All of the areas in your home you neglect while spring cleaning

Spring is right around the corner and everyone is getting ready to start the spring deep clean that is very much needed in each household. But exactly how do you perform it? What types of products do you use? How much time do you spend cleaning? Do you miss important areas?

If you think you don’t miss spots and you are doing a great job you might want to sit down and think it again. Here is a list that the cleaning experts at Monster Cleaning gathered for you so that you can see for yourself which areas in a home are commonly neglected.

– Under and behind appliances

We are on top of the list and we probably already listed something you miss when spring cleaning. You probably clean the inside of your appliance, or you let a cleaning company do the job, but cleaning under and behind these heavy objects is often forgotten.

You will be surprised how dirty these spots are. It is disgusting but neglecting cleaning it won’t make your home cleaner. Just because you can’t see the dirt doesn’t mean that it’s not there.

– On top of cabinets

The “just because you can’t see the dirt doesn’t mean that it’s not there” applies to the second thing on our list as well. Don’t forget to clean on top of all the cabinets in your home when spring cleaning.

– The windows

According to Monster Cleaning, very few people clean their windows when performing a spring cleaning. There is no logic to this – spring is coming, and then summer, therefore, you will open your windows a lot. Outside will no longer be rainy, cold, and dark so why don’t you include washing the inside and outside of your windows when spring cleaning?

– The carpets

As the main dirt, dust, and germs magnets in your home, carpets should be professionally steam cleaned twice a year – when you are performing the spring cleaning is the perfect moment to book the service. Monster Cleaning also offers this service, and they recommend you consider it.

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5 things you should never vacuum

Aren’t we all so grateful that vacuum cleaners exist? They seem to be able to fix a lot of our messes and it’s the easiest way to clean your home on a daily basis.

But when we are using them, we need to keep a couple of things in mind. There are certain things we should never vacuum because they might damage the cleaner.

– Dead plants

And by dead plants, I mean dead leaves or flowers. They can effortlessly clog the vacuum cleaner which will create a lot of problems to you. And in the end, you will most likely either need to bring it somewhere where the vacuum can be repaired or you will buy a brand new one.

– Liquid

I decided to add this to the list even though to me it seems quite obvious. The dangers of vacuuming liquids are numerous. Starting with the damage you will cause to the machine and ending with the possibilities of it catching on fire.

– Used coffee grounds

Are you making coffee in a coffee maker? You know that sometimes early in the morning you are sleepy and clumsy. You might drop used coffee grounds on the floor, it happens. Do not even think about cleaning them with your vacuum cleaner because they can actually ruin it by clogging pipes.

– Ash

And more specifically fireplace ash. Why not, you might ask. Ash particle is so fine and they might not stay in the bag and get blown out the back of the machine. This means that this will get right into the air that you are breathing in your home.

– Makeup

Vacuuming some eyeshadow, bits of lipstick, bronzer, highlighter might not look like a big deal – but it actually is very bad for your vacuum cleaner. The makeup might melt while it’s inside the vacuum which will cause lots of problems.

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How to clean chocolate from a carpet

Chocolate is one of these things that everyone loves. Do you eat it often? Have you ever dropped it on your carpet? If the answer is yes – you know how much of a mess it can create. If the chocolate you dropped was melted – the cleaning process will be tough, I am not going to lie, but still, it’s not impossible to clean it by yourself. You can always ask for help from a cleaning company. After all, professionals will most likely be able to save you lots of headaches surrounding your carpet (I definitely recommend but if you are determined to try on your own – I will give you the exact steps to do it.

What do you need and what to do with them?

The first way

  • A white cloth
  • Rubbing alcohol

Get the rubbing alcohol and apply it to the white cloth. Start blotting the area (and turn the cloth to clean sides each time you blot). Do this until the stain is almost fully transferred to the cloth.

The second way

  • A white cloth
  • Dishwashing soap
    Grab the soap and add a ¼ teaspoon to a cup of water. Soak another cloth there and start blotting the stain with it.

The third way

  • Water
  • Ammonia
  • A white towel
    Make a mixture of 2 tablespoons of ammonia and a cup of water. Get the white towel, soak it in the mixture and start blotting (make sure you do not use this on wool carpets).

