Festivals are an occasion for get-togethers and you’ll have many friends and relatives visit you. So, it’s essential to keep your home clean and smelling fresh. For effortless cleaning, use the steps given below.

Ingredients to Keep Handy:

a) Tissue papers

b) Talcum powder

c) Nylon brush

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d) Toothbrush

How do you know that the surfaces in your kitchen and bathroom have been disinfected?

e) Liquid detergent

f) Baking soda or a non-gel toothpaste

g) Vinegar

h) Warm water

i) Cotton cloth

j) Floor cleaner

k) Dishwashing liquid

l) Lemon

m) Sponge

Cleaning Oil Stains

Step 1: Blot with Tissue Paper

As far as possible always cleanup oil stains as soon as you spot them. Leaving it untreated will only make the oil stain set more firmly on the surface. All you have to do is blot the excess oil using tissue paper. Do not rub the oil stain as it might spread further.

Step 2: Cover with Talcum Powder

Now, cover the stain with talcum powder. The powder will absorb the oil without leaving any sticky residue.

Step 3: Scrub the Stain

Spray some water and scrub the stain with a nylon brush thoroughly.

Step 4: Wash the Stain

Wash the stain with water and allow the area to dry completely.

Cleaning Scribbled Walls

Step 1: Treat the Stain

Cover the stained area with baking soda or a non-gel toothpaste. Baking soda is a mild alkali and can dissolve dirt and grime easily. Similarly, a non-gel toothpaste often contains baking soda and helps treat tough stains. Let it rest for 10 minutes.

Step 2: Wipe the Stain

Now, mix ½ cup of white vinegar in 2 cups of warm water. Dampen a cotton cloth in this solution and wipe the walls. White vinegar helps break down the stains without damaging the finish of your wall Repeat, step 1 and 2 if necessary.

It is a good idea to clean your flooring after cleaning the walls. You can clean and disinfect the floor using a suitable disinfectant floor cleaner, like a sodium-hypochlorite based product such as Domex Floor Cleaner which kills germs. Follow instructions on the pack for usage and compatible surfaces and always test on an inconspicuous area first.

Step 3: Allow Air-Drying

Once the stain is gone, allow maximum ventilation in the room to let the wall air-dry.

Cleaning Stainless Steel Fittings

Step 1: Wash the Fittings

If the stainless steel fittings like door knobs, handles etc. have lost their shine, you can restore it easily. Wash the fittings with a solution of 1 tsp. of dishwashing liquid mixed with 4 cups of warm water

Step 2: Add Shine

Wipe the surface with a clean cotton cloth. Then rub a slice of lemon on the surface. Make sure you cover the corners as well for an even tone.

Step 3: Allow Air-Drying

Allow ventilation to let the surfaces dry completely.

Cleaning Stained Windows

Step 1: Make a Cleaning Solution

Start by adding 1 cup of vinegar to a bucket of warm water. Vinegar’s acidic properties help break down stains effectively and warm water helps wash away stains effectively.

Step 2: Clean Your Windows

Wipe your windows thoroughly by using a sponge and this solution. It is best to use a sponge as it helps prevent streak marks. You can use the same solution for your window glasses as well. Make sure you refresh the sponge in the solution as it gets dirty.

After cleaning, you can disinfect them for better hygiene. You can use products such as Domex Multi-Purpose Disinfectant Spray. It contains Sodium Hypochlorite as recommended by leading health organisations for disinfecting surfaces. It kills germs on frequently touched surfaces and protects against infection causing germs. Always test on a small hidden area first and follow instructions on the pack for usage and compatible surfaces.

Step 3: Wipe with a Cotton Cloth

Once you have cleaned the windows, run a cotton cloth to get rid of moisture on the surface.

Step 4: Allow Air-Drying

Keep your windows open to allow air-drying.

Cleaning Carpets

Step 1: Vacuum the Carpet

Start by vacuuming the carpet to get rid of dirt and dust.

Step 2: Clean the Stains

To clean any tough stains, liberally sprinkle baking soda to cover the spot. Wait for 15-20 minutes

Step 3: Scrub the Stains

Now, dip an old toothbrush in water and scrub the stained area gently to lift it up.

Step 4: Allow Air-Drying

Allow the stained area to air-dry completely.

Step 5: Vacuum Again

Once the carpet is dry, vacuum it again for thorough cleaning.

Let the festival cleaning begin with these simple but effective tips! Your home should be sparkling clean by the end of this cleaning exercise.

Key Step:

Do not forget to wash your bedsheets. Check the care label and wash it as suggested. If you prefer to wash your clothes in a washing machine, you can use Surf Excel Matic Liquid, which is specially formulated for washing machines and is easily available in the market.