It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Spring Cleaning Time!

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Spring Cleaning Time!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Spring Cleaning time, that is! We at Cincinnati Maintenance love to help Greater Cincinnati get their homes and offices squeaky clean, and we have some tips to share, too! First, we once blogged about how often should you have your carpets professionally cleaned? For homes with families and pets, a good rule of thumb is every 6-12 months. A good, deep professional carpet clean is the perfect way to kick off your Spring Cleaning frenzy! Here are a few other items to add to your Spring Cleaning chore list: Dust light fixtures and lamp shades – it make take a damp cloth to get the job done right. Wash the doors, baseboards, trim, switch plates and doorknobs – the walls around the light switches probably need cleaning as well. Clean out everything from under the bed, move the bed, and sweep/mop/vacuum that space thoroughly. Remove couch and chair cushions and vacuum thoroughly. If you have pets or small children (meaning, stains or odors!), consider having your upholstery professionally cleaned. Clean out the medicine cabinet and cosmetic drawer – get rid of expired medicine and old cosmetics you no longer use. Clean under the refrigerator and stove – don’t forget to vacuum the fridge coils. Clean the dishwasher, inside and out. Clean out the pantry, freezer and fridge – get rid of expired or freezer burned food – then reorganize everything. You’ll be glad you did! Tile and grout need a thorough cleaning, too. Often forgotten during a Spring Cleaning are: Clean the ceiling fan blades. Wash the floor registers and...
Another Great Homemade Cleaning Hack

Another Great Homemade Cleaning Hack

Hello, Cincinnati! Our last blog focused on the cleaning power of vinegar, but another great homemade cleaning hack involves another powerhouse: good, old fashioned baking soda. Baking soda is nature’s deodorizer! And, it aids is all kinds of around-the-house cleaning. For example, we recently told you how to get rid of pet urine odor in carpet and rugs with a mixture of baking soda, vinegar and water. Other cleaning ideas for using baking soda are: Clean your fruits and veggies – a clean sponge, a little baking soda and water does the trick! Make your carpets and rugs smell great – sprinkle on some baking soda, leave on for a while and then vacuum. Clean your toothbrush – soak you toothbrush in equal parts of baking soda and warm water; then rinse. Clean the silver – Mix three parts baking soda to one part water (it will be paste-like). Rub the mixture on each piece of silver; rinse with warm water and use a soft, non-abrasive cloth to dry. Perform a thorough, non-toxic cleaning of your kid’s toys – Mix 1/4 Cup baking soda to 1 quart warm water; soak toys or wipe with a soft cloth dampened with the solution; rinse with fresh water. Clean plastic kiddie pools and other outdoor furniture – use the same ratio of baking soda and warm water as you would for children’s toys; clean with the solution and rinse with clean water. Freshen and clean your food containers – smells can linger, especially in plastic and other food containers. Soak these dishes with warm water and baking soda – overnight if necessary...
Homemade Cleaning Remedies – The Power of Vinegar

Homemade Cleaning Remedies – The Power of Vinegar

Although we at Cincinnati Maintenance focus mainly on carpet, upholstery, floor and tile, we sure do love clean homes and offices. And, we love natural and organic remedies to keep that good clean going. Which brings us to the power of good ol’ vinegar. A few weeks ago we blogged about using vinegar and baking soda to get rid of pet urine odor in carpet and rugs. But, vinegar can do so much more. Why do we like to use vinegar in homemade cleaning products?  It’s non-toxic. That’s the biggie. It’s inexpensive. That’s a biggie, too.  And, it’s good for a lot of different small cleaning jobs around the house and office. Here are a few cleaning ideas for vinegar, but, as with ANY cleaner, be it homemade or store-bought, test in an inconspicuous area first. Cabinets and paneling: Mix ½ cup vinegar, ½ cup olive oil, and 2 cups of warm water. Apply with a soft cloth and wipe dry with a different soft cloth. Showerheads: To remove hard water corrosion, soak in vinegar overnight and scrub gently with an old toothbrush. Hard water and soap buildup: Liberally wet soft cloths with vinegar and place on hard water corrosion and soap buildup around faucets; leave for several hours or overnight; then, wipe away the gunk.  Soap buildup can tenacious, though, so you can try rubbing away the scum with a mixture of vinegar and salt. Disposal: Get that nasty smell out of the kitchen disposal but pouring in a cup of vinegar; let it sit (do not run water nor run the disposal for at least an hour)...

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