How to Hire the Best Cleaning Service

Getting Grout Clean And Free Of Mold And Mildew

Though tile may be easy to clean, grout often isn’t. Grout can become discolored with time and can even become the persistent source of mold and mildew. For those who want a sparkling clean bathroom or kitchen, this can be problematic. Here are a few steps to getting your grout looking like new again. Killing Off Mold and Mildew One of the biggest issues with grout tends to be recurring mold and mildew. In general, this tends to happen because there is still some mold and mildew left somewhere — often behind the grout itself. In order to completely kill off living things that are growing in the grout, bleach can be used. If the grout is colored, however, bleach could potentially stain it. Instead of bleach, a wash of vinegar and baking soda is often recommended. Either way, multiple treatments may be required before the mold and mildew has been killed off.  Using Industrial Cleaning Equipment For the purposes of tile cleaning, industrial power washing equipment is available to get deep down into the grout and stains. In general, it’s usually best that this equipment be used by a professional. Even a small tile washer could potentially be damaging to tile if it’s used at too high of a pressure. For those who don’t have access to industrial cleaning equipment, a steam mop may also be effective. A steam mop will both clean and sanitize the area, though it will not have quite the washing effect of a pressure washer. Sealing the Grout Properly Once the grout has been cleaned to the best of your ability. it’s time to properly seal it. Grout actually needs to be sealed fairly frequently; the seal itself will wear off with time. One of the major reasons that grout often becomes discolored and stained is because it’s only sealed once or twice. Instead, every time the grout gets a deep cleaning, it should be appropriately sealed. Sealant can be found at any home improvement store and can be easily applied with the use of either a brush or a sponge.  Of course, sometimes grout simply needs to be replaced. If the grout is overly stained or discolored, a company that specializes in tile restoration and remodeling may be able to replace the grout itself. After this, it will simply be a matter of properly sealing the grout and engaging in regular tile cleaning. […]

A House Cleaner Can Help You With These Arduous Tasks

When it comes to cleaning your home, you might not mind the weekly tasks such as dusting, vacuuming, and straightening up your possessions. Other jobs, however, might not exactly be your cup of tea. Instead of ignoring these things, it’s worthwhile to contact a local house-cleaning service to learn about its rates and what its staff can do for you. Even if you don’t want to hire someone for general duties such as vacuuming, you can hire the service occasionally to take care of the cleaning jobs that you dislike. Here are some examples. Cleaning Your Appliances While a self-cleaning oven can largely take care of itself, homeowners who don’t have self-cleaning ovens don’t often like cleaning this appliance. In addition to scraping and scrubbing the interior of your oven to give it a like-new appearance, your cleaning professional can also deal with other appliances in your home. He or she can give the dryer a thorough dusting and clean out the vent at the rear of it, run your washing machine on a cleaning cycle to remove grease and grime, empty the food out of your fridge and clean the shelves thoroughly, and empty your freezer and defrost it. Cleaning Tile Grout If you have a tile floor anywhere in your home, the white, gray, or tan grout will eventually get dirty and discolored. This might not be a job that you want to do, but it’s all in a day’s work for a house-cleaning service. The cleaner can scrub the grout thoroughly to lift the grime, and then dry the area thoroughly. He or she can also take things a step further by applying a grout sealer to each of the grout lines in the tile floor. Doing so will make the lightly colored grout more resistant to dirt in the future. Cleaning The Kitchen While you might wipe down the counter and vacuum up the crumbs on the floor, the average kitchen calls for an occasional cleaning that is more thorough — especially if you have children who commonly make a mess. Your cleaner can scrub sticky spots off the floor, roll out appliances and remove dust and food debris from beneath them, thoroughly clean the stove’s vent hood and even remove the items from your cabinets and clean them. If you do a lot of frying, a thin film of grease can be left on many […]

