Carpet Stain Removal Tips
Written on 25/02/2014 By Swift Admin

Cordial  – Can be tricky, you must attend to the stain instantly by diluting with cold water.  Pour over stain then soak up until no colour is left on your cloth.

Coffee – Pour a solution of ammonia and soak up then a solution of white vinegar, keep alternating until stain has gone.

Blood – Rinse with a mild detergent and cold water.  Apply a solution of cloudy ammonia and soak up.

Pet Stains – Remove as much of the solids as possible then blot with a paper towel until the carpet is touch dry.  Sprinkle Bi-carb over the spot then add a splash of white vinegar.  Scrub with a sponge and cold water, then rinse with warm water then leave to dry. Vacuum.  The reason you use both cold and warm water is because faeces contain proteins and fats.

Red Wine Stain – Cover the stain with a good amount of bicarb and let it dry for a few seconds. Vacuum and re-apply a smaller amount of bicarb then a little white vinegar and scrub with a nylon brush.  Leave to dry and vacuum.

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How to remove construction dust
Written on 23/05/2013 By Swift Admin

How to remove construction dust

Dust must first be removed by an industrial vacuum. Sweeping or wiping will simply just move the dust to a new place. With the huge amounts of dust created throughout construction or renovation cleaning, it could take many cleans to get rid of it all if the appropriate steps are not taken first.

Here are some great tips to remove it permanently.

First get yourself prepared, you will need

  • Facemask
  • Vacuum Cleaner with brush head attachments
  • Flat headed mop & bucket
  • Sponges & Cloths

 

  1. Open all windows & doors to create a good airflow through the property.
  2. Start by vacuuming over all floors & carpets
  3. Now with you soft headed vacuum attachment, work your way through the building. In each room start high to low ensuring windows & tracks are also done.
  4. One area most people forget is the air filters in your home. They entice dust, however they’ll additionally add it to the air if they’re not cleaned out initially or replaced.
  5. Not only do Shelves and ledges gather dust, but the walls and other vertical surfaces can hold just as much & are often left unforgotten.
  6. For Walls, moisten a flat headed microfiber mop with water then gently starting at the top bring down in straight motion’s to reduce streaks when dried. Rinse head with every line & change water regularly.
    Warning: If the walls are recently painted, avoid getting them to wet, your mop head should just be barely damp.
  7. Windows – dampen your sponge, again high to low wipe over all glass.
  8. Empty Vacuum regularly & change vacuum filter when required.

You should now be 95% free of construction dust.

Alternatively why not call an expert for your construction cleaning or renovation cleaning needs Gold Coast & Brisbane.

 

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Make your own Natural Air Freshener
Written on 28/03/2013 By Swift Admin

Raising your mood and assisting to purify the air are just some of the benefits of making your own Natural air freshener.

These homemade air freshener sprays are very safe to use around children and pets.

Make your own Natural Air Freshener

Some commercially bought air fresheners contain hurtful chemicals, using an environmentally-friendly alternate to bought air fresheners couldn’t be simpler to make yourself.

What you will need:

  • Purified water
  •  Spray bottle
  • Your favourite essential oils

Now all you need to do to make this homemade air freshener spray is fill your spray bottle up with water and then add 5 to 10 drops of the essential oil you have picked out. Next all you do is shake the bottle up a bit so all the essential oil can be mixed in to the water. Then your spray is prepared to be used in your home to fight odour & add a pleasant light scent to the air, or spray the area in your home where there is a very bad odour. After using this homemade air freshener spray in your home a couple of times the odour ought to be gone for good.
Here are just a few of the multitude of choices. Don’t be afraid to mix and match your favourite’s, such as lavender & rose, pine & clove or citronella & lime.

Bergamot oil is said to decrease inflammation and tends to soothe nervous tension. It furthermore has antiseptic properties.
Lemon oil has both antiseptic and antiviral properties cooperative for cleansing the air; and it can be utilised to add a new, citrusy scent to your dwelling.
Lavender oil is renowned for its resting properties and mixes well with other floral fragrances such as gardenia.
Pine oil has natural antimicrobial and antiseptic effects, and brings an herbaceous, forest-like scent to your room.
Peppermint’s bright and refreshing scent is considered to increase concentration and soothe nausea.
 Tea tree oil, has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. It fills the air with a refreshing, menthol scent.
Clove oil has antiseptic properties and some report that it has both an aphrodisiac and calming effect.
Citronella is advised to have both antiseptic and antibacterial qualities. It furthermore holds bugs at embayment, so it is useful outside as well as in.
Lime oil has numerous disinfecting and purifying properties and offers a lightweight, citrusy fragrance.
Rose oil is considered particularly beneficial for women; and a spritz of increased oil in water has long been utilised to refresh the complexion.

