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Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Not all things are equal when it comes to cleaning. Some things may require "elbow grease" and others may require a feather touch. Here are some cleaning and light repair tips that I have picked up over the years. They of course apply to everything, not just things you want to get rid of!

Resin/hard plastic:

  • Patio furniture (Chairs, tables, etc.)
  • Out-door toys (NOT pool toys or water gear)
  • Storage boxes (tool boxes, etc.)
  • Swings
  • Other
A good, slightly abrasive cleanser (such as Vim) is ideal for this type of cleaning, used full strength. Wear rubber gloves if you have sensitive skin, as this type of cleanser is extremely hard on the skin. Apply to a heavy duty dampened sponge and scrub the item thoroughly, using a bristle brush or old toothbrush to get into the crevasses. Rinse thoroughly with a hose and allow to air dry. Note that anything cleaned with bleach or a cleanser of this type should NEVER be used in a chlorinated pool - it will turn the water green, and do all kinds of gross things to your chemical balances. Hard and expensive to fix, and makes your spouse turn all kinds of weird colours when they find out.

Glass surfaces

  • Mirrors
  • Glass Table Tops
  • Windows
  • Monitors/TV screens/etc.
Glass cleaner is, of course, the first thing you think about, but is not necessarily the only thing you can use. Believe it or not, vinegar and newspaper does a dandy job on your windows and table tops (although it turns your hands black from the ink) and doesn't streak or leave lint. It's also environmentally friendly, cheaper, and won't hurt your kids or pets should they decide to "kiss" the window. As any parent knows, this is a required activity within 15 minutes of the reachable windows being cleaned.

I prefer anti-static wipes for my tvs and computer monitors, and of course you TURN THEM OFF before cleaning them! You can use glass cleaner too, but I like the wipes.

Wooden Surfaces



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