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Bathroom Care Tips For A Spotless Finish

October 4, 2019

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These bathroom care tips were created to help you keep your bathroom looking cleaner without too much effort. The bathroom is an important area in your home; it’s one of the ways you make an impression on your guests. This can put a lot of pressure on you to maintain a spotless bathroom. Of course, you keep it “hygienic” all the time, but “spotless” isn’t always possible. Rust stains, soap scum, and dirty grout prevent some people from attaining the “spotless” achievement.

If a bathroom that looks like new every time is what you’re aiming for, these bathroom care tips are for you. Once you get the initial bathroom overhaul, something I like to call the master cleaning session, out of the way, keeping it up should be a breeze. Let me just remind you that keeping any area of your home spotless takes regular maintenance. With that said, we’ll break this down into two parts: the “master bathroom care tips” to take your bathroom from dingy to spectacular, and the “everyday bathroom care tips” to keep your bathroom cleaner on a regular basis.

Master Bathroom Care Tips:

  • This is not the time to shy away from powerful products or professional services. If you’re dealing with overwhelming grime, rust, and build up it’s okay to use bleach to cut through months or years of neglect.
  • If you’re using harsh chemicals, always make sure you have enough ventilation to prevent inhaling them. Don’t underestimate the fumes.
  • If there are certain spots that are particularly dirty, apply treatments and bathroom cleaning products to those areas first. Let the products penetrate while you take on other areas.
  • Use steel wool or a scrubber with extra-firm bristles to scrub – always using gloves!
  • For tubs and sinks that need special attention, fill up the sink with the hottest water possible and add either bleach or other powerful detergent known for removing stains.

Everyday Bathroom Care Tips:

  • Once the bathroom is in better condition, you can start using more gentle bathroom cleaning products for your everyday routine.
  • Make use of storage to keep clutter at bay. This will make wiping down surfaces much easier.
  • If you don’t have a way to ventilate air in your bathroom, it can encourage mold and take longer for your towels to dry. Give your bathroom a hand and leave the door open to allow any moisture to exit.
  • Keep a scrubber in the shower so you can take care of any stains while you’re in there. One less stain to worry about come cleaning day
  • Speaking of cleaning day, dedicate one day out of the week to clean your bathroom. You can either use that day to clean all of your main rooms or just one room at a time.
  • Take one day out of the month to do regular deep cleaning on your rooms. This means applying a grout cleaner to your tiles, disinfecting your toilet bowl and bathroom floors, etc.

The Grout Cleaner Dilemma
Having a good grout cleaner can change your life. I know that seems like a bold statement but there’s just something about your tiles shining like new that makes the entire room shine brighter. The problem is that using a powerful grout cleaner also means using harsh chemicals. Nobody wants that, especially after an intense deep cleaning. One of the best grout cleaners I’ve used are actually earth-friendly and don’t require extensive scrubbing.

Upgrade To A Soap Scum Remover
A soap scum remover is one of those bathroom cleaning products that can make a difference in your routine. If you’re wondering what you can do for your shower door or curtain, one of the best products you can use is a no-scrub soap scum remover. It really does take the hard labor out of it and lets you effortlessly remove soap scum in minutes.

Choosing The Best Bathroom Cleaning Products
When choosing your bathroom cleaning products, there are a few things to consider before making a purchase. To make sure you’re bringing the best bathroom cleaning products into your home, ask yourself these questions:

  • How often will I be using this product?
  • Will it provide better results than the products I currently own?
  • Is it easy to implement into my current cleaning routine?
  • Is it a product that is known to produce results?
  • Is it safe and easy to use?


4 Effective Solutions to Clean the Bathtub

October 4, 2019

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When it comes to bathroom cleaning, the bathtub is always considered as the most important chore to address. It takes a central place in the room and likely sees a lot of use. You probably want to take a long soak in the bathroom after a hard day at work, but that is hardly going to feel as pleasurable if the bathtub is dirty.

