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Keeping Showers Clean & Healthy
- After you have a shower, clean the grime afterwards with hot water.
- Use a multi-surface cleaner (with bactericidal agent) to clean and sanitise walls and grout or shower panels.
- To clean tile grout, make a paste of bicarbonate of soda and bleach (wear protective rubber gloves and eye protectors) – smear on with an old toothbrush then leave for 30 minutes, then rinse away.
- To clean shower doors – use white wine vinegar on a regular basis.
- Scrub shower door runners with white toothpaste and a damp cloth.
- Shower heads must be cleaned and sanitised on a regular basis to prevent Legionella bacteria. Detach shower head, then place head in sanitised solution for 1 hour.
- Storing drinking glasses the correct way – When you store glasses, you should store them upright instead of upside down. This will prevent stale air within the glass, and prevent chipping of the glass rims.
- When washing glassware by hand, avoid too many suds. To remove stuck-on food use bicarbonate of soda, but nothing more abrasive. Rinse glasses in a bowl or sink of hot, clear water. Finally, handle glasses by the bowl, not the stem.
- Removing lime build-up on glassware. Fill a large plastic container or bowl with white wine vinegar and give each glass a 20 minute bath. Then rinse with running water – then allow to air dry.
- Get an old pair of socks to clean blind slats. Use one hand with a sock to wipe dust off the slats. Swap socks, then wet the second one with hot soapy water, to intensively clean the blind. Switch socks again, turn the dry sock inside-out to dry and polish the slats.
- Washing blinds (plastic or aluminium) can be achieved either by washing them with soapy water in situ, then rinse afterwards or by taking them down and washing them gently in a shower or bath tub.
When using the dishwasher
- Load dishes so they are separated and face the centre of the machine. Put glasses and cups between prongs, not over them. Use only dishwasher detergent in your machine – never use soap, laundry detergent or washing-up liquid.
- Do position large dishes or pans that will block the rotating spray of the dishwasher, or the flow of water to the detergent dispenser. Use a rinsing agent to speed up the drying of your dishes if you live in an area with hard water. If you live in an area with soft water, you do not require a rinsing agent.
- Use a microfibre cloth to remove dust from a lamp. Include the light bulb in your routine. Dust build-up reduces bulb efficiency, wastes energy and increases your electricity bill.
- To remove dust from a lamp, first unplug the lamp and remove the shade and bulb. Begin by cleaning with a slightly damp wet sponge or clean cloth with water. Wipe clean, all areas of the lamp, starting with the base, and working up. Under no circumstances wet the socket or plug.
Give your china a make-over
- To lift tea stains from cups mix 2 tablespoons of bleach in a litre of water. Soak each cup in the solution for no longer than two minutes, then rinse immediately.
- To remove unsightly black spots , sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on a damp cloth and gently rub the spot. An alternative is to use some non-gel toothpaste.
Cleaning blocked drains
- An effective way to prevent blocked drains. Pour 50ml of bicarbonate soda down the kitchen sink – then put 50ml of white wine vinegar. The result will be plenty of fizzing and bubbling. After half an hour, rinse out the sink with cold water.
- Clean your curtains once per year. Check the manufacturers label first. Curtains can either be machine-washed, hand-washed or dry cleaned. If curtains can be machine-washed use the delicate cycle. Be gentle when drying curtains in a machine. Take them out straight away to prevent wrinkling, or hang them when they are slightly damp.
- Keeping your curtains free of dust is important for your health. Start at the top and work down. Be sure to clean the places where dusts tend to collect. These are normally the hems and tops. If possible, use the upholstery attachment and vacuum the matching pelmets at the same time.
Cleaning wooden cutting boards
- When washing a wooden cutting board do not place in a dishwasher, because this will damage the glue that binds the board together. Always use a good quality scrubbing brush (preferably plastic) hot soapy water.
- To disinfect a wooden cutting board, mix 5ml of bleach in a litre of water (please wear protective gloves) then apply directly on the board’s surface with a scrubbing brush. Do not rinse straight away, then allow the board to dry.
- Keep Granite free of sand and dirt, especially on flat surfaces – the grit can scratch the stone. For worktops, and tables, dust with a dry cloth, then wipe up spills immediately to avoid staining. To clean granite worktops use only warm water and wipe with a soft cloth or sponge. Soak caked-on food before wiping, preferably with a small amount of soapy water.
- To remove difficult stains due to build up – if stain is water based, then soak with hot water, then blot away with kitchen towels. If stain is oil-based, then use very small amount of nail varnish remover and soak stain for ten hours, then rinse with cold water.
Cleaning Motorcycles and Scooters
- To keep water out of cables and controls, cover the handlebar with plastic bags before washing the bike.
- Before washing the bike, spray with a hose, particularly if the bike is covered with mud, dirt and grease. If you are using a pressurised washer, please take care not to hit the carburettor, instruments, brakes or keyhole.
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