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)
Here at Quad Services we know all the key tips to make your cleaning routine a little easier! We have been in the cleaning and maintenance industry for over 50 years and in that time we have really learnt some useful methods and tips that we like to pass on to our clients and friends!
There are lots of different things you can do to simplify cleaning your home, but here are our top tips:
* Spend 5 -10 minutes each evening tidying up all the surfaces and putting away dishes – this adds up each week!
* Before you start cleaning gather all rubbish, toys and bits & bobs from worktops, tables and floors – once surfaces are clear it makes cleaning tasks more manageable
* Use a cleaning caddy – it makes it much easier to have all your products next to you
* Clean surfaces before the floors – they should be the last area you clean!
* Plug your vacuum in the centre of the house – it will save you time unplugging and replugging in! And use an extension lead if you need to!
We hope you find these tips useful! What are your favourite cleaning tips? Let us know on our Facebook!
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!
We can often overlook cleaning certain aspects of our home from time to time and one of those places is your computer and desk area!
Computers are often used on a daily basis and yet can be forgotten on your cleaning schedule! Cleaning your desk area is important as it is an area that can get very dirty and harbour bacteria.
Regular cleaning is also important for keeping your PC or laptop in good working order. Dust accumulates quickly around the fan and inside of a PC which can slow it down considerably.
Here at Quad Services our team have put together their best tips in keeping your computer clean and running efficiently: