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Monthly Archives: November 2016

Home Exterior Cleaning Tips

Keeping your home clean is a progressing errand, and with everything inside that requirements customary consideration, you are most likely one of the numerous property holders who disregard the outside.

You may trust that the cleanliness of the outside of your house isn’t critical, yet in the event that specific things are left unattended for a really long time, you could wind up with a couple of additional issues staring you in the face, all around. Simply consider what might happen if your downpipes obstruct amid the blustery season, or you have to undercut your home at notice. Certainly, within is spotless however the outside potential purchasers see first.

In that capacity, all territories of your home ought to be legitimately taken care of. Knowing this, whenever you clean your home, make sure to venture out the front entryway and remember these home outside cleaning tips.

Inspect your roof regularly

One of the simplest things that you can do outside is hop on a ladder and inspect your roof for any damage, missing tiles or potential dangers. With the size of some hailstones during previous storms, you could easily have a few broken or missing tiles on your roof, which, in turn, would mean that your ceiling could soon spring a leak. If any tiles are missing or fascia boards have come loose, be sure to replace and reattach them as soon as possible.

De-leaf your downpipes

Gutters, drains and downpipes are important for preventing serious water damage to your property, so if you’d like to keep the wetness on the outside during a storm, then be sure to remove any debris on a regular basis leading up to the summer months. And if there are any difficult-to-reach areas on your roof, use a hosepipe or high-pressure cleaner to loosen and remove leaves.

Wash your windows

It’s never pleasant looking out of a dirty window, so whenever you clean the inside glass, be sure to give the exterior a wash as well with a warm water and vinegar solution and a squeegee. Clean windows also make a much better impression on potential buyers, so keep that in mind should you wish to sell your house in future.

Revive your face brick

If your home’s exterior is face brick, you will know that it can get quite dirty very quickly due to the roughness of the bricks. While you may not notice the dirt on face brick, it’s still a good idea to give all the walls a clean once in a while to remove any dirt, stains and unwanted critters. The simplest way in which to give your face brick a makeover is with a high-pressure cleaner and home exterior detergent. This will also work wonders on any paving around your house that you may have neglected over the years.

Baby Laundry Tips

With regards to child’s clothing, texture care is of specific significance not just for the care of the fragile articles of clothing themselves, however for the way that the texture comes in close contact with infant’s delicate skin. From treating stains to picking a cleanser, here’s a choice of supportive infant clothing care tips.

Why Take Extra Care with Baby’s Laundry

While your infant may become out of his or her garments at a fast pace, there is no motivation behind why you can’t, with appropriate care, spare the apparel for a future kin or cousin or give it to a philanthropy or youngsters’ home. Additionally, seeing that both dress and bedding are concerned, you preferably need infant’s clothing to be as spotless as would be prudent, yet in any case delicate and tender on child’s sensitive skin. Striking the harmony amongst perfect and delicate, and guaranteeing the life span of child’s clothing, requires additional care-yet it is not exactly as dull a procedure as you may envision.

Pre-Treating and Treating Baby-Related Stains

Stains are an inevitable part of babyhood. Here’s how to treat the most common baby-related stains on laundry:

  • Protein Stains: For breast milk, formula, spit-up, diarrhoea and food stains, a pre-treatment comprising cold water and an enzyme cleaner is your best solution. Enzymes dissolve proteins, thereby literally digesting the stain and removing the possibility of residual odour. Soak the stained item for at least an hour, and then launder as usual.
  • Urine Stains: In order to rid laundry of both the stain and smell of urine, a two-step process should ideally be followed. Dilute a tablespoon of ammonia into a cup of water, and do a small patch test on an unnoticeable part of the stained item to ensure the item is colour-fast and will not be bleached by the ammonia. If the item proves colour fast, dab the ammonia mixture onto the urine stain, rubbing in circular motions. Thereafter treat the stain again with a targeted stain-removal product, before laundering as usual.
  • Oil/Grease Stains: For baby oil, petroleum jelly and lotion stains, swift action is required. Whilst the stain is fresh, dab baby powder onto it to absorb excess oil. Scrape off after twenty minutes, before treating with a solvent targeted at removing oil/grease stains, and laundering as usual.
  • On-the-Go Stain Treatment: For stain pre-treatment whilst you are out and about, simply filling a couple of small spray bottles, obtainable at any plastics store, with the above mixtures and popping these in your diaper bag will help you save baby’s best clothes from ruin.

