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Helpful Tips on Bathroom Sink Stoppers 101

Posted on April 20, 2013 at 1:33 AM Comments comments (0)
As a guest in someone’s home we all know too well how easy it is to become a victim of either stopping up the toilet or clogging the sink in the bathroom. We cant find the stopper handle to the bathroom sink to drain the water so we panic! We quietly assume our host has purchased some cheap faucet without a drain lever.What gives? We search everywhere, under the sink, behind the faucet, we even try to dig our fingers under the drain cap to release the water but find the seal it too tight to lift the stopper. After a few minutes you finally realize the sink stopper is a “Pop-up” drain. They are used in many pedestal and vessel sinks. The Pop up drain provides a tight seal to keep water from slowly draining out of the sink. When you are done you just simply push down and release.The drain will open and water can flow freely.

Housekeeping Etiquette on The “Toilet Bowl Brush”

Posted on April 20, 2013 at 1:14 AM Comments comments (21)
Toilet bowl brushes and holders come in various styles from plastic to stainless, wood and decorative. A domestic tool designed to clean the “John”. It has been noted that toilet bowl brushes were originally made of wood and the bristles constructed using the hair of horses or squirrels.
In our modern world the toilet bowl brush and holder have become one of the most popular decorative additions to our bathrooms. Some holders designed for luxury homes plated inreal 24-carat gold.
As a housekeeper, here are a few simple tips on how to maintain our toilet bowl brushes and holders. Housekeeping etiquette with suggest, an unsightly, dusty toilet bowl brush and holder could raise a few eyebrows so when using a toilet bowl brush and holder in a powder bathroom used by guests, take special care in selecting the right one so it does not become the focal point of the bathroom. Choose a tall, narrow stainless steel holder or a tall, narrow plastic holder with a hidden brush inside. Do not store toilet cleaner behind the toilet in this bathroom, but inside the cabinet if one is available. Some may assume your guest will use the brush and the cleaner in the event it is needed, but will likely try to avoid such a task.
There are no rules to the master or guest bathrooms when choosing a toilet bowl brush and holder and some have been known to purchase the funkiest and outrageous just for laughs.
When to replace a toilet bowl brush depends on the amount of use. Over time the bristles become brittle, frayed and can turn a yellowish color. This can cause unsanitary conditions. Maintain the toilet bowl brush and holder by using rubber protective gloves for safety, soaking the brush in a bucket of bleach and water and rinsing thoroughly. Dispose of the water directly into the toilet bowl. Wash the holder with a disinfectant solution removing dust and residue and replace the brush back into the holder. Repeat at least once a month.

Meyer’s Clean Day All Purpose Cleaner

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 10:24 PM Comments comments (0)
Green Works, your lease is up!! I’m kicking you out of the bucket. I’m making room for my new best friend. Meyer’s Clean Day All Purpose Cleaner has got my vote. In recent posts regarding the use of natural echo-friendly cleaning products, the controversy still remains a heated subject. When asked to use plant derived cleaning formulas one must ask if the ingredients have the muscle to effectively achieve the task of some of the toughest cleaning jobs. So far we have put
Mrs. Meyer’s multi surface cleaner to the test.
It has proven to be awarded our gold star of the day and the lavender fragrance has been uplifting, calming and pleasant to work with.
The cost of Meyer’s household cleaning products is almost double the price of other products, but the satisfaction is worth every penny. Green Works All Purpose Cleaner 32 oz. trigger spray is $3.19 is some stores and Mrs. Meyer’s 32 oz. CleanDay All Purpose Cleaner on  store shelves ranges from $6.79.

Maintaining Lampshades

Posted on February 2, 2013 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (13)
Maintaining Lampshades
I would love more than anything on my business cleaning routine to soak this lamp shade in a solution, clean it right up and call it a day, but humidity, dust buildup and other factors can turn your lamp shades yellow and spotty and cleaning them can be a total nightmare.
Each lampshade type has its own durability and can be very fragile.
PAPER lampshades have to be wiped so gently with a clean, soft paintbrush because they dent so easily and become unattractive. HARDBACK shades have laminated paper or fabric that is glued and soaking them in water will destroy the glue and cause the fabric to come loose from the frame. PARCHMENT shades are made from a variety of fabrics and materials and come in customized designs and paint finishes and SILK lamp shades are constructed with a fabric lining stretched across the inside of the wire frame and another on the outer portion of the wiring. The level of cleaning is determined by the shade type. Silk lined lampshades are so fragile that the heat alone from the light bulb, over time can cause separation just by touching the inner lining. 
As a part of your weekly cleaning routine there are a few methods for maintaining your lampshades. Using a soft bristle vacuum brush attachment, carefully vacuum and remove excess dust.
A clean, soft-bristled paint brush is also a handy tool to keep in the cleaning bag and a soft, damp cloth or sponge to remove minor spots. If the lampshade is beyond dusting and you decide to submerge or wash the lampshade, make sure you are ready to purchase another just in case the outcome is not as positive as you hoped.
In this case fill a bathtub or large basin with warm water and mild detergent such as Ivory, swoosh to create suds. Drain the tub leaving only the suds. Gently wash the lampshade using the suds only. Agitate with a sponge or white cloth to remove stains.
Avoid glued areas. Rinse a damp cloth in cold water and wipe again until suds are removed. Dry on a clean cloth in the sun or hang until lampshade is thoroughly dry. If you decide to submerge the lampshade in the tub of water without draining and continue the process above, rinse lamp shade thoroughly with water after cleaning.

Cleaning with Baking Soda and Vinegar

Posted on January 5, 2013 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (20)
Thank you Arm & Hammer for being a part of my cleaning routine.
I really love working with baking soda and vinegar. I sprinkling a little Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda in a stainless steel sink with a little fizzing action of white vinegar and give it a little scrub with a soft cloth.
For sensitive skin wear rubber gloves. Rinse good, dry and polish with your favorite stainless steel cleaner. Buff one more time for a streak free shine.
Watch out! It’s addicting.
Give it a little scrub with a soft cloth. For sensitive skin wear rubber gloves.
Rinse good, dry and polish with your favorite stainless steel cleaner.
Buff one more time for a
streak free shine.

Household Cleaning Tips: Vinegar and Bath Salt

Posted on December 24, 2012 at 6:31 AM Comments comments (7)
This is my favorite secret so don't tell too many people......
Cleaning with Vinegar has been very helpful in allowing us to not only achieve the removal of grease, grime, mineral deposits and much more. It has also helped us save money on cleaning products and create a healthier environment. Mixing our own natural household cleaning recipes using vinegar instead of purchasing powerful and expensive products is great, but what about the sour smell it leaves behind? We have visited our local Fresh Market or Whole Food store and purchased a handful of bath salts. When asked to wash the floors with vinegar we sprinkle a Tablespoon of bath salt into a bucket of very hot water and have managed to reduce the sour smell of the vinegar in half. You can actually smell the bath salt over powering the vinegar. It just makes me smile.
Note: Every floor has its own texture and finish. Experiment with hot water, vinegar and bath salt solution in a small area first. Vinegar solutions are not made for every surface.

Keeping Your Garbage Disposal Clean

Posted on December 10, 2012 at 6:33 AM Comments comments (7)
Keeping your garbage disposal clean may also control foul odors and bacteria. When grinding food always use cold water as hot water tends to cause grease to liquefy and accumulate.
Try tossing a small bowl full of ice in into the garbage disposal. As the blades chop the ice cubes, the chips will help to remove grease build up and food particles which may be stuck to the blades. For weekly maintenance pour liquid soap into the garbage disposal while running the blades. You may also use baking soda and vinegar. Allow the bubbling action to do the dirty work. Finish off the job with a few shakes of lemon juice. An angled scrub brush makes it easy to clean the inside of the garbage disposal.Look for this brush in your local hardware or grocery store.

Household Odors

Posted on December 10, 2012 at 6:21 AM Comments comments (2)
The cleanest of households can linger kitchen and bathroom odors and tracking down the smell can be difficult. Odors can be caused by a numerous amount of things and most of them are right underneath our noses, but hidden in smaller places then we usually care to look. This angled scrub brush makes it easy to clean the inside of the garbage disposal.
Look for this brush in your local hardware or grocery store.
It’s a handy one to keep around the house.

Are your cleaning gadgets collecting dust in your closet?

Posted on November 4, 2012 at 1:03 AM Comments comments (78)
Put your cleaning gadgets to good use by purchasing the Swiffer Sweeper.
This inexpensive tool is not only detachable, light weight and easy to store, it has been the most effective tool in wiping down the walls of your home. Some may say this is a bit excessive, but I beg to differ. Attach one Swiffer cloth pad and just gently glide the Swiffer Dry Mop along the walls, careful not to hit anything and you will be amazed at the dust that collects on the pad that is almost invisible to see. Let me know how that works for you. Be careful, it can be addicting for some of the most obsessive cleaners.

BBQ Grill Brush

Posted on July 12, 2012 at 9:21 PM Comments comments (1)
Summer is here! Practice grilling safety by replacing your grill brush as needed. Worn bristles can fall off and get lodged in food. Start with a clean grill, good food and great friends.