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Our Tips for Cleaning and Polishing Wood Furniture

Wood is an elegant and noble material that adorns many pieces of furniture in a house but that must be properly cared for to prevent it from getting damaged, split, or darkened. Cleaning wood furniture therefore requires taking the type of wood into account: varnished, waxed, or lacquered. Discover our tips for cleaning and polishing each type of wood.

Varnished wood furniture

Varnished wood requires special attention! Indeed, it’s out of the question to use an abrasive sponge, a powdered product (baking soda, borax, etc.), or an acidic or chemical product on this sensitive surface. To clean varnished wood, it’s therefore best to use a damp soft or microfibre cloth, wrung out and soaked in your product, and patting the surface or making gentle movements rather than scrubbing the wood to try to remove a stain. Use mild products such as soap or dishwashing liquid to remove stains. Let the product rest for a few minutes on the stain, then rinse and dry the surface. For routine maintenance, you can use diluted vinegar, brewed tea (ideal on adhesive varnished wood), wax cream, or wax for the dirtiest furniture.

Tip: To polish faded varnished wood furniture, move a soft cloth soaked in a mixture of equal parts linseed oil and rubbing alcohol along the entire surface without scrubbing.

Waxed wood furniture

Before stripping or waxing an already waxed piece of furniture again, it must first be completely dusted. Then, as with varnished wood furniture, it’s best to use a wool (ideal) or microfibre cloth rather than a sponge to clean and polish the surface without leaving any marks. As for the products to use on waxed wood furniture, you can use white vinegar or wax cream to eliminate stains, making gentle movements in the direction of the wood grain. Waxed wood must also be polished once or twice a year at most with a special wood wax that does not contain silicone, such as beeswax.

Tip: If a liquid such as water, wine, or oil has flowed onto your waxed wood furniture, pour some flour onto the liquid to absorb it.

Lacquered wood furniture

Lacquered wood is a smooth, shiny surface that must be cleaned exclusively with a soft cloth, a microfibre cloth, or a wool cloth. To remove dust and wash lacquered wood furniture, you must always make circular movements without scrubbing the surface to avoid scratching your furniture. As for the products to use, you can choose from soapy water to eliminate stains or a paste made by mixing equal parts linseed oil, turpentine, and flour. On modern lacquered wood furniture, you can also remove stains with a pencil eraser.

Tip: to remove scratches on lacquered wood furniture, you can use cold cigarette ash by sprinkling it on the scratches, then making circular movements with a cotton ball.

To clean, polish, and care for your varnished, waxed, or lacquered wood furniture, you can also request the services of furniture cleaning specialists and thereby offer a bright and shiny second life to your favourite furniture.

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How to Clean Tile Joints Clogged with Dust

Whether they’re ceramic or earthenware, white or grey, all sorts of tiles can easily get clogged with dust. It must be said that this material is often placed in the dirtiest places in a house! How can you clean tile joints? Here, we give you some tips and tricks for an effective and lasting cleaning.

First of all, even though you have to pay special attention to the tile joints, which get dirty very quickly, you should know that it’s impossible to properly care for the joints if the tiles themselves aren’t clean. Begin, therefore, by cleaning the tiles, then wash the joints. You should also know that floor tiles are much dirtier and at much greater risk of being damaged than wall tiles. Because the dirt and the wear aren’t the same, the products used for their respective cleaning will therefore be different.

Cleaning floor tile joints

On floor tiles, and especially on their joints, dirt and residue of all sorts accumulates. Debris from under shoes, grease, and – above all – dust builds up and easily gets embedded in the joints of your tiling. Don’t worry, though, because you can quickly make them look like new again. For that, first use a product that you can spray on the joints and all the tiling so that it acts chemically on the dust. Let it rest for a few seconds, then finish the job with a mechanical action – that is, by scrubbing the joints coated with the product using a brush. Let the product rest for a few seconds, then remove all the product with an absorbent sponge. The products to use:

  • Dishwashing liquid, because it’s a cleaning product that won’t attack the tile joints.
  • If your tiles are shiny, a mixture of dishwashing liquid and ammonia will clean but also polish the joints and the tiling thanks to the effects of the ammonia. However, make sure to protect your hands from the ammonia!

