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How to remove stains from your carpet

by Veronica on 11/18/13

To remove a stain, simply blot the spot and dry working from the outside in, rinse thoroughly with clean water, then blot again. Never scrub the carpet, or you risk ruining the carpet fibers or letting the spill soak through to the carpet pad.

There are several spot removers on the market; before you try one, test it out in an inconspicuous spot to make sure it doesn't discolor your carpet.

Special Water-Soluble Stains
To remove blood, chocolate, coffee, mustard, tea, vomit or wine try 1 tablespoon of ammonia mixed with 1 cup of water (but not on wool or wool-blend carpet; instead use mild detergent and water). If that doesn't work, you can try one part chlorine bleach to five parts water, but only on solution-dyed carpets, such as polypropylene. Bleach will harm other types of carpets; check with the manufacturer if you are unsure what type of carpet you have.
What to do with:
Glue
Moisten a cotton ball or soft cloth with rubbing alcohol and press it on the affected area. Once the glue residue is thoroughly moistened, gently wipe it off and repeat until the carpet is clean.

Wax and Gum
Use ice to freeze the wax or gum, then shatter it with a blunt object, such as a spoon. Vacuum before the pieces soften, and blot the carpet with a white towel.

Nail Polish
Blot the area with a rag dipped in nail polish remover.

Urine
Absorb as much as possible with white towels, then blot with a damp, cool cloth. Next, spray or blot with a solution of one part white vinegar to one part water. Finally, apply a solution of 1/2 teaspoon of clear, mild, nonbleach detergent mixed with 32 ounces of water, rinse, and blot dry. If the urine was the result of a dog's accident, you may also want to try a housebreaking aid such as No-Go.

How to clean your shower & tub clean

by Veronica on 11/18/13

We can suggest an easy tub-cleaning system:

1. Purchase a tub-cleaning-dedicated surface cleaner — or mop with a stiff bristle brush on one side and a soft sponge on the other. The “2-in-1 Surface cleaner”, which is triangle-shaped for getting into corners is the best. Gone are the days of kneeling on hard tile floors while bent double inside of your tub with a scrub brush! With this tool (or a small mop) you can stand comfortably and reach all of the nooks and crannies in your tub and shower.

2. Use a scrub, not a spray. Sprays just don’t cut it—you have to use quite a few trigger pulls to cover your entire tub (and shower if you have one) and liquid cleaning agents just don’t break up the grime the same way a scrub does.

3. Rinse If you have a hand shower, rinsing is a breeze, but if you don't simply close the shower curtain and turn on the spray and gently move the shower head from side to side. If you use a natural cleaner you won't have to worry too much if a little scrub is left over on the tub — they won't irritate sensitive skin like most traditional cleaners will.

Good luck!

How to fix or patch a hole in drywall

by Veronica on 01/06/12

You can repair in 8 easy steps a large hole in a wall by fitting in a patch cut from a scrap piece of wallboard. Held the patch in place, or backed up by a backup plate. Follow the steps below and you will see results:

1. First use a straight edge to mark the area you plan to remove, and use a drywall saw to remove the damaged area and any insulation from above

2. Your replacement piece should be the same thickness as the existing drywall and make sure the replacement piece will have adequate support. If necessary, you can toenail a wood block between the joists for added support

3. Use a utility knife to cut out a piece of drywall to fit the area you're replacing

4. Replace any insulation you removed earlier, and fit the replacement piece into the hole

5. Always secure the drywall using drywall screws

6. Then apply a thin layer of joint compound over the joints and drywall screws, and apply a piece of drywall tape to the wet joint compound. Apply an additional layer of joint compound over the drywall tape and smooth it out with a drywall knife

7. Sand the area smooth and apply additional coats as necessary

8. When the area is dry and smooth, prime and paint it to match the ceiling. You are done.

Learn more about Residential & Commercial Cleaning

by Veronica on 05/17/11

Cleaning the entire house is a big task especially if you are doing it alone. If you hate spending your entire weekends with just cleaning, there are a lot of small things that you can do to lessen the amount of time you spend on cleaning during the weekends.

1. Dust surfaces and sweep the floor every day or every other day. This prevents dust and other dirt from accumulating.
2. Keep your bathroom floor dry. Whenever you use the bathroom, wipe the floor dry. This prevents your tiles from accumulating mold and other hard to remove stains.
3. Clean your kitchen every time you cook. This prevents from mold build-up and keeps insects and rodents away.
4. Wash your dishes after every meal. This prevents you from having a mountain of dishes to wash.
5. Throw your trash every day or every other day. This will prevent any odors and will not attract insects and rodents.
6. Return everything in its right place after use. This will prevent you from picking-up a lot of things and losing your things as well.
7. When your floor gets soiled either by spills or because it was raining outside, wipe these wet areas immediately so that you wouldnít be spreading mud and dirt around the house.

These are just some of the little things you can do so that you wouldnít be overwhelmed with cleaning at the end of every week. These things take only a few minutes to do and with practice, you wouldnít even notice that you are doing these chores. When you think of it, it all adds up and you will see a remarkable decrease in the time you spend cleaning every weekends. Spending less time cleaning during the weekends means more time for you to relax or go out and catch-up with family and friends

Cleaning and Organizing Your Garage

by Veronica on 05/10/11

Garages today, like homes, have organizing systems made specifically for the large area of space. You can purchase organizers so all their tools will have a place to call their own.

There are racks that hold mops and brooms; there are closets that hold shovels and garden equipment; and are even bike holders that fit on the wall or on the ceiling of the garage to hang your bicycles.

Before you begin organizing the garage, cleaning of the garage should be the first step.

Once the car is removed from the garage, all the items that are just hanging around should be removed.

Besides sweeping the garage, using a power washer or pressure washer on the floor and walls will bring back the natural color.

Some people like painting the concrete so the floor looks cleaner and feel this seals the garage floor.

After the items which are not needed are discarded, all the organizing systems can be installed.

Once every item has a place, finding things will become much easier. Organizing the garage could make your life less stressful especially when you are looking for something like a hammer that you need to hang pictures and were positive it was in the garage last month.

What is it about cleaning and organizing a garage that makes a man feel so good? Next to the basement, they feel that this area of the home is their domain. The garage is where they call the shots with all their tools neatly placed in labeled and organized shelving.

The garage being clean and organized may be a refuge place for the man of the house and the hours will just slip by. They may feel empowered in their clean and organized garage, but who do you think actually spent the time making it so nice and neat.

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