General maintenance tips - Furniture
Furniture polish (Also leather and vinyl cleaner and conditioner)
Furniture polish- basic polishing cream waxing formulaHere is a simple elegant polish formula to make yourself that is solvent-free: Melt 75ml/ 2 1/2oz olive oil or jojoba, 45ml/ 1 1/2oz coconut oil, 25g/ 1oz beeswax and 25g /1oz carnauba wax in a double over a medium heat.Remove from the heat and add the water. Mix with a hand mixer until it is thick and creamy. Dab some onto a soft cotton rag and rub into the furniture. Buff and polish until the oils are well worked into the wood. This cleaner will have a shelf life of around 6-12 months.
Furniture Polish- lavender furniture waxMelt 50g / 2oz grated beeswax and 1 tablespoon of carnauba wax in the top of a double boiler. Let cool 30 seconds or so, then add 235ml/ 1 1/2 cups of mineral spirits and 20 drops of oil of lavender. Stir well then place in a suitable container.
Furniture Polish- lemon oilMix 10 drops of pure essential oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice with a few drops of olive oil or jojoba. Dip a soft recycle cloth, such as flannel, and wipe the furniture. Allow to dry naturally.
Furniture Polish No.1Abstract the juice of 1 lemon and mix with 1 teaspoon olive oil and a teaspoon of water. Apply a thin coat on your wood surface and let it sit for five minutes. Use a soft cloth to buff to a deep shine. This polish needs to be made fresh each time you use it.
Furniture Polish No.2Mix together 3 parts light mineral oil and 1 part olive oil with a drop of lemon juice. Rub into the wood with a soft cloth.
Furniture Polish No.3Mix together 30 ml/ 1/8 cup food grade linseed oil, 30ml / 1/8 cup vinegar and 60ml / 1/4 cup of lemon juice. Use a soft cloth and rub in well.
Furniture Polish No.4This works well on wood effect/ laminate products as well as real wood. Mix together 30ml/1/8 cup of lavender base oils (or plain olive oil), 1 tbsp each of cider vinegar and vodka, and 10 drops of oil of lavender in a spray bottle. Apply and rub into the wood with a clean soft rag.
This is a traditional leather-feeding recipe. Mix together the white of an egg and 225ml/1cup of milk, the make up to 1 pint with cold water. Stir well and apply with a sponge. Then use a soft brush to create a shine on the leather.
General cleaning tips - Furniture
General cleaning tips - CarpetCarpet
WineWhite wine spillages need blotting and dousing with soda or sparkling mineral water. Red wine spills need treating with white wine: blot up as much of the red as you can with a clean, dry cloth. Put a second clean, dry cloth over the stain and pour some white wine on to it. Wait for the red wine stain to be soaked up, blot the area again and rinse with lukewarm water before a final blotting.White wine spillages need blotting and dousing with soda or sparkling mineral water. Red wine spills need treating with white wine: blot up as much of the red as you can with a clean, dry cloth. Put a second clean, dry cloth over the stain and pour some white wine on to it. Wait for the red wine stain to be soaked up, blot the area again and rinse with lukewarm water before a final blotting.
TeaGlycerine is an extremely effective tea-stain remover: work it gently into the stain and then blot with warm water. No glycerine? Try blotting with lemon juice.
General cleaning tips - FloorsStain removal
General cleaning tips - CushionTurn cushion over and alter their position on sofas and chairs to even out wear. And do not tidy newspaper aware underneath cushions: the printers ink will migrate on to the fabric!
General cleaning tips - Windows, Mirror & GlassClean windows on a dry but dull day: direct sunshine will bathe the glass in light and heat and it will dry too fast, leaving streaks. Do not clean windows on very cold or frosty days: both the glass and the putty will be brittle and you could break the glass, or even push panes out of their frames. (If you do break anything, pick up fine slivers, splinters or fragments of glass by pressing a slice of bread againts them.)
General cleaning tips - Stain removerFill a recycled spray bottle with a cleaning solution made from 1/2 cup of white sistilled vinegar. 1 cup ammonia and 1/4 cup of baking soda in 1 bucket of warm water. Spritz on tougher spots and stains whenever needed and wipe off with a clean towel. This is also suitable for cleaning walls and other painted surfaces.
General cleaning tips - Fabric
Ballpoint ink - is carried in a very fine suspension of castor oil: start by reducing the stain by rubbing gently with an eraser using a circular motion. Then rub a block of lightly moistened soap over the mark, press the lather through the fabric with your finger and rinse in warm water. If the fabric is white, you can also try a mix of salt and lemon juice. On dark or colour clothes, ballpoint pen ink can be removed by soaking the garment in hot (but not boiling) soured milk. It is a slow process but it does work.
Fountain pen ink - can be removed by dabbing on rubbing alcohol (available at pharmacists) and blotting with a clean cloth. And stains made by felt or marker pens can be treated with a quick spray of hairspray before laundering. Do a spot test first to make sure the hairspray foes not lift any colour or leave a stain itself.