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Mattress Cleaning

 

Cleaning your mattress is really quite simple! In a perfect world, this would be done every 6 months. Here are some quick steps to cleaning your mattress:

1. First thing to do with your bare mattress is vacuum it. Using the hose attachment will work just fine. If you suffer from dust allergies, you may want to consider purchasing a specialized mattress vacuum. Yes…. they do exist!

2. Spot treat stains with an ezyme cleaner. Enzymes come from bodily fluid. So anything that works on pet stains will work just fine on these stains. Just spray and blot!

3. Sprinkle the mattress with baking soda to soak up the rest of the stain remover and reduce odors.  Let the baking soda sit on the mattress for 2-24 hours before vacuuming thoroughly.

4. If you have the time and space, let the mattress sit in the sun.  One of the BEST cleaning agents is simple sunlight.

That’s it! The process of cleaning a mattress is simple. Try to get to this every 6 months to maximize the life of your mattress. 

Thank you for reading our “Quick-Read Series” on Mattress Cleaning. Check back for more quick cleaning tips! 
 
– Cleaning for You, LLC.

  Colorado Springs, Colorado 

Resources:
Apartment Therapy: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-clean-your-mattress-208311
Consumer Reports: http://www.consumerreports.org/mattresses/how-to-clean-a-mattress/

Washing Stinky Towels

Washing Stinky Towels

Major Culprits of Smelly Towels:

1. Mildew and Mold

The main reason your towels get smelly is from a buildup of mildew and mold. A buildup of soap residue mixed with a moist environment is the perfect playground for mold and mildew!


2. Too much detergent

Most of us use too much laundry detergent. And it’s really hard to see the fill lines in the cap! But I can almost guarantee if you’re reading this, you’re using too much detergent. It’s ok! It’s a really easy fix.  Just simply don’t use as much laundry detergent.  Or buy the laundry pods.

3.  Fabric softener and dryer sheets

Another common culprit of smelly towels is using fabric softener or dryer sheets with your towels.  These have a waterproofing effect on your towels, making it difficult for water to get into the towel and clean it.

Getting rid of the smell!

1.  Ditch the detergent
 
There is already so much soap residue on your towel from bathing. You really don’t need any detergent.  But if you’re like me and the thought of not using detergent weirds you out, then just use a drop.
 
2.  Use Vinegar
 
Add 1-2 cups of vinegar into your load.  Either directly into the tub, or into the detergent/bleach compartment if you have a high efficiency washer.  Wash your towels in HOT water.
 
3.  Use baking soda
 
This is important: DO NOT USE THE VINEGAR AND BAKING SODA IN THE SAME LOAD! Use one or the other.  Or if you want to tackle a really smelly load, wash once in vinegar, and then send the towels through a second cycle with 1/2 cup of baking soda.
 
4.  Dry thoroughly 
 

Make sure that you dry your towels completely before you put them away.

Thank you for reading our “Quick-Read Series” on Laundry Detergent. Check back for more quick cleaning tips! 
 
– Cleaning for You, LLC.

  Colorado Springs, Colorado 

Resources: One Good Thing by Jillee: http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/a-simple-fix-for-smelly-towels.html; Good Housekeeping: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning/tips/a19968/common-towel-problems/

Cleaning Your Couch

Cleaning Your Couch

Upholstery tags come with a specific cleaning code.  This code will indicate how you should clean your couch.

 

S: The S code stands for solvent. Meaning that you should clean your couch using only a dry solvent with hydrocarbon based compounds. DO NOT USE WATER on S codes.

 To clean your S Couch: blot soiled areas of the couch with the solvent. Follow the (solvent) manufacture guide. Some solvents require heating, others do not. Agitate the areas with an upholstrey brush and then blot the solvent back off with a clean towel. Finish by vacuuming the couch!
 Recommended S type cleaners: Clue Coral Upholstery Cleaner, Forcefield Dry Cleaning Fluid for Fine Fabrics, Home Depot or Lowe’s Brand dry solvent.

 

W: The W code stands for wet/water cleaning. This means that you should only use water based solvent to clean your couch.

