Housework can be a fruitless task at times. Often, it can feel as though we slave away for hours scrubbing, cleaning and polishing our homes to within an inch of our lives, all for pretty much no avail. When you stand back after hours of back breaking work and look at your home, it can be really disappointing when it still lacks that certain ‘sheen’. Of course, you have to limit your expectations. No 60 year old terraced house is going to look as picture perfect as a three story detached townhouse you found on Pinterest. But there’s no harm at all in wanting to make the most of what you’ve got. But as far as your side of the bargain goes, you might just need to get innovative when it comes to home care. Some of these ideas may seem a little unusual or even wacky at first – but hey, don’t knock ’em til you’ve tried ’em! If they can help you bring a shiny new look to your tired old home, it’s probably worth at least trying them out.
Hard water stains
If you live in an area where the water is naturally hard, your bathroom has probably suffered some staining over the years. There’s not a great deal you can do about your water supply itself, as most houses in your area will all share the same supply. So, in order to keep your bathroom looking spotless, you will need to take some external action. Most bathrooms are fitted with metal shower heads and faucets, which can be the first to fall victim to hard water stains. But you don’t need expensive, fancy equipment to get rid of these. Two common household items – white vinegar and lemons – do just the trick for getting rid of these stains. Simply mix with warm water, clean and rinse.
We all know the moment of horror when something gets spilled on your carpet. At best, it is mud or dirt that gets trampled into it -possibly from your children or from the family pet. At worst, it is the dreaded red wine stain! Neither are ideal, of course, and over time, most people’s carpets end up stained in quite a few places. Getting a new carpet installed can be expensive and time-consuming, so instead, why not find the best carpet shampooer and give your flooring a new lease of life?
It doesn’t matter whether all members of your family have long hair or not – hair will somehow end up nestled in your carpets, rugs and even possibly embedded in the couch! This can be pretty unsightly and not very nice for guests who come to visit. But hair can often block a vacuum, and in many cases vacuums don’t even work on lifting hair from surfaces. Instead, use a lint roller or even a shower squeegee to pull any clumps of hair into a pile, which you can then dispose of.