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How to clean patio, pathway or driveway brick pavers:-

  • Brush the area to remove dust and dirt paying particular attention to the joints.
  • Remove weeds and scrape off any moss/lichen. You may pull out sand from the block joints, so replace with fresh sand.
  • Oil or grease stains can be removed using clay based cat litter, work the granules into the stained area and leave for 24hrs. Brush up the litter and wash the area.
  • The simplest cleaning product to use will be detergent /soap and water, use a strong mix and leave to soak for 5 or 10 minutes and then use a stiff bristle broom to really clean the pavers. Clean a small area at a time washing off with clean water.
  • If you are tempted to use a pressure washer take care not to blast the joints as this loosens the jointing material and the sand / cement base.
  • You can also use flat rotary read surface cleaners, these can be hired or purchased. This method does away with the stiff bristle brush and  manual brushing.
  • Acid based cleaning products can attack the paver materials so thoroughly read the product data information before buying and using these types of cleaners.
  • You can remove algae, moss and lichen with a bleach based water mix (take care to avoid splashing you plants and flowers), apply with a watering can. Leave the solution to work into the growth then use the stiff bristle brush and finally wash down with clean water. Tackle a small area at a time. Note you may need to apply a few treatments to remove stubborn growth.
  • Jayes fluid is another great product for cleaning away growth, follow the manufacturer's instructions and again you may need to apply a few treatments.
  • Once you have brought you pavers back to life make sure the jointing material is in place, replace if necessary. Regular (it will be a lot easier to clean newly formed growth) on-going cleaning using the above methods will ensure you keep the surface looking tip top.  

 How to remove red wine:-

 

 

  • As soon as the wine has been spilt gently blot the area with kitchen towels or toilet roll, don't rub the area
  • Soak with sparkling water or soda water and blot the area with kitchen towels etc (use cold tap water if you don't have soda or sparkling water).
  • Continue to soak and blot the area until the area is clear of red liquid. try to blot so that you avoid spreading the stain.
  • Sponge and blot away the area with soapy water.
  • If the stain persists (in your carpet) try cleaning with carpet shampoo and rinse / blot well.
  • If the stain persists (in fabrics) treat with a stain remover and wash as normal.

 

How to remove coffee stains :-

 

Carpet Spills.

  • Sponge the carpet with cold water (hot water will set the stain) blotting continuously with kitchen towel or toilet roll. Avoid spreading the stain.
  • Wash the stain with soapy water solution and blot continuously until dry.
  • Use carpet shampoo if the mark persists and blot dry.

Fabric Spills.

  • Soak in a warm solution of water and washing soda then wash on a hot wash setting (check fabric label for maximum temperature setting).
  • If stain persists try soaking in a 1:2 solution of clear vinegar and water

 Upholstery Spills.

  • Sponge the area with cold water and blot with kitchen towel etc, avoid spreading the stain.
  • When the stain runs clear, dab the area with a solution of laundry detergent, leave the detergent to work on the stain then rinse with cold water blotting all the time.
  • If the stain persists try using a stain removing solution.

How to remove cat urine from a carpet.

 

Removing cat urine from furnishings is a difficult cleaning task, for the odd 'accident' blot the area with absorbent kitchen towel as soon as possible, don't rub it in gently press down to remove as much liquid as possible. Wet the area with clean cool water and blot again continue wetting and blotting for as long as possible.

You can now try the following -

  • Again dampen the area with cool water but now sprinkle baking soda on to the damp area, rub the soda into the pile and then let it dry naturally. Hoover off when dry.
  • Use a mix of vinegar (half a cup) and warm water (one pint) and soak the stained area (test the carpet first with a small drop to ensure it does not 'bleach' the carpet colour) place a thick layer of blotting paper on the wet patch (weigh it down with ha heavy jar) and leave for several hours, fluff up the carpet afterwards.
  • Use a carpet vac and treat the area with lots of clean warm water, finish off with a solution water and vinegar (soak the area and vac off)

Once you have cleaned the area use some off the shelf pet bacteria / enzyme cleaner to remove any traces of odour.

 

 

How to use chimney flue cleaning products :-

Flue cleaning products are not an alternative to a the services of a chimney sweep, but they can improve the efficiency of you chimney.

You can find a large range of flue cleaning products on Amazon at - http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=chimney%20flue%20cleaner

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