A very simple but quite important rule is to never forget that you need to clean your pillows. It’s not something you need to do every day, of course, but from time to time it should be on your to-do list.

Do you tend to forget this important task? As time passes, simply washing your pillowcase won’t do the trick anymore. Pillows collect way too much dirt and bacteria for you not to wash them.

How to wash them the correct way?

I will start off by saying that you should wash them every three to six months depending on how often you change your pillowcases.

  • If you have a feather or down pillow

The first thing you should always do is to check your pillow labels. If they can be thrown in the washing machine – do that.

  • If you have a foam pillow

If you have a foam pillow do not put it in the washing machine. A good way to clean your pillow without causing any damage to it is by using a vacuum hose and a damp cloth to spot clean it.

Additional tips

  • If you have access to a front-loading washing machine make sure you use it for you pillow. In some cases, top-loading washing machines will make the pillow float which means that it might not be fully cleaned and might even have some dry spots.
  • Throw two pillows in the washing machine at once because this will keep the appliance balanced.

How often should you replace your pillows?

Sometimes washing them won’t do the job. Over time, just like anything else, your old pillows need to be replaced by new ones.

There is a certain way you can test your pillow if it needs to be changed. Fold it in half and see if it bounces back and stays folded in half – it’s time for you to go and buy a new one.

Have you ever spilled coffee on your clothes? Pretty annoying, I know. But you know how good it can stain different fabrics. If you hate it you can always call a cleaning company to take care of your problem. If not, bear with me. What if I told you that this isn’t a bad thing and you can use it for your advantage. Dye your curtains using coffee. Not only is it non-toxic and completely safe but you will save tons of money. It gives a rich vibrant color and the process is permanent.

The key to dying something with coffee is to let it set and let the curtains dry completely before you hang them again. And by drying I mean let them air-dry since most curtain fabrics are not suitable for machine-washing.

What you will need

  1. Pot
  2. Large plastic tub
  3. 1 cup of vinegar
  4. A spoon
  5. Petroleum jelly (this is optional)

 

Brew a large pot of coffee – as strong as you usually drink it.

Grab the plastic tub and fill it within a few inches of the top with warm water. Then add 1 cup of vinegar.

After that add the brewed coffee to the water and vinegar mixture and stir with a spoon.
Remove any metal hardware from the curtains (it can stain or rust the fabric). If your curtains’ metal parts are not removable cover them with a thin layer of the petroleum jelly. I would recommend applying it with your finger.

After doing that, hold the curtains over the coffee mixture and dip them slowly into the plastic big.

You can use the spoon to push the curtain folds underneath the liquid and soak them completely.

Leave them for five minutes. When you lift them check the color. If you don’t like it and it’s too light soak them for another five minutes. If you are happy with the result proceed to rinse them.

Rinse them only in cool water (in a sink or in a bathtub). That way you will get rid of any excess coffee. Squeeze the water out and hang the curtains somewhere where they can air-dry – for example over a shower rod or on a clothesline.

When completely dry

You can proceed with hanging them again. And there you go, affordable and easy.

CleaningLooking for something nice to lay on your office’s floor is never an easy task but if you can get it right it will really look marvellous. Sometimes however many people would argue that going basic is the best option. Not putting a carpet but going for a hard floor is said to also be a viable option for your office. Financial reasons aside these people might be right – but are they?

So why go for it?

Let’s say that putting a granite or stone floor isn’t going to bother you in terms of pricing. Should you go for it a 100%? Keep in mind that once you install such a floor there is no way of coming back. First off you need to know what the needs of your office space are. If your business revolves around outdoor working and your office is basically located outside then fine. Let’s say you are a car rental or something similar to it. You want something sturdy for customers to walk on. Most people won’t have any regards about the condition of your floor and will stomp it with muddy shoes and dirty feet. They will drop stuff on it and will most likely even eat while walking all over it. This is why carpets are not a great idea because they might get ruined. This is of course about a heavy traffic area that sees a lot of action. If you have a waiting room which has direct access to a door leading outside then this is another reason not to buy a carpet for your office. The hard floor can take a lot of dirt and dust and it is not a huge ordeal to clean. A simple sweeping session along with a wet mop will do the trick and you will have a sparkling clean floor in no time. This will defeat:

  • Dirt
  • Dust
  • Mud
  • Water
  • Spills

And here’s when a hard floor is not an excellent idea

But there are also a few drawbacks and some of them are related to the nature of your business. If you are in an office building that has been constructed relatively recently then it is perhaps with a light structure. This won’t allow you to have a hard floor especially if you are located on the 9th floor or something like that. Adding a cement or ceramic floor to a building like that will be almost impossible and very impractical.

Also if you have a business that is oriented towards elderly people having a solid floor might be tricky. This type of flooring gets slippery when wet and this is never something that you want for your customers or colleagues. If an injury occurs in your office you will be the one getting in trouble when it comes to compensation. Picking the right type of floor for your office is not only an interior design thingyou should also think about the practical side of things.

The kitchen cabinets are the façade of your kitchen and poorly maintained cabinets can do nothing else than ruin the atmosphere within your kitchen. This is why it is very important to maintain clean and stainless kitchen cabinets.

Kitchen Cabinetry CleaningIn order to have clean kitchen cabinetry you must start by emptying the content of the cabinets. Next you must mix your own stain remover by mixing mild soap and water in a bucket or laver. Then get a sponge, soak it in your homemade stain remover and wash the insides of your kitchen cabinetry. Once the insides are washed and stain-free, dry off the soap and water with the aid of soft clean towel.

