Cleaning Outdoor Furniture: Bird Droppings

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Cleaning Outdoor Furniture: Bird Droppings

Cleaning outdoor furniture becomes a regular task during the warm months when we are using our outdoor living areas more often. There are also plenty of birds around who leave their calling cards in the form of bird droppings on outdoor furniture and fixtures.

Prevention is the best way. By putting everything away after use you will keep it in better condition for longer. However, the fact is most of us are not going to be carting outdoor furniture backwards and forwards from storage every time we want to use it.

Just like on the paintwork of your car the acidic bird droppings can cause lasting damage if left unkempt for a period of time. Besides that, it looks very unsightly and it can be a little embarrassing to be offering someone a seat covered in mess.

Bird dropping in large amounts can also pose a health risk so be sure to never try to clean while dry as the inhaled dust can make you ill.

Getting into the routine of cleaning your outdoor furniture as you do your indoor areas. A once a week wash over with mild detergent and warm water will go a long way to keeping things fresh and only require a quick wipe over just before use in some cases.

This gives you a regular opportunity to check and see if any repair work or restoration work might be needed as well.

Outdoor furniture is going to be made of wood varieties, metal, plastic, hardwearing materials like canvas, or a combination of these.

You can safely know that in all cases a good wash with a mild detergent in warm water will suit all types of furniture on a regular basis to keep bird dropping under control. You may need to give vinyl cushions a wash in the basin and leave them to dry in the sun for a day or two. The sun is a natural killer of mould and mildew.

If your cleaning regime hasn’t been regular use a low-pressure hose and a scrubbing brush to loosen and wash away droppings. Add borax or bicarb soda to the water for a natural alternative. Dishwasher detergent has some bleach for white plastic if you want to keep them white. But don’t use pure bleach or harsh cleaners on vinyl or plastic as they will gradually break it down, and also can leave discoloration.

Depending on weather conditions once or twice a year is good for a thorough clean and applying other protective measures, in harsh conditions perhaps every three months is better.

* Wood/bamboo/Wicker – If these are painted, or varnished, look for chipped or worn areas to repair by sanding and touching up. If the wood is bare it will need some type of protection. This can be done in several ways. You may choose to oil it regularly by rubbing in something like linseed oil with a soft cloth. Some choose to use soft waxes which work nicely.

* Metals – like wood these might be painted, if so look for any weak spots regularly. Any mild soapy water will be fine. If the bird droppings are built up over time you may need to use a high-pressure hose and wear protective gear to avoid eye and inhalation problems.

* Plastic/resin/vinyl – there are really some fantastic designs on outdoor furniture being made with these today. You’ll find waterproof cushions as well, but still, give them a wash over now and again and leave to dry in the sun. Soft waxes can sometimes be suitable for resins but not always good for the vinyl, so read cleaning recommendations on the product.

* Material/Canvas – again a light scrub with warm water and mild detergent will suffice here. Umbrellas can do with the same treatment. Wet down first and use a soft scrubbing brush. Be sure they are dried properly before storing away.

Show the same concern for outdoor furniture as you do for your furniture inside and you will have it for many years. You might even consider some sort of cover to drape over them while not in use. Be sure it is well fastened in windy areas.
Source by Robert F Bennett

Tips to Clean Your Home With Essential Oils

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Tips to Clean Your Home With Essential Oils

Have you ever noticed that all your commercial cleaning products list “warning” or “caution” labels on the bottles? Obviously, those labels are put there for a very good reason. The bottles do contain poison and can cause adverse symptoms if inhaled or touched. You can order Essential Oils made by Städfirma Falk online thru this link Städning Stockholm.

Here’s where we can shift to a new concept of cleaning, without the worry of chemicals, fumes, or synthetics harming our bodies. Essential oils are the best-kept secret for cleaning and purifying your environment.

Plus essential oils are just as powerful as conventional cleaners.

It’s very simple and a lot less expensive when you use essential oils instead of store-bought regular cleaners. The essential oils in this article are antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal and anti-microbial.

Using the highest quality therapeutic grade essential oils is of utmost importance as poor quality oils are not effective in killing germs.

Here are a few ways to achieve a healthy, clean home using essential oils.


If you mop your floors

(tile, wood, laminate, marble) – replace your floor cleaner and use a bucket of water with 10-20 drops of Lemon and/or Lavender essential oils. Research has shown that lemon and lavender essential oils kill many strains of bacteria. And it’s completely safe to inhale and walk upon!

Research has shown that lemon and lavender essential oils kill many strains of bacteria. And it’s completely safe to inhale and walk upon!

If you steam or Roomba your floors

(tile, wood, laminate, marble) – walk through the house and drop a few drops of Lemon and/or Lavender essential oils in various places. Especially by the front door, garbage can area, bathrooms and kitchen. As you steam the floor, the essential oils will be dispersed by the steamer or

Especially by the front door, garbage can area, bathrooms and kitchen. As you steam the floor, the essential oils will be dispersed by the steamer or Roomba, killing bacteria, mould and viruses in the process.

If you vacuum your floors – put 5 drops of Lemon and/or Lavender essential oil on a tissue and vacuum it up. This will kill the germs that get sucked up in your vacuum and also diffuse the oils into your home leaving it smelling wonderful!

Air Purifiers:

To have a clean air environment, get rid of that air freshener that’s plugged into your wall.

Its fragrance is definitely not of therapeutic value. Use a few drops of Purification essential oil blends on a cotton ball and place it in your AC vent.

This blend was formulated to kill airborne bacteria, viruses, mould and fungus. They also neutralise smoke and pet odours.

It also neutralises smoke and pet odours.

You can also get yourself a cold air diffuser and diffuse the essential oil on a daily basis.

