How 9 Famous Landmarks You Know and Love Get Cleaned!

Eiffel TowerSpring is the time of year when we clean our homes of all the filth and dust from the winter season. While we might be scrubbing down our homes and prepping our wardrobe for the impending summer weather, there are other important things that are getting spruced up as well, like famous landmarks, statues, and monuments. Sometimes this happens once every few years while others get a good cleaning more than once a year.

Here’s how some of the world’s most recognizable landmarks get cleaned!

Big Ben – Big Ben (or the Great Westminster Clock) requires a lot of time and patience to clean. Each of the 4 dials is 23 square feet, and there are 312 panes on each face. Time doesn’t stop marching on when the clock needs cleaning either; cleaners attached to nylon ropes are forced to dodge the moving hands with the minute hand moving about a foot a minute.

The Coliseum in Rome – Did you know that the Roman Coliseum has never been cleaned? It’s true! In fact, for the first time in its 2,000-year history, it is being cleaned of all the dirt and grime from the past. Those who are cleaning it are using toothbrushes and water to get the huge arena clean, along with larger brushes for the larger areas. The Coliseum is slated to be totally clean by 2016.

The Eiffel Tower – This 124-year-old structure that frequently adorns our walls and décor gets cleaned annually. It takes 4 tons of wipes (yes, TONS!), 25,000 garbage bags, 105 gallons of metal cleaning solution, and 10,000 doses of detergent to get this structure looking all shiny and new. In addition to its annual cleaning, the Eiffel Tower is repainted every 7 years by hand with lead-free paint in three different shades of brown, a system that requires almost 60 tons of paint. This paint job lasts up to 18 months.

The Empire State Building – How do you clean the windows of a building that doesn’t have a flat roof? That’s what window washers who clean the 102-story Empire State Building deal with whenever they clean this landmark. They tackle this problem by hooking harnesses to eyebolts that are embedded inside the building since they can’t attach ropes to the rooftop.

Lincoln Memorial – Honest Abe (or at least his inanimate doppelganger in Washington D.C.) gets a thorough power washing from a hose twice a year to keep him shining and sparkling like new!

Mount Rushmore – This well-known monument, which was completed back in 1941, had received its very first cleaning in the summer of 2005. The 60-foot-tall granite faces of 4 American presidents were cleaned by highly-pressurized 150-degree water. That causes all the dirt, moss, and grime to be wiped totally away!

The Space Needle – First opened for the 1962 World’s Faire, the Space Needle that graces the Seattle skies received its first cleaning in 2008. The same company that cleaned Mt. Rushmore worked only at night and used water pressure up to 2,610.6 psi heated to 194 degrees Fahrenheit on the 604-foot-tall structure. How did they do it? The cleaners lowered themselves by rope from the very top of the tower. Talk about bravery!

Statue of Liberty – Until the 1930s, this symbolic monument gifted from France received an annual wash but not a scrubbing. That’s because the green patina on the statue protects the copper underneath. Now we know why the statue is green!

Taj Mahal – This iconic monument in India is quite difficult to keep white and beautiful as it constantly fights the pollution in the area. When it’s time to clean it, workers use something unexpected to get the job done – mud. Mud clay is applied and left to dry over the areas overnight and is removed using soft nylon brushes and water the next morning. This has been done to the monument in 1994, 2001, and 2008.

You may not have a big task of cleaning a huge monument that graces tourists’ photos, but it can be a tough job to keep your home, workspace, or business clean. Come to US Wiping for all your cleaning needs! Check out our stock at www.uswiping.com to learn more!

Your Easy How-To Guide to Making Your Outdoor Furniture Shine Like New!

patio furnitureIt’s almost May, and you know what that means – it’s time to break out the patio furniture and get ready to start some grilling! Graduations, warmer weather, and upcoming summertime holidays will soon take the spotlight, which means that now is the perfect time to get your outdoor furniture clean and ready to go.

