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Cleaning Tips for the Domestically Challenged

November 9, 2011
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I’m not the best when it comes to cleaning my abode. I’m not the worst either but when it comes to doing the deep down cleaning I put it off until I have a party or I move. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a very neat person. Everything has a place and it can usually be found where it belongs. Beds are made, toys are picked up and I try to keep dirty dishes out of the sink. I can keep the house picked up but when it comes to getting under the couch or cleaning out the grout. I leave it to someone else.

Air Ducts

It’s not that I don’t know how or even that I don’t want to. I do want to, I just don’t have the time and in some cases I don’t have the tools. I tried to vacuum out my air ducts one year and that was a mistake. I ended up having to call someone to get the vacuum hose out of the air duct. I will try to do a lot of the maintenance around the house before I call someone because I like that sense of accomplishment I get from doing a job that no one thought I could do, but trust me, you don’t want to try to clean your own air ducts. Call someone.

Got blood?

Blood can be a real chore to get out so it’s always best to work on the stain as soon as it happens. Sometimes you don’t learn of the stain until it’s set in though. Either way you can try several different ways to remove blood. Hydrogen peroxide is supposed to take blood right out. I never have it on hand so I don’t know but I asked Facebook and that is the number one recommendation for removing blood. I also heard shaving cream will remove blood but that isn’t something I usually have on hand either so I haven’t tried that one. I’ve found that cold water and Dawn dishwashing detergent works if you get to the stain right away. If the blood in on clothing and has dried I will presoak it with Tide over night and then a mixture of cold water and tide for another night, wash normally after that. If that doesn’t work try Oxi Clean.

Marble Cleaning Tips

Depending on the size of the stain soak a cotton ball in some hydrogen peroxide and then place the cotton ball on the stain. For larger stains or marks I would suggest calling someone.

Pet Odor Removal

If you have pets you know what they can smell like and that it isn’t easy to get their smells out of your furniture or carpeting. We’re heading into winter now and the truth is you can’t just open the windows and hope the smell goes away. Sorry, but I don’t have any solution to removing pets smells, except to call a professional. For help getting pet odor out check out these guys¬†http://www.thesteamteam.com/pet-odor-treatment.shtml.

Do you have any tips you’d like to share?


 

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