Carpet vs. Hard floor
Having to furnish your new home or renovate your old one is always an interesting challenge but taking care of your floor is a dilemma that many people like to avoid. Eventually you will need to address this issue however. You need to decide whether you want to have a carpet or a hard floor in your rooms. Of course with some rooms it is never a discussion because there is only one winner – hard floor. Putting a carpet of any sort in your kitchen isn’t the smartest idea at all. There are many smells and fumes and this will wear your carpet down quickly. Furthermore you are always in danger in spilling stuff on it and damaging it permanently. You also want to be able to walk freely around your kitchen and if there are any wrinkles on the ground you risk tripping and dropping whatever you are carrying in that very moment. The same goes for your bathroom. Yes, some people put little rugs or mats there but that’s it. You can’t have a carpet there as it is going to get soggy – actually it will get soaking wet.
It is always “either, or”
But when we get to the living room or the bedroom you are facing a tough decision. There are pros and cons about having a just a bare floor or a fancy carpet there. Honestly having a carpet, however, might be the better idea. Floors are easier to maintain this is absolutely clear. You do not even need to vacuum them very often. When there is dust, hairs or any other sort of dirt it is immediately visible. You can simply scoop it or use a wet mop on it and it will be just fine. But the hard floor doesn’t look very visibly pleasing. Your room isn’t as beautiful and there is no softness to it.
Carpets on the other hand have a few advantages. They add:
- Dust absorption
- Sound proofing
This is where the discussion ends
A nice and well-made carpet always gives a higher level of style to your room. The colour is completely up to you and you can decide what will go well with your upholstery, table, TV etc. Setting foot on a high quality rug always gives a feeling of coziness and comfort. Carpets also keep a room warmer and a level of soundproofing for people who live below you. Cleaning it however is an interesting subject. It will absorb a large amount of the dust which is good but you should suck out this dust using a vacuum cleaner at least once or twice a week. Problems occur when some dirt gets on them or if there is a spill. You can apply some soap on a wet cloth and rub gently but if you are afraid of damaging the carpet it might be a smarter idea just to call professional cleaners. A number of them can be found all across the UK.
Your garage is certainly the most cluttered and unorganized area of your household. But it doesn’t have to be like this and if you like the idea of having a clean, tidy and organized garage here is want you should do.
First you have to decide if you are going to use professional help from the many companies on the market. My personal preference goes to Cleaning Services London but you can choose whichever you like, just make sure to check their online reputation. If you don’t want to risk it, have a lot of time and want to save the money for something else than keep on reading and do it yourself.
Commence by setting aside an entire weekend for your garage cleaning project. Also don’t tackle the mess in your garage on your own. Instead involve your entire family into the garage cleaning project by assigning tasks to everyone.
The first thing that you must do when you start the garage cleaning is to remove all the clutter. While you are removing the clutter group it into three separate pills, one for the items that you will keep, one for the items that you will throw away and one for the items that you will either donate or sale at a yard sale. Once you have cleared the clutter mount shelves on your garage walls. This way you will increase the storage capacity of your garage and you will be able to sort the items that you keep in your garage in a more organized matter.
Next clean the floor of your garage by washing it with a mixture of water and soap. If you notice any stains and spots on the floor treat them with bleach if the water and soap mixture doesn’t remove them. However don’t use large quantities of bleach, as bleach is a harmful chemical that can cause you health complications.
Continue by buying a number of plastic containers with lids. Within the container you will place all items that are of the same category. Once that a container is filled you will close it and place it on the shelves that you have mounted on your garage walls. By doing so you will know what is where and you will be able to find it more easily when you need it.
Now you should turn attention to your garage’s door. Clean your garage door meticulously by removing all the dust and dirt from it. Don’t forget to turn extra attention to the railings on which your garage doors mounted. If the railings are too dirty by may block the door’s movement. More tips on packing and cleaning are available at the website of End of Tenancy – a professional cleaning company from London.
