Old Record Cleaning

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Carbon fibre Brush

A tried and proven method, these pick up the dust and debris with a combination of physical brushing and electrostatic charge, all while de-charging the record. No vinyl collection should be without one.

 

Compressed Air

This is about the most minimal contact method possible. Blowing air across the surface of a record rets rid of anything not physically stuck to or embedded in the vinyl. Make sure it is pure air and does not contain any foreign substances.

 

Distilled water and microfibre cloths

If the record is really in bad condition nothing will fully restore it. But if you really want to play that one dollar second hand collectable you might try a brand new microfiber cloth and distilled water. We suggest copying any rare recordings to digital mediums, and editing any ‘clicks’ with Computer Protools or something similar.

 

Natural fibre Paint Brush

With the rotating record on the player use a dry, clean brush to clean the grooves. Some people use a brush dampened with distilled water, followed by a dry brush for cleaning. Allow to completely dry before playing.

 

Avoid On Records:

Isopropyl alcohol

This pure alcohol was once recommended for vinyl, but not anymore. While it does clean the dirt and dust is also removes the protective layer over the vinyl surface, at least after a few attempts. After 3 or four cleanings the record sounds harsh and brittle. A record cleaned once with this method works well; you might want to try it once to resurrect an old second hand album. But soon the alcohol washes away the sound as well as the grime.

Tap Water.

There are minerals in tap water that stay in the record grooves. It might improve a really dirt record, but it will make a moderately clean one worse. Avoid this.

Playing Wet Records.

This was briefly fashionable in the early 1980s, till people realized that the sound quickly deteriorated. There is debate about what is causing the problem, but the dirt in the record grooves seems to turn to mud and become embedded in the softened vinyl. Bad idea.

ODDS AND ENDS CLEANING

There are some common household items that are not covered by housecleaning. Thankfully these are not regular chores, but something done once or twice a year.

Cleaning Books

  • If a book smells bad, sprinkle baking soda (bi carb) throughout and leave it in a dry place for a few days. Else, use a drier sheet between the pages.
  • The outside of many books can be cleaned with a damp cloth. Use this sparingly.
  • If the cover of the book is shiny it will resist soaking up liquids. Any grease or ink can be cleaned off with tea tree oil and a Q-tip (ear cleaning tip). Some people use hand sanitiser to remove grease and ink
  • If there is a dust problem use one of the small vacuums designed to clean computer keyboards.

Computer monitors

  • These tend to attract dust, but otherwise require little maintenance. Wipe the monitor with a microfiber cloth, barely damp with distilled water.
  • Always make sure the monitor and everything connected to it are switched off. And wait till everything is dry before switching back on.
  • Run a Q-tip around the edge of the screen to remove accumulating dust.

Silverware

  • Silver should not touch other metals, especially if wet, as this will cause discoloration. The phenomenon is especially bad with stainless steel.
  • Do not use a dishwasher.
  • Use nitrile gloves, not rubber (which damages silver). Use a phosphate-free detergent (never lemon).
  • Polish only with silver polish and a cloth; use a Q-tip on fine details. Rinse afterward with running water.
  • Store silverware in the box it came with. The velvet helps prevent tarnishing, and separating the utensils prevents scratching.

Fine Lace

  • This is delicate material. Many things that clean other clothes will damage fine lace. Even Sunlight will damage it over time.
  • A product call Orvus mixed with water will clean fine lace without damage.
  • Soak the lace in the Orvus and water solution. Do not let the lace sag under the weight of the water as it will easily stretch. If necessary, support it between two pieces of clean mesh.
  • Lace will soak up colour easily. Soak each piece separately in fresh solution.

Cleaning coins

This is almost always a bad idea, and the one time in life where something is best left unclean. Cleaning a coin will massively reduce its value. If the coin is worthless to begin with then it doesn’t matter anyway.

Clean Your Guitar

Fretboard

First, remove the strings. Or, more likely, wait till the strings need replacing. If you are a bass player you might want to clean the strings separately.

Wipe the fretboard with a dry cloth; an old t-shirt or clean old sock will do; microfiber cloths are even better. You can use a slightly damp cloth if the dry cloth proves insufficient. If any part of the cloth picks up grime use another part of the cloth, lest you end up transferring grime from one area to another.  Some people find a toothbrush useful for frets; never use this toothbrush for anything else!

The metal Frets can be cleaner with some very soft steel wool. Cover the wooden fret board is possible, and cover the magnetic pickup lest they attract any of the steel wool. Some online stores sell a thin card with a slot that lets you cover the wood while polishing an isolated fret. Else, use an old credit card.

If the fretboard is dry, it can be treated with a very small amount of lemon oil. Some people use linseed oil instead.

 

Guitar Body

Polishing with a soft cloth is the best option; microfiber cloths are recommended. Dampen the cloth is necessary.

NEVER USE FURNITURE POLISH, as this can soak into the guitar body and give you a dull sounding instrument. Damage like this cannot be undone.

If you want to polish the surface then buy polish from a Luther or guitar shop. Apply sparingly.

