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Cleaning tips from SelClene

Cleaning tips

To help maintain your lovely "Selclened" home, why not try these some of these useful tips we have collected over the years?

Cleaning carpets
Not so much a tip as advice.  Hire a Rug Doctor from your local B&Q or Morrisons, and give your carpets a good clean.  If you share the costs with a friend, you can easily get all your carpets spring cleaned for under £20.00  It will make the house fresher and preserve the life of your carpets.

Removing candle wax from carpets and fabrics
Fold a paper towel, or a sheet of toilet paper, two or three times and place it over the wax. Gently iron it with the iron set on low (synthetics) and the wax will melt and be absorbed into the paper. Replace the paper and continue ironing until all the wax has gone.

Removing ball pen ink
Wet the ink with methylated spirits or aftershave, taking care to wet only the small area where the ink lies. After a few minutes press a dry paper towel or toilet paper onto the area. Repeat the whole procedure until all the ink has been absorbed by the paper.

Dusting in cracks and corners
Use a dry paintbrush to get into tight corners and cracks.

Removing rings around collars
Rub hair shampoo into the collar, just as when you wash your hair. After ten minutes wash the garment as normal in the washing machine.

Cleaning bathrooms
Use an old toothbrush to get into those little areas like underneath taps, to dislodge ingrained stains.  Remember to clearly label the toothbrush to make sure it does not get back into circulation!

Keeping baths clean
To avoid rings around the bath do not use oily preparations. Use bath salts or liquid water softeners (sold for their relaxing properties) and rinse the bath after draining out the water.

Stainless steel surfaces
Stainless steel sinks, worktops and equipment can be made to sparkle by wiping with a vinegar soaked cloth. NEVER use scouring pads on any stainless steel sink!

Oven cleaning   
If you can't bear the smell of conventional oven cleaners, get rid of oven grease by using half a grapefruit dipped in a plate of table salt. Watch the grease come off and enjoy the sharp clean smell of your oven!

Removing blood stains
Soak a cloth in hydrogen peroxide solution and rub the stain gently. For really stubborn bloodstains rub a paste of corn flour into the stain and leave it in the sun.

We love learning new cleaning ideas. Why not contact us and give us your tips so we can include them on our site?