  • A simple, mild soap, such as Marseille soap, will also do the job perfectly and won’t damage your tiling or the joints in any way.

Cleaning wall tile joints

While the joints of the wall tiling in your bathroom or kitchen also get clogged, they don’t get dirty in the same way as those of floor tiling. In effect, because the room in which wall tiling is found are more humid, the tiles accumulate dust that then turns into small clumps and gets embedded in the tile joints. Also subjected to splashing from cleaning products, mould may appear in the joints of the wall tiling. However, as with floor tiling, wall tiling and its joints must not be cleaned with overly acidic products. Avoid bleach, therefore, which seriously damages the joints in case of regular cleaning! The products to use:

  • Baking soda mixed with warm water, because it’s a mild product with excellent cleaning properties that you can scrub the joints with using an old toothbrush.
  • Black soap, which can be found in the form of a paste, is an ideal cleaner and dust remover when placed finely along the entire length of the joint before being rinsed.

If the joints of your tiling are truly too clogged and you can no longer get them the way you want them, you can also rely on cleaning specialists who will take care of this chore for you and who will definitely make your tile joints look like new!

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How to Clean Mould on a Mattress

On a mattress that has been exposed to moisture, mould can develop quickly, which should be treated as soon as possible before it grows and spreads over the entire mattress, as well as your bed frame or the sheets! How can you clean mould on a mattress? Here, we give you the steps for removing these unwanted embedded mould stains.

Step 1: Dry the mattress

If the mattress is still damp, dry it without the sheets either in the sun facing the rays on a patio or balcony or with a fan or a sufficiently powerful hair dryer.

Step 2: Vacuum the surface

Using a vacuum cleaner, vacuum the surface so that there is no residue left and the embedded stain is clearly visible.

Step 3: Apply a product

Using a cotton ball or a damp cloth, which are soft surfaces that will prevent you from damaging the mattress, apply the product of your choice to the mould stain(s):

  • Baking soda

Using a soft brush such as a shoe brush, a toothbrush, or a nail brush, gently scrub the stain, which was coated with warm water beforehand, then rinse the brush and scrub the stain again with clear water.

  • Ammonia

This is one of the most effective products for getting rid of old, embedded mould stains, but be careful, because it’s a dangerous product to handle. To use it safely, you should therefore protect your hands with gloves, avoid any contact with the skin, don’t inhale the fumes from the product, and make sure that the room in which you’re working is properly ventilated. Finally, pour the product on a cloth and scrub the stain with it.

  • Bleach or borax

Bleach and borax powder are products used to remove mould on mattresses, because they deodorize, loosen stains, and disinfect. However, be careful to use them on white mattresses only, because on a coloured mattress, their use could cause significant discolouration stains. Once your hands are protected, pour two cups of hot water and ½ cup of the product of your choice into a container, then soak a sponge in the mixture and scrub the stain gently.

  • Hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide has disinfecting and bleaching properties that help easily remove moisture stains such as mould. Simply by dabbing a cloth soaked in hydrogen peroxide, you can therefore get good results.

Step 4: Dry the mattress (again)

After working on the stained area, you should gently dry the surface by scrubbing with a spongy washcloth. You can also enhance the drying with a hair dryer or even air it out well using a large fan so that you can finally notice the result.

Step 5: Make sure to place it in a dry location

Once you’ve finished cleaning your mattress, take note of the result and – above all – be sure to give it a new place that’s much drier than before to prevent any new mould stains from forming. It’s best to place it on a bed frame in a well-ventilated and less heated room, if necessary.

Opt for at-home mattress cleaning service

If you have neither the necessary products nor the time or desire to do a full cleaning, the other highly effective alternative involves entrusting the cleaning of your mattress to a specialized company that will come right to your home to remove even the most stubborn mould. Thanks to a steam cleaning system, your mattress will be disinfected and free of any noxious smells.

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