Cleaning glass without leaving behind streaks, a cloudy film, or lint comes down to two things: the right glass cleaner, and the right cleaning cloth. Continue reading
Don’t you hate when you take the time and energy to mop your floors, only to end up with ugly white streaks? If you’ve ever wondered in how to prevent streaking from a mop, the Office Ink Blog is here to help!
You don’t need to invoke Martha Stewart black magic to prevent streaking from a mop. Giving your floors a streak-free shine boils down to three simple tricks:
- Sweep your floor first, then
- use the right floor cleaner
- in the right amount.
Sweep first to prevent streaking when you mop.
You absolutely must sweep, or even better, vacuum, your floor before mopping to prevent streaking. Otherwise, you’re just going to smear debris around and end up with a streaky mess.
Use the right cleaner to prevent streaking from a mop.
You have to use the right floor cleaner for the type of floor you have to prevent streaking from a mop. I’ve put together a handy little chart below, and included some DIY alternatives you can use in a pinch.
|Laminate Floors||Buy: ammonia-free floor cleaner||Swiffer® WetJet® Cleaning Solutions|
|DIY: 2 tbs. of baby soap per gallon of water|
|Wood Floors||Buy: neutral, water-based cleaner for wood floors.||Murphy® Oil Soap|
|DIY: one part vinegar and one part oil|
|Brick / Concrete Floors||Buy: mild, neutral floor cleaner||PAK-IT® Neutral Floor Cleaner|
|DIY: 2 tbs. dish soap per gallon|
|Ceramic Floor Tiles||Buy: ammonia-based floor cleanerDIY: 2 tbs. laundry detergent per gallon||Mr. Clean® Finished Floor Cleaner|
Using just a little floor cleaner prevents streaking from a mop.
You can’t prevent streaking when you mop if you use the wrong cleaning solution, or use the wrong amount. For example, ammonia based cleaners will dull the the finish of wood and laminate flooring. And too much soap will leave a residue on all floors. You also need to be smart about the amount of water you use. Leaving too much water on mopped floors slows drying times and results in streaky deposits. Plus, water warps wood flooring. Go ahead and dry your wood floors with a soft cloth after you mop.
Finally, be sure to read the instructions before you apply any cleaner to your floors. When in doubt, just use use a mix of white vinegar and plain water. The vinegar provides a little cleaning power, and neutralizes the alkaline in water to eliminate white spots. And while vinegar and water won’t give the best clean on all floor types, it won’t hurt either.
UPDATE 6/22/2018: Since first publishing this article in 2013, we have received LOTS of great suggestions from our customers about what works and what doesn’t. Thank you! So, we have incorporated your feedback into a new and improved guide about removing adhesive residue.
Click here to read our updated article on this topic and take the hassle out of removing stickers, labels, tape from various surfaces at work and in your home!
Removing the sticky, adhesive residue left by stickers and tape can be a pain. Sometimes, scraping the adhesive off with your finger nail just doesn’t do the trick. Office Ink shows you how to remove adhesive residue from metal, plastic, vinyl and clothes.
How to remove adhesive from metal
To remove adhesive from metal, try using rubbing alcohol. Really, we should just go ahead and declare good old isopropyl the hardest working man in your medicine cabinet. In addition to removing removing adhesive from metal, alcohol removes cleans hands, removes dry erase marker stains and even revives dried out pens. To remove adhesive from metal, just rub the stain with a cotton ball soaked in alcohol.
Bonus tip: You can also use baby oil or rubbing alcohol to remove adhesive from metal.
How to remove adhesive from plastic and vinyl.
So the object in warm, soapy dishwater, then wipe the adhesive stain away with a soft cloth and vinegar.
How to remove adhesive from glass
To remove adhesive from glass, you need to break out the big guns. Try acetone nail polish remover first. FYI: glass is one of the few office & household surfaces acetone won’t damage. So don’t try it on anything else.
Rubbing acetone on the stain will probably do the trick. But if doesn’t try WD-40 next. Lubricant will break down the adhesive and is easy to wash off glass.
How to remove adhesive from clothes
There are a few methods you can try to remove adhesive from clothes. First, pre-soak your garment in hot water with a stain remover, then launder as usual. If your stain remains try spot cleaning with:
- One tablespoon of laundry detergent mixed with two cups of warm water water.