If you’re new to cleaning your patio furniture, you might not be sure where to start or if you can clean your plastic furniture the same way you would clean your wicker furniture. That’s why we’re here! Just read on to learn all about the right way to freshen up your patio furniture, no matter what they’re made of!

Aluminum – Cover your pieces of aluminum furniture from top to bottom with an all-purpose cleaner and rub it down with a nylon scrub brush. Next, take a soft microfiber cloth and wipe the cleaner away. Remember to be extra gentle as abrasive cleaners and brushes will scratch! Rinse the furniture by hosing down. For extra protection, apply a coat of car wax once it’s dry!

Cushions – Got cushions in fierce need of cleaning? It’s easy! Simply combine one quart of warm water with one teaspoon of dishwashing detergent and a tablespoon of borax in a bucket. Dip a sponge in the solution and then use it to scrub the cushions on all sides. Let the solution soak in for 15 minutes, then rinse the cushion down with a hose. Finally, stand each cushion you wash on an edge until they’re dry.

Plastic – Do you have plastic furniture? Your cleanup is easy then! Just wipe it down with a clean cloth dampened in a mixture of water and mild dishwashing soap. Rinse it by hosing it down, and voila! You’ve got clean furniture!

Teak – Cleaning your teak furniture doesn’t have to be hard! Just use a soft scrub brush that has been dampened with water and a mild oil-based soap, and then rinse it off with a hose to make it shine.

Umbrella – Don’t forget about your umbrella! It takes quite a beating during the warmer months from the sun, inclement weather, and those nefarious bird droppings. Take down your umbrella and hose it down first. Then rub it with a wet soft-bristle brush that has in turn been run across a bar of laundry soap. Work from bottom to top and then rinse it off with the hose. Leave the umbrella open until it’s dry, and you’re good to go!

Wicker – For new-timers, wicker might look to be pretty intimidating to maintain, but it’s really not too bad! Just use a soft scrub brush that has been dampened with water and a mild oil-based soap to clean it up. Before that, you can use your vacuum’s crevice attachment to dislodge any leaves, dirt, and insects that might be lurking in the cracks. Rinse the furniture down with a damp sponge and dry it with a cloth to prevent mildew.

Wrought-Iron – Like aluminum, you will want to wipe down your wrought-iron furniture with a clean cloth that has been dampened with a mixture of water and a mild dishwashing detergent. Simply give it a rinse from the hose, and your furniture will look like new again!

Cleaning your patio furniture (or anything else, for that matter) doesn’t have to be hard, especially if you have the best cleaning tools to help you! Visit our website at www.uswiping.com to order yours today! Sign up for our newsletters, too, to get exclusive deals!

4 Steps to a Shiny and Streak-Free Car!

waxing carCold weather is officially behind us and we all know what that means – time to give your car some much-needed TLC! Warm weather and sunshine call for long car rides with the windows down and radio up. Show off your beautiful ride with these helpful tips on how to get that perfect shine!

The Best Car Wash Is Done By Hand

When washing your car, the best way to cover every spot is to do it yourself! Hand washing allows you to take your time and use the best products for all surfaces of your car. Contrary to popular belief, dishwashing detergent is not the best option for a cleaning solution. While it may get your vehicle squeaky-clean, it also has the potential to strip the surface of any protective wax coating, exposing your car to possible scratches and stains. A carwash solution is the best way to go when hand washing your car! When you’re done washing, dry the surface with a rubber-blade squeegee in order to remove any mineral residue left behind after the water evaporates. If there are any areas that still contain contaminants after the wash such as bird droppings or bugs, use specific contaminate remover and apply more pressure to the specific area.

Polish Your Car Like a Pro

The next step after washing is to apply a car polish to remove any remaining grease, dirt, scrapes, and scratches. Polish can come in the form of creams, sprays, and liquids, and it contains solvents that allow your car’s surface to shine like new. Apply a generous amount of polish onto a microfiber or lint-free cloth, and it will work wonders! Spread the polish onto the surface of the vehicle in a circular motion or use an electric car polisher. Just be careful not to polish too much or you might remove paint, exposing the primer or undercoat!

