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Our First Journal Entry

Cleaning Authority Journal Entry #1

Your Supplies

Make sure you have everything you need to begin.

There is nothing worse than reaching for something in your bucket and finding out that it is empty, or non existent.  As a Cleaning Authority, you can make your own cleaners, try these recipes.

rust stained carpeting

Is there any way to remove rust stains from your carpeting?

by Carol
(Greensboro NC)

Rust Stains on Carpeting

My once new and clean light biege carpeting is now ruined with two different types of stains.

One stain is a rust spot from the bottom leg of an old cast iron table.  It is ugly and I have tried everything to get it out.  It is about 2"
in diameter and it is deeply set into the carpet.  Any ideas?

Carol Boberg

Hello Carol:   Here is your answer:  The number one thing to remember is do not use bleach.

It will set the stain and you might as well name it because it's going to be there a very long time.

There is a product called Whink, that is used by professionals.  If you cannot find this product, then make a paste of cream of tartar, rub it in,  rinse with clean water and blot it up.

Of course acids also work, so try some lemon juice, let it stand for a few minutes, then rinse with cold water and blot it up.  You may have to do this several times.  Best of luck.

Comments for:  Is there any way to remove rust stains from your carpeting?

Rust Removal from carpeting NEW
by: Anonymous

Thank you Richard for your suggestions.  I have not tried your ideas yet but you did mention acids.

What about trying vinegar, if the cream a la tartar does not work!  I use vinegar for so many things, especially cleaning my stainless steel pots and pans.

Vinegar really gets out the stains in my cookware.  Sometimes I have to let it soak for a few hours, while other times, the stains come right off.  So, do you think vinegar might work or would it be harmful to carpeting? I would not use bleach.

Also, bleach is very good for my black porcelain sink.  It really makes it shine.  Could using vinegar over a long period of time damage the porcelain?

Hello  Anonymous

Yes, you can use vinegar to clean your carpeting.  To remove a spot, fill a container with some vinegar and some baking soda, and blend into a paste.  Using a toothbrush, work the paste into the spot, and then allow to dry completely.  Vacuum when dry and the spot should be gone. 

If you have a Steam Cleaner for your carpets, then fill the container with half warm water and half vinegar.  Use the machine as directed and your carpeting should look great when done. 

If you use vinegar over a long period, will it hurt your carpeting? There are no studies saying it will ever hurt your carpeting. 

Your comment about using vinegar to make your kitchen sink shine is very helpful to all of us.  Of course, it doesn't hurt that it will also remove  bacteria from your sink.  The use of vinegar on the porcelain should have no adverse affects.

Remember to Keep It Simple, But Above All Clean.



As a Cleaning Authority, this is # 1 in my kitchen


At the end of your day, after cleaning up the kitchen, fill your sink with hot water and a splash of bleach, adding a squirt of dish liquid soap.

Add your dish cloths and your sponges and let them soak over night.

The next morning wring them out and wipe down your counters.  This will disinfect the counters and remove the bacteria from the dish cloths and the sponges.




Here's a great Cleaning Authority tip for the bathroom.  We all know that when we brush our hair,  strands of hair go floating through the air and land everywhere in the room, including the vanity top. 

Use a spray bottle with some warm water and some liquid detergent, and spray the top of the vanity.

This will show you the hairs sitting on top.  Take your squeegee and run it over the top, pulling the hairs into the sink.  Run the water at the same time.  Run the squeegee under the water after each swipe over the top of the vanity.

When done refill the sink with some water and liquid detergent and wash it down.

Dry with a towel when done.  There will be no hairs on your micro cloths and you will be able to use them again without worrying whether or not the cloths have any hair left on them.

How Do I Fold My Sheets?

When folding fitted sheets, they never look straight or neat.  Folding sheets and pillow cases properly is a goal of mine.  Can you tell me how to do this correctly?

Hello Tricia!  Thank you for your question.  Over the years, this is by far the number one question everyone asks.  If you click on Cleaning Videos on the Navigation Bar, and scroll down to Master Bedroom, you will find Folding Fitted Sheets.

This link will take you directly to the page.

I've taught many of my clients over the years, exactly what you will learn here.  I hope you enjoy the video.  Keep practicing and you will learn.  I promise.

Remember to Keep it Simple, But Above all Clean.

Best Regards, Richard

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