Diana's Blog > Cleaning Tips

Posted by Pristine Home on 04 March 2016
St. Patrick's Day is Around the Corner Time to Get Out in your Garden Spring Clean your Garden for St. Patrick’s Day Spring is here and with it comes brighter, longer days and more sun!!! which will give you lots of extra energy. You are looking forward to using the patio and spending more time outdoors, maybe a barbecue. It is time to get rid of the winter storm traces from your patio, garden, furniture, windows and lawn. I suggest that you tackle the jobs in t ... More

Posted by Pristine Home on 22 January 2016
Tips on how to get wax off your carpet or upholstery Candles give special warmth in a home. However there is a risk that hot wax is spilled on carpets or clothes? Stains are easier to remove when they are treated quickly, otherwise stains set in and are a lot more difficult to eliminate. Wax on a carpet Use ice cubes bag or fill a plastic bag with ice and lay it over the wax stain and leave it until the wax hardens. Avoid making the wax stain wet from leaks or condensation. Sc ... More

Posted by Pristine Home on 14 December 2015
With the party season in full swing, you probably have guests visiting daily, guests who may enjoy a glass of red wine or two. For some reason red wine seems to be an accident prone drink, that’s why here at Pristine Home want to help you deal with the dreaded red wine spill. Firstly, ensuring that the stain is cleaned before it has time to absorb into that carpet, couch or clothing this will make life much easier. It is very important not to rub the stain with a cloth or anything else, ... More

Posted by Pristine Home on 13 November 2015
The weekend is finally here, and what better way to kick it off than defrosting your freezer? If you own a manual defrost freezer it is essential that you defrost your freezer at least once a year, or when there is more than one fourth of an inch of ice in a large area. This is important as built up ice can be a waste of valuable space in your freezer along with making freezing of food less efficient. Here is a breakdown of exactly what you need to do to most efficiently and quickly defros ... More

Posted by Pristine Home on 21 October 2015
Winter is the coldest and wettest time of year. This leads to you spending most of your time inside the home with friends and family, cuddled up to a warm fire, with hot chocolate on your mind. But we can’t let a winter cleaning slip our mind. During a winter clean, your main focus tends to be around the festive season, making your clean very holiday focused. However, with this drastic change in weather you will need to ensure that both your garden and the interior of your home are prepare ... More

Posted by Pristine Home on 02 October 2015
Halloween, the one time of year brooms come out for reasons other than cleaning. But this isn't an excuse to take the month off scrubbing. This spooktastic season rid your home of cobwebs, dust and all things creepy. You might find your home is already decorated for Halloween this October with the amount of cobwebs you have accidentally allowed build up. Not to fear, cobwebs can easily be removed with a good cobweb duster. Don’t own a duster? Simply add a fluffy sock to the end ... More

Posted by Pristine Home on 24 September 2015
Clean the property. Remove all your belongings. Get rid of rubbish (if required). Ensure rent and all other charges and taxes are paid in full. Ensure there is no damage beyond normal wear and tear. Do a meter reading. Transfer utility bills back into the name of the landlord. Create a list of the contents and condition of all items in the property and get the landlord to sign this to confirm their agreement. Check every plumbing fixture, light switch, cupboard door, and app ... More

Posted by Pristine Home on 21 September 2015
A clean property make for a happy landlord. That’s probably why we here at Pristine Home are constantly getting calls from worried tenants who did not notice the grime build during the course of their residency. Not to fear though, if you have just started your residency, Diana has some top tips for you. When you first arrive, take pictures of your new, but temporary home. Remember this property is not yours. Your landlord will be expecting you to return their home i ... More

Posted by Pristine Home on 15 September 2015
As a new landlord, you want make good impression when welcoming new tenants. In order to achieve this you must greet them to a well decorated, fresh clean home. This can be difficult at times when you have a constant stream of new visitors. However, there are steps you can take to make the maintenance of your property a little more manageable. Firstly, get a damage deposit, this will encourage tenants to do th ... More

Posted by Pristine Home on 21 August 2015
1. Love your pets, but don't love the fur and hair they leave on your carpets? Save time and money by using a window squeegee to easily remove pet hair from your carpets! 2. Clean a bathroom mirror with shaving cream and wipe it away with a cloth. It will defog the mirror 3. To remove furniture dents in the carpet, place ice cubes on the dents, let it sit there overnight, and vacuum it in the morning. Works great! 4. Sprinkle a bit of baking ... More

Posted by Pristine Home on 17 August 2015
Every Day Clean down the sink after doing the dishes or loading the dishwasher. Wipe down the cooker after each use Wipe down the counters after breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sweep or hoover the floors immediately when required Every 1-2 Weeks Mop the floor Wipe the presses and kitchen appliances Wipe all the surfaces Wash the inside of the bin Every Season Clear out and clean the inside of the fridge Empty and clean the insides of all drawers ... More

