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How to Choose your Bond Cleaner!

Moving out is stressful enough, especially when you need to organise a bond clean for your property once you have vacated. With recent news of certain cons surrounding the bond cleaning profession, our team here at Aim Home Services decided to put together a 5 step guide to help you with your move out. Our Aim is your satisfaction and we believe that every little helps.

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Laundry Stains? Lets wash them away!

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Antiperspirant – Combine ½ teaspoon with dish detergent, a few drops of white vinegar and half a cup of water. Press the mixture into the stain with a rag, flush with water and blot it.

Blood – Spit on it, seriously! Then soak the stained item in cold water mixed with a handful of soap.

Chocolate – Rinse the stain thoroughly from the back with cold water.

Ink – Gently massage some aerosol hairspray into the stain, and then run it under cold water.

Gum – Apply an ice cube to the gum to freeze it. It should then just break off when frozen.

Makeup/grease – Regular detergent should do the trick, pre-treat it with alcohol or stain remover!

Oil – Apply heavy-duty liquid detergent to the stain and work it in gently. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes and wash on a hot setting. It may need two treatments, and avoid putting oil stain laundry in the dryer.

Coffee – Apply a mixture of ½ teaspoon white vinegar to 2 cups of cold water with a sponge.

Sweat – Soak in salt water.

Red wine – Apply a little white wine, sprinkle liberally with salt and then rinse immediately, rubbing the stain out.

Tomato sauce – Scrape the excess sauce off and run cold water through the back of the stain as quickly as possible. Rub detergent into the stain in a circular motion. If it’s white, apply a little lemon juice before rinsing the fabric well. Repeat with detergent until the stain is nearly gone, then clean normally. If the stain remains, soak in warm water for 30 minutes with detergent.

Balsamic Vinegar – Run the stain under cold water, then work liquid detergent into the stain. Apply white vinegar and let the clothing sit for 5 minutes. Rinse with cold water and wash as normal.

Heavy Mud – Wait for the mud to dry, shake or vacuum off the stained area. Rub detergent into the stain and allow to soak for 15 minutes. If traces of mud stain remain, apply stain remove and then wash as normal.

Make your own oxyclean!  1 cup water, ½ cup peroxide, ½ baking sofa. Mix together and soak laundry in it for 20 minutes overnight, then wash as usual.

 

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Fruit Flies driving you bonkers?

Fruit flies are most active in summer and are especially active towards the end of summer leading into autumn. They will be feeding, breeding, looking for hosts and laying eggs. If untreated, eggs and larvae develop in fruit and veg. As we approach autumn, fruit flies will be slowly decreasing in number, but will be frantically looking for hosts, hence the current invasion!

Remove the attraction:

– Try not to put food rubbish into bins inside the house.
– Double bag, seal them tightly and throw them in the wheelie bin.
– If you put your food scraps onto a compost pile, make sure the compost is far from your home and cover it with dirt afterwards.
– Cover your fruit bowl and store it in the fridge, especially raisins, dates and prunes.
– Use or discard all overripe, otherwise this is a delicious invitation for the fruit flies!
– Clean all opened containers of fruit juice or vinegar products – eg. sauce bottles and wines, seal them tightly and store in the fridge if possible
– Put new soft fruit in a brown bag, it helps it ripen but also keeps fruit flies away from the easiest targets as they have difficulty with thick skinned fruits.

Some methods of trapping the flies:

Bowl trap: Peel a small orange and place in a bowl along with some wine vinegar or white wine. Cover the bowl tightly with gladwrap. Poke a lot of small holes in the wrap with a fork, but be careful not to make the holes too big! If the holes are too big, the flies will escape.

Fruit bowl

Glass trap: Half fill a glass with a mixture of orange juice and malt vinegar or white wine. Leave it on the side near your biggest concentration of fruit flies. They will fly in and drown.

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How to Clean, Wash and Dry Curtains

How to clean, wash and dry curtains

Curtains are an elegant addition to homes but are often neglected.

They look so lovely when you first put them up but you really don’t realize how much dust and dirt they collect until, years later, you whisk them open to let in some precious sunshine and a cloud of dust circles the air. Now you are faced with two decisions: wash or replace.

These days, draperies are inexpensive, and people change home decor themes often. When the curtains begin to look dingy, they simply buy new ones – usually as an excuse to redecorate! While we’d never discourage redecorating, there are plenty of reasons to clean your curtains more often than you do now.

Curtains get dirty quickly as they act as a barrier between outside and inside. When you have your windows open, your curtains absorb moisture and attract dirt from the outside. Even on colder days when your windows are closed, cracks and drafts bring in tiny dirt particles.