Protect the Shine With a Wax

Wax is used after the polish to act as a sealant and add another layer of shine. The layer of wax will protect your car from UV rays and prevent pollution and dust from damaging the surface. It is best to apply a thin, even layer of wax because too much could damage the paint. Waxes that contain natural ingredients will increase the lifespan of your car. We recommend waxing your car once every three months, but polishing only needs to be done when necessary. Always test whatever wax or polish you choose on a small area of your car to make sure it doesn’t leave any lasting effects on your car!

Don’t Forget the Glass… or the Microfiber!

Save this part for last because your windows may have some grime collected from the other steps. Find a glass cleaner without ammonia and use a microfiber cloth to avoid streaking. We offer the perfect microfiber cloths for automobiles! Order yours today at http://uswiping.com/automotivewipers.aspx and get your car shining like new!

5 Reasons Why You Should Make Spring Cleaning Your Home a Priority

spring cleaningSpring is officially here! Do you know what that means (aside from warmer weather and flowers blooming)? That means it’s time to begin your spring-cleaning, a.k.a., the act of deep-cleaning all those areas of your home that gathered dust all winter. While this may not be our favorite aspect of spring, it’s a necessary one – plus, you will feel better after it’s done!

Not sure why spring-cleaning is important in your home? Here are 5 key reasons!

Get Organized – You spent your winter moving around belongings that you never use anymore. Now is the time to pitch, donate, or sell all the items you know you won’t use again. Your storage closets and corners will thank you for it.

Good For Your Health – Do you suffer from allergies? Getting rid of dust and cleaning out those hard-to-reach places can help keep those spring allergies at bay!

Say Good-bye to Stress – When your home is clean, it gives you the ability to focus on what’s really important, not worry about cleaning! No cleaning = less stress!

Always Be Ready For Guests – Having an impromptu game night or BBQ will be much easier when you don’t have to worry about doing any house cleaning!

Change of Scenery – While spring cleaning, make some small changes with décor or move things around. This will help breath new life into the room!

If you’re ready to start your spring-cleaning, consider our great products to help get the job done right! Our variety of microfiber rags, lint-free towels, and kitchen towels can rid your home of dust and dirt! For more information or to purchase your products, please visit: http://bit.ly/1k5iLg2 Visit us on Pinterest for more cleaning tips!

Got Grease Stains? 9 Common Household Cleaning Solutions That Work!

clean grease spotsNo matter how careful you are in your home, grease stains happen. These types of stains can be pretty stubborn and tough to get out of many areas in the home, especially if you’re not quick to address the issue.

Luckily, we’ve come up with a list of 9 useful household solutions to help you get rid of those grease stains right away. Try one, a few, or all of the following solutions in your home!

Baking Soda – Are grease stains from your cooking adventures adorning your stovetop and backsplash? Get rid of them with baking soda! First, wet the spots with a little water, and then cover them with a just a bit of baking soda. Rub them off with a damp sponge or soft towel. Keep the baking soda around to help break down the grease on dirty dishes in your dishwasher as well!

Chalk – As strange as it sounds, chalk can work wonders on those grease spots in your tablecloths! Just rub some chalk on the linens and let it absorb all of the oil from the grease before you brush it off. If the stain still sticks around, just rub some chalk into it again before you toss it in the washing machine.

Club Soda – Cast iron pots are great for cooking meals in, but cleaning them can be pretty difficult. Make cleanup a lot easier with club soda! Simply pour some in the pan while it’s still warm – the bubbly soda will help keep the mess inside from sticking!

Cornstarch – Cornstarch isn’t just handy for cooking meals; it’s also great for getting stains out of the kitchen and carpets! Just sprinkle a bit onto a soft cloth and rub it into the grease spot gently until it disappears! For carpets, sprinkle cornstarch over the stains and let it sit for several hours. Then, vacuum it up, and the stain should be gone!

