Curtain Cleaning

Heavy Curtain Cleaning Tips

Let’s address the elephant in your room. Yes, your curtains that never get much attention. The curtains you purposely keep out from your daily cleaning routine because ‘’they are a lot of work.’’ Guess who’s offended? Your curtains are so offended they are grimy and emit odour. That was definitely not what you wanted, was it?

Well, it is not ideal to wait till your curtains are dark, somewhat slimy, grimy and smelly to was them, that’s for sure.

For many people curtain dry cleaners is a lot of hard work because their curtains are heavy. Even taking them down from the rail needs assistance. Imagine washing them and drying them by hand? That is what a herculean task is like, isn’t it now?

Here’s some help. Here are a few basic heavy curtain cleaning tips

First of all, let’s be clear that Steam curtains cleaning according to the fabric material is a thing. If you don’t follow the rule, well, you are going to have many wrinkled and shrunken curtains.

Lightweight curtains that are not made of delicate materials go in the washing in delicate or cool and slow wash cycle. But, you can’t treat heavy curtains the same way. And, no matter your curtains are heavy or light, it is important to dry them well- not in direct sunlight but in bright breezy atmosphere.

Let’s get to heavy curtain cleaning, here’s how to

Steam cleaning your heavy curtains

There are two major reasons why it is bad idea to hand wash or machine wash your heavy curtains-1, the drying process is painstakingly long and 2 the fabric can stretch with hand or machine washing.

So, the best way to clean your heavy curtains is steam cleaning. It is also a good idea for heavy drapes that cannot be easily taken down.

Always remember to clean from top to bottom when steam cleaning your curtains. For best results, always use the upholstery attachment in the steamer. If the curtain fabric is becoming wet, keep the steamer away till it dries.

The quickest way to clean your heavy curtains is steam cleaning and if you have many rails of curtains, this process can be quite tedious to do it by yourself. The good news is that you can always hire professional curtain cleaning services to steam clean your heavy curtains. Hiring professionals comes really handy when you have some big events coming up with not much time to spare for cleaning.

How to make heavy curtain cleaning easier?

It should come as no surprise when steam cleaning your heavy curtains that don’t get regular attention takes hours. If you are cleaning the curtains once in three months, it no wonder takes a lot of easier.

One way to make it much easier is to vacuum them regularly. Yes, vacuuming your curtains should be a part of your daily cleaning routine. It cuts down on the  Curtain Cleaning time and helps to keep your curtains looking and smelling fresh.

And, even if you decide to steam clean your curtains yourself most of the times, hiring professionals twice every year helps massively. Call us on 1800194827 for the same day bookings.

Window Cleaning

Window Cleaning Tips

Smudged or smeary, marked with fingerprints, bird’s mess, dog licks and dried insects. Are your windows in need of a good clean? If you want to do the job properly, read our 8 tips to get shiny, streak-free, gleaming windows, direct from NZ’s window cleaning professionals at CMOS commercial cleaning.

Window Cleaning Tips
Window Cleaning Tips

Tip 1 – Prepare the area

The last thing you want is to be dragging dirt and dust around your windows, causing smearing and even worse, scratches. Clean around the windows by vacuuming and dusting around the corners and edges of window sills and the floor before you tackle your windows. Tricky corners? Use a wet cloth or a dampened cotton bud to get into tight spaces to expel the dirt.

Tip 2 – Make your cleaning solution

Rather than buying expensive shop sprays, make your own. Either add a few drops of liquid detergent to a bucket of water (the idea is that you don’t make the water too sudsy or it will prove difficult to remove from the window) or use vinegar. Vinegar is non-toxic and has anti-bacterial properties, so it’s safe for your family and pets. To make up a window cleaning solution, use an old spray bottle and fill with one cup of vinegar to one cup of water.

It’s always best to use cold or lukewarm water for washing windows. If the water is too hot, you risk the liquid evaporating and leaving behind a residue.

Tip 3 – Get the right equipment

If you want to do the job properly, arm yourself with the tools that get the job done first time (and make your workload lighter). As professional window cleaners, we use a sponge,  a squeegee and a lint-free cloth. Buy a squeegee that is the right size for your windows. If you have small windows or individual panes, you can cut the squeegee to size. It’s also possible to buy squeegees on extendable arms if your windows are high or hard to reach.

Tip 4 – Use the right technique

Now that you have the right cleaning solution and equipment you are ready to tackle your windows. To avoid streaks, it is best to rub the windows with your sponge and cleaning solution first, making sure that you scrub at any stubborn dirt or marks. When you have dealt with all the dirt spots, use your squeegee and work vertically from the top of the window to the bottom. Each time you get to the bottom of the window, use your cloth to dry the squeegee’s blade. Repeat. When you have cleaned the entire window with your squeegee, you can then deal with the drips that have formed at the bottom. Wipe your blade and drag your squeegee across horizontally. Repeat with the next window.

Tip 5 – Cleaning inside

You can apply the same window cleaning technique to the inside of your windows as the outside. However, you will need to be mindful of drips and detergent puddling on the sills and floor which could stain woodwork or lift paint. If you have old towels, place them at the bottom of your window to catch any drips. Shake off any excess water or solution from your sponge and squeegee before use.

Tip 6 – Dry your windows

For gleaming windows, you will need to dry them after cleaning. Use a microfibre cloth, old cotton T-shirt, newspaper or coffee filters (unused) – all of these are perfect for drying off windows without leaving a mess. Avoid using paper towels, or regular kitchen cloths as these will leave a residue and undo all your hard work.

Tip 7 – Buff any scratches

Sometimes a scratch or scrape appears on your window. As professional window cleaners, we deal with these regularly. However, at home, you can use baking soda toothpaste and cloths to smooth out a scratch. Dab a small amount of toothpaste to the scratch and rub in a circular motion, wipe off the excess paste with a clean, damp cloth and then dry with another fresh (and lint-free) cloth.

Tip 8 – Unstick stickers

Whether it’s a business logo or one of your kids has gone rogue with Batman. It’s not too difficult to remove sticky labels if you have the right liquid solution, (which you might find in your fridge). First, get as much of the sticker off as you can using a plastic card or a blade (gently). Then, use olive oil, mayonnaise or vinegar and apply to the area, leaving it to soak in and lift away from the window. Rub with a soft, lint-free cloth.

About Us: At CMOS, our teams of window cleaning experts can deal with just about any window cleaning job – big or small, urgent or on a regular basis. Equipped with environmentally-friendly products, our team of professional window cleaners will ensure your business is seeing clearly.