Unusual Cleaning Tricks!

cleaning-services-queen-creek-85279_441x269Last weekend Ann, her husband and daughter, rented a property for a short three day get-away. This was Ann’s third stay at one of the very top vacation homes we represent at Rancho Las Palmas Country Club.

I called Ann on Friday to see if she and her family enjoyed their stay and to get feedback on the property. This particular vacation home is meticulously appointed and the bedding and towels are 5 star hotel/spa quality. The owner of this property has exquisite taste and her guests both recognize and appreciate her efforts.

Ann said that they all had a wonderful time in the desert and of course had only good things to say about the property … but she did hint that the sheets were looking a bit “tired.” I thanked her for the input and as soon as we wound up our conversation, I contacted the property owners to pass on the comment. The owners will address replacing the sheets on their next visit.

I visited the property and went through the linen closet … appeared fine to me. Perhaps it is the feel of the sheets when used? This would only be recognized by the owners or their repeat guests. I also made note to have the cleaners do a closer examination of the sheets and towels for wear, spots or stains during the next cleaning.

With “tired sheets” and cleaning on my mind this week, I thought I might share a few surprising cleaning tips. Of course my best household cleaning tip is to find someone else to do the cleaning!  If you must clean, the following household products, not found under the kitchen sink or above the washing machine, surprisingly work better than anything you’ll find on the cleaning isle at your local Piggly Wiggly!  

First let’s head to the medicine cabinet ….

I love hydrogen peroxide! Did you know you can easily remove stubborn stains and blood from clothing and sheets with undiluted hydrogen peroxide? First you should test a couple of drops on an inconspicuous area of the fabric. This is especially important when removing stains from colored fabric. For a small stain, blot the stain with a cotton ball or Q-tip soaked with peroxide. You may pour a small amount of peroxide over large stains on white fabric or sheets. Peroxide works best on fresh stains. If the stain has already been washed and dried it will be harder to remove and you will need to repeat this process until the stain is lifted out.

Hydrogen Peroxide is also a terrific stain remover for toilet bowls. Just pour ½ cup into the toilet bowl and let it sit for 20 minutes. Scrub with a brush and flush. Repeat for stubborn stains.

Hydrogen Peroxide is also great for removing grout stains around kitchen and bathroom tiles and mildew stains around tubs and showers. Drizzle undiluted peroxide on stained areas and allow it to sit for about 15 to 20 minutes. Scrub the wet grout with an old toothbrush being careful not to splatter the peroxide on your clothing. Rinse with water.

Rubbing Alcohol is great for removing price tags from dishes and glassware! Who knew? Pour a small amount of alcohol directly on the price tag or saturate a cotton ball and let it sit on the tag for a couple minutes. The alcohol will dissolve the sticky glue and the price tag will slide right off. Personally I hate to see the price tags on the bottom of décor … it’s a pet peeve and I cannot tell you how many manicures I destroyed before learning this simple trick.

Vinegar is the best cleaner for soap buildup on shower doors. So someone’s not using the squeegee after they shower? I recommend you arm “the culprit” with a spray bottle of undiluted white vinegar, a plastic scrubber or scrubby pad and a squeegee. Point him/her in the direction of the shower! Liberally spray the glass and allow it to sit for several minutes. Scrub, rinse and squeegee!   Viola!

Use old newspapers instead of paper towels to clean glass table tops, mirrors and windows. Newspaper will not streak and you’ll be recycling!

Vacation Rentals of the Desert’s cleaning contractors often uses these unusual tricks … they are all “tried and true.” If you have a cleaning tip to share I would love to hear from you and share it with our readers.

Photo Courtesy of Annabel’s Cleaning Service, Miami Florida: http://annabelservice.com/

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