Hardwood Floor CleaningHardwood floors are stylish interior touches which consolidate room design and give the entire property a classy look and feel. Hardwood floors are also somewhat expensive to purchase and install, so it makes sense to keep them looking better for longer through the right cleaning maintenance procedures.

Hardwood floors require specialised cleaning approach in order to preserve their good looks and properties. Hardwood floors don’t tolerate harsh cleaning chemicals or aggressive solvents so consult with manufacturer instructions or speak to your specialised retailer on how to keep your particular type of hardwood floor clean and fresh without risk of damage or alteration.

One thing all hardwood floors have in common is that they require polishing as part of their effective cleaning routine. Polishing your hardwood floors may seem complex and tedious, but in fact the process is not as hard or daunting as it appears.

Solid Paste Wax – the good, old fashioned wax-in-a-can, is best used for polishing true linoleum flooring, most types of unvarnished hardwood floors, unfinished cork flooring as well as some polished concrete floors.

This type of wax is not to be used on no-wax flooring, vinyl and urethane-finish flooring surfaces.

For best results, solid paste wax is applied manually. The correct application procedure is as follows:

  • Moisten a non-linen cloth or rag, wring it out well to prevent it from absorbing too much wax.
  • Work the wax over the hardwood floor surface as per the instructions on the wax container.
  • Make sure you work systematically and spread the wax evenly for a good, uniform finish.
  • The drying waxed surface will appear clouded – buff it to a glimmering finish, using a soft cloth or an electric polisher.

Liquid Wax or Oil – Liquid wax is easier to apply than solid paste. This type of wax is best used for polishing unvarnished hardwood, unfinished cork and linoleum. Liquid wax has a shorter lasting effect than solid paste treatments. Do not use liquid wax on no-wax flooring, vinyl and urethane-finish flooring surfaces. Application of liquid wax is the same as the application method for solid paste wax in the above paragraph.

Water-Base Silicone Polishes – these waxes are the more universal sealing and polishing treatment as they can be used on a variety of hard flooring surfaces, except unsealed wood, cork and linoleum. Water base silicone polishes are the only suitable product for urethane-finish surfaces. These polishes are hard wearing and long lasting. Apply the treatment in a number of thin layers or coats, consecutively as applying a single thicker layer will take forever to dry. Application is as follows:

  • Pour a small amount of polish onto a no-linen cloth or rag, also pour a small amount of polish directly onto the flooring surface.
  • Spread the water-base wax evenly as to avoid bubbles forming in (the still) liquid polish.
  • Let the polish dry and then buff to a shine using soft cloth or electric polisher.

Apply additional coats of polish in high traffic areas as per the instructions above. Avoid spilling and splashing the polish on painted surfaces and walls as it causes heavy stains.

CleaningCleaning is not everyone’s favourite past time, but cleaning can be interesting, at least on paper anyway. Below you will find some of the more intriguing facts about cleaning – enjoy the read and raise your housekeeping IQ.

  • Up to eighty percent of all dust particles inside the house are dead skin cells. The other twenty percent come from outside.
  • In theory and practice, it turns out Iceland is the cleanest country in the world.
  • It is estimated that over six million people in Britain use professional cleaning;
  • Besides making stains, tomato ketchup can also polish corroded brass to a glimmering finish, it also removes rust stains from different fabrics.
  • Contrary to common belief, the kitchen sink basin has more germs and bacteria growing on it than the average toilet.
  • Spraying a cleaning solvent over a surface and then wiping it off right away will not do the trick as most antibacterial cleaners need sixty to ninety seconds to do their job.
  • Lemons can replace antibacterial cleaners as they are excellent natural disinfectants.
  • Banana peels are great for polishing silverware and they also work well on leather items like shoes and bags.
  • Oily chewing gum stains on fabrics can be removed by placing as piece of paper over the stained area and then ironing over it gently.
  • Scotland, New Zealand, Ireland and couple more countries have an annual house-cleaning day – the day before New Year’s.
  • It is estimated that the average woman spends nearly thirteen thousand hours of her life in cleaning.
  • It is also estimated that the average man cleans for about six and a half thousand hours in his lifetime.
  • Statistics show that sixty six percent of people in Britain clean and polish surfaces in their home on a daily basis.
  • If one cleans for two hours per day, they burn at least two hundred calories in the process.
  • House cleaning is one of the most important chores in life as the average person spends nearly ninety percent of their life indoors.
  • Most people say that the bathroom is their favourite room in the house to clean.
  • If using improper cleaning products, indoor air quality can deteriorate by up to five hundred percent as compared to outside air quality.
  • Nearly three quarters of infectious disease in the US and Canada is caused by poor kitchen hygiene and improper food storage and handling.
  • The most common type of allergy in North America is caused by dust and dust mites inside the premises – in result more than fifty million North Americans suffer from chronic allergies.
  • Damp dishwashing gloves are ideal for picking up and removing pet fur and hair from upholstered furniture.
  • Oxygenated bleach works well in removing stickers, labels and glue from different polished surfaces like counter tops, glass, metal etc.
  • Emery board, commonly used for making nail files is suitable for buffing away stains from suede items.
  • A pencil eraser works well for removing (even old) scuffmarks from different types of wood flooring.

Mattress CleaningMattress cleaning is a tricky business. Since the mattress is the place where you sleep, you spend considerable time there and you should be absolutely certain that it is properly sanitized.

Professional cleaning services are easily accessible these days. Most professional cleaning contractors offer them and they come on reasonable prices. It would be a good idea to have your mattresses cleaned once every few months. For the rest of the time, it is better to be acquainted with the strategies you might apply in order to make the best out of the mattress cleaning you are going to carry out on your own.

  • Start off by carefully cleaning the mattress with a vacuum cleaner. This will keep the mattress clean for longer, because it will not get that dirty in case it gets wet.
  • Any upholstery cleaner product will help you battle stains and dirt that have sunk deep in the surface of your mattress, so make sure you are supplied with such products. Enzyme cleaners will also do the trick.
  • Stains on a mattress can also be comparatively easy battled with the help of citrus type cleaners. Spray the damaged area and blot it with an absorbent cloth. Make sure not to scrub, because this will only spread the stain.
  • Blood stains on a mattress are best cleaned with hydrogen peroxide. Again apply the product on the damaged area and blot. This strategy is no guarantee that the stain is going to be completely removed but it will definitely help make it less visible. After you do that you can try rinsing the stain with cold water to completely remove it.
  • A homemade cleaning solution for removing blood stains from mattress that has proven to be very efficient includes baking soda and cold water in 1:2 proportion. Apply the paste on the stain and let it stay there for about half an hour. A cloth damped in cold water is to be used in order to remove it afterwards. Use a dry towel to absorb any moisture left. A table spoon of liquid dishwasher detergent would have more or less the similar effect, but it can be much messier, so you decide which of the two receipts you are going to apply for the purpose of your mattress cleaning.
  • If you are a heavy smoker, chances are that your mattress has absorbed the bad odour of cigarettes deep in its fabrics. One solution is to apply one of the strategies described above in order to soak the whole mattress. This however is quite a lot of work, so either get professional mattress cleaning services, or just make sure to wash your bed linen as frequently as possible. There are also several sprays (like Lysol spray) that may help. Spray each side of the mattress with one can of spray and leave it outside in the sun for a day in order to remove any bad odour.