Sunday, September 25, 2011

Cleaning Tips Ideas by other people 1. I spray Febreeze on my vacuum roller brushes when I vacuum, makes the whole carpet smell fresh. Submitted by Carol L. 2. I use a lot of waxed paper to cover counters for dirty jobs... I hate scrubbing flour that has gotten wet and hardened! Submitted by Marcia S. 3. The bathroom will be much easier to clean after a steamy bath or shower. The steam will help loosen the dirt. 4. To get copper clean use orange koolaid. Submitted by Ruth G. 5. Apply a good paste wax to shower tiles and buff with a dry cloth to deter water spots. 6. Alcohol on a rag cleans keyboards great! Submitted by Rhonda W. 7. Rubbing alcohol takes off the sticky stuff left from scotch tape. Submitted by Becky S. 8. Use fabric softener sheets to collect dust off blinds. Submitted by Mary B. 9. Avon's Skin So Soft gets off the adhesive gunk off windows & mirrors. (no, I don't sell Avon.) Submitted by Ruth S. 10. When dusting, start at the top and work your way to the bottom. Vacuum last. ........................Continued in next blog post............................. Thank you for being a loyal reader of Multi Services Blog MULTI SERVICES Residential & Commercial Cleaning Professional Cleaners without the Professional Price 416-782-3417 Derrick & Kerry

Friday, September 16, 2011

Cleaning: Tips to De-Scum Your Bathroom Probably the busiest spot in your house, the bathroom is also the place almost every guest visits. So if you start sweating whenever someone asks, "Do you mind if I freshen up/use the toilet/secretly judge your cleaning skills?" just relax. These tricks will get the room looking freshly scrubbed in 15 minutes or less. 1. In the bag. To start, hang a plastic sack on the doorknob for tossing the cleaning cloths you're about to use and emptying the waste¬basket — the easiest insta-tidy trick. 2. First, flush. Next, grab some bleach. Pour a cup into the bowl; brush around the sides and under the rim. Then move on to the next task for five minutes. 3. Quick shine. While the bleach is working, fill a spray bottle with equal parts water and white vinegar (or better yet, keep a bottle stored nearby for just this occasion). Spritz onto paper towels or a microfiber cloth, and zero in on those telltale soap drips and toothpaste spatters on faucets, mirrors, countertops, and in the sink — a definite dirty-bathroom giveaway. Optional (and only if you really care what your visitors think): Give spotty shower doors the same spray treatment. 4. Wipe control. Flip over one of those same vinegar wipes and run it across the back of your dusty toilet tank, then over, under, and around the seat. Flush the bleach that's been sitting in the bowl, toss the wipe into your doorknob bag, and move on. 5. Towel trick. Instead of scooping up all the used bath towels, just put out fresh hand towels — those are the only ones short-term guests use anyway. Leave the others on the bar; just straighten them. If you have linen spray, mist the towels. If you don't, a light body spray or perfume will do the job. 6. Exit strategy. Now it's time for the floor. Shake out your rug or bath mat to fluff it up so it looks recently vacuumed. Next, with a dampened paper towel, swoosh the corners of the room, where most of the hair and dust collects. And don't forget to take the plastic bag with you when you leave!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

3 Minutes lost

Daytime continues to be longer than nighttime until after September equinox, which is always between September 22-24, the beginning of autumn. The word “equinox” means “equal night” and refers to when the sun crosses the equator. Days are shortened by three minutes per day, resulting in a half hour per week.

Fall brings an onslaught of allergies

Autumn is the favorite time of the year for many of us. Colorful foliage abounds. Humidity drops. We open our windows to let in the breeze and spend long hours outdoors hiking or raking up the falling leaves. Unfortunately, unseen allergens lurk in the crisp, fry air and all those leaves. Pollen allergies affect nearly 10 percent of our population, approximately 62 million people. They are the fifth ranking chronic disease and cost business and our health care system nearly $8 billion annually. There’s no reason to dread the arrival of autumn, however, if we reduce exposure to pollens and molds, this lessening our symptoms of sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, dry throat, congestion and runny noses, all of which can impair our ability to perform well at school or work. Ragweed pollen is one of the most common reasons for fall allergies. But pollen from other plants, trees, and grass can also trigger symptoms, as can mold. Tips for managing fall allergies: *Leave both house and car windows shut *Remove clothing worn outdoors after raking, hiking or mowing *Remove shoes at the door and go barefoot in the house or wear slippers. *Shower or rinse off exposed skin after being outdoors. *Use a saline nasal wash to remove allergens . *Use a dehumidifier to decrease indoor humidity. *Clean visible mold in showers with diluted bleach solution *Wear a face mask and goggles when doing yard work *Use an antihistamine to reduce or eliminate the effects of histamine. *Drink plenty of water; rehydration effectively eliminates toxins.