Cleaning

How To Remove Stains On Marble

Marble is a beautiful natural stone that is popular for both counter tops and flooring. Marble tiles are also very popular for walls in bathrooms and kitchens. Marble is not as hard as some people believe, it is prone to scratches and can even absorb many stains.

If you try to clean your marble with some type of commercial cleaner, read the label carefully. Some cleaners contain acids which will remove the polish off of the surface of your marble if it’s left sitting on the marble for long periods of time. Cleaners that are labeled non-streak that have a high alkaline content will also damage the finish.

The best way to clean marble is with a mild detergent that has a neutral pH level. Sweeping and vacuuming can take care of most of the every day cleaning needs of marble flooring. If you are going to try a commercial cleaner, try it in a hidden spot to make sure it’s not going to damage the tiles before applying it to the entire area.

Hard Water Deposits

If you have hard water and have marble kitchen counters, a marble bathroom vanity or tub, then eventually you’ll have to deal with hard water stains. Since harsh chemicals could just damage the marble, one of the best ways to remove the water scale is by using a straight edged razor blade. Just take your time and make sure to keep the blade flat against the marble when you’re scraping of the deposits.

If you’re not real confident in using a razor blade on your beautiful marble vanity, try buffing the spots with a real find grade steel wool. Ammonia will dull the finish on marble if used too much, but you can use a half cup of mild ammonia and a gallon of warm water and a soft brush to remove water stains.

Rust

To clean rust off of marble, you’ll need a commercial rust remover and some powdered whiting. Whiting is available at most paint and hardware stores. Make a paste combining the two and cover the stain with a thick layer. Use some plastic wrap to cover the paste and take it to the area to keep the moisture in the paste mixture. Let it set for around 15 minutes and the rinse the area with water and dry it with a clean towel. If the stain isn’t completely gone, repeat the process.

Organic Stains

Coffee, tea and tobacco can all leave a unsightly brown stain on marble. Sometimes the stain can be removed simply by soaking it with a 20% solution of hydrogen peroxide. If not, make a paste with some of the whiting and peroxide. Cover the stain and then seal the spot with plastic wrap and tape it down. After around 24 hours you can check the spot to see if the stain is gone, if it’s not, leave the paste mixture in place for another 24 hours.

Scratches

No matter how careful you are, from time to time you’re going to end up with a scratch on your marble, especially if it’s marble flooring. Start out Using a coarse grit sandpaper and work your way up to a 320 grit. Use moderate pressure sanding back and forth, to reduce the amount of friction, frequently sprinkle some water on the area. Once the scratch is gone, use from 400 to 600 grit sandpaper to smooth the area. Mix some water and rottenstone and rub the area with a felt pad, polish with a clean, soft cloth.

Oil

The oils found in lotions, hand creams and other items such as butter can leave stains on marble. If the stain is fresh, immediately cover it with a fine powder to absorb the oil. Whiting can be used, but corn starch will usually work just as well. Let the powder sit for awhile and then brush the area to remove it and apply more powder to the area.

Tips For Sparkling, Streak Free Glass and Windows

There’s a reason that maids and house cleaners often say, “I don’t do windows!”. Seems like no matter how much you clean them or what you clean them with, there’s always streaks left behind. Almost all commercial window cleaners claim to be “streak free”, but I’ve yet to find one that actually lives up to that claim!

One way to reduce the amount of streaks left behind is to never clean your windows while the sun is hitting them. The heat from the sun dries up the cleaning solution too quickly and it will cause all kinds of streaks! And, if you don’t have a choice but to clean them while the sun is hitting them, clean small areas at a time.

If you’ve ever had to run in and out of your house trying to figure out which side of the glass a streak or smudge was on, try this simple idea. Use different strokes for each side of the glass. When you clean one side, wipe the glass up and down, for the other side, wipe the glass from side to side.

To remove grease and soil from your windows, use two quarts of warm water with 1/4 cup of ammonia mixed in. This especially works well for windows in kitchens where grease from cooking travels through the air and settles on the glass.

If you live close to a road or highway, grease and oil from automobiles can even collect on your windows. For really thick built up grease and soil, combine two cups of rubbing alcohol, 1/2 cup of ammonia and a gallon of warm water. Shake it up to get it all mixed really well and pour some into a spray bottle.

If you have a fish aquarium, then you’ve probably had to deal with removing hard water deposits. I don’t like to use chemicals on my aquarium since you can’t ever be sure you’ve gotten them thoroughly rinsed off. Try 1/4 cup of vinegar mixed with two quarts of warm water.
For really stubborn deposits, use vinegar full strength on a sponge.

