Posts Tagged ‘Cleaning’

How to Clean Luxury Vinyl

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Luxury vinyl planking has made a significant impact on the flooring market. It is an extremely versatile flooring option that can be ideal for almost any environment. In fact, we continue to see the LVP market grow as many people love the beauty this floor has to offer with the extreme levels of durability. While these can all be great perks to flooring, another pro is the simplicity of cleaning LVP. Luxury vinyl planking can be extremely easy to clean, yet if this is your first time having this floor, you may have some concerns. Here is everything to note about cleaning your luxury vinyl plank flooring:

Sweep

Luxury vinyl planking is incredibly easy to clean. Essentially, your first plan of attack is to protect your floors from dirt and debris. This can be done by simply taking your shoes off in your home or having a welcome mat. If dirt does get on your LVP, however, simply sweep it up and dispose of it. It is that simple!

Microfiber Mop

For more serious messes, you can use a microfiber mop to clean them. A light cleaning agent can do the trick. Since LVP is waterproof and can be wetted to help clean or break down debris, be sure to use a none wax-based cleaner. A simple home remedy is mixing water and vinegar to help clean your floors.

Do Not Wax

While LVP does dull over time, waxing is not the solution. Most LVP has a protective film on top of it. Do not attempt to wax your LVP floors! This will not bond properly to your floors. It will just harden and create an unwanted film on top of your flooring, which will need to be removed. Check with your manufacturer to see what recommendation they suggest to help give your floor a shiny finish. However, that being said, typically, LVP will just be matte or low gloss.

Cleaning your vinyl plank flooring is quite simple! This is just one more added benefit to consider when shopping for your next flooring option. From durability and aesthetics to waterproof features and easy to clean properties, this versatile flooring is a great choice for any home!

Cold Weather Activities

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Staying active during the cold winter months can be difficult. But it is important to stay active no matter what the outdoor conditions in the winter. Fitness can suffer if you decide to take a break from your normal routine and keeping up with this routine can give you a boost to your immune system to fight off those winter colds. So what are some great ways to stay active?

 

Walking is one way to work around the cold temperatures and snow. Be sure to bundle up correctly so as not to get frostbite or have any discomfort while outside. And if the temperatures are on the cusp of being cold you can always layer so that by the time you start to feel warm on your walk you can peel off one of those layers for comfort. 

 

Another way you can keep up your workout regimen is to join an indoor gym and set yourself up with some goals. With the gym you are able to expand your horizons through classes where you can try new things. This might include yoga or spin classes, which are great ways to get out and socialize in the winter month when shorter days can sometimes make us feel a little isolated. You can mix it up with individual cardio and weights. Gyms are great because they offer large variety.

 

If you enjoy venturing out into the cold, hitting the slopes with your snowboard or skis can help combat winter lethargy. These two activities provide fantastic cardio and are great ways to improve coordination. If you have physical limitations that prevent these more rigorous activities you could look around with local businesses to see if they offer something like snowshoes or sledding. You could even bring the whole family!

 

And finally, the most practical and efficient form of exercise. Cleaning can be therapeutic and cleansing. But when you take to cleaning your entire house from scrubbing floorboards to dusting, loads of laundry and then folding it, vacuuming and mopping. These activities burn calories and at the same time you can feel accomplished at the end of your session when your house is sparkling back at you and you’ve gotten in your daily activity.

 

Getting physical activity in during the winter months can be hard but it is not impossible. Let us know in the comments—what are the unique and creative ways you get your exercise in during the winter?

Get Rid of Household Clutter

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Do you have a problem with household clutter? Do you set your car keys down only to have trouble finding them? Usually the problem is a lack of organization and a place to store things. Sometimes in a cluttered house the materials and things start to pile up. Its time to get rid of the clutter and start an organizational house cleaning. This does not need to happen over night. Take your time and try not to get over whelmed. Take it room by room. Look at the storage features in each room, and add new closets if you need to. You can even have creative storage places along one side of your living room. A lot of the storage spaces can actually add to your decor.

