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Simply Clean Tips

No stain is too stubborn, no streak too enduring. Our Simply Clean team not only has the modern cleaning tools and equipment; they have the knowledge and experience needed to conquer even the messiest of messes. Rather than keep all of that knowledge to ourselves, we’re sharing our tips here to help homeowners keep their homes clean and tidy.

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How To Clean Hardwood Floors

Begin by giving the floor a thorough vacuum. Pay attention to high-traffic areas like doorways and hallways.

  1. Fill the sink or a bucket with hot water and your preferred wood-floor cleaning solution. Alternately, you can mix a tablespoon of dish soap or one cup of white vinegar in a gallon of hot water.

  2. Evaluate your floor. Are there any sticky substances? Use an ice cube to freeze stuck-on gunk; then scape it off with an old credit card or plastic putty knife. Establish a cleaning route; begin in one corner of the room and work backward so the floor has time to dry before you walk over it.

  3. You should never saturate wood floors with water, so wring the mop each time you dunk it in the solution. Rinse it in the cleaning solution every time you finish a four-foot-square section of floor. Replace your mopping solution every time you move to a new room.

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How to Clean a Showerhead

It's time to turn that dribble in your shower into a waterfall! If your showerhead is clogged from mineral deposits and covered in soap scum, you’ve come to the right place to learn how to clean it.

  1. Grab a sturdy plastic bag large enough to fit over the showerhead.

  2. Place the bag around the showerhead, and fill it up with white or apple cider vinegar while you hold it in place.

  3. Use a rubber band, tape or a cable tie to secure the bag around the head, making sure the head is fully submerged in the vinegar.

  4. Allow the head to soak in the vinegar for at least 12 hours. (Only soak brass, gold or nickel-coated showerheads for 30 minutes.)

  5. After the showerhead has soaked, remove the bag and pour the vinegar down the drain. Turn on the shower, and run hot water through the head to remove any loose mineral deposits. Use a toothpick and an old toothbrush to scrub the water ports and knock off any stuck-on buildup.

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How to Clean Your Windowsills

Cleaning your window sills is very rewarding. Not only is it simple to do; it provides immediate results. You don’t have to bend over like you do when you clean baseboards or floors, and the supplies you need are simple. Cleaning window sills only requires a good microfiber cloth, an all-purpose spray and some cleaning music.

  1. Vacuum. Use the brush attachment to remove dust, loose debris and dead bugs stuck in the window track.

  2. Sprinkle. Put a little baking soda on the remaining stuck-on gunk, and then spray some vinegar into the tracks. Allow this to soak and bubble for 10 minutes.

  3. Scrub. Brush the loosened gunk with an old toothbrush or stiff nylon brush. Use a shop vacuum to suck up the wet debris, or wipe it up with a damp microfiber cloth.

  4. Target. If any debris remains, wrap a damp cloth around a butter knife and guide it into the corners where the dirt is hardest to reach.

  5. Wipe. Bring your cloth down the track one last time, and admire your handiwork.

  6. Lubricate. Once you’re finished, add the right kind of lubricant. On vinyl tracks, use a small amount of silicone lubricant. On wooden window tracks, use an appropriate wax. Open and close the window several times to heat and spread the lubricant. Apply more as needed. Don’t skip this important step if you want your windows to glide like new.

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Best Way to Clean Baseboards

Since cleaning baseboards is a little tedious and uncomfortable, do one room at a time to prevent getting burned out or having a sore back. Grab a sturdy bucket or a small stool so you have somewhere to sit while you clean; a folded towel can provide cushion for your knees while you scooch and scrub.

  1. Vacuum. Use the upholstery brush attachment, and brush the boards to loosen and capture dust. If your vacuum has a long wand, you can just walk around the house and vacuum the baseboards without bending over.

  2. Wash. Fill a bucket with a gallon of hot water and a few squirts of dish soap or a cup of vinegar. Use a microfiber cloth and the soapy water to wipe down the baseboards. Only work on one small section at a time. Once that section is clean, dry it with a new cloth, and then continue cleaning along the wall.

  3. Scrub. Use a dry-cleaning sponge to remove scuffs on the baseboards. For more cleaning power, you may also use this sponge the entire time you clean, instead of starting with a microfiber cloth.

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How to Clean a Shower Curtain

That dirty or aging shower curtain and shower curtain liner do not always need to be thrown away and replaced. They can be easily cleaned and brought back to like-new condition in no time, saving you both money and time during those occasional house cleaning projects. 

  • Remove your shower curtain from the rings.

  • Fill your washing machine with warm water on the largest load setting.

  • Add a couple of drops of detergent and a cup of white vinegar.

  • Toss in your cloth shower curtain on a gentle setting.

  • Once the cycle is complete, hang your curtain back on the rod to air dry.

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How to Clean Coffee Table Rings

All that’s needed for this home cleaning chore is non-gel toothpaste, baking soda, furniture polish, and a cloth. To get started, simply mix one part baking soda and one part toothpaste together, applying this solution with a white cloth in a circular motion to the stain.

After the mixture sits, wipe clean with a rag and buff with furniture polish and the circle should be gone. If this doesn’t quite get the job done, put real mayonnaise on the ring and let it sit overnight, wiping it clean in the morning. Make sure there are coasters nearby next time to stop the stains from popping up again!

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Keep Cleaning Safety a Top Priority

At Simply Clean, we understand the importance of safety during cleaning. From the obvious hazards, such as wet floors, to the not so obvious, such as mixing ammonia and bleach, Simply Clean adheres to a strict safety regimen during each cleaning service.

  • Reduce slips and falls by placing anti-slip strips on rugs

  • Wear rubber gloves to avoid contact with chemicals

  • Do not mix chemicals for any reason

  • Secure cleaning products away from the reach of children and pets

  • Always dilute concentrated cleaning products before use

  • Ventilate rooms before you clean

  • Always read the instructions before use

  • Change out dishcloths often to reduce bacteria and mildew

  • Avoid tripping by never leaving loose items, like toys, on steps

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Most Effective Way to Remove Pet Stains

Removing pet stains is a necessity for anyone with a beloved animal in their home. They bring us company and joy, but they can also bring us special presents. Cleaning up after your pet doesn't have to be a chore that drives you apart!

  1. To remove pet stains, try prevention. A soil retardant applied before the accident can be a big help.

  2. To remove a tough stain, put undiluted soda water directly on the stain and then blot the area with a dry white towel. Repeat until the majority of moisture is absorbed. Then, place a fresh white towel on the area and place a heavy object over the towel to soak up the remaining moisture.

  3. Eliminate the odor by eliminating the source. Aerosol fresheners don't eliminate odors—they simply mask it. Remove the source of the odor by washing the area with a disinfectant cleaning solution, rinsing, and drying.

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Keep Your Garbage Disposal Smelling Fresh

Your garbage disposal works hard to handle all the food scraps you throw into it. However, it also provides the ideal environment for bacteria, mold, and other contaminants to thrive.

  • Pour two cups of baking soda down the garbage disposal.

  • Add one cup of distilled white vinegar and let the concoction sit for an hour.

  • Turn the garbage disposal on and run cold water down the drain for about a minute.

  • Cut a lemon in fourths and put them into the garbage disposal.

  • Let the disposal grind the lemon while running cold water.

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