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Spring Cleaning Time

Spring Cleaning
It's time to start get organize for the next season. I know that spring is not here yet. But if you start now, when the cold weather is gone you are ready to enjoy the outdoors. Start room by room or will be overwhelmed. Try to do at least one thing every day. For example, clean one or two drawers a day.
Buy containers, liners,etc at the Dollar store to storage and organize your home. For more info ideas go to www.hubpages.com/hub/get-organized-and-save-I.
 
 
It's time to reduce, organize, save money and live stress free.

Odor Removal

Odor Removal
 
For all odors, the first thing you should do is to remove the cause of the odor.
To remove smoke film from washable surfaces, use a solution of heavy-duty cleaner or degrease. A dash of water soluble deodorizer from a janitorial supply store added to the solution will help neutralize the odor. For smoky windows, add one part isopropyl alcohol to five parts window cleaner to help cut the oily film.
Smoke on porous surfaces is a tougher proposition. Light smoke film on acoustic ceiling tile can be removed by professional ceiling cleaners, but heavy buildup usually requires painting or replacement of the tile.

Green your cleaning routine

Green your cleaning routine
You don;t have to go Eco all at once. Introduce these ideas one at a time.
 
CHOOSE RECYCLE TOOLS
Using machine washable cotton and microfiber cloths is not only an earth sensitive alternative to paper towels, it saves money. To wash, try an environmentally friendly laundry detergent made from plant products.
 
RUN YOUR WASHING MACHINE ON THE COLD CYCLE
Heating water accounts for 80% of the energy used when you do laundry. Forget the conventional wisdom about washing certain clothes in hot water.

Linoleum floors

Linoleum floors
 
Regular vacuuming or sweeping is the best way to maintain the finish. Then damp mop with plain water or add just a drop of liquid dish soap. If the floor has some tough spots to clean, use a white, nylon backed scrub sponge. This will keep soil from wearing away the surface. However, if time and traffic eventually dull the glossy top layer, you may want to add a floor finish or wax to restore the shine. Choose any good commercial floor polish or try a self-polishing, metal interlock floor finish available from a janitorial supply.

Pergo floors

Pergo floors
 
The manufacturers of Pergo recommend damp mopping at least once a week and sweeping or vacuuming with an attachment more often if you are concerned about scratches.
Do not use soaps or detergents because they may leave a film, dulling the floor. Difficult spots like nail polish, markers, tar and cigarette burns can be removed with acetone or nail polish remover. Pergo floors must never be waxed, polished, sanded or refinished.

Soap scum in tubs and showers

Soap scum in tubs and showers
 
Since preventing soap scum build-up is a lot easier than cleaning it, squeegee water off shower walls and doors after every use or wipe them down with a towel. For tile walls or frosted shower doors, apply a light coating of lemon oil periodically to help prevent build-up. For a porcelain tub, apply a light coat of boat car wax to the sides (never the bottom) of the tub.
If it's too late for prevention, use  decreasing agent and lots of elbow grease. Get a good alkaline soap scum remover at a janitorial supply store or dissolve a handful of automatic dishwasher detergent in a bucket of warm water. Cover the affected area completely and let your cleaning solution soak for at least 15 minutes. Do it right after a shower when the walls will be wet. After soaking, use a  stuff scrub brush or a white, nylon-backed scrub sponge to clean the walls. You may need to soak and scrub a couple of times to get rid of all the build-up. Then rinse well with clear water.

Dust Lightbulbs

Invitation 1Emmanuel Pro ServicesDust Light bulbs
 
Unscrew light bulbs and polish the bulbs with a microfiber cloth dampened with water (avoid wetting the metal screw base). Clean the bulbs in recessed ailing fixtures with a telescoping lamb's wool duster.

Substitute cleaner in a pinch

Emmanuel Pro ServicesSubstitute cleaner in a pinch
 
INSTEAD of Toilet Cleaner'
TRYsprinkles of the side of toilet bowl with a few teaspoons of Tang, or drop in a couple of Denture-cleaning tablets or a cup ofwhite vinegar. Let the remedy sit for 10 minutes, then brush and flush.
 
eMMANUEL pRO SERVICESINSTEAD ofMicrofiber cloths  on glass surface
TRYcoffee filters. They are lint free.
 
INSTEAD ofEraser Pads
TRYwhitening toothpaste on a toothbrush to scrub away crayon and scuff marks.
 
INSTEAD ofGlass cleaner
TRY  a mixer of equal parts rubbing alcohol and water to clean mirrors.