What you have to keep in mind is that bathtubs made of different materials require a different approach to cleaning. For instance, enamel tubs don’t do well with strong acid and bleach cleaners. Acrylic tubs may be damaged if you are too vigorous with some abrasive tools. Porcelain tubs are the most durable and do well with just about any cleaning solution. As for what you can use to clean the bathtub, read on for a few recommendations:

  • Commercial solution – if you are not sure how to make your own cleaning solution, it is a good idea to get a specially formulated product. The market is full of all kinds of cleaning solutions, some of which are meant to tackle specific types of bathtubs. A quick walk to the store will reveal plenty of brands that can help you with watermarks, limescale and soap scum. For tough stains, you may need to use stronger force, such as a bleach-based product. This works wonders on light and white tubs and even old enamel. You should test on a small area first, just to be sure there is no danger.
  • Baking soda – baking soda is a universal solution that works great on old enamel bathtubs. The way you use it is by mixing two parts baking soda with one part hydrogen peroxide and apply on any nasty stains. Leave it there for some time and then give it a good rinse and scrub. Porcelain bathtubs can do with a more abrasive tool, such as a pumice stone, but you are better off using a sponge for acrylic and enamel bathtubs to avoid scratching the surface.
  • Vinegar – vinegar is a great solution for porcelain tubs. It is naturally acidic, which makes it ideal for cleaning water stains and soap scum. What you can do is fill the bathtub with warm water next to the stains and pour in three cups of vinegar. Let it sit like this for a while, and then drain the water. You will find the stains super easy to remove.
  • Shampoo – shampoo may seem like an unusual cleaner, but it works. Simply squirt a little directly on bathroom stains and scrub. The shampoo does the trick well enough against soap scum. You can also use it to shine chrome taps and other components. The best thing about the shampoo is that it is safe and will not harm your bathtub in any way.

As you can see, you have a few cleaning options to tackle the bathtub with. There is little doubt that they will ease a lot this home cleaning routine.


How to Successfully Clean Bathroom Tile

October 4, 2019

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We all want our bathrooms to sparkle and shine. This is especially true for businesses that cater to visitors, guests, and clientele. Even at home, bathroom hygiene is essential to your comfort and quality of life. Furthermore, restroom tile is not just on the floors; it is also commonly installed on walls, countertops, and showers too. This means that keeping your bathroom tile clean is a multifaceted responsibility.

Fortunately, there are several approaches to successfully cleaning tile flooring and surfaces. However, learning the safest and most effect methods to removing mineral buildup can provide a more thorough, safe, and sanitary clean. Continue reading to catch up on some of these safe and effective bathroom tile cleaning tips and recommendations.

Mineral Buildup Removal and Tile Cleaning Tips

Regular cleaning is the best way to reduce mineral buildup and extend the lifespan of your bathroom flooring, walls, and other tiled surfaces. There are many cleaning agents on the market today that can be used for regular bathroom tile cleaning; some of which can be chemical-free, Eco-friendly, and child-safe.

With thousands of cleaning products to choose from, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. If you prefer an easier approach, you can simply use common household products to clean tile surfaces and flooring instead. Here is a great guide to refer to for tile cleaning and sanitization:

Here is What You Will Need:

  • Calcium Removal Product (i.e. CLR, Lime Away, etc.)
  • Painter’s Razor Blade
  • Toothbrush
  • Grout Cleaner (i.e. Grout Bully, Goo Gone Bathroom Cleaner, OXY-Grout Tile Cleaner, Ect.)
  • Hot Water

Here is What To Do:

  1. Spray calcium removal product liberally on wall and floor tile.
  2. Allow to sit for five minutes.
  3. Use painter’s blade to gently scrape large accumulations of minerals. Hold blade at a slant and push at an angle across the tile.
  4. Apply grout cleaner to grout.
  5. Allow grout cleaner to sit for 10 minutes.
  6. Scrub grout vigorously with toothbrush.
  7. Rinse with ample amounts of hot water.
  8. Repeat on weekly basis.

