To clean dry spots, loosen soil and vacuum away prior to moistening it.
When taking out stains, always use a white cloth.
Wax dropped on carpet or upholstery? Set a clean, absorbent cloth over the wax stain and hold a hot iron on it. Then remove the cloth.
Coat mildly greasy stains with aerosol shaving cream, use a hair dryer to speed dry. Then vacuum.
Sprinkle a greasy stain with baking soda, comstarch or talcum powder. Leave on at least 8 hours , then vacuum.
- Floor cleaner is a solution of 1/2 cup of white vinegar in 1 gallon of warm water. Damp mop with a mop squeezed nearly dry. It is safer to mist the mop with the cleaner than to apply to floor. Do a section at a time and throw an old towel on the floor and scoot back and forth with foot to dry and prevent streaks. Standing liquid from mopping, spills, and pet accidents can damage floors.
- The greatest damage done to wood floors is from grit. Mats at doors are necessary to collect grit and it’s important to keep them clean. Frequent dust mopping in high traffic areas to collect grit is the best prevention. This should be done based on the amount of traffic, which may require dust mopping several times a day in an active household. The brush attachment of a vacuum can be used (no beater bars). Felt and furniture protectors should be installed on furniture. Never scoot furniture on wood.
- Put a piece of waxed paper under your dust mop. Dirt will stick to the mop and the wax will shine your floors.
- Make your own spray cleaner. Fill the spray bottle with 3 tablespoons of ammonia, 1 tablespoon of vinegar and the remainder with water.
- Dust blinds by wrapping a cloth around a ruler. Spray cloth with a dusting spray and run the flat end across each blind.
- Shine windows using an old newspaper.
- Clean windows on an average temperature, preferably overcast day to avoid streaks.
- Dry windows outside in the direction then inside in the other direction. If you see a streak, you will know which side is the offender.
- To clean window sills, pour diluted rubbing alcohol on a cloth and rub the entire surface. Then dust off the sill with a clean cloth.