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Spring cleaning viewer questions and answers:

Dear Charles,

What is the best way to clean artificial flowers? Can you clean them with a damp cloth without damaging the material?


Four Methods

  1. Vacuum with a miele vacuum on low speed, this is best in an arrangement
  2. Use a can of compressed air, do this outside, this is best in an arrangement
  3. Dip into cold water with a dash of dish soap, this is best for individual flower stems
  4. Put upside down in a paper bag with 1 cup of salt, shake and presto clean flower

Dear Charles,

Can you tell me how to best clean window blinds?
I find it very difficult to keep them clean.


Four Methods

  1. Vacuum with a miele vacuum on low speed, this is best while they are still hanging, do this often
  2. Use a dust microfiber mitt or the fabulous "fuzzie whuzzie" with a hint of multi purpose spray, this also while they are hanging, do this often
  3. Do one or two first, then take down, put in tub with cool water and a dash of dish soap, scrub with brush then hang dry
  4. Do one or two first, then take down, take outside and spray with water, wash with a pail of warm water with 1/2 cup of amonia

Dear Charles,

Can you please show me how to clean my water cooler and tell me how often it should be cleaned?


One Method

  1. Empty water from water cooler, and unplug unit, in a pail put one gallon of cold water with 1 tablespoon of javex bleach and pour into machine, let stand minimum of 2 minutes, drain, then run fresh water through machine to flush out bleach, wash all parts in soapy water and soak in water/bleach solution.  Reassemble and plug into wall

Dear Charles,

How do you clean shower curtains and how often?


Two Methods
  1. Cloth, should be washed as per the type of fabric and the care instructions 
  2. Plastic can be washed in the washer on gentle, with white vinegar and detergent, and a few towels so that the adjatatour does not damage the plastic liner/curtain.  If bottom is dirty and needs to be soaked 1 gallon of water with a tablespoon of bleach and let sit, then rinse and wash with fresh water and soap.

Monday, May 14, 2012