How To Clean Your Car

With a lot of work and errands you need to do, it is handy to have a car. It will be less stressful than going on public transport every time. 

But like your home and anything you have, you have to take care of it and maintain it. You will at least have it checked up regularly, so you would know if the engines, motors, and even the tires are still in good condition. If you do not do this, it will be a risk for your safety.

Maintenance also requires regularly cleaning it. It will not only make your car look good, but it will also lengthen its lifespan. The reason for this is because dirt and debris may damage your car.

It would be easier to just bring it to the car wash, but the problem is that it tends to get expensive. The good news is that you can do it on your own at home. It will definitely be an added chore for you, but it is completely necessary and worth it.

Washing your car is not that hard, but it would require to clean it both inside and the outside. Here are the steps to doing it:

Exterior

1. Wash

You will have to get rid of the excess dirt and debris by washing it with water. You do not need to have some heavy-duty pressure water for this just like you see at a carwash. A regular one would be fine or even a hose with enough pressure to remove that stuck dirt.

2. Soap

After all that, it is time to soap your car. Be sure that the solution you are using is compatible with your car. You will need to have two buckets for this. One with the cleaning solution and the other one is water that will be used for rinsing. Use a sponge for applying the soap. This also involves the wheels. You can use the soap for cleaning it using a brush instead.

3. Rinse

Rinse your car thoroughly. Be sure to remove the soap and dirt. To dry it, use a microfiber cloth. Be sure to get rid of the spots before having it air-dried to avoid water stains.

4. Polish

After completely drying it, apply wax. This will not only polish your car but also protects the paint.

Interior

1. Vacuum the Seats

Car seating can either be made with leather or fabric. No matter what your seating will be, it should be vacuumed to get rid of crumbs or any other dirt.

2. Apply Solution

To clean it thoroughly and get rid of stains, apply a solution. It could be bought at a store or homemade. Make sure it will be compatible with your seat by testing it first in a small area. After applying the solution, wipe it with a microfiber towel. If your seats are made of leather, apply conditioner for additional protection and maintenance.

3. Clean the Carpets

Remove the mats and vacuum your carpet to get rid of dirt and crumbs. If it is stained, you can apply a solution for it then let it rinsed. Let your car dry out by opening the doors and letting it sit.

4. Wipe Everything

From the dashboard to the console to an air vent, they have to be wiped off to get rid of dust and prevent them from building up.

How To Clean A Composite Deck

After all the stress you have in all week, it would be just great to just sit around and relax. What more is you could be doing it outside. You do not have to go that further. If you have a deck or a patio in your home, you can definitely just do it there.

Decks can be made with different kinds of materials. The most popular would be wood. But there is also an increasing amount of composite decking popping up these days.

What is a composite?

It is an alternative for wood and more synthetic. It is said to be more environmental friendly because it is not made of pure wood. It is made with a combination of plastic and wood fiber. It would be greater when comes to cost though but easier to maintain.

How Should you maintain composite decks?

Water Avoidance

Even though composites are more resistant to water and rot, it is still advised to avoid them from water exposure for it is the cause of mold and mildew. This way, it will minimize the cause.

Regular Cleaning

To avoid organic decay and staining, you will have to clean it regularly. The usual cause of it is the debris and dirt. Have a schedule for cleaning to get rid of the debris and dirt that are building up.

How should you clean composite decks?

It may be an additional chore for you, but it is just simple with these steps:

1. Prepare

The first thing you will need to do is to move all of your furniture and other items away then sweep it. You will have to remove all the excess dirt and debris. If you are going to use a pressure washer, be sure to have it tested out first. Composite decks can be quite delicate when it comes to pressure, so be sure you know the settings you need to have or else your decking will be damaged.

2. Wash

After testing out your washer, it is time to wash your deck. You will have to do this before applying any solution so that any excess dirt and debris that are stuck and cannot be swept will be totally gone. 

3. Clean

After the washing is done, it is time to clean it. The cleaning solution that will be used is those that bought at stores. It could be a stain remover or degreaser, but there are also professional grade deck cleaning solutions. Just be sure to know about the instructions about mixing and using it. Apply it accordingly and wait as long as the instruction recommends. It is suggested to apply them when the sun is not out like early in the morning or in the evening because it tends to evaporate in the sun.

4. Rinse

After waiting for a period of time, it is time to rinse it. You can use a pressure washer once again for this. If you are going to apply anything for added protection, be sure it is completely dry. You can wait for a day just to make sure.

