Litter Cleaning For Cats

Almost everyone, adults and kids alike have a natural fondness for cats.  They are loving, quiet, and very playful pets that you adore for the many years that they accompany you. But having a fondness for cats need patience because that fondness can rapidly diminish when it comes to their litter box. Most people give up on adopting cats simply because cleaning their litter and keep them clean is a tough job.  Even the most hardened cat lover may get tired of litter box duty, especially when it comes down to scooping “you know what” from the litter box.

Cats are very intelligent, instinctively knowing how they should use the litter box.  After the cat has finished using the litter box, someone in the family will need to scoop the waste from the litter box.  This can be a very dirty and somewhat smelly job, one that is often overlooked during the day when the workload gets heavy. Cleaning up the litter box doesn’t take but a few minutes, although most would prefer not to do it at all.  Although the litter box will need to be scooped out daily, it will also need to be changed once a week as well, by throwing the current bag out and replacing the box with a new bag.

The Self Cleaning Litter Box to the Rescue!

Those who don’t like to scoop out the litter box should invest in one of the best inventions ever – the self cleaning litter box.  These litter boxes are easy to use, and will keep the area clean.  After the cat has used it, the self cleaning litter box will automatically clean the litter either by sifting or using a device that resembles a rake.

Self cleaning boxes that use shifting will often times have a round design.  Once the cat leaves the covered box, the dome on top will revolve for the box to clean.  The litter in the box will be shifted with the waste being put below the litter where it is discarded.  Once the waste is properly disposed of, the litter will be returned to its normal position in the box for the cat to use again.

Boxes that have raking systems will often times sport a rectangular design.  Once the cat leaves the box, the rake will automatically come out and clean the litter.  The rake will clean all of the litter in the box, including the clumps of waste as well.  Rakes are popular, although the shifting litter boxes are by far more popular and more common.

Those who are often times away from home could greatly benefit from a self cleaning litter box.  They are great to have for cats that spend a lot of time by themselves, as they virtually eliminate any scooping of litter on your part.  You can find them at your local pet or department store, even on line as well.  They are very affordable – and ideal for anyone who doesn’t like scooping waste from their litter box.

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Spring Cleaning Tips from GSR

Dreading spring cleaning time? Feeling overwhelmed and exhausted already? Take a deep breathe, focus, and follow some great cleaning tips by our team at GSR! 

The Preparation

Never start a cleaning process by thinking on the chores you have to do. Rather, keep the end result in mind. Think of the sparkly clean house, the beautiful lounge or the well-groomed garden that will make your family feel relaxed and happy. Now with that image in mind, gear up and start preparing by making a check list. You should be having the following things handy:

– Cleaning supplies

– Paper towels and cleaning rags

– New brooms and mops

– A working vacuum cleaner

– A cleaning brush

Don’t procrastinate going to store and getting these supplies. There’s nothing worse than having to clean yourself up during your big spring cleaning to run to the store for a new bottle of Windex.

Gear Everyone Up

One of the best ways to make spring cleaning fun and engaging is getting everyone to help in and assigning them various tasks. Get your kids (if they are old enough) to pack their toys up and organize their room. You don’t want to waste time picking up toys or re-arranging rooms when you’ve got to do the cleaning. Ask your spouse to help you do the dishes if possible. And don’t cook for the day. You’ll be tired. There’ll be chemicals and dust and lots of germs. So better to order.

Getting Started with the Day

Get up early and put on some comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Dress all the way down to your shoes and put your hair up. Take a few minutes to gather all your cleaning supplies and get going.

The biggest mistake to make is to try to do it all at once. Take it one room, one area at a time. If you have anyone around who can help you, then divide the rooms. You could the bedroom while the helper can do the kitchen. This works much better than trying to do 10 things at once. It will also give you a great sense of accomplishment to see each clean room.

Some Cleaning Tips

When cleaning a room, always start from the ceiling. Use a long broom to sweep off cobwebs and the dust that accumulates in ceiling corners. Clean the fans too because they absorbed the most moisture and dust. You’ll be amazed at how dust actually sticks to the fan panels. Once done, start dusting the furniture. Keep working your way down cleaning counters, windows and windowsills, furniture. When all done, give the carpets a good vacuuming. Make sure to go under the bed and move furniture around if necessary. You don’t want dust accumulating in unseen corners.

