Southern Coast Janitorial is not responsible for any damages that can occur if chemicals are not used properly. These cleaning tips are to be used upon your own free will and we at Southern Coast Janitorial will not be held responsible.

Cleaning Tips

Southern Coast Janitorial is not responsible for any damages that can occur if chemicals are not used properly. These cleaning tips are to be used upon your own free will and we at Southern Coast Janitorial will not be held responsible.


• Shower Tile: Remove soap and hard water buildup on shower tile with tile cleaner. Then apply a good paste wax and buff with a dry cloth to deter future water spots.

• Mildew: To remove mildew from the corners of the tub, dip cotton balls in bleach and let them sit, when you finish cleaning the bath, remove cotton and rinse well. The mildew will be gone.

• Clean Plastic or Vinyl Shower Curtains: Remove shower curtains from hooks. Rinse with hose while curtain is placed on flat surface. Scrub with sponge and solution. Rinse. Repeat on other side. Air dry

• Clean Shower Door Tracks: Using an old toothbrush, loosen up any dirt and hair. Vacuum with attachment. Using a liquid spray cleaner. Scrub with tile brush and toothbrush. Rinse tracks by pouring water onto them or with a shower wand. Wipe away any remaining dirt with cloths.

• Shower walls: Spray walls with phosphoric acid cleaner to remove the mineral deposits and wipe with a sponge. Apply the citrus slove (or any degreaser) with a hand sprayer to remove the soap scrum and wipe off with a sponge.

• Clean shower doors: Spray shower doors with white vinegar scrub from top down. Repeat as needed

• Clean a Toilet: Open bathroom windows and door, or turn on the fan. Put on rubber gloves and lift the toilet seat. Flush the toilet to wet sides of bowl. Apply a generous amount of powder or liquid toilet cleaner to the bowl, focusing on getting it along the sides and not just the water. Let cleaner stand for a minute. With your toilet brush, swab around interior of bowl, focusing area beneath rim and the water line. If ring is developed, scrub stain with wet pumice stone. Spray seat and underside of seat with disinfectant. Allow disinfectant to dry before using toilet.

• Bathtub: Put on rubber gloves and spray all-purpose cleaner on wall above tub. Allow cleaner to sit for few minutes, then rinse or wipe it off. With grout brush apply tile cleaner to grout and scrub thoroughly. Rinse well and apply cleaner to tub. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, and scrub with scrub brush using gently pressure. Rinse well. Scrub away remaining soap scum with scrub brush or old toothbrush. Rinse again. Apply non abrasive bathroom or bathtub cleaner if tub is acrylic. Gently scrub with soft bristled brush. Rinse tub well. Apply specialized fiberglass cleaner to tub. Scrub gently with sponge.


• Blinds: Slip your hands into a pair of socks for cleaning the mini blinds. Dip one hand into a bucket of warm, soapy water and hold the blinds between your two hands. Rub back and forth until you've cleaned the whole surface. Take a clean terry cloth and place between your thumb and pointing finger and wipe each individual blind back and forth until dirt is removed. Change area of towel between fingers after each blind.

• Blind Super Cleaning: Take the blind down and take it outside. Hang it on a fence or lay it on an blanket preferably one you don’t need. Turn the blinds inward so that all are closed.(front side) Mix up a bucket of all-purpose cleaner or ammonia solution. Scrub with a super soft brush then turn it over to do the back side, its ok to use a lot of solution. By now the blanket is wet and is helping to clean the blind and protecting it. Hang the blind on a clothesline and hose it off with running water. DO NOT POWER SPRAY Gentle using the brush and hose in other hand scrub off and excess dirt that may be visible on both sides. Open up blinds to open position and separate each blind if they stick and let drip dry.


• Carpet Stains: Scrape off any solids. Blot up liquids quickly, dabbing lightly with a clean white towel or paper towel. To remove greasy stains, apply a nonflammable dry-cleaning agent to the spot with a white towel. Don't scrub. Dab gently until the spot comes clean. Always pretest any cleaning agent on an inconspicuous part of the carpet and let it dry before continuing. Use a hair dryer to speed dry. Then vacuum. Sprinkle a greasy stain with baking soda, cornstarch, cornmeal, or talcum powder. Leave on at least 6 hours, then vacuum. To remove water-soluble stains, apply some detergent solution (1 1/2 teaspoon mild detergent per pint of water), working from the edges to the center of the stain. Place several layers of white tissues or paper towels over the spot and weight down with books or pots and pans. Let stand about one hour. Replace with fresh tissues or towels and leave overnight. Then fluff up the carpet pile with your fingers.


