Remove limescale using an all purpose descalerReduce limescale build-up around taps, shower head and your shower cubicle by wiping down the tiles and glass immediately after use. This takes no more than a minute to do. It reduces water marks on the glass and leaves less water to calcify and form limescale. I hard water areas there is still a high chance of limescale build-up. This can be dealt with by spraying on Mrs Gleam’s descaler. Hard water contains high levels of calcium and magnesium salts. A build-up of limescale doesn’t look very appealing. Limescale is found in places where hot water has evaporated and solidified. The deposits are difficult to remove by scrubbing alone. Mrs Gleam’s all purpose descaler dissolves calcium carbonate within minutes after spraying the affected area.
Keep your bathroom free of clutterHaving to lift bottles of shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, hand soap and tubes of tooth paste etc from the floor of the shower or around the hand basin makes bathroom cleaning even more labour intensive. Invest in a caddy or basket big enough to store all the products you need close to the wash basin. For the shower cubicle use a hanging caddy that can easily be hooked over the screen of the glass screen or door. Not only does this help speed up cleaning time but a neat and tidy bathroom always looks cleaner for a lot longer.
Reduce moisture build-upExtractor fans are effective at removing steam and moisture levels in the room following a hot bath or shower. Opening a window will also circulate air flow through the room to reduce moisture levels. However, there is still a chance of mould growing on the grouting between tiles or anywhere where moisture gets trapped. Keeping the bathroom free of clutter, replacing carpets with tiled flooring and keeping a window open all help to reduce moisture build-up. The first signs of mould need to dealt with so ugly black areas don’t tarnish an otherwise clean bathroom.
Neutralise bathroom odoursWhen there isn’t time to clean toilets then a daily dose of a toilet cleaner just before heading off to work in the morning will neutralise odours and keep your toilets looking clean. Mrs Gleam’s toilet cleaner is specially formulated to neutralise odours and kills 99.9% of bacteria without containing harsh acids or alkali and is fully biodegradable. Without bleach or acid, Mrs Gleam’s toilet cleaner will leave your toilet fresh and clean with a long lasting apple scent.
Tips to drying your laundry indoors
- Switching on a dehumidifier will help to take moisture out of the air and speed up the drying time
- Avoid drying laundry in bedrooms
- Use a fold-away drying rack and hangers to allow air to circulate around each item to speed-up drying time
- Wash and hang-up laundry at night so that it can dry while you sleep
- Hang laundry in your drying cupboard. We installed drying racks in ours and hang towels and underwear in the drying cupboard to lessen the amount hanging in the kitchen – the warmest room in the house so laundry dries quickest
- Select the fastest spin drying cycle on your washing machine to remove as much moisture as possible to speed-up drying time
- If you use a tumble drier make sure the vent goes outdoors and is sealed properly
Getting rid of black mould with an instant mould removerClean all infected areas by spraying on an instant mould remover. It is important to kill the mould before spores are released into the air and start infecting other areas of your home. Mrs Gleam’s instant mould remover quickly eliminates mould, algae and mildew. Ideal for use in kitchens and bathrooms including walls, tiles and UPVC. Mrs Gleam’s instant mould remover does contain bleach so be careful around fabrics. Spot test on surfaces before use. Spray on to the affected area and leave to work – within 10 minutes black bathroom mould is eliminated. Wipe and rinse thoroughly. Drying clothes indoors in an unventilated room can be a major cause of condensation and moisture build-up. This then causes damp symptoms and mould in homes, which can be bad for your health. Any opportunity you get to dry your laundry outdoors should be taken full advantage of as this really is the best possible solution. When cooking remember to switch on the extractor fan, wipe the water off the glass frame of your shower cubicle and humans stop breathing!!
Cleaning oven racks with Mrs Gleam’sMrs Gleam’s oven rack cleaner kit is non-caustic. The kit includes a formula, nozzle spray head and bag . Cleaning oven racks simply involves applying the solution, soaking the racks in the bag, wait 12 hours for the solution to really get to work, wipe clean (for caked on old grime you may need a little help from a pot scourer to wipe clean) and put the racks back in your oven. The clear oven rack bags means you can watch the solution get to work.
How to clean your BBQ with oven cleaner
- After using your barbecue leave it to cool down – just enough so that it won’t scold to the touch
- Use a steel brush to scrap off ashen food particles and grease
- Spray Mrs Gleam’s oven cleaner to the cooker box.
