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Making House Cleaning a Breeze

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Nobody wants to get bogged down by cleaning the house, the outbuildings, patios, verandahs and other spaces in and around the house all the time, but it is one of those essential tasks that need everybody’s attention.

Sometimes an ordinary cloth and feather duster may just not be enough. At such times it is good to know that Kärcher cleaning equipment is available and can take care of every cleaning task and frustration.

The brand is known the world over for its cleaning equipment which is sold in more than 60 countries. They concentrate on high-pressure machines that can remove even the most stubborn dirt particles and grime from surfaces such as cars, driveways and walls, for example.

It is ideal for use in the home where other machines may not be adequate, and also great for commercial use in big buildings to spray clean windows, for instance. They can also be used for stronger tasks such as removing layers of old paint from garden sheds or fishing boats.

Kärcher cleaning equipment has been known for a long time to be effective for most cleaning jobs – over and above their popularity to perform high-pressure cleaning tasks – in the cleaning of floors and also for their wash water treatment abilities.

One of their very popular products which can be easily used in the home and stowed away after use is the WD1 vacuum cleaner, among their range of products. It is ideal for home use and for use in and around the office. It is easy to use as an effective, strong vacuum cleaner and you can actually use it on tiles too to remove dust and dirt particles.

One of the popular Kärcher machines for home use is a smaller pressure washing machine designed specifically for the home and is used in the garden or concrete surfaces such as driveways and stoops or verandahs. This piece is normally powered by either a small petrol engine or electricity. Some of the machines can take detergents which are used in the home everyday to maximise the cleaning effect.

Depending on one’s use for one of these appliances there are a number of machines to choose from. Some are ideal for quick tasks; others are designed and manufactured with commercial and industrial use in mind. You can choose from high-pressure Kärcher cleaners, from those meant for the patio, others for general outdoor cleaning purposes, to name some.

You will find them in selected outlets, supermarkets and from retailers that concentrate on household appliances and cleaning equipment. Some cleaning companies go around using these machines to clean people’s homes and offices; however, many households have their own machines too. Some of the bigger machines are used for industrial purposes such as removing paint from cars, or blasting away dirt from gutters, roof tops and dirty corners at a property.

Kärcher machines are also advertised on the internet by companies that market household and garden appliances. They arrive at your address with all their components – you just have to follow a few very basic steps to assemble them and have them ready for immediate use.

Because there is such a great variety available, you choose the one(s) which will suit your purposes best. Online ordering is no longer intimidating and has become the preferred way to shop for many customers.

Many brands are recognised by their logos. One of the distinctive characteristics of this brand is the bright yellow colour of their products. Few people indeed who are familiar with cleaning equipment will fail to recognise the brand since the colour is so bright and specific. And of course the Kärcher name is synonymous with quality cleaning equipment not only in Germany where it originates from, but the world over.

How to Resolve Mold or Mildew on Leather

Friday, September 8th, 2017

What is The Source of Mold and Mildew?

Spores of fungi and bacteria are present in the air. High humidity, warm temperatures, and poor ventilation provide the ambient conditions that allow mold growth. Generally, stagnant air above 80% relative humidity may support mold. If above 95%, the humidity will certainly encourage fungi and bacteria to grow. Soiling, organic residues and stains will enhance the growth of mildew on leather and fabrics.

Removing Mildew from Leather and Fabric Surfaces

First, remove loose mold from outer coverings of upholstered articles with a soft bristle brush. Do this outdoors, if possible, to prevent scattering mildew spores in the house. Wash brush before re-using.

Run a vacuum cleaner attachment over the surface of the leather and fabric panels to draw out more of the mold. Be sure the business end of the vacuum is clean. Remember that the mold spores are being drawn into the bag of the vacuum cleaner. If the vacuum has a disposable bag, remove and dispose of it immediately. If not, empty the bag carefully (preferably outdoors) to avoid scattering mold spores in the house.

Do everything conveniently possible to dry the leather – use an electric heater and a fan to carry away moist air. Sun and air the article to help stop mold growth. Do NOT use a hair dryer or heat gun. Let the moisture evaporate slowly.

