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Easy Pet Hair Removal PDF Print E-mail
Written by Morgan   
Sunday, 30 August 2009 10:12

Your pets are your best friends. They offer unconditional love and companionship. However, none of us love the hair they leave behind. If you have shedding animals, you know how frustrating it can be to clean your floors only to find pet hair tumbleweeds in the corners the next day. Fortunately, you can reduce pet hair build-up on your furniture and floors. We have compiled an easy three-step guide for your best pet hair removal technique.

1. Prevent

The best way to avoid those pet-hair tumbleweeds that accumulate in corners is to make a preemptive strike. Groom your pets regularly. Brushing your animal will gather up all that excess hair and undercoat that eventually become fur bunnies. If you have a high-shedding dog, such as a Golden Retriever, you will want to brush your pet daily. A great brush to use is the Lentek Ionic Waterless Pet Brush. It uses odor neutralizing ions that waterlessly bathe your pet while greatly reducing the pet dander left behind.

2. Wet

Before you start working out all those stray dog and cat hairs, you will save yourself some grief if you wet it a bit first. Mist the area you’re trying to de-fur with a spray bottle of water. You don’t want it wet, you just want a light mist to help weigh down the hairs a bit. For an added boost to hair-clumping capabilities, put some fabric softener in your spray bottle. Liquid fabric softener and dryer sheets work equally as well. The static-removing agents in the fabric softener are like a magnet for stray pet hairs, so you can get to hairs deep in upholstery or carpet.

3. Remove

Once the pet hair is damp, then you can start the removal process. For floors, vacuuming is effective…as a first step. So run the vacuum over floors and upholstery. Make sure you change your bag often, as a full bag reduces your vacuum’s efficiency as well as creating a fire hazard.

Once you’ve vacuumed, you will probably need to go over the areas again. Running a damp sponge over your carpet will help clean up strays. Velcro works great to get deep into the carpet fibers, as well as latex gloves or an inflated balloon. The Velcro grabs and the latex in the gloves and the balloon attracts hair. Once you’ve completed this, you can enjoy your fur free floors and furniture!

 
Five Ways to Reuse Dryer Sheets PDF Print E-mail
Written by Morgan   
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 14:41

Many of us use fabric softener dryer sheets. When we’re done, it’s easy to toss them without a second thought. However, that is a lot of waste. Reusing your dryer sheets even once can greatly reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfills. We are always looking for ways to green our cleaning practices, so we gathered a list of five ways to get a few more uses out of those dryer sheets.

1. Dusting

Perhaps one of the most efficient uses for your used dryer sheets is as a dust cloth. Use it to wipe down surfaces, venetian blinds, and computer and television screens. They attract and retain the dust, so you’re actually getting rid of dust, not just displacing it. Not only do dryer sheets act as the cloth, but the anti-static elements will also keep dust at bay for days to come.

2. Odor Neutralizer

Even after they’ve been used, dryer sheets retain much of their smell. This makes them perfect for freshening up nasty odors. You can place them in the bottom of garbage cans, in stinky shoes, or in the dirty laundry hamper in order to those areas fresh smelling. They also work great as a quick air freshener. Place them on a screen or fan, and your home smells like just-washed laundry in no time.

Dryer sheets make inexpensive substitutes for Febreze as well. Fill a spray bottle with water, and place two or three dryer sheets right in the water. It neutralizes odors where sprayed. This is also a great technique to use while ironing in place of the steam function on most irons.

3. Pet Hair Removal

If you have an animal that sheds, then you know how quickly pet hair can accumulate. You are always searching for ways to keep your home pet hair free without vacuuming daily. Dryer sheets are like a magnet for pet hair. Swipe a sheet over floors, sofas, or anywhere that collects pet hair. The sheet attracts the dander, leaving it surface hair free.

Dryer sheets also work equally as well in pet grooming. As you’re brushing your animal out, run a dryer sheet over its fur. It will take care of those pesky undercoat hairs that never brush out, but are always collecting in clumps in the corners of your home.