Hand Wash:

To make a chemical free, germ-killing hand wash, use up the remainder of your foaming hand wash and save the bottle.

Now, fill it 1/8th full with organic dish washing soap.

Fill the rest with water and add 10 drops of Thieves essential oil.

Shake well and use at the kitchen and bathroom sinks.
Source by Christa McCourt

  Tips on Caring for Wind Chimes

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Tips on Caring for Wind Chimes

Well, you’ve finally found the perfect set of wind chimes that you’ve been looking for. You have hung them in the perfect spot in your garden or on your patio and have been enjoying their beautiful sounds. But now you should have some tips on how to care for them.

For most people, spring cleaning is a yearly regimen as they get ready for summer, perhaps the favourite season of all for wind chimes. Windows are opened and fresh air is let in as the cleaning starts indoors. But we also have to remember that there is something important outdoors that needs our attention too. Our beautiful sound makers need to be cared for as well so they can continue to bring us those wonderful relaxing sounds because even the best-made ones will weather over time.

The manner in which you care for your wind chimes will depend on what kind you have. Here are some tips.

If you have bamboo wind chimes, these should be brought indoors if you have a harsh winter or during extreme weather conditions. Cleaning is simple and any build-up of mould or dirt can be easily be removed by wiping with a damp cloth. Once spring arrives, you may want to apply a coat of varnish for further protection. Even though most bamboo wind chimes are threaded on rot-proof nylon lines, it is a very good idea to check those lines from time to time because even these may wear through over time. If you find that any of your lines are not looking as they should, it is not difficult to use a similar line and re-thread your chime. A well cared for bamboo wind chime will continue to give you pleasure for many years.

Although aluminium alloy chimes won’t rust, they do pit naturally over time when they are outdoors. If you see the tubes on your chimes pitting, then use a fine steel wool to bring back that beautiful smooth finish.

A natural ageing process of any of the wood will occur over time so you can help slow that process by using lemon oil on a clean cloth or brush on all the wooden parts.

If your chimes are powder-coated aluminium, they can simply be cleaned with soap and water and a damp rag. Chimes with any glass, stainless steel or other stone accents, you can clean using a damp cloth, but on those more stubborn spots, mild soap and water can be used. Some chimes are made with resin or have a rust finish. A damp cloth or duster can be used to wipe them clean.

The life of your wind chime can be extended by using appropriate care when you clean them and where you choose to hang them. Always be sure to hang any larger heavier chimes on something that you know will support it. When you do find the perfect spot where you would like to hang your chimes, be sure that they are not near anything that they might hit such as a wall, etc as this may cause damage to your chime. It is always a good idea to bring them in during

very inclement weather.
Source by Linda Mathers


  Cleaning Your Matress, What And What Not To Do

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Cleaning Your Matress, What And What Not To Do

Now that Spring is upon us it is time to start the spring cleaning and one of the important things we must do is give your mattress a good cleaning.

Here are some tips on what you should do and what you shouldn’t do when cleaning your mattress:

Things to do:

1. Turn your mattress over by 180 degrees.

2. Remove any small stains with a solution mixture of a mild detergent mixed with water. Ensure you air dry the area before you make up the bed.

3. Use large thirsty towels in order to soak up any large liquid stains. Ensure you air dry the mattress outdoors or with a portable electric fan. Ensure the total surface of your mattress is thoroughly dry. This step is extremely important.

4. Use a special mattress cleaner making sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for any stubborn stains. Don’t forget to test a small part of the fabric first.

5. Take advantage of using a mattress cover. Mattress covers actually eliminate bed bugs from your bed!

6. Get in the habit of turning your mattress over every 3 months or so and do your very best to vacuum it.

7. Take advantage of a mattress protector in order to eliminate the need for extra mattress cleanings. As you can tell, it is a lot easier to clean a mattress protector than it is to clean a mattress. It makes life easier, that’s for sure.

3 Things Not To Do:

1. Never ever use any type of dry cleaning solutions when cleaning your mattress.

2. Avoid the use of baking soda on a wet mattress because it will begin to form a paste which can be quite difficult to clean up.

3. Do not put your mattress in the washing machine. Cleaning with a hose or in a bathtub is best. Do not forget to close the valve while washing. For general cleaning, a quick scrubbing with Formula 409®, BioClean™ All-Purpose Cleaner, or other general household cleaner is best.
Source by Justine Jordan

Keeping Your Comfort Room Clean and Fragrant

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Keeping Your Comfort Room Clean and Fragrant

The toilet seat is one of the most frequented seats at home. It is also the haven of millions of good and bad bacteria that can easily come in contact to our skin. With this in mind, we must keep it clean and free from bad odor. You need the right character in constantly keeping the room in good condition.

The following are some tips for a comfort room that rocks:

1. Cleaning the comfort room should be done everyday. Ideal cleaning time is early in the morning before anybody takes a shower.

2. You can keep it fragrant by putting an air freshener. Good house plants can do the trick for you if you don’t want to have commercial air fresheners. Put two or three house plants by the window and make sure you water them a little every afternoon.

3. Have a rack or case for your cleaning materials. Toilet cleaner liquids, toilet brush and soaps must have their own container. Put it beside the toilet bowl.

4. Your shampoos, bath soap, toothpaste and toothbrush, shaving cream and stuff must be located by the mirror. You can put them in a container too.

5. Have a pail and dipper by the faucet. Using a pail and dipper to store water for your bath helps in conserving your water. Letting the shower pour water carelessly while you take your bath consume more amount of water.

6. Put a plastic mat by the inside door of the comfort room and a dry rug by the outside. The mats will drain your wet slippers so that you won’t be walking around wetting the floor.

7. Have a container for your dry laundry. Have a hanging line for your wet laundry. When the clothes are dry already, you can put them along with the dry ones.
Source by Lourdes Landagan