I hate dirty window blinds.

Here are a couple tips to ease the job.

It may be that a simple dusting will do but if not cleaning window shades can take time and patience. To dust try a dryer sheet of the brush of your vacuum cleaner dusting both sides. If they are really…really dirty get ready for a real cleaning.

The best way is to take them down if possible and put a plastic drop cloth on a table. Place the blinds on the plastic. If they are vinyl use a sponge solution of one-quarter cup white vinegar in a quart of warm water laced with a touch of dishwashing liquid. Wipe down each side with the sponge. Rinse in the bathtub or shower and wipe clean with a soft cloth.

This same method can be used on fabric shades. If you detest the idea of taking the vinyl blinds down be sure to cover the furniture and put a drop cloth on the floor then follow the suggestions above.

If you have wooden blinds wipe both sides with a soft moist cloth followed by an anti-static polish to slow the repetition of dust.  For additional tips on cleaning almost anything call Clean World Maintenance toll free 800-643-5850 or visit our website at http://cwminc.com.

 

Using a dust mop on your floors?

Here’s a way to save money and clean almost anything.

Use a dryer sheet wrapped around the duster to pick up dust and leave a sparkling floor. You can also use that dryer sheet right out of the dryer for wiping down all your kitchen appliances. Use it to clean your ceiling fans, (…..always a messy job) but dryer sheets wrapped around a paint roller will be safer (instead of standing on an overturned bucket or other dangerous methods) and will do a great job in removing that yucky, sticky dust. While taking the dryer sheet out of the dryer use it to wipe down the washer and dryer. Something else to consider is after cleaning the air conditioning vent put a dryer sheet in the vent to add a nice fresh oder, enhancing the scent of the room. For additional tips on cleaning almost anything call Clean World Maintenance toll free 800-643-5850 or visit our website at http://cwminc.com.

 

You can set a lovely table but…..

…..how about the silverware?

If you haven’t used mom’s special silverware in some time it might be a good time to give it a polish. Here are a few suggestions for a bright new look. Start by laying a towel on a flat surface and placing the items on the towel. Now using a soft clean cloth, maybe a piece of flannel or even an old t-shirt. Mix a little baking soda in warm water, put a small amount on the cloth, and gently rub the paste onto the silver in a circular motion. On flatware rub in a lengthwise motion. Many times silverware will have ornate details if so consider using a soft toothbrush to reach the nooks and crannies. Be gentle and remember some of those ornate designs are there to enhance the appearance of the silverware so don’t rub too hard. If you are wearing gloves use only white cotton gloves. (Preferably) Other types can cause tarnish. Now rinse the items thoroughly removing all paste and dry.  If left wet it can cause the silver to tarnish again. One more thing to consider. Use the silverware often. Life is to short, and why not enjoy these beautiful items.  Mom would probably appreciate it.  For cleaning advice on almost anything call Clean World Maintenance toll free 800-643-5850 or visit our website at http://cwminc.com

 

 

Cleaning the aquarium

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Errr…maybe not this big

I was thinking about a home aquarium.

Although we can’t pet them or scratch behind their ears we become very attached to those little multi-colored critters.

So here are a few tips on how to care for their home. If you have an aquarium big or small start by turning off anything electrical and removing all the bottom toys and decorations. When removing any plants and while still in the water shake them well to make sure one of the little critters is not hiding in them. Clean the plants in the sink and rinse well. Siphon out a few inches of water. Now using an algae pad clear of chemicals scrub down to and under the gravel line. Remove the filter and rinse, clean, and replace if necessary. At this point siphon out about 30% of the water leaving enough so as not to change the environment too drastically. Use the siphon hose to clean under the gravel on the bottom and refill the tank with water. If you use regular house water let it sit for at least overnight to let any chlorine and such dissipate. Replace all the decorations, clean the outside of the tank, and say hello to your little friends. For additional tips on cleaning almost anything call Clean World Maintenance toll free 800-643-5850 or visit our website at http://cwminc.com.

 

You mean I gotta….

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Wash the car again?

Oh, come on it can’t be that bad. Here are a few tips to make the job less stressful and cheaper than the Car Wash.

First, get all the hamburger wrappers, empty cola cups, and other junk out of the car. Now let’s begin. Park your car in the shade and away from trees that drip sap. Fill a bucket with water and add car wash soap or soap that won’t leave a scum. Hose off the car to remove what dirt you can…including the wheels. Using a sponge with soapy water go over the entire car. Now section by section gently scrub one side at a time rinsing as you go. Remember to clean the roof before cleaning the body sections. Stop often to clean out the sponge rinsing in plain water. Clean the bottom portion, wheels, lower body etc. last. You can clean the tires using a household soapy steel wool-scrub pad. In no time you will have a shiny clean auto. Easy right? For more information on how to clean almost anything call Clean World Maintenance toll free 800-643-5850 or visit our website at http://cwminc.com.

