Tips on Removing Common Carpet Stains

Removing stains from your carpet can be a challenge, which is why we do our best to prevent stains from happening!  But sometimes stains are inevitable, especially when you have children at home or whenever people come over. Don’t fret! Here are some tips to help you out:

Water Soluble Stains
These stains include alcoholic beverages, berries, cold drinks, pet accidents, food dyes, gravy, ice cream, milk, mud, washable ink and wet or latex paint.

To remove these stains, use a simple cleaning solution made up of 1/4 teaspoon of oxygen bleach (or white vinegar) mixed with 1 cup of water. Source: Property24

Fat, Wax or Oil Stains
A drop of wax may have made its way from your candle stand onto the carpet, but you can clean it with ease. Place a paper down on top of the wax, then turn on an iron to a warm setting. Place the iron on top of the paper towel, then lift. The wax should adhere to the paper towel.

If that doesn’t work, fill a zip-close bag with ice and place it on the wax. Once the liquid is hard, smash it with a spatula or other object and vacuum the wax. As a bonus, this technique works on tablecloths and gum as well!

For fat or oil, try dampening a white cloth with an oil-eating solvent. Dab the stain with the wet cloth from the outside in; then blot again using a white cloth dampened with warm water. Let the stain dry then check on it later. If it’s lightened, keep doing the same steps over again until it’s gone completely. Source: Blog.Rent

Ketchup Stains
Jump right on this one because once a ketchup stain sets, it won’t come out (ever). Grab the salt and sprinkle it over the spill, let sit for a few minutes, then vacuum it up. Sponge up any residue and continue salting and vacuuming until the stain is completely gone. Source: YellowPages

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4 Tips on Dealing With Pet Hair Shedding

Let’s admit it, as much as we love our pets, too much shedding can really be a pain to handle. It gets on our clothes, our furniture, and everywhere else. Here are 4 tips to handle pet hair shedding:

Schedule regular checkups
Excessive hair shedding can be a sign of disease. To keep your pets healthy and keep their hair under control, schedule regular visits to your veterinarian. Based on your pets’ skin and hair coats, the vet will be able to identify any problems and provide an effective treatment, if needed. Source: SheKnows

Don’t duck your grooming responsibilities; embrace them
Giving your dog or cat a quick one-minute brushing outdoors or in the garage every day will save time and effort spent dusting, sweeping and vacuuming every week. With a little hair off the dog (or cat) at a time and place of your choosing, you’ll soon see a reduction in the number of fur bombs you find around the house. Source: VetStreet

Clean with dampened rubber gloves
Remove pet hair from upholstery and fabric with dampened rubber gloves by running your hand over the surface to attract hair. Simply rinse off the glove when it’s covered with hair and repeat as needed. If you don’t have rubber gloves handy, try a slightly wet sponge instead. I like this method because it doesn’t use up lots of tape needlessly. Source: ApartmentTherapy

Get professional help
Pet lovers that could afford it found great value in professional services such as housecleaning services. Having their homes professionally cleaned every two weeks can make a big difference. Source: DogTime

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Cleaning Products You Should Never Mix

Sometimes, in our effort to remove tough stains or to make cleaning easier, we use multiple products at once thinking that a much stronger mix is better. What we don’t know is that some mixtures can cause bad reactions. Here are some examples:

Drain Cleaner + Drain Cleaner
“I would never recommend mixing two different drain cleaners or even using one right after the other,” says Forte. “These are powerful formulas, and could even explode if combined.”

Use one product according to package directions (typically, only half a bottle is needed per treatment). If it doesn’t work, don’t try another product. Instead, call a plumber, Forte says. Source: GoodHousekeeping

Baking Soda + Vinegar = Ineffective Cleaning Solution
How many times have you seen an ingenious solution on Pinterest touting the magical cleaning properties of baking soda and vinegar? The key is to use these two agents separately, not together — or you’ll end up with nothing.

Why: Baking soda is basic, vinegar is acidic. When you put them together you get mostly water and sodium acetate. But really just mostly water.

