Archive for August, 2010

can anyone give me any tips on cleaning car windows without leaving streaks?

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Windex and newspapers not paper towels!

How to unlock a Jenn Air self cleaning oven?

Monday, August 30th, 2010

I just bought a new house that came with a Jenn Air self cleaning oven. I locked the oven and began the cleaning process, but I completely forgot that I had stored a cast iron skillet and a cookie sheet in there. I stopped the cleaning process and the oven is cooled, but I still can’t get the oven to unlock. If anyone has had any experience with this or has a solution, I would greatly appreciate it.

Find your power panel and shut off the breaker going to the oven. Wait 2 minutes and turn it back on. The door should unlock. Works on other brands.

stainsused in cleaning housein housekeeping?

Monday, August 30th, 2010

I’m not sure that I understand the question, but shaving cream is good for cleaning many surfaces.

can i post my Business grout cleaning advertising on seattle city streets?

Monday, August 30th, 2010

or do i need the city permission ?or who do i contact about this?

I would contact your local chamber of commerce for some basic answers.

Cleaning ceramic tile? **10 Pts**?

Monday, August 30th, 2010

I’m starting to do some construction cleans. The house I have to clean contains ceramic tile. It’s colored so NO bleach answers please. I was wondering if I could mix up hot water, vinegar, and some pine-sol to get rid of some of the vinegar oder and use that on the floor. It has to be heavy duty without damaging the floors. Any help would be VERY much appreciated!! (Yes, I’ll give ten points to best answer)

A bleach solution will not hurt the tiles , it will clean the crap out of the grout . However if you do not want to use bleach , use a 10 to one solution of water and hydrochloric acid . With gloves on , scrub tiles and grout and then rinse with plenty of water . How do I know ? … I’m a tiler .

Your Cleaning Window

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

span style=”font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman";” lang=”EN-US”>Window Cleaning can sometimes be a very risky especially when your house or office is located at a height. You may need to use ladders, ropes etc. So we must take care that window cleaning is done by a responsible person. Another thing, windows are usually made of glass. So there is also a risk off glass breaking and hurting the individual carrying out window cleaning. We can not avoid such risks if we think about carrying out this activity by ourselves but we can at least be prepared for such risks.

There are various equipments available in market to help you carry out window cleaning. For example, Pressure washers, Squeegees, Water Fed, T-Bars and sleeves etc. And if you don’t want to buy individual equipments, full window washing kits are also available in market which include Nylon case, 8ft reach pole, 4¡¨ scrapper with blades, Stainless Steel Channels etc. It is better to buy the full kit because this will prevent you from missing out any item. There are kits available in all rates, cheap as well as costly.

There are various ways of carrying out window cleaning. The most traditional method of window cleaning involves the following steps:

1. Rinse your windows with water.
2. Wipe with a cloth soaked with Detergent mixed in hot water.
3. Again rinse with water.
4. Dry the window.

But using the equipments can make this traditional method much more effective and easy as well.

Window cleaning is a tough and risky job. But everybody likes to see outside with a clear view especially when the outside view is really beautiful. Cleaning windows from inside the home is relatively easy. So this should be completed first before starting on outside area. These days in the world of sky touching buildings, people use carriers to climb the walls and keep on hanging with the help of ropes on that carrier to clean up the windows.

Before starting with window cleaning, first we should consider the make of our windows. Make includes shape, designs, glass area of window and wall space around window. Based on all these factors the process of window cleaning will be different. In some cases there may be wooden work involved in the window make. So we have to choose our over all window cleaning method based on the overall construction of our windows.
It is comparatively easier and less risky to clean windows with less glass work. But it is always suggested to keep your first-aid box ready while window cleaning. For cleaning the wooden and wall area around glass work, we can use brush and vacuum cleaning as well. These areas are mostly covered with outside dust that can be removed easily with vacuum cleaner or rubbing off dust with brush or a dry cloth. But in case of wall area we must know the type of paint applied at the wall. For example, we can clean plastic paints with water but in case of distempers even wet cloth may not be used. Even for windows area, we must consider the type of paint used there. And while selecting the chemical to use your wooden windows, please make sure that they are not too acidic or basic to destroy your woods.

Happy Window Cleaning!!!

Vernon Purcell

Domestic Cleaning in London

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

A typical Londoner works longer hours but still has to retain the bubbly social life and needless to say, sleep is always necessary. So the decline of the cleaning standards can be forgiven to some extent. Without skipping work, social life and sleep, people are now hiring cleaners or cleaning services on a regular basis for domestic cleaning as the stigma of employing cleaners has vanished. In a nutshell, domestic cleaning has attained great magnitude in the everyday life of Londoners.

