Posts Tagged ‘cleaning tips’

Cleaning Baseboards

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hardwood and Laminate, Hints and Advice

How often do you clean your floors? At least once a week, right? How often do you clean your baseboards? If you are like most people, the answer is rarely. Yes, it’s no fun to clean baseboards but your home will look much cleaner and more polished if you do. Here are some tips to make this job a bit easier.

Clean the baseboards AFTER you have swept and mopped your floors as they are likely to get even dirtier as you kick up debris with your broom and mop.

Vacuum the baseboard with the brush attachment. You want them to be pet hair and dust free before you start scrubbing. Pay particular attention to the floor closest to the baseboards as that is where dirt tends to accumulate.

Spray the baseboards with an all purpose cleaner. Be careful you don’t soak them too much as you don’t want to damage your walls.

Using a damp sponge mop with clean water, wash the baseboards. The mop is convenient from a logistical standpoint, especially if you have a bad back; you don’t have to get down and dirty, so to speak. But really tough marks may still require you to get on the floor and scrub. If the stains are stubborn, just scrub harder, but refrain from using anything abrasive, like a scouring pad, on your baseboards.

Once your baseboards are clean, take a damp dryer sheet and wipe it over the wood. The anti-static cling property of the dryer sheet will cut the amount of dust that sticks to baseboards. In fact, each time you sweep and vacuum, go over the baseboards quickly with a dryer sheet. If you have shedding pets, you’ll want to do this regularly. This preventative maintenance will go a long way.

So even though it will take you some time to get your baseboards clean, you will feel much better AND your home will look much better as well.

Cleaning Your Refrigerator

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance, Hints and Advice, Kitchen and Bath, Tips

What is the most neglected and least cleaned item in your kitchen? Is it your refrigerator? Your countertops and floors get wiped down and mopped on a weekly basis, but how often do you spend time cleaning the fridge? We depend on it to safely store all of our foods. Unfortunately, the refrigerator takes a lot of abuse; we stuff it full, forget about leftovers, and leave spills to clean up later. Then, we complain when there’s even the slightest unpleasant odor. Find out all the steps you need to know to clean your refrigerator.

  • Empty the fridge – Toss any old or expired food into the trash. Remove the food that is still good to a cooler with ice to keep it safe and cold while you clean the remainder of the refrigerator.
  • Remove drawers – Take out all removable drawers and shelves and set them aside. Drawers and shelves that are made of metal or plastic can actually be washed with hot water and dish soap right away, but glass and ceramic pieces need to gradually warm up to room temperature before being washed with hot water to prevent cracking and breaking.
  • Wipe down the inside – Use a clean cloth with hot water and a mild detergent like dish soap. Work from top to bottom to prevent dripping on surfaces that are already clean. Rinse cloths thoroughly and/or use multiple cloths to insure cleanliness. Pay special attention to the bottom crevices and back of the refrigerator where spills tend to migrate. Finally, wipe down the interior doors. Take a clean dry cloth and carefully dry the inside.
  • Clean shelves and drawers – Use warm water and dish soap to thoroughly clean shelves and drawers. Wipe them dry with a clean soft cloth.
  • Replace the food – Put the food back into the refrigerator. Now is also a good time to wipe off any jars or containers of food that may need it, like a sticky jelly jar or a crusty salad dressing lid.
  • Clean the outside – Starting from the top, wipe down and clean the exterior of the refrigerator using hot/warm water and a mild dish soap. If you have a stainless steel refrigerator, check the manufacturer’s suggestions.

Finally, we received this housekeeping tip from one of our customers – Instead of tossing small glass jars into the recycling bin, peel off their labels, scrub the glass clean, and keep them around to use for storage. Not only is it easy to see what you have in your fridge, but glass containers also trap smells that might otherwise permeate the refrigerator.

Monthly Housecleaning

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance, Hints and Advice

We all know what we should be cleaning on a weekly basis but what should we be doing each month? The following list is intensive. It is not for faint of heart housekeepers, however, if you can accomplish these tasks you will reap the benefits of a wonderfully clean home.

Dust your ceiling fans. You’ll be surprised how fast dirt, dust and grime can accumulate there.

Clean light fixtures. Again, these are a magnet for dust.

Dust your air vents. This will help keep dust from blowing out into your rooms.

Clean your walls. Spot clean the walls of your home to remove crayon marks, furniture scuffs, dust, and splatters. Food preparation, eating areas, and the place you store your trash will be likely candidates for a monthly wall wipe-down. While you are at it, clean your baseboards too.

Clean your window treatments. Curtains and drapes may need to be washed, cleaned, or dusted out on a monthly basis. Blinds that attract dust will need to be wiped down as well. Be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions for your window treatments before cleaning.

Dust, dust and dust some more. This time instead of giving the furniture a quick wipe down you should dust doors, molding, windowsills and ceilings.

Vacuum inside furniture. Yes, pull off the cushions and see what treasures you find inside your couch and arm chairs.

Clean your windows. A monthly cleaning for windows includes cleaning the inside of the glass and wiping down the windowsills. Use a glass cleaner to remove streaks and spots on the interior of the windows. If you wait for an overcast day, you’ll reduce the streaking and spotting on the glass.

Spot treat carpet and upholstery. Check for spots on the carpet and upholstery and spot treat the stains. Be sure to test the stain treater in an inconspicuous spot before applying liberally. If it’s been awhile since your carpet was last cleaned, it may be time to schedule a shampooing.

Check your smoke alarms. Change the batteries if needed and make sure to dust the alarms to keep them working properly.

Change filters. Change not only your furnace filter but also your air conditioner and vacuum filters.

Deep clean appliances. By cleaning appliances each month you will prevent the gunked up oven, or a toaster full of crumbs.

It’s not a short list and some of these chores will take a bit of time and elbow grease but getting these done will ensure a beautiful and clean home that you and your family will enjoy.