Category: Cleaning Tips

FEB
18

How to Clean Your Shower Head

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Think about the last time you took a shower. How did the showerhead perform? When you first installed your showerhead, you likely got great pressure and the water flowed in the correct direction. However, over time, mineral deposits can build up in the showerhead and the water may start squirting in all directions or even clog up completely. When this happens, you have poor water pressure or low flow and will not feel as clean as you would like. Luckily, you do not necessarily have to replace it; there are a few ways you can return the flow to your showerhead and help make certain your family can enjoy a nice, relaxing shower.

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Massage It – If you have a showerhead with “rubber nubs” on the front of it, you may be able to clean these and remove the mineral deposits by simply rubbing them. Massage these rubber nubs and loosen the deposits””giving your nozzle its pressure back.

Soak It – Choose a quality product for removing minerals (often a rust stain removal product will work well) and soak your showerhead in this. Have a little patience and after the soaking in one of these rust removers, rinse the showerhead well. This can be the ideal solution for the most problems.

Clean the Filter Screen – If all else fails, you may need to take the showerhead apart. Some showerheads have a filter screen inside that will collect minerals over time. Follow your user manual and take the showerhead apart. Then you can brush the filter screen off or soak it in the same rust removal product and then rinse it clean. Just make certain you hold on to all the parts of the showerhead, otherwise you will not be able to get things back together as they should be.

Even the most difficult of these tasks are not that complicated. You just need to put in a little effort and you can return your showerhead to its like new condition. It is well worth the work you put into it. After all, there is nothing more relaxing and refreshing than a shower when the shower has adequate pressure and flow!


JAN
15

What is Hard Water?

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Hard water can be a big nuisance. Beyond this, the effects of this water can cause the breakdown of appliances, cause you to struggle with rust stains on clothing and around the house and even add to your energy costs. The term hard water is often mentioned by those suffering from these problems, but what do you know about this type of water?

What is Hard Water?

Hard water is higher in dissolved minerals than baseline or soft water. Typically the minerals that are found in higher quantities are calcium and magnesium. Luckily, there are no major health risks associated with hot water, but it can build up in your pipes, decrease effectiveness of soaps and detergents and even dry the skin. Plus, you will likely have to look into rust removal around the house to reduce the stains caused by hard water.

Identifying Hard Water

It is easy to recognize a hard water problem. An abundance of soap scum and mineral deposits on glasses are often the first signs. Additionally, if you find your clothes do not get clean and your skin is dryer than it should be, you may have a hard water problem. The only way to identify hard water for sure is to have it tested. Doing this will help you determine if you need to make a change to how your water is processed.


Solutions?

The most common way to deal with a hard water problem is to install a water softener. By doing this, the water is soften before it enters your interior pipeline. Softer water will cause fewer rust problems and reduce the long-term impact on your pipes and appliances around the house.

If you are facing some of the problems mentioned above, it may be time to find out if you have hard water. After all, while there are some costs and struggles involved with softening your water, these are very minor when compared with replacing all your appliances or your pipes--plus constantly purchasing rust removal products to get rid of those stains. Make an effort to get the problem under control today and you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of well-balanced water for years to come.


DEC
10

Cleaning Tips Before the Guests Arrive

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Oh no! You have guests on the way and you feel like your home is a mess. What should you do? Ideally, you want to do the jobs that make the biggest impact for the least amount of work. This often means “scratching the surface” and avoiding the deep cleaning. Here’s five jobs that can make your home impressive for guests without completely exhausting you.

  • Make the Beds – Even if your bedroom has some clutter or needs dusting, if your beds are made, it has a put together appearance. Take the time to pull up the covers and fluff the pillows. It will make you look like you are a much better housekeeper than you may be!
  • Do a Quick Pickup – Grab a box or basket and run around picking up things that need to go elsewhere. Even if you don’t have time to put everything away, you can always stash the basket in a closet or in the laundry room.
  • Deal with the Dishes – No matter how nice your kitchen is, if the dishes are out of control, it will look cluttered and messy. Put away any clean things that are sitting out and load your dishwasher with the dirty stuff””or hand wash if you prefer. Running the dishwasher makes the house FEEL fresher too.
  • Clean Tubs, Toilets and Sinks – While you may not have time for a full bathroom cleaning, you can wipe these down. Even rust removal is easy if you have the right tools. Remove rust stains from toilet and look to see if there is anything else that Super Iron Out can help you accomplish in this much-visited room of the house.
  • Freshen the Air – Open a couple of windows, turn on the ceiling fans and spritz some air freshener. A good smelling house is much more inviting than one that seems stale or musty.

