Believe it or not some of the most basic and silly sounding questions are the most obvious and commonsensical.

A few of these commonly asked questions are:

1) How do I use a cloth to wipe debris/ crumbs etc from a kitchen work surface or table?

Believe it or not there is an art to this. Watch carefully to see if people you know have got the correct technique.
Many times people will simply move the (over wetted or saturated) flat cloth around the surface and over the crumbs. This is in fact the incorrect technique and will result in the debris/crumbs etc being moved around the surface and also the debris/crumbs etc falling onto the floor. Here we go into quite some detail on the methodologies behind these common questions and will add more as we discover new questions, so do bookmark this page.

The correct technique for using a cloth (with speed and efficiency) is called “the folding technique”!

Take your lightly moist cloth and fold in half, this will give your cloth more support. Hold the cloth in the palm of your hand and thumb with the front edge of the cloth slightly raised. With slight pressure and forward and or circular motion, move the cloth over the offending worktop debris/crumbs etc. Now you will see that the crumbs are embedded in the cloth. However there still could be residual debris left on the worktop; therefore we need to repeat the method in a similar fashion.
Fold the cloth again covering the crumbs you just picked up, repeat the same steps as previously carried out above.

As you practice this technique you will become more proficient and be able to fold the cloth multiple times instead of moving the debris around the surface. You will have the crumbs/debris stick to the cloth and become much quicker and efficient at dealing with those crumby gooey spill scenarios, especially with gooey spills such as ketchup/tomato/mayonaisse sauce etc, which can spread/smear etc under a cloth very easily.

By applying downward pressure to the cloth, this prevents spread and by folding and repeating this ensures the mess is efficiently removed into the cloth, rather than spread around the surface.

2) Should I furniture polish a Flat Screen TV, computer monitor or laptop?

In a word this is an absolute no.

Some polishes can permanently stain a TV screen. You will be required to attempt in removing said furniture polish. The furniture polish could degrade your viewing experience, making images blurry. When the TV is off you will see the staining even more in certain light conditions which in itself can also be an annoyance.
If the person who regularly polishes is not you, we recommend on leaving a post it note or similar on the TV to remind them to not polish the screen! 🙂

Cleaning an LCD TV flat screen. You can buy a commercial product made specifically for the job from most electronics stores. You could try this home-made solution using the listed ingredients, but we recommend a purpose made product to be sure. We accept no liability for you as the reader not purchasing a purpose made Flat Screen TV cleaning product.

You’ll require:

Spray bottle
Add Distilled water
Add 70% isopropyl alcohol
Microfiber cloth

Furniture Polish Stain Removal Method:

To Remove furniture Polish Staining

• Unplug the television from electric sources.

• Mix 50:50 (half and half) solution of distilled water and alcohol in the spray bottle.

• Spray the microfiber cloth with the cleaning solution. Do Not spray the screen. You want the cloth to be moist, but not saturated.

• Wipe the screen from top to bottom, using only gentle pressure over the furniture polish stain. For best results, clean the entire screen, moving from the top down.

• It may take more than one clean to completely remove the polish.

• Once you’re finished, wait a few moments for the screen to dry before plugging the television in again.


3) Why are my windows smeary after I clean them?

Some people swear by vinegar and newspaper.
Although the above can work in practice, if your frames are particularly dirty this method can still spread and smear slightly if you are not absolutely careful. It might actually be more benficial to purchase a fine microfibre window cleaning cloth (Also Known As a Grip Cloth), usually blue in colour; these can last for 100 washes or more and deal with smearing perfectly, as they hold the dirt etc in their fine microfibre structure.

Alternatively the single best method would be to purchase an Eco Friendly Washing Liquid, a Window Cleaning Applicator, essentially a thick window “cloth” with a handle inside of it, for ease of use, and also purchase a good quality window cleaning blade with a rubber squeegee. Also consider purchasing an extending window cleaning pole (to suit the applicator and blade/squeegee) if your windows are tall.
All of these items are readily available in most home stores, hardware stores and some supermarkets!

Method:

• Apply washing liquid to applicator,

• Wet applicator liberally,

• Cover the window in suds and rub on any persistent stains or debris on the glass surface using the end of the applicator to apply increased pressure.

• Using a clean, absorbant microfibre cloth go around the window edges where possible, where window meets the frame, thus creating a clean dry strip around the window edge. You have now successfully cleaned the frame edge also.

• Pick up the blade/squeegee and starting three quarters of the way up the left hand side/edge of the window “cut” or direct the front right hand edge of the rubber blade (the squeegee/blade is at 45 degrees angle) into the top left hand corner of the window (this may take some practice).

• In a flowing movement, move the rubber blade (the squeegee/blade is still at roughly 45 degrees angle transition it to 90 degrees and rotate into 45 degrees clockwise) across the top edge of the window, to the right hand corner of the window. Rubber blade left hand edge will be in the corner of the window. You have rotated the squeegee from 45 degrees in one direction to 45 degrees in the other direction whilst moving it along the top edge.

• From here move the right hand side of the blade in a downward motion whilst touching the right hand frame/window edge (the squeegee/blade will be right hand side facing downwards 45 degrees) along the right hand edge of the window (the squeegee/blade is at 45 degrees angle).

• Then leading with the left hand side of the squeegee/blade) and creating rainbow shaped movements up and across the glass surface in an arc rotating the blade, the rubber will not leave the glass surface until all water and soap is removed, sweep the squeegee/blade back and forth (touching left squeegee blade edge to left side of window and vice versa), in an arcing blade rotating movement (clockwise anticlockwise 45 degrees and back 45 degrees), whilst skimming off excess water and moving down the glass to the bottom edge where you will finish cutting the squeegee/blade into the bottom edge or left or right edge depending on your wrist position.

When you are using the pole and the above hand tools together. Apply suds to the window in the same manner (except attached to the end of the pole) and then use the pole with the micro fibre cloth, bunched onto the pole end, to create a dry AND CLEAN strip along the top edge of the window. Then using the squeegee/blade and the pole together use downward motions (halfway down the window if they go all the way to the ground / floor) and moving left to right and overlapping, to remove the remaining suds. The bottom half of the window can be completed without using the pole as previously mentioned above.

Please visit again soon as we’ll be adding more common cleaning questions and cleaning recommendations here very shortly.

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