Cut glass is easy to clean if you just use a little baking soda and a damp sponge or cloth. Gently rub the glass and then rinse with some clean water and use a soft lint free cloth to polish it to a shine.

If none of these seem to perform in the way that you want them to, you can try a tablespoon of lemon juice mixed in one quart of water. Borax also makes a really good window cleaner, mix three cups of water and two tablespoons of the borax.

Glass is pretty expensive to replace and pretty easy to scratch! You can rub a little dab of regular toothpaste onto the scratch and then polish it with a soft rag. Mixing equal parts of white vinegar and dry mustard is also suppose to be really good at fixing scratches.

Several years ago, I had a friend that would not clean her windows with anything but newspapers. She said that she never had a problem with streaks when she used newspapers. But, you shouldn’t use them if you have someone in the home that is allergic to the inks and dyes in the paper.

Microfiber Cloths and Mops Provide a Cleaner Home

If you’re still using ordinary cleaning rags to clean your home, you’re not getting it as clean as it can be! Ordinary rags like cotton and terry cloth pick up some of the dirt, but they just move most of it around to another area.

The best way to get your home the cleanest is to use microfiber cloths for all of your cleaning. Microfiber cloth is specially made with tiny wedges all through the fabric. These wedges collect dust and dirt and hold it there!

Microfiber literally grabs the dirt and pulls it inside the wedges until you wash it out of the cloth! It’s like a tiny vacuum that sucks up all of the dust and dirt!

If you or anyone in your household has allergies, this cloth can help reduce the effects by giving you a cleaner dust free home! It can make your home a healthier place to be!

Studies have proven that microfiber will even disinfect surfaces! It can remove just as much bacteria with plain water as an ordinary cleaning rag can when used with a chemical disinfectant! Another good plus for any allergy sufferers!

You’ll also be able to stop using other cleaners such as furniture polish. You can either use the microfiber dry or slightly damp and dust all of your furniture. Since the fiber picks up all of the dust, your furniture will shine just like you’d used a polish!

The powerful scrubbing ability of microfiber can even remove the soap scum from your tub and shower. Yet, the fabric is so soft that it won’t damage any of your wood furniture or plastic items.

For streak free, sparking windows and mirrors, simply wipe them with a damp microfiber cloth. You don’t even have to use window cleaner and you don’t have to dry the windows or mirrors unless you want to.

It’s a great way to wash your dishes, clean that greasy stove and make stainless steel kitchen appliances and cookware shine. You can even use it on your counters and sink to kill germs and bacteria.

If you have a pet, then you have pet hair and dander. You can greatly reduce those allergens by rubbing your pet with a damp microfiber cloth in between baths. The fiber will collect the loose hair and dander and prevent it from going into your carpets and furniture.

Microfiber is also a excellent way to keep your television and computer screens clean and clear. These are hard surfaces to get really clean, rags just wipe the dust around the screen and you have to wipe them over and over. But, with microfiber cloths, you can get all of the dirt in a few swipes!

You can also purchase microfiber mops that will get your floors cleaner than any regular mop. Some hospitals have even started using this type of mop to keep their facility cleaner and to keep from using harsh chemicals.

While microfiber cloths and mops may cost more than the conventional type, the savings is enormous! You can save hundreds of dollars per year on the cost of chemical cleaners alone. But, you will also need to use a lot less water to do the same cleaning chores.

Microfiber mops and cloths will last around ten times longer than a regular rags or a cotton mop that starts falling apart after several uses. And, your home will be a whole lot cleaner!

Using this type of cloths and mops will help you do your part in reducing air pollution caused by harsh chemicals and aerosol cleaners. The air in your home will be much healthier to breathe and your allergy symptoms won’t be as bad.

Freshening Up Your Garbage Disposal

Many times if you do not periodically clean your garbage disposal it can start to smell. Many times you do not clean their garbage disposal often, hey its no fun, and because of this you will start to notice those odors. Even after you clean your garbage disposal there are some things that you can do to freshen it up and make it less likely that it will smell. Many of the things that you can use to freshen up your garbage disposal will already be found in your house. (more…)

Keep Dirt Out of Your Home With the Right Doormat

You should keep as much dirt as you can outside your house, as possible, so you do not have to clean as much of it inside. It is easier to try to prevent the dirt from coming inside than to deal with it once the damage has been done. The best thing you can do to keep dirt out of your home is to use doormats. (more…)

Keeping a Home with Kids Clean

When people have kids, they are aware how hard it can be to keep a clean home. It is a fact that kids are messy and they usually know that mommy and daddy will take care of the messes that they make. As kids grow older they learn to be more careful and take better care of their room and the home in general. But until they are old enough where they can do this it is the parent’s responsibility to have a clean home. There are a few ways that parents can use to help them keep their home clean, no matter how messy their kids are. (more…)

How to Keep the Inside of Your Car Clean

If you have a car you have realized how quickly it can become messy. Even if you have cleaned your car one day the next day it can be come messy again. But there are some tips you can follow in order to keep the inside of your car clean. (more…)

How to Remove Rust From Your Carpet

Having a rust stain on your carpet is not the end of the world because you may be able to get rid of it, and you can even do it yourself. This is especially the case if the stain is new. You can take care of the stain with some products that you probably already have in your kitchen. If you see a rust stain you do not have to tear up your carpet and buy a new one. It can be much less expensive to try to remove the stain. (more…)

How to Clean and Polish Your Silver

If your precious silver is exposed to air for long periods of time it can become tarnished. You should clean your silver periodically so that it stays looking shiny and new. It is not difficult to do and it will extend the life of your precious silver. (more…)

How to Clean Your Bathtub

If there is soap scum or other residue in your bathtub it is definitely time for a good cleaning. A clean bathtub will make your bathroom more sanitary and you will not be embarrassed by your bathtub when guests come over. With a few brushes and some rubber gloves you can make your bathtub sparkle like new. (more…)

How to Clean the Drain for Your Sink

In order keep your drains free of clogs and odors you should periodically clean the drains for your sink. Cleaning your sink drains will also make your sink work better and look better as well. (more…)

Using a High Power Pressure Washer To Clean

Many times moss and dirt can grow in outside areas of your home such as on a wooden porch or areas where bricks are exposed to moisture. The best way to clean hard to remove dirt and moss is to use a high power pressure washer. You can use a washer like this to clean decks, patios, brick walkways, and house sidings. (more…)

How to Dry Up A Wet Basement

If after you have heavy rains water leaks into your basement it can cause a mess and weaken the foundation of the walls in the basement. There are some things you can do to prevent this and dry up a wet basement. (more…)

How to Remove Mold From a Wood Floor

Wood floors in your home can be a great addition as they are very attractive and classy. Wood floors are also very practical as well. Wood floors can stand up to all types of weather and last for a long time but they must be taken care of. If you get any water or liquid on your floor that sits for some time mold can develop. But you can fix wood floors if this does occur. (more…)

How to Clean and Deodorize Your Refrigerator

In order to keep your refrigerator clean and free of odors and bacteria you should deodorize it periodically. There are several household items you can use to clean and deodorize your refrigerator. (more…)

How to Take the Clutter Out of Your Garage

Many times your garage can be a place that is a magnet for clutter. If you take some time to organize your garage you can have space for your things as well as making the garage less dangerous to move around. (more…)

How to Keep Bacteria Out of Your Kitchen

Considering that cooking can be messy the kitchen should be cleaned often to keep it free of grease, sanitary for cooking, and fresh. Keeping your kitchen clean is just as important for health reasons as it is for housekeeping reasons. (more…)

How To Prevent Fire Hazards When Cleaning

When you thoroughly clean your home it is a good time to get rid of fire hazards in your home. There are many fire hazards in your home, especially when it is not clean. With a good cleaning you can cut that chances of having a fire in and around your home. (more…)

Products You Can Use to Clean Your Lawn Furniture

If your lawn furniture is looking a little dingy there is no need to throw it out. There are several products that can clean your lawn furniture and make it look like new again. (more…)

Chemicals to Watch Out For in Your Household Cleaners

You should keep a safe home by trying not using harmful cleaning products. You should try to avoid using cleaning products that are toxic not only to you but to the environment as well. (more…)

How to Organize Your Cleaning Supplies

It’s more than likely that you will have some cleaning products in your home. You will probably have products to disinfect, clean, whiten, scrub and shine. The key is to find the cleaning product you need exactly when you need it. You should keep things simple and purchase products in bulk so you have a ready supply and do not run out. (more…)

How to Remove Decals From Windows

Removing decals from your window can be difficult if you do not have the right equipment. If you are prepared and have the right equipment it can be a much easier job. There is more than one way to remove decals from your windows. (more…)