If you have finished leather (That is leather with a topically applied pigment coating), and mildew remains, wipe with a pH balanced, high quality leather cleaner applied with a clean damp cloth. It’s best if the cleaner has an anti-fungus agent incorporated. Be generous in application. If you have an unfinished leather, always test in a non-obvious place first. (For more information, check in with a professional leather technician.) If you have cushions with zipper access, and you suspect the fungi or bacteria have migrated into the internals of the cushion, remove the cushion cores and treat accordingly, or replace with new.

If necessary, a final step to remove mildew on upholstered leather furniture is to gently wipe it with a cloth moistened with diluted alcohol (1 cup denatured or isopropyl alcohol to 4 cup water). Let the leather air dry thoroughly. Do not force dry. Be aware that this alcohol solution may adversely affect the top-coat and surface finish of your leather so only do this as a last- ditch effort. It’s always wise to thoroughly test on a hidden part of your leather.

If mold has grown into the inner part of your furniture frame, open the underside dust cover, then dry and air out the internals as best as possible. You may need to send it to a reliable disinfecting and fumigating service. Such services are often listed under “Exterminating and Fumigating” or “Pest Control” services in the yellow pages or on-line. If they have an “ozone chamber,” have them put your furniture into the chamber for at least 48 hours.

Here are some tips on preventing mildew.

Keep The Leather Clean – Soiling can supply enough food for mildew to start growing when moisture and temperature are right. Greasy films, such as those that form on kitchen walls, also contain many nutrients for mildew-causing molds. This is why you should regularly clean your leather with a quality Leather Cleaner.

Get Rid of Dampness – Dampness is often caused by condensation of moisture from humid air onto cooler surfaces. Excessive moisture may indicate that repairs or additional insulation are needed. Replace cracked or defective mortar. Some basements are continually wet from water leaking through crevices in the wall. Make sure outside drainage is adequate.

Control Moisture – For waterproofing concrete and other masonry walls above ground, apply two coats of cement paint, tinted with mineral coloring if desired. Waterproofed coatings to seal absorbent brick and other outside surfaces may be needed. Spread a layer of moisture-barrier material over the soil in crawl spaces under houses. You can use heavy roofing paper or polyethylene plastic film. Good ventilation is important. If possible, do not enclose the crawl space. In extreme cases, a fan or blower may be needed to move the humid air from under the building. Cooking, laundering, and bathing may add 2 gallons or more of water a day to the house. If circulation is not adequate use some type of exhaust fan. If your clothes dryer is equipped with a vent, have it exhausted to the outside to remove moist air.

Dry the Air – Cool air holds less moisture than warm air. Properly installed air-conditioning systems remove moisture from the air by taking up warm air, cooling it (which removes the moisture) and circulating the cool dry air back into the room. In rooms that are not air-conditioned-especially the basement–mechanical dehumidifiers are useful. A humidistat can be attached to the unit to control the humidity. Mechanical dehumidifiers, however, can add heat to a room. If you are using air-conditioners or dehumidifiers, keep windows and doors closed.

Heat – Get rid of dampness by heating the house for a short time. Then open doors and windows to let out the moisture-laden air. An exhaust fan may be used to force it out.

Circulate the Air – When the air outside is drier than that inside, ventilation allows the dry air to enter, take up excess moisture, and then be carried outside. When natural breezes are not sufficient, you can use electric fans placed in a window, set in a wall, or ducted to the attic to move air from the house. Poorly ventilated rooms get damp and musty during continued wet weather, and furniture in such a room is prone to mildew. Try to improve the air circulation. If necessary, lay the furniture on its back, cut open, or remove the dust cover under your furniture and run a fan into the open space to help dry the internals of your furniture. It may help to dry the inside by running a de-humidifier, pointing the air-flow into the internals of your furniture.

Get Rid of Musty Odors – Get rid of musty odors as soon as possible to prevent further mold growth. Usually musty odors disappear if the area is well heated and dried. If the odors remain, the following treatment may be necessary. On cement floors and on tiled walls and floors, get rid of mustiness by scrubbing with a diluted solution of sodium hypochlorite or other chlorine bleach available in most grocery stores. Use one-half to 1 cup of liquid household bleach to a gallon of water. Rinse with clear water and wipe as dry as possible. Keep windows open until walls and floors are thoroughly dry. DO NOT APPLY THIS SOLUTION TO THE LEATHER.