Curtains can also collect dirts and dust settling from ceiling fans and air conditioning units. Even when you are  giving your house a spring clean you are putting dirt and debris into the air and this is being transferred onto your poor curtains. Taking all this into consideration you can see why its important to clean your curtains on a regular basis!

How to keep up with the dirt and grime on your curtains

No matter how dirty and dusty your curtains get, it would be way too much work to wash them or have them cleaned every week. It would also ruin your drapes. You can, however, get a lot of the dirt and dust off the surface of your curtains by dusting or vacuuming them every week as part of your general household cleaning. You can use a feather duster, static duster, dusting cloths, a damp cloth, or a dusting attachment that fits onto your vacuum cleaner.

Here are a few tips to remember:

  • Start at the top of your curtains and work your way down so the dust falls onto parts you haven’t dusted yet.
  • Concentrate on dusting hems and folds as most of the dust accumulates in those areas.
  • If you use a damp cloth, make sure you dust or vacuum the curtains first to avoid smearing in dirt.
  • It’s best not to use a damp cloth on lightly colored curtains.
  • It’s easier to leave your curtains hanging when you dust them. Consider getting a more secure curtain rod if you aren’t able to hold the curtains taught to vacuum or dust them.
  • Be sure to dust or vacuum both sides of your curtains. Dust and debris collects on the sides facing windows as well, and it can fall onto your floor, cause odor, or cause particles to become airborne allergens.

Steam Cleaning Curtains

Handheld steam cleaners are now widely available and inexpensive enough to be purchased for home use.

But before using a steam cleaner on your curtains, check the manufacturer’s label to be sure steam cleaning is acceptable.

Dry Cleaning Curtains

If your curtain labels say, “Dry Clean Only,” it’s important to follow the directions. Keep in mind, though, that all dry cleaners are not the same. Your neighborhood dry cleaner might not be knowledgeable about different fabrics. They might send their cleaning out to other facilities that may or may not correctly clean your draperies.

Machine Washing Curtains

Machine washable curtains are the easiest and least expensive to clean. There are some tricks to getting the best results. Caution is warranted because the sun does strange things to fabrics, and the fibers become weakened.

Drying Machine Washable Curtains

Always dry your curtains on a gentle cycle (tumble dry is best) with low or no heat. It might take longer, but it will definitely make your curtains last longer.

When all else fails there is always Aim Home Services…

We professionally clean curtains! Give us a ring on 1300 072 244, or visit our curtain cleaning section of our website here

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Are Bed Bugs finally a thing of the past?

There is an old nursery rhyme that goes as follows:

“Good night, sleep tight,

Don’t let the bedbugs bite,

And if they do

Then take your shoe,

And knock ‘em ‘til

They’re black and blue!”

Well as it goes you may not have to use your shoe thanks to a revolutionary product coming out of the USA.

A report issued by the Institute of Biology in London has shown Bed bugs have made a big comeback in the last few years, invading North America, Australia, and Western Europe. The report’s author, Clive Boase who runs a Pest Management Consultancy says “the trend is very worrying, since the mid-1990s, numbers of reported infestations (in England) have almost doubled annually”.

Buggin’ the States

The United States haven’t fared any better from the invasion, where the National Pest Management Association are reporting figures of a 500% increase in Bed Bug numbers in the last few years. The epidemic has spread to the evening news, magazines, the internet and newspapers all reporting alarming stories about Bed Bugs infesting major hotels and even the popular Times Square movie theatres. Businesses in New York are struggling financially with the cost of the drastic pest management alongside the poor economy situation in the States.

The solution

One company is claiming to have come up with a revolutionary new product that eliminates the critters for good. Bed Defense, a company that has been at the forefront in dealing with the increase of Bed Bugs. Their Bed Bug Prevention System which was originally developed for commercial applications is being rolled out to the public. The product hopes to offer home owners an alternative to expensive pest control visits.

The team behind the defense system have taken great care to ensure the product is all natural, easy to use and child and pet safe. The defense system is so easy to use; homeowners simply place it between the mattress and box spring or even on the floor underneath the bed. It instantly gets to work eliminating the Bed Bugs and prevents the bugs from establishing a colony.

Expert recommendations

Entomologist Dr. Jim Harper, an expert in Pest Management who has been in the industry for over 25 years says, “The Bed Defense System is extremely effective at naturally treating Bed Bug infestations, and is so safe, that they are on the EPA’s list of exempt pesticides. I would recommend it to those who are serious about getting rid of their Bed Bug infestations safe and naturally”.

So is this really the end of Bed Bugs in your home/business? We will wait and see, but it could possibly be the start of some ground breaking technology that saves people thousands of dollars a year.

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