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Mold Disinfectant: Some Facts About Mold

Most of us have heard of mold, but don’t really know much about it. Until it makes it sick, or we notice that something in our refrigerator or cupboard has grown a layer of green fuzz, we don’t really think about it. The fact is mold is a living fungus that exists all around us. It grows in our houses, often unseen, and we should really have a good mold disinfectant on hand.....(read more)

Repairing Household Cleaning Equipment

One thing we probably don’t stop to think about everyday in terms or our home is cleaning equipment repair. Of course as soon as something doesn’t work right, then the subject comes to mind. The best way to avoid having to fix something is to take care of it in the first place...(read more)


Save Money; Maintain Your Home

Many of us have learned the hard way, that if we don’t keep our cars, tools, and other things we rely on in good working order, then we end up spending money unnecessarily on repairsf you let any of these deteriorate, you’ll soon learn about the cost of NOT doing home maintenance.....(read more)

Taking the Hassle out of Outdoor Cleaning with a BBQ Grill Cleaner

There is nothing quite like a home cooked bbq on a summers day. Family, friends, neighbours gathered round to enjoy a traditional hearty feast, the mouth-watering smell of freshly cooked bbq classics and the company of loved ones. BBQ’s are simple and easy to prepare, they are a meal suitable for many occasions, .....(read more)


Preserving Your Car's Finish with a Bug and Tar Remover

Summer is a great time for travel, but unfortunately, it is also the time of year when asphalt and bugs are the most likely to build up on your car. A home product specifically designed to remove road tar can combat both the construction and bug buildup issues. In addition to tar, your car can attract pieces of asphalt, tire rubber, grease, and oils. The sooner you are able to remove these from your car.....(read more)


Keep Your Car Looking its Best with Car Care Polish Products

Whether you are a car enthusiast or simply want your vehicle to look its best, using car care polish products will not only keep your car looking good, it will also help your car retain its value and protect it from harmful elements.Before treating your vehicle with a car wash polish, you'll need to give it a thorough bath. Use a cleaning product specifically designed for cars, as these do not contain abrasives found....(read more)

For many people, the car they drive is an outward expression of who they are. The person who drives the Volkswagen van, for example, is far different from the person who drives the BMW.When choosing a cleaning product, many people opt for whatever is around the house. However, some cleaning agents, such as dishwashing liquid, will clean right through the wax....(read more)

The Cleaning Tools for Car Washing You Need to Make Yourself Look Good

The number one benefit of washing your car on a regular basis is that it looks good. This is important because whether you admit it or not, your car says a lot about you.Best Car Wash Soaps When thinking about your car washing project, a natural question to ask is, "what kind of soap can I wash my car with?....(read more)

Your Celebrations may not be good news for your furniture

A party at home is as much a test of strength of your furniture as it is of your nerves. However, a most conspicuous difference is- that while you may afford the luxury of taking time off to relax and recuperate, your furniture shall have none of it. A little negligence on your part could lead ...(read more)


Make a Weekly Cleaning Schedule

We all know how easy it is for our week to get away from us. It seems strange because we live in such a highly technical age. Sometimes it feels as if all those toys that are supposed to help us live easier lives have actually taken over the world. Instead of a little more down time, we’re constantly being called on our cell phones, beeped, paged, and generally at the mercy of others every hour of every day....(read more)


The Art of Waxing Your Floors

Floor waxing polishing and cleaning hard surfaced floors doesn’t have to be a difficult job if you follow certain steps. Some people are tidy and can get by with cleaning a kitchen floor every week, or even less frequently. For those who aren’t quite as careful, it may need washing more often. . In the meantime you’ll also want to know how to apply floor wax.....(read more)

Antiques’ Connoisseur’s delight

Antique, a word usually associated with the exotic, has always been a favorite with the connoisseurs of art. But why specifically attribute it to the connoisseurs? We are all attracted to exotic things.Care that begins at Home: The first step in the preservation of Antique wooden items is the thorough cleaning of the items. Though extensive cleaning should be left to a professional, one can remove the dust by using a soft brush. Wet cleaning is not recommended for unfinished surfaces....(read more)

Keeping Dust Under Control with a Dust Spray

For those with allergies or asthma, keeping dust under control is essential to overall health. It is also a good idea for those without any health problems and a buildup of dust can cause cold-like symptoms if breathed in too much. Additionally, too much dust attracts other nuisances such as dust mites, which live in dust and can spread to other parts of your home. ....(read more)


Eliminating Odors with an Effective Fabric Deodorizer

Some odors seem to linger for days or even weeks, such as cigarette smoke and pet smells. To maintain an odor-free home, regular treatment with a fabric deodorizer is a safe and effective method. One of the key tricks to eliminating odors is to find a method that safely eliminates the odor without masking it.....(read more)


Adding Fun to Your House Cleaning: Fuller Brush Outlet Shopping

It seems we are all starting to sense we may be spending a little too much time in front of computers. The seasons are changing outside the windows, but the window right in front of us only changes with our screensaver.Don’t let anyone belittle you for getting a good feeling from cleaning. It’s satisfying. It’s physical
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How to Make the Most Out of Your Bathroom Cleaning Products

One of the most important parts of your house cleaning routine is paying attention to your bathroom, especially since you use it daily. It is ideal that when you do your routine cleaning, bathroom maintenance should be done once a week in order to keep it looking as good as new. Here are some bathroom cleaning tips that will help keep your bathroom disinfected and clean....(read more)


Make Your Kitchen Sparkle With A Glass Washing Brush

o doubt, if you take care of the cleaning in your home, you will have noticed that it can cost you plenty of money month after month, to purchase those expensive chemical based cleaning products to keep everything in your kitchen and bathroom sparkling. Not only do these chemical based products cost you an arm and a leg but they also can be harmful to your health....(read more)


How can you save time, space, and money in your home, office, or place of business?

Discovering new uses for products you already have is one way to cut down on homecare costs. One product that has many uses and solves your problems with static control is an anti-static spray. Whether you are looking for home day care supplies, homecare supplies...(read more)

Look good in leather - How to clean leather

There is something about leather that turns heads and catches attention. It may be the smell, the texture or the classic style that comes with leather products. Leather is a look that will never age. Because of the natural strength and durability of leather its requires very little care and maintenance for everyday use....(read more)


Travelling light - How to pack light travelling with toddlers

Whether you’re packing to go for a walk to the park or your planning a trip across country, when your travelling with toddlers packing poses a problem. How to pack light travelling with toddlers is a little more difficult than packing for an infant.It is often not a matter of how to pack...(read more)

How to Eat Enough Vegetables and Fruits without All the Extra Pesticides

Pesticides are commonly used to prevent crops from being destroyed by insects during their growth cycle. Pesticides also help to ward off small animals and insects from harming harvested crops which are stored before being shipped to consumers.There are a number of very popular fruits and vegetables which have been found to have a high number of pesticide contaminants....(read more)


Helpful Household Hints: How to Make a Relaxing Bath and More

In today’s article of helpful household hints, we will be talking about two ways to make your guests feel welcome. First, we will be discussing how to make a relaxing bath that your guests can either enjoy or take home with them after their stay. And then we will be giving advice on how to decorate a guest bathroom to make anyone feel right at home....(read more)


Put the shine back into your life - Jewelry cleaner solutions

Whether you like to sparkle in gold or silver, diamonds or pearls personal jewelry is one of the most cherished and important accessories you will own. Jewelry can symbolize love, affection and commitment. It can be an accessory to top of any outfit or combination of clothing. Jewelry...(read more)

Keeping Your Shower Stalls Clean and Tidy

Your shower should be a nice, calming place to unwind, an oasis of comfort where you can wash away the day’s troubles along with the day’s dirt. Your morning or evening shower should relax you and make you feel clean and healthy. But, if the shower stall is always dirty....(read more)

Bathing Children the Right Way:Make Soap and Water Time Special

Baby’s first bath at home can be in a special infant tub or in a sink next to a counter or dressing table in a warm room. Gather a fresh diaper, a soft wash cloth, soft towel, mild soap, swabs, lotions, and any other product recommended by your family doctor for baby skin care....(read more)  

Automotive Detailing: How to Clean Automotive Upholstery

Maintaining or restoring the "looks-like-new" condition of their automobiles is a consuming interest for most car owners. Most owners are interested in preserving their investment, and in enjoying the full use of their vehicle as long as possible. Other owners are interested in restoring a vehicle to the best condition possible in order to sell.....(read more)


Hot Cars Take Time and Effort

Auto show hobbyists find themselves meting new challenges as they begin the process of preparing their entries, whether they are working on an antique, a classic, or a new vehicle. Finding how to use the best automobile detailing supplies to achieve the wanted results ....(read more)


Use Car Cleaning Products Regularly to Protect Your Investment

Our cars are exposed to pollutants in the air, and to weather of all types, from hot sun to snow and sleet. We expect them to drive highways and muddy, uneven back roads. We expect their motors to run every time we turn the key in the ignition. We complain about the price of gas, the expense of insurance.....(read more)

Organize Your Sewing or Craft Room

One of the most cost-effective hobbies a person can have is needlework. The hobbyist concentrates on a creative, relaxing pastime that produces an attractive, useful item to wear, to use in the home, or to give as a gift. Also, as lifestyles become more and more hectic, these skills, once practiced by members of most households, have become increasingly rare.....(read more)

Hardwood Floor Care Tips

Natural, renewable materials are again becoming popular in home decor. Homeowners are choosing solid woods, laminates, and veneers for their cabinets, furniture, and hardwood floors because natural wood is durable and easy to care for. There is an abundant selection of wood products for home use, ranging from inexpensive pines, maples, and laminated woods to tropical hardwoods like....(read more)


The Tradition of Air Fragrances

From the beginning of recorded history, people the world over have valued fragrance as a way to worship, to heal the sick, to calm nerves, to attract a mate, and to create a restful space to call home. Traditionally, various parts of plants, including fruits, berries, flowers, leaves, bark, resins or sap, and the woods themselves have been the source of these relaxing fragrances......(read more)

Getting Your House Organized: Part One

In this modern world, when distant populations are connected by computers and modern communications, when we are all aware of so many possibilities, we seem to have less time and space to enjoy the abundance around us. Today it is common for both spouses work outside the home.....(read more)

Have completed a daily workout as well.

