… Maintenance is the key.
The following is the ultimate guide for how to maintain your home’s interior:
Fine Wood Furniture:is a treasured possession in any home, and with good care, it can last for generations.
o Avoid heat and light: Preserving appropriate moisture level is essential to the preservation of fine furniture. Position fine wood furniture away from heating vents, fireplaces or radiators. Avoid placing furniture in areas where it will sit in direct sunlight, which can fade fine furniture.
o Protect from damage: Everyday life can be hard on wood furniture. Provide cork- or felt-bottomed coasters if you will set glasses or mugs on fine wood, and always use trivets to support hot serving dishes.
o Clean safely: Dust frequently. Occasionally, wood furniture will require heavier cleaning. Dust fine furniture often with a lamb’s wool duster or barely damp white cotton cleaning cloth. Do not use cheap household cleaners and solution with ammonia.
o Polish or wax?: Both wax and furniture polish are applied to fine wood furniture to protect the surface — but you’ll need to pick one or the other. Don’t try to combine these products or you’ll create a gummy mess. Make sure that you have selected the appropriate treatment for the piece’s finish. Check with the manufacturer for recommended polish or wax options.
o Get them polished once every year or two by a professional
o Dusting – Dust and dirt act like sandpaper on furniture fabric, so remove it frequently.
o Vacuuming – Vacuum upholstered furniture weekly.
o Avoid heat – Position it away from windows, and from heat sources. In areas with hot summer weather, consider washable slipcovers.
o Furniture made from uncoated leathers should be dusted frequently. Never use oil, furniture polish, dusting sprays or ordinary stain removers on leather furniture.
o Cleaning – To keep your walls beautiful, you should clean them occasionally with water and a small amount of liquid soap.
o There are basically two kinds of stains: oil- and waterborne. Frequently just a wet cloth takes off the waterborne ones — wine, Jell-O, ketchup, mustard, even smashed mosquitoes. For oily stains — cooking grease, crayon, shoe polish, lipstick — you may need to escalate to the mild dishwashing soap method.
o Dry the cleaned surfaces with a towel or paper towel.
o Always use the minimum amount of pressure needed to remove stains and dry surfaces. This will help avoid eroding the protective paint film.
o Sometimes, glossy-painted surfaces appear dull after repeated washings. To increase the shine, you can try rubbing the surface lightly with a soft cloth. (Note: Test painted walls before cleaning them.)
o Avoid any acid based cleaners as they can fade and dull the tiles.
o Avoid cleaning tiles with soap. Soap will leave a residue that will make the tiles appear dirty.
o To make the tiles shine – After cleaning, buff them with a clean, soft cloth.
o To keep your tiles looking their best, keep them dry.
o Standing water leads to fading and staining. Wipe up spills and splashes promptly.
Kitchen Countertops: Every countertop surface is different, and some materials can withstand kitchen mishaps better than others.
o Granite – Granite can be porous if it isn’t sealed properly, so it should be cleaned thoroughly and sealed before it’s installed. Wipe the surface with warm, soapy water and rinse thoroughly. Don’t use abrasive cleanser or scrub pads because they may scratch the surface.
o Laminate – Use warm, soapy water, a mild bleach solution, or a nonabrasive kitchen cleaner to clean laminate countertops. Don’t use abrasive cleaning pads. Use a soft toothbrush along seams or along metal edging. Take care when using bleach solutions: They may alter the countertop color or cause other surface damage. Test first in an inconspicuous spot.
o Stone Countertops – Same as laminate surfaces. Use warm, soapy water, a mild bleach solution, or a nonabrasive kitchen cleaner to clean laminate countertops. Don’t use abrasive cleaning pads. Use a soft toothbrush along seams or along metal edging. Be really careful while using bleach solutions.
o Ceramic Tile – Unless tiles are rinsed thoroughly, soap may leave a film on the surface. Adding white vinegar to the water may alleviate this problem. Do not use abrasive cleaners or pads.
o Concrete – Wipe the surface with warm, soapy water and rinse thoroughly. A mild bleach solution may be used. Don’t use abrasive cleanser or scrub pads because they may scratch the surface.
