Archives: December 2017

Cleaning the blinds are one of many of the small chores frequently neglected and as the holiday season marches up quickly, getting our home guest ready includes cleaning every nook and cranny and especially the areas that may have gone a little longer in between cleaning than they should have. The blinds easily accumulate layers of dust and debris that continually assault the nasal passages and induce allergies. A simple use of the feather duster once or twice a week can really help prevent excess dust from building up, but in the event that you, like so many people, forgot about the blinds during your cleaning endeavors, would like to share some tips and advice on how you can give your blinds a detailed cleaning beyond the feather duster method.

How to Clean Aluminum, Plastic, Wood & Fabric Blinds

All sort of blinds can be cleaned, from metal, wood, vinyl and to any type of fabric, cleaning and maintenance for your blinds is simple and when applied to routine cleaning, the blinds are easily cleaned.
1) With your vacuum’s hose and brush upholstery attachment, run the hose across the blinds in conjunction with the way they are designed. Horizontal blinds should be cleaned going from side to side and vertical blinds cleaned up and down.
2) A lamb’s wool duster is the optimal choice to clear the light layers of dust off the blinds, again, run the duster across the surface in the same direction they are designed. Avoid using the cheaper plastic duster as they have a tendency to smear the dust.
3) Avoid brushing or dusting in an opposing fashion, as that could unhook the blinds.
4) For fabric and vinyl blinds, use a rubber sponge, also known as a dry sponge, to firmly wipe away the dust.
5) Never spray any cleaner directly on the blinds; instead, spray you all-purpose surface cleaner onto a clean micro-fiber cloth and wipe the area for your spot cleaning needs.
6) Wooden blinds are cleaned the same as fabric and vinyl blinds are, just never allow them to be wet, as moisture could warp the wood.
7) When fabric blinds become stained and spotted, have a professional clean them.
8) Cleaning the blinds should be done so assembled and spot cleaned as mention in tip #5. Never disassemble the blinds or soak them in any kind of cleaner or water.
9) To deeply clean vinyl or metal blinds, take the blind down as a unit and place it across a surface the driveway, patio, or other location that can be soaked. Mix a few drops of liquid dish soap in a large bucket of water. With a soft-bristle brush, sponge the mixture onto the blind as you gently scrub them clean in the same direction as they were designed. Rinse them down and flip them over carefully, brushing the back side in the same manner. Use the hose to rinse thoroughly with only minimal pressure. To avoid water drop stains from occurring, squeegee each individual strip. Hang them over a fence or rail to allow for optimal drying.

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When the weather changes to the colder winter months the amount of moisture in the air increases. The air is cooler and that means that the grass and plants are not as abundant. That also means when there is extra rain and snow you will end up with more mud around your home. The water mixed with the dirt will then end up in your home. Mud is not fun to clean up or deal with because often times the person that brings it in doesn’t know right away. That means you could have several footprints or even little paw prints on the carpet. Each of the steps that person takes leaves a mark that needs to be treated individually. If you go about cleaning the mud the same way you would clean a juice stain or chewed gum you would end up with an even bigger mess.

Nadia’s House Cleaning Lists the Best Way to Clean Mud From Tile, Carpet & Hardwood Floors

How to Clean Muddy Footprints from Carpet: This is a hard one for most people because you need to wait and be patient. The mud will need to have time to dry out so that you can clean it off. Once the water has dried from the mud you are left with dirt to clean off. You can use the vacuum to break it up and also to suck it up from the carpets. The dirt needs to be broken off from the fibers which can be a bit tedious but is necessary to clean it all the way off. You also need to spot clean with a cleaning solution to get the discoloration off the carpets.
Cleaning Mud from Hardwood Floors: You need to take care when cleaning mud from your hardwood floors. The mud and dirt can work as an abrasive and could cause scratches in the wood. You want to pick up what you can using a broom and dustpan. Be sure that you don’t drag the dirt around too far but stay as close as you can to the mud spot. This will prevent the scratches from appearing. Use a cleaning solution from a mixture of detergent and water to clean the remaining area. Work in small areas at a time and be sure to have your hardwood treated after to get that shine back that you want.
How to Remove Mud from Tile Floors: If you have mud on your tile floors you need to be able to clean it without causing damage to your tile. There are many types of tile from natural stone to man-made ceramic tile. They each have their own unique challenges but just like hardwood you need to treat them with care. The stone especially can be scratched and that is why you want to vacuum or sweep what you can. Use your mild stone cleaning product to finish of the cleaning once the mud and dirt has been picked up.