To achieve these goals, the first step is to get the right tools. As every construction worker, artist, seamstress, engineer, cook, or mechanic knows, jobs are easier with good, sturdy, well-designed tools. Good tools are designed specifically for each job, taking into consideration the motions ....(read more)


Keeping Housework Simple and Cleaning Basic during Times of Stress

The primary housekeeper has an important job in maintaining a safe and inviting atmosphere in the home. A housework checklist, whether it is written down or simply kept by memory, is an important tool in keeping track of what is necessary for the basic functioning of....(read more)


Kitchen Safety: Keeping Stovetops and Ovens Clean

The kitchen is the heart of a family’s house. It is in this room that a family prepares meals, shares meals, and gathers to talk about the day. This is the room where guests gather, where friends play games around the kitchen table, and where parents might relish a quiet time at the end....(read more)


How to Clean Leather

One of the first fabrics that man fashioned to wear or use, leather has been a popular material from its beginnings. Leather is a beautiful, longwearing, breathable, natural fabric that has multiple uses, i.e., clothing, shoes, furniture, luggage, and vehicle interiors. This valuable fabric...(read more)


Housework Cleaning Checklist: Part Two Organizing Your Cleaning Supplies

Before you begin a major cleaning project around your home, it will make the job easier for you to get organized. First, be sure that all your tools are in top shape, your cleaning products are on hand and fresh, and your housework cleaning checklist is current......(read more)

The required steps to clean toilets efficiently

Even the words clean the toilet can cause dread and panic in all but the most hardened of household cleaners. It can take time and is not a pleasurable way to spend half an hour of anyone’s time, but by using some effective steps to clean toilets and maintaining a regular cleaning regime.....(read more)

The Cost of NOT Doing Home Maintenance: Free Home Maintenance Tips for The Bathroom

Now that you’ve spent the money on the home of your dreams, have you stopped to consider the cost of NOT doing home maintenance? You are putting your family at risk if you are not taking care of your home-both in terms of their safety and their health. Here are some......(read more)


What Are Some Economical Things That Eliminate Odors?

Running a household is not easy. Between keeping up with children and pets, maintaining sanitary conditions in and around the home, and providing your family with a nurturing environment, housekeeping is one of the hardest jobs around. So how is it that you can spend.....(read more)


Use a dryer lint vent cleaning tool to help expand the lifespan of your dryer

Clothing is an import part of our everyday life. We cannot avoid using them even though we might be self-anointed nudists. So it is important that we learn how to take care of them as they protect us from the many elements of nature. Washing and caring for your clothing.......(read more)


Don’t leave your blinds hanging - Vertical blinds cleaning tips

Are constantly fighting off dust in the battle to keep your home fresh and clean? Do you feel like your losing the battle against grease and grime? What does your home say about you? Household cleaning is a regular, ongoing and everyday job. It can seem never ending and is often thankless....(read more)

Minimising the chaos - What to pack for college

As your teen embarks on their college adventures the excitement; apprehension and general chaos can be distracting. The process of your child leaving home for the first time is daunting. You want them to be prepared for their college experience. Being prepared is much more than ....(read more)

What to Pack for College: Part One

The excitement of college can be overwhelming, but there is also work to be done. If you’re headed to a college far away from home, knowing what to pack for college will give you a sense of peace as you put miles between you and your parents. So here is your first college class in how to pack for college.....(read more)


What to Pack for Travel: The Essentials of Business Travel Packing

Knowing what to pack for travel can make for a smooth transition from one work location to the next. The essentials of business travel packing take into consideration all of the possible events that you may need to attend while also realizing that free nights may not always mean that you can.....(read more)


The Precious floor on which you tread

Are you floored by your floor? Every time you invite your friends over, do you feel uneasy when someone accidentally sloshes water over your elegant wooden floor or spills his drink or an adorable little angel wipes his chocolaty hands on your floor? All of us do! But instead......(read more)

How to Get Rid of Musty Odors in Clothing

You have so many clothes you had to put some in storage. Perhaps you have a small closet and it can’t accommodate your wardrobe year round. Perhaps you have some clothing that is meaningful to you, such as a wedding dress. Perhaps you gained a little weight and want to hold on to your smaller-sized clothing for when it fits again. Whatever your reason, when you pulled your items. ... ( read more )


What to Pack for Labor and Delivery

There is nothing in this world more exciting than preparing for the birth of your new baby. You’ve got the diapers, the crib, the comforter, the 42 tiny little t-shirts and creepers - but you’re forgetting something, aren’t you? Before you get to bring baby home from the hospital, you get to GO to the hospital
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The Science of Eliminating Odors

According to scientists, air fresheners date back to the times of the ancient Egyptians, who used musk and other natural products to scent their homes and their tombs. I suspect it goes back even further, to the cave woman who figured out that throwing a pine cone into the cooking fire made her whole cave smell better. Over the years, man (or woman) has discovered many things....(read more)


How to clean upholstery

How often do you clean your house? Once a week? How often do you clean your upholstery? Keeping upholstery clean is often an after-thought and usually only occurs once a year during spring cleaning. However, clean upholstery is essential to a clean house. Dirt, dust, and ...(read more)


Surprising Cleaning Facts That Can Cut Your Weekly Cleaning Time In Half

Cleaning takes time that most of us would rather use doing other (more fun) things. The average adult spends about 10 hours a week just keeping up on regular cleaning. That’s more than one full work day
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Winterize Your Boat - Inside and Out

When its’ time to put your boat away from the winter, paying attention to a few details can ensure that you take her out in the spring fresh and ready to go. Winterizing your boat properly will protect not only the engine, but every part of it from damage and wear that a winter of disuse can inflict. Your boat owner†manual is the best place for information on winterizing .....(read more)

The Best Way To Clean A Clogged Drain

Clogs happen. Kids pour things down the drain they shouldn’t. Sludge builds up and slows the water. Your toothbrush slips down the drain. Hair, grease and random objects can turn your free-flowing drains into closed. ... ( read more )


Remove Grease Stains from Clothes

Its wash day and some of your clothes are a mess. Maybe you changed the oil and there is a grease stain on your favorite jeans. Perhaps you were cooking and spilled some oil on one of your shirts. It may look hopeless, but it is possible to REMOVE GREASE STAINS FROM your CLOTHES ... ( read more )


The History of the Hairbrush

We may think of hairbrushes as utilitarian tools for grooming - but it hasn’t always been that way. Once upon a time, comb, hairbrush and mirror sets were treasured luxuries that were often given as gifts to new brides, or as romantic anniversary gifts from husbands to wives....(read more)



Keeping a beautiful home is an art. Some days, you may feel as if you have your home under control. Other days, keeping track of your home seems nearly impossible. Maintaining a HOUSEKEEPING CHORES LIST ...(read more)

Mold Disinfectant: Some Facts About Mold


Most of us have heard of mold, but don’t really know much about it. Until it makes it sick, or we notice that something in our refrigerator or cupboard has grown a layer of green fuzz, we don’t really think about it. The fact is mold is a living fungus that exists all around us. It grows in our houses, often unseen, and we should really have a good mold disinfectant on hand.

Mold spreads easily because it sends out tiny spores that the air carries everywhere. The spores are invisible and their goal in life is to be warm, damp, and find food. The trouble is many common materials in our homes are what give them life. Things we take for granted as part of our daily lives such as clothing, carpet, wallpaper, ceiling tiles, dust, and books, when existing in the right temperature and humidity cause mold to flourish and spread unless treated by a mold disinfectant.

Not everyone experiences symptoms when exposed to mold, just as not everyone reacts to pollen in the air during the spring and summer, or cat dander all of the time. Even if this is true in your case, it doesn’t mean that it’s healthy to be breathing mold. Some possible ill-effects are runny nose, itching or burning eyes, cough, asthma, or other respiratory problems. Go online or contact your local health department to find get rid of mold in my house free information.

Taking Action

Since you usually can’t see mold, your first clue that you may have it is a damp, musty, or mildew like odor in a room or particular area of your home. Learn more about detecting mold from reading up on it in get rid of mold in my house free information literature or website. Mold

The Art of Waxing Your Floors

Floor waxing polishing and cleaning hard surfaced floors doesn’t have to be a difficult job if you follow certain steps. One thing that’s definite is that you should keep it as clean as possible. In other words, if you let dirt, food, liquids, and anything else you drop or spill build up; it will take a lot longer to remove them. Some people are tidy and can get by with cleaning a kitchen floor every week, or even less frequently. For those who aren’t quite as careful, it may need washing more often. If you want to do some spot cleaning, just mop with clear water in between scrubbings. In the meantime you’ll also want to know how to apply floor wax.

Once a year or so, depending on the age and condition of the flooring, you may want to consider removing built up floor wax. If you live in an older home and haven’t replaced the vinyl or linoleum, built up wax will discolor it. Eventually, you’ll want to put down a new floor in some areas, but until you, do apply some shine every so often (#661 Fuller Brush Labor Saver Floor Finish).

It’s also a very good idea to get in the habit of vacuuming or sweeping floors everyday. It makes particular good sense in high traffic areas where you have vinyl or tile, or a similar treatment. We don’t always see it until there are large amounts, but dust and other small particles can accumulate. Before we notice, we have a much harder job ahead of us in the floor waxing polishing and cleaning realm, than we’d expected. The small things get ground in as we walk on the flooring and they’re tougher to get out. There’s no point in knowing how to apply floor wax until you take the old off if there’s significant build-up.

We’ll discuss how to apply floor wax in a bit, but first let me go over some steps to take in actually washing your floors.

1. Move anything that isn’t too heavy for you out of your way
2. Thoroughly sweep to get rid of any loose material
3. Pour your favorite cleaner onto the floor or have it in bucket ready to apply
4. Have a bucket of cooler rinse water ready if it’s needed
5. Mop the floor with cleaner, squeeze the mop as dry as possible, then use the clear rinse water

How to Apply Floor Wax

Before you get out the wax, there are a couple of things you should know about how to apply floor wax. Before you apply it, your floor should be clean and dry. To ensure that it’s as clean as possible, wash it and let it dry just before waxing. If you haven’t done it for a while, you’ll have to go through the steps for removing built up floor wax.

You can look online to read up on various methods for preserving your floors. You can also look through helpful household cleaning tips. In addition to the Internet, you’ll be able to find books and pamphlets at the library and book stores.

One way of removing built up floor wax manually, is to mix detergent and ammonia with water and apply to the floor with a mop or sponge. This is one formula for a homemade wax remover. Wait a few minutes until the old wax starts to soften and then it’s time for some elbow grease. Use a stiff brush or steel wool to get down to the very base of the old wax. Another way is to use a non-abrasive wax stripper (#662 Fuller Brush Labor Saver Floor Finish Stripper).

After removing built up floor wax you need to study up on how to apply floor wax. The main thing is to make sure the floor is clean. There isn’t any point to put a nice shine on top of a dirty floor.

If you don’t already know, find out what the floor is made of. Different materials call for various types of floor waxing polishing and cleaning. There are basics that have been around for years like vinyl and linoleum. Newer homes often have flooring made from marble, tile, hardwood, or wood composites, among other things.

When you’ve reached the stage where you’re ready to learn how to apply floor wax, you’ll need to know if there is a specific wax you should be using. Instead of crawling around on your knees, buy something to apply the wax with (# 152824 Fuller Wax Applicator).

Floor waxing polishing and cleaning isn’t necessarily fun unless you’re a cleaning fanatic. It certainly doesn’t have to be a terrible experience. If you learn some helpful hints, you’ll not only take pride in your beautiful, shiny floors, you won’t be totally exhausted.