Posted by Pristine Home on 31 July 2015
The Pane To clean the outer pane turn the sash to a 180 degrees angle So both your hands are free to clean, slide the barrel bolt into the bushing at the bottom of the frame Clean the pane with a cloth, a nonabrasive sponge or a non-metal window squeegee Non-abrasive household cleaners can be used when cleaning the pane of your Velux Roof Window, but ideally you should use clean soft water Always apply water before attempting to clean any dirt off the plane Clean the Air Filter ... More

Posted by Pristine Home on 24 July 2015
Shower curtains get dirty. You may think that your shower curtains would be the cleanest thing in your house, but soap scum and damp conditions builds up, making them a dirty disaster. Because showers are damp and warm, it’s the perfect environment for mould and mildew to grow. Although this does not necessarily mean a ‘dirty’ shower, they do not help in creating a clean looking shower. Your shower curtain will appear dirtier as the mould and mildew builds. However, soa ... More

Posted by Pristine Home on 13 July 2015
Often, as long as our surfaces aren’t visually dirty, we trust that they are clean. This unfortunately is a “false sense of security” and the germs and bacteria that exist are merely hidden and are undetectable to our senses. While both harmful germs and bacteria exist nearly everywhere, some areas of are particularly more vulnerable to the build-up of germs. 1.Switches, Handles and Knobs Because of our need to touch everything (whether we need to or not), our hands unavo ... More

Posted by Pristine Home on 29 June 2015
Myth 1: “Bleach cleans everything” The smell of bleach in the home is normally associated with the thought that something is very clean, because bleach is the ultimate cleaner. MYTH!! Bleach is a disinfectant, not a cleaner. Although it successfully kills germs and removes tough stains, bleach does not clean dirt and residue from surfaces. As we outlined in our previous blog about bleach, it should not be used in the household (or at least not regularly). Its heavy fumes are linke ... More

Posted by Pristine Home on 12 June 2015
Have you ever wondered why your windows may experience “water spots” after you clean them with tap water? Tap water contains many types of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium etc. “Spotting” is caused by these minerals remaining when the “dirty” water evaporates, leaving your windows looking dirty no matter how well you might have cleaned them. Deionized water removes these minerals so there is nothing left to cause spotting, without ... More

Posted by Pristine Home on 04 June 2015
If you're trying to minimizing your laundry load and are dreaming of cleaner windows, consider using newspaper to clean instead! Not only does this method cut down the amount of cloths you have to wash afterwards, but the newspapers pages and ink acts as a light abrasive to give you pristine clean windows. The only two products you need for this method are water and a couple of pages from a newspaper. 1. Fold a piece of newspaper and dip it entirely into a basin of cold clear water ... More

Posted by Pristine Home on 29 May 2015
Cleaning your windows is a task most people don't look forward to and is often listed as being one of the “Most hated household jobs”. Many people avoid doing this job because of the dreaded mess and what feels like endless streaks that remain. However, cleaning your windows does not have to be tedious and it does not have to be expensive! Ideally, your windows should be washed twice a year! Here are a few must do cleaning tips we recommend to make this job easier and more effecti ... More

Posted by Pristine Home on 13 May 2015
Kitchen cloths are exposed to foods, liquids and anything else we wipe off our hands as we pass through the busiest room in our home. All of these factors combined on one towel will cause your cloths to smell. There are several tips that we recommend to help you prevent and remove these “kitchen odours” from your cloths- How To Prevent Your Cloth From Smelling: • Change dish cloths at least once a day • Use thinner dish rags so they air-dry faster • Immediately ... More

Posted by Pristine Home on 15 April 2015
Spring is right around the corner, and for most home owners it’s an exciting time to get your home ready. In the winter time, many portions of your home are neglected or aren’t used as often because of home owners staying inside their homes. From the interiors of your home to the exterior, getting your home ready for spring will ensure you’ll be ready to enjoy the warmer weather once it hits. Spring cleaning rituals go way back and are often based on religious traditions. Hous ... More

Posted by Pristine Home on 19 December 2014
Stainless steel is a great durable material to use on appliances surfaces or around your home in general. Many people think just because it is called ‘stainless’ steel it will keep that spotless shine with no effort. The fact of the matter however is although it is resistant to stains, corrosion and rust it is not completely safe from it but the good news is that with a quick wipe down every once and a while your stainless steel items can remain clean and shiny for years to come! It ... More

Posted by Pristine Home on 15 December 2014
Cleaning the family fireplace is often something forgotten about or rushed during the routine weekly clean. Coming up to this holiday season it may just be something that will make the room come together and allow it to become a lovely centrepiece to the room. There’s a few simple steps it will just take you 15-20 minutes to have a pristine fireplace: Extract debris: Put on your protective eyewear, paper mask, and old clothing. With a large pail lined with a garbage bag by the firepla ... More

Posted by Pristine Home on 15 December 2014
The costs of domestic cleaning products these days can reach astronomical prices. Full of highly toxic chemicals they have a very harsh effect on the environment as well as your wallet. So today we here at Pristine Home would like to help you out and show you some household products that can be used in your day to day cleaning or less frequent tasks. So here are some of the useful products you have around your home that you may not have known about. Vinegar: Vinegar is a great disinfectant it c ... More

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