How to sanitise your kitchen sponges

Kitchen sponges are notorious for gathering bacteria over time. They look unassuming, but a sponge can be one of the dirtiest items in the house. Bacteria comes in contact with sponges, and the moisture within them allows germs to thrive.

To prevent sponges from spreading germs you need to sanitize them. While you should still be replacing your sponges regularly, here are three methods  for cleaning your sponges (and one to avoid!).

Bleach Bath

This is by far the most reliable way to clean your sponges. According to the Good Housekeeping Institute, bleach can kill up to 99.9% of bacteria found on sponges. Soak your sponges together in a bucket of hot water, add a little bleach, and let sit for a few minutes. Then, rinse and squeeze the sponges out under a cold tap. Clean all of your sponges at least once a week like this. That’s all there is to it! However, make sure you toss out old sponges, as they still become unusable even after cleaning with bleach. Throw your kitchen sponges out every 2 or 3 weeks, and household cleaning sponges out after a couple of cleaning sessions. Any sponges used for deep-cleaning should be thrown out immediately after use.

Vinegar

This is similar to the bleach bath method, and generally just as effective! Just soak your sponges in a bucket of white vinegar (undiluted with water) and leave to sit for just a few minutes before rinsing. Both bleach and vinegar are quite cost effective and versatile cleaning products, so use whatever you have on hand already.

Dishwasher

Another way to clean your kitchen sponges in particular is to put it in the dishwasher. Dishwasher detergent is effective at cleaning germs and food particles out of sponges. You can do this every few nights as needed. One word of advise would be to use this method for kitchen sponges only, and not sponges used for household cleaning. While in theory both your dishes and your sponges get clean in the process, it is best to keep other cleaning equipment away from your food.

Microwave?

All around the internet you will see articles explaining how to clean your sponges in the microwave. If that sounds dangerous, it’s because it is! While most people won’t run into any problems, there is still a chance that your sponge will burst into flames, especially if not done correctly. Why give yourself another reason to worry? Stick to the tried and tested methods that will get your sponges clean every time.

According to the Daily Mail, the kitchen sponge is 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat – and could even lead to PARALYSIS! So now that you know all that, make sure you either change or sanitise your sponges every couple of days!

How To Clean Your Mattress

 

We all know to wash our bedsheets at least once a week and flip our mattresses regularly. Those of us with dust allergies especially know how important it is. Keeping dust, moisture and dirt out of our beds helps prevent allergy inflammation and leaves you sleeping better. But did you know you should clean your mattress as well? Luckily, cleaning is easy and can be done seasonally as you flip your mattress. Read on to find out how it’s done!

Remove Bedsheets

Cleaning your mattress is not difficult but should be started in the morning as the process takes a while. Start by removing any sheets, cushions or other fabrics attached to your mattress. Wash them as you normally would.

Vacuum Your Mattress

Yes, you read that correctly! Dust, dirt and grime can accumulate in your mattress over time even if you use a fitted sheet. Vacuuming helps to suck up a lot of this dirt that would otherwise build up. Use strong suction and go over every visible surface.

Use Baking Soda

Our mattresses harbour a lot of moisture from sweat and humidity. Of course, you can buy a commercial upholstery deodorizer, but baking soda is a cheap alternative. Shake it liberally over your whole mattress and leave it to sit. This has the effect of removing moisture and deodorizing your mattress from any smells that might have accumulated. Leaving the baking soda to sit for 24 hours is best, but if you can’t, a couple of hours should be fine.

Vacuum and Flip

Once your baking soda has had a chance to sit, vacuum the mattress again. Be sure to remove any traces of baking soda from your mattress. Now your mattress should be ready to flip. Once you’ve done this, you can either replace your sheets, or vacuum the new top side again one last time.

Call a Professional

Expert’s recommendation is to professionally clean your mattress once a year. For that you can call a professional cleaning company specialised in mattress cleaning. At Happy Clean we deep clean and sanitise mattresses in your home. For more information on mattress cleaning visit out dedicated website www.mattresscleaning.ie. If you’re looking to get your mattress cleaned fill out our contact form or call us on 0892072082!

Types of Leather Sofas – Which One Is Best For You?

If you’re shopping for new furniture you may be intrigued by the idea of a real leather sofa. If taken proper care of, they are durable, comfortable, and look great in your home. You may not know, however, that there are several different kinds to choose from. They all require different amounts of cleaning and suit different lifestyles. Which is overall best, and why?

Protected Leather

Most leather sofas on the market today are made from protected leather. This mean that the leather is treated with a coating to make it more durable. It has a smoother look and feel to it, and can be easier to clean and treat stains with. It might be suitable for you if it’s your first venture into leather furniture or if you have young children or pets. However, since it’s been treated with a coating on top, it looks less like ‘natural’ leather and it can be difficult to gauge its quality.

Aniline Leather

Aniline leather is leather that has been treated minimally with dyes, and does not have any coating or pigment on top. As such, you can see the grain of the leather and it is soft to the touch. It is usually very high quality leather and therefore comes with a high price tag. However, since the leather is ‘naked’ with minimal pigments, it stains very easily. If you’re looking for a top quality, unique sofa with unmatched comfort and softness, aniline leather might be for you. However this is not recommended for families with small children or pets.