Antiques Connoisseur’s delight

Antique, a word usually associated with the exotic, has always been a favorite with the connoisseurs of art. But why specifically attribute it to the connoisseurs? We are all attracted to exotic things. The beautiful pearl studded chest, the wooden trinket box that you picked up on your last visit to India (that belonged to a Mughal Queen!) or that oh so antique looking armchair! . We all wish to display antiques in our homes. They add that extra touch of elegance and style. Everything that looks antique, however, is not antique. In the U.S, furniture over 100 years old is usually referred to as Antiques

It’s all very well if you wish to indulge yourself by buying that beautiful wooden chest but do you also wish to pass on this antique to your future generations by preserving it in the same condition as it was in, when you first bought it? For this, it is essential that you store, display and handle your antique wooden items with extra care. Antique furniture cannot be handled as carelessly as your modern furniture. Don’t make the mistake of considering your antique furniture as wood. It is a pity that every year, in thousands of homes, wonderful pieces of art are destroyed due to sheer ignorance and lack of caution.

The Enemies of your Treasure

To appreciate the means of preserving your antique wooden items, you should first familiarize yourself to the various causes of its damage and try your best to eliminate them. Below are few precautions that you must take when handling your antique wooden items.
? Be extra careful when moving your antique wooden furniture. Remove all substances (even a piece of jewellery or watch) that may scratch the furniture. Also, avoid dragging your furniture.
? Wood is sensitive to light. So, Never place your antique wooden items in areas of bright light.
? Avoid placing the wooden items near sources of heat and keep a check on the humidity level (a light meter and a hygrometer are good investments, in this regard).
? Check your wooden furniture at regular intervals to detect any signs of infestation. If infested, isolated the piece immediately and get it examined by a wood conservator.

Preserve your Heirlooms’

Care that begins at Home: The first step in the preservation of Antique wooden items is the thorough cleaning of the items. Though extensive cleaning should be left to a professional, one can remove the dust by using a soft brush. Wet cleaning is not recommended for unfinished surfaces. For finished products, you may use a dilute detergent (the strength should ideally be 1% detergent in distilled water). Use a soft cloth for cleaning the surface. You may also use cotton balls for cleaning. Rinse off the detergent with a soft cloth or cotton balls. After cleaning, wipe the surface clean with a soft dry cloth. Make sure that no residues of the detergent or moisture are left on the surface.

Commercial products that help: one of the most useful products available for the care of antique wooden items is a fine quality beeswax polish. Ideal for use once in a year, beeswax polish should be used in small quantities and applied with a soft cloth. Silicone based furniture wax is also recommended for this purpose (Fuller Brush #749 Lemon D.C.W. Furniture Wax). A cleaning or polishing mitt is ideal for polishing wooden items (Fuller Brush # 158 Polishing & Cleaning Mitt). Other than beeswax and silicone based polishes, a huge array of other products are available in the market for the care of antique wooden items. The range includes oils, waxes, and sprays (Fuller Brush # 741 Lemon Furniture Oil, Fuller Brush #692 Rich Furniture Cream, Fuller Brush # 9407, Spray ‘n Polish). For use of the chemical sprays, spray triggers are separately available at leading stores (Fuller Brush # 9000 Spray Trigger). Brushes are a great idea when you want to dust away loose dust particles from your wooden furniture (Fuller Brush # 5718 Counter/ Bench brush).

Last, but definitely not the Least

?Never tamper with the original finish of your antique wooden item. It is symbolic of the historical value of your antique.
? When damaged accidentally, get your antique repaired as quickly as possible. Always refer a qualified furniture or wood conservator.

Taking the Hassle out of Outdoor Cleaning with a BBQ Grill Cleaner

There is nothing quite like a home cooked bbq on a summers day. Family, friends, neighbours gathered round to enjoy a traditional hearty feast, the mouth-watering smell of freshly cooked bbq classics and the company of loved ones. BBQ’s are simple and easy to prepare, they are a meal suitable for many occasions, they bring together traditional tastes and innovative cooking ideas. Pretty much any food you can think of you can barbecue to perfection, from steaming seafood, delicious tender cuts of beef, lamb or chicken to a variety of garden vegetables. BBQ’s are a simple healthy alternative for everyday cooking needs or special occasions. However what is simple in preparation can be a nightmare to clean. The tough grilled leftovers can make this job far more time consuming than it needs to be. What you need first and foremost to counteract this problem is quality bbq grill cleaner (Fullers Barbecue Cleaner).

There are a variety of tips, tricks and ideas when it comes to the best method for cleaning your BBQ. The most important is to purchase a trustworthy top quality bbq grill cleaner that is suitable for your grill. This type of cleaner just takes the stress out of cleaning your grill. It significantly loosens burnt on grease and leftover food scrapes making it easier to brush away the excess. If you want your bbq grill to last then cleaning is essential after every use. It is best to do this fairly soon after using your bbq. When the bbq is still slightly warm you will be able to lift unwanted scrapes of easily and cleaning will be a breeze. Choose a non-offensive, lightly scented cleaner so you don’t bombard your guests with an unappetizing smell.

You should always use stainless steal grill cleaners on your bbq. These are the most effective for fighting burnt-on leftovers and ground in grease. Lightly brush your grill after spraying with your outdoor grill cleaner. If you combine the two then you shouldn’t have too many problems removing excess mess from your bbq. Stainless steal grill cleaners won’t scratch the surface of your bbq like other brushes and cleaners might. If you have neglected the cleaning of your bbq for a while and the situation requires heavy duty cleaning action, don’t fret. Simply apply your bbq cleaner and go to work with your trusty grill brush (fullers barbecue grill brush). You bbq will be sparkling and ready to use in no time.

Another helpful tip to really finish off the job is a quick rinse with some warm soapy water and a brush. You want a brush with fairly strong stainless steel bristles to do the job. After using a bbq cleaner you will find this final step just adds that shine to your bbq. These steps will not only save you time and hassle but they will help you maintain the quality of your bbq. A bbq is a significant purchase and you want to make it last as long as possible. If you take care of it then it will provide you with those bbq meals you love for a long time to come.

There is a range of theories on what is best for bbq cleaning. It is important to note that every bbq is different and some take less cleaning than others. The key is go with products you trust and know are going to get the job done. Some essential principals to consider when it comes to bbq cleaning include purchasing a non abrasive, non offensive spray on cleaner, your cleaning brush should have stainless steal bristles that can handle the most heavy duty job. You should clean your bbq after every use and preferably while the grill is still warm. You may like to use soapy water and a cloth or brush to give it that shiny finish.

You might find it useful to keep a handy box of tools with your bbq. Include in this toolbox; your outdoor grill cleaner or bbq grill cleaner, barbecue brush, some liquid soap and a cloth or sponge for surfaces. So now you can enjoy your bbq favourites without all the hassles you may have previously endured. You are on your way to a sizzling summer.

Preserving Your Car's Finish with a Bug and Tar Remover

Summer is a great time for travel, but unfortunately, it is also the time of year when asphalt and bugs are the most likely to build up on your car. If you've ever driven through a construction site with fresh asphalt, you know how frustrating it can be knowing that you'll have to get that gunk off somehow. Keeping a good bug and tar remover on hand is one way to ensure you'll be able to keep your car in good condition throughout the summer season.

Road trips are great, but the inevitable bug buildup is not. It's an unfortunate aspect of car travel that bugs will end up on your windshield, grill, and headlights. While the windshield wipers provided at gas stations do a fair job at removing built up bug, they often do not do a great job. Additionally, the cleaning solution is often so dirty that adds more grime rather than remove it. Cleaning your grill and headlights is also difficult with the wiper provided at the gas station, and the next people in line may not be too keen on waiting for you to finish.

A home product specifically designed to remove road tar can combat both the construction and bug buildup issues. In addition to tar, your car can attract pieces of asphalt, tire rubber, grease, and oils. The sooner you are able to remove these from your car, the better it is for the finish. These elements stick to your cars surface firmly, and a regular cleansing routine is often not enough to combat the problem. To remove stain, tar, and bugs, you need a much stronger cleaning agent: one that is made for these elements.

Solvents are agents that are capable of dissolving other substances. A bug and tar remover will dissolve the oils and grime on your car so that you can easily wipe it off. But and tar removers are solvents that will remove the tar without removing the finish on your car. This is important, because as you probably already know, some solvents are designed to remove paint and other chemicals (think turpentine). When using these types of solvents, it is important that you read and follow directions carefully. Some products are considered hazardous and require special handling. Also, of course, keep these products out of the reach of children and away from direct heat.

Removing bug from your car also requires a special agent such as a bug and tar remover. While a squished bug looks innocent, it can actually cause a bit of damage to your finish. The tiny bits of exoskeleton can make tiny scratches in your finish that can become larger scratches or rust. Bugs also deposit acidic fluids on your car, and most everyone knows how damaging acid can be! Bugs on your car become a chemical mix that is firmly attached, requiring a chemical process for complete removal. Definitely more of a job than the gas station wipers can handle!

A bug and tar remover product will make it much easier to clean those difficult areas as well. The design of your grill is great for keeping the radiator and engine cool, but it's also perfectly designed for trapping a large collection of bugs. A wiper cannot get into the nooks and crannies of the grill, but a good solvent can quickly remove road tar and bugs in those hard to reach areas. This is the same for your headlights. The curved shapes make it difficult to reach all the buildup without the use of a cloth and a quality solvent (such as the Fuller Brush product "#797 tar and bug remover").

When using a bug and tar remover on your finish, avoid excessive scrubbing and wiping. Allow enough time for the bug and tar remover to work. Depending on how thick the buildup, this may take a bit of time. However, the solvent will dissolve the grime without scratching, whereas scrubbing on your part can cause damage. Use a soft terry cloth to wipe the bug and grime clean after the solvent has set on the problem area. If needed, repeat the procedure to remove stain, tar, and other buildup.

Following a treatment to remove road tar, you'll need to re-wax your car to fill in the damaged areas and prevent further harm. Remove the bug stain, tar, and other elements with a bug and tar remover, and then thoroughly wash your car with a cleaning agent designed for cars. Dry your car using 100% cotton towels, and apply a car wax product. This will help ensure that any future run-ins with bugs and tar will not create too much damage.

Keep Your Car Looking its Best with Car Care Polish Products

Whether you are a car enthusiast or simply want your vehicle to look its best, using car care polish products will not only keep your car looking good, it will also help your car retain its value and protect it from harmful elements. A car's finish can quickly be damaged by the elements, including the sun, dirt, salt, and debris. A quality finish on your car can help minimize damage from all of these. Protecting your car is faster and easier than you might think. Using car care polish products in between waxing is a great way to keep your car shiny and add extra protection.

Before treating your vehicle with a car wash polish, you'll need to give it a thorough bath. Use a cleaning product specifically designed for cars, as these do not contain abrasives found in many household cleaning products. Your goal is to protect your car, not add any damage, and using the right tools for the job will ensure this happens. When washing your car, do not do so in direct sunlight, as this can cause damage. Also, wait until the motor has cooled if the car was recently driven. Pour a small amount of the car wash liquid into a bucket of cool water, and wet your car with a hose. Use a car wash mitt to remove dirt and grime rather than a high-pressure sprayer on your hose. For stubborn or caked on dirt and grime, such as around the base of the car and the tires, you may need to use another bucket or mitt. A high-powered sprayer may be used on tires and wheel wells. Do not go back to clean the upper part of your car with a dirty mitt after cleaning the lower parts of your car. If you missed a spot, use a fresh mitt. Rinse your car with a regular hose; you do not need to use a high-pressure sprayer on the body of the car. Before you apply car care polish products, you need to dry your car carefully.

