5 house cleaning secrets for walls and floors
A mix of vinegar and water can help floor shine. (Photo courtesy of Debra Basilis)
Angie's List went to house cleaning experts around the country and convinced them to share five little-known tips for keeping floors and walls looking like new.
- Baking soda freshens your carpets, cleans your walls. Instead of buying those expensive carpet powders, use baking soda. It helps to eliminate the odors. A rag dipped in baking soda is also a quick cure for crayon marks on your walls.
- Hot nails, less cracks. To reduce damage to plaster when hanging family photos or artwork, heat the nail with a lighter or candle before hammering.
- Silence those squeaks. Dust talcum powder into the cracks of squeaky wood floors. Getting powder into the crevices can help silence the squeaks.
- Wax on, wax off. To remove wax from carpets, place a paper towel over the wax and set a warm (not hot) iron on the towel. Repeat if necessary. The warm heat will draw the wax into the paper towel.
- Make kitchen floors sparkle. A cup of vinegar mixed with a bucket of water will make kitchen floors gleam. On no-wax floors that have dulled, it brings out the shine. On waxed floors, it helps cut through years of wax buildup.