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What cleaning things do you do that you dont think anyone else does?

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SurlyCue Mon 22-Jun-15 15:23:24

Inspired by the wet wiping the stair carpet thread. It got me wondering what other cleaning tips i dont know and i do like to collect them grin

So what do you do that you think others should know about?

I'm trying to think of any of my own but cant right now. Will add if i do.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 22-Jun-15 15:26:51

Bicarbonate of soda and bleach really transforms grotty grouting!

YaTalkinToMe Mon 22-Jun-15 15:27:01

If my socks are clean ( you know when you put on a pair late in the evening and don't do anything), I tend to swipe them on the wooden skirting boards when going up the stairs. grin

SurlyCue Mon 22-Jun-15 15:29:55

Bicarbonate of soda and bleach really transforms grotty grouting!

Together in a paste or separately? Do you scrub it in or just apply and leave?

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 22-Jun-15 15:32:46

1 part bicarbonate to 2 parts bleach ( I used parazone) mix it in to paste and apply with an old toothbrush, I left it for 20 mins but it starts visibly working immediately. I asked on here recently and a poster told me this little gemsmile

SqueezyCheeseWeasel Mon 22-Jun-15 15:36:31

I hoover the kitchen table

onepieceoflollipop Mon 22-Jun-15 15:38:29

I can't think of any but am lurking for tips!

SurlyCue Mon 22-Jun-15 15:38:40

Thanks dame

Also if anyone could educate me on the science behind steam cleaners and whether they actually clean i would appreciate that. I bought one recently and have used it with the concentrator nozzle for grouting and round the skirting boards (old grotty rented house in want of a powerhosing) and it just seemed to blast the dirt onto the surrounding areas, which was great as i just washed it away but when using the proper floor attachment it makes me wonder where the dirt is going?

SurlyCue Mon 22-Jun-15 15:39:30

I hoover the kitchen table

grin why?

onepieceoflollipop Mon 22-Jun-15 15:41:08

I never use furniture spray polish for the t.v. or mirrors or anywhere else that I dust. I have one dampened duster and one dry. I wash the dusters after every dusting session. It works on stainless steel hob and cooker hood too.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 22-Jun-15 15:41:25

Surly - I've had 2 steam cleaners and they both went back. I can only imagine some people like making work for themselveshmm

SqueezyCheeseWeasel Mon 22-Jun-15 15:43:11

When I use my steam mop for the floor I have to change the microfibre pads frequently because try get grubby & wet. We are no a shoes house and live in a city, plus floor is steamed weekly and spills are spot cleaned as and when so it's not filthy by any means. The grot goes onto the microfibre pads. I have loads of them (luckily). They just get machine washed ready for next time.

SqueezyCheeseWeasel Mon 22-Jun-15 15:46:14

Surly - it is big (3m x 2m) and has a cloth on it to protect it from the cats who like to sit on it. The Hoover is the quickest and most efficient thing to get the cat hair off the large surface area.

Cue a million cat hating MNers <vomming>

LostMySanityCanIBorrowYours Mon 22-Jun-15 15:46:21

I hoover the kitchen table too. And the stove top. And worktop.

Most surfaces actually. I believe others call it "dusting"

The crumbs end up up the hoover anyway, when you knock them onto the floor while dusting, so you you may as well get them at the source.

SqueezyCheeseWeasel Mon 22-Jun-15 15:47:27

Sorry for typos, I'm on my phone and it is useless (not that my posts are super coherent usually).

Theselittlelightsaremine Mon 22-Jun-15 15:47:44

Use an old exfoliating glove to clean your bathroom, you can use a finger to get round the taps and over the grout in between the tiles.

Quick and easy.

SurlyCue Mon 22-Jun-15 15:48:09

Yes the floor pads got sodden and grubby so quickly that it was leavjng the floor very wet and i assume, dirty! I much prefer mop and bucket with boiling water, zoflora and a bit of stardrops.

Theselittlelightsaremine Mon 22-Jun-15 15:48:24

You can also hoover curtains grin

MarieJeanne Mon 22-Jun-15 15:49:41

I use baby oil on my stainless hob and cooker hood.

twirlypoo Mon 22-Jun-15 15:50:28

I spray furniture polish on the radiators so when they are turned on the House smells clean blush

SurlyCue Mon 22-Jun-15 15:50:39

Cue a million cat hating MNers <vomming>

Oh i got a table sitting cat too but mine is tiny so i just spray and he fucks off then i wipe with either wipes or kitchen roll.

Your table is huge! How big is your kitchen? In fact your table is bigger than my kitchen grin

SurlyCue Mon 22-Jun-15 15:53:08

I spray furniture polish on the radiators so when they are turned on the House smells clean

I do this too, and i run over the bulbs in the lamps too with my dusting cloth.

MumSnotBU Mon 22-Jun-15 15:53:56

I use one of those body puff exfoliater things to clean the bath.

NoraRobertsismyguiltypleasure Mon 22-Jun-15 15:55:28

Yep, I hoover most surfaces to get rid of crumbs. I also hoover the bookcases - but I am not a very frequent vacuumer, so the dust is easier to hoover off and then I damp wipe.

Jux Mon 22-Jun-15 16:58:52

I hoover almost everything, just swap nozzles/ends/whatever they're called.

Actually I barely hoover at all, because someone else does the floors. I do things like doors, table tops etc.

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