How you dry your car prior to using a black car polish or colored car polish is important. Be sure to find a few towels made of 100% cotton. After you've washed your car, dry it with the towels by patting the car rather than wiping. Again, this helps prevent any scratching. Start at the top and work your way down. Be sure that you do not miss any water spots. When the car is dry, you will need additional terrycloth or specialty towels for the polish. This ensures that you do not scratch the finish and helps you apply the polish evenly. You will need one or two to apply the car care polish products, and a few more to shine the vehicle afterwards.

Following the directions on the car wash polish product, again begin at the top and work your way down. Start with the roof, applying about a one-inch amount of black car polish or colored car polish to the cloth. Work in small areas using a circular motion. You only need to apply polish to each area once, allowing it to dry to a haze. When the polish has dried, use another towel to go back over the area, again using small, light, circular motions. Work each section, applying the car care polish products, allowing it to dry, and buffing it. Do not apply too much pressure, but rather, work to give the car wash polish a nice shine. As you apply the car care polish products, use a lighter touch around corners, as these areas have a thinner layer of paint.

To care for your car polish towels, wash them using a liquid fabric softener, as this will keep them in the best condition for polishing and buffing your car.
When using a car care polish products, be sure to read the directions carefully. Not all car wash polishes work the same way. Also, to keep your car looking its best, use a wax product every four to six months. The time of year, where you live, where you keep your car, and how often you drive it will all determine how often you should wax. The color of your vehicle is also a factor. Black, white, or red cars need to be waxed more often. Using a quality car wash polish product in between will help your car look its best (one example is the Fuller Brush product "#796 quick shine car polish"). Quality car care polish products are those you can use on any color car.

Treat Your Car Right: Using a Car Wash and Wax

For many people, the car they drive is an outward expression of who they are. The person who drives the Volkswagen van, for example, is far different from the person who drives the BMW. Many of us have a special attachment to our cars, whether they are vintage classics or modern-day SUVs. We spend a great deal of time in our cars, commuting to work, driving the kids to soccer practice, and going out for groceries. As a result, many people treat and care for their cars with great attention. And this certainly is not a bad idea. The car that is well cared for will last longer, look better, and, should you decide to sell or trade, will retain a higher retail and trade-in value. One way to keep your vehicle looking its best is to treat it regularly with a car wash and wax.

While some people opt for the drive through car wash, these can add up very quickly, and often do not allow sufficient drying time before you have to drive off into heavy traffic and dirty streets. One way to quickly add more dirt and grime to your car is to drive it into traffic while wet with a fresh coat of wax! Obviously, this completely defeats the purpose of a car wash and wax! A more economical way is to do a home car wash and wax. It doesn't take as much time as you might think, and it's a great way to enjoy a beautiful afternoon. What's more, a home car wash and wax uses significantly less water than commercial car washes, which is good for the environment. You do not need nearly that much water to clean your car effectively. All you need is a good quality car wash and wax product, a bucket, hose, and non-abrasive towel. That's it!

When choosing a cleaning product, many people opt for whatever is around the house. However, some cleaning agents, such as dishwashing liquid, will clean right through the wax on your car, leaving it vulnerable to the elements. Even dishwashing detergent labeled "gentle" is not appropriate. The "gentle" refers to how it will affect your hands, not how well it cuts through grease, grime, and wax. A better solution is to choose a product specifically designed as a car wash and wax. This type of car wash liquid, in contrast to a dishwashing or other liquid cleaning agent, will not damage the finish on your car or scratch the paint. Even some liquid household cleaners that appear "soft" can contain abrasives that can cause many tiny scratches on your car, leading to a dull appearance and rusting vulnerability. A car wash solution is designed to clean, shine, and protect. Many are designed for multiple purposes, combining both cleaning and waxing agents, which make the job of cleaning your car that much easier. It's a one-step process. (One multi-purpose car wash and wax product is the Fuller Brush item "#668 car wash and wax concentrate.")

When cleaning your car, use the "top down" cleaning method. The concept is that you start at the top and work your way down, so that the dirt flows downward and off your car. In other words, allow gravity to help you. Fill a bucket with cool water and either follow the directions on the car wash solution product label or simply add a small amount. These products are concentrated, and you don't need much to obtain a good clean. If your car has some buildup, such as dirt, road tar, grease, or bugs, consider using a car mitt specifically designed for use on vehicles with a car wash liquid. Again, these products are designed to not scrape or scratch the finish on your car. Also, when using a quality car wash and wax product, there is no need to use a high-powered spray nozzle. Some people do not use any type of a nozzle at all, but simply wet the car with a light flow of water from the hose. Dip the mitt in the bucket so that the dirt will fall off as you remove it; this helps ensure that no dirt will scratch your car. After all, there's no point in using a good quality car wash and wax if you're only going to scrape your car with the dirt you're trying to remove! Use gentle scrubbing motions with the mitt, and rinse and dry as soon as you are finished. Many absorbent towels are available for use on vehicles and other specialty uses that won't scratch or damage. A good, 100% cotton towel is best. To ensure that you don't damage the finish, use blotting motions rather than wiping.

The Cleaning Tools for Car Washing You Need to Make Yourself Look Good

The number one benefit of washing your car on a regular basis is that it looks good. This is important because whether you admit it or not, your car says a lot about you. If it is caked in mud from your off-roading weekend adventure, your car shows that you like to have fun and take risks. But if your car is covered in pollen, bugs, and a film of dust, your car projects a different image. Keeping your car clean helps to keep up the image you want. To make sure you get the best results when cleaning your car, you must use great cleaning tools for car washing.

Best Car Wash Soaps
When thinking about your car washing project, a natural question to ask is, "what kind of soap can I wash my car with?" To answer this question, the first thing you need when it comes to selecting car cleaning tools is to identify the best car wash soaps for your car. Picking up the dish soap from your kitchen sink may seem easy enough, but it may not be good for you car. Using kitchen soap products may initially get your car clean, but they also can cause imperfections in the paint. After you have finished washing your car you do not want to see paint beginning to chip and peel or discoloration anywhere on the body of your car.

So the answer to your initial question, "what kind of soap can I wash my car with?" is any soap or concentrate that is specifically designed for car washing. These products are the best car wash soaps to use. There are many different formulas to choose from such as (Fuller’s # 666 Car Wash Concentrate). Trial and error will help you to identify the formulas that fit your budget and your car washing needs.

Car Wash Mits
Once you have chosen your soap, sponges are the next type of cleaning tools for car washing you must think about. Sponges come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures but sometimes they just don’t get the job done. Car wash mits like (Fuller’s # 141 Car Wash Mitt) can cover more surface area than a single sponge can, and they are easier to handle than a sponge. Car wash mits protect your hand during the washing process so that your hands do not get that pruny feeling. Additionally, many car wash mits like (Fuller’s # 141 Car Wash Mitt) have different textures included on their surface area. Coarse surfaces will help you to remove bugs and other sticky areas quickly and with ease.

Tire Brush
In addition to using the best car wash soaps for your vehicle and quality car wash mits, tire brushes will help you to knock away extra dirt and residue your tires have accumulated. Do not use your car wash mits on your tires because if you have ever tried a sponge on your tires, you will know that tires are dirtier than they may seem. Using sponges or car wash mits on your tires will deteriorate the quality of these items. Since you don’t want to have to replace your car cleaning tools needlessly, make sure to use a tire brush such as (Fuller’s # 226 Tire Scrub Brush). There are also cleaners designed specifically for the removal of dirt around your tires. If your tires need that extra help, look into products specifically designed for it like (Fuller’s # 671 Tire Sidewall Cleaner).

Protectant Car Wax and Polish
After you have successfully washed your vehicle you must have protectant car wax and polish available as one of your car cleaning tools resources. Protectant car wax and polish like (Fuller’s # 796 Quick Shine Car Polish) will add to the shiny appearance of your car’s finish. Protectant car wax and polish products will also protect your car from accumulating imperfections until the next time you wash it. If you are serious about keeping your car’s image as good as your own, you will not skimp on the final step of using protectant car wax and polish. Products like (Fuller’s # 795 Tire Glo) can also put a shine to your tires which will complete your car’s appearance perfectly.

Cars can be a lot more than just a means to getting around. They are often seen and judged by those around you. It is important for your image to take care of your car with cleaning tools for car washing that get the job done. These tools will make the process of washing your car much easier and make your car something you can be proud of.

Your Celebrations may not be good news for your furniture

party at home is as much a test of strength of your furniture as it is of your nerves. However, a most conspicuous difference is- that while you may afford the luxury of taking time off to relax and recuperate, your furniture shall have none of it. A little negligence on your part could lead to permanent disfiguring, discoloring or may cause some other similar hazard to your precious wooden furniture collection. Possible mishaps could be-a strain on the joints (if you move your wooden furniture too much to arrange it in the best possible fashion for your party or if it is handled carelessly), a spill or scratches. While you may easily be able to take care of the minor problems (such as accumulated dust) by a good dusting, the problems mentioned above may need immediate attention and sometimes, even professional help.

The Post-Party dangers

So, the celebrations are over. And your wooden furniture may have survived it all. But is it absolutely safe now? Not if you are negligent in the day-to-day care of your furniture. Wooden furniture is especially sensitive to the environmental conditions- heat, light and humidity. The excess (and sometimes the lack) of either of these three can cause permanent damage to wooden furniture. If you place your wooden furniture in a brightly lit zone, the light will turn your light wooden furniture dark and will bleach the darker ones. The other possible damages could be to the finish or the paint on your furniture. Humidity poses an even greater danger because it is not an easily controlled factor. Too much humidity swells up the wood and too less humidity causes the wood to give off moisture that results in splitting or cracking of wood.

Other than the environmental factors that may sometimes be beyond your reach, you may cause irreparable damage to your furniture by sheer negligence. Moving furniture in an improper fashion often causes scratches. Most people pick up furniture at its weakest point e.g. top, back or arms or may even be foolish (no offence!) enough to drag it.

The Danger signs

Your keen eye may sometimes be able to save your wooden furniture and prevent its further deterioration. Some tell –tale signs of trouble and what they could mean are given below,
Sawdust under a piece of furniture--Insect Infestation
Cloudy white patches--Water spills
Swelling in the wood--high moisture level
Growth of Mould--High humidity
Splits or cracks--Low moisture level

And, finally “The Remedies”

Like I mentioned earlier, a good dusting and a good stable environment may often be the cure of most problems related to wooden furniture. In rare cases, you may have to consult an exterminator or conservator. This would be called for in cases where your furniture is found to be infested with insects or it needs extensive repair. For a stable environment, the use of humidifiers and dehumidifiers is recommended to maintain the acceptable RH level. Monitor the temperature with the use of a thermometer. Do not place the furniture in direct sunlight and if possible, apply a film to windows to screen the UV light.

