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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

Stainless steel, sleek and beautiful but hardly ever stain-less or fingerprint proof. Right?

How many of you have followed right behind the kids with a kitchen towel wiping off the fingerprints?

I know I’ve been guilty of that and my kids look at me and say “Mom – It’s just a refrigerator.”

Well, maybe it is just a refrigerator, but keeping it clean really adds a pop of shine to the room, don’t you think? That’s why I clean mine on a regular basis.

Regular Cleanings

For regular cleaning, all you need to do is take a damp cloth, wet it with warm water, wipe down the appliance then dry and polish with a clean dry lint free rag.

Personally, I like to use white vinegar. I’m disinfecting as I’m cleaning and when I dry whatever appliance I’m cleaning, it dries faster. I put the white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray my cleaning rag rather than the appliance. Then I wipe it down with a microfiber cloth.

Here’s a little tip for larger appliances:
Work in sections. Clean and dry a section then move on to another section. Then when you’re done; give it a quick and final buffing. Now you have a nice shiny finish.

Cleaning Fingerprints

Even if you follow members of the house around wiping off fingerprints – you can’t get them all! Oh those little buggers – the fingerprints I mean.

Again I my favorite things to use is plain white vinegar. But when you use it like me, you might run out so what can you use?

Liquid Dishwashing Detergent

I use Dawn dish soap. So I put just a couple of drops in a small bowl of warm water. Swish it around with your fingers to mix it in. Dip in your cleaning rag, wring it out good, and clean those grimy fingerprints.

When you’re done cleaning, run a damp cloth with just water on it then buff and shine.

Heavy Duty Cleaning

If you have burnt on food, take a little of your Dawn dishwashing detergent and rub some on the spot. Let it sit a while to soften the caked on food then wipe it off. You may have to repeat this a time or two depending on how badly caked on the food is.

Just don’t use anything abrasive as you could scratch your appliance. That goes for cleaners and scouring pads.

When you’re done cleaning, rinse the area with clean water and dry.

Polishing Stainless Steel

To top off your cleaning and make your stainless steel shine, polish it with a little mineral oil.

Simply apply a small amount to a clean, dry cloth (one that is lint-free) and buff out with a microfiber cloth when you’re done.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Coffee Stains Aren’t Impossible, You Can Conquer Them!

Want to know a secret? I’m not perfect. Just because I clean for a living doesn’t mean I’m immune to something getting dirty.

I’ve been known to spill a little coffee, and my laundry basket isn’t full of clean clothes – I have a few kids, a husband that loves to barbecue, and a large family that comes over to gather around the holidays.
Stains do exist in my house just like they exist in yours and I’m here to tell you, you can conquer the stain!
I love my coffee and stain here and there isn't going to make me stop drinking it. So let’s get to removing a coffee since we all have slopped a little over the years.

One of My Coffee Stain Stories

I' sure this story is a familiar one to many of you.

I was out meeting a friend of mine for lunch one day and when she got to the table and I reached over to take her hand, I bumped my latte, it spilled a little, and I got a little coffee on the end of my shirt sleeve.

I knew I was going to be out for a few hours, so instead of getting upset with myself, I excused myself and went to the restroom to wet the stain in some cold water. I rinsed it until I got most of it out and then put paper towels on either side of the stain to soak up as much of the water as I could.

Yeah, it’s a little annoying having a wet cuff, but oh well, at least now I could go sit and continue visiting with my friend. I’ll take care of the stain when I get home.

When I did get home, I changed my shirt and brought it to the laundry room sink for treatment because there was a small stain left. I got the white vinegar out of the cupboard and poured some over the coffee stain and let it sit about 30 minutes while I went off and did something else.

When I came back, there was still a hint of the stain left so this time I got out the hydrogen peroxide.

I buy hydrogen peroxide by bulk, just like white vinegar, it has so many uses.

Anyway, back to stain removal. I put the area of the shirt on a towel and poured some hydrogen peroxide over the stain. I then covered it up with another towel and let it sit for another 30 minutes or so.

Hydrogen peroxide will turn to water if left exposed to light so that is why I covered the stain after applying the hydrogen peroxide.

When I came back to check on it later, the stain was gone. If you have an older coffee stain, you may have to apply the hydrogen peroxide more than once.


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