Do you have an after-party cleaning phobia?

Obviously, the last thing you would like to face in the morning, after throwing a successful party, is the gnawing job of cleaning up the pile of mess around. Find some tips below to reduce the task of cleaning in the morning.

Domestic cleaning becomes a nightmarish experience for mothers when their kids become mischief incarnate. They completely surrender to the cleaning agencies that mushroom in the city currently. Now-a-days, when health becomes the booming catchphrase, even offices hire cleaning firms to make their work places sparkle and spotlessly clean.

Cover perishable food with cling-film and store them away in your fridge after the party itself. However, food left out at room temperature for more than two hours, can be thrown away. Collect and soak pots, pans, crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils in the sink by filling with warm water and squirting generous amounts of washing liquid in. Don’t forget the blender; fill with warm water and washing liquid and whiz a few times; leave to soak overnight.

Look for any spills and stains, particularly down the sides of sofas and on cushions before they get dried and harder to remove. A general rule to follow with regards to stains is that if the stained item is washable, rinse non-greasy stains with warm water and sprinkle talcum powder on greasy stains to absorb.

In the morning, take some aspirin and drink several large glasses of water and relax. Throw open windows to air out your home. Secondly, tackle all glasses, bottles, cartons and cups room by room. Tip all liquids in the half-filled glasses and cups down the sink, and line up next to the sink. Tackle all those pots and pans that have been soaking, scrape and wipe down the oven.

Get several bin bags ready; one for glass, one for food, one for paper. Begin with the rooms furthest away, working towards the kitchen so that trash is centralized to this room and dispose the bin bags when they are full to prevent leaks and odour.

Once the worst of the garbage has been dealt with, finish by dusting and wiping sticky surfaces and vacuuming thoroughly. Again, work towards the kitchen and clean this room last. Now try your favourite air freshener.

Seems like too much of hard work? Try these tips:

Cleaning your house always seems to be eternal; no sooner have you vacuumed, mopped, dusted, bleached and wiped, its time to vacuum again. However, there are a few ways to keep your house clean and tidy:

1. Create a cleaning timetable. It is much easier to tackle small tasks often and complex cleaning task once a week and once you complete something tick it off the list.

2. When cleaning a room, follow simple methodical steps, such as tidy, de-clutter, dust, wipe and lastly vacuum.

3. To remove soap scum from showers and bathtubs, use alkaline soap scum remover. Mix up the remover according to packet instructions and coat the entire area. Leave for a good twenty minutes before scrubbing the walls with a nylon scrub brush.

4. When cleaning wooden floor it is important not to use too much water as this could lead to floorboards buckling, and you should allow wooden floors to dry naturally.

5. Try to clean you kitchen cupboards at least once a year as frequent cooking leads to a build up of grime, resulting in that oily feel.

6. De-cluttering your house always make it seem so much tidier. A good way to de-clutter is to weed out old clothes from wardrobes.

7. To tackle furniture, beat sofa cushions outside to remove excess dust, vacuum behind cushions, and polish intricate carvings using an old soft toothbrush and furniture polish.

8. Get rid of distractions; turn off your T.V and unplug your phone. Listen to your favourite upbeat song and get cleaning!

Needless to say, only a clean home can assure you a healthy and happy life!

Jenny Austin

Keep Your Bathroom Squeaky Clean: 9 Bathroom Cleaning Tips

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Best time to clean your bathroom – take advantage of that fresh out of the shower dew that’s just settled all over your bathroom. No need to fill a bucket full of water, just take a paper towel and wipe off the loosened dirt.

Cleaning bathroom tile and grout – one of the hardest things to clean in any bathroom is tile and that dirty grout that over time looks more and more gross.

To clean ceramic tile: mix 1 part vinegar with 4 parts water, or, make a solution of water conditioner and water. Wipe down with a soft cloth. Rinse tile thoroughly. Buff with a soft dry cloth.

To clean bathroom grout: add 3/4 cup chlorine bleach to 1 gallon of water. Put on rubber gloves and using a toothbrush, wash grout with bleach solution. Rinse grout well.

Cleaning bathroom floor – a fast way to clean your bathroom floor is to apply a spray disinfectant to the floor and wipe off with paper towels or a clean cloth.