If you are in a BIG hurry, you may be able to complete these jobs in less than an hour””getting your home guest ready in no time. Most importantly, remember that you do not have to do it all. Your guests are coming to visit you, not to be impressed by your home. Just do the basics, then make sure you relax and prepare to enjoy the time with your visitors.


NOV
5

Getting Bathtubs White Again

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A clean, inviting bathroom is one of life’s little luxuries. After all, you’re much more likely to use that big soaking tub or spa shower if you can do so in a clean, relaxing environment. While keeping the floor mopped, toilet scrubbed and trash emptied is straightforward enough, there is one problem you may not know how to tackle””a grubby bathtub. If you want to make that tub bright white again, keep these tips in mind. Removing rust in your bathtub

  • Is it Dirt, Scum or Rust? – Before you start wiping away at the stains and discoloration, it is important that you identify exactly what the problem is. Dirt will generally wipe away with just a soft cloth and water, soap scum may require the need of a heavy duty chemical, but should wipe away easily, but rust removal is hard, especially rust stains in the bathtub””unless you use a specialty rust stain removal product like Super Iron Out.
  • Start Small – You do not have to clean the whole tub at one time. Breaking it into individual tasks can make it seem more manageable.
  • Take it Easy – You may not always have to use a scouring brush to get a tub clean. Use the lightest, softest cleaning tool you can get away with. It will protect your finish.
  • Rinse Well – No matter what type of product you’re using to clean your tub, take time to rinse the surface really well when you are done. Built on cleaner residue can cause soap scum, plus it is not very inviting to take a bath in a tub that still has chemicals from the last cleaning job.
  • Remember the Details – When cleaning your tub, it is easy to remove rust, scrub the scum and make the tub nice and shiny while forgetting things like the faucets and hardware. If you do this, you’ll never have that upscale, inviting look you desire.

Once you have your tub looking bright white again, you are well on your way to that spa-like oasis you have always dreamed your bathroom could be. Just remember, put in a little effort to keep your tub clean and you will not have to go through the annoying, difficult cleaning process again.

OCT
14

How to Remove Scary Rust Stains in the Sink

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One of the worst ways to start your day is staring at a dirty, unpleasant rust stain in the sink while you are brushing your teeth. Those pesky rust stains do not just wipe away, and the longer you let them sit, the worse they get. However, it is possible to get rid of them””if you know how to get rid of rust, the right way.

  • Don’t Keep Doing the Same Old Thing – You’ve tried bathroom cleaners, home remedies and other products over and over. They may reduce the stains, but they do not completely remove the rust. Luckily, trying a new product may help. Super Iron Out is not the same old cleaner. It is designed for one purpose””to remove rust from the surface. Rust in sink
  • Tools Matter – While you may be able to get some results by just using an old towel or cloth, a good scrub brush or scouring pad can help. Just make sure you choose a tool that will not harm the surface of your sink. You should be able to find this out by reading the owner’s manual.
  • Apply Elbow Grease – Using Super Iron Out is easy, simply wet the area that needs to be cleaned. Apply the powder to damp sponge or cloth and rub lightly until stains are gone. Don't forget to rinse after the stains have been removed. Save your elbow and use Super Iron Out.
  • Stay at It – Rust removal is not a one-time job. You will need to stick with it. Remove the rust in your sink today and check again next week. Chances are the stains will reappear. Do not give up, just stick with it and see what you can do to reduce the chances it will come back (like fixing that annoying leak!). Use Super Iron Out as needed when stains reappear.

Once you understand how to remove rust stains, you will find that it is well worth your effort to get rid of them. Just remember, as the old saying goes: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Once you have a nice, clean, rust-free sink, keep it that way. By taking proactive measures, you can avoid the buildup of rust that will cause you frustration as well as hard work.


