Nancy is going to clean her oriental rugs… herself.

Yeah….fat chance of that.

If you are the determined adventurous type, here are a few tips to help with cleaning oriental rugs. First, it’s a good idea to lift a corner and look at the rugs label.

Oriental rugs are made of various materials and each can require its own cleaning method. Cotton is the most common and easiest to clean. If you are not dealing with cotton call a professional such as Clean World Maintenance at 800-643-5850 or visit their website at

If you have cotton, begin by using a straw bristle broom sweeping in one direction from one end to the other. Now placing the rug on an empty area such as a concrete garage floor, vacuum the rug using the carpet tool. Repeat the process again, then turn the rug over and vacuum the underside. By the way, if the rug is an area rug you could hang the rug on a clothesline and beat it by hand to release the dust and debris. If you are going to do a complete clean rather that spot clean using your garden hose soak the rug first on one side then the other with cold water. Next, fill a bucket with cold water mixing about three tablespoons of a mild liquid soap or dish soap.

Using a saturated sponge, brush a small area and wait about ten minutes to see if this produces in adverse effects. If all is well, lather the rug in the direction of the nap so the fibers lay down. Suds up the entire surface and rinse with the garden hose. Remember to turn the rug over and rinse the other side. Now use a squeegee to squeeze out the water. (A fan can help.) You need to dry the rug thoroughly before placing it in its former spot.

I knew you could do it.



I’ll clean your rain gutters…..


You’ve probably heard that before, but remember you get what you pay for. Before you call a professional here is a few tips on completing this nasty job yourself.

First of all, wear proper clothing (an old shirt and rubber gloves). Make sure you have a stabilized extendable ladder with ladder horns to protect the gutters. Using a gutter scoop or a kids sand shovel start scooping the goop. Dump the junk in a trash can as you go or lay down plastic on the ladder to empty the debris in.

After clearing the muck flush the gutters and downspouts with your garden hose. While doing so be sure to check for any leaks. You should do this ucckee job regularly. Let me mention that left to its own designs water overflow can become quite costly to both your foundation and siding. For protection, you might consider gutter covers at around $6 or $7 dollars a running foot. However, the total on an average house could cost more than the gutters themselves. So if you feel you want the best protection at reasonable prices call a professional like CWM toll-free 800-643-5850 or visit our website at




It’s Flu season……

Have you cleaned this?

In cleaning our household there are a lot of things we ignore, but in the flu season, we should consider items that not only gather dirt but also bacteria. As an example how often do we consider wiping and sanitizing a door handle? Think of how many times we use this handy item with dirty hands. Handles appear on cabinets, bathrooms, kitchens, and other items, so to prevent the spread of germs use a sanitizing wipe to clean these regularly.

Now about your smartphone. Screen cleaning may keep grime out of the speaker grates, charging ports, and headphone jacks, but do this: use a microfiber cloth with a little Isopropyl alcohol mixed one to one with water to take care of finger grease and knock out the bacteria.

You can use this same mixture on a damp (not wet) cloth to wipe down your computer keyboard, iPad tablet, and cover. While you’re at it think about what else you can do to prevent the life-threatening flu.

Good health to you.




Found this in my garage….


Wonder if this could be Jimmy H….

Have you cleaned the garage lately?  I know, I know…. cleaning the garage is the pits, but if you do, you’re likely to find treasures you forgot you had. (Not like above…I hope) Seems like almost everyone uses the garage for storage and parks the car outside. However, if you would like to park inside again and calm the neighbor’s fear of you starting a storage facility here are a few tips.

If your garage looks like most it will likely take the whole day, so set a day aside. Make sure you have on hand a broom, garbage bags, gloves, boxes, and containers for the throw outs. Some say and I agree a dry-wet vacuum would really be handy. Decide beforehand what you absolutely need in the garage. Purchase shelving if needed, pegboard, toolboxes, hooks for rakes and ladder.

Move everything into the driveway separating things you absolutely need from things you are going to donate and/or throw away. Call a local charity to see if they pick up usable items, and the rest put in boxes or bags to be disposed of.

