We are not talking about the balsamic kind however (can you imagine!?) but just regular white vinegar! It was a common cleaning product many years ago and there has been a trend in recent years in old style cleaning methods. They definitely have their uses and whilst not perfect for everything, definitely have their place.
Here are some of our recommendations if you want to try cleaning with vinegar:
– Dilute with some lemon juice to mask the smell as vinegar has a certain ‘tang’ to it!
– It is great for cleaning windows and glass
– Decant into a spray bottle for ease of cleaning
– Try using vinegar in between blinds to remove dust and clean thoroughly
– It works well on shower heads and taps to bring out the shine
– It can be ideal when cleaning the fridge as bleach is not really recommended
– Deodorize your drain by pouring a little vinegar down and letting it sit before using the tap
– If you have children with allergies to certain cleaning products then vinegar can be a good option as it a lot milder than bleach
– Do NOT mix bleach and vinegar as it can produce toxic vapours
– Test wood areas before using as on some species it can leave a mark
– Do NOT use vinegar on a natural stone floor such as marble, slate or limestone as it can tarnish the surface (as vinegar is acidic)
Spring is officially here in Australia and it sure does feel good! The days are warmer and life is starting to bloom outside which is lovely. It is also the perfect time to start Spring cleaning your home! Here at Quad Services we want to do a little series about Spring cleaning and we thought our first article could be our general tips! These top tips will ease you into the process of how to Spring clean your home and get you started:
* Clear all rubbish away from surfaces, floors and corners – this will instantly clear the room, allowing you to see what is left!
* Once rubbish is gone, start to clear clutter – putting it away where possible and putting items back into their ‘rightful’ place (if they have one – if not, we will be tackling that subject in another article soon!)
* Organise your cleaning products, making sure that you have enough sponges, cloths, bleach, polish and other essentials before even starting.
* Open windows and sweep up outside – allow the warm Spring air into your home and this will definitely be a motivator!
* Start cleaning room by room – Spring cleaning is much more in-depth – you clean inside cupboards, above cupboards and in all those harder to each places that you often put off in Winter. Keeping each stage manageable is key!
* Tackle cupboards and drawers one by one, remembering to take out rubbish as much as possible to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
* Set up a ‘keep, donate and bin’ boxes for all of the main rooms of your home. This is a great way to do something for charities as well as clear your house of clutter and unwanted items.
* You can make the clearing element of cleaning a fun game with your kids – getting them to choose any toys to donate to charities.
* Consider hiring a window cleaner or cleaning company for areas that are too difficult for you or if you are too busy to tackle it all!
* Take rugs outside and give them a good shake. If possible leave them in the sun for the day and then vacuum well.
Those are some of our top tips to help you get started with your Spring cleaning! There will be more to come in this series where we will be sharing all of our helpful tips – gained from working in the cleaning industry in Australia for over 50 years
Quad Services is proud to have been operating in Australia for over 50 years! During this time we have grown and developed, servicing every state in Australia! We have built strong relationships with a variety of people, businesses and industries some of which have been with us since our inception!
Quad Services is a member of
* Green Building Council of Australia
* Building Service Contractors Association of Australia
* Property Council of Australia
* Facility Management Association of Australia
Additionally, we also operate in New Zealand and we very much enjoy having a base there.
There are many different ways you can clean your home and keep it tidy. All of them have merit and are useful in each type of property. For example if you have carpet on your floors you will vacuum the floor as opposed to mop it. Or if you have wooden furniture you would use polish or beeswax whereas if you have glass furniture you would find that glass cleaner or window cleaner will work best.
A useful product in the home to clean with is a steam cleaner. It is truly versatile and can be used in many different areas including:
– Wooden floors
– Tiled floors
– Some upholstery (check with the manufacturer)
– Blinds and hard to reach areas
– Sofas and furniture
– Stair spindles
– Bathrooms – shower screens and porcelain
– Kitchen worksurfaces
– Glass including windows
As you can see, a steam cleaner is not just for floors – they often have many attachments, making them particularly handy for hard to reach places. A real benefit of a steam cleaner is that you can do many different jobs with only one tool, making it a bit of a timesaver as well!