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
Tea stains can often be quite difficult to remove with just elbow grease! If allowed to sit for a while it can often seem like a permanent stain.
However, here at Quad Services we have a multitude of experience in cleaning – from large scale commercial operations to smaller cleaning projects – and we know all the best cleaning tips!
To remove a tea/coffee stain from white crockery we recommend:
– Adding a touch of bleach to hot water in the cup – right to the top- and leave it to sit for a few hours – ideally overnight. Once you are ready to wash the cup, pour away the bleach water and replace it with hot soapy water. Give it a good scrub with either a brush or scouring pad and remember to rinse well. This should remove even the toughest tea stains.
To remove tea/coffee from worktops:
For laminate worktops:
– If it is a laminate/formica worktop there are a few options. Firstly, you can use Jif Cream which works well as a first clean. Wipe the surfaces clean then use a touch of Jif on a scouring pad and scrub well. Leave the Jif to penetrate for a while then scrub again with hot soapy water. If that fails to remove the stain you can always soak a hot damp cloth in diluted bleach and again leave it for a while to soak in. Wipe clean with a hot sponge and ensure you have removed any traces of bleach, as the kitchen worktop often tends to be a food prep area.
– For granite and marble worktops:
– These are porous materials which means they can absorb water and liquids which can leave stains. We recommend testing a inconspicuous area of your countertops before using products all over. We don’t recommend leaving a product on these surfaces for too long, but you can still follow similar methods to laminate worktops. Once you have tested an area and it is safe to use, try spray bleach on a damp hot cloth and gently use circular motions to try and lift the stain off. There are also dedicated granite and marble cleaners on the market which are designed to be used for these porous stones which we would recommend over other products.
– For wooden or oak worktops:
– We don’t recommend using bleach on a wooden countertop as it can sometimes leave a stain. To get a tea/coffee stain out of a wooden worktop we would recommend trying to ‘lift’ the stain off if it is a recent spill and see if that works. You can use paper towels or dish cloths and pat down on the spill to ‘lift’ it off gently. If it is an older stain, one method you could try is using wire wool with a few drops of lemon oil and using circular motions to gently buff the stain out. If this does not work then you may need to actually sand down the worktop and then restain/reseal it with oil or wax.
Have you ever had spillages on your kitchen worktops? How did you remove them? We’d love to hear your tips too! Visit our Facebook page for more tips and advice!
There are so many useful items that you often need when cleaning your home. We thought it may be useful to compile our top 10, especially to help those who are moving into their first home or just looking for some inspiration! For young adults leaving home they may not always think about what to buy first in terms of essential items.
Here are our top 10 necessities for cleaning:
– Mop and bucket
– Vacuum cleaner
– Dustpan and brush
– Microfibre cloths
– Scouring pads
– Rubber gloves
– Dusting cloths
– Dish cloths