How to Get Coffee Stains Out of Carpet

Coffee may be your best bet for getting energized first thing in the morning, but it’s also notorious for its staining powers. That cup of java may not only stain your teeth, but practically any porous surface it comes into contact with. Accidentally spilling coffee on your carpet may send you into a panic, especially if you have light-colored carpet or if the stain is in a very noticeable area.

Fortunately, it is possible to completely remove most coffee stains from carpeting—and you may not even need to use a store-bought chemical cleaner to get the job done. Before you panic over spilled coffee, then, follow these tips and tricks for lifting that stain in no time.

Removing Black Coffee Stains From Carpet

If you spilled black coffee on your carpet, you’ll actually have a slightly easier time removing the stain than you would if the coffee had creamer or another dairy product mixed in. So, pat yourself on the back for drinking your coffee black! If you did spill coffee with creamer or milk, you’ll still want to complete these steps. However, you’ll also want to follow the steps in the next section to complete the cleaning process.

Blot Away as Much as Possible

This goes for just about any liquid stain; always blot away as much of the excess liquid as possible before moving forward with any steps. When blotting away spilled coffee, it is important to use a clean towel or paper towel and to avoid scrubbing as much as possible. Scrubbing will only further spread the stain. When blotting, simply press a clean towel into the stain and allow it to absorb as much liquid as possible. Swap out your towel or paper towel with a fresh one as needed to ensure that you’re not pressing liquid back into the carpet as you blot.

Create a DIY Cleaning Solution

Once you’ve removed as much of the coffee as possible from the carpet, it’s time to create your homemade cleaning solution. There’s a good chance you already have most or all of the ingredients on-hand. If not, you should be able to find any remaining ingredients at your local grocery store or convenience store.

To create a carpet-cleaning solution, simply add a tablespoon of your favorite dish soap and a tablespoon of white vinegar to a cup of warm water. Mix thoroughly until all ingredients are incorporated. You can mix this into a spray bottle for easy application or simply apply the mixture directly to the affected area. The nice thing about using a spray bottle or other container is that you can save the remaining cleaner to use again later on if needed.

Test the Cleaning Solution

This homemade cleaning solution is pretty forgiving on most types and styles of carpeting. However, it’s always a good idea to test any new cleaner in a small, inconspicuous area before you use it on a larger section of carpet. To do this, apply a very small amount of the cleaning solution to a hidden area of carpet (such as a portion of carpet that is covered by furniture). Wait 30 minutes to make sure there is no discoloration or damage to the carpet before continuing.

Apply the Cleaner and Blot

When it comes time to put your homemade cleaner to the true test, you can either spray the mixture directly onto the affected area of your carpet or use a cloth dipped in the cleaner to apply it directly. Either way, once the cleaning solution is applied, use a clean cloth or towel to blot it into the stain as thoroughly as possible. Allow the cleaning solution to work its magic against the coffee stain for a few minutes before moving onto the next step.

Rinse and Dry Your Carpet

The final step is to rinse the remaining cleaner and stain from your carpet, as well as to let it dry out. To do this, pour a small amount of water over the area. Use another clean towel or cloth to blot the water (as any remaining stain) from the fibers of the carpet, removing as much excess liquid as possible.

From there, you should see that the coffee stain is effectively removed from your carpet. If there is any staining or discoloration left, try repeating this entire process one more time and allow the cleaning solution to sit for a few extra minutes. Once you’re happy with the results, you may want to set a box fan up in front of the damp area to promote air circulation and speed up the drying process.

What if the Coffee Contained Milk or Creamer?

If your coffee contained milk, creamer, or any other dairy product, you’ll want to take one additional step to prevent your carpet from smelling like spoiled milk! The best course of action here is to add a small amount (about a cap-full) of laundry detergent with enzymes to a cup of water. After you’ve gone through the cleaning steps described in the previous section, add that mixture to your carpet, blot it into the fibers, and rinse with water. Blot dry as much as possible and again, consider setting up a fan to promote faster drying of your carpets.

When to Call a Professional

If you’ve followed all of these steps and still aren’t successful in removing the coffee stain or odors such as pet odors from your carpeting, it may be time to call a carpet-cleaning professional to tackle the job. In some cases, carpet fibers may absorb coffee to the point of not being easily removed with homemade or even store-bought cleaning solutions. This is most common with high-piled carpet or with older, set-in coffee stains.

Either way, a professional carpet cleaner will have the tools and experience needed to remove the coffee stain, along with any lingering odors from creamer or milk. Often times, a steam-cleaning will be the best course of action—but your carpet cleaning company will be able to advise further.

Need More Help With Your Household Cleaning?

With all that goes into keeping your house up to your standard of clean, it’s easy for household cleaning tasks to begin taking up too much of your precious time. If this is the case for you, then it may be time to hire a professional maid service to handle things like vacuuming, mopping, dusting, and laundry. Maid Sailors is happy to offer the day-to-day cleaning services you need, in addition to more involved deep-cleaning services. Reach out today to schedule your appointment or find out more about us!

How to Clean an Iron

A few passes with a hot clothes iron can breathe new life into wrinkled or creased clothing. Clothes irons can especially come in handy while traveling or for pressing fabrics that are especially prone to wrinkles. No matter how often you may use your iron, however, it’s important to give it a deep-clean from time to time. Unfortunately, this is something many people don’t realize. Taking the time to clean your iron can help extend its usable life while also protecting your clothing from possible damage.

Not sure where to begin when it comes to cleaning your clothes iron? We’ve got some helpful information, as well as a step-by-step guide to make your life easier!

Reasons to Clean Your Iron

Why does cleaning your iron matter, anyway? For starters, unless you’re using distilled water in your iron’s reservoir every time you use it, there will be some minerals and other debris in the water. Over time, this can build up along the inside of the iron’s reservoir and even inside the internal components of the iron. If your iron has a steam function, minerals may eventually clog the steam nozzle and render this function unusable.

In addition to water stains and deposits, your iron’s heating plate (also known as the soleplate) can become dirty over time. This is problematic because as you run a dirty soleplate over your clean clothes, you could end up leaving stains and residue behind. Taking the time to clean your iron will protect your clothing from unwanted damage while possibly prolonging the life of your iron as well.

