Cleaning tips for surfaces in your home
Different types of surfaces require specific cleaning methods. A method that works on one type of surface could leave an even bigger mess on another. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of surface-cleaning tips to help you keep every surface in your home clean and neat.
Glass/acrylic: First, dust the glass with a damp cloth, and wipe gently. Next, use a natural glass and surface cleaner (like Living Green) to wash down the surface. Then rinse with a clean and damp cloth, and dry with another clean cloth. You need to make sure these cloths/sponges are soft, because acrylic in particular scratches easily.
Baked-on food: Here’s a great DIY solution. If you’ve got tough food bits stuck to your pots, pans, or oven, try mixing 3 parts baking soda with 1 part water to make a paste. Rub this in with a damp sponge or cloth, then rinse and dry.
Carpet odours: To remove odours from carpets, rugs, and upholstery, use powdered freshener. Sprinkle it around the area, leave 10-15 minutes, then vacuum.
Chrome, wrought iron, and stainless steel: First, dust the area with a dry cloth or duster. Next, clean down with a cloth and some mild detergent (like Living Green Dishwashing liquid). Rinse and dry. If you want to add an extra layer of protection to your wrought iron, apply a coat of liquid wax or paste with a clean cloth.
Coffee maker: If you’ve got an automatic drip machine, you can use a diluted vinegar solution – fill the reservoir with a mixture of vinegar and water, then run through a brew cycle. Make sure you follow with a cycle of clean water unless you want a shock with your morning coffee!
Laminate floors: Vacuuming regularly will remove loose dirt. You can damp-mop the floor, being careful not to get it too wet. You don’t need to polish or wax. Be careful with abrasive cleaners as they can scratch or stain the floor.
Leather: For leather furniture, dust the surface with a soft cloth. Keep an old toothbrush or small paintbrush to scrub away stains, with a mild detergent or specialised leather cleaning product. Then wipe clean and dry.
Mirrors: Use a Living Green Glass and Surface cleaner spray directly onto the mirror. Wipe and dry.
Painted walls: To get rid of marks on painted walls, use a non-abrasive general cleaner. Generally, you’ll be fine to apply this onto the wall without diluting, but check the instructions to make sure. Wipe over the stain, then wipe off.
Appliances: Use a natural multipurpose cleaner, Like Living Green to wipe away stains and grime. You shouldn’t need to rinse, but check instructions.
With so many surfaces in the home, it can be tough to remember how to clean each one. We hope this article helps!