Easy Deep Cleaning Tips

Dated: 08/27/2018

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These are great hacks to cut your time and energy in half.

Soap Scum in the Tub - Cut this backbreaking effort in half by attaching a scrubber to a power drill and using it to do the scrubbing for them.  Some drills now come with the foam ball polishing attachment which is perfect for this task to rid grime without scratching surfaces. A trip to the automotive section at local store would have the attachment.

Bad Carpet Stains - Spritz a solution of one part vinegar, three parts water on the stain, and lay a clean cotton cloth on top. Turn your iron to its highest steam setting and run it over the stain for about 10 seconds to transfer the stain to the cloth and off your carpet.

Removing Mineral Build-up on a Shower Head – This is one of the biggest problems in the bathroom. The build-up causes low water pressure and haywire water streams.  Without trashing the shower head, this is an easy fix. Just attach a bag of vinegar to the shower head using a rubber band (making sure all the holes are immersed in the vinegar) and soak it overnight.

Removing Crayon/Marker Marks on Walls – There are two solutions for this common cleanup. Getting crayon off walls can be easy with Goo Gone. A little solution sprayed on the wall, wait a moment and wipe clean with a damp rag. The other option is to make a paste with baking soda and water. A 50/50 mixture is great. Grab a rag, or sponge, and scrub the paste onto the wall to get crayon marks off. The only downside of using baking soda to get crayon off walls is that your walls will be left with a gritty baking soda residue, that will ultimately, have to be cleaned off with that bowl of soapy water again.

Cleaning Ceiling Vents – Built-on dirt and dust can be a tough task to scrap off. If the vents are made of aluminum or steel, your dishwasher is your best friend. Just run them through the water-only cycle of the dishwasher. 

Greasy Range Filters – This can be a grimy job, but cleaned filters improve power efficiency, longer life of the blower and easier daily cleaning. Use a bit of baking soda and your largest pot instead. Set the water to boil, slowly add 1/2 cup of baking soda, and submerge your filters for about five minutes. Dry and replace back on hood vent. 

Spots on Bathroom and Kitchen Fixtures - If your sink and shower faucets are stained with hard mineral deposits and grime, sprinkle a little baking soda on an old toothbrush, add water, and scrub away until they look brand new.

Cleaning Baseboards – This might seem non-trivial, but really does make a difference.  First, use a damp rag dipped in warm, soapy water and wiped off scuff marks. However, baby wipes does the same magic. Finish off your clean baseboards by rubbing them with a dryer sheet to repel dust.

Dirt and Grime in Window Tracks - Filled with dust, dirt, and even dead flies, this can be a daunting task. However, it is easier to clean-up than you think. Sprinkle baking soda on the window tracks, pour a little vinegar on top, and let it sit for a few minutes. Scrub with an old toothbrush and wipe clean with a rag.

Smudges on Appliances – Getting stainless steel appliances back to its dull glow can be an easy task. A quick spray on the fridge or stove and wipe with a microfiber rag will do the trick. Another options is coconut oil. Wipe the appliance down with a little dab of the oil (almost like waxing a car) and then wipe with a dry rag. Sprinkling.

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Michael A. Norris

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Michael moved to New England to obtain two Bachelor’s degrees. After graduation, Michael moved to Boston to further his legal background: working at an emplo....

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