Cotton Swabs – The Cleaning Pros has found useful ways to use them besides your ears!!

Here are 4 Ways to Use Cotton Swabs to Clean

Cotton swabs and the different uses we have for them.  No, not your ears!  You are only suppose to put your elbow in your ear. (I still use cotton swabs since my elbow doesn’t work…but I’ve heard that using a watered down concoction of hydrogen peroxide or even slightly warmed olive oil will do the trick more safely.)

However, cotton swabs are handy little cleaners for around the house. Here are 4 ways to use them to clean things OTHER than your ears:

1. Clean around the edges of sinks – Ewwww…have you looked at that edging around your sinks and tub lately?  They also work well along the edges of the counter.  A soft cotton swab dislodges the dirt, and then a clean cloth will just wipe it all away.

2. Clean jewelry – those little grooves and edges can be a nightmare to clean! Use some jewelry cleaning solution and a cotton swab to clean out even the tightest areas of your favorite jewelry.  Especially under and along the edges of the stones.

3. Clean between keyboard keys – Ever sat down at your computer and wondered where all the grime, dust, crumbs and certainly germs have come from?  Take a cotton swab to get to hard to reach areas of your keyboard. The tapered end type of cotton swabs would be especially useful to get into those really tricky spots.  They easily slide between the keys and remove everything.  It really helps to moisten the tip.

4. Use cotton swabs to clean up messes with nail polish either on yourself or on tables and counters.  When applying nail polish, it’s so frustrating when you get that gorgeous bright red polish smeared messily beyond your nail, on your furniture or even on your clothes. (Be sure to test in a hidden area to make sure that it won’t remove the finish or color on your clothing.)  A cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover is a quick and easy solution for this messy situation.

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Are your chrome faucets lacking their original sparkle?

The Cleaning Pros to the rescue.  We have solutions to help with these annoying issues.

Your sink may be spotless but what can you do about the watermarks and fingerprints on your chrome faucets? We have found a few easy ways that will help you capture the original luster that the chrome once had!

1. Try rubbing the faucets with some baking soda on a dry cloth, the very light abrasive element in the baking soda will buff away any imperfections that you see.

2. You may also want to try to polish the chrome by rubbing it with some newspaper, the ink will work as a polishing agent, you won’t believe how good it will look when you’re done and it is so inexpensive.

3. Best of all, try rubbing alcohol on a soft cloth to clean the fixtures. It’s inexpensive and the results are so incredible you may need shades!

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Chuck Terpstra is quoted in Angie’s List article.

Angie’s List has an article in their local Tampa Bay publication quoting local experts on how to choose a reputable house cleaning company.  Chuck Terpstra, owner of The Cleaning Pros, is one of the experts quoted in the article.

Tampa house cleaners provide boon for busy homeowners.

by Nick McLain

For Emily Williams of St. Petersburg, hiring a regular house cleaner offers peace of mind.  More than a decade ago, Williams began hiring house cleaners as she juggled work obligations and care for her elderly mother. But the companies didn’t always impress her. “One didn’t even bring their own equipment or supplies — they had to use mine,” she says.

Eight years ago, the Angie’s List member hired A-rated FairyDust Services of St. Petersburg. “I consider it a gift to myself to come home to order out of the ruckus of life,” says Williams, who pays $130 for a twice-weekly cleaning.

Whether you need regular service or an occasional deep clean, experts say you can ensure your hunt for a house cleaner goes well. Donna Brown, owner of FairyDust, suggests asking for proof of insurance, especially liability, to help determine whether a company is reputable. “If someone gets hurt while on your property and they don’t have coverage, it means the homeowner is now liable,” Brown says.

Chuck Terpstra, owner of highly rated The Cleaning Pros in New Port Richey, works as a reserve officer for the Tampa Police Department. He suggests homeowners inquire whether a potential provider holds a fidelity bond or commercial crime insurance policy to cover them in the event of a theft by an employee. Terpstra also conducts thorough background checks of his employees, and suggests avoiding companies that can’t provide references or proof of insurance. “It’s cheaper now for some to create a nice website to hide behind, and when the homeowners get burned by them, it gives everyone in our industry a bad name,” he says.

Also be sure to mention any allergies or chemical sensitivities that might affect your family. Most companies offer green cleaning programs and nontoxic products, according to the Association of Residential Cleaning Services International,

                Photo courtesy of Chuck Terpstra | Employees of The Cleaning Pros leave a sheen and shine on a client’s home in New Port Richey.

a nonprofit educational and advocacy group. “Quite frankly, we’re seeing more and more that cleaning is becoming a health issue as much as an aesthetic one,” ARCSI executive director Ernie Hartong says.

Visit arcsi.org to see which companies belong to the organization, which requires members to adhere to a code of ethics, including a pledge to comply with applicable laws, deal promptly and courteously with consumer complaints and offer fair prices.

Experts say the price for a cleaning varies depending on the size of the home and other factors.  You should budget about $80 to $150 per session for a twice-weekly cleaning. Terpstra says his average cost for a deep cleaning is about $175.

Member Jennifer Carter of Riverview finds the $150 she pays A-rated A Home Maid Clean in Tampa for twice-weekly cleaning, plus a few extras, worth the expense. “It was a matter of not having enough time and my house was showing it,” says Carter, who appreciates the respect the workers demonstrate in accommodating her busy in-home video-editing business. “Having clients come here and see a well- kept house is very important.”B


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Angie’s List – February 2012

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Help! There’s Candle Wax on My Tablecloth!

