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DIY Natural Cleaning Products From 3 Common Household Items

Friday, June 19th, 2015

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Cleaning is a nuisance, even before you actually start. Honestly, I don’t mind cleaning. There’s something that makes me happy about a clean house, but there are still annoying little issues. Trying to find the right cleaning product for the right thing and then having to deal with the aftereffect of the horrid smell, not my favorite. If only there was some way to make it easier…

Wait! There is, as shown by this great video. It explains a bunch of helpful DIY cleaning hacks to help make it easier on you but what I really enjoyed was learning about 3 simple household items that make great DIY natural cleaning products.

So, without further adieu…

Here are 3 products that you can use to make your home shine:

The Magic of Vinegar

Did you know that distilled white vinegar is a natural disinfectant? It has a high alcohol content so it can be used to clean a lot of surfaces. It also has the added benefit of being a natural bug repellant…which will come in handy this summer when the ants try to invade my home.

The Power of Baking Soda

Baking soda is great. I don’t know about others but I still keep baking soda in my refrigerator to keep it smelling nice. Turns out it was a good thing as baking soda is also anti-bacterial. Additionally, it’s a great abrasive so it helps with those hard to get off stains.

The Benefit of Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil, or melaleuca oil, has plenty of advantages. Not only is it completely natural but research states that tea tree oil is antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, pretty much anti-everything bad. So, it’s a great addition to your cleaning supplies.

What else makes these three simple products so cool? Well, they’re all safe for you and the environment; they’re reasonably priced; and you can use them in a bunch of different combinations to clean almost anything you need. Not to mention both vinegar and baking soda are natural deodorizers which you can use together with other essential oils to have a beautiful scent left afterwards.

So, give the video above a look and see all of the different ways you can use these three handy-dandy items in your home. Or if you don’t have time, go to TalkLocal and find a local professional maid service to get your house spick and span.

5 Convenient Staycation Tips for This Summer

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

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Your area may not have a nice stock photo beach like this one, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had near you. The “staycation” is taking America by storm as people save time and money by planning their dream trip for this summer… without the trip. Below are five staycation tips that’ll help you enjoy a getaway to your own backyard.

Plan With Your Family

To get your family (especially children) invested in the idea of a staycation, it’s convenient to bring them in to the planning process. Since you have some familiarity with your own area, it’s easy to fill a staycation itinerary with a variety of activities in order to engage everyone.

Take Cues from the Tourists

Just as hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers never visit the Statue of Liberty, there is probably a world-famous (or at least nationally-famous) attraction in your area that you’ve never seen. A staycation provides an opportunity to be a tourist in your own town– grab your favorite Hawaiian shirt and guidebook, then go mimic the photo-junkies from elsewhere.

Treat Yourself

You are already making a very financially responsible decision by foregoing travel for vacation. It’s important to give yourself a pat on the back for your frugality, and to not let it get obsessive. Staycations provide a perfect excuse to splurge on a five-star restaurant, a spa day, a pool/athletic club membership, etc. You don’t have to be in a resort town to pamper yourself.

Use Local Search Apps

Sticking around in the summer gives you the opportunity to explore your area more. With the advent of local search technology, finding previously-unknown restaurants, attractions, and businesses near you is as easy as opening an app. The most useful of these apps include Yelp, Google Maps, and (shameless plug) TalkLocal.

Get Vacation-Quality Service

Some hardcore staycationers go so far as to rent a local hotel room for the full experience. If that’s a little excessive for you, you can also purchase the kind of personal services hotels offer for your home. While you’re on your staycation, hire a cleaning service. Get nice meals delivered. Take taxis or Ubers. This way you can enjoy hotel-quality treatment without the steep hotel markup.

The ideal staycation involves a pretty simple goal: it’s about creating luxury out of what is familiar to you. Often, staycationers find an additional benefit to kicking back this way: without all the unknowns of a new place, planning a staycation is easy. If you want to make it even easier, use TalkLocal to get connected to cleaners, taxis, massage therapists, and other service professionals who can help you create your dream getaway in your own town.

 

Spring Cleaning Early Bird: Tackle Cleaning the Fridge and Pantry!

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

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Cleaning the fridge and pantry ahead of other spring cleaning tasks is a smart move. After all, what else can you do right now? You’ll still need your winter clothes for another few weeks. In the yard, the weeds and unruly hedges buried under snow are the least of your worries at the moment, and no one will visit the house in this weather unless it’s Christmas – which was last year. So, cleaning that fridge and pantry is the best way to get a head start on your spring cleaning.

Plus, cleaning and reorganizing your food storage early and often reduces the spread of bacteria, reduces waste from missing or hidden food, and frees you to extend the “Help yourself” offer to more guests without fear of shame or embarrassment.

No one likes opening a fridge to sights and smells that would cause some to lose their appetite.

