Nontoxic Removal of Stains

Stains are not created equal. Here a few nontoxic stain removal options. Fight the need to use harsh chemicals in your home!

  • Castile Soap
  • White distilled vinegar
  • Salt
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Club Soda

Castile Soap

Castile soap is usually referenced as “mild soap”. To gently clean areas within your space castile soap is the way to go with lukewarm water and a cloth.

White Distilled Vinegar

White distilled vinegar is normally known to lighten. Be very when using white vinegar. It is best to utilize white vinegar diluted with water. 

Mustard lovers can use white distilled vinegar to remove mustard stains. Simply flush the mustard stain with white vinegar. To remove the odor wash with mild (castile) soap and cold water.

Salt & Hydrogen Peroxide

Surprisingly, a very common item at home is salt. Not only is it great for food but for eliminating sweat stains. 

Hydrogen peroxide is typically also found in the common household. For more tougher stains in clothing hydrogen peroxide whitens and lightens. 

Soak the clothing item with enough water to submerge completely. Then pour about 1/2 cup of salt and let it sit for about an hour. After the hour wash the item as normal (washing machine or by hand) and dry. 

If the stain is much tougher use hydrogen peroxide. Similar to salt pour enough water to submerge the item and add 1/2 of hydrogen peroxide and let it sit for 30 minutes or so. Hydrogen peroxide works well with odor removal and maintaining your white clothing bright.

Club Soda

Do not confuse club soda with baking soda. Yes, baking soda is amazing with removal of smells. However, club soda has the lifting power to remove wine stains.

For a beverage stain (wine stain) begin with boiling water. It is recommended to hold the item above a sink and carefully pour the boiling water above the stain. Rinse the area with club soda and blot the stain until it is gone. 

There are many ways to use these nontoxic stain removers. There are many more that are not mentioned and work fantastic! Always make sure to read any care instructions tags for certain clothings and materials. 

Stains can be tough but identify the type of stain you are encountering and treat it as soon as possible!

Lamp Dust Control

If you own lamps you definitely know the accumulation of dust that can happen!

Make sure the shades of your lamps are dust free!

To make it easier for you I will categorize 2 types of lamps.

  • Washable shade lamp
  • Non-washable shade lamp

Why would you care if lamps are clean?

Dust reduces the amount of light a lamp can give off.  Most importantly, you can avoid causing unnecessary wear from waiting too long to clean them.

If you neglect for too long cleaning your lamps, you are encouraging poor air quality. Every time a lamp gets moved either unexpectedly or intentionally (turning lamp on/off) dust will fall off and go into the air. There is no fun in releasing dust into the air you breath.

Light Cleaning of Lamps

How does one identify the kind of lamp one has?

The easiest way to figure it out is to check the care instructions of the lamp. If you do have trouble looking at the instructions notice the key materials that make up the lamp.

For the base on each lamp use a soft cloth to remove any dust. If necessary you can use a mild soap and lukewarm water to wipe thoroughly. Depending on the type of base you have you can also utilize metal polish cleaners to maintain shine.

Washable Shade Lamp

Please note that washable refers to only the shade.

For a quick clean fill up a sink with lukewarm water. Have a mild detergent of your choosing and add a tablespoon to the sink.

ONLY SUBMERGE THE SHADE! (Each lamp is different in removing the shade so be sure to properly remove each part)

With care gently wash with a sponge the shade and rinse.

Recommended: Simply blot dry the shade with a towel

Quicker step: If you own a hair a dryer with a cool button then blow dry the shade

Non-Washable Shade Lamp

It is most likely that you can tell your lamp shade is not washable based on the material or texture.

The most common non-washable shades are parchment and paper shades. These materials will be ruined if water is used to clean.

The best way to keep non-washable shade lamps is to dust daily.

It is highly encouraged to dust frequently so the dirt won’t accumulate and show.

If you do begin to notice dust, gently use a soft brush (paint brushes are amazing at removing dust) to brush away any dust.

Quicker step: BEWARE! Dust will be scattered! Feel free to use a hair dryer on the cool button to blow away any dust. This step will require additional cleaning (generally vacuuming any released dust).

3 Fatal Mistakes When Hiring A Cleaning Service

Today we will be discussing the errors one can make when hiring a cleaning service.

  • Hiring untrained cleaners
  • Hiring unlicensed and uninsured cleaners
  • Hiring unreliable cleaners

Hiring Untrained Cleaners

Hiring someone who doesn’t have experience or training is an absolute waste of your time and money. Here at Amy’s Angels Cleaning, we make sure all of our cleaners are trained properly to handle any job and deal with any property type at any given time. We have been an active member of The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association (ISSA). All of our cleaners are frequent with trainings from ISSA programs. Several of our cleaners take Cleaning Management Institute (CMI) courses to keep our business up to date with new laws and regulations. We continue to be efficient and to pay close attention to our environmental impact. Not only do our cleaners further their cleaning knowledge but they gain access to the most recent and best tools and equipment from the cleaning industry.

Hiring Unlicensed and Uninsured Cleaners

Hiring and bringing a cleaning crew into your property or office without checking their business license, liability insurance or background is a BIG mistake. If you live in California and do this, you are taking a very risk decision! Amy’s Angels Cleaning, is a fully licensed and insured corporation that can ensure your cleaning experience is stress and accident free! Our rates are kept very affordable and match with those of unlicensed cleaners. Now why would you take the risk of hiring unlicensed and uninsured cleaners? Make sure your cleaning experience is always safe and secured.

Hiring Unreliable Cleaners:

Trust. It is the number one key for the success of a cleaning business. Hiring a cleaning company that has a bad reputation on canceling jobs, not showing up, not answering phone calls, not communicating, and much more is not a pleasant experience. In fact, it can be terrifying for a client to face such experience.

Here at Amy’s Angels Cleaning, we are known for our five star rating score and giving multiple ways of communicating swiftly. We utilize the proper tools to send multiple reminders and notifications for both the cleaning teams and clients via email and text message. Our office staff members are also highly trained and fluent in English and Spanish. Our office is open 7 days a week and our response time rate whether it is on Yelp, Facebook, Home Advisor or Angie’s List is 100%.