• Lifting PET stains: To remove a pet urine stain, dilute the spot using a cloth dampened with water. Then, clean the area with an acid solution consisting of one quart water mixed with one teaspoon white vinegar. If necessary, you can apply a pet bacteria/enzyme digester according to the directions. After applying the solution, cover with plastic and step on the spot several times until the area is well saturated. Keep the plastic on the entire time the digester is working to make sure the spot doesn't dry out. Rinse the area with the vinegar solution. Apply a fresh batch of bacteria/enzyme digester solution. If you still have a problem, have the carpet cleaned by extraction. It may even be necessary to replace the pad underneath.


• Candle Wax: For spilled wax on carpets and upholstery, put a brown paper bag over the dried wax and run a hot iron over it. The bag will absorb the hot wax. Clumped dried wax on wood floors can be removed by chipping off most of the wax and using a hair dryer to soften and use brown lunch bag. Agitate area with carpet cleaning solution such as (folex or resolve)or just plain vinegar and water.


• Mildew on carpet: Apply a enzyme detergent and blot area. Spray ammonia solution (1 tablespoon ammonia and 1/2 cup water) and use your finger to agitate area. Rinse with water and blot. Apply a Oxidizing bleach and blot (do not use chlorine bleach on wool or silk) Rinse with water thoroughly and blot until dry.


• Remove Mildew Stains From Tile: Try to remove as much mildew as possible by spraying the area with Clorox Clean and leaving the room for about 5-10 minutes when you return you most of your mildew will be gone. Scrub the grout with a toothbrush where you see mildew. Then scrub all tile down with green scrubbing sponge and squirt persistent mildew with Clorox clean up. Then rinse tile well and terry cloth tile with windex...

• Cleaning Marble: To remove stains, use a marble past wax or tin oxide(available at hardware store) use lemon or any harsh cleaners that can eat into the marble finish. Also can be cleaned with baking soda for stubborn stains. Wipe off with water.

• Cleaning Rusty Tile: Rust stains on tile can be removed with kerosene.

• Cleaning Ceramic Tile: Remove soap scum by sponging with a mixture of 1/2 cup packaged water softener, plus 2 tablespoons rotten stone plus 1 cup hot water; or use a solution of 1-2 tablespoons trisodium phosphate in 1 gallon hot water. Rinse. Remove mildew by cleaning with a dilute solution of chlorine bleach in water, following label directions on bleach. Rinse. Or use a mildew-retardant household spray. Wood Floors: Put a piece of waxed paper under your dust mop. Dirt will stick to the mop and the wax will shine your floors.

• Cleaning Vinyl Floors: Mop with a mild detergent and wait awhile to allow it to penetrate the ground-in dirt.


• Clean Computer Screens: Turn off the monitor so you can see the dirt better. Dampen a lint free cloth with ammonia or glass cleaner. Wipe from top down rubbing difficult areas.

• Clean computer keyboard: Turn your computer off to avoid any electrical problems Spray surface cleaner on a lint free cloth and rub over key's and around surface, lift keyboard upside down and shake to remove any objects that may of fell through the key's


• Clean Cigarette stained walls: Dip a rag in some white vinegar Wipe down walls from top to bottom(works well for lightly stained walls)

• Removing Crayon Marks: Remove crayon marks from painted walls by scrubbing with toothpaste or an ammonia-soaked cloth. Rinse and dry.

• Clean Mildew from Basement Walls: Tape the pieces of foil tightly to the floor and walls in different areas. During the next two days you should look for moisture between the concrete and tin foil. If moisture is present, this means you have a problem and need to repair the foundation or a floor leak. If the problem cannot be solved contact a professional. If the moisture remains on the surface, this means there is a problem with the humidity. So in the summer, introduce air circulation by opening windows, and in Winter close the windows and doors. Can clean with a solution of 1:3 chlorine bleach and water.


