Can you give me from personal experience a recommendation for a house cleaning service or (preferably) a specific person who cleans your home? I've had terrible luck with both in San Francisco and I'm reaching a point with work that I just don't have time to do it all any more. [more inside]
I'm interested in hiring a house cleaner for my Albuquerque home. I'd like bi-weekly or monthly cleanings of the public spaces and both bathrooms (around 2,00 sq. ft.), as well as those "major cleaning" things, such as windows, on a schedule. I'd like them to use effective cleaners that are also somewhat green-ish (clean trumps green). Because I do animal rescue, I do have cats/dogs in the house (most foster dogs are crated when I'm not home). Any recommendations?
We've been using Pine-sol cleaner for years. The pine oil in it dissolved grease and killed germs. Unfortunately, the old formula has been replaced by a new "original formula" that is advertised as having a longer-lasting scent. It stinks! It smells like very bad cheap imitation floral perfume now, a long-lasting scent that makes the house smell horrible. We can't have this scent in our house. What should we use instead? [more inside]
I have had the same house cleaner every two weeks for close to 20 years with no issues. He is very honest. The main guy comes every time and I trust him enough to have a key to my house, but his crew of 2 or 3 that accompanies him seems to change. On Sunday night I wore a diamond pendant and 3 not-valuable stacking rings. I recall removing them and placing them in the drawer where they live when I'm not wearing them. The cleaning people came Wednesday. I went to wear them again today (Friday) and found the necklace and one of the three stacking rings missing. [more inside]
I need to clean an expensive white Oscar de la Renta skirt suit that's lined in taffeta/tulle; it has some faint smudging here and there on the thick reverse silk-satin fabric. I wouldn't trust a normal dry cleaner with this, and don't know where else to go. Alex's seems exorbitant and gets awful reviews; Peninou seems doubtful as well; and I read somewhere about Crystal in San Mateo but don't have much to go on. Does anyone know a cleaner (preferably in San Francisco, but I can drive elsewhere if necessary) who works with designer items, maybe wedding gowns, who would know how to work with tricky white silk fabric? Many thanks!
I need to get a new vacuum cleaner, as the one I have has given up the ghost. Also I'm poor. [more inside]
Our cleaning lady, who otherwise seems to be pretty honest and is regarded like a family member, has been inflating her billable hours. We know this for sure. How should we deal with this? [more inside]
Help me hire an independent house cleaner. [more inside]
I need a cleaning towel for my large screen DLP TV. The manual says to use a cotton towel, but I find that solution to be less than perfect, a lot less than perfect. I've considered a microfiber cloth, but I don't have any experience with them, and the ones that get good reviews (from Amazon) are too small for the task I need them for. A cleaning solution is something I've considered, and plenty of them are labeled "safe for TV screen", but words are cheap and my TV isn't. Basically, I'm hopelessly lost, and would appreciate some suggestions on a TV screen cleaning kit with a proven history of reliability and customer satisfaction. Thank you.
Toronto-filter: Is there a good place to get shirts (both male and female) washed and ironed for a reasonable price? I've tried dry cleaners but while male shirts seem to be ok from a price perspective (although still expensive), female shirts (exact same material, some form of cotton blend) are charged at twice and sometimes three times the price, even though they are, almost literally, just smaller men's shirts. Any recommendations would be helpful. Thanks.
This is quite possibly the weirdest question I'll ever ask here: what is the best food safe lubricant/cleaner to replace WD40 in an industrial environment. [more inside]
Dear Ask MetaFilter, I never thought this would happen to me: requesting recommendations for a private house cleaning service in Durham, NC. [more inside]
Can anyone suggest a vacuum cleaner that has a washable HEPA filter, doesn't vent out the front, isn't heavy, is reasonably priced, and has a button to turn off the brush? [more inside]
Cleaner of 1+ year is using our clothes washing machine(s) without permission. She's a smoker and it makes the machines smell. Is this an expected perk? Regardless, what's an indirect way of saying "Please don't use our washing machine."? [Ridiculously detailed story inside…] [more inside]
We have a pool and we need a pool cleaner. The pool shop has recommended this Pandora robotic cleaner. It costs a lot – A LOT – of money. And I can’t find any consumer reviews telling me if it’s worth the almost $2000 AUD. Does anyone have any experience with either this particular model, or the other models of robotic pool cleaners that are a step up from the Kreepy Krawly or Baracuda-style suction cleaners, but a step below a commercial pool cleaner? [more inside]
Tell me about steam cleaners. [more inside]
Do you have a recommendation for a trusted laundry in Houston who can clean treasured linens, quilts, and hand-knits and -crochets and wrap them with archival paper? [more inside]
Help me find a replacement electric motor for my vacuum cleaner? [more inside]
Can you advise on how best to test/improve the air quality of my home? [more inside]
How do you clean a slot-loading DVD drive on a Macbook? [more inside]
How do you get reddish brown marks off sidewalk caused from the snowblower scraping along the concrete? [more inside]
Am I being too paranoid about drain cleaner? [more inside]
Would an household all-purpose cleaner ruin a suit? [more inside]
I left a new bottle of toilet bowl cleaner on the bathroom counter while unpacking groceries. It leaked, and I didn't notice until the next day. Now there's a rough white stain on the counter (marble) that won't come off. Any ideas on how to remove it?