- Remove grill – place on a sheet of tin foil and spray on the oven cleaner or use the oven rack cleaner bags (depending on the size grill – the bags are 70cm x 50cm (27.5′ x 20′)).
- If you use the bags be careful when placing the grill into the bag so as not to damage the bag
- Pour the oven rack cleaner into the bag and leave over night
- Remove and wipe clean with paper towel and a wet cloth
- Concerned about rust during winter storage? – wipe your clean barbecue with peanut oil.
Dealing with red wine spills to prevent an ugly stain
- Soak up as much of the wine as possible using white paper towels or a clean, dry white cloth. Start off with light blotting to remove wine that hasn’t been absorbed into the carpet. Then press harder to make sure you have soaked up as much as possible. Each time you blot use a dry cloth or paper towel. Avoid a rubbing action as this could damage the carpet pile.
- Spray water to the area to help dilute the wine making it easier to soak up.
- If the party is in full swing and it doesn’t feel appropriate to do a full carpet stain remover routine, then blot up as much as you can and sprinkle table salt to the affected area. The salt will absorb excess red wine. Vacuum up the salt when carpet is thoroughly dry.
- Apply carpet stain remover. Leave to soak in and get to action. Blot with a dry, clean cloth working from the outer edges of the stain inwards to avoid spreading the stain.
Oven cleaner and steps to reduce food spillages
- Wipe spillages with a wet cloth as soon as safely and reasonably possible
- Cover food to reduce food bubbling over
- Line your oven trays with tinfoil or an oven liner sheet
- Avoid using an oven cleaner that emits a noxious smell
- For self-cleaning ovens invest in an oven rack cleaning kit that includes the oven bags into which you can place the racks and cleaning solution
- Remember to also pay attention to your extractor fan and changing the filters
How does Mrs Gleam’s oven cleaner get the job done?
How to apply an upholstery and sofa stain remover
- For fresh spillages, soak up as much of the excess with a paper towel or white towel
- Pre-test upholstery and sofa stain remover on a small inconspicuous area
- Apply and blot away the stain. Avoid rubbing the area as this will result in the stain setting deeper into the fibres of the upholstery making it more difficult to remove
- For dry stains it is best to vacuum first to remove dirt and dust. This step avoids further soiling over a wider area when applying the stain remover. Vacuuming also sucks up dried-in particles which can diminish the stain.
Tips to avoiding stains to your sofa
- Eat meals at the dining-room or kitchen table and not from your lap on your sofa – accidental splatters of gravy or a cheese source could so easily land on your sofa
- Restrict the use of nail polish and make-up application to the bathroom
- Keep pets off your sofa or protect with a throw before you allow them to turn it into their comfy domain
- Invest in arm covers to protect from grubby hands or from wine, beer, coffee or tea spillages – for those who use the arm of a chair as a convenient coffee table.
- Throws that match your decor and sofa upholstery colours can make quite a statement as well as the practical use of protecting against accidental spillages or general grime of daily use accumulating on the surface of the sofa
- Avoid sitting on a light coloured sofa with new indigo blue denim – you will be amazed at how much of the dye can rub off!
- Vacuum your sofa regularly to remove dust, crumbs and pet hairs. Done often enough will keep the upholstery clean and, if you need to apply sofa stain remover it won’t add to the unsightliness of the stain.
Lorraine’s Review: Mrs Gleams Carpet & Upholstery Stain Remover
Composition of dog urineDogs urine, which is produced by the kidneys is a byproduct of their bodies metabolism. It is made-up of 95% water and 5% water-soluble organic materials and ions. The type of diet and level of nutrition has a lot to do with the composition of urine, but generally it contains the following substances – urea, creatine, uric acid, carbohydrates, enzymes, fatty acids, hormones, sodium, potassium, magnesium and ammonia. It is the uric acid that gives off the horrid odour that is difficult to mask. When dogs urinate on the carpet the temptation is often to reach for a bottle of carpet cleaner to spray onto the affected area and then scrub away in the hope this will neutralize dog urine while also restoring your carpet back to its former glory. This may help to remove the stain but it won’t deal with the odour (I sadly used the carpet cleaner method so I speak from good experience that this is not the cure when looking to neutralize dog urine. I sprayed on the carpet cleaner and used a scrubbing brush to try removing all traces of urine. I ended up damaging the carpet pile scrubbing the carpet cleaning detergent into the carpet. Once dry there was no stain but the smell of urine lingered – despite all that effort!!).
