Cleaning Microfiber

MICROFIBER is fiber with very thin strands, that can be made to look like suede or leather, which makes it an attractive fabric for sofas and couches. Also, because microfiber is durable and repels water, it is well suited for furniture.

The tricky thing about CLEANING microfiber sofas and couches is that on MOST of them (not all), you CAN’T use soap and water to clean it or you will end up with water rings that look worse than BEFORE you cleaned it! So, before you clean, determine which type of microfiber furniture you have. Check the tag on furniture for one of these codes:

-W means you must use water-based cleaning solution.
-S means you must use a solvent based cleaner
-S-W means you can use S or W type cleaners
-X means you can vacuum only (no water or solvent-based cleaning solutions).

If you have furniture with a W tag, then just clean with water. MOST furniture will have an S or no tag at all, which means you should treat as an S just to be “S”afe. What solvent to use? Since microfiber is polyester-based, what can be used to clean polyester can be used to clean microfiber, including Rubbing Alcohol (or clear alcohol such as vodka).

Supplies:
-Scrubber brush
-Rubbing alcohol
-Spray bottle (for use with rubbing alcohol)
-White Sponge (or color may transfer on couch)

Step 1: Vacuum with brush attachment to remove hair, crumbs, etc.

Step 2: Spray rubbing alcohol onto dirty area. The alcohol won’t saturate fabric and evaporates much quicker than water so it won’t leave a mark. Test in an inconspicuous spot if worried about colorfastness.

Step 3: Rub vigorously with a clean scrub sponge; make sure scrubbing surface is white or color could transfer. Plus you’ll be able to see all the grime coming off your furniture.

Step 4: Let the area dry completely. The fabric may look stiff or dark in places, but the next step will take care of that.

Step 5: Rub with a clean, soft scrub brush in a circular motion; use a white bristle brush to avoid discoloration. This step fluffs up surface of the fabric to make it soft again.

REMOVING WATER MARKS FROM WOOD

Someone forget to use a coaster over the holidays? Don’t worry! A little mayonnaise will remove the water marks. The fat in the mayonnaise is reabsorbed into the marks thus causing the marks to disappear.

STEP 1: Take about two tablespoons of mayonnaise and rub it into the water mark. Don’t wipe off any excess.

STEP 2: To keep the mayonnaise from drying out, cover the area lightly with a cloth, paper towels, or cling wrap.

STEP 3: Let it set for several hours, or even overnight.

STEP 4: Wipe off the mayonnaise and your water stain should be completely gone. Be sure to clean the surface well to remove all traces of mayonnaise.

TIP: If you have a water mark that is extremely bad or has been in place for a very long time, the mayonnaise alone may not be enough to remove it. In that case, try mixing the mayonnaise with cigarette ashes and follow the same steps listed above.

Painting tip


If you are a painter, you probably have had the occasional paint brush with dried up paint in it. It is always sad to lose a good brush. To get dried up paint out of a paint brush, apply concentrated Murphys Oil Soap, wrap in plastic, and let soak for a couple of hours. The paint will start to loosen and get soft. Gently work the paint out with your hands, rinse, and repeat if necessary. I have saved many brushes this way. Of course, it is always best to not let the paint dry in the brush in the first place.

Back in the day……

Are you looking for house cleaning tips to help keep your home in tip top shape?
Perhaps this section can help relieve the stress of keeping up with your home.

There is no question that house cleaning is an art, along with a workout! So this section is dedicated to helping you with the cleaning and organizing of your home.
I’ll never forget, about 10 years ago, a friend of mine called me and asked me for some cleaning tips. (I was not in the business back then, but I guess I had a reputation for having a clean house.)

At first, I thought she was kidding, then I realized, she was very serious. Things had changed in her household, she worked full time, and needed a way to work through the chaos. I did my best to talk her through it. Sometimes, house cleaning can really become overwhelming.

This is one of the reasons I wanted to create a section of this website devoted to house cleaning tips. Even though I know our services are very affordable, I also know everyone can not always take advantage of them. So, hopefully, this section will help many of you keep a happy healthy home for you and your family.

The Flu……

Everywhere I go lately, businesses are offering flu shots.

Well, I have something else I want you to consider and perhaps add to your fight with the flu: Door Knobs!

We all know about washing our hands, but when was the last time you disinfected all your door knobs and light switches?

If you are one of our clients, we started to to disinfect all your door knobs and light switches the day school started to every cleaning we preform at your home (and business).

If you are not one of our customers, it only takes a few minutes. It may make your winter happier and healthier!

Cleaning Your Granite Countertops

Despite the seemingly hundreds of products claiming to be the best way to clean a granite countertop, the truly best (and cheapest!) way is right in your home! Just grab that bottle of isopropyl rubbing alcohol and you’re halfway to the cleanest, shiniest, and, yes, best way to clean a granite countertop.

Many cleaning supply retailers may claim the best way to clean a granite countertop employs the use of harsh chemicals. Not so! To clean any kind of stone product, it’s smart to use a product with a neutral pH.

