Archive for September, 2010

How can I start cleaning windows better at the humane society?

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

I can’t seem to ever get the windows clean. How long should I leave the spray on the windows after I spray them? More importantly, how can I stop smearing the windows? Sometimes I get the windows done correctly but they come back and yell at me for smearing them.

I am really down that I can’t get the windows correct. I leave the spray on for about two to three minutes then wipe the windows side to side all the way down.

Any window cleaning tips will really help! I can’t use anything but the spray they give me and paper towels so please don’t suggest using different items… thank you!

The real trick is to use Newspaper not paper towels.

Why would they fuss about you using newspaper.

How do I open my oven if it’s stuck in the cleaning cycle?

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

I have a Kenmore self-cleaning oven, and I cannot open it. I was baking something, and pulled a lever that’s supposed to be used for latching the door during a cleaning cycle. Now I can’t open it!

you cant. you have to wait until the cleaning cycle is over.

What are your favorite cleaning supplies and what do you use them to clean?

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

I am slightly spoiled and I really haven’t ever had to clean…I want to cancel my housekeeping service to try and save money but I’m not even sure where to start…..yes I know many of you will insult me but I want to properly stock up on cleaning supplies…which are the best?

OK… room by room first. Yes?
Kitchen-
Dishsoap- Dawn (cuts grease the best)

Dishwasher- Electrosol or Cascade.
Also to keep glasses from spotting or getting that white film in them- Jet Dry in the little hole dispenser or get a hanging one if u dont have the dispenser hole.

Empty Dishwasher and put in dishwasher cleaner and run once every other month. Check your food trap in the back once every couple weeks also.

Comet- for sink to scrub out stains and keep clean.

409, Fantastic or Spray Cleaner Lyesol- to quick clean cupbord fronts, stove and counters. Make sure they are anti-bactaria formula to kill the germs. Helps to get grease off as well. Wash daily with hot soapy water in between the sprays.

Oven Off for inside oven- See if your over has a automatic clean cycle. Use that once a week and then when it cools wipe out with Rag. For baked on stuff then clean it over night with the Oven Off cleaner. Spray and leave on over night then wipe out the next day. If u get streaks use vinegar with a paper towel to get off. (Also good to use on Oil spills on your drive way)

Coffee Maker- Once a month run 2 cups vinegar through your maker to clean out water deposits.

Floors- Lyesol or Pinesol….1/4 cup per gallon bucket I like these because they have disinfectant.

Windex- window cleaner or anything with glass. (*can use vinegar and newspapers in a pinch)

Clean out Microwave every day with hot soapy water but not too much soap or your food will smell and taste like the soap.

Broom- I like the old fashion kind.
2 buckets- one for floors and one to fill with hot soapy water to clean with or to carry cleaning products.
Mop- the white cotton string one that has a twister on it so you don’t get your hands all yucky.
Sponges, Non-Abrasive Scrub Pads, Dish Towels& washclothes, Dish scrub brush to rinse your plates off with and another regular scrub brush for misc. stuff., papertowels. Mr. Clean eraser, Trash bags, dish gloves for when your cleaning something yucky.

Clean your fridge out atleast once a week and put a box of Armour Hammer Baking Soda in it to absorb smells.

Toaster once every 2 weeks- a month. Unplug, open bottom shake out crumbs. Wipe down daily.

Wipe down all appliances daily as grease will build up on them and counters and cupboards. (you can use your spray for quick clean ups or hot soapy water if they are bad)

Run your dish disposal once a day and if it gets nasty smelling you can put lemon peels or a can of coke down it to help clean it out.

Bathroom-

Lyesol Toilet Bowel Cleaner- once a week or more if nasty
Lyesol Disinfectant Spray- for outside of tiolet )never use bleach as it makes unrine smell worse)
Comet- tub, sink
Tilex- Soap scum formula for soap build up on shower walls or Tilex Mildew for mildew (I use this every week just to prevent mildew growth) DO NOT mix the two. Use one or the other depending on what you need it for.
Scrubbing Bubble or Foaming Lyesol Spray for Vanity counter and faucets and shower glass doors.
Windex- Mirrors and Glass
Toilet Drop- In’s- I use the 5 month Lyesol blue ones. You take lid off the toilet and drop in the opposite side of the plunger thing. You will know when to change it as the water will not be blue anymore. This also helps to keep your tiolet clean.
Mop with Pinesol or Lyesol floor cleaner.
*Clean weekly unless more is needed. Wiping down vanity & sink every day is helpful. I use clorox quick disposable wipes for daily use and leave on the back of the toilet in case anyone else using the bathroom wants to use them also.

*Also they have a scrubbing Bubbles Automatic shower cleaner that you hang in your shower and once a day it sprays cleaner around your shower. Does a ok for every day use but I still clean my bathroom very well once a week also.
Wash your bathroom rugs once a week too.

Living room-

Pledge- spray on rag and dust once a week to once every 2 weeks. Depends on the dust u get. Use only on wood. Twice a year I use a wood oil for my good furniture.

Windex- spray on rag not directly on anything, making sure all electronics are shut off and not a lot on the rag. Wipe everything glass or plastic with that.

Feather duster for things you can’t dust with liquids- like plastics plants, lamp shades, etc.

Vaccuum once a day.

*Two to Three times a year take down all curtains and wash and iron. Unless u get a lot of dust. Vaccuum out coches also and under them.

Bedrooms-

Vaccuum once a day.
Dust like up above once a week.
Wash bedding every week.