Kitty Litter – Have some extra kitty litter around and looking to get rid of that garage floor oil slick left behind by your car? Just blot any wet oil or grease with newspaper until the floor is pretty dry, and then spread a generous amount of kitty litter over the stains. Let it stand for 24 hours, and then sweep it up. You should have a clean floor devoid of grease!

Newspaper – Paper is absorbent, and that applies even to grease! Spread several thicknesses of newspaper over the grease spots in your garage floor, and then soak them with water and weigh them down with something heavy. When the paper has completely dried out, remove them, and the stain should be gone!

Paper Bag – When you grab a bite at your favorite fast food place, you might notice that the greasy foods leave their mark on the bags that hold them. This trick works for getting those stubborn grease stains out of wallpaper as well. Just fold a brown paper bag and hold it over the stain. Run a warm iron over the spot, which should draw the grease into the paper, and repeat until the spot is gone!

Shaving Cream – If you accidentally dropped some grease food on your brand new carpets, you don’t have to worry. Just grab a can of shaving cream and work some into the grease spot. Let it dry, and then rub it off with a damp spot cloth to get the stain out!

Vinegar – Vinegar is great for a lot of things, and one of those tasks includes getting grease stains out of your kitchen counters or table! Just wipe them down with a cloth that is dampened in a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water. It will also help reduce and neutralize any odors on the surface – double bonus!

If you’re ready to tackle those grease stains in your home or business, you’ll need some sturdy cloths to help wipe up all the liquids and grease. Let us help you with that! Find the perfect cleaning products for you at www.uswiping.com!

10 Major Reasons to Start Decluttering Your Home Today

Decluttering tipsIt’s not uncommon to have a “messy” house most days. Life is busy, and there just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to keep things looking neat and tidy before we wind down. But when does “messy” become “cluttered”?

If you’ve accumulated a lot of unnecessary items in your home, you might find that keeping your household clean can be tiring and next to impossible. If the clutter is bothering you (and it probably should) but you’re lacking in motivation, read this list of 10 big reasons why you need to take the time and start tidying up ASAP!

It Decreases Your Stress – A survey conducted by Rubbermaid found that 42% of homeowners experienced more anxiety when their homes were cluttered and in disarray. If you find that you’re more anxious or stressed out when you’re at home, chances are it’s because of your clutter. When you start clearing out the junk and unnecessary items, you’ll find that your state of mind will improve greatly!

You Can Make More When You Sell – If you plan on moving anytime soon, you might want to start decluttering right away. According to a 2013 survey by HomeGain.com, real estate agents ranked cleaning and decluttering your home as the top low-cost DIY improvement project for a home seller. In fact, the return on investment (ROI) was 403%! Remember, potential buyers like clean, organized spaces and are more prompt to buy those sorts of houses, so start clearing out unnecessary items right away.

Give Your Lungs a Break – All that stuff in your house gathers dust at best, and dust is bad news for your health, especially if you have asthma or other breathing problems. Regular house dust has also been known to contain arsenic, decomposing insects, pollen, and dust mites, and in more extreme cases, fecal matter, human skin, and even mold and other organisms. Keeping things tidy and cleaning regularly can help eliminate this, however!

Find a Parking Spot for Your Car – According to a UCLA study of home clutter, approximately 25% of garages couldn’t be used to park cars because they were too jam-packed with clutter. That’s one in four households! If your garage is packed with stuff, take the time to clear it out to shelter your car. Remember, a garage will help protect your car from the elements and help it last longer for you to use and enjoy.

You Can Save Money – Many households have the tendency to stockpile, which then typically becomes clutter. When you clear out the clutter, you may discover that you really do have enough frozen chicken, cans of green beans, toys that haven’t seen daylight in months, or all the cleaning supplies that you could ask for. This will help you to stop spending money on things you don’t need and keep your budget in check and your wallet fat.