Now comes the tricky part of the kitchen cabinet cleaning process as you will have to clean the visible parts of your cabinets. Once again you must create your own stain remover by pouring oil soap in a laver or bucket and diluting the soap with warm water. Before you apply your newly created cleaning solution, test it on an inconspicuous part of the kitchen cabinetry to see whether it will affect the cabinet finish or not.

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If your cleaning detergent passes the test, get a sponge and dip it into the mixture. Use a sponge that has both a soft side and a scouring side. This way you will be able to remove the stains more easily and you won’t risk damaging the cabinetry surface. Wipe the cabinetry surface until all stains, spots and grease residue is removed. If necessary repeat this step several times. Also don’t forget to regularly rinse your sponge so that you don’t transfer the dirty that you have recently removed from one cabinet to another.

Kitchen Cabinetry CleaningOnce the exterior of your kitchen cabinetry is clean, dry your cabinets with a clean, lint-free cloth. By drying your cabinets you will not only remove any residual dirt but you will also eliminate all moisture that is trapped on the surface of the cabinets. Keep in mind that oil soap will remove the wax finish of your cabinets, so it is advisable that you reapply a wax finish on your cabinets like the example shown here One-Off Kitchen Cleaning | London Oven Cleaners. The wax will also add a shine to the cabinetry surface which will make your cabinets appear as good as new.

End the kitchen cabinetry cleaning by rearranging the content on the cabinets. Once you are done you will instantly notice how the appearance of your kitchen has ameliorated.  

Credit goes to cleaningserviceslondon.net for their expert advice on this material. Thank you!

Descaling Faucets and SinksTaps and sink basins usually accumulate a great deal of lime scale through everyday use. Unfortunately, descaling lime deposits from such fixtures will require some manual labour in the form of scrubbing. Nevertheless, a proven combination of white vinegar and lemon juice will make a great difference and your chore will be much easier and less intense.

The taps:

It is important to ensure maximum contact between the acid soaked scrubbing pad and the surface you are scrubbing. Try not to miss any spots, including grooves between parts. This acidic cleaning solution will not affect any rubber seals or the chrome finish of the faucet.

-apply the mixture of vinegar and lemon juice generously using a scouring pad, don’t scour just make sure every part of the faucet is treated;

-repeat the process once or twice in the space of about one hour;

In about an hour or so, the lime scale deposits should be softened (some of them dissolved) by the acidic properties of lemon and vinegar.

scrub the faucet properly from all sides in order to remove all scaling, take your time and do it right;

-polish the faucet with a towel and that’s it;

The sink:

mix vinegar and lemon juice in equal amounts;

-apply generously with a sponge all around the sink basin;

-let the acid go to work for about an hour, you can reapply the solution if necessary;

-scrub the sink with a scouring pad and then rinse thoroughly;

-polishing is optional;

*Tile work

Descaling Faucets and SinksIn case you like to give descaling the tiles a go, you can do this by using the same solution of white vinegar and lemon juice. In this case though you would have to reapply the mixture every fifteen or so minutes as the solution will be running down tiled surfaces. The more often you reapply the solution the better effect and less scrubbing you will have to do.

-mix a larger amount of the cleaning solution in a bowl or a small bucket;

-apply to the tiled surface generously using a sponge, don’t skip the grouts;

reapply the acid cleaner three or four times depending on how much deposits you are dealing with;

-in an hour or so you can start scrubbing the tiles, lime scaling should be coming off quite easily;

-keep a plastic scraper handy as heavy, solidified deposits in awkward spots might require some extra muscle.

Removing Lime Scale from AppliancesUsually kitchen appliances, as well as washing machines suffer greatly from lime scale build up. The causes of lime scaling vary somewhat, but generally it is to do with the chlorination and mineralisation of tap water. Lime scale build up will eventually have a detrimental effect on your appliances’ performance, possibly cause malfunctions too. Removing lime scale is not the easiest of things, especially from internal parts of appliances but there are effective ways to make it happen.

Removing lime scale from washing machines and dishwashers

Removing lime scale deposits from your washing machine or dishwasher innards is best done using lemon juice and vinegar; acids are usually the most effective way to remove lime scale. When your washing machine is lime scale free, you will experience better, more efficient performance and reduction of power and water consumption.

For the washing machine:

-mix equal (and generous) parts of lemon juice and white undiluted vinegar in a plastic cup;

-place the cup in your washing machine;

-run an empty cycle (no clothing) on high temperature;

-repeat the process every couple of months and lime scale deposits will be minimised notably;

For the dishwasher:

-mix the same amount of vinegar and lemon juice as instructed above;

-pour the liquid at the bottom of the dishwasher, not where the detergent usually goes;

-run the dishwasher on full cycle with no dishes in it;

-again, repeat the process every so often to minimise future lime scale deposits;

Removing lime scale from kettles and coffee makers

Removing Lime Scale from AppliancesRemoval of lime scale deposits from kettles and coffee machines is relatively easy and straightforward, since these two appliances are ready made water containers. A kettle or coffee maker that is free of any lime scale deposits will be more efficient and healthier to use.

For the kettle:

-mix (or use either) lemon juice and/or vinegar;

-fill up a quarter of the kettle with the acid and let it sit for an hour or so;

-in an hour’s time top up the kettle with fresh water and boil it;

-pour out the boiled water and acid before it cools down;

-rinse the inside of the kettle repeatedly with cold water until everything is gone;

For the coffee maker:

-mix the vinegar and lemon juice and pour it in the water compartment of the machine;

-wait for an hour and run a brewing cycle with no coffee;

-pour out the gunk and repeat the process another two times;