The markets abound with dusters that are specially designed to clean wooden furniture (Fuller Brush # 153 Go Around Duster). If you are exotic in nature, you may like to procure a lambs wool or an ostrich feather duster for dusting your furniture. (Fuller Brush # 156 Lamdswool Duster, Fuller Brush #136 Ostrich Feather Duster). Mitts may also be used for this purpose (Fuller Brush #158 Polishing and Cleaning Mitt). There are a number of commercially available products that may contribute to the longevity of your furniture. A favorite, these days, are the wax polishes. They protect the wood against moisture and pollution. Some of these contain silicone that forms a barrier to dust and stains (Fuller Brush # 749 Lemon D.C.W Furniture Wax). Certain oils containing Lemon are also recommended to prevent your wooden furniture from drying and cracking (Fuller Brush # 741 Lemon Furniture Oil). Also available are furniture creams that are used for the same purpose i.e. nourishing the wood (Fuller Brush # 692 Rich Furniture Creme).

In conclusion, if you wish to keep your wooden furniture looking elegant and maintain its original luster, then follow the solutions and guidelines and most importantly the preventions mentioned above. Be sure that your wooden furniture will continue to add elegance, class and beauty to your home for a long, long time.

Keeping the Kitchen Clean: The Advantages of a Clean Sweep Broom

What is it about kitchen floors that attract not only all kinds of fallen food particles, but dust bunnies, pet hair, and other random small pieces of debris? This accumulation of "stuff" is unsanitary in general, and for those with small children, temptation for taste-testing and choking hazards. Dirt and dust kicked up from a kitchen floor can end up in food and cooking utensils. Using an effective cleaning method can drastically help maintain floor cleanliness prior to and in between mopping. For many people, a clean sweep broom is an economical, easy answer.

Choosing a Broom
Many people opt for a kitchen broom because they are lightweight, easy to use and store, and are economical in both cost and time. There are many broom styles available, each with different purposes. While many people are aware of some basic brooms, such as a large push broom, wide clean sweep broom, or hand broom, many consumers may not be aware of the differences in design. Everything from bristle content to shape and handle length can affect the usefulness of the broom. However, when chosen appropriately, the correct broom can make a "clean sweep" of cleaning.

A kitchen broom's effectiveness depends on the type of bristles (synthetic verses natural), how well the bristles contain debris, and how well they sweep debris into a dustpan. A clean sweep broom is the best choice for a kitchen. Clean sweep brooms typically have a wider head, with some up to three feet wide. However, if too wide, the broom can be difficult to maneuver in a kitchen space. A clean sweep broom designed for kitchen use is easier to use while still offering the benefits of the clean sweep design. (The Fuller Broom "#223823 Kitchen Broom" is one such example, with a head width of ten inches.) A shorter head also makes transferring to a dustpan much easier.

A stiff bristle that sprays dust around when using a dustpan defeats the purpose. Likewise, using a clean sweep broom and then switching to a handheld broom is an inefficient use of time (and a handheld broom may not do any better of a job at transferring debris into a dustpan). To avoid the spread of dust, look for a clean sweep broom that has frayed or "flagged" bristles. This helps the broom lock in debris, particularly small dust particles. The flagged design of a clean sweep broom also makes it effective on a variety of flooring styles, from bumpy laminate to tile to hardwood. Soft bristles also reduce or eliminate floor damage. An angled head can help reach those nooks and crannies, as well. A kitchen broom head that is angled or splayed on either side eliminates the need to switch the broom around, which in turn keeps the dust under control.

The handle length is also an important element to consider. If too short, poor posture and back strain can result. Look for a kitchen broom with ample length, but not so long that it is difficult to maneuver when sweeping into the dustpan. When used with an upright dustpan, sweeping and clean up can be a breeze. A handle ranging from about thirty-six to forty inches is comfortable for most people. Ideally, the clean sweep broom will have a method of hanging, such as a hole in the top end of the handle or a cord. Hanging the broom when not in use protects the bristles from damage and keeps moisture from accumulating in the bristles.

The Care of a Clean Sweep Broom
Can you clean a broom? Absolutely. Avoid banging the head of a broom against a wall or other hard surface to shake out the dust, as this can damage the head and pollute the immediate air space. (Nor is this the broom to use for beating area rugs to clean them!) Instead, look for a broom that is made from fibers such as plastics that rinse clean easily. Rinsing is more effective and keeps the dust controlled. Adding mild soap and water will assist in the process if there is a lot of dust buildup. If the heads are removable (such as with The Fuller Brush "#223823 Kitchen Broom"), the cleaning process is that much simpler. If the broom head becomes moldy, try cleaning it first, and if it is still too dirty, replace the head. Hanging a clean sweep, or any other type of broom, will help eliminate moisture getting into the bristles, which can develop into mold or mildew. Synthetic bristle fibers help reduce the chances of molds or mildews developing, although proper storage is still required.

Caring for Specialty Floors and Furniture with a Dry Cleaning Mop

While it may seem counterintuitive, some types of flooring and furniture are best cleaned dry using a dry cleaning mop or in combination with a light cleaner such as a dusting spray. Hard wood floors and laminates, for example, can be damaged by too much moisture. In order to keep the finish on these floors in the best condition, a cleaning mop specially designed for this purpose can create the best clean. A dry mop made from 100% cotton, for example, will not scratch the delicate surfaces on polished hard wood floors or specialty laminates. Over time, even the smallest scratches can create a dull appearance.

Dry cleaning mops are designed in such a way as to pick up and retain dust and small particles. As such, they are good for collecting dirt in between deeper cleanings. They also reduce the spread of dust and small dirt particles into the air, which can exacerbate allergies and asthmas. When used in combination with a dusting product, the chances of dust being kicked into the air by the mop are even smaller.

When cleaning a hardwood or laminate floor with a dry mop, begin at the far end of the room and work inward, using a figure eight pattern on the floor. This keeps the dust and particles moving toward you and is much easier on your back as it distributes the effort more evenly through your arms and back. Avoid using the mop to push the dirt and grime away from you as this can create dust flying up. The pulling motion, on the other hand, keeps the mop head in contact with the floor that eliminates dust kicking up. Keep the mop head in contact with the floor as you clean. Even though the cleaning mop is dry, it is a different cleaning motion than a broom.

Avoid the temptation to use your dry mop as a wet mop. These cleaning mops are specifically designed to be used dry, and while they may work as a wet mop, it won't be as effective thereafter as either a wet or dry mop. Additionally, dry cleaning mops do not have a mechanism for squeezing out excess liquid, which is both messy and hard on your hands and back. Besides, many specialty floorings should never be cleaned using a wet mop, such as Pergo and others. If you have specialty flooring in your home, be sure to read the manufacturer's recommendations on the care. Using the right tool for the job is one of the best tricks in effective cleaning and ultimately saves time and money.

When using a cleaning mop designed to be used dry, avoid scrubbing the floor with the mop. For caked on dirt or grime, other cleaning methods should be employed, using products and guidelines specific to your type of flooring. Because the cleaning mop is designed to trap and hold dirt, putting too much pressure on the mop can create scratches on the floor caused by the dirt particles trapped inside the mop.

Depending on the style, the best mop will be designed in such a way that in can be used to reach under low and heavy furniture such as beds or bookcases. This allows you to clean without having to break your back moving heavy furniture. It also eliminates the need to drag out a heavy vacuum to clean a small area. Some cleaning mops have the added benefit of removable heads that can be used as a hand duster, which eliminates the need to purchase specialty dusters or mitts. (One such example is the Fuller Brush #275 dry mop). The ability to replace the heads also eliminates the need for purchasing a new dry mop when the old one becomes too dirty.

Even with the removable head feature, you can still clean a cleaning mop head prior to replacing it. To avoid scattering dust in the house, take the cleaning mop outside and give it a good shake. Because these mops are designed to retain dust, it may take a bit of effort. If you use the mop with a dusting product, be sure to allow the mop ample time to dry before shaking out the excess dust. Avoid banging the dry mop head on walls, cement, or other outdoor furniture as this can damage the head.

To keep your cleaning mop in the best possible condition, store it upside down or hanging from a wall so that there is no pressure on the mop head. This helps your mop remain the best mop possible for as long as possible.

Cleaning Soap and Scum: Tips and Tools for Minimizing Buildup

One of the most unpleasant cleaning chores can be cleaning soap and scum buildup. If the buildup is quite bad, the process of cleaning soap and scum take a few cleaning applications. However, there are some tips to preventing soap scum and some methods to remove it quickly and easily.

Soap scum and buildup develops from the ingredients in hard soaps (bars) and the dirt and minerals that are removed when showering and bathing. Soap is made from sodium or potassium fatty acids and created through a process called saponification. The result is an emulsifying substance that can separate dirt and oil in water so that these can be removed from items such as clothing. One problem with soap is that they can be converted into fatty acids that form soap scum. This is a particular problem with hard water. The mineral talc is also used in soaps. The talc helps the minerals adhere to the shower, and before you know it, a buildup of soap scum develops, and cleaning soap and scum is required.

For cleaning soap and scum, a commercial product specifically designed for this purpose is recommended. These products are chemically designed to clean the components of soap scum. For built up soap scum, it may be necessary to repeat the process a few times. For cleaning soap and scum, the product must "sit" on the problem area. This works fine for the edges of a bathtub, for example, but can create a problem on walls. As such, a foaming product is best, as the foam will stay on the problem area longer than a liquid. (One such product is the Fuller Brush "#780 Bath Clean.) Follow the directions on the label for how long to keep the soap scum remover on the problem area. All types of dried on soap scum will require the use of a sponge or brush to remove. The extra friction helps remove the buildup. If the dried on soap scum is thick, a stiff-bristled brush may be necessary for thoroughly cleaning soap and scum. If the soap scum buildup is on a flat surface, a razor blade is also very effective--and more dangerous, of course, so exercise caution when using this tool. For lesser buildup, a standard sponge with a scouring side and soft side should do the trick for cleaning soap and scum that is not thick.

After removing dried on soap scum with a soap scum remover, regular maintenance and prevention is key. When shopping for products for cleaning soap and scum, look for a product that includes some type of barrier protection. These create a wax-like barrier on your tub and shower wall that helps prevent soap scum from adhering to the surface. Although everyone is busy these days, a quick, two-step process can help prevent the build-up of dried on soap scum and will save time later when you are doing other things rather than cleaning soap and scum! First, after every shower or bath, use a squeegee or cloth to remove soap residue. Follow this by spraying the shower and tub with a product for cleaning soap and scum. Avoid spraying the bottom of the tub as this can make it very slippery. This daily routine will save a lot of time later. Cleaning soap and scum in this manner prevents the long-term buildup that can take hours to clean. If you are cleaning your tub and shower in this manner on a daily basis, a weekly, thorough clean with a soap scum remover should keep the problem in check.

If you have a serious problem that keeps recurring despite the above methods, hard water could be causing or contributing to the problem. Hard water has a high content of dissolved minerals that easily build up on fixtures. When this is combined with soap, soap scum is the result. Consider changing to soft water or looking into filters. While this may seem like a drastic approach, the change will help your soap and other cleaning products work more effectively and will help save your back from excessive strain cleaning soap and scum.

Another contributor to soap scum buildup is the type of soap used. There are many varieties, and some add to buildup more than others, which means more time cleaning soap and scum. Try switching brands until you find one that creates less of a problem. If you have both hard water and cannot find a soap product that reduces buildup, consider switching to a liquid soap. These do not create as much of a problem of dried on soap scum as others. Therefore, cleaning soap and scum will not be such a recurring issue and you can spend your time doing much more enjoyable things!

