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.

For more tips on how to clean problem areas around your home, follow our blogs on Cleaner Visions.

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Smart Cleaning Uses For Alcohol

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Rubbing alcohol is possibly one of the most versatile cleaning agents when it comes to the household. You can clean everything from surprise drawings to the blinds and everything in between. With just a few other bits you can easily find around the house, you can quickly and easily clean up if you ever find yourself out of store bought cleaners.

AlcoholOne of the quickest and easiest things to do when cleaning with alcohol is removing hairspray from a mirror. Just grab a rag and spritz with a bit of alcohol and that sticky residue will be gone in a matter of moments. Not even the sturdiest holding hairsprays will hold up to this trick, leaving you with a clear view of your smiling face.

Speaking of clear views, windows are another article that you can use rubbing alcohol to clean. For this one, it is easiest to use a newspaper rather than a washcloth or paper towel as those can both leave particles behind on your windows. Just mix a solution of 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol to 1 quart (1 liter) water and not only will you have a streak-free window, it will also keep the frost off in those chilly winter months.

With the help of a spatula or drywall knife, the hassle of cleaning venetian blinds is suddenly made hassle-free. If you put a cloth over the spatula or drywall knife then keep it tight with a rubber band or hair tie, you simply dip the cloth into a bit of alcohol and swipe it across the blinds. Much easier than trying desperately not to bend them when attempting to clean it with your hand.

How to Remove Permanent Marker

Did you lose track of your child and a permanent marker? With a bit of rubbing alcohol, whatever drawing your sweet might have left for you will be gone in a matter of seconds. The alcohol dissolves the marker back into a liquid state for easy wipe-ability.

These are just a few of the ways you can improve your life and home with rubbing alcohol. From the bathroom to the kitchen to the dog, you can make life a little easier with just one ingredient: everyday rubbing alcohol. We hope you found this article informative and entertaining. If you did, perhaps some of our other articles might peak your interest and help you keep your home and life sparkling clean.

Home Improvement Made Easy. Helpful Tips And Tricks!

112236264Home equity is very important in today’s real estate market. Not many people have any, and those that do, often have very little. To make sure that you get the best bang for your buck in terms of equity and resale value, follow the tips and suggestions in this article.

When renovating your kitchen, avoid tiled counters. Tiled countertops are less sanitary than granite or mock-stone countertops, because food and other contaminants can build up in the spaces between the tiles. Tile countertops can also crack or even shatter if a heavy dish is dropped onto them, unlike countertops made of more modern materials.

Remove an old vinyl tile with heat. Old vinyl tiles often need to be replaced. Getting them up without damaging the tiles around them, however, can be a challenge. Place a dry towel over the tile and then heat it with an iron. The adhesive should loosen and the tile can then be easily removed using a putty knife.

If you’re renovating tile flooring, try getting radiant heat tiles. These tiles give heat by using electricity and can be very breathtaking. They’re also quite simple to install on your own. So, this type of project is one that you can expand upon, regardless of whether you try it yourself or get professional assistance. You’ll be grateful you did the first winter morning that you walk into your bathroom.

If you are interested in changing the look of your bathroom, this space could be the perfect choice for your next home improvement project. Give your bathroom an extra special touch by installing radiant floor heat and a light-tube, which gives the space the appearance of having natural light. Both features come with instructions that are easy to follow.

With the housing market still being so depressed, it can seem like a waste of money to even do any remodeling on your home. But the truth of the matter is that buyers are still expecting a certain level of updates in the homes that they purchase. Following these tips will ensure that you have what buyers want.