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Golden Rules of Scrubbing

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Unlike wiping up surfaces around the house, scrubbing involves a great deal of water. Only surfaces that can stand up to lots of moisture should be scrubbed, says Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook. Wood floors and ungrouted tile ( such as vinyl or linoleum) for example, should never be scrubbed. The following suggestions are very helpful:

  1. Always start with the mildest cleaning product before moving on to stronger products or stronger concentrations of cleaning solution.
  2. Some cleaning products are designed to be used full strength, while others are meant to be diluted. Always read and follow label directions. Use only the recommended amount: more will not guarantee a cleaner surface- it will only leave behind residue that can attract dirt and grime.
  3. Most detergents work best in warm to hot water, but be sure to read the label instructions.
  4. Use a scrub brush or a nylon scrub pad to agitate the cleaning solution on the surface you’re tending to. If the brush drags, add more solution.
  5. Agitate in circular motions using light pressure. If you find yourself pressing hard as you clean, you probably need a brush with stiffer bristles or a more abrasive pad.
  6. After scrubbing, let the cleaning solution sit for a few minutes to emulsify, or dissolve, stubborn dirt.
  7. Rinse the surface well with a clean, damp cloth and dry it with another clean cloth.

After each use, rinse brushes thoroughly to remove any particles of food or dirt. Do not soak brushes to clean them: doing so can weaken or dislodge bristles. To prevent them from becoming moldy or sour, allow brushes to air dry before storing them. Dry them bristle side up or hanging from a hook to prevent the bristles from warping.http://dialamaidusa.com . a renown 40+ year old Residential Cleaning Service in Evanston, Il, suggests using the above ways to clean effectively.

Ceiling Fans

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Fall is the perfect time to get your Ceiling Fans in check. The blades should go clockwise to push the warm air down and save on electric bills. Here’s a great way to clean the fan in a jiffy: Turn off the power to the fan, use a  feather duster on the metal and blades. For really sticky dirt on the blades try a little degreaser sprayed on a rag(not directly on the fan). Clear Glass shades can be easily cleaned by putting them on the top rack of the dishwasher and run through a cycle without soap. For covers with gilded edges or metal rims wash by hand with a little Dawn dish soap. In no time your fan should be ready for the season!  












































Cleaning Glass shower doors

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To keep shower doors soap and scum free, make a mixture of equal parts water and white vinegar. Spray it on your shower door after each use. After spraying, squeegee the doors and you’ll never face soap scum and hard water deposits. This saves a lot of time and energy on cleaning days and makes your whole bathroom look so clean!

3 Club Soda Tricks

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Here are 3 great Club Soda Tricks for your everyday use, which are given by Readers Digest.com. Pour some club soda into a spray bottle and keep it in your car.

1.A quick spritz dissolves bird droppings quickly so they’re easy to wipe away.

2.Drizzle it over a screw that’s rusted stuck, and wait about five minutes- the rust will dissolve so that the screw is easy to turn.

3. Pour a bit into a glass, and soak jewelry with gemstones overnight- by morning, they’ll be sparkling again.  

Choosing the correct Faucet

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Leaking faucets, shower heads, and toilets can waste many gallons of water in a very short  period of time. When hot faucets leak, they also waste large amounts of energy in the form of heated water. You can conserve water and energy by fixing leaks and installing low-flow faucet aerators and low-flow shower heads with shut off valves. Water saving toilets are required in most parts of the country.

Most faucets that leak have worn out washers that can no longer form a watertight seal when the faucet valve is screwed against them. The easiest way to prevent faucet leaks is to buy the highest quality washerless faucets you can afford. The best washerless faucets are engineered to be very durable. Water flows through them only when the hole in a stainless steel ball or ceramic plate in the handle aligns with an opening in the body of the faucet. When washerless faucets are turned off, there is nowhere for the water to flow.

Try to avoid buying faucets with hollow, clean plastic handles. With enough light, these handles make great little terrariums for growing algae. Cleaning the algae out of the faucet handles is a needless and time consuming  job that no one should have to do.

Easy Prevention of Soap Scum

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Since hard water spots and soap scum develop when water evaporates, leaving minerals and soap residue behind, if you let the water dry on your shower walls, they will get dirty rather quickly. If you dry the shower walls with a towel or a shower squeegee before you exit, however, you will greatly reduce the amount of cleaning you have to do.

Regular soap is produced by combining animal fat with lye. when this type of soap is used in hard water, it produces soap scum. Detergents, which are petroleum products, were invented to prevent soap scum. Because detergents do not combine with water soluble minerals, they don’t leave a residue. Detergent has become so common that most bath soaps, both solid and liquid, are actually detergents.

If you don’t like the idea of scrubbing yourself clean with petroleum, but you want to prevent soap scum, castile soap is a wonderful alternative.

Castile soap is a very gentle natural product made from vegetable oil. No matter how hard the water, castile soap does not form soap scum and gets you fabulously clean. There are many well-known natural castile soaps made from olive and coconut oils available on line or in the health food department in your local Supermarket. Dial-A-Maid USA recommends trying them out next time you need soap. You and your shower will both greatly benefit!

Steam Cleaning Machine

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A Small Steam Cleaning Machine is a phenomenal tool for cleaning dirty kitchen surfaces. It loosens dirt, grease, and grime so they can be wiped off with a clean cloth and it uses pure water, so it leaves no residue. Because the steam is hot enough to burn your skin, it is very important to read and follow all the directions and safety instructions before using it.

To steam clean a wood, vinyl, or tile kitchen floor, attach a clean terrycloth towel to the floor brush, then put the floor brush on the end of the steamer’s extension tube. Use a figure-eight mopping motion to steam the floor clean, moving quickly to prevent heat damage. When the towel gets dirty, turn it over or replace it with a clean towel.

Clean tile grout by using the steamer’s detail brush, then use a towel-covered floor brush to remove excess moisture and residue. If the tile is very dirty, use the floor brush without a towel, then wipe the steamed area with a clean towel. You can use this technique for tiled counters as well as tiled floors.

Strip off old wax by using the floor brush to steam a small section of floor at a time. Wipe off the dissolved wax before moving to the next section. When the job is done, clean the brushes with hot water before the wax has a chance to harden. Wipe down the floor with a clean dry towel before applying new wax. Dial-A-Maid USA suggests that  every household should have a small steam cleaning machine.

Residue removal

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Residue is the term used for any soap scum, dirt, cleaning chemical left on a surface after it’s cleaned. Residue is usually the result of failure to rinse or to rinse enough. On hard surfaces it kills the shine, and on fabric or carpet it acts as a sticky magnet to attract dirt and speed up resoiling.

Residue also contaminates and affects the bonding of things we often want to apply after we clean, wax, floor finish, paint, or soil retardant.

Most residue is alkaline, so to remove it, mild acid rinse such as vinegar water is what you need. Vinegar functions as an acid spotter, a neutralizing agent, and a mild bleach. It is great at removing any detergent residue on glassware and laundry, safely. When you do use vinegar for any of residue removal, make sure it’s plain white distilled vinegar.

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