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Green Cleaning Tips For Your Floors

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Going green is the best thing we can do for our planet, finding greener alternatives to harmful cleaners which are full of chemicals is a step that most of us can begin at home. We all use floor cleaners to clean our floors. Eco-friendly options can be easily substituted in place of your regular petroleum based cleaners and you’ll be surprised with the results. These environmental friendly cleaners are equally effective and leave a pleasant fragrance which lasts much longer than the smell of chemical cleaning agents.

There are many costs effective, natural and easy to use alternatives which can be combined to make excellent floor cleaners depending on the type of floor you have.

Clean with Baking Soda

The minerals present in this light alkaline powder are immensely effective in neutralizing acids and dissolving proteins which increase the cleaning power of regular detergents. They help to balance the pH of the water and are excellent cleaning agents.

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Liquid soap

Soap in any form works very well to break down grease and dirt that gets deposited on various surfaces. Selecting a soap option with natural oils in combination with an alkali is the most effective one.

White vinegar

Vinegar is an all -time favorite and excellent all -purpose cleaning agent which cuts through grease more smoothly than you could ever imagine. It not only disinfects its deodorizes effectively too.


An effective water softener, borax is also very effective in cleaning, disinfecting, deodorizing, and removing stains. The only thing one needs to take off is keeping this substance out of the reach of children as it is toxic when ingested.

Vegetable oil

The most popular oil used for cleaning is organic olive oil. This is a mild yellow oil which is truly a wonderful polisher when used in the form of a spray. When added with lemon or essential oils it leaves behind a pleasant fragrance

Essential scented oils

Essential oils like lavender, primrose, lemon grass, peppermint and much more have absolutely natural cleaning, deodorizing and disinfecting properties. When used in combination with other eco-friendly and green cleaners, these oils transform your entire home into a fragrant haven.

A right combination of these green products can effectively clean and polish floors. Before cleaning floors with any water based or liquid solution you should first clean the floor to remove dirt and dust with a vacuum cleaner. Then proceed to use these floor cleaners for optimum results.

Clean Wooden Floors

Mix vegetable oil and white vinegar in a ratio of 1:1 and apply a thin coat of this solution onto your floor and rub it well to get a smooth and shiny polished floor.

Vinyl and linoleum floors Cleaning

Take half a bucket of warm water and mix in a cup of vinegar, ¼ cup baking soda and a few drops of any essential oil with a lingering fragrance. Mop the entire floor with this solution and leave to dry.

If there are some tough stains add ¼ the cup of borax for more effective cleaning.

Clean Tile and brick floors

Mix 1 cup of vinegar is half a bucket of water to which a little liquid detergent has been added.  Essential oils may be added for deodorizing and pleasant fragrance.  Wipe the floors clean with this solution and leave to dry.

These eco-friendly floor cleaning tips are really effective and are inexpensive too.

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Carpet Cleaning Scams – What Are They And How To Avoid Them?

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Anyone who owns a carpet struggles to keep it clean at all times. Not everyone is ok with keeping them dirty and letting them stay that way for long. When people are not able to clean it themselves, they go in for professional carpet cleaning services, as there are a number of carpet cleaners available in the market today.

Be it an office or a house, one can get hold of some of the best carpet cleaning companies in the market, and ensure their carpets are well maintained at all times. Many home carpet cleaners offer a variety of carpet cleaning services that include carpet stain removal, carpet steam cleaning, etc.

When such are the services offered, one can get tempted to try them all. However, one has to be careful and protect themselves from the number of scams that happens in this industry.  Here is a list of such scams one has to watch out for while hiring professional carpet cleaners.

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Lowest price Scams

There are sales people who will knock at your door, offering professional carpet cleaning services at a throwaway price. They will give you fliers and comparison charts that show how low their rates are when compared to the others in the market. This is a marketing gimmick to get you to sign up for the services.

Once the sale is done, the person gets paid for the number of contracts they land and you are approached by a professional few days later. This professional will inspect your home, the carpets and give you a quote that will be much higher than what the sales rep gave you. The reason stated will be, your carpets are too dirty or old or made of a tricky material that will require a lot more effort and different equipment.

Perfect Method Scams

Companies will claim to use the best method and the latest technology in cleaning the carpets and charge high. They may even claim to use “green” products, but in reality, would be using the regular carpet cleaning chemicals mixed with a little of the green products. As a result, you will be paying more for the same service offered by any other carpet cleaner.

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Temporary Cleaning Scam

Cleaning companies will promise to get rid of the toughest stains in no time and get you to sign the contract. After all, you have tried everything under the sun and that stain just won’t come off. Rather than throwing away the carpet, you would be ready to invest in a cleaning service.

The problem here is they might perform just a surface level cleaning, which will leave the carpet looking stain-free and fresh at first glance. But the stains will return in few days, the reason being, it was never completely cleaned.

Protect Yourself

So, how does one protect oneself from such scams?

Never believe everything told to you. do your own research about the company and the methods they claim are the best, to know if their claims hold any water. Always check the carpet thoroughly by combing the threads backward to see if the stain has really been removed, and only then pay up.