Clean Your Porch in 4 Easy Steps

Clean Your Deck in 4 Easy Steps | Carpe Diem Cleaning

Spring has sprung, and it’s time to use your porch again! Getting it sparkling clean now will give you more opportunities to use your outdoor space while the weather is still mild.

By cleaning your porch at the beginning of the season, it will be so much easier to just wipe down your furniture or sweep off your porch later, even after pollen season! Here are four easy steps that you can take to make your porch ready for outdoor dining and entertaining.

 

 

Clean Your Deck in 4 Easy Steps | Carpe Diem Cleaning1. Scrub pillow cushions

If you didn’t winterize your pillows or cushions last fall, make sure that you clean those first.  To begin, brush off any debris from your pillows.  Next, mix together 1 gallon of warm water, 1 cup of Borax and 1/4 cup of dish soap.  Use a brush to scrub this solution on your pillows, and rinse and repeat as needed.  You’ll be amazed at how much dirt comes out!  Leave your pillows out to dry in the sun before placing them back on the furniture.

 

Clean Your Deck in 4 Easy Steps | Carpe Diem Cleaning 2. Clean furniture

Next tackle your chairs, tables and other outdoor furniture!  For aluminum or wrought iron furniture, wipe down the furniture with a mixture of 1/4 cup of mild dish soap and 1 gallon of soapy water and rinse with your hose.

For wicker furniture, gently wipe dirt and dust off with a damp cloth.  To get off more stubborn dirt, brush with a soft-bristled paint brush or old tooth brush.  Then wipe down with a solution of 1/4 cup of mild dish soap and 1 gallon of soapy water.  Rinse wicker by wiping it down with a damp, microfiber cloth.

For teak, gently rinse dirt off with your hose and apply a small amount of Penofin oil to moisten the wood and keep its dark finish.  Let your furniture dry completely in the sun before putting any cushions back on.

 

Clean Your Deck in 4 Easy Steps | Carpe Diem Cleaning3. Wipe down accessories

You’re probably feeling pretty great about how your porch looks, but to have a truly clean deck, don’t forget the accessories!  If you have an umbrella, start by taking it off its stand and brushing and rinsing it off.  Then fill a spray bottle with 2 cups of warm water and 2 tablespoons of castile soap or dish detergent.  Shake it up, spray it on and scrub it off.  Rinse with your hose, make sure it’s fully dry before rolling it up on its stand again.

If your grill still has baked-on gunk from last summer, use a pumice stone to scrape the grate clean.  Wipe down the grill and any other plant stands or accessories with the same cleaning solution you used to clean your furniture.  You’re almost done!

 

Clean Your Deck in 4 Easy Steps | Carpe Diem Cleaning 4. Sweep & scrub deck

Lastly, make sure that your porch itself is clean!  Start off by sweeping your porch clean from all of the dust and dirt that has come off your furniture so far.  If your deck has built-up dirt or algae, clean it using 1/2 cup of oxygenated bleach (Oxi-Clean) with 2 gallons of warm water and scrub, scrub, scrub!

 

If you have a concrete porch that needs some extra TLC, spray water  and squirt dish soap on it and then scrub with a broom or scrub brush.  For stubborn stains, spray 2 cups of vinegar mixed with 1/2 cup of baking soda onto the stain.  Let sit for 15 minutes,  and scrub off the stain and rinse it clean!

Voila!  You have a clean porch that’s ready for entertaining and outdoor living!

Do you want to skip these steps and go straight to enjoying your porch?  Call Carpe Diem at (919) 682-5326 or email info@carpediemcleaning.com to schedule your porch cleaning today!

Mattress Cleaning Guide

Mattress Cleaning Guide | Carpe Diem CleaningIt’s spring cleaning time, which means that now is the time to give your mattress some TLC!  This often-neglected piece of furniture supports us for about a third of our lives while we sleep and deserves extra care.

Here are 5 easy steps to cleaning and caring for your mattress so that it can continue to give you amazing support!

 

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1.Wash all sheets and mattress covers.  Make sure that you have a waterproof mattress cover to keep out any dust and dust mites that can get into your mattress.

2. Sprinkle with baking soda and your favorite essential oil.  Cover your mattress with 1/4 cup of baking soda, and let it sit for 30 minutes.  You can also mix 2 to 3 drops of your favorite essential oil into the baking soda to keep your mattress smelling extra fresh!

 

Mattress

3. Vacuum up the baking soda with a clean vacuum attachment.  Make sure that you vacuum slowly to pick up all of the baking soda.  This step will also ensure that you clean out any dust or dust mites that may be in your mattress.

4. Flip your mattress over if you have a two-sided mattress.  Want to really extend the life of your mattress?  Ideally, try to flip and rotate your mattress 180° every 3 months (or when the seasons change).  This step is crucial to making sure that your mattress will continue to support you for years to come.

 

Calm Bedroom5. Re-dress and admire your fresh mattress.  Finally, put your clean mattress cover and sheets back on your mattress with your pillows.  Take in the fact that your whole bed is neat and clean!

