Cleaning Tips - 10 Tips to a Cleaner Home
1. Clean Carpets
One of the things people don’t like about carpets is that they are a real chore to wash. If you really want a comfortable house or you want to office to look like a real office, you need to think twice about your skepticism towards carpets.
After your carpet is installed, you need to buy a vacuum cleaner. Called a hoover in the UK, the vacuum cleaner is very effective. Run the vacuum cleaner at least once a week or more if necessary. Think about all the dust you’re putting away that would otherwise fill up your nostrils if you weren’t choosing to run the vacuum cleaner instead.
2. Conspiracy Theory: Roaches are Taking Over the World
Cockroaches are as universal as water and are as disgusting as a 3-day old pizza. Cockroach infestation in a house is a sign of negligence in accomplishing basic chores, but that isn’t always the case: many households in the world have their fair share of cockroach infestations at some point because they thrive in just about any home as long as there’s food to eat and dark corners to breed in.
Hiring a professional pest control company is the easiest way to take care of this roach problem. If that doesn’t fit in your budget, you can always do the job yourself. Go to the grocery and buy a few roach repellent products—how many depends on the severity of the infestation. This should fix your roach problem in no time at all.
3. It’s Garage Day Today
Though a garage is for parking a car, people tend to stack their gardening tools, sporting goods and holiday decorations in them, too. Boxes pile up. Old things are forgotten. Before you know it, the garage has become a maze of old stuff that there’s no room for the car.
The key out of this mess is, first, deciding what goes into the garage and what ends up in the garbage bag in the alley. The second step is sorting all the stuff into organized piles. Not only do you tidy up the garage, but it’s also easier to dig up some old stuff that’d be otherwise impossible to find.
4. Cleaning the Home’s Exterior
This includes the house’s paint job, the lawn, lawn path, driveway, the front porch (if you have one), plus the surrounding area belonging to your name. You need to take as much care of the area around your house as the rooms inside.
Paint the house every few years to avoid flaking and discoloration. Tend the lawn and sweep the driveway. These minor chores shouldn’t be overlooked by the responsible home owner.
5. Choosing a Great House Cleaner
If you don’t have enough time to clean all of your house yourself, you might consider hiring a house cleaner to help out. While having some of the chores taken care of for you is nice, you have to make sure you trust the person who will be coming into your home, possibly even while you are not there.
The fact is you need to be very extra careful when hiring professional house cleaners. Check their police record for past law offenses. Also, you need to ask for references. Nex,t you should consider paying slightly higher than the normal rate to try to encourage the cleaner to do a great job. If you choose cheap, then expect cheap in return.
6. Clear as a Window
The windows are the eyes to the outside and inside of the house. Without windows, natural light can’t get into the house and without natural light, a house looks like one large attic clothed under a dusty white sheet.
This may come as a shock, but the best way to get the windows shining is to use old newspaper. Take some out of the garage and put it on the table. Then, fill up a bucket with tap water and take it over to the window. Believe or not, it works. Crumple up a sheet of the newspaper, dip it into the bucket, and wipe the window glass like you would with regular cloth. You’ll easily find that old newspaper and water are the best materials to clean windows - they’ll be shiny, and no lint will be left behind. This tip works for picture frames and mirrors, too.
7. How to Wash Pillows
There’s no better feeling than the prospect of getting a good night’s sleep on your newly-washed sheets and pillows. A smelly pillow is one thing and bed bugs are another. Take it from us: you will attract bed bugs if you don’t wash your pillows regularly.
The easy way is to take your pillows and blankets down to a commercial laundromat station. The washers in most laundromats do not use the same spinning motion as those in many household washing machines, so you can rest assured you won’t get tears in the fabric and the pillow will stay in one piece.
8. Removing Blood Stains
Fear of blood stains ought to have its own name. Linens seem to be addicted to blood more than Dracula is. Blood easily soaks well into almost any type of linen, be it cotton, satin, silk, even carpets. How can you deal with this bloody mess?
It’s easy: don’t let fear get ahead of you. First, you need to treat the wound from where the blood came from. Then, rinse the stained area with cold water. Never use hot water for this as it makes the stain permanent. Next, blot it using cloth or paper towel. If you have a shop vacuum, use that. Then comes the cleaning. Using a paper towel and some mild cleaning detergent mixed with cold water, continue to dab at the stain. Repeat the steps if necessary. This should remedy your blood dilemma in no time.
9. The Bed Bugs of Courage
Bed bugs are disgusting tiny insects that feed when you sleep. They can be hard to find in your bed, but your scalp and skin will let you know if you have an infestation.
Check your pillows and mattress from time to time. If possible, run them over with a vacuum cleaner every couple of months or so to eliminate most of the bed bugs already in the fabric. Frequent travelers should check and vacuum more often. If you still have bed bug problems, contact a pest control service.
10. Termite Control
Termites are probably the worst kind of pest you can have in your home. A termite eats through wood from the inside out. They’re hard to find most of the time, up to the point when an infestation has grown so severe that the house itself is beginning to show signs of falling apart.
The only way to effectively deal with termites is to call up the services of a termite control company. In severe cases, they might have to gas your house to annihilate the infestation and keep the termites from coming back. Most of the time, this only needs to be done once, but if the problem persists, you’re left with no choice but to cement over the infestation-prone area.
From blood stains to termites to messy garages, there are many ways your house can get dirty. With these cleaning tips, you should be able to conquer any clutter!