Removing dog urine from a carpetTo remove the pungent smell you will need to first blot out as much of the urine from your carpet as possible using a wad of paper towel. Then spray on a product that contains an enzyme digester. The longer dog or cat urine is left on a carpet, the worse the problem becomes – as it seeps through the carpet into the underlay and flooring beneath. If you are out of the house at the time of the offence you will soon be alerted to the accident when hit by the smell on your return. While it might be too late to blot up all traces of urine, a pet urine neutralizer sprayed on to the carpet will remove the smell. Use carpet stain remover if your carpet looks stained – but only do this after applying a pet urine neutralizer and once the area has dried through thoroughly. Avoid using a steam cleaner to remove urine from your carpet. The heat will bond the protein in urine to any man-made fibres permanently locking in the smell. Follow the above steps to neutralize dog urine first and then use the steam cleaner to remove stains. What about using bleach to clean and neutralize urine smells? Bleach is a great disinfectant but it doesn’t neutralize urine odours. It is also highly toxic to humans and pets when you breathe in the fumes. There is also the option of making-up your own home remedy by combining vinegar, peroxide, dishwashing liquid and baking soda. This works by temporarily masking the smell, but in my experience it doesn’t remove the smell fully which is what you want to do so your pet doesn’t use that same spot again. Home remedies made up in a spray bottle don’t necessarily have a long shelf life so if you are a busy person and want something on hand immediately then keeping a bottle of pet urine neutralizer on hand may suit your life-style better. The more dramatic and rather costly alternative is to rip-up the carpet! No matter how well house-trained your pets are accidents can happen. An ageing pet, a cat with an urinary tract infection (UTI) or an excitable dog that “leaks” when you return home from work – they are all good reasons to invest in a bottle of pet urine neutralizer and have it at hand to deal with these little accidents as soon as possible.
Benefits of Mrs Gleam’s pet urine neutralizer
- Breaks down the proteins in urine.
- Equally as effective on dried soiled areas – simply spray offending area and leave for a few minutes.
- Eliminates odours.
- Leaves citrus aroma, which can deter cats from using same area.
- Completely safe around your pets.
- Kills germs
- Convenient 750ml spray bottle.
Why does cat urine smell so pungent?Cat urine is more concentrated than that of dog or other domestic animal and so has a stronger more pungent smell. The other reason it smells so bad is that it often goes undetected. Due to the size of cats, it is easy for them to sneak behind furniture or in corner and urinate so it is often only when dry that the smell alerts us to the incident.
Cat urine is a concentrate of metabolic waste comprised of urea, creatine, uric acid, various detoxified substances, sodium chloride and other electrolytes. Your cat metabolism breaks down the protein in their food to produce the by-products known as urea, which is then excreted by the kidneys into urine. Urea converts into ammonia – giving off that recognisable pungent aroma! So to permanently remove the smell the area affected must be sprayed with a product which will break-down the protein. Many cat owners try home-made remedies for cat urine neutralizers. While a combination of vinegar and baking soda is likely to remove stains from furniture, walls and floors it will only temporarily mask the smell.
A cat urine neutralizer product makes use of a specific enzymatic reaction resulting in the hydrolysis of urea. Enzymes are proteins that speed up chemical reactions. The enzymes break up the urea into carbon dioxide and ammonia, which are gases that evaporate quickly.
If your cat isn’t using the litter box, it may be that your cat is telling you something. The advise is that if your cat becomes a more regular offender, that you visit the vet for a check-up to rule out any medical problem and for advice on how to get your cat to use his or her litter box – there is only so many times you can spray cat urine neutralizer before you start getting very stressed cleaning up after them.
Reasons for a cat urinating outside of their litter box could be anyone of these reasons:
- litter tray has been used too many times without being cleaned out and now your cat is protesting!
- your cat isn’t feeling well
- stress or anxiety – which could be caused by situations such as young children tormenting your cat, neighbours dog being a bully, surrounded by too many other pets or unpleasant surroundings.