Here are 4 tips for cleaning your fridge and organizing your pantry.

Save time:

Especially when dealing with perishables, time is of the essence. If you’re doing a thorough cleaning that involves removing food and shelves…

- Clear enough counter space
- Have an empty kitchen trash bag on the ready
- Set out boxes to organize cans or condiments
- Have all your cleaning supplies on hand

Dilute strong cleaning products with water or use green cleaning supplies:

For those stuck-on messes, ammonia is helpful only if heavily diluted (about 1:5 at most). Baking soda and water also make a great odorless cleaning agent. Just be sure not to leave strong odors or any caustic chemical residue behind when cleaning your fridge. Strong chemicals could harm your body if ingested over time or even subtly disrupt food flavors. Or, to be extra safe, consider BabyGanics all-purpose cleaner.

Toss out the junk while you’re at it:

It’s been proven that a McDonald’s hamburger could possibility outlive anyone foolish enough to eat it. Unfortunately, all those preservatives don’t have a similar effect on the human body. So, just because it’s still good, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t toss out the junk food with the rest of spoiled trash.

Make food easy to find (Out of sight means never in belly):

Now that you’ve tossed out the junk and disposed of the expired perishables, there’s plenty of room to make everything you have in-stock easier to see and use. Too often, the food we can’t find goes to waste or gets needlessly replaced. So, place that short bottle of Grey Poupon in front of the ketchup on the door shelf. Face labels forward when stacking canned goods and organize them by foot-type in case you need that second can of beans. Then, revel in your new found ability to pull together a meal on cheaper and shorter grocery trips.

Sounds nice in theory, but you just don’t have the time? Did you know that many cleaning and maid service companies offer one-time deep cleaning which can include your fridge and pantry if needed? And, no matter what’s lurking deep in those shelves, the professionals have probably seen worse.

Leave it to TalkLocal to find a cleaning service that fits your location, needs, and schedule. Our algorithm matches you to the right top-rated pro and connects you by phone in minutes. No phone tag!

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Inground Pool Cleaners vs. Professional Cleaning Services

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

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A swimming pool is one of the most enjoyable areas you can have in your own home. It’s an indulgence that can be enjoyed by your entire family and your guests. However, it requires certain responsibilities. It must be cleaned, maintained, and serviced regularly. Otherwise, you can have major problems with your pool and it won’t be fun using it at all.

More than Basic Cleaning

Now, you may think that’s what inground pool cleaners are for. This equipment is a good investment, but it is certainly not enough to maintain your pool. You also have to keep the correct chemical balance of your pool water and have certain pool equipment, like the pump and filter, serviced periodically.

A professional cleaner can do much more than what a robot can. A professional cleaner would be able to handle other important chores, such as balancing the water chemistry of your pool. Pump and filter inspection is also part of regular pool cleaning service, which is vital in keeping your pool in good condition.

Ensure Thorough Cleaning

While inground pool cleaners do a relatively good job of cleaning a pool, they usually don’t get every square foot of the surface area on the initial cycle. Hiring a professional cleaning service is an important part of any pool maintenance program because it ensures a more thorough removal of debris, grime, and particulate buildup from the water. It’s just like how home carpet cleaning differs from professional cleaning.

Check for Problems

Inground pool cleaners may crawl along the entire floor of your pool, but they will not be able to inspect it for leaks or any cracked tiles. Professionals would be able to do this and recommend a solution.

Bottom Line

The bottom line is that purchasing pool cleaning equipment is perfectly fine. Professional cleaners use their own tools and devices to do their job. However, you cannot rely completely on using equipment such as inground pool cleaners to keep your pool clean and safe throughout the year.

If you’re wondering where to find a good pool cleaning service, TalkLocal can help with your search. Contact us now and we’ll connect you with professional cleaners who provide the quality services that you need.

Identifying Household Mold

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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Mold is an organic material which will develop and spread given the right environment. All it requires is a sufficient amount of moisture. The source of moisture can be condensation, drops of water from leaking pipes or high levels of humidity in a home. The typical materials where mold grows include paper, natural fibers, ceiling tiles, and drywall.

Identifying Household Mold

Household mold is a common problem for homeowners, because there are many areas inside a home with enough constant moisture to support its growth, and because mold spores are practically everywhere. When inspecting and identifying household mold, check out the following typical breeding grounds of mold:

- Flood damaged rooms

Wet ceilings resulting from a leaky roof

- Plumbing leaks or areas with drainage problems

Damp basements and crawl spaces

- Kitchen and bathroom areas most often exposed to steam

- Poorly insulated/ventilated ductwork that has high condensation levels

- Humidifiers

- Clothes dryers with indoor vents

- Wet clothes left to dry indoors

Signs of Mold

When you’re identifying household mold, it’s crucial to find which areas in your home have water damage or moisture problems. Look out for discolored walls and ceilings, warped floors, or moisture beads on windows or walls. Mold will definitely grow on or around these surfaces, if it hasn’t developed already.

