Sprinkling salt an hour before vacuuming brightens carpet.



Hold a steam iron over flattened carpet to pull the fibre up. Be sure not to touch the carpet with the iron.



Allow an ice cube to melt in indentations left by furniture for the carpet fibres to rise again.


Hoping these tips help your carpets look like new!




Smell is a powerful sense and a pleasant fragrance does wonders to lift the spirits. If you dont like your regular car- freshener scents, borrow from your laundry room:

Place a refill sachet of your favourite fabric softener under your car seat.
When you open up the door and get in youll get a pleasant whiff of the scent.


The number one method to keep cloth furniture clean is prevention.   Avoid having dirty or potentially have leather couches in the family room and the nicer cloth furniture in the living room.  That being said here are a few things to do the keep and clean cloth upholstery.


Vacuum regularly using a dusting attachment (the attachment with brushes) this helps loosen dust and dirt making the cleaning and any future spills much easier.  Be sure the vacuum under the cushions as well (you will find loose change), but crumbs always work their way under the cushions. 

If you have a stain which needs removing use a general purpose spot cleaner and clean by following the package instructions, it is always better to tamp or blot stains, rubbing damages fibres and sets stains.  Here is a recipe for a good home made spotter for cloth upholstery.

Mix cup of laundry soap with warm water if you use a mixer or a whisk you can mix to a froth and use the foam as your spotter.  Apply with a clean cloth or sponge, tamp or blot the stain as the stain breaks down into the foam remove with a kitchen scraper. Rinse by using cool water and blotting with a dry white towel.  Always test a small area on and unseen spot on the upholstery first to be sure there are no adverse affects.

If you have a fresh stain always blot with a clean white towel first to absorb as much of the spill before having to put out the cleaning supplies.  Often immediate blotting with remove much if not all of the spill

Removing lint and wrinkles

Removing lint can be done a few ways the fastest and easiest is a rolled up piece of tape, use duct or packing tape to have more sticky surface area, or use a slightly dampened sponge, or clothes or lint brush works too

Removing unwanted wrinkles when you dont have easy access to an iron, hang clothes in the washroom when having a shower, keep the doors and windows closed and leave the fan off.  You can also place the clothes in the dryer with a damp towel for 10 minutes to remove wrinkles as well.

Whites, whiter

My white clothes look dull and dingy. Most of the labels say NO Chlorine Bleach is there another way to whiten them?

There are many reasons for whites to become dull. A very common factor is hard water. The trace elements in the water can prevent soap from lathering properly and the residue can leave a dull or gray appearance. Check with your local utility to see if this is a concern. For slightly hard water, it is possible to overcome the problem of siding, by simply adding more detergent.

You can try an all fabric bleach (Bleach for un-bleachable), or an oxygen bleach, but always test for color fastness on the clothing, and add the bleach to the soap and water, BEFORE adding the clothing. Even these safe bleaches can cause damage if poured in concentrate, directly onto wet clothing.

You might also try soaking in a solution of water and lemon juice overnight before washing. Then add this soak water into the wash water with the regular detergent when washing.

The final tip would be to hang these articles to dry in the sun. The sun is an excellent natural bleaching tool, which can actually even lighten some stains to the point they are invisible. The other huge benefit of air drying, along with the fact it is free, is that stained clothing will not have the stain set, whereas a tumble dryer gets so hot, that the stains are baked into the fibers. 

Cleaning Hardwood Floors

Your hardwood floor is installed. There is no flooring that looks as comfortable or luxurious as a beautiful hardwood floor.  How do you care for and clean Hardwood flooring? It is an investment you certainly want to protect. Most major stores will have hardwood floor basics for equipment and supplies for cleaning hardwood floors.  You may find some specialty pieces of equipment at flooring stores.

Floor mats are essential when it comes to cleaning hardwood floors. Tiny particles, like dirt, can act like sandpaper and scratch your wood. A floor mat at each entryway and having family members and guests to wipe their feet, the majority of dirt and grime will remain on the mat. Having a good mat before and after you go in your home goes a long way to trap the dirt before you enter the house.  Try and use over sized mats where you can and regularly sweep or vacuum them as well.   Also put a floor mat or rug in any area where water could be splashed like near the kitchen sink. This will hinder any possible water damage.

Note that rubber-backed or non-ventilated floor mats or rugs can damage your floor. Instead use floor mats or rugs made especially for hardwood floors or use hardwood floor pads under the mat.  It is pretty important to keep under the mats clean as well a build up of dirt and the movement of the mat will cause damage to the floors.

The more frequently you clean the easier it is to keep your hardwood floors clean, and the better care you take, the longer your floor will maintain its original beauty. Step one is to purchase a high quality broom so that you can sweep your floor regularly of dirt, dust and other particles.

Second step is a vacuum cleaner without a beater bar, to get in between the boards and other hard to reach areas.  Be sure your vacuum tool is always in good repair and the brushes are good, once they wear you dont want the actual tool to start scratching the hardwood floors.

Deeper cleaning techniques vary depending on the installation and finish of your hardwood floor. For Finish in Place hardwood floors, using an 8x14 terrycloth mop with a rotating head that makes cleaning corners, under cabinets and along base boards as simple.  In any case always use very little water this is why standard mops not recommended to clean hardwood floors.  A flat hardwood floor mop leaves little space for water and is always best.