 

 

pillows, bedBonus tip – Wash your pillows!  Dirt and dust from your body causes pillows to get denser over time if they’re not cleaned regularly.  However, if you have foam pillows, do not wash them in the washing machine; simply spot clean them instead.

To wash your pillows, first remove all pillow covers and protectors.  Place 2 to 3 pillows vertically in the washing machine using gentle laundry detergent on a gentle cycle with warm water.  Make sure to add an extra rinse cycle and wring the pillows out.

Next, put them in the dryer on the low- to no-heat setting and put wool balls in to fluff up the pillows.  Replace their covers, and you have clean pillows to lay your head on again!  Want more tips for cleaning a different type of pillow?  Check out eHow’s tutorial!

If you’re interested in more tips for keeping your home neat and clean, be sure to check out our Facebook page!  Need help with cleaning the rest of your house?  Reach out to us today at 919-68-CLEAN or info@carpediemcleaning.com to schedule your free consultation!

19 Essential Spring Cleaning Tips

Ready to pump up your Spring Cleaning game? Here are 19 areas & items to tackle that will take your Spring Clean to a whole new level!

19 Essential Spring Cleaning Tips | Carpe Diem Cleaning

Living Room
Air Filter
1.     Move large furniture to clean behind and underneath it.

2.     Clean the windows and the inner seals of the windows.

3.     Change your air filters and clean your air vents.

clean ovenKitchen

4.     Defrost your freezer and wipe it out.

5.     Clean out your cabinets. Throw away expired food.

6.     Clean the oven, including the exhaust vents.

tileBathroom

7.     Dust those light fixtures!

8.     Go through your cabinets, throw away any expired makeup or beauty products.

9.     Check the grout in your shower. (The grout in tile can wear out.) Re-grout areas that are weak or damaged. (You can DIY or hire a professional.)

pillowsBedroom

10.  Flip your mattress and check your pillows! Pillows can house bacteria and mold. If they are machine washable, wash them, if not either hand wash or just replace.

11.  Clean out your drawers and closets.

12.  Clean off your blinds and ceiling fans.

washing machineLaundry Room

13.  Check the dryer’s lint trap and clean the vents and exhaust.

14.  Clean out your washing machine. See instructions for top loading and front loading.

General Living Areas

15.  Check your porches for cobwebs and debris

16.  Clean your blinds and wash your curtains.

17.  Look for those hard to reach baseboards and areas that are hard to dust.

Ceiling Fan18.  Free up space by putting coats and heavy blankets into storage.

19.  Change the direction that your ceiling fans turn. In the summer, ceiling fans should rotate counterclockwise to push cool air down to the floor. Check out this detailed explanation from the professionals.

Need some help with the regular Spring Cleaning To Dos? Why not schedule a Deep Cleaning? Download our Deep Cleaning checklist to get started!  

Why You Should Change Your Fans & Filters with the Time Change

Looking for ways to save on heating and cooling costs while keeping your air at home healthy?  These two tips will improve your air quality, the life of your HVAC system (one of the most expensive appliances to replace) and keep your home at just the right temperature for YOU.

One of the best ways to build habits is to set triggers around those habits.   This Sunday is Daylight Savings Time, and though we’re losing an hour, it’s the perfect time to change your filters and fans.  Set a reminder on your calendar to turn your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday, March 12th (2:00 am will become 3:00 am).

HVAC

HVAC

Call your HVAC guy to come and check out your system and give it a tune up. You’ll be beating the rush of all those calls he’ll get when things start heating up in March.

Haven’t changed your air filters in a while?  Make sure that you’re changing them monthly during winter and summer when your HVAC system is working the hardest.  During spring and fall, you can change them every three months if you have a pet-free home and good quality air filters.

If you suffer from allergies or notice your air quality going down, changing your filters will improve your air quality and preserve the life of your HVAC system since it keeps out dust and other particles that clog up the system.  Let’s take a second to breathe that in.

Why You Should Change Your Fans and Filters with the Time Change | Carpe Diem Cleaning

Ceiling Fans

When you turn your clock forward, it’s time to turn your ceiling fans back! Make sure your ceiling fans are spinning counterclockwise to force cool air downwards. When your fans are spinning clockwise they will create an updraft that will force warm air down downwards.  In spring, we want to prepare our house for the summer heat and use our fans efficiently.

This downward flow of air creates a windchill effect, which will make your home feel cooler than it is! Then you can raise your temperature and save your hard-earned money for something more fun–like spring break!

 

PollenBonus Tip

Pollen season in North Carolina lasts pretty much from March until September, with the worst of the yellow stuff plaguing us through March and April. Get some allergy medicine (antihistamines and/or nasal washes) now so you’ll have it when you need it!

By forming the habit of changing your fans and filters with the time change, you’ll be able to breathe easy as the seasons change.  Now go out there and make your home fresher and cooler!

The Amazing Sh-mop + Carpet Cleaning Reminder

Are you ready to get the musty winter smells out of your house and get a jump start on spring cleaning?  The Sh-mop and Carpe Diem’s steam cleaning service will give you back your fresh, clean floors just in time for spring!

