shower scumSoap scum will build up when you take shower after shower and can be difficult to clean if not cleaned regularly. It's not just soap but minerals from the water, body oils, sloughed off skin and bacteria.

When you realize this, I don't think it's something you want yourself or your family bathing in. 

Get Rid of Soap Scum

Ammonia and Water

Mix one part household ammonia with two parts water in a spray bottle. Spray on the location and wipe clean. Rinse the area thoroughly.

Vinegar

Spray white vinegar directly onto the soap scum and allow it to work for a minute or so. Wipe clean.

Dryer Sheets

Rub a dryer sheet onto the bathtub or shower walls to help remove the soap scum.

Heavy Duty Cleaning

Borax

Borax is a scouring powder and a cleaning agent. Wet a sponge and sprinkle on the borax. Scrub the scum off. This is safer than other chemicals on the market. Rinse thoroughly with hot water after cleaning.

Baking Soda

Make a thick paste of baking soda and water. Apply and scrub. Rinse thoroughly.

You can also use the baking soda all by itself. I have done this after getting out of the shower while the tiles are still wet. Either sprinkle on a sponge or the walls and scrub.

 

 

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vinegarHow To Clean With Vinegar

Want the ultimate natural cleaning experience? Turn up your nose and take another sniff of common, household vinegar! For a "green" environmentally friendly product, you can't get anything better than vinegar. It might not look green though. Most vinegars are white, yellowish, shades of amber, red and almost black. For cleaning purposes, we use white vinegar.

Where Does Vinegar Come From?

Vinegar may be derived from several sources - most common are fruits and grains, such as apples and rice, but it is even made from wood and roots. You are probably familiar with vinegars made from fruit juice. The juice contains sugar that ferments into alcohol, changing the juice into wine.

What a surprise to the cook who stores a bottle of wine under the kitchen counter then opens it to find the sweet wine has turned to vinegar! That's the natural process it takes - given the right conditions, the alcohol in the wine changes to vinegar - hence, the name, "wine vinegar".

Vinegar Is a Germ Fighter

The germ fighting properties of vinegar are legendary. In fact, the Father of Medicine, Hippocrates, is said to have treated his patients with vinegar for all kinds of ailments - in 400 B.C.! My Vermont-born great-grandmother relied on a drink made from vinegar, honey and warm water to begin her day. Whether it contributed to her longevity or not, I don't know (she lived to a ripe old age of 90!) but it certainly awakened her taste buds and sharpened her tongue!

A Natural Cleaning Product

White vinegar is great for household cleaning. It is very versatile and, while it does leave an odor that quickly disappears, there are a lot of advantages in using vinegar as a household cleaner. It is non-toxic to humans and pets. However, it is a mild acid,and should not be used on items that could be damaged such as crystal. NEVER USE VINEGAR ON MARBLE OR NATURAL STONE SURFACES.

If your glassware (not crystal) has soap film that leaves them cloudy, try soaking it in a solution made of a half cup of vinegar to a gallon of water. Leave it for a half hour, then remove and rinse well.

You can clean and deodorize your toilet bowl by pouring a couple of cups of undiluted white vinegar into the bowl. Allow to stand for several minutes, then scrub and flush.

Vinegar will also remove greasy dirt and drops from your stove and refrigerator. Simply moisten a paper town or household sponge with vinegar from the bottle, and wipe. Works on chrome and stainless steel, as well.

Showers

We recommend that you "shower your shower" with vinegar - provided your shower is constructed of porcelain tile, glass, fiberglass or other man-made materials.

You can keep your shower stall clean and shining by just exercising a few simple techniques and perhaps a change in bath soap! Natural "castile" soaps, such as coconut castile, are made from vegetable oils rather than waxes. Natural oils are easier to dissolve and rinse away. A natural astringent, vinegar is non-abrasive and cuts through greasy soap scum build-up with a little scrubbing.

Coffee Pot

Freshen your coffeepot and remove coffee stains from the glass pot by filling the water container with vinegar and running it through a cycle. Then, rinse well and run through two cycles using fresh clean water.

Hardwood And Linoleum Floors

Add vinegar to warm fresh water, then dampen your sponge mop and damp mop your hardwood, tile, or linoleum floors. It sanitizes and dissolves greasy dirt, and leaves your floors shining.

Cleaning And Sanitizing Bathrooms

You may use vinegar full strength on bathroom counters and fixtures. It actually shines chrome and cuts through soap scum. If you have water spots on your sink and fixtures, dampen a paper towel with vinegar and allow to lay on the affected area for 10 minutes or so. Then go back and wipe clean. This will work if the water spots have not already etched into the porcelain. At any rate, it will improve the appearance and sanitize the fixtures.

Use vinegar full strength on a soft clean cloth to clean your toilet. Add full strength to the water in the toilet bowl, allow to set, then scrub and flush.

Use a cloth dampened with vinegar to remove soap film and mildew from your shower curtain. Rinse well and allow to hang dry.

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dishwasing detergentCleaning With Dish Washing Detergent

If you are like many out there, that bottle of dishwasher detergent cleans only the dishes, right?

No way! Dish washing soap and dishwasher detergents are not just for dishes.

Think about it- They cut grease and they do it very well. I don't buy specialty grease cutters because I have a cleaning product that was made to cut grease better than many other cleaning products out there.

The cleaning recipe and the cleaning process is the same whether you are using liquid dishwashing detergent that you use in the sink or the one that you use in the dishwashing machine. You need to use very hot water to make sure you have dissolved the cleaner completely.

The soap that goes in the dishwashing machine cuts grease just as well as dish soap, but has been formulated not to suds up when agitated. So don't think you didn't put in enough dishwasher soap and add more because there's no bubbles.

There are plenty of other ways to use dishwasher detergent to get results that are well worth the bit of investment in this cleaning product.

Most dishwasher detergents are inexpensive. Some are antibacterial now as well. Most will do well on various locations of your home.

How To Use It:

These cleaners are ideal for some of the toughest of stains. It is important to note that anyone that is considering using any of these products for cleaning need to do so only when they are using hot water.

The water temperature should be about 130 degrees in order for it to cut through the grease and grim on your products. Hot water should not scald your skin, though.

Where To Clean:

There are several locations around your home that can be cleaned with dishwasher detergent.

For example, consider cleaning your refrigerator, inside and out with it.

You can use it on your floors and avoid the expensive costs of floor cleaning products. This can help you to cut down on the amount of chemicals you need as well.

You can also clean walls, the stove and glass products with dishwasher detergent.

Basic Formula:

To use this cleaning chemical for other types of cleaning, just do as you would for the dishes.

  • 1/4 cup of dish washing detergent.
  • 1 gallon of very hot water.
  • Mix well.

Cleaning Process:

Use a clean terry cloth to wash whatever it is that needs cleaning. Rinse with warm water and dry with a clean cloth.

If you are using it on glass, make sure that you use paper towels to shine the glass for a streak free clean.

All detergents/soaps leave a residue if they are not rinsed completely. So make sure to rinse the soapy water off to get a clean and streak free shine.

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swaet stainsHow to Remove Sweat, Perspiration, Deodorant & Antiperspirant Stains

Perspiring is something that every BODY does at one time or another. As much as we try to cover up the fact we are sweating, it's not always possible. Even worse than having someone see our perspiration darken our clothing under the arms – is if odor is present- called body odor or “B.O.”

So if there's odor, we need to use antiperspirant or deodorant to help with the B.O and reduce wetness- now there's even more chemicals that interact with the sweat soaked fabric and can become embedded into the material over time.

All of this talk is making me sweat!

Just kidding- But the fact remains that sweat and antiperspirant stains can ruin clothing- and that does give me a headache.