The fourth way

  • Powdered laundry detergent
  • Water
  • A toothbrush
  • A sponge
    Soak the toothbrush in 1 teaspoon of powdered laundry detergent mixed with a cup of water and gently start scrubbing. Once the stain is gone – rinse the area by blotting a watered sponge.
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Cleaning Glass-top Stoves

Glass-top Stoves CleaningGlass-top stoves are a sleek, stylish, modern and appeal to your cooking skills. Having said this, they are also notoriously hard to clean properly. Cleaning the glass-top stove to a perfect finish is not about hours of mindless rubbing and scrubbing, but doing the right things at the right time. Here is what you need to know:

-Make sure the stove is switched off, and fully cooled down after cooking. Do NOT spray or apply any cleaning products on a stove which hasn’t cooled down completely. Not following this advice will cause you a ton of headaches.

Important safety tip: If you need to clean the glass-top stove shortly after cooking, but don’t know if the surface is cool enough, do NOT use your hand to check it, but look for the small indicator light which is usually on when the surface is still hot.

Cleaning products and materials you need:

  • special purpose stove top cleaning products;

Alternatively you can use:

  • lemon, baking soda, white vinegar;

The cleaning materials you require are: sponges, microfiber cloth or a soft towel.

Correct cleaning method:

When using baking soda

  • sprinkle bicarb soda directly on the glass surface and let it sit there for a little bit; rub the soda using the sponge and the stains should disappear relatively easy; wash the surface thoroughly using warm water; wipe off any smears and streaks and polish the glass using a soft cotton towel. Find more here: Oven Cleaning Services | London Oven Cleaners.

When using lemon and vinegar

  • Glass-top Stoves Cleaningmix white vinegar and / or lemon juice in a spray bottle and apply the solution generously over the stained glass surface; let it sit there for a minute or so and then wipe off using sponge; repeat the procedure as many times as necessary; remember you have to clean the surface with a damp cloth at the end in order to remove any leftover cleaning product or grime.

Whether or not you should use a special scraper to clean tough stains and burnt on residue from your glass-top stove is a hotly debated topic. Manufacturers usually allow the use of specially designed scrapers, though the risk of damage is present. However, if you feel confident in your manual cleaning skills, you can apply the scraper to great cleaning results. Make sure to pour a generous amount of liquid detergent on the surface when scraping– this will prevent scratches and speed up the process.

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A tutorial on how to clean your fridge

Your fridge must always be clean and well maintained because you don’t want your food to get contaminated by harmful particles such as dirt, dust, bacteria and germs. If you have never clean a refrigerator before then you will like this article because with the help of our friends from Cleaning Services London we have written down a tutorial that will allow you to quickly clean your fridge.

  1. Fridge CleaningTake out all the food from your refrigerator. You must empty your fridge for two reasons: one you will be using cleaning products and therefore don’t want your foods to get in contact with the cleaning products and two an empty fridge is much easier to clean than a full one.

  2. Before you commence the actual fridge cleaning go through your foods and throw away all the foods which are aged, moldy or inedible. Also checked the expiration date of your packed foods and get rid of all foods which are out of date. There is no need on storing such foods because they will do nothing but taint your eatable foods.

  3. Now take out all removal parts from your fridge. Place the removed shelves and drawers near your kitchen sink because at one point or another you will end up washing them before you rearrange them into your refrigerator.

  4. Next get a clean cloth and a cleaning detergent and wipe the interior of your fridge. You can use any type of cleaning detergent expect a toxic or chemically based solution. You should never use chemical or toxic cleansers for the cleaning of your fridge because you will do more harm than good. You can also create your own cleaning detergent by mixing two tablespoons of baking soda to one quart of water.

  5. Fridge CleaningOnce you are done with the interior of your fridge, wipe clean the exterior and don’t forget the back. Lots of people forget to clean the backs of your fridges which is a big mistake because the back is the location of the fridge engine and the more dust it has the less efficiently the engine works.

  6. Continue the fridge cleaning by washing the removal parts that you have removed earlier. You can wash them either by using the cleaning solution with which you have cleaned your fridge or by simply using dishwashing liquid soap and water. Once the shelves and drawers are carefully washed, dry them and put them in place.

  7. Finish the cleaning by putting back your food into your refrigerator. 

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