What are dirty carpets doing to your health?
Unfortunately, house cleaning is a task that we will continue to do for the rest of our lives. We are all guilty of stocking up on the cheapest products or buying bulk when our favourite one is on sale. However, just because these products are good for our wallet doesn’t mean they are good for our health or the environment.
Unbeknown to most of us, these cleaning products contain harmful chemicals that can trigger or cause allergies and also leave us with long term health problems. So instead of reaching for you favourite store bought all purpose spray & antiseptic wipes, consider swapping to one or more of the below Eco & family friendly cleaning solutions.
Lemons will become your new best friend! Lemons are natures antiseptic and odour control. Due to their high acidic content, they can be used in all areas of your home. How you can incorporate lemons into your cleaning routine:
Due to the mildly alkaline nature of baking soda, you can use this product to remove baked on grime, food and rust. Due to baking soda’s absorbent nature using this method on greasy areas will be a walk in the park. Baking soda uses:
The one and only champion of Eco-friendly cleaning! Due to vinegar’s acidity is makes for a great cleaner, dissolving soap scum, streak free glass cleaning and much more.
Here are some of our top vinegar cleaning tips:
Another area of Eco-Cleaning revolves around what you use to wipe and wash surfaces with. Disinfectant wipes can be handy as they are both a cloth and spray in one. However, they overflow landfill (as they are single use) and have harmful chemicals in them. Options for biodegradable washcloths can be using old face towels, using biodegradable cloths from speciality online stores or for a cheaper option reuse your Chux (wash them in the washing machine after a few washes to clean them before reusing them).
Although mainstream supermarkets don’t have a wide or any Eco-Friendly cleaning product range doesn’t mean they don’t exist! You can purchase family and environmentally friendly products from independent supermarkets, health food stores and online. A quick “Eco-Friendly cleaning products” search will bring up 100s of products that you can get delivered to your door!
Jim’s Cleaning has developed a range of family and environmentally safe products that are used by our professional cleaners on a daily basis. These products are enzyme cleaners, meaning they won’t trigger allergies and won’t damage any surfaces while still providing an excellent clean.
When cleaning a home, there are always some areas that are impossible to clean properly. No matter how hard you rub them or make use of chemicals and detergents, the dirt caked into them won’t come off. For such hard-to-clean areas, there is a special kind of service known as water blasting or high pressure cleaning service. It utilizes a highly pressurized blast of water to clean the surfaces. The following are some of the areas that are cleaned using water blasting cleaning services.
The pavements of the houses are some of the most difficult areas to clean. They have dirt and gravel set deep into them which cannot be cleaned using conventional cleaning techniques. Water blasting cleaning services can help in cleaning pavements in a matter of minutes. When the pressurized water stream hits the dirt and gravel, it loosens them and makes it easier to get the area cleaned. Dirt, stains and moulds that can’t be removed conventionally can also be cleaned through water blasting cleaning.
The driveway is another area which can only be cleaned thoroughly with water blasting cleaning services. Like the pavements, this area of the home also has a great amount of dirt and gravel, which is hard to remove. Since this is a high traffic area in the house and does not see much regular cleaning, it requires advanced cleaning techniques to rid it off the dirt it accumulates over time.
Concrete is a building material that’s used in walls and paths in the home. Because of its porous nature, it can hold dirt and grime which can’t be removed easily. Water blasting cleaning can help in prying out the dirt. In addition to this, if there are any oil stains present on the concrete that you aren’t able to remove, then water blasting cleaning is the solution for you.
It’s no secret dogs are everyone’s best friend. No matter what time of the day, your dog will be over the moon to see you and spend time with you. That’s why we love to spoil them with trips to the beach, park and even to lunch dates. These memories stay with us forever, however, so does the hair stuck in our carpet and car seats….
Removing pet hair from your car can be time consuming and painstaking. Often leaving us frustrated and giving up. Luckily the expert car detailers here at Jim’s Car Detailing have complied a list of their best, cost effective tips on how to remove pet hair from your car.
This first step is to try and remove all loose hair possible from your carpets and upholstery using a vacuum. This step will save you lots of time down the track and really let you focus on the stubborn, embedded hair.
Tip: use a hand held vacuum that is easy to use inside your car. You can purchase pet hair specific vacuums that come with detachable heads making it easy to get in all those small spaces. If you don’t have a hand held vacuum you can use your regular vacuum.
We are going to keep this one simple. Use a rubber glove, yes like the ones you use to wash the dishes. Simply run the gloves over your upholstery and carpet and watch the friction between the glove and the fabric cause static energy and lift the hair!
Tip: If the dry glove is not enough, run them under a little bit of water and rub them over your car’s surfaces.
This method is best for carpeted floors. Using either the coarse side of Velcro or some Velcro curlers (the perfect reason to pull them out from the back of the cupboard) and run them over your carpet.
Tip: Try this out in a small area first to make sure they wont pull at any of the fabric.
This is another trick that works wonders on the carpet flooring of your car. A pumice stone can be quite coarse so it is recommended that you try this in a small area or your car first to make sure it will not damage your interior.
This method requires a few more steps than the last. The use of fabric softener is to break any static bond in the carpet to loosen the pet hair. Simply spray the fabric softener solution on a cloth and rub it over your carpets. You can also spray it onto the pumice stone itself. Once applied, rub the stone in one direction (back and forth may embed the hair even further) and rinse in a bucket of water to remove the hair attached.
Tip: fabric softener solution of 7-parts water to 1-part liquid fabric softener is a great way to help release pet hair & freshen up your upholstery.
Similar to the pumice stone, a rubber brush is great for picking up those stubborn embedded hairs. We again ask you to try the brush out on a small area first to ensure it will not pull at your carpet.
This step can be used after you have tried one of the other methods to ensure there are no hairs left behind. Alternatively, you can use this as your only step.
Now for the most important step: Prevention!
We know it is impossible to never get pet hair in your car ever again but it is possible to limit it and here’s how:
Tip 1: Brush your dog at least once a week. This will limit the amount of shedding left in your car and around your house. If you want to be super cautious, brush your dog prior to each car trip.
Our recommended Deshedding brushes are the FURminator. You can buy these at pet stores or on eBay (for half the price):
Tip 2: Invest in a pet seat cover. These act as a protective layer over your back seats. Due to the waterproof material, these seat covers can be shaken off after use reducing the chance of hair re-entering your car.