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How To Clean Your Washing Machine & Remove Mold & Mildew

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Clean Your Washing Machine & Remove Mold & Mildew

Even though your washing machine is responsible for cleaning your clothes, every once in a while, your washing machine needs to be cleaned as well. If your washing machine is starting to smell funky, here is how you can get rid of that smell. #1 Clean The Seals Around the door of your front load washer is a thick rubber seal. The purpose of this rubber seal is to keep water from leaking out when you are using your washing machine. Unfortunately, moisture can also get stuck inside of the seal on your washing machine door, which can lead to a build-up of mold and mildew if you don’t clean the seal on your door. Take a dry rag and wrap it around your hand. Then, take your hand and reach inside of the seal on your washing machine. You may be able to flip the seal outward, or you may have to curl your hand around the seal to clean it. Run the rag or cleaning cloth along the seal, and be sure to push it all the way down to the bottom of the seal. Once you have cleaned about ΒΌ of the way around the door, rotate the cloth or rag to a clean spot and continue on. You should be able to remove any build-up mold and mildew this way. Next, saturate your rag with some anti-mold cleaning solution and wipe around the inside and outside of the seal again. This will kill any mold and mildew that remained behind after you wiped it away. Finally, use a dry rag again to be sure that you are not leaving any moisture behind as you clean. #2 Clean The Basin & Hoses To clean the basin of your washing machine, you are going to let your washer do most of the work. Put a cup of bleach into the detergent compartment on your washing machine; make sure that there is nothing inside of your washing machine. Then, set your washing machine to run the longest cycle with hot water, and add in an extra rinse cycle. This should kill any mold or mildew that may have been lurking inside of the basin. You may to need to run another cycle again, this time without any bleach, to ensure that all the bleach residue is gone from your machine so you don’t accidently bleach your next load of clothes that you put in your washer. This will also ensure that any remaining mold and mildew is killed. This process will clean the basin and hoses in your washing machine. You can prevent your washing machine from getting dirty by repeating the cleaning steps above every few months or having your cleaning service repeat these steps for you. You can also help keep mold and mildew at bay by opening up your washing machine door and letting it air dry when you are done with a load; this allows the moisture to escape and prevents mold and mildew from taking hold.  If the mold has gotten out of control for these simple steps, contact professionals, such as SLC...

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Is Your Tile Flooring And Grout Looking Old? Fix It Up With These Tips

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Is Your Tile Flooring And Grout Looking Old? Fix It Up With These Tips

Do you love your tile floors, but hate how dirty your grout looks? Have a couple of stains ruined the floor, making the tile and grout look old and unsanitary? If so, there are some things you can do to help improve the look of your tile floors and to make them easier to maintain. Here are a few of the things you want to consider to keep your flooring look great. Get the Floors Professionally Cleaned Cleaning professionals have machines with soft pads that cleanse without scratching and that buff tiles so they look new. The professional cleaners can get dirt and debris that is stuck in the grout out, and they can also remove the grout stains that make the floors look dirty all the time. If you clean on a regular basis but it doesn’t seem to change the look of your tile, this may be your best option. Stain the Grout If you used light grout stain when you first had the tile flooring installed, but now you wish you had dark stain in between your tiles, get a dark grout stain to apply to the floor. Right after the floors have been professionally cleaned is a great time to apply the stain, and you can get the stain at most home improvement stores. The darker stain will conceal older stains that you can’t get out, and hide future stains. Get a Moist Sweeper People don’t clean their tile as often as they should because they don’t want to go through the hassle of getting out their mop, broom, bucket of water and cleaning solution, and rags. If you are one of these people, get a moist sweeper that you can push over a kitchen or another surface in minutes that both picks up debris and cleans the tile. Some of the sweepers have disposable cloths so it’s easy to clean and toss the debris away. If you have a lot of grout throughout the tile that is damaged, you’ll want to have it repaired so it doesn’t compromise the durability of the tile. You don’t want any water or other liquids getting under the tiles in the home, and the damaged grout can leave edges of your tile exposed to chips or cracks, and then you’ll need repairs. If your tile and the grout is looking old and dingy and you want to restore it, get a little bit of help and put some efforts into fixing the tile up right away before the problem gets...

