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Carpet Cleaning Tips

Vacuum your carpet at least once a week, even if it doesn't look like it needs it.

The dust, and dirt, gets ground into the carpet and will slash the fibers.

Have your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year (every 4 months is preferable)
Hire someone or do it yourself.

Always try to remove carpet stains as soon as possible.
You have a better chance at removing the stain than if you wait longer.

Never use ammonia or soap on carpets because they contain alkalis, which harm the fibers and fade the colors.

Use a clean cloth, such as a towel, to soak up liquids.

Use a spatula to scoop up semi solids.
Sponge the area lightly with water or a soapless lather cleaner.
Do not rub too hard. Start cleaning at the outer edge of the stain, then work inward.
Don't use too much water. You can use a hair dryer or electric fan to help dry the area when done.

Got ink on your nice carpet?

Don't panic. Blot up the ink with a cloth or blotter.

Next, take a sponge and wet it with a solution of Lysol and Water (ratio 1 teaspoon Lysol to 1 Quart water)

Gently sponge area till ink is gone. Get clean sponge andrinse with water and then dry.

Did puppy have an accident?

Sponge the area with a solution of 1/2 cup of white vinegar in a quart of warm water.
May need repeat application.

Chewing gum stuck on carpet? Rub the area with ice cubes till gum is ice cold.

Scrape up with a spatula. If stain is still there, you can try using a dry cleaning fluid.


Nail Polish spill? Use nail polish remover, but apply with a eye dropper.

Wait a few minutes, and wipe with a clean, dry cloth.


Kids leave a red lollipop to melt on your carpet? Or a popsicle Melt Down?

Remove the food item, then sponge with warm water.

If this doesn't work, take a teaspoon of very mild detergent
(like Ivory Snow or Dreft) and mix in a 1/2 pint of water.
Sponge this on with lukewarm water.


Cigarette burns: Clip the ends of the blackened tufts of Carpet.
Rub the spot with water and a soapless cleaner.



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Oops, did you drop a glass on your kitchen floor?

Did it break? An easy way to clean up the shards is to take a damp piece of absorbent cotton
and pick the glass pieces up with the damp cotton. This will help you from getting cut.



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How to Clean a Room

Listen to your favorite music. Never clean with the TV on or it will take you twice the time to clean!

Dust high things first, then work your way to the bottom as you go around the room.

After dusting, cover up your small furniture and knick knacks.

Shake your curtains and brush them. Vacuum carpeting

Dust the ceilings, then dust walls, window frames and shades, radiators,
floors, closet floors  and baseboards.

Clean windows, lights, ceiling fixtures, mirrors and pictures. (Includes Tv and stereo equipment, etc.)

If you have hardwood floors, dust and polish them.

Put all knick knacks back in place.

Last step: Polish your brass, copper, silver, etc.

If you follow this in order, you will have accomplished your spring cleaning!

This list makes it sound easy and fun!





Need a good toilet bowl cleaner?

Inexpensive, too? Try this!

Get a bucket or pail and add 2 quarts of water, 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide and 1 tablespoon of household ammonia.

Mix well. Pour this entire mixture into the toilet and put the toilet lid down.
Let the solution set for 30 minutes.

Open the lid, scrub with brush and flush! Easy and makes your toilet bowl sparkle!





Lemon Juice will remove adhesive tape and gum from hands and clothes!


Remove Crayon Marks on Walls

Have Kids? Do you have crayon marks on your walls?

I do, and it sure doesn't look pretty!

Try taking a damp cloth and sprinkle some baking soda on it.
Gently rub the crayon marks away.

Pencil Marks can be removed by using an art gum eraser.
(You can get Artgum at your art supply store.




Cleaning Pots and Pans

Do you have pans and pots with stubborn burnt on food?

Sprinkle baking soda and add a little water.
Let sit for about 1/2 hour.

Now, wash with dishwashing liquid. Makes it much easier to clean!

Course Salt is also great for cleaning Cast Iron Pans and other Pans.

Sprinkle the salt on the cast iron and add a little water. Stir with spoon. Let sit for about
5 minutes. Should clean up nicely with a few paper towels!

This really works well on regular cookware, too..Especially pots and and pans that have been washed by the dishwasher but still have stubborn spots of soil on them.




Cleaning Copper Bottom Cookware

Do you use RevereWare Cookware? Or cookware with copper bottoms?

I do, and try this easy copper cleaner solution!

Rub the copper with Worcestershire Sauce, let set for a minute and rinse off!
You can also try rubbing with catsup, but I like the sauce method better









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How to Clean an Iron

Try using an Emery Cloth if the Plate has rust on the bottom.


More Iron Cleaning Tips

If the iron has a waxy residue on the plate:
Set the iron on the highest setting .

Get a Newspaper or Brown Paper bag, and run the iron back and forth on the paper .
Stop when the waxy residue is gone.

Dip a rag or paper towel into ammonia and rub on the Iron plate.

Then, get a clean paper towel or clean rag, and dip in cold water.
Rub this cloth over the plate, to remove and ammonia residue.

If the Iron Plate has a starch build up:
Use a spray the plate with kitchen cleaner spray.
Most any brand will work, as long as it is not a powdered cleaner or dishwashing liquid.

The cleaning of the sole plate will take some of the teflon coating off.

To help make the iron glide more smoothly on cloth, 1st run iron over a few pieces of wax paper.

Never, Ever immerse an iron or any electrical appliance in water!!




Oven Cleaning Tips

To remove grease from inside ovens and broilers, put small pan of ammonia in oven
at night and close the oven door. In the morning, remove the pan of ammonia.

The grease inside the oven will wipe off easily!



Ammonia Clean Up

For quick and easy cleanups, get a spray bottle and fill 1/2 with water and 1/2 with lemon scented or fresh breeze scented ammonia.

Why pay a fortune for other cleaners, when this works just as well (and kills germs)

I use this for cleaning counters, and wiping down appliances. Spray on, wipe off!

Also good for cleaning wastebaskets and garbage cans.



Do you have discolored wooden bread boards or rolling pins?

Try rubbing with 1/2 a lemon and then rinse with clear water.



Glass Care

A simple glass cleaner is baking soda and water!

To prevent windows from steaming:

Clean the glass on occasion with a cloth moistened with glycerin.
Wipe it so only a trace of the glycerin is left on the surface.
Use on the inside of a window .

Need to clean up your glass topped outdoor furniture?

Rub in a little lemon juice (can be from a bottle)
Dry with paper towels and make it shine by rubbing with a newspaper!

If you have any scratches on the glass top, try rubbing in some tooth paste and this should remove the scratches.




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Ivory Care

To clean and preserve the color of ivory:
Place the article in a basin of cold water .
Allow to set for 24 hours. Remove from water and lay the item on a clean, dry towel.

Do not wipe! Air Dry only. If any water remains , plea blow the water out.

If any water is remaining, the ivory color will become destroyed. Be careful!


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Hints for Cleaning Vases

Do you have a white film on the inside of your vases?
Fill the vase with vinegar and let set for a couple of hours

Lemon Juice will remove adhesive tape and gum from hands and clothes!


Tips for Cleaning Picture Frames

Dingy or rusty gilt picture frames may be cleaned by simply washing them with a small sponge moistened with oil of turpentine or spirits of wine!
Take care that the sponge does not become saturated.

The sponge should be damp, not soaking.
Gently wipe off the dirt and rust.

DO NOT WIPE DRY...Let the frames dry themselves.



Another method to clean gilt frames:

Carefully dust the frame. Make a mixture of 1 ounce of baking soda and 3 egg whites.

Beat well. Wash the frames with this mix. Touch up scrapes with gold paint.




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She gives you a shopping list of what you need, where to buy it, and how to use it.
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