Cleaning and maintaining wooden floors or hardwood floors, as they are sometimes referred to, can seem quite daunting. I used to try and avoid the responsibility by covering as much of the floor area with carpets and rugs as possible and foolishly thinking that would keep the wooden flooring safe. However, irrespective of whether you lay a carpet over a hardwood floor or keep it as it is, you need to clean it regularly and maintain it in order to ensure it has a long lifespan. This is important because replacing wooden flooring can seriously pinch your pocket.
Before I tell you how to clean a hardwood floor, you first need to be sure about the type of hardwood finish you have. Is it a prefinished floor or a stained/unfinished floor? Does the floor sport a wax finish? Does it have a surface seal? What type of surface seal does it have?
When you are running around the house trying to get errands done, small accidents can happen quite easily. You may topple a hot straightening rod or an iron may fall flat onto the carpet — I know I have done it more than a few times. Perhaps, an unruly guest was not careful about where they ashed their cigarette. All said and done, accidents happen quite frequently and easily and you’re left with a gaping hole in your carpet that looks back at you angrily. There’s no need to worry, folks! The following are some ways you can get burn marks out of your carpet.
A few months back I was getting my house repainted. As is required, I had covered all the furniture and carpets with either plastic sheets or cloth. Yet somehow bits of gloss paint managed to spill on the living room carpet. Unfortunately, I failed to notice this until the paint job was completed. By then the gloss paint had hardened and embedded itself into the carpet fibres.
At that point, I had no clue as to how I could get it removed. The carpet was an expensive one and I didn’t want to take a chance. So, I got in touch with a professional carpet cleaning service. Now the thing with gloss paint or any other oil-based paint is that if it’s not dealt with immediately, it’s almost impossible to completely remove it off the carpet. Faint traces of it continues to remain. And that’s exactly what happened with my carpet. The carpet cleaning service gave it their best shot, but a faint paint stain still remains. In the morning, when sunlight falls on it, it’s visible. At other times of the day, I don’t really notice it.
Cycling is one of my favourite fitness routines. Since I live in an apartment building, I have to haul the bike up to the apartment and keep it there. Once in a while, bike grease drips onto the carpet. In fact, a lovely wool carpet that I had received as a gift got completely spoiled by grease stains and I had to dispose of it. It was after this that I did thorough research and learnt methods of dealing with and cleaning grease stains from carpets.
Grease is an oily substance that is applied to the bike chain to ensure that it moves smoothly. Grease (or for that matter any other oily substance) is quite stubborn and can leave a really nasty stain, so it’s extremely important that you deal with it as soon as you notice. The quicker you take action, the higher the chances that you will be able to completely remove it off the carpet.
Maintaining carpets can be a real challenge during the rainy season. Unless you follow a strict shoes-off-at-the-door policy (which is admittedly hard to go through with), moisture is bound to settle on the carpet. What’s worse is that drying the carpet becomes difficult during these months as well, which leads to the moisture settling in the carpet. If autumn turns out to be wet and windy instead of mild and dry, then the problems are compounded.
Rainwater seeping into the carpet isn’t the only reason for the damp smell. It could be caused by a leaking pipe under the floor, or if the indoor humidity levels are high. Once you’ve tackled the damp smell, you need to address the reasons why the carpet had a damp smell in the first place.
One of my guilty pleasures is having a big a bowl of chocolate ice cream as I watch something on Netflix. Sometimes, if what I’m watching is really engrossing, I end up spilling some of the ice cream on the carpet. Call me clumsy, but it does happen.
This is what happens to me, but in your case maybe you have young kids. They might mistakenly turn over a bowl of ice cream or drop a little from a melting cone. Irrespective of how the chocolate ice cream got on the carpet, it’s bad news.
You need to act as soon as you spot it on the carpet. The longer the ice cream sits on the carpet, the harder it will be to get it off and remove the stain left behind. There’s also the chance that someone might step on it spread it other parts of the carpet via their shoes.