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For those that celebrate Christmas with a merriment feast, it is just around the corner. With the chaos of company, the hustle of preparations and servings, and all the excitement that flutters with the anticipated holiday, accidents are a common occurrence. To help fight the stains that can result in the accidental spills, we at Nadia’s House Cleaning would like to offer some tips and suggestions on removing the blemish.

Cleaning Cranberry Sauce & Juice Stains

With a spoon or dulled edge implement, scrape up the excess sauce; dab it on a paper towel or paper plate for easy disposal. Mix together 2 cups cool water, ½ tsp dishwashing soap, and 1 tbsp white vinegar. Sponge the solution onto the stain and let it sit for 15 minutes. Dab with a clean damp cloth until the stain dissipates. If the stain only lightens, soak a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and dab the remaining residue. Follow up with a damp cloth to rinse away the cleaning remnants.

Red Wine Stain Removal

Using paper towels immediately blot the excess liquid. After the moisture is fully absorbed from the blotting, take a different clean towel and place it over the stain and stand on it to draw up the liquid that settled deeper in the carpet. Do not over saturate, but moderately spray the area with a spray bottle of cool water. Blot the area again. Mix together 1 Tbsp white vinegar, 1 tbsp dishwashing liquid, and 2 cups warm water. Dampen a cloth or sponge with the solution and dab the stain. Be sure to blot in between applications with a dry cloth to avoid over saturation. After the stain is clear, use a damp cloth to rinse the cleaner. Place a dry towel on top of the area and some weights to absorb the moisture.

How to Remove Gravy Stains

Scoop up the bulk of gravy with a spoon; be sure to have a paper towel or other disposable implement for easy disposal. Do not rub or scrub the area, but use additional paper towels to blot the area. With your fingers and a pinch of concentrated dish soap, massage the fibers to work out the gravy. Rinse with a water bottle of pure water and a damp cloth. With a laundry pre-wash stain remover, pre-treat the remaining stain. After 30 minutes, use a clean damp cloth to blot the area clean. If the stain persists, use an enzyme cleaner according the label’s directions.

How to Remove Blood Stains from Knife Cuts

Always get medical attention first! Once the emergency has been dealt with, no matter how minor, quickly blot the blood stain with paper towels. Lightly mist the area with cool water and blot up the liquid again. Mix according to the materials the blood stain is inflicting:
Wool: Combined 1 tsp mild, non-alkali detergent and 1 cup of water.
Synthetic fibers: Mix 2 TBS household ammonia and 1 cup cold water.
Oriental rugs: combined 1 part white vinegar with 2 parts cold water.
Apply the appropriate solution to the blood stain and with a clean damp cloth, dab up the blood. As the blood absorbs into the cloth, be sure to use areas that are blood free and if necessary use a new cloth if the original is over encumbered with blood. Rinse the area once blood is lifted and use a clean dry cloth to blot the area dry.

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When it comes to cleaning and keeping a mess minimal, there are some things people can handle, and other things that drive people insane. When getting the house ready for the Christmas décor, more often than not, a chaotic mess is made in the process, and the person who pride’s themselves on a clean house may find the catastrophe unbearable. On the other hand, perhaps keeping the mess to a minimal is needed for specific circumstances. No matter what the reasons are, you want your home to stay as clean as possible during the transition from everyday décor to holiday magic. With that in mind, we at Nadia’s House Cleaning would like to take the opportunity to offer some suggestions on how to keep the home fairly tidy while getting it ready for Christmas tree.