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Why You Need To Clean Your Refillable Soap Dispensers Regularly

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why You Need To Clean Your Refillable Soap Dispensers Regularly

Refillable soap dispensers are the most commonly utilized hand soap dispensers, but they may pose a danger. That’s why you need to understand how to clean these dispensers during your normal janitorial rounds. It’ll help stop the spread of dangerous bacteria. The Dangers Of Dirty Soap Dispensers Studies by the BioScience Laboratories and the University of Arizona found that bulk-soap-refillable soap dispensers are incredibly prone to bacterial infections. They tested 14 dispensers at an elementary school and found that every single one of them was contaminated. Even worse, they found that this bacteria was easily transferable to secondary surfaces. The study also found that soap dispensers that utilized bagged soap, rather than liquid refill, were completely free from bacterial infestation. So if you have refillable containers, you need to make sure you clean them heavily between each use. Cleaning Your Dispenser The quickest and easiest way to clean your soap dispenser involves carefully removing it from the wall and soaking it in water and vinegar. The head of the dispenser (which contains the soap) should easily slide off the wall bracket. There may be screws holding it to the bracket, however. Check the head of the screw and choose the proper screwdriver to remove the screws. They are likely to be Phillips head. Now, mix warm water and vinegar in a sink at a ratio of 50/50. Use a rag to wipe down the surface of the dispenser and remove gunk or other debris that may be clinging to its surface. Let it soak for 15-20 minutes, remove it, and run it under hot water to rinse. Further Disinfecting The Dispenser Cleaning your soap dispenser utilizing the above mentioned method may not be enough the first time you clean it. There’s a good chance you may have never cleaned it before, meaning the bacterial buildup may be extensive. That’s why you should consider a more severe disinfectant method. Basically, you’re going to use a substance like bleach, ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, or baking soda to eliminate bacteria. There are two different ways you can approach this: first, you can soak your dispenser directly in the substance or simply wipe down the surface When using harsher substances like bleach or ammonia, it’s a good idea to avoid soaking, because it may damage the dispenser. Instead, simply wipe it on the storage surface and in the dispenser nozzle to fully disinfect it. Rinse with hot water and wipe with a rag to remove any lingering remnants. Cleaning these dispensers shouldn’t be too time-consuming, but it might be a good idea to try to talk to your employer and get them to invest in bagged soap dispensers. They cost a little more, but they will help prevent bacterial infection. Until then, simply clean the dispensers you have. For more information on custodial supplies, contact a company like R & R...

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Why Does Your Bathtub Caulk Keep Getting Mouldy, And How Can You Fix It?

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Does Your Bathtub Caulk Keep Getting Mouldy, And How Can You Fix It?

It’s not uncommon for mould to form on the caulk surrounding a bathtub. This mould can generally be cleaned up with a simple mixture of bleach and water. However, when the mould keeps coming back over and over again, it’s important to look a little deeper and identify the cause. There are several possible reasons why mould may keep appearing on your caulk, and below, you will learn how to fix them. The caulk is starting to peel away from the tub. Take a careful look at your caulk. Are there any areas where it seems to be peeling away from the tub’s surface? If so, the water may be seeping behind the caulk and allowing mould to form on the backside of the caulk. This mould is hard to reach with your bleach water, so it stays intact, and a few days after you bleach the outer surface of the caulk, it creeps back out. To fix this problem, you’ll need to use a putty knife to peel all of the existing caulk away. Wipe the area down with a bleach and water mixture to ensure any remaining mould is killed. Then, let the tub completely dry out for about 2 – 3 days. This will ensure that any moisture in the groove where the tub meets the wall has a chance to evaporate. After your drying time has passed, apply a new layer of caulk to the tub. Make sure you only apply a very thin strip of caulk; many people apply too much caulk, and this encourages it to peel away from the edge of the tub. Use your finger to smooth the caulk after you’ve squeezed it out along the seam. Let the caulk dry for at least 2 days before using the tub. Water is pooling in the groove of the caulk after you bathe. If your caulk appears to be in good shape and is not peeling away from the wall, your caulk is probably getting mouldy because water is pooling on top of it when you bathe and not getting the chance to dry up completely. If enough water pools on top of the caulk, it will stay moist day-in and day-out, making it a great place for mould to grow. Take a shower or bath (whichever you normally do) and then observe how your tub dries over the next day or so. Are there areas where the caulk is still wet, hours later, even after the rest of the tub has dried? Dry these areas off, let them air dry for a day or so, and then apply a second thin layer of caulk on top of the caulk that’s already in these areas. This will rise the level of the caulk in these areas, so the water drains off more effectively. If mould is appearing on your caulk, don’t ignore the issue. You’ll either need to replace the caulk or build up the caulk in certain areas to eliminate moisture and solve the problem permanently. If this doesn’t solve the problem, you may have a bigger mould issue on your hands. You may need to call in help, such as mould remediation services from Clean Air Services...