Vacuum cleaners have almost become indispensable over the past few decades. As technology has moved to greater heights, vacuum cleaners have become more powerful and smaller in size at the same time. They’re no longer the clunky machines that need to be literally dragged along from one room to the other. And don’t even get me started on the horror of carrying a vacuum cleaner up the stairs. It used to feel like an intense workout session instead of a weekend cleaning session.
However, what’s truly incredible is that since the first vacuum cleaner-like machine saw the light of day, the basic design of this machine and the way it functions haven’t changed a lot.
If you have a dog or a cat that spends a lot of time indoors, it wouldn’t be uncommon for you to come home to an unpleasant surprise waiting for you on the carpet. This is a task you probably are all too familiar with and dread the most if you have a sick or upset pet. If you have indeed found this unwanted gift on your carpet, do not punish your pet, and don’t wait too long to clean your carpet. For these are the stains that will wash away easier if they are removed earlier and won’t leave a rude reminder for you to ponder upon later.
Have you set out to paint your house by yourself? If you have, then you know how easy it is to knock over a can of paint all over your floor, or worse even, your carpet, because unlike clothes, you cannot just toss it in a washing machine. What is worse is that just-spilt paint is bad in itself, but if you put it on the back burner and thought you would do it after your paint job, you could be in for a nasty surprise. Even if you have spilt a few drops of paint on it, it can cause a lot of frustration and panic.
If you have a carpet in your house, you know how keeping it clean is not an easy task. Food, dirt, pets and sometimes ink, there’s no limit to what your carpet can be stained with. And if you have dealt with ink stains on trouser or shirt pockets, you are aware that cleaning ink can be a daunting task. But on the other hand, if you know what kind of ink you are dealing with, your task can be a little easier than you thought.
Your carpet goes through all kinds of rough use, though a thinning carpet may add to its “character”, a stain does not. Any kind of spill on it can add to its misery, but the one stain anyone is always dreading are ink stains that can be quite formidable. But with a little knowledge and a little more patience, removing these ink stains can be a breeze.
Christmas is over for another year, but here at Clean Home Guide, we are still in the spirit of giving.
That’s why we are giving away this fantastic Vax Gator cordless vacuum cleaner free to one lucky winner!
The Vax Gator is sure to clean away your post-Christmas blues, and have you ready for Spring cleaning season which is just around the corner. This handheld cordless vacuum cleaner is featured in our list of the best handheld vacuum cleaners, and it’s easy to see why.
Despite its compact size, the Vax Gator has a large mouth which makes it ideal for cleaning up large messes. It is also perfect for giving the car a once over, and the fact that it is cordless means there are no cables to worry about.
The garden brightens up my house and provides a sanctuary from my fast-paced lifestyle in the outside world. I often end up having the morning coffee while taking a stroll in the garden and during the summer months I host small get-togethers in my garden.
However, I used to neglect the upkeep of the garden for far too long. Only when it used to become nearly impossible to ignore would I clean it, which used to take up a lot of time and effort. I learnt my lesson and now I clean it at regular intervals and try not to delay the essential maintenance work.
If you have a gardener on call, then that’s great. But, if like me, you prefer to get your hands dirty and love the therapeutic feeling of spending a few hours every week taking care of the garden, then you need to keep a few things in mind.
Giving your window a thorough clean can be a satisfying, yet frustrating task. If you’re not using the right kind of tools, the more you rub and clean, the greater the chance that your window will have noticeable streaks. Getting a streak-free clean for your window is desired as it gives you a clear and clean view of what’s happening outside. You also don’t want the glass to get damaged before its time is up. So how do you get a streak-free clean? The following are a few easy ways I found in the course of my research.
Having clean windows is essential or how else will you let the light in? Philosophical queries aside, windows do brighten up your room and give your home warmth. Besides, it’s always nice to look out to a beautiful view. More often than not, even if you give your windows a thorough clean it’s still not enough because the outside of the window is caked in dust.