Carpet stain?

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Me?

Yes, you bad boy!

Ugggh don’t you hate trying to remove pet stains. Since we can’t make Fido do it here are a few suggestions. First, if the area is still wet blot with paper towels or if you are fortunate enough to have a wet/dry vacuum use it. Next, mix a little dishwashing detergent (about a teaspoon) with a cup or so of warm water. Make sure there is no bleach in the soap. Using a spray bottle, spray the affected area. Blot with paper towels only after the solution has soaked into the stain. Next, let’s mix two tablespoons of ammonia in a cup of warm water and rinse. Now mix a half cup of hydrogen peroxide with a little detergent and apply to the stain. Use a stiff bristle brush and when dry vacuum the spot. Most likely you will need to repeat these steps if the stain has been there for some time.  For other suggestions on how to clean almost anything call Clean World Maintenance toll free 800-643-5850 or visit our website at http://cwminc.com.

 

 

So here’s a quick tip…..

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To make that morning coffee taste better…..

Start by cleaning the filter basket and glass carafe after each usage. If using the dishwasher be sure to keep everything on the top rack to avoid the heat harming plastic parts. After things cool wipe the heating plate and outside of the entire maker with a damp cloth. Keep an eye on when it is necessary to clean the brewing mechanism. You will probably be able to discern when that is necessary as minerals begin to build up slowing or clogging the coffee maker. Vinegar is a simple solution to this problem. Fill the carafe with half water, half vinegar. Pour this into the reservoir, put a fresh filter in the basket, and turn that baby on. Let a few cups run through the maker and turn it off to let everything sit for an hour. Then turn the maker on and let it cycle until complete. Throw the vinegar and water away and rinse the coffee maker a couple times through with tap water removing traces of vinegar. Walla…..you’re ready for yummy coffee. For other cleaning tips call Clean World Maintenance toll free 800-643-5850 or visit our website at http://cwminc.com. For additional cleaning ideas.

 

More info…..

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For cleaning and preserving hardwood floors.

First, try and keep the floors free of abrasives.  These will dull and scratch the surface and the finish. Sweep often with a soft dust mop, and if you vacuum do so with a soft floor attachment. If you have a great deal of traffic you might want to keep area rugs in high traffic areas. Keep in mind that hardwood floors are susceptible to dings and dents even high heel shoes can have an effect as can moving furniture without plastic furniture guides. If you have spills be quick to clean them up. Liquids can discolor so if you have an area such as in the kitchen consider using mats in areas likely to become too wet. On the other hand, you don’t want the floors to become too dry because that can cause shrinkage. A humidifier would be a good idea. For additional ideas call Clean World Maintenance toll free 800-643-5850 or visit our website at http://cwminc.com.

My household towels….really?

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Yes really.

How often do you use a clean kitchen hand towel? Did you know that kitchen, bath towels, as well as other in-home towels, are often receptacles for Coliform? Coliform is a common bacteria found in water, soil, human and animal waste.  Bacteria grows in wet moist conditions and towels provide one of the most common environments for them to occupy. So every time you use that kitchen towel (over and over) you are probably spreading sometimes-dangerous bacteria which can include salmonella and E.coli. You need to also include bath towels that lock in moisture, hold odors, and can harbor Coliform. Don’t feel bad….most of us use the same bath towel for days. However, try to launder them every three or four uses. If you are presently ill disinfect towels with chlorine bleach, otherwise, use a cup of vinegar in the washing machine. Wash again with regular detergent, give them a double rinse, and dry immediately. For other suggestions on how to clean almost anything call Clean World Maintenance toll free 800-643-5850 or visit our website at http://cwminc.com.

Had a great party last night?

 

Fun…fun…but now comes the after party clean up.

Festivities can leave you dreading cleaning up the next day so here are a few tips to help you return to normal. First of all, take an aspirin, turn on some mellow music, and take a deep breath. Now look for any damaging spills and take care of them before going any further. Next get rid of all the plastic and paper glasses etc. (Be sure to empty them first.) While in the kitchen collect the dirty dishes scraping off any left on food. Put all salvageable dishes in the dishwasher. While that’s running put on some rubber gloves and using a plastic garbage bag start in the outer rooms working your way back to the kitchen picking up leftover food, clothing, plastic, glasses, etc. Get rid of the bags as quickly as possible.

Ok, let’s tackle the bathrooms. Clean up the urine stains around the toilet bowl with a mop as needed. Put all the hand towels in the hamper. Clean the washbasins and faucets. Wipe everything with baby wipes to de-odorize. Check the bedrooms. If they look as though someone took a snooze, change the sheets. Lastly, vacuum the carpets checking again for stains. That should be enough for today. Have a Bloody Mary and leave the rest till tomorrow. If your headache is too intense to do the above you can call Clean World Maintenance toll free 800-643-5850 or visit our website at http://cwminc.com. for assistance.