How To Clean Your House Like a Professional by Pat Schraier

For several years I worked with a janitorial service cleaning offices. From that experience I learned many tricks to make your house cleaning chores easier and faster.

First, decide on the level of disgust that makes you uncomfortable. If you don’t mind a little dust but can’t stand clothes on the floor, concentrate on that problem.

Second, treat house cleaning like a job – schedule a regular time to clean, put it on a calendar as you would a business appointment and keep that appointment. Enlist your family in the project. If everyone works together, all the chores are quickly completed.

Third, assemble your tools. A pro has a cart to push around but that is not needed in a home. Buy or make a caddy that holds your cleaning supplies. Put a duster, liquid cleaner, damp rag or sponge, dry link free towel and window cleaner in it and store it in a convenient closet. If you don’t have small children, keep additional supplies where they will be used – bathroom tile cleaner, toilet brush, etc in the bathroom, cleanser in the kitchen.

Fourth, set a time limit. If you know that you have one hour to finish all your weekly cleaning, you will become efficient and organized.

Fifth, decide what is to be done on a daily, weekly, monthly and semi-annual basis. For example, daily chores could include pick up all clothes and put in proper place, dishes washed, garbage taken out, countertops wiped down and books and magazines put away. Weekly chores could include dust surfaces and window sills, wash TV, computer and windows where the dog puts his nose, vacuum carpets, mop kitchen and bathroom floors and clean toilet. Make a list of your items and choose how often they need to be done.

Okay, now you are actually ready to start. Begin in one room and put everything in its proper place. Then clean the upper surfaces by dusting the tables and window sills. Clean the tv and computer screen. Clean counter tops and sinks and toilets. Last, clean the floor surfaces. Vacuum and mop.

Voila! Your first room is done. Repeat for the other rooms of the house. Turn on lively music, turn off the television and just do it. Set your timer and see how much you can accomplish in the allotted time.

Professional janitors know that cleaning isn’t particularly fun but it needs to be done. If you treat it like a job, scheduling time, what needs to be done and a reward you will find that cleaning your house will be a lot easier.

About the Author

Pat Schraier has created a website that helps you with your house cleaning problems. Visit the site at http://www.cleaning-your-house.com

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The Art of Waxing Your Floors

By Vincent Platania

Floor waxing polishing and cleaning hard surfaced floors doesn’t have to be a difficult job if you follow certain steps. One thing that’s definite is that you should keep it as clean as possible. In other words, if you let dirt, food, liquids, and anything else you drop or spill build up; it will take a lot longer to remove them. Some people are tidy and can get by with cleaning a kitchen floor every week, or even less frequently. For those who aren’t quite as careful, it may need washing more often. If you want to do some spot cleaning, just mop with clear water in between scrubbings. In the meantime you’ll also want to know how to apply floor wax.

Once a year or so, depending on the age and condition of the flooring, you may want to consider removing built up floor wax. If you live in an older home and haven’t replaced the vinyl or linoleum, built up wax will discolor it. Eventually, you’ll want to put down a new floor in some areas, but until you, do apply some shine every so often.

It’s also a very good idea to get in the habit of vacuuming or sweeping floors everyday. It makes particular good sense in high traffic areas where you have vinyl or tile, or a similar treatment. We don’t always see it until there are large amounts, but dust and other small particles can accumulate. Before we notice, we have a much harder job ahead of us in the floor waxing polishing and cleaning realm, than we’d expected. The small things get ground in as we walk on the flooring and they’re tougher to get out. There’s no point in knowing how to apply floor wax until you take the old off if there’s significant build-up.

We’ll discuss how to apply floor wax in a bit, but first let me go over some steps to take in actually washing your floors.

1. Move anything that isn’t too heavy for you out of your way

2. Thoroughly sweep to get rid of any loose material

3. Pour your favorite cleaner onto the floor or have it in bucket ready to apply

4. Have a bucket of cooler rinse water ready if it’s needed

5. Mop the floor with cleaner, squeeze the mop as dry as possible, then use the clear rinse water

How to Apply Floor Wax

Before you get out the wax, there are a couple of things you should know about how to apply floor wax. Before you apply it, your floor should be clean and dry. To ensure that it’s as clean as possible, wash it and let it dry just before waxing. If you haven’t done it for a while, you’ll have to go through the steps for removing built up floor wax.

You can look online to read up on various methods for preserving your floors. You can also look through helpful household cleaning tips. In addition to the Internet, you’ll be able to find books and pamphlets at the library and book stores.

One way of removing built up floor wax manually, is to mix detergent and ammonia with water and apply to the floor with a mop or sponge. This is one formula for a homemade wax remover. Wait a few minutes until the old wax starts to soften and then it’s time for some elbow grease. Use a stiff brush or steel wool to get down to the very base of the old wax. Another way is to use a non-abrasive wax stripper.