It is strongly encouraged to clean and sanitize bathroom tile floors, walls, and countertops at least once per week. This prevents tile stains, mineral buildup, mildew accumulation, and odors. You can easily extend the lifespan of your bathroom floors and counters by implementing routine maintenance and cleaning.

Sometimes tile flooring is at the point of no return; no matter how much you clean it, the floor remains dull, damaged, and ultimately, unappealing. If this sounds like your restroom floors, it may be time to consider a bathroom remodel. Contact a local and trusted bathroom remodeling contractor for professional advice and service.


How to Clean Walls and Wallpaper

October 4, 2019

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Walls accumulate a lot more dust than you might realize, regardless of the finish. To achieve a clean wall, first, remove all the pictures and wall d├ęcor. Second, move furniture away from the walls so you can have easy access. Lastly, when you actually start cleaning, dust your walls from the baseboard upwards to the ceiling using the wall brush of your vacuum cleaner or a soft hair wall brush. Pay special attention to corners, baseboards, and moldings because those places can gather the most dust and cobwebs.

Wipe off Stains Quickly

To maintain a clean wall, food stains should be wiped off as soon as possible to remove any solid particles. If there are grease spot remaining, use cleaning fluid with an absorbent mixture like Fuller’s earth clay or tailor’s (French) chalk. For ink splatters, carefully blot up the stain as soon as possible using a moist towelette. The next step is to apply Fuller’s earth or tailor’s chalk as you would a grease stain. If the ink stain remains, you can try using ink erasers as another option.

Wood-Paneled Walls

Wood-paneled walls, rarely need more than dusting. However, if they begin to look dehydrated and grimy, you can clean them with a soft cloth along with liquid wax. Rub the panels continuously with a clean soft cloth until you can touch the wall without leaving fingerprints. If your wood-paneled walls are painted with glossy or enamel paint, avoid using cleaning these types of walls with soap. Using soap on enameled surfaces usually leaves a distinctive film.

Wallpaper

Day-to-day care for wallpaper includes immediate removal of marks or stains. Light smudges and pencil marks can be removed by using art gum. Crayon marks can be removed with a soft sponge and cleaning fluid, though this should be tested first on a small patch of wallpaper to make sure the cleaning fluid won’t ruin the wallpaper. Warm soapy water can be used if the paper is washable.

Washable Wallpaper

Even if the wallpaper is labeled as washable, you should still test it before you start to work on it. Use warm, soapy water and a soft sponge and carefully test the paper by rubbing it with little water using a light touch. If the colors do not run and the area dries adequately, you can go ahead and wash your wallpaper. Washable wallpapers can be cleaned using warm water made with mild white soap or a mild detergent. Continue as mentioned before, being careful to not apply too much pressure while rubbing. Remember to take great care when washing wallpapers since using too much water will soak the wallpaper, weakening the glue.

Delicate Wallpaper

To clean thin, delicate wallpaper use warm water with no detergents or soap. Always work your way from the bottom upward. This is important since any water that dribbles down a soiled wall makes a streak that is not easy to remove. Also, change the water when it becomes dirty so that you’re not dipping and wiping your wallpaper with dirty water.

Lacquered Wallpaper

Lacquered wallpapers can easily be washed with warm soapy water or detergents. Wallpapers coated with wall wax can be cleaned simply by using a damp cloth. Special cleaners are essential for fabric-coated walls.


