Cleaning the Evaporator and Condenser Units for Your Central Air

December 4th, 2014

Even though central air is largely maintained by professional technicians, as a homeowner, there are steps you can take to maintaining your own equipment. Find out how you can maintain your evaporator and condenser units, helping them run better for longer.

If you have central air in your house, maintaining it is the best way to prevent outrageous service/repair tickets in the future. There are certain things you can do to prolong the effectiveness of your central air units.

The Evaporator – This unit will be inside your house. You should strive to clean this once a year. You might have to remove foil-wrapping insulation to get to the access plate. With a screwdriver, remove the access plate. Inside, there will be a condensation tray beneath the evaporator unit. You’ll need a stiff brush to clean the underside of the unit. To clean the tray, use a mixture of bleach and water. It’ll help prevent fungus and mildew growth. In cases of extreme humidity, check the condensation tray frequently. If there is too much moisture, or tray is full of water, the drain line might be clogged. You can clear it out with condensed air, or a piece of wire.

The Condenser – This is the outside unit. You can maintain it by keeping the area around it free from grass or weeds. These could potentially inhibit airflow. You’ll need commercial coil cleaner to clean your condenser. Make sure you follow the instructions for the cleaner use. Unlike a stiff brush with the evaporator, you’ll need a soft brush to clean the condenser fins. The fins are very thin and delicate. Using a water hose can compact mud between the fins and be counterproductive. It can also damage your fins. Do not clean your condenser with a water hose.

If do your part to maintain your units, you’ll find yourself getting more use out of them, as well as making service calls less. Chris K. Widar Air Duct Cleaning Services

How to Keep your Stovetop Clean

October 9th, 2013

We all do it. Momentarily look away while cooking only to glance back just in time to see an avalanche of food overflowing onto the hot stovetop. What a mess! And of course the food is instantaneously baked on to the surface of the stove becoming this impossible mess to clean up. Even if you immediately remove the overflowing pot or pan, you will still have to wait for the spill to cool down before you can clean it up. Leaving you with a baked on mess to try and clean.

Most cleaners will work on fresh spills. You may even find one that will remove most of the baked on mess around the burners, but you will have to do a substantial amount of scrubbing to remove the entire mess. Too much scrubbing and you run the risk of ruining the surface of your stove. So what can you do? Will you ever have clean burners ever again? Try this simple solution and it will work wonders on this mess.

First, make sure the stovetop is cool to the touch and remove all the burner covers and drip plates from your stovetop. Remove the heating elements if at all possible in order to have clear access to the stained surface.

In a small bowl, mix baking soda with just enough hydrogen peroxide to make enough paste to clean around all the burners. Please use gloves if you have sensitive skin, because the hydrogen peroxide can be harsh on your skin. Apply the paste directly to the stained areas around the burners with a sponge. Gently work the paste into the cracks around the burners with an old toothbrush. Let this mixture sit for a few minutes. Remove the paste by wiping it with a clean sponge soaked in hot water. You should see the baked on mess easily coming right off along with the mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Use the same mixture to clean the grates and burner covers if they are also a mess.

Keeping the stovetop clean is virtually impossible if you are cooking every day. With a little bit of time and not a lot of work, you can mix up this easy home remedy to keep your stove top looking like new.

Cleaning the Electronic Devices in Your Home

June 11th, 2013

It seems that the computer screen and television are magnets for all the dust in your home.  No matter how often you dust, there always seems to be more dust collecting on these surfaces.  Dust can be a killer of your electronics, building up on the fans causing them to slow down.  Your computer can then overheat and be ruined.  Before you attempt cleaning any of your electronic items, you should consult your manual for the manufacturer’s suggestions.  Below are some general cleaning guidelines for most electronic devices you may have.



First, never spray any cleaner directly onto a screen.  Always spray or apply the cleaner to a cloth first so that there is no possibility of anything dripping into your device.  Make sure the screen you are going to clean is off and cool.  Extremely fragile surfaces can crack when a cold spray is applied, so it’s always best to let the screen cool down first before cleaning.  Use a microfiber or lint free cloth, not paper towels.  Paper towels can be too scratchy and damage screen surfaces.  Use an ammonia free or alcohol based cleaner to remove fingerprints and dust.  Move the cloth in a circular motion so as to not scratch the surface.