After removing built up floor wax you need to study up on how to apply floor wax. The main thing is to make sure the floor is clean. There isn’t any point to put a nice shine on top of a dirty floor.

If you don’t already know, find out what the floor is made of. Different materials call for various types of floor waxing polishing and cleaning. There are basics that have been around for years like vinyl and linoleum. Newer homes often have flooring made from marble, tile, hardwood, or wood composites, among other things.

When you’ve reached the stage where you’re ready to learn how to apply floor wax, you’ll need to know if there is a specific wax you should be using. Instead of crawling around on your knees, buy something to apply the wax with.

Floor waxing polishing and cleaning isn’t necessarily fun unless you’re a cleaning fanatic. It certainly doesn’t have to be a terrible experience. If you learn some helpful hints, you’ll not only take pride in your beautiful, shiny floors, you won’t be totally exhausted.

by Vincent Platania
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Branding Campaign

February 15, 2006

We are currently on a campaign to promote Max-value as a one stop intergrated cleaning services.
A few steps have been taken. The artwork and designing on each of the company vehicle is under intensive progress. So, if you saw any van or lorry on the street with our company logo, IICRC and ISO certs, you will be able to know that they’re certified professional cleaners from Max-Value Building Services.

Carpet cleaning tips

February 7, 2006

Carpet Cleaning Tips
By Jason Gluckman

Carpet cleaning isn’t such a big chore as long as you ensure that supplies and machinery are safe for the carpet and the individual who does the cleaning is qualified. Also determine the frequency of surface cleaning as well as deep cleaning.

Generally, surface cleaning using a vacuum cleaner is recommended once a week and deep cleaning is recommended once a year. However, if there is a lot of foot traffic on the carpet, there are pets in the household, and the carpet is located near a source of constant dust, it is a good idea to surface clean and deep clean more frequently.

Most manufacturers say that it is good to clean frequently rather than infrequently, to protect carpet fibers. Most professional cleaners also recommend frequent cleaning so that those who use the carpet are not exposed to dust and other allergens. In fact, if moisture tends to get accumulated in the carpet, it can even become a breeding ground for germs.

While choosing the cleaning method, it is important to identify the fiber. For instance, a carpet made from coarse synthetic fibers is a low maintenance product, and in most cases, can be shampooed without damaging the carpet. However, a carpet made from soft natural fibers, such as wool, is a high maintenance product, and can be damaged if the cleaning agent used to clean it is strong, or the machine used to clean it has a hard brush, which rotates at a very high speed. In fact, therefore, a powerful machine is not always the most appropriate choice.

Therefore, carpet cleaning machines as well as accessories need to be selected carefully. The cleaning supplies and the cleaning method should also be selected carefully. Cleaning supplies should be mild so that they neither harm the carpet nor the person who will be using them. A strong cleaning agent can damage the carpet fibers. The cleaning method used should ideally match the manufacturer’s recommendation.

Usually, manufacturers recommend steam cleaning or extraction as the preferred method for deep cleaning. For carpets made of tender fibers, such as silk, they recommend the ‘dry powder method’. The powder-based cleaning supply should also be mild so as to prevent harm to the carpet and the individual who is cleaning the carpet. As far as possible, there should be no one else in the vicinity so that the powder does not inconvenience anyone more than necessary.

Carpet Cleaning provides detailed information about carpet cleaning, carpet cleaning supplies, carpet cleaning machines, carpet cleaning equipment and more. Carpet Cleaning is the sister site of Master Bedrooms.

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How to clean vomit

February 3, 2006

Title: How to clean vomit

Author: Rita Hutner

Article:
It’s not a pleasant topic…but anyone with kids or pets will
face this seemingly daunting housekeeping task! So here’s some
good advice on how to clean vomit.

To make your life easier,here are some tips on how to clean
vomit, remove the stains and get rid oflingering odors caused by
the unavoidable accident of an animal or child.Note: Old stains
and stains that have been set by heat are in the
“difficult-if-not-impossible” category. That’s why it is so
important to act quickly after the accident occurs.

Being a parent or a dog or cat owner means you are going to have
to clean up vomit from your floor at some point, probably more
than once. When the crime has been committed on a carpeted area,
it’s usually possible to restore the scene to its original
condition. Read all the tips given and decide which one works
best for you.

1. Remove as much of the vomit as possible from the carpet (or
whatever area ) without spreading the mess.

2. Always sponge such stains promptly with cool water.

3. Sponge the stain in a solution made by adding half a cup of
salt to two quarts of water. Rinse with plain water. This simple
treatment will remove most of the stain. Or soak with cool water
for 30 minutes or more.