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Vacation Homes Need TLC Too – Professional Carpet Cleaning For Your Second Home

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Vacation Homes Need TLC Too – Professional Carpet Cleaning For Your Second Home

If you have a vacation home, there might be certain types of upkeep that aren’t given as much thought. Having carpets professionally cleaned is a great way to keep your second home looking new and smelling fresh. Here are four reasons your vacation home’s carpeting may still be in need of regular professional carpet cleaning. 1. The Start of the Season If your vacation home is primarily for seasonal use, it is a good idea to have your home aired out and cleaned before your family takes up residence for vacation. If dust has settled over time, your carpets might have a layer of sediment that will need to be taken care of. The pre-cleaning needed for getting your home ready for carpet cleaners will also encourage sweeping up dust bunnies and vacuuming. 2. Tracked In Dirt and Grime You might think that a good vacuuming will take care of most dirt and grime. This is a good safeguard to pick up most particles, but there might be microscopic dirt and dust that settle into carpets that are impossible to lift up with a vacuum. Your vacation home might be more prone to tracking in sand if by the beach or mud if in the mountains. Just because you can’t see it today, that doesn’t mean that continual buildup won’t lead to discoloration. 3. Mold and Mildew If your vacation home is in a humid environment or gets damp at certain times of the year, it might be a prime candidate for mold and mildew. This can be a health concern and might spark allergies. Have your carpets professionally steam cleaned if your home has a damp smell. Drying out your vacation home when you arrive with fans and heaters is a good way to clear up dampness so that this doesn’t return quickly. 4. Rental Turnaround If you rent your vacation home, it is a good idea to have your carpets cleaned periodically for your guests. If you allow guests to have pets, it is a good idea to lift up dander and odor that can build up. If you find mystery stains or tracked in mud, get these taken care of quickly to keep your vacation home from looking shabby for you and other guests. Sometimes vacation homes can get the short end of the stick when it comes to proper cleaning. If your vacation home doesn’t get too much use, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t deserve a deep clean every once in a while. Extend the life of your carpets by having these periodically professionally cleaned.  For professional carpet cleaning, contact a company such as Ideal Carpet...

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2 Steps To Make New Paint Stick To The Outside Of Your House

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Steps To Make New Paint Stick To The Outside Of Your House

If you are looking for a way to instantly improve the appearance of your home and give your property major curb appeal, applying a new coat of paint to the outside of your home is the way to do it. Plus, adding new paint is a great way to protect your home from water damage. Before you can add a coat of paint, however, you have to make sure that it will stick. This means that you will need to do a bit of prep work first. Luckily, following these two steps can help you prepare for priming and painting your home and will help ensure that your hard work will all be worth it. 1. Sandblast to Get Rid of Old Paint If you are planning on painting your home, there is a good chance that your existing paint is beginning to chip. This chipped paint can cause major problems when you repaint your home if you aren’t careful — it can cause bubbles and imperfections in the paint, and it can cause your new paint to chip off completely. Your new paint isn’t going to adhere to old, chipping paint well, and the problem will more than likely show through. This is why it’s a good idea to sandblast your home first. A company that offers sandblasting services will come out to your home and blast away all of the existing paint. Then, you won’t have to worry about chipping and adherence problems when you apply your new coat of paint. 2. Get it Nice and Clean Your paint will adhere better to your house if it is clean. Plus, you don’t want bird droppings, dirt and other debris to show through your paint after it is added. This is why it’s a smart idea to use a pressure washer to clean off the outside of your home. If necessary, use a long-handled brush and a ladder to scrub away any debris that does not wash away on its own. If you don’t have the equipment, desire or ability to pressure wash your home yourself, a pressure washing company, such as Pressure Washing by BlastAll Power Washing, will get the job done for you. Applying a new coat of paint to the outside of your home can be a wonderful idea, but you have to ensure that the exterior of your home is ready for it first. Luckily, following these two steps first will help guarantee your...