*Once to twice a year I spray mattresses down with Lyesol Deogerizer spray because it kills dust mites and germs in the mattress. Flip your mattress over once a year.

Laundry Room-

Laundry soap- I like surf
Bleach- Clorox -always!!(never use generic it makes stuff yellow)
Fabric Softner- Snuggles or Tropical Scents is my Fav
Spray and Wash and Tide Pen for stains before washing
Startch- for ironing clothes and bottled purified water for iron to help cut down build up. Clean the iron before use anytime u get something stuck on it.
Small trash can with liners.
Scrub Brush- for tough stains
*Clean the laundry room once a week.

Vaccuum Cleaner- check inside the bag to see what kind u need and change that when the bag starts to get fat. Once a month u need to flip it over while off and make sure there are no strings and stuff stuck in there.

Air freshners for house- I like the glade plugs in- Jasamine
Spray air freshner for bathrooms
Candles- Yankee candles Pear and Apple

Oh! And to help cut down on dust- change your AC filter once a month.

Ok…I think I pretty much covered the house for u. If there is anything I missed or you want to know about outside clean up …hit me up. Before you say it…Your welcome! Happy Cleaning.

What are some tile and grout steam cleaning machines?

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010


They’re machines that clean the tile and grout using hot water that boils into steam. You can find them at Lowes or home depot.

Is there anything special I have to use to clean ceramic tile floors?

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

We just had a house built and never had ceramic tiles in any houses before. Is there anything that keeps them looking good and not dull.

There are cleaners you can buy from specialist tile retailers. Also, unless you have very dark grout, it may be worthwhile buying a grout cleaner as well (or grout sealer, which stops stains penetrating). Bear in mind that the glaze of ceramic tiles does wear over time – the amount of wear depends on their rating (the hardness of the glaze).

Need to start cleaning windows better?

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

I can’t seem to ever get the windows clean. How long should I leave the spray on the windows after I spray them? More importantly, how can I stop smearing the windows? Sometimes I get the windows done correctly but they come back and yell at me for smearing them.

I am really down that I can’t get the windows correct. I leave the spray on for about two to three minutes then wipe the windows side to side all the way down.

Any window cleaning tips will really help! I can’t use anything but the spray they give me and paper towels so please don’t suggest using different items… thank you!

Unfortunately if window spray and paper towels are the only tools you have for cleaning windows then you will always end up with unsatisfied results.The spray probably leaves chemical residue behind and the paper towels leave tiny paper particles stuck to the glass.

If I was in your position and had to clean the windows with limited tools this is what I would do. I would find a few clean rags that were 100% cotton. (No lint) Soak one rag in a solution of warm water and dish soap. (About 1 teaspoon of soap per gallon of water will do) Scrub the window hard to get all dirt/finger prints/bug spots etc. off. Take the dry rags and slowly buff the glass until it is completely dry. The trick is to not let any water air dry on the glass it must be taken off with the dry rag other wise it will leave residue on the glass. Do all this when the sun is not shining directly on the window.

The bottom line though is this, #1- If you want the windows to look completely flawless you will have to use the right tools such as a good window scrubber, squeegee and the proper cleaning solution. # 2 – you will need to learn a couple of window cleaning techniques in order get spotless and streak free glass. #3 – practice, practice and more practice until you get it down to a science.

Hope that helps and good luck!

Can I use my self cleaning oven to clean my stove top coils and reflector pans?

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

My range coils and reflector pans have gotten some food on them in the past few months, and they smoke a little when I try to use it. Can I put my coils and reflector pans in the oven on the self cleaning setting to clean them, or will it ruin them?

you can replace the reflector pan,s
as for the coils just turn them on high and they will clean them selves,

housekeeping experince?

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

how do you get housekeeping experince? Do you have to have a licence to clean other peoples houses? How do you advritise for housekeeping or house cleaning?

No license needed.Advertise in the newspaper and word of mouth.

Has anyone used Sears for grout cleaning?

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Does it work? It’s $0.50 a square foot, which is fine if it actually works.

Good question. It depends on how dirty it is. Personally, I’d pay the .50/s.f. to have it done. It’s a lot of work, and if someone has an extractor, it takes them no time and it will look great. Just seal it afterwards, to keep it looking good.

Now, here’s the process:

Degrease the grout first, using an alkaline cleaner, a prepared product from a tile store is good. Alkaline is like bleach, it will be below 7 on the pH scale. If not available, combine 1 part bleach, 3 parts water, and a squirt of laundry (not dish) detergent. Test either one of these solutions in a small area first if grout is colored, to ensure that it won’t blotch the grout or otherwise ruin it — let it sit on tile/grout for 30 minutes in inconspicous place, then scrub/rinse. If it looks okay, proceed to next steps.

Rent a floor scrubber, or use a brush/toothbrush on hands/knees, and scrub the shit out of it. Rinse well. Let dry overnight. Next day, mix one part vinegar to one part water, and repeat process, or purchase an acidic cleaner at a tile store and follow directions. This is an acid wash that will brighten the grout — test first, like before. Then buy a grout sealer (anything is fine, really), and seal the grout after it dries out, 2-3 days later. Voila!

How can I clean ceramic tile floor without leaving a film?

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

How can I clean ceramic tile floor without leaving a film?
Ive tried mixing water vinegar, plain dish soap (tiny bit), your common household cleaner like pine-sol and they all leave film. I do have hard water so that might be the problem. ;}

Ceramic is completely sealed so any floor cleaner should work. If it’s leaving a film it may be the water or maybe the cleaner is difficult to rinse off.