The great cottage clean up

After many weekends of packed cottages full of guests, you know when you’ve got to do a major clean up. Here are some great, easy and environmentally friendly ways to clean up and get ready for the next onslaught.

1)      Clean fireplace doors with ashes
To clean the smoky, burnt on residue from the glass doors on your fireplace or wood burning stove, dip a damp paper towel in ashes and use them to clean the glass. You can also use the ashes from the fireplace to clean the glass window on your gas grill.

2)      Easily clean indoor walls and ceiling fans
No need to get on a ladder to clean dust and cobwebs from walls and ceiling fans.  Simply use a cloth mop such as the Libman Wonder® Mop to clean walls without scratching.  The mop has a built-in wringer to control the amount of wetness you want.  The mop head is detachable and can be washed in the washing machine up to 50 times.

3)      Go Nuts!
For scratches on your wood furniture, you can take the meat of a walnut or pecan and rub it into the scratch. The oils in the nut will cover the scratch. Also, to remove tar from vinyl floors, rub some peanut butter on the spot. The peanut butter will dissolve the tar.

4)      Sweep before you mop
It’s likely the closed cottage has accumulated a lot of dust bunnies and debris.  Mops are great for getting up germs and dirt, but they don’t necessarily sweep away large chunks of grime or dust. Use a broom that is cut at an angle to reach under cabinets and into tight corners.  The Libman Extra Large Precision Angle® Broom with Dustpan includes a dust pan that attaches to the broom handle for convenience.

5)      Clean Decks Naturally
For an inexpensive alternative to expensive deck cleaning products, try mixing equal parts warm water with white vinegar and baking soda and apply to the deck. The vinegar will kill off bacteria and funguses that have developed while baking soda deodorizes and refreshes. You will need to scrub the deck thoroughly with a long-handled brush after applying the mixture and letting it sit for several minutes.

6)      Get out the big guns when you mop
Give your floor and deck a thorough cleaning with a traditional yarn style mop like the Libman Jumbo Cotton Wet Mop.  Looped ends and a tail band provide streak-free cleaning and greater durability while the sturdy handle is made of steel.  The product works well wringing out by hand or with a wringer bucket such as the Libman 4-gallon Clean & Rinse Bucket with Wringer.


Libman products are available in Canada at Home Depot and Canadian Tire.  For more information or to find a retailer near you, visit or call (877) 818-3380.

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