Saturday, January 31, 2009

Basic Essentials of a Vacuum Cleaner

When considering a vacuum cleaner, the most important thing to keep in mind isn't the size of the machine, but what you will do with it and how often. In other words, vacuum cleaners are built to handle certain jobs better than others. Some vacuum cleaners may be prettier than others, but will they be able to go the distance without filling their bags prematurely, especially when required to do the job required on a fairly consistent basis? There is nothing more disappointing than reaching for a vacuum cleaner that is simply not up to the task of even the most basic of things.

Let's begin with suction, virtually the very definition of the word "vacuum". Suction strength is determined by the size of the motor and the volume of air the machine can move. Typically, the more waterlift, the better a vacuum's suction will be.

If the job at hand is to clean a fairly large, flat surface, suction is everything!

In wide area or upright units, the roller should be made of a durable material (metal) and should have brushes that are easily removable for cleaning any strings and fibers that may gather around the roller. The roller is controlled by the motor(s) and is important because it brushes up debris after vibrating it out of the carpet fibers. More power from the motor amounts to more rotations and vibrations of the roller. In a less powerful vacuum, fewer particles will be bounced out of the carpet and will result in a less than desirable outcome. The job will simply take longer and may even need to be redone.

The best commercial vacuum for large buildings is a wide area vacuum. This is because the width of the wide area vacuum allows for fewer passes over a large area. For residential use, an upright vacuum is the most appropriate unit for large carpeted areas.

Suction is also important when using vacuum cleaner attachments, the tools that allow for more specific types of cleaning jobs beyond just normal carpet vacuuming. These tools are defined by the areas they are able to clean. Suction is especially crucial when considering the most basic vacuum attachment, a hose. The longer the hose, the more suction is desired. Length is truly everything with regard to the hose attachment, depending on where you intend to clean. Hoses are handy for vacuuming hard-to-reach areas like ceiling corners and along baseboards.

A wand is a length of inflexible material (metal or plastic) that attaches to the hose. It serves as an extra extension to the hose that allows the user to reach more distant areas. A wand is also useful because it allows the user to fit other tools to its suction opening.

Other options can include attachments with brushes, crevice tools, etc . A brush is a hollow tool with rows of brushes fitted around the suction opening. These brushes scrape up fibers and debris as the tool is manually guided over a surface. The crevice tool, as the name implies, is useful for tight fits such as between furniture cushions or car seats.

Autor: Lee Harris

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Added: January 31, 2009

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Information on Different Vacuum Cleaner Attachments

There are a variety of accessories and attachments available for vacuum cleaners. Knowing what areas will be cleaned is the most important thing to consider before choosing a vacuum cleaner and the attachments. Another thing to consider is the size of the person using the unit. Some vacuums are heavier and taller than others and the corresponding accessories can be less substantive in smaller units.

The flexible hose attachment is a useful tool because it allows the operator to reach areas not easily accessible by the vacuum's main roller and can fit other tools on its end. Some hose attachments actually retract into an uprights main unit, readily available when needed. Other hoses may be a part of a kit that fits the machine and need to be installed when the operator needs to clean a certain area. These kits are usually available for machines like backpack vacuums and wet/dry units.

Another tool that is useful for extending the reach of the operator is the wand. Like the hose, the wand is also able to fit other tools on the suction end. A wand is typically either metal or hard plastic and allows the user to reach difficult areas without flopping around. The best wands are attached to the upright vacuum cleaners retractable, flexible hose and fit back into the main unit when not in use. Wands are also a valuable tool for backpack vacuums where they not only can be used for hard-to-reach areas, but can also be fitted with a floor tool that can clean carpeting.

The brush attachment is a terrific tool for areas with spider webs and pet hair. The brush lifts the debris from the surface and the suction hole in the middle pulls the debris into the hose or wand. Brushes come in many shapes and sizes and the best brushes have firm bristles and smooth edges so that surfaces are not marred while cleaning. Brush tools are helpful for delicate areas like lampshades, window treatments, ceiling fixtures or painted surfaces.

The crevice tool is of great use if the operator needs to get into thin areas that harbor a lot of dust and debris, such as furniture cushions, car seats and venting. Crevice tools come in varying widths and lengths and are often included with the unit or a kit. Generally speaking, crevice tools that are a bit larger in width and length are more desirable because they don't clog as easily as smaller ones.

When choosing any vacuum cleaner and the available attachments, it is always important to remember what the unit will be used to clean. Many accessories are great for general cleaning, but there are specialized tools and kits of accessories that have been combined in order to tackle a particular job. Tool kits designed for car cleaning and detailing are especially popular, but there are many others available for more specific jobs.

Autor: Lee Harris

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Added: January 29, 2009

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Undecking the Halls - How to Get Kids Involved in Cleaning the House of the Holiday

Though some people like myself hold off taking down decorations until almost February there needs to be a time to let go of the holiday spirit and undeck the halls. This is potentially a very tedious and depressing event but it doesn't necessarily have to be that way. There is a way to get the whole family involved, especially your little ones. Kids usually want to get in on the decorating for the holidays so why not let them get in on taking everything down. Here are a few tips in making this event fun.

