Life happens, and so does mess. You will undoubtedly come across some tough messes to clean up as you go through the different stages of life. From red wine spilled on a white carpet after a fun night with friends, to a finger painting done on the couch by a cute toddler, stains can be a source of frustration. But, fear not! This article will give you some deep cleaning tips, tricks, and essentials so that you can keep your home spick and span.
Failing to prepare, is preparing to fail
Before you do anything, prepare the affected area. Pretreatment is the first line of defense against stubborn stains. Even if you are using another house cleaning solution (such as a professional service), pre-treating is always a good idea. By pre-treating the area and letting it sit for an appropriate amount of time, you are allowing it to penetrate and loosen the stubborn stain or grime build-up. You can invest in a quality stain remover or simply, use some common household items (such as baking soda and white vinegar) to create your own solution.
The power of steam
When elbow grease isn’t enough to get the job done, a steam cleaner might be your best option. Steam cleaners use hot vapor to dissolve and lift grime, leaving surfaces both sanitized and refreshed. You can use them on most surfaces, from tile floors to upholstery, so a steam cleaner may be the backup you need in fighting stubborn stains. It not only removes stains but also kills bacteria keeping your home looking good and sanitary.
Choose the right equipment
Armed with the right tools, you can beat even the toughest spots. Invest in the right scrubbers, brushes clothes to make the fight against tough stains a little easier. Choose brushes with different bristle strengths based on the surface you are cleaning. If you’re dealing with carpets, nylon brushes are the way to go, but if it’s tile grout you’re grappling with, try a stiff-bristle brush instead. With the right tools, the right solution, and a little bit of elbow grease, you can tackle anything.
Microfiber cloths are designed to trap and lift particles with ease, making them ideal for a streak-free finish on surfaces like glass, stainless steel, and countertops. Use them to dry off a surface or with a mild cleaning solution to get results you’re looking for. Cleaning windows and mirrors has never been easier.
Nooks and crannies
Some spaces are just too small for normal brushes or scrubbers to reach. A cotton swab or earbud, although tiny, can be a great tool for cleaning these areas. Window tracks, bathroom fixtures, and sticky microwave buttons are no match for cotton swabs. Dip them in your chosen cleaning solution and tackle smaller areas with precision.
A last resort, but sometimes necessary for the tougher stains. Be careful how you use them, you may need to get professional help. Different surfaces require different cleaning agents, so be sure to choose a product that is suitable for the material you’re working on. Always test in a small, inconspicuous area first to avoid unintended damage.
Deep cleaning isn’t just about getting rid of stains, sometimes it involves tackling odors as well. After tackling smelly spots, use odor eliminators and air fresheners to banish lingering smells and leave your home smelling fresh and clean. Top tip: placing some essential oil on cotton balls and leaving them around the house is a good way to keep your home smelling amazing.
Deep cleaning may seem like a daunting task, but with the right tricks and tools, you can handle it. And if you can’t, find a professional who can. From pre-treatment to post clean freshening, you can take on the challenge of keeping your home spotless and fresh.1