|Forget the flashy products - cleaning tools can be simple|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Thursday, 03 October 2013 09:53|
You don't need fancy gadgets or lots of different products to thoroughly clean your home. Experts at The Maids, the franchised residential cleaning company that stands out from competitors because of its exclusive 22-Step Healthy Touch Deep Cleaning System, suggest these tools to tackle household chores:
Microfiber cloths: These specially made nylon cloths grab and hold more dirt and germs than regular cotton cloths due to "hooks and loops" and can be used wet or dry. Wash and reuse them over and over, but launder them separately and don't use any fabric softener.
Vacuum: Do you live with pets? Allergies? Flights of stairs? Check weight, maneuverability, filtering system and accessories before you buy a vacuum to ensure it meets your requirements. Those equipped with HEPA filters remove up to 99 percent of particulates, which is especially helpful for people with allergies.
Disinfectant wipes: These are perfect for in-between cleanings in kitchens and bathrooms (sinks, countertops, etc.). Remember not to cross- contaminate wipes between toilets and sinks.
Rubber gloves: Be kind to your hands, especially when using hot water or harsh cleaning products.
Brushes: A toilet brush scrubs off stubborn stains. An old toothbrush releases grime from tight places or grout. A larger scrub brush is perfect for removing soap scum and other hard-to-remove substances.
Lemon juice, vinegar: These mildly acidic liquids can sanitize, clean soap scum, remove stains, and get windows squeaky clean while saving you money and the environment.
Spray bottle: Use for homemade or all-purpose cleaners that need to be mixed with water. Just be sure to label the bottle appropriately for safety.
All-purpose cleaner: These products handle a variety of needs, including removing handprints from walls and food spills from floors, or wiping up countertops.
Dishwashing liquid: Mild soap isn’t just for plates and glasses. Use a soap/water mix to clean stovetops, refrigerators, tabletops, and more.
Tub and tile cleaner: Use at least once a week to remove grime.
(Visit The Maids (www.maids.com) for more information.)
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