How to Clean and Maintain an Upright Vacuum Cleaner

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Upright vacuum cleaners are still one of the most popular types of vacuum in the UK, even with the rise in cordless technology. Uprights have a reputation for being reliable, powerful, and cost-effective.

An upright vacuum cleaner is an essential tool in the cleaning of your home, so it makes sense to ensure it is working as efficiently as possible. If you have noticed that the suction power of your upright vacuum has started to fade, or perhaps it won’t suck up anything at all, don’t go searching for a replacement just yet. It could be that it just needs a little cleaning of its own to restore it to its former glory.

The Benefits of an Upright Vacuum Cleaner

there are many benefits of an upright vacuum cleaner

Upright vacuum cleaners have always been popular in the UK, and there are no signs that this will change anytime soon. There is a wide range of reasons why people love them, and they have a reputation for being reliable and long-lasting.

There are many benefits of using an upright vacuum to clean your home, and we will go through them here. There are also a few situations where an upright may not be the best solution for cleaning, and this article will give you the knowledge to decide if an upright vacuum is right for your needs.

How To Take Care Of Your Outdoor Pool

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When it’s hot outside, you can only dream of coolness. A swimming pool is not only an opportunity to freshen up and feel comfortable when it’s 30 degrees outside but also spend time usefully because there is no load on the spine and joints in the water. We feel lightness and weightlessness, using all of our muscle groups at the same time. Which pool to choose? How to maintain it properly? Let’s try to figure this out.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Robot Vacuum

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So you’ve made the jump and got yourself a robot vacuum—now what? Whether you have a £200 budget robot or a £1,000 top-of-the-line model, there are a few things you can do to make sure you’re getting the most out of your smart robot vacuum.

This quick guide will cover some of these easy tips to keep your robot running smoothly. Follow along as we dive into easy ways to maximize your robot vacuum.

6 Key Cleaning Tips After Moving into Your First Apartment

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So, you’ve graduated to your own apartment—congratulations! Whether you’re living in a small Milwaukee apartment or a luxury unit in London, you’ll still need to learn a few things about cleaning.

Now, even though everything might look clean after a cursory examination, there are six areas you definitely need to pay attention to now. Take a look, and get this work done before you are too comfortable settled into your new place.

Complete Indoor/Outdoor Cleaning Guide for Summer

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For most of us, summer is a time of celebration. We can finally throw the windows open and bring out the clothes we actually look forward to wearing. Goodbye heavy coats and itchy sweaters, and hello shorts, sundresses, sandals, and bathing suits. It’s also a time to entertain, and that means cleaning before company arrives. Here are some handy cleaning tips and ideas to ensure both your indoor and outdoor living spaces are tidy and ready for summer.

How to Clean a Chandelier

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There is nothing that adds a touch of elegance to a room more than a sparkling crystal chandelier. When the sparkle starts to fade it becomes dull and dirty looking, and this is when you know your chandelier needs to be cleaned.Whether you have a crystal or a glass chandelier, after reading this guide you will know exactly how to clean a chandelier, and bring it back to life.

How to get Rid of Bed Bugs Naturally

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If you have ever been overrun by bed bugs before, you will know what a pain they are. They bite you when you are sleeping, they cause intense itching, and worst of all – they are incredibly hard to get rid of! Thankfully, there are other ways to deal with bed bugs, and in this guide, I will show you how to get rid of bed bugs naturally. It’s not easy and it may take a few attempts to get them all, but when you are done your home will be bedbug-free and if you follow the prevention tips they will not return.

How to Clean a Sheepskin Rug

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A brand new sheepskin rug is one of the most luxurious things you can walk on. Whether it’s a real sheepskin or a faux sheepskin, the look and feel of the fluffy rug can add a real touch of class to your home.Like most new floor coverings though, it doesn’t stay clean and new for long. Dirt, muddy shoes and pets are all enemies of a sheepskin rug and will have it looking worse for wear in no time.The good news is that after reading this guide, you’ll know exactly how to clean a sheepskin rug and get it back into showroom condition.

