Creative Cleaning and Cleansing

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Vinyl Floors

Vinyl floors are easy to clean but sometimes buildup food spills, hair and body products or even pet stains become a challenge!

Most of the time a NEUTRAL FLOOR CLEANER will get the job done.Some floor cleaners that have an “all purpose cleaner” in them might work, but if they don’t here is what I would recommend.

Take 1 cup white distilled vinegar with 1/4 cup ammonia and stir it in a bucket of cool water..spread the mixture over floor and let set for about 5-6 minutes.  Rinse with hot water until clean or buildup is gone.  (This may take some time the first time, but it gets easier each time you deep clean.) Keep rinsing your mop while you are deep cleaning, so that you don’t mop the build up back on the floor. With deep cleaning Vinyl floors, some of the shine might become dull-not to worry. You can use Pledge Tile and Vinyl Floor Cleaner and it brings the shine back,usually with one coat. (I have done 2 coats around holidays.)

It might be a good idea to have 2 mops–one for deep cleaning and one for shine. But this is not recommended for wood, unsealed ceramic, terrazzo, or cork floors.

Let me know if you have any suggestions as well~~~

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Carpets/Rugs

Here are some basic ways to clean up the most common types of spills on carpets and rugs.

Wax-Freeze the wax to harden it. Then strike it with the handle of a butter knife to break it up. Gently, scrape to remove as much of the was as possible. Be careful not to distort or damage the fibers.

Grease/Oil Spots/Blood-Use a microfiber cloth with plain water and rub the spot. Steam clean if needed.

Vomit-Use a neutralizer cleaner solution, and steam clean the room.

Candle Soot-Spray your carpet with a pre-treat cleaner and let sit for 10 min. Then shampoo area.

Black or Gray Rings (usually from dirt, dust, or outer edges of stairs etc…) Usually this is dust or dirt build up. Use a vacuum cleaner with the attachment for better suction. 

Interior Rugs-Keep them vacuumed. If stained, use a carpet cleaner or hose them down. Some can be washed in the washing machine and hung to dry.  Depending on the size, you can also take them to the car wash and pressure wash them. Some may need to be professioally cleaned from the dry cleaner. (READ LABELS) Make sure you allow them to completely dry before putting back down ont he floor.

Exterior Rugs-Shake them on a regular basis. Hose them down often and make sure they dry completely before putting them back on the ground.  Replace as needed.

Dirt Paths-VACUUMING.  Or place a carpet in the areas with high traffic. By keeping the Dirt paths clean, this will allow your carpet to last longer and not be cut or the fibers will not be crushed.

Rust Stains-This is a tough stain, and will require you to hire a Professioal Rust Remover. A special acid is needed to be removed and gloves will need to be used.

Extra Help~

A carpet rake in conjunction with vacuuming, will really offer a way to help your carpets and rugs stay clean. They will not fray your carpet, and add great volume to matted down areas or high traffic areas. Great for animal hair too! They also can give you a quick vacuumed look!

Pre-Treat-Even when cleaning with a steam cleaner, you may want to pre-treat any stains 10-15 minutes before the actual cleaning, to allow plenty of time to take care of stubborn spots. This can make a big difference.

Berber Carpet-You can shampoo or clean with a machine, however, you should only have to use this cleaning method once or twice a year.

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Bathroom-Mildew/Stains in the Shower/Tub

MILDEW-Meldew is usually caused by surfaces not cleaned well, or moisture left in a closed area. 

*First, try a 1:2 solution of white stilled vinegar and hot water and spray on mildew. Let stand for 5-7 minutes, then scrub with a soft scrubber. Then rinse with hot water. (You can also use Clorox bleach instead of vinegar.) Dry well.

There are solutions at the store, but read carefully for different types of surfaces.  Some areas may require you to re-caulk.

Prevention: Clean and rinse areas that are common to mildew completely.  Dry or keep area open to allow air to dry any moisture.

STAINS-Most common stains are cause by a combination of soap scum, hard water, body oils and products.

*First, you can make a paste (1:1) of hydrogen peroxide and cream of tarter. Use a toothbrush to apply paste and rub the area to be cleaned. Then rinse with hot water, and dry well. (May repeat if necessary.)

Also a soft scrub or the use of Clorox Bleach on these types of stains works well.  Let stand for 5-7 minutes and rinse thoroughly. If the surface is ceramic, you may gently use a pumice stone.  But be aware that some surfaces could scratch, so a nylon scrub sponge is recommended. (Make sure that the pumice stone is wet at all times, and is used only on the problem stain. If the area you are cleaning is smooth after using the pumice stone, the stain may be permanent.)

For candle burns or other stains, such as hair color or hair spray-use can try and use an ultra fine sandpaper, followed by a polishing compound, such as Turtle wax, Appliance wax or, Silicone sealer.  (Keep the surface wet while you work. ) Then restore with normal cleaning.

Prevention: Clean spills or items immediately. Clean often and disinfect often to prevent build up.

SHOWERS-Most showers are made of glass or/and fiberglass.

*First, turn the shower water on to the hottest temperature and let steam for 5 minutes.  Spray white distilled vinegar on the shower and with a nylon sponge,  clean the glass area. Rinse with hot water and repeat if neccassery. Dry Well. (You can also use  Scrub Bubbles.)

Once shower is dry, you can also use Windex, to complete the cleaning.

If your shower does not come clean immediately, you may have to repeat often. Or consult a professional.

Prevention: Use a squeegee for daily cleaning to keep water from spotting.  Use a cleaner with an ammonia to clean soap scum, body oil, and product buildup.

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