Cleaning Tires for Appearance and Protection

You invest a lot of time and energy in keeping your car looking good. You wash it, polish it, and wax it. If anything gets on your vehicle, you ensure that it's removed immediately. So, why let your tires go? Maybe the days of shiny rims and hubcaps are gone, but you can still keep your tires looking fresh without a lot of hassle.
Why would you want to do this, you ask? (Or maybe your wife asks.) It's along the lines of creating a complete package. It's like wearing a brand new suit with scuffed shoes. Cleaning tires on a regular basis when you clean your tires has additional benefits other than simply making your car look good. It gives you a chance to keep an eye on your tires. After all, as the ad says, "a lot is riding on them." Should you get a bolt embedded in your tires or an excessive amount of gravel become ground in, you'll be able to address the problem before it becomes serious. Keeping a regular check on your tires can keep you from a dangerous situation when driving 70 miles per hour on the freeway during four-lane rush hour traffic.

A clean tire product can also add additional protection to your tires by protecting them from the elements. Think of it as a wax for your tires. Just as you protect your car's finish with a good wax, a cleaning tire product can keep your tires in better shape that they otherwise would be. To keep your tires looking fresh, use a product specifically designed for this purpose. These products will keep a shine on your tires longer than an ordinary cleaning product. Prior to using a tire shine product, consider cleaning tires with a specific tire sidewall-cleaning product. When combined, the products can create a classy looking, fresh off the lot look.

Prior to using a cleaning tire product designed to add shine and protection, give your tires a good clean. A high-powered sprayer can be used on the tires, wheel wells, and hubcaps to remove any built up dirt and grime. If necessary, a scrub brush can be used to remove mud build up. Look for a stiff-bristled brush made of plastic rather than metal. Even though tires are very rugged, there's no point in scratching them with a wire brush. A screwdriver or other such tool can be used to pry out pieces of gravel; however, for large debris that is deeply embedded, take the tire to a specialist to have it reviewed for punctures and repaired if necessary. Be sure to check the wheel well thoroughly as well. Embedded debris can stay put and leave room for the elements to enter and lead to rust.

When cleaning tires, be sure to follow the directions on the product label, as not all are used the same way. Most are available in the form of an aerosol can and are extremely easy to use (such as the Fuller Brush "#795 Tire Glo"). The result is a clean tire with an added shine. In general, most should be applied to the tires and then allowed to sit for 12 to 24 hours. After sitting for this time, use a soft terry cloth rag to wipe the tires, which will remove any excess product (you don't want it sprayed up onto your car's finish when you drive). Keep in mind that some products do not require that you wipe them later. Some cleaning tire products give tires a wet look shine, which can really add some pizzazz to your car's appearance. Your tires will have a brilliant wet shine look that can give your car the appearance of being much newer than it actually is.

In addition to properly caring for your cars tires, you can increase the life of your tires by choosing quality tires to begin with and having them rotated on a regular basis. Make sure you purchase the appropriate tires for your size of vehicle and that you use the right kind of tire during the winter and summer months. Your location will determine whether you need snow or rain tires. Ensure that the air pressure is maintained at the manufacturer's recommendation for the tire and your vehicle. When you have the proper tires for your vehicle and your needs, you'll have additional peace of mind. Then, of course, keep them clean with a cleaning tire product so that they'll keep that "new tire look" for as long as possible.

Keeping Your Home Clean and Your Family Safe When Using a Degreaser Cleaner

When you have a heavy-duty cleaning job in front of you, such as cleaning out the oven or other built-up gunk, you need a heavy-duty cleaning tool. However, many degreasers are filled with harsh and sometimes potentially toxic or harmful chemicals. Many of these chemicals do in fact aid in the cleaning power of the product, but the difference is not enough that it makes a noticeable difference. A chemically-laden degreaser cleaner will not outperform a less-toxic counterpart enough to make a difference in the cleaning power, but it will make a difference in your home's safety and harm to the environment.

One of the primary reasons that manufacturers use harsh chemicals in the products is because consumers have been conditioned to believe that those chemicals are necessary in order to achieve the cleaning power required. Unfortunately, many of these harsh chemicals cause a number of unpleasant side effects. Many of these strong chemicals have strong odors that create indoor air pollution. Often a significant amount of ventilation is required when using these cleaners, and the products recommend this on the packaging. The strong odors can cause headaches, dizziness, and queasiness among others. Some research has pointed that the inhalation of such strong chemicals can lead to serious health problems. Some have also determined that pregnant women should not use such cleaning agents as the inhaled fumes could affect the unborn baby.

Additionally, many of these harsh chemical agents are very damaging to the environment, and many product labels state specific methods for disposing of the containers, such as wrapping them in plastic. Obviously, this adds additional waste to the landfill. Such products can also be dangerous if direct skin contact occurs, so use of rubber gloves or other protection is recommended. Again, these add more waste to landfills and take time to biodegrade.

The good news is that citrus degreasers and other natural ingredients can clean just as effectively as these harsh chemical products without the harmful side effects. There are degreaser cleaners now available that are biodegradable and made from naturally occurring cleaning agents that do not cause household harm. (One such example is the Fuller Brush product "#625 Fulsol Spray and Wipe," a citrus-based biodegradable degreaser cleaner.)
While there are still some precautions, such as keeping a degreaser cleaner out of the reach of children, overall they are much safer products. As manufacturers become increasingly aware of the affects on the environment, many biodegradable degreaser cleaner products are packaged in recycled plastic. Additionally, disposing of the containers afterward is much easier as well, as the plastic can again go into the recycle bin as opposed to being wrapped in plastic and put in the trash.

Many large companies are using citrus degreasers and other biodegradable degreaser cleaners, not only because of the environmental benefits, but because the products work. While most people think of citrus products as coming from oranges, many are made from corn with orange oils added for extra cleaning power and a pleasant smell. If you are unsure if a product contains citrus, the chemical name is "D-limolene." Orange oil by itself is a very powerful cleaner, which is why it is used in smaller amounts in degreaser cleaners. It is mixed with other ingredients, that when combined, allow the degreaser cleaner to lift and dissolve dirt and grime. This combination makes them very effective products that can be used for a wide range of purposes.

Some people may associate a degreaser cleaner with cleaning an oven, barbeque, or for cleaning an engine. However, because of the effectiveness and safety of a biodegradable degreaser cleaner, the product can be used for anything from cleaning engines to removing carpet stains, depending on the product and its strength. Always read the directions on the label! Many provide options for diluting to create a cleaner that is appropriate for the situation, such as removing oil stains from clothing. Other potential areas for a citrus degreaser cleaner include the bathtub, shower, toilet, floor, grout, tile, cement, glass, and removing sap, among others. There are many uses for a degreaser cleaner.

Researchers are investigating other uses for citrus in addition to such products as degreaser cleaners. Such uses include areas in agriculture and in other products that now pose hazards to human, animal, and environmental health. However, because they are so effective for this purpose, degreaser cleaners that are environmentally friendly are going to be around for a long time.

Keeping Dust Under Control with a Dust Spray

For those with allergies or asthma, keeping dust under control is essential to overall health. It is also a good idea for those without any health problems and a buildup of dust can cause cold-like symptoms if breathed in too much. Additionally, too much dust attracts other nuisances such as dust mites, which live in dust and can spread to other parts of your home. A dust spray can help prevent dust from flying around in the air as you clean, making cleanup much more effective and sanitary.

Dust mites do not simply live in the layer of dust across the uppermost shelf in your home. They also live in bedding, couches, carpet, stuffed toys and old clothing, and are similar in appearance to spiders or ticks--although they cannot be seen by the naked eye. There are two types of dust mites, American and European house dust mites. As you may know, much of what we see as dust is actually dead skin that we people shed on a regular basis. Dust mites feed off of dead skin and other organic materials in dust.

You may have dust mites and not know it--only people who are allergic will react to dust mites. Dust mites also shed their skin, and people who are allergic react to this dead skin and dust mite feces. Reactions can range from a runny nose to a severe asthma attack. Dust mites can be difficult to get rid of, and they prefer humid environments, so avoid using humidifiers if you have a dust mite problem. For people with sever reactions, measures that are more drastic may be required, such as encasing bedding in plastic covers and removing draperies. For those with less serious reactions, a regular control program can make a big difference. Using a spray for dust mites is one method to keep the problem under control. Dust spray binds the dust, making it easier to clean and remove. It can also be used on multiple surfaces, such as floors, shelves, furniture, window blinds, lamps, picture frames, and more. Dust mite spray allows you to clean all over the house and reduce the chances of dust mites spreading.

Because dust spray helps keep dust "together," it can be used with a wide range of dusting tools, which makes cleaning easier because you can use a long-handled duster in combination with a dust spray and not worry about the dust falling back to the floor. Instead, it will be trapped in the duster by the dust spray. (One example is the Fuller Brush product "#756 Duster Spray"." Be sure to clean your dusting tools effectively, particularly if you have a dust mite problem and are using a dust mite spray. After dusting, take the tools outside away from the house. Give the tools a good shake to remove the dust from the tool. Avoid banging the tools on the wall or concrete, as this can damage them. Depending on the tool you use, you may be able to wash the duster. Using a dust spray in combination with a synthetic duster can be a great solution to a dust mite problem. A spray for dust mites binds the dust, and the synthetic cleaner can be washed afterward with warm, soapy water. Be sure to store your dusters in a way that keeps pressure off the dusting head, as this can damage them. Dust spray also works great with dusting cloths, and these can be machine washed afterward.

Even when using a dust spray, it is a good idea to use top-down cleaning. Start with the uppermost areas and work your way down. This way, should any dust float downward, you can "catch" it as you work from the upper shelves or taller furniture down to the lower shelves and furniture. To minimize "losing" some dust, spray your tool directly with the dust spray rather than spraying the furniture directly. The pressure from the sprayer can blow dust away on furniture, but this will not happen when spraying the cleaning tool.

To keep dust and dust mites under control, dust with a dust spray every time. Even if there is no visible dust, that does not mean it is not there. Dust mites cannot be seen by the naked eye, so regular cleaning is essential. Also, consider using other preventative measures such as an indoor air filter. A filtered vacuum can also help keep the problem under control.


often grows after you’ve had some sort of water problem. Even something like an overflowing toilet or leaky washing machine can attract mold spores. Since mold grows fast and can invade at anytime, you should have a mold disinfectant available (#761 Industrial Germicidal Cleaner). This is especially true if you live in a damp or humid climate, use a humidifier, and daily temperatures range between 40 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

There are definite steps you should take when you find mold, as you don’t want it to be a permanent houseguest. First of all read over your get rid of mold in my house free information. It’s important that you eradicate every sign of mold as it will just keep spreading if you don’t.

Before you attack the mold and handle any chemicals, be sure to protect yourself from breathing in the spores or making skin contact. You should wear eye goggles, a mask over your nose and mouth, and rubber or latex gloves. Your clothing should be made from a washable fabric, as you’ll need to put them through the washer and dryer as soon as you’ve finished your mold disinfectant project.