SEP
16

Get Rid of Rust Stains on Your Siding

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Your home’s siding is one of the first things anyone will notice about the exterior. Whether you have standard, vinyl or another form of siding, it is a constant battle to keep it clean and looking its best. Clean, fresh siding adds instant curb appeal and dirty, dingy siding makes the whole house appear outdated and unpleasant. One problem nearly every homeowner faces from time to time is rust staining on the siding. Luckily, learning how to remove rust from your siding is easier than you may think.

The Right Tool Matters – Make sure you are using the right type of tool for your particular type of siding. Vinyl siding is usually the easiest to clean and you can normally clean it with just a soft cloth, sponge or cloth. A wooden siding may need something a little more durable.

Remove Rust from Siding

Choosing a Cleaner – Rust is not as easy to remove as, for instance, dirt. As such, you need to choose the right cleaner. Make sure you read up on your particular siding material and make sure that you choose a chemical that will not harm it. A dedicated rust remover like Super Iron Out is a great choice. Using this is sure to provide you with a great result.

Under Pressure – Pressure washing is another way you can go about removing rust from siding. However, you do have to be careful because too heavy of a pressure or doing it too often can cause damage, especially to older painted or cedar plank siding.

As you can see, there are plenty options for ridding your home of unsightly and damaging rust. No matter how you decide to go about the rust stain removal process, the most important thing is to choose a product that will get the job done without risking damage to your siding. The best rust removers will offer plenty of information so you can make certain the product is safe for use on your siding. After all, the last thing you want to do is risk the integrity of the siding itself in the quest to get it clean!


AUG
12

Most Common Areas for Rust Stain

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Once you have figured out how to remove rust, you may be ready to tackle all the rust around your house. Before you go tearing the place apart looking for rust here and there, perhaps you can check out these five most common areas for rust stain.

  • Bathtub or Sink – The bathtub or sink is probably the first place people notice rust stains at home. This is most common on a porcelain product, but it can occur on so-called “stainless” steel. The rust usually occurs when the faucet drips onto the same place repeatedly. Remove Rust Stains in Bathroom Sink
  • Toilet – Sometimes toilet rings are not the sign of a dirty toilet, they are simply caused by hard water or water with a high rust content. Ignoring this problem will not make it go away; it will only get worse over time””especially on an older toilet.
  • Patio – A patio or other outdoor living area is a prime place for rust stains to occur. Rainwater or runoff can collect and after a while, it will lead to rust stains. It is important to remember that where rust occurs once, it will likely occur again in the future””unless you make changes with how the rain or water is dispersed.
  • Roof – One particularly difficult area to deal with rust damage is the roof. While you can clean the discoloration yourself, you want to make certain the roof is still structurally sound. If you don’t take care of the root of the problem, you could wind up with a leaky roof or an even worse problem.
  • Fireplace – A fireplace is, unfortunately, a space that is susceptible to leaks and runoff. This can cause rust stains both inside and outside the home. Regularly checking for rust both inside of your fireplace and outside (near the cap) is important.

Every home or structure is different and there are certainly other areas you may find rust stain. The most important thing is to take advantage of the right rust removal product (like Super Iron Out) so that you can get rid of the rust before it gets out of control. After all, rust spreads quickly, so the best way to prevent a major problem is by acting on problems right away. Super Iron Out makes it easy to remove rust and keep your house clean.


JUL
11

Testimonial by: Fritz L.

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5a6ba014b4a645438b742c5eefe4cf0d-0075EDII have a lot of iron in my water at our resort of 22 unites. I use Super Iron Out to clean out the water tank for the toilets. Remove the rust stains from sinks and showers in the cottages. It keeps my white towels white.

I used the new improved formula on a shower that has been occupied by a long term resident. The rust stains came off easily.

This will make spring cleaning a breeze.
by: Fritz Laeser
JUN
19

How Do I Know If I Have Hard Water?

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If you’re confused by the terms hard water and soft water, you’re not alone. Is this something else you need to be worried about, along with MSG, biodegradable detergent and pesticides? It is, if you happen to be among the million households that have hard water.

How do I know if I have hard water?

One of the most annoying symptoms of hard water is laundry stains. No matter how much bleach you use, or how much money you Super Iron Out fights the affects of hard waterspend on laundry detergent, hard water can still ruin your best efforts at making sure your family has clean laundry. If you have hard water, you will likely have one or more of the symptoms listed here.

What are the symptoms of hard water?

  • orange or rust-colored stains on freshly laundered clothes
  • smelly laundry that’s just been “cleaned”
  • white spots along the inside of your washing machine drum
  • hard, granular bits inside your washing machine or dryer
  • rust-colored stains inside toilet bowls and tanks
  • orange stains along the rims of tub and shower drains where water collects

Who has hard water?

Hard water can appear anywhere, but it most commonly occurs in homes that:

  • use canal water for sprinklers and washing appliances
  • utilize on-site well water
  • are situated near lakes or rivers
  • are in rural areas without town water

What are the risks of hard water?

Hard water can ruin your clothes and linens. White clothes are particularly susceptible to the unsightly orange-colored stains that hard water can produce in your washing machine. The cause of the orange-colored stains is the excess level of iron in your water. The orange stains are actually rust stains. Even bleach won’t get these stains to disappear completely. If you have hard water, and you’ve pulled an entire load of stained laundry from your dryer, you understand how devastating it can be.

Hard water can also cause unsightly stains inside toilet bowls, tubs and showers. Left untreated, the hard water deposits that cause stains can eat away at finishes and enamel.

What can I do to prevent hard water stains?

Bleach won’t do the trick. To remove the rust stains, you need to use a specially formulated product that is strong enough for rust removal, but gentle enough to remove rust stains on clothing without damaging the fabric. A product like this can be added to your laundry load, just like you add detergent.

How does it work?

Super Iron Out works by chemically breaking down the mineral deposits that cause rust stains. It’s safe to use in your washing machine, an empty dishwasher, toilet bowls, sinks, drains, showers, bathtubs, tile and carpet. Super Iron Out is beneficial to your water lines because it helps to break down the mineral deposits inside your lines that you can’t see.

If you do have hard water, you’re better off using a product like Super Iron Out to protect your clothes and water fixtures.


APR
11

Get your Lake House Ready for Summer

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If you are lucky enough to own or have access to a lake house, spring is one of the most exciting, and busiest times of the year! Depending on where you live, it may be lake weather already or you may be counting down the weeks until summer when you can

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relax and enjoy the great weather. For now, you want to start working on all the maintenance tasks that you neglected over the winter and prepare the lake house for the fun that lies ahead. As the excitement builds, make sure you put the following tasks on your checklist””then, when you are ready to spend time by the water you will be able to relax and enjoy yourself!

  • Bathrooms – No matter how well you cleaned the bathroom at the end of last summer you are likely to see a few things that need attention. Rust stains in bathtub or sink and stains in toilet bowl or tank appear after a long winter of neglect. Use a product like Super Iron Out and some elbow grease to make the bathroom sparkle.
  • Kitchen – The place you prepare and enjoy meals needs to be clean and inviting. Cleaning dishwasher and sink may take some scrubbing, and the countertops and cabinets just need a quick wipe down to get things looking good again.
  • Dusting and Cobwebs – Even if you keep the lake house closed for the winter, dust and cobwebs will find a way to take over. A quick run through with a duster or cloth and cleaner can get rid of this nuisance.
  • Outdoor Areas – Check your patio furniture and other outdoor equipment to make sure everything is in good working order. Remove rust from concrete and any stains on your deck to help them look their best too.
  • Check Plumbing and HVAC Systems – Before you plan to spend any significant time in your lake house, make sure the plumbing and HVAC systems are operational and change filters, run water through the pipes and take care of other maintenance tasks.

These tasks are just a few that you may want to complete to help get your lake house in tiptop shape. Your house may need some other maintenance too, so customize your to do list to meet your particular needs. Spend some time browsing the internet for tips, tricks and deals. You may be able to find coupons for rust removal or other cleaning products that can save you money on your projects. Don’t put off your Lake House cleaning and maintenance efforts””it will be time to put your toes in the water before you know it!