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Keep The Rugs In Your Home Smelling Fresh Even With Pets

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keep The Rugs In Your Home Smelling Fresh Even With Pets

Whether in the form of a hallway runner or a large area rug in the living room, rugs can help anchor a room and give the flooring some extra softness when walking around barefoot or in socks. While you may love the look and feel of rugs in your home, it’s important that you don’t treat them the same as the rest of the flooring throughout. If you have pets at home and are concerned about keeping the rugs looking and smelling their best, make sure to follow the tips below. Have a Cleaning Kit Readily on Hand The easiest way to be prepared in the event of an accident is by having a cleaning kit on hand. It can be frustrating for your pet to make a mess on the rug by tracking in mud or having an accident and being at a loss of what to do next. By having a cleaning kit ready, you can prevent these messes from becoming lasting stains. Include an Assortment of Cleaning Solutions Cleaning solutions for removing pet urine and other messes can vary from homemade vinegar and water mixtures to commercial cleaners. In order to be best equipped to clean practically any kind of mess at home, make sure that your cleaning kit has numerous cleaning solutions.   Be Careful When Handling Any Fragile Rugs Older rugs and ones with loose fibers, due to their design, can be especially tricky to clean if you don’t first prepare for the work involved. In fact, treating all rugs the same can not only make it harder to remove messes, but also cause potential damage. Try Sprinkling Odor Absorbers on the Rugs Occasionally An easy way to combat foul smells on your rug due to your pets is through the use of odor absorbers. While you can purchase pre-made products, you can also try mixing baking soda and a small amount of essential oils then vacuuming after a few minutes have passed. Rely on Professionals for Routine Deep Cleaning For rugs with significant staining or unpleasant smells, it’s important to look into hiring professionals for taking care of cleaning your rugs. By taking your rugs to professional cleaners, like New Way Carpets, they can restore them to like-new condition without any work on your behalf. As you explore your options for cleaning rugs, you’ll quickly see that they can stay clean even in a home with pets. With this in mind, your household rugs can continue looking and smelling their best in the years to...

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Moving Into An Apartment That Had Pets? Two Ways To Get The Odor Out

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Moving Into An Apartment That Had Pets? Two Ways To Get The Odor Out

Does your new apartment have a yucky pet odor? You don’t have to resign yourself to a year or more of suffering. Follow these tips as soon as possible to remove the lingering pet odor from the former residents. Clean the Carpets Even if the carpets look clean, they are probably holding onto pet dander and skin oils that contributing to your apartment’s odor. Having the carpet professionally cleaned is your best option. Make sure you mention to the carpet cleaners that you’re trying to remove pet odors, as some companies have special shampoos they will use for this purpose. If you have a carpet shampooer or can borrow one from a friend, you can tackle this carper cleaning task yourself. Make sure you use a shampoo product made for homes with pets. These contain special enzymes that will break down the odoriferous particles. You may also want to go over your carpet a second time with vinegar and water after you initially wash it with shampoo. Vinegar is great at neutralizing odors naturally. Just add it to the shampoo compartment of your carpet shampooer, and get to work. After you shampoo the carpet, you can give your efforts an odor-fighting boost by sprinkling some baking soda over it. The baking soda will absorb odors and moisture. Once it is dry, vacuum it up, and the odors will come up with it. Wash the Walls and Baseboards It’s gross to think about, but sometimes pets “spray” their urine on walls. Washing your walls and baseboards will get rid of any lingering urine the past owners may have overlooked. Prepare a bucket with warm water, a good squeeze of grease-cutting dish soap, and a cup of white vinegar. Wipe down the walls, starting at the top and working your way towards the bottom. Rinse out your cloth or sponge often, remember to make a new bucket of water after each room, so your odor-fighting ingredients keep working as well as possible. Don’t skip the baseboards or door frames — pets are especially fond or urinating in these areas. After you’re done washing your carpet and walls, open the doors and windows to encourage fast drying. Make sure you treat every room in the home in this manner. If you skip one room, your whole home may stay stinky. If the stench remains after following these steps, you may want to talk to your landlord. It’s possible that messes and pets in other units or common areas are creating scents that are wafting into your place, and your landlord may need to talk to those residents about odor control. Click here to learn...