But don't worry-- after 25 years of marriage, 3 kids and countless sweaty underarms and dirty, smelly shirts- not to mention running a cleaning company- I know just how to clean all those nasty sweat stains up.

Join me as we run off to the land of stain removal and clean up any stains caused by: sweat, light perspiration, deodorant or antiperspirant on your clothing!

Are you ready, then? Let's get busy cleaning!

What is Sweat?

Human beings are built with a very efficient air-conditioning system: We can produce up to 6 pints of sweat every hour from over 2.6 million sweat glands that are located all over our bodies.

As do most mammals, we regulate our temperature by sweating.

The very act of evaporation removes heat from our bodies and allows it to be carried away (that's called thermal radiation). The process of evaporation/perspiration decreases our core temperature.

Our "problem" sweat glands can vary- While women are mostly troubled with underarm perspiration, men often experience perspiration between their shoulder blades, the groin area, feet and hands.

Believe it or not, sweat is very similar to urine at a chemical level.

Both sweat and urine contain “urea” – which is ultimately broken down into the chemical ammonia. Urea is defined as the end product of protein decomposition and key component in human and animal urine.

The difference between sweat and urine (besides the obvious) is that the amount of urea in perspiration is very dilute, 1/130th, compared to the concentration in urine.

Yes, these facts are rather gross, but it just means we need to clean it all up!

Why Does Sweat Stain?

Sweat contains salts, minerals and trace elements that remain on our body and clothing after all the liquid is evaporated away.

You probably know that sweat (and tears) contain salt, but there's more than just sodium contained in sweat. Sweat contains minerals and trace elements such as: chloride, potassium, urea, sugars, lactate, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and the list goes on....

Sweat stains are caused by those same minerals and trace elements left behind. The minerals bind together after the liquid has evaporated away and become embedded into the fabric.

Have you ever heard of hard water spots? Hard water deposits are white discolorations that form on many surfaces when they are not wiped dry. The white spots are just minerals that are naturally contained in the water but they are too heavy to evaporate away. It's the same kind of problem, the same kind of stain... That's the reason chlorine bleach won't remove the stain. You can't bleach those minerals with chlorine. Minerals won't bleach.

I'd usually use some kind of abrasive to remove hard water deposits, but that obviously won't work with clothing. Any deodorant or antiperspirant used will add additional chemicals that can make the stain harder to remove than just the minerals alone.

Toss all these facts together and the result is hard-to-remove sweat and perspiration stains.

No worries, we'll use chemical instead of physical abrasives to dissolve the minerals, so they can be washed right away. It makes perfect sense, doesn't it?

Why Does Deodorant and Antiperspirant Stain?

Deodorant and antiperspirants stains are tough to remove.

Both deodorant and antiperspirants contain aluminum salts (aluminium chloride, aluminium chlorohydrate and/or aluminium-zirconium) which are the active ingredients used to stop us from sweating.

Over time the aluminum salts combined with the minerals in your sweat become soaked and embedded into your clothing and a discoloration begins to show.

Deodorant and antiperspirant stains can be a hazy white or yellowish appearance. I've seen heavily stained white t-shirts where the stain looks very dark and almost green looking even though the shirt was freshly laundered.

Removing Sweat, Deodorant & Antiperspirant Stains from Washable Clothing

If your fabric is dry clean only take the garment to a dry cleaner.

Sweat stains don't come out easily because they are biological and the minerals from your sweat combined with the chemicals from the deodorant become embedded in the fabric.

Chlorine bleach does not remove these stains, as I'm sure you are well aware. You could bleach your shirt until "kingdom come"- the chlorine bleach would disintegrate your shirt into nothing but tatters, but the sweat stain would still remain!

To remove stains on washable clothing use the following stain removers:

Ammonia and water

Household ammonia is a general purpose cleaner and is great for loosening tough stains and grime.

Ammonia smells terrible, so you will need to open the window when using it to remove your sweat stain.

Because ammonia is so alkaline, it is very corrosive and an oxidizer. Ammonia will help to break up the minerals that bind to the fabric causing the deodorant or sweat stain to start with.

  1. Mix a 1/4 cup of water with 1/4 cup of ammonia.
  2. Dab the cleaning solution on the stain.
  3. Let the ammonia work on the stain for 60 minutes.
  4. Then launder according to clothing manufacturer’s instructions.

It's very important that you NEVER mix ammonia with other cleaners.

Chemical reactions happen with all cleaning chemicals (ammonia included) and as an example ammonia mixed with chlorine bleach releases a deadly gas that can be fatal when inhaled.

Take two aspirins and call me in the morning … really!

Aspirin (Acetylsalicylic Acid) is a great way to remove perspiration stains.

To remove stubborn sweat stains on white blouses or shirts:

  1. Crush and dissolve two aspirins into 1/2 cup of very hot water.
  2. Dab the aspirin solution onto the sweat stain.
  3. Let the solution work on the stain for 2-4 hours.
  4. Apply a few drops of full strength laundry detergent on the stain right before washing.
  5. Massage in gently.
  6. Launder as usual.
  7. Repeat this process if needed.

Be sure to wash your garment thoroughly after using this solution especially if the owner of the garment is allergic to aspirin!

Baking soda to remove stains and deodorize too!

Baking soda is a great way to remove stains and odors.

  1. Make a paste of 4 Tbs. baking soda and 1/4 cup of warm water.
  2. Rub the baking soda solution into the stain with your fingers.
  3. Allow the baking soda solution to work on the stain for 2 hours or so.
  4. Apply a few drops of full strength laundry detergent on the stain right before washing.
  5. Massage in gently.
  6. Launder as usual.

This is also a good cleaning solution for removing “ring around the collar”.

  1. Spread the baking soda paste on the shirt collar.
  2. Let the baking soda work on the stain for 30-60 minutes.
  3. Right before putting your stained garment back in the washer, rejuvenate the paste by adding a small amount of straight laundry detergent or dish soap and rub the fabric between your knuckles to help remove the stain.
  4. Then proceed with the regular wash cycle.

We like “green” stain removers!

Or yellow stain removers... Take lemons, for instance.

  1. Squeeze the juice from a fresh lemon into a bowl and add an equal amount of water.
  2. Massage the lemon juice solution into the perspiration or deodorant stain.
  3. Let the lemon juice work on the stain for 60 minutes.
  4. Launder as usual.

If the sun is out, you might also put the garment in bright sun after applying the lemon juice. Together, they are great bleaching agents! This cleaning solution also works with plain white vinegar.

Meat tenderizer - for more than just meat!

I use meat tenderizer frequently to remove tough set-in biological stains like blood and urine.

Meat tenderizer contains natural fruit enzymes called bromelain and papain that help to break apart protein stains so they can be laundered away with regular washing.

To remove sweat or deodorant stains using meat tenderizer:

  1. Moisten the stained area with water.
  2. Work in a half-teaspoon of meat tenderizer with your fingers.
  3. Let the solution sit for 60 minutes and then launder as usual.

DON'T use meat tenderizer on natural fibers like wool or silk!

Heavy Duty Stain Removal

Oxygen bleach (Sodium Percarbonate) is my secret weapon for removing sweat and deodorant stains.

Soda ash/washing soda and hydrogen peroxide are combined to form a shelf-stable oxidizer and natural bleaching agent. Oxygen Bleach releases oxygen when it's dissolved in water which makes it a cleaning agent that is very effective at removing sweat and deodorant.

The best part is that Oxygen Bleach will not damage fabric like regular chlorine bleach does.

Follow the manufacturer's instructions for your fabric type:

  1. Mix 1/8 scoop of oxygen bleach with 1 cup of very hot water.
  2. Stir the cleaning solution until the granules are completely dissolved.
  3. Add 1 Tsp. full strength dish detergent or laundry soap into the water and oxygen bleach solution.
  4. Massage the cleaning solution onto the stained area with an old toothbrush or your fingers.
  5. Let the stain sit for 2 hours out of direct sunlight.
  6. Launder as usual.
  7. Inspect after laundering.
  8. Repeat if needed.