The Amazing Sh-Mop

Amazing Sh-mop + Carpet Cleaning Reminder | Carpe Diem CleaningIf you love your Swiffer but are looking for something more eco-friendly, you’ve got to check out the Sh-mop!

The Sh-mop is easy to use and reuse — simply toss the reuseable mop cover into the washing machine and you’ve got a fresh mop.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the amazing Sh-mop!

At Carpe Diem we love the Sh-mop! It helps us clean your hard-surfaced floors easily and effectively, and since the mop cover is removable we’re able to use fresh covers in every house.

 

Carpet Cleaning Reminder 

It’s almost spring cleaning time!  Get a jump start on your spring cleaning by scheduling your carpet cleaning with Carpe Diem.  We even clean upholstery!  Once your floors are clean and fresh, you’ll be ready to tackle the rest of your home.  Go ahead and download our Carpet Cleaning Checklist to get things started.

You can give us a call 919-682-5326, or shoot us an email info@carpediemcleaning.com to schedule your carpet cleaning today!

19 Essential Spring Cleaning Tips

Ready to pump up your Spring Cleaning game? Here are 19 areas & items to tackle that will take your Spring Clean to a whole new level!

19 Essential Spring Cleaning Tips

 

Living Room
Air Filter
1.     Move large furniture to clean behind and underneath it.

2.     Clean the windows and the inner seals of the windows.

3.     Change your air filters and clean your air vents.

 

clean ovenKitchen

4.     Defrost your freezer and wipe it out.

5.     Clean out your cabinets. Throw away expired food.

6.     Clean the oven, including the exhaust vents.

 

tileBathroom

7.     Dust those light fixtures!

8.     Go through your cabinets, throw away any expired makeup or beauty products.

9.     Check the grout in your shower. (The grout in tile can wear out.) Re-grout areas that are weak or damaged. (You can DIY or hire a professional.)

 

pillowsBedroom

10.  Flip your mattress and check your pillows! Pillows can house bacteria and mold. If they are machine washable, wash them, if not either hand wash or just replace.

11.  Clean out your drawers and closets.

12.  Clean off your blinds and ceiling fans.

 

washing machineLaundry Room

13.  Check the dryer’s lint trap and clean the vents and exhaust.

14.  Clean out your washing machine. See instructions for top loading and front loading.

 

General Living Areas

15.  Check your porches for cobwebs and debris

16.  Clean your blinds and wash your curtains.

17.  Look for those hard to reach baseboards and areas that are hard to dust.

Ceiling Fan18.  Free up space by putting coats and heavy blankets into storage.

19.  Change the direction that your ceiling fans turn. In the summer, ceiling fans should rotate counterclockwise to push cool air down to the floor. Check out this detailed explanation from the professionals.

 

Need some help with the regular Spring Cleaning To Dos? Why not schedule a Deep Cleaning? Download our Deep Cleaning checklist to get started!  

Get Ahead of Spring!

Spring is just a few weeks away, and we sure are ready for some warmer weather! As we’re gearing up for Spring Cleaning season, we thought we’d put together a list of some simple spring TO DOs that tend to get overlooked.

Click here to watch our Spring Cleaning segment as seen on NBC-17’s My Carolina Today, and check out the full list below!

HVAC1. HVAC
Call your HVAC guy to come check out your system and go ahead and change those filters. You’ll be beating the rush of all those calls he’ll get when things start heating up in March.

2. Daylight Savings Time
Set a reminder on your calendar to turn your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday, March 9th (2:00 am will become 3:00 am).

3. Ceiling Fans
When you turn your clock forward, it’s time to turn your ceiling fans back! Make sure your ceiling fans are spinning counterclockwise which will force cool air downwards. When your fans are spinning clockwise they will create an updraft that will force warm air down downwards. Check out this detailed explanation from the professionals at ceilingfan.org.

4. Mattresses
The mattresses in your house should be flipped every spring and every fall. An easy way to remember this is to flip your mattresses at the same time that you change your clocks. Turn the mattress so that the end which was at the foot is now by the headboard, then flip the mattress over so that the side which was the top is now the bottom. Follow these simple steps on WikiHow to rotate your mattress.

PatioFurniture5. Patio Furniture
Warm weather is on the way, and you’ll want to be able to enjoy the outdoors when it comes. Go ahead and get your patio furniture out of the garage, or if it’s been outdoors, go ahead and clean off any dirt that’s accumulated over the winter. Check out the Real Simple site for tips on how to clean all types of outdoor furniture.

Pollen6. Prepare for Pollen
Pollen season in North Carolina lasts pretty much from March until September, with the worst of the yellow stuff plaguing us through March and April. Get some allergy medicine (antihistamines and/or nasal washes) now so you’ll have it when you need it!

7. Cleaning Goals
Figure out the Spring Cleaning goals which are particular to your home, and get them on the calendar. Maybe you need the carpets or upholstery cleaned, your curtains washed, or your baseboards wiped. This may be something that you can tackle by yourself, or you might want to call in the professionals to handle the dirty work.