Pet Stain Removal

If you own pets then you know that accidents can happen at any time. While they can be difficult to deal with it’s important to know how to clean up these accidents properly based on what type of floor it occurred on to ensure the longest life!

 

It is imperative that you clean up your pet’s mess as soon as you notice it so that it imparts minimal damage to your floor. Next it is time to figure out what cleaning method to use based on what type of floor you need to treat.

 

First up, we will tackle an accident that you have to clean out of your carpet. Carpets can be tricky with pet stains because it can absorb the odor and stain and sometimes this makes it harder to remove the stain. You will want to remove any solid waste first if there is any and then you can blot the affected area. Next you will want to use carpet cleaner to clean the area. Be sure to remove excess cleaner and rinse the area with warm water so that it doesn’t collect soil. To find the perfect carpet cleaner for you, reference this site for carpet stains.  Also remember to refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning.

Hardwood floors that have been finished and sealed can be cleaned up with paper towels and regular cleaner to remove any liquids and solids there may be. Be sure to not use harsh chemicals so that you do not damage the finish. 

Ceramic tile floors are easy to clean too. Simply remove any of the excess liquid and solid mess and then use warm water to clean. Use a rag or micro-fiber mop and clean in a circular motion across the affected area. If there is staining in the grout you can use a toothbrush to scrub. After you have cleaned the area you can choose to use a mild cleaner to disinfect, but be sure to use a cleaner without bleach or ammonia as this can damage your floor. 

 

These are different ways of protecting the life of your flooring and making sure to promptly clean any pet stains as soon as possible is the best way to do this. Let us know what cleaning tips and tricks you’ve learned yourself below!

Simple Guide to Cleaning Out Your Closet – Part 3

Part 3 – Functionality, Appropriateness

In this final installment we are discussing whether or not your clothes are functional and if they are appropriate to the current demands on your life.

Does it need repairs? For how long has this been the case? If it’s gone unrepaired for more than three months it isn’t likely that you’re going to bother. Or, if you love it, then get it repaired right away so you can put it back in rotation. Just don’t leave it hanging and waiting. This includes tailoring, buttons, hole repair, seam tightening, professional stain removal, re-heeling shoes, and polishing shoes.

Is it worn or tattered looking? No matter how much you like the style, it’s not a keeper if it looks old and dingy. This includes snags in silk or sweaters, pilling, holes, unraveled threads, stains, loose seams, over stretching, and dull color.

Is it appropriate to your lifestyle? By this we are referring to life changes that aren’t likely to be reversed. One example is transitioning from being young and single to caring for children and running a household. In this case a closet full of nightclub dresses isn’t likely serving you very well. Another example is transitioning from raising a family to reentering the workplace. In this case the comfort clothes such as yoga pants and sweatshirts need to give way to suits, slacks, and blouses.

Would you buy it today if you didn’t already own it and you saw it for sale at the store? In most cases all of the aforementioned advice will be enough to make a judgment call. But if you encounter a garment that still perplexes you (meaning you’ve had it hanging in front of your face for more than five minutes,) use this test. If you wouldn’t buy it, then that means you don’t really like enough to keep it.

Spring Cleaning Ideas – How To Get Rid Of Stuff Part 4

Part 4: How to organize and/or get rid of your kids clothes


Okay, now that you’ve got the toys under control you will actually have enough space in your child’s room to work on the other stuff. Up next: clothes! Between overzealous grandparents and growth spurts, there’s a good chance the drawers are overflowing with items that are no longer of use. Here’s what to do…

First, only items that can be laundered back to good use should be kept. You should obviously get rid of things that are deeply stained. But we propose that you also go ahead and part ways with items that need mending. Why? If you haven’t taken the time yet to repair it you’re not going to! So get rid of it. Make 2-3 piles for castoffs. Toss Out (stuff that’s beyond repair), Donate (clothes that still have life,) and Sell (items that still have value and could help you finance the next round of clothes you’ll soon need to buy.)

Next, sort the clothes you’re keeping by function. School clothes, dress clothes, play clothes, etc. Then, thin the piles by considering if things match or can be easily coordinated. If there’s nothing to wear with an item and you don’t want to make a special purchase to make it usable, get rid of it.

