon can be an issue on hard surfaces. Citrus based cleaners like De-solve-It are useful here, as is lemon essential oil. Occasionally it can be removed by ironing over with absorbent paper.
  • Make sure painting activities are done outside
  • Stickers end up on many hard surfaces. Heat from a hairdryer will remove stubborn sticker residue. Sometimes the sticker can be removed in one piece. Else, try citrus cleaners.
  • Many, but not all toys can be cleaned in a dishwasher. This is probably a good daily habit for group item considering the dirt and saliva that gets on many playthings.
  • For toys that consist of many small pieces (e.g.: Lego) put out a large drawstring mat. Keep the pieces on the mat. These can be put in a laundry bag and put through the dishwasher for cleaning.
  • Have some plastic tubs for toys. These are inexpensive. Or woven baskets.
  • Stains left by many bodily fluids can treated with bi-carb of soda. Leave overnight if necessary

Hygiene for Children

  • Scented liquid soaps, banana or strawberry, help encourage children to wash their hands. If they are too hasty with the washing then teach them to sing a nursery rhyme for the duration of the wash.
  • Novelty toothbrushes, either with flashing timer lights or pictures of popular characters, encourage children to brush their teeth.
  • Bath toys are an old idea, but they encourage a bath.

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Cleaning and Wall Paint

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A few generations ago all walls were painted with a glossy finish, because that was the type of paint most often available at the time. This limited the décor options, but it provided a considerable advantage for cleaning. Glossy paint tended to resist staining and was easy to clean with just a damp cloth.

Modern homes rarely use gloss paint on the inside. For the last two generations (at least) most people prefer the look of flat matt paint on their interior walls. Gloss might be used on the window trim or maybe in the kitchen. But the look of matt paint came with a compromise. Matt paint did not clean as easily as glossy paint.

A more recent development is eggshell paint. This has a similar surface sheen to matt paint, but is easy to clean like gloss paint. It provides the best of both worlds. As an added bonus, eggshell paint develops a protective outer coating as it dries, so it resists chipping and other damage.

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Glossy paint is suitable for Kindergarten cleaning situations because younger children like the bright colours with a shiny finish. And it makes cleaning, so inevitable with groups of children, much easier.

Offices don’t suffer the kind of damage experienced in public places, so matt paint is often quite suitable. Eggshell is almost the same in this situation, but has superior cleaning qualities.

Shopping centres and public bars may use glossy paint or eggshell paint to ease the cleaning problems. As these are public places there is a lot of traffic that inevitably produces a lot of cleaning tasks. Commercial cleaning services look after these places. Easy to clean décor helps the situation.

Most new homes use eggshell paint in the majority of rooms. Kitchens and bathrooms which are exposed to a lot of moisture and cooking grease will benefit from gloss paint, to make cleaning easier.

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