Quick Ways To Help Clean Up After Your Pets

Between muddy paws, fur on upholstered furniture, odors and occasional accidents, we can spend quite a bit of time cleaning up after our furry friends.3 Counties Cat Cleaning the Couch

The experts at 3 Counties offer pet owners the following tips for keeping a clean home and tackling the most common problems.

  •  Minimizing the mess: Cleaner pets mean a cleaner house. Nothing like a good brushing with your favorite boars head brush. At 3 Counties we recommend doing the brushing not only before a good bath, but also after. Make sure and don’t forget to use a hair catcher at the bottom of your bathtub drain. Do this this on a regular scheduled, we recommend once a week will keep your flooring and upholstery clean. Not only will it cut down on hair but also the dander and need we say odors? Its much easier to keep up on your pets baths than it is to having to keep hiring a professional cleaning company to come clean your floors and upholstery. Make sure and keep a lint brush or damp sponge handy to quickly pick up loose pet hair.
  • Removing pet hair: On carpeting, use a vacuum with a good beater brush or brush roll to remove pet hair. On upholstery, use velour brushes, tape rollers or even the rubber bottom of a clean tennis shoe and remove the fur using light, even strokes.
  • Lifting stains: Dilute spots using a damp cloth, then clean the area with one quart of water mixed with one teaspoon white vinegar. Cleaning solutions from your local pet store or supermarket also work well in lifting stains and odors. Be sure to follow the label directions and allow them to work for the full amount of time indicated.3 Counties sick puppy clean up

When your pet has stomach problems, clean up these accidents quickly, as the acidity can stain your carpet. Treat the affected area using a professional carpet detergent and rinse with clean hot water. Extract the soiled solutions away from the carpet. You can use a wet vacuum like a shop vac, most people have these in there garage’s. Make sure you use one that accepts water otherwise you may end up ruining your standard dry vacuum.

 

Make Cleaning A Breeze With Clean Sweep Tips

Personal satisfaction. That, said Peter Walsh, organizational guru and host of TLC’s popular show “Clean Sweep,” is what spring cleaning is all about. It triggers homeowners to revive their home and renew their lives. “Cleaning does not have to be a list of dreaded chores, it can actually be a rewarding experience,” added Walsh. “Spring is the perfect time of year to get your home and life organized.”

Following a simple checklist and using the right products for each job can be key, according to Walsh. According to cleaning experts, “Today’s homes feature surfaces that require special care and protection. From stainless steel to stone counter tops, fine wood and leather, each requires a product that will clean and showcase its beauty.” Tackling high-traffic rooms, such as the kitchen, can be a breeze following this simple checklist:

  •  Start Slowly. It takes months for a home to become cluttered so it’s not realistic to try to organize everything in one day or even a weekend. Instead, start small-one drawer, one cupboard or one shelf at a time. Make a commitment every day to clean sweep another room until it’s done.
  • The One-Month Cardboard Box Test. As clutter accumulates over time, the first step to getting clean and organized is to seriously pare down the number of items in each room. Empty the contents of drawers, clean objects under beds and sort through closets. Put everything in a big box. Make sure to then replace your vacuum bag and then makes sure and vacuum all the edges of the room, and even underneath the bed. For one month, put back only the items you use. If after four weeks you haven’t used it, you probably don’t need it.
  • Tackle High-Traffic Rooms. The kitchen has become the unofficial gathering place of most homes. From overflowing junk drawers to chaotic cabinets, kitchens are a magnet for mess and clutter. First, make sure your kitchen is clutter-free. Next, focus on appliances and flat surfaces. You can remove burned-on food from your stovetop and make the surface shine by using Weiman Cook Top Cleaner or Weiman Cook Top Quick Wipes. To get rid of irksome fingerprints from stainless appliances and create a streak-free shine, try Weiman Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish or Weiman Stainless Steel Wipes.
  • Use the Right Products. Cleaning an entire house means cleaning a lot of different surfaces. From granite counter tops in the kitchen to a leather club chair in the family room, it’s important to use a product that is specifically formulated to nourish and protect that surface in addition to cleaning it.

 

Clean Walls Like A Pro

At 3 Counties Cleaning we wanted to go over a common question we get asked all the time. What are some of the best ways to clean walls? Washing the dirty walls around your house can be a huge chore. Not only is it a time consuming project, it’s physically exhausting. If you want to spiff up every nook and cranny, washing walls requires an enormous amount of reaching, stretching, contorting, and bending to clean off the layers of dust, dirt, grime, cobwebs, finger smudges, and/or greasy soot that have accumulated. Luckily, there are a few tricks that can make it easier.

Cleaning Solutions

Your choice of cleaners is very important and should be based on the type of wall that you are cleaning. A solution of clear ammonia and water works very well. It has a terrible odor, but ammonia is cheap and has superlative cleaning capabilities. Nevertheless, if you can’t get past the smell, there are other options.

Most painted walls can be cleaned with warm water and a gentle, non-sudsy detergent. Still, you should always test the cleaning solution that you will be using on an inconspicuous area of the wall. Make sure that the solution is removing just the dirt, not the paint.

Cleaning Strategy

When washing walls, dripping and streaking is inevitable. To avoid rewashing something that you have already cleaned, you should always start at the top of the wall and work your way down. Don’t forget to catch corners, trim, and baseboards as you go.