Semi-Aniline

Semi-aniline leather is a little more processed than aniline leather. It has a light top coat that makes it more durable and stain-resistant than aniline leather. It is also a little less expensive usually. However, much of the unique look and feel of an aniline leather sofa is lost. This might be best for you if you like the appeal of aniline leather but without the high price tag and maintenance worries.

Each type of leather carries its own pros and cons, and ultimately it is up to you to decide which suits your lifestyle best. Do you prefer the easy maintenance of a protected sofa? Or the unique look and feel of aniline leather? Or perhaps somewhere in between?

 

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How To Remove Slime From Carpets

If you’re a parent of young children, you know the obsession they have with slime. It’s one of the most popular toys these days and keeps them entertained for hours. But it can also leave you frustrated for hours trying to clean it away from carpets and couches. Slime gets stuck everywhere! Here are some tips on how to remove slime from carpets so you can be on good terms with your little ones’ obsession once again!

Scrape Remaining Slime Up

Use a spoon or butter knife to scoop up any large chunks of slime left on the fabric. This will allow you to deal with a smaller affected area and make the rest of the slime easier to remove. Don’t worry if there’s a lot stuck into the fabric. Just do your best to prepare the area for the next steps.

Use A Vinegar Solution

Vinegar is your best friend here as it works to dissolve the glue that most slimes have. Pour a generous amount of white vinegar onto your fabric, or if the area is quite small, blot it on with a cloth. The slime should start to loosen into a puddle after a while.

Blot and Finish Cleaning

Blot up the remaining slime and liquid. If there’s still a stain left from the pigment, use your favourite fabric stain remover. Alternatively, use a diluted liquid detergent in a blotting motion on the affected area. Don’t forget to rinse with cold water. If you’ve been removing slime from your carpet or sofa, let the area air dry completely before using again. If you are removing it from clothing or other fabric you can wash them to their cleaning instructions.

Hopefully you found these tips about how to remove slime from carpets helpful to you! But if you’re still struggling to remove stains, you may need to call a professional. Some stains just need an experienced hand to remove.

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How To Protect Your Fabric Sofas

A sofa can be a beautiful addition to your living space. However, years of dust, grime and stains collecting can make it look worse for wear. If you’re looking for tips to keep your sofas looking fresh, you might be feeling lost. Don’t worry! You don’t need to resort to sofa covers which can make your furniture look somewhat cheap. Here are some tips to help you protect your fabric sofas!

Vacuum Clean Regularly

Many of us wouldn’t think to vacuum our sofa seats but it is the best kept secret of those with well-maintained furniture. Dust, crumbs and moisture can gather in the fabric over time. By vacuuming once a week, you stop dirt from building up and tarnishing your fabric. Just this step alone can add years of life to your sofa as it looks newer and cleaner! And it’s a really easy way to protect your fabric sofas!

Plump and Flip Your Cushions

Most sofas on the market come with removable cushions. This not only makes vacuuming easier but plumping your cushions as well. Like you do with your mattress, your sofa covers should be flipped every so often. This helps your sofa to keep its shape and support as you continue to use it.

Use A Fabric Protecting Spray

Commercial fabric protection spray is cheap and helps to keep stains at bay! Just spray your couch once or twice a year and a whole extra layer of protection is added to your couch. If you’re interested in using these sprays, remember to patch test a small area first. Discolouration is rare but it can happen. Even better, we recommend getting a professional company to apply protector on your sofa just after buying it! Click here to see how we do it!

Consider A Professional Cleaner

Deep-cleaning sessions can be a wonderful investment in your home and it’s always good to leave it to the professionals! Bringing someone in to give your sofa a deep clean just once a year can help it last for many more years to come. Professional cleaners can tend to fabric sofas more thoroughly than a weekly vacuuming, and if your fabric can be washed, they can effectively remove stains as well. At Happy Clean we are trained for dealing with all types of sofas, so we can help! Just get in touch for a quote!

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Fresh paint on your carpets? Here’s what you can do!

Fresh paint on your carpets? Here’s what you can do! If you’re painting your home, it may be next to impossible to keep stray splatters of paint from hitting your carpets. Even hiring professional painters might not be enough to keep those rugs completely free of paint accidents.

But hiring carpet cleaners doesn’t have to be your first step if you find yourself with a paint situation. Professional carpet cleaners are more than equipped to deal with your stain, but if you feel confident in your cleaning abilities, try these methods yourself first:

Wet paint is much easier to clean than dry paint — as long as you act as soon as it happens. Remove as much paint as you can without spreading it around and making the situation worse. Dab the spot rather than rubbing it, then introduce a mixture of detergent and warm water. Blot the paint after each application, and continue until the mark is removed. Remember, rubbing or pressing too hard will only push the paint in deeper, so be gentle, patient and persistent.

But if you can’t remove the stain, don’t worry! At Happy Clean we know how to deal with fresh paint on carpets! Our technicians are happy to help whenever you need us! Check out our Facebook reviews or our Youtube channel to see what we can do! No need to take our word for it!

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