Cleaning Varnished Wood

Varnished Wood CleaningVarnishing wood is not only for decorative and protective purposes. A well laid coat of varnish will also allow for effective cleaning of the wooden object in question, without causing damage to the varnish itself or the surface below.

Generally, all varnished wood surfaces and objects can be cleaned without too much trouble or risk of damage. Varnished wood tends to accumulate a certain amount of grime and grease over time, through exposure or frequent contact with the human body (e.g. the handle area of a varnished wooden door).

According to Cleaners Chelsea in order to clean varnished wood around your home you will only need a couple of easily obtainable items and products.

Necessary kit: soft dry cloth, a damp cloth, furniture polish.

Cleaning process:

-begin by wiping down the varnished surfaces using the soft cloth in order to remove dust and loose bits of dirt.

-use the damp cloth for stubborn spots and blemishes that don’t come off too easy, don’t wet the varnish and always wipe the surface dry right after using the damp cloth.

NB: Varnish is not water and moisture resistant, although it may appear so. Prolonged exposure to moisture or excess contact with water or other liquids will soften and penetrate the varnished surface and mess up the wood finish.

-clean all sides and surfaces of the varnished item, don’t rub and scrub too hard, and don’t worry of the varnish appears unevenly laid right after cleaning – sometimes when dirt and grime are removed, the real quality of the varnishing becomes visible.

Varnished Wood Cleaning-after cleaning everything with a damp and dry cloth, apply the furniture polish, check if the furniture polish you have is suitable for varnished wood, most furniture polishes will not affect or dissolve varnish, nevertheless do check in advance.

-apply the polish gently using a soft rag, the rag must be dry not damp, also don’t leave excess polish here and there but spread it evenly, ensure this by going quickly over the entire piece once more with a dry cloth.

If applying furniture wax to varnish wood, make sure the layer is very thin and there is no built up in corners, nooks and crannies.

What you should NOT do:

-never clean varnished wood using alcohol based or spirit containing products, these are aggressive solvents which will penetrate and damage the varnish and alter the surface beneath.

-never use a brush of any kind to clean varnish, even soft bristle brushes can cause damage.

Three simple ways to clean your window blinds

Window Cleaning

By Carpet Cleaning London

Although window blinds don’t get stained or dirty as often as curtains and drapes they still require a fair share of cleaning. Most cleaning experts advise people to clean their blinds at least once every ten days. There are several ways to clean window blinds and we have listed down some of the most efficient.

 

1: The first window blinds cleaning methods that we will present to you is known as the Clean Hands Method and is one of the simplest and yet most efficient ways to clean window blinds. Start by placing your blinds in their shut position and then put on one of your hands a soft cotton glove or a dust-attractant glove. If you don’t own such gloves you can purchase either one of them from any supermarket. Make sure that the glove is complete dry, because a damp glove will leave moisture streaks on your blinds. Now run your fingers lightly over the blind slats to pick all the dust that they have accumulated. Always run your fingers in a horizontal direction. When you are done with one side of the blinds, open them and shut them in the opposite way. Once again run your fingers through the slats to pick up the dust. When your glove gets too dirty, don’t waste time into washing it, simply put on the other glove from the pair.

Window Cleaning2: The second method is called the Vacuum Cleaning Method and is as simple as the previous one. Commence by closing your blinds. Then get your vacuum cleaner and affix the soft duster brush attachment to the nozzle. If you don’t have a soft duster brush attachment then don’t use this method because using the nozzle alone will suck the slats and damage them. Now hold the back of the blinds with one hand and run the vacuum through your blinds. Once again work either from left to right or from right to left. When done turn the blinds to their opposite side and repeat the procedure.

3: The Sunny Method is also a simple blind cleaning method but requires a sunny day. Take a bucket and fill it warm water. Add to the water ¼ cup of dish detergent. Pour your cleaning solution in a spray bottle and spray your blinds with it. Open your windows and allow the sprayed side to dry under the sun before your turn the blinds and spray the other side. 

Cleaning Mould off Surfaces and Materials

Cleaning MouldMould can be a real nuisance to deal with. Many homes are plagued by this common disease and people are constantly looking for ways to banish mould from the home once and for all. In order to eradicate household mould, one must understand what mould is, and why it grows where it grows.

What is mould?

Mould is a fungus, a spore organism that forms fungal growth. Large fungal growths i.e. mould can be a health hazard.

Where does mould grow?

Moulds usually grow on damp surfaces and / or in humid environments, either outdoor or indoor.

How to remove mould that’s already growing?

The battle against mould is best won by prevention. Problem is that when mould becomes visible then it is too late for prevention. Nevertheless, you can get rid of such nuisance fungal growths in your home but you will have to get to the bottom of things.

-locate and isolate the mouldy patch before doing anything else; make sure you know of all mouldy patches in the given room or area of the property.

-try and determine the cause or source of the mould i.e. is there a problem with the plumbing, where is moisture coming from, follow up damp areas on walls and ceilings in order to localise the problem.

-once you have pinpointed the possible cause of mould, work out a solution, in some cases this might be calling in a specialist to replace mouldy wall or ceiling panels, sometimes mould cannot be prevented but only controlled.

-if mould is growing on the property’s framework, use a powerful vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to suck up excess, loose mould growths, this should make the actual removal easier and swifter.

Cleaning Mould-if mould is growing on wooden surfaces (including framework) you can sand the surface clean after thorough vacuuming, make sure you cut through the mould properly – best indicator would be visible bare timber.

-after sanding, dust the freshly exposed timber and treat it to a generous amount of biocide, biocides are specially formulated chemicals which kill off fungal spores which cause mould.

-if sanding the surface back to bare timber is not an option, encapsulate the mould using a chemical known as mould inhibitor.

Sometimes eradicating mould is not as easy, or perhaps locating the likely causes is the real problem. Excessive amounts of fungal growth inside the premises may become a health hazard so consult with a specialist if the problem persists.

Improved indoor ventilation and reduction of moisture and dampness inside the property are essential.