John Parker Art: How to remove grout

There are several ways to remove grout that is trapped between floor tiles and we will present them to you.

Hiring a professional cleaning company:

Grout removingThis is the easiest and most efficient way to deal with grout. By hiring a cleaning company you won’t have to invest any of your personal time and energy into the task. In fact the only thing that you will have to do is to call the cleaning firm and book its cleaning services. The only downside of this approach is that it can be costly at times.

Steam cleaning:

To remove the grout via steam cleaning you must own a steam cleaning machine. Bear in mind that these machines are expensive, so it is preferable that you rent one instead. You can rent a steam cleaning machine from any cleaning company that operates in your area. Once you have rented the machine, you must read and follow the instructions to remove the grout from your flooring.

Treating the grout with chlorine bleach and baking soda:

Get a small bucket or laver and pour a cup of baking soda in it. Add ½ a cup of chlorine bleach to the baking soda and commence stirring the mixture with a paint stirrer. Stir until the mixture becomes a paste. Now get a brush and dip it into the grout removing paste. Apply the paste on the grout and allow it to sit for approximately 15 minutes before you commence scrubbing. Always work one section at a time and prevent the paste from drying on the sections which you aren’t treating. Finish the grout removing by rising the floor with clean water and mopping the floor.

Cleaning with oxygen bleach:

Get a bucket and pour one cup of oxygen bleach into it. Then fill the bucket with water and allow the ingredients to mix for about five minutes. Before you apply the mixture on your floor, make sure that your floor is completely dry. Also know that bleach is a strong chemical that can damage wooden surfaces and carpets. So if you have such features in close proximity to the flooring that you are treating make sure to remove them, before you start the grout removing. Now pour the mixture over your floor and allow it to soak into the grout for half an hour. Once the grout remover has soaked in, scrub the grout away by using a nylon-bristled brush. When all the grout is removed, rinse and mop your floor with clean fresh water.

John Parker Art: Three efficient methods to clean wind blinds

Wind Blinds CleaningToday more and more people are opting for window blinds instead of curtains or drapes because blinds don’t get stained as often. Also blinds, unlike curtains and drapes accumulate little dust because of the fact that they are made from a dust-proof material. However, despite all these qualities, window blinds just like all household and office features require their fair share of cleaning. This is why we have decided to write down an article with three blind cleaning methods that will allow window blind owners to maintain their blinds clean.

Method 1:  The Clean Hands Method

This method is undoubtedly one of the simplest cleaning techniques known to mankind. Just shut your blinds and put on one of your hands a dust-attractant glove. If you don’t own such a glove you can buy one from a nearby cleaning company or supermarket or substitute it with a cotton glove. Before you put on the glove, make sure that the glove is completely dry, because a damp or wet glove will leave hard to remove moisture and water streaks on your blinds. Now run your fingers lightly over the blind slats to pick all the dust and dirt that are stuck on the slats. Always work in a horizontal direction and when you are done with one side of the blinds, flip them so that you can clean the other side as well. If the glove gets too dirty, simply replace it with a new one and continue your cleaning routine.

Method 2: The Professional Method

As the name suggests, this method involves a professional cleaning company. Instead of wasting time and resources on cleaning your blinds on your own, simply call professional cleaners to clean your window blinds for you. Keep in mind that most professional cleaners have specialized machines that will not only remove the dust and dirt from the blind slats but wash them as well.

Method 3: The Vacuum Cleaning Method

This blind cleaning technique is as simple as the first method that we presented to you. However this time instead of using a glove, you will use your vacuum cleaner. Once again shut your blinds and use your vacuum cleaner to remove the dust and dirt. If you have a soft duster brush attachment, affix it to the nozzle of your vacuum. This way you won’t risk damaging the slats. Hold the back of the slats with your free hand to provide better suction.

John Parker Art: 4 steps on how to clean a leather couch

In today’s article we will turn your attention on a step by step tutorial which will allow you to properly clean and maintain your leather couch.

Step 1:

Leather Couch CleaningLeather tends to accumulate a lot of dust and this is why it is very important that you dust your leather sofa at least once a week. The easiest way to dust your couch is to vacuum it with your vacuum cleaner. But the most effective ways is to use a rubber glove which you have slight dampened. Simply pass your hand over the leather and all the dust and dirt will get stuck on the glove. Make sure that you turn extra attention to the spaces between the couch’s back and the cushions as these areas tend to gather large amounts of dust, dirt and debris.

Step 2:

Once you have removed the dust from your couch, inspect it carefully for stains. If you notice any stains, don’t wash the entire couch but only the stained area. Before you try removing the stain with a commercial stain remover, try removing the stain with a slightly damp cloth. Treat the stain with circular motions that commence at the outer edge of the stain and move towards the center of the stain. This way you won’t spread the stain further on your couch. If the damp cloth doesn’t do the job, head to your local supermarket or cleaning company and buy a commercial stain remover. Before you use the remover test it on an inconspicuous part of your couch. If the commercial remover passes the test, apply it on the stain by following the instructions that are written on the bottle.

Step 3:

Now that you have removed the stain, wipe the stain remover residue from your sofa with a clean microfiber cloth. It is preferable that you use a microfiber cloth because of the fact that microfiber cloths have excellent absorbent qualities. Also don’t apply too much pressure when you are wiping your couch clean as pressing too hard will leave permanent marks on the leather.

Step 4:

Next check your sofa for signs of mildew and mold. If you notice such signs, don’t waste time treating the problematic areas. Instead call professional cleaners to handle this problem for you. By calling a cleaning firm you will ensure the removal of the mold and mildew and more importantly you will guarantee the well being of your leather couch.

Step 5: Finish the cleaning by drying your leather sofa meticulously.



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