How Often Should You Clean Your Iron?

There is no universal answer to the question of how often your iron needs to be cleaned. Generally, the more frequently you use it, the more often you should clean it. However, it’s a good idea to clean it at least once per every five uses. If you wait too long to clean your iron, you may be left with mineral deposits and other caked-on debris that will be much harder to remove.

How to Clean a Clothes Iron

The good news is that cleaning your clothes iron doesn’t have to be a long or laborious task. By following these practical steps, you can likely complete the job in 20 minutes or less! From there, you can immediately begin using your iron once again.

Check Your Owner’s Manual First

Before you get started, it’s always best to check the instruction manual that came with your iron. This manual should contain basic care and cleaning instructions that are specific to your iron model. Always defer to the instructions provided here, as specific cleaning needs may vary from one brand or model to the next.

If you don’t have your instruction manual, try researching your iron brand and model number online. There’s a good chance you’ll be able to find a digital version of the manual for reference.

Cleaning the Iron Plate

There are many ways to clean an iron’s soleplate, but why not start with the easiest? For mild grime, you can use a clean sponge, a bit of warm water, and a small amount of your favorite gentle dish soap to clean an iron’s soleplate. Most dish soap is effective enough at removing grease that this should work on basic grime. Just be sure to use a regular sponge (not the kind with a rough scrubber side); you don’t want to use anything abrasive, as this could cause damage to the iron’s plate.

If you have more stubborn build-up on your iron’s soleplate, there are other cleaning options to consider. One of the best homemade cleaning solutions you can use on your iron consists of equal parts baking soda and white vinegar. Mixing these together will create a watery paste, which you can soak on a towel and rest on the iron’s plate. Just be sure that the iron is turned off; allow the paste to sit on the iron for a few minutes before wiping it away.

For any leftover residue, try this hack: set your iron to its lowest heat setting and then run the iron over a few fresh dryer sheets. These are very effective at cleaning and even polishing iron plates!

Cleaning the Iron Reservoir

The next step is to remove any hard water or mineral deposits from the iron’s reservoir itself. An effective, easy way to do this is to dump any leftover water that is currently inside the reservoir. Then, fill it with about 3/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup of white vinegar. From there, turn the iron onto its highest heat setting and run the iron continuously over a towel or other fabric surface for several minutes. If your iron has a steam setting, press the button occasionally to release steam and speed up the process. Once you’re done, dump any remaining water/vinegar from the reservoir.

Other Tips and Tricks

When cleaning your iron, keep in mind that sediment and grime may be released from the appliance itself. For this reason, it’s a good idea to clean your iron on top of an old towel or other fabric that you don’t mind getting stained or dirty.

To clean iron steam holes, use a Q-tip and rub a small amount of white vinegar or rubbing alcohol over the nozzle for best results.

By following these tips, you can remove mineral build-up and other unwanted gunk from your iron in a matter of minutes. From there, you can avoid accidental stains on your favorite clothing items and possibly add years to your iron’s usable life.

Free Up Time With a Professional Clean

If you’re feeling bogged down with tedious household cleaning tasks, you’re not alone. Cut down on the amount of time you spend cleaning by hiring a professional to tackle your day-to-day cleaning chores, such as vacuuming, dusting, washing dishes, and mopping. While a cleaning service will cost you some money up-front, it’s important to realize the value of your time.

What would you do with a few extra hours a week? Perhaps you’d spend more time with loved ones, or maybe you’d explore a new hobby. Or, maybe you’d just enjoy a little well deserved rest and relaxation. Regardless, hiring a professional cleaning service can free up your time without sacrificing your home’s tidiness in the process.

Maid Sailors offers a wide range of cleaning services to meet your needs, and satisfaction is guaranteed! Contact our friendly and knowledgeable team today to learn more about our services or to schedule your first cleaning appointment with us!

How to Clean a Dishwasher

You rely on your dishwasher to clean and even sanitize your dishes, but when was the last time you deep-cleaned your dishwasher? If it’s been a while, or if you can say you’ve never cleaned your dishwasher, this is something you may want to add to your list of household chores.

While deep-cleaning an appliance may not be the most exciting thing in the world, making time for this task can prolong the life of your dishwasher and may also cut down on musty smells in your kitchen.

The Importance of Cleaning Your Dishwasher

You would think that your dishwasher would more-or-less be a “self-cleaning” appliance. After all, you use detergent each time you run it; how dirty could it get? What you may not realize, however, is that mineral deposits can build up along the inside walls of your dishwasher. Furthermore, food particles and other debris can accumulate at the bottom of your dishwasher and inside its filter.

Over time, your dishwasher may become dirty enough that it doesn’t clean your dishes as effectively. In a worst-case scenario, you may even end up facing premature repairs or replacement of your dishwasher due to neglect of basic care and maintenance.

How Often Should You Clean Your Dishwasher?

The frequency with which you should deep-clean your dishwasher will depend on a few factors. For starters, the more often you run your dishwasher, the more often it will need to be deep-cleaned (although this may seem counterintuitive). Also, the more soiled your dishes are when you put them into your dishwasher, the more likely it is that your filter and other components will need to be cleaned. If you tend to do a thorough job of rinsing debris from your dishes before you load them into the dishwasher, you may be able to go longer in between deep cleanings.

To be safe, plan on deep-cleaning your dishwasher at least once every few months. If your dishwasher is emitting a foul odor when the door is opened or if you’ve noticed that your dishes aren’t getting as clean as they used to, you may need to make time for this chore even more often than that.

Deep-Cleaning Your Dishwasher: Step-By-Step

When it comes to deep-cleaning your dishwasher, you have a couple of options. You can either purchase a product specifically designed to clean your dishwasher, or you can make your own cleaning mixture. You can find dishwasher cleaning products at your local grocery store; these usually come in the form of a small packet that you can place directly in your dishwasher. From there, you run a cycle (without detergent) as you normally would, and the inside of your dishwasher will be thoroughly cleaned.

DIY Your Deep-Clean

If you prefer to use your own ingredients, you can make your own cleaning mixture by simply filling a measuring cup with two cups of white vinegar. Place the measuring cup on the top rack of your dishwasher (and make sure the rest of the dishwasher is empty) before running a regular cycle with no detergent. This should achieve the same results. If there is any leftover residue or build-up along the inside of your dishwasher when the cycle is complete, you can wipe it clean with a damp washcloth and your favorite dish detergent.