Using the room by room method, sit down and take notes on how you can solve your clutter problem. For instance if you are sitting in your bedroom, look around and take notes on what is causing the most clutter. You might have to donate items and clothes to a local charity, or even toss some things out. Garage sales are nice, but involve a large amount of work, pricing and planning. Sometimes it is best to forgo something which involves creating another problem with time and energy. Just take your time, sort out things room by room, and install and create creative storage spaces if you need to.

What Are Some Good Tips for Getting Rid of Household Clutter?

In addition to the tips mentioned above, you might also like these easy tips for cleaning and preventing clutter.

Have a place for your mail when it is brought in.

Have a special place by the door to hang your car keys. Create steady habits to make your life easier.

Have an entryway complete with coat rack and umbrella stand.

Keep dirty clothes bins in each room where clothes are changed.

Teach children to clean up after themselves and have a special place for their belongings.

Keep your kitchen table and top of your refrigerator clean of clutter. This is a common catch all. Make your table beautiful by adding a center piece and a beautiful table cloth if you are of traditional design. Modern usually looks better without table cloth and a sleek clean design. Think of the beauty your clutter is hiding.

Applying Getting Rid of Clutter to Your Household

Getting rid of household clutter can become a life style choice. You will be much more productive in an environment that is tidy and rid of clutter. After awhile you will love your decor so much that is shining through, you will automatically notice when something is out of place. Make it your choice to live in a household without clutter, by adopting good organizational habits.

 

The Top Benefits of Carrying Out Home Cleaning Regularly

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The home is a place where a person wants to sit comfortably and relax after the stress of a long day or week at work. The last thing you want to see when you come home at the end of a long day is to see dirt, dust and junk cluttering up your living space.  Not only does dirt and dust make it impossible to fully relax, they also have long term negative effects on the structure and value of your home.  Floors, walls, gutters, windows, sinks, everything must be cleaned on a schedule in order to promote a happy, healthy home.

Often times we don’t notice the slow and steady build up of dust and dirt until the ubiquitous season of spring cleaning.  Many people prefer to hire a professional cleaning service to help them start the spring and summer off with a deep clean for the whole house.  If you’re short on your budget, you can always make a list and work through the house on your own. 

There are many reasons to keep up on your cleaning schedule:

Preventing and mitigating damage:  When you are regularly wiping down surfaces, sweeping and moping, you are far more likely to notice the early stages of damage – cracks, fading, stains and the like.  You can easily address many of these issues when you catch them early.

Preventing Allergies: Many people are sensitive to dust and pollutants, so it stands to reason that keeping your house clean and dust free will go a long way towards mitigating the misery that seasonal and atmospheric allergens can cause.

Avoid Mold Attack: Moist and humid atmospheres support the growth of mold.  Not only is it unsightly and damaging to the surfaces of your house, mold also has a proven negative effect on your health. Cleaning and maintenance are the best cures for mold in your home.

Removing Pests:  There are some very tenacious bugs out there, ready to invade even the cleanest of homes.  Yet, taking away obvious sources of food and shelter for pests will go a long way towards stopping the invasion.  Regular cleaning will also betray their presence in the early stages, when the problem of pests is easy to deal with.

Improving The Appearance: It is always embarrassing to visit an untidy home – almost as embarrassing as having someone visit your own cluttered living space.  Regular cleaning will help you to avoid those issues and stop fearing the unexpected visitor.

 

Making Your Home Lovely – Part 3

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Your life will quickly become easier and tidier if you include several daily requirements such as cleaning up the kitchen every night before bed. This includes a quick sweep or mop of the floor. Some who batch it might be tempted to put all this off till the weekend, but no one really wants to start Saturday with a cleaning marathon. 

Instead of taking an “all or nothing” approach, how about just throwing in one load of laundry before you leave for work or after you get home? Folding clothes is so much more appealing while watching television. Run through the house with an empty trash bag the day before garbage pick-up and add the kitchen trash bag and you’re finished for another week.

Take one of those shop towels into the bathroom when you get ready for bed at night, and do a quick wipe down of the surfaces. This will make the weekly cleaning less unappealing and faster. A squeegee in the shower can be used to clear the water spots at the end of a wash up, making water spots less of an issue.