How to clean a clogged showerhead – to get rid of accumulated mineral deposits on a showerhead, remove the showerhead and take it apart. Soak the pieces in a bowl of vinegar. Take a toothbrush and clean out remaining sediment. Replace showerhead.

Cleaning toilet bowl ring – get rid of that dirty ring around the toilet by pouring some chlorine bleach into the toilet bowl and letting it sit for a few minutes. Flush to rinse. This method rivals the best commercial toilet bowl cleaner.

Cleaning a fiberglass bath tub – fiberglass tubs can be a little harder to clean than other types. A water conditioner like Calgon works well for these types of tubs.

Clean dull shower door – clean dull shower doors with a cloth saturated with distilled white vinegar or water softener. Buff dry with a clean cloth.

Cleaning plastic shower curtains – machine wash plastic curtains in warm water with a water conditioner like Calgon. Hang dry. For mildewed curtains add 3/4 cup chlorine bleach to wash cycle.

Removing nonskid rubber tub decals – remove these sticky decals with a straightedge razor (in a holder) that has been dipped in soapy water. Remove remaining residue with nail polish remover.

Donna Monday

Choosing Tile For Your Home Improvement Project

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Are you considering using tile for your home improvement project? If so, where do you begin?

There is an enormous variety of styles, colors, types, and price points to choose from. First of all consider what the tile will be used for. For example, floor tiles need to be durable and slip resistant, while wall tiles don’t. Relatively hard tiles that rate at least 6 or 7 on the Mohs scale (a 1-to-10 scale used by tile manufacturers to indicate the hardness or softness of a tile) and that have a textured or matte glaze are the best for floors.

For the bath or shower walls, ease of cleaning is an important consideration. It is best to use tiles with a shiny glaze for walls so hardness is less of an issue. What you might do is to take a few samples home that you are considering using and kind of take them for a test drive in the areas that you plan on using them. That way you can check out scratching, reaction to soap and water spots, scuffing, cleaning ease in the area you are planning to use them.

Slate has a rich, organic look and is available in a variety of colors and surface finishes. Some slate has a rougher texture that provides good traction for floors and walls, but because slate is soft and somewhat porous, it needs to be sealed and properly maintained to prevent staining.

Marble is a beautiful and popular bathroom finish material, but is generally also the most susceptible to staining among the natural stones. Highly polished marbles are most vulnerable, and like most stones, marble needs to be sealed with a penetrating silicone sealer that is maintained regularly.

Natural stones like granite, soapstone, and slate are popular finish materials for bathrooms because of their natural beauty and durability. Stone is available in both highly polished and matte finishes.

Then, of course, there is ceramic and porcelain tile, one of the most widely used tiles for the bathroom. It is available in a variety of finishes including matte, glossy, textured and natural. There is a wide range of prices. Cost can run from as little as 35 cents apiece while the fancier handmade specialy tiles can range from $10 to $150 each. There is a huge range of edging options, and comes in sizes from 1″x 1″ up to 24″ x 24″ and from thickness of 1/4″ to 3/8″.

Linda Tanner

Boyfriend & friend starting own gardening/window cleaning business. Need ideas for building a customer base?

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Is there anyone out there who has their own window cleaning/gardening business? My partner & his freind have decided to start up their own gardening/window cleaning business. They have plenty of experience. I would like some ideas for drumming up custom & building a regular customer base. Can anyone help? I have printed some leaflets for him to out through people’s doors. Can anyone suggest some other ideas or tips? How easy is it to succeed in this kind of business? Also I would expect custom is not so good in the winter months. Any ideas for keeping up business during this time?

Posting flyers worked very well for me (window cleaning) … Most times i would have people calling my cell phone before i had even finished delivering them all.

Flyers are cheap to do as well. I made the original flyer on my computer then printed it (2 Flyers per A4 sheet then guillotine them in half). Then i went to Staples and got it all photo copied a few hundred times… all for a few dollars.

Doing a "follow up" by actually knocking on the doors of people you have flyered can help to gain more customers also.

Also, local newspaper advertising was quite effective, although it meant i ended up with customers all over the place rather than in specific areas… (it a pain driving 5 miles to service one client for $10..)

With flyers, i could target the specific houses in an area that *I* wanted to work in.

The weather played havoc with my schedules and the winter months were grim… You need to save lots of "rainy day" money. There is certainly money to be earnt in cleaning glass – hard work, but money all the same.

I am ALL FOR FLYERS !!!! :-) Cheap, yet VERY effective
All the best in your new venture !

Maximus Decimus