The worst that could happen: you could waste your time cleaning your entire kitchen or bathroom using a solution that doesn’t do anything at all. Source: Buzzfeed

Bleach + Vinegar = Toxic Chlorine Gas
Are you noticing a common theme here? Bleach is a highly reactive chemical that should not be mixed with other cleaners. Some people mix bleach and vinegar to increase the cleaning power of the chemicals. It’s not a good idea, because the reaction produces chlorine gas. The reaction isn’t limited to vinegar (weak acetic acid). Avoid mixing other household acids with bleach, such as lemon juice or some toilet bowl cleaners.

What It Does: Chlorine gas has been used as a chemical warfare agent, so it’s not something you want to be producing and inhaling in your home. Chlorine attacks the skin, mucous membranes, and respiratory system. As best, it will make you cough and irritate your eyes, nose, and mouth. It can give you a chemical burn and could be deadly if you are exposed to a high concentration or are unable to get to fresh air. Source: Chemistry.About

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3 Tips on Keeping Your House Allergen-Free

If you or someone else at home suffers from allergies, it’s best to keep your home allergen-free by keeping it clean. However, it’s important to note that cleaning your house to rid it of allergens may not be as simple as your normal cleaning routine. Check out these 3 tips to learn more about it:

Stick to a Regular Cleaning Schedule
Keeping dust and pet dander at bay is a continual process, and it’s especially important to stay on top of cleaning when allergies are a concern. Be sure to wipe surfaces with a damp rag rather than dry dusting, which often just brushes dust back into the air.
Ideally, members of the household without allergies would take on the dustiest jobs, but if you have bad allergies and must clean, wear a dust mask — or hire a cleaning service if you can. Source: Houzz

Vacuum Once or Twice a Week
Make sure your vacuum has a HEPA filter. Some allergens are so small that they pass right through a regular vacuum filter. That means that every time you vacuum, you could be sucking them off the floor and shooting them into the air, where you breathe them in. Source: WebMD

Home Cleaning Products to Avoid
It’s best to avoid using cleaning products that contain harsh, potentially irritating chemicals. Common home cleaning chemical ingredients that can be irritating include:

  • Formaldehyde
  • Ammonia
  • Sodium lauryl sulphate
  • D-limonene
  • Sodium hypochlorite

These chemicals are found in many cleaning products, including:

  • Furniture polish
  • Disinfectants
  • Mildew removers
  • Dish detergents
  • Dish soaps
  • Laundry detergents
  • Fabric softeners
  • All-purpose cleaners
  • Drain, oven, and glass cleaners

Learn to read labels and stay away from cleaning agents that have these ingredients. Source: EverydayHealth

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3 Tips for a Clean Refrigerator

Because we store a lot of food in our fridge, we should prioritize its cleanliness. Here are 3 tips on keeping your refrigerator clean:

Clean the Doors
Weekly: Wipe doors, including edges, and top of refrigerator with a cloth dampened with mild dishwashing liquid and water. Pay special attention to the areas around the handles, which can harbor sticky fingerprints. For stainless-steel surfaces, use commercial stainless-steel spray and wipe in the direction of the grain.
Seasonally: Clean the door seals, which can collect crumbs, with hot water and mild dishwashing liquid. Dry thoroughly with a clean cloth. Check that seals fit properly. Source: MarthaStewart

Put Dates on Stuff
If it’s not obvious by now, the weirdest way to clean your fridge is to pre-clean it, or at least get it primed for best cleaning practices. The biggest villain in the fridge will always be the spoiled stuff that is there way past its prime—hello leaks, spills, and bad smells. But what if your pre-wipes and sightline tricks don’t work? Date things. Date everything! Stick a marker next to your fridge and use it to mark down the date an item enters your icebox so that when you’re wondering just how long that dried-out pizza has been there, you have an answer. (You can also use masking tape and a pen if you don’t want to write directly on things.) And then you have no excuse for not tossing it post-haste. Source: MentalFloss

Clean the Inside
If you can remove shelves and drawers, do it. Spray the inside of the fridge with a solution of vinegar and water, concentrating on soiled areas and let it soak in. Wash the removed shelves and drawers with warm soapy water and set them aside to dry. Head back to the fridge and wipe everything down with a rag. Source: ApartmentTherapy