How to Clean Artificial Grass: Fake Grass Maintenance

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One of the many benefits of artificial grass is that there is not as much work needed to keep it looking at its best. You don’t have to spend your summer days dragging a lawnmower about in the hot sun, only to find your grass needs cut again a few weeks later.While there is not as much work that you need to do, there is still a certain amount of maintenance needed to keep you fake lawn looking great. If you are wondering how to clean artificial grass then keep reading as we will go over some of the most important aspects of artificial grass care.

Tips for Keeping a Clean Home (and Making Cleaning Fun)

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Cleaning is often one of those things that we will naturally choose to neglect, especially when we’ve been working all day or are running around after the family.

But, here’s a thought… how about making cleaning fun for the family, and therefore sneakily getting help with cleaning along the way?

Hopefully, the points below will help you revamp your approach to cleaning, and get your little helpers involved in cleaning along the way.

How Going Cordless Electric is Good for the Environment

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Many of the tools you use day-to-day, especially the ones for maintaining your garden, produce high pollution emissions, most notably volatile organic compounds (VOC). VOCs are organic chemicals released from burning fuel and are dangerous to both human health and the environment.According to statistics by the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a new gas powered lawn mower running for an hour emits the same levels of VOCs as 8 new cars driving 55 miles per hour for the same amount of time.By now, you’re probably asking yourself “But how will I take care of my garden without a powerful lawnmower?”Well, that’s where cordless electric tools come into play.

How Do You Clean? British Cleaning Habits Revealed

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Whether cleaning our home is something we love or something we hate, it’s a necessary part of all our lives. Not only is cleaning beneficial for our health, but it is also essential for our mental wellbeing.

Many experts advocate that good cleaning habits have a direct correlation with improved health. More recently, there have been studies carried out that provide evidence that cleanliness is also a contributing factor to positive mental health.

We surveyed over 1000 Britons to find out their cleaning habits. We wanted to find out how often they cleaned certain areas of their home, how children affected the cleanliness of a home, and how many feel overwhelmed when it comes to cleaning. Read on to find out what factors can contribute to how clean your house is.

The Environmental Impact Of Your Laundry – And What You Can Do About It

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We all want to lower our carbon footprint. The pressures our environment is under to sustain us has recently reached critical levels. But we still need to live. Driving a car, or even doing chores can have a huge environmental impact. Just doing laundry can take up 13,500 gallons of water a year for the average household.

And that’s just the start. Here are just a few ways your laundry habits impact your environment.

How to Properly Clean out a Vacuum Cleaner Hose

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Vacuum cleaners help you keep your house clean, but every so often vacuums need to be cleaned as well. Vacuums have several parts and sections and you need to clean these separately and at different frequencies. So, if you’ve got a bagless vacuum cleaner, then the dust container needs to be emptied after every clean and cleaned at least once a month to ensure it doesn’t start stinking and stays free of clogs. The air filter in the vacuum cleaner also needs to be cleaned at regular intervals to ensure that its performance remains optimal. Similarly, the vacuum hose needs regular cleaning as well.

One of the most common reasons to regularly clean the vacuum cleaner hose is to prevent clogging. Debris often gets stuck inside the hose and reduces the suction power of the vacuum, which lowers the efficiency of the vacuum. Most people wait till a clog shows up before cleaning the hose. Ideally, you should clean it once every month to ensure it remains clog-free and fresh.

How to Keep Your Tile Floors Sparkling Clean

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A few years back I was renovating the house and decided to install tile floors in the kitchen and bathrooms, because these get wet occasionally and regularly, respectively. Whereas, the rest of the house, including the bedrooms, living rooms and the study hall have hardwood floors.

Tile floors are durable and comparatively easy to clean. However, unless you clean them periodically, the tiles become dull and a layer of dirt gets embedded in the grout. The trick is to clean tile floors at regular intervals to ensure that you don’t have to put in very big efforts after long gaps.

The basic tile cleaning process is quite straightforward, but you also need to take into consideration cleaning the grout as well as ensuring that the tiles look bright and shiny. One lesson that I’ve learnt is that while it’s fine to select light coloured tiles for the kitchen, it’s best to go with a slightly darker shade for the bathrooms. However, ultimately, that’s a personal choice.