How To Hem Pants And Keep The Original Hem

There’s nothing worse than finding a great pair of pants that fit perfectly everywhere, except they are about 4 inches too long. If you’re a little on the shorter side, finding jeans that fit your length may be a little difficult. Hemming them is an option, but you don’t want your jeans to have an ugly hemline. You may not even notice that some pants (dress slacks) have been hemmed, but jeans are easier to see. You can hem them and keep the original hemline, and you don’t have to be a seamstress. See below for instructions on how to hem your jeans (or any pants) and keep the original hemline. Here’s What You’ll Need: Fabric scissors Sewing machine Thread Iron (and ironing board) Hemming pins Fabric ruler Instructions: Try on your jeans and add hemming pins to where you want the jeans to sit. Try them on with your shoes (both flats and heels) to be sure they are at the proper length. Stand up straight and pull them up at the waist so they are the proper fit. If need be, ask a friend for help with this. Next, take the jeans off and roll up the pant leg so the original hemline touches just above the pins you just put in. Sew a line along the bottom of the original hem all the way around the pant leg using your sewing machine. To ensure your pants will not fray, sew using the zig zag option all the way around the pant leg just beneath the line you just sewed. Try your jeans on again to ensure the hemline you just sewed is correct. If it is the proper fit, take your jeans off and cut the extra fabric off using the fabric scissors about a 1/4 inch below the zig zag stitch. The area below the zig zag stitch may fray, but the rest that you sewed will not. Unroll your jeans when finished and use the iron to iron your jeans so the seam lays flat and unnoticed. Repeat all of these steps on the other side. Use your fabric ruler to ensure both legs of your jeans are even. Hemming your pants can be done easily and you don’t have to be a seamstress to get the job done. Use these tips and instructions to hem your pants—including your jeans—to create a hem that will […]

2 Excellent Reasons To Hire A Bathroom Cleaning Service

Many people agree that one of the worst household chores to complete is cleaning the bathroom. This is expounded if you have more than one bathroom in your home that needs cleaning. Bathrooms are often one of the most unsanitary rooms in your home, which can gross a lot of people out when they are cleaning them, especially the toilets. The bathrooms can also be somewhat difficult to clean because there are so many hard to reach places that are dirty. An excellent solution to all of these problems is to hire a bathroom cleaning service, like Margarita’s Cleaning Services, to clean your bathrooms for you. This article will discuss 2 excellent reasons to hire a bathroom cleaning service.  They Clean The Areas That Are Generally Overlooked The cleaners who work with the bathroom cleaning service are professionals and they have an extensive knowledge on how to properly clean your bathrooms. Because of this, they are likely going to be able to not only clean most things better than you or any other average person can, but they are also going to clean the areas that are often overlooked by an average cleaner. They will clean the corners and seams of your walls and ceilings and walls and floor to remove any spider webs, dead bugs, dirt, dust, or any other type of build up. They will also be sure to clean the grime out of the hinges around your toilet lid and the screw covers on either side of your toilet base. They will also clean the grime around your sink and tub faucets, the dust from your bathroom vents, and any mold that may be on your ceiling.  Eco-Friendly Cleaners Can Be Used If you are someone who is very conscious about the cleaning products that are used in your home and how they are effecting your family and the environment, then you will be happy to know that you can talk to the bathroom cleaning service cleaners about this as well. They can discuss with you what cleaners they generally use to clean different parts of your bathroom, as well as alternatives that are more environmentally friendly. This allows you to choose only the products that you are comfortable having used in your home. Knowing that you are getting your bathrooms cleaned incredibly well and also that you are keeping your family and the environment clean and safe, […]

Aging Carpet? Follow These Tips To Keep It Looking Somewhat Presentable

Every carpet eventually reaches that stage where it begins to look a little worn, but it’s not exactly in need of replacement yet. The way you care for the carpet at this stage matters a lot. With good care, you can keep the carpet looking presentable for a few more years, but if you make care mistakes, you may be calling the carpet store in just a year or two. Here are some tips to help keep that aging carpet looking its best. Set your vacuum brushes a bit higher. When you set your vacuum brushes low, they comb through the fibers as you push the vacuum over the carpet. While this does get the carpet very clean, it’s a bit hard on the fibers. If your fibers have already begun to show wear, you don’t want to keep brushing through them aggressively. So, raise the height of the brushes on your vacuum. You’ll still suck up the dirt and debris, but with less wear on the carpet. You may want to vacuum a little more often to make up for the reduced effectiveness of each vacuuming session. Keep up with shampooing. Don’t “give up” on your carpet and assume shampooing it is a waste now that it’s beginning to show signs of age. Shampooing a carpet does not just keep it clean. It removes the more ground-in dirt particles that cause friction between the carpet fibers as you walk over carpet. If you don’t shampoo the carpet, this fiction will increase, and your carpet will start looking frayed and fluffy a lot sooner. Keep shampooing the carpet once or twice a year. Just be gentle when you do it; don’t use an overly harsh shampoo or set the brushes on your shampooer too low. Rearrange your room to change the flow of traffic. In most rooms, there’s a certain way foot traffic flows. The places you’re always walking over get worn far faster. You can extend the life of your carpet if you rearrange the furniture in the room to create a new “path.” This way, the worn area won’t get as much traffic. You’ll instead be walking over an area that has yet to get worn out. Sketch out several different furniture layouts on paper and choose the one that would best encourage people to walk on the less-worn bits of the carpet. With the tips above, you […]

