Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ready for the Holidays: Entrances and Floors

Your entrance is the first thing your guests see when they walk into your home. You want that to make a good impression, right?

You want your home to smell fresh and inviting. The first thing your guests need to see is a clean, nicely lit area.

Our home is a split foyer. We have a small landing right at the front door. This area gets more dirt and grime from everyone walking in and out. Coats and shoes are left lying in the floor. The stairs get absolutely filthy and the ceiling is high and is a bear to clean.

Let's get started...

  • Clean cobwebs from ceilings, walls, and all corners. 
  • Wipe your walls of dust and fingerprints. 
  • Wipe down any wall decor.
  • Scrub the baseboards.
  • Wash your door well. 
  • Clean any windows in the door or sidelights.
  • Hang all coats and put away shoes. 
  • Clean the floor.
  • Spot clean the steps and vacuum.

Now we will go through scenarios for cleaning our floors in our home properly. It's hard's nasty.....but it's well worth the extra effort!

If you have carpet:
  • Vacuum well.
  • Spot clean if needed. I use a spray foam spot floor cleaning solution and a new tire scrubbing brush. I spray the cleaner and scrub until the spot is gone. I wait for it to dry completely and vacuum it again.
  • If that doesn't get the spot out, try scrubbing the spot with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. This removed oil spots and really tough stains.
  • If you're still struggling, you can wet a cleaning rag with clear ammonia and press it with an iron for a few seconds. Scrub the spot and it should come out. You may want to test an area of your carpet to make sure this doesn't hurt it first. 
  • After these methods dry and your spot is removed, remember to vacuum again!
It you have wood floors, linoleum or tile flooring:
  • Grab two buckets and plenty of cleaning rags.
  • Fill one bucket with hot water and Pine Sol. The other bucket will contain hot water to rinse off your dirty rags.
  • Start with the corner furthest from the room entrance. 
  • Throw all your cleaning rags into the Pine Sol bucket. 
  • Take your first rag and wring it out until it's barely damp and proceed to scrub your floor. 
  • Yes, you are scrubbing on your hands and knees like poor Cinderella before the ball. Trust me, you will survive.
  • When you scrub about a two foot by two foot area, put that dirty rag into the plain water bucket and rinse it out. 
  • Keep going with this method until you're finished. The Pine Sol solution should stay fairly clean as long as you're washing out your rags in the other bucket. What good is scrubbing the floor and putting forth all this effort if you're scrubbing with dirty cleaning solution and dirty rags??? You'd just be smearing dirt around! 
  • Do not put solution directly onto your hardwood floors. And don't leave puddles of water on them. 
Don't look at me like I've lost my mind! Seriously, until you get on your hands and knees and scrub a floor you've never truly had clean floors. It's a lot of effort, but I promise it makes a big difference. Once you get the hang of it, it doesn't take that long at all. Sure, you can mop floors the regular way but you're really just spreading most of the dirt around....



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