Since this is the part of the window that is directly exposed to the outside, it tends to be harder to clean. All the grime, dust and moisture from outside lands on the window pane. So how do you ensure squeaky clean windows, even from the outside?
Autumn is the season when trees and plants shed their leaves in anticipation of the impending winter months. So, my garden is full of fallen autumn leaves during the season. I don’t feel cleaning up the leaves is a chore at all because autumn is probably the best time of the year to be out in the open. A decent amount of warmth from the summer months is carried over to autumn, which adds to the invigorating smell that percolates these months. The colour palette of autumn is stunning as well, with its reds, yellows and oranges.
With every passing year, vacuum cleaners are becoming more sophisticated and technologically advanced. The efficiency with which these machines clean has also increased and, inevitably the prices have gone up as well. Hence, it’s important to spend an adequate amount of time deliberating the selection of the right vacuum cleaner for you.
Depending on your cleaning requirements, you’ll have to decide if you need an upright vacuum cleaner or a canister vacuum cleaner. You will also need to take a call on whether the vacuum cleaner should have specific attachments for tackling pet hair or for cleaning debris. Similarly, you will have to determine whether a bagless vacuum cleaner is the right one for you or a bagged vacuum cleaner.
Over the past decade or so, bagless vacuum cleaners have become the preferred vacuuming option for consumers. There are several reasons for this.
Bagless vacuums don’t need new dust bags every month or so, which means you can save some money.
You don’t have to change the filter as frequently as in the case of bagged vacuums.
It suits the modern fast-paced lifestyle, as you can simply use it, empty it and store it away.
It’s environmentally friendly as well.
However, bagless vacuum cleaners also need periodic cleaning and maintenance. There are four key sections or areas that need your attention.
Everybody loves a sparkling and clean home and, however large or small the house is, I think the best way to get it absolutely clean is to vacuum the house using an efficient vacuum cleaner.
However, not all vacuum cleaners are the same. There are different kinds of vacuum cleaners, each having different features and functions.
And, different types of vacuum cleaners work best depending on the size and layout of your home.
In this article, I will be discussing some of the pros and cons of upright vacuum cleaners vs cylinder types and typically what they are good at.
If you’re looking to set up a cleaning business, the first step is to get all your legalities sorted. Decide what your ideal clientele is going to be after doing your market research – households or bigger commercial properties. The products you require will depend on this decision.
When you’re looking to start a cleaning business, there are a number of household cleaning supplies that you need to stock up on to stay organized and efficient before you go out to clean your first home.
Here is a list of such supplies that have been compiled for the smaller scale home cleaning business to help you as you start off!
When there is a discussion about vacuum cleaners, people always ask me which vacuum cleaner they should buy and what is my recommendation of the best vacuum cleaner. Well, with so many different types, models and brands of vacuum cleaners to choose from, the decision of the best vacuum cleaner can be quite a challenge. So, I have given you a lowdown of the factors you should consider and evaluate before deciding on the best vacuum cleaner to buy.
Sometimes it seems like every other week I’m hunched over the carpet, trying to remove a red stain off it. This is primarily because I’m quite a clumsy person, but I also host a lot of get-togethers at home and inevitably someone slips a bit of wine on the carpet.
I’ve learnt the hard way that the key to removing red wine from the carpet is to be prepared beforehand. What I mean is that you need to keep a few essential items handy in the kitchen to deal with spilt red wine. This will allow you to deal with the situation immediately, which in turn will ensure that the red wine doesn’t embed itself too deep in the carpet.
All vacuum cleaners stop picking up dirt after a while and that is only because they need to be maintained and taken care of from time to time. With all the dust, hair, cotton strands and fluff, vacuum cleaners need some taking care of and Dyson vacuum cleaners are quite user-friendly when it comes to maintenance.
