Archive for : December, 2016

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Steps in sanitizing your kitchen sink

The kitchen is one of the most utilised rooms in the house. For an entire day, a common sink handles messy dishes, leftovers, and standing rinsing water. These everyday chores cause waste to accumulate inside and on the sink leading to stains and odour, making it a community for germs.

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In order to get rid of these problems and avoid the danger they pose to you and to your family, learning how to properly clean a kitchen sink well will resolve the dirty issue.

  • Get rid of all dirty dishes and food leftover from your sink first before you start scrubbing your sink.
  • Wash down the sink’s whole surface with the use of soft cloth, gentle soap and warm water to sanitize the taps, the drain as well as the outer rim. Do this cleaning every after use of the sink.
  • Pour boiling hot plain water into the drain to help eliminate any foul odours and soften hard and sticky materials that are clogged in the drain. Make sure to wash down the whole sink with this process. Do the same process a number of times every week.
  • Pour 1 tsp. of baking soda and a quarter cup of lemon juice over the sink’s surface and down the drain weekly. Allow the mixture to stand for about 10 minutes and use hot water to rinse away the remaining residue.
  • Mix together a half cup of baking soda, a quarter cup of lemon juice, and directly pour the solution into the sink drain. When the mixture is in the drain, pour down a half cup of white vinegar. Use the mixture of these ingredients every week to loosen and remove clogs and clean the drain. You can find these ingredients in most supermarkets.

For more information about kitchen sink cleaning, please visit us at info@youplumbing.com.au

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The Truth about Sitting on a Public Toilet Seat

Stop worrying so much when using a public toilet without toilet paper covering it. All you have to do is to wash your hands after using the toilet. Perhaps, public bathrooms can be a haven for most bacteria since a lot of people are using it.

However, many experts agree to one thing: public bathrooms are not the dirtiest place on earth. According to assistant professor William DePaolo of immunology and microbiology at the University of Southern California (USC), sitting on a toilet cannot lead to infection and even the bacteria found in the toilet’s surfaces are not transmitted easily in your skin. He added that many of these bathroom bacteria successfully live in moist areas such as mucous membranes. Now, in case you sit on a toilet without covering it with toilet paper and you failed to wash your hands, then you are at risk of transmitting the bacteria that you are afraid of. Nonetheless, you should know that the skin serves as a protective layer against microbes.

Well, the truth is other things that can be found in the bathroom such as the toilet paper roll is much dirtier than the toilet itself getting more bacteria. For example, the dishwashing sponge can be a place of 200,000 times more bacteria in comparison to an average toilet seat. Other household things that have more bacteria are video game controllers, smartphones, and kitchen sinks. Don’t ignore your purses which of course are taken  almost everywhere. So, are you so scared of toilet seats? Well, you should be shivering if you find out that that your office desk is much filthier with some 16 million microbes just on your keyboard.

Nevertheless, you can still cover the toilets with toilet paper but be reminded that washing your hands carefully using anti-microbial soap plus an alcohol could do a better job.

For more information about cleaning and maintaining your bathroom you can go to any plumbing shop in Australia, kindly visit us at info@youplumbing.com.au

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Things You Should Know about your Kitchen

Interesting kitchen info and facts for your day.

Think about your chopping board

An average chopping board contains over 200% more germs than your toilet seat. The right thing to reduce more germs in your kitchen is to use two separate boards – one is for raw food and the other one is for the cooked. Then make a habit of cleaning your board with hot soapy water after using. In choosing chopping boards, opt for glass boards over wooden ones since they hold less water.

In addition to your cutlery drawer

Don’t limit your cutlery stores to a knife, fork and spoon. You can find other members called such as a spork which is a combination of a spoon and a fork and even a splade which is a spork with a blade.

It’s only an onion, please stop crying

There are ways to counter those unnecessary tears when you’re chopping onion. You may cut the onion carefully under cold flowing water or try placing it in the freezer prior to chopping. After you finished chopping, squeeze lemon juice to get rid the smell from your hands.

Act right away for a spillage

When you are cooking your favorite food, it can be a disaster when the pan spills over and all the foods start to bake onto the cooktop. Cleaning can be a nightmare! A helpful tip to prevent any spillages is to put a fork or wooden spoon across the top of the pan.

Is the kitchen really the cleanest room in the house?