If your home has many of the conditions that make it extra susceptible to mold, vacuum carpets and clean hard surfaced floors regularly. Be especially vigilant in damp areas. Any time you have a leak, repair the problem that caused it right away. Use your mold disinfectant since the spores are so difficult to detect.


Bathrooms attract mold because they are damp, in the ideal temperature range, and there are lots of materials in there for mold to feast on. You should regularly use a mold disinfectant when you do your routine cleaning (#9841 Fullsan Quaternary Germicidal Cleaner). In fact it’s a great idea to create a bathroom cleaning check sheet to ensure that you don’t miss any possible mold growing hotspots. Include such things as:

* Scrub the shower curtain with mold disinfectant
* Frequently wash all towels, bath mats, and area rugs
* Thoroughly clean sinks, tubs, showers, and toilets If your bathroom is carpeted, vacuum (they are best with
  hard surfaced flooring)
* Wash uncarpeted flooring

When you work with your bathroom cleaning check sheet each time, you won’t accidentally forget to do one of these critical tasks.

If you have mold on your deck, sidings, or roof, use a pressure washing product (# 574 Pressure Washer Mold and Mildew Cleaner).

Mold is something you definitely don’t want to live with. A little diligence and good cleaning habits will help you avoid this annoying problem. To learn more about it, read more get rid of mold in my house free information. Also, don’t forget to make up your bathroom cleaning check sheet.

Repairing Household Cleaning Equipment


One thing we probably don’t stop to think about everyday in terms or our home is cleaning equipment repair. Of course as soon as something doesn’t work right, then the subject comes to mind. The best way to avoid having to fix something is to take care of it in the first place.

For example most of us have floor or bathtub cleaners and/ or stand-up dust pans with screw on handles. If we happen to break the handle, rather than throwing the whole implement away, it costs less and is easier on the environment to replace the handle (#820, #803 Fuller One Piece Steel Handle). Cleaning equipment repair is more responsible than treating everything we own as disposable. In fact, this is something we should add to our list of helpful household hints.

Many companies are coming out with flimsy cleaning implements that can easily be thrown away. They try to appeal to consumers by saying these items will make their household cleaning schedules go more quickly. When you stop and think about it, cleaning is cleaning. It makes more sense to use sturdy tools and practice cleaning equipment repair. For one thing our landfills are overflowing and it’s silly to run to the store every month to buy something that would last for years if we just take good care of it.

Planning Your Time

These days it seems we’re all so busy that we don’t know where the days even go. We get up on Monday morning, get the kids off to school, and head to work. The next thing we know, it’s Friday and we don’t know where the week went. Week-ends fly by, and we’re back at Monday already. Somewhere in that blur, we need to do some cleaning. It’s helpful and smart to create household cleaning schedules. Using this technique, it will be easier to stay on top of our chores. Part of the routine should be cleaning equipment repair.

If we keep everything in top working order all the time, we won’t have to stop and order a part or take something to be repaired. A simple example is to keep an extra vacuum cleaner belt on hand. That way if you’re vacuuming one day and the belt breaks, you’ll be able to just put on the new one. This is an instance of thinking ahead about cleaning equipment repair. You can find a lot of books and websites offering helpful household hints, but most of them forget this important idea.

Outdoor Cleaning

Not all of the routine cleaning on our household cleaning schedules is inside the house. Although we may not do it each week, we definitely should keep the outside of our homes and the surrounding areas neat and tidy. This includes windows, patios and decks, siding, yards, and of course our cars and driveways. Not only do we feel a sense of pride when we put our helpful household hints to use outdoors, but our neighbors appreciate living in a tidy neighborhood. Once again it’s just as important to keep ahead of the game by maintaining cleaning equipment repair.

Outdoor cleaning presents some variables that we may not find inside the home. If we have a two-story house for instance, the windows and side walls will call for a squeegee with a long handle. Probably the ladder will have to come out as well.

Once again cleaning equipment repair is important. We may want to add a longer handle to the squeegee head or put another squeegee on an existing handle (Fuller #808 Adjustable Telescopic Handle). No matter what chore we’re attacking, we write our household cleaning schedules for a good reason. We want to be well organized and finish our tasks as efficiently and quickly as possible.

Car Care

In addition to the inside and outside of the house, we also need to put some focus on our cars. The price of automobiles has gone through the roof. In many cases that means we’ll be driving them longer. Even if we’re able to buy a new one every year, we still need to keep them clean and in good working order. Most of us spend hours and hours each week in our cars and there’s no good reason for them to be messy and dirty.

Washing a car is good for the finish. With so much pollution in the air, it’s constantly being bombarded by harsh chemicals. Use mild eco-friendly soap and a soft brush made specifically for auto paint. Something else you should add to your list of helpful household hints is to turn the water off while you’re not actually hosing the car. You can also attach a nozzle that only activates the water when you push on it.

In the spirit of cleaning equipment repair, you can keep the same handle and change the brush head when it starts to wear out (Fuller Brush#227 Vehicle Wash Brush Replacement Head).

The Cost of Not Doing Home Maintenance: Free Home Maintenance Tips for The Bathroom

Now that you’ve spent the money on the home of your dreams, have you stopped to consider the cost of NOT doing home maintenance? You are putting your family at risk if you are not taking care of your home-both in terms of their safety and their health. Here are some free home maintenance tips that will keep your bathroom germ and worry free.

Recent headlines have alerted us to the cost of NOT doing home maintenance. The prevalence of toxic black mold has been found in old buildings, schools, and even the household bathroom because of a lack of household maintenance. We all know that we should clean the bathroom, but here are some free home maintenance tips that will help you avoid this dark problem.

Keeping your shower and bath tiles clean and dry are essential when you consider the cost of NOT doing home maintenance. Of course, when you shower, you will get the tub or shower wet, but one of the simple free home maintenance tips is to dry off the surfaces as soon as your step out. You can even make this fun for your children to do if you use a squeegee to accomplish this. Mold is caused by a buildup of moisture that then becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. By preventing the moisture, you can help to prevent the mold.

Of course, some of the surfaces are porous and will need special attention. This is where tile and grout cleaning tools can come in handy. These may include special brushes (Shower Track and Grout Brush) or in the form of heavy duty cleaning solutions (Tile and Grout Cleaner). The combination of these two kinds of tile and grout cleaning tools will help to clean the surfaces in and surrounding the shower and bath that may be harboring potential bacteria.

A little elbow grease is the best way to avoid the cost of NOT doing home maintenance. What you may want to consider is making up a schedule of when you will regularly clean the shower. Because many of the tile and grout cleaning tools can be dangerous to children, you will want to clean the areas yourself. You may also want to schedule a cleaning time that allows the area to be avoided for a while—maybe when the children are in school. If you have two bathrooms, you will want to do them on two different days to keep one ready for use. The fumes of some cleaners can be toxic, so you want to keep the area closed off and well-ventilated until the fumes have dissipated.

Gather the tile and grout cleaning tools and start with the tub or shower. You want to follow the directions on the package of cleaner and then use the brush to work in the chemicals. These chemicals prevent the cost of NOT doing home maintenance by killing any bacteria that may have built up or making an environment where it is difficult for bacteria to multiply. You will want to scrub at the tile grout especially since it is porous and bacteria can sink in.

Another area that might contribute to the cost of NOT doing home maintenance is the edges around the tub where it has been caulked. You want to make sure that you are using a disinfectant cleaner (Industrial Germicidal Cleaner) along these edges. Pools of water from water splashing or even the shower itself may settle there and cause mold and mildew as well. This mold and mildew may begin to spread and if left unchecked, you will have to replace the entire affected area.

You will then want to make sure that the grout or caulk around the sink is also clean. It is good to note that if you do notice any cracks or pieces missing in your grout, you will want to have them sealed. It’s when water gets through that mold can build up and begin to cause more severe damage to your bathroom. Call a professional to either patch up the holes in the caulk or grout, or replace it entirely.

When you consider the potential health effects on your family, the cost of NOT doing home maintenance seems too high to calculate or even consider. Take the time to keep your bathroom clean and well-maintained. Hopefully, these good habits will rub off on your children, and not any toxic mold.

Make a Weekly Cleaning Schedule

We all know how easy it is for our week to get away from us. It seems strange because we live in such a highly technical age. Sometimes it feels as if all those toys that are supposed to help us live easier lives have actually taken over the world. Instead of a little more down time, we’re constantly being called on our cell phones, beeped, paged, and generally at the mercy of others every hour of every day.

Our regular routines are more difficult than ever to keep. When we’re not at work or school, we’re driving the kids to events. We also try to schedule a work-out, lunch with a friend, and recreational activities. It’s not hard to see where a weekly household cleaning schedule can fall by the wayside. So how do we keep up with that aspect of our lives?

One key is to actually write out a weekly household cleaning schedule. Seeing something in black and white gives us a much better sense of just what needs to be done. Once you list your chores, you can decide if you want to devote an entire day off every week to doing them. You may find that there are some things you can do during the weekday evenings, thus freeing up a little more time to relax.

Floors definitely demand a lot of our attention. After all, there’s a floor in every room. Some are carpeted; some may be tile, marble, or linoleum; while others might be hardwood floors with area rugs lying on top. Chances are you use a variety of tools and products to clean them. Most likely you vacuum carpets and rugs. For the wooden floors you would use mops with hardwood floor cleaners. Hopefully you use earth friendly floor cleaner on hard surfaced floors.

Cleaning Your Floors

Most of us feel a lot better about the whole house when all the floors are clean. There’s something really unpleasant about looking down and seeing dirt, stains, and piles of objects that aren’t in their normal place. In terms of our weekly household cleaning schedule, floors can take up a fair amount of time.

As with anything else, keeping up with problems as they happen, is an important factor. For instance, if you spill something on your tile flooring, grab your earth friendly floor cleaner right away and clean it up. If your pets shed regularly on your carpet, vacuum every couple of days instead of waiting until your weekly household cleaning schedule tells you it’s time. As with most things, preventative maintenance and prompt action can be big time savers.

Wood floors are beautiful and always add a special something to the appearance of a room. Just as with your carpeting, they don’t require a huge amount of work if you stay on top of the job. Usually, you can do them when you do the rest of your weekly household cleaning schedule; or maybe you’ve elected to do all of your floors on a certain day or night. Generally using mops and hardwood floor cleaners will do the job (#657 Fuller Brush Wood Floor Cleaner and Polish).

Fortunately, one of the things technology has done for us is to make our weekly household cleaning schedule easier. For instance when it comes to floor care, you can often do it in one step. In times gone by we’d have to wash the floor, often on hands and knees and then follow up with a wax or polish. It’s also great to know that research and developers are creating more in the line of earth friendly floor cleaners.

Kitchen and bathroom floors often take the brunt of the abuse in our homes. It’s usually better to work on them more often than our weekly household cleaning schedule dictates. When we cook, we often spill food and drink, as well as splash water around while we’re scrubbing vegetables or washing our hands. In the bathroom, hair spray and other products go with gravity and head for the floor. These rooms are ideal for combined cleaner/ polisher (#731 Fuller Brush Mop and Shine 1 Step Floor Cleaner). Many homes use hardwood flooring or look-alike tile in which case mops with hardwood floor cleaners are appropriate.