The Tree Has to Go... Yes it's Sad

The first task to complete when undecking the halls is the tree. First be cautious of sharp and potentially breakable ornaments and make sure all the lights are unplugged before removing. Once you have made sure of these two things you can now let your kids help in removing decorations. When it comes to a somewhat dull task the best way to make it fun for kids is to turn it into a game. One way fun game is to see who can remove the most ornaments and put them back in the box the quickest without breaking them. Another fun idea is to hide a prize in one of the ornament boxes so while the kids are putting away lights or ornaments they will find the prize.

Finally, one fun and memorable game to play while undecking the halls would be the human Christmas tree. In this game the family divides up into teams and each has a member of the family stand as their "tree". Then during a 3 minute time period each team will have to decorate their "tree" with garland, tinsel and ribbons the best they can. Then at the end of the three minutes a family member will judge which team had the best tree. This will be one event that you will need a camera for!

Bye Bye Nutcrackers, Santa's, and Wreaths

The next task would be to remove all the random knick knacks from around the house. If you're anything like me you have nutcrackers, gingerbread men, Santas and tons of other Christmas decorations spread all across the house. One way to make removing the random knick knacks from all over the house is to create a scavenger hunt. Divide the family up into teams or even single players. Give each player or team a list of random knick knacks across the house. During a certain time limit the players will need to find those items as well as package them and put them away. Whoever finds the most items, packages them and puts them away will be the winner. This could be a very fun and exciting way to clean up the house quickly. This idea specifically could be a really great way to get even the youngest of the family involved in the jolly event of undecking the halls since it's simply a scavenger hunt.

These are just a few ideas that can help your family conquer the holiday decorations in your home but creating your own fun ways to remove holiday decorations could lead to a long lasting family holiday tradition. Once again removing holiday decorations does not mean you're removing the cheer and joy as well. Undecking the halls can be just as fun as decking them so simply have fun and enjoy the family time.

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Added: January 27, 2009

Monday, January 26, 2009

Why is Pressure Washing So Important?

Don't feel cheated if your house has started looking like sky is pouring dust and ash. It's not the realtor's fault; neither the company's which painted the exteriors. It's the air; quite literally. The pollutants and suspended particles, mildew and dirt wreak havoc on the exterior of your home. The fence, driveway, sidewalks and decks seem to be the favorites of glutinous dirt that doesn't go with regular cleaning routines. With dust and mold settled all over, your house might look like it needs a coat of fresh paint pretty soon. But that's not the only way to get it look like new again. There is an option that is easy on your pocket too. Pressure washing is one of the quickest ways to get rid of dust and molds that have accumulated. Just one session and you are sorted.

Pressure washing involves application of high pressure water spray over the surface which needs to be cleaned. Pressure washing though sounds simple is an intricate process and it definitely requires some level of understanding. Pressure washer is wrongly thought as synonymic to the garden hose used in terms of functionality. The features that differentiate it most strongly are the pressure applied and the use of water. The pressure is as high as 5000 PSI and uses water stream or a mixture of liquid detergents, water and some other chemicals that help cleaning the surface. A typical pressure washer consists of a motor which directly drives a water pump, a high pressure hose and a trigger gun. The nozzle is used to increase the out flowing pressure of the liquid. Some nozzles produce a water jet in the form of a triangular plane, while others emit a pencil-thin jet of water, which spirals around rapidly. You can do it yourself, but it is best to have a professional to come down and take care of the task. Pressure washing can be customized based on the demanding surface. It might be required to use a hot water stream for grease spots and sticky dirt on the sidewalk and driveway but would do only a little good to the plants around so you need to be careful. Only cold water streams should be used when dealing with wooden decks as they may get damaged due to high temperatures. So it really depends on the nature of the surface you are dealing with and a pressure washer would do it for you.

It always pays to keep your home clean not just in terms of increased home value, curb appeal, and a better reflection of image on your neighborhood but also in terms of health. Pressure washing definitely takes away the pain of putting up with dirty exteriors. It would do some good to your wooden decks, windows and parapets loaded with dirt that you never wish to touch. But like they say, good things come to those who wait and it definitely it applies here as well. Pressure washing and haste should never shake hands. Pressure washing if not handled properly can cause serious damages to your property or worse your children or pets. It should be analyzed, planned and handled beforehand to get the desired results.

Autor: Ken Darrohn

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Added: January 26, 2009

Sunday, January 25, 2009

You Cannot Beat Bissell Carpet Cleaning Products

The origins of the Bissell Carpet Cleaning Products are in a family shop, and the need to solve a problem. The problem was removing sawdust from a carpet. Melville Bissell is the man who created a solution. He designed and constructed a carpet sweeper machine that he hoped would put an end to the problem once and for all. His design was a great success, and word of his invention spread quickly by word of mouth, and carpet vacuum cleaners were born.

The modern Bissell upright vacuum cleaners such as the Bissell 3750 include a range of tools and accessories for cleaning most surfaces in the home. Most of these carpet vacuum cleaners also have cunning designs to cope with stairs and other hard to clean places in the home.

The Bissell 3750 upright carpet vacuum cleaner are not hugely expensive compared to many other upright carpet vacuum cleaners, but many customers believe that they are worth every penny. Many wouldn't trade their Bissell Carpet Cleaning products for anything else.

The use of bag less and Hepa technology is great for cost saving, because cleaning bags can prove to be expensive over the life of a carpet vacuum cleaner. Hepa technology removes over 99% of dust mites and allergens from carpets and floors, and are especially good for asthma sufferers or people with dust allergies.

Bissell have developed a number of other significant house cleaning tools as well. The Bissell Steam Mop for example, uses steam to clean and naturally disinfect floors with nothing but water. The absence of chemicals is a great benefit, especially to those who have allergies to some cleaning agents found in many home cleaning solutions.

Another Bissell product, the Bissell 1200B SpotBot can remove new or old stains irrespective of how long the stains have been present. This cleaner can work on different types of stain too, including wine stains, juice stains or tea and coffee stains.

The Bissell Steam Cleaners are particularly useful if you have pets in the house, especially if those pets have not been house trained. The steam is an effective cleaning agent, but also safe to use for family and for your pets too.

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Added: January 25, 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

Five Things You Must Know About Mold

Most of us know what mold looks and smells like. It is that "mildewy" smell also known as the "basement" smell. Well that leads me to the Number One thing you MUST know about mold.

1. Your eyes and nose are the best possible mold detection system known to man! Many clients that I visit will tell me that they just can't seem o get rid of that "basement" smell and they can see a mildewy substance on wood surfaces near the floor in their basement. Then they ask, "Do you think I have a mold problem?" So, upon witnessing these symptoms for myself, I tell them that I am 100% sure that they have mold growing and I recommend that the mold is remediated. A very high percentage still demand that we take a Mold Sample to be tested and they ALWAYS come back positive. The testing process has many very good uses but when it is sensually obvious I honestly think that the quicker the mold is remediated, the better off the homeowner. So let us all trust our eyes and noses. If you can see it and smell it, skip the mold test and get the problem solved. That leads me to our next item.

2. An interior area of 10 square feet or more covered in mold is considered by the EPA as a SERIOUS mold problem that needs professional attention. Many homeowners that are handy will see a couple walls, half covered in mold and start ripping them apart and hauling the exposed moldy materials off to the dump. This is a VERY dangerous situation. The high exposure to mold spores and the introduction of these spores into other areas of the home can cause major detrimental health affects to those with mold sensitivity. The EPA and mold organizations have unlimited resources for do-it-yourselfers so that they use the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and mitigation methods.

3. Most of us are not born with a high sensitivity to mold. The number one reason that people have allergic reactions to mold is from past or continued exposure to mold spores. Mold is not something that our bodies can build up a resistance to. Just the opposite is true. As mycotoxins from mold enter our bloodstream they latch on and the more spores we inhale the more of these little colonies of mycotoxins are formed. If these mycotoxins build up to a certain level, the result is an allergic reaction and sometimes severe respiratory distress. Many people who suffer from mold allergies are really suffering from their bodies' inability to filter out the mycotoxins quickly enough.

4. Exterior Doors and Windows have a high mold potential if not properly flashed. When windows and doors become part of the building's envelope they need to be properly implemented into the shell's water management system. Many of us have seen homes being built and noticed the different types of "Housewrap" that contractors use. The housewrap is there to reduce and eliminate water from getting onto the wooden exterior of the houses' framing. Flashing is used around external protrusions and chimneys to become part of the envelope water management system. Many older homes do not even have this system. If the flashing is properly incorporated with the housewrap, no water should enter the building envelope. If improperly installed, or non-existent, water can settle into window and door frames, rotting organic material and causing huge clusters of dangerous mold.

5. Moisture control is the key to mold elimination. All the mold cleaning process does is eliminate the existing spores of mold. Unless you address the moisture problem, the mold is going to come back. I use finished basement walls as an example. I have met with countless individuals that notice some mold, rip out a few sections of drywall and then patch it up, thinking that they have solved their mold problem. That is unfortunately not the case. Unless the moisture came from a broken or leaky pipe, appliance or another water disaster, it is very likely that the moisture problem needs to be addressed. Water enters basements in numerous ways and we recommend some form of basement waterproofing to address a wet basement.

Autor: Lois Bartels

Lois Bartels is the owner of Green Bear Innovations, Massachusetts greenest home improvement company offering green insulation, basement waterproofing, foundation repair, sump pump installations, mold and radon assessment and remediation. We use energy efficient products, recycled/recyclable materials and hold a high standard for resource conservation during all installations. We are based in Reading, MA and serve the entire state and also RI, CT and NH.

Added: January 23, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Mattress Cleaner - Mattress Cleaning Instructions

Searching for a mattress cleaner is usually not on anyone's to do list. You could even think of it as the thing that you do when there is absolutely nothing else to do. This is also apparent knowing your mattress is likely the last thing you ever see because it is usually covered with sheets, comforters, pillows and etc. This article will focus on providing effective mattress cleaner tips that you can do yourself.

Mattress Cleaner Process (Optimum)
The best thing you can do is avoid staining your mattress in the first place. In most cases this usually involves some level of discipline about bringing food,drink and pets into the bed. When it comes to a kid's room you may want to invest in a mattress liner/cover or mattress bag. This is because kids are probably not going to be as disciplined when it comes to what they will and won't do in their bedrooms. These mattress covers are usually placed under the sheets and provide a barrier that prevents liquids from getting on the mattress. You can go to most stores that carry this item and purchase them relatively inexpensively. They are rugged enough to be around for a couple of years. In addition to that you may also want to purchase a washable mattress pad. They tend to be more expensive then plastic covers or liners but tend to be more comfortable and durable. In addition to protecting against liquid spills they also provide protection against solid ones.

Mattress Cleaner Process
If you think about it we spend a significant amount of our time on our mattress. This being the case we should ensure that it is as clean as possible and be prepared to deal with the different cleaning situations they may arise. I have created a list of the top things that you will usually have to clean up. They are as follows:

  1. Mattress Cleaner Solution For Liquid Spills. In spills that involve any form of liquid the very task should be to blot the point of the spill. Do this using a clean rag or dry towel and apply as much pressure to the point of incident as possible (i.e. stand on it if need be). But by NO MEANS rub it. When you invoke a rubbing action on a liquid spill the rag or towel does not absorb the maximum amount that it can and you push the stain deeper into the underlying material. the idea is to keep o blotting until the stain site is slightly damp. At this point you should have removed the lion share of the stain and now you are ready to use a cleaner. This cleaner should be based on the type of liquid stain you have to clean up.
    • Organic Stains (Vomit,Urine,Fruit Juices). To best clean these you will want to use a 50/50 solution of cold water and (vinegar or lemon juice) or you can use an enzymatic cleaner. In fact were you aware that enzymatic cleaners are effective because they work on breaking down the existing peptide bonds in the liquid's proteins which then allows it to be cleaned more effectively.
    • Non Organic (Everything Else). Your best bet for cleaning these type of spills involve the use of common spray upholstery cleaners. When you are ready to begin cleaning start by spraying (i.e. no pouring please) the cleaner onto the site of the spill. After you have sprayed the site of the spill it is time to start blotting the spill site with the cleaner using a CLEAN new towel. Use the same blotting procedure as stated before. Once this has been completed then sprinkle the area you just blotted with baking soda. Baking soda will serve to eliminate odors and absorb any remaining moisture.
  2. Mattress Cleaner Solution For Solid SpillsStart off by removing all of the large pieces of the spill from the area to be cleaned. Follow this by vacuuming up any smaller pieces that you missed before. If there were any stains created by this then start off by using the right cleaner (i.e. see above) and blot the area that was stained with a dry clean rag or towel. If you discover an odor from this spill then sprinkle the area with baking soda and let sit for about 8 - 10 hours then vacuum it off.

Mattress Cleaner Maintenance
Were you aware of the fact that based on the quality of the mattress you purchased it should last from 5 to 20 years or even longer? Since it will be around for some time there are some tasks you can perform to make sure you maintain it. The quickest and easiest task is to make sure you change the sheets frequently. This will minimize and eliminate dead skin cells, dander and dust mites from getting into your mattress. Make sure to vacuum the mattress surface when you flip it.

Mattress Cleaner Odor Removal
In the situation where you discover a not so fresh smell coming from your mattress here are a list of things you can immediately do:

  1. Use half lemon juice and half cold water solution or a scented upholstery cleaner to lightly clean the mattress surface area. Using the same procedure given above you should spray and then blot dry.
  2. Place dryer sheets beneath the bedding and sheets. This is a temporary solution but can provide quick relief.
  3. To remove a residual smell like cigar smoke or cigarette odor begin preppring the mattress by by sprinkling baking soda over it. Use the same drying procedure given above for baking soda.

In Conclusion
This article has attempted to provide solid advice for all of your mattress cleaner needs. If you find a situation that was not covered here or find yourself stuck then don't hesitate to contact your mattress manufacturer or the store where you purchased it and get additional information from them. If you follow the mattress cleaner processes given here you should be just fine.

Autor: James Redder

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Added: January 22, 2009

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

How to Get Rid of Black Mold

Black mold is toxic and can cause severe health problems for the people who are exposed to it for prolonged periods of time so learning how to get rid of black mold is key if you live in a wet or humid area. As such, as soon as you spot even small numbers of black mold in your home, its best to start getting rid of them.

Mold can grow very quickly and needs only a moist, organic surface and a temperature between 2 and 40 degrees Celsius so it can grow pretty much anywhere - on your carpet, your furniture, your clothing, your drywall, wood, books - most household items. So, if you have black mold, the sooner you begin getting rid of it the better for this will prevent it from growing beyond your control and eventually turning into a large and costly problem.

How to get rid of black mold?

You start at the root of it all. Most varieties of mold would need a combination of darkness and damp environments in order to thrive, so the first thing you should focus on is dehumidifying your home. You can do this by buying a dehumidifier unit which can be easily purchased from any home depot as well as in other home supply stores. The purpose of this unit would be to suck the naturally produced moisture in the air inside your home. Do remember to clean out and make sure to empty the unit's water collection bucket after every use.

After this, you can begin step two which involves using a bleach and water solution to spray on the mold. You mat also purchase some ready made cleaning substances that are specially made to get rid of mold as well as other cleaning tools you might need. However, it is important to note that whatever tools you use on the mold must be immediately disposed off afterward as these are already contaminated. Another important thing to note is to not mix bleach and ammonia for doing so will produce harmful fumes that are bad for your health.

Autor: Howard Mouldar

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Added: January 21, 2009

Monday, January 19, 2009

How to Save Your Stinky Shoes

Let's admit it - it happens to the best of us. Maybe your favorite pair of ballet flats got stuck with you in the pouring rain. Maybe your favorite pair of running shoes aren't holding up to the strain of your workout. Or maybe your heels have had just a few too many workdays. But whatever the cause - unpleasant odor shouldn't be reason enough to chuck your favorite shoes. Read up on how to spare your best loved pair with a few simple tricks.

First, rid your shoes of any dirt or caked-on mud. Pop out any inserts, cushioning, or laces and place them aside. Then, make a solvent with which to hand wash your shoes. In a large bowl or tub, mix one cup of baking soda with four cups hot water. Dunk your smelly soles into the mixture, and scrub the insides of the shoe with your fingers. Repeat this process with any laces or inserts you may have extracted from your shoes. If the exterior is made from leather, skip this step, as too much exposure to water can make it crack and peel. Once you have thoroughly washed your shoes, stuff a generous portion of crumpled newspaper inside the soles to help absorb moisture as they dry. Once they have dried completely, sprinkle the insides with baking soda, making sure to coat the entire interior of the shoe. Overturn them to shake out any excess powder, and replace your inserts and laces.

If you have gel cushions for comfort, it's best to invest in a new set, as these are often tough to clean and can cling on to odors. If you prefer not to wash your shoes, stick them in a plastic bag and place them in the freezer overnight. The low temperature will help to temporarily knock out any odors. Enjoy your sweet feet!

Autor: Della Upsher

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Added: January 20, 2009

Sunday, January 18, 2009

How to Remove Mildew

Mould and mildew is frequently seen in British homes at this time of year due to homeowners keeping windows closed whilst having the heating on. Although, this unsightly fungi is not likely to ever be left long enough to cause significant damage to your possessions - and is rarely covered by your home insurance - it is also good to know how to prevent and deal with it because of the possible health implications that can be caused by prolonged exposure.

When trying to prevent mould growth, it is important to be aware of the specific causes in the home. Most commonly, where mildew is seen in corners, on walls and skirting boards, humid or damp air which carries the spores has settled on these cooler surfaces. Such simple actions as getting used to opening the curtains as soon as the sun comes up each morning is an easy first step, as sometimes rooms that are used less throughout the day often avoid the drying benefits of sunlight.

Try to keep your air as dry as possible. If the purchase or rental of a dehumidifier seems a little drastic, be sure to keep your home as well ventilated as possible by opening windows for a short while after having the central heating switched on. When drying clothes indoors, try to hang them up in the most ventilated areas of the home, and in smaller places like wardrobes it is also possible to use silica gel to absorb moisture.

Keeping your surfaces as clean as possible is a good method of prevention as dust or dirt can also be a cause, but if mildew or mould is already beginning to appear it is best to tackle the area by a more particular means. If the mildew has appeared on a painted surface, it should be scrubbed with a small amount of bleach mixed with water. Remember to keep windows open, and to follow this by wiping the area with a wet cloth, and afterwards dry the area as much as possible.

For wallpaper, it is best not to use the bleach and scrub method straight away. Instead, dry out the room for a few hours, wash the area with water and soapsuds, and then dab the area dry. If mildew has appeared on items such as furniture and other material goods, it is a good idea to clean these items outside to be sure the spores won't settle anywhere else. These can often be brushed and aired mildew-free, whilst leather detergent or alcohol can help clean leather.

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Added: January 18, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

Window Cleaning Tips - Making Life Easier

Window cleaning is not something you want to do alone or on an everyday basis. It can be quite a task. It requires some amount of strength in your arms, and some guts if your house is two stories high. Also, if you're not the kind who can climb up and down a ladder quite a few times, then you seriously need to reconsider cleaning your windows all by yourself.

To clean windows you will need a good, sturdy ladder and usual cleaning supplies like buckets and sponges. It is best if you use a two holed bucket - one for soapy water and one for clean (although eventually the clean one will get dirty). If you are very particular, change the water for every window or else whenever you see it getting dirty. Most people prefer using cloth instead of sponges - you could try both and see which gives the better results.

When there is a lot of dust involved and maybe some cobwebs, then you might consider vacuuming the window first instead of using the sponge straight away. Then use the wet sponge in a circular motion to clean windows. When you're sure you've removed all the stains and smears, use a dry cloth - preferably a lint cloth to wipe the window. Wipe them only in one direction to ensure that there aren't any streaks left. For very high windows - you will have to use an extension pole with a strip washer. However, you may find that it is difficult to get very good results with high windows. In this case, i.e. with too many high windows and too many glass panes, window cleaning companies are the best option.

Window cleaning also depends a lot on the kind of weather and season you have at any given time. You obviously don't want to do it during the winter or when it's raining. It is best to usually do it before the start of spring or maybe before and after autumn. Ideally, cleaning your windows three or four times a year is more than enough. If you live in a city or in a place with a large amount of dust and pollution in the air, you might have to clean your windows more often. Window cleaning in London, especially of houses in busy streets, is almost a weekly routine for most residents. Of course, you could leave the proper rubbing and scrubbing for fewer occasions.

At such times there are quite a few cleaning companies out there willing to come to your rescue. Window cleaning in London is quite a competitive business, so you will have no problem finding a company to sell you their services.

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Added: January 16, 2009

Monday, January 12, 2009

Green Cleaning Products - Healthy and Low Cost Cleaning Solutions

Green cleaning products, with the benefits it can give, can be considered as the ultimate house cleaning weapon. It is like a gun to a law enforcer or a hose and water to a firefighter. Without them, specific cleaning functions are simply impossible to be carried out with ease and effectiveness.

Like any other cleaning solutions, organic cleaning products are made to purposely wipe out the dirt and grimes of everyday life. Stains, dust and molds are just few of these nuisances. Sometimes they stick to your clothing, equipments and other items without you even knowing how it happened.

If unnoticed or ignored, these things can encourage harmful bacterial growth which can lead to illnesses and diseases. It's at this time when cleaning products start to play a very important house role. However, not so fast in picking just any product as most of the conventional and claimed effective cleaning solutions are actually hazardous to humans and the envrionment.

Instead of making sure that your family and the planet are indeed safe, the use of un-verified cleaning solution can put them at a great health risk. With strong chemicals as active ingredients, these products can truly eliminate bacteria and germs. But then, their effects extend negatively way beyond this.

After the application or use, the chemicals within these solutions can still stay on items and surfaces as they cannot be easily dissolved. Even the disposal of them can lead to the release of added pollutants to the environment. The greater risk is that they can get inside your body by mixing with water and air which can result to serious medical conditions. Not to mention, these products cost some considerable amount of money.

All those things are giving you more than enough reasons to choose green cleaning products over other cleaning solutions. And though these eco-friendly alternatives are available for purchase, you can also personally produced them for a bigger savings. With that said, here are some tips that you can apply to your house cleaning with the aide of organic cleaning products mostly found in your kitchen.

- Air Freshner and Cleaner - Nothing can be more relaxing than to stay in a pleasant-smelling place. Aside from preventing allergies and irritations it also connotes cleanliness of the environment. The easiest way that you can try in cleaning indoor air is to put fresh flowers on a vase. The next easiest means is to make a mixture of essential oil and water and then simply spray it on your every house corner. Another clean-air quick step is to lay a box of baking soda to anywhere you want to be deodorized. It works even inside a refrigerator.

- Bathroom mold remover - A bathroom is one of the most frequently visited parts of the house. As an area where you do your personal cleaning, it must also be clean. This means that you must get rid of every bathroom's usual problem - molds. You can make use of vinegar as your organic cleaning product. Directly spray it on the mold then let it stay for 30 minutes to one hour. The acidity of the vinegar will kill the molds and will stop the growth of the new ones.

- Rust remover - Metal as the primary source of rust is present in almost every house part. This means that rust can develop almost anywhere. However, you can avoid further rust damage if you can immediately treat it. And what better and safer way to do it than to produce and use your own green cleaning product. All you have to do is to sprinkle salt on the rusted spot and add some lemon juice. Let the solution stay on the damaged area and then simply scrub it off after a few minutes.

With green cleaning products, house cleaning is done with true effectiveness. Aside from keeping items dirt and germ free, the use of them also protects your family's health and the envrionment. When it comes to money terms, organic cleaning products can also save you from too much expenses as can you produce them personally.

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The use of organic cleaning products is far more rewarding than other cleaning alternatives. Experience multiple cleaning benefits without having to worry about health risks, by going for green cleaning products

Added: January 12, 2009

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Decrease Chemical Exposure, Go For Natural Cleaning Products

The use of natural cleaning products is one way of cleaning with less toxins. One direct benefit of this is the protection of human health from hazardous cleaning elements. Another, is the reduction of pollutants released into the environment.

However, it is sad to know that most people rely more on toxic-based cleaning solutions than on organic cleaning products. The immediate results these products can produce seem to blind many of their effects to human health and the environment. Direct evidence to this is the large number of different cleaning solutions used by home owners or keepers.

Little by little though, people are opening their eyes to the true effects of toxin-based cleaning solutions. This gives rise to the high sales demand on natural cleaning products. As a responsible individual, this should serve as a sign for you to consider your cleaning solutions and probably switch from chemical-based to organic cleaning products.

But what is it exaclty that makes chemical-based cleaning solutions a danger to human health and the envrionment? The answer, is actually found in the question itself - chemicals. And when we say solution, this usually refers to more than just a single chemical component or element.

These chemical ingredients are mostly found on conventional cleaning products. Other self-proclaimed green cleaning products can even have some of these chemicals though in a very minimal amount. This is the very reason why should always check the ingredients of the cleaning solution that you intend to purchase even if is it has "natural" or "organic" words attached to its label.

The following are some of the common harmful ingredients that you might find in commercially available cleaning products. Familiarize yourself with them so you will know what's to buy and what's not to.

Naphthalene - this chemical is most often present on pesticides. Mothballs, insect repellants and deodorizers may also contain this harmful element. It can cause damage to kidney and liver as well as to the eyes. There are studies proposing that it can also cause cancer to both humans and animals.

Ammonia - ammonia is found in a wide variety of cleaning products. The use of it is considered to be dangerous to the environment and can cause respiratory and eye irritation. If mixed with bleach, it can result to a very hazardous chemical compound called chloramine.

Acetone - acetone is a flammable liquid and an important solvent. It is commonly used as a nail polish remover. High vapor concentration can make acetone a severe irritant to eyes and may also cause damage to the central nervous system.

Formaldehyde - Used in making disinfectants, furniture polishes and sanitary paper products.
It is considered to be toxic, carcinogenic and allergenic. Formaldehyde can also cause irritation to the eyes, headache, burning sensation in the throat and difficulty in breathing.

Sodium hypochlorite (bleach) - Bleach is found in many household cleaners. Most bleaches act as strong oxidizing agents. If mixed with another acid like vinegar or even just a lemon juice, it can produce chlorine which is a respiratory and eye irritant.

