How To Clean No-Wax or Linoleum Floors

If time and traffic eventually dull the glossy top layer, you may want to add a floor finish or wax to restore the shine. Choose any good commercial floor polish or try a self-polishing, metal-interlock floor finish available from a janitorial supply. Traffic areas may need finish applied more often than the rest of the floor.

Things You’ll Need

  • Vacuum or Broom
  • Soft Mop
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Dish Soap
  • Nylon-backed Scrub Sponge
  • Floor Polish (optional for dull floors)

How To Do It

  1. Regularly sweep or vacuum floors to remove loose dust and particles. This will keep soil from wearing away the surface quickly. For tough spots, use a nylon-backed scrub sponge.
  2. If needed, add a floor polish to restore the shine. Any good commercial floor polish will do; or, try a self-polishing, metal-interlock floor finish available from a janitorial supply store. Traffic areas may need finish applied more often than the rest of the floor. It’s a good idea to keep doormats at all the entrances to your home, as they will catch much of the dirt that could eventually damage your floors.

 

Read More on: https://www.merrymaids.com/how-to-clean-linoleum-floors

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How to Clean Ceramic Floors

Ceramic tile floors are extremely durable and can look as beautiful as they last with proper, regular cleaning. There is no need to wax! Just follow the steps below to keep your ceramic floors looking their best.

Things You’ll Need

  • Broom
  • Soft Mop
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Dish Soap

How To Do It

  1. Sweep floors to remove loose dust and particles.
  2. Using a soft mop, mop floors with clear water and just a dash of liquid dish soap. Be sure to change the water when it gets cloudy; too much soap or dirty water will make floors dull or sticky.
  3. Allow the floors to air dry or dry with a clean towel.

Read More on: https://www.merrymaids.com/how-to-clean-ceramic-tile-floors

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Cleaning Product of June- Proudly Naija

We are so sorry that we haven’t updated you with our favorite cleaning product since January!!! But we are here now so here it goes!

So everyone in Nigeria has been affected by the Foreign exchange debacle one way or the other. This has caused increased prices on some of our favorite products. Lilac Clean has chosen to follow the Proudly Nigerian movement by using some of our Local Products. We are always trying new products to recommend to our clients who cannot always get a professional visit from us.  This month’s favorite product is LB Deep Action Cream Cleaner.

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We got introduced to this product when we were shopping for CIF cream cleaner and discovered the massive price increase due to foreign exchange. CIF is fantastic I mean it helps soften heavy duty dirt in a a couple of minutes and makes our cleaning very easy. Once the product has been put on the surface it should be allowed to set for 2-15 minutes depending on the severity of the stains, it is then wiped away with a microfiber cloth or a scoring pad for tough stains. Its perfect for kitchen cookers, bathroom sinks and bath tops. We also use Vim cream cleaner from time to time which is also an import and has experienced massive price increase as well. So we after this discovery we decided to try a product we had been overlooking for a while, the Nigerian made LB Deep Action Cream Cleaner and we are pleased to say that it performed beyond our expectations. It was as effective as CIF or VIM and also has a nice fragrance that will complement any freshener you already use. And do you know what is better its about 45-50% cheaper than CIF depending on store you go to.

Lilac Clean is a professional cleaning company based in Lagos, Nigeria. We specialise in residential and commercial cleaning. Our cleaners are available 7 days a  week in all Lagos areas. Contact us now  Phone: 08056895502Email: info@lilacclean.com

How to Prevent Indoor Pests

YESSSSSS! we hate pests too and we are here to help you reduce your home pest infestation with the following tips below.

1. The Oldest Trick in the Book: Clean up After All Meals

You’ve likely known this trick since childhood. Didn’t your mother always tell you to make sure you clean up after yourself in the kitchen? Well, this was for good reason: to keep those pesky critters at bay!

Your food smells appealing not only to you, but also to pests looking to make your kitchen their fully-catered home for the summer. Take preventative measures and clean up right away after cooking and eating. Don’t tempt fate!

