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Cleaning the Electronic Devices in Your Home

Tuesday, 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.

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Screens

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.

How to Clean and Restore Paintings and Frames

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

During deep clearing you should take care of your paintings and take them off of the walls.

Oil paintings

If it is the old, valuable painting, it will be more safety to leave it for professionals. The rest less valuable paintings you should start with wiping out dust with a soft, silk cloth. The canvas are supposed to be cleaned focusing on the small spots, using a wet sponge. When one part of the painting is done, you must rinse the sponge very carefully to not distribute dirt on the whole surface. The interesting way is to use light beer instead of water. In the old guide books you can find grandma’s ways how clean paintings. For instance you can try to use grated, raw potatoes mixed in water.

The recipe for this solution is simple:

1 pound of grated potatoes mix with water, and put on the fire for 15 min. Then leave the pot in the warm place overnight.

Gouache, watercolor and pastel paintings

They usually are protected by the glass therefore we use the same techniques as mentioned for window cleaning. There is one important thing we must remember. The pictures can not remain wet because surface can quickly absorbs spills.

The frame of paintings should be cleaned more often but you need to pay attention not to touch the canvas. You may use a piece of paperboard or the newspaper to cover this part of painting where you wipe the frame. If the frames are old and made of wood, it is recommended only to use dry cloth.

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A Guide for Cleaning Doors

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

First of all, you need to take a soft, dry cloth, wipe up any spots on the doors and vacuum the hinges. Clean the doors with warm, soapy water starting from the bottom. Rinse with clear, cool water and the sponge but this time you need to start from the top of the door. The fingerprints and all stains what are hard to remove, you can treat with the raw potato.

Squeaking door hinges may be noisy for several reasons but the best way to fix it is to make a solution of the kitchen oil and the graphite form the pencil. Lift the door about one inch and grease the hinges.

How to vacuum and clean ceiling

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

During cleaning walls and ceiling important thing is to prepare the proper rag, which collects dust, and not move it from place to place. You need to use the soft rag, wash it and after rinsing with water you should put it into the water with the addition of glycerol ( two table spoons of glycerol and four cups of water). Squeeze it and leave it to dry up.

Use this rag to wrap the rubber brush and sweep the ceiling in a direction perpendicular to the window. In this way - if any traces of the sweeping will be less visible.

If you find out that the paint on the ceiling starts to peel, don’t panic and don’t call the painters. Let’s try to deal with this evil itself first. In this case you need to prepare the alum solution ( five table spoons of alum and four cups of water ) and immerse the painting roller and drag it around the ceiling.

Apartments in older houses may have some ceilings decorated with molding, where the dust settling. Put the solution of the potato slurry with cold water, and after drying, gently clean with soft brush. If molding is not very dirty, just clean up using vacuum cleaner with a small round brush.