You Can Find Money – Need money? Got a cluttered house? Take the time to clean it out and you might come up with some extra dough! Professional organizers have claimed that they have come across thousands of dollars in their clients’ homes including undeposited checks, gift cards, and even cash. Cleaning your home is like checking the pockets of old jeans and purses – you never know how much forgotten money you’ll come across!

It Will Clear Your Mind – Who can think clearly with all that clutter in the way? Apparently, not many people can. According to research conducted at Princeton University’s Neuroscience Institute, when one’s environment is cluttered with stuff, that person’s ability to focus is diminished, and the brain’s ability to process information is limited. If you’re tired of feeling overwhelmed, start small, begin decluttering, and try to keep it clean to help your mental clarity.

Improve Your Friendships – Not many people are okay with inviting their friends over to their messy homes. In fact, nearly half of homeowners said that they wouldn’t ask their friends over because of clutter, and 16% of moms with at least 3 children claimed that they won’t let their friends come over because of the state of their homes. If this applies to you, take charge and take control of your home’s clutter for the sake of your friendships.

Bump Up Your Credit Score – We know that a lot of valuables can go missing (including money) when a space is cluttered. Other important items that can vanish under piles of stuff are those pesky bills, which is bad news if you’re notorious for paying bills late. You won’t just rack up the fees – you’ll also kill your credit score. Keeping the house organized and clean, though, can help you keep those bills at the forefront of your mind, allowing you to pay them on time and keep your credit score going strong!

Have More Time for What Matters – Do you enjoy spending time with your family, reading, learning a new language, or doing crafts? Think about how much time you waste trying to find the items you need or attempting to clean up the clutter – time that can be dedicated to doing the things you want to do. According to the National Soap and Detergent Association, getting rid of clutter would eliminate 40% of housework in the average home, leaving you with almost twice as much time to do the things that really matter.

After you’re done reorganizing, throwing out unneeded items, and donating the things that don’t fit anymore, you’ll need to complete the job by cleaning your house. That’s where we come in the picture! Check out our website at www.uswiping.com to view our durable, top-of-the-line cleaning products to help get even the toughest cleaning jobs done!

5 Easy Things to Do Every Day for a Clean and Orderly House

cleaning everydayLet’s face it – just about everyone wants a clean house. The trouble is that there seems to be less and less time to get the home in order these days. Who has time to get down to business and clean the house after a long day of work?

Luckily, doing a few of the same things every day can help keep your home organized and tidy. Here are 5 things you should do every day in order to keep you house in order!

Make the Bed – One of the 5 things you can do every day to keep your home in order happens at the very beginning of the day – making your bed. It takes just a minute and leaves your room feeling put together in no time. Be sure to make your bed as soon as you’re up, and teach your kids to do the same.

Deal With Mail ASAP – Once you grab the mail, resist the urge to toss it on the kitchen table to look at later. Go ahead and look at the mail right then and there. Discard any unnecessary items like junk mail and flyers, and open and file any bills that need to be paid. It will feel so much better to get it over with and filed away as soon as possible.

Do Something Every Day – Why do all the cleaning on one day? Don’t stress about getting everything done in one or two days. Just do a few small things every day, and you’ll be able to maintain a clean home much more easily.

Wash the Dishes and Clean the Sink – The last thing you want to do at the end of the night is to put all the dishes away and load the dishwasher, so why put it off? Get into the habit of loading the dishwasher, scrubbing the sink, and wiping down the counters and kitchen table as soon as you finish dinner. It just takes a few minutes, and it leaves your kitchen looking close to impeccable!

Put Everything In Its Place – This one tip alone will help you keep clutter in check. As soon as you or a family member is done with an item, make sure that you or that family member puts it away in its place instead of leaving it out on the counters, tables, or floor. It will take much less time to put that one item away than it will to put everything away at the end of the day.

Remember, organization takes time. Don’t expect miracles overnight, and remember to concentrate on your progress and hang in there! In the same token, cleaning doesn’t have to be hard, especially when you have sturdy products to help you get the job done right. Find the right products for the job at www.uswiping.com to get started today!