Tutorial: How to Make Perfect Vacuum Lines

I will never forget the first time I saw perfectly aligned vacuum lines in carpet. I worked at the main office of Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in Portsmouth, NH. One of the cleaning staff was vacuuming a large open area and with every sweep of her vacuum she formed perfect anglcarpet linesed lines. I was awestruck!

To avoid putting footprints in the nicely groomed carpet, I took the stairs to the next level. As crazy as it might seem, any foot imprint in the carpet would have been an irreverent act.

When I got home that evening, I pulled out my old Kirby vacuum and practiced making lines in my carpet. It was a total failure. I had lines, but they didn’t look pretty and went in every direction imaginable. But I didn’t give up.

What I discovered immediately was NEVER vacuum yourself into a corner. Also, always plug your cord into an outlet that is closet to where you will exit the room. Maneuvering around furniture is tricky but, with practice, you will soon be making lines in places you never dreamed possible.

Here are a few tips I have to share:

  • Use the crevice attachment (if you have one) on your vacuum cleaner first. Vacuum the edges in each room before you vacuum the carpet.
  • Vacuum from the furthest corner away from the door and vacuum your way out of the room. Visually divide your room into sections if it is large and start at the far corner.
  • Move any easily movable furniture out of the room or place on a surface that won’t be vacuumed (bed, table, etc.). That way, you have the most space available to do your work.
  • Keep the cord behind you. Return any moved furniture to its place before moving on to the next section. This will alleviate any unwanted footprints on your ‘cut lines’.
  • Turn on power. Pull straight back to the end of your section (do not extend your reach farther than you can extend your arm). Now, go right back over that line you just made, and finally, pull back on an angle. Keep vacuuming in one direction, that way you’ll never repeat an area you’ve already cleaned and you also don’t step all over the area you just vacuumed.
  • Once you get to the end of your section, pull everything back to the beginning of your next section and repeat! You should vacuum yourself out the door.
  • Make slow, deliberate passes to ensure the dirt is being sucked up into the vacuum.
  • Back your way out of the room.

Here is a great video showing how it is done:

 

Help! I Need to Purge & Organize

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De-cluttering is good Feng Shui.

We are often asked, “Can you help me purge and organize my home?”

YES, we can! We offer professional organizing services for just about any area of the home, big or small.

Let us help you get your life in order and learn the skills, techniques, tricks, and tools that you need to maintain an organized life.

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What is clutter? Clutter is anything  that doesn’t add value to your life. De-cluttering is all about making room in your home for the things that matter.

Counter tops, shelves and other flat surfaces are clutter-magnets. This is where we can help get you organized and achieve the clean, crisp look you desire in every room of your house.

What is purging? This takes managing clutter to the next level. Purging is different than organizing because it requires parting ways with those things that add no value to your life. This can be difficult for many and we can help coach you through the process.

If are ready for a clutter-free, minimalist lifestyle, call 810.399.4842 to schedule a consultation* today. We service the following Michigan communities: Brighton, Hartland, Howell, Fenton and Linden.

*A consult fee applies.

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An uncluttered room is cathartic, therapeutic,
cleansing &  downright liberating!

 

Oh My! The Stuff that Grows in Toilets, YIKES!!

IMG_1559[1]I am often asked why toilets don’t stay clean. The fact they are a cesspool for human waste is one reason, but not the only reason for the stains and deposits pictured here.

Certainly ‘toilet bowl crude’ isn’t a dinner topic. It’s more likely a question you ponder when you raise the toilet lid and find your once clean toilet has fallen victim to ‘the crude’.

You’ve disinfected and scrubbed until your fingers are raw but the crude keeps coming back. It’s like a bad dream that won’t end. We’ve had some clients blame us and the cleaning products we use, but that isn’t the case. We use the same products for every client. Some experience ‘the crude’, others do not. Why is that?

The top four things that contribute to toilet ‘crude” are:

  1. Well water. It is not uncommon for a dark brown or black film to appear at the toilet bowl water line and below. This brown or black film is generally caused by Iron and Magnesium mineral deposits that naturally occur in our water source.
  2. Poor ventilation. Many extractor vent for the bathroom are ineffective and vent into the attic rather than outdoors. Improve your bathroom’s ventilation and you will likely find an improvement in the degree of toilet crude and shower mold.
  3. Flushing mechanisms. The actual parts inside the tank that make up the flushing mechanisms could be one culprit. The problem might also be the water that refills the tank after each flush. You may be able to repair the problem with a simple cleaning. If not, you could be on your way to the hardware store for some replacement parts.
  4. Stagnant Water. Stagnant water occurs when the toilet is not flushed on a regular basis. Additional causes include mold spore growth in the toilet tank as well as the transfer of mold spores into the toilet bowl via toilet brushes and tools.

