House Cleaning Tips

Clean Tile Floors

Oxygen bleach is non-toxic, doesn't produce harsh fumes, and is color safe and fabric safe. It removes all food and grease stains with no or minimal scrubbing. The oxygen ions in the solution attack the stain molecules, breaking them into pieces that rinse away with little effort. To clean floor tiles, all you need to do is mix any high-quality oxygen bleach, with warm water and stir it until it dissolves. The next step is to pour the solution onto the floor tile so the grout lines are flooded with the solution as if you had spilled a glass of water. It's best to apply the oxygen-bleach solution to dry grout so the solution soaks deeply. Let the solution sit on the grout for at least 15 minutes allowing the oxygen bleach to work on its own. If it completely soaks into the grout, add more solution making sure there is always plenty of the cleaning liquid on the grout.

Remove Builders Dust

Never attempt to sweep up the dust and debris. If there are large pieces of masonry, plaster and other building materials then you have no option but to sweep this up for its removal. When doing so ensure that as much air flow through is generated by opening all available windows and doors. Do not attempt to carry out the final clean for several hours after doing this.

Allow all the dust to settle before attempting this procedure. Sweeping simply throws huge amounts of dust into the air which will then be gradually deposited on every available surface from ceiling to floor.

Always vacuum the dust from all surfaces such as sills and skirting, around window frames and door frames using the small attachments that are supplied with the vacuum. Upright vacuums unless they come with a long length of hose attachment are not ideal for this as it is likely there will be some use of step ladders to reach and vacuum the higher points in the rooms.

Having vacuumed thoroughly all surfaces including the vertical ones where dust is likely to gather these surfaces should then be wiped down with a damp cloth. If marks and stains have appeared then it is advisable to carry out this procedure using a universal cleaner.

With regard to the flooring, carpets should be thoroughly vacuumed, but if it is hard flooring then after vacuuming a scrubber drier should be used. Simply mopping alone will not remove the dust. Mopping will only wet the dust and spread it around so that it dries as ‘muddy’ streaks.

Removing Candle Wax

For spilled wax on carpets and upholstery, put a brown paper bag over the dried wax and run a hot iron over it. The bag will absorb the hot wax. Dried wax on wood floors can be removed by softening the wax with a hair dryer, then removing with paper towels. Wash spot down with a combination of vinegar and water.

Cleaning Mini Blinds

Slip your hands into a pair of socks for cleaning the mini blinds. Dip one hand into a bucket of warm, soapy water and hold the blinds between your two hands. Rub back and forth until you've cleaned the whole surface. Then reverse sides so the dry sock dries the blinds. Wipe mini blinds with damp fabric softener sheets to eliminate static that collects dust.

Removing Pet Hair from Furniture

Here is a tip for cleaning pet hair off of furniture. It really works and you don't have to lug out the vacuum cleaner. Just wear a damp rubber glove and swipe over the couch and pillows. This method will remove the hair by clumping it all together and then you can simply lift it off. You won't believe how effective it is.

Window Cleaning

For really tough outside window cleaning jobs, use some dish liquid in a bucket of water. Clean windows with the dish liquid solution and micro fiber cleaning cloths. Dry windows with a terry or cotton cleaning cloth.

Freshen Your Home

To freshen your home while cleaning, take two cotton balls and put a few drops of essential oil on them, then slip them into your vacuum bag. Your home will be filled with the delectable scents of aromatherapy. Check Out These Tips on Other Ways to Use Essential Oils in Your Home