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4 Household Items You Need to Regularly Replace

There’s no better time to think about freshening things up than the spring!  Stop holding onto old household items, and have them replaced. Here are a few important examples:

Pillows
When you should replace it: Every 18 months.
Here’s why: Old pillows accumulate all kinds of unpleasant things like mold, dead skin cells, and dust mites, which can trigger illness and allergies. Source: Buzzfeed

Air Filters
When the air in your house is being circulated through an air conditioner, it pays to clean out the filter regularly. If it’s been a while, brace yourself, these hardworking filters can accumulate quite a coating of dust, pollen and debris. For HVAC units, change the filter every three months. Two months if you have pets. And every 30 days if you have allergies. For window units, shake out dust and wash the filter. Allow the filter to dry completely before placing back in the air conditioner so it doesn’t mold. Source: HGTV

Kitchen Sponges
You can sanitize your sponge prolong its life. But as soon as it’s looking messy and worn (between two to eight weeks), start using a new one. Source: GoodHousekeeping

Cutting Boards
When to toss: You can hold on to cutting boards indefinitely.
Why: How you sanitize the board—and not its age—is what kills bugs such as E. coli and Salmonella. “The decision to replace one is ultimately based on when you think it looks too beat up,” says Brenda Wilson, PhD, an associate professor of microbiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Even a board with deep cracks or grooves is safe if it’s sanitized after each use: Wash the board with detergent and hot water; then rinse and flood with a solution of 1 part full strength white vinegar to 4 parts water and let it sit for 5 minutes. Rinse with clean water, pat with a clean towel, and air dry. Source: Prevention

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3 Tips on Getting Rid of Pet Odors

Pets are lovely additions to a family and due to their delightful demeanor, we often overlook the fact that they give off a certain odor. Instead of tolerating the odor, check out the following tips that can help you get rid of it:

Enter into a Cleaning Routine
Regular cleaning, especially in areas where your pet likes to spend time, will help keep smells from building up. Wash your pet’s bedding often and sweep, Swiffer or vacuum a couple times a week or more. Also, bathing your dog weekly will help keep him cleaner and better-smelling. Keeping long-haired pets cut short will help lessen the volume of shed fur and help with odors. Between baths, you can also wipe your pet with a baby wipe. And don’t forget to make the time for regular deep-cleaning. Source: VetStreet

Get the Fur Out Of the Carpet
For embedded hair in carpet or the fabric, Marty Becker suggests using a balloon or latex glove to rub over the fur. “The static electricity makes it stand up, and then it can be vacuumed up or removed using a sticky tape roller,” he said. Source: ChicagoTribune

Be Smart about the Litter Box
Cat litter is a biggie, so here are a few tips where the box is concerned:

  • It may sound crazy, but if you have the space it’s recommended that you have at least one litter box per cat.
  • Litter box selection is key — be sure that you choose a little box that is large enough that your cat doesn’t accidentally go outside of the box, and preferably choose one with a cover and filter to help contain any odors.
  • Find the right litter for you and your pet(s) — try a few different brands until you find one that works best at keeping the smell under control.
  • Mix baking soda into your cat’s litter as an added defense against odor.
  • Scoop the litter box at least once daily, but the more frequently the better. If this isn’t possible, consider one that automatically does the work for you (you just have to remember to empty it at least once a day.)
  • Location, location, location — make sure you place the litter box in the most removed and/or contained spot in the house, whether that be the basement, bathroom, or even a closet. Source: ApartmentTherapy

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3 Spring Cleaning Ideas

It’s almost time for spring! Now is a good time to start planning the tasks you’d like to finish for your annual spring cleaning. Get some ideas by continuing to read below:

Clean Carpets and Upholstery
Fabrics that have absorbed a winter’s worth of dirt, body oil, and germs will need a deep cleaning to get them ready for another year of wear—and for that close inspection by your relaxing guests. When you’re shampooing carpets or cleaning upholstery with a rented carpet cleaner, practice first in an unobtrusive area to make sure you have the knack of the machine and that the treatment won’t discolor fabrics or cause dyes to run. Move furniture just slightly—not out of the room or against the wall, as the old rules dictated—and place the legs of each piece back on top of small wax paper squares after shampooing. The wax paper will protect your carpet and keep the furniture legs from getting wet as the carpet dries. Open the windows to speed the drying process, which can take a day or more. If you’re not the furniture-shifting and machine-renting type, use a professional carpet and upholstery cleaner. Source: RD