Now before you stack, push, and shove things back, clean the floor. Brush down the walls and cabinets, vacuum and sweep all the debris you left behind. When putting things back do so neatly. If not it will look like the same old garage tomorrow.  For professional help call toll-free 800-643-5850 or visit our website at

Have fun.

Cleaning your window blinds?


Waaah….ha ha ha…snicker…snicker…

Don’t you hate cleaning window blinds?  I know….so here are a few tips.

Metal or plastic Mini blinds:

These are undoubtedly the most common type (cause they’re cheap). Anyway, let’s start by closing them all the way and using a soft rag or the brush attachment on your vacuum, wipe one side, then reverse the blinds and do the same on the other side. Now fill a bucket with warm water mixed with about two tablespoons of mild detergent. Have another bucket of plain warm water standing by for rinsing. Place a dry rag or towel on the windowsill and one on the floor. Using another soft moist cloth wipe each slat from the top down. Repeat the process with plain warm water to rinse. This method will work on Venetian blinds as well but use caution so you do not bend them.

Wood Blinds:

Do not use water!  Water can warp and discolor. Instead go over them lightly with the brush attachment on your vacuum to avoid scratching. With a sheet or cloth on the floor to catch the dirt, use a soft paintbrush or soft sponge to wipe from the top down. Repeat the process on the other side. To make the job easier try to clean every six months and wipe with a fabric softener to repel dust. Tip: Look for blind cleaning tools at your local hardware store or online.  Makes the job easier and faster. I will explain how to clean especially dirty blinds another time.

Now that wasn’t so bad, was it.

For professional help call toll free 800-643-5850 or visit our website at

Need to renovate?


Don’t forget about cleaning up afterward

When finishing any home renovation you’re not quite ready to kick back with that Margarita. There is still the nasty clean up to consider. So here are some tips to make all your work worthwhile.

First let’s start with cleaning up any dust that might be in upholstered furniture, carpets, and small nooks. Put on a protective mask and vacuum cushions, carpets, and fabrics if construction exposed them. Dust can virtually undo all your good intentions. Clean any exposed surfaces such as walls by dry dusting or using a damp cloth. Be careful if cleaning wallpaper with anything moist. Moving on, clean moldings, and cabinets inside and out. Clean out vents and replace exposed air filters, wipe off flat surfaces then sweep and mop any hard floors. Don’t overlook ceiling fan blades, lampshades, decorative items, and light fixtures.  I know this is a lot of work but just think about putting your feet up and having that Margarita.

However if all of this sounds overwhelming you can call for professionals toll free at 800-643-5850 or visit our website at For all your cleaning needs Clean World Maintenance is there for you.



Cleaning my bathroom

How to clean 



Yuckiee job but here we go.

Start by getting rid of dust and cobwebs using a long-handled duster. Use it to clean light fixtures and fan vents in the ceiling. This will bring down a ton of accumulated stuff for you to sweep and vacuum later giving you a chance to pick up hair and other debris. While doing this move things out of your way, such as items on countertops, shower and bathtub items, used towels and rugs, and the trash can. Put them out of the bathroom.

Use an all-purpose cleaner to remove buildup soap from the shower and bathtub. Don’t forget to let some of the spray stay in the shower door tracks. (You can let it soak and get that later).  Use the all-purpose cleaner on a soft cloth or sponge to wipe the walls of the shower, then spray glass cleaner on the shower door if applicable. Rinse, rinse. While you have the all-purpose cleaner in hand-wipe towel racks, baseboards, blinds, door handles, windowsills etc. For soap build-up in the sink or soap dish, use a sponge to loosen before wiping. Glass cleaner the mirrors and wipe with a moist soft cloth. Now let’s do the toilet. If necessary use Comet Cleanser to clean the inside of the bowl before flushing. Wipe the outside with a little soapy water and wipe with a clean cloth. A final step, use a bucket of warm soapy water and mop to clean the floor. If you need professional advice or service call toll-free at 800-643-5850 or visit our website at

All done? Then relax and have a martini.