Archive for December, 2012

Got any small biz ideas? Driving myself crazy trying to think of a small biz that I can run for little $?

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Have been thinking about surf lessons, window cleaning, bounce house rentals, bartender for hire (yes I am), coffee cart, etc.
See where I’m going with this?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Some of your ideas are good, if you target the right places for customers. The bartender for hire could really work!
Also, window cleaning-and, really almost all cleaning businesses-are good, too, because they are low in start up costs, are pretty stable and you can start making money pretty fast. I clean small offices, which is probably the most stable of cleaning businesses right now. Again, it also depends on who and where you target for customers. I have a Squidoo lens and blog that will give all kinds of information, resources (for window cleaning and all the other types) and TIPS! Find the links in My Profile.
Here’s an idea for you…do freelance bartending and promote your cleaning business (casually, we all know people like to talk to bartenders).

How do I removes spots from the microwave door, that was caused by oven cleaner?

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Considering that the Microwave door is made out of glass, I thought it would be safe to use oven cleaner on it. It cleaned the door, but now it has left allot of spots on it, like some kind of water residue.
Any suggestions?
Thank you

Is it really glass, or just a form of plastic?

If it’s plastic, you can’t. If it’s glass, did you rinse it all off well?

What is the best way to keep my stainless steel appliances clean and shiny?

Monday, December 31st, 2012

I have stainless steel in my new house and I get little water drip marks and such on my appliances. When I scrub to clean them off, the steel looks dull afterwards. Is there a special cleaning solution or somthing I should use? I’d like to keep them looking new.
Thanks for any tips!

Yes, stainless steel cleaner is available.

I’ve also heard of vinegar as a mild cleaner/polish.

Here is some more info you might benefit from:

http://housekeeping.about.com/od/ideasbysurface/qt/steelclean.htm

http://www.doityourself.com/stry/stainlesssteel

Is there a product out there that really gets out grout stains?

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Besides regrouting my kitchen counter tile or getting a new countertop, is there anything out there that really gets the grout clean? No silly/stupid answers please…

what color is your grout ? if white tooth paste

I am looking for a good electric mop or floor steamer for my ceramic tile floors, any help?

Monday, December 31st, 2012

I am looking for something to clean my huge kitchen/living area with. My floors are ceramic tile. I have a 1 year old and the messes are constant. I am tired of getting down on my hands and knees and scrubbing this HUGE floor.

Is there anything that has rotating bristles or something that would simulate me scrubbing the floor? If not, is there a REALLY good steamer that you would recommend? I need something that I can push along the floor easily but also something that cleans my floor really well. The Swiffer Wet Jet doesn’t do what I need it to do. Any help?

Here’s a web site with some cleaners….Good Luck!

How to make my room clean?

Friday, December 28th, 2012

I obviously know how to cleaner my room, but I not only want it to look cleaner, but to actually BE clean. Like surfaces, my walls and just things you wouldn’t normally clean. Any tips? Thanks much :)
Sorry in the first sentence it’s not supposed to say cleaner, it supposed to say clean**

I alway preach the same old adage "A place for everything and everything in its place." This is the easiest way to keep a house organized and clean. If it doesn’t have a place, it it clutter.

Open the curtains and windows let the sun shine in, this serves two purposes…
1. You will feel better and 2. You can see the dust better.

Turn on some music, and play it loud…even sing along. It will help you trust me on this.

Now gather some garbage sacks, 4 or 5 should do.

Pick up everything that is obviously garbage, and put it in a sack. This sack will be thrown away.

Now if there is any clothing laying around, put all of it in another sack and take it to the laundry room.

Change your bedding and make the bed.

Gather everything else in the room, books, jewelry, papers, photos, everything and put it in another sack to be dealt with later.

Get all your cleaning supplies together, now from the top to the bottom clean dust and polish.
Saving the vacuuming for last. Now you have a blank slate to work with.

This is also a good time to go through the closet and dresser, Take all the clothes out of the closet and lay them on your clean bed go through each item. If it no longer fits or you just never where it any more put it in another sack to be donated. Do the same with your dresser.

Now go to the sack with all the miscellaneous items in it and with a damp cloth, wipe clean everything and put it away. If it doesn’t have a place it is clutter. It is difficult to keep your room clean and tidy if one has to wade through clutter to clean.

Anyone heard of using wasp spray or oven cleaner instead of pepper spray as a means of defense?

Friday, December 28th, 2012

I got an email that suggested using them. It said that the wasp spray had a range of up to 20 feet and would send the schmuck to the hospital. The oven cleaner would reduce the schmuck to braille.

Your standard-issue mace/pepper spray contains capsaicin, which is a naturally-occuring chemical (plant-generated insecticide) that the body eventually processes without harm to the body. More to the point, without permanent harm. Both oven cleaner (caustic) and wasp spray (deadly) can cause permanent harm and leave the user liable for damages. If the person threatens bodily harm, deadly force is permitted. I had a high school teacher (pretty much the first thing I remember a h.s. teacher telling me) tell me that if he ran over someone, he’d back up and make the person was dead, as "wrongful death" is a lot cheaper than "wrongful injury." And this was back when these malarkey lawsuits were just starting. Now? Yes, the oven cleaner can permanently blind. Are you ready to defend against that in court?

How do hotels track when rooms are cleaned?

Friday, December 28th, 2012

When a cleaning worker cleans a hotel room how do they notify the check-in staff the room is clean. Is this real time? Is it by floor? How does it work, especially in big hotels?

I used to work for housekeeping in a hotel. The front desk notifies housekeeping on a daily basis what rooms are empty but need to be cleaned and what rooms guest will be checking out of that day. As there’s usually a noon check-out time, housekeeping staff works on the already empty rooms and the occupied rooms (for those that want daily cleaning, that is) first. After check out time, housekeeping moves on to the newly vacated rooms, making them ready for the next guests to check in after 4PM (or whenever the check-in time is). Periodically, more detailed cleaning projects are included such as bleaching the bathroom tiles. These are scheduled around room availability.

Basically, each person in housekeeping is assigned a certain number of rooms to clean each day. If one person finishes their rooms before the end of their shift, they help out the other people to get the rooms done. All rooms need to be cleaned by the end of the shift otherwise fewer rooms are available to be rented out and the hotel can lose money.

What is the best way to clean grout?

Friday, December 28th, 2012

I have a tile floor that has off white grout (a big mistake). It gets dirty very easily. What is the best way to get this grout clean and keep it clean?

use nail polish remover and either a rag or a toothbrush (depending on how dirty it is) to clean it. If you wan to protect it from getting dirty so easily you can buy a sealant from home depot, etc, that you can treat it with.

How to remove stain in my bath tub caused by bleaching water?

Friday, December 28th, 2012

I used diluted (1:50) bleaching water to clean my ceramic tile wall and bathtub. When the bleaching water ran through the water tap (attached to the wall) it turned dark purple (almost black) and caused stain in the white bath tub which can’t be removed. Anything which can remove the stain please?

I found that that "the Works" toilet bowl cleaner can remove ANYTHING. Powerful stuff though, so ventelate well and use rubber gloves.