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3 Tips To Help Your Residential Cleaning Business Stand Out In A Crowded Market

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Residential cleaning businesses are booming as more working professionals opt to outsource some of the house cleaning. But that boom also comes with increased competition for your cleaning service. The competition might make it hard to offer a lower price or more extensive services than the other companies. But there are a few other ways you can stand out in a crowded market. Bonding A bonded cleaning service can offer clients the peace of mind of knowing that if something should happen to a personal belonging during cleaning, your company can and will offer financial compensation. This type of bond is an industry-specific fidelity bond. The insurance product covers both damage and potential theft at the hands of your employees. Advertising that your cleaning service is bonded makes your company seem more trustworthy than non-bonded competitors.  You can apply for and receive bonding through most major insurance agencies. Call the agency of your choice for more details. Uniforms Clients often aren’t home when you are cleaning, but you will still encounter each other from time to time. And it’s important that your company looks as professional as possible. Uniforms are a great way to achieve a professional look. Visit a uniform supply store and peruse the section devoted to cleaning workers. You will want something that is comfortable to clean in such as slacks and a polo-type shirt. Order the uniforms for your employees and provide each person with two to three sets. You can charge a deposit fee to ensure that you receive clean uniforms back if the person stops working for you. Extend the uniform look down to a certain color of shoes or socks. Believe it or not, customers might notice if your employees show up wearing old shoes that have a worn through sole. Branded Vehicles You likely already have one or more vehicles your cleaners use to get to the job site. It isn’t vital that these vehicles match each other, though you should work up to matching vans or trucks when you can afford replacements. But an easier low cost way of tying the vehicles together is to use vinyl signage. Visit a local sign shop and have vehicle decals made up that clearly feature your brand, motto and, most importantly, contact information. Include a website if you have one and your business name is easy enough for drivers to remember for when they get to a...

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Company Coming, But Your House Is Messy? Use These Tips To Beautify Your Home Quickly

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’re in between house cleaning appointments, you might be in a bit of a panic if you learn that company is coming and your home isn’t quite as clean as you would like. This happens to everyone, but you can transform your home in about 15 to 30 minutes if you know a few little tricks. Keep these tips handy to help you make a great impression on those last minute guests. Tip 1: Designate a “Catch All” Spot Always have an idea in mind of where you can move clothes that are lying around; the kids’ toys or other items that seem to clutter up the place and could be moved to this spot. Make sure this is a room that nobody will go into, so they don’t find out that you rushed to get the place “visitor ready.” Pile up everything in this room and close the door. When your company leaves, go ahead and put everything where they belong. Tip 2: Open the Windows When natural light comes into the room, it looks bigger and cleaner. So, if your company is coming during the daylight hours, open the windows. In doing so, you’ll be able to hide any stains on the curtains also. Tip 3: Turn the Blinds Up If your company is coming at night, turn the blinds up. Gravity makes everything fall, so dust lands on your blinds when they are turned down. Tip 4: Sweep the Floor Sweep the kitchen floor and pick up any large candy wrappers, pieces of paper or other larger debris off the carpet. You won’t need to vacuum because most people don’t notice smaller dirt and debris on the carpet, but they will notice the bigger stuff. Tip 5: Spot Mop Check the kitchen and bathroom floors for stains, such as spilled coffee or chocolate. Spot clean these areas with a wet paper towel or mop. Tip 6: Dust Visible Surfaces Use a duster and dust all the wooden areas of your living room. If you have time, lightly dust knick-knacks or other decor items around the home. Tip 7: Get Rid of the Dirty Dishes If you have dishes on your kitchen counter, put them in the dishwasher. Because you’re running short on time, put them in there in any manner. You can always go in and arrange them any way you want after your company leaves. If you don’t have a dishwasher, try to stack all the dirty dishes in one sink and place a cutting board over them, if possible. If not, one sink of dirty dishes won’t look as bad as your dishes being all over the counter. Tip 8: Straighten Up the Bathroom Because your company might use the bathroom, make sure there is a hand towel available and that it is neatly placed on the towel holder. While you’re at it, rinse out the sink, pull the shower curtain closed or close the shower door. Then check the toilet for any stains and clean them off with a brush. When you’re finished doing all this, your guests will not know that your house was a mess before they got there. Ask your house cleaning professional for other tips and tricks to make your home look fabulous between their...

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