Professional cleaning products recommended by your flooring retailer can be used to remove tough stains and spills without dulling the finish of your wood floor. Makers of Pre-finished floors recommend their own specific products for routine maintenance. Check with your retailer for details.

Do and Dont's

Dont wax a wood floor with a urethane finish

Do use cleaners that wont leave a film or residue

Don"t use ammonia cleaners or oil soaps on a wood floor theyll dull the finish and affect your ability to recoat later.

Do use a professional hardwood floor cleaner to remove occasional scuffs and heel marks (just spray some cleaner on a cloth and rub the stained area lightly)

Don't wet mop or use excessive water to clean your floor (wood naturally expands when its wet and can cause your floor to crack or splinter). 

Do clean sticky spots with a damp towel or sponge

Do minimize water exposure and clean spills immediately

If and when your hardwood floor begins to look like it belongs beneath the feet of gold miners in an old western saloon, its time to consider screening and re-coating.

Screening is the process used to abrade or grind down your floors polyurethane finish. Next, fresh coats of urethane are applied. The result is a rejuvenated floor that looks as good as the day it was installed!

If the damage to your hardwood floor is severe, then you may require sanding and refinishing. This process involves sanding your floor down to the bare wood and refinishing it. Only go to this effort if screening and re-coating doesnt solve your problem. Replacement boards may be available so you dont have to refinish the entire area. Be sure to go pro whenever you have work done on your hardwood floors!

Final Thoughts

All hardwood floors fade or change shades over time. Like our own skin, woods exposure to sunlight may greatly increase this process and cause permanent damage.

Window treatments are recommended to shade your floors from the suns harsh rays. We also recommend rotating area rugs and furniture regularly, allowing wood floors to age evenly from UV exposure.

To avoid permanent marks and scratches, its a good idea to cover furniture and table legs with flannel protectors. Be careful when moving heavy objects across your floor to avoid scuffing.

Ladies  your stiletto heels may be fashionable, but whats not in fashion (or covered by your warranty) are the dents and scratches they cause to wood floors. I had a friend who held a big dinner party after installing new hardwood floors only to wake up to hundreds of little dents in his brand new (and now not so perfect) hardwood floors. So have a dinner party but keep it casual, nothing fancy. Likewise, trim your pets nails regularly and keep any and all other sharp objects (dont walk with scissors is a good rule always) away from your floors.

Follow these basic tips for clean hardwood floors that stand the test of time for years to come.

Black Mold

In order to remove house mold there are several different strategies that you could take. Mold inside your home can be a serious problem for you. It can cause health concerns for the inhabitants as well as decimate the value of the property if it spreads throughout. Taking care of mold when you first notice it is very important. Here are a few easy ways to remove house mold.

Using chlorine bleach is one way to help remove mold. However, it will not work in all situations and in all surfaces. You should only use chlorine bleach if the mold is growing on a non-porous surface. For example, if you have the mold in your bathroom on a hard surface such as a bathtub or countertop. If you have mold on wood, chlorine bleach will not work because properties in the bleach prevent it from going deep down into the wood and killing the roots of the mold. You can use bleach to disinfect the area after you remove the mold, but on porous surfaces, you should stay away from chlorine bleach.

One thing that will work on porous surfaces is detergent. One common ingredient in many laundry detergents is borax. Borax is great for penetrating deep into porous surfaces and eliminating mold and other materials. Therefore, if you have mold on wood or another porous surface, this would be a great product to use. You can mix it with water and form a nice compound for removing mold quickly and efficiently. Scrub the area with this mixture and a scrubbing brush to remove the mold. Then you can disinfect it with chlorine bleach after.

Another common household item that can be used to remove mold is hydrogen peroxide. Mix 1 cup of warm water with 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide. Then scrub the surface of the mold with this mixture to remove it.

Old news papers:

I am pleased to share these tips for using up your old newspapers with you:  

Deodorise luggage and containers. Stuff in a few sheets of crumpled newspaper and seal for a few days. The paper will absorb any odours for a fresh start. 

Clean and polish your windows. Crumpled newspaper dries and polishes windows better than paper towels and it’s a lot cheaper.


cleaning tips for your worker: A Clean Duster

You probably use a feather duster or dusting cloth, but chances are it's dirtier than the surfaces you're trying to clean with it. Do yourself a favor and vacuum your duster after every job. That way it will be clean and ready to go next time. You'll pick up more dust instead of just moving it around from place to place. Once you get into the habit, you'll wonder why you never thought of this one before.


8 Rules for stain removal:


Although some stains will not be removed completely, these eight rules will help identify and remove stains with a lot more ease. There are unfotunately stains that cannot be removed and will only be lightened.

  1. Act swiftly
    The sooner you start working on a stain the easier it is to remove
  2. Follow the directions
    Always follow the directions on the cleaning chemicals you use. Read all the warnings
  3. Test in a hidden area
    Always choose a hidden spot on the clothing to see whether the chemicals will damage the fabric.
  4. Remove stains from the back
    Stains happen from the front of clothing, so when you remove it you will do it from the back (the inside)
  5. Be wary of bleach
    Bleach removes the colour from coloured fabrics and can damage delicate fabrics.
  6. Don't mix cleaning products
    Mixing cleaning chemicals can cause damage to your clothing. It can also cause chemical reactions
  7. Wash treated items
    Only after doing stain treatments wash the clothing. Wash immediately after treatment as leaving chemicals on clothing for too long can damage it
  8. Patience is a virtue
    Some stains will not be removed after just one treatment and may require more than one treatment.