2. Use Your Refrigerator and Freezer More

Hotter temperatures in your kitchen can make food perish a lot quicker than it normally does in moderate temperatures. Be sure to use your refrigerator and freezer a lot more during the warmer months. Not only does this prolong the life of your food, but also it acts as a barrier that keeps the scent of your food out of the open airs and keeps pests away.

 3. Take Out the Trash Regularly

This is another “mother knows best” concept. If you ever had this chore as a kid, you’ve hopefully developed a habit of doing this regularly. Allowing your trash to sit in the kitchen and garbage cans will only send out invitations far and wide to pests to come on over and feast.

bonus: In addition to regularly taking out the trash, you can go the extra mile. Use a trash can with a lid to prevent odors from escaping and enticing bugs and other critters. Also, seal up all containers, such as juice cartons and sauce jars, before tossing them into the trash or recycling bin to further prevent the unnecessary buildup of old food waste on your receptacle.

4. Clean out Your Kitchen Cabinets

Inspect and clean your kitchen cabinets on a regular basis. Many of us are guilty of holding on to boxes of food without realizing they expired several months (sometimes years) prior to their disposal. Cleaning out your cabinets can rid your kitchen of unnecessary clutter and help you inspect for any exposed foods and crumbs, which are a pest’s biggest treat. Plus neglecting to clean your kitchen could mean you’ve got dead bugs and/or feces deep within the clutter—ew! So, this tip is all-around beneficial.

5. Fix Leaky Faucets

Insects and pests, like us, need water to survive. Thus, a leaky faucet can be like finding an oasis on a desert island for them! Prevent the temptation for pest invasion and fix the leaky faucetsin your kitchen and bathrooms.

6. Clear Your Drains of Leftover Food

If you have a built-in garbage disposal in your kitchen, be sure to regularly clean out the mechanism of leftover food. No, we don’t suggest you dismantle the appliance to clean it (this can be a little hazardous). You can clean out your waste disposal, and all other drains, with ingredients that already live in your kitchen.

7. Go Au Natural with Essential Oils

Essential oils are powerful and effective at keeping bugs out of your home, and they have an added benefit: they smell absolutely fabulous! You can get extra crafty and make your own bug sprayto mist throughout your house this summer. All you need to do is combine 2 1/2 teaspoons of essential oil and 1 cup of grain alcohol (vodka will do the trick) into a clean spray bottle.

Here is a list of essential oils you can use to keep certain pests at bay.

  • Citronella or lemon eucalyptus to scare away mosquitoes.
  • Geranium to shoo away flies and mosquitoes.
  • Lavender or lemongrass to keep mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, fleas, and flies away.
  • Patchouli oil turns away gnats.
  • Peppermint doesn’t smell appealing to spiders and ants.
  • Rosemary thwarts fleas and ticks.
  • Tea tree oil to stop mosquitoes and ants in their tracks.

8. Use Peppermint Mints to Turf Out Mice

It can be very distressing if mice have found their way into your home. And of course, it’s crucial to get rid of them as quickly as possible. There’s a quick, low-cost solution that can be drive the little rodents away… Altoids!

If you have peppermint Altoids on hand, you can forget picking up the phone and calling pest control. Use the peppermint Altoids as a natural mouse repellent, as the little critters cannot tolerate the smell of peppermint and will soon turn to find food and sanctuary in a peppermint-free environment!

9. Spruce Up Your Home with Some Routine Maintenance

Did you know that mice can squeeze through a hole as small as a pencil? Well, you do now! Take the time to seal up any cracks around the home and use glue or caulking to seal any cracks. This can be done by you or a professional, and doing so prevents entrance for a variety of unwanted critters from visiting.

 

Read More on: http://www.doityourself.com/stry/prevent-indoor-pests-this-summer

Lilac Clean is a professional cleaning company based in Lagos, Nigeria. We specialise in residential and commercial cleaning. Our cleaners are available 7 days a  week in all Lagos areas. Contact us now  Phone: 08056895502Email: info@lilacclean.com

Daily Cleaning Routines you can easily Implement

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Daily cleaning

First of all you need to do the following tasks in your home every single day
– Clean the toilet
– Open windows and curtains
– Air the bed then make it
– Washing up
– Put washing up away
– Put laundry into laundry bins
– Take rubbish out
– Wipe down kitchen surfaces
– Clean kitchen sink
– Pick up clutter and put it away

If you have pets or children you may also want to –
– Sweep and mop the kitchen
– Vacuum heavily travelled through areas
– Check bedding

This might seem like a big, huge long list but honestly it isn’t. These tasks are the basics and can be slotted in with ease and not only that, once you fit them into your daily cleaning schedule you’ll find you spend far less time cleaning, tidying and organising in the long run.