The bathrooms should be dealt with the last. Infact, if you’ve got a helper, you can ask them to do the bathroom (they may put up a fight!) while you do the rooms. When you get to the bathrooms, start by spraying some all purpose or bathroom cleaner on all the appliances, especially anything that may have some build up on it, like the soap dish in the shower. Pour some Clorox in the toilet. Allow the cleaner to soak in while you get started on the ceiling, windows and counters. By the time you get around to the sink, shower and toilet, all you need to do is wipe them down and give the inside of the toilet a quick scrub with the brush.

Oh and you don’t have to lose your head while doing the cleaning. Keep cool and take breaks to drink tea or water. Don’t take too long though or you won’t be motivated to finish it all! Once done, sit back, enjoy the view and relax!

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Cleaning Shower Doors

A shower door adds to the beauty of your bathroom, however, with all that moisture and humidity, they also tend to get pretty dirty. If you don’t clean them atleast once a week, they become dull and dirty. Don’t want that happening right? Time to start cleaning shower doors! GSR’s cleaning team is back once more with some helpful cleaning tips for you.

There are recommended ways to clean glass shower doors that will maintain its sparkle and shine.

Use Ajax Professional Ultra Bathroom Cleaner:

The best recommended product for cleaning shower doors is Ajax Professional Ultra Bathroom Cleaner. Comet has developed a spray on a liquid that is non-abrasive and is especially used for glass, vinyl, and metal components of a shower door. It is a liquid spray that is easy to apply and wipe off, however, you need to give the product time to work, especially if soap scum (a heavy buildup that comes from the talc in bar soap) is to be removed from the shower door.

P.S – If you want to avoid the formation of soap scum because of the soap bars, then it’s better to use liquid soaps. Safe and easy to store.

Remove Excess Moisture from the Shower 

Another important cleaning technique for shower doors is to squeegee after showering. It removes excess moisture from the shower and avoids water spots that can be difficult and almost impossible to remove. A plastic squeegee is a shower door’s best friend, and should be included in any bathroom cleaning kit.Do not use the metal squeegee as that could damage the shower glass and create scratches.

Clean the Shower Door Weekly

A shower door should be cleaned weekly to maintain optimum cleanliness and shine. Frequent cleanings and use of the squeegee will reduce the need for heavy cleaning and scrubbing. The longer you keep a shower door uncleaned, the tougher it will be on you. So, in order to keep your shower door looking as good as new, maintain the cleaning routine and use recommended cleaning products.

It’s not enough to just build a beautiful bathroom. You need to maintain it and keep it clean and sparkly because this is the place where you find the most relaxation. It should be germ free, mold-free and grime-free!

Toilet Cleaning Made Easy by GSR Cleaning Services

Ask someone to name their most terrified household chore and you’re very likely to hear “cleaning the toilet” as a response. No one likes the dirty work that comes with keeping a commode clean, but it has to be done.
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We have seen toilets that we can’t un-see 🙂

Here are a few tips that will make this painful process more efficient, tolerable and effective. Start following these suggestions today, and you’ll save yourself time, money and effort.

White Vinegar

To remove unsightly rings, pour one or two cups (two cups if you have hard water) of white vinegar into the toilet each month to remove current rings and keep new ones from forming.

Baking Soda – Removes The Odor

Baking soda has hundreds of uses, and here’s one that can help remove unwanted odors and keep drains clog-free: once a week, pour one cup of baking soda into the bowl, let it sit for 30 minutes, then flush. You’ll notice a pleasant smell and a clear drain after several weeks of repeating this process.

Clean Safely

When cleaning the bathroom and/or toilet, remember to always follow the directions for use found on a product’s packaging. Be especially careful not to mix products in the toilet bowl, as it can produce harmful and/or toxic fumes. It’s also a good idea to wear rubber gloves and goggles if you use a manual or automatic toilet brush, in order to prevent splattering of water or cleaner on skin or in your eyes.

To avoid situation become out of control, We do recommend Harpic Toilet Cleaner at least twice a week to make you toilet seat clean.

