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Started by VeniVidiVicious on Mar 3, 2011 7:34:59 PM
The house-proud BLEACH-swilling thread

Slatterns and underpants-ironers alike, discuss the finer points of home-making here.

autymummy - 03 Mar 2011 22:40:05 (#1 of 11034)


pampas - 03 Mar 2011 22:41:35 (#2 of 11034)

MIELE!! I've just bought one (vacuum cleaner) and it's great, especially the turbobrushy thing for the stairs. Stuff the Dyson.

GrrrIbdis - 04 Mar 2011 00:06:43 (#3 of 11034)

It's the housework thread! Hooray! I hate Miele now. I've just bought a Sebo. It's ace fantastic wonderful....but heavy.

Any opinions to be offered on the super-cheap carpet shampooers Vax are selling? Are they useless or do they do a good job?

Ricolas - 05 Mar 2011 09:44:59 (#4 of 11034)

I love my Dyson! My mother loves her Miele!

popperhead - 06 Mar 2011 12:23:13 (#5 of 11034)

Okay,I am proud to crack a bottle of water with alka seltzer in it on the bow of the new thread with a first question.

We have incredibly hard water and the toilet bowl is all scaled up. I've started to shift it with milky bleach, a rubber glove, a plasticy scourer pad and elbow grease.

How harsh can I go with my cleaning implement i.e. I guess a wire brush would do the job in a tick, but I guess this would damage the bowl.

Should I just out descaler in there (I've never tried that yet). Even then I'll have to do the top bit (that aren't underwater) with elbow grease right. Which takes me back to the original question.

popperhead - 06 Mar 2011 12:23:59 (#6 of 11034)

Metal brillo pad??

Ricolas - 06 Mar 2011 12:26:04 (#7 of 11034)

I find that the bleachy stuff that has a black bottle and green writing on it (not sure if it domestos or not) which claims to be anti-limescale works really quite well. Below the waterline too.

HelenDamnation - 06 Mar 2011 13:58:01 (#8 of 11034)

Kim 'n' Aggie have in the past used pumice stone on limescale. I think it has to be natural pumice, not the pretendy sort in neat rectangular blocks.

HelenDamnation - 06 Mar 2011 13:58:57 (#9 of 11034)

Oh, and I love my Dyson. You love your Miele. Inability to tolerate difference is dangerous and may lead to the sudden closure of your favourite talkboard. Or the Holocaust. Something bad, anyway.

pushkin - 06 Mar 2011 13:59:51 (#10 of 11034)

Nice new thread! Looking forward to getting well cleaned up.

binturong - 06 Mar 2011 14:32:25 (#11 of 11034)

Bleach doesn't have any limescale shifting powers, you need acid to disolve it. Get some Harpic 100% limescale (or similar). It clings to the limescale above the waterline as well as working on the stuff below it.

pampas - 06 Mar 2011 14:43:10 (#12 of 11034)

Spooky! I was going to ask the very same WC pan question as popperhead - getting the start of the U bend cleaned up (the pan itself is fine). I've even baled it out so I could put Viakal over in undiluted, but it never really cleans. I've tried all the strong proprietary stuff so was thinking of some strong acidy stuff.

binturong - 06 Mar 2011 17:56:00 (#13 of 11034)

You want an acid that will react with the limescale to form a soluble calcium salt (some form insoluble salts, which is no help at all). I'd recommend phosphoric acid.

MysteryDate - 06 Mar 2011 17:57:51 (#14 of 11034)

Hold on a sec: there are people who iron underpants?

Ricolas - 06 Mar 2011 17:59:16 (#15 of 11034)

I will occasionally (when time permits) iron the boxer short flap to prevent ... well ... I hardly need to draw you a diagram.

Avonlea - 06 Mar 2011 18:32:48 (#16 of 11034)

GrrrIbdis, we bought a cheap Vax upright carpet shampooing thingy last year. It's a bit slow to use, whereas my sister-in-law's big Vax cylinder is v. easy, but if you don't have much space and want a cheap alternative, it's fine. We can do our sitting room (about 14 x 12ft) reasonably easily.

LovelyBigEyes - 06 Mar 2011 18:50:32 (#17 of 11034)

I'm thinking of getting an old fashioned carpet sweeper for keeping our new rug clean. It's not a huge rug and I don't want to be lugging the vacuum round it every day or two. Is a handheld vacuum not worth it? I used to have one a while back, suction and charge wasn't great though.

JessicaEccles6 - 06 Mar 2011 18:52:47 (#18 of 11034)

we bought a cheap Vax upright carpet shampooing thingy last year.

Will it do stairs? My stair carpet has a disgusting black stain in the middle of each tread, and I can't afford another one.

Avonlea - 06 Mar 2011 19:23:49 (#19 of 11034)

It couldn't do our stairs, Jess - it's too wide and you have to make a seal for it to suck the water back out properly. You could rent a cylindrical one that would though, I'm sure.

LBE, we have a Ewbank carpet sweeper too! (Insert your own joke...) £13 from Amazon and various friends who've seen ours in action have purchased their own. We got it when we had a v. hairy cat and didn't want to hoover 3x per day, but it's handy for all sorts of small jobs.

To complete the set, we have a handheld vacuum (it looks like this, but it was only about £35
and it's fine. Miles better than the bottom-of-the-range wet-and-dry we had before it.

And now I look like a nutcase. I do realise that most people don't need four different appliances for carpet and related cleaning.

airynothing - 06 Mar 2011 19:34:34 (#20 of 11034)

My MIL has a rechargeable carpet sweeper she swears by. No idea of the make but I can find out if anyone's interested.

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