Cleaning Tips & Hints

Thank you for your purchase of clean & simple all-purpose, all-surface, super cleaner concentrate. In addition to following the directions in the product brochure, here are some extra directions and tips to help you get the maximum results out of clean & simple!

 

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Spotless Glass & Mirrors:

Make sure that you have mixed the proper dilution (120 parts water to 1 part concentrate). It is important to not overmix (use too much concentrate) for this application. If you do, it could cause streaking, and of course you don't want that. For extremely dirty windows, you might want to double the concentrate in your diluted mixture.

To make sure that you have a consistently diluted mixture, we recommend that you mix it up one gallon at a time. Rinse out an empty gallon jug and label it window cleaner. Measure out just one ounce of concentrate in a measuring cup and pour it into the jug. Top it off with tap water, shake it up, and you now have a good supply of pre-mixed glass and mirror cleaner.

When you are ready to clean your glass or mirrors, just pour the diluted mixture into any spray bottle and get to work. For best results, we also recommend that you use a clean white terry cloth towel and don't clean your glass and mirrors in direct sunlight.

Hint: When cleaning framed pictures, do not spray clean & simple directly onto the glass! It could soak in around the edges and damage the print. Instead spray clean & simple onto a soft terry cloth or paper towel and buff the glass clean.

 

Rust & Grease off Driveways:

Rust/Dry Oil: Make sure that you have mixed up the proper dilution (15 parts water to 1 part concentrate). For small areas or stains, you can use a spray bottle. For larger surface areas, mix one cup of concentrate to fifteen cups of water in a bucket. Apply the diluted clean & simple to the stains until completely saturated, then let stand for 5 to 10 minutes. It is best to clean your driveway at dusk or on an overcast day. Cleaning in bright sunshine will cause the product to evaporate fairly quickly, as it is a water-based product!

After clean & simple has soaked into the stains for 5 to 10 minutes, scrub the stains with a steel-bristled brush then rinse with a garden hose. Make sure that you don't use a brass-bristled brush, as it will stain concrete!

Wet/Fresh Oil: Throw some sand or kitty litter onto the stain to soak up as much of the wet oil as possible. Even go so far as to grind in the sand or kitty litter with your foot (OK, put a shoe on!). Remove the now-oily sand or kitty litter, then proceed as above.

Hint: The hardest rust stains to clean are caused by fertilizer iron and battery acid run-off. If you are unfortunate enough to get these stains, it is important to clean them right away. If you don't, they could "burn" into your cement and become virtually impossible to clean.

 

Mold & Mildew off Wooden Decks, Fences & Walkways:

Make sure that you have mixed the proper dilution (15 parts water to 1 part concentrate). For small areas or stains, you can use a spray bottle. For larger surface areas, mix one cup of concentrate to fifteen cups of water in a bucket or a plant sprayer. For a five-gallon pail it would be five to six cups of concentrate, topped off with water. Apply the diluted clean & simple to the stains until they are completely saturated, then let stand for 5 to 10 minutes. It is best to clean your mold and mildew at dusk or on an overcast day. Cleaning in bright sunshine will cause the product to evaporate fairly quickly as it is a water-based product!

Work in 5- to 10-foot sections. Wet down the surface first with your garden hose, then apply clean & simple with the sprayer and allow it to soak in for 5 to 10 minutes. If it starts to dry out, spray it again with the clean & simple . After the surface has soaked for 5 to 10 minutes, scrub with a long-handled deck brush or broom (the shorter and stiffer the bristles, the better) scrubbing with the grain if possible, then immediately rinse with the garden hose.

Hint: After you have removed all the mold and mildew and the deck has dried completely, we recommend sealing your wooden deck or fence with any quality sealer, available at your local hardware store. This will not prevent future mold and mildew buildup; however, it will make it much easier to clean!

 

Mold & Mildew off Rain Gutters:

You can use a normal spray bottle, but the smarter move is to use a plant sprayer filled with the 15:1 general purpose dilution of clean & simple . Work in 5- to 10-foot sections. Wet down the gutter with a garden hose first. With the gutters still wet, apply a liberal dose of clean & simple with the plant sprayer. Allow it to soak in for a couple of minutes. If it starts to dry out, spray the gutters again with clean & simple . After they have soaked for a couple of minutes scrub the gutters with a long handled nylon brush, then immediately rinse with the garden hose.

 

Mold & Mildew off Patio Furniture:

You can use a normal spray bottle, but the smarter move is to use a plant sprayer filled with the 15:1 general purpose dilution of clean & simple . Work in sections. Wet down the furniture with a garden hose first. With the furniture still wet, apply a liberal dose of clean & simple with the sprayer. Allow it to soak in for a couple of minutes. If it starts to dry out, spray it again with clean & simple . After the furniture has soaked for a couple of minutes, scrub with a nylon brush, then immediately rinse with the garden hose.

Hint: After you have removed all the mold and mildew from any hard plastic parts of your patio furniture, we recommend applying an ordinary paste car wax to it. It will make future cleanups a breeze!

 

Tile & Grout:

Tile:
Make sure that you have mixed the proper dilution (15 parts water to 1 part concentrate). For small areas or stains you can use a spray bottle. For larger surface areas, mix one cup of concentrate to fifteen cups of water in a bucket . Apply clean & simple and allow it to stand for a couple of minutes. Wipe the tile clean with a towel or, for large areas, a cloth mop.

Hint: Do not use a sponge or a sponge mop. They have a tendency to push the dirt from the tile into the grout, making matters worse.

Grout: Same as above, except for tough, built-up mold, mildew, or grout grunge. If it is a heavy-duty problem, we recommend allowing the clean & simple to stand for at least 15 minutes. Don't let it dry out; keep applying clean & simple if necessary. After allowing it to soak in, take a stiff-bristled nylon or rubber-bristled grout brush to the grout. Wipe away the grunge with a towel, then rinse with water. Repeat if necessary.

Hint: After you have removed all the mold, mildew, or grout grunge to your satisfaction, we recommend sealing your grout with a quality sealer available at your local hardware store. This will not prevent future mold and mildew buildup; however, it will make it much easier to clean!

Note: If the mold or mildew in or on the tile grout has completely permeated the grout, or has actually spread from the inside out... then it is just common sense that the tile will need to be re-grouted (if you want it pristine).

 

Bathroom Fixtures:

 

Spray clean & simple ;(mixed at the general purpose dilution of 15-1) directly onto surfaces to be cleaned; cover the dirty or stained areas completely with the diluted cleaning solution. Use a white teflon scrub pad or .0000 steel wool to scrub away any built up deposits. Rinse away the grimy residue with plain water, then be sure to buff the freshly cleaned areas completely dry with a terry cloth towel immediately after cleaning.

 

 

Marble, Terrazzo, Slate, Travertine, Granite & Natural Stone:

 

You never want to use any acidic cleaning products on these surfaces, which makes clean & simple an excellent choice!

 

Make sure that you have mixed the proper dilution (15 parts water to 1 part concentrate). For small areas or stains you can use a spray bottle. Spray the surface to be cleaned then buff dry with a clean terry cloth towel. For built up dirt and stains we recommend using a nylon bristled scrub brush.

 

For larger surface areas such as floors, mix one cup of concentrate to fifteen cups of water in a bucket . Apply clean & simple ;with a cloth or a sponge mop and allow it to stand for a couple of minutes then mop as usual. For built up dirt and stains we recommend a long handled tile brush (available at Home Depot or other hardware stores). Work in a small enough area so that the diluted product does not dry on the surface being cleaned. After scrubbing the surface with the tile brush, mop up the the residue. If you are working with a surface that has exposed grout we recommend not using a mop (at least for the initial deep cleaning). The mop will push the loosened dirt and soil into the grout. You will be better served using a terry cloth towel to absorb the loosened soil and cleaner residue.

 

Hint: To maintain a beautiful finish do not allow clean & simple to dry on the cleaning surface before buffing dry. In addition, some customers have told us that giving these surfaces a quick wipe down with plain water after cleaning with clean & simple ;gives the surface an extra shiny finish. From our tests we don’t believe that it’s absolutely necessary but remains a matter of personal choice.

 

Some of our customers have reported maintaining these surface with the window cleaning dilution of 120-1, or one ounce of concentrate in a gallon of water. From our test, this works best to maintain the surface after a good initial cleaning.

 

Carpet:

For individual stain removal and total carpet cleaning, follow the directions in the brochure. Here are some tips for those extra-tough stains.

Candle Wax & Gum: Fill a unzipped plastic bag with ice cubes and seal it shut. Place the sealed bag on top of the candle wax or gum; allow it to stand for 10 to 15 minutes. This will freeze the stain and allow you to scrape or chip away the majority of it with a dull butter or case knife. To remove the balance of the stain, heat up a properly diluted mixture of clean & simple (15 parts water to 1 part concentrate) in your microwave (2 minutes should be plenty), then apply it liberally to the stain. Keep applying clean & simple as you rub away at the stain with a clean white terry cloth towel. Repeat as necessary.

Kool-Aid, Red Soda, Colored Cough Syrups, etc.: Red stains are notoriously tough. However, with clean & simple handy, you can handle them. The problem with red stains is that most of them contain Red Dye # 4. It is a permanent dye that manufacturers use to preserve the color for the shelf life of their products. The key word here is permanent, therefore it is imperative to get the stain out as soon as possible. Blot (don't rub) as much of the stain as possible before applying clean & simple . When you have blotted out as much of the stain as possible, then start applying the 15:1 dilution of clean & simple as you blot and gently rub away at the stain with a clean white terry cloth towel. Repeat as necessary.

Hint: If any of the red coloring remains or it is an old stain, try applying some undiluted lemon juice or hydrogen peroxide to the stain. Allow it to stand for 10 to 15 minutes, then continue to blot away. Pay attention and be careful with this method; make sure that you are not lightening the color of your carpet.

Pet Stains & Odors: First of all, if it is a fresh stain, you want to use some old terry cloth rags to blot out as much of the stain as possible, before using clean & simple . Even go so far as to stand on the rag and twist with your foot. Soak up as much of the stain as possible in this manner before applying clean & simple . When you have blotted out as much of the stain as possible then start applying the 15:1 dilution of clean & simple as you blot and gently rub away at the stain with a clean white terry cloth towel. Repeat as necessary.

Hint: Urine has a tendency to spread quickly and it is also known for taking the color out of carpet. However, if you catch the stain early enough and really work on it with clean & simple , that should do the trick. If the stain has been there for a while it might take a couple of applications over a 2- or 3-day period of time.

X-tra Hint: If you still notice some odor after a few applications of clean & simple , pour some baking soda on the damp carpet and rub it in a little. Let it set overnight, then vacuum the next day.

 

As with all cleaning products, you may run across some tough cleaning chores that require a little more effort than just spraying it on and wiping it off!

When you do run across some of these problem surfaces, we recommend that you have some of these handy cleaning helpers at your disposal. You probably have most of them around your house or garage, but in case you don't ... we do offer a Custom Cleaning Kit that contains them all!

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