General Everyday Use Cleaning Tips........
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Everyday Cleaning Tips
- If spot is wet, blot it, don’t rub. Rubbing spreads the soil.
- If spot is dry, loosen soil and vacuum away prior to moistening it.
- Always rinse cleaned area thoroughly. If not removed, cleaning products may cause the cleaned area to attract soil.
- When taking out stains, always use a white cloth.
- Always pre-test the surface to be cleaned.
- Apply cleaning solution to an inconspicuous area of the same matter If after five minutes the materials colour transfers to towel, try another product.
- When using any cleaner, dilute according to directions. A mixture that is too potent may cause damage.More is not always better.
- Carpet shampoo is good to have on hand and is available at most hardware stores.
- A mild mineral spirit solution is useful for many household cleaning applications.
- Clean spots and stains immediately you will have a much better chance of removing them.
- Remove lime buildup with lemon juice and vinegar
- Remove chewing gum by rubbing an ice cube until the gum becomes stiff, and then remove.
- Use hairspray to remove ball point ink, and be sure to rinse the area thoroughly afterwards.
- Clean urine spots quickly with dish detergent and water.
- To remove latex paint from carpet or upholstery, soak with dish detergent diluted with 20 parts water. Agitate; blot; rinse; blot.
- For wax on carpet or upholstery, set a clean absorbent cloth over the wax and hold a hot iron on it.Remove the cloth, taking the wax with it. (Be careful not to leave the iron on too long).
Fire Smoke Damage Tips
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being impregnated into upholstery and carpets.
- Discard exposed open food packages.The food is probably contaminated.
- Do not attempt to use ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet.A short circuit could result.
- Wipe leaves of houseplants clean to remove smoke residue.
- Tape cheesecloth over intake and exit hot air registers to capture any loose soot in the air.Damp cheesecloth is better.
- Do not eat food that has been exposed to fire.
- Keep hands clean.Soot on hands can impregnate upholstery, walls, and woodwork causing more damage.
- Cover carpet traffic areas with towels or old linens to prevent more soiling.
- If electricity is off, clean out freezer and refrigerator, and leave doors propped open or place charcoal in unit.
- Wipe residue from porcelain bath fixtures to prevent etching.
- Change air filters on forced hot air furnaces.
Vandalism, Clean-up Tips
- Wash any egg residue from building exterior.
- Do not use household cleaners fabrics or carpet without consulting with your professional cleaner.
- Remove any debris, food, etc., from carpets or interior walls.Scrape or blot carpets or furniture – Do Not Rub.
- Vacuum glass particles from carpet and upholstery, but do not walk in bare feet in area of glass residue.
- Save any information as to type of liquid that was spread over surfaces.
- Make a list of all damage.
- Do not attempt to remove chemicals, i.e. ink, paint, etc.
- Do not operate damaged electrical appliances.
- Do not throw away miscellaneous damaged wood chips, etc.They might be helpful for repair.
Water Damage Tips
- Use as many dehumidifiers as available. (temperature must be above 60°)
- If damage is during heating season leave heat on; if in summer, use air conditioner if available.
- Do not use household vacuum to remove water.
- Remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting.
- Lift draperies off carpet and hang on drapery rod via looping through a coat hanger.
- Open furniture drawers, closet doors, or luggage to enhance drying.
- Remove damp books from shelves and spread out to dry.
- Punch holes in sagging ceilings to allow water to drain.