7 Home-Cleaning Mistakes to Avoid

No matter how much of an effort you put into cleaning your home, making cleaning mistakes can leave your family vulnerable to germs and even impact how long your appliances last. To help you get the most out of a cleaning session, here are some common cleaning mistakes that are made and what you can do to avoid them. Skipping door knobs. The door knobs in your home can be a safe haven for germs. Harmful bacteria can be spread from person to person through the knobs. To prevent this, wipe the knobs on a daily basis. Spraying cleaner directly on stainless-steel appliances. Each time you apply cleaner directly onto the surface of an appliance, some residue is left behind. Eventually, the buildup can impact the finish of the appliance. You should always spray the cleaner into a cloth first and then use the cloth to clean the surface. Cleaning with the same cloths. As you clean with a cloth, it is collecting germs. If you continue to use that same cloth throughout the house, you are spreading germs from room to room. To avoid this, do not use the same cloths throughout the home and replace them when they are worn. Only self-cleaning the oven. Even though the self-cleaning feature is handy, the extreme temperatures used during the process can cause the control panel to burn out due to a lack of ventilation. To prevent this, opt for an oven cleaner that you can apply before bedtime and easily clean up in the morning. Replacing a wet toilet brush in its holder. A wet toilet brush placed in the holder can lead to a buildup of bacteria. The bacteria relies on the moisture for growth. You should always allow the brush to dry before replacing it. Dusting with a feather duster. A feather duster seems convenient, but when you use it, dust is not collected. The dust is instead moved from surface to surface. However, if you use a cloth, the dust will be collected. Forgetting the bathmat. Your bathmat is not only exposed to dirt as each person in your home uses the bathtub but also remains wet throughout the day, which can mean a bacteria buildup. After each use, ensure that everyone in your home is hanging the mat to dry. There are other cleaning mistakes that can have a bearing on your family’s health. To avoid […]

Why Water Damage Requires the Use of a Professional Cleaning Service

If you find yourself with a flooded basement, you may be freaking out about what to do next. When a pipe bursts in your second-floor bathroom and leaks water into your living room, water damage can be extensive. Once you have had the plumbing problem or leak repaired, it’s time to get serious about getting your property back in order from the water damage. While you can use a shop vacuum to get some of the water, it’s almost impossible for a homeowner to take care of water-damage repairs on their own. Water can seep into areas and cause problems that you won’t find unless you are accustomed to dealing with such issues. Water Removal Is Difficult While you may be able to get rid of standing water, drying out your property without causing further damage can be hard. When you don’t have professional-quality fans that will dry out your home properly, it’s time to call a professional who can handle the job. Even a small amount of water or moisture left behind can wreak havoc on your home in the future. Water and moisture are a breeding ground for mold, and this is probably the number-one reason to get your water damage taken care of professionally. The Structural Integrity of Your Home May Be Compromised When a wall, floor, or ceiling gets wet, the drying-out process can cause damage. Sheet rock that gets wet and then dries out often becomes brittle. A professional water-damage restoration company will be able to assess the damage and let you know if your wall, floor, or ceiling will need to be replaced. While there may be obvious signs such as crumbling or breakage that will indicate the need for a repair, water damage can be more subtle.  Mold Grows When Water Remains Your health is important. Water left behind can create a mold problem in your home, and this can cause health problems for the people that live in your home. If you already have to deal with asthma or respiratory problems, it is essential that any water damage is removed by a professional. If the water was sitting for any length of time, mold can already be present. Inhaling this mold when you suffer from asthma can cause you to have respiratory distress. Keep the air quality in your home safe for everyone by getting rid of water damage.  For professional help, […]

3 Upholstery Cleaning Tips To Get Your Furniture Looking Like New Again

Has your sofa or couch seen better days? If your furniture has been the victim of a spill or maybe is just starting to look a bit weathered after years of use, your first thought might be to head to the furniture store and buy something new. But brand new furniture certainly isn’t cheap. Luckily, with the right tools, you might be able to clean your upholstery so that it looks just as good as the day it was purchased. Here are three upholstery cleaning tips to keep in mind. Always Check The Tags First Before you do anything to your furniture, you need to make sure you are not going to make the problem worse by disobeying the guidelines provided on your upholstery’s furniture tag. Make sure you won’t be using any substances or methods that don’t mix well with the type of furniture you will be cleaning. Know What Kind of Stain You Are Dealing With For effective cleaning, you need to know your enemy. Food stains like wine or stains from a pet typically can be handled with a steam cleaner. But for oil-based stains, you may need some specific chemicals. Vacuum Before Applying Steam or Any Cleaning Liquid You know all of those attachments for your vacuum cleaner that have stayed inside your closet for years? It’s time to actually put them to work. In order for steam or any other kind of cleaning to be effective, you need to make sure your furniture is clear of anything that might get in the way and complicate the process. Vacuum the upholstery all over, including under the cushions. You don’t want to suddenly discover a bunch of food crumbs while you are in the middle of a steam cleaning. So you’ve checked the tags, identified the stain, and given your upholstery a pre-cleaning vacuuming. Whether you are using steam or a chemical-based cleaner, it’s important to note that the stain might not completely remove itself with just one treatment. If you are having an especially difficult time removing a stain, there’s no shame in calling in a professional upholstery cleaning service for help, such as Atlantic Carpet Care. In fact, you may find the price of the cleaning service to be about equal to what you would have to pay to buy your own steamer or chemicals. Reach out to a local cleaning service today for more […]