Regardless of the flooring combinations in your home, you want to save time and make all the chores as easy as possible (#663 Fuller Brush Labor Saver Floor Cleaner). You already have plenty to do on your weekly household cleaning schedule, so plan for it to go as smoothly as possible.

Whenever you can use earth friendly floor cleaners as well environmentally safe cleaners everywhere that you can.


Eliminating Odors with an Effective Fabric Deodorizer

Some odors seem to linger for days or even weeks, such as cigarette smoke and pet smells. To maintain an odor-free home, regular treatment with a fabric deodorizer is a safe and effective method. One of the key tricks to eliminating odors is to find a method that safely eliminates the odor without masking it. Many methods for eliminating odors only cover-up the odor rather than remove it. When smells are caught in fabrics, such as clothing, furniture, or carpet, masking odor only adds more "stuff" on top of the original offender, which means even more to clean. Additionally, some methods that mask odors are temporary, and some can even be harmful if harsh chemicals are used. Is it possible to remove lingering odors in a safe manner that will not add air pollution to your home or build-up residue on fabrics? The good news is that it is possible using a fabric deodorizer and proper cleaning techniques.

For strong smells in large areas such as on carpets, drapes, and furniture, the first impulse is often to think that something just as strong must be used to remove the smell. While steam cleaning machines appear to be big and powerful (and they can be), one drawback to steam cleaning is that it can set-in strong odors through the combination of steam and heat, thereby creating exactly the opposite of what is desired. Prior to steam cleaning, odors can be removed using a natural fabric and carpet deodorizer. One that uses natural ingredients is best, as these are less harmful to you and the environment. Natural fabric and carpet deodorizers also do not mask the smell; rather, the combination of natural ingredients work together to eliminate odors. (One such example of a natural fabric and carpet deodorizer is the Fuller "610 Nature's Choice Odor Away.")

When cleaning carpets in particular, the affected area requires investigation prior to treatment. If possible, determine if the odor has seeped through the carpet backing and into the pad. This requires lifting the carpet to see if there is a visible stain on the pad. If so, clean the pad and carpet backing with the fabric deodorizer, let dry, and replace. If you are unable to lift the carpet and are quite sure the cause of the odor seeped through, you can use a syringe to inject fabric deodorizer underneath the carpet and into the padding.

Prior to using a carpet deodorizer, vacuum the area thoroughly, avoiding the use of any powder products directly on the carpet. Once you have vacuumed, apply the carpet deodorizer according to the product directions. Many can be applied directly to carpet using a spray bottle, which is quick and effective. Once the product has dried, smell test the area for any lingering odors. The procedure may need to be repeated a few times to completely remove the smell. After the fabric deodorizer has completely removed the odor, then it is safe to steam clean, and you can rest easy knowing that you won't be setting-in any long-term odors.

The same process can be used on drapery on a regular basis or prior to cleaning. Many dry cleaners use both steam and dry heat, so it is a good idea to use a fabric deodorizer on your draperies prior to dry cleaning, even though this seems counter-intuitive. As with carpet, apply a natural fabric deodorizer to the drapes using a spray bottle and allow time to dry. Test for odors and repeat as necessary.

Fabric deodorizers can also be used effectively on furniture, where odors tend to accumulate easily from causes in the air, such as smoke, and repeated use by both people and pets. Vacuum furniture thoroughly prior to using a deodorizer, and then apply as directed. A good deodorizer will not stain fabric, although it is still a good idea to do a test on an area that is out of view. A natural fabric deodorizer may be less likely to stain.

Some odors that have set-in or are extra strong may need a more thorough cleaning (such as a bad urine stain). In this instance, use a fabric deodorizer to neutralize the smell and as an ongoing treatment following the initial treatment. This will keep pets from returning to the same spot, as it won't have the odor marking the area. Using a fabric deodorizer on a regular basis also keeps other odors from setting in and your home smelling fresh and clean.

Adding Fun to Your House Cleaning: Fuller Brush Outlet Shopping

It seems we are all starting to sense we may be spending a little too much time in front of computers. The seasons are changing outside the windows, but the window right in front of us only changes with our screensaver. The amount of time we spend sitting at computers makes even seasonal rituals like cleaning gain a little allure, and the prospect of a leisurely drive to an outlet mall may be just what you need to draw you to your feet. If you are lucky, you can combine the urge to clean with a pleasant drive. Dedicated Fuller Brush outlets are now located in seven sites, with several smaller mini-outlets in additional locations, carrying a good range of trusted professional cleaning supplies, as well as laundry and cleaning tools.

It’s not insane to actually relish the prospect of making your house shine. Your house is your home. Your home is you. What your mother taught you is still true: It doesn’t matter if your clothes are humble or expensive—a clean and happy face is what matters. It’s the same with your home. If it’s clean, it will look good. If it looks good, you look good. Fuller Brush outlet stores are one way you can buy products you trust at prices you can afford. Plus, because of the way outlet stores are traditionally situated in slightly out-of-the-way places, you get the bonus of an unhurried drive. Call a friend, call two, and do it together. Outlet shopping is not just shopping; it is truly an outlet and an outing, a reminder of the good old days when to own a car was to own a precious freedom.

Perhaps you’re not old enough to remember another part of those good old days, when the Fuller Brush Man would actually come ringing doorbells and sit down in the living room with your mom, a cup of her exceptionally weak coffee and a sample case. Those days are pretty much gone, but hey. The Fuller Brush Company’s tradition of quality products, including both professional cleaning supplies as well as essential laundry and cleaning tools, is still alive and well. Round up your best friend, pick a gorgeous day, stop at your local coffeeshop for some tall, intense coffee drinks, and head for the closest outlet mall. What could be a better way to combine mundane chores with some fun?

Don’t let anyone belittle you for getting a good feeling from cleaning. It’s satisfying. It’s physical, it protects and presents your biggest investment, and it’s downright cleansing to your soul. Get yourself some fulfilling tools for the job. Stop trying to chase flying dog hair with your vacuum attachment: get a miracle mop (Treated Dust Mop) to make it easier. Tired of bending over to pick up lost straws after finishing sweeping? Replace your beat up old straw broom with a nice, new polypropylene and steel broom (Angle Broom). Want to extend the life of your clothes dryer and make it more efficient? Get a brush to clean the lint from it (Clothes Dryer Vent Brush). All of these laundry and cleaning tools, along with other professional cleaning supplies, are available from the respected Fuller Brush Company, at its outlet stores or online.

Buying cheaply made products has never been a good idea, though at times in our lives it’s sometimes necessary. Buying well made products cheaply, however, is an idea whose worth is constant regardless of financial circumstance. This is the basis of outlet shopping. You go an extra mile to get a special product that will last you longer and save you money. Make that shopping trip into an outing that’s pleasurable, and you also gain a great day with friends on the road, which is, as they say, priceless. Who knows? Maybe your outing to the Fuller Brush outlet store will result in another amazingly simple way to spend a great day with your friends: a house cleaning exchange. The hostess supplies breakfast, you all bring your favorite music, and housecleaning becomes a party. Nothing is really unthinkable; who said housework had to be drudgery?

Purchasing laundry and cleaning tools may not sound all that exciting, even if you elevate their status by calling them professional cleaning supplies. Still, life is what you make it, the glass half-empty or half-full. So go ahead. Add a little adventure and fun to the ordinary. Make your visit to the Fuller Brush outlet store the beginning of a special season of friendship and fun and, yes, cleaning!

How to Make the Most Out of Your Bathroom Cleaning Products

One of the most important parts of your house cleaning routine is paying attention to your bathroom, especially since you use it daily. It is ideal that when you do your routine cleaning, bathroom maintenance should be done once a week in order to keep it looking as good as new. Here are some bathroom cleaning tips that will help keep your bathroom disinfected and clean.

General bathroom cleaning tips

Before you embark on a quest to clean your bathroom, be sure that you know the basics first. It may sound like common sense, but it’s good to be reminded that you should clean the filthiest area last. Start with the areas that need less work. This will lessen the possibility of contamination among the different areas of your bathroom. If you can, cleaning bathrooms after a steamy shower or bath is ideal. This is because the steam tends to loosen the dirt, making it easier for you to wipe it away. Also, if you have any glass doors or mirrors in your bathroom, it would be very handy for you to keep a squeegee within reach. This will allow you to prevent staining these surfaces by wiping them immediately after they get wet. It is also ideal that you have handy bathroom wipes (Fullsan Disinfecting Wipes) available in your bathroom supply cabinet for emergency bathroom cleaning. Make sure that these wipes not only smell good, but are also capable of removing most of the germs and bacteria in your bathroom.

Mildew Removal and Prevention

Mildew is a common problem among most bathrooms. If you find little spots of mildew stain on your bathroom ceiling, walls or doors, applying car wax (Fuller Brush Car Wash & Wax Concentrate) on these areas will help keep out the water and prevent the mildew from growing any further. Applying the car wax every six months should be enough to keep the water out of the pores in your ceiling, etc. For added mildew prevention, you can apply an industrial strength germicidal cleaner (Fuller Brush Industrial Germicidal Cleaner) with active ingredients that help with mildew and mold removal. Since it doesn’t have the same slippery finish as car wax, you can use the germicidal industrial cleaning product safely on your floors.

Keeping your tub and shower clean

When you clean the shower area of your bathroom, you can use an all-purpose cleaner (Fuller Brush Bath Clean) to get the job done. It would be better for you to use a cleaner (such as Fuller Brush Bath Clean) that can protect your bathroom from grime, as well as easily dissolve excess soap and hard water stains. Spread your cleaner on the floor of the shower area, as well as the shower curtains in order to prevent any build-up of dirt and germs. Leave the cleaner on for 10 minutes before you scrub it off. Do this weekly.

If your bathtub has developed a nasty looking ring around it, using the same type of all-purpose cleaner (Fuller Brush Bath Clean) can get rid of it. Apply the cleaner around your bathtub ring. You can use a bathtub swab (Fuller Brush Bathtub Swab) to apply the cleaner. This should remove the bathtub ring completely.

Maintaining a clean toilet

Your toilet bowl would probably need the most amount of cleaning. Bathroom cleanser and a toilet bowl brush (Fuller Brush Long-Life Heavy-Duty Toilet Bowl Brush) will often do the trick, but when this kind of treatment no longer works, try using an industrial strength cleaner (Fuller Brush Extra Strength Bowl Cleaner). Apply the toilet bowl cleaner and let it rest for five minutes before you scrub it off with the toilet bowl brush.

Making Your Bathroom Fixtures Sparkle

If your bathroom has chrome fixtures, you can polish them by using a peroxide-based cleaner. Using this type of cleaner will restore their original shine and also remove any unwanted scratches that can become the cause of future buildup. Keep in mind that if you have any brass or gold-plated fixtures, using powdered cleansers on them may cause corrosion. You can also use metal polish or baby oil to do this.

A good bathroom cleaning routine involves not only the proper cleaning tools, but also using these tools properly. Your bathroom supply cabinet should be stocked with bathroom cleaning products that can help you with your toughest cleaning problems, as well as meet your personal standards in terms of scent and environment-friendliness. That way, your bathroom will literally seem like a throne room.


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