How To Clean Cymbals With Household Items

Cymbals

A beat and rhythm that captivates the soul’s music, the cymbal is the part of the music. Cymbals are the most eye-catching piece on the stage. Drummers go the extra mile to keep the cymbal shine like new. Here is an article on how to clean cymbals with household items.

How To Clean Cymbals With Household Items

We often underestimate the value of kitchen essentials which can do wonders in cleaning. For example, cymbals are made of brass, which gets tarnished over the years. Here is an easy method consisting of household items that can clean the cymbals with ease.

Materials Required

  • Lemons
  • Ketchup
  • Toothpaste
  • Grape juice
  • Linseed oil
Clean cymbals stored on the side of a room

Step 1: Use Lemons

The lemons are the most popular and effective cleaning agents that are found at home. The thing that can clean any metal surface must have some level of acidity in it. Lemon has a 2.5pH value and contains citric acid. This makes it one of the first household items that can be used for cleaning.

  1. Cut the lemon in two halves and throw away the seeds of the lemon.
  2. Squeeze the juice and apply it properly to the cymbals. Rub the extra juice properly on the instrument. You can add a pinch of salt, and it activates the cleaning process.
  3. Leave it for a few minutes and then rinse it off.

You can get shiny cymbals without much effort. Never apply lemon around the logo of the instrument; the acidic component reacts that leads to fading off the logo when it comes in contact with lemon.

You can use the same procedure with tamarind. It has a low pH value and gives promising results.

Step 2: Use Ketchup

Ketchup is the most common item around the house. Use this to clean your cymbals.

  1. Ketchup has 3.9pH, which is higher than lemon, yet it falls in the acidic range. 
  2. Apply ketchup all over the cymbals; make sure you apply it well on the grooves of the cymbal.
  3. Let it rest for 20-30 minutes. After 15-20 minutes, use a paper towel to remove the ketchup from the cymbal.
  4. Rinse off the ketchup with warm water after 30 minutes.
  5. It is advisable to use warm water instead of normal tap water, and warm water breaks off the dirt and debris from the cymbal; it is good to clean with warm water.

Step 3: Vinegar And Water

Vinegar and water solution is effective in disinfecting the cymbals along with cleaning them thoroughly.

  1. The cymbals get dirty with the marks of the stick, and on the tarnished metal, layers of grime settle on. Vinegar helps in breaking the dirt build-up.
  2. Make a mixture of white vinegar and water. Mix it in a tub or bucket, in which the cymbal can submerge.
  3. Take an appropriate container and dilute the vinegar in a ratio of 3:1, which means three parts water and one part water.
  4. Submerge the cymbal in the solution and leave it for 30-45 minutes.
  5. Occasionally agitate the water, as the solution can form a layer over the cymbal.
  6. After 45 minutes, rinse it with warm water. Use a microfiber cloth and scrub the residuals of dirt and grime over the cymbals.
  7. Rinse it again and, you are good to use the cymbal for the next music tour.

Step 4: Use Toothpaste

Toothpaste is an unpopular method of cleaning zinc, metals or plastic materials. But if used in the right way, it can be an effective method of cleaning cymbals.

Toothpaste
  1. Take a bowl of warm water and apply a little bit of soap to it.
  2. Use the soap mixture to clean the loose debris from cymbals. Use a sponge or microfiber cloth to clean the debris from the cymbals.
  3. Rinse the soap from the cymbals and then apply a pea amount of toothpaste on the cymbal.
  4. Work it well with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Apply it to a small area, check if it is working or not.
  5. Apply it all over the cymbal and scrub it well with a toothbrush. After scrubbing, rinse it off in tap water.
  6. Dab it with a towel, soak extra water from the cymbal, look at the texture of the cymbal. If it still looks dull, then repeat the procedure with toothpaste. 

Copper and its alloy shine when toothpaste is applied; you will be amazed by the results. However, it is advisable to do a patch test; toothpaste has abrasive materials, which can lead to scratches on the surface of the cymbals.