Take Hurricane Recovery One Step At A Time

Whether hurricane season is sweeping its way across the coast or a distant memory of financial danger, it’s worth your time to have a plan for when devastating nature damages or completely takes away your property. Your life and the life of your loved ones are the most important, but it’s fair to think about getting back to a more normal, comfortable lifestyle. Here are a few areas worth your time as you recover from wind, flood, and debris damage after a stormy season. Broken Glass And Bashed Wood Projectiles can be dampened or deflected to some extent with boards or storm shutters, but there’s always a chance that your windows could be damaged during the storm. Replacement seems like a simple concept, but this destruction could be a chance for an upgrade. Make sure you file an insurance claim early, as every storm creates a wait time with increasing amounts of money being tossed around–and you’ll want access to a recovery budget as soon as possible.  If your old windows were standard panes with no real decorative flair, you could opt for something a bit more fancy. To get the best out of your replacement budget, consider windows that offer energy-saving and temperature managing features. There are multiple brands boasting shading and light filtering features with a variety of effects, but the main goal is to keep a useful amount of sunlight coming through the windows while slightly reducing internal temperatures during the summer. For the winter, you may want to consider inspecting and/or replacing your window frames, sills and other window area infrastructure in case of leaks. Anything broken could be a new leak, so don’t think that this advice is just for people with older homes. If something was compromised, consider replacement. Water Damage Cleaning And Replacement Water can devastate many things about the home, especially when it comes to water logged beams, boards and furniture. If it’s supporting your home and damaged by the water, put in an insurance claim and get the damage replaced as soon as possible. Rot and simple weakness over time can make a much more expensive, collapsing problem if you’re not careful. At a less drastic, but more noticeable level, how is your furniture? Do you need reupholstered furniture, or spots removed from unplanned water damage? In your home was flooded and an amazing sofa was soiled as it soaked up dirty water, don’t just […]

How To Extend The Life Of Your Carpeting

If you feel like you need to replace the carpeting in your home but don’t have the funds for it at the moment, you can extend its life by treating it with a little TLC. Deep cleaning the floor covering won’t just make it smell better and feel fresher beneath your feet, but it will look better as well. Renewing your carpet can end up saving you hundreds of dollars and allow you to put off replacement for a few years. Here are some tips for breathing new life into your old carpeting: Reduce the Dirt If you don’t have a “no shoes” policy in your home already, enact one now. Having your family members and guests take their shoes off at the door keeps the dirt and debris outside, rather than on your carpet. Not only does dirty carpeting look dull and discolored, but it can also be unhealthy, especially if you have little ones crawling around on the floor. Reducing the amount of dirt on the flooring also means reducing the amount of time you vacuum on a weekly basis. This will also keep your flooring looking fresher as too much vacuuming can cause wear and tear on the carpet fibers. Invest in a Good Vacuum Another way to reduce the amount of times you need to vacuum each week is by investing in a good vacuum cleaner. Look for a vacuum that has enough power to pull dirt, hair, pet fur, and other debris out from deep within the carpet fibers, which will also make the flooring look renewed. If your vacuum’s brushes are worn out or the belt doesn’t work efficiently anymore, consider replacing it with a new model. Evenly Distribute Wear and Tear If the carpeting in the middle of a room is starting to look old, dirty, and faded, rotate the furniture to redistribute the foot traffic. You’ll notice that the carpet under the big furniture pieces, such as a sofa or a bed, looks newer than the exposed flooring. After the more worn-out areas are covered with furniture, the now-exposed carpet will look newer and fresher. Get the Carpet Professionally Cleaned Having your carpet professionally steam-cleaned will remove years of dirt, grime, and stains from the flooring, giving it a refreshed appearance for a lot less than the cost of replacement. Contact a company like Easy Clean Carpet Care for more information about […]