Tips to Keep Your House Clean this Christmas & Holiday Season

1) Lights. The cords can be an eye sore, to keep them out of view, tape them down tucked away; for both exterior and interior lighting. Keeping the messy and clumsy looking cords out of the way not only makes it look neater, but it also is safer to avoid tripping.
2) Perfect Christmas Tree. Everyone wants the best looking tree. According to individual style, some prefer tall and narrow, or small and humble, or fluffy beyond fluffy, getting a freshly cut tree should pass a quality inspection or it will not last the season; leaving you a mess.
– First pull gingerly on a few needles, if there is little to no resistance, it is of poor quality at that get go.
– Second shake a few limbs, if the limbs feel especially brittle, or needles fall excessively, another quality test fail.
– Third assess the bottom of the stump; if you discover the absence of a sticky resin coating, it indicates the tree was quite a time ago and is already dried out.
A fresher tree is less flammable, drops less needles over the course of the Christmas tree season, and smells fresher.
3) Safety. Additionally, fresh trees, or any tree for that matter, should be setup away from fireplaces and heating vents. Fresh trees are particularly susceptible to catching fire. Ensure your fresh cut tree has a stand that is designed to hold water. Keeping your tree hydrated will prolong a needle mess and reduce its dryness and capableness to fires.
4) Fragile. Little curious hands can be problematic with the fragile breakable ornaments and decorations. Be sure to set them appropriately out of reach to avoid broken glass and cut feet and hands.
6) Seasonal Candle Scents. The seasonal scents are always an incredible touch, but they can be messy as well as hazardous if mistreated. Instead of authentic candles, especially if little ones are in the home, opt for electronic candles to give off the ambiance and look for plug-ins to get the fragrance you are looking for. If you prefer the use of authentic candles, keep them away from flammable materials as well as glass surfaces that will emphasize the smoky film. To contain the drizzly wax, use a dish under the candles for easy cleanup. Ensure they are set in places where they are not likely to be knocked over or little kids can’t reach them. Always blow them out when you leave the home or go to bed.

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With the holidays here you may be expecting guests dropping by or even staying with you for the season. Many panic and wonder where to begin cleaning. No one wants a dirty or smelly home when guest are expected. Nadias House Cleaning knows this, which is why we will help guide you in sharing some of the essential areas to clean and how your home can be ready to receive visitors this holiday season.

Cleaning House for Guests Checklist

Entryway – Let’s start with where you will greet or invite guests into your home. Begin cleaning the area by wiping down the front door on both sides. For those with door mats, shake them out and sweep underneath them so that the area is cleaned. Clean off all ledges and surface areas in the entryway.
Kitchen – When you have guests over or, even staying with you, often the kitchen becomes a major gathering zone. You will want to make sure the kitchen is clean and void of bad odors. The kitchen can take a quite a bit of time. You will want to clean light fixtures, dust off cabinets and other surfaces. You may want to clean out drains with boiling water mixed with vinegar to remove bad odors. Of course clean appliances inside and out, as well as the counter tops and floors.
Bathrooms – Another area you don’t want to neglect is the bathrooms. Again, use boiling water mixed with vinegar to flush drains in both sink and tub. Clean cabinets and other surface areas such as floors, toilets, and shower or bathtubs. For soap scum build up, try making a paste using baking soda and vinegar let the paste sit for a short time then scrub the soap scum off the tub or shower.
Living Room – It goes without saying that the living room will require some cleaning. Most will clean the typical surface areas. However during the holiday season you may want to clean with more detail. Clean light fixtures first. Wash curtains and furniture covers. Vacuum furniture and dust off shelving and all other surfaces.
Windows – Now is a good time to clean windows. A quick and easy way to clean windows without leaving streaks behind is to use distilled water mixed with vinegar in a spray bottle. Using a micro-fiber cloth spray the vinegar on your windows for a crystal clear finish. For outside of the window use a garden hose and spray away the dirt. With a sponge and soapy water, clean the windows. Again, use the vinegar water mixture to give the windows the final touches.
Guest Room(s) – If you’re having guests stay for the holidays, make sure to clean the guest room. Wash bedding and have fresh towels ready. Clean all surfaces and vacuum floors thoroughly. If guest rooms have been vacant for some time, the air may be stagnant. Open windows for a day to help circulate fresh air into the room to help freshen up the atmosphere.

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For those who lack the time and need help preparing their home for holiday guests, contact Nadias House Cleaning. We can help clean your home for holiday parties or even prepare you for holiday visitors or guests. For commercial or residential cleaning services, contact Nadias House Cleaning today.

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