Category Archives: Cleaning Articles – How to

How to Clean Brass Door Handles


Brass door handles give your interior a glowing amber shine which looks great in traditionally furnished and period homes. Many brass levers are simple and plain and others have intricate details and etchings, all of which over time and use begin to tarnish and lose their shine.

10 Autumn Cleaning Tips For Your Home


We’ve all heard of spring cleaning, but it has been suggested by health experts that such a deep clean should be carried out twice a year – with the second time being autumn.

Dryer Vent Cleaning: 10 Tips for Success

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We all depend on our clothes dryers to see that our clothes are ready to wear. After all, just having damp, clean clothing is not enough—it needs to be dried. Of course, that can be most easily attained by simply placing your clothing in the dryer. However, having a dryer that works effectively and efficiently is not something to be taken for granted. It doesn’t just happen. Rather, it is accomplished by taking care with your dryer and the dryer vents so that you can be sure of a properly working dryer.

Cleaning Tips for Log Cabin Living

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I’ll admit it – I’m a neat freak.

And having a dislike of house dirt while living in the country is, let’s say, a bit challenging.

Advice in Removing Candle Wax Spills on the Carpet


Candles are really useful home accessories that have many different purposes. It can be used to create a romantic atmosphere when having a nice dinner with your significant other. It can also be utilized to set the mood or for aromatherapy among other things.

Quick Tips on Cleaning Antique Bisque Dolls

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Before cleaning any doll it is important to identify from what material the doll is made. Bisque dolls are sometimes mistakenly called porcelain dolls. Porcelain and bisque dolls are fragile and damage easily. Both types of dolls are recognized as prized collectibles with doll collectors typically specializing in collecting either porcelain or bisque dolls.

First Aid for Stains


7 ways to treat stains with cupboard staples – you don’t need expensive products that leave soapy chemicals in your furnishings. Act fast and you will not leave a stain.

Housework Schedules Through the Decades


A housework routine enables us to get our work done efficiently in a timely manner. An orderly home may also contribute to a calmer family. Here are some examples of various housework routines from the early 1900s to more recent times. Keep in mind that in those early years, housework was physically harder, but most women were not employed outside of the home.

Spray & Urine Odor Removal – Using Common Household Product


As a cat lover and owner of multiple male cats, spray and urine odor was a constant concern. When you have more than one male cat you will have problems with spraying. While neutering male cats can sometimes prevent or cut down the amount of spraying by some, others will continue to spray. I can attest to that. I went to the extent of having my male cats neutered in an attempt to cure the odor problems. This resulted in a large veterinarian bill and horrible guilt on my part as my male cats did somersaults in an attempt to find there missing jewels.

Bathroom Mold – Cleaning it up and Keeping it Clean


Mold growing in your bathroom is undesirable for several reasons. First, it is unsightly. Second, many people are allergic to mold, and it can aggravate athsma. Third, a particular type of mold, Stachybotrys chartarum (synonyms: Stachybotrys alternans and S. atra) produces mycotoxins ; there is some anecdotal evidence that these toxins can be deadly. This article, Bathroom Mold: Cleaning it up and Keeping it Clean provides several methods for removing mold and instructions for how to prevent its regrowth.

How To Get Rid Of Hard Water Stains In Your Home


So you’ve been told that your home has hard water, aka a lot of minerals. While this may not mean a whole lot to you right now, aside from your bar of soap not lathering very well, what will ultimately start to happen is that your sinks, showers, tubs, toilets, even the dishwasher will develop hard water stains. These dirty looking stains are build ups of calcium and magnesium in the water so they are not harmful, but boy are they tough to get rid of! Not only do hard water stains make it appear like you have dirty appliances, they are going to keep coming back until you correct the problem by getting a water softener to reduce the mineral content in your water.

How To Use Starch On Men’s Dress Shirts


Here’s how to starch and iron men’s dress shirts.

A Clean Leather Sofa in Four Easy Steps

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Furniture is expensive. So it is your best interest to take care of it. This article will teach you how to clean a leather sofa (couch). To begin with, gather all of your supplies:

Getting Rid of House Spiders

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Spiders are universally feared by many people. In fact they even have their own phobia: arachnophobia. Despite their rather fearsome reputation, almost all of the spiders found in the United States are completely harmless. There are only a few namely the black widow spider and the family of brown recluse spider that pose a threat to humans. Still however, house spiders often cause homeowners to call a pest exterminator.

Handmade Quilt Care – Things Never To Do To A Quilt


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A handmade quilt is a labor of love and should be considered a prized possession. You want to make sure it will last for years to come and look as beautiful as the day the last stitch of the binding was tied off. Here are some things you should never do if you want your one-of-a-kind creation to maintain its original beauty.

How to Clean House Fast – or at least How to Quickly Make it Look Clean

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Sometimes when you want to clean your house fast, what you may really be wanting to do is to quickly make it look like it is clean. Typically, when guests come over, you’d like them to get the impression that you are a good housekeeper. (Especially if it is a potential mate who you want to impress.)

How to Remove Skunk Odor


Oh no! Your pet got sprayed by a skunk. What should you do now? The first thing many people think of is tomato juice. Don’t bother, because it doesn’t work. I will explain why later in this article. So, if tomato juice won’t work, then what will? A 2% solution of vinegar will help a little, but it won’t really do that much.

Household Hints


A collection of tips to clean and organize your home.

What to Do About Out of Control Recycling


Are there stacks of brown paper bags and old boxes in the corner of a room holding your recycling? We know recycling is important. But most of us don’t have a system that allows it to be a simple, nonintrusive part of our lives. Your home organization overall will improve and your day will be smoother and happier by improving your recycling system!

Lavender Summer Rose Potpourri


My favorite family recipe is our summer potpourri that fills the air with its unique aroma. I like to use pink rose petals in my own mix, but any color will due. Mix and match flowers and spices to make it your own.

Eco Cleaning Solutions For The Kitchen


Nowadays a lot of people try to figure out different ways to clean their houses with natural products rather than chemicals. Some feel responsible for the environment and the bad effects they might cause. Others are concerned about their family members and children, especially babies, which will breath the subtle scents these chemicals leave after their use. But no matter what you reasons are, cleaning green is a very good solution. Especially for your kitchen, where you store your food. Here are some useful tips.

20 Ways You Can Use Lemons for Cleaning


Cleaning can be stressful if you’re on a tight budget. But worry not; you can actually do a lot of good cleaning with just a basket of lemons.

Here are 20 ways you can use lemons for cleaning.

Vinegar – Floor Cleaning Methods


These days, there is a lot of emphasis on using environmentally friendly cleaning products. The purpose of this article, Vinegar-Floor Cleaning Tips, is to illustrate to you how you can use a common household ingredient as a not-so-common (and pretty good) floor cleaner.

Quick Remedies for Summer Stains


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You’ll need a kettle of boiling water and a helper. Have the helper pull the fabric taut over the sink or a bucket while you hold the kettle about a foot above it. Pour a stream of boiling water right into the stain. It’ll disappear like magic thanks to the combination of the heat and the pressure.

Setting Your Dishwasher For The Best Wash Ever

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Dishwashers sometimes come in for some bad press, particularly because it is assumed they waste energy and water. However this is rarely the case – usually dishwashers use less water and less energy than washing your plates by hand. So it is quite possible to be environmentally friendly and enjoy the convenience of a dishwasher. If you want to get better and cheaper performance from your dishwasher, here are some hints.

Pine Furniture Care Guide


First, some background on PINE WOOD. Pine is a naturally soft wood which continues to “breathe”, based upon changes in the local (home, office, store, etc.) humidity and temperature. On the individual furniture piece there may be slight defects, such as knots,and shakes(small cracks in the surface of the wood). Some minor shrinkage may sometimes occur. These natural irregularities in pine enhance its overall uniqueness.

Mold Removal Tips: Complete Guide Against Mold Buildup


If you think that mold removal is as easy and simple as dusting out your home furniture, then you are completely wrong. Unlike dusts and other particles at home, molds can really bring serious danger to you and your family. Hence, it is necessary that you prevent them from coming to your home in the very first place. However, when time comes that they have already invaded your home, you must quickly act on them. The very first thing you need to do is to take note of different mold removal tips mold removal tips.

Wool Blankets – How Do You Care for Them?

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Although there are many different types of blankets, the old-fashioned wool blanket is as popular as ever. What kind of blanket do you have on your bed? Many are using duvets for their bedding needs, but some folks find that they are too heavy to use personally.

Last Resort Carpet Stain Remover


This is a last resort stain remover. I did it and had great results but it contains bleach and could ruin coloring. However, I had water damage from A/C leaking on my carpet. Until the unit was replaced we had stinky water stained carpet that was beginning to mildew (pink and black).

Removing Dried Latex Paint from Denim


I’m an artist and I greatly overestimated my ability to perform my craft “neatly.” Well, after ruining 3 pairs of denim jeans with blobs of latex paint – which, of course, I let dry as opposed to grabbing a damp cloth and trying to rid myself of the problem immediately, I knew something had to be done. So I did a little investigating and these jeans that had been ruined about 3 years ago are now clean as a whistle.

Mom’s Advice


How to clean a porcelain sink and how to remove ink from leather.

Homemade Household Cleaning Products

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Have you ever wondered what people used to clean their house before so many different kinds of cleaning products were so readily available on the market? Many of these ideas are not new and have been around for a long time.

Cleaning Tips to Save Time and Money


Here are some quick tips to save time and energy by changing your habits:

Cleaning Your Kids Bedding

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For most cotton blankets, you can just throw them in the washing machine and all will be fine, but for some, this may not be the case.

10 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Kitchen


The words “spring cleaning” can make the neatest person cringe. They mean more work. As if cleaning all year long wasn’t enough. Spring cleaning is more than just cleaning…it is deep cleaning. Something that most people do not have time for all year long. Since my expertise is cooking, I have decided to focus on spring cleaning and dirt build up prevention tips for the kitchen….

Dirty Diapers, Dirty Homes: Cleaning Tips for New Dads


Move over, moms. You’re not the only ones taking time off work to take care of a new baby. According to Oxygen/Markle Pulse, 70 percent of women and 63 percent of men agree that it is important for a father to take parental leave for at least two weeks following the birth of a child.

New dads can clean up both dirty diapers and dirty homes. THE MAIDS International offers some tips to help dads lend a hand around the house while mom takes a much needed rest.

Air Drying Clothes Without a Clothesline


We all know that if we don’t dry our clothes in the dryer we save on electricity, but many of us don’t think about how the dryer reduces the life of our clothes.

Clean House, Clean Head


When you walk in the front door of your home after a long, hard day, do you feel soothed, comfortable, and truly at home? Or does it look like a scene from the film Animal House?

How to Clean-up Your Allergies with 2 Easy Home Tips


It’s that time of year again when people who have allergies complain about nasal congestion, coughing, and wheezing, itching, shortness of breath, headache, fatigue, hives and other skin rashes.

What! Aromatherapy Products as Household Cleaners and Fresheners? Hmmm, Gotta See This!


Since you’ve got to do house cleaning, you can also reap the benefits of aromatherapy at the same time you’re at it! If you’ve ever fought the good fight of household chores, you might be acquainted with the fact that the odor of a number of products are overpowering. If used with no suitable airing, several can be the source of illness.

Bathroom Cleaning


How to clean your bathroom.

Cleaning Ceramic Tile Walls Regular cleaning can be done with detergent and water, and rinsed; or commercial household cleaners or bathroom cleaners used according to label directions. Do not use scouring powders or other abrasives which can scratch the finish.

Easy Home Remedies for Water-stained Glass


If someone were to ask you what the hardest room in the house to clean is, you’d likely say the bathroom. Sure a little bleach and cleanser will keep the mirror and counter tops looking nice, and toilet cleaner works well in the bowl, but what about your glass shower doors?

Cleaning Sinks


Tips for cleaning your sink, stain removal, scratches and more.

Cleaning Dishes


Everything you need to know to clean your dishes, glassware, crystal and more.

How to Clean Silver

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If you’re anywhere near typical, your finest silver and flatware gets at least three-quarters of its use during one-quarter of the year — the November through January holiday season. Paradoxically, this is also the season of greatest risk to the beauty and long life of your treasured silver pieces.

How to Care for Solid Hardwood Floors

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Living with Natural Hardwood Floors

Solid hardwood floors repay a little care with a lifetime of value. When you first glimpse a solid hardwood floor, you sense richness, warmth and natural beauty. Gradually, you get to know its distinct personality — visual harmonies, the traces of history in the forest and in your home.

Floor Cleaning and Care


How to clean and care for your floor.

Alcoholic Beverage Stains on Hard Surface Floors

Rub with a cloth dampened in a solution of detergent and warm water. If the stain remains, rub it with a different cloth dampened with denatured alcohol.

Care for Antique Furniture

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How to Care for Your Antique Furniture

· Why is your Aunt Mabel’s dining room table warped?
· Why is your Grandmother’s sewing table discolored?
· Should you use aerosol polishes on your antiques?

Tips for Taking Care of Fine Wood Furniture


Now that you have purchased some fine wood furniture, it is important to take proper care of it. With some basic care, your fine furniture can last for years, and stay just as beautiful as the day you bought it. Below are some tips on taking proper care of wood furniture.

Care and Repair of Antique Pine Furniture


You could go round the shops or have a look online only to find the same mass produced furniture. That is OK, but that may not have any character or uniqueness. Alternatively, what about some older or antique pieces. Rule of thumb is that antiques are 100 years old or more. I think antique pieces bought at the right money are good value, as when you have your new furniture delivered some of the money value has gone straight away.