If your Dyson stops picking dirt after a while, chances are that it might need some TLC. With the vacuum being an integral part of your cleaning process, it is necessary to keep the machine clean but in the process of picking up dirt, it might have collected some dirt that needs to be cleaned up.
If you have been thinking about getting a handheld vacuum cleaner but are not certain of their benefits over an upright vacuum cleaner, look no further. In this post, I have compiled some of the most basic benefits of a handheld vacuum cleaner which are enough to help you make up your mind. Take a look!
As much as we enjoy having a carpeted area in the house, it is quite difficult to maintain a completely clean carpet. They attract dust, absorb food particles and in case someone were to bleed on them, they need to be cleaned up immediately. When it comes to tending blood stains on the carpet, I prefer getting to it sooner rather than later and I would recommend you do the same.
As the stains get older, it is tougher to get them out of the carpet. There are various ways to get these stains out of your carpet because letting them stay is just not an option. These stains look unhygienic and visually unappealing.
The Dyson Cyclone V10 cordless stick vacuum cleaner is a powerful machine. The suction power of this cordless vacuum is almost the same as that of a full-size vacuum, while it is equipped with cyclone technology to capture the most minute particles.
There are three V10 models available – Total Clean, Absolute Clean and Animal. These vacuums aren’t cheap either, so regular cleaning and maintenance is of the utmost importance to not only ensure that the performance level remains optimal, but also to ensure that the lifespan of the vacuum is longer.
Wool carpets and rugs are excellent for use at home because wool is a natural material. Plus, it adds character to your interiors. However, they do require care, especially if you want them to last longer.
Stains are inevitable, but there are techniques for cleaning almost any type of stain. Irrespective of whether there’s a major stain or not, you need to clean woollen carpets and rugs regularly.
Mundane daily tasks like cleaning can turn into being physically tedious or even painful as you get older. Things aren’t as easy as they used to be and your body has to put in an additional effort for all the mopping, vacuuming and dusting that has to be done.
Age catching up, however, does not mean that your house will not be in the best shape possible. There are a number of ways in which senior citizens can keep their living area neat, clean and organized with minimal time and effort, making sure that the dust bunnies and diseases stay away!
Shark specialises in home appliances that are designed to meet the requirements of busy lifestyles. Their vacuum cleaners, especially their DuoClean range of vacuums, are the same. I don’t have the time to spend hours on cleaning carpets and rugs, removing embedded pet hair off of the sofa and cleaning the floors.
The Shark DuoClean cordless vacuum enables me to clean efficiently in a much shorter time.
I love the four-legged member of my family, an Alsatian. He has been a joy to live with, ever since he came into my life a little over three years back. I have no complaints, except now all my clothes are covered in his hair. The same goes for the furniture, carpets, upholstery, etc.
Dyson is a well-known and respected British home appliances manufacturer. This nearly three-decade-old company is particularly known for its impressive line of vacuum cleaners. It also manufactures hand and hair dryers, heaters and more. The company was set up by James Dyson, who continues to the sole owner till date.
Till a few years back, smart home devices were mostly gimmicks – remote controlled curtains, ice cube dispenser on a fridge, etc. Smart home devices have come a long way since then. In 2018, the devices available address the real needs of a household and provide state-of-the-art and fun solutions. For every smart speaker system designed to enhance your music listening or movie watching experience, there’s a smart security system specifically tackling essential security concerns in a house.
The Henry series of vacuum cleaners, also known as ‘Henry Hoover’ or ‘Henry the Hoover’, was developed by the Camberley, Surrey headquartered Numatic International. Note that even though it’s known as the Henry Hoover, there’s no connection between this series of vacuum cleaners and the iconic American vacuum cleaner manufacturer Hoover.
One of the biggest names in the field of household appliances, SharkNinja Operating LLC is known for its cleaning solutions and household appliances that make your life easier every day.