Check also for too many of one item. Perhaps your family goes bonkers with jammies during the holidays, or swimsuits in the summer. If either of these could be its own huge pile, this is a good example of items to get rid of because your child will never possibly wear them all.

Regarding school clothes, the best thing to check for is fit. If it doesn’t fit this school year, and won’t fit by the time school starts again next year, toss it. Especially if your child’s school has a dress code. Same goes for special occasion apparel. Party dresses and mini-suits aren’t worth storing if there’s no chance they’ll get worn again, no matter how darling they are!

Once you’ve narrowed things down based on these ideas, it’s time to bring in the expert – your kiddo! Even if you love a particular shirt or dress, there’s no good reason to keep it if you know that your child will flat out refuse to wear it. This part can be a lot of fun. Set up a couple of new laundry baskets and as you both decide on what to keep let your kiddo deliver it to the appropriate basket. Or allow her to help hang things in the closet and put them in drawers. She will appreciate feeling included, and it will do her self esteem some good knowing that you care about his or her insight on the matter.

Next read – Part 5 How to organize and get rid of your kids books, magazine, and artwork

Spring Cleaning Ideas – How To Get Rid Of Stuff Part 2

Part 2: How to group and pile


Think of this part of the project as a “sweep.” It is a broad and general activity with just one goal – get everything in the room into a pile or clear container filled with related items. The beauty of this is that it requires very little thought, because you aren’t yet making any “keep or toss” decisions. The challenge of it is that you are working in a space that is likely hard to navigate. We’re operating on the premise that you’re functioning in the typical disaster mode found in kids’ rooms. Just start somewhere and begin making those piles and filling those containers. What goes together?

  • Large toys – stacked on top of or next to each other in one area
  • Small toys – in a container
  • Stuffed animals – one big pile
  • Clothing – one big pile
  • Artwork – in a container
  • Books and magazines – stacked or in a container
  • Bedding, blankies, pillows – one big pile

That should just about cover everything in a typical child’s room. If you encounter items that will not remain in the room because they belong elsewhere, send them away immediately. But don’t waste time finding the perfect new place for them. Just get rid of them and deal with it later. Stay focused, you are on a mission!

If there are any items about which you are undecided, don’t ponder it at this phase – they go in a pile for now. One huge benefit of initially creating the large piles and containers is that if you are called away from the project or need to take a break, it will be easy to start again because you’re not returning to an only “slightly managed mess.” Also, if, as you work you encounter stuff that you know without a doubt will not be kept, do one of two things. Throw it away if it’s ready to be dumped, or put it in a separate container or pile that includes things that you will want to sell or give away.

Now that you have all of your mini-mountains of things segregated, it’s time to move onto learning specific tactics for each type of stuff!

Next read Part 3: How to organize and/or get rid of toys

Spring Cleaning Ideas – How To Get Rid Of Stuff

Part 1: Intro to how to organize the clean up


You may be of the opinion that you’ve already witnessed a few rather large collections of arbitrary items in your lifetime. Sure, we’ve all been to at least one garage sale. But when it comes to accumulating things, you haven’t seen anything yet unless you are a parent. Kids are seemingly surrounded by stuff on all sides the moment they are born. It’s crazy! As their interests and activity levels grow, so does their collection of stuff. At some point you look around the house and think, “No more stuff until some of this stuff is gone!!!”

But, how to go about it? Within minutes of starting the project you might feel overwhelmed and uncertain. What you need is a plan and a method! We are here to help you out.

Our method isn’t necessarily rocket science, but it’s hugely valuable because it was created by an actual mom with 15 years experience in spring-cleaning her daughter’s room. It is especially useful because she created it based on a room that is a veritable disaster. This advice isn’t necessarily for perfect moms who will be purging just a few items from an already clean room. This is for reality…children’s rooms that verge on apocalyptic at times! Let’s get started.

The most important thing to consider is the idea of grouping and piling. Both of these are the necessary first steps if you want the sorting phase to be easy later. It is highly likely that this part of the project will stretch down the hall and even into another room, until you are finally able to see some floor space in your child’s room. So make sure any spaces adjacent to your kiddo’s room have free space available.

To accomplish a manageable form of sorting you are going to use large, plastic storage containers for the grouping and piling phase. Purchase the clear ones so you and your child can see what’s inside. Opt for containers with lids because they can be stacked after the room is under control. Buy medium size containers. If they’re too small, you won’t be able to use them for large groupings of items, and if they are too big it will be a nightmare to try and move them around efficiently.

Next read Part 2 – How to group and pile

Keeping Your Bathroom Clean

20992975_SBathrooms are one of those rooms that seem clean for a minute and then get dirty very quickly. Here are a few tips for keeping your bathroom looking sparkling and fresh.

Take a moment each morning to wipe down the sinks and counter tops with a terry cloth towel. Wipe down the facets in your shower and bath as well. This will help prevent soap scum build up and mildew.

Make sure you close your shower curtain completely after you are done. Squeegee your glass shower walls after each use. Hang your wet towels on hooks instead of folding them up and putting them on towel rods.

Turn on the fan in your bathroom for at least 30 minutes after a shower. This helps prevent mildew from forming.

If you like to take baths, especially using bath products, use a mildly abrasive cleaner and wash your tub after each use.

Prevent mildew from growing in your grout, as grout is porous. Use a cleaning solution of 10 parts water to one part bleach. Scrub your grout with a soft bristle brush.

Every couple of months give your pipes a good cleaning. Pour ½ cup baking soda followed by ½ cup white vinegar down your drains. Let this mixture stand for a few minutes – be aware that it will foam. Then follow up by pouring boiling hot water down the drain. This will remove greasy residue and wash away any clogs.

White vinegar and water are your friends for removing soap scum. Just be sure to wear gloves when using this mixture and rinse the solution away completely.

Wash your shower liner regularly in the washing machine. Be sure to promptly take it out when the cycle is finished and rehang so it can dry properly.

Chlorine bleach or white vinegar are great alternatives to commercial toilet bowl cleaners. Don’t mix the two, use one or the other. Let sit in the bowl for an hour and then scrub with a toilet brush.

Run bath toys and shower puffs through the dishwasher to sanitize and remove bacteria.

And finally, go green. Check your supermarket for “green” cleaning supplies.

Get clean dishes from your dishwasher

Dishwasher Usage | Pre-Rinsing Dishes

Should I rinse my dishes before placing them in the dishwasher?

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Here is what a local “authority” recently wrote in an article in the Arizona Republic regarding pre-rinsing dishes. “Before loading the machine, rinse dishes thoroughly to remove both large and small food particles.” WRONG.

FACT: “Experts unanimously agree that you should NOT pre-rinse your dishes before loading your dishwasher.”

Here's why:

  1. You're wasting time and energy. Today's dishwashers are very energy efficient. It's likely that if you spend time running water to get it hot, and then rinsing your dishes before placing them in the dishwasher that you will use MORE energy pre-rinsing than in the entire dishwashing cycle. Rather than wasting time and energy pre-rinsing your dishes, spend a little extra time in the loading process to make sure that your dishes are carefully loaded. A senior design engineer for one of the leading dishwasher manufacturers says, “The biggest impediment to washing is due to poor loading.”
  2. Your dishes won't get cleaner. Standard dishwasher washability tests from both AHAM (Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers) and Consumers Union are done with soiled dishes. Obviously, scraping off chicken bones and large chunks of leftover food makes sense. Pre-rinsing does not, as dishwashers are proven to get dishes clean without pre-rinsing.
  3. Pre-rinsing dishes not only does not help get them clean, it can actually make matters worse. The active cleaning agent in dishwashers holds dirt particles in suspension in the water so that they can be flushed away when the dirty water is drained from the dishwasher. Absent any dirt, the detergent itself can wind up adhering to and leaving a film on the dishes. Worse yet, lacking soil to attach itself to, gritty detergent molecules can cause “etching” on glassware resulting in blueish cloudy appearance that permanently damages the glasses.

For more information about dishwashers and dishwasher performance check these previous blogs:

Dishes not getting clean?

21st Century dishwashers: better but different

Considering buying a new dishwasher? Consult the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply.

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