Take a close look at what gets in the way of regular cleaning. Do you need to get up fifteen minutes earlier in the morning to put some projects into play before the rest of the family gets up? Do you resent being the one who does all the household chores? Do you just hate the process? Sometimes figuring out your resistance allows you to work past it.

One final tip – build in some rewards and incentives. Pay yourself for every day you meet your cleaning goals. From a luxurious soak in the tub to that new purse you’ve been eyeing on Overstock, figure out a reasonable reward for your efforts. With the right combination of carrot and stick, you may soon develop the habits you want to keep your home as lovely as you wish it could be.

 

The Best Way to Clean a Hardwood Floor

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hardwood and Laminate

 

What is the best way to clean a hardwood floor? You will want to maintain and clean your hardwood floor so you can get the very best and the most enjoyment that your floor has to offer. Even though hardwood floors are fairly easy to maintain and cover up scratches, you will still want to protect them. You can do this by providing coverings such as runners and rugs in high traffic areas. It will not hurt your decor and might even add some pizazz and interesting effects.

Hardwood floors are available in all kinds of colors, even white. You can perk up the effect of your designer statement by using area coverings and rugs which compliment the coloring in your floor. The best way to take care of your floor is to take preventive measures and not expose it to undue hardships. Wipe up spills immediately as they can discolor certain hardwood floors.

What Is the Basic Maintenance and Process to Clean a Hardwood Floor?

Dusting agents are specially formulated to be sprayed onto a dry mop and quickly run over your hardwood floor. You can use an electric broom or a floor brush attachment on a hardwood floor, but be careful because it is easy to add scratches that you can hardly see. Over time these minute scratches will begin to show causing a dull and scratchy appearance to your floor. 

A vacuum without a brush attachment should not be used due to possible damage to the finish of your floor. A nice soft broom can be used to sweep if you prefer. A dust mop with a dusting agent, as mentioned earlier, is the hardwood floor’s best friend.

Every so often your hardwood floor will need more then a dust mop. Do not use harsh cleansers, but instead opt for a wood cleaning product made especially for wood floors. Some of these polish while also cleaning. You will find that any built up grime will come off easily and your floor will be bright and clean. Remember never to leave puddles of cleaning products or water on your hardwood floor, as it will discolor.

Its Not Very Difficult to Clean a Hardwood Floor

Keeping a hardwood floor nice is actually not very difficult. Protect your floor as much as you can by taking necessary preventive measures. Don’t fuss and worry too much as your home is a place to enjoy and to relax. A hardwood floor is a very beautiful addition to a home.

 

Making Your Home Lovely – Part 2

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Once you start getting a handle on clutter, it’s time to dive into your housecleaning patterns. Do you have a regular schedule for your efforts or just move in when you notice things are going downhill? Most people don’t enjoy cleaning enough to spend the time to organize their efforts, but it’s really worth the investment up front. The following tips will help make your housecleaning easier, faster and more pleasant.

Buy the right tools. Purchase buckets or plastic containers with a handle to hold your cleaning products. You may want to assign one container to bathrooms, a second to the kitchen and a third to the rest of the house. Include the necessary brushes or cloths for each bucket. That way you’re not wasting time finding all of the supplies you need with each cleaning project. It also encourages you to notice when you’re running low on something so you can add it to your shopping list.

Buy a package of shop towels. These are inexpensive and available at warehouse and hardware stores. These are sized at just a bit larger than a washcloth and are made of white terry fabric. You can use these for anything you need to clean. Shop towels are also terrific for picking up spills and wiping up grime on anything from shoes to the car’s dashboard. They’re nicer to use than paper towels and last for years. Expect to use a lot of them, but when you run low just dump them in the washer with some soap and bleach and they’re ready for next time. 

Our next blog will help with a schedule and some incentives.

 

Making Your Home Lovely- Part 1

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Would you like to be one of those people who never minds if neighbors or friends stop by because your home always looks fabulous? You can make that happen with just a few changes to your routine. Here are some suggestions to creating a fresh and inviting home free of clutter and dirt. Let’s start with clutter.

