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Old 09-22-2008, 11:49 AM
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Weiman Cleaning Products

Fall Cleaning - a Necessity

Spring cleaning is a good idea, but fall cleaning is a necessity. Increased foot traffic and open windows and doors during the summer months leads to more dust, dirt, grime and allergens in the home. Before the holiday season starts, and now that the kids are back in school, it is the perfect time to do some fall cleaning.

Weiman Products ( offers some seasonal tips to get your home ready for fall (and winter) and to help you get a jump-start on the holidays.

Outside the Home

Patio Furniture: Prior to putting the patio furniture in storage for the year, clean it to remove pollen, dust, dirt and grime.

Plastic furniture: Create a cleaning solution by mixing dish soap and water in a bucket. Hose down the plastic furniture with water and use a sponge to apply the cleaning solution and scrub away any dirt, dust and grime. Hose off the cleaning solution and let the furniture air-dry.
Wood furniture: Direct and in-direct sunlight causes wood to dry out, become brittle and fade. Clean wood furniture with a product like Weiman® Furniture Wipes that contains natural oils, including lemon, walnut, safflower, sesame, almond and avocado to restore the wood’s natural oils lost during sun, wind and rain exposure and to prevent checking during storage.
Grills: Whether or not you store your grill during the cooler months, take some time this fall to remove summer’s BBQ leftovers.

Grill interior: To clean the grates, remove and wrap the grates with a few sheets of tin foil (make sure the shiny side is touching the grates). Place grates back on the grill and turn grill on high for 30 minutes. Wait for the grill to cool and remove tin foil. All the food particles and carbon will come off with the foil.
Grill exterior: To remove baked on grease from a grill’s exterior, create a cleaning solution using dish soap and warm water. Apply with a soft cloth. For stainless steel finishes, use a non-abrasive stainless steel cleaner like Weiman® Stainless Steel Wipes and finish by buffing the surface with a soft cloth or paper towel.
Screens/Windows/Doors: Remove the screen doors and windows. Replace the screen doors with storm doors. Create a cleaning solution in a bucket using dish soap and water, and hose down the screens. Scrub screens with a soft brush using the cleaning solution. Hose down screens, let air-dry and replace window screens.

Clean exterior windows using a squeegee (squeegees with a 10- to 12-inch blade work best) and a no-drip glass cleaner to keep the solution and moisture from seeping into windowpanes, frames and sills. A screw-on-squeegee extension and ladder will help you reach higher windows.

Inside the Home

Windows and blinds: Opening windows allows the fresh air to flow in, but it also brings dust, dirt and mold into the home. Be sure to clean your windows, blinds and drapes to remove mold, dust, dirt and allergens before the colder months arrive. Start by vacuuming windowsills, blinds and drapes to remove dust and dirt. Make a cleaning solution by adding one-cup water and one-teaspoon dish soap into a spray bottle. Using a soft cloth or paper towel, clean windowsills. Clean windows with a streak-free, no-drip solution like Weiman® Professional Glass Cleaner.

Heating vents: Clean heating vents prior to use to reduce the spread of allergens throughout the home. To clean, remove the vent and gently vacuum in and around vent opening. Carefully wash the vent using a micro-fiber or soft cloth with warm soapy water. Dry and replace vents. Keep vents free of dirt, dust, pet hair and dander by dusting, mopping or vacuuming around them weekly.

Stoves: Take time before the busy holiday season to thoroughly clean the stove and oven. Before cleaning, make sure the stove and oven are cool. To clean the stove, use a non-abrasive cleaner like Weiman® Cook Top® Cleaner, which works well with Weiman’s Cook Top® Scrubbing Pads. Then, use a soft cloth or paper towel to buff the surface. For regular, non-self-cleaning ovens, sprinkle a thick layer of baking soda on the bottom of the oven. Use a spray bottle filled with water to wet baking soda until it is damp (do not saturate the baking soda with water). For a few hours, continue to wet the baking soda as it dries out. Afterwards, simply scrape the baking soda, food particles and carbon from the oven. Be sure to remove all the baking soda before using the oven.

Weiman Products

Weiman Products, LLC manufactures specialty home care products that clean, protect and prolong the life of appliances and surfaces throughout the home. Weiman’s product lines include: Weiman products, Wright’s® Metal Care products and its newest product line of environmentally-friendly cleaners, Perfect Planet. Headquartered in Gurnee, Il, Weiman products are available nationwide through mass merchandisers, grocery stores, hardware stores and other retail outlets including Wal-Mart, Target, Publix, Kroger, True Value, Kmart, Ace Hardware, The Home Depot, Expo Design Center and Costco. Products are also available through Weiman’s website or by phone (888.281.6400).
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