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For anyone that searches for home remedy solutions for cleaning an assortment of household projects and stains, you might have noticed a common trend where vinegar comes into play a lot. Vinegar has the potential to clean a wide range of things. From cleaning, sterilizing and deodorizing; it definitely comes in handy.

Nadia’s House Cleaning share some awesome examples of how vinegar can help tackle your chores far more naturally than using harsh chemicals.


Vinegar Cleaning Tips for Kitchen

1. With equal parts waters and vinegar, the vinegar is an excellent cleaning solution for cleaning shelves, walls and storage drawers.
2. Coffee and tea cups can be brightened and stains lifted with equal parts vinegar and salt (baking soda works as well).
3. Tupperware and food storage plastic containers can get bit tainted with odors, swab them a pure vinegar dampened cloth.
4. Crusty microwaves can be easily cleaned with the help of vinegar. With equal parts hot water and vinegar placed in bowl, on high power, microwave the concoction for 5 minutes. The vinegar rich steam will loosen and sanitize the interior. You can then simply wipe away the remnants.
5. Dishwasher and coffee pots can get renewed with vinegar. For both appliances, pour a cup of pure vinegar through a cycle to dissolve soap buildup and residue.

Cleaning Bathrooms With Vinegar

1. Shower heads can lose effectiveness with a buildup of crusted mineral deposits. Vinegar has the capability to break down the deposits, to restore the shower head to their original glory. Soak the head in ½ cup of vinegar and 1 quart water for 15 minutes.
2. Clogged drains can be a real nuisance, and if you prefer to use a more natural method, or don’t have any pre-designed chemicals, vinegar can be just as efficient. Pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain and chase it down with 1 cup vinegar. While the pipe foams, boil a pot of water and pour it down the drain to rinse away the sludge.
3. Destroying germs surrounding the tub and sink with a pure dose of vinegar in a spray bottle. Generously apply, and wipe the germs away with a clean, dry cloth.
4. For a neglected toilet bowl in serious need of refreshment, pour 1 cup of vinegar in the bowl and allow it to set over night. Scrub the bowel and flush to refresh your bowl.
5. Faucets in both the bathrooms and kitchen that get a lime buildup can be cleaned. 1 tsp vinegar and 2 tsp salt paste can be applied to the faucets, allow it to set 15 minutes and wipe clean.

Cleaning Carpets With Vinegar

1. Carpets stains can be dealt with 2TBS distilled white vinegar ¼ cup salt or baking soda. Gently blot mixture into stain, with for it to dry and vacuum stain away. Always test in an inconspicuous spot to ensure it is compatible.

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Vinegar has more cleaning power than some realize, and is safely used on most surfaces. If you need someone to help alleviate one of the burdens you carry, allow Nadia’s House Cleaning to clean your home to free up more time for you. A professional clean can save you time, while still getting a premium quality clean. Contact us to learn more.

Hardwood flooring is any product manufactured from timber that is designed for use as flooring, either structural or aesthetic. Wood is a common choice for flooring as it has a good environmental profile, it’s durable, and is restorable. Special care should be taken to clean them to keep them looking great.

What to Use to Clean Old Hardwood Floors

Over time, dirt, oil, and grime can build up on our floors that aren’t removed completely with a weekly dusting. Dusting the floor first will make the work quicker, combined with using a mop that has a dusting agent to pick up dust, dirt, and pet hair that may scratch the surface. Consider a deep cleaning in spring or fall using a wood-cleaning product. Water based cleaners are the safest and easiest cleaners to use on a well finished floor. Make sure to read instructions so it’s diluted correctly. Next, completely wet a sponge or a rag mop in the water and wring it till it’s almost dry and feels slightly damp to the touch. Damp-mop the floor and be careful to prevent any standing water. Rinse with a clean mop that has been rung out. Finally, wipe any excess liquid as it can damage wood surfaces. You can make use of a ceiling fan or the air conditioning to speed drying time.

Hardwood Floor Care & Maintenance Tips

When cleaning surface-sealed floors, do not use oils, waxes or furniture sprays. Oils can leave a residue, furniture sprays create a slippery surface and wax takes time to apply and makes re-coating difficult. Don’t use straight ammonia, alkaline products or abrasive cleaners as they can dull or scratch the finish. Don’t rely on water alone or a vinegar and water solution-causes a dingy look.

Hardwood Floor Stain Removal

When you attempt to try and remove a mark from your hardwood floor, consider the floor’s finish beforehand. If the stain is on the surface then you most likely have a hard finish, such as urethane. If the stain has penetrated to the wood then you have a soft oiled finish. This is more common in older homes where floors have not been refinished and resealed. Wipe surface stains from hard finishes with a soft, clean cloth and never use sandpaper, steel wool or harsh chemicals that can permanently damage the finish. For soft floor finishes there are things you can do, but always follow up with staining the wood, then waxing and buffing the spot to match the rest of the floor. For dark spots and pet stains, you can rub the spot with No. 000 steel wool and floor wax. If the area remains dark, apply bleach or vinegar and allow it to soak into the wood for about an hour and rinse with a damp cloth. For heel marks, use fine steel wool to rub in floor wax. For oil-based stains, use dishwashing detergent and rub the area with a soft cloth to break down the grease and rinse with clear water. Water marks or white stains can be rubbed with No. 000 steel wool and floor wax. If the stain goes deeper, lightly sand the floor with fine steel wool and odorless mineral spirits. Keep children and pets away until you are completely finished.