Cleaning and Disinfecting Air Ducts

October 4, 2019

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After being a General Contractor for over 30 years, the one thing that became clear to me was how dirty air ducts are. We would be removing cabinets in a kitchen remodel and every time, the vent under the sink would be disgusting. It’s what prompted me to check into the duct cleaning business in Billings, MT. We, my wife and I, researched to see what was out there and discovered an Oregon company called RamAir. I visited with Dave many times to get as much information as I could. I already was aware of the difficulty the brush systems had with getting deep into the system with all the 90 deg. turns and screws. Plus the fact so many systems today are the flexible ductwork that could be damaged very easily with a brush system. So with the RamAir System having the ability to get deep into an air duct with limited time and effort and would never harm flex duct, made it an easy sale for me, and so we started Comet.

One of the first jobs Comet did was for a sportscaster from a TV station here in Billings. The first thing out of his mouth when he answered the door was “I think this is a total waste of time and money, but if you can satisfy my wife please come in” I thought, well this should be interesting LOL. We set up and when we were ready to begin I asked him if he would like to come and see what we are getting out of his heat system. He was sitting at the dining room table working on his laptop and so he called for his wife and were standing next to me and I told Trei, my grandson, who had been working with me years working his way through college, “OK, let’s get started”. Trei turned on the pressure, entered the duct and instantly, the debris filled the clear dome that covers the vent and is sucked into the vacuum. They were shocked to see all the dust and debris come out. You see, with RamAir you can see with your own eyes using the clear doom system. Dave was telling me how this is a real WOW FACTOR and was he ever right. Their home was immaculate and when she saw this, she almost became ill, I had to settle her explaining how this is the dirty little secret lingering in every home, especially the older homes. Oh, and, by the way, he became a believer.

In the course of four years, what we have seen coming out of these heat and cooling systems has been amazing. for example, mice, and feces, dirty diapers, lizards, dead birds, open cans of half-eaten sardines and salmon, petrified sandwiches, jewelry, money just to mention a few. And if that doesn’t spark interest and having yours cleaned, the dust that collects on your window seals, picture frames, TV, tables, and yes your kitchen countertops are made mostly from DEAD HUMAN SKIN CELLS. In other words, your house is filled with former bits of yourself along with everyone else who has lived in your house. This collects in your system and is recycled every time it turns on. In one year, you shed more than 8 pounds of dead skin, and this dead skin is what trillions of dust mites live on. Disgusting to think of all the year’s people have been breathing the air coming from these vents. If people only knew.

A couple of years ago, Dave Hart from RamAir came up with a new invention, the SaniJet Disinfecting System. We here at Comet quickly added this feature to our program. All we have ever had to use in the past to try to sanitize air vent systems were the fogger. The fogger was held at the opening of an air duct, and a mist would spray into the vent. Dave actually did a video using a clear 6″ round pipe, 20 ft long to compare the fogger and SanJet, The fogger would sanitize maybe 2 ft into the vent, that was all. With the SaniJet, we take our pressure hose and re-enter the vent after cleaning. Once we are back, deep into the vent, we switch to our SaniJet sprayer and spray a mist as we come back out of the system completely coating the walls of the vent with our all natural disinfectant “Benefect” certified to be used in hospitals.

Using the SaniJet to disinfect your HVAC system took us some time to do as we would need to enter down each and every vent and return. Comet started out with a charge of $35/ vent to disinfect. After a few weeks, I did a special offer of half price for a limited time. This offer did produce a lot of jobs and with each one, we were getting more and more efficient in the application. But the most amazing thing began to happen. I was receiving calls, getting 5-star reviews on how much this helped those who were suffering from asthma, allergies, sinus and respiratory problems. The very first job we did with the sanitizing suffered from severe allergies and said that after we left, he had his puffers in his hand as he was ready to turn on the air conditioner. After turning it on, he was so pleasantly surprised he called me to tell me how wonderful it was to have his home as a sanctuary. From just the word of mouth from people who were so amazingly helped by our service produced so much work for us that today, we almost give sanitizing heat and cooling systems away.

We here at Comet have always felt we were greatly improving the indoor air quality in your homes, and this gives us a true purpose, but adding the SaniJet disinfecting system has taken it to a new level, to say the least.