My Magic Mop will gladly access issues you are having with toilet ‘crude’ and work with you to remedy the issue. Call us at 810.399.4842 for a consult.

 

 

Feet Fit to Clean

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Not only do we arrive to your clean wearing our traditional logo polo shirts and hats, but we’ve added something new. Cleaning slippers!

Starting this fall season, we will offer these cleaning slippers for sale on our web site. A great (one-size fits all) Christmas stocking stuffer.

We also offer 2-hour or 3-hour cleaning gift certificates. Another awesome holiday gift to consider!  Better yet, let us create a custom gift basket for you that includes a gift certificate, cleaning slippers and a selection of our  ‘green’ cleaning supplies.

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Contact us at 810-399-4842 (Denise) or Heidi at 810-845-3652.

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We Clean Boat Interiors!

Regular Marine Vinyl Cleaning is important.Boat_Mildew_Cleaning

Wherever there is water, there is usually mold as well. Moisture from the air and sweat from bodies create an ideal environment for mold and mildew to grow on vinyl surfaces. Even if you cover your boat’s seats, moisture can still penetrate them causing unsightly mold growth.

Regular vinyl maintenance will cut down on expensive resurfacing jobs and help preserve the integrity of your boat for years to come.

Although bleach is a great cleaner of mold, it can clean_pontoon_boat_carpetdeteriorate the stitching on marine vinyl. My Magic Mop uses bleach-free products to clean the vinyl surfaces on your boat.

As a boat owner living on the lake, I know marine carpets get dirty after a season of use. Multiply the dirt X2 if dogs and grandkids are passengers. Pontoon boat cleanings start at $50 an hour. The amount of mold/mildew present and condition of the carpet will determine final cost. Call or text to schedule a FREE estimate 810.399.4842

 


My Magic Mop services the following lakes:

Marl, Silver (in Fenton), Lake Fenton, Myers, Pine, Ponemah, Lobdell. Bennett Lake


Denise@mymagicmop.com

 

Rust Stains, What a Pain!

The culprit of unsightly rust stains are hard water mineral deposits and high iron content often found in well water. These stains can be difficult to remove and if the staining is chronic, there may be no way to remove the stain as it may have etched itself into the porcelain.Bathtub_Rust_Stains

The above picture depicts rust stains a client wanted removed in a molded tub area of a second bathroom. The task seemed daunting upon first inspection but, with years of cleaning experience under our belt, the rust succumbed to our magic.

My Magic Mop can do this for you as well. Call us for a FREE in-home estimate.

810.399.4842
Denise@mymagicmop.com

Serving Linden, Fenton, Howell and Brighton Areas

 

Tired of Soap Scum?

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What is Soap Scum?

If you have a cloudy film on your bathtub, shower door, sink or tile, you’ve got a soap scum problem. Soap scum buildup can be a source of frustration for homeowners when cleaning their bathrooms. When hard water and soap meet, bad things happen; namely, we’re talking about soap scum. This white solid is formed when the fatty acids in soap interact with the mineral ions in hard water. The verdict? A difficult-to-clean mess!

Cleaning soap scum’s cloudy glaze is hard to do because it is composed of a variety of things including mildew, hard water, mineral deposits, soap talc and body oils. Simply scrubbing with bathroom cleaner will not solve the problem.

We can help! Within a few hours, we can have your glass shower doors looking like new. Call today for a FREE estimate.

810.399.4842
My Magic Mop

Serving Linden, Fenton, Howell and Brighton areas

 

Black Mold, What is it?

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The presence of black mold in a bathroom is unsightly and can sometimes cause respiratory issues like cough or wheezing, especially in people with asthma. The species we most often see in water-damaged or humid environments is called S. chartarum. (This is what spores look like magnified.)

Prevention and maintenance is the key to eliminating black mold problems. And how do you do that?blackmold_spores

By calling My Magic Mop. We will implement a removal, prevention and control plan to keep black mold from creeping into those areas they most covet, your bathroom.

This is an ADD-ON service and the degree of mold infestation determines cost. Once mold is removed, the treated area will be maintained at no additional cost for clients with recurring cleaning plans.

Call or email today for an estimate*
810.399.4842
Denise@mymagicmop.com

*Servicing Linden, Fenton, Howell and Brighton areas