4. Banish Soap Scum and Hard Water Stains

You probably wouldn’t guess, but a used dryer sheet is great for the removal of hard water stains and soap scum. Simply wet the dryer sheet and scrub! Spots on your faucets, glass shower doors, and shower walls will disappear. A dryer sheet is gently abrasive, so the sheets will remove the stains without scratching the surfaces. For more stubborn stains, use a liquid soap, such as dish soap, with the dryer sheet.

5. De-Greasing Pots and Pans

What makes dryer sheets repel static and dust can also repel baked on grease! If you have a pot or pan that will not scrub clean no matter how much elbow grease, place a dryer sheet in the pan. Fill the pan with lukewarm water, and let it sit overnight. In the morning, the grease will scrub right off!

 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 August 2009 10:23 )
 
How to Clean a Glass Stovetop PDF Print E-mail
Written by Morgan Burns   
Tuesday, 11 August 2009 08:31
At Cleanerhouse.com we get a lot of questions about how to get things clean. The thing that seems to leave people most dumbfounded is the glass top stove. Fortunately, it is also one of the easiest to clean! We want to share our safe and simple methods for keeping your glass stove top spic and span.

Spot Cleaning

Wiping up cooking messes is as easy as one, two, three!
  1. Get two paper towels or two rags. We like to use reusable towels like the Microfiber towels by StarFiber. They have a great scrubby texture and last for up to 300 washings.
  2. Dampen one of the towels with warm, but not hot, water. If you have a sink of soapy dishwater, dip your towel in that.  It will provide just the right amount of soapiness. If you put dishwater right on your rag, the suds can get out of control once it hits the surface.
  3. Now you dry! Use the dry towel to mop up after yourself. It will keep the stovetop from streaking.

Maintenance Cleaning

Staying on top of messes by cleaning up spills on the spot is important, but once-a-week maintenance cleaning will keep your glass stovetop sparkling for years to come. Most people make the mistake of using a glass cleaner. It makes sense, a glass stovetop is made out of, well, glass.  However, glass on your stovetop is used quite differently than glass windows. Therefore, it should be cleaned differently. Follow these steps for the ultimate clean glass stovetop.
  1. Wait until the stovetop is cool. Then take a damp cloth and a cleaner polish, such as the Bona Kemi Tile and Laminate Floor Polish. It contains a bit of a soft scrub, but it is gentle so as to not scratch the surface of the stovetop.
  2. Place a small amount onto your damp rag, but not directly onto the stovetop. It will save you sudsy mess by controlling the amount that goes onto the surface.
  3. Gently scrub your stovetop, and follow with a dry rag to wipe it up.
  4. For stubborn stains or burn marks, use a small razor blade to scrape away  those tough spots.
 
Eco Cleaning Rags PDF Print E-mail
Written by Morgan Burns   
Tuesday, 11 August 2009 08:12

Cleaning Rags

Using non-toxic cleaning solutions in your home is an incredibly effective way to cut down on the environmental impact you make. However, scrubbing away with bleached, virgin-fiber paper towels can completely counteract the good you’re doing. We have come up with a few ideas to add some more green to your cleaning.

Microfiber Cloths

A great investment to make for your cleaning needs is microfiber cloths. The microfiber cloths by Starfish are made just for your every day cleaning needs. They come with a soft side and a scrubby side, and are made with tightly woven microfibers that attract dust and allergens. Plus, they last up to 300 washes, which is 299 more uses than you can get out of a paper towel.

Old T-Shirts

Do you have any old t-shirts lying around that may be too far-gone to send to Goodwill? Cut them up and turn them into cleaning rags! They work great for dusting and surface cleaning.

Recycled Paper Towels

Some people just don’t like the idea of reusable rags. If you’re one of those people who swear by your paper towels, then look at the type of paper towel you’re using. Avoid using paper towels that are bleached or treated with chemicals, as the chemicals seep into the ground when thrown away. Also, use paper towels made from recycled paper. It greatly reduces the impact on the environment, and they are equally as effective as those made from pre-consumer fibers.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 11 August 2009 08:22 )
 
Home Cleaning Tips - Childproof Locks PDF Print E-mail
Written by Safe Home Sam   
Tuesday, 25 November 2008 20:36

Cleaner House - Home Cleaning Tips:

Install Childproof locks on cabinets that house cleaning supplies

Last Updated ( Monday, 15 December 2008 09:13 )
 
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