Choosing a Detergent and Fabric Softener

Ideally, you should select a gentle detergent for laundering baby’s clothing and bedding and rely on your laundering method to ensure the items are thoroughly cleaned. For baby’s laundry, you can purchase a mild laundry detergent, or you can simply halve your usual dose of your normal detergent. Check the labels on baby’s laundry to ascertain the maximum temperatures the items can handle and set your washing machine to that temperature or, if washing by hand, buy an oven thermometer and check the temperature of your water. Hot water cleans more thoroughly than cold water, but does not leave a chemical residue that may be an irritant to baby.

Cleaning your Bathroom?, Here Its Tips

There is no denying it-bathroom cleaning can be a chore, and one that may seem to have been performed in vain when we hear tell of the germs that are oft left lurking in the nooks and crannies of our bathrooms and toilets. Thorough bathroom cleaning is a possibility though, and it is a matter of working smarter, not necessarily harder.

General Bathroom Cleaning Tips

  • Preventing Mildew Growth in the Bathroom: If your bathroom does not have an extractor fan, you should try to keep your bathroom window/s open as often as possible to increase light and circulation and thus discourage mildew growth. Keeping the window/s open in winter whilst bathing or showering may be too chilly, but the window/s should at least be opened after each and every bath or shower.
  • Shower Cleaning: Fill a plastic shopping bag with a white vinegar and water solution, and tie the bag over your shower head, leaving it to soak overnight. Remove the bag in the morning, and run the shower head for a few minutes, first running hot and thereafter cold water. Make a paste from white vinegar and baking soda and use it to scrub the shower door and walls. Scrub the shower floor with thick bleach and pour a capful of the bleach down the drain as well.
  • Bathtub and Sink Cleaning: The white vinegar and baking soda paste can be used to scrub the bathtub and sink as well. Break out an old toothbrush for the nooks and crannies around the taps and drain. Remember to pour a thick bleach down the drain. Taps can easily be cleaned with a cloth soaked in water and bleach-just be careful to keep the cloth away from your clothing.
  • Tiles, Walls and Other Surfaces: For simple and effective cleaning, steam-clean your bathroom. Spray the tiles, walls and other surfaces with an all-purpose cleaner or diluted bleach, run the hot water in the shower for approximately ten minutes, turn off the water, and close the bathroom door, vacating the room for twenty minutes. Upon returning, open the bathroom window/s and wipe down all surfaces with a clean microfiber cloth.

Busting Toilet Germs

Scrubbing your toilet is not specifically complicated-you don a pair of gloves and use a thick bleach, toilet brush [which should ideally be replaced every few months], and old toothbrush [not the same one used for the tub and sink] to scrub every reachable nook and cranny. Cleaning aside, the smartest move you can make insofar as bathroom germ protection is concerned is to make it practice to keep the toilet lid closed each time it is flushed. Studies have found the germ C. difficile, which can cause violent bacteria and vomiting, to be present not only in the toilet bowl itself, but on the seat and even on the floor surrounding the toilet. Keeping the lid closed when flushing keeps germs restricted to the toilet bowl, which you then simply need clean on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.

Removing Limescale Buildup

As the old adage goes, prevention is better than cure. Preventing limescale buildup is as simple as leaving a squeegee in the shower and a sponge on the bathtub, and asking family members to wipe the shower walls and door with said squeegee post-shower or do a quick scrub of the tell-tale ‘bath ring’ whilst the tub is draining.

Of course, some level of limescale buildup may still occur, especially if family members have been less than vigilant in their post-shower or bath clean-up. An acidic cleaner, such as white vinegar diluted in water, should cut through limescale and soapscum without issue.