cleaning hints and tips
Cleaning Chopping Blocks
Cleaning Cabinets and Counter Tops
Cleaning Mildew with Bleach
Lightly Soiled Windows:
1 cup of vinegar
1 gallon warm water
Extremely Dirty Windows:
1 tablespoon household ammonia
3 tablespoons denatured alcohol or vinegar
1 quart warm water
To save money and get good results dry and polish glass with crumpled newspaper—but do not use this method on plastic glazing.
Painted Interiors: Clean with a mild solution of detergent and water, rinse. If uncertain about washability of paint, check on an inconspicuous place.
Glazed tile/Brick: Wash with soap and water solution. Remove discoloration with non-abrasive household cleaner.
Wood Paneling: Clean with commercial wood cleaner; treat with linseed oil or special wax.
Mildew: To remove the fungus that causes it; use 3 tbsps. TSP and 1 ˝ cups household bleach in 1 gallon water. (Wear rubber gloves.) Allow several days before painting of papering.
Hardwood: Mop or vacuum and periodically use a paste wax. If excessively soiled, clean with mineral spirits or commercial floor cleaner, then wax.
Linoleum, Asphalt, Vinyl, Vinyl-Asbestos and Rubber: Sweep, mop, or vacuum. Clean with diluted detergent or recommended floor cleaner. Wax to protect. Use detergent or ceramic-time cleaner on tile.
Unpainted concrete: Clean with 4 to 6 tbsps. Of washing soda in 1 gallon hot water. Use special concrete sealers or paints.
Slate or Clay tile: Seal to prevent staining.
Carpeting: Vacuum regularly, avoid excessive moisture when shampooing.
- Fixtures may be china, enameled-cast iron, fiberglass or other man-made products. Regular cleaning prevents soap scum buildup and discoloration. Don't use abrasive cleaners.
- Enamel and Tile: Use 1 tbsp. Sodium Hexametaphosphate (Calgon) of Tri-Sodium Phosphate (TSP) dissolved in 1 gallon warm water. (Never use hot water. Wear rubber gloves, as these are caustic.)
- Cultured Marble: Use nonabrasive commercial cleaners.
- Chrome and Brass: Use glass cleaner or metal polishes.
- Grout: Use a stiff brush on grout. For heavy stains, use commercial grout cleaner. Tubs and showers should have old caulking removed and new installed whenever cracking appears.
Cleaning Chopping Blocks
- If you have wooden chopping blocks, you must give them special care. Protect them from spills by coating with a thin film of olive oil and letting it soak in for a few minutes. Then rub dry with a paper towel or lint-free cloth. Repeat several times.
- Do not use board for 24 hrs. after oiling.
- To remove stains, sand lightly with a fine grade sandpaper and re-oil.
- To remove onion, garlic or other odors, rub with a slice of lemon or orange, sprinkle lightly with salt and wipe immediately with paper towel or soft lint-free cloth.
Cabinets and Counter Tops
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