• Furniture stains: Follow the tips listed below (in order) until stain has lifted from your carpet: Apply small amounts of the cleaning solution with a clean, white, absorbent towel. Continue to apply and blot frequently until the staining material is no longer transferred to the towel.

Tip 1: Apply a small amount of dry cleaning solvent or alcohol (available at grocery, drug and hardware stores). Use small amounts to prevent possible damage to sizing, backings or stuffing materials. Do not use gasoline, lighter fluid or other flammable.

Tip 2: Mix one-half teaspoon of white neutral detergent (a mild dishwashing dish washing detergent containing no strong alkalis or bleaches), with a cup of lukewarm water. The final step is to blot any remaining moisture or cleaning solutions by pressing or padding the area with absorbent towel. Weight it down and allow at least six hours to dry.

• Clean wood furniture: Dilute the cleaner (Murphy's oil soap or Bridge points wood cleaner in a small bucket. Squeegee out excess water from your sponge and wipe wood clean, do small areas at a time. Buff clean and dry with the terry towel. Do not use aerosols such as pledge as they just create a build up.


• Clean a Sink: Cover sink with paper towels and saturate in bleach. Let stand for 30 minutes.

• Clean stove top: Wash top with detergent and water. apply a paste of baking soda and water to chrome and stainless steel parts. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes.

• Clean microwave oven: Place a small microwave safe container filled with white vinegar. and let the vinegar boil. Remove container and wipe down the microwave

• Clean a Coffee Maker: Remove and dispose the used coffee filter. Add vinegar to the water reservoir until 1/4 full. Fill with water until full. Run the coffee maker. Turn off the coffee maker, let cool for about 10 minutes. Run the vinegar and water mixture through the coffee maker again. Let cool for another 10 minutes. Run plain water through the coffee maker; let cool for another 10 minutes, repeat. Hand-wash the carafe and filter basket in soapy water.

• Exhaust Fan: Turn off the power to the fan at the fuse box. Remove cover a soak it in hot water with dishwashing liquid. Can use an old toothbrush to scrub the hard to reach places. Unplug the fan unit and pull it out. Set it on some newspaper or cardboard. Wipe fan unit down with dry paper towels. When you get dust cleared away, may need to spray some window cleaner on a soft cloth and wipe blades down. Vacuum out the enclosure with vacuum crevice tool, wipe it clean with a dry cloth. Put unit back together and replace cover.

• Oven racks: Put your oven racks in a garbage bag, throw in a old rag soaked with ammonia, seal it and leave it outside overnight. Wash down with dish soap and a abrasive sponge.


• Clean Windows Wash windows on a cloudy, but not rainy day. Working in direct sunlight causes streaks because the cleaning solution dries before you can wipe it off. This is the best time to vacuum the frames and sills. Cool, clear water is the choice of most professional window washers. If windows are very dirty you can add 2 to 3 tablespoons of vinegar per gallon of water. Use horizontal strokes on the inside and vertical on the outside so you know which side the streaks are on. for drying windows, a wad of crumpled newspaper works just as well as expensive paper towels. Wear rubber gloves to keep your hands free of ink.

• Clean Hard Water Stains from Glass: To remove the stain, use a fine steel wool along with water. To clean the window just use glass cleaner

Tip 2: Put some white vinigar in a spray bottle and spray glass door and let stand for about 3-5 min. Then take a sponge with scruber and lightly go over the glass in circular motions and rinse with clean water. Repeat till hard water deposits are gone.

• Clean Mirrors: Remove hair spray from a mirror with a little rubbing alcohol on a soft cloth Rinse well.


• Cleaning Scuff Marks: Use 3 tbsp. Of TSP (trisodium phosphate) to a gallon of water to clean scuff marks or crayon marks off walls. TSP can be found in the paint department of a hardware store. Wear gloves and do not use on semi-gloss or gloss paint or wood surfaces.

• Removing Blood from Furniture: Use hydrogen peroxide to remove blood from clothing or furniture. Rub gently.

• Dusting Tip: Use paint brushes to dust cracks and hard to reach places in telephones, stereos, etc.