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Removing Sticker Residue
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Removing Sticker Residue

Sticker residue wouldn’t look so bad if it doesn’t imbibe all that dirt and grime and turns grey to black in the process. Whatever the residue is placed on looks gross. Fortunately, it doesn’t require much effort to get rid of it. A little oil, scrubbing and time would take the residue off. WD40, white toothpaste, acetone nail polish remover and peanut butter; all have the oil that would help. Spread the substance over the residue. Gently scrub until the residue is lifted. Wipe with a clean cloth or sponge. For substances that can be damaged by the above, use a hair drier to heat the residue and then wipe it away. Clean with a sponge.

Removing Sticker Residue

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Removing Ink Stains From Plastic
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Removing Ink Stains From Plastic

Removing Ink Stains From Plastic

Since plastic is a soft and porous material, it can absorb colours and dyes that are placed near it. Folders, desktops, lap desks and many other things related to your office and homework are made of plastic. It is natural for them to get stained with ink. For any kind of plastic, the cleaning method remains the same. First spray the stained area with an all purpose cleaner. Then wipe away with a clean cloth. In case the stain does not go away moisten a cotton ball or soft cloth with ammonia and wipe the stain with it. To remove any cleaning residue, wipe the area with soapy sponge or cloth. Then dry with a soft cloth.

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3 Tips for Stinky Shoes, Eww!
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3 Tips for Stinky Shoes, Eww!

Shoes can quickly become smelly. The moisture left behind in the shoes or the one produced while you are wearing them gives chance to growth of bacteria. This causes bad odour.

Place the shoes in a pillowcase and then run them in a machine.

Fill each shoe with boiling water and add a small amount of bleach. Leave it for a few minutes and then drop the water out. Bleach kills bacteria and hence the smell too.

Another method is filling each shoe with at least a cup of baking soda and lesser for smaller shoes. Add one cup of vinegar to each shoe which will cause fizzing and bubbling. Let this happen for fifteen minutes and then rinse your shoes with water. Allow them to dry overnight.

3 Tips for Stinky Shoes, Eww!

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7 Ways of Removing Sweat Stains
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7 Ways of  Removing Sweat Stains

7 Ways of  Removing Sweat Stains

Ammonia

Dab the area with a half-strength solution of ammonia and water before washing.

Aspirin

Two aspirins mixed with half a cup of water should be allowed to set in for one or two hours.

Baking Soda

Making a paste made from 4 tablespoons baking soda and 1/4 cup warm water can help with a variety of stains.

Lemons

Dab a mixture of equal parts lemon juice (or white vinegar) and water.

Shampoo

Shampoos break down biological oils so put a small amount onto the spot that bears the stain.

Use a toothbrush to scrub and then rinse with water. Scrub for a while and rinse with water.

Salt

Salt’s the secret to getting rid of those stubborn yellow perspiration stains on shirts. Dissolve 4 tablespoons salt in 1 quart (1 litre) hot water. Just sponge the garment with the solution until the stain disappears.

Vinegar

Pour a bit of vinegar directly onto the stain, and rub it into the fabric before placing the item in the wash. You can also remove deodorant stains from your washable shirts and blouses by gently rubbing the spot with undiluted vinegar before laundering.

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Cleaning Plush Toys that can’t go in the washing machine
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Cleaning Plush Toys that can’t go in the washing machine

Stuffed toys get very grungy when they are carried everywhere and dropped practically everywhere too. Some stuffed toys come with musical insertions and circuits due to which they can’t be thoroughly washed. Start by creating a mixture of mild detergent (i.e your usual washing detergent) and warm water. Dip a washcloth in soapy water and gently wipe the outer surface of the plush. Rinse by rubbing it with a damp cloth repeatedly to get the soap out. Allow the toy to dry in air and in order to get the smell of detergent out, sprinkle some baking soda on it. A small amount of vinegar in water can also make the odour go away. This is also great to get the kids involved with!

Top tip – Use white coloured cloths so the colour doesn’t transfer.

Cleaning Plush Toys that can't go in the washing machine

 

 

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Outside Cleaning Windows
Written on 27/03/2013 By Swift Admin

Windows That Are Out:

Windows, windows everywhere; even on your computer! Jokes aside, apparently windows seem clean but with sunlight every little fingerprint and smudge shows. Cleaning exterior windows is different because they contain more dust and grime, bird droppings at times and water spots. First clean the window with a dry cloth or towel. Then use a window cleaning solution. If unavailable, vinegar and washing detergent work equally well. Don’t rub dirt because it will leave scratches on the windows. Too much chemical and soap can also leave streaks on the windows. So clean exterior windows with a hose first and then use the cleaners, for best results use a window squeegee.

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Cleaning Mobile Phones
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Cleaning Mobile Phones

Mobile phones develop germs when we talk on them and use them. Most mobile phones contain more germs than a toilet seat!!  It will be more hygienic for usage if it is regularly cleaned. Use a disinfectant wipe or soft cloth damped in rubbing alcohol to clean it initially. Take alcohol in a small container and use a small toothbrush to clean areas of the phone that the wipe was unable to reach. Make sure you clean around the charger connection because that area accumulates a lot of dirt. Allow the phone to dry, it is then ready to use. For safety, avoid cleaning the phone while it is on!

Cleaning Mobile Phonesgerms on mobile phones

 

 

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