- behavioural issues
- new home – this could bring on anxiety or cats have a propensity to mark their territory outside the litter box.
Before dealing with mould removal, you should really try to stop future growth first.Bathroom mould is likely to be found under the sink, around the door to your shower cubicle and fixtures, on the window frames – moisture is attracted to the window because it is the coldest surface
Steps to take to prevent mould
- open the window after bathing or showering – even just leaving them open for 15 minutes per day can make a difference to moisture levels
- drop the temperature of the water when taking a shower or bath to minimise the amount of steam
- use a dehumidifier
- after taking a shower use a scraper to wipe the water of the glass and tiles of your shower cubicle to reduce the amount of moisture released into the air
- stop dripping taps by closing them properly or replacing the washers to prevent constant dripping
- turn-on the extractor fan when cooking, keep lids on pots to prevent excessive amounts of steam and close the kitchen door to stop steam being drawn towards colder rooms in the house
- hang washing outdoors to dry whenever possible. If you have to dry them indoors use a dehumidifier to extract as much moisture from the air as possible. Having the heating on will also help reduce moisture content.
- invest in a humidity meter to monitor levels and try to keep them below 50%
- making sure your home is well insulated
How to use instant mould removerThis product does contain bleach so be careful around fabrics. Spot test on surfaces before use. Spray on to the affected area and leave to work – within 10 minutes black bathroom mould is eliminated. Wipe and rinse thoroughly.
Features of bottle that dispenses laundry detergent and conditioner
- automatically levels the liquid in the dosing chamber to the correct measured amount
- user friendly, works from every position (no orientation needed)
- overdosing or over-pouring is impossible
- no more ‘old-fashioned’ squeezing; required volume is dosed automatically independent from the user
About some of Mrs Gleam’s product range
- Mrs Gleam’s instant mould remover – contains all the ingredients needed to quickly eliminate mould, algae and mildew. Ideal for use in kitchens and bathrooms including on walls, tiles and UPVC. Comes in a convenient 750ml bottle with adjustable trigger spray. Contains bleach so be careful around fabrics. Spot test on surfaces before use. Spray on to the affected area and leave to work. Wipe and rinse thoroughly.
- All purpose descaler (750ml) – ideal for removing limescale from a range of surfaces around the kitchen and bathroom. A build-up of limescale can affect the efficiency of an appliance.
- Bathroom cleaner – offers powerful, safe cleaning killing 99.999% of germs without using harmful chemicals. The complete bathroom cleaner descales, sanitises and deodorises in one spray, whilst the ”soil-guard” ingredient gives a resistance to watermarks and scum after use. Spray on the parma-violet fragranced foam, which will cling onto any surface, leave for 5 minutes to kill 99.9% of germs and wipe away heavy grime with a clean cloth.
- Carpet and upholstery stain remover – Simply spray on then blot your stains away. You’ll be amazed how easily even the toughest stains vanish. Extremely powerful carpet cleaner solution and stain remover free of bleach or peroxide, safe on skin and is eco friendly.
- Laundry stain remover – tested on a variety of stubborn stains such as cooking oil, make-up and mud. This pre-laundry treatment is mild enough to use without protective gloves. Bleach and peroxide free, it removes heavy food and grease stains from almost all clothes and fabrics whilst protecting colours. For the best results, launder the garment before the pre-spot remover is left to dry.
- Laundry detergent – cleans and helps rid your clothes of bacteria while also achieving a fresh smell using a powerful formula that contains no bleach or peroxide. Easy to use ergonomically designed bottle accurately measures the exact amount of laundry detergent needed to leave your clothes clean and fresh. 100 applications/washes in one dosing bottle
- Non-toxic oven cleaner – fume-free and efficiently cleans burnt on food and grease. Just spray on, leave over night and then wipe off. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes without using harsh chemicals so there is no risk to damaging your oven surfaces. This oven cleaner contains an enzyme that works to dislodge the grease and fat from oven surfaces. This eco-friendly product offers safe non-toxic cleaning, fume-free, safe on skin, removes heavy grease.
What this reviewer had to say about Mrs Gleam’s house cleaning products
- Carpet & Upholstery Stain Remover
- Bathroom Cleaner 4 in 1
- Kitchen Cleaner & Degreaser
- Laundry Spot Stain Remover (yet to try)
- Little Darlings ‘On-The-Go’ Pack