Step 5: Hand Soap

Hand soap which is easily available at any home, can be used for cleaning the cymbals.

  1. Apply a few drops of hand soap to the cymbal and use the sponge to work on the surface.
  2. Work it well, till the debris and dirt loosen up. Once it loosens up, you can wash the cymbal on the sink.
  3. The soap breaks out the dirt and cleans any stains or grime from the cymbals.

Step 6: Use Baking Soda

Baking soda is another household item that has made its name as one of the popular cleaning agents.

Baking soda is mildly acidic that makes it one of the top choices to clean cymbals.

  1. Take a handful of baking soda and sprinkle it all over the cymbals.
  2. Let it rest for 30minutes; in 30 minutes, the dirt breaks out, and it gets easier to clean.
  3. In addition to that, you can mix vinegar and salt with baking soda. This mixture is more effective in cleaning the cymbals. 
  4. Use a sponge scrubber and scrub it well. Keep scrubbing gently until all the coverage area is cleaned.
  5. Next, Rinse it with warm water. After rinsing, you will be amazed at the results. It brings shine and luster to the cymbals. 

Here is a video guide that will help you understand the steps in a better way.

Step 7: Use Linseed Oil

To keep the shine intact in the cymbals, apply linseed oil; it is one of the most effective methods to polish the surface.

  1. Pour some drops of linseed oil on the cymbal. 
  2. Use a cloth to spread the oil evenly on the surface, don’t forget to put linseed oil on the grooves.
  3. Next, let the linseed oil rest for 30 minutes. After that, remove the extra from the surface.
  4. A thin layer of linseed oil acts as a protective coating over the cymbals.

On a musical tour, you want the cymbals to shine and bring out the best music from the instrument. The linseed oil prevents it from tarnishing and rusting over time.

Step 8: Polish It With Cymbal Polish

Cymbal polish is an effective polish made to restore the shine and luster of cymbals.

Cymbals
  1. The manufacturer’s polish is made up of materials that suit the alloys of the cymbal.
  2. Apply cymbal polish with a clean cloth over the cymbals move gently along the grooves of the cymbal.
  3. Break it into sections, as the cymbals dry off quickly, apply it in sections and work with a cotton cloth. 

This isn’t a household product, although nothing can polish it well like a cymbal polisher. Use it to keep your cymbals clean and shiny.

Here is an article on how manufacturer products are good for alloy-based cymbals.

Why Should You Clean Cymbals?

Dirt and grime affect the music of the cymbals. Layers of grime and dust settled over the cymbals affect the sound. It becomes darker and low-pitched. The low-pitched sound isn’t bad, but it is not good for the instrument when it is influenced by dirt.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which To Clean Stains From Cymbals?

Use a nylon brush and scrub the stain from the cymbals. When the stains are sticky and cannot be scrubbed off easily, apply any gentle soap that does not have abrasive agents and scrub it with a heavy nylon brush.

Scrub it along the grooves, and the stain comes off with ease. Rinse the cymbals, and you are good to go for the next musical battle.

Do Grime And Dirt Affect The Sound Of The Cymbals?

Yes, filthy cymbals which are not cleaned for years can cause mellow or dark sounds. Therefore, it is a sign that you must clean the cymbals without delay.

Is It Expensive To Clean Cymbals?

No, with household items listed in the article, it hardly takes much money to clean Cymbals. You get most of the products below $1. You can purchase the products from a nearby store, or you can have them at home, use it all and make the cymbal shine like new.

Conclusion

Many methods help in cleaning cymbals. If you want to stick with manufacturer products, then it’s fine; it shows promising results. On the other hand, if you want to explore the wide range of household products, stick to that, as it has too satisfying results.

Although, it is recommended to use the manufacturer’s product in the long run. Household products can slowly erode the alloy of metal used in the cymbals if not used properly.

How To Clean Car AC Evaporator Without Removing It

Clean car ac evaporator

Are you experiencing inadequate or low cooling in your car? It may be the cause of the failure of the AC evaporator. To enjoy seamless air conditioning in your car, clean the AC evaporator occasionally. Here is an article on how to clean a car AC evaporator without removing it.