 

Hardware

The metal parts of the guitar or bass can be polished with glass cleaner. Apply to the cloth and avoid touching the glass cleaner to the wooden surfaces of the instrument. Else, just use a microfiber cloth.

Avoid over polishing any fancy metal coatings like gold. These are thinly plated on a base metal, and you don’t want this surface to be polished off.

Gyn Cleaning Sydney

SBHI

Gyms tend to be low in litter and most cleaning issues, but they are more prone to sweat and related hygiene problems than just about any other venue. It pays to be aware of this and know the best ways to deal with the issue.

 

  • Wipe down Gym equipment before use. At best others people’s sweat is unpleasant. We don’t know that the worse possibility is, but avoiding a rash or fungal infection is enough reason to keep equipment and seating clean.
  • Provide paper towel dispensers for cleaning.
  • Provide a dispenser for hand sanitiser. Avoiding one bad infection is reason enough to do this.
  • Advise attendants to wash clothing between Gym sessions. Fresh human sweat is a sign of a good workout; stale human sweat is the site of bacteria, odour and fungal infections. The bag you keep the clothes in also needs cleaning.
  • Advise attendants to use thongs/flip-flops in the shower. This prevents tinea and other infectious fungi from spreading. This footwear should be cleaned with diluted bleach.
  • Encourage everybody to buy a better water bottle. Plastic bottles are only good for one use, or for promoting the business printed on the side. Metal bottles can be disinfected with boiling water and detergent, probably in the family dishwasher.
  • Don’t even think of sharing the water bottle with anybody else. People wonder how the flu spreads so quickly.
  • Advise people to stay away from the Gym if ill or suffering an open cut. They are open to infecting other if ill, or from infections from others if injured. And they are probably not in a position to benefit from the workout anyhow.

 

Gym Cleaning Sydney        

Regular gym cleaning is essential, but the regular cleaners are not there to look after the habit of individual patrons. Make a good conduct guide a part of the sign up procedure at any Gym.

EASIER CLEANING – Part 2

Easier Cleaning

You could avoid work, or you can think ahead and reduce the amount that needs doing for cleaning your home.

–           Ovens are one of the worst things to clean. Use an oven liner.

–           Toaster ovens can also be lined with foil. Easy to clean.

–           Buy organic with reusable bags and avoid 90% of the accumulating rubbish.

–           Line cupboard draws with butcher paper, and fridges with foil. Dispose of rather than clean. A produce called ‘press n seal’ is available for fridges.

–           Put detergent at the bottom of the toilet cleaner/brush.

–           Keep cleaning products near the objects and places that need cleaning. The toilet and bathroom tend to get cleaned if the brush and brush are at hand.

–           Have once plate, bowl and set of utensils for every meal. Clean them each time.

–           Learn to use chopsticks – they are the easiest thing to clean, especially metal ones.

–           Put doors on cupboards, to hide the messy contents.

–           Have a systematic way if storing things. You feel satisfied of everything is in its place.

–           Buy lots of houseplants, which help clean the air. Watering plants is more enjoyable than most household tasks. If the plants keep insects away as well, that’s a bonus.

–           Buy furniture that is easy to clean.

–           Pet hair can be picked up with an old rubber glove.

–           Venetian blinds can be cleaned quickly by a flat stick (ruler) that has a cloth attached.

–           Use coke to clean grease stains or toilet bowls.

–           Avoid all the kitchen gadgets and just have the two or three items that multitask.

 

Remember that life contains both the sweaty work and the fulfilling achievement. You sleep better at night if you have managed to both get several things out of the way and taken a few steps closer to a goal or two.

EASIER CLEANING – Part 1

‘A lazy person finds the easiest way’, goes the old saying, at least if there’s no way to avoid the work. I prefer the phrase ‘work smart not hard.’ You have to get things done, so find the most efficient way to get results. Then you can get on with the important aspects of living.

  • Do you get soap scum building up in the shower? Wash yourself with shower gel; for some reason this doesn’t leave scum. If you live with others, then they get shower gel for Christmas. No scrub bathroom cleaners also help.
  • Clean you microwave with a bowl of water and white vinegar (4 parts water, I part vinegar). Just microware the mixture in an open bowl for a few minutes, and wipe clean.
  • Leave your shoes at the door. By slippers for the house in winter. Wear socks on hard floor and let them attract the dust. Apparently anti-microbial doormats are good.
  • Buy items that can be cleaned in the dishwasher, including toys.
  • Make a list of cleaning shores that take one minute to do. Do one per hour. You have some sense of achievement through this.
  • When you cook, find easy alternatives. Use paper cupcake and muffin liners; this saves cleaning the tray. Line cooking with foil rather than clean the utensil.
  • We don’t recommend instant meals, but anything you can cook in one pan/pot saves time.
  • Rather than clean the plate of bowl, line it beforehand with a soft tortilla. Than just eat the tortilla when you finish the meal.
  • Cook meals in advance and defrost. You can cook several meals and only clean up once. As we don’t want to eat the same thing every night you need to have about seven different options.
  • Soaking a dryer sheet in a pan/pot of water makes it easier to clean, Leave overnight, and use a non-toxic dryer sheet.
  • If you have to watch mindless television, then do the washing and folding. Neither requires much concentration.
  • If you listen to podcasts or regular radio programmes, do some simple washing at the same time. As long as the listening does not require too much attention.
  • If there is a scheduled item you are looking forward too, spend 10 minutes before this cleaning up. You appreciate the anticipated item more.
  • Deodorize the fridge with a cut onion, coffee grinds, or bicarbonate of soda. Charcoal also does this.

