Cleaning Carpets, Windows and Curtains

Cleaning your home is one of the chores most people dislike very much. But we all enjoy a clean and sparkling environment. The best time to tackle the more time-consuming household chores is at the beginning of a new season. If you don’t have the time or energy to clean windows or carpets, you can use a professional cleaning service, which specialises in carpet, window and even upholstery cleaning.

Carpets and Upholstery

Clean carpets and upholstery are important both for the appearance of your home and the health of the people who live in it. If you have allergies rather install wooden floors in your bedroom and avoid having too many rugs.

  • Cleaning Stains:
    • Pour a small amount of white vinegar on the stain, then sprinkle some baking soda over. Together, they will create some bubbles and lift the stain to the surface.
    • Use an old toothbrush and gently scrub the stain with warm water. Do not completely soak the floor; just make it wet enough to scrub away the stain. Once dry, vacuum over the stained area.
    • Soda water also works as a cleanser when you spray it on a carpet. It’s great for removing blood and wine stains.
    • Baking soda is also great for absorbing carpet odours.
  • Rent a carpet washing machine or use a professional service to clean entire carpeted rooms every few years.
  • If you have a lot of carpets then invest in a vacuum cleaner, which also has a carpet washing function.
  • Vacuum clean fabric upholstery with a vacuum cleaner or dry brush to remove loose particles.

Windows

Ideally, wash your windows twice a year. Window washing frequency will depend on your home’s location and weather.

  • I prefer washing windows with warm water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid, which you mix in a bucket.
  • If you can, rinse the outside windows with a hose pipe, then wash the windows clean with a wet cloth or sponge on the outside and inside.
  • Finish it off by wiping the windows with a dry cloth; moving in a circular motion.
  • Some might prefer cleaning windows with a squeegee. Always dampen the squeegee first and clean from the top down. Wipe the edge of the squeegee after every stroke.
  • If there are any stubborn stains, then spray some window cleaner or vinegar onto the stain and wipe it with a dry cloth.
  • Also, clean your window frames when washing windows.

Curtains

You should ideally wash your curtains every few years. If you have allergies you should wash them every 6 – 12 months.

  • Take expensive fabrics to the dry-cleaners and hand wash normal fabric in cold water.
  • Rinse thoroughly and iron while still damp.
  • Avoid washing curtains in the washing machine, as most fabrics will shrink even when you wash them at a low temperature.
  • Dust and clean curtain tracks, windows and sills before putting the curtains back.
  • If you have fabric or wooden blinds then wipe them off with a moist cloth, which you can dip in soapy water.

“When your environment is clean you feel happy, motivated and healthy.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

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