Though many people think that the toilet is the filthiest place in your home, but actually it’s not. The kitchen sink is a home for 100,000 times more germs compared to a bathroom or toilet. You can buy disinfectants and cleaning products at any plumbing shop in Australia.

For more information about sanitizing your kitchen, please visit us at info@youplumbing.com.au

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Easy Steps to Fix a Leaky Tap

A tap that leaks can give you problems you don’t expect. Imagine that even slow and continuous drops may lead to higher water bills, wasting water and water damage. The good thing is repair on a leaky tap is actually a simple task and you don’t have to call for a plumber to complete the job.

The following are possible causes for a leaky tap:

  • Corrosion of the valve seat
  • Worn out seals and O-rings
  • Buildup on washers and valve parts
  • Loose parts

There are  simple steps to stop the leak and it can be fixed by doing the following:

Materials Needed to Repair a Leaky Tap

To make the process quick and easy, make sure to collect all required tools and materials before you get started. The following are the necessary materials to fix a leaky tap. You can buy these tools at any plumbing shop in Australia.

  • Adjustable wrench
  • WD-40 or other lubricant
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • White vinegar
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Scouring pad
  • Replacement parts

Shut Off the Water

Before starting the job, turn the water off to avoid accidental flooding in your bathroom or kitchen. Search for the shutoff valves beneath the sink and turn off the water to the fixture or turn off the main supply of water for the whole house.

Remove Tap Handles

By using a flathead screwdriver, remove the taps decorative handles. To remove the screws that keep the handles, use the Phillips head screwdriver. For corroded screws or other handle parts that are hard to remove, use WD-40 to lubricate and then loosen the parts.

Inspect the Tap Parts

To loosen the packing nut you can use the wrench and open the stem. Check the packing nut as well as the stem for any indications of buildup or corrosion. Also examine the O-ring and then the washer in the valve seat to ensure that they are in good condition. Clean the parts to get rid of any buildup or deposits.

Clean the Valves

After all removing all the parts from the tap, inspect the valves for any deposits or buildup. To dissolve mineral deposits, pour white sugar on the area and soak in few minutes. Then, take out the stopper from the drain and pour water on the valves in order to wash away dirt and debris. Finally, you can put the tap back in the reverse order of all the steps you did. Replace corroded and damaged parts with new ones. Turn on the water supply and see if the faucet still leaks.

For more information about fixing a leaking faucet, you may visit us at info@youplumbing.com.au

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Helpful Cleaning Steps for your home

Cleaning your house regardless of the season or the degree of effort you have already done is always challenging. Here are some helpful steps to clean your house completely and effectively.

Living Rooms

  • Declutter to ease the cleaning process. Look for a new place for items or remove anything visible that does not belong in the room.
  • Start cleaning in the large and hard-to-reach surfaces from the ceiling, to walls, the rest of the trim, and then the baseboards.
  • Clean the Windows.
  • Wipe remaining hard surfaces such as wood furniture, shelves, built-ins, etc. with the use of beeswax-based wood cleaner or petroleum distillate-free.
  • Refresh your floors by moving all big furniture first like bed and sofas. To remove dirt in corners and baseboards, use your vacuum’s crevice device or clean it using a microfiber mop and a recommended cleaner if you have a hard floor.

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Bedroom

For your bedroom, start the cleaning by washing the duvet cover, bed skirt, pillows and shams and give them additional spin cycle for quicker drying. For your comforters, hit the Laundromat with one of the extra-big front-loaders. If your mattress has seen better days, sprinkle baking soda on the mattress. Allow it to sit for an hour and vacuum it up with the hose attachment.

Kitchen

Polish your cabinets by wiping the exposed tops, then place newspapers that fit them to collect dust. Replace the paper every now and then. Using wood cleaner, wipe the doors in front and back. When your fridge, stove or dishwasher is empty, wipe it down both inside and out. Make the countertops tidy by removing all items. Clean and dry them then return what you only use every day.

Bathroom

Wash your shower curtain by setting the dryer on low. Remove and rehang curtain before it’s thoroughly dry. To treat water spots and soap residue, apply heated distilled white vinegar and wipe it on the doors. Reinforce by scrubbing with baking soda and a non-scratch pad.  You can find any of these cleaning tools in any plumbing shop in Australia.

For more information about deep cleaning, please visit us at info@youplumbing.com.au

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