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Thursday, 26 May 2011

Easy solution to cleaning grout between tiles

Cleaning the grout between tiles has alwasy been a time consuming excercise for my cleaning staff. I however recently discovered this easy solution. This method is easy, and its not harmful to the environment. The answer was found in powdered oxygen bleach.

The benefit of oxygen bleach is that it is nontoxic, it does not produce any harsh fumes, and is color- and fabric-safe. It can be used to removes any food and grease stains with no or minimal scrubbing. What the oxygen ions does is that it attacks the stain molecules, breaking them into pieces that rinse away with little effort.

You need to mix any high quality oxygen bleach with warm water and stir it until it dissolves. Then pour the solution onto the floor tile so the grout lines are flooded with the solution. For best results the oxygen-bleach solution should be poured onto dry grout so it soaks deeply. Leave it to soak into the grout for at least 15 minutes. If it completely soaks into the grout, add more of the cleaning solution, making sure there is always plenty of the cleaning liquid on the grout.

The longer you leave the solution on the grout the easier easier it becomes to clean the tile flooring. The reason for this is thatt the oxygen ions work for up to six hours. To get maximum cleaning results, it helps to scrub the grout lightly after 30 minutes. While you scrub, you should pour more of the solution onto the grout.
In no time at all, the grout will look as good as new.

Also remember that the fresher the stain on grout, the easier it is to remove. As yet, I have not found a stain that this solution can not remove.

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Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Flower of the day - Gazanias

Gazanias (also known as treasure flowers) are ideal for brilliant colour in sunny places. They are clump-forming and have green leaves that are grey beneath. They are drought tolerant and native to Southern Africa.

Their daisy-like flowers come in shades of orange, red and yellow throughout the year. Excellent  as ground covers and rockery plants in well drained soil.

Some named varieties are ‘Day Break Bronze’ (dark brown flowers), ‘Day Break Orange’ (large orange flowers), ‘Day Break Pink’ (large pink flowers), ‘Day Break Red Stripe’ (large yellow- and red-striped flowers), ‘Day Break Yellow’ (large yellow flowers), ‘Moonglow’ (double bright yellow flowers), ‘New Moon’ (creamy-white flowers with a dark yellow centre), ‘Pink’ (grey foliage with pink flowers), ‘Raspberry’ (green leaves and small, light red flowers), and ‘Tangerine Tango’ (green foliage with double, orange-yellow flowers)/ G. splendens ‘Talent’ has grey-green foliage with many-coloured, single flowers. G. rigens ‘Vaiagata’ is low growing with yellow-and-green variegated foliage and dark yellow flowers all year. G. uniflora is fast growing with grey foliage and yellow flowers throughout the year.

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