At The Cleaning Pros we are always looking for ways to help our customers. Tried and true methods that really do work.
Try these tips for cleaning messy candle wax.

Many of us enjoy burning candles and most of us have had candle wax spill or drip onto our floors, carpet, furniture.  Here are some helpful tips to remove the wax.

Candles are beautiful, relaxing, and instantly set the mood for romance. Unfortunately, they can also be messy! If you’ve ever had candle wax drip onto your carpet, wood furniture, or fine linen tablecloth, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Fortunately, you can safely remove candle wax from almost any surface, regardless if it’s paraffin or soy wax. Removing candle wax from carpets can be as simple as using a soft, slightly damp cloth and an iron.

If you need to remove wax from a wood surface, that’s even simpler: You can either heat it up with a hair dryer and rub it off with a cloth, or freeze it with ice and gently scrape the wax off with a credit card.

It’s even possible to remove candle wax from painted walls without damaging them. All it takes is heat and gentle persuasion.

Read on to learn tips on how to remove candle wax from your carpet, tabletops, and wherever else wax happens to drip!

How to Remove Candle Wax from Carpets

Hot wax dripped on your carpet, you say? Let’s go over some tips to remove that stuff.

  • Allow the wax to dry. It’s easier to remove dry wax without making a mess.
  • Freeze it. Put some ice cubes in a plastic bag, then leave it on the area until the wax is as hard as can be.
  • Scrape the excess with a spoon or a dull knife. You probably won’t get it all, but that’s OK. Just get most of it up if you can. By the way, only use a dull knife; a serrated one could damage the fibers.
  • Spread a damp white cloth over the wax stain. It’s worth noting that most people recommend a brown paper bag, but a damp cloth will be helpful…
  • Iron the cloth (or bag). The iron against the damp cloth will produce steam that sucks the wax right up. But a paper bag works fine too.

WARNING!Most modern homes have carpet made from poly-fibers, which will melt at hot temperatures. Keep the iron at a low setting to prevent this from happening.If the wax is tinted, it may have left an ugly stain on your carpet. If that’s the case, try removing it with some rubbing alcohol. If there’s still some grease, sprinkle some baking soda on the spot and leave it overnight. Vacuum it up the next morning.

How to Remove Candle Wax from Wood Furniture

Wax dripping over a beautiful wood tabletop is a common problem. There are actually two solutions for removing wax. Let’s start with the hot method:

  • Warm up the wax with a hairdryer. That’s right, get it nice and gooey.
  • Start wiping it up with a soft cloth. Preferably a cloth you don’t care too much about.
  • Clean the remaining residue with a vinegar solution. One part vinegar, one part water.

If that doesn’t sound appealing, try the cold method:

  • Freeze the wax with ice cubes. Make sure the ice is tightly sealed in a plastic bag. You don’t want water dripping on the wood.
  • Carefully scrape off with a credit card or a butter knife. Be extremely careful! Chip off little bits at a time. If you’re in a hurry, you risk gouging the wood. If possible, try wrapping a paper towel around your tool.

How to Remove Candle Wax from Cloth

What if candle wax has marred your lovely tablecloth or napkins? And how do you remove candle wax from clothes? Don’t worry, there’s a solution for that too.

  • Scrape the excess. Use a dull knife, preferably a butter knife. You don’t want a serrated knife that will snag the fabric.
  • Place a flat paper bag or cloth over the stain.
  • Iron the stain through the bag. You’ll get the wax to stick to the paper.

If there’s a stain, pre-treat it with a stain removal solution before tossing it in the wash. If you don’t have any stain removal, try rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.

How to Remove Wax from Painted Walls

Wax on the walls is unusual, but it happens on occasion. Fortunately, you should be able to remove the wax without damaging the paint.

  • Heat the wax with a hairdryer.
  • Gently scrape off with a credit card or very dull knife.

If a dark grease spot remains, try rubbing it down with a very mild vinegar solution (more water than vinegar).

How to Remove Candle Wax from Candle Holders

After you’ve burned down your candle, you’d probably like to reuse the candle holder. So what’s the quickest way to get rid of the wax?Answer: Pop it in the freezer for a few hours. Once the wax is nice and frozen, it should snap out easily. It might need some gentle persuasion with a dull knife, preferably wrapped in a paper towel to prevent scratching.

How to Remove Candle Wax from a CD

How did you get wax on your CD? Oh well, things happen. Here’s how you remove candle wax from CDs:

  • Run hot water over the CD. This should come straight from the faucet. Don’t use boiling water from a tea kettle!

Gently rub with a soft cloth.Remember, rub from the center out! Don’t rub in a circle.Some people also recommend putting the CD in the freezer for several hours before trying to gently pick the wax off.

How to Prevent Candle Wax Stains

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you’d rather avoid scraping and ironing up wax stains, here are some tips to avoid drippy accidents.
  • Avoid burning candles near drafts. Vents can cause your candles to smoke and burn unevenly.
  • Use a candle snuffer to put out your candles. If you don’t have a snuffer, use a small glass.
  • Don’t move a candle if the wax hasn’t solidified yet. You’re inviting disaster if you move a candle when all the wax is still a hot liquid.
  • Buy quality candles. Cheaper candles tend to be made from inferior materials that encourage dripping and staining.

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