In addition to running a deep-cleaning cycle on your dishwasher, it’s also a good idea to remove and clean out the filter. Specific filter removal instructions can vary from one dishwasher brand to the next. In most cases, however, this is done by twisting the filter counter-clockwise and pulling it out.

Remove and Clean Your Filter

As you remove the filter, you’ll likely notice a build-up of food particles and grease. The best way to clean a filter is to gently scrub it with an old tooth brush that you no longer use while running it under warm water. If needed, you can use dish detergent or soap to break down grease or other stubborn residue as well. It is important to clean your filter regularly; otherwise, you’ll probably end up with dirty dishes even if the rest of your dishwasher is clean.

Cleaning Your Dishwasher Exterior

It’s common for debris to end up on the door handle of your dishwasher, as well as other parts of its exterior. Make sure you’re also taking time to wipe this down regularly not only as part of your deep-cleaning process but at least once every few days to keep your kitchen looking pristine. This is especially important for stainless steel dishwashers, which will show smudges and other imperfections more obviously than other finishes.

Usually, a damp sponge is enough to wipe away residue from the surface of the dishwasher’s exterior. For grease or other difficult grime, however, use a couple of drops of gentle dish detergent. Be sure to wipe down the handle, door, and any controls/buttons thoroughly.

If you have a stainless steel dishwasher, you may also want to consider following this up with a stainless steel polishing wipe. This will give your dishwasher (and other stainless steel appliances) extra sheen and protection against future smudges and fingerprints. You can find these wipes at most hardware stores and in the cleaning aisle of many grocery stores as well.

Maintaining a Clean Dishwasher

After you’ve deep-cleaned your dishwasher, there are some steps you can take to keep it cleaner for longer. The best thing you can do is to simply rinse away food particles from your dishes before you load them into the dishwasher itself. This will help to cut down on the amount of debris that ends up in your dishwasher filter, which will in-turn help your dishwasher perform its best and also cut down on unwanted odors.

Get More Help With Your Household Cleaning

If the thought of having to add yet another cleaning task to your weekly list is stressing you out, consider hiring a professional cleaning service to tackle this and other tasks around your home. A house-cleaning service can perform all your essential cleaning tasks while freeing up your own personal time. From there, you can spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying life.

Looking for a cleaning service? Maid Sailors is here to help. We offer everything from regular cleanings and deep-cleanings to move-in and move-out cleanings—and your satisfaction is always guaranteed. Explore our many cleaning services today or contact us to find out more about all we have to offer. We look forward to helping you achieve a clean and pristine home so you don’t have to lift a finger.

How to Remove Sticker Residue

The struggle to remove sticker residue is one that nearly everybody is familiar with. Whether you’ve tried to remove a price tag label from a hard surface or have dealt with the aftermath of children placing stickers where they don’t belong—the truth is that completely removing sticker residue can be a real pain even for a professional home cleaning service.

The good news is that there are plenty of simple and effective methods for getting rid of even the most stubborn sticker residue from just about every surface you can imagine. With these tips and tricks, you can remove that annoying residue and move on with your life.

Removing Fresh Sticker Residue

Let’s be honest. Sticker residue is the easiest to get rid of when it’s “fresh” and hasn’t been sitting for a long time. That’s because the adhesive is still rather soft, pliable, and thus easy to remove. If you’re dealing with fresh sticker residue on a solid surface in your home, there are a few methods worth trying.

Try Wiping It Away

In some cases, you may be able to actually rub the remaining sticker residue away using your finger. This method will work best on leftover label/sticker adhesive that is still quite sticky and soft. For the best results, use your finger to rub away a small amount of residue; it will roll into a ball. That ball of residue can then be used to help pick up the remaining residue as you continue to rub the surface with your finger. In some cases, this method may be sufficient to remove all sticker residue completely.

Scrape It Off

If there’s still leftover residue after you’ve tried the first method, you may be able to scrape the rest of the residue off using an object such as a credit card or even a razor blade. If you decide to go this route, be careful about what you choose to scrape the remaining residue, as some sharp objects could scratch or even break certain surfaces.

To play it safe, try using a non-sharp object, such as a credit card, to remove excess residue. If that doesn’t seem to do the trick, you may wish to try something sharper, such as a pair of scissors. Just be sure to avoid using anything sharp on glass, ceramic, or other delicate surfaces that could easily become scratched or broken.

Use Adhesive Tape

One last thing to try when removing fresh sticker residue from solid surfaces in your home is to use another adhesive, such as masking or painter’s tape. By simply balling up some of this tape so that the sticky side is facing out (or even wrapping some around your index finger), you can use the power of another adhesive to remove the leftover sticker or label residue. Simply press the sticky side of the tape against the area with adhesive residue and then lift up.

This method is best for residue that is already loose, and you may still need to wipe the area with a damp cloth or disinfecting wipes when you’re done to completely remove everything.

Removing Old Sticker Residue

The longer sticker residue is left on a surface, the more difficult it will become to remove. This is because as adhesive residue sits, it will gradually harden and solidify over time. For this more stubborn residue, you’ll need a little more elbow grease and patience—but you should still be able to remove it with these tips and tricks.

For Smaller Items

If you’re trying to remove sticker residue from a small item, such as a mug or dish, your best bet will be to actually submerge the entire item in a homemade cleaning solution. Start by locating a container that will be large enough to hold the item. Then, create a cleaning mixture using hot water and your favorite dish detergent. Once it’s mixed up well, insert the item and allow it to soak for at least an hour. This will give the cleaning mixture time to work and weaken the remaining adhesive.

After the item has soaked for at least an hour, remove it from the water and use a dish rage to wipe away any remaining residue. If there’s any residue left, you can add a small amount of vinegar to your cleaning solution and allow the item to soak for another 20 minutes. This should take care of the remainder.

For Larger Surfaces

If you’re trying to remove sticker residue from a larger surface that cannot be easily submerged (such as a mirror), then you’ll need to spot-treat with a different cleaner. The good news is that in most cases, a bit of rubbing alcohol is enough to remove even the most stubborn and dried-out sticker residue. This will work best on non-porous surfaces, such as glass and mirrors. Simply wet a small section of a microfiber cloth with rubbing alcohol and then rub the affected area in a circular motion for about 30 seconds or until the residue is gone.