- One tablespoon of ammonia mixed with two cups hot water.
If neither solution removes your adhesive stain, fold your garment in half so the stain faces inward, with a wet paper towel between the two layers. Let that sit for an hour, then spot clean the adhesive stain with a soft cloth and an alcohol based hand sanitizer like Purell.
Got a can’t-miss stain removing tip? We’d love to hear it! Post your suggestions in the comments.
Laptop screen covered in dust and finger prints? We have some tips on how to clean a laptop screen. First things first: don’t use ammonia-based glass cleaners such as Windex to clean your laptop screen. Ammonia can damage modern LCD screens. Your best bet is to use wet wipes specifically formulated for use on computer screens. The advantage of laptop screen cleaning wipes is the wipe material, specially fabricated to not scratch your screen. Plus, the cleaning solution is great for quickly cleaning fingerprint. If you don’t have any screen cleaning wipes on hand, just use a soft cloth moistened with plain water.
Recommended Laptop Screen Cleaning Wipes:
|Innovera® Antistatic Screen Cleaning Wipes||Read Right® Kleen & Dry™ Wet/Dry Wipes||3M Notebook Screen Cleaning Wipes|
Once you’ve cleaned your laptop screen, you may as well deal with the keyboard. Use compressed air (or hey, a Post-it note) to get rid of dust and debris under the keys. Then wipe the keyboard down with the same cloth or wipe you used on the screen.
Got some advice on how to clean a laptop screen? We’d love to hear them! Leave your tips in the comments.
Office chair on its last legs? Before you shell out for a new one, see if you can eke out some extra life with our DIY guide on how to fix adjustable office chairs. Continue reading
You’ve done your homework and are ready to wow at your presentation. But how to make your presentation binder as awesome as you are? The same qualities that make for great presentations make for great presentation binders: make them engaging, informative and sensibly organized. Not sure where to start? We’ve got some great tips on how to put your presentation binder together. Continue reading
How are binders measured? That is one of the most common questions we get from customers at OnTimeSupplies.com. What they really want to know is how big a binder they need for their projects. So Office Ink is here to clear up the mystery of 3-ring binder sizing.
Cabinet style, construction and safety are the most important considerations while shopping for a file cabinet, but these days, there are a range of other features available. If you regularly transport a large number of files, consider a mobile file cart. Most offices file storage needs expand over time. If you select your file cabinet from a furniture collection, you can always get a matching cabinet if you need to, as well as complimentary hutches, bookcases and other storage and display options.
If you’ve got more questions on choosing an office file cabinet, or office furniture in general, fell free to call on the experts at On Time Supplies. They can be reach toll free at 1-866-501-6055, or via the live chat feature at OnTimeSupplies.com
I’m one of those people who thinks my PC runs on magic and wishful thinking, but even I know that too many files and unused applications suck up loads of RAM and slow down my machine. I try to delete old and temporary files from time to time, but sometimes, you’ve just got to snap on the rubber gloves and do some serious deep cleaning. Knowing what is safe to delete can be hard, but that’s what patient and generous computer nerds are for — explaining PC maintenance to the rest of us.
Stephanie Vaughn Hapke is practically the queen of the computer nerds. She’s the President and CEO of GeekGirl Consulting LLC, a computer consulting company. In an article in the Huffington Post, Hapke shares some startling statistics on just how much time workers waste wading through the digital files clogging up their computers. Thankfully she also shares some tips on how to better manage your files. Check them out here.
PC World is another great resource for us overwhelmed Luddites. They feature a series of articles with step by step instructions on clearing unwanted files from your machine. In “Reduce Windows Clutter, Improve Performance,” Steve Bass explains how to cleanup your desktop. Matt Lake’s “PC Workout” offers a few easy steps that will have your computer running as smooth and as fast as it did when you bought it. Lincoln Spector uses his Answer Line column to identify the mysterious running applications listed when you hit Ctrl+Alt+Del, and tells you which you can close and which should always be running.
I get nervous futzing around with anything on my PC. That’s why I’m glad people like Hapke and publications like PC World exist. Nothing soothes an anxious technophobe like easy to understand advice from a certified computer nerd.