Keyboards and Keypads

These items can get dirty fast and cleaning them can be tricky.  Cleaning can be difficult because you want to avoid allowing any of the cleaner getting between the keys or seeping into the cracks.  Start cleaning a keyboard by unplugging it or turning it off first.  You can then gently tap it to remove any crumbs or dirt that is inside.  Use the crevice tool on your vacuum cleaner to remove any items that don’t want to come out easily.  You can then clean the surface with an alcohol based cleaner.  Use a cotton swab to get in between the keys and wipe the surface with a clean cloth dampened with the same alcohol based cleaner.  This should remove most of the surface dirt.  Follow the same procedure for cleaning the surface of your cellphone’s keypad.  Dampen a cotton swab or cloth and gently wipe the surface only.  Don’t try to remove any faceplates or top pieces as this will void most warranties.

Keeping your electronics clean should be a quick and easy task.  A weekly wipe down should be all they need to remove most of the surface dirt and grime that can build up with everyday use.

Cleaning the Bathroom

April 24th, 2013

It’s a job nobody likes doing.  Cleaning the bathroom is always the least favorite room to clean. There’s always a mess, it never seems to be completely clean and it never stays clean for long.  Here are a few tips to make cleaning the bathroom a bit easier and

Make sure that your sink stays cleaner longer by following these easy steps daily.  After you and your family are done brushing your teeth, wipe down the sink with a damp cloth.  Wipe the fixtures to keep toothpaste and soap scum from building up and becoming a bigger mess later.

The shower is another place where the daily use can cause messes to build up quickly.  After the last shower of the day, dry the sides of the shower enclosure with a squeegee in order to keep hard water from causing spots and stains.  Keep a sponge in the shower to wipe down tiles and fixtures while you are in there.  The steam from the shower will help loosen dirt and grime that builds up.  Clean the tiles weekly with a tile cleaner from the store.  Keep a bottle in the shower for you to use once a week to keep the tiles shiny.


Cleaning the toilet is probably the last chore anyone wants to do.  However, there are quite a few ways to clean it without even touching it.  Clean it while you are out of the house by pouring bleach in there.  When you return, the bowl will be clean.  Use a half gallon of white vinegar once a month to keep a ring from forming in the toilet bowl.  You can also pour baking soda down the drain weekly to avoid odor buildup and keep it from clogging.

Don’t forget to disinfect everything in the bathroom on a regular basis.  Use a disinfectant spray or solution in order to kill any germs that may be lingering.  Remember to always disinfect door knobs, light switches, faucet handles, shower door handles and toilet flush levers or buttons.  This is the most common ways that germs are transmitted between family members.

Cleaning the bathroom is easier when you don’t let it get too dirty to begin with.  Doing these small cleaning chores occasionally during the week can keep your bathroom looking and smelling fresh and clean with minimal effort.

Carpet Cleaning

February 1st, 2013

The absolute truth about proper carpet cleaning is that it takes special tools in order to perform any amount of deep cleaning for carpets. The fabric floor covering that you select to complement the other features of your house is an investment that requires proper attention. The problem is in knowing where to look for the proper tools. The majority of people that have carpeting in their house have been duped into believing that they have purchased the right equipment when in fact their last vacuum cleaner purchase was akin to writing a blank check and tossing it out the window.

Stop and consider for a moment how much money the carpeting cost to have installed. Brand new carpet can cost thousands of dollars; depending on the size of the area being carpeted in can even stretch into the tens of thousands of dollars. An investment of this nature cannot be cared for properly with a vacuum cleaner alone and it definitely cannot be done with a machine that costs less than $1,000.00 to purchase. Sounds like a lot of money to spend on cleaning carpet but if you want it done correctly and in a fashion that will protect your investment for several decades or generations then it is extremely necessary.

The equipment that is needed to perform this type of deep cleaning is not sold in stores. The effective carpet cleaning systems are offered in door to door sales by a few high end manufacturers of this type of equipment. The prices normally range in the one to three thousand dollar range; however these types of systems will last for several generations and can be passed down from one family member to another, saving you more money in the long run by eliminating the need to replace the carpet or the system used to clean it.

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