The company offers a wide variety of products ranging from steam products like steam mops and hard floor cleaning systems, as well as vacuum cleaners in multiple variants (upright and canister, or hand and cordless). Shark is the vertical of the company and holds a prominent position in the market when it comes to these cleaning systems.
Living costs are at an all-time high and it is tough to even afford a decent living space in major cities of the country. If you’re a student or a young professional, it is most likely that your living space is pretty small.
The Henry Hoover range by Numatic has been a favourite home cleaner across the UK since the 1980s. With a cherubic face, warm smile and red appearance, Henry exudes a human-like presence. It is no surprise that despite an influx of vacuum cleaners in the industry today, Henry and his friends still remain the best-selling toppers in the list and are becoming popular throughout Europe too. Each one from the Henry Hoover family has its own cleaning speciality, here is your chance to pick your favourite.
Vacuum cleaners are essential for cleaning pet hair embedded on furniture, upholstery, carpets and more in your home. A good vacuum, with sufficient power, can tackle even the most obstinate pet hair stuck in deep pile carpets. In fact, you can also buy specialized pet vacuum cleaners with extra attachments such as brushes with rollers and a long operating radius to reach acute corners and under furniture. But hair is such an element that in large numbers it can clog a vacuum, reduce its performance, and eventually turn them unusable.
My four-legged friend loves long drives. He loves to feel the wind against his face and nothing makes him happier. But it also means that my car seats, car upholstery and floorboard are perpetually covered in his hair. I couldn’t deny him his fun and neither was it possible to let the hairs spread inside the car. So, I did a thorough research to find out the best ways to remove dog hair (or pet hair in general) from the car.
Today, we will take a look at how to clean a Dyson cordless vacuum. It can be very inconvenient when you want a quick sweep of your house with your cordless and find it clogged. Thankfully, the cleaning process is quite simple and straightforward and doesn’t take much time. In fact, make this a part of your bi-monthly maintenance so that you will have your Dyson roaring to power every time you want to use it.
Walking into your house can be an entirely different experience with a new flooring. You might feel that adding some spice to your home decor with a different flooring may take a toll on your purse. But this is not always the case. There are multiple options for affordable and easy changes to the ground you walk on. You could try some of these options that combine the best for your budget and aesthetics.
When it comes to cleaning your house, there are two types of people – you could be like me who vacuums the house when parents come visiting or like my friend Sharon, who vacuums every nook and cranny of her house every week with due diligence. But the idea of a robotic vacuum cleaner would sound very appealing to either of us because it would require very little human effort. But with so many robotic vacuum cleaners in the market, it is very difficult to find the right one for you. So let’s find out how to look for the perfect one for your home.
When you set out to clean your house, you might be thinking of a vacuum cleaner, a few rags, buckets, brushes and other cleaning products, but it won’t hurt if you arm yourself with some lemons. Sounds weird? Well, not really. Lemons are actually quite an effective way to get the residual smell and splatters out of your microwave without the aid of scrubbing.
No one raised eyebrows when grandma used household products for the same purpose, and for a good reason. You can find most of these things inside your fridge or your pantry. The point is that we all want to live in a clean home, but one that is free of dangerous, harmful and expensive chemical cleaning products. Here is a guide to clean your house on a modest budget by using a few unorthodox methods.
It is pretty crazy how dirty the inside of your car can get. From the kids making a mess to you putting off cleaning it for another month. Before you know it your car can start to get a little ripe and really dirty!
It can get to a point where the thought of giving it a good clean is really overwhelming. The truth is when it comes to cleaning car upholstery is does not have to be that hard or complex.
If you have been looking for a cordless vacuum cleaner then no doubt you will have noticed that many of the more popular and better models love to talk about their lithium-ion battery. The better cordless vacuum cleaners tend to have this type of battery and in all honesty, if I was in the market for a new vacuum that was cordless right now a lithium-ion battery is something I would want it to have.