Carpet and Home Care Cleaning Tips
Fight Dust and Allergens. Here are some earth-friendly cleaning recipes:
Sprinkle water on oven surface. Apply baking soda and rub with very fine steel wool. Wipe off with a damp sponge. Rinse well and dry.
Pour baking soda in drain. Add white vinegar and cover the drain. Let stand for 5 minutes, then pour in boiling water. CAUTION: Do not use this method if you used a commercial drain opener that may still be present in the drain.
Lime & Mineral Deposit Remover
Soak cloth in vinegar then apply cloth to lime deposits around faucets. Leave the cloth there for about an hour. The deposits will soften and can be wiped clean.
Mix well. Use a clean, soft cloth to apply.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Sprinkle baking soda in the bowl, pour in vinegar and scour with a toilet brush.
All Purpose Cleaner
Dissolve baking side in warm water and apply with sponge or spray bottle. Rinse with clean water.
Use plunger or a flexible metal snake to loosen clogged drains. Do not use in the presence of harsh or toxic chemicals.
Household Time Management Tips
Running your household can be overwhelming. Below are some tips on simplifying this on-going task.
Cleaning Up After Pets
Minimize the Mess
Bathe and brush your pets regularly to minimize pet hair and dander and to help with odor. Pick up loose hair with a damp sponge. A light mist of cooking oil on your pet’s bowls will make them easier to wash and will add shine to your pet’s coats.
Removing Pet Hair
Use a vacuum with a good beater brush or brush roller on carpet. Use a pet rake, a brush with crimped nylon bristles, on fabrics and upholstery. Velour brushes, tape rollers or even tape wrapped around your hand will also work. For hard to reach corners and edges, try a dry pet sponge (sold at pet stores).
Dilute a pet urine stain using a cloth damped with water. Then clean the area with a solution of one teaspoon white vinegar mixed with one quart water. A pet bacteria/enzyme digester, available at pet stores, will effectively counter the stain and odor. After applying the solution, cover the plastic and step on the spot until the area is well saturated. Keep the plastic on the entire time the digester is working to be sure the spot doesn’t dry out.
If you pet has an upset stomach on your carpet, neutralize or at least dilute the acid as quickly as possible to minimize damage. Treat the affected area with a professional carpet detergent; rise with clean hot water.
How to Maintain Your Carpet Warranty
The only way to know exactly what is covered by your warranty is to read it carefully before you make a purchase decision. No carpet is completely stain proof. Therefore, there are certain exclusions and conditions that can void your warranty. In fact, many warranties give stain cleaning recommendations. If the stain cannot be removed, they require proof of cleaning within 30 days of the occurrence to validate the warranty. To make a claim on almost any warranty, proof of purchase and maintenance may be required – so keep your sales and cleaning receipts.
There are ways of protecting your carpet investment. Regular vacuuming maintenance is the key.
Start Outdoor Spring Cleaning in the Garage
It’s easy to make the garage a “catch-all” room. Before long, it isn’t useful for storing those things that really need to be there. If you start you spring cleaning in the garage, you can get those garden tools neatly arranged for handy access. Here are some tips for organizing your garage: