Thursday, December 31, 2009

Top Vacuuming Tips For Allergy and Asthma Sufferers

Allergy and asthma sufferers are extremely sensitive to allergens and particles floating in the air. We're talking about your usual suspects: pet hair, dust, and pollen. That's why owning a vacuum cleaner for an allergy sufferer is more than making your carpet look nice for company, it's a way to control the condition.

Knowing what to look for in a vacuum is integral because not all vacuum cleaners are created equally. You want to make sure that you have a vacuum that is powerful enough to reach deep down into the carpet fibers to reach allergens like dust. Keep in mind that you should go slowly when vacuuming carpets because going too fast runs the risk of not giving the vacuum enough time to suction the debris and dust. Using a fresh bag each time is another way to make sure you get the best suction possible.

Many allergy sufferers opt to have hard wood floors instead of carpet, with the idea that it will be better for them but dust will accumulate on hard floors as well. Use a vacuum that can be used on hardwood floors, it should have the ability to switch between hard floor and carpet settings.

Vacuuming upholstery is also highly recommended, especially in the presence of pets. Utilizing attachments that can be used on furniture is a great way of removing allergy triggers. Make sure to get into the corners of cushions and around all pillows and mattresses. Don't forget to vacuum the spots you can't see, such as those behind furniture. Although it's out of sight, it's still present.

Owning a vacuum won't cure allergy problems but it is a way to help control your health. Vacuuming regularly can drastically reduce allergy triggers in the home which will lower the dependence on medications. Take control.

Autor: Lillian James

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Added: December 31, 2009

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Black Mold Testing - The First Step in Fighting Mold

Black mold testing can either be done with a home testing kit, or by hiring a professional mold inspector to take samples.

Black Mold Testing Kits

You can buy testing kits that you can use at home. These come with a swab, solution and test strips. You swab the black mold, hold it in the solution, and then place it on the strip. The color will tell you whether it is toxic or not.

The main advantage of testing kits is that you can use them in just minutes. With a mold inspector, they have to take samples, send them off to a laboratory, and then wait for the results before making a final assessment. This could mean more days where you and your family have to live with potentially toxic mold. Kits are also much cheaper than paying for a full-scale inspection.

The disadvantage is that they are not always accurate. For example, the sample taken may not be toxic, but mold in other parts of your house may be. Also, it is impossible to tell if the mold spores are already airborne or not. Professional inspections are much more thorough.

Professional Black Mold Testing

If you call a professional inspector, they will come to your house and take samples. They will check surface mold and the mold content of the air. They can give you a full assessment of the toxicity and danger level. A professional inspector can also help you take the necessary steps in cleaning and prevention.

The downside is that it costs more, and it is a more complicated procedure. You'll have to wait for the test results, and the entire process takes more time.

Both types of black mold testing can tell you if you've got toxic mold growing in your house. Once you know, you can start to clean it up.

Autor: Jeffrey J Mueller

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Added: December 29, 2009

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Carpet Cleaning - Understanding the Benefits

There are a host of benefits to getting professional rug and carpet cleaning. Rug and carpet cleaning professionals can also repair or just retouch any imperfections found. These cleaners are truly skilled at weaving and are able to patch up any rug or carpet. They are very knowledgeable when it comes to the various types of carpets and rugs that exist, being able to match any style of weaving from around the world. Another great reason for engaging a professional cleaner is that he or she will be able to accurately appraise your rugs and carpets. Knowing how much a floor covering is worth and how much it costs to clean and repair will help tremendously when it comes to selling the rug.

When choosing carpet cleaning NY (in the region) done by professionals, they will first examine your rug to determine the materials it is comprised of and what kind of damage may be on it. From this they will then decide the ideal way to clean your rug or other floor covering. There are all kinds of chemicals in rug cleaners and odor removers. You should know the correct cleanser for a specific kind of stain or you could well damage your rug beyond repair!

Antique rugs and carpets, however, are beautiful pieces of art that are too often taken for granted and not correctly cared for. With nice floor coverings it takes much more than just the typical vacuum cleaner and cleaning product to properly maintain them. Average vacuum cleaners are all right for the likes of everyday carpets but could potentially destroy anything finer. Many antique rugs are constructed of very fine and delicate materials, and if you don't know what you're doing you could easily pull a loose thread and your valuable rug or carpet can become frayed at its ends. Also, average consumers probably do not have access to such carpet cleaning tools as would be needed for thorough cleaning; more than just a vacuum cleaner is required to get the job done right. It takes a professional with a very specific set of skills and tools. Only they would know how to operate the machinery used to really give a good clean.

For example, they could use steam injectors and compressed air canisters, or even a chamber with a climate controlled artificial environment where your precious floor covering can be hung in optimal conditions for drying. The bottom line is that the typical person just can't look after a rug correctly. Those with antique or expensive rugs and carpets should consider professional carpet cleaning NY (in the region) to extend the life of their floor covering, keeping it looking as good as ever.

Autor: Paul Wise

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Added: December 27, 2009

Friday, December 25, 2009

Easy Steps to Keeping Floors Clean

Every week we know the home needs to be vacuumed, dusted, mopped, and laundry needs to be done. Most of us wait till it really needs a cleaning and that attitude fosters negativity. If we can learn to do it weekly, it doesn't take long and it can be enjoyable.

One of the easiest jobs is vacuuming carpets (at least it is in our home). The reason it's so easy is the fact that we use a machine to help us do the work. Depending on what type of vacuum you have, it can quickly clean or it might take more effort than we really want to exert. Mopping the floors might rank right up there with kissing your brother or sister. Dusting is going to be difficult if you have a lot of furniture or pictures.

Can you imagine back 75 years ago when everything had to be done with good ole elbow grease? Well, cleaning floors can be easier if we apply "elbow grease" to some of the nastier spills but today we have a machine called the Swiffer Wet Jet. That thing makes mopping a breeze and it's worth every penny. Forget the buckets, squeezing the mop and all that other stuff, this machine needs a little squirt and away you go. If you use the Swiffer weekly, it doesn't take very long at all to mop the kitchen floor, bathroom and any other hard floors in your home.

Our kids fight over the floor cleaning duties because it's fun to use. The beauty of the Wet Jet is there are no cords to slow your progress down and it reaches hard to get places. Heck, our kids will fight over who gets to clean the kitchen floor, thanks to the wet jet.

The easiest way to clean your floors (kitchen, bathroom, wood floors, etc is to make it a weekly routine. If you have big spills then you must clean the floors immediately, however if you have a weekly plan in place cleaning floors will get easier and quicker.

I know when we forget to clean the floors for a week or two, it takes a lot longer to get them back in shape. However, with a weekly maintenance plan it's fast and effective.

Wood floors offers a different set of challenges and we don't use a mop on these floors. We never use water on the floors unless it is an isolated case of muck and then we are very careful to wipe all water away when the muck is cleaned up. However, using our swiffer max makes it's a breeze to clean the wood floors. When one of the wipes is dirty we simply take it off and add another one to the pad. It normally takes us two wipes to clean our hardwood floors.

Once upon a time when we were both working, we hired a maid to come in and do the cleaning with us. Now that we are a one income home everyone pitches in to help keep our home clean. It gets harder as our children graduate and head off to college but then again, we don't have nearly as much traffic in our home.

Keeping the kids in the loop teaches them responsibility and develops a work ethic they will fall upon as they start their own families or have their own apartment.

Autor: Ryan Hogaboom

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Added: December 26, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

All About Backpack Vacuum Cleaners

There are many things to take into consideration when choosing backpack vacuum cleaners. Let us take a look at some of the pros and cons of using this type of system.

First, you should understand how this vacuum works. The unit basically has a shoulder strap or two straps that work like a backpack. You take the unit and put it onto your back and it will have a hose that is attached to it. This hose is used to do the vacuuming that you need to do. The backpack is often adjustable and can be changed to fit just about anyone. There are some that are padded in order to provide extra comfort for the people who choose them.

There are a few advantages to using this type of vacuum cleaner. One of the most common advantages is the fact that it is very light. Wearing this light unit on your back makes for an easy vacuuming job. You will also find that you do not have to bend down like you would with pushing a standard vacuum cleaner. This can be a very important feature for people who may have problems with stooping over and bending down. It can be more supportive to your back than other types of vacuum cleaners.

Another thing that you encounter with backpack vacuum cleaners is the fact that you are able to clean in places that you may not have been able to reach easily before. It is very versatile, and can be used to clean things such as rugs, furniture, drapes and other hard to reach areas. Its convenience and ease of use add to its value. There are a variety of different styles to choose from, and some are even lighter than others which adds to the level of comfort.

Autor: Mary L. Thompson

You can research the different types of backpack vacuum cleaners at Consumer Reports Vacuums.

Added: December 24, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Washing Machine Cleaning

Washing machine cleaning is vital for maintaining your appliance and ensuring it works at is best. Don't think that because you're putting soap into the washing machine your appliance will be cleaned as well as your clothes. There are certain measures you need to take to keep your appliance running as new.

The inside of your machine is regularly filled with dirty water. Your detergent will leave mineral deposits, deposits of powder and dirt which need to be removed from the machine. If you're washing cloth nappies it is vital you clean your machine to combat the transfer of germs.

So why doesn't your washing machine clean itself? This is much the same reason as why your bath, shower, sink and dishwasher also require cleaning regularly. Plus, think about it...the cleaner your machine, the cleaner your washing will be.

Inside your machine, hard water and detergents can cause the accumulation of build-up inside the tub, pump and hoses. This build up can cause an array of problems from sub-par cleaning quality to more severe floods and leakages. Accumulation of this sediment can also cause your clothes to wear more quickly as, trapped inside the drum, excess powder can be quite abrasive to fabric.

How to clean your washing machine

Unclog the filter - do this every time you wash a load

Once a fortnight clean out your detergent drawer - use a cloth and toothbrush (preferably not your current toothbrush) to clean out the nooks and crannies and remove any old soap scum.

Once a month or so freshen up the machine with a hot wash programme - run the washing machine empty on a hot wash to clean the drum and drainage pipes. Add some vinegar and lemon juice, or washing-soda crystals to remove odours and stop limescale, soap scum build up and mildew.

What else should you look out for?

It is important to look out for any other wear and tear on your machine, most notably, the hose. Look out for any rips or tears because these mean leaks. Consider switching your hose for a new one if it is five years old or more.

If your machine is very old or beyond repair consider recycling it and buying a new machine. New washers are much more energy efficient than older models and you don't have to spend a fortune. BEKO WM5100 and WM5120 washing machines are cost effective quality appliances which do a good job and won't cost you the earth.

Autor: Katherine J Owen

Katherine Owen is a copywriter working in the field of white goods and kitchen appliances for

Added: December 23, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Simple Solutions For Carpet Stain Removal

Everyone will certainly have an instance where they have to think on their feet in terms of their carpet's cleanliness. Meaning that you will certainly find yourself treating potential stains over the course of your carpet's life. There are people with lots of methods on how to get rid of stains in the carpet, but I have listed the most effective methods for carpet stain removal.

Carpet stains can be caused by just about anything, and just about anyone. This means you should always be prepared for the chance of a stain, especially if you have lots of activities in your home. Typically those with children, or those who frequently host guests in their homes are prime candidates.

A little known assistant in stain removal is lemon juice. This just means the store bought lemon juice in the bottle or plastic container. All you need to do is load up the lemon juice into a spray container bottle, and spray liberally on the area of the stain. You must be careful not to wet the padding, as this could cause later problems. So be aware of the saturation as you apply. Allow it to sit for several minutes and then blot out the stain.

Do not attempt to clean your carpet with things that are not really suited for carpet cleaning. The best solution for this is to rent a little machine to professionally clean your carpet on your own. This is a relatively reasonably priced and it should do the trick in taking care of even heavily set in stains.

But what if you don't have the time to professionally clean your carpets? Perhaps you should consider hiring a company to come in and do it for you. This is a good thing to do once a year anyway, since carpets can get rather dirty easily without you noticing it. But it also can save you the time and energy of doing it yourself, if you decide to allow someone to come in and do it for you. Not only will the stain be gone, but you can have your whole house looking new.

So you shouldn't get discouraged the next time your child or guest drops the worst possible drink on your unsuspecting carpet. There are methods to get it out with little trouble, and so you can carry on with your life without the worry of another stain looming over your head.

Autor: Yair Livenman

Carpet stain removal tips will really help you a lot especially if you have kids at home. These other stain removal tips will surely help you as well.

Added: December 22, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Simple Way to Dry and Clean Out Flooded Carpets

Has your house ever suffered from flood damage? There is little worse than having to try to salvage some of your most precious possessions, especially when you're not even sure where to start cleaning your flooded home. That is why if your insurance covers it, we highly suggest hiring water damage restoration corporations who can do flood clean up for you.

But if you are going to be forced to fix the water damage due to flooding, then here are a few tips about how to salvage your carpets. If mildew begins to grow on the carpets, you will have to bin them. So you'll need to scrub the carpets and dry them quickly if you want to save them.

So, if the weather authorizes, take the carpets out of your place and get them outside. Pulling up the carpets and padding will also let the subflooring dry out so it doesn't get damaged.

Once the carpets are outside you will wish to get all of the mud out of the water damaged carpet using a high pressure hose to wash the carpets out. Next, employ a commercial rug shampoo to scrub out the carpets. Do small 2 feet sections of the carpet at a time. Then, rinse out the shampoo with a sponge. Confirm and wring out the unclean water from the sponge often.

Ultimately, dry the carpets as quickly as possible. If it is sunny and warm outside, this could be a lot less complicated. You will have to lay the carpets out in a dry, bright area.

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Autor: Brooks C Winters

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Added: December 20, 2009

Saturday, December 19, 2009

How Do I Get Spilled Coffee Out of My Mattress?

Isn't it nice to sip steaming hot coffee on your bed on a lazy morning? It is indeed nice until you spilled it on your mattress. This calls to mind an emergency situation.

Unlike clothes, when you spill coffee over it, you can just dump it in your washer. You cannot just do that with your mattress. Also, you cannot just wash the mattress under running water as it is imperative to keep it as dry as possible. Getting it wet can cause mold formation and you do not want that additional mattress problem.

First things first, you should wipe the excess liquid. Use a paper towel or a clean cloth to absorb the moisture inside the bed. Chances are, ants will find its way to your mattress too if you do not clean it immediately.

After that, get put a few teaspoons of baking soda in a cup of white vinegar and mix this with 4 cups of water. This will serve as your cleaning solution. The next thing you should do is to get a clean towel. Soak the towel in this solution and wring out the drippy moisture. It should just be damp enough to wipe on the surface of the stained mattress.

Use the towel and blot out the stained part of the mattress. You can also place it on top of the stained area, give it a bit of rub to help the solution penetrate and clean out the stain. Leave it on top of the mattress for an hour. This should be enough to get rid of the stains.

After an hour, lift the towel off the mattress. If it is still damp, sprinkle baking soda to help dry up excess moisture. Leave it there for 15 minutes. Afterwards, get a vacuum cleaner and clean the area. Leave it in a sunny place to dry completely or direct your electric fan to the moist area.

This should help remove the stains from your mattress. Coffee stain is not too difficult to get rid of if you are using white vinegar. You can even use this cleaning solution to clean your coffee maker if you want. This helps a lot in removing discoloration and other what-nots.

The next time you have a coffee emergency cleaning situation, try this method in cleaning your mattress. It is a no mess and a no fuss way of cleaning. It beats having to stop by at the convenience store to buy cleaning products.

Autor: Alan Cassidy

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Added: December 19, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Protecting Floor Tiles

Of all the tiles that we use in our house of floor tiles are probably the most vulnerable tiles. They are different from many of the other flooring surfaces. When your tiles leave the factory, they have been through a barrage of treatments. In their initial stage as molten clay, aluminum powder may have been added to strengthen the tiles. Next, they may have been treated with a glaze to add a layer of protection and enhance their appearance. From there, your tiles were fired to immensely high temperatures, essentially cooking the tile, and further sealing the glaze. Finally, your tile is treated to a sealer which will protect it, both in transit to your home and then again once it's set in place in your home.

After all these steps it's your responsibility to look maintenance of these tiles and prolong their life. The companies have done their part and took every step to ensure that your floor tiles keep looking the best for times to come. A solution of mild soap and water applied the surface of the tile on a regular basis is generally enough to keep your floor clean and looking its best. But from time to time, depending on the level of household traffic, it may be necessary to spruce your floor up with a few readily available treatments. There are ways to ensure that your tiles lasts for long in good condition, although it is impossible to avoid wear and tear that comes with time. This article is about some of the tips that can help you protect your floor tiles:

1) Stains - These are the biggest problem with floor tiles. Stains from kitchen mishaps or dirt from shoes can imbed themselves in pores of your tiles and can make them look ugly. There are many household cleaners that make the claim about removing stains from your tiles, but most of them not even come near to time honored method of diluted muriatic acid.

Dilute the acid to a 60/40 acid/water solution and carefully remove the stains. Eye protection masks and heavy gloves are imperative.

2) Be very careful when moving anything heavy over tiles. This can break your tiles and make them look ugly. Avoid dropping something heavy on tiles too.

3) Be very careful with ceramic floor tiles and avoid using acidic or alkaline cleaner. These kinds of cleaners can lessen the gloss of your tiles. Avoid using soap and vinegar too for similar reasons.

4) Although a bit costly lamination or protective coating can be used to protect the floor tiles.They help floor tiles against weathering, cracking, oil, chemicals and other moisture.

5) If tiling yourself make sure that you handle tiles properly. Improper handling may cause it to break and you might get hurt.

6) Sub floors usually help floor tiles lasting longer by preventing them from loosing and breaking.

7) Remember to clean stains immediately to prevent them from setting into the tile flooring.

I hope this article is clear some basic doubts about floor tile maintenance.

Autor: Vishal Sagar

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Added: December 17, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Clean Your Home From Work

In the past it was traditional for wives to stay at home from work and keep the house neat and tidy. Those days are long gone, and often both parents in a family are hard at work in order to live comfortably. In this day and age of expediency and a fast-paced society, it isn't a wonder that chores around the household are often left ignored. The floor hasn't been vacuumed for weeks, the bathroom needs a scrub, and cobwebs are beginning to appear behind every nook in your home. Luckily for you, there are a number of cleaning services in your city that will let you keep your house clean, even while you're at work.

Finding a house cleaner in your city is not very difficult; there are a number of services that will fight for your business by giving you quality maid services for reasonable prices. The process is simple too: look up maid services in the phone book, and ask anyone you know who already uses a house cleaning service.

Try to find a company that provides great service and ensure the company has been around for a while. Companies like this offer great housekeeping at an extremely affordable price. Many companies like this also offer the customer with a free estimate and they are willing to work on your schedule. If you find that you're generally unavailable during the weekends and you work from Monday to Friday, there's still nothing to worry about. Their employees are no strangers to maintaining high standards in their cleaning service while the clients are at work.

Some people may not like the idea of going to a cleaning service or hiring a maid, especially in tough economic times. Often housekeeping is one of those budget items that get cut and many cleaning services recognize this fact. Many companies are willing to make a deal by giving all new clients some sort of discount coupon code, usually 50% off the initial cleaning. Think about the "try-before-you-buy" situation, you can determine the quality of their work and it be examined at a reduced rate. You will also be able to see first hand if the professionalism and care in these household cleaning services in your area is sound.

Many of these companies offer great prices and maintain solid reputations, so you should generally have a handful of cleaning services that you can choose from. House cleaning isn't a service for everyone, but when the cost is low and the quality is high, it's hard to decline. After all, a clean home is a happy home.

Autor: Christina Cakers

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Added: December 16, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

Do You Need Disinfectant Cleaner If You Have a Steam Cleaner?

A steam cleaner is supposed to clean not only superficially but also microscopically. Imagine all those bacteria, germs, and viruses lurking in every part of your home. Your house may look visibly clean but these things can actually cause serious danger to your and your family's health.

So, if you have this cleaner in your house, do you still need a disinfectant cleaner? That is a question that does not seem to have an absolute answer. You see, most of the cleaners available today replace any sanitizing or disinfecting chemical-based cleaners so basically, you do not need to purchase these anymore.

But that all depends on the specifications and features of your cleaner. If it says it can remove all sorts of household pathogens, then it does not necessitate disinfectants anymore.

Also, the steam from this cleaner is hot enough to eradicate bacteria. Anything that produces steam can effectively remove the harmful micro organisms invisible to our eyes.

On the other hand, there are also those labelled as "steamers" or "steam cleaners" that do not really function well in sanitizing. Some of them include two tanks, one for the water and one for a cleaning solution or for a sanitizer. The combination of those two will form a solution that will sanitize. Some of them only use tap water in cleaning and sanitizing.

If it does not produce as much steam or no steam at all-just hot water to remove stains, this should clue you up that you need a disinfectant. However, if steam is produced continuously, no need for a disinfectant any longer.

When you purchase a steam cleaner, make sure you check out its features. Find out if it can get rid of pathogens and by how many percent. Most of those machines sold today can get rid of up to 99.99% of germs, bacteria and viruses.

I highly recommend this cleaner instead of a disinfectant because it is much more economical, convenient and eco-friendly. You will only need to pay for the machine and you can use tap water as a cleaning material. Also, since it does not use chemicals, it is much better for the environment.

Go look for a good cleaner right away. Check out some reviews as to which one works the hardest on pathogens. For sure, other consumers will share their stories about the brands they got. You might want to learn from their experiences so you can find the best one for your household cleaning needs.

Autor: Zach Smith

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Added: December 14, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

How Can I Get Rid of the Awful Smell on Mattresses From the Effects of Smoking?

The smell of cigarette smoke clings to your clothes. If you also smoke while you are lounging on your bed, the smell will surely cling to your mattress too. This is not the last thing you will want to smell when you go to sleep.

