Monday, January 19, 2009

It's Monday, Must Be a Household Tip...

**Click on Playlist "Whistle While You Work"**
As you have heard me say, Grandma was a great inspiration. She had it down (everything about life, I think). Every Monday was catch up with the house day, as well as laundry day. So, along those traditional lines, Monday will be "Household Tips" day.
On To The Living Room.....
These rooms are really the easiest to clean.
*Start at the top, dust the ceiling fans, top of doors, wipe down doors, and clean pictures and frames.
*Go around the ceiling/wall with a soft cloth attached to a broom to wipe down cobwebs.
*Clean all chandeliers or globes.
*Use a "Magic Eraser" to remove any marks from walls. You may have to touch some marks up with paint. When you touch up paint, never use a brush, use a sponge roller for smoother coverage.
*Clean the windows. You'll be amazed at how bright the sun will be, even in January!
*Vacuum the windowsills.
*Clean the draperies, either have them dry cleaned or wash, iron and rehang yourself.
*Wipe down all blinds. If grimy, use "409" on a damp cloth.
*Wash or dust all accessories.
*Wipe down all lampshades with vacuum accessory.
*Vacuum all upholstered furniture, including arms, backs, cushions and under cushions.
*Once year I treat my furniture to keep the wood from drying out. At this time I spot treat any scratches with Old English Scratch Cover or wood color pen from hardware store. Any water spots can be removed with a damp cloth soaked in 1/2 olive oil, 1/2 vinegar solution. Rub in a circular motion. As with all treatments, test small area first.
*Vacuum all baseboards with attachment to get rid of dust and pet hair. Take a damp cloth and wipe down all baseboards once every three months, more often if you have a pet that sheds.
*Vacuum all registers and cold air returns.
*Clean floor. An older cleaning lady once told me the best solution for scrubbing floors is vinegar water. At the time, I had hardwood floors. Since she had been cleaning the house for decades (we were not the first owners) I continued with this practice. The floors always looked like new. I have tried all kinds of cleaners, but always come back to vinegar water, even now with tile floors.
*Vacuum carpets, under furniture and around baseboards. Save the carpet cleaning until the snow has melted. For a fresher smelling carpet, sprinkle around baking soda and vacuum.
*Spot carpet: since most carpet these days in stain resistant, start with water and blot with clean cloth. If that doesn't work, try a little clear shampoo on your west cloth. Scrub and blot. Get another clean cloth and cover spot, stand on it to absorb the excess water. If you have a pet stain, you must act immediately by blotting, spray with vinegar water and blot as suggested above, trying to remove all moisture.
**Obviously, these tips are for a deep clean, not your typical every week cleaning.

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