The following cleaning tips are a culmination of our many years of experience. We are glad to share our collective knowledge of house cleaning techniques to help you maintain a cleaner, safer and longer-lasting home or office.
- NEVER use vinegar, acid based cleaners or harsh abrasive cleansers.
- Use interior and exterior walk-off mats at all entrances to keep dirt and grit off floor. Don't forget the garage door!
- The best method of removing dirt and grit is vacuuming with a soft brush attachment on your vacuum. Dust mop or vacuum floors frequently and wet mopped less often. Dirt and grit cause the most wear; therefore, eliminating them is best for your floor. (Over wet-mopping can result in soiling the grout and lower areas in the stone.) When using a dust mop treat the mop head with a non-oily residue treatment, this will help attract and hold dust. (Can be purchased from janitorial supply stores.)
- Wet Mopping
- Use only a quality string mop
- Damp mop as needed (ring out almost all water solution and mop floors).
- Finish drying floors with a flat surface mop that has a micro fiber cloth.
- Wipe up spills immediately.
- When grout becomes soiled, flood mop floors with a Floor Clean, then scrub grout and tile with a soft-bristled brush, pick up water with mop.
- Use leather pieces on the bottom of chairs and stools that are moved frequently. (scrap leather can be purchased at shoe repair stores. Cut to fit and glue on the bottom of chair legs.)
- Chairs with rollers should be avoided on some stones. (travertine, limestone and marble)
- When cleaning heavily soiled areas, apply cleaning product and let dwell for a few minutes. This allows the agents in the cleaner to do its job, making your job easier.
- NEVER use vinegar, acid based cleaners or harsh abrasive cleansers.
- When a spill occurs, soak up the liquid right away. Mist the area with cleaner, and wipe with your Bona Micro fiber mop or a Micro fiber Floor Cloth.
- Vacuum, dry mop or sweep to remove any loose dirt or grit. The best method of removing dirt and grit is vacuuming with a soft brush attachment on your vacuum. If using the Bona Micro fiber mop to dry mop, remove any loose dirt or grit after dry-mopping by rinsing with water and wringing out the mop pad prior to cleaning floor with Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner.
- Using a slightly dampened, well wrung-out Bona Micro fiber cleaning pad, thoroughly clean the floor surface using your Bona Micro fiber mop. Finish one area before moving on to the next. When your mop pad becomes soiled, rinse with water, thoroughly wring out the pad and continue cleaning with Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner. When the mop pad becomes excessively soiled, launder and replace with another clean mop pad. Continued use of excessively soiled pads may cause streaking. Your Bona Micro fiber cleaning pads are reusable and washable. Do not use any fabric softeners, dryer sheets or bleach on your Micro fiber cleaning pad as these products will diminish the natural cleaning characteristics of the micro fiber.
- (YOU CAN PURCHASE A WOOD FLOOR MICROFIBER MOP AT HOME DEPOT OR LOWES IN REPLACE OF THE BONA MOP)
CARE & MAINTENANCE OF SHAG-STYLE CARPETS
The best way to care /clean “shag-style” carpet is to vacuum it with a suction vacuum only. If your vacuum has a beater bar, you should disengage it when vacuuming your “shag” carpet. Using a beater bar or brush may cause the yarns to “feather out” or lose their twist resulting in pilling or fuzzing.
Proper care maintenance (including vacuuming these products with suction only) will ensure that your carpet will maintain its unique character for a long time.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR MICROWAVE & ELIMINATE THOSE FUNKY MICROWAVE ODORS
STEP1. MIX LEMON WITH WATER
- USE A MICROWAVEABLE CONTAINER
- PUT 1 ¼ CUPS OF WATER INTO THE CONTAINER
- CUT ONE LEMON AND SQUEEZE THE JUICE FROM BOTH HALVES INTO THE WATER
- PLACE THE CONTAINER INTO THE MICROWAVE
- USE MAXIMUM POWER FOR 5-10 MINUTES (SOME MIROWAVES ALLOW YOU TO ADJUST THE POWER. USE THE MAXIMUM)
- ALLOW THE STEAM TO CONDENSE ON THE WALLS AND THE ROOF OF THE MICROWAVE. IT WILL SOFTEN THE HARDEST & CRUSTIEST OF FOODS.
- ONCE THE TIME IS UP USE A SOFT DISH CLOTH TO WIPE OUT THE INSIDE WITH EASE.
YOUR MICROWAVE WILL BE CLEAN AND SMELLING LEMONY FRESH, ELIMINATING THOSE UNWANTED ODORS.
WOOD FURNITURE CARE SYSTEM
- Never Use Wax Polishes - Regular use of wax polishes may result in the build-up of the wax film on the surface of the furniture. This build-up may then pick up dirt, smoke, and other pollutants in the air. This film may then start to smudge and streak. Used long enough, this may cause the finish to soften, requiring expensive refinishing work.
- Never Use Silicone Polishes - Silicone oil is an ingredient used by many furniture polish makers to impart a high degree of shine. However, by doing this, it also raises the sheen of the furniture beyond that intended by the manufacturer. Also, should it become necessary to refinish a piece of furniture, silicone makes it very difficult process- even for a professional refinisher.
- Never Use Petroleum Distillate Polishes - The main problem with petroleum distillate (solvent type) polishes is that they are often flammable, and toxic if swallowed. Also, they are seldom removed from the furniture.
- Polishing - It is recommended that polishing be done once a month depending on the amount of use your furniture receives. Furniture does not need to be polished as often as most polish makers would like you to think. Over polishing is the main cause of damaged finishes. Use a soft, lint-free, absorbent cloth and work the grain of the wood.
- Dusting - It is recommended to dust as often as needed. Feather dusters scatter the dust particles into the air only to have them resettle back on your furniture. Use a Fine Furniture Dusting Cloth that is specially treated to attract and lock dust into the cloth fibers. It can be washed repeatedly and still retain its effectiveness. It is more efficient and convenient than spray dusting products.
GLASS & MIRRORS
Cleaning glass tables or bathroom mirrors doesn't have to be a hassle. It’s easier than you think. We have a tip also for eliminating those streaks and smudges.
Supplies- 1 bucket, Dawn soap, 1 Scotch Brite scouring pad or sponge, & 2 towels
Step 1. Put a gallon of water into your bucket. Depending on how many mirrors or glass tables you need to clean.
Step 2. Put 2 drops of dawn soap in your bucket of water. Just 2 drops because dawn soap is strong and goes a long way.
Step 3. Use your Scotch Brite scouring pad or sponge and get it wet with the soap and water that you have and start scrubbing your mirrors or glass tables.
Step 4. When you think it is clean you can start to use your 2 towels. There are 2 towels to help avoid the streaking. Use your #1 towel first to dry the complete surface. The purpose is to pick up most of the water with the first towel. The first towel is going pick up all the dirt and grime and also get moist and damp from all the water that was used on the surface. With all the dirt, grime and water gone your mirror or glass tables will still be a little moist. This is when you go back over it again with the second towel until the whole surface is dry. Repeat with your #2 towel until you get the desired result. You'll see that no streaks or smudges were left behind because you had 2 towels.
5 STAINLESS STEEL MISTAKES NOT TO MAKE
- Do not use abrasive cleaners that will scratch the surface. Depending on the surface finish of your stainless steel, abrasive cleaners can cause scratching. Duller finishes probably won’t show scratching as much as mirror or highly polished finishes. When in doubt, test in a hidden spot, and also work from the least risky type of cleaning, (ie. water) to the heavy duty stuff.
- Do not forget to rinse. Gritty or dirty water or residue from cleaning solutions left on a stainless steel surface can stain or damage the finish.
- Do not use cleaners containing chlorine. While it may be second nature to bleach everything, stainless steel and chlorine don’t mix. Stay away from the bleach when you clean stainless steel.
- Do not use steel wool or steel brushes. These products leave little particles in the surface of the steel and inevitably these particles begin rusting and staining the surface of the steel. They also can excessively scratch the surface of your stainless steel.
- Do not assume it's the cleaner. If you do have some spotting or staining, and you've followed all of the rules, it may not be the cleaner. Water, especially hard water, can leave spotting and staining on stainless steel surfaces. Towel dry after rinsing can end the problem.
MOLD & MILDEW PREVENTION
- Low circulation of air
- Poor lighting or low lighting
- Warm environments
- High humidity
- Damp areas.
Reducing all of these five things will help keep that unwanted fungus away.
AIR QUALITY & FILTRATION
There is more to keeping your home clean than just cleaning surfaces like counters and carpeting. A really clean home starts by cleaning the air your family breathes. Did you ever notice dust particles floating in a stream of sunlight? These are only a small fraction of the particles that can be found in the air in your home. Many particles are invisible to the naked eye and can lurk in the air for a long time. These microscopic particles can be a small as .3 microns. For comparison, a human hair is about 50 microns.
Particles in the air aren't just dust. They can include pollen, plant and mold spores, pet dander, lint and dust mite debris. Some particles can carry bacteria and viruses, and many everyday activities in the home such as dusting, vacuuming, cooking and smoking can increase concentrations of these particles.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the air inside your home can be two to five times worse than the air outside. In fact the EPA identifies indoor air pollution as one of the top five environmental risks to public health. And if you're like many people, you probably spend about 90% of your time indoors.
No matter how well you clean your home, airborne particles can still circulate. By using a high quality filter you can help reduce even microscopic particles from the air passing through the filter. Keeping in mind that clean vents and a great air filter helps in the equation of a healthy home.
PREVENTION OF HARD WATER IN SHOWERS
Using a squeegee to wipe down the water off the walls of a shower will help eliminate the hard water marks and erosion that occurs over time. It only takes a few seconds.