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How to remove stains from Granite and marble

Marble and granite counter tops are gorgeous but they are porous and will soak in liquids that can leave stains (even sitting water!) which can leave you confused and terrified to use the wrong product that will ruin it.

Many types of liquids and sauces can leave their mark including fruit juices, wine, coffee, tea, water, vinegar, vegetable and olive oils, ketchup, bbq sauce, etc, so it’s important to wipe up spills as they happen or you’ll be left with a stain.

96. How to Remove Hard Water Stains from Granite Countertops

So now you have a stain, what do you do to get rid of it?  Here’s how:

Before you try to remove the stain, check to see if it is an actual stain or damage to the surface. If it’s damage, you don’t want to try to remove it, as it will just make it worse.

To determine if it is damage:

  • Not caused by the stone absorbing an agent, but rather caused by damage to the surface.
  • Corrosion, typically caused by acids, leaving “rings” or “water spots” that cannot be removed.
  • You cannot remove a “stain” that is actually damage as it requires repairing/removing the damaged area.

So if you’ve determined that it is in fact a stain, you can use one these recipes to help rid of it.

Baking Soda Poultice:

  • First blot the spot to lift as much of the substance as possible.
  • Next, spray it with water.
  • Now slather it completely with a paste made from baking soda and water (to the consistency of sour cream). Cover with plastic wrap.
  • Leave covered for at least 24 hours, the baking soda will dry and pull up much of the stain.
  • After 24 hours, remove the poultice and wash area with mild soap and water. Apply a fresh poultice if needed.

Flour & Liquid Soap Poultice:

1 cup unbleached flour
3 TBS liquid dishwashing detergent (no bleach, use a gentle soap like Ivory or Dawn)
Water

  • Mix the flour and soap together then add water until you have the consistency of sour cream.
  • Cover the spot with the poultice so it’s about 1/4″ inch thick and overlaps it by about 1/4″.
  • Cover with plastic wrap for 24 hours.
  • Wash off poultice and surrounding area with soap and water. If spot is still there, re apply poultice.

 

Rubbing Alcohol Spray:

  • Pour 1/8 cup of rubbing alcohol into a 16 oz. spray bottle. Add a couple drops of liquid dish detergent then fill the bottle with water. Shake before use. Spray area then wash.

TIPS:

  • The quicker you wipe up the stains, the less likely one will form.
  • Before trying one of these methods, try a small area first to ensure the color and surface is not affected.
  • Check the stain as the poultice is applied, if you notice that the stain is getting lighter or reducing, you know the mix is working.

Who would have thought it could actually be that easy?

Good luck!

Cleaning with Baking Soda

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Sure, you use baking soda for making your grandma’s famous cookies. However, baking soda is a super-effective and gentle abrasive cleanser! Which is also a great natural deodorizer, so it’s helpful in all sorts of trouble area’s.

Here is 10 ways you can use baking soda to clean with.

  • Extra greasy dishes and pans Give baked-on food the one-two punch by dialing up your dish detergent power with baking soda.
  • Foul-smelling fridge.  Baking soda will absorb strong food odors so they don’t linger or change the taste of neighboring foods.
  • Unrinsed fruit and veggies. Mixed with water, baking soda can remove dirt and the waxy coating on produce.
  • Stained and stinky containers.  To freshen your containers, wipe with a clean sponge sprinkled with baking soda. Or erase tough stains by soaking in a solution of four tablespoons of baking soda and a quart of warm water.
  • That Musty smell. Deodorize the soft, cushy places around your house by sprinkling surfaces with baking soda, letting it sit for 15 minutes, and then wiping it away or vacuuming it up.
  • Crayon on the wall.  A parent’s worse nightmare! Scrub lightly with a damp sponge sprinkled in baking soda to get rid of your childs art work on the wall.
  • Laundry.  Both whites and colors will come out of the washing machine brighter if you add a cup of baking soda to your load. Combined with liquid detergent, it helps balance the pH levels to get clothes cleaner.
  • Kitchen. Nearly early every dirty spot in your kitchen can benefit from a baking soda treatment. With water, use it to clean countertops, stainless steel sinks, microwaves, range hoods, and cooking utensils.
  • Bathrooms. Scrub your tub, tile, sink and shower curtain with a damp sponge and baking soda. Rinse to reveal gleaming surfaces.
  • Garbage can odors Place some baking soda in the bottom of your can to fight trash stink.