The simplest way of identifying household mold is to check out the areas of your home and look out for any visible signs of mold. You can usually see a mold problem when it is present.

Mold often appears as slimy or fuzzy patches. There are different colors of mold including white, blue, green, brown, orange or black. As mold develops, the patches increase in size.

Also, a mold problem frequently produces a noticeably unpleasant smell. In fact, mold’s distinct musty smell is often the first sign of a problem. If you can smell it, then it’s safe to assume there’s a mold problem in your home. Follow the odor trail to get to the source. You may need to look under surfaces or behind walls to find mold growth.

There are several areas in a home that are very prone to mold growth, such as shower curtains, shower stalls, bathroom tiles and surfaces surrounding air conditioners. Be sure to clean these areas routinely to control mold growth.

Do You Have Mold?

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Tips to Clean Teak Bench

Monday, March 31st, 2014

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People who own teak furniture would do everything in their power to preserve its lovely honey-gold tones and to keep it in excellent condition for a long period. If you need to clean teak bench, you can complete this simple assignment on your own, or with help from an expert who specializes in professional maid services. The choice is up to you.

How to Clean Stains That are Easy to Remove

If you’re not dealing with very difficult stains, you can try to wash your bench by using a soft brush and a mix of hot water and mild laundry detergent. Apply the solution on the entire surface, gently rub the stained areas and rinse with clean water.

How to Handle Stubborn Stains

If your bench displays stubborn food or drink stains or an unpleasant black or dark grey layer of mold or mildew, it is advisable to rely on a one-step special cleaning product especially designed for teak surfaces.

This agent removes the most difficult stains, kills all mold and mildew spores, prevents future contaminations and preserves the unique glow of your bench for several months. You can find this specially formulated cleaning product, based on mild chemicals, in almost any boat store.

How to Keep Your Teak Bench Looking Like New

Want to boost the appeal of your patio furniture, but don’t know how to treat your old teak bench? If so, note that this highly resistant hardwood material can be treated with organic teak oils, designed to restore its satiny finish.

Moreover, polyurethane and varnish represent ideal sealers, used by many people to protect the teak from exterior threats and preserve its remarkable glossy finish.

Ask an Expert

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Types of Pool Cleaning Chemicals

Friday, March 28th, 2014

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Having your own swimming pool offers great recreation for you and your family and friends. However, it’s not all fun. As a pool owner, you have to make sure your pool water is clean and safe from so many kinds of contaminants, such as bacteria and algae.

Just as it is important to be aware of unsafe chemicals in cleaning products for the home, it is also important to know about pool cleaning chemicals and their safe use.

Chlorine

The most commonly used chemical to sanitize or disinfect swimming pools is chlorine. It is used to inhibit the growth of algae and kill bacteria in the water. Chlorinating agents come in liquid form or in dry form (tablet or granules). Chlorine is released once these agents are dissolved in the pool water. Chlorine binds with some contaminants in water and forms chloramines, which can cause irritation and produce the unpleasant chlorine smell, so good regular pool maintenance is a must.

Bromine

Bromine is a popular alternative to chlorine as a pool sanitizer, especially in areas with warmer weather, because, unlike chlorine, it is not disintegrated by heat or sunlight. Although bromine is a little more expensive and more complicated to use than chlorine, it is not an irritant and is odorless.

Pool Water Balancers

These are pool cleaning chemicals that are used to maintain the correct water chemistry in your pool, which involve components like the pH level (measures the water’s acidity or alkalinity) and total alkalinity (measures mineral levels that help control the water’s pH level). Sodium carbonate is used as a pH increaser while sodium hydrogen carbonate is used as an alkalinity increaser.

There are also chemicals used to reduce the pH level of water or to increase the water’s hardness (refers to the level of calcium and magnesium in the water, which can cause corrosion, cloudiness, and scaling at the wrong levels).

Other Chemicals

There are several other pool cleaning chemicals that can be used to address specific pool problems. For instance, algaecides are used to prevent and kill algae growth in the pool water. Shock treatments are used to prevent the buildup of organic irritants in the pool. There are also specialty chemicals used to control rust, scales, and stains. Pool clarifiers help keep water clear.

If you need help in keeping the right chemical mix for your swimming pool, TalkLocal can find the right professionals for you! Simply fill out our convenient online form to send us your request and we’ll get back to you quickly with the right professional for you.

How to Maintain Clean Heating Ducts

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

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Heating ducts serve to distribute warm air effectively all throughout your home, but on the downside, they are great at collecting dust, dirt, mold spores, and other disease-causing microorganisms that can trigger or make breathing problems worse and, in general, just make your indoor air unpleasant.

