The pain of window cleaning, doesn't need to be a pain

Window washing is one of the most essential parts of keeping your home clean and looking tidy, but it is one of the most disliked parts of housekeeping. This is partly due to people not knowing how to keep their windows cleaned, and having "so many other things to clean". Most go for what is known as a "wrong" approach; this is using paper towels and a cleaning solution that may not be good for cleaning. This results in streaky, sticky windows that look worse than they did before you cleaned them. Straight from the professionals, this is how we suggest you clean your windows and make them sparkling! (These tips and tricks are not a substitute for our window cleaning service)

Wipe, don't rub.

When you are trying to get the cleaning solution of your choice off of your windows, the worst thing you can do is rub. All you are doing is essentially rubbing in the mix of cleaner dirt, dust, and whatever else may be on your windows. That results in dirtier windows than when you started, and a very sticky film on your windows. The best thing to do when cleaning your windows is to wipe them down. Wiping gets rid of all dirt, dust, and cleaning solution stuck on your windows. They come out sparkling and flawless afterward.

Use window cleaning tools.

While paper towels and other around the house items may be quick and easy to use, you will end up with windows that look streaky and hard to see out of. Instead, there are a number of cleaning tools that were made just for window washing. These range from a window wiper to a squeegee. Depending on what you use, these are perfect for any type of windows. Whether you have small windows or beautiful picturesque windows, each tool will get rid of any dirt, grime, and cleaning solution and leave a window that is sparkling and looking new.

Dry after cleaning.

Another trick is to dry your windows after you have washed them. Sometimes when you let your windows air dry, dust particles that are near your windows and other grime can be attracted by the wetness, leaving your beautiful windows clean for only an hour or less. However, if you dry your windows with a rag, all the remaining water will be soaked up and you can keep your windows looking flawless and clean for weeks at a time. Only use a rag as using paper towels can cause streaks in your window.

Clean your windows AT LEAST twice a year.

You don't have to keep your windows clean every week, or even every month. According to the pros, if you clean your windows every six months, it will keep your windows looking brand new, as well as take a little bit off of your to do list with chores. No one wants to feel like they need to clean their windows every week; that's too much to do and no one has time for that. Every six months works perfect and takes a bit of stress off of your shoulders and tedious work off of your schedule.

These are the top tips for window cleaning. They are simple, can fit in your budget, and you will be left with windows that look like they were just installed!

Cleaning your windows does not have to take hours at a time, nor does it have to break your budget. These simple, easy tips will have your windows cleaned in a matter of minutes and you will appreciate the time and money saved by cleaning this way.

Good luck and happy cleaning!

The secrets of stain removal

Keeping our carpets clean can sometimes be a full-time job. Between running a household, having a career, and managing a family, things are bound to happen to our carpets that are out of our control, and also that happen when we aren't watching. However, there are simple ways to keep your carpets clean and to remove any and all stains that may be plaguing your carpets. You don't need to call a professional every time (even though, we definitely don't mind); here's four great tips to tackle any stains your carpet has on your own:

Not all stains are equal.

When cleaning stained carpeting, you have to see what kind of stain you are dealing with before you begin the cleaning process; is it a water soluble stain, a special water soluble stain, or is it a stain that features wax, urine, glue, etc.? If you were to clean a water soluble stain with a simple mixture of vinegar and water (a water soluble mixture cleaner), it would not get rid of hefty stains like wax. Finding the right cleaning solution will help you clean your carpet and make stains disappear.

Use dehumidifiers after cleaning.

Drying your carpet after cleaning can take quite a while. At times, it can take up to four or more hours. However, you can speed it up with the help of a dehumidifier. Using a dehumidifier cuts your drying process in half. In addition, it helps to lock in the cleaning solution you used and really get out any and all signs of the stain you previously had. This also prevents the risk of mildew or any type of bacteria growing from your carpet being wet and causing an even bigger problem for you and your household.

Use a strong PH solution to clean.

When cleaning, it is recommended that you use a cleaning solution that has a high PH balance. The reason behind this being that a PH balance of at least 10 or under will remove any and all detergents you used to clean your carpet. If you were to have any cleaning residue in your carpet, it can cause bacteria growth, or if you have pets, they could lick up the remnants of the cleaning solution and harm them. A PH balance of 10 and under will remove all detergent remains and make sure your carpet is 100% clean.

Blot, don't rub.

Lastly, when cleaning up stains, make sure you blot the stain and do not rub it. Even though you are using a cleaning solution, if you were to rub the stain with the cleaner it will make the stain worse. Rubbing makes the stain go deeper into the carpet fibers, which makes it nearly impossible to clean up. Instead, blotting gets down to the very bottom of the stain and helps to get rid of every particle and leaves your carpet stain free, clean, and looking brand new. Many people who rub when cleaning make the stains worse and have either been stuck with a ruined carpet, or need to spend money to buy a new one.

These four tips are the best kept secrets in stain removal of carpets. While they will not replace the use of hiring a professional carpet cleaner, the will help you for spots, and stains that come up in between your appointments. While there is no way to keep from making stains, these tips are easy to follow and will have your carpet looking brand new and stain free within an hour. Try them out and see how well your carpet looks after a good deep clean!

