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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The Many Types Of Laundry Boosters

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What are Laundry Boosters?

Laundry boosters are fabulous at keeping your laundry looking clean and bright. To get out tough stains such as coffee, wine, and grass stains, you’ll need a good laundry booster. A laundry booster is added to the wash cycle to increase the effectiveness of the detergent. The laundry booster can be purchased, or some prefer to make the own laundry booster. The outcome is always the same: to increase the effectiveness of the laundry detergent.

The laundry boosters can be made from organic oils and cleaning elements. Some may decide to purchase the laundry booster at a local store. The typical laundry booster is available as a powder, liquid, or foam. Unscented laundry boosters are available for individuals with sensitive skin.  The products can be used on many different types of fabrics such as wool, cotton and polyester.

How Does the Laundry Booster Work

Often plain laundry detergent is just not sufficient to get your laundry clean. A good laundry booster will remove stains, grease, and grime for the cleanest laundry. Adding the booster to your laundry will also keep colors looking brilliant and will keep your whites looking sparkling. The laundry booster also removes odors from the fabric, leaving it smelling clean and fresh.

A laundry booster that has baking soda in it is alkaline. The alkaline nature gives the booster a high pH value and, in turn, makes the water soft. This increases the effectiveness of the laundry detergent.

Oxygen bleach is used in some laundry boosters, but this product should be used only on whites. The oxygen bleach removes stains and also brightens the laundry. Some laundry boosters use enzymes to remove dirt and stains from both white and colored fabrics.

There are many different types of laundry boosters available to keep your laundry sparkling clean. Removing dirt and grease from your clothing will protect the fabric. Don’t spend another day with dull and dingy clothes. To look your best add a laundry booster to each wash cycle. Also follow us at Cleaner Visions: Cleaning and Home Solutions, for new information on cleaning solutions.

Simple Tips Bleaching Clothes or Towels

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Using chlorine bleach to clean your clothing or towels requires some basic knowledge to get the best results. Follow these simple steps and you will preserve the fibers in your clothing as well as clean your clothing better. The first step is to allow the detergents you are using to remove loosen the dirt in the laundry before applying the bleach.

bleachNever apply full-strength bleach to a load of clothing. Always mix bleach with water before adding it to your laundry. Pour one cup of bleach for every quart of water used. Never mix two or more types of bleach or mix other chemicals with bleach.  You could create a caustic mixture that can harm your clothing and your lungs.

When bleaching towels or preparing to use bleach on a piece of clothing first test the bleach on an area not readily visible to the naked eye such as a pocket lining, hem or facing. Mix one part bleach with two parts warm water, the take a cotton swab and dip it in the solution. Dab the solution on the garments lining or facing and allow it to dry. If the garment loses color in the area or color leaches through to the other side, do not use the bleach to launder this piece of clothing.

Bleach works in all temperatures of water, but it works best in very hot water. Wait at least five minutes after the wash begins to allow the detergent to release its enzymes and begin cleaning the clothing. Next add the diluted bleach.

Be sure you use the bleach within six months of purchasing it. Bleach loses its potency after being opened.  After six months dispose of any opened bottles of bleach.

Bleach can be a great asset for cleaning laundry.  It can also cause great problems when used improperly. Whether bleaching towels or clothing, by following the steps listed above, you’ll obtain a well cleaned load of laundry with its original colors. Respect the purity of bleach and never combine it with other chemicals or other bleach formulas to keep from ruining your clothing or harming your lungs.

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