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House Cleaning: Random Tips From the Pros

House Cleaning Tips for the Bedroom

You might wonder why you need tips for cleaning the bedroom.  It’s a room where you “just dust and vac”.  As pros, we hear that all the time from customers when doing an in home estimate for recurring house cleaning service.  Well, like every other area in your home, you will find plenty of places in the bedroom that require some special attention.  While doing your Spring house cleaning, remember to use a sturdy ladder or chair to stand on so you can wipe the blades of your ceiling fans.  Damp microfiber cloths will do a great job here.

From time to time you may need to remove a spill from the mattress.  The first rule in getting rid of a spill anywhere is to blot, blot, blot.  Then use a very mild detergent on a slightly damp cloth to wipe away stains.  If you have a stain that you can’t remove, your local carpet cleaner is a good resource.  For mattress that have a musty smell, use about a quarter cup of baking soda and sprinkly in a few drops of an essential oil.  Sprinkle the mixture all over the mattress and let it sit for a half hour or so. Then vacuum it up.  Voila! a sweet smelling mattress.

You can wash most pillows.  Be sure to read the tag that lists cleaning recommendations.  I have recently switched to My Pillow.  It is manufactured with special foam pieces so that I can mold the pillow to fit the way I sleep.  You can wash this pillow easily.  But even down and synthetic pillows can also go into the washer and dryer.

Special Needs in the Bathroom

Homes these days seem to be equipped with a jetted tub in the master bath.  You enjoy luxuriating in the warmth of the tub. Chesapeake VA, Chesapeake Virginia, Norfolk VA, Norfolk Virginia, Virginia Beach VA, Virginia Beach Virginia But did your kids just bathe the dog there?  When doing your routine house cleaning, just treat it as a regular tub.  But every few months your tub needs some extra work on the jets.  Start by filling the tub with HOT water high enough to cover all the jets.  Mix a half cup of white vinegar into the water and run the jets for 15 minutes to circulate the water.  Empty the tub.  Now refill it with COLD water and run it for 15 more minutes so that the vinegar mixture will be rinsed out.  Finish the job with an old toothbrush to make sure the jets get really clean.

When is the last time you cleaned your shower head?  Have you looked up at it lately?  You probably need to remove mineral deposits or mildew.  Fill a sturdy plastic bag with a cup of white vinegar.  Use a rubber band to affix the bag over the shower head.  Let it stay there for three hours.  Wipe the shower head with a microfiber cloth to shine it up.

Toilets are the least favorite thing in the house to clean.  Use a toilet brush to SCRUB the inside of the bowl.  Sprinkle a powder cleanser like Comet into the water.  Allow it to sit for 15 minutes while you work on the tub etc.  Then really press down on the brush to be sure that the bowl is clean.  Pay special attention to the area under the rim.  Remember that the outside of the toilet must be cleaned as well.  Use a neutral cleaner and wipe down the outside of the bowl, the pedestal and the area where the toilet is bolted to the floor.  There’s nothing more gorgeous than a clean and shiny bathroom!

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