Alcohol, on the other hand, with a pH of around 7.0, is one of two ingredients needed for the best way to clean a granite countertop. The other? Good, old-fashioned liquid dishwashing detergent. When you add a few drops of say, Dawn dishwashing detergent to a quarter-cup of alcohol, then fill the rest of a quart-size spray bottle with water, you’ve got yourself the best way to clean a granite countertop for only a few, measly cents. Compare that to the $5 or $6 you’ll pay for those expensive (and potentially damaging) products that you’ve mistakenly thought to be the best way to clean a granite countertop.

Other things to keep in mind for the best way to clean a granite countertop include maintenance and prevention. Maintain your beautiful stone by blotting spills immediately and then deep cleaning weekly with your homemade alcohol/dish soap solution. Prevent damaging your stone by avoiding placing anything acidic directly on it, which includes tomatoes, oranges, lemons, limes, or grapefruit.

The More the Merrier: Age-appropriate cleaning chores for young kids.

As a cleaning service, we know that getting a house to sparkle is one thing, but keeping it clean after we leave is another. And if that house contains any number of children, the length of time between shiny and disaster shrinks considerably.

The good news is that the more people you have in your house to make messes, the more people you have in your house to help clean. There are many ways kids of all ages can help around the house. Here are a few ideas to get the young ones started.

  • Older Toddlers: Two- and three-year-olds are fantastic helpers since enthusiastically find pleasure in small things. Put that revelry to good use by making games of toy clean up, showing them where to “hide” the dirty laundry in the hamper and how to use a dustpan and broom to sweep up the inevitable cereal spill. Who knows, maybe the “fun” aspect of cleaning will wear off on you!
  • Preschoolers: This independent lot will benefit from fun tools, a little direction, and lots of routine. Setting the table for supper, folding washcloths and matching socks in the laundry, washing windows with vinegar and water, and keeping the dog’s water bowl full of fresh water are great age-appropriate chores for four- and five-year-olds. This is often the age where parents start using a family chore chart to remind everyone what they are responsible for.
  • Elementary-Age Kids: Once a child is able to handle the routines of a school day, they are also able to contribute more to the household. Younger kids can empty smaller trash cans, sort laundry, help empty the dishwasher, and make their beds. Older kids can wash dishes, learn how to use the washer and dryer, put the family laundry away, and keep their bedrooms clean—the list is nearly endless. Chore charts can be helpful here, and so is involving your child in a reward/privilege system that keeps them motivated.

Chores are great teaching tools (think responsibility, word-recognition, independence), and a great way to show how smoothly a home can run when everybody contributes. The trick is to be patient, be prepared for mistakes (and maybe a bit more mess) in the beginning, and to adjust as children grow and mature.

 

DIY Oven Cleaner!

Begin by preheating the oven to 150 degrees F. While the oven is heating, put on a pot of water to boil. Once the oven has reached 150 F, turn it off and pour 1 cup of ammonia into a heat safe bowl or baking dish and place it on the top rack of the oven. Place the pot of boiling water on the bottom rack, close the oven door, and leave them both in the oven overnight.

The next morning, open the oven and remove both the bowl of ammonia and the pot of water. Don’t dispose of the ammonia; you’ll want to use it later. Remove the racks and leave the oven door open to air out for 15 minutes. Add 1-2 teaspoons of liquid dish soap to the ammonia, along with a quart of warm water, and using a heavy-duty nylon scrubbing pad dipped in the ammonia mixture, begin to wipe away the softened grease and grime along the sides and bottom of the oven. It should be a fairly easy job at this point. Wear some kitchen gloves, since ammonia can be caustic to skin. However, I found it interesting that the ammonia was WAY LESS powerful smelling after having sat overnight in the oven.

Kitchen Cleaning Tips For The Holidays

Everyone has heard of holiday cooking horror stories or has one of their own—the uncle who tried to deep-fry a frozen turkey  or pets that couldn’t resist sampling the Thanksgiving spread. While it’s impossible to prevent some kitchen mishaps, many others can be avoided by starting with a clean slate, er, kitchen.

For tips on making your home look great follow our guide on the best ways to degrease your kitchen before the holiday cooking rush.

1. Degrease your oven. Remove any drippings or bits of food on the vents or heating elements, which can burn and fill your oven with smoke. If your oven is particularly greasy, use a product to wipe down the interior. Avoid running the self-cleaning cycle right before you need to use it, as it is very stressful on your oven, and the last thing you need to happen this time of year is an appliance breakdown!

2. Wipe down the microwave. ‘Tis the season for leftovers, and a clean microwave could be the key to ensuring they disappear versus creating new life forms with a life of their own in your plastic storage containers. Simply use a degreasing product and wipe down both the inside and outside of the microwave to remove all splatter stains and spills.

3. Clean your drain and garbage disposal. Use a cleaner that also works as a degreaser to get your disposal in perfect working order (and rid of any funky smells) before all the holiday food prep begins.