For Extra-Stubborn Residue

For extremely stubborn sticker residue on non-porous surfaces, you can also create a paste out of equal parts cooking oil (such as vegetable oil) and baking soda. Once mixed, simply apply the paste to the affected area and let it sit for about 15 minutes. From there, you should be able to wipe away the cleaning mixture and the excess residue with a cloth.

And of course, if all else fails, you can always purchase a product specifically designed for removing sticker residue. You can find these products at your local hardware store or even some grocery stores (in the cleaning aisle). Whenever possible, however, it’s best to stick to ingredients you already have at home!

Time to Call a Professional?

Spending your valuable time getting rid of sticker and label residue isn’t most people’s idea of a good time. If your household cleaning tasks are beginning to eat up too much of your time, maybe you should hire a professional cleaning company to step up and take on some of these jobs for you. This can free up time so you can do more of the things you enjoy while still coming home to a clean living space.

At Maid Sailors, we offer an extensive selection of household cleaning services. From one-time deep-cleaning services to routine cleanings and everything in between, our professionals do it all. Our goal is to help you achieve a clean home from top to bottom while freeing up your time and energy. Contact us today to find out more about our services or to schedule an appointment!

How to Clean Your Kitchen Sink In Just 4 Easy Steps

You scrub your dishes in your kitchen sink every day, but how often do you actually scour the sink itself? We tend to think of our sinks as being “clean” because they are constantly being rinsed with water (and a fair amount of dish soap too). Over time though, germs can get a foothold (did you know that it is actually dirtier than your toilet?). So now and again, you need to get serious about cleaning your kitchen sink. Otherwise, it won’t be a sanitary place to wash your dishes!

That means rolling up your sleeves, grabbing a few cleaning supplies, and putting some elbow grease into the job. In this article, we are going to teach you everything you need to know to get your sink spotless and germ-free!

Supplies:

  • Liquid soap
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar (optional)
  • Lemon juice (optional)
  • Sponge
  • Old toothbrush

You’ll notice we’ve listed the white vinegar as “optional” here along with the lemon juice. That is because they can be handy, but whether or not they are appropriate depends on the type of sink you have.

Here are some specific precautions for cleaning different types of kitchen sinks:

  • Stainless steel: Keep acids and salts away from stainless steel, as well as ammonia and bleach. Also, avoid using sponges with an abrasive texture. You don’t want to damage the beautiful finish on your stainless steel sink. Some people said that you can use lemon despite its acidic properties. If you do this, we recommend not leaving it in contact with the steel for too long — or just skip it to be on the safe side.
  • Ceramic: This material may be scratched easily. For that reason, you should not use abrasive materials or cleaning agents.
  • Cast iron: Cast iron sinks come with an enamel coating, so you must take care when scrubbing it. Abrasive cleaners, sponge pads, and wire brushes should be avoided.
  • Copper: Do not use harsh chemicals. Avoid acids as well if the sink has a patina. Otherwise, the patina could be damaged or stripped away.
  • Stone: As stone is porous, it can absorb anything that comes into contact with it. For this reason, you should not use harsh chemicals or acids.
  • Porcelain: Mild acids like lemon juice or vinegar are usually fine so long as you do not leave them sitting for too long.

Basic Steps to Clean A Kitchen Sink:

  1. Start by rinsing out your sink. Get all of the debris out of the way so that you can work.
  2. Next, dust the inside of the sink with baking soda. Get a sponge and start scrubbing. In contact with the wet surface of the sink, the baking soda will form a paste. This is a great way to pull up any stubborn debris and also take care of stains. It should give your sink a bit of a polish as well.
  3. Now it is time to tackle the drain flaps, the faucet, and the handles. Baking soda paste works great for this as well. Switch from the sponge to the toothbrush so you can get into all the nooks and crannies.
  4. Rinse out the sink. Get a paper towel and wipe down the faucet and handles as well so that all of the baking soda is gone.
  5. This final step is optional. If your sink finish is likely to be damaged by vinegar, do not do it. If vinegar is safe to use in your sink, soak a few paper towels in it, and then use them to line the inside of the sink as well as the faucet and handles. Go and do something else for 20 minutes, then come back and remove the paper towels. Finish up with one more quick rinse of your sink using dish soap and warm water.

Advice for Stubborn Stains:

Got a stubborn stain that just won’t come out? You may need to do some concentrated spot work. This is where you can use the lemon juice. Try mixing it in with some borax (so long as you are not cleaning a surface where borax will be too abrasive) and scrub hard.

Alternately, you can try again with the baking soda or the vinegar. Harsher products like ammonia, bleach, and hydrogen peroxide might work if absolutely necessary, but these can damage a lot of sink finishes, so use them only as a last resort.

Long-Term Care for Your Kitchen Sink

What is the best way to avoid having to give your kitchen sink a meticulous cleaning? You know the saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Well, that applies with kitchen sinks too.

After every use of your sink, rinse the entire basin thoroughly. Then grab a soft cloth and wipe down all the surfaces so that they are dry. Do that each and every time, and you will minimize the amount of maintenance your sink needs to stay sparkling clean.

Now and again, you will still have to thoroughly clean and sanitize your kitchen sink, but the more diligent you are with the daily rinse and wipe-down, the less often you will need to bring out the baking soda and the vinegar.

One last tip is to make sure you do not leave certain foods or beverages in contact with your sink for too long. Coffee grounds and tea bags are particularly notorious for leaving deep, stubborn stains on sink surfaces. The sooner you get these out of your sink and rinse out any residue, the better.

With Regular Cleanings, Your Kitchen Sink Can Retain Its Spotless Shine For Years to Come

Once you get your dishes washed, dried, and put away, the last thing you probably feel like doing is scrubbing down the entire kitchen sink. But you know what? A clean kitchen sink is worth it. Keeping your kitchen sink sanitized means you and your family stay healthy. And by buffing up the polish on your sink now and again, you can bring it back to that same beautiful shine it had on the day when it was new.