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Dust is a fine, dry powder consisting of tiny particles of earth, waste lying on the ground, resting on surfaces, or carried in the air. Dust in homes consists of particles in the atmosphere that come from various sources such as soil lifted by weather and pollution. Dust in homes contain small amounts of plant pollen, human and animal hairs, textile fibers, paper fibers, minerals from outdoor soil, human skin cells and may other materials which may be found in the local environment.

Where Does Dust in Your House Come From?

Dust comes from two places really. Outdoors and indoors. We are an important process of getting the outdoor stuff indoors. We bring it with us when we enter a house through soil particles or tiny particles suspended in the air when we open the door and walk in. Indoors, dust comes from pieces of your carpet or your furniture, your bedding, or anything like that that starts to decay. There are organic contributors as well. Skin flakes and the dander off your pets, and other insects or bugs might be in your home.

Dust and Health Problems; Dust Mites, Allergies & Asthma

Dust can cause allergies. Dust allergy symptoms are similar to those of pollen allergies and include red, itchy, watery eyes, a runny, itchy, stuffy nose and sneezing. Dust allergies make it difficult to breathe and may trigger asthma symptoms, such as wheezing, coughing, tightness in the chest and shortness of breath. Dust may also make you feel itchy all over. Symptoms often worsen during or immediately after vacuuming, sweeping and dusting. The process of cleaning can stir up dust particles, making them easier to inhale. It can take somewhere between twenty minutes and two hours for dust mites to settle back down. Keeping dust to a minimum will prevent so much of it. Dust mites are microscopic arachnids whose primary food is dead human skin cells, but they do not live on living people. House dust mites are present wherever humans live. Positive tests for dust mite allergies are extremely common among people with asthma.

Ways to Reduce Household Dust & Keep it Out of Your Home

There are a lot of things you can do to reduce dust in your home. You should change your bedding once a week because dust mites love to dwell in sheets. Clothing stored in closets shed a lot of fibers, so keep your closet neat and store clothing you’re not using in garment bags or sealed plastic containers. Remove clutter from floors and surfaces as they collect dust. Clean area rugs and pillows outside. Feather dusters only move existing dust around and cause it to settle elsewhere. Use a damp cloth or moist towel to wipe surfaces. Clean from top to bottom, cleaning the highest surfaces first and working down will capture dust you may have missed. Clean or upgrade your air filters and change them regularly. Have people remove shoes at the door to prevent mud and dirt getting tracked into the house and groom your pets regularly. Sealing up any cracks with caulk will help prevent dust from entering the home from outside.

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From an early age we all learn the importance of washing our hands, keeping germs to a minimum and prevent spreading them to our family or throughout the house. Avoiding germs may seem like a simple and easy task, but sometimes we forget just how many different places germ live. Germs are almost everywhere, covering spaces like public restroom sinks, public toilets, kitchen counter tops, grocery cart push handles, computer keyboards, door knobs and other common places that we come into contact with almost every day. Germs can populate your work space as well, and when a fellow employee sneezes from flu symptoms, thousands of virus particles are launched into the air. These germs can linger in the air for hours, putting you and other workers at risk of becoming ill as well. The best way to keep germs to a minimum and make your home and office germ free is with Nadia’s House Cleaning services.

Consider this Cleaning Tip to Keep Bathroom Germs to a Minimum

One of the hottest spots for germs to accumulate within your home is in the bathroom. Bathtub and shower drains often become covered in a slimy film that is called bio film. This bio film comes together with bacteria like E. Coli and Salmonella which will make you and your family very ill. Many homeowners will simply spray the drain with water or wipe down with a wet cloth; unfortunately water alone will not wash these bacteria away. A strong cleanser like bleach mixed with water will break up the slime that covers your bathtub or shower drain and kill the germs. Cleaning bathrooms is nobody’s favorite chore and it can take a great deal of time to get the job done right. Nadia’s House Cleaning will do the dirty work for you and eliminate germs that are lingering inside of your bathroom.

The Bacteria Ridden Sponge in your Kitchen could be your Worst Germ Enemy

A kitchen sponge can have many different uses, from scrubbing the dishes after dinner, wiping down the oven after a spill or cleaning up after using the cutting board. Think of all the different types of germs that your kitchen sponge may be soaking up from all of its uses. Do not ever use your kitchen sponge to wipe down surfaces. When you use your kitchen sponge to clean off your counter tops, you’re not cleaning them at all, in fact you are actually spreading bacteria around your kitchen. The best way to clean off your counter tops is using a paper towel, then disposing of it in the garbage. After the wipe down, use a disinfectant on your counter tops and wipe down again with another clean paper towel.

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Nadia’s House Cleaning is equipped with all of the necessary cleaners, tools and materials to disinfect your kitchen and eliminate the presence of germs. Contact Nadia’s House Cleaning today to save yourself time, money and energy when it comes to eliminating the germs that are lingering throughout your home.

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