After cleaning the ducts in hundreds of homes and many commercial buildings, I truly believe every home needs to have the heating systems or cooling systems cleaned and disinfected to greatly improve the air quality you breathe. Think of what this does to your lungs and your lungs are the FINAL FILTER.

Automatic Pool Cleaners for Above Ground Pools – How To Make A Right Choice

October 4, 2019

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Investing in an automatic pool cleaner for your above ground swimming pool can save you both time and money. It can also make life far more convenient for you and allow you to spend more time enjoying your pool rather than cleaning it. Just as their name suggests, automatic pool cleaners for about ground pools work without your guidance so you can sit back and relax while your cleaner does all the work.

Naturally, however, when you’re going to invest in an above ground automatic pool cleaner, it’s important to ensure that you choose a model that will be the best match for your pool and your cleaning needs so that you get the best results for your money. The following information will help you to consider the pros and cons of the various types of automatic swimming pool cleaners so that you can make the right choice and be satisfied with your investment.

Automatic pool cleaners are divided into three basic categories; namely, suction pool cleaners, pressure pool cleaners and robotic pool cleaners. Each type of automatic pool cleaner for above ground pools will provide different benefits and advantages and will also have their own drawbacks that need to be considered. The type of cleaner that will be best for your above ground swimming pool will depend on a number of different factors, including the size and type of your pool, your budget and the type and amount of debris that your swimming pool tends to collect.

Suction cleaners, the first category of above ground automatic pool cleaners, are designed to operate off the suction side of your swimming pool’s plumbing and filtration system. These automatic pool cleaners require suction to vacuum up dirt and debris as well as to move around the swimming pool. All of the dirt and debris sucked up by suction swimming pool cleaners is collected by the pool’s filter.

Advantages of this type of automatic pool cleaner for above ground pools include the fact that they are easy to install and to maintain. In addition, suction cleaners are a very economical option as they don’t require an additional pump to operate. The disadvantages are that suction cleaners aren’t very good at picking up large amounts of leaves and the dirt and debris that they vacuum up can cause your pool filter to become clogged. However, if you have a smaller above ground swimming pool that doesn’t collect a lot of leaves or other large debris, suction swimming pool cleaners could be a good choice for you.

The next category of above ground pool cleaners to consider is pressure side pool cleaners. These swimming pool cleaners are attached to your pools return line, which sends water pressure through a hose to the cleaning unit. This pressure provides the power for the cleaner to move around the pool and to collect debris.

This type of above ground automatic pool cleaner is great for cleaning larger pools or pools that get heavy usage or collect large amounts of debris. Pressure cleaners do an excellent job of vacuuming up larger debris such as leaves and twigs, and they collect debris in an internal bag, thereby preventing your pool’s filter from becoming clogged. They also help distribute clean, filtered water evenly throughout the pool.

The final type of automatic pool cleaner for above ground pools is the robotic cleaner. These automatic pool cleaners are self-contained all-in-one units which use a transformer plugged into a wall outlet to power pump and drive motors with low voltage electricity. Some models are programmable and can be set to manoeuvre in a particular way. Other models have the ability to learn the shape of your pool so that they can clean more efficiently.

Due to their efficiency, robotic swimming pool cleaners will clean your pool very quickly. They’re also very effective at cleaning up dirt and silt and do a decent job of removing leaves and twigs. Some of these above ground automatic pool cleaners will also help to circulate your pool’s water and feature brushes that will scrub pool floors, walls and steps. On the downside, robotic above ground pool cleaners tend to be the most expensive type of cleaner, so they may not be suitable for every budget.

By keeping all of the above information in mind, it will be easier for you to choose an automatic pool cleaner for your above ground pool that will provide you with excellent results. When you invest in an automatic swimming pool cleaner that is a good match for your pool and your cleaning needs, you will experience greater convenience and have more time to relax and enjoy your swimming pool.