 

How to Clean Hair Brushes

So you love your hair, you take pride in your hair. You wash your hair daily, have regular appointments with your stylist to get it cut, colored, so on and on. It’s possible you spend far more than you even think you should on your hair. You love pampering your hair so much that you forget that your hair brush also needs pampering from time to time. Take some time to make sure you have clean hair brushes as they will have a clean office from a reputable office cleaning companies nyc

Imagine this, you just finished washing your hair. It’s all nice and clean such a great home cleaning. And then you take your brush or comb that you’ve used a million times before on your unwashed hair and use it on your freshly cleaned hair. Think about that for a moment. You’ve just taken your dirty hair that was left on the brush/comb and mixed it with your freshly clean hair. Now it’s not as clean as you may think it is.

How Do I Clean It?

Let’s face it, clean hair brushes and combs are a lot better than dirty brushes and combs. They collect debris of dirt and dead skin and its continuous build-up is not good for your lovely locks. The residue left behind by those lovely hair products, also your hair natural oils can leave your hairbrushes and comb look grungy.

Along with your own, hygiene it’s very important to keep tools of daily use like comb and hairbrushes clean. Your hair brush and combs are a tap of germs, conditioner, oil, dead skin and old hair. It may not seem like a very big deal but clean brushes and combs help the way you style your hair and keep them fluff-free.

Wait! There is no need to throw out that old brush or comb and get new ones just because it has accumulated so much lint over the gap of months or years. Here are some very valuable tips to keep your hairbrushes and comb clean and work like new.

1. Removing the Hair

It is recommended to do this in a bathroom rather than a kitchen as the kitchen is mainly used for cooking food and any loose hair can go into the food and make it unhygienic. First, remove all the hair with your fingers or a toothpick. Pick out as much hair as you can. You can also wet the hairbrush and comb under water this will soften the hair and it would be easy for you to remove them

2. Dampen the Brush

Place a small dab of shampoo onto the bristles of the comb or hairbrushes. Carefully rub the bristles together with your hands but make sure the points of the bristles do not hurt you.

3. Soak the Brush

For the remaining bits of hair and debris, soak the brush under warm water with a bit of baby shampoo or detergent. Generally speaking, baby shampoo is very good for cleaning makeup brushes. The warm water and detergent will soften the dirt and debris in the hair bristles. You can also use vinegar and baking soda for cleaning hair brushes and combs. Pour half cup of vinegar in half cup of warm water and soak all your brushes and comb into it for about half an hour. Wait till the dirt and hair get dampen and soft. Similarly, you can mix baking soda with warm water and soak in your hair brushes. But remember, an exception to the baking soda process is that, not to immerse certain types of hair brushes and comb into it.

The cushioned brush, the wooden-bodied brushes, rubber brushes and comb and natural boar bristled brushes. Permitting water to get through the vent hole on cushioned brushes will erode the cushioning of the brush faster and it will reduce its shelf life. A wooden bodied brush or comb may cause wood to absorb water and may cause damage to the finish and make the body swell and break. While natural boar bristle brushes contain natural hair that would take in moisture as would other types of natural hair so the bristles can twist or curl if dampened.

4. Use a Toothbrush

You can use a toothbrush for cleaning the debris and leftover in the bristles of the hair brushes and comb. This will indeed be helpful in cleaning the hair brushes and comb till the end of their root inside the bristles. It would be advisable to use a new toothbrush rather than an old one. You cannot use the one for your hair that you used for your teeth; could you? Rinse the combs and hair brushes well.

5. Dry the Brush

Take a clean cotton towel would be preferred, dry the combs and hair brushes with the help of the cotton towel and let the remaining water dry on its own. Keep them in some clean place so that further dirt, grime and dust particles do not stick on it as this can easily happen when the combs and hairbrushes are wet.

6. Repeat

Now, after drying, again clean it with a dry towel so that the dust particles are removed if any are there in the hair brushes and comb. And VOILA, You are done! Your hairbrushes and combs are now clean and you can use them for keeping your lovely locks beautiful.  Washing the hair tools twice a month can be very helpful for your long tresses; it will not only keep your hair clean but also helps in keeping your hair healthy.

Bonus Tips

  • Throw away pieces of hair stuck in your brushes because that could build up oil in your scalp and this can damage your hair.
  • Remove your hair from your hair brushes and combs after each brushing
  • Always clean your hair brushes and comb gently so bristles do not break off.
  • Never use a finger to scrub a brush, it is very painful to get pinned in the finger by a bristle and even worse under a fingernail.

Hopefully, you’ve learned some awesome tips on how to keep your brushes and combs clean! If these worked for you, drop us a comment below. And if you have any other tips on house cleaning please leave us a comment below. We love to hear from our readers!

How to Remove Scuff Marks From Floor

If you have any kind of solid floors in your home, whether it be hardwood or tile, there’s a good chance you have some scuff marks on your floors here and there. If you’re annoyed by unsightly scuff marks that haven’t easily buffed out with a little elbow grease, then it may be time to explore other methods. The good news is that those scuff marks don’t have to be permanent; you just need to know the right methods to get rid of them based on what caused them and what type of floor you’re working with.

Do Those Scuff Marks Really Matter?

Aside from being an eyesore, are scuff marks on your floors really that big of a deal? Well, maybe. If you’re renting your place, your landlord may dock you part of your security deposit if there are scuff marks on the floors when you move out (as long as they also weren’t there when you moved in). That’s because your landlord or property manager will most likely need to hire cleaners to get rid of the scuffs prior to the next tenant moving in, which costs money.

And of course, scuff marks can really detract from the overall look and feel of your place. Depending on the type of flooring you have, scuffs could even lead to permanent discoloration if they’re not addressed quickly. This is most common on porous flooring types and laminate.

Potential Causes of Floor Scuff Marks

How did those marks get there in the first place, anyway? In most cases, scuff marks are caused by dark-soled shoes. If you wear shoes in the house regularly, there’s a good chance that’s the culprit. Moving furniture around can sometimes cause scuff marks to form as well, especially when it comes to tables and chairs with dark rubber furniture pads on the legs.

Easy Methods For Removing Scuff Marks

Ultimately, the best method for removing scuff marks from your floors will depend on the type of flooring you have. If you have wood floors, you’ll need to be especially careful because harsh chemicals or other rough cleaning methods could strip away the protective varnish on the wood, exposing it to potential damage and discoloration.

For Wooden Floors

To be safe, then, start by attempting to remove scuff marks from your wood floors using a tennis shoe. The key here is to use a light-soled tennis shoe (preferably white or off-white). Of course, you’ll need to make sure that the bottom of the shoe is clean as well. From there, simply insert your hand into the shoe and apply pressure between the sole and the scuff mark on the floor. Sometimes, moving the sole in slight twisting motions can be effective as well. Either way, this method is safe on delicate floors (including wood) and is usually pretty effective.

Another option to try is using a large pencil eraser, such as the ones you can find at your local office supply store. Again, it’s important here that the color of the eraser is something light—otherwise, you could end up leaving more scuff. To begin, take a clean and damp microfiber cloth and rub it over the scuff mark. Then, use the eraser on the scuff mark just as you would pencil markings that you wanted to erase. The scuff mark will come right up; then, all you need to do is vacuum or wipe up the remaining shavings left behind by the eraser.

For Tile, Laminate, and Other Hard Floors

If you need to remove a scuff mark from another type of flooring material, such as ceramic tile, laminate, or vinyl, there are some other methods you can try if the above aren’t effective.

One option is to apply a small amount of nail polish remover onto a clean microfiber cloth and then rub the scuffed area in small, circular motions until the scuff is gone. Just be sure to wipe over the area again with a damp towel to remove any excess acetone and dry thoroughly. Also, keep in mind that nail polish remover can be harsh, so it’s a good idea to test it on a small and inconspicuous area of your flooring before moving forward.

Another potential method for removing scuffs on more durable floors is to use baking soda. Specifically, you’ll want to mix equal parts baking soda and warm water to create a relatively thick paste. Then, using a microfiber cloth, apply some of the paste to the scuffed area of flooring and rub in circular motions until the scuff is gone. From there, simply wipe clean with a damp towel and dry quickly. Baking soda is very effective in removing scuffs from floors because it’s a mild abrasive, yet it is gentle enough to not do damage to these types of floors.

Protecting Your Floors From Scuff Marks

Now that you’ve rid your floors of those pesky scuff marks, what steps can you take to protect your floors in the future? One of the best ways to avoid scuff marks on your floors is to simply not wear shoes in the house. When you have guests over, ask them to remove their shoes at the front door. Set up a small bench and shoe rack so guests and others living in your home have a place to take off and store their shoes when they enter.

You may also want to apply felt furniture pads to chair and table legs throughout your home (at least for the furniture that’s located on your hard floors); these won’t leave any scuff marks and will make it easier to move your furniture around. Felt furniture pads are also extremely inexpensive, can protect your floors from scratches, and are very easy to install. Most can stick on to the legs of your tables and chairs using a strong adhesive.

Get Help Keeping Cleaner Floors (And More!)

After putting some time (and elbow grease) into removing scuff marks from your floors, you may be understandably tired. The last thing you probably want to think about is cleaning the rest of your house or cleaning your office. The good news? You don’t have to! Let our team at Maid Sailors help you achieve a sparkling clean home so you don’t have to lift another finger.

We offer a wide selection of cleaning services to suit your lifestyle, from regularly scheduled cleanings to deep cleanings, move-in/move-out cleanings, and everything in between. Set up an appointment with us today by using our convenient online form or give us a call at (212) 299-5170 to find out more.

How to Clean Light Fixtures

When you think about cleaning your home, which tasks actually come to mind? The usual suspects likely include vacuuming your carpets, mopping/sweeping floors, dusting, and disinfecting solid surfaces (like countertops). What you might not think about when you plan on cleaning your living space, however, is cleaning your light fixtures.

Whether you have pendant lighting, chandeliers, or anything in between—the truth is that you “should” be cleaning your light fixtures on a fairly regular basis. But if you’re like a lot of people, you simply don’t have the time or desire to clean them. Or, perhaps the thought of cleaning your light fixtures has never even crossed your mind.

By having a better understanding of why it’s important to clean light fixtures and how to get this project done in as little time as possible, you can power through your house-cleaning in no time.

Why You Need to Clean Your Light Fixtures

Often times, light fixtures serve as statement pieces of living space. That beautiful chandelier hanging in your front entryway and those vintage-looking pendant lights hanging above your kitchen island can really catch your eye. Unfortunately, if they’re dusty and dingy, these fixtures may be sending a bad message.

Dust build-up is one of the most common problems people have with their lighting fixtures; not only can it detract from the overall look and feel of your space, but it can even hinder the main function of the fixture itself (to provide light!).

How Often Should You Clean Your Light Fixtures?

There is really no universal answer to the question of how often your light fixtures should be cleaned because not all fixtures accumulate dust and debris as readily or quickly as others. Chandeliers, for example, are notorious for collecting dust because of all the nooks, crannies, and crevices that are typically part of the design. A sleek and modern pendant light, on the other hand, maybe less prone to dust accumulation. Recessed light fixtures may rarely need to be cleaned.

The air quality in your home may also play a role in just how often your light fixtures need to be cleaned. If you have a lot of dust particles and other debris flying around, you’re likely to need more frequent cleaning (or, at the very least, dusting). The same applies if you have pets in your home, as they will kick up additional dander, fur, and debris.

Ultimately, it’s a good rule of thumb to dust your light fixtures every time you clean your home. A deep-cleaning of your light fixtures (as described below) may only be necessary once or twice a year.

Cleaning Light Fixtures Throughout Your Home

Before you can clean any light fixture in your home, you’ll need to dust it thoroughly to remove any loose debris and dust. Otherwise, spraying cleaning solution onto the fixture may make this debris even more difficult to remove. Usually, the most effective (and easiest) way to dust a light fixture is using a microfiber duster with an extendable handle. This will make it easier to reach your light fixture without the need for a ladder or step stool, in most cases.

Turn the Light Off

When it’s time to clean your light fixture, always be sure that the light is shut off. Otherwise, you could be putting your personal safety at risk. If you plan on removing light bulbs to clean or if any cleaning solution may come into contact with the fixture’s wiring, you’ll also need to completely shut off power to that fixture at the circuit box.

Remove Covers (if any)

The next steps will really depend on the type of light fixture you’re dealing with. For a light fixture with a glass cover, you’ll need to carefully remove the glass first. Wiping the glass down with glass cleaner may be enough, but if there are bugs or other debris accumulated in the bottom of the glass, you may need to actually wash it out in your sink and set it out to dry.

For any hanging-style light fixtures, your best bet will usually be to actually take the fixture down from your ceiling. Otherwise, you’ll need to prepare for quite an arm workout as you stand on a stool or ladder to clean the fixture as it hangs above you.

Use the Correct Cleaning Solution

Next, it’s time to mix up your own cleaner; you can do this by combining three parts water to one part vinegar directly in a clean spray bottle. This cleaner is safe to spray on most fixtures, including crystals and glass and doesn’t leave any smudges. To use it, simply spray the cleaner onto the exterior of the fixture, using a microfiber cloth to wipe thoroughly. If there are any stubborn areas of grime, you can also use a small amount of dish soap and water to scrub it away with a sponge. From there, simply wipe clean with a damp microfiber cloth and either dry with a clean towel or set out to dry before installing the fixture back in place.

What About the Light Bulbs?

If you’re already going out of your way to clean your light fixtures, you might as well clean the bulbs themselves as well. This should only take a few more seconds of your time and will really make your fixture look like new. Both regular light bulbs and fluorescent tubes can be dusted using a clean cloth. If desired, you can use a damp cloth. Just be sure to completely dry the bulb before putting it back into the fixture.

Keeping Light Fixtures Cleaner For Longer

While there isn’t much you can do to prevent dust from accumulating on your home’s light fixtures over time, there are some ways to keep your fixtures looking their best for longer. For starters, make sure your home’s air filter is cleaned or swapped out with a new one at least once every couple of months; this will help to reduce the amount of dust and debris floating around in the first place.

Furthermore, make dusting your light fixtures a part of your regular cleaning routine (if it isn’t already). Investing in a duster with a telescoping handle can make this a quick and easy task.

Get More Help With Your Day-to-Day Cleaning

Last but not least, don’t forget to reach out to Maid Sailors if you ever need assistance with your regular cleaning tasks. We offer a wide selection of cleaning services, including office cleaning, to make your life easier and free up your valuable time, and satisfaction is always guaranteed. Contact us today to request a quote or to set up your first appointment with our certified maids.

How to Clean Mirrors

Do you find yourself frustrated with dirty mirrors throughout your home? You may find that even when you wipe them down with your store-bought cleaner, you still notice streaks and smudges. Before you give up on achieving clean and clear mirrors in your home, check out some of our tips and tricks to achieve a spotless shine every time!

How Often Should You Clean Your Mirrors?

More than likely, you have several mirrors throughout your home. Bathrooms are the most common location for mirrors, but you may also have them as a decorative touch in a hallway or above a fireplace mantel. Many people also hang mirrors inside smaller spaces in their homes because they’re effective at creating the illusion of more space.

You may rely on your vanity mirror to get ready in the morning as you brush your teeth, style your hair, or even put on makeup. Unfortunately, a dirty mirror can make it frustrating to complete your morning routine or may even obscure important details that you’ll regret missing (like that piece of food in between your teeth!).

The frequency with which you should clean the mirrors in your home will vary depending on a few factors. For instance, you’ll most likely need to clean your bathroom mirrors the most often because they will accumulate splatter from your tooth-brushing ritual, as well as other product build-ups from hair spray, spray-on deodorant, and the like. Mirrors that are used more for aesthetic purposes may not get as dirty and may thus not need cleaning as frequently.

Still, to keep your mirrors looking their absolute best, it’s a good idea to clean them every time you clean your home.

Tips and Tricks for Streak-Free Cleaning

Achieving a streak-free mirror is easier than you may think! Just follow a few basic tips and tricks for the best results.

Skip the Store-Bought Glass Cleaner

Start by giving up the search for that “perfect” store-bought glass cleaner. Unfortunately, almost all formulated glass cleaners contain some level of soap or detergent; this is exactly what tends to cause streaks and smudges on your mirrors and glass.

Whip Up a Homemade Cleaning Solution

The good news is that while you can’t buy a streak-free mirror cleaner, you can easily make one at home. And more than likely, you already have all the ingredients you need readily available.

Start with a large spray bottle; add one part white vinegar to one part water. Close the bottle and shake it up vigorously for about 30 seconds to achieve an even mixture. The nice thing about this homemade mixture is that you can make as much or as little as you’d like and it will keep for a long time without losing its cleaning power.

For added cleaning power, consider pouring one cup of rubbing alcohol for each cup of cleaning solution that you’ve made. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, such as lemon or lavender, for a boost of scent.

Spot-Clean Gunk and Residue With Rubbing Alcohol

Before you get to work cleaning your mirrors, give them a quick once-over. Be on the lookout specifically for smudges and gunk that may be difficult to remove with glass cleaner alone. These areas will need to be spot-treated before moving forward. Some common sources of mirror gunk that you’ll want to watch for include toothpaste, smeared makeup, and dried-on hairspray.

The best way to get rid of this type of residue is to soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and then rubbing the cotton ball on the affected area. As you clean, use small, circular motions for the best results. Once all residue is removed from your mirror, follow up with a clean cotton ball to wipe away any remaining residue.

Clean Out Crevices With a Small Scrub Brush

If your mirror has a border or frame, check the corners for built-up debris and other residues that may need to be removed. This debris can accumulate over time and is easy to overlook. Usually, the best way to remove it is to take a small scrub brush (or even an old tooth brush that you don’t plan on using anymore), dipping it in rubbing alcohol, and scrubbing it away.

Choose (And Fold) Your Cloth Wisely

Finally, your mirror is ready for the main act. Using the vinegar/water cleaning solution you made earlier, spray the mirror with a fine mist and allow it to sit for just a few seconds. Try to spray the mirror as evenly as possible for a thorough clean.

Next, grab a clean microfiber cloth. It’s important that the cloth is microfiber and not made of terry-cloth or even paper towels. The problem with terry-cloth is that it tends to be rough and can create surface scratches on your mirror. Paper towels, on the other hand, will almost always leave debris and streaks behind. A microfiber cloth will be soft enough to protect your mirror from scratches while also not leaving any lint or debris.

Fold your microfiber cloth into fourths; this will allow you to maximize the surface area of the cloth for cleaning. When one-quarter of your cloth gets too wet or dirty, you can open your cloth up and switch to a new and dry section. While wiping down your mirror, try to use broad strokes to minimize any streaks left behind.

Finish the Job With a Squeegee

One alternative to using a microfiber cloth is to actually use a squeegee to dry your mirrors after you spray them with your cleaning solution. A squeegee is a tool that professional window cleaners use to achieve a streak-free shine. You can likely purchase a small squeegee that’s perfect for use on household mirrors at your local grocery store or home goods store. Just keep in mind that if you have a rounded mirror or other oddly-shaped mirrors, you may still need to follow up with a microfiber cloth to ensure a thorough cleaning.

Or…Just Hire a Cleaning Professional

By following these tips, you can achieve a streak-free clean on all the mirrors in your home. Still, seem like a lot of work? Consider hiring a home cleaning service to handle your mirror-cleaning and other basic household cleaning tasks. Doing so can free up your time so you can do more of the things you enjoy. Maid Sailors is proud to offer household cleaning services to suit your needs and your busy schedule. Contact us today to find out more or to set up your first service with us!

How to Wash a Shower Curtain

If you’re like most people, you already do your fair share of laundry. From clothes and towels to rugs and rags, it’s easy to get caught up in a cycle of laundry that’s seemingly endless. Unfortunately, there are still some items in your home you may be overlooking that could use a good wash. Unless you have glass or fiberglass shower doors in your bathroom, there’s a good chance you have shower curtains hanging up that could use a little TLC.

Mold, mildew, and bacteria can grow on the surfaces of your shower curtains over time, resulting in a grimy appearance, a musty smell, and even staining. Before you toss that curtain and spend your hard-earned money on a new one, consider taking some steps to wash it and restore its cleanliness.

Why Clean Your Shower Curtains?

The typical household shower creates the perfect breeding ground for all kinds of unwanted bacteria and growth. Mold and mildew are a couple of the most common culprits. After you take a warm shower, steam and leftover moisture can sit on your shower curtain. Over time, this moisture (combined with warm temperatures) can promote mold growth. Not only is this unpleasant to look at, but the mold spores that break off and become airborne can be dangerous to your health.

And of course, there’s also the random spots of body wash, shampoo, and conditioner that inevitably end up splashed on your shower curtain over time. Cleaning your shower curtain and liner is an effective way to remove mold, mildew, and stains. This can also help to cut down on any musty odors you may currently be noticing in your bathroom.

Signs Your Shower Curtain Needs To be Cleaned

Not sure whether your shower curtain is in need of cleaning? The next time you’re in your bathroom or shower, take a good look at the curtain and the liner itself. Pay specific attention to the bottom of the curtain and liner where they tend to rest up against the side of your tub or shower. This tends to be the dirtiest area of a shower curtain. Is there any staining, discoloration, or visible mold? If so, then your shower curtain is in dire need of a cleaning.

Even if you don’t notice any visible staining or mold, it’s not a bad idea to clean your shower curtain at least once every few months to keep it fresh and get rid of bacteria growth.

How to Clean a Shower Curtain Liner

Plastic and vinyl shower curtain liners are designed with easy cleaning in mind. All too often, people will throw out these liners when they appear to be dirty; this is not only a waste of money, but creates additional environmental waste that is completely unnecessary. By cleaning your vinyl or plastic shower curtain liner instead of replacing it, you can save yourself money and hassle while also doing your part to protect the environment.

What most people don’t realize is that plastic shower curtain liners can actually be washed in your washing machine. For best results, toss it into the wash with a couple of towels; the addition of these towels will help scrub and clean the plastic surface. For extra cleaning power, add about a half cup of baking soda to your standard laundry detergent. You can also add about half a cup of white vinegar during the rinse cycle for even better results.

Once your shower curtain liner is clean, simply hang it back up in your shower. It can drip-dry on its own, or you can wipe it down with a clean towel.

If your plastic shower curtain liner has mold, black mold or mildew, you can also clean it with bleach. To do this, throw your shower curtain liner into the washing machine with a couple of white towels. Then, add half a cup of bleach and a quarter cup of laundry detergent and run the cycle on warm water. If you’re going this route, you can actually put your shower curtain and towels in the dryer on low heat for about 10 minutes before hanging up to dry the rest of the way.

How to Clean a Fabric Shower Curtain

Your shower curtain liner is likely the dirtiest part, but it doesn’t hurt to wash your fabric shower curtain as well. To do this, remove the curtain from your shower and toss it into the washing machine. Combine half a cup of baking soda to your regular detergent and wash the shower curtain in warm or hot water.

When the rinse cycle comes in, add a half cup of white vinegar to your washer for additional cleaning power. From there, put them in the dryer on a low-heat setting or hang them up to dry.

Keep in mind that fabric shower curtains can vary quite a bit when it comes to material and quality. With this in mind, it’s always a good idea to check the care tag on your fabric shower curtain before washing it. For example, some materials should not be placed in the dryer, whereas others will do better with hand-washing and spot treatment or even a delicate cycle. Always defer back to the care instructions on your shower curtain tag before you begin to avoid accidental damage.

In Need of More Cleaning Help?

By following these basic steps for washing your shower curtain and liner, you can get rid of unsightly (and dangerous) bacteria growth, mold, mildew, and staining in no time. From there, you can avoid having to spend your hard-earned money on a new shower curtain and liner while also feeling prouder about your home.

Still, if you’re already feeling bogged down by laundry, you may want to instead consider hiring a professional to assist with some of your day-to-day house-cleaning tasks. At Maid Sailors, our cleaning professionals are always ready to assist you with everything from laundry and sweeping to disinfecting, window-cleaning, and everything in between. Let us take the burden of house-cleaning off your plate so you can free up more time to spend doing the things you enjoy. At the same time, you can still enjoy that feeling of coming home to a clean and refreshed living space.

Learn more about our specific cleaning services offered or book a cleaning appointment online in as little as 60 seconds. You can also give our team at Maid Sailors a call at (212) 299-5170 to find out more about us. We’re proud to offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee so you can always book your cleaning services with peace of mind!