One of the most annoying things about moving house is the cleaning. Removing stubborn stains and marks is one of the hardest things to do when prepping your house for a move.
It’s always important when using these tips to spot test to make sure that you won’t be doing more harm than good.
You should also always take your cleaning items with you; a box of your most commonly used items or a checklist can save you time and effort in the long run.
Some of the most common stains and marks can be removed easily with everyday household items.
Scuffs and marks on woodwork can be removed with a pencil eraser . Those marks, from shoes, wheels, or rubber bumping against things are hard to remove any other way, but come off easily with an eraser.
Toothpaste isn’t just great for cleaning teeth, you can use it to remove stubborn ink, crayon, or scuff stains from any surface. Be careful to test it on wallpaper first in an inconspicuous place.
You’ll have to remove most of these stains from walls before painting, as they can show through several layers of paint.
Toothpaste is also good for removing crayon from radiators, or glass; just rub lightly with a non-abrasive cloth, or for tough stains, let it sit for up to one hour before scrubbing gently.
You can remove unwanted paint from most woodwork by carefully scouring with a brass scourer. Not too hard though, or you’ll scratch the other paintwork.
Soap scum, dried toothpaste and lime scale in the bathroom come off with liberal application of an oxy based paste. You can get any ‘oxy’ based cleaner (one that fizzes and heats up the water slightly) in most supermarkets.
You can remove moldy or damp smells just about anywhere with bicarbonate of soda (baking soda). Simply apply to the smelly area (or leave a box open in a cupboard or fridge), and the smell should be vastly lessened or completely gone within 24 hours.
The same goes for activated charcoal, or a few drops of vanilla on a cloth. Baking soda is good for a whole month, so it can be used continually, not just for cleaning for a move.
If you’re washing textured walls, use a nylon sock to do so. It means you won’t leave fluff in your wake, and always wash walls from the bottom up to avoid streaking, applying any cleaning solution you’re using (once tested to ensure paint, or wallpaper fastness) in small patches while you’re cleaning.
You can remove wax from carpets, floors or curtains simply by using an absorbent cloth and a hot iron. The wax should stick to the absorbent cloth and peel away easily.
Finally, don’t mix cleaning products . Most contain either ammonia or bleach and when combined, the fumes are deadly.
Take care when cleaning any area that has been spot treated with a different solution than you are using, because not only are some mixes deadly, but others can react with one another and cause spotting, or ugly marks.
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