All of these are reasons to stalk up now!

 

How to remove Hard water stains

We’ve all seen it, those water stains that turn while build up on our shower stalls over time.   How do you get rid of them?  How does it happen?

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You will notice a buildup of soap scum and hard water stains over time in your shower if you do not regularly maintain the cleanliness of your shower.   Many people often dread this task and want to know what the most effective way is to remove them.

Here is some tips on to help you maintain your shower the easiest way!

First off, if possible, purchase a squeegee and run up and down your shower walls after every use. This will help you with the time it takes to clean your shower regularly as there will be less build up.   Make sure your bathroom is also properly ventilated.  If it is not, mold can even form in the shower grout from poor ventilation.   If you do not have a window or fan, suggest keeping your door open to let some of the heat escape.

Although you can find over the internet natural ways such as vinegar and lemon juice to remove soap scum and hard water, it seems to only get the surface part and not the stubborn stains!

We have experienced in our many years of cleaning business the most fast and efficient product that we’ve used is called Bar Keepers Friend.   It’s so easy to remove stains making your shower look brand new!

To use Bar Keepers Friend:

Dampen a sponge and pour the cleanser on the soft side of the sponge.

Apply to area that needs it and lightly scrub.

Rinse off with water or a damn microfiber rag and dry with paper towel or a t-shirt rag.

You will instantly see the difference!

 

 

What you don’t think about when choosing flooring for your home

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Choosing the right flooring for your home may seem like a daunting task. This is a process that you must combine your own taste and budget with practicality. There are many options you always need to consider such as: how big is your family, do you have kids or pets? How much traffic is this area going to get, and the list goes on.

One big thing you should ask yourself is, how easy will it be cleaning this floor?

In the past 18 years of running our cleaning business we’ve seen every type of flooring. We have learned that most clients will choose the floor because it was beautiful but did not consider the upkeep with it. Something so small such as choosing the right color makes the biggest difference. Trust us!

For those people who want something that is easy to clean as well as “look clean” to consider picking a lighter neutral color. If you choose a warmer neutral color such as a dark brown, sometimes depending on the type of flooring, you will see everything repel off of it (dust, footprints, spills, streak marks etc). This is something you should really consider and do your homework before choosing.

In terms of how to clean your floors, there are many products out there that it is always hard to choose. We suggest just using water with a microfibre mop. Every so often pour a little vinegar in the water to use, this is the most natural way. Many cleaners will dull or damage your floors over time or a film will create over your floors due to the cleaning product, which in time can be extremely difficult to clean.

Lastly, we always recommend that if you can, invest the extra money in hardwood floors. These can be sanded and re-stained as time goes on, which you will have longer lasting floors. Most people will choose laminate or vinyl as it is a cheaper alternative to hardwood, not realizing the issues they may have down the road.

It is not always about saving money at the time of a purchase, it’s about the quality and the time you will have to spend with these floors in the years to come.

Cleaning your home with coconut oil based products

What? Cleaning a home with coconut oil based products? Never heard of it. For some of us, we may be fortunate to have grown up in a time when “real” soap was used to clean things. What do I mean about “real soap”??. Soap is a natural product of oil, water and lye (sodium hydroxide for hard soap, potassium hydroxide for liquid soap). In the old days soap was made in this way. Today’s cleaning products don’t contain soap, they’re mostly made with detergents, alcohols, or laurates. Read the ingredients of any cleaning product and you’ll see chemical names that only a scientist can understand. We make our cleaning product, Simple Sudz, the old fashioned way, and made with 100% Coconut oil. Why Coconut oil? Well, when it’s used to make a soap it’s does not leave a residue and coconut soap is the most amazing, natural grease cutter, ink remover, etc. Add some additional ingredients to soften water, remove minerals, and you have a great product that can be used on plastics, stainless, woods, metals, vinyls, leather, carpet, the full range of home appliances, furniture, coverings and more. That’s what is great about cleaning with a soap. No damages, no bleaching, no stains, just a clean, natural, child & pet safe cleaning product. It’s this type of home cleaning service that sets us out from the others. It’s all in the cleaning details……