Three easy home recipes for efficient and thorough cleaning of your carpets you can use today!

There is one unwritten rule that carpets need cleaning up in the spring time, so maybe that's the reason why people keep this habit., think “Spring Cleaning”... But during the year, a large number of impurities and bacteria can accumulate on them. So while a good thorough cleaning in the spring is great, you need to maintain them also.

So if you want to thoroughly clean them and removing completely the dirt, stains and unpleasant odors, then take a look at these 3 natural cleaning solutions that can safely help you in your goal. There are three major problems with carpets: dirt tangled in the thread of the carpet, stains and unpleasant odor. But first, before you start cleaning, be sure to use your vacuum cleaner first. Carpets can be cleaned and refreshed with natural remedies.

Mild solutions of specialized washing agents for naturally varnished woolen or silk fabrics should be used. The means shouldn’t contain chlorine, ammonia, bleach, softener or silicone, and preferably it is of vegetable origin. After washing, the carpet mustn’t be left wet for a long time because there is a possibility of mold, which will cause permanent damage. It shouldn’t be dried on a radiator, oven or heater, it should be left in the fresh air.

  1. Deep carpet cleaning:

·        100 grams of baking soda

·        10 drops of essential oil from cedar

·        10 drops of essential oil from lime

A method of preparation:

Put all the ingredients in a plastic bag and let them stand one day in it. Before using this mixture, clean the carpet well with a vacuum cleaner, then put the mixture, apply clean water and rub with a brush. Allow the agent to work for half an hour, and then again use a vacuum cleaner.

2. Removing stains from the carpets:

·        300 milliliters of apple cider vinegar

·        700 milliliters of lemon juice

·        Half a liter of water

·        1 tablespoon baking soda

·        A few drops of essential lavender oil

A method of preparation:

Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Soak the carpet brush in them and then clean up those parts where there are spots. Keep in mind that all the ingredients in the mixture are natural, so they will not make foam, and that's why after you finish it is necessary to clean these parts cleanly with clean water and after drying them with a vacuum cleaner.

  1. Removing of unpleasant odors from the carpet:

·        2 tablespoons liquid soap

·        40 milliliters of alcoholic vinegar

·        Half a liter of hot water

·        1 tablespoon borax

·        6 drops of essential lemon oil

·        3 drops of essential tea tree oil

A method of preparation:

Put all the ingredients in a glass bowl and mix well, and then put them into a spray bottle (you can that one for cleaning windows) and add water. Shake well and spray over the entire surface of the carpet, leave for 20 minutes to act and then sweep the vacuum cleaner.

These are some of the cleaning tricks we have picked up, and heard during our time as we have been carpet cleaning. However, if you are looking for a quick, affordable, and efficient company to clean your carpets, give us a call and we will be happy to remove all of your Spots & Dots.

                                                                                     

TILE AND GROUT CLEANING

When it comes to cleaning, we all have one thing that we hate more than anything, which is cleaning the Grouts between the tiles. Cleaning them most often takes a lot of time, and we need to rub a lot and often use a variety of cleaning products that are full of chemicals, which don’t smell good, and sometimes the job is not even close.

We want to offer you some tips and tricks on how to clean your tile and grout at home:

If the grouts of your tiles begin to darken, clean them with a toothbrush dipped in unrefined white vinegar. You can also do the mixing of powder for biscuits (or baking soda) with water. Or, mix the cup of a mild detergent cup with ten liters of water and, with the help of the sponge, clean the critical areas and rinse with water. There are also markers for painting the Grouts, but they are recommended for smaller surfaces. They are used as ordinary pens.

If you are looking to clean your tiles along with the grout lines, it is necessary to wipe them every day with a wet cloth. If we think about bathroom tiles, they are exposed to a lot of water, heat and sometimes make not only the grout lines darker, but the tile lose its color.

Here is an at home solution you can try today to help, but you should never use abrasive products to clean tiles!

Make a solution of 100 ml of white vinegar, 100 ml of ammonia and 4 liters of warm water. So, clean the tiles and rinse them with water. Or, dilute the vinegar with the same amount of water, wipe the plates and rub them with a dry cloth.

You can also clean floor tiles with a soft brush, and wall sponge (gloves are required). When you clean the surface, do not flush them immediately. Wait 15 minutes, so do it with plenty of water, then wash with a mild detergent, rinse again and wipe with a cotton swab.

Here's one recipe that can help you and is easy to make:

Ingredients:

  • 7 glasses of water (1,5 l)
  • 1/2 cup of baking soda
  • 1/3 glass of lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup of alcoholic vinegar
  • Once you have cleaned it with this resource, the Grouts and tiles will look new!

Procedure:

  • In 1.5 liters of water, dissolve the soda. Add lemon juice and after that, pour the vinegar slowly.
  • Wait until the reaction of the chemical passes and your mixture is ready for use.
  • Then apply a brush or a sponge from the mixture and clean the Grouts and tiles.

At Spots & Dots Cleaning, we know that realistically, every time your tile and grout gets dirty, you need options to help you clean it at home. However, when you are ready for a tile and grout cleaning, please give us a call to schedule your appointment however, these recipes will help you maintain the tile and grout during that time.