How to Clean the Outside of Your Home Safely

There are many injuries that happen when people are cleaning the outside of their home. There are some important safety tips to remember when you clean the outside of your home.
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How to Get Rid of Smoke Odors in a New Home

When you buy a home and the previous owners were smokers it is more than likely that there will be lingering smoke odors. Because of this you should follow some steps in order to get rid of the smoke odors.
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How to Remove Odors from Your Home

Having lingering odors in your home can be annoying and embarrassing. It does not matter where the odors come from it can be bad for you and especially for your guests. There are some steps you can take to rid your home of offensive odors. (more…)

How to Clean Your Shades

One of the things in our home that we sometime neglect to clean are the shades. The shades can collect dust and dirt and become less attractive without cleaning them periodically. (more…)

How to Deal with Oil Stains on Concrete

It is a fact that over time oil stains will appear on your driveway or sidewalk. It does not matter how careful you are they will eventually appear. But there are some ways that you can lighten and hide these unattractive stains. (more…)

How to Remove a Popcorn Ceiling

During the 1960′s and 1970′s popcorn ceilings were a popular design. But nowadays many do not like the look of popcorn ceilings and want to remove them. Removing popcorn ceilings is not difficult but can take time and get messy. They also may contain asbestos so you have to be careful. (more…)

Home Inspections for Water and Insect Damage

In order to keep your home in good condition you should inspect your home for insect and water damage. These types of inspections should be done, at least, twice a year in order to catch problems early in the happen to arise. (more…)

Removing Hard Water Deposits

If you have hard water in your home you probably have found that you have film and lime deposits on your household surfaces. Hard water will add to the films and stains from soaps, minerals, and various other substances. Because of this, fixtures on the bathroom, sinks, dishes and other surfaces need to be cleaned more often. But with the right cleaners you can remove these unsightly deposits. (more…)

How to Remove Mildew from Carpets and Rugs

Many things can cause mildew to appear on your carpet. From flooding to wet basements, living with a rug or carpet that has mildew is unattractive and unhealthy. It is important to try to catch the mildew when it first forms as it will be easier to remove. If your carpet is showing some signs of mold here are some steps you can take in order to get rid of it. (more…)

How to Clean Your Walls

Even though it is the case that your walls are vertical, and obviously will not see foot traffic, your walls will get dirty too. When your walls get dirty you do not have to repaint them but a good cleaning every once in a while can keep your walls looking clean and fresh. (more…)

How to Clean Your Floors if Your Dog has an Accident

If you have a dog you know it is inevitable that they will have accidents on your floor. But what can be done is you can clean your floors so that there is no sign that an accident took place. (more…)

Getting Rid of Common Food Stains

At one point or another all of us have dropped some type of food or another onto our clothing and it can be a frustrating situation to be involved with. Food stains come in many different varieties but there are a number of tactics you can attempt in order to get out even the peskiest of food stains. (more…)

Removing Pesky Wine Stains

The dreaded red wine stains are one of the worst stains that a person can encounter. One accidental spill can result in the ruin of that perfect piece of clothing. (more…)

Getting out Beverage Stains

Beverage stains are one of the most common stains that you will encounter and three major beverages combine for almost all of the major stains. The three major culprits are juices, pops or sodas, and coffee. These types of stains can be very difficult to remove and can result in a lot of frustration if you don’t know the exact method for removing beverage stains. (more…)

Keeping Your Bathroom Looking Spotless

Cleaning your bathroom can be a difficult and time consuming task that no one likes doing. However there are steps you can take to make cleaning your bathroom a lot faster and a little bit more enjoyable. (more…)

Giving Your Refrigerator a Good Cleaning

Keeping your fridge and other appliances clean is essential as it helps to keep your food fresh and healthy. If you don’t maintain a clean germ free environment in your kitchen you could be risky serious disease and your foods can take on smells or scents that are unattractive. (more…)

Carpet Cleaning

Carpets play a very important role in the overall look of our homes and dirty, stained carpets can give a bad impression of you and can also be a health risk to some people.  If you don’t take proper care of your carpets they will quickly appear much older than they actually are, reduce the value of your home, and drastically reduce the lifespan of your carpets.  (more…)

The Art of Stain Removal

Stains come in all shapes and forms and removing them can be one of the most frustration tasks if you don’t know exactly what type of stain you are dealing with.  Stains are easier to remove if you catch them shortly after they happen as they haven’t soaked all the way through or dried yet.  (more…)