Cleaning Made Simple

Tips to make cleaning quick and simple.

| January 28, 2013

  • Cleaning the Kitchen
    With a few simple tips, you can make your house cleaner and fresher in no time.
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  • Cleaning the Kitchen

Giving your home a good cleaning doesn’t have to be a big chore. You can make the whole house look and feel fresher by focusing on a few key areas.

Floors

Even if you vacuum regularly, floors and carpets could use a deep down cleaning now and then.

For carpeted areas, start by vacuuming as usual, to pick up surface debris. Move as much furniture out of the room as possible. (If you can’t move it, put some plastic under it to protect the legs.) If you don’t want to rent a carpet cleaner, you can use a handheld electric spot scrubber to remove stains.



For hardwood or vinyl tile areas, vacuum as usual. Remove as much furniture as possible. Use a steam mop to clean and sanitize the floor. Many models have triangular pads to help you get into corners and around furniture more easily.

For other tiled areas, if your tile is natural stone, treat stains based on type. If the stain is calcium based, from grout buildup, mineral deposits or hard water, use a pH balanced cleaner for stone.






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