How To Clean A Car AC Evaporator Without Removing It

Ac evaporator gets dirty over time. It gets mold, fungus, or gets contaminated with other components. We recommend you clean the car’s AC occasionally to keep it running efficiently. 

Materials Required

  • Electric drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Water hose
  • RTV silicon cleaner
  • ⅜ inch drill bit
  • AC evaporator cleaning solution
Front seating of a car

Step 1: Locate The Car’s AC System

To clean the air conditioning of the car, you must find the evaporator first. The AC is located near the firewall separating the passenger area from the engine compartment. 

The evaporator of the AC is situated behind the dashboard, from where it supplies cool air all around the car.

Step 2: Check The Evaporator

Before indulging in deep cleaning the car’s AC evaporator, make sure there is some definite problem with the evaporator.

  1. Attach A/C gauge set into the service ports of the car. Make sure you read the manual instruction properly before attaching the gauge set. 
  2. Add a can of refrigerant to the system that contains leak detection dye. Put the leak detection dye when the engine is on and set the vehicle to ‘AC Max.’ 
  3. You will find the low-pressure valve; mostly, it is marked. If it isn’t marked, then check the nozzle of the refrigerant that fits in the nozzle. The refrigerant can is made for a low-pressure valve, and it cannot fit into any other valve.
  4. Once you fix the refrigerant, keep rotating it in a 3 to 6 clockwise direction. It will spill the UV liquid into the valve.
  5. When the can gets empty, retrace the path of the leak detection dye. It has a UV color so, you can check with UV light in the garage.
  6. Check if the dye drips out of the condensation tube. If there is a leak in the condensation tube, it proves the evaporator is leaking.

Turn off the engine, and the dye will pass to the passenger compartment through AC vents in the dashboard. Follow the article to learn about leak detection with leak dye. 

Step 3: Check Evaporator Core

  1. Remove the blower fan, use ⅜ inch drill set to remove the blower fan. Be careful; remember you have sealed the hole later.
  2. Once you have access to the unit of evaporator core, you can spray the cleaner onto this unit.
  3. Let the cleaner sit for an hour or two so it disinfects the AC evaporator properly.
  4. The cleaner is foam-based; it turns into a liquid when applied, clears all the drain blockage.

Here is a video guide that you can follow for cleaning and checking the evaporator core.

Step 4: Rinse The Area With Water

After cleaning the AC evaporator with cleaner, rinse off the liquid with water.

Car engine
  1. Take a garden hose with low pressure to rinse the liquid from the car.
  2. Take some assistance, a person who keeps an eye on the car, that you are not filling the car with water.
  3. Alternatively, you can use a spray bottle to clean the liquid from the car. But, again, it is for those uncomfortable with water hoses and finds them difficult to handle.

Use a dry towel to dry off the AC evaporator. You can use a blow dryer or hairdryer to do this job. Do not proceed to the next step until it is completely dry.

Step 5: Seal The Heater Box

After cleaning the AC evaporator in the car without removing it, retrace your steps back and fix everything that you have opened while cleaning the evaporator.

  1. Fix the blower fan the way it was when you opened it.
  2. If you have opted for drilling, use RTV silicone from the tube to seal the opening completely. 

With these following steps, you can clean the evaporator of your car. This process does not take much time and helps to maintain the AC evaporator.

Maintenance Of Car Evaporator

Like most AC, car’s Ac and its component are prone to collect dust and debris. The dust gets accumulated in the AC vents can clog the system. The clogged system leads to uneven cooling, leaks, and low performance of AC. 

To improve the performance and efficiency of the AC, you must clean it often. Therefore, the AC system should be checked and cleaned regularly.

Have the condenser cleaned, the condenser converts the high-pressure gas to a low-pressure liquid, and then it steams and moves to the receiver dryer. Removal of debris and dirt from the condenser allows optimal airflow.