To get to those hard to reach places, use a sturdy stepladder or a small portable ladder. Make sure that you choose a ladder that is both stable and appropriately sized. If you will be working in a stairwell, use a ladder that is made for uneven surfaces. Try to center the ladder directly in front of the wall that you will be washing. Over reaching or leaning too far to one side could cause you to lose your balance.

Cleaning Tips

Here are some final tips that can be used to make the job of washing walls a little easier.

• Rid the walls and baseboards of cobwebs and dust bunnies before you begin washing.
• If you are using ammonia or another strong-smelling cleaning solution, make sure the room is well-ventilated.
• Change your cleaning solution often. When you are washing walls, the water gets dirty very quickly.
• To avoid streaking, wipe the walls with a dry towel after they have been cleaned.
• To avoid ruining the paint job on your walls, stay away from abrasive cleaners and steel wool. Use a toothbrush for small stains that need gentle, but abrasive action.

Cleaning In Retirement

Do you remember when you were young and easy cleaning was the way we do. Everything was scrubbed, scoured, dusted, cleaned and aired. fresh air through windowsToday keeping up on the cleaning isn’t always done as extensively as it was when I was a child. We remember washing windows and blinds, searching out any cobwebs that formed during the winter, opening all the windows and letting fresh air in. I also remember cleaning everything – whether it was nailed down or not. Spring cleaning was a major undertaking, often requiring several days to complete.

We do most of the cleaning with just one person, our customers tell us they like it better that way as its a more personal experience. I search out cobwebs, bring in fresh air, and wash windows, curtains and the like. One thing I don’t do today is put slipcovers on all the furniture. I don’t know very many people who do that any more. But in a way, I miss it. I remember putting fitted slipcovers in light and bright colors on all the furniture for the warm weather months. It completely changed the look and feel of the rooms. It was a nice change. When the cleaning was done and the summer slipcovers were on the furniture the whole house felt fresh and clean and new.

Another part of cleaning was cleaning out things we no longer needed. When we were children, we collected the toys we had outgrown, clothes that no longer fit us, and anything else we no longer wanted or needed. I have been thinking about those days for the last few months. I recently cleaned out a garage in anticipation of spring cleaning. I was amazed by the amount of stuff some people have collected. I was also surprised – and a bit nostalgic – about the things my children had been stored in their house.

All this thought about cleaning, however, also makes me think about how important it is for all of us to engage in a little cleaning of the mind and heart and soul. That’s why we are happy to be able to help other retired people out if it becomes overbearing and too much to handle. I don’t know if my mother consciously thought about other kinds of cleaning when she attacked the collected dirt of winter, but I find that my cleaning and scrubbing is a good time to think, even if we are always trying figure out ways to speed things up while cleaning. I have been using spring cleaning as a time for reflection for a number of years now. I use that time for reflection to try to do a little cleaning of mind, heart and soul.

I put my hearth and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process – Vincent Van Gogh

What we mean at 3 Counties Cleaning is this. We gather, and often nurture, feelings and thoughts that clutter our minds and souls, making them dingy. We love using that house cleaning time to think about and deal with things that I need to free myself of in order to be happier. We often don’t realize that deep in our minds and hearts we still carry, and even nurture, old anger or resentment. We often don’t realize that we are carrying guilt and frustration and various kinds of hurt. I think cleaning is the perfect opportunity to think about and free ourselves of these kinds of thoughts and feelings.

Is Your Bathroom Dirty? Hear Are Ways To Speed Up The Cleaning Process!

The bathroom is often the most used room in the house and because of this the hardest to clean and keep clean. By incorporating a few time saving bathroom cleaning tips into your regular routine, you can cut your cleaning time, save money on cleaning products and enjoy a cleaner
bathroom for longer periods of time.

When cleaning the bathroom, always start with the mirrors and shower doors. By cleaning from top to bottom you will save steps. The dirt from the mirrors and wall can sometimes fall to the floor. If done first, the dirt can then be cleaned in one step when you sweep and mop the floors.

To clean the mirrors and shower doors, you do not need an expensive commercial cleaner. The best cleaner and one that doesn’t leave streaks, is a simple solution of water, white vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Simply add water, 1/3 cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol to a spray bottle and shake gently to mix. Spray on glass surfaces and wipe with a clean white paper towel.

To clean grime and soap scum off the tub and shower stall you will need to use a two step process. First scrub the area with a white bristle brush to loosen grime and score the area so that a cleaner can penetrate it more readily. Next, spray or wipe on a concentrated orange-based commercial cleaning product. Allow the product to set for thirty minutes and the grime and soap scum should rinse right off.

After cleaning the tub and shower stall, coat the surfaces with an expensive car wax. If you do this twice a year it will help to repel dirt and cut cleaning time in half.

Another great time saving bathroom cleaning tip for your shower stall is to wipe away all of the water after each use. This will keep the dirt and grime from building up and make weekly cleaning a breeze.

how to clean surfaces in your houseAfter you have cleaned the big surfaces, it is time to clean the toilet and wipe down the counters, sinks and faucets. White vinegar is an inexpensive and effective cleaner for these jobs. Simply apply the white vinegar with a cloth and allow it to set for a few minutes. Then rinse the solution and wipe down the surfaces.

Other simple bathroom cleaning tips include the use of a bath rug outside the shower to collect water and dirt, the cleaning of your plastic shower curtain by tossing it in the washing machine with your dirty cleaning rags and the use of toothpaste and a scrub brush to shine and clean your ornate metal faucets.