4. After sponging or soaking, work undiluted liquid detergent
into the stain and rinse.

5. How to clean vomit on nonwashable materials: sponge the stain
with cool water or put a sponge over it and squirt cool water
through the cloth with a small syringe or medicine dropper. If
this does not remove the stain, work liquid detergent into it
and rinse. A final sponging with alcohol helps to remove the
detergent, and the fabric dries faster.

6. Keep blotting with clean rag or sponge. Rinse rag or sponge
frequently.

NOTE: Some products like hydrogen peroxide, ammonia, bleach or
alcohol can actually bleach or change the color in some fabrics,
so be sure to test fabric in an area that is not visible. When
using any chemical or liquid on fabric you should PROCEED WITH
CAUTION. If you are unsure as to how your carpet or upholstery
might be affected you should call a professional cleaning
technician in your area.

More simple tips on how to clean vomit:

Steps: 1. Remove as much of the vomit as possible from the
carpet without spreading the mess. 2. Pour dry cleaning fluid
over the stain. 3. Blot the stain with a dry, white cloth. 4.
Apply a small amount of mild liquid detergent to the stain. 5.
Blot again with the cloth. 6. Flood the stain with water. 7.
Blot again with the cloth. 8. Pour a small amount of ammonia
over the stain. 9. Blot again. 10. Apply a little more detergent
to the stain. 11. Blot again. 12. Flood the area with water. 13.
Blot one last time. Additional tips on how to clean vomit 1.
Always test the cleaning solutions on an inconspicuous part of
the carpet before using them on a large area. 2. Use a white
cloth rather than a colored one to prevent any dyes from coming
off on the carpet. 3. As you blot, keep turning the cloth so
that you are using a clean, dry section to pick up the stain and
the cleaning fluids from the carpet. Don’t rub. 4. If using a
brush to help clean the stain, always brush from the outer edges
of the spill inward to prevent the stain from spreading.

One last tip: In a spray bottle, make a solution of 1/3 alcohol,
1/3 white vinegar and 1/3 cool water. Use this solution as the
cleaning agent. It generally works very well and negates the use
of chemical cleaning agents. Being the doting owner of two cats,
I always keep this solution on hand — and use often.

About the author:
Rita Hutner is a copywriter for Catalogs.com. Catalogs.com is
the Internet’s leading source for print and online catalog
shopping – and a growing hub of original content and “how to”
information at www.catalogs.com

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Cleaning “Green”

February 2, 2006

Cleaning “Green” by Joy Jackson

Toxicity. Do we really know what this means? Can you even say it ten times really fast? What ever it is we know it has become a way of life.

It is a fact that we are exposed daily to an incredible array of toxins in our normal lives. They are “toxins” and each one has a certain degree of toxicity to it. Toxicity can be determined in a variety of ways.

With an interest in a sparkling house you need to know a little bit about it to protect yourself, your family and anyone else whose house you clean.

The next question then becomes how can you respond and what can you do?

Well, you can do a lot as a dedicated house cleaner. First, limit your exposure. Read labels carefully. Use nontoxic cleaning products. Avoid using indoor pesticides.

Secondly, limit the exposure of the people around you. Happily for you and your house there are plenty of effective, earth-safe cleaners that you can buy or make. Borax mixed with lemon juice will take out toilet-bowl stains. White vinegar is useful for disinfecting bathrooms and kitchens. Bon Ami, a borax-based powder cleanser sold in supermarkets and hardware stores for more than 50 years, safely cleans pots, pans, sinks, oven interiors along with other corroded surfaces.

Using these alternatives will reduce the toxic load in your house and beyond. Using environmentally friendly cleaners will also safeguard your health and that of the community. It reduces air, water and ground pollution in the big picture.

So why isn’t everyone doing it? The reality is, few people actually check labels. Start now. Take time to read the lable. Distinguish yourself as a “green cleaner.” You can start a trend. You can actually become a product toxicity home specialist.

The first thing to know is that not all “green” products are created equal. Again, read. Catch the ones that have been prettied up with essential oils. Check labels for irritating chemicals such as chlorine, ammonia and artificial fragrances and dyes.

Many people who “think green” are just now applying their philosophy to the dirt at hand. “Eco-friendly cleaning and laundry products are the next frontier of environmentalism,” says Marci Zaroff, former publisher of Macrocosm and CEO of Under the Canopy, an organic-fabric clothing company. “It’s an inexpensive, easy and effective way to protect our planet and commitment to life.”

Joy Jackson writes extensively on House Cleaning Tips so you can clean faster and clean better. More tips, articles, resources and information are on her website: http://www.theonlinemaid.com

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