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wood furnitureCaring for Wood Furniture

If you have wood furniture in your home, chances are you paid quite a bit for it, rescued it from a garage sale or inherited it from a family member.

However you found your furniture, knowing how to take care of it is important so it can be enjoyed for years to come, especially if you plan on passing it down through the generations.


Freshen Up Old Wood Furniture

Some of the wood furniture items we’ve picked up at the local flea market or from Aunt Betty might have smelled better in their hey-day, but with a few simple steps, you can make sure that folks enjoy the look of your furniture without being put off by that old musty smell. 

  1. There is nothing like sun and fresh air to help remove musty odors. Let it sit out during the day and bring it in at night. I have done this with a few pieces, it can take time but it does help.
  2. You can also add baking soda, charcoal, coffee (dry ground or beans) or kitty litter to drawers and cubbies to help remove musty odors. When using charcoal and kitty litter I have used panty hose. Baking soda can be sprinkled then vacuumed up and I’ve just opened a bag of coffee beans in larger areas. Whichever you choose, you will need to let it sit a day or two and may need to repeat the process.

Here’s a little tip for old wood furniture with drawers that are hard to open: Rub a candle, bar soap or paraffin along the top, bottom and edges of the drawer. Another good fix for sticky old drawers is a self adhesive, self lubricating nylon tape.


Removing a Water Stain from Wood Furniture

The most common stain on wood furniture is from a water stain. All you need is a clean cloth and a warm iron. 

  1. Heat the iron to medium high.
  2. Place a lint free cloth over the water mark and run the iron over it for just a few seconds.
  3. Repeat if necessary.
  4. Be sure to properly polish when done.

Use a cloth big enough to cover the irons surface so you avoid touching the hot iron on exposed wood. Do not use any steam in this process.


Polishing Wood Furniture

The biggest mistake people make when polishing their wood furniture is - not knowing the finish.

You should only use oil on wood that has an oil finish. Furniture oil such as Tung and Linseed oil evaporate and get tacky then the remaining residue dries to a hard, protective finish. Wood oil can be applied when necessary, but it is not suitable for all wood finishes.

Oil and wax don't mix! Never add wax to wood with an oil finish and never add oil to wood with a wax finish. A chemical reaction between the wax and oil occurs that will degrade them both. The wax will become an opaque color and attract dirt and dust. If this is something you have inadvertently done and are noticing the change, you will have to completely remove it if you want it to look beautiful again.

For more information on the do’s and don’ts of polishing and cleaning wood furniture, take a look at these articles. With these tips, you should have a beautiful piece of furniture for years to come.


Protecting Your Wood Furniture during a Move

If you’re getting ready to make a move here are a few tips to help keep your wood furniture from getting gauged and/or scratched. 

  1. Prior to packing, clean and dust your furniture. This will help avoid any scratches that could happen when you wrap your furniture.
  2. If you have large pieces and if possible, dismantle it prior to wrapping.
  3. Use heavy moving blankets or winter bedspreads and other blankets to place over a table, desk, etc. Bubble wrap can be used to wrap around table legs, drawers, frames and other wood items.
  4. Now that you have your furniture pieces protected, wrap with plastic sheeting.

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berry stainsTips for Removing Berry Stains

There’s almost nothing better in the world than picking fresh berries from the vine or bush, and popping them into your mouth, savoring the sweet, tart juice as you munch them up.

We are especially fond of the wild blackberries that grow in profusion here in the Northwest.

“Profusion” is an understatement Blackberries are self-propagating and are a real nuisance when they pop up almost overnight in gardens and lawns.

How to Remove Berry Stains

After spending a few hours picking berries, you’ll find that the juice stains your fingers and the stains don’t seem to respond to a good washing with soap and water.

The dark stains work around your fingernails and even get under the nails themselves making your hands and fingers look really dirty.

Some berries are worse at staining when they are picked – blackberries are really bad.

Almost all of them will leave stains after being cooked into a pie or sauce and spilled or dropped onto clothing.

Common Berries that Stain:

  1. Blackberries
  2. Raspberries
  3. Thimbleberries
  4. Blueberries
  5. Bilberries
  6. Huckleberries
  7. Currants
  8. Cranberries
  9. Concord, Red and Green Grapes
  10. Strawberries

Berry Stains On Clothing

To treat the stains, you must remember berry stains are organic – like blood, milk, juice, etc. Organic stains respond better to natural or organic (lemon juice, certain enzymes) products and sunlight.

Boiling Water

Many people that I’ve talked to highly recommend this method of removing fresh berry stains: boil a quart (or more) of water in a teakettle. Take the garment (table cloth, linen napkin, etc.) and pull it as taut as possible over a sink.

Then while the water is still very hot, hold the teakettle as high above the fabric as you can comfortably do and pour the water in a steady stream directly onto the berry stain. They swear this will wash the berry stain (almost) completely out of the fabric.

Sunlight

If the berry stains are on your clothing (fabric), you may be able to lighten the stain by attacking it immediately with cold water, dousing and scrubbing the stained material and then allowing it to dry in the bright sun. The sunlight will draw the stain out.

Commercial Products to Remove Berry Stains

Tide, made by Proctor & Gamble, is keeping up with today’s preference for more earth-friendly cleaning products. They have specific recommendations to deal with berry stains using their products.

Tide Powder with Bleach contains enzymes and is recommended for removing berry stains from washable fabrics. Fill a plastic container with warm water and add a scoop of the soap powder. Let it soak overnight or for a few hours, then launder as usual being sure to add the recommended amount of detergent for the size of the load.

Oxygen Bleach (Oxy-Clean)

Another great product is Oxi-Clean, formerly sold only on TV, now available almost everywhere.

Some experts advise making a thin paste of OxiClean and water, then dabbing on the stain and allowing it to set up for 5-10 minutes. Run through a wash cycle to wash out all of the stain remover.

OxiClean itself recommends using 2 scoops of powder to 1 gallon of water. Drop the garment or article of washable fabric in and soak for 1-6 hours. Then rinse well or run through a wash cycle.

Do not dry the article in a dryer without being sure the OxiClean is removed.

Be sure to observe the manufacturer’s detailed instructions and cautions when using this (and any commercial product).

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shower curtainShower Curtain Cleaning

Shower curtains get dirty. You would think a shower curtain would be the cleanest things in your house- but the damp conditions and soap scum that builds up makes this a dirty disaster.

Bodies combined with bar soap equal soap scum. Toss in possible hard water, and a shower curtain, means you are looking at one dirty shower curtain.

Whether your shower curtain is cloth, plastic or vinyl, it's the bar soap that's the culprit.

Consider switching to body wash which will not result in those nasty deposits on your tub, shower and shower curtains.

How to Clean the Shower Curtain

To get your shower curtains clean and looking better than new, put the curtains in the clothes washer.

Add 1 cup of bleach and 1 cup of detergent. Add several dirty towels or a blanket, etc. to the washer and run on a gentle cycle using either warm or hot water.

Right after the spin cycle, take the shower curtains out of the washer, take them back to the tub and shake gently to remove as much water as possible.

Hang them back up to drip dry. The combined effect of gravity and the hot steam from using the shower or bath will cause any remaining wrinkles to disappear within a day.

Removing Soap Scum

Soap scum and soap film on shower curtains is not a pretty site. But there is an easy way to remove it. Place the shower curtain in the washer with a few large towels. Add detergent and 1 cup of vinegar. Wash on gentle cycle. Remove the curtain right after the spin cycle and hang it back in the shower to dry.