To keep the system in good health, consult a technician or car service center to evaluate the condenser for any loose wires or clogged up paths with dirt and debris.

Examine the filters; the air conditioning filters are installed behind the glove box in a car. The filter cleans the air as it moves through the HVAC system. Unfortunately, filters collect harmful pollutants from the vehicle, sometimes it gets clogged up, which reduces the system’s efficiency. 

A filter should be cleaned once in a while; a dirty filter carries the dirt to the evaporator, impairing the air conditioner’s internal system.

Signs To Know The Evaporator Is Falling Apart

Like most ACs, a car’s AC gives signs that show you must clean the evaporator. The evaporator is a major part of the car. Hence it is easy to find when something is not right. Here are some signs which make it easier to detect any issue in the evaporator.

Clean car ac evaporator
  • Car Is Not Cooling Properly: This is one of the easiest ways to determine that the evaporator is not working well. It can be due to clogged up drains or leakage in the system.
  • Strange Odor From The AC: If the evaporator is leaking, some amount may get into the coolant; hence you can get a sweet smell inside the car. If the smell increases over time, you must take the car to a mechanic to check for any leakage. 
  • AC Temperature Varies: If the temperature is inconsistent and the cooling fans are not working well, it can signify a damaged evaporator.

These are warning signs, which you must take seriously. Damage to the AC evaporator can cause severe damage to the car. It is advisable to reach out to a mechanic for a proper check-up and repair if required.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Often Should Evaporators Be Cleaned?

It must be cleaned once a year. But, you should also consider the area you live in and the pollution level of that area. If you have an old car, then regular maintenance of the coils can keep up the health of your car.

Can I Use Vinegar To Clean The Evaporator Coils?

No, it is not advisable to clean the evaporator coils with white vinegar. It is a known disinfectant and an effective cleaning agent that cleans debris and dust, although it is harmful to humans in vapor.

Most importantly, vinegar has a particular smell, which isn’t pleasant. Using white vinegar can lead to a foul smell in your car.

How Long Do Evaporator Coil Lasts?

Evaporator coil lasts 10-15 years. Suppose it is kept in good maintenance and care. With regular maintenance, the longevity of the coil enhances; it can last more than 15 years if proper cleaning is done occasionally.

Conclusion

The AC evaporator is the heart of your car’s AC system. Cleaning it ensures smooth airflow in all the vents. For this reason, you have to keep good maintenance and keep it clean.

We hope this article aids you in getting your AC evaporator cleaned without much hassle. However, it could be cleaned in a better way if the components were disentangled from the system. 

How To Clean Bullet Casings

Hand holding a clean bullet casing

When you call them casings, ammo, cartridges, or rounds, they are all the same things. The bullet casings can be reused but, before that, needs cleaning to ensure they won’t cause damage while reloading. Here is an article that goes through every tiny detail on how to clean bullet casings.

How To Clean Bullet Casings

The bullet casing of ammo is brass; it is durable and doesn’t get rust or get corroded. The bullet casings can be reused after cleaning them well. However, they get dirty when it gets into the soil or with firing.

Materials Required

Materials required for cleaning in tumbler are:

  • Rotating Tumbler
  • A separator
  • Lubricant
  • Crushed walnut shell/ceramic/corn hob
Empty bullet casings

Materials required for cleaning without tumbler:

  • Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Warm water
  • Driller 
  • Steel wool

Step 1: Clean The Soiled Bullets

During shooting into the wilderness, bullets get into the soil. Bullet casings get dirty with the soil.

  1. Before you put the bullet casing to clean, wash off the dirt from the ammo.
  2. Use a little bit of soap and water and submerge the casings in it.
  3. The soil and dirt break off; rinse it well in clean water.
  4. Leave the casings for several hours to get dry. When it dries off, then proceed to the next step.

Tip: You can put the bullets in the oven for 2-5 minutes to dry them. It accentuates the drying speed. Hence you won’t have to wait for hours to proceed to the next step.

