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!

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/

How to Clean Your Carpet on Your Own

Carpets definitely add beauty and grace to your home, not to mention also keeps it warm if you’re living in a cold climate. But as much luxurious as it sounds, carpets can be quite a hassle to clean. Many people are afraid of the idea of cleaning a carpet because it requires so much work and effort! You can call GSR for professional cleaning carpet if you don’t have the will to do it all by yourself, however, if you think you’re brave enough to do it on your own – here are a few important tips. Note though that if you’re not careful, you could end up making a whole mess of the house.

Get a Carpet Cleaning Machine

Don’t attempt trying any home-made ideas if you’re house or room is fully carpeted. It will just create an unnecessary mess. The best way to clean a carpet is to invest in a carpet cleaning machine. These are easily available at home depots and should be a good investment if you have carpets at home. It’s better you purchase a new machine rather than buying a second-hand one because the older a machine, the weaker the vacuum. Oh and don’t forget to buy a carpet cleaning solution as well.

Pre-Vacuum Your Carpet

Ok, the first thing you’d do is pour the shampoo in the vacuum and start cleaning right? WRONG. Don’t do that. You need to first pre-vacuum the carpet just so that the soil gets dried and is easier to remove. Move the vacuum carefully over all directions of the carpet and make sure every nook and corner is covered.

Start the Cleaning by Wetting the Carpet

If you fill the shampoo in the machine and start using it, there will be a lot of residue left. So the better option is to separately pour the shampoo in a water spray bottle and start spraying the carpet evenly. Don’t over-spray it as it will make the carpet really wet and would leave hard residue. It will also be very difficult to dry the carpet if you use over wet it.
Once done, wait for atleast 15 minutes before you start cleaning it with the vacuum. Make sure to remove all of the cleaning solution and not to let any residue remain.
Now, simply leave your carpet to dry up. You can use a dryer if you can or switch on all the fan of the house to dry it up fast. The more air the room gets, the faster it will dry and there won’t be an unpleasant smell or humidity in the room. Make sure all the doors and windows are open and let the sunshine in.
Well, that’s it. That’s all there is to it. Just remember to take your time and do not take shortcuts. Follow these simple steps and you can easily clean your own carpet.

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How to Make Spring Cleaning Enjoyable and Effective

Had all the winter fun? Looking forward to spring already? Well, after a gloomy winter, everyone wants to welcome a beautiful spring; the only problem is preparing for spring cleaning. The idea of having to wash and store away winter clothes, dust and clean the house, making it all sparkly clean is enough to make you feel exhausted. But, don’t worry. GSR’s cleaning team has some valuable advice for you and we assure you that if you follow these instructions, spring cleaning will actually be an activity you enjoy instead of dread. So ready for some cleaning lessons? Here you go.

Lesson 1 – Storing Away Winter Clothes

Most people simply store away winter stuff such as blankets and quilts without having them dry-cleaned. It’s very important that you get all your winter stuff dry cleaned before storing it away – even if you haven’t used it. This way, any humidity or mold formed during those dark winter days will be removed and the garment will not smell if you store it for the year. Now, for the storing, use zipped plastic bags that you can easily get at stores and start packing up gradually. Don’t wait for one day to do it all. If you think you won’t be needing that thick leather jacket, pack it. This way, by the time spring arrives, you’ve already got everything packed.

Lesson 2 – Pack Neatly

Don’t fold your clothes when packing as that will cause some hard to straighten out creases and would also consume extra space. So make sure you roll it neatly into the bag. Segregate the clothes into various bags. Keep one only for shawls and sweaters while the other for shirts and pants respective.

Lesson 3- Label Your Clothes

For ease of use, label the bags you’ve stored. When winter arrives, you don’t need to go searching for that shawl. All you have to do is check the shawl bag and there it is! Keep your winter and summer clothes separate. Either use the lower portion of the wardrobe to store all winter clothes or place them neatly in the attic in a cardboard box. This way your cupboard won’t be too crowded.

Lesson 4- Donate Clothes if You No Longer Need Them

The clothes you toss out is probably still in very good condition and should be donated to the poor and homeless. You can create bundles of those clothes and send them over to a social institute or give it to the homeless.

Lesson 5- Sell Christmas Decorations to Flea Markets

Want to get rid of your Christmas tree to get a bigger, better one next year. Well, don’t just turn it into garbage. Put it up for sale in the online world or send it to your local flea market for a good price. Do the same for all other Christmas decorations and ornaments that you no longer use.

Is your public toilet too dirty to remember what it once looked like?

One thing that people seem to remember when they visit a store, restaurant or other place of business is the state of their public toilet. We do both major cleans as well as regular cleaning maintenance for a lot of businesses with public toilets. Keeping these toilets clean is not only very important for the hygiene of your staff and customers, but it is critical in maintaining the reputation for your business.

Often people are stunned at what a difference thorough cleaning makes, check out one of our recent major cleans that we did below.

Don’t forget, we love to help businesses maintain the hygiene of their work areas, toilets, kitchen and social areas so please let us know if there’s anything that we can do for you.

After GSR Cleaning Services (Public Toilet)
Before GSR Cleaning Services (Public Toilet)