So how do you get rid of the smell anyway? For clothes, you can just dump them in your washing machine, add fabric conditioner and the smell is gone. How I wish we can do the same for our mattress but since that is not the case, you can always try the following steps in cleaning:

Step 1: Get a fabric conditioner and slightly dissolve it in water. Make sure you choose the white fabric conditioner as this will not cause discoloration in your mattress. Get a sponge and soak it in the solution. Wring out excess water and blot the mattress with the sponge. Make sure you blot out both sides of the mattress. Let the solution penetrate so leave it for a few minutes.

Step 2: Afterwards, get clean water and blot the mattress again using the sponge. This will help get rid of the residues of fabric conditioner. Once done, sprinkle baking soda on both sides of the mattress. Baking soda actually helps deodorize mattresses as it absorbs odor. Also, it helps absorb moisture to help dry your mattress quickly. Let baking soda sit for a few minutes.

Step 3: After 15 minutes or so, vacuum both sides of the mattress to remove odor and baking soda residues.

Step 4: Afterwards, leave the mattress under a sunny place to dry up. One of the most effective ways of removing odor from furniture and upholstery is to sun dry it. For sure, your mattress will smell fresh in no time.

If you want a quicker way to deodorize your mattress, you can always go for the rubbing alcohol method. Just spray rubbing alcohol on both sides of the mattress. It dries quickly and it removes any unpleasant odor.

If you have steam cleaner at home, this also helps remove upholstery odor. Try using the steam cleaner to clean your mattress. But make sure it produces dry steam so you will not soak the mattress through. Better yet, use a hand held clothes steamer to do this process for you.

Try this trick in removing smoke smell from your mattress. Once you have removed the smell, you can easily fall asleep and have proper rest.

Autor: Zach Smith

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Added: December 13, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

The First Step to Closet Organizing

So you want to get closet organized do you? Everyone wants to have everything organized. They want everything in its own place. When you open the closet door what do you see? A very neat and tidy space that is pleasing to the eye.

The absolute hardest part about organizing a closet or anything for that matter, is getting started. You just have to make up your mind. Say to yourself, "I'm going to closet organize on Saturday". Then do it on Saturday.

Open up your closet and consider what you want to do with each specific section in there. You may want to tackle the section that would seem to be the most difficult to organize.

The process of closet organizing

You must have a plan in place before you start. If you just start to tear into the closet to organize it, you will become very frustrated. You will wonder, "what am I going to do with that"?

"Where am I going to put this now that I put something else there"? With a plan in place there will be no surprises. The time spent planning will directly relate to what you spend in money and the amount of labor that goes into the project. By Planning this closet organization out before hand you will eliminate a huge amount of mistakes. The less mistakes, the sooner your done. The happier you are.

Whether you choose to do this closet organizing yourself or hire someone to do it for you, have a plan. Go over what you want with the planner. It is your house. It is your closet. You have the last word about what is going to be done. Get several options presented to you. Then tweak those options and see if they make sense to the closet organizer.
An organized closet is easier to live with, more pleasant to look at and makes finding things a snap.

Autor: William Rigby

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Added: December 11, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Step-by-Step How to Clean a Bathroom

Living in a clean environment means paying attention to those areas of the home that are at most risk for breeding germs and bacteria. Apart from the kitchen the bathroom constitutes one such area. Bathrooms are notorious for breeding bacteria which can lead to serious health problems. Cleaning the bathroom is perhaps one of the most distasteful jobs of all because it entails the use of a wide range of high powered cleaning solutions and a variety of cleaning methods and supplies. It also requires a step by step approach in order to ensure that cleaning is done correctly and effectively.

Effective cleaning relies on using the proper cleaning solutions and supplies. As a bathroom presents the dangers of both bacteria and chemical application buildups and the fact that you are at times working in small enclosed spaces, it may be necessary to provide safety equipment such as gloves, eye wear and even a face mask.

Cleaning starts with clearing and decluttering. In order to get into every area of this room it is necessary that all surfaces are free of clutter and easily within reach. Towels and bath mats should be removed and the floor area cleared. Laundry should be picked up off the floor and items such as toothbrushes, shampoos or soap dishes should be taken off bathtub and sink surrounds and off all counter tops.

It pays to tackle the hardest areas first which constitute the shower and bathtub. Soap scum is something that builds up quickly and easily. If left however, it can present a cleaning nightmare. There are methods for preventing it as well as specific cleaning solutions that will aid in its elimination. Attention should be paid to certain areas such as faucets, glass, door hinges and runners. It is also important that thorough rinsing is undertaken in order to wash away any chemical residue.

Mirrors and windows need to be cleaned next and then onto the basin and pedestal. A bathroom basin often presents stubborn build up of stains and soap scum. As it is an area that we use throughout the day it is imperative that it be clean and hygienic. Special attention should be paid to the drain, faucets and where the pedestal meets the floor and basin.

Before attending to the floor the toilet bowl should be cleaned. Once all its features and crevices have been scoured and cleaned it is time to mop the floor.

These recommended steps encompass a strategy for effectively cleaning a bathroom. It is unfortunately not sufficient to clean a bathroom with soap and water. For this reason there are a host of cleaning solutions available that have been specifically designed for cleaning and sanitizing a bathroom. While many general household cleaners may be used for certain areas of a bathroom, it requires a few extra that are only suitable for bathrooms.

Autor: Merilee Paige

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Added: December 9, 2009

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

How to Clean a Duvet Without Wrecking It

A duvet should be cleaned at least once a year, depending on how dirty it gets. Laundering duvet bedding is a time consuming process, so to minimize the number of times you need to wash it you should shake it out from time to time and hang it outside in the sun for a while to air out. When the time finally does come to wash your duvet, feather bed, or pillows. Try to use a front-loading washing machine that will handle large loads. If you don't own a front loading machine you can use one at the local laundromat, just make sure to bring entertainment because you'll be there for a while.

For laundry soap, you need a low-sudsing, low-alkaline, neutral pH formula soap that won't dry out the feathers or remove their natural oil. If you can't get a soap like this use a very small (size of a dime) amount of dish soap. Wash in cool or cold water.

Make sure to run the rinse cycle 2-3 times to remove all traces of soap. Without removing all of the soap, you run the risk of making your duvet clumpy and hard. Removing all of the soap will keep it soft and fluffy. To dry your duvet bedding, DO NOT USE a heated cycle. Dry it on a cool cycle with a couple of tennis balls thrown in ( these help to restore the loft). If you have the ability to hang the duvet, do this every once in a while to redistribute the filling.

When you are sure that your duvet bedding is completely dry, you are finished. Just slip on a duvet cover and your good for another year.

Autor: Seldon Star

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Added: December 8, 2009

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Maintaining the Luster in Your Cufflinks

Vanity is not a sin. If you love dressing up and looking smart every time you get out of the house on your way to the office or a formal event, then that's perfectly fine. If you dress in blazers, jackets or suits more often, then you should have a handful of cufflinks. Cufflinks are a great way to make statements. It does not only to match your suit, but the occasion and your mood as well.

While cufflinks are classic accessories for men, you cannot discount that it is also subject to wear and tear especially if you wear them every now and then. Scratches and abrasions tend to depreciate your cufflinks as well as dirt and grime.

It is therefore important that you take care of your cufflinks to preserve their original good looks. This part is despised by most cufflink wearer but it is imperative. It simply has to be done.

Natural oils from your body, skin lotion and other environmental pollutants come in contact with your cufflinks and accumulate over a period of time. The build-up that is gathered in your cufflinks creates some sort of thin sheet that reduces your cufflinks' luster and sheen. Good news is that, regardless of the make of your cufflinks, gold, silver, gems or porcelain, it is always easy to clean. You don't have to wash it after every event or party that you wear it to since it's not like your clothes that easily gets dirty.

And to make things easier for you, I have listed here a step-by-step guide to cleaning your cufflinks and restoring them to what they were like when you bought them:

If you're not sure where to start, you can simply use mild soap and water to maintain your jewelry. Commercial jewelry cleaners are not necessary. They can be expensive and their effect, practically the same as that of soap and water.

Step # 1: Check the label. Before cleaning your cufflinks, make sure that the washing detergent that you're using does not have bleach or any other coarse ingredients that can chafe the metal or gem stone in your cufflinks. Ammonia or white vinegar are also options. Mix water and a couple of drops of your selected detergent in a large bowl. For tougher stains, you can use a solution of glass cleaner to ensure removal.

Step # 2: Soak your cufflinks in the prepared solution and leave it for a few minutes.

Step # 3: After soaking your cufflinks for a few minutes, brush the furrows and crevices with a soft toothbrush while holding your cufflinks under water. A new toothbrush is not advisable since new brushes have firm bristles and could easily damage your accessory. An old toothbrush perfectly suits this purpose.

Step # 4: Remove the cufflinks out of the solution gently and rinse thoroughly with clean and warm water.

Step # 5: Using a cloth made of 100% cotton, polish the metal, stone or porcelain. Don't rub too hard. Use soft brushing techniques.

Lastly, keep your polished and newly cleaned cufflinks in their original box or if you don't have it, invest on properly cushioned jewelry box to keep your accessory.

And you're done! Very easy, wasn't it?

Autor: Alain Picard

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Added: December 5, 2009

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Quick Cleaning Tips to Make Your Home Look Cleaner

What can you do to make your home look cleaner than it really is? I've been lucky enough to have two mom's that have shared their homekeeping tips with me for years. Both my mom and my mom-in-law have very clean homes. Once I had a family of my own with three kids and a dog, I could never figure out how they did it. My home always looked "unkept". So I went back to both of them and asked for a little advice. Each had some little secrets to keeping their home looking so good.

1. If you only have time for one thing- vacuum the floor. When your floors look clean everything else will look better. Even vacuum the kitchen floor. When you pick up the big dirt, the other stuff will disappear.

2. Try making your bed every day. This is for your mental health, since we usually don't let guests into our bedrooms. When your bed is made the rest of the room will look better. And there is nothing more relaxing than ending your day in a room that looks clean.

3. Don't pile your dishes in the sink. Put them directly in the dishwasher. Dirty dishes create negative energy, especially if they are piled up in the sink. If you can train your family to do one thing- make it that they put their dirty dishes in the dishwasher. Try running the dishwasher at night and empty it before you leave for the day. Then no one will have the excuse that the dishwasher was full of clean dishes.

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Autor: Leslie Reichert

Leslie Reichert is a "green" cleaning coach. Her mission is to teach and encourage others in the "art" of homekeeping and green cleaning. Leslie has seen scores of people who fight a daily battle with asthma and allergies, which many believe are caused by using harsh chemicals in the home. With over 20 years experience, she realized she wanted to share her knowledge and encourage people to start green cleaning and since then she has become an author, coach, presenter and speaker for the green cleaning industry. She presents with Celebrity Chefs like Paula Deen and Ming Tsai at events such as the Chicago International Home and Housewares Show and Good Taste, Pittsburgh. Leslie can be contacted at her cleaning hotline at 1-866-50CLEAN or on her blog. Her book, The Joy of Green Cleaning, is available on line at or at her book site. You can also download an e-book or just specific chapters for only $2.

Added: December 3, 2009

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Dutch Oven Cleaning the Easy Way

It is that time of year again- summer -which of course includes swimming, hiking and CAMPING! For our family camping includes traditional Dutch oven cooking. Delicious BBQ chicken, roasted potatoes and of course peach cobbler (we can't forget the dessert!)

As I was getting all the camping gear out in preparation for our upcoming trip I was absolutely horrified with the condition of my dutch ovens. RUST and lots of it. I couldn't believe it, I thought I had cleaned out the ovens and seasoned them last year before we put them away- apparently not. They looked horrible and smelled like rancid oil.

Oh the rust! The inside, the outside, everywhere, all the nooks and crannies rust, rust, rust. My husband was going to kill me! I debated whether or not I had enough time to run out and buy new ones and season them before he got home- oh and I would have to find the exact same kind. I knew I would never make it.

So when I went online to find out how to correct my mistake (it is an easy mistake to make you know) the only suggestions I found were to get some steel wool and scrub or use lye-based rust remover chemicals. Scrubbing with steel wool didn't exactly appeal to me, and neither did tasting nasty chemicals.

I really wanted to protect my family from ingesting rust as a seasoning and I knew chemical flavored peach cobbler was not going to go over well with my kids. So I thought why not use my Sargent Steam- it works on everything else. I grabbed my steamer, attached the nozzle to the end, put a 2" stiff brush on and covered it with a scrub bud. I have never seen rust disappear so quickly or easily!

The whole cleaning process only took me about 20 minutes with very little effort. That also included getting all of the charcoal and carbon film off the bottom that would normally blacken the rest of my camping gear. I had enough time to re-season the ovens and my husband was none the wiser. In fact, he even complimented me on what a great job I had done putting them away last year (ha ha ha)

And the best part was how good everything tasted-no rancid seasoning or rust flavoring. Honestly this process was as easy as it was amazing. I can add this success to the long list of things only my Sargent can handle and why I rely on it for EVERYTHING!

Autor: Heather Page

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Added: December 2, 2009