A place for everything: Now, getting here is not easy or fast. It’s up to you to make a commitment to organizing and creating systems that everyone in your family can handle. You might want to start by thinking of your home as a retail store. For example, put all of the office/school supplies in one place, all bed linens in another. Also, invest in a little label maker. You can then label every drawer and cupboard with a description of its contents, and even label some items – such as the scissors – with their category so it’s easy to remember where to put them back after using them.

Buy and use a put-away basket: Every evening walk through your house and put everything that’s out of place in the basket. Then walk through a second time and put it all where it belongs. This is also a great project to delegate to your kids. You can even charge a fine – a nickel for anything that any family member forgets to put back in its place. Save the money for a family dinner out in the future.

Assign standard chores: These can include everyone – you, kids and spouse – making their own beds, rinsing and putting their own dishes in the dishwasher, choosing their clothes for school the next day, and whatever else you want to see happen daily. Once these habits develop your responsibilities will diminish. This also provides a good discipline for their future lives. 

Understand that none of these steps will happen overnight. This is a work in process and you will always have to make adjustments over time. But the best time to start is now. And maybe every week you’ll see signs of progress.

 

Reader Question: Laundry

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18892590_SMy laundry smells less than fresh. Why?

Smells in your washer and dryer can be transferred onto the clothes that you are washing. You can get rid of those odors and keep your laundry smelling clean and fresh by following these tips:

Use hot water – hot water kills those odor causing bacteria. While you may be washing most of your clothes in cold water to save money, you should wash at least 2 loads a month in a hot cycle.

Don’t use fabric softener in the washing machine – although fabric softener will make your clothes smell good in the short run, over time it can build up in your machine. The residue from fabric softener is a breeding ground for mildew.

Let your washing machine air dry – if you are not going to use your washing machine for a day or two, keep the door open. Even though your machine might be empty of wet clothes, there is still a significant chance that there is water under the basin. By keeping the door open you let the basin air dry and stay free of musty and mildew odors.

Clean your washer – that’s right, you have to clean it. Once a month run an empty machine on a hot cycle using two cups of vinegar. This will kill any bacteria that have been developing.

Clean the lint trap on your dryer – after every load remove lint from the lint trap. Once a month clean the lint trap in hot, soapy water. Use the hose on your vacuum to clean any lint that may remain in the dryer. Excess lint can become damp and cause yucky smells.

Wipe down the inside of your dryer – mix one cup of bleach with a gallon of hot water. Using a clean cloth, gently wipe down the inside of your dryer.

Use vinegar – dampen a few towels with vinegar and run them in the dryer. This will eliminate any nasty odors that are starting to develop.

Cleaning Out Your Gutters

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9393881_SIt’s fall, which means there are some unpleasant chores that need to be accomplished – namely raking leaves and cleaning out the gutters. Get your kids to deal with the leaves and handle the gutters yourself as it involves climbing up and down a ladder.

Why do we need to clean out the gutters? Leaves and other debris can build up in the gutters, clogging the downspouts. This can lead to water damage on your roof. Water pouring over the gutters can end up leaking inside your home and into your foundation.

Clean your gutters while standing firmly on a ladder. Use one bucket for gutter debris and one for tools. Use wire hooks to attach each bucket to the ladder. Clean large debris with a trowel first. Using a hose flush the gutter starting at the opposite end of the downspout. If the water doesn’t drain, check the downspout to see if it is clogged and clean as necessary.

If there is still any standing water in the gutter after it has been flushed it may not be sloped correctly. Do not ignore this problem. If the gutter doesn’t slope enough, detach the hangers and adjust the gutter to drain properly and then reattach.  If you don’t feel comfortable doing that, call a professional.

This is also the time to inspect gutter sections for damage and missing parts, repair any gutter leaks and apply gutter touch up paint. You may even want to repaint all of the gutters.

While cleaning out the gutters does take some time and elbow grease, it is necessary for the health of your home.