Removing Mold and Mildew

To remove any mold and mildew that does occur, you can wash the curtain in the washer, or soak it in the bath tub with about 1 cup of bleach. Let it sit for about 20 minutes. Mold and mildew on plastic curtains can be cleaned with water in the bathtub and approx. 1 cup of bleach.

After the wash, soak them in either a vinegar or a salt water mixture to prevent mold and mildew.

Removing Wrinkles from the Shower Curtain

Assuming your shower curtain is not vinyl, put it into the dryer on the low setting and run the dryer for approx. 15 minutes.

If you have a vinyl curtain, hang it in the shower, and run the shower on hot. If you can- adjust the spray toward the inside of the curtain so the hot water hits it. This helps to remove the wrinkles.

If you have warm weather in the area, hang the shower curtain over the fence and let the sun do the work.

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fridge odorWhat is the Smell Coming from Your Refrigerator?

There is plenty of leftover food that gets stored in our refrigerators or food items we just never got around to using (or couldn't find) that can cause some really bad smells and that – can be just a bit disturbing.

I don’t know about you but I’ve opened some refrigerators and the smell can just knock my socks off and completely make me lose my appetite.

So if you go poking your head in a fridge and it smells a bit putrefied, whether it’s yours or a family member, either clean it or tell someone else it’s time to clean their refrigerator. I mean mold, bacteria and mildew growing within the fridge is not a place I want to be grabbing my food from.

If the fridge is stinking, your option is to give it a good cleaning. Completely go through it and toss old foods and condiments. Clean the inside, take out the drawers (clean them out and underneath). Wipe everything dry when you’re done and put only the good stuff back in.

Tips for Keeping Your Refrigerator Smelling Odor Free

These are probably no brainer tips but I’m going to list them anyway.

  1. Clean up spills as soon as they happen and adopt a policy where whoever spills, cleans it up, no waiting until Mom gets home. Unless someone really needs your help say taking out a drawer or something.
  2. Store your food in covered containers and be sure to put the lid on all the way. If you’re covering a plate of food, make sure the saran wrap covers the dish (which usually means using two pieces of saran wrap). I have also found some stretch to fit food covers that work very nicely (and can be washed), they are pretty much like a shower cap.
  3. Monitor your leftovers. Really only a couple of days should go by before you toss them out and if you’re just not the kind of family then don’t keep them. I know people that never eat leftovers but hate to waste, so the food gets stored and forgotten about.
  4. Monitor the temperature. Most refrigerators are pretty good at keeping a consistent temperature but if yours is being opened and closed all day or if someone doesn’t close the door, it could change the temperature settings.
  5. Keep an open box of baking soda in the back of the refrigerator to help keep it fresh.

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baking sodaDifferent uses for Baking Soda

One great use for baking soda is to make a sachet by pouring some into a coffee filter and stapling it closed. This can then be placed in a closet, hamper, drawer, etc. to help eliminate odor. Once a week, change the sachet and pour the old baking soda down the drain to help freshen it.

 

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Red, Jell-O and other Gelatin Stain Removal from Carpetred drink

The dyes in Kool-Aid, Gatorade and Jell-o generally result in a permanent stain. However, you can still try to remove carpet stains caused by these products. The newest technology uses peroxide and detergents to penetrate the soiled area to remove the stain and deactivate the odor. Simply spray a product such as Bio-OX Citrus Concentrate on the soiled area, and then allow it to penetrate for approximately five minutes. Using a clean white absorbent cloth, blot the area, pressing down firmly (do not rub) for 30 seconds. Repeat this blotting process until the area is dry. If the odor persists, repeat the process. Another option for cleaning carpet stains such as these is to use ordinary household and blot at the stain using a clean cloth. When cleaning carpet stains with ammonia, wear a mask or turn you head so you don't inhale the fumes.

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hair sprayHairspray Removal from Carpet

When hairspray spills on the carpet, it's imperative one acts quickly before the stain hardens. If you're not fast enough, all is not lost, it's really not difficult to remove carpet stains such as this. Ask yourself, what happens when hair spray builds up in my hair? You shampoo it, right? The same method will work here. For cleaning carpet of hardened hairspray, just blot with a little clarifying shampoo and water. In just about every case, this will be enough to do the trick. Just keep blotting until all of the hairspray and its stickiness is removed.

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Hair Dye Stain Removal from Carpethair dye

An unfortunate accident with hair dye can make cleaning carpet a nightmare. In many cases, it may even mean the end of your carpet. Hopefully it won't come to this. There are a few things you can try to remove carpet stains of this nature. First of all, it should go without saying that if hair dye is spilled on the carpet one should act immediately. Dampen a sponge and apply dishwashing liquid. Blot the stain with the sponge until you've lifted as much of the dye as possible. You can also try doing the same thing with vinegar. If this doesn't work and the stain hasn't set into the carpet too deep, you might be able to snip the very top fibers of the carpet without anyone knowing. If none of this works, you'll have to call in a professional who makes cleaning carpet stains his business or rearrange your furniture to hide the stain.

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gum on floorGum Removal from Carpet

Gum on the carpet can leave behind a sticky, gooey mess! Don't panic if you have to remove carpet stains made by gum, however. It's quite easy. Spray the area with WD-40, or smear with peanut butter and the gum will come right out. There may be a spot left behind from the dye in the gum. Cleaning carpet stains such as this is easy too. All you have to do is blot with a little club soda. No one will ever have to know!

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Grease Stain Removal from Carpetgreasy floor

Try this tip when cleaning carpet stains: Apply a generous layer of baking soda or cornstarch to greasy spots and leave overnight. After vacuuming, the grease should be absorbed. If there is any residue or discoloration left behind, blot with vinegar until the stain is lifted. A dishwashing liquid or detergent specializing in removing grease will also remove carpet stains that are greasy. Make a solution of half detergent and half water and spray directly onto the stain. Blot until the stain is removed. Blot again with a damp sponge to rinse.

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grape stainGrape Juice Stain Removal from Carpet

The tannins in grape juice can make it difficult to remove carpet stains made up of this dark purple liquid. Club soda can help with this. Pour some directly on the carpet and blot. You can also try cleaning carpet with a solution of vinegar and a mild dishwashing liquid. Again, dab until the stain is removed. Blot again with a damp cloth to remove any residue.

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Dirt Defense in my home!floor prevention

No one likes to spend precious free time cleaning carpet. To save wear and tear as well as time spent cleaning carpet stains and dirt, have everyone remove their shoes upon entering your home. If you don't already have doormats and boot scrapers in place for your guests, it would be a good idea to do so. Try and keep walkways and entrances swept and free of dirt and debris that can be tracked in on one's shoes.

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staticEnding Carpet Static

In addition to cleaning carpet stains, you might want to remove static electricity as well. To do this, put a dryer sheet on the bottom of a swiffer duster or dry sponge mop and run over the carpet. Replace the sheet as needed. If you prefer liquid fabric softener, this too will remove static from the carpet. Pour some fabric softener into a spray and dilute with water, about one part fabric softener to five parts of water. Spritz your carpet with this solution and static, and the shock that comes will it, will be eliminated.

 

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scuff marksYou've just said goodbye to family and friends after a busy day of kids playing, eating good food, and visiting. As you’re cleaning up you see there are scuff marks on the floor. Most likely they won’t come off by mopping. Here is a list of ways to get those scuff marks clean.

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

These are ideal for many clean ups throughout the house, scuff marks too. Just wet the magic eraser, wring it out, apply a bit of pressure and clean those scuff marks right up.

Large Pencil Eraser

Not only for correcting spelling errors, it will also remove some of the smaller scuff marks. Rub the area firmly in the direction of the mark. Once you’ve finished with the eraser, apply a little of your regular floor cleaner to clean and remove any remaining residue from the eraser.

