Has your vacuum lost its suction?

There are a few reasons why a vacuum may lose its suction. Here are some things to check or consider:

1. The bag may be full

2. The hose may be clogged

3. The height of the rollers isn't right for the floor surface you are cleaning

4. The vacuum/bag may not be airtight

5. There is something snagging the roller brush/beater head

Check these things first before taking your vacuum in for service. Good luck!

Ants, ants and ants...

It doesn’t matter if you live in a big house or a small house, in the city or in the country, keep a tidy home, or not. One thing all homes have in common in the spring is….ANTS. Ants and spring go hand in hand. Get over it, and deal with them.

Here are a few tips to help you rid your home of these uninvited guests.

Ants travel and make their way to food sources by following a pheromone trail. If you can detect the trail, eliminate it using one of these methods:

  1. Use soapy water, an all purpose cleaner or a bleach solution to wipe the area where the ants have been travelling. Wipe away any dead ants by rinsing your sponge or cloth frequently in a sink of running water. Do this a few times to ensure the pheromone trail and area have been wiped a few times.

  2. Mix a natural solution of equal parts cider vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray the ants and the pheromone trail a number of times, and wipe away dead ants by rinsing your sponge or cloth in a sink of running water. The vinegar odour will be strong at first, but dissipate quickly.

  3. Purchase commercial ant traps and place them in the pheromone trail area, and other areas in your home where you notice ants, usually doorways, kitchens and pet beds. Always read and follow the instructions on commercial ant traps. The active product inside will dry out over time, so make sure you know when you should be replacing the traps. (Usually one to three months.)

  4. If you have a lot of ants, you may choose to vacuum them up, but it is best to kill the ants first using Borax or diatomaceous earth. Sprinkle either on and around the affected area first, then vacuum thoroughly. Make sure to empty your vacuum afterwards in case any ants are still alive.

So take heart in knowing you aren’t the only one battling the ants. Just make sure you win the war!

Vinegar Don'ts

Vinegar can be a great natural product to use when cleaning your house, but be careful what you are cleaning. Not every surface in your house should be cleaned with vinegar.

For instance, never use vinegar on surfaces like granite, marble or soapstone. Vinegar is very acidic, and should not be used on natural stones as it will cause pitting and dull the natural shine.

And don’t use vinegar on egg-based messes. The acid in the vinegar mixes with the protein in the eggs and creates a very gluey substance that is even more difficult to clean.

Never use full strength vinegar to clean solid wood surfaces. The acid in the vinegar can eat away at certain finishes on your wood.

When in doubt, check with the manufacturer on how to best clean the item in question.

Three House Cleaning Tips you Can Use Today

Actually, there are many more than three, but lets keep it simple to start!

  1. Keep your vacuum in good working order. Don’t let the canister or bag become too full. The more dirt in a vacuum, the more likely it is to emit an odour. You can buy scented beads to put in your vacuum to keep the odour at bay, but why spend the extra money when all you need to do is empty your vacuum on a regular basis. Most canister vacuums come apart and can be cleaned with hot soapy water. Allow the pieces to air dry completely before re-assembly. Most vacuum bags have a ‘full line’ to prompt you to change the bag. Wipe the exterior of your vacuum with a damp cloth on a regular basis. Even the highest quality vacuums can emit fine dust through the exhaust that coats the exterior of the vacuum. A quick wipe will keep your vacuum looking clean and new.

  2. Let the cleaning product do the hard work. The best way to get the most of your cleaning products is allow them time they need to do what they are supposed to do. Always read the directions first, then apply and allow the product to sit while you turn your attention to another small chore. When you return, the next steps (scrubbing, wiping or drying) will be so much easier and a lot less tiring.

  3. Dust is attracted to lamps and light fixtures, particularly bulbs and lampshades. A damp micro fiber cloth is all that is needed to clean a lightbulb - just make sure the bulb is cool to the touch before you start, otherwise the bulb may break. Lampshades can be cleaned easily with a lint roller brush or a clean paintbrush, particularly on pleated lampshades.

And if you don’t want to do the cleaning yourself, contact Necessity Cleaning Service and we’ll take care of it for you!