Stain Removal

Wacky Wednesday — Kosher Salt

DID YOU KNOW….

If you don’t have a scrubbing product in your cabinets.  Kosher salt, mixed with water  can be used. If you need a tougher abrasive  sprinkle on Kosher salt, and scrub with a sponge or cloth.

WHO KNEW?

Wacky Wednesday-Eraser

Did you know that you can use an ordinary new pencil eraser or a larger eraser for lead to remove rust stains on sinks and bath tubs!!

Wacky Wednesday-Coca Cola

Did you know you can use Coke Cola to get stains out of a toilet! It also can to use to remove rust stains.

How To Remove Hard Water Stains

 I have a few clients that I clean for that have wells. Before I started cleaning for them, their  showers, tubs and sinks weren’t cleaned on a regular basis. I had orange stains, blue green stains and pink stains that I needed to remove. From experience these are the methods that I have found that works best.Hard water stains are created because they have a high mineral content. Hard water contains calcium and magnesium. These minerals together create the lime scales and other stains which can be difficult to remove. The longer stains are allowed to develop, the more difficult it is to remove them.

How to Remove Hard Water Stains
  • Acid Cleaners
Removing hard water stains with products containing ingredients such as phosphoric acid, sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid makes the project a bit easier. These acids break down the hard water stains and will remove them completely. You will need to wear gloves and work in a well ventilated area.
  • Vinegar, Baking Soda, Borax
 Shower Glass Doors
Vinegar is great for shower doors with hard water stains. Mixed 1/2 cup of vinegar and fill the remaining  with water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution on the door and let it sit a bit.  Remove the solution with a soft cloth. Depending on the condition of the glass you might have to repeat this procedure several times.
Toilet Bowls
Completely drain your toilet bowl. Mix up  1/4 cup of baking soda or borax which ever you have on hand with 1 cup of vinegar. Pour it into the toilet bowl and let it sit for at least 2 hours. Scrub with a toilet brush.
  • Lemon Juice and Lime Juice
Lemon juice and lime juice is a natural way of removing hard water stains. The acid present in these do the same work as the acid cleaners. Cut a lemon or lime in half. Scrub the stained area with one of the halves. It might be cheaper to use the bottled juice?
  • Cream of Tartar and Baking Soda
Sinks and Tubs made with these materials. Porcelain, stainless, enamel, fiberglass, chrome, tile.
Make up a paste using cream of tartar and water and rub it into the stain on these surfaces. If you don’t have cream of tartar to make a paste you can use baking soda.
* The most important thing to remember is to regularly clean these surfaces to prevent the build up.
” Happy Cleaning”

How To Remove Pumpkin Stain From Wooden Furniture?

 Happy Halloween!

Halloween has always been a fun time of the year at our house. Carefully selecting the perfect pumpkin to be carved always brought great joy, for our family. It’s about togetherness. Always the night before Halloween or the day of Halloween we would carve our masterpieces. The most amount of time that I spent carving my pumpkin was 6 to 7 hours from scooping to lighting the candle. After all that hard work it seemed sad to me that it only lasted a few days before it had mold appearing in it and then the rotting started. 

This blog I wanted to share tips and warnings on how you can preserve your masterpiece? Also, how can you remove the mold stain from  furniture if you forgot to put a plate or something under the pumpkin?

How Can You Preserve Your Pumpkin After Being Carved

Method One:

Each night submerge it in a bucket of cold water – take it out in the morning.

Method Two:

 My favorite method is, a  spray-on pumpkin preservative called “Pumpkin Fresh,” which you can easily spray onto the carved areas of your pumpkin, then let it dry to create a protective barrier. This liquid anti-fungal solution fights mold, rot and decay from overcoming your pumpkin. The Pumpkin Fresh website atwww.PumpkinFresh.com shows you in full illustrated detail, how it works. Pumpkin Fresh is very clean and easy to use, with no residue, and absolutely no cleanup involved. 

Ingredients for Pumpkin Fresh: Water, Sodium tetraborate decahydrate (borax), and sodium benzoate (a preservative and fungicide). The label describes it as a “fungicidal solution.”

One other trick to preserving your pumpkin is to use artificial light, such as a flashlight, or fake candle instead of a  real candle when illuminating it. The flame of a candle burns extremely hot; therefore the pumpkin has a probability factor of drying out, and aging much faster, especially if the top of the pumpkin is left covered, restricting the flow of heat from the candle to disperse. Using an artificial source of light is a much safer way to have fun, as well, while still being able to enjoy a lighted Jack O’ Lantern.

How To Remove A Pumpkin Stain From A Wooden Table Top

If  a pumpkin is left too long to sit on a wooden surface without something under it. The pumpkin will start decomposing that will leave a moldy residue marking the wooden surface. Below is the steps to removing the mark.

  1. Dampen a cotton cleaning cloth with warm water.
  2. Squirt a small amount of toothpaste onto the cleaning cloth.
  3. Rub into a circular motion until the stain begins to lift, checking the progress regularly.
  4. Polish the surface with your regular furniture polish or you can make your own non-toxic furniture polish.

Furniture Polish (Wood Surfaces)

  1. Rub toothpaste on wood furniture to remove water marks.
  2. Polish wood with 2 tsp. lemon oil and 1 pint mineral oil in spray bottle. Spray, rub in and wipe clean.
  3. Mix two parts olive oil to one part lemon juice. After rubbing the mixture in, let stand for several hours and then polish with a soft, dry cloth.
  4. Melt 1 tbsp. carnauba wax into two pints mineral oil. Use sparingly and rub hard.
” Have A Safe Halloween”

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