Step 2: Prepare The Tumbler

Tumbler is the simplest and most convenient cleaning option. Use a rotary tumbler, these polish and clean the bullet casings.

  1. Take a vibratory tumbler; cleaning can take up to 3 hours depending on the size and model you choose.
  2. Take any cleaning agent which is available at a nearby store. Take any product that cleans, removes fouling residue, dirt, and discoloration.
  3. Take a media for the tumbler, which plays a critical role in cleaning the brass casings.
  4. If you are looking for light cleaning, then take corn hob. If the casings are too dirty, then take the walnut shell, take treated walnut instead of untreated walnut. 
  5. The other media that you can consider which provides effective results is ceramic. Take a good amount of crushed ceramic to clean the brass bullet casings.
  6. Alternatively, you can use stainless pins, mix them with a bit of detergent.
  7. After you select the media, the tumbler is prepared for cleaning the bullet casings.
Hand holding a clean bullet casing

Step 3: Cleaning The Casings

  1. Before you put the casing into the tumbler, sort the casing according to size. If you put without sorting, it would get lost in the tumbler with big casings or get damaged by big casings.
  2. Put the media of your choice into the tumbler; refer to the tumbler manual to know the quantity of media you can put.
  3. After you check all the necessary detail from the manual about the quantity of media and casings you can put, add everything into the tumbler.
  4. Add a polishing agent in the tumbler and mix it well with media.
  5. Shut the tumbler properly, fix the valves and the screws properly so it won’t come off while rotating.
  6. Plug into the connection, and run the machine for 8 hours. Check the casings once, after 3-4 hours, and then add time accordingly.

This is a time-consuming process; it cleans the casings thoroughly and even polishes and lubricates them for next use. Here is a video guide you can follow in cleaning the bullet casings.

Step 4: Clean It In Water

After running it in the rotatory tumbler, wash it in running water to clean any debris from the media.

  1. Pour the bullet casing along with the media in a big bucket. 
  2. Take a strainer and put the media and bullet casings in it. Wash it off under running water.
  3. This separates the media from the bullet, along with cleaning the debris from the media.
  4. Next, take a towel and put the casings on it. Soak the extra water from the casings. Put it under the sun for a couple of days to ensure it is completely dry for next use.

It is advisable to use a big strainer that acts as a separator between media and casings.

You can also use a machine separator to throw it all and run it for a couple of minutes, and the debris gets separated from the casings.

Step 5: Cleaning With Vinegar

It is an alternate method to the tumbler; if you want to save money and time while cleaning bullet casings, then follow these steps:

  1. At first, take an ice cream tub or a small bucket. 
  2. Fill the bucket quarter half with warm water, add some drops of dishwashing liquid, salt, and one cup vinegar.
  3. Add the ammo or casings into the solution and cover it with a lid.
  4. Leave it for 10-15 minutes and then agitate it occasionally. Agitate the solution, so it does not sit on the brass and harm the bullet casings.
  5. After 30 mins open the lid and take out the bullet casings, rinse it well with water.
  6. Use a small handy primer to remove any debris in between the casings. Clean it well, and then keep it in a towel.

Let the casings dry under the sun, leave them for a couple of days before reloading them into the bullet. 

You can save the mixture if you have too many casings that need to be cleaned. Instead, put the casings in the same mixture and repeat the procedure.

Step 6: Polish The Bullet Casings

When you clean the casings in a tumbler, you don’t need this extra step. However, if you are cleaning them with kitchen products, then you need polishing of the casings.

Empty bullet casings
  1. Take a power-operated drill to polish the casings. Secure a small amount of steel wool in the driller. 
  2. Take a nylon or steel bolt that fits with the casing, hold the casing with the bolt and then run it with the drill. Make sure the steel wool cleans every side of the casing evenly.
  3. Replace the steel wool attachment with a cloth polish wheel, run the casings along with the drill.
  4. This polishes the casings and makes them shine like new. 

How To Reload Bullet Casings

If you shoot regularly, then you can save money by reloading the used bullet casings. Then, after you clean it thoroