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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Secrets To Cleaning Your Floors


There are many kinds of disinfecting and floor cleaning products available at all supermarkets and hardware stores. They range in effectiveness, price, and level of toxicity. However, what many chemical manufacturing companies do not tell consumers is that some of the most effective products available for cleaning floors are simple everyday items available in most homes.

Clean Water

There are many situations where clean water is the best solution for cleaning floors. This may seem like an oversimplification; however, pure, clean water is perfect for cleaning hard tile, ceramic, and many natural stone floors. Some cleaning products available on the market can leave streaks on the surface of tile floors, while others can cause chemical damage to some natural stone floors, causing them to permanently stain.

In most cases, it would be better to clean hard surface floors with hot to lukewarm water, and mop the surface regularly. Since moisture does not pose a problem to a properly installed hard surface floor, they can then be left to dry naturally. However, it is important to understand that certain types of floors can be damaged by standing water. This includes hardwoods, cork, carpet, laminates, and some linoleum installations.


Vinegar is an excellent flooring disinfectant, which can be used to clean a variety of flooring surfaces including laminates, stone, brick, tiles, and resilient flooring. Since the smell of vinegar can be quite strong, it should be diluted in a mixture of about a gallon of water to one cup of vinegar. However, a more concentrated mixture can be used to tackle more stubborn stains, including carpet stains.

Rubbing Alcohol

Mixed with water, rubbing alcohol can be a good cleaning agent for resilient flooring and hard tile. In a pinch, it can be used as a spot stain remover. However, rubbing alcohol has a distinct scent, which can be offensive to certain people.

Translucent Dishwashing Detergent

The very same soapy suds people use to clean their plates can also be used to clean floors. A tiny amount of this detergent mixed in a cup of water creates a very effective floor cleaning solution. However, it is important to use translucent soap as the dyes in colored dishwashing detergents can stain certain types of surfaces.

Olive Oil For Hardwood Floors

Olive oil can be applied to hardwood flooring to enhance its shimmering sheen. One should mix a half a cup of this slick, silky substance into a gallon of warm water and apply it to the flooring with smooth, even strokes of the mop.

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