How to Get Tomato Sauce Stain out of Carpet

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Tomato sauce is a staple food product for any household. Be it pasta, braised short ribs, baked eggs, pizza, French fries or meatballs, it goes with everything. And so, it is one of the most favourite seasonings until someone spills it all over the carpet and leaves large orange stains. And naturally, you just can’t stuff your carpet in the washing machine.

For obvious reasons, these stains are quite dreaded because they are notorious to leave behind a mark, but in most cases, this is beyond reason. As a thumb rule, stains such as these should be treated as soon as possible. The longer you let the stain linger, the tougher it will get to remove them. So it is better to start the process while the stain is fresh. You will be pleased to know that for tomato sauce stains, there are a number of ways to remove them.

How to Get Tea Stains out of Carpet

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Your morning was perfect and you were curled up on the settee, enjoying a perfect cup of Scottish blend, but the cat jumped you and the teacup went toppling onto the carpet. Now a large stain is staring at you, accompanied by several smaller stains and your day is not perfect any more. The prospect of getting down on all fours and straining to get the stain out of the carpet is not an attractive one.

But as tedious as it sounds, removing tea stains is not such a daunting task, after all. Spilling a morning cuppa on the carpet shouldn’t mean that you cannot have it sitting in your favourite chair on the carpet. Help is at hand, and I have more than one way to remove these dreaded stains, and what’s more, is that it can be achieved using household items that you already have tucked away in your cupboards. I will jump right into it.

How to Get Tar out of Carpet

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Tar is one of those annoying things that can be difficult to remove if you have got it on your carpet. There have been instances when people have valiantly tried to remove it by using water, only to find out that instead of getting rid of it, the stain has set in more deeper. Tar is a very durable and sticky material; after all, roads and car parks are made out of it, so naturally, it is already water and weatherproof, and won’t wash away easily.

So it is indeed worrisome if you have gotten it on your rug or carpet. But as it goes with any stains, it is easiest to remove when it is fresh. But how exactly would you do that? Why, by scraping and blotting anything that you can, while you can. I will tell you how to go about the process in the easiest way possible.

How to Get Rid of Dried Nail Polish from Carpet

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Painting your nails is one of those everyday things that can prove to be therapeutic! It is a great way to pamper yourself, but this dreamy situation with music and wine can fast turn into a nightmare when you realise that the bottle of nail polish has toppled and spilt all its contents on your pristine rug.

It is relatively easier to get the nail polish off your rug when it is still fresh but there are instances when you don’t even realise that something has spilt. It could be at one of those girls’ nights or a sleepover when everyone has had a little too much to drink and you wake up the next morning and stare at your carpet in horror!

While most people panic in a situation like this, there is no need for you to be one of those people! The obvious stain may seem impossible to get out but tons of people have been in this situation and come up with ways to get that dried nail polish out without losing your carpet forever!

How to Get Milk out of Carpet

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You may joke about all the maxims about spilt milk, but you won’t be laughing much if you found it on your carpet or rug. Cleaning spilt milk on the floor or otherwise is no big deal, but it is a whole new thing if indeed it is your carpet that has been at the receiving end. And it would have been okay if it only were the stain, but for the smell. And god forbid if you have ignored it. The smell of the sour milk (just like vomit, to give you a fair idea) will surely send any visitors packing!

These smells, especially if you had forgotten about it and the milk has turned sour, can be very hard to get rid of. But there is no reason to worry if you have dropped a bowl of milk on the carpet and are dismayed about the resultant odour and stains because the solutions are so simple they will put a smile on your face. I will tell you some practical solutions to this seeming catastrophe, using materials that you already have in your kitchen or cupboard. These solutions work, are tried and tested and are affordable.

How to Get Melted Wax off Carpet

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I’ve got this habit of lighting candles in the evening. The light of the candle feels more soothing than that from tube lights or bulbs. It doesn’t necessarily have to be aromatic candles, though I do use those once in a while as well. Generally, I use regular candles. I have a glass front door that opens to the balcony. I place the candles on a coffee table near this door. The light reflects off the glass and adds a comforting vibe to the entire living room.

Unfortunately, sometimes good things have a downside too. In this case, candle wax often drips onto the carpet. It’s not as bad as say a wine spill or ice cream stain, nonetheless, it needs to be cleaned or else the carpet fibres get spoiled.

