On a hot summer's day patio furniture can be a real godsend, an oasis of relaxation and bliss that is nothing short of heaven. Unfortunately, unsightly mold and mildew can be unwelcomed guests at the party. Left to their own devices, these growths will not only ruin a party, but your cloth patio furniture as well. When mold is present, you want to get rid of it as quickly as possible before it takes over the surface of your cushions and works its way into the padding below.
Cleaning mold from cloth patio furniture isn't as hard as it sounds. With the right cleaning materials you can make your patio cushions look like new again and kill off the mold. All you need is some water, soda, lime juice and rubber gloves. Yes, cleaning cushions of mold requires a trip to the grocery store, not the home improvement store. While the cleaning materials aren't toxic, the mold can be, at least in terms of causing an allergic reaction. That's why rubber gloves are so important, to protect your hands and palms and to keep mold spores from making their home elsewhere in your home. You'll want to do your cleaning outside so pick a nice day where there is plenty of sunlight and make sure you have plenty of open space to work in.
The best method of getting rid of mold is to use one quart of soda with one gallon of warm water. The soda serves as a detergent, loosing the mold and stains. Begin the cleaning process by wetting a sponge. In a circular motion, scrub the cushion with enough force to remove the visible mold. Continue to clean the moldy areas using this circular scrubbing process. Be careful not to spread the mold onto unaffected spots. This method is for spot cleaning, not general cushion cleaning. Once you've scrubbed the affected spots on the cushion, it's time to use a brush. You should use a brush with soft bristles. Stiff bristles won't remove any more mold and can damage the fabric. A brush will help remove mold spores between the woven strands of the fabric. This deep cleaning will help prevent the mold from returning as quickly.
There will undoubtedly be some stains that won't come clean this way. Mold can be pretty stubborn, especially when it's had some time to fester and grow unimpeded. In these cases you'll want to tackle the mold with lime juice. Apply a thick layer of lime juice on the stain, squeezing it right from the lime. Wait 10 minutes. Now you'll want to place the cushion out in the sun. Don't wipe off any of the lime juice. The lime juice and the sun will work together to eat at the stain, eventually removing it completely. Be sure to let each side of the cushion dry completely before flipping it over and drying the other side. If the stain isn't completely gone, reapply some more lime juice and repeat the drying process. Eventually, you should see no evidence of mold or stains.
Once the lime and sun have worked their magic, it's time to do a little preventative maintenance. First, apply water repellant to the surface of the cushions. Mold loves a damp surface and the water repellant will keep water from soaking into the fabric. It's not waterproof, however, so you'll want to keep your cushions out of continual rain or winter weather. Every month during the summer you should inspect your cushions for dirt, dust and mold and give them a good cleaning with a hose and clean cloth. It doesn't have to be a deep cleaning: just a rinse and wipe. This should keep them clean all season long. When it comes time to store your cloth patio furniture for the season, bring the cushions indoors. Don't store them in plastic - trapped moisture can promote the growth of mold and mildew. The frame of the furniture should get one more cleaning and then be covered with an appropriate cover to keep the surface from getting moldy, collecting dirt and grime and away from the elements. With proper care your cushions should remain relatively mold and mildew free for many years to come.
There are some simple practices that you can instill into your household cleaning routine to help keep your hardwood floors clean. Hardwood floors are becoming more popular to homeowners because they give the house a very clean and modern look.
As a quick way to keep your hardwood floors clean, you can simply sweep the area with a soft bristled broom. Sand, lint, and other debris often find themselves scattered about hardwood floors, so a simple sweeping of the area should remove such elements and give your rooms a clean look.
Aside from sweeping your hardwood floors, you can also use a vacuum to help keep your floors clear of debris. This is an effective cleaning tool if you are often short on time. If you do plan on using a vacuum cleaner, then make sure that you use a soft brush attachment before vacuuming your hardwood floors; this will help to reduce any scratches that a regular vacuum may leave behind.
If you have area rugs or hallway runners covering your hardwood floors, then you should consider vacuuming them often as well. Debris will often become intertwined with the fibers of the rugs that run the risk of scratching your hardwood floors if the debris filters down far enough, especially if your rugs are in a high traffic area. In addition, when you are sweeping your hardwood floors, take a few moments to sweep underneath your rugs, the less debris on your floors then the less chance of accidental scratching.
It is also important that you clean up any liquid spills as soon as they happen. Hardwood flooring is essentially wood and liquid has a tendency to warp and otherwise deteriorate this type of material. While small droplets of liquid may not be too harmful to your hardwood floors, you should get into the habit of cleaning up any liquid spills immediately. If you have a large family, make sure that they are aware of the damage water can cause to hardwood floors and it really only takes a few minutes to wipe up a liquid mess. Make sure when you are cleaning up liquid spills that you are using a soft cloth, any kitchen towel should work just fine. Extremely dry and scratchy towels may damage your floors if you use them to wipe up your spills.
Not protecting your hardwood floors from your furniture could be result in unintended scratches or blemishes. At most hardware stores you can find furniture pads that can be placed underneath the legs of your couches, coffee table, end tables, and any other type of furniture that might damage your floors. This simple investment could save you and your floors a lot of grief. If you are in the habit of re-arranging your furniture often, then you should certainly consider getting furniture pads. They protect your floors and they make rearranging much easier because your furniture will be able to slide across your floor with greater ease.
Buffing and waxing your floor on occasion will also keep them clean and looking nice. Please contact the manufacturer of your hardwood flooring to learn about the correct procedure for properly buffing and waxing your floors.
Cleaning a garage is one of the most dreaded tasks of homeowners. Whether your garage is attached or unattached, it's a dirty and time-consuming task. If your garage is messy and unorganized, consider organizing it after you have moved everything out to clean. Clean out your garage at the start of the spring and fall. If you clean your garage twice away, it will help avoid heavy dirt buildup.
There are many wonderful products that can help you get your garage organized. You don't need to purchase an expensive garage organizer. Rather, head over to a big-box home improvement store in your area and purchase a few products that will work for your organizing needs. Consider plastic shelves, bins and tool organizers. Additionally, bike racks and mini-plastic sheds are very useful organizational products that are well worth the investment. Well organized and well stored bikes and lawn equipment will last longer when properly stored.
Removing Oil Spots
Once you have removed all items for your garage, you'll be able to get a good look at the floor. To limit the markings left from oil drips, place sand on the oil as soon as you spot it. It will make cleaning the garage floor much easier when the fall and spring come around.
If your garage floor still has a dirty appearance after you have washed it, consider painting it. If the garage floor is concrete, a popular and inexpensive trend is to paint the floor. There are paints formulated for painting concrete floors. Painting a concrete garage floor will help leave you with a smooth and clean surface that is easy to clean.
Simple Garage Cleaning Steps:
1. Remove all contents from the garage. Remove everything, including bikes and lawn furniture hanging form the ceiling.
2. Sweep it - Designated a broom for outdoor and garage use and use it to sweep the garage floor, walls and ceiling.
3. Power wash - Use a power washer or pressure washer to clean out the garage floor and ceiling.
4. Patch up cracked cement.
5. Put everything back into the garage.