A healthier environment inside your home is a benefit worth having from clean heating ducts, especially if there are members in your family who have allergies, asthma, or other respiratory problems.

Basic Cleaning

If your ducts have a buildup of dust or dirt, it doesn’t take a lot to solve the problem. However, it is best to prevent dust and other debris from building up in the first place by regular cleaning to maintain clean heating ducts. One thing you can do by yourself regularly is to make sure that heating vents as well as cold air returns are free of dust. Also, change the filter frequently.

Professional Cleaning

It’s also a good idea to have heating ducts professionally cleaned every two years to make sure there is no mass buildup of dust and especially mold taking place inside the system.

You’ll want to hire a reputable and qualified cleaning professional so that the job gets done properly. Otherwise, the dust and any other airborne substances collecting in your ducts may end up being spewed out into your home and could cause damage to the heating system.

When to Clean Heating Ducts Thoroughly

A simple visible check of your ducts is all you need to determine whether the entire duct work needs cleaning. To check heating ducts, remove the grill first by unscrewing it from the wall or floor. With a flashlight and a small mirror, check the length of the duct as far down as you can see. Do this with a few ducts. You know the ducts need cleaning if you find any of the following:

- Thick dust layer (more than 1/8 inch)

- Obstructions due to masses of dust or debris

- Signs of mold or mildew

- Signs of rodent infiltration

Usually, when you have any of the above, the register grills will be quite dusty or dirty as well. If all you see are a few dust bunnies, this is not a cause for concern. You can just use a high-efficiency filter on your heating system to help prevent dust buildup.

Hire a Heating Pro

When hiring a contractor to clean your heating ducts, look for someone with the right qualifications and a great track record. TalkLocal can help find the right professional who fills your criteria. Send us the details of your service request and speak to local experts in minutes. Try us now!

Clean Teak Tiles

Monday, March 24th, 2014

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Teak decks are easy to maintain thanks to the natural qualities of this exotic hardwood, which is extremely popular as a material for outdoor spaces and furniture. However, to extend the life of your deck and preserve its appeal, it is recommended to clean your teak tiles regularly.

Here are some simple tips on how to clean teak tiles effectively to maintain their distinctive qualities.

Basic Cleaning

For regular cleaning, you can use mopping or vacuuming, just like with any other wood flooring surface.

Also, for better results, you should rinse your teak tiles with a hose from time to time. To avoid damaging the texture of the wood, refrain from using a high-pressure water jet, although this might get the job done in a shorter amount of time.

Keep the Shine of Your Teak Tiles with Oil

Due to its natural oils, teak has the ability to preserve its luster for a long time. However, dust and exposure to elements will dull its golden brown color. To restore its shine, you need to clean it with a sponge or soft cloth and soapy water, and then apply teak oil. This way you will create a protective sealing layer, which will keep the texture of your teak tiles intact and delay aging.

Restore Your Teak Tiles with Wax

Teak has a high density, which accounts for its durability. Due to its natural oils, it maintains its appearance even in damp environments. However, aging and sun exposure can make its distinctive brown color fade away.

If you don’t want your teak tiles to get a silver patina over time, you can preserve their original color by applying a special wax that acts as a protective coating. By doing this once or twice a year, you will refresh the look of your teak tiles and prolong their life.

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Best Way Clean Windows

Friday, March 14th, 2014

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Large windows are always a nice feature, because they make any indoor space seem bigger and brighter. At the same time, they get dirty really fast and require frequent cleanings. Professional maid services could lift this weight off your shoulders. Nonetheless, you can still discover and apply the best way to clean windows on your own, without any professional help.

Clean Your Windows with Vinegar

Vinegar is an excellent natural cleaning agent. You can use it to keep your windows and carpets clean with minimal effort. To make your glass surfaces shine brightly, you just have to mix water with vinegar and spray it on your dirty surfaces, which should be prepped for cleaning first.

To prep windows for cleaning, just wipe them with a clean cloth to remove dirt and debris accumulations. Afterwards, spray the mix of water and vinegar and rub the glass with a microfiber cloth until you leave it shiny and dry. This method is simple, convenient, and time-effective.

Apply a Mix of Dishwashing Soap and Water with a Strip applicator

Interested in finding the best way to clean windows? If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, you can opt for a different cleaning method, based on a mix of warm water and dishwashing soap. Fill a plastic bucket with this solution and distribute it evenly on your window with a strip applicator, suitable for large surfaces.

Rinse meticulously with clean water and then wipe clean with a microfiber rag. Here’s an extra tip: divided-light windows can be easily cleaned by utilizing a personalized squeegee, especially designed to fit the pane. Multi-pane windows can be wiped off with a natural sponge, which absorbs water faster and better than its synthetic counterparts.

Ask an Expert

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