Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Our little tips to help you when we are not about.

Dusting

  • Always dust before vacuuming to ensure and dust/dirt which falls to the floor is vacuumed up.

  • The best dust cloth is a damp, clean, microfiber cloth. To dampen, hold the cloth by a corner and lightly mist with water from a spray bottle. The cloth should be just damp enough to pick up dust without leaving moisture streaks.

  • When dusting wall units, lift and dust each object, then dust the shelf underneath and behind. Start from the top of the unit and move towards the bottom.

  • Never dust a warm or hot light bulb with a damp cloth, as it will shatter.

  • Dampen a clean, soft paintbrush to remove dust from louvered doors, telephones and keyboard keys, carved furniture, etc.

  • To Clean Venetian blinds, close the slants, dust, close the slant the opposite way and dust again.

  • Wipe wood surfaces with the grain to avoid streaks.

Chrome Cleaning

  • A dry, clean microfiber cloth will polish chrome to an eye catching gleam.

  • To remove fingerprints from stainless steel appliances, add a small amount of baby oil to a microfiber cloth and wipe.

Windows

  • When cleaning windows, wipe one side of the glass horizontally and the other side vertically. This way, when polishing out the streaks, it will be easy to determine what side they are on.

Bathroom

  • Use a toothbrush to clean hard-to-reach areas around soap holders, taps and drains.

  • Add a fabric softener sheet to bins to avoid odours.

  • Foggy mirrors can be restored, by rubbing a small amount of glycerin onto the surface.

  • A small window squeegee used on tiled walls after each shower will slow the formation of water spots

  • To unclog lime scale from shower heads, remove and soak the head in boiling water and vinegar.

  • It will be much easier and less time consuming to clean the bathroom if it is done on a regular basis as this will prevent the build up of mildew and soap scum.

Kitchen

  • To soften splatters inside the microwave, fill a cup with water and microwave on high for a few minutes. The steam will loosen and baked on food so you can easily wipe it clean.

  • Allow burner rings form the hub to soak in a sink full of hot water. This will loosen the dirt and make them easier to clean.

  • Spray oven racks in a plastic rubbish bag for easier cleaning.

  • Dishcloths and sponges can be incubators for germs. Regularly put dishcloths in the washing machine, and microwave damp sponges on high for several minutes to kill bacteria.