Cleaning Curtains

Curtains, drapes and other window coverings aren’t too bad when it comes to cleaning. They do accumulate some dust, but as they are a vertical surface the extent of this isn’t too bad; and dust can often be removed with vacuuming. But occasionally the curtains will need a more severe cleaning. This has been less essential for the past generation as fewer people smoke, and curtains won’t be soaking up as many offensive odours. Nonetheless the curtains should be given the occasional wash.
Many curtains can be cleaned in the washing machine; check with the manufacturer to see what is appropriate. The hardest part of this is the curtains hanging; you will have to get the curtains down (possibly with a ladder and some assistance), find a place to dry them after they are washed, and rehang them latter (again, probably with some help).
Examine the curtains while they are still hanging. Look for any stains, and spot clean them before they are washed.
If curtains are dry-clean only then have them professionally looked after. Drapes and heavy clothes are usually best dry-cleaned.
Some light curtain fabrics can simply be put in the drier for a few minutes. This saves having to wash them. Avoid heat, and use only warm setting.
Some professional companies have steam equipment that cleans curtains while still suspended. Consider this option; it is convenient and the results are excellent.
When the curtains are in the wash, or being dried, use the time to clean the glass windows. Microfiber clothes are a quick and efficient way to do this. Make sure to clean the railings or other accessories that the curtains hang on.

Microfibre Cloth

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Microfibre cleaning cloths appeared on the market in the 1990s, though the research behind them dates back to the late 1950s. It was one of several popular products derive from the same line of research, another being Ultrasuede. This whole line has produce synthetic fibres that have been put to several different uses, often better then the natural products they replaced.
 
The name and function come from the fact that the individual fibres of the cloth are very thin, in the order of one denier or less. A denier is about the thickness of a single strand of silk, about 20% the thickness of a human hair. Because of the thin nature of the fibres in the cloth there is a lot of space between fibres. This empty space allows the material to absorb a great deal of water.
 
The small size of the cloth fibres also allow it to clean on a much smaller scale. The tiny scale fibres can attach themselves to the most minute dirt particles, even microscopic sized ones. The adhesive forces (called van der Walls forces in physics) of the cloth are so strong at this microscopic level that even germs and bacteria are trapped and removed from the contaminated surface with a good microfibre cloth.
 
It is this last property, the ability to remove germs, that makes microfibre cloths so much better than conventional fabrics. Most surfaces previously required ac loth to physically remove the dirt and a chemical to deal with the germs or bacteria; they also required solvents to break down grease. Microfibre cloths achieve this without chemical means, removing many toxins from the home environment.
 
Microfibre cloths achieve with Physics the type of cleaning previously only possible with chemistry. This is a huge advance, and does away with many other cleaning products. A great deal of cleaning can be done with the microfibre cloth alone.
 
Good microfibre cloths are ‘split’, which means the tiny fibre itself divides into many smaller filaments. This greatly increases the cleaning effectiveness and water absorption of the material.
 
Look for a microfibre cloth that is split, and with a denier number (size of filament number) less than 1. Really good microfibre cloths should have a denier number of 0.33.

OFFICE CLEANING SYDNEY

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Useful devices for Office Cleaning Sydney
 
We might get the notion that novelty items serve no real function. But novelty items tend to get noticed and used more than generic items. If a novelty cleaning item means we get things clean, then it is serving a useful function.
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  • Robotic vacuum cleaner. A cheap version will just randomly patrol the floor, cleaning as it goes. An expensive model will map its own surroundings and plug itself into a dock for recharging. Programme it to clean as you leave each day.
  • Cleaning Putty. This gets gunk out of small crevices and other hard to reach places. Great for computer keyboards.
  • Soap and hand sanitiser dispensers.
  • Hand towels with anything from cartoon characters to funny quotes.
  • Pedal or remote control garbage can. Don’t get your hands dirty again.
  • A dust buster or any small novelty vacuum.
  • Microfiber cloths. No need for chemical cleaners, these get rid of germs and bacteria.
  • A UV wand. The UV light disinfects many surfaces in Minutes.
  • An Air filter. Clean air makes all the difference. These can easily increase productivity and decrease sick days.
  • Negative iron generator. This also cleans the air, but the negative ions apparently make people a little happier.
  • Air gun. This blows dust out of hard-to-reach places. It can work in places where vacuums can’t reach.

PSYCHOLOGY OF CLEANING

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We feel different in an untidy environment. Some studies have shown that a chaotic looking neighbourhood seems to increase the likelihood of crime; individuals did not feel the need to be honest when living in disarray. If we live with disorder long enough we simply stop caring, not only about the keeping the surrounding in order, but in trying to keep anything else organized as well.
 
Cleaning your house, or simply have it cleaned, gives one the feeling that you have at least some control over your circumstances. Leaving it messy eventually gives the message that it is acceptable to be messy, and disorganised, and give up. The effect varies between individuals; some people have thin boundaries, and quickly absorb their surroundings. Others either take matter into their own hands and start their own organizing or they leave.
 
Of course matters can go both ways. A messy house may be the result of a sad, depressed person who has given up; else, it may be encouraging the person to give up and grow sad or depressed. But this is a balanced equation. If we change one side we can affect the other. Tidying the house may be the first step towards recovery; this works even if there is outside help. Else, after recovering from a problem we might feel compelled to start organizing our house again.
 
Our office space is similar to the house in terms of psychological effect. We will not be at our best in a mess; we will do much better if come to a clean office each morning. Almost every office employees a cleaning service for this very reason. The time taken to clean your own office is considerable; time you spend in an office already cleaned by another is far more productive.
 
Disarray gets us down. Dealing with disarray is time consuming, even if there is some initial sense of satisfaction. If we arrange for our homes and offices to be cleaned we have the best place possible for getting some real work done. Let a cleaning service get you in the best position for you to perform you best work.