Once that you have cleaned your garage and placed all your items into the appropriate containers and arranged the container on the shelves, park your car within your garage and commence planning the yard sale during which you will sell all your unnecessary items.
Modern alloy metals and ceramic compounds are widely used in the manufacturing of non-stick cookware. More recent versions of the cooking pot are also easier to clean as they are able to cook without the use of too much oil. Having said this, nearly all cookware or cooking pots will accumulate certain stains and residue, despite best cleaning efforts on behalf of their owners.
Removing stains and residue from the inside of cooking pots:
Remove any large bits of residue by hand, though this is only optional; Pour about three or so centimetres of fresh water in the pot; mix the water thoroughly with two tablespoons of dishwashing liquid; bring the solution to the boil; it is best to put the lid on while boiling the concoction so that all the fumes are retained inside for better cleaning results.
Boil for about five or so minutes then take the pot off the stove and pour out the mixture; most of the staining and residue should have been loosened up by the hot fumes; if there is anything left remove by hand using a flexible scraper.
This particular cleaning method is perfectly suitable for all types of cookware either metal, ceramic or composite material.
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Removing stains and residue on the outside of cooking pots:
Stains and residue on the outside of cookware can be just as stubborn to remove. Though, this should be no problem if one uses the correct cleaning methods.
Submerge the pot in hot, soapy water for about an hour. If you don’t have enough space in the kitchen sink, do this in the bath tub as it will be just as effective.
In the meantime, mix the cleaning paste which consists of powdered cleaning solvent (commonly found in the cleaning section of all supermarkets) and water. The ingredient ratio should be two to one in favour of the powdered cleaner.
In an hour’s time the pot should be sufficiently soaked; remove it from the water solution without drying it.
Begin rubbing the scouring past you made using a moderately abrasive or nonabrasive sponge or cloth. Usually, most cookware will be able to withstand this level of cleaning aggression without sustaining scratches.
Once you have treated the entire surface, or all the stains, don’t wait for the past to dry but rinse the pot thoroughly under hot water.
This cleaning method is not recommended for ceramic cookware.
Stovetops, regardless of their type and size are notorious for staining and residue – after all they see a lot of everyday use. The kitchen aspirator or hood is another appliance that gets pretty grimy. Cleaning these two is no big deal though you need to know where to begin and how to do it right. Here are some advices I was given by this kitchen cleaning company.
The stovetop – cleaning it properly might seem quite tricky but in fact some prep work will make all the difference.
The cleaning process:
Disassemble or remove the gas burner grills from the stove top. This is not a dangerous process, though you need to be sure the gas is switched off. Gas going to the stove that is, obviously you cannot shut off gas supply to your home. Soak the burner grates in hot water and detergent for five or so minutes. Use a soft bristle brush to manually remove any leftover stains and residue from the burner grates.
Once ready, dry the grates using a soft towel. Make sure to do this properly and don’t leave any water. This is especially important for cast iron gas grates – they will rust quickly and permanently if left wet.
Put together all the parts and you are ready to go.
The aspirator – this particular kitchen appliance gets quite grimy and greasy through frequent use. Cleaning the hood properly is not too hard, though here are some tips to get you on the right track.
The cleaning process:
Remove the hood filter as it will be cleaned separately. If you haven’t disassembled the aspirator before, refer to user manual instructions. You can wash the filter (if it is a reusable one) in the bottom rack of your dishwasher. Optionally, you can soak the filter in hot, soapy water and rinse it by hand.
The aspirator itself can be cleaned using a degreasing product, though be careful as these are quite potent chemicals. If you don’t want to use chemical cleaners, apply a solution of hot water and soap, though this might take a little longer to work.
Both of these appliances can do with more cleaning than what most people have time and will for. However, the more frequently you clean the aspirator and the stovetop properly, the less cleaning you will actually have to do. Cleaning these on a regular basis will also reduce the necessity to use strong cleaning solvents and degreasers.