• Removing Candle Wax from Walls: Candle wax can be removed from walls or other surfaces with an iron and facial tissue. Set the tissue over the wax and gently iron. When the wax seeps through or the tissue begins to brown, apply a new tissue.

• Cleaning Chrome: Club soda or seltzer water will clean chrome.

• Removing Blood Stains: Corn starch can remove blood stains. Rinse the stain in cold water, then rub in moistened cornstarch. Place the item in the sun.

• Removing Gum: Gum can be removed using ice to harden and a dull knife to remove.

• Removing Magic Marker Ink: Hair spray will remove magic-marker ink from surfaces.

• Cleaning Window Screens: Nylon covered sponges are great for cleaning window screens.

• Removing Smoke Odor: Place a bowl of vinegar out to absorb smoke odor.

• Repairing Cigarette Burns in Carpets: Cigarette burns in carpeting can be repaired by cutting the blackened fibers from the hole. Squeeze liquid glue into the hole and fill with fibers trimmed from carpet remnants.

• Repairing Small Holes in Window Screen: Clear nail polish will repair small holes in window screens.

• Killing Flies: Hair spray will kill flies.

• Window Painting Tip: Newspaper strips when wetted can be used around windows when painting, in place of masking tape. Remove strips before they dry out.

• Drying Out Wet Magazines or Books: Place paper towels on both sides of a wet page to absorb the moisture and prevent wrinkling

• Clean Brick Surfaces: With aggressiveness, attack the mold, mildew and Lichenes. Let as much air and sun reach the surface area as possible. Using a brush, remove the crusties. Use the sponge with the solution to kill the spores. Examine the area for white salt residue on brickwork.

• Removing Tar Spots: Use paste wax to remove tar from floors. This works on shoes too.

• Candle Wax: For spilled wax on carpets and upholstery, put a brown paper bag over the dried wax and run a hot iron over it. The bag will absorb the hot wax. Dried wax on wood floors can be removed by softening the wax with a hair dryer, then removing with paper towels. Wash spot down with a combination of vinegar and water. Again with the brush remove it, but no not use water which can dissolve residue. Remove stains by rubbing area with a brick of the same color.

• Clean Vomit from Furniture: Remove as much vomit as possible with paper towels and a spatula. Allow the enzyme to soak in the stain for a minimum of one hour before laundering as normal following the regular care instructions for the fabric. For furniture, require the same attention. Since your sofa would not be able to fit in the washing machine, you will need to rent an upholstery extraction machine of some sort. Remove the surface. Apply the enzyme mixture and allow it to soak.


Clean your PC Computer: To check the fans: Take the case off the computer. Turn the computer on and look to see if the processor fan is working correctly. If while computer is on one of the fans stop, it needs to be replaced immediately. Computer Case: With the computer off, use the air duster to blow out the dust. To Clean your Drive: Clean with 409 spray. Don't spray directly, spray to the white cloth and wipe. Tape Drive: Try using a Q-tip damped with rubbing alcohol.

• Dusting Your Desk: Clean from the highest point to the lowest with feather duster or terry cloth towel


• Refrigerator Odors: A little vanilla poured on a piece of cotton and placed in the refrigerator will eliminate odors. After cleaning the refrigerator add a dash of lemon extract to the rinse water for a fresh scent

• Clean Refrigerators: Refrigerators are coated with tuff hard enamel and are easy to clean. For stubborn hard soil and drop; ets, wet the surface with all purpose cleaner. Let sit a few minutes. Use a soft cloth or sponge to remove dissolved material. Repeat cleaning with windex for a good shine. Repeat if necessary. Do not use abrasive cleaners or steel wool. For the sticky top of the refrigerator spray on a diluted solution of dishwashing liquid. Allow to sit for a few minutes. Wipe area clean with a paper towel. To clean the racks remove them first. Mix up a solution of neutral detergent in your sink and insert the racks. Allow them to soak for a few minutes, you'll use less elbow grease.


• Cleaning Safety Tip: Don't mix cleaning products like ammonia and bleach. They can be toxic. Keep products in the original containers. Make sure the label is protected from damage.

Understand the hazards, if you choose to use a toxic cleaner. Educate yourself on the immediate and long-term health risks.

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