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Do you have pets at home? If so removing animal hair from sofas, carpets and stairs can be very frustrating, especially when your pet is moulting. The best way to collect and remove the hair from the furniture is to use rubber gloves. Put them on and wipe your hand across the hair. The pet hair will then begin to clump together and form bundles in places. This makes it easier for you to pick the hair up in bunches and put in the bin.
I know the kids in all of us enjoyed the heaviest snowfall in a while but I think we are getting a little fed up of it now, its very very difficult to even walk on the streets probably more difficult then driving !
The harsh freezing weather will cause problems in many homes in particular freezing water pipes which when they thaw are very likely to burst and if they go unnoticed for any period of time the water will cause untold damage to your house, causing ceilings to collapse, destroying carpets, water running down your walls etc which will then lead you to have an insurance claim & it doesnt end there because next year when your policy comes up for renewal just watch the increased insurance premium…!
So how can you be prepared for the worst?
- Firstly in case of water leaks, you MUST know how to turn your water supply off! Ensure you have the appropriate tools nearby if needed in an emergency. Also have basins & buckets at the ready.
- Make sure you have your step ladder at hand in the event you need to get into the attic quickly!
- Have your insurance company contact details at hand, check their web site for emergency numbers, they often have contact details for approved Plumbers & tradespeople that are available on a 24hr basis. Save these numbers on your mobile phone.
- Its a good idea to leave your attic door open to allow heat rise and prevent pipes freezing, even leaving a light on in your attic can help.
- If you are away or you are responsible for a vacant property make sure the heat is on a timer.
- Try to have a family member or friend or even arrange a house sitter to keep a close watch on your home.
Some advice if pipes are frozen or burst:
- Switch off water supply, electricity & gas
- Try to limit the damage by moving as much furniture etc away from the affected area
- Be sure that any electrical items near to the leak are unplugged
Once you have the leak under control:
- Do not use any electrical item unltill you are satisfied that the leak is repaired
- Raise any floor covering and dry slowly, they may not need to be replaced
- If you are going to make a claim dont throw anything away as the claims assessor will need to view the damage.
If you feel I have missed any important point please be sure to post your comments….
Over the years, professional cleaners have learned short cuts, tips and tricks that save time and money.
Here are a few of the common cleaning problems and their solutions:
Most people will clean a hard wood or tiled floor with some sort of wet cleaner that includes soap or detergent.
The problem is when the cleaning solution dries out, the soap or detergent is left as a sticky residue on the surface. As soon as someone walks across the floor, they transfer the residue to the nearest carpet where the stickiness acts like a dirt magnet.
In a perfect world, floors are vacuumed every day to cut down the amount of dirt and grit in carpets and on hard floors. The trouble is few us live in a perfect world and have to rush the vacuum round once a week or so.
Cheap vacuums generally have less powerful motors that give less suction and poorer filtering systems than the more expensive models.
This can mean that they blow out ‘dirty’ air laden with pollen, hair, dirt and house mites as exhaust, making rooms dusty again.
Most of the dirt in a carpet is trapped, dry soil. Hanging the carpet outside for a good beating is the best way to clear the pile of dirt.
Unfortunately, this isn’t possible with a fitted carpet, so vacuuming is the next best cleaning method, but won’t remove all the dirt and grime. Lots of people try a wet cleaning system – like hiring a machine from the local DIY – but this makes the dirt muddy and difficult to clean up. Beware. These machines are not necessarily good for every carpet because some shrink if they become too wet. Even professional cleaning firms sometimes have to call in experts who have the special equipment to do certain jobs effectively – like carpet and oven cleaning.
The best time to wash the outside of your windows is on an overcast day. Sunshine makes them dry too quickly and leaves streaks.
Add a couple of teaspoons of white vinegar to a gallon of cool water. Wash the windows with horizontal, side to side, strokes on the outside and vertical, up and down, strokes on the inside. This way you can tell which side any streaks are on.
Here’s an insider tip most professional cleaners would rather you didn’t know – washing all the doors, including your front door gives the illusion of a bright, clean and friendly home.
Good cleaning requires a systematic approach and organisation, so you don’t have to keep going over the same place twice and exert minimum effort for maximum results.
1. Cleaning top to bottom
The phrase came about for a reason. Starting at the top and working down means any dust or dirt you dislodge does not fall on somewhere you have already cleaned.
Apply the same rule to every room – start at the top, dusting the cobwebs out of the ceiling corners and work down to the floor. If you live in a house, start with the room at the top and work down the stairs floor by floor.
2. Getting in the zone
Break home cleaning down in to smallertasks – zoning your house and spending an hour each day in a different zone is a great idea if you are pushed for time.
3. Cut the clutter
Those ornaments, books and magazines just get in the way and gather dust. Make sure everything has a place and everyone puts away what he or she uses.
4. Keep your cleaning caddy close by
Having your cleaning kit to hand cuts down running up and down the stairs every few minutes and speeds up the job.
5. Sweet smell of success
Make your home smell fresh as well as looking clean and tidy. Leave some bicarbonate of soda in the bin. You can also sprinkle dry bicarbonate of soda on carpets overnight to absorb musty smells. Vacuum the powder away the following morning.
6. Don’t move – extend
Plug your vacuum cleaner in to a six metre extension cord so the cable trails all round your home rather than having to keep unplugging and plugging in.
7. Letting the dust settle
Tackle the dry jobs first in a room – like dusting. Then move on to the wet jobs like cleaning glass and polishing so the dust has settled and does not cling to any wet surfaces.