Tips for sparkling tiles

by on January 30, 2007
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Clean, shiny polished titles look wonderful in the kitchen or bathroom but after a while, they lose their sparkle and can look grimy and dirty. Here are some tips to bring the sparkle back.

If your tiles have gone a little rusty, then this can be removed quite easily with kerosene.

Very often dark and stubborn stains will gather on porcelain tiles, sink or bath. Using a little bit of lighter fluid on them will remove most of the dark, stubborn stains.

If plastic tiles are looking a little dull and in need of a spit and polish then try cleaning them with a solution of vinegar in water, to bring back the sparkle polish them with a soft towel.

An easy way to loosen dirt on tiles in the bathroom is to let the shower run on hot for 5 minutes before wiping them.

If you come across any stubborn stains on ceramic tiles, mix some scouring powder and a little water into a paste and leave it on them for roughly 5 minutes before scrubbing them with a nylon pad, allow them to dry before polishing.

Grouting between tiles can become discoloured, to help reduce this wash them with a solution of 2 tablespoons of bleach in a quart of water. Once it has dried, apply acrylic sealer.

Mildew can easily be removed from tiles by wiping them down with a solution of ammonia and water.

If you have tiles around the fireplace then the chances are that soot will cover them, if this happens it can be removed using a mixture of lemon juice and salt then washing.

I Can See Clearly Now

by on January 22, 2007
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The abseilers have been to clean my windows this morning.   They were due last week but the weather was so windy they would surely have been blown away.   I live on the 7th floor of a modern tower overlooking the Thames, and the management company send these heroic window cleaners round quarterly.

Is there anything so wonderful as clean windows?

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Clean your PC Screen

by on January 22, 2007
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Your computer monitor will invariably over a period of time become smudged with fingerprints and dust, with a little care and thought you can soon have your monitor sparkling like new without a smear in sight.

You should never use a window cleaner or any solution which contains ammonia to clean your screen, the perfect solution to clean your screen is using one that you would clean your eyeglasses. This is usually as solution which contains rubbing alcohol and should be used on a soft clean cloth, it is best to spray the solution onto the cloth instead of spraying directly onto the computer screen.

If you just want to remove dust from your screen, then use a slightly damp cloth and dry with another. For best results wipe back and forth across the screen but if you have an LCD screen such as seen on a laptop or flat screen monitor then don


A handy tip to bear in mind when setting about de-cluttering your home is to time yourself, that is to say choose a task and set a timer, such as the cooker timer, alarm clock or watch. If you break down your tasks when it comes to tidying, you won