Aaaaaaall clean! – Miss J, 2
This week, I discovered something that might already be obvious to some of you. It’s not just the gels, creams and sprays you choose which make a difference to how effectively you clean your house, the cloths, brushes and sponges you choose can also make a huge difference.
For years, I’ve bought value cloths, cheapy sponges and 50p washing up brushes and thought nothing of it. When I needed to scrub the tiles in the bathroom back to their former glory, I bought a thick, brand name cleaning fluid, but it never occurred to me to invest in better sponges.
As it turns out, testing Scotch-Brite cleaning products has been something of a minor revelation. Many of the products are simple solutions to everyday annoyances. The Scotch-Brite Grout Scrubber, (£16.70 for a pack of 8) for example, is a tapered sponge with a strip of scouring material along the length, meaning you can get right into the grout lines and scrub with ease. It’s far more effective than a standard sponge scourer.
There are also some great solutions for problems that I thought were a fact of life, such as the toss up between allowing stainless steel kitchen fittings to soak in cleaner before wiping them, or attacking them with a scourer and learning to live with the resulting scratches. The Scotch-Brite Non-Scratch Sponge Scourer (£1.60 for a twin pack) has an effective scrubbing surface on the back, but doesn’t scratch. Quite how, I’m not sure, but it does seem to work.
Scotch-Brite also make tub scourers, lint rollers and clever erasers that literally rub out marks on bathroom surfaces. I’m keen on their range of microfibre cloths, including ultra-absorbent cloths for the kitchen, super soft anti-static cloths for use on TVs and computer monitors, and honeycomb like clothes for streak free windows. All very clever.
For fabrics and upholstery, Scotchgard make a range of cleaning and protective products. When we first bought our current sofa, we paid extra for it to be coated in Scotchgard, which helped immensely in keeping it clean, right up until Miss J developed a dramatic case of projectile vomiting that no barrier could withstand, so we had no choice but to strip all the covers off and fling them in the washing machine. They survived well, to my surprise, but have been noticeably less resilient to stains ever since.
This weekend I did some patch testing on a hidden corner, then scrubbed the sofa stains carefully with Scotchgard Fabric and Upholstery Cleaner (£6.29), gave the whole sofa a pep with our steam cleaner, and then sprayed it tentatively with Scotchgard Multi-purpose (£6.29) to protect against future spills and stains. It’s not completely back to its former glory, having taking a beating by toddlers for the last four years, but it is looking the best it’s looking for ages.
If you’d like to try any of the Scotch-Brite or Scotch Gard protector products described, you can grab a 20% discount and free postage and packaging. Just go to 3mdirect.co.uk/mums and enter the discount code: mums.
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