Rubber Soled Tennis Shoe

Use the soles of a pair of tennis shoes (that are clean) to erase scuff marks. Just run the heel or the toe over the area firmly until gone.

Baking Soda and Water

Make a thick paste of baking soda and water, apply the paste and lightly rub until the stain is gone. Rinse with a damp cloth.

WD40

Lightly rub the scuff mark and rub the area clean with paper towel.

Toothpaste

Use a clean cloth and rub a little toothpaste on the mark using circular motions. Wipe clean with damp cloth and dry.

Things to Consider

* If flooring is wood or if it has a protective seal, some chemicals could damage the seal. Check to see if your floors came with cleaning instructions or check with the manufacturer first.

* Be careful not to use any type of scrubbing pads or harsh abrasive cleaners or chemicals on hardwood and laminate flooring.

* If you have waxed floors, the things we mentioned above may or may not work. Use them if you know they will not damage the floor.

* If you are unsure of a cleaning method, check in an inconspicuous spot first or check with the manufacturer.

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baby formulaDo you have a tough stain on a piece of clothing and you're frustrated because it didn't come clean in the wash and now your thinking you might have to throw it away? Wait!! Before you toss it in the trash or use it for a cleaning rag, check out these cleaning tips. You might just find something that works for your situation.

How to Remove Baby Formula

Most of the time, if you catch a fresh formula stain on baby’s clothing, you can pre-treat it and wash it, and then the stains are gone. But what if you have been given some baby clothes with formula stains that have been there a while?

Pre-Treating Baby Clothes

Here are a few things you can try:

• Apply a detergent like Dawn to the stain and gently work it in with a clean, old toothbrush. Let sit for an hour or so.

• Dissolve 2 to 3 scoops of OxiClean into one gallon of cold water and let soak between 24 and 48 hours.

• Good old Mother Nature is another great option. Spritz the stain with cold water and let sit out it the sun. If it’s a tough stain, spritz the baby clothes again and then pour lemon juice over the stain before laying in the sun. There’s nothing like Mother Nature and the stain removal power of lemon juice.

Removing Deodorant Stains from Clothing

I like white cotton shirts, but over time the deodorant and/or sweat stains can become quite evident, as they will turn the fabric a yellow color.

Not all is lost though - you can get these stains out.

OxiClean and Water

Dissolve 1 tablespoon OxiClean into 1 cup hot water. Dampen the stain with the mix and rub it between your hands, then soak the stained areas for 30 minutes on each side. Wash as usual. I know OxiClean can be expensive, though. If you don’t happen to have it on the shelf, but do have the ingredients below, you can make something very similar to OxiClean:

• 1/2 cup Water

• 1/4 cup Hydrogen peroxide

• 1/4 cup Washing soda

Because we are only soaking the armpits of the shirt, you don’t need a whole lot of this mixture. Again, dampen the stained areas and rub between your hands, then let the stained areas soak in the mixture for 30 minutes before washing. If you don’t want to dump this out and you’re washing whites, you can add this to the load of clothes.

Removing Liquid Makeup from Clothing

I’m sure all of us girls have spilled makeup on our clothes a time or two. As with any stain, it’s best to act fast. Even if you can only give yourself a couple of minutes before rushing out the door for work, that’s all you need to pre-treat. Then you can wash the item when you get home.

Using a Laundry Pre-Treater

1. To use a laundry pre-treatment, first use water to rinse the area of the spill really well from the back side of the shirt.

2. Continue until you’ve removed as much of the makeup as you can. If necessary, rub the stained area with your fingers (under the water) to help get the makeup out, but be careful not to spread the makeup around.

3. Apply your pre-treatment option to the remaining stain, and again carefully rub this between your fingers. 4. Wash as you normally would.

Using Bar Soap, Shampoo or Dish Soap

If you don’t happen to have a laundry pre-treater on hand, follow the steps above, except use a bar of soap, shampoo, or dish soap like Dawn in place of the pre-treatment.

 

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Milk Stain and Odor Removal from Carpet

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You may have noticed a couple of days after cleaning carpet stains such as milk, the spots come back. This may be due to wicking. Wicking happens when the carpet becomes saturated and the liquid pools at the bottom. After a while, it starts to work it's way back up through the fibers making the stain reappear on your carpet. It is extremely difficult to remove all of the liquid from the carpet fibers, carpet backing and padding underneath, thereby creating ideal conditions for bacteria and mold growth (and thus malodors). However, you might not be ready to replace your carpet just yet, so here are a few things you can do to eliminate the carpet odor. When you first begin to remove carpet stains, blot up as much of the liquid as possible with an absorbent white cloth. Place another thick cloth on the carpet and weigh down with something heavy so all of the liquid is absorbed. When that's done, go ahead and sanitize the area. The newest technology uses peroxide and detergents to penetrate the soiled area and deactivate the odor. Simply spray a product such as Bio-OX Citrus Concentrate on the soiled area, which will penetrate into the carpet. Allow Bio-OX to penetrate for approximately five minutes. Using a clean white absorbent cloth, blot the area, pressing down firmly (do not rub) for 30 seconds. Repeat this blotting process until the area is dry. If the stain or odor persists, repeat the process. You can also use baking soda to eliminate surface (but not deeply penetrated) odors. Dampen the area with clean water and then sprinkle baking soda over it. Rub the baking soda into the soiled area and let dry; brush or vacuum to remove the dry material.

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miracle growMiracle Grow Stain Removal from Carpet

Miracle grow, the popular fertilizer is much better suited to a garden than a carpet. Although one would assume one would go through life without cleaning carpet stains left behind by fertilizer, accidents do happen. If for some reason you need to remove carpet stains made when Miracle Grow is spilled, you can probably clean it off if you act quickly. First vacuum or pick up any powder or solid material, be as gentle as possible however, so as not to grind the product further into your carpet. If spots still remain on your carpet, Spray the mark with shaving foam and let sit for about thirty minutes. After which, blot with a clean damp cloth.

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Nail Polish Stain Removal from Carpet

nail polish on carpetDon't cry over spilt nail polish! Manicure mishaps are easily remedied. To remove carpet stains caused by nail polish, just use nail polish remover! Pour onto a cotton ball or clean cloth and blot until the polish has disappeared. Blot again with clean water to remove all residue. Remember, when cleaning carpet stains, especially those made by nail polish, it's important to blot. Don't rub or the nail polish will spread.

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Dog Urine Odor

It's unlikely your dog will urinate on his own bed, but it does happen. Especially in the case of an illness. If this has happened to you, of course you'll want to remove dog urine odor as well as the stain. To do so, first remove the cover to the dog bed and wash in the washing machine. If the stain has penetrated the mattress, you'll need a dog urine remover. There are professional products you can use such as PAWS - Pet Accident Washup Solution, or you can try something else such as vinegar. Blot the stain with vinegar until the stain is removed and the smell of dog urine is gone. If the dog urine smell remains, cover the stain with baking soda and leave overnight.

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Oil Paint on Carpet

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Before employing any chemicals for cleaning carpet stains caused by oil paint, first test in a hidden area such as inside a closet or under a piece of furniture. The last thing you want to do is incur further damage. To remove carpet stains such as these, first try a little paint thinner. Dab as gently as possible until all of the paint is removed. If this doesn't work or no paint thinner is available, try using some dry cleaning solvent. If the paint hasn't penetrated deep into the carpet fibers and it won't be noticeable, snip a little bit off the top of the carpet. If none of these will work, contact your carpet care professional.

