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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Cleaning your Curtains

Let’s face it, this is something most of us neglect to do and is probably not high on the list of chores to be done. Some of you probably don’t even think about cleaning your curtains, it just doesn’t cross your mind.

Curtains accumulate a lot of dust; they may even harbor a spider or two, dead bugs, and they can get pretty dingy looking when not cleaned.

When you take this, and the fact it isn’t good for anyone with allergies, into consideration you see why it’s important to clean your curtains on a regular basis.

Cleaning your Curtains Weekly

Weekly cleaning can help you get a lot of the dirt and dust off your curtains. When you’re vacuuming the house, take a little time to do the curtains as well. It’s best to vacuum first then dust.

• Start at the top and work your way down.

• Get the hems and folds as most of the dust will accumulate in these areas.

• It’s easier to leave your curtains hanging when you clean them. Hold the curtains taught to vacuum them.

• Be sure to vacuum both sides. Dust and debris collects on the sides facing windows as well, especially when we leave our windows open.

For a more thorough cleaning, read the label to see whether they require dry cleaning or if they can be washed in the washing machine.

Washing your Curtains

Here are a few things to keep in mind when washing is an acceptable method.

• Wash your curtains on a delicate cycle even if the label states it can withstand a heavier cycle. Over time the sun will not only fade the fabric but weaken the fibers.

• Wash in cold water to keep fading and shrinking to a minimum. If drapes are heavily soiled check the label to see if warm water is recommended or not.

• Use a product like Woolite that is designed for delicate fabrics.

• Dry the curtains on a gentle cycle with low to no heat until they are just slightly damp then hang them back on the curtain rod. This will help them hang better than if they were dried completely. Don’t use a hot cycle as this could fade the colors, shrink the curtains, and possibly set in stains.

• Hang dry if label recommends but don’t hang them back on the rod until they have just about completely dried. Dripping water on your carpet could possibly cause mildew.

• Keep windows closed until curtains are dry and don’t vacuum until they’ve dried either.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Make Vacuuming Easier

Before I drag out the vacuum and start vacuuming, I do a quick walk through and pick up toys, throw rugs, blankets, office supplies, anything noticeable on the floor that needs to be picked up and moved.

This way I’m not going to have to worry about damaging my vacuum cleaner when it sucks up a paperclip or some other small object.

Vacuuming is the last thing I do. Not only do I want to pick up stray items, I also dust, shake out and air out floor rugs then put them back when I'm done.

Before you start, also check the bag and make sure it isn’t full. A full bag is not helpful to efficient cleaning. It just doesn't suck enough dirt out of the carpet.

Not all vacuums will butt up to the edge of the wall to pick up dust bunnies, little pieces of paper, etc. Here are a few things you can do:

• Before you vacuum a room, use the wand and get the edges first.
• For carpeted areas you can also use a stiff broom to run along the edges then vacuum the mess.
• For hard surface areas, you can use the wand tool; you can use a damp rag to run along the baseboards, or a dust mop to clean first.

Vacuum rooms first, then do the halls and stairs. Start vacuuming in the back of a room, working your way out.

In bathrooms, start behind the commode, close the door so you can get behind it. In the kitchen don’t forget to get behind and on the sides of the fridge and under the stove.

No matter the kind of carpet you have, regular vacuuming is a must to keep it looking its best.

Benefits of a Regularly Vacuuming

Below are a few vacuum cleaning tips to get the most out of your carpet.

  1. Keeping the carpets cleaned and vacuumed regularly will help to extend the life of the carpet and cut down on the amount of dust and allergens. Ground in dirt can also wear down the carpet fibers and the resilience of the carpets nap.
  2. For the most part, you should vacuum at least once a week, more depending on family size, pets, your job, etc. This is also important if you have young ones in the home.
  3. Don't be in a hurry and use overlapping strokes.

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