Is it safe to use Resolve carpet cleaner? [more inside]
Those pretentious Dyson vacuum cleaner commercials have me thinking about the potential inferiority of my trusty steed... [more inside]
I've read the prior discussions, and I've seen Consumer Reports - but the wool carpet issue hasn't been addressed. I'm looking for a good vacuum cleaner for my wool carpets (and my sofa and such). I have cats. I don't have stairs. I'd like a vacuum cleaner that will last. And I'd like something not too heavy, something easy to move around. If it has a bag, it has to be easy to change it. [more inside]
Is it possible to make homemade drop-in toilet tablet automatic cleaners (the kind that go in the tank and usually turn the water blue)? Anyone know a recipe? [more inside]
Looking for a service to clean my Seattle apartment. Any recommendations? General recommendations on how to pick a cleaner or service are welcome. [more inside]
With some products, the off-brand is as good as any other brand, sometimes even coming off the same production lines in the same factories. With other products, there is a quality difference between brands. How about for replacement HEPA filters for a Kenmore air cleaner? (And, as a bonus, should I believe the warning against washing and reusing the charcoal pre-filters?) [more inside]
Last Wednesday I was assaulted by a foul smell in my front (guest) bathroom. I have been trying to pinpoint the cause for several days. I'm about to go out of town and need advice on what to do, especially since I'm extremely broke and have tried all the usual methods of attack. Details inside... [more inside]
HouseholdChemicalsFilter: Due to a latex allergy, general hatred of inner-glove dampness, I prefer to clean the house without using gloves. Am I putting myself in any grave danger? [more inside]
How can I get this parking-deck-drip-residue off of my car's paint and windshield? [more inside]
Searching for good household cleaner for Wimbledon (SW19), London [more inside]
How to remove a deep blue Lysol toilet cleaner stain in the carpet [more inside]
Does anyone know of a good full service laundromat in Quincy or Milton in Massachusetts? [more inside]
So. We've upgraded to a two-bedroom flat and can now justify a cleaner. Any recommendations for a good weekly domestic cleaner in London? We're in W3.
Good experiences with leather/ suede cleaners in San Francisco? [more inside]
Anyone have first hand experience with ultrasonic cleaners that they purchased for jewelry and eyeglass cleaning? [more inside]
Problems with recording DVD's. Do I need a cleaner? or a different machine? I get lousy recordings, some of the time. One and a half years ago I bought a reconditioned Toshiba DVD and VCR Recorder/Player. D-VR3SU/ I basically like it, it was relatively easy to learn how to use it, though that took a while. My old VCR had died, and it made sense to me to go digital, but I have a lot of tapes I wanted to copy. And I was busy. For a while, it seemed to work fine, but many of the copies i didn't watch, so it was hard to tell. [more inside]
Know any good cleaners in south London? [more inside]
Best inexpensive, small, ultrasonic cleaner? I want to clean pretty small stuff lke bicycle chains, casettes, and derailers, nothing huge.
Can anyone recommend a a good non-agency house cleaner in Toronto? (Also bonus points: out of curiousity, does anyone know the maid service that Globe and Mail reporter Jan Wong worked for in her series, "Maid for a Month"? [more inside]
I use Miraflow as my daily contact lens cleaner. I use either AOSept or AMO UltraCare as a disinfectant. All three products have completely disappeared from the shelves, in stores and online. What is going on, is anyone else experiencing this, and can anyone suggest an alternative for cleaners or disinfectants - even my eye doctor's doesn't know what's going on.
Is vinegar really effective as a household cleaner? [more inside]
A recently purchase (6 months old) Hoover SteamVac Dual V died... [more inside]
I just added Guns and Roses - Appetite for Destruction with the orig artwork but the vinyl seems dirty and sounds bad. Does anyone have any preferences or suggestions for a good record cleaner?
I got a beautiful graphite pool cue for Christmas, but someone (not the gift giver) put a sticker on the shaft that has left a terrible gummy adhesive residue. How do I go about removing the residue without damaging the finish or the shaft itself? Google doesn't have all that much to say-- mostly companies selling professional adhesive removers. I have heard that WD-40 or nail polish remover would work, but would either hurt the cue? Thanks.