How to Clean Wood Floors

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In order to preserve the beauty of your hardwood floor, it is important to maintain it properly. To do so, you should be familiar with the type of hardwood floor you have, whether it is finished or unfinished, and what your manufacturer’s recommendations are regarding cleaning and maintenance. Hardwood Floor Maintenance What you will need: Soft-bristle Broom Vacuum with soft brush attachment Dust Mop Wood polish (spray kind) Instructions: Sweep floors to remove loose debris Using the soft brush attachment, vacuum floor, making sure to pay special attention to corners where dust and pet hair accumulate. Lightly spray the cloth…

How to Clean Linoleum Floors

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Linoleum flooring shouldn’t be confused with Vinyl. Vinyl can handle a lot more wear and tear than linoleum, whereas with linoleum you need to be more careful as to the type of cleaners used. Linoleum Floor Quick Cleaning What you will need: Vacuum Cleaner Mop (sponge or cloth—preferably self-wringing) Bucket Hot Water Mild Dish Soap Old Towels Rubber gloves (optional) Instructions Vacuum the floor thoroughly on “hard floor” setting, paying special attention to under cabinets, appliances and corners where dust accumulates. Put 6 or 7 drops of dish soap in the bucket and fill with a gallon of hot water….

How to Clean Grout

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Mildew and mold can build up in your tile grout, making it look dirty. To get your grout looking brand new again, follow the cleaning instructions below. Make sure to begin with the least acidic solution and work your way up to avoid damaging your grout with harsh chemicals. What You’ll Need Steam cleaner (optional) White vinegar Baking soda Spatuala Small stiff brush (ex: new toothbrush) Generic household cleaner Borax (optional) Lemon juice (optional) Commercial grout cleaner (optional) Rubber gloves Bleach (optional) Sponge Bleach pen Commercial grout sealer The Cleaning Process Clean the grout first with water and let dry….

How to Clean Countertops

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It is crucial to keep countertops clean and germ-free to keep you and your family healthy and safe. Most countertops can be cleaned with soap and water, but some materials have special needs. Always check your manufacturer’s instructions before cleaning your countertops, especially if they are made of natural material, such as stone or wood. What You’ll Need Dishwashing liquid All-purpose household cleaner Sponge Soft cloth Lemon slices (optional) Household bleach or disinfectant cleaner Baking soda Whitening toothpaste (optional) Granite sealer (optional) Mineral oil (optional) Sandpaper (optional) Marble polish (optional) The Cleaning Process Wipe up spills immediately to prevent countertop…

How to Clean Concrete Floors

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The proper cleaning technique for your concrete floor depends upon whether you are cleaning interior decorative concrete or standard concrete (i.e the type of floor you would have in your garage). Cleaning Decorative Concrete Concrete floors are becoming an increasingly popular choice among homeowners because of their durability and stain-resistance. With proper maintenance, a decorative concrete floor can last a lifetime. What you will need: Broom Dust mop Wet mop Bucket Warm Water Mild cleaner Instructions:   Sweep your floors thoroughly to remove all loose debris. Run your dust mop over the floor to pick up any dust and fine…

How to Clean Carpet

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Before you begin cleaning your carpet it’s important to know which type(s) of carpet you have and what material(s) it is made from. Use the guide below to help determine your carpet type and material. When you have determined this information, proceed to the Floor & Carpet section of this site to find specific stain information and proper cleaning tips. Types of Carpets Cut Pile – These carpets are created by starting with a loop and then cutting the top while the fibers are standing straight. Textured cut pile is one of the most popular carpets. There are several types…

How to Clean Bathroom Drains

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A clogged drain is a dirty drain. Shower, tub, and bathroom sink drains can become clogged with hair, soap residue, toothpaste, or just about anything. Follow these instructions to clear a partially or fully clogged drain. What You’ll Need White vinegar Cloth or old toothbrush Screwdriver (optional) Straightened coat hanger or wire Plunger or frisbee Hand auger (also called a snake) Bucket New rubber gaskets (optional) Wrench (optional) Baking soda (optional) Cola (optional) The Cleaning Process Remove the drain stopper and clear out any hair or debris that has accumulated. This should be done at least once a week! Always…

How to Clean a Shower Curtain

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Soap scum and mildew can build up on shower curtains if they are not cleaned and dried properly. When attacked with everyday cleaning products, they might seem impervious, but their not. Read on to learn how to slay this beast. What You’ll Need Washing machine Several towels (preferably white) Laundry detergent Vinegar Liquid fabric softener (optional) Bleach Baby oil The Cleaning Process Remove the curtain and take off the rings. For cloth curtains, follow the cleaning instructions on the tag. For vinyl and plastic curtains, machine wash with 2 large towels, 3-4 hand towels, or 5-6 washcloths. (The towels will…

How to Clean a Shower

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Cleaning your bathtub or shower once a week can help prevent soap scum and mildew from building up. The materials you will need depend on what your shower or bathtub is made from (i.e. marble, porcelain, fiberglass). Be sure to check out “How to Clean Shower Heads” and “How to Clean Shower Curtains” to complete your shower’s transformation! What You’ll Need Ingredients for your cleaning solution (see below) Spray bottle Sponge or soft cloth Liquid fabric softener (optional) Cream of tartar (optional) Hydrogen peroxide (optional) Liquid disinfectant cleaner Diluted chlorine bleach Baking soda Old toothbrush Towel White vinegar Lemon cut…

How to Deodorize your Closets

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Between the shoes, boots, dirty jackets, coats, scarves, hats, and extra ‘junk’ crammed into the average person’s closet, odors are bound to become an issue sooner or later. Common Causes of Closet Odors Smelly shoes come to mind when you think of the most common problem in bedroom and coat closets. Stuffiness from lack of air circulation is another major factor. Putting even slightly damp clothing and linens in the closet can lead to mildew as well as the dampness activating the natural odors of the other fabrics or fragrances left behind from cleaning products. And, then, there are the…