Strata Cleaning

Strata systems combine two forms of ownership and residency. Individuals in a strata scheme own a ‘lot’, which others might term a unit, but not the building that the lot is contained within. Everything within the four walls of the lot are the property of the owner, everything outside is common ground that is the responsibility of the community and the building administration. These rules can vary, depending on the strata in question. Renovations to the building are sometimes up to the individual, and sometimes under the authority of the administration; each individual situation should be checked.

We simultaneously live an individuals and as members of a community. Nowhere does this become more evident than in a strata house. Maintaining a sense of community is a key component of health living.

An issue with common property is just who is responsible for certain costs and chores. Strata cleaning requires some dedicated work; as it is the common area for many individuals it becomes untidy at an alarming rate; as no individual owner is responsible for its upkeep it will not be magically fixed. Professional strata cleaning is essential. At the very least a groundskeeper is needed.  Using a cleaning service allows common areas to be maintained without concern, it is part of the monthly strata fee. As an added benefit it makes individual apartment cleaning more convenient; the same cleaners can do both the common areas and any individual lots at the discretion of the individual owner. This makes for an improved and more economical situation for all concerned.

 

 

 

Residential Home Cleaning

I should think the advantages of professional home cleaning should be obvious.

The 40 hour working week doesn’t include travel time or all the other time I spend chasing things up. My free time is minimal, and it has a negative impact on my mental health if I don’t do something satisfying with it. In these days of gender equality means that you can’t stick all the work on a significant other, which is not something I ever thought was fair anyway; but if I neglect the housework the consequences are a disaster. Getting someone in to do the cleaning means I have one major concern out of the way. I could have worried about the cost, but anything that eats into my work time is costing me more per hour than the cleaner does, and anything that eats into leisure time just drives me nuts. The cleaners get things done faster and more thoroughly than I can, and I live in better surroundings because of it. What’s not to like? Residential cleaning works out well.

My in-laws had a situation where the husband kept an apartment in Redfern to stay in during the working week, saving him a trip up and back from the central coast each day. Turns out that thinking an apartment without children, occupied only 4 days a week, wasn’t going to get too dirty was a mistake. He rented the apartment to save on travel time and ended up with a lot of cleaning time, which no one wanted. Once a week professional cleaning solved the problem, made all the easier because he used the same group that cleans his office. He probably uses home cleaning too, though I should chase this up.

End of Lease Cleaning

This is a mistake so many people make the first time they leave a rental property. They paid a considerable amount of money for a bond when they moved in, and expect a complete refund when they move out some time later. Unfortunately, the rental property will require the most thorough cleaning feasible; many individuals don’t realize that they are not up to the task. And even if they are up to the task, they don’t realize the time involved while they still have so much else to be concerned with.

GUARANTEE

End of Lease cleaning gets you a guaranteed result. You pass the property moving out inspection, or the cleaners come back and fix the cleaning issues at no extra charge. Given the amount spent on bond money you are financially better off hiring a professional cleaning service; better to spend some money on cleaners than lose all of the money from the bond.

TIME AND EFFORT

Individuals underestimate how many things will be occupying their time when they move out of a property. Hiring a professional cleaner when moving out means there is one important factor taken care of for you. The landlords prefer it too; they know the job will be done right or the cleaners will have to return.

MOVING OUT CLEANING

Professional end-of-lease cleaners know what landlords and inspectors look for, the details that the tenants either never through of or overlooked with over familiarity. Don’t be caught out – leave the old rental property above reproach, and enjoy the new property with the past one all tidy and out of the way.

Commercial Cleaning

Any commercial premises will become untidy is a short space of time. The nature of the business is that many people frequent commercial premises and as none of them live there none of them are obliged to clean the surroundings. Yet an unclean commercial operation will lose clientele very quickly. In no other situation is high quality cleaning more important.

SAFETY

Drains, kitchens, bathrooms and any place in restaurants, schools or other establishments are prone to accumulating food scraps and other germ friendly materials. We tend to look after this in our own home because we can keep track of what we are doing; but the large number of individuals running their own operation in an institution makes cleaning a sizable task. Commercial cleaning removes any hygiene risks before they become issues.

EXPERIENCE

Professional cleaners both know the usual culprits and know the way to deal with tricky situations. Blocked drains can be disastrous; mould can infestations can mean staff illness. Avoid problems and let us give you a clean slate to start work in

JUST BETTER FOR THE SERVICE

A clean place of business makes for a better operation. Clients will see neatness as a reflection of the company’s reputation and service, and tend to visit more often; Staff morale is better when the surroundings are well maintained. Arrive at an establishment that has been completely restored overnight; spend your time running the company and let professional look after the background details.