Wash Your Refrigerator
This means the outside and inside. Pull out all of your fridge’s interior shelving and wash them with warm soapy water. Then wipe down the surfaces that can’t be removed on the inside with a sponge before putting shelves back in their place. Source: HouseBeautiful

Refresh Window Treatments
Curtains and draperies aren’t typically dirty enough to launder. Instead, go over them thoroughly with the upholstery attachment on your vacuum. “To remove dust from sheer curtains, put them in the dryer on low with a fabric-softener sheet,” Smallin says. Source: BHG

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How to Clean 3 Common Post-Valentine’s Day Upholstery Stains

Spending Valentine’s Day at home is one of the best options for people who want a cozy date. Don’t let your fear of staining the upholstery hold you back from making the most out of the night. Here are some simple steps to remove three of the most common post-Valentine’s Day stains:

Wine

  1. Blot up as much of the spilled wine as possible.
  2. Mix one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent with two cups of cool water.
  3. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution.
  4. Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
  5. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until the stain disappears.
  6. Sponge with cold water and blot dry. Source: GoodHousekeeping

Chocolate
Grab that dull knife or spoon and lift away as much chocolate as you can. Unless your couch is silk (if it is, just call a professional), mix one tablespoon dish washing detergent with two cups cold water. Work from the outside of the stain toward the center sponging the solution with a clean white cloth.
Use a dry cloth to blot away the moisture and repeat until the stain is gone. Do one final sponge with clear water and allow to air dry. Source: Laundry.About

Candle Wax

  1. Allow the spilled wax to harden. You can speed up this process by filling a plastic bag with ice cubes and holding it on the stain. Don’t try to wipe the wax up before it sets or you will just spread it around, creating a larger problem.
  2. Remove as much excess wax as possible once it is hardened. This can be done with any blunt, flat-edged implement, such as a butter knife or spatula. Simply chip the wax away until you have removed as much as possible.
  3. Place a piece of absorbent material such as a paper towel on the stain. Set your iron to a medium heat and gently iron over the paper towel. As the heat from the iron melts the wax, the paper towel absorbs it. As soon as you see the wax absorbing into the paper towel, replace it with a fresh sheet to prevent inadvertently ironing the wax back onto the sofa. Repeat with fresh sheets of paper towel until the stain is gone. Source: SFGate

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5 Areas You Usually Forget to Clean

It’s hard to find the time to clean your home when you work 40+ hours every week. And when you do get the chance to clean, you may often try to do it quickly to save time and effort.  This can result in areas you often overlook or forget to clean. Here are some examples:

Books
Chances are you dust the shelves but skip the books. Don’t. Left untouched for years on end, paper deteriorates at a faster rate. Once a year, remove the books from the shelves and dust them along the spines and tops, making sure to flip through the pages; this discourages paper deterioration. Source: MarthaStewart

Behind and Underneath Furniture
Move heavy furniture and vacuum the dust collecting behind or underneath your bed, sofa, or other bulky pieces in your home. Source: PopSugar

Outdoor Lights
These things go through it all — winter, summer, spring and fall. Take down your fixtures and use a glass cleaner to clean the panels. It may also be a good time to replace your light bulbs. Source: HuffingtonPost

Washing Machine
Have your clothes lost that fresh scent after running through the wash? It’s time to clean your washing machine. While every machine is different, you can clean your washing machine in just one cycle. Try pouring a mix of white vinegar with baking soda into your washer, and run the cycle on hot. You can also keep your washing machine extra clean by leaving the lid or door open between uses. Source: RealEstate.USNews

Light Switches and Door Knobs
Items you touch every day should be treated like any other high-traffic area of your home.
Keep germs at bay by cleaning light switches, door knobs and doors. Source: AngiesList

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