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How to Clean and Store Your Wedding Dress

If you, like the millions of women store your wedding dress as it is without sending it for dry-cleaning, you’re making a huge mistake. Though it’s a feeling of nostalgia to keep the dress as it is, you are actually damaging it in the long run. Perspiration, perfume and food particles leave a smell and residue on the dress, which if not cleaned up will later damage the fabric of the dress. So, the first thing to do is to send your dress to the dry cleaner atleast 2 weeks after the wedding. Here are some tips to clean and store your wedding dress.

– Send Your Dress to an Experienced Dry Cleaner

Since it’s your wedding dress, don’t just send it to any random dry-cleaner. Make sure you choose someone who has experience in dry cleaning bridal clothes. It may be expensive, but it could be worth it. Don’t get your dress spoiled, just to save some bucks.

– Inspect Your Dress After It’s Done

Once the dress is done, do make sure you inspect the dress carefully especially if you have had any incident of a food or drink spill. Take care of stains and make sure they are all removed properly.

– Discuss the Wash and Clean with the Dress Maker

When purchasing the dress, do make sure you discuss the wash and clean details with the dress maker. If possible, ask them if they can direct you to an expert dry cleaning service. This is especially important if the dress has intricate embellishment that needs special care.

You’ve had your dress cleaned – now what?

STORAGE

Ok. So, you’ve had the dress cleaned. Now what? Storing a wedding dress requires special attention. There are a number of creative ideas to use when storing your dress. You can put it in zipped plastic bag or you can cover it with soft tissue papers and store it in a decorative box, designed to be handled down generations. Do make sure to remove any safety pins or metal objects on the dress as over time it could rust and spoil the dress.

Now, this is an additional thing you need to do. Once in a while, take out the dress and check up on it. Sometimes, leaving a dress as it is will cause it to turn yellow. If the dress is crumpled or has some hard crease, do iron it again and change the storage option. Its better if you store the dress in a cardboard box instead of a plastic box, because plastic containers usually develop moisture and the dress can develop mildew. Its necessary for the dress to have some breathing room – if not, the moisture will result in a mildew and cause a pungent smell. Do not store the dress in a dark place like an attic or basement. Your wardrobe is the best spot for it or better yet a suitcase.

With these basic tips, preserve your dress and keep it as fresh and lively as it is now, if you’d like your future daughter to wear it for their wedding!

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Cleaning A Child’s Bedroom in only 15 Minutes per Day

Cleaning your child’s bedroom can be something that we all dread, but in truth with just 15 minutes per day you can clean your child’s room and keep it spic and span.

The key is consistently spending 15 minutes every day.

Messy Kids Bedroom

Supplies needed

  • Rubbish bags
  • Laundry basket
  • A “things to donate” container
  • Assorted baskets, buckets and boxes for assorted items
  • Labels

Getting started

If when you walk into the room it looks like a bomb skidded then chances are you going to look at it and think that 15 minutes just isn’t going to cut it. This couldn’t be further from the truth, spend just 15 minutes (if you need to set a timer) and in that time just do your best to remove the majority of clutter and mess from just one area. Within about a week you will be amazed at the amount of progress that you have made and you should be ready to move on to a regular maintenance schedule.

The regular maintenance schedule

Monday

Make the bed (or have your child do this)

Clear clutter from all surfaces (dresses, tables, bookcases etc)

Tuesday

Make the bed (or have your child do this)

Dust all surfaces (this should be easy now that everything has less clutter)

Wednesday

Make the bed (or have your child do this)

Tidy the floor, specifically just the visible areas

Thursday

Make the bed (or have your child do this)

Sweep or vacuum

Friday

Make the bed (or have your child do this)

Pick one place in the room that your child needs to tidy. It can help to make a list of all the problem areas in the room and slowly check them off. Some great places to start include under the bed, behind the dresser, a dresser drawer or just one shelf.

Saturday

Make the bed (or have your child do this)

Change the sheets, and take all the dirty laundry to the laundry

Sunday

Make the bed (or have your child do this)

Relax, take a day off, your done

The best way to do it

Ideally, your child should do all of these tasks (depending on their age) so that they can learn how good it is to have a clean room and so that they can build healthy habits for the rest of their life. It only takes 15 minutes to keep the room need to tidy and looking great.

You need any help in keeping your house tidy, let us know, we would love to help.

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Tips on how to hire a great cleaner

Finding someone that you trust to clean your house or business is harder than most people think. Not only is important that you can have someone that you trust to work with little or no supervision around your valuables, but you also need to have someone that you can trust to be reliable and to do a great job.

And what if they break something that is a valuable? Or become injured? And how do you work out what specific tasks they will do?

Where should you look

Getting advice from reliable and impartial sources is critical in deciding who to trust. So if you know somebody who has a cleaner, then they may be a great place to start. Other than that, online reviews are one of the best ways to find who is reliable. www.womo.com.au is a great online review source, there are reviews are quality checked and done away that you can be quite sure that they are from real customers.

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Six questions that you should ask any cleaner

How long have you been in business

A well-established company will have a long list of references, be highly experienced and have dealt with all of the situations that you are likely to encounter. They should provide you with at least three references (and you should call at least three references).

Ask about the turnover rate they have with employees

Housecleaning usually has a very high turnover rate, a lot of employees don’t stay longer than 3 to 5 months and having this change in personnel means trusting someone you in your home frequently. Companies with lower turnover rates generally produce a higher quality results because they hire the right people, treat them well and save time on retraining.

What cleaning supplies do you use, and what cleaning methods?

Some cleaning services bring their own cleaning supplies and others preferred you to supply them for them. Knowing what this actually means can be highly beneficial, for example for some cleaning companies they consider bringing their own cleaning equipment as simply bringing a rag and a bottle of spray.

Do you have insurance?

Insurance is great and any cleaning company that you engage should happen. Insurance not only helps to protect you from a cleaner getting injured on your site, but also it is there to protect the value of your assets.

How long will it take to clean house of my size?

Sometimes it will focus on a rate per hour, but the best way to look at it is how much to complete the job. Some cleaning companies spend longer than others, and other cleaning companies complete more tasks. So when you’re looking at a cleaning service just make sure that you’re comparing apples to apples. Knowing what specific tasks they do and how long they spend can help you get a better understanding of value.

Do you guarantee your work?

Some cleaning companies offer quality guarantees including 24-hour satisfaction guarantees. Check to see if you’re cleaning company is confident enough with their work to guarantee that you will like it.

How to Clean Up After Pets Properly

Pets are a huge responsibility. And like all living creatures, they like to make a mess when they prance and walk around. It can be the muddy paws or even some shed fur in the upholstered furniture at your home. All in all, our furry little pets need some cleaning after.

To keep your household free of any unwanted odor or animal hair, here are some tips that can help you clean after these furry friends:

Never Underestimate the Power of Cleanliness

If your pets are not bathed or scrubbed clean, then naturally your house will be playing host to all the dirt that they bring with them. That means double the effort, double the time and double the frustration of keeping your home sparklingly clean. It’s a good idea to give your pets a good bath and brush. Doing so ensures that the pet hair they shed is far less. Doing so means that you wont have to worry about a pungent body odor around thehouse. In fact, a good bath ensures that loose body hair can be easily cleaned up with the the help of a damp sponge or a lint brush. Soft hair means no more frustration in picking up these loose strands.

Removal of Pet Hair

Animals shed hair. That’s a fact. You also own carpets at home. That’s a fact too.When you combine the two, your carpet can become home to a lot of animal hair. Removing them with a vacuum is a good idea. With a good brush roll too. If its upholstery, then velour brushes are the right idea. Tape rollers also work. If you don’t have access to either, then try the rubber bottom sole of a clean tennis shoe. They can attract and remove fur with the help of light strokes.

Taking Care of Stains

A damp cloth mixed with water and one teaspoon of white vinegar can dilute stain spots left by animals. You should also consider cleaning solutions from the local pet store since they can eliminate odor as well as the stain. When using these products, its important to follow the directions. Sometimes your pets might have stomach problems. When that happens, the quicker you clean up their residue the better it is. The stains are acidic and can potentially damage your carpet. Taking care of them with a professional carpet detergent and hot water is important.

These tips can help you clean up after

your pets efficiently and properly.

Get Clean and Clear Floors – The Proper and Old-Fashioned Way

 

Cleaning floors is one of the most thankless jobs in the world. The sight of stains that refuse to go away, the sight of garbage that just needs a push to oblivion and the dust that just loves to hug the floors; all of them take a lot of effort to be rid of. So many of those TV commercials with ‘new and improved cleaning formulas’ are just marketing gimmicks since I can tell you those stains are not going away any time soon or with any less difficulty. Those commercials lie. Not even those ‘wonder mops’ seem to hack all of the dirt away.

