Three ways on how to treat grout between floor tiles

According to Cleaning Services London there are a few ways to remove the grout that is trapped between your floor tiles and we will present them to you.

Oxygen Bleach method:

This method is considered by many to be the most efficient cleaning routine when it comes to removing grout. Simply get a bucket and pour in it one cup of oxygen bleach. Then fill the rest of the bucket with water and allow the ingredients to mix for approximately five minutes. Now before your pour your homemade grout remover onto the floor, make sure that your floor is completely dry as it will allow the grout lines to get completely saturated. Keep in mind that bleach can be harmful towards other types of flooring features such as wood or carpet so make sure that you align the perimeter of your tile flooring with towels to block the path of the bleach. Once you have poured your homemade cleaning mixture over your floor allow the water to soak into the grout and then add more of the solution. Be careful not to flood your floor. Allow the grout remover to sit for a period of approximately 30 minutes and then scrub the gout with a nylon-bristled brush. If the grout isn’t getting off you can pour grout remover over the grout to facilitate the scrubbing. When all the grout is removed, rinse your tile flooring with clean water.

Chlorine Bleach and Baking Soda Method:

Take a small bucket and mix in it one cup of baking soda with ½ cup of chlorine bleach. Now stir both ingredients with a paint stirrer until the mixture becomes a paste. Next get an old toothbrush and dip it into the grout removing paste. Apply the paste onto the grout and use the toothbrush to scrub. Work one section at a time and once you have applied paste on the entire floor allow the paste to sit for 15 minutes.Then finish the grout removing by rinsing the floor with clean water and mopping away the residue from the grout remover.

Steam Cleaning Machine Method:

If you don’t own such a machine you can either purchased one from your local home depot or rent one from any cleaning company within your area. Most people opt for the latter approach because it is much cheaper. Once you have acquired the machine, simply read and follow the instructions to remove the grout from your tile flooring.

Two-step approach to effective carpet stain removal

(Originally by Carpet Cleaning London)

These days many carpets have stain resistant properties which makes stain removal a relatively easier exercise than what it used to be. Having said this, there is no carpet which is totally resistant to stains and the key to complete and safe stain removal is to act quickly.

The longer a carpet stain is left untreated the more permanent it becomes. The two-step approach to cleaning carpet stains is quite simple – first absorb, then treat.

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STEP 1

Absorbing liquid stains: As soon as the spill occurs (or as soon as possible) absorb the liquid using a non-print, solid colour cotton towel. Don’t use printed cloths as ink colours may dilute and make a bigger mess of the carpet.

Picking up semisolid stains: When you need to remove thicker substances from the carpet like cream, chocolate spread, peanut butter etc. use a spoon or the blunt side of a kitchen knife to collect as much as possible of the spilled substance – this will make removal much easier and more effective.

Correct technique: In both instances, work your way inwards toward the epicentre of the stain. Working inwards from the edge to the centre will prevent the stain from spreading out further. Repeat the blotting as many times as necessary, wash your towel properly every few blots, repeat until the carpet is barely damp.

Warning: Do NOT use a brush to scrub the stained area as this will affect the carpet’s texture and dimensions. There is another carpet cleaning company from London that we know is good and can remove any dirt for you:

STEP 2

Necessary products: In all instances, your best bet would be to use a certified, specially formulated carpet stain remover. Don’t take any chances with products of dubious quality and origin as they may cause damage. Nevertheless, pre-test your stain remover on an obscured area of the carpet, or even better on a scrap piece of carpet if you have one handy.

Cleaning process: Again, work your way inwards from the edges of the stain to its centre, never brush but always dab, be patient and repeat as many times as necessary. Don’t use too much product but follow the dosing instructions provided on packaging.

Alternative cleaning solutions: In case you don’t have access to a proper carpet stain remover, opt for one of the following proven homemade remedies.

  • Use fresh water. Amazingly water works on many stains just as good as a specially formulated carpet cleaner.

  • Use mild detergent solution. Make sure the detergent contains no lanolin or bleach.

Cleaning Windows – the right way

Window cleaning is usually a tricky, time consuming chore which most people rather not deal with. Effective window cleaning is actually possible, without specialised assistance. Here are a few pointers that should make the process more manageable.

Windows at home are usually cleaned twice a year, which means cleaning results must be good enough to last the time, so how to make it happen?

-First of all, forget about the old newspapers, wadded paper towels and spray glass cleaners. These add up to heaps of lost time, average results and a ton of unnecessary elbow grease.

-Equip yourself with the right gear, which is a squeegee with a long cloth strip applicator, some dishwashing liquid and a bucket of hot water.

-Use the long cloth strip applicator to soap the window, the applicator will loosen dirt and remove blemishes without scratching the glass.

-Always start at the top of the window, if the window is too high attach a telescopic handle to the squeegee. Work in reverse-S pattern, right handers start in top left corner of the window, left handers should start in top right corner, in both cases work your way down the window.

–Remember to clean the squeegee blade after each stroke, use a lint-free rag – old linen napkins are ideal for the job.

-Wipe excess water and soap foam from edges of the window where the squeegee can’t get to, using a chamois cloth, use a regular rag for wiping down the window sills.

For cleaning divided windows (windows with multiple small panes) you can trim your squeegee blade down to size using a small handsaw, remember to measure the length first and don’t forget to file and smooth the edges of the resized squeegee as to avoid scratches.

-When window panes are too small to fit the squeegee at all, use a hog bristle brush instead, it works exceptionally well as it is much more absorbent than synthetic sponges, rub each pane horizontally left to right or vice versa using the same hot water and dishwashing liquid solution.

-If your squeegee makes a squeaky noise when you run it across panes then you need more soap in the water, add another splash of dishwasher to the bucket of hot water and it should be fine.

-Be careful when trying to remove scaling on old window panes, don’t use harsh scours but apply the finest abrasive cream you can find and do so very gently, only in areas that require it.