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Simple Cleaning Tips – Floors



Living in a place where my windows are open 24/7/365, I’ve learned to love a Swiffer: one Swiffer pad to pick up the dust and volcanic ash the trade winds blow in and the fur balls that Cory T Cat eject, and then one wet Swiffer pad to clean everything up and disinfect the tiles twice or three times a week. Here are some other simple cleaning tips to keep things tidy with a minimum of fuss:

  • Window sills and base boards collect dust, dirt, and ash. Cleaners leave behind a residue that collects more dust, dirt, and ash. Simply use a cleaning cloth with clear water.
  • Bleach is a whitening agent, not a disinfectant. Remember the difference.
  • If using a dust pan, remember to spray some furniture polish on it occasionally. It helps the dust slide off.
  • If you have a loose tile, place a dish towel over it and iron the dish towel on the highest setting. Then add some books on the tile to allow the heated glue to reset.
  • Save old tea bags, make tea again, and rub it into your varnished floors for a sweet smelling shine.
  • Add a little brown shoe polish into liquid floor wax to bring back the shine in faded hardwood floors.
  • Instead of sanding hardwood floors, use varnish remover. The old finish will break up and you can simply squeegee it away.
  • When waxing your floors, use several thin layers instead of two heavy ones. Also, don’t wax the entire floor evenly, add more wax to your high traffic areas. This will avoid wax build up in corners, under furniture, etc.

 CITE: Feinman, Fast Thrifty Ways to Clean Everything In Your Home




Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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