o Marble – Marble countertops are porous and susceptible to stains, but they aren’t affected by heat. Clean your marble countertops regularly with a damp soft cloth. Wipe dry with a clean cloth. Never let it air dry because marble is prone to water spots.
o Stainless Steel – Wipe down your stainless-steel countertop with a microfiber cloth for dry cleaning. For wet cleaning, use a soft cloth dipped into a solution of warm water and mild dishwashing liquid. Rinse the surface with clean water and dry with a clean, soft towel. Never use abrasive materials like steel wool.
o Wood – Wash your wood countertop with a mixture of mild dishwashing soap and water. Rinse thoroughly. Dry with a soft clean cloth. Stains: Blot up as much of the stain as you can to prevent it from sinking into the pores of the wood. Oiling wood countertops keeps the wood from drying out, helps seal the surface, and adds sheen.
o Vacuum –To keep the wallpaper in most rooms looking pristine vacuuming it is a good option.
o To find out if the wallpaper is washable, squirt a little dishwashing liquid in water and dab some on the wall in an out-of-the-way spot. If the material darkens or absorbs water—or if the colors run—it is not washable.
o Areas where wallpapers are exposed to grease or steam, dusting is not enough. A light washing every few months should suffice. Usually, the wallpapers used in such areas are usually waterproof sheet vinyl.
o Prolonged exposure of the laminate surface to bleach will cause discoloration.
o Always rinse laminate surface after cleaning!
o Steel Wool and other abrasive pads will damage the laminate face.
o Wipe spills away promptly and rinse several times with water.
False Ceiling: They do not need much maintenance and only requires cleaning from time to time. False ceiling cleaning process will depend on the material used for the false ceiling.
o Always make it a point to dust and clean the false ceiling at regular intervals. You can also use a vacuum cleaner for this purpose.
o The easiest way to clean a false ceiling is to use a duster or a feather duster.
o Avoid Water – Gypsum plasterboard and water don’t go hand in hand. Water will damage the ceiling finish and durability too.
o For ceilings with luster paint or Oil based paint can be cleaned with damp cloth.
o For areas that are stained, scratched or so soiled that they just won’t come clean, you can easily replace them with new tiles or panels.
Wood Flooring: Patience and a little elbow grease are all you’ll need to get nice, clean floors.
o Do not use vinyl or tile cleaning products on wood floors.
o Use throw rugs at doorways to help prevent debris from being tracked in and scratching the floor.
o Do not wet-mop or steam mop a wood floor. Water and steam can dull the finish and even damage the wood.
o Wipe up spills immediately with a slightly dampened cloth.
o When moving heavy furniture, do not slide it on wood flooring. It is best to pick up the furniture to move it and to prevent scratches.
o For wood flooring in the kitchen, place an area rug at the kitchen sink.
o Do not over-wax a wood floor.
Carpets: Despite your best efforts at cleanliness, your carpet will eventually become the victim of drops, spills, accidents and so on.
o Vacuum– It is important to vacuum carpet regularly, as dirt and mud will inevitably get into your home. More often you vacuum your carpet, the better it will look.
o Stains – When spots and stains appear—remove them quickly. The longer the spill sits there, the harder it’ll be to remove the stain.
o Snags– Use scissors to clip sprouts and snags. Don’t pull on them—you might damage the carpet.
o Doormats – Use both indoor and outdoor doormats at each of your home’s entry doors to reduce the amount of dirt and grime brought into your house.
Glass: Even though glass is very hard it is susceptible to damage from a variety of sources and requires care and regular maintenance to retain the original appearance.
o Glass should be cleaned using only cleaning materials which are free of grit and debris (to avoid scratching and marking).
o When cleaning glass only use detergents and cleaning solutions that are recommended specifically for glass cleaning. Mild detergents are preferable.
o Avoid using any tapes or adhesives on glass as they can sometimes stain or damage glass surfaces.
o When cleaning do not allow cleaning solutions to contact the edges of Laminated glass, Insulating Glass Units or Mirrors.
There you have it. Follow these guidelines and your home will be ever new!