  To clean your W Couch: vacuum it thoroughly first. Spray your cleaner onto the area you wish to remove stains, dirt, or oil.  Agitate the area with a furniture brush and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Blot dry or use a water extraction machine if you have one.
  Recommended W type cleaners: Bissel Fabric and Upholstery Shampoo, Chemical Guys Carpet and Upholstery Stain Extractor, Resolve Stain Remover and Upholstery Cleaner, Woolite Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner.

WS: The WS code stands for water based and solvent cleaning. These couches can be cleaned with any upholstery cleaner!

  To clean you WS Couch: Vacuum thoroughly first, and then follow the manufacturers guide on the upholstery cleaner of your choice.

X:The X code stand for DO NOT CLEAN! The fabric that is used for these couches cannot become wet or have any type of solvent on them.  However, you CAN vacuum them.

 

Thank you for reading our “Quick-Read Series” on Laundry Detergent. Check back for more quick cleaning tips! 

– Cleaning for You, LLC.

  Colorado Springs, Colorado 

Resources: Ask A Clean Person, http://www.esquire.com/style/news/a44009/clean-couch/; Clean and Organized Family Home, http://www.clean-organized-family-home.com/upholstery-cleaning.html#sthash.Dft19twZ.dpbs; JonDon.com, http://www.jondon.com/how-to/technical-tips/furniture-and-upholstery/upholstery-cleaning/dry-cleaning.html; 


Laundry Detergent

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Types of Laundry Detergent:

     Powder: Powdered detergents have a longer shelf life than the others, but don’t dissolve as well as liquid.  Powdered detergent can leave a residue on your clothes. 

     Liquid: Much less likely to leave a residue as powdered detergents, and can be doubled as a spot-treatment. However, liquid is much more bulky and uses more packaging than powdered. It’s also very easy to over use liquid detergent, leaving most consumers having to restock before they should. 

     Pods: Pre-packaged for single washes. These are great for travelling. These also cut down on overusing detergent. Just like powdered detergent, however, laundry pods tend to not dissolve completely during the wash cycle. **Warning! Households with children under 7 years old are encouraged to stay away from laundry pods. As these pods are frequently mistaken for candy.***

Best “Specialty” Laundry Detergent – according to Consumer Reports

     Sports Detergent –  The best detergents for smelly, sweaty gym clothes include: Persil ProClean Power-Liquid 2in1Tide Plus Ultra Stain Release Tide HE Plus Bleach Alternative Tide Pods Plus Febreze and All Mighty Pacs Oxi.  The #1 tip for laundering stinky clothes is to turn your clothes inside out, and DON’T over-detergent.  Adding more detergent than instructed will only leave un-rinsed detergent which in turn will harbor bacteria and create…. more smell!  The less detergent the better.

     Delicate Detergents – Woolite. Hands down Woolite is the best detergent for delicate clothes such as sweaters, knits, and anything that directs you to wash on “delicate”.  Woolite has a much tamer pH level than other laundry detergents. Also, always wash your delicates in cold water on a low spin.

     High Efficiency Detergents – Tide 2X Ultra, All 2X with Oxy Active, Gain Original Fresh HE, Up & Up Fresh Breeze HE, Seventh Generation Natural HE

     Coldwater Detergents – Tide Coldwater Detergent is so far unbeat in its ability to get stains, sweat, and smell out without using hot water. 

     “Green” Detergents – Unfortunately “green” detergents just aren’t as effective as non-green detergents. This has to do with enzymes and pH levels that aren’t found in nature. But there are some promising detergents out there that do OK and are also better for the planet. Legacy of Clean SA8 is the top ranked, followed by Method 8XMrs. Meyer’s Clean DayCaldrea HEand Seventh Generation Natural

Thank you for reading our “Quick-Read Series” on Laundry Detergent. Check back for more quick cleaning tips! 

– Cleaning for You, LLC.

  Colorado Springs, Colorado

Resources: Ask a Clean Person, www.esquire.com, Laundry Detergent Buying Guide, http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/laundry-detergents/buying-guide.htm