How to Clean Patio Furniture Cushions

Having your own home requires a lot of duties and responsibilities. First to the list will be the bills and budgeting you do within your home. Then it does not end there, you will also have to maintain it. You have to look for the things that need to be fixed and repaired. You also need to watch out for the things that need to be replaced. And of course, the best way to maintain your stuff is by cleaning them.

Cleaning your home involves both indoors and outdoors. You may have some similar furniture for both. But of course, the cleaning will be done in different ways and approaches. The furniture outside may have more dirt because of the air. An example of this is the cushions. You will certainly have those inside your house. But there will be also for your patio, and it is cleaned differently. Here are the steps:

1. Mix the Solution

The first thing that is needed to be done is to prepare the solution. You will need to mix one tablespoon of dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of borax into a quart of warm water if your pillow has mildew. If they do not, you will not need the borax. The liquid dishwashing detergent will be just enough. You can place it in a spray bottle if you want to, but you can just pour it in them if you do not have one.

2. Remove Excess Dirt

If the pillows have covers, remove them. Before applying the solution, you will have to remove the excess dirt and debris from them. You can either clap them together or dust them with cloths or even vacuuming them. 

3. Soak and Hand Wash the Cushions

Pillows should be hand washed and the first step to this is soaking the pillows with the solution and then waiting for 15 minutes before proceeding. Keep doing it until you are satisfied. You may even use a brush to remove some spots and stains that are hard to remove.

4. Rinse

Then after washing them, it is time to rinse. Use a garden hose for this. It is discouraged to use a power washer because it can damage the pillows or even break them. You can still do it though as long as the pressure is very low, and you are very careful.

5. Machine Wash the Covers

As for the covers that were removed, you can have them washed in a washing machine. Just be sure you know and follow the instructions for it.

6. Dry

Before leaving them to air dry, towel dry them first as thoroughly as possible. The cushion should be standing up while drying. To avoid mildews, make sure to have them completely dry and have no moisture.

7. Add Fabric Protector

For protection, have a fabric protector and spray it all over them. This will make them resist some dirt and avoid stains. It will also make it a lot easier for them to be cleaned in the future.

How To Clean Mesh Patio Furniture

Getting out and being with nature is one of the solutions to clear our minds and destress. The problem at times is that you do not have the time to go out or would just like to have your free time and rest at home. It will be no problem if you have a patio. You can just sit around and look at your garden or the nearby trees. No traveling needed.

But of course, a patio will require cleaning up or else your experience will be not so pleasant because of all the dirt. A patio also has different kinds of furniture made with different kinds of materials and one of those is the mesh

What is a mesh?

Like a web or a net, it is a material made of connected strands. It can be from strands of metal, fiber, or any other materials that are flexible.

What are the types and how Should you clean them?

It is mentioned above that mesh can be made from different types of materials. Patio furniture has only two different kinds though, and they are cleaned in different ways. Some may ask if they can just use an electric pressure washer to make things easier and faster. But the pressure will be too harsh to the materials that may cause them to break. Here are some ways instead per type:

Fabric

The solution you will use for fabric consists of one tablespoon of detergent and one cup of warm water. Before cleaning the mesh with it, remove the excess dirt and debris with a soft-bristled brush. Then use a dry, clean cloth and wet it with the solution then use it to wipe the mesh. Then rinse it with warm water. After rinsing, wipe it with a soft cloth and let it dry.

Plastic

As with the fabric mesh, the plastic mesh also needs to be dry-brushed to remove excess dirt and debris. The plastic mesh’s solution uses oxygen bleach. With half a cup of it mixed in with one cup detergent to a gallon of warm water. Apply it to the mesh with a clean cloth. Then rinse it with warm water and use a clean cloth to dry.

What about the arms and legs?

Your furniture also involves arms and legs that are usually made of metal. Of course, you will have to clean them up too. You will just need the solution of one tablespoon of detergent and one cup of warm water then wipe the metal with it. After that, rinse it with warm water then use a soft cloth to dry. To add or restore the shine, use a furniture paste wax.

What about mildews?

Mildews are quite common and not new but are bothersome. For you to get rid of them, you will just need half a cup of white vinegar mixed with one cup of ammonia and quarter a cup of baking soda in a gallon of water. Use a brush to apply. You can also use the vinegar to keep the mildews from fast-growing. Just mix in two cups of white vinegar and two tablespoons of a liquid dishwasher to a bucket of hot water then apply and let it dry with the sun.