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To use organic cleaning products is to be health and environment sensitive. Make it a habit to check the ingredients of the natural cleaning product that you intend to use to make sure it is indeed hazard free.

Added: January 11, 2009

Friday, January 9, 2009

Rust Removal From Concrete - The Safer Process

Rust removal from concrete can truly be hard work. With the wiping and scrubbing involved, it indeed will require a great of deal of time and effort. And if the rust happens to be severe than it seems, you may find yourself making a long list of repair and restoration expenses.

But then, gone are the days that you have to do all these by yourself. I am not referring to an additional manpower but rather to effective rust removers. A wide variety of rust removal products are now commercially available as an aide for an effective and easy rust removal from concrete process. Generally, buying rust removers and treating the rust by yourself will be less costly than to completely have it repaired or restored.

The rust removal from concrete process is usually implemented on garage, sidewalk, walls and patios. Rust stains on these house areas are just indirect effects of rust formation to metal equipments in close contact with them. However, direct or indirect, they are still rust damages than can be fixed with the use of effective rust removers.

Collectively, there are two means to which rust removal from concrete can be accomplished. These two means are classified according to the two types of rust removers that can be used.
The first one is more laborious but is less expensive as you can use common household ingredients. The following are the steps that you can take using organic rust removers.

Step 1

Clean the rusted surface from dirt, debris and dust. If quick washing is needed, do so to ensure that the rust removal solution that you will later apply will directly penetrate the rust or the rust stain.

Step 2

Try to use vinegar as your organic rust removal product. Pour it on the stained surface. Either cider vinegar or white vinegar will work as both contain the acid needed to remove the rust stain.

Step 3

Let the vinegar stay on the rusted spot for about 15 to 20 minutes. Then, scrub the surface using a stiff bristled brush and rinse with water. If the stain or a part of it remains, simply repeat the steps from 1 through 3.

Step 4

Try using lemon juice for your rust removal from cement process. Pour undiluted lemon juice on the rusted surface and let it stay there for 15 to 20 minutes. Before rinsing it with water, scrub the surface with a stiff bristled brush. Use a spray bottle with lemon juice to treat stains on walls and concrete foundations.

The second technique that you can implement for rust removal from concrete is by using commercially available rust removers. However, as much as possible purchase only green rust removal products to protect human health and the environment from hazardous chemical elements. Be cautious in using them and always follow the instructions for the best result.

For both of these rust treatment means, proper application and storage of the rust removers are needed. This can greatly reduce the possibility of any untoward accidents that can lead to serious health problems.

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There are many rust removal products available for immediate use. To save money, try making your own rust removal from concrete solutions.

Added: January 9, 2009

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Carpet Cleaning - Do it Yourself Tips

There is no better way to be more economical than avoiding someone who does something for you at a fee.Sometimes, you can do the same thing for yourself, free of charge and more efficiently. This is the reason why people have adopted the Diy slogan or in other words, do it yourself. Carpet cleaning Diy is a thought that can be actualized especially at this time of economic crisis.

There are a few things you will require to go about this venture. Common sense will tell you that, you may not be able to effectively get rid of all spots of dirt without a machine. A machine goes hand in hand with the necessary detergents for the best results. One thing to take note of is that you don't necessarily need to use up all your savings to buy the machine, but you can conveniently hire it at 20-40 dollars.

Once you are decided on how to go about carpet cleaning Diy, you will need to find out where you can get the best materials. The Internet has always been one reliable source of information. The various web sites will provide you with manufacturer's manual. If you follow the instructions carefully, you are assured of getting rid of all the stains and the remaining task is to dry the carpet.

During the carpet cleaning Diy, you may want to consider making use of a shampoo. The shampoo mixed with some hot water will ensure thorough removal of the stains. In addition, you could enhance the whole cleaning process by use of a vacuum cleaner. Frequent vacuuming will lengthen the life of your carpet. If all fails, make use of a professional cleaner.

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Added: January 7, 2009

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Selecting Carpet Cleaning Equipment

The selection of carpet cleaning equipment is important if you are to achieve the desired results. As a rule, the type of fabric you have determines the equipment to use. A Vacuum cleaner is handy if one is interested in surface cleaning. Quiet a variety exist in the market. These are the so called the 'upright', the 'canister', the 'handheld' and the' spotters'. The first two examples differ mainly in function.

Once vacuuming has been done, it is a better idea to give your carpet a 'deep cleaning'. This is usually done with the use of shampoos that are of various kinds in the market. To avoid having other sideshows that may harm both you and the lovely fabric that you step on, use a mild shampoo. After this process, vacuuming is recommended.

Other types of carpet cleaning equipment use steam. There may be two types, one of which is self made(an encouragement towards saving more dollars!). This consists of a vacuum cleaner and steam. However, in this case the steam does not vacuum. The use of steam is advised if dealing with small spots.

If however you are one person never passed by fashion, try the bonnet pad. This 'pad' consists of the machine itself rotated at high speeds and the detergent that aids in removal of dirt. Most experts advise that any stain that occurs should be removed as quickly as possible. This minimizes the cost and difficulty associated with the removal of old stains. Whichever carpet cleaning equipment you choose, ensure it suits the area of the fabric and the strength of the stain. Dust bags, brushes, cords, and handles of different lengths are some of the accessories that play a crucial role in the whole process.

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Added: January 6, 2009

Monday, January 5, 2009

Types of Carpet Cleaning Machines

Imagine this: the right ambiance, the right food, the right drink to follow food to its destination. But oops, there it is- The big old stain. It stares in the eyes of your visitors- unashamed. Well, don't worry. A good carpet cleaning machine can help you out.

Most of us are familiar with the vacuum cleaner which may be of the upright type. This uses either one or two motors. The motor used, determined by the type of dirt and the number of times one desires to clean their fabric. The hand held type is better when dealing with stairs. For those times that a drop of sauce or juice has poured on the fabric, spotters are preferred. These type of carpet cleaning machines have rotator brushes that scrub thus aiding in the removal of the stain.

The extractor is best suited for deep thorough removal of dirt. This machine may enable your fabric acquire a 'new face'. A modification of the extractor is the self contained type that allows the injection of a detergent during the process. Vacuuming may be done after the extraction procedure. For dirt that has seeped into the fibres and the base of the fabric steam may be used. The steam allows the dirt to come to the surface and sucked into the carpet cleaning machine.

After all considerations, the type of choice you make will be determined by many factors. The size of the machine should suit the person who will be using the machine. Besides size, having various types of brushes is another consideration that allows frequent removal of food stains. Cord length must suit the area of the fabric. The Internet is a good source of information that can help you to make the right choice.

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Added: January 5, 2009

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Buying Carpet Cleaning Supplies

As concerned as they may seem to be of their customers, all companies have one aim: To make profit. You should therefore be careful not to fall in the category of the fooled. Various types of carpet cleaning supplies are available in the market. The supplies may be specific towards a certain type of cleaning. The safest choice should be those that are general.

Depending on the type of stain and the foot fabric you have, you may choose one of the two types of carpet cleaning supplies. They may be of the liquid or the powder type. The type of stain you have will determine the type that you will use. For dried liquid stains with a hard surface, powder based removers soak up the staining liquids. Powder based products may be used also for wet stains.

Suitability is a key factor to consider during your purchase. The supplies chosen should suit the type of stain. Some aid in the removal of liquid stains. Others, are best suited for pet stains. Still others allow the removal of dry and dust pollutants- the powder oriented washing supply. If however the dirt includes dust, dirt and liquid stains, a supply based on liquid is a better choice.

Carpet cleaning supplies differ in smell and feel. This is key especially if you desire to clean and disinfect at the same time. The cleaner is definitely the center piece in this process. The product should therefore him/her. It is also quiet obvious that the carpet will be used by people. Thus the product used should prevent as much as possible any allergies from occurring.

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Added: January 4, 2009

Friday, January 2, 2009

A Look at Carpet Cleaning Methods

They say you never have a second chance to make a first impression. True as it may be, most of us take this simple saying for granted. Carpet cleaning should be of priority in our lives. Most experts advise that one should consult a reputed company to help you decide on the method to use. Two methods may be used.

The hot water extraction method (also known as the Warm water extraction method)- recommended by most manufactures and cleaners. This type is unbeatable in the removal of minute particles hidden between the fibers. The method is based on the use of a fine spray of water that forces the dirt out, which is then sucked by the vacuum slot. Detergent or water may be sprayed. It is then recovered together with the dirt using a vacuum into the holding tank. The system used may be portable or truck mounted. The latter prevents the re-circulation of dirt and humidity.

Another method used to carry out carpet cleaning is based on using either dry foam, dry chemicals, or dry compounds. Usually, a shampoo is used when one is carrying out the dry foam method. Drying is done followed by vacuuming. In the dry chemical method, the detergent is applied to the fabric as the machine spins from a large bonnet from side to side. This continues until the bonnet saturates with dirt, after which it is replaced. The dry compound method sawdust may be spread on the fabric. This is then brushed by the machine that is later vacuumed to remove the dirt.

Carpet cleaning may be done by vacuuming.As for the portable machines, hot water should be used. Drying must be done quickly.

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Added: January 2, 2009

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Cleaning Agents

The selection of cleaning agents should be carefully considered. These are the chemicals that may make your toilet, clothes or carpet worth admiring or not. If presently you are one unsatisfied customer of a particular product, try changing it to achieve better results. The right chemical may lengthen the life of an object.

The surface to be cleaned and the type of cleansing to be done determines the cleaning agent to be used. The market offers quiet a variety. Information regarding each chemical must be read carefully before purchase. The instructions regarding usage must be considered. Most chemicals are diluted in water before use and kept out of reach of children.

Cleaning agents may be in different forms. Gels, aerosols, liquids, tablets are just but the mentioned few. Most chemicals are aqueous solvents, turpentine and waxes. The strength and quantity required is determined by the dilution rate. Most chemicals are applied with immersion in water or spray processes, soak methods, ultrasonic cleaners, manual among others. Strippers, cleansers, de greasers, detergents and abrasives are among the types of cleaning agents.

Chemicals that are biodegradable are a plus since they degrade to non toxic chemicals. They are thus environment friendly. Technology has nowadays made use of combinations that bring out the best results. If your nose follows good aroma, try the scented types. Above all, the chemical must comply with the government's regulations concerning sanitation. Besides this, care should be exercised while using such chemicals. Wear gloves and try to avoid spillage on your skin. The web can give you quiet quiet bit of information. Try searching.

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Added: January 1, 2009