January 9, 2013 6:28 am
Even if you vacuum regularly, floors and carpets could use a deep down cleaning now and then.
• For carpeted areas — Start by vacuuming as usual, to pick up surface debris. Move as much furniture out of the room as possible. If you don’t want to rent a carpet cleaner, you can use a handheld electric spot scrubber to remove stains.
• For hardwood or vinyl tile areas — Vacuum as usual. Remove as much furniture as possible. Use a steam mop to clean and sanitize the floor.
• For other tiled areas — If your tile is natural stone, treat stains based on type. If the stain is calcium based, from grout buildup, mineral deposits or hard water, use a pH balanced cleaner for stone.
Freshen up the bathroom with these simple cleaning tricks.
• Take care of the tub by scrubbing with baking soda on a clean, damp sponge. Rinse, then wipe dry. You can clean and deodorize your vinyl shower curtain by giving it the same treatment.
• If you have stone, granite or marble surfaces, use a cleaner made specifically for those materials. Some general purpose cleaners may contain acids, bleach or ammonia that could break down the sealer on natural stone, making the surface more likely to stain.
Take care of those areas that might not get daily attention.
• Empty the refrigerator and remove the shelves and bins, giving them a good cleaning with a solution of 1/4 cup multi-surface cleaner and one gallon of warm water. Rinse and dry thoroughly before putting them back.
• To sanitize washable hard, nonporous surfaces such as granite, without damaging them, use a spray specifically for natural stone. Spray until thoroughly wet and leave it for one minute. Wipe with a clean cloth or let air dry — do not rinse.
• Use a duster with a long handle to clean in higher areas, such as the tops of cabinets, ceiling corners, vents and recessed lighting fixtures.
They take up a lot of real estate in the home — make sure they’re clean, too.
• If your washing machine does not have a specific washer cleaning cycle, add liquid chlorine bleach to the dispenser and run a normal cycle with hot water.
• Check the drain area of your dishwasher and remove any bits of food or small items. Place a bowl, right side up, in the top rack and fill it with one cup of white vinegar. With nothing else inside, run the dishwasher on its shortest cycle to remove soap scum and hard water buildup.
• Don’t forget the outside of your appliances. For light cleaning, dilute 1/4 cup multi-purpose cleaner in a gallon of warm water. Wipe your washer, dryer and refrigerator clean. For tougher cleaning, use some full-strength multi-purpose cleaner directly on a sponge. Rinse surfaces thoroughly with plain water afterwards. Regular cleaners can leave residue on stainless steel surfaces, however, so use a steel cleaning product that will clean now and resist fingerprints and grease later on.
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