The only thing that works, and has worked since time immemorial is a good old-fashioned scrub that involves a person with their hands and knees on their floor.The problem with today is that nobody has the time for that. We can’t do it as often as we should and that just makes the problem more complicated. Even when we do get to it, the problem just refuses to go away. Endless sweeping and scrubbing is the only way to get rid of the dirt and stains. Whether it is finding all those finicky hard to reach spots or keeping the kitchen floor as pearl-y white as possible, the only way we can get the results that we want is to do it all by hand.

There is something satisfying about cleaning the floors on our hands and knees. This way we know for sure that every nook and cranny has been accounted for and wiped clean. This way there are no lingering thoughts at the back of our mind that any area has been neglected. Because if they were neglected, the dust can multiply and render all the efforts meaningless if they blow to the wiped areas.

We always vacuumed every single space on the floor. After the vacuuming is done, we proceed with mopping and wiping. This way any leftover dust doesn’t interfere when its moping time, saving a lot of back and forth time in the process.

If the floors needed to look whiter than white, a scrub brush can help in this eventuality. So unless people can afford a maid to clean their room, they are better off not wasting money on wonder cleaning formulas or brushes but can instead, do it all by themselves with some good old fashioned scrubbing.

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Cleaning Dust Mites

It’s common knowledge that a lot of allergies are caused by environmental factors such as pollution, dust mites, germs, insects and pests. However, what most people don’t know is that these factors are present right in their homes instead of the outside environment. Infact, homes that have dust mites are often the cause behind family members getting skin allergies or at worse developing asthma. For years now, GSR’s cleaning team has been actively carrying out cleaning activities with homes infested by dust mites.  With our experience and knowledge, we aim to help our customers by educating them of basic cleaning activities that can greatly reduce dust mites at home and prevent allergies.
Dust Mites

Change bed sheets, pillowcases and blankets at least once a week.

Dust mites cannot be seen by the naked eye, hence, you cannot really identify their location and clean up. The only way to avoid dust mites is to carry out weekly cleaning activities. The bed is a potential host area not just for dust mites but also for bed bugs and termites and so extra precaution has to be taken when it comes to cleaning your bed sheets and bedding. To kill dust mites, you have to wash bedding in a washing machine at a temperature of at least 130 F. If you don’t have a washing machine or find it difficult to manage, then simply washing the bed sheet with hot water and detergent is also a good way to ensure cleanliness.

Protect your mattress, box springs and pillows with allergy-proof covers.

This keeps dust mites away from the flakes of dead human skin cells which are a primary food source for them. Keep stuffed toys away from your bed as dust mites usually cling on to them. To prevent stuffed toys from being a dust mite colony, keep them in the sun twice a week. If you’re extra active, wash them in hot water too. Just make sure, they don’t get ruined!

Reduce humidity.

It helps if you can lower the relative humidity in your house, normally lower than 50% is sufficent. When dust mites can’t absorb moisture from the air they will shrink and die. You can use air conditioners and dehumidifiers to achieve this benefit. If you live in a sunny area, keep the curtains open for sunshine to pour through.

Use stone, hardwood or laminate flooring instead of carpet if possible

This eliminates an ideal dust mite territory. If you cannot choose your flooring, make sure that you use asteam cleaner on your carpets at least once a year. Dust and vacuum your home at least once a week.

You need to clean your house regularly.

Find a cleaner if you cannot afford the time. Regular dusting and vacuuming will help to control dust and therefore dust mites in your house. Use a damp mop or damp cloths on hard floors and furnishings as dry cloths stir up dust mite remains. Vacuum carpets, sofas, curtains and window blinds regularly with a powerful vacuum cleaner, preferably with a special filter.

Keep away furry and feathered animals from your bedroom.

Your pets’ dead skin cells are another food source for dust mites. So it’s best to have your pets sleep as far away from your bedroom as possible. You can treat your pets’ sleeping areas the same as yours, i.e. regular cleaning and use allergy-proof covers. http://www.gsrcleaning.com.au/