How Do I Clean Brick Walls?

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Brick walls are often the decorative highlight of your home. If the brick walls are well taken care of, they can last for the lifetime of your home.

Over time, brick walls will collect dust and dirt. This can quickly make your home look dirty and loose eye appeal. It may be surprising to find out that when cleaning brick walls, you need to take extra precautions. Some harsh cleaners can actually harm your bricks, causing costly repairs.

There are several methods to cleaning your brick walls. Some of these methods are for routine maintenance and others are for deep cleaning. If you are doing the outside of your home, use a power washer with water to spray off debris first. Then you can focus on problem areas. If you are cleaning brick walls in your home, first wipe down with water and a towel.

The first method uses cleaning items normally found in your home. Mix dish soap with salt to form a paste. Spread the paste onto your brick wall and then use a scrub brush to work it into your bricks. Let it sit for about ten minutes, then wipe off with a wet dish towel.

Another method is to use Boric Acid. It sounds scarier that what it is. Boric Acid was used for years to clean laundry, you can find it at your local grocery store in the laundry aisle. Use one tablespoon of Boric Acid to one gallon of warm water. Make sure that the Boric Acid dissolves in the warm water before you apply to your brick walls. Using a scrub brush, scrub the bricks with this method then rinse with water.

If the problem area is around your fireplace, which is normally covered in soot, Naphtha soap may be your best answer. This is another soap that was commonly used to clean laundry. It comes in bar form and you will need to shave it. Bring three quarts of water to a boil and add the soap. Once it dissolves, allow it to cool. Then add a pound of pumice and a cup of ammonia. Using rubber gloves and paint brush, paint the mixture onto your brick wall. Allow it to sit for an hour and rinse well with water.

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Dealing With Excess Pet Hair In Your Home

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There are many reasons to love pets: they do not talk back, they keep us company, they do not ask to borrow things, and they make us laugh. However, all pet owners will agree that dealing with pet hair can be a hassle. Even the cutest of kittens and the sweetest of puppies shed hair, which can quickly become a nuisance. Nearly anyone who owns a pet knows how pet hair loves clinging to fabrics and carpets. It seems to mock one’s attempt to vacuum it up. Pet hair can settle down onto just about anything one owns.

When it comes to cleaning pet hair from hard floor surfaces, the trick is to use an electrostatic or microfiber dust mop, rather than using a vacuum, which can blow pet hair back onto surfaces. Even using a broom can send pet hair flying. A swiffer can also do the trick as it catches the pet hair in its place.

When cleaning pet hair from area rugs and carpeted floors, one should first dust baking soda over the rug or carpet before vacuuming. The baking soda will loosen the hair from the fibers and deodorize the carpet at the same time. In addition, one should vacuum the carpet using three passes, i.e., back, forward, and forward on an angle. Homeowners can also use a rubber broom or a dry rubber squeegee to lift up hair from carpets. Those who can afford it should get a robot vacuum, which can work all day and night without complaining. In addition to dealing with pet hair, it also amuses the pets.

We do not recommend cleaning the furniture until one has swept or vacuumed the floor first, or else the pet hair will simply re–settle on the furniture. One can always vacuum again after cleaning the furniture. Consider using a microfiber cloth sprinkled with water on non–upholstered furniture, such as glass, laminate, or wood. The water helps make the cloth slightly sticky, while the electrostatic charge on the cloth will attract the hair.

To deal with pet hair on upholstery, pet owners should use a common household cleaning item with a bit of friction. They can also purchase a specialty product such as a squeegee. Ultimately, to effectively deal with this problem, it is important to vacuum and groom one’s pet regularly.

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A Basic Guide To Washing Denim Jeans

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A Basic Guide To Washing Denim Jeans

Jeans are a staple of almost every one’s wardrobe. Basic blue and black is every one’s favorite, but you can now find several different colors, washes, and designs. Manufacturers use special techniques to create these textures or washes and they impart a trendy appearance to the finished garment. According to customer demands, manufacturers can also create custom or personalized washes. If you are interested in learning more, we’ve created a short guide that should prove informative.

Step No 1 – Pre-Treatments
Before the denim fabric can be treated or stitched, it is washed and cleaned to remove dirt and impurities. At the same time, the washing process removes any written notations and starch treatments done on the fabric. Washing will also ready-shrink the fabric and prevent changes later on when the garment is ready for final washes.

Step No 2 — Enzyme Wash
Four enzyme varieties are used to treat the fabric before it is processed into jeans. These enzymes are designed to remove lingering fabric tags, smooth out the rough denim fabric, and create textures in the denim fabric. These textured fabrics can then be stitched into jeans that have the pattern all over the jeans.

Step No 3 — Clean Up
Once the material has acquired the overall pattern and design, it is cleaned up or washed again to remove the lingering enzymes. Materials like non-ionic detergents, hot water and detergent washes, and hydrogen peroxide to seal in the finish and to remove excess enzyme.

Step no 4 — Selection
Once the material is ready, manufacturers then decided the type of finish or wash that the jeans require. At this stage, the material is stitched into jeans to created characteristic wear patterns or the entire fabric is treated again to create the custom wash. A few of the most common patterns include the following:

Bleaching or acid washing — Different bleaching agents like hydrogen peroxide, potassium permanganate, calcium hypochlorite, etc. can all be used to create unique textures and washes on the jeans.
Stone wash — Stone washing is also a very common method of treating denim. In this method, pumice stones are whirled with denim jeans to create the worn abraded look on the front and back of the jeans.
Micro sanding — This is usually done by sandblasting, machine sanding or hand sanding. The purely mechanical process wears away the dye on the front of the jeans. The lighter patches are around the knees with characteristic wrinkle patterns around the thigh area.
• Other techniques like rinse washes, over dyes, cellulose wash, salt water denim washes, ozone fading, sun washing, etc are also available.

Some manufacturers skip the wash process and go ahead to single color dark staining procedures to create the characteristic dark black or indigo colored jeans. As you can see, the entire process is quite complicated but it does create a unique, comfortable and trendy garment.

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How To Clean Your Jacuzzi

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Having a Jacuzzi can be a great experience for anyone. Cleaning it however, is not so great. In addition to regular maintenance tasks, periodic cleaning is required to ensure your Jacuzzi is safe and comfortable to use. The process of cleaning a Jacuzzi may seem tough, but with the right equipment, it won’t be so difficult.

Items Needed

– Spa filter
– Spa cover scrubbing brush
– Vinyl cleaner
– Submersible pump
– Towels
– Spa shell cleaner
– Scrubbing mitt
– Bucket
– Spa filter cleaner

Cleaning Process

  1. Before getting started, make sure you turn off your hot tub by unplugging it from the outlet. It is paramount that you ensure there is not electrical current flowing into the spa before you begin cleaning it.
  2. Using a submersible pump, drain all the water from your hot tub. If you are using an electric pump, take proper precautions to ensure your safety. For instance, when plugging it in, make sure your hands are dry. It is also important that you place the pump away from water sources to avoid damage and electrocution.
  3. It might take up to 30 minutes to drain water from the spa. Some pumps will remove all the water from your hot tub, leaving only ½ inch of water. Once the water is drained from your spa, take the shell cleaner and scrubbing mitt and get inside your spa.
  4. Spray the cleaner on to small sections of the tub until you’ve covered the entire spa. Use your scrubbing mitt to scrub jets, pillows, lips and walls. The filter compartment attracts a lot of grime and dirt and will require extra effort to clean properly.
  5. Once you scrub the interior, use a hose to rinse it and then drain the water using the pump you started out with. The ½ inch water left at the bottom of the spa can be removed using several towels.
  6. While the water is being pumped out, remove the spa filter and submerge it in a bucket full of water mixed with filter cleaner. Make sure it is completely covered with water. For better results, leave the filter to soak inside the water for 24 hours. Once it’s clean, rinse it with water from a hose and place it back into the spa.

 

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How To Safely Clean Leather Purses

506465241Leather purses are accessories that most women would like to have and due to the cost and quality, they are accessories that should last quite some time. Over time leather purses can be dulled and broken down by every day use acquiring layers of dirt and grime. However, the life of the leather can be prolonged with periodic cleanings. Review any manufacturer tags that accompanied a leather purse for recommendations or suggestions prior to cleaning. Be sure to follow any cleaning suggestions by the manufacturer rather than contradicting the recommendations and potentially damaging the leather.

For a lightly soiled leather purse begin by emptying out the contents of the purse and turn the purse upside down and shake vigorously to remove loose dirt or debris. Simply wipe out the inside of the purse with a dry rag. Mix warm distilled water with a couple drops of mild face or body soap and wet a rag in the solution. Wring out the rag until it is barely wet and wipe the leather. Dry the leather with an additional dry rag while buffing the leather at the same time. Finally apply leather protector to the purse according to instructions.

Ink stains on leather purses can be treated by dipping a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and rubbing it over the stain until the ink is removed. Use a blow dryer on the lowest heat setting to dry the area. For other dark stains such as blood, construct a paste made of one part lemon juice and one part cream of tartar. Apply the paste to the stain and let it sit approximately 10 minutes. Remove the paste with a rag dampened with warm distilled water mixed with mild facial soap and dry the area with a dry clean rag. Grease stains can be handled by simply wiping the area with a dry cloth.

Some other things to remember in order to clean leather purses is to never use any type if oil on the leather, stay away from abrasives or harsh cleaners and avoid ammonia or bleach. Call or visit a professional cleaner if there is any doubt regarding the proper cleaning of a leather purse.

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DIY Air Duct Cleaning

Cleaning the duct in your home is a very easy process, but if you don’t know how to do it, you may face a number of challenges along the way. Remember there are special tools that professional cleaners use to get the job done and getting access to this equipment can be a challenge. However, you can still do a simple DIY air duct cleaning by using simple steps. The most important thing in air duct cleaning is to basically understand what you are looking for, the supplies you will need for the job, and generally a simple guide to help you.

What to Look Out For

If you are going to clean your duct, it’s only logical to know exactly what to look out for. The duct is a very vital component of the entire HVAC systems and even small things that won’t really look important at first should not be ignored. The first thing is to check if there are any leaks on the duct. Additionally, don’t forget to check if there is any dust, mold and anything else that may seem like a contaminant. A leaky duct is very dangerous and can affect the air quality in your home and raise the bills substantially.

What You Need

There are some basic tools you will need to clean up your duct. First of all, you will need to mix a bleacher or another household cleaning detergent with water. You will also have to buy some plastic zip ties to reconnect the duct. Finally, make sure you have a cleaning rag and a paint brush to seal off the duct. With these simple tools, it will be easy to get the job done.

The process of cleaning is quite basic. After all, you know what you are looking for. So use the mixture of detergent and water to clear any contaminants and after you are done, seal off the duct very carefully. That’s it, a simple DIY air duct cleaning that anyone can practically do without any hassles.

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Professional Carpet Cleaning Explained

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Professional carpet cleaning equipment delivers higher quality cleaning than regular cleaning equipment. Whereas most people shy away from the extra cost that characterizes the initial acquisition of a professional carpet cleaner, the running cost, minimal repairs/ replacement, and the durability of professional carpet cleaners save users money in the long run. Here are a few advantages we, Cleaner Visions: Cleaning and Home Solutions, have compiled to help you understand the superiority of professional carpet cleaners.

Benefits Of Professional Carpet Cleaning Machines

 

Efficiency

A professional carpet cleaner is powered by a dual motor and, therefore, has a higher cleaning efficiency than that of the single-motored regular cleaners. Effective carpet cleaning is defined by the absolute removal of dirt and other stains from a carpet, as well as carpet drying. A single motor that runs both the water suction system and the scrubbing brushes does a less effective job compared to a dual motor of the professional carpet cleaner.

Running Costs, Maintenance And Warranty

Professional carpet cleaning equipment removes dirt and excessive water from a carpet fast, thereby, eliminating the need to run the machine for long durations. This reduces excessive energy consumption and the resulting high energy bills. Again, since commercial carpet cleaners are made to run heavy duty cleaning, they are made of high-quality materials and components that make them last longer than regular carpet cleaners. It is also typical for many commercial carpet cleaners to have up to five years of warranty compared to regular carpet cleaners whose validity can be as low as one year and not more than three years.

Water Storage And Capacity

Commercial carpet cleaners have multiple water systems to ensure that the clean, and dirty water does not mix. These machines also have larger water storage capacities than regular carpet cleaners, and that means a person can clean large carpets without having to stop for a water refill. The extra water storage may make these professional carpet cleaners larger/ bulkier than regular carpet cleaners, but the reduced hassle makes up for the bulkiness.

The choice of a carpet cleaner is determined by the carpet size, cleaning needs, and regularity of carpet cleaning requirements, among other aspects. Professional carpet cleaning equipment offer more efficiency, saved costs and durability compared to regular carpet cleaners. Follow Us For More Great Articles That Will Keep Your Home Perfectly Clean.

How To Clean Makeup Brushes

Knowing how to clean makeup brushes is extremely important to have a healthy and hygienic experience with your makeup. There are a few different ways to clean your makeup brushes and we are going to visit one that you can do yourself in your home without having to buy any of the expensive brush cleansers that you see advertised. Here at Cleaner Visions:Cleaning and Home Solutions we strive to help you be clean and economical.

You can not only just clean your brushes, but also disinfect them. The first step is to get an antibacterial dish soap. Dawn is a great choice for this. Then we are going to use an extra virgin olive oil to make sure we do not dry the brushes out. This method is inexpensive and very easy to do all on your own.

First, take a plate and put a dollop of the dish detergent on it. Spread it about a little on the plate by tipping the place side to side. Now take your extra virgin olive oil and put a small bit on the side. Immediately take one of your brushes and start to use it and sweep back and forth through both the detergent and the olive oil. Next, take the brush and swish it back and forth over your open palm. Do this will all of the brushes you are going to clean.

Have a paper towel laid down on a flat surface and you are going to lay each brush down as you clean it. The next step is to rinse your brushes. Turn your faucet on and make sure you adjust it to warm. Take your brushes and one by one, run them under the warm water. You don’t want the water to be too hot or it could damage the brushes. Once you are done rinsing the brushes you can now take a clean and dry paper towel and carefully dry them off. Dry carefully and pull down in the direction of the brush.

If you have kept your brush guards that came with the brushes you can now use them to help dry your brushes. Do not dry your brushes upside down as the water will trickle down into the brush and slowly deteriorate the glue. Additionally, you want the brush to dry with the brush side down to keep any bacteria and dirt out.

Slide the brush guard on the brush and make sure it is overlapping the brush a tiny bit. You can now put your brush in a glass and have only the brush guard touching the glass. In this way the brush will dry and stay sterile and will also not become deformed.

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How To Clean Your Yoga Mat

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The practice of yoga is great for both the body and the mind. It’s also gentle on the joints so it is possible to do everyday especially if you have your own yoga mat at home. Keep the mat clean and fresh even with regular use with these cleaning tips:

For slightly soiled mats:

Here’s how to clean a yoga mat by hand. Dilute mild dish soap in water and spray it onto both sides. Wash off the dirt with a clean, damp sponge. Work your way throughout the entire surface. Be careful not to put too much pressure or the mat might get a tear or develop other flaws. After washing with this soapy solution, wipe off the residue with a clean sponge that is slightly damp with water. Finally, wipe things up with a towel and air dry.

For heavily soiled mats:

Sometimes we just don’t have the time to wash it so the dirt piles up and really sticks to the surface. Heavily soiled mats require more intensive cleaning. Mix soap with water in a tub and place the mat in it. Let it stand for and hour or so then begin to wash off the dirt with a soapy sponge. After you are satisfied with your work, rinse everything with water to remove the residues. Wipe with a towel and allow it to dry in the air. Do not place it under the sun.

For machine washing:

If you do not have time to do washing, then you may opt to put the mat inside the washing machine. Just remember to use a mild detergent and use the gentle cycle so as not to damage the piece. Do not do this often. Mats will only need to be clean every once in a while.

For quick drying:

Don’t put it in the dryer. Just wipe it with a towel and hang it somewhere to air dry. Or you can place a similarly sized towel on the surface, things up, and give it a good squeeze to force the water into the towel before drying.

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The Easiest Guide For Cleaning Toilets

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Cleaning your toilet will not only keep your home looking neat but will also help keep diseases and infections at bay. Here are some tips on how to clean toilets.

The best areas to start cleaning your toilet are the handle and tank. Use multi-surface cleaner on these surfaces and use a quarterly folded cloth to wipe clean. A quarterly folded cloth allows you to use different sides to clean and dry the wet surfaces. To avoid spreading germs to the handle and tank, avoid cleaning the seat or lid first as they are dirtier.

Once the tank and handle is cleaned, spray the multi-surface cleaner on the lid and seat and use a fresh side of the folded cloth to clean. The seat is usually dirtier and will require more of the cleaner to properly clean.

Once you are done with the seat, it is now time to clean the toilet bowl. Sprinkle the cleaner generously around the bowl, making sure you cover each spot. Now take a brush and use the water in the bowl to wet it and then use a circular motion to clean the sides of the toilet bowl. When done, shake the brush to get rid of excessive water and then flush the toilet.

To clean the outside of the bowl, apply some cleaner on the surface and use the same method used for cleaning the handle and tank. Finally, use a dry cloth to wipe any cleaner left on the surface. This should leave your toilet sparkling clean.

With proper tools in place, cleaning your toilet shouldn’t take more than three minutes to finish. If there are tough stains on the surface of the toilet that have proven difficult to clean with regular multi-surface cleaner, go to your local store and get a commercial acid-based cleaner which should get rid of the problem a lot quicker. If you are trying to avoid such chemicals when cleaning your toilet, a pumice stone meant for toilet bowls will do just fine.

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