House Cleaning

Video: How to Clean Your Dishwasher

Posted on August 31, 2018 by James Florence

PETALUMA — Host, Sarah Rutan: Your dishwasher cleans your dishes, but sometimes it needs to be cleaned as well. To learn more, we’re in Petaluma with Ehsan Rezaee of Molly Maid of Sonoma County, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Hesam Rezaee.

Ehsan Rezaee: All right, I want to show you how to keep your dishwasher clean. Beyond the normal maintenance that’s spelled out in your dishwasher manual, sometimes a dishwasher needs cleaning. You will know it’s time to clean if your dishwasher begins to lose its effectiveness, or gets calcium stains from the hard water, or gives your dishes an odor. Or, whenever you notice mold in your dishwasher. Read more

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How (and When) to Clean Your Dishwasher

Posted on August 29, 2018 by James Florence

PETALUMA — Your dishwasher cleans your dishes, but sometimes it needs to be cleaned as well. Here are some signs that it’s time to clean your dishwasher:

  • Reduced effectiveness in washing
  • Calcium stains from the hard water
  • An unpleasant odor
  • Mold

If it seems your dishwasher is in need of cleaning, utilize the following method:

  • Fill a coffee cup with vinegar and place it on your dishwasher’s top rack. (The dishwasher should be otherwise empty.)
  • Sprinkle some baking soda inside the dishwasher.
  • Run the dishwasher on its heavy washing cycle.

After the cycle is finished, Read more

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How to Clean a Window

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

NOVATO — If you want to maintain your windows in between professional cleanings, you’ll need to have the right cleaning tools and techniques at your disposal. Start with the tools: Go to your local hardware store and pick up a strip washer (sort of like a mop that’s used on windows) and a squeegee. Once you have your tools, follow this technique:

1. Use your strip washer to wet and scrub the window. If you have baked-on dirt, you can use some #4 steel wool (the finest grade available) to get more abrasive power.

2. Starting at the top of the window, use your squeegee to “fan” the window by moving briskly from one side to the other in a downward direction. Read more

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Video: How To Clean a Window

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

NOVATO — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you want to maintain your windows between professional cleanings, you’ll need to know the proper technique. Today we’re in Novato with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Eric Kennedy of Smart Window Cleaning to see how it’s done.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Eric Kennedy: Hi, I’m here to show everybody how to clean a window professionally. A lot of people have a long time between professional cleanings and they want to clean their kitchen window, the living room, or whatever it is. So, I’m here to show you the right way to do it. So, I’m just going to get started.

This is called the strip washer. Read more

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Video: Cutting-Edge Cleaning Tools

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN RAFAEL — Host, Sarah Rutan: Just about everyone owns a broom and dustpan, but there are a few modern cleaning tools you may not have heard of. Today we’re in San Rafael with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Pat Belardi of Molly Maid to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Pat Belardi: I’d like to show you some items you probably haven’t thought about when you think about cleaning. If you think about cleaning at all. One, I’d really suggest that you try the new microfibers. You can use them wet or dry. And what’s really great about them is when you dust, whether it’s with a cloth or with a duster, Read more

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Getting Organized with Cleaning Supplies

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN RAFAEL– If you’re like most people, cleaning the bathroom is one of the last things you look forward to doing. Fortunately, there’s a way to remove some of the hassle from this tiresome task: having your cleaning supplies organized. You’ll be surprised how far a little organization can go toward facilitating ease and efficiency when cleaning a bathroom—or any other room for that matter.

The best way to organize your bathroom cleaning supplies is to have them all centrally located in a bucket or similar container. Keep this bucket in a bathroom cupboard or, if you don’t have space, a closet or garage area—just label it as your “bathroom bucket.” Items in your bathroom bucket should include gloves; Read more

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Video: Bathroom Cleaning Kit

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN RAFAEL – Host, Sarah Rutan: No one likes cleaning the bathroom, but a great way to make the process more efficient is to get organized with your cleaning tools and products. Today we’re in San Rafael with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Pat Belardi of Molly Maid to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Pat Belardi: I’m frequently asked what kinds of tips or suggestions would you give for someone who is cleaning their house, and the first thing I’d say is get organized. And a great example of that is the bathroom. Who likes to clean the bathroom? It’s about the last thing anyone of us wants to deal with. Read more

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