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Cat Urine Odors 

If your home has a cat urine odor, it may be coming from stained areas on the carpet or furniture. To remove cat urine and cat urine odor, you may need to give the stained area a good cleaning. Use vinegar to spot clean pet stains and remove the odor. In addition you can try a professional product such as PAWS - Pet Accident Washup Solution or Bio-OX Citrus Concentrate on the soiled area, and then allow it to penetrate for approximately five minutes. Using a clean white absorbent cloth, blot the area, pressing down firmly (do not rub) for 30 seconds. Repeat this blotting process until the area is dry. If the odor persists, repeat the process. PAWS will do an excellent job on old pet stain and odors too. You can also try saturating the area with a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. Let it sit for a few minutes. Then, using a clean white absorbent cloth, blot the area, pressing down firmly (do not rub) for 30 seconds. Repeat this blotting process until the area is dry. If the odor or stain persists, repeat the process. Another option is baking soda, which can be used to eliminate surface (but not deeply penetrated) odors. Dampen the area with clean water and then sprinkle baking soda over it. Rub the baking soda into the soiled area and let dry; brush or vacuum to remove the dry material.

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Cat Urine Odor

If your cat has had an accident on the carpet, you're going to need to remove urine odor in addition to the stain. To do so, first clean the stain with a soapy solution made of dishwashing detergent and water. Blot until the entire stain is lifted, and blot again with a damp sponge. In order to remove the cat urine odor, cover the cleaned stain with baking soda and leave overnight to neutralize.

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Remove Pet Odors from Furniture

Man's best friend certainly likes to rest up on man's best pieces of furniture. While we usually don't mind sharing our comfy chairs with our pets, we do mind removing pet odors. If your furniture is starting to pick up the smell of your pets, try these pet odor removal hints: If your furniture is slip covered, remove the cover and wash at least once a month to remove pet odors. Laying a dryer sheet on top of the furniture will keep it smelling fresh and clean and mask any dog smells. If your slip cover is not removable, freshen the furniture by sprinkling baking soda, corn starch or talcum powder. Vacuum after a few hoursThe powder will absorb the smells and leave your furniture with a fresh scent.

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Repairing Burned or Melted Carpet Fibers

Unfortunately you can't employ the same techniques used for cleaning carpet stains as you would to repair burns in the carpet. In fact, one can pretty much consider a burn permanent damage. Before you toss your carpet in a dumpster, you might try one of these methods to remove carpet stains caused by burns. The first thing you can try is snipping the very top fibers of the carpet. If the burn is too far down in the fibers, you can cut out the burned spot with an exacto knife and cut out another piece exactly the same size and shape from a carpet remnant or hidden area of the carpet. Paint a little glue on the sides of the piece of carpet and glue into place. Hopefully no one will ever notice.

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Removing Stuck Carpet Padding

It's tough enough having to remove carpet stains. It's even worse if one removes carpet padding only to find part of it is still glued to your floor. If you are removing old carpet in your home and find that the under padding is stuck to the floor underneath, you should be able to remove it using a commercial glue remover. You can also try to soak the residue with hot water, and scrape it off. A paint removing product may also help.

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Protecting Furniture During Carpet Cleaning

Here's a household hint. Before cleaning carpet stains with a steam cleaner, slip plastic baggies over your furniture legs. This will not only protect your furniture legs from the steam cleaner, it will also protect your carpet from stains caused by rusty metal chair legs.

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Plaster Removal from Carpet

If you're cleaning carpet stains made up of plaster, in most cases all you'll need is a good vacuum. A shop vac is especially good for this task. Once all of the plaster and powder is removed, cover the stain in a thick cloth saturated with dishwashing liquid. Leave for an hour or so to loosen the remaining plaster and blot clean with a sponge.

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Permanent Marker Stain Removal from Carpet

Cleaning carpet stains left by permanent marker isn't difficult if you act swiftly before the stain has a chance to set in. First try hairspray or rubbing alcohol. Spray directly onto the stain to saturate and let sit for thirty to sixty minutes. Blot with a damp sponge or cloth until the stain is removed. If this didn't work, you can try a non-acetate nail polish remover. You may want to test this in a hidden area first however, to be sure you won't damage the carpet further.

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Cleaning Baseboards

Baseboards are difficult to clean with a cloth because imperfections in the wood can snag it and make the cleaning slow. Using a wet rag can take a long time and add too much moisture to the wood. The ideal way to clean baseboards is to use baby wipes. Purchase baby wipes that are alcohol and fragrance free. This keeps the wipes from drying out the baseboards as you clean them. The light moisture in the wipes allows you to clean the baseboards without a lot of wetting and wringing of rags. And, they are disposable, so it's easy to continue to clean all of the baseboards without stopping to wet down more rags. The aloe that is often added to baby wipes helps to condition the wood as you wipe it down. One small box of baby wipes is inexpensive and can be stored long term to clean the baseboards as needed.

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Repairing Cigarette Burns in Carpet

If you come across a cigarette burn in your cleaning carpet ritual, you'll need to do some simple repair work. First snip away the singed edges with fine manicure scissors or a razor blade. Use tweezers to pull out the severely burned fibers and discard. Remove clean carpet strands from another, hidden area in the room. Apply glue to the burned area, and press the clean fibers into the spot. Press the area with a heavy object for several days before walking on it.

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Road Salt Removal from Carpet

Rock or road salt works wonders for melting snow. The only problem is, we end up tracking it into our homes. This means we also end up having to remove carpet stains caused by this salt. It's only a minor inconvenience, however. If dealt with immediately, there's no need for road salt to cause permanent damage. For cleaning carpet stains caused by road salt, first vacuum completely. Next spray the stains with a solution of half vinegar and half water. Let this sit for fifteen or twenty minutes and blot with a damp sponge. Next time it snows, have everyone leave their shoes at the door.

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Wax Removal from Carpet

The last thing any of us need is wax dripped on the carpet. Once it hardens, it seems impossible to remove. All is not lost though. For cleaning carpet stains made by wax, first chip off as much of the surface wax as possible, using a dull knife or paint scraper. Once that is done, place a cloth or several layers of paper towels over the wax and apply a warm iron. Iron the towel for a few minutes and then lift. The wax should now be on the cloth instead of the carpet. Remove carpet stains left behind by blotting with a vinegar, or if it doesn't come up easily, nail polish remover.

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Wine Stain Removal from Carpet

Because wine contains tannins, it's sometimes difficult to remove. There are simple solutions to cleaning carpet stains made by both red and wine stains. For instance, if you spill red wine on the carpet, immediately pour a glass of white wine over the stain. The white wine will neutralize the red wine and the stain will disappear. To remove carpet stains caused by white wine, just dab with some vinegar. Both stain removal remedies take less than five minutes!

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Zinc Oxide (Desitin) Stain Removal from Carpet

When diapering a baby on a carpet, be sure to take the proper precautions and lay a towel or changing mat underneath the baby. Zinc Oxide, the active ingredient in most diaper rash ointments, can leave a spot behind. To remove carpet stains made by zinc oxide, wipe away as much as you can with a clean cloth. Cover the remaining stain with baking soda to absorb any grease and let sit for an hour or so. When time is up, continue cleaning carpet by blotting any residue left behind with a mild dish soap. Wipe clean with a damp cloth, and no one will ever know a baby's bottom touched your floor!

 

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Vomit Stain and Odor Removal from Carpet

To remove carpet stains and odor such as those made by vomit, the newest technology uses peroxide and detergents to penetrate the soiled area to remove the stain and deactivate the odor. Simply spray a product such as Bio-OX Citrus Concentrate on the soiled area, and then allow it to penetrate for approximately five minutes. Using a clean white absorbent cloth, blot the area, pressing down firmly (do not rub) for 30 seconds. Repeat this blotting process until the area is dry. If the stain or odor persists, repeat the process. You can also try saturating the area with a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. Let it sit for a few minutes. Then, using a clean white absorbent cloth, blot the area, pressing down firmly (do not rub) for 30 seconds. Repeat this blotting process until the area is dry. If the stain or odor persists, repeat the process. Another option for cleaning carpet stains is baking soda, which can be used to eliminate surface (but not deeply penetrated) odors. Dampen the area with clean water and then sprinkle baking soda over it. Rub the baking soda into the soiled area and let dry; brush or vacuum to remove the dry material.