How to Get Gum off the Carpet in Your Car

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A car isn’t just a mode of transportation for most people. It is your personal space that needs to be kept clean for healthier day-to-day functioning. A great element of the car that helps keep it clean is the carpet or mat that comes on the floor of your car.

While this carpet is very helpful in keeping the base of your car away from all the dust and grime that can transfer from dirty shoes or pets, it can also be extremely annoying to find out that the carpet has been ruined because of that stray piece of chewing gum that fell out of someone’s mouth or got dragged in with your shoes.

The first reaction may be that of panic, but don’t worry! It is tougher to remove chewing gum than just simply vacuuming stray debris, but it can be done. Here is a handy guide with tricks that you can use to get your car’s carpet back to looking as good as new.

How to Clean Sick out of Carpet

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Cleaning out sick out of the carpet can be understandably the most undesirable jobs in the household, if not in the world. If you are a parent, chances are that the sight of vomit does not faze you anymore. Even if you are a pet owner, the sight is not uncommon.

But when you actually get down to it, you will realise that cleaning up vomit from the carpet is like cleaning any other stain, as long as you are not too queasy. You may be disgusted by the thought of it and might be thinking of changing or even throwing out your carpet, but you will find that that drastic step is not necessary, as long as you don’t mind bearing it all a little longer.

When it comes to vomit, you have the dual task of not only getting rid of it but the smell as well, because if you don’t, the smell can often linger for days and the smell itself can make anyone nauseous. There is the danger of you losing your own lunch over it if you are too squeamish, but it has to be done for your own sake.

Clogged up Hoover? How to Clean a Vacuum Filter

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Vacuum cleaners are our go-to weapon when dust and dirt wreak havoc on our homes. There are, however, instances when you’ve turned on the vacuum to clean that dusty carpet but instead of the spotless finish you usually get, there is a weird smell that engulfs the room.

There is no need for you to worry! This is probably because you haven’t changed the filter of your vacuum cleaner in a while and it is now time to do so.

It may sound weird that you have to clean your vacuum cleaner but think about it – isn’t that the object that is collecting the most dust and dirt? Doesn’t it need the much-deserved tender loving care for all the work it does?

While the task may seem daunting if you have never done it before, it is not difficult at all. The most important thing here is to know your vacuum well and if you don’t, the internet will always come to your rescue!

How to Remove Pet Pee Stains from Carpet

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If you are a pet owner, you may have often come across this unwanted “gift” your dog or cat has left for you on the carpet. So naturally you are aware, rather painfully, of the odour it has left. And the problem with pee is, the longer it stays on the carpet, the more it seeps into it, leaving a yellow stain (and that smell!), that won’t go away. The easiest way to tackle this is to get rid of the stain and the smell as soon as you discover it, but it would not be possible if you stay away for longer periods from home.

Thankfully, there are many ways to remove both the smell and the stain after it has been discovered without using any materials which could be harmful to your carpet. And relax, there is hope yet for older stains. One interesting thing to note here is that if you are a dog owner, it is easier to remove the pee stains because dog pee is water-based, whereas cat urine stains (and the smell) are oil based. Also, cat urine has a high content of ammonia, and cause respiratory issues in some people among a host of other things, so I recommend cleaning it as quickly as possible.

How to Remove Red Lipstick from Carpet

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It can feel really frustrating when you spot lipstick stains on the carpet. If you’ve kids at home, then it won’t come as much of a surprise when you notice that they have drawn something on the carpet with lipstick. It’s also possible that you dropped it on the carpet by mistake and later unknowingly stepped on it, in the process grinding it into the carpet fibres.

You can’t stop kids from being kids, neither can you prevent a genuine mistake. What you can do is gear into action as soon as you notice the stain to successfully remove it off the carpet. This is especially true of red lipstick, which brazenly stands out and draws attention towards it.

The reason lipstick stains are particularly tricky to deal with and remove is that it’s made up of a combination of oils and waxes for the shape and texture, emollients for moisturisation and pigments for imparting colour. Thus, lipstick can embed itself in carpet fibres and prove difficult to remove. Lipstick stains in deep pile carpets are especially hard to clean.

How to Clean and Maintain Wooden Flooring

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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?