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What is so Difficult about Moping?

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Baseboards baseboard

Always do the baseboards first, (with the rag mop) and make sure that the mop is wet enough (but not soaking) to actually clean the baseboards. Do the entire house at once. It won’t matter how clean your house is at the end of the day, if your baseboards are still dirty, then your house will look dirty.

Tile Floors

Use the same mop to wash all of your tile floors. You can do these all at once, or if you prefer you can do a floor at a time.

Whether it’s tile or hardwood, be sure to mop around table and chair legs, and under furniture.

Hardwood Floors

When mopping hardwood floors, use about a cap full of Murphy’s Oil Soap in about 6 liters of warm to hot water. You must get the mop head wet and ring it out by hand, again you want it wet…

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Cleaning Product of January – Pledge

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Every month in 2016 Lilac Clean will use the opportunity to feature one of our favorite cleaning products. Most times our clients always ask that we share the secret on how things are left sparkly and nice. While the real secret lies in the techniques we use , we also have a lot of thanks to give to our chosen products.

For the Month of January our cleaning product is: Pledge Multi Surface Everyday Cleaner. When a lot of people think of dusting the first product that comes is Pledge. This particular pledge product is a multi surface cleaner  and is perfect for just about an surface available.  Combined with this product and our Seven Dusting Tips we are sure your results will be fantastic!

pledgeFind out more about this product on http://www.pledge.com/en-us/products/pages/multi-surface-everyday-cleaner.aspx

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Hard water Stains Removal Tips

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Removing hard water stains can be done with several natural cleaners. Start by mixing half water and half Vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture in your tub and shower and wait a few minutes before wiping clean.

You can also try removing hard water stains with a paste made from baking soda and vinegar. Smear the paste over the surface of the stain and let sit for 15 minutes. After the mixture has settled in scrub clean and rinse with water. It’s important that you immediately wipe dry because you don’t want the water sitting on the newly cleaned surface.

Finally you can try removing hard water stains using lemon juice. Spray fresh lemon juice on hard water scale build-up near faucets. Rinse after 10 minutes. Again, make sure to wipe the area clean

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Safety Precautions During Home Cleaning

Lilac Clean Recommends the following precautions during your personal home cleaning routines. Off-course our staff are already equipped with high safety standards.

  • Reduce slips and falls by placing anti-slip strips on rugs
  • Wear rubber gloves to avoid contact with chemicals
  • Do not mix chemicals for any reason
  • Secure cleaning products away from the reach of children and pets
  • Always dilute concentrated cleaning products before use
  • Ventilate rooms before you clean
  • Always read the instructions before use
  • Change out dishcloths often to reduce bacteria and mildew
  • Avoid tripping by never leaving loose items, like toys, on steps

Call Lilac Clean for your next cleaning Visit on 08056895502

 

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How Should we tackle Window Blinds?

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Tools to Clean Blinds Effectively

Regardless of material, there are universal ways to clean blinds that are environmentally friendly and effective.

  1. A Soft Duster.

    Any type of feathers, microfiber, cotton cloth, or soft hair duster will work well. Move from side-to-side in the same direction as the slats. Start at the top as dust and/or dirt may fall onto lower slats during cleaning. Another option it using a paint brush. They have soft bristles, come in a variety of sizes, and allow for detailed work if needed.

    • When dusting vertical blinds, move downward along the slat.
  2. Your Vacuum Cleaner.

    The brush attachment is a good way to lift dust and then remove it without damage. Follow the slats from side-to-side for the best results. An up and down motion could be harmful and is less effective. TIP: Completely close the slats to reach more surface area.

    • When vacuuming vertical blinds…

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