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Use Club Soda to Remove Carpet Stains

The key to cleaning carpet stains is to act immediately. The longer you wait to remove carpet stains, the more time the stain has to set. Take a clean, dry cloth and blot until no more of the stain can be lifted. Next, pour club soda on the cloth and blot until the stain is completely removed. Always blot the stain. Vigorous rubbing can cause the stain to spread and that part of the carpet to become worn.

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Urine Stain and Odor Removal from Carpet

Anyone who has ever owned a dog or a cat knows all about cleaning carpet pet stains. Unfortunately, urine can saturate absorbent materials such as carpet, well beyond the surface area that can effectively be cleaned. It is extremely difficult to remove all of the urine from the carpet fibers, carpet backing and padding underneath, thereby creating ideal conditions for bacteria and mold growth (and thus malodors). However, you might not be ready to replace your items just yet. When cleaning carpets stains such as urine, blot up as much as possible with an absorbent white cloth. The newest technology uses peroxide and detergents to penetrate the soiled area to remove the stain and deactivate the odor. Simply spray a product such as PAWS - Pet Accident Washup Solution or Bio-OX Citrus Concentrate on the soiled area, and then allow it to penetrate for approximately five minutes. Using a clean white absorbent cloth, blot the area, pressing down firmly (do not rub) for 30 seconds. Repeat this blotting process until the area is dry. If the odor persists, repeat the process. PAWS will do an excellent job on old pet stains and odors too. You can also try saturating the area with a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. Let it sit for a few minutes. Then, using a clean white absorbent cloth, blot the area, pressing down firmly (do not rub) for 30 seconds. Repeat this blotting process until the area is dry. If the odor or stain persists, repeat the process. Another option to remove carpet stains made by urine is baking soda, which can be used to eliminate surface (but not deeply penetrated) odors. Dampen the area with clean water and then sprinkle baking soda over it. Rub the baking soda into the soiled area and let dry; brush or vacuum to remove the dry material.

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Tomato or Spaghetti Sauce Stain Removal from Carpet

When cleaning carpet stains that are tomato based, such as spaghetti sauce or tomato soup, you can try using a liquid enzyme detergent, a solution of 3% hydrogen peroxide, or an oxygenated cleaner such as Bio-OX Citrus Concentrate. When working to remove carpet stains, remember to always test a cleaning product on an inconspicuous spot first. After applying the cleaner, let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse with clean water. Always blot carpet stains; don't rub them, so as not to damage the carpet fibers. Work the stain from the outside in, so as not to spread the stain any further.

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Tar Removal from Carpet

If tar has somehow found it's way onto your carpet, don't panic. There's a simple solution for cleaning carpet stains caused by tar, and it only takes minutes. Spray WD-40, the lubricant with thousands of uses, directly onto the tar. Leave it for about ten or fifteen minutes and wipe off with a clean cloth. You may have to repeat this a couple of times, but soon your carpet will look the same as it did before the tar was tracked in.

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Syrup Removal from Carpet

If dropped on the floor, pancake syrup can make a sticky mess. It can be even messier if it gets embedded into your carpet fibers. When cleaning capert stains consisting of pancake syrup, make up a solution of one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid to one teaspoon of warm water. Pour this into a spray bottle and blot to remove carpet stains. Blot again with clean water to remove any sticky, soapy residue from the carpet.

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Soft Drink Stain Removal from Carpet

Anyone who has ever hosted a party has had to contend with careless guests. They don't spill because they're inconsiderate of course, they 're just having such a good time, they're not paying attention. That can mean only one thing. Spills on the carpet. If you're finding yourself having to remove carpet stains caused by soft drinks, you might be happy to find out this is an easy spot to remove. The last thing you want after a party is to spend a lot of time cleaning carpet stains caused by an overzealous party goer. Pour some vinegar onto a cloth and blot the stain until it's lifted. If you can't live with the smell of vinegar, blot again with a damp sponge.

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Rust Stain Removal from Carpet

It's important to keep the area around metal furniture legs dry. If not, we might end up with rust stains on our carpets. These unsightly orange stains can set in and become a permant part of the décor if we don't act quickly enough. It's best to act immediately upon seeing the stain. To remove carpet stains caused by rust, it's best to use an acid-based cleaner. Vinegar and lemon juice work well for this task because they're both contain acids. A cleaner containing oxalic acid will also work at cleaning carpet stains such as rust.

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Removing Fingernail Polish from Carpet

Be sure to test this on a hidden area first, to make sure it won't harm the carpet! Don't pour the solution directly on the carpet! Using a clean cloth, apply a dry-cleaning solvent. Blot the stain, starting at the outside and working your way to the center. Next, prepare a detergent solution by mixing 1 teaspoon of mild liquid detergent with one cup of water. Mix well. Apply the solution using a clean cloth. Rinse with water and blot until dry. (You may need to repeat a few times until all of the stain is removed).

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Maintaining The Beauty of Your Carpets - PURE Carpet Care of New Jersey

Replacing your old carpet with new carpet dramatically improves the look and feel of your home, but the greater task is keeping your new carpet looking brand new! There are a few small steps that homeowners can take to keep their carpets looking fresh and clean. PURE Carpet Care of New Jersey highly recommends vacuuming all high traffic areas on a regular basis, along with sweeping any hard surface entryways. If possible, all footwear should be removed before entering the home. These steps will help limit the buildup of dirt and debris that is tracked in from the outside, not to mention help curb your carpet fibers from wear and tear.  But, unfortunately overtime from normal wear and tear your carpet fibers will become soiled and dull to appearance. As a result vacuuming and regular upkeep can only do so much and you will in time need to call a professional carpet cleaning service.

 

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Commercial Carpet Cleaning by PURE Carpet Care of New Jersey

So, how important is it to regularly clean your commercial carpets and walk-off mats, very! It is well known that as much as 90% of the dirt that gets into your facility comes in on people’s shoes. And that the walk-off mat is a key way to trap and hold and keep the dirt out of your commercial building. The International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) has published, that one person walks in .02 ounces of dirt every day; so 500 people bring in 10 ounces per day or about 160 pounds per year.

Proper maintenance of your commercial carpet and walk-mats by PURE Carpet Care will contribute to the bottom line in any facility. Often, we come across facilities that do not adequately clean or maintain the flooring on a regular basis which leads to heavily soiled traffic lanes. 

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Upholstery cleaning is a skill set that is earned through years of experience. Compared to carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning is a more delicate cleaning procedure and should not be rushed. Upholstery cleaning products are usually formulated to be hypoallergenic due to increased contact with skin. PURE Carpet Care always tests its products on upholstery before any work is to be done. We test for bleeding of colors, crocking, and color transfer. We also check the threading and piping for any abnormalities or different colors. Some common symbols on tags for upholstery cleaning are:

  • X - Vacuum Only
  • S - Solvent Onlyupholstery cleaning couchupholstery cleaning sofa arm
  • W - Wet Clean
  • S/W - Solvent or Wet Clean

 

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  1. Vacuum Upholstery
  2. Pre-Spray Upholstery
  3. Agitate pre-spray into upholstery and let dwell
  4. Extract and clean upholstery/furniture
  5. Speed Dry with air movers

 

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Fresh ScentFRESH SCENT - Eliminates Odors

Specifically formulated to eliminate unpleasant odor in carpet, upholstery, fabrics and more. Odorcide 210 is a safe product that works through counteraction, absorption and residual actions to completely eliminate malodors. Unlike enzyme based products, Odorcide is fully compatible with detergents, germicides and cleaning agents and can be used in a wide range of applications.

  • Not a mask
  • Not an enzyme

 

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woolsafeOriental rugs are not only a work of art but also an investment, and with proper care can last for generations. As Oriental rugs are generally made of wool, they are more durable, resilient and stay cleaner than rugs made from other fibers. By following these simple suggestions your Oriental rug will provide you with many years of utility and satisfaction.

Beating

Beating is the traditional and the best method for cleaning a rug. The rug should be hung outside in dry weather and beaten several times on each side with a paddle or beater. This dislodges any fine grit embedded in the rug.

Rotation

A rug should be rotated once every year or two so s to ensure even wear. In higher traffic areas, rotation should be more frequent. As continual direct exposure to sunlight will damage a rug, the frequent rotation of a rug will equalize the effect of the sun. Use window shades, shutters or curtains as often as possible to protect your rug from damaging ultra violet rays. This will protect against the fading of colors.

Vacuuming

Oriental rugs should be vacuumed regularly to remove dirt and grit that may damage the fibers and foundation of the rug. Vacuuming helps prevent dirt on the surface of the rug from filtering down into the pile where it can accumulate and cause increased wear. Be careful with a cleaner equipped with a power brush as they create a raking effect on the pile and can eventually weaken the knots.

Cleaning

Cleaning by a professional cleaner is recommended every one to two years, depending on the amount of traffic your rug experiences. This will bring out the vibrancy and richness of color as well as the softness of the wool. Always ask your cleaner to use WoolSafe approved cleaning products.

 

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Regular Maintenance on carpetMatting

There comes a point when carpet fibers no longer return to their original shape. As fibers lose their shape, they begin to look twisted, frayed or distorted, causing the carpet to look dirtier and gray. The easiest way to avoid matting is to vacuum and rake the carpet often. Rearranging furniture also helps to prevent traffic lanes and patterns.

 

Wear

Wear is a combination of several things. Soil, heavy traffic, loss of fibers, improper vacuuming, improper cleaning and time... All contribute to worn carpet.

 

Regular Maintenance

The best way to prevent excessive wear is to properly maintain your carpet. Vacuum every day if possible. Vacuuming removes loose soil before it becomes embedded in the fiber. Removal of abrasive soils from the carpet helps extend its life.

Call us to have your carpets cleaned at least once a year. The removal of embedded dry dirt, greasy soil, and spots and spills refreshes the appearance of your carpet while ridding the fibers of abrasive materials.

 

For the best possible carpet cleaning in New Jersey or any of our cleaning services, gives us a call.

 

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before-after-apartment-cleaningThe main reason a carpet shows signs of premature wear is because of improper maintenance. If major traffic lanes were vacuumed more frequently and spots and spills were cleaned properly, carpeting would look better and last longer.

Traffic lanes and patterns are usually caused by the following factors: traffic lane graying, soiling, matting and wear. We will review each problem, how it is caused and what can be done to prevent it.


Traffic Lane Graying

Carpets are known to eventually show signs of wear. This wear creates an illusion of soiling, which often causes frustration and misunderstanding between homeowners and carpet care experts. Even though a carpet had been cleaned, it doesn't mean that it will look the same all over. Wear often causes what is known as traffic lane graying, a condition that has been nicknamed, "ugly out."

There is not a lot that a carpet care expert can do with "ugly out." If a 10-year-old carpet is cleaned, you have a clean 10-year-old carpet. Just as a clean pair of old jeans will show wear and discoloration around the knees, a clean old carpet will show signs of wear in the traffic lanes.


Soiling

The main cause of traffic lane soiling is tracking in soil and dust; airborne pollutants; and food and beverages spilled on the carpet. Soil damages a carpet as well as making it look dirty. The main problem caused by soil is called fiber abrasion. Fiber abrasion is created by dirt particles scratching and scraping the fiber surface. Scratches and scrapes block light reflection causing theses areas to look even dirtier and gray. The easiest way to prevent soil from damaging the fiber is to vacuum regularly.


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green seal certifiedInitially, green cleaning products had a poor reputation among cleaners; they may have been better for the environment in some way, but they didn't work as well as "traditional" products. Green product certifiers are aware of this perception in the marketplace, so they include efficacy as a prerequisite to being certified... "it's not green if it doesn't work." It also shouldn't damage the carpet , so efficacy testing includes ph, color change and re-soiling testing.

Are you aware that bio-based and biodegradable means that a product will be broken down over time into its component pieces and not accumulate in waterways or landfills. Usually, bio-based products are biodegradable and biodegradable products are bio-based -- but not always. Host Dry Carpet Cleaner is both. Host's Green Seal approval includes biodegradability and our United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPrefreferred certification includes bio-based testing. You can learn more about bio-based products by visiting their web site at biopreferred.gov.

 

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Green Carpet Cleaning by PURE Carpet Care


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There is a phenomenon in the carpet cleaning industry that could easily be called, "ring around the room," but is more commonly referred to as filtration soiling or soil filtration lines. What are soil filtration lines? Soil filtration lines are ugly dark lines usually from 1 to 3 inches in width that often show up in homes along the baseboards, under doors, along stairways around furnace vents and under floor length draperies.

The Cause

Filtration soiling is caused by soot, dust, carbon monoxide and other microscopic airborne pollutants that pass through the carpet pile. As the pollutants pass through the carpet, the fibers act as a filter to remove the fine particles of airborne soil. These lines build up in the carpet and slowly turn from light gray to black. These airborne particles are distributed throughout a building via the heating or air conditioning system or through natural convection currents in the building structure. In virtually every home and building, gaps are found at the lower edge of walls, between steps and the walls of a stair case and between the floor and the drywall. Soil filtration lines may take weeks, months or even years to appear.

Prevention

The best method of prevention is to develop a habit of vacuuming along baseboards and stairways weekly, using a crevice tool. Also, during the months of heaviest usage for your heating or air conditioning system, change the filters at least monthly.

 

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foot print spots on carpetMany people say they are waiting until after winter to clean their carpet. Let's look at a couple of the reasons given that make them come to that conclusion and why we don't think they should wait. It's a great time to clean your carpet.

"The carpet will get dirty right away." We agree. If you come in with wet muddy shoes on. But, how about taking your shoes off before you walk on the carpet? We could go into great detail explaining all the bad things that can be tracked onto your carpet, visible and invisible, winter or summer, but we dont' want to spoil your dinner. Then there are the cutting soils that can cause abrasion and cause those ugly traffic lanes in the areas you walk the most. So this is an excellent time to train yourself to take your shoes off because you can see all this stuff on your shoes that you don't want on the carpet.

One more thing to consider is that we are not as busy during winter so you can usually have the day and time that you want to have us clean your carpet and not have to wait for two or three weeks. We also have more time to do some extras that you didn't think about until we started cleaning, like your grouted tile floor that you didn't realize how dirty it was. And because we are inside more in the winter, having a clean carpet can give us a healthy home to enjoy. Removing the soil covering the fibers makes the colors brighter, it feels cushiony and it smells better. Sounds like what the doctor ordered to make you feel better on a dreary winter's day.

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For most, the old fashioned mop is the tile cleaning tool of choice. Although this appears to work fine at first, eventually you start to notice the tile and especially the grout lines getting darker in the traffic areas. Mopping no longer gets the job done. Dirt and soil from the mop has been absorbed into the grout between the tile leaving it dull, dark, and dingy. Utilizing the latest technology and PURE's tile cleaning agents, we can thoroughly clean your tile and grout with our tile and grout cleaning system. It will restore the natural beauty of your ceramic tile and grout quickly and economically and it will be dry and ready to walk on when we are finished. Your floors will sparkle once again and you save time and money. Call us for more information on this special service. 877-216-5509


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