Air Duct Cleaning

Air Duct Cleaning

Air ducts are ventilation pipes that carry the cold or hot air in all centrally air conditioned places. Most commonly, homes and offices and other places where people have to spend a large period of time in one place are often centrally air conditioned and have air ducts in their ventilation systems. The need for cleaning depends on a variety of factors, including pets, smoking, recent renovations, local weather conditions and overall home cleanliness. It is recommended that the ducts should be cleaned every three to five years.

Recently however, there have been growing concerns about the cleanliness when it comes to air vents. Since all the air in a house is being ventilated through these pipes, a dirty ventilation system can increase the air pollution inside the house. Indoor air pollution is becoming a worry because humans spend around 90% of their time indoors.

Dirty air ducts can easily be rectified with a good cleaning session. Although there is little scientific data that supports or necessitates the cleaning of air ducts, it definitely shows that the presence of mold, bacteria and other airborne particles that can irritate and aggravate allergies is drastically reduced.

Since your air ducts are integrated within the house and are difficult to reach, it is greatly recommended that the help of a cleaning service is employed for this purpose. With the increasing awareness for the need for air duct cleaning, most cleaning companies have introduced introductory specials that clean your vents for a minimal charge.

Although routine maintenance is required, air ducts do not require extensive measures and should only be cleaned when there is an excessive of dust creating a blockage, mold in the vents or some form of vermin. There are also other factors to be considered such as the cost of having a company clean your ducts.

Although it is possible to clean ducts and air vents on your own, the quality and thoroughness that a cleaning service can guarantee is not the same. Similarly, if you can’t spare the expense, then it is possible to clean out dust and mold particles easily. However, if a vermin infestation has taken hold of the air ducts then the ducts will require a thorough cleaning which can only be provided through professional services.

When choosing to clean air ducts yourself, you will require the following:

  • Screwdriver
  • Heavy Duty Gloves
  • Cleaning Brush
  • Vacuum Cleaner

The gloves and screwdriver are needed to remove the air grill plates and gain access to the air vent. The cleaning brush is required to clean the air grill and other areas of the vent that are easily accessible with your arm. Next, use the vacuum cleaner to reach inside the vent and clean up as much as possible.

One final note, checking and changing filters will help cut down on the amount of cleaning needed in the future!

how to clean the kitchen sink

Kitchen Sink Cleaning

It seems that shiny faucets attract lime deposits and soap scum like magnets! Luckily, there’s an easy way to get those faucets sparkling clean without much work. The easy method is to soak several paper towels in white vinegar and wrap them around the metal faucet area. Cover the faucet and water knobs with zipper seal bags and secure them with rubber bands. Leave the bags on for two to three hours, and then remove and discard the paper towels. Then simply wipe down the metal areas with a clean, damp cloth. Mineral deposits and soap residue wipe away with no scrubbing!

Keeping Porcelain Clean and Stain-Free

Porcelain can be intimidating to clean because it can be easy to scratch, and too-harsh cleaning methods can leave the surface dulled. Your regular bathroom cleaner should be sufficient for everyday cleaning, but stubborn stains can require extra elbow grease. Abrasive cleaners can be damaging, so try this easy tip – make a paste of equal parts table salt and white vinegar. Apply to the stain and use a nylon scrubbie to gently work the paste against the stain. Rinse well, and your porcelain should be as good as new!

Maintaining Your Stainless Steel Sink

Prevention is the best way to keep stainless steel clean. Make sure not to leave anything acidic, such as vinegar, pickles, or citrus fruit or juice, in your stainless steel sink, as they cause corrosion. Also, never use steel wool to clean your sink, because it can cause rust. As always, vinegar is a safe and easy mineral deposit remover, but be very careful when using it on stainless steel! Use at most a 25% dilution with water, and never leave it to sit on the metal. Soak a cloth with the diluted vinegar and rub gently at the lime spots and then rinse with clear water.

If you notice scratches in your sink, try a product called Scratch-B-Gone. It’s specifically made for stainless steel. Keep the metal wet while you work with it. Also be sure to use non-metal scouring pads at all times. To prevent future scratches, use a rubber mat in the bottom of your sink. Just be sure to clean under the mat frequently to prevent nasty build-up from forming. If you notice rust anywhere on your stainless steel sink, try this easy tip: crumple a small piece of aluminum foil into a ball and dip it in Coca-Cola. Rub the foil across the rust spots and they disappear!

How To Clean Windows

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It is essential to maintain your home from the inside and outside. Windows usually catch dust, grime or fingerprints that are clearly visible when the sun shines on them. Cleaning windows, an important part of your home’s exterior and interior, is quite a challenging task. The method involved in cleaning windows is described below in detail.

Screens First

It is better to clean the outside windows first. Remove any windscreens that are attached to your windows on the outside. Place them under a running hose. The spray of water will clear out any dust or grime that is blocking the netting of your windscreen.
Take a bucket and fill it with lukewarm, soapy water. Dip a brush that has soft bristles in the water and gently rub the whole window screen to remove any soil, dust or bugs. Place the soaped windscreen under the running hose again to rinse it off and keep it outside to air dry.

The Windows

Use a dry cloth to sweep off any dust that is on the window pane and window frame. If the windows are too high, you can use a dry broom with a long handle instead. Then take a bucket of fresh plain water and add a little dish washing detergent in it to make it soapy. You can also use commercial glass cleaners that are especially formulated for windows. If you have a choice, select one that has ammonia in it, for excellent results.
Next, dip a sponge or a cleaning cloth into the bucket. Wring out any excess water and rub the entire surface of the window with that sponge, dipping it into the bucket at regular intervals. Once the whole window is soaped, use a squeegee to wipe off the soap. Do not forget to clean the frame of each window as well.
Dip it into water or a cleaning solution and clean the soap off using regular stokes on your window to avoid any marks. Do not forget to wipe off the head of the squeegee with a dry cloth after every stroke to avoid any marks on the glass. Finally, use a dry cloth to dry the window panes and the window frames as well. You can use the same method to clean the inside windows too.

Tip:

Avoid cleaning on sunny days as the soap and water on the windows may dry up quickly leaving streaks on the glass. Also, make sure to change the water often for better cleaning.

Maintaining and cleaned wood and patio furniture

Cleaning wood furniture

Once your wood furniture is clean and dry, give it a good polish to protect it. You can use your favorite polish or wax, or try this homemade formula – Use the same concoction mentioned above, equal parts lemon juice and vegetable oil, and polish the entire piece with it.

This is a great solution if you happen to be out of polish, but it is also wonderful for people with pets or small children because it’s 100 percent safe to ingest and it’s good for the environment as well!

No matter what polish you use, buff the piece with a clean cloth afterwards to remove excess polish and enhance the shine.

Most people know that polishing their wood furniture will extend the life of the piece and keep it looking beautiful, but a more thorough cleaning should be given once or twice a year to keep the build-up of dirt and furniture polish from changing the color of the wood or filling in any detail work. Use 1/2 cup of mild soap or an oil soap, such as Murphy’s, dissolved in a gallon of water. Use a cloth dampened with the soap mixture to scrub the wood gently, following the grain. Use a toothbrush or a cotton swab to gently scrub small areas or carvings.

TLC for Scratches and Water Spots

Once you’ve scrubbed the entire piece, use a clean cloth with clear water to rinse away the soap. Use a dry, soft towel to buff the furniture dry. This is a perfect time to check for scratches and water rings before you finish your cleaning.

To fix scratches, use this easy technique: mix two tablespoons of lemon juice with an equal part vegetable oil. Use a clean cloth to rub this mixture into the scratch, moving with the direction of the scratch. For extra-deep or noticeable scratches, try rubbing a crayon that matches the wood along the scratch and then scraping away the excess with your fingernail. Or try this old wives’ tale – rub the scratch with a shelled walnut!

To remove water rings easily, rub with a cloth dipped in mayonnaise. Sounds silly, but it really works!

Plastic patio furniture

Plastic patio furniture is the easiest to deal with. With all patio furniture, you’ll want to give it a thorough spring cleaning before you set it out for the season, but after that, just monitor it for soiling and clean it as it becomes dirty. It shouldn’t require regular cleaning sessions.

To clean your white plastic furniture, use your dishwasher soap! It has bleach in it, so it will keep your white furniture sparkling. Dilute three tablespoons in a gallon of warm water, and rub down the furniture with a nylon dish scrubber. Make sure to take precautions against the bleach in your clothing, and also your grass and plants. Bleach can kill them!

To clean colored plastic furniture, use an all-purpose cleaner or liquid dish soap without bleach, and use the same method as above. Make sure to rinse all colored furniture well with your hose before letting it dry, as the soap residue can fade the colors. With any plastic furniture, make sure to turn it upside down after rinsing and let it dry that way. Even clean water can pool on the seat and, when dry, leave a film that can rub off on your clothes.

Cleaning Pet Urine from Carpet

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Pets are undoubtedly cute and having them in the house can be a boost to the atmosphere, but no matter how hard you try, they’ll still cause you some serious headaches over time.

You spent a few hundred dollars on potty training for your dog and he still likes to urinate on your expensive carpet?

Don’t worry, this is common in every household that has a pet. Regardless of the training it got, a pet is a pet and when he’ll need to go, he’ll go right on the spot.

So from now on, make cleaning pet urine from carpets a priority, since it’s one of the few areas where cleaning up is actually more effective than helping prevent the phenomenon.

How to Remove Pet Urine Stains from Carpets

Regardless if it’s your dog, cat or hamster that did the deed, pet urine is extremely unpleasant because it has a powerful odor and leaves a visible amber spot on the carpet. Removing the odor will be discussed below, so let’s see how you can remove pet urine stains from carpets using baking soda and white vinegar:

With baking soda, you need to make sure the stain is dried down first. So take a clean towel or some paper and press it down against the carpet, absorbing the liquid as thoroughly as possible. This will greatly reduce the damage the urine will have on the carpet, so the faster you’re able to dry it out, the better.

Now dampen the area with some clean water and sprinkle the baking soda over the area, letting it dry (sometimes several hours are needed, so you might want to leave it overnight). Lastly, vacuum to remove the debris created by the baking soda and your stain should be gone.

If you want to use vinegar to clean out the stain, mix half a cup with ¼ cup of warm water and spill the mixture over the targeted area. Use a dry towel on top of it and place a heavy object on top of it to apply pressure. You’ll need to keep it there for a couple of hours, so if you want to be on the safe side of things, you might want to leave it there overnight.

In the morning, remove the towel and use a soft hairbrush to clean the carpet off, if needed.

How to Remove Pet Odor from Carpets

This issue needs to be cut down in half: finding the source of the odor and removing it. On many occasions, you’ll smell the problem but you won’t be able to see it easily. It’s either because your pet peed in some corner of the house you can’t reach, or because the smell got so impregnated in the carpet that it’s now invisible to the naked eye.

In order to find such pet urine stains, you can use a black UV light that will pinpoint the exact source of the smell. Just turn off the light and close the blinds, then fire up your UV black light. Pet urine stains should glow in the dark.

How to Remove Carpet Stains

If the odor has been dealt with but you still can’t get that nasty stain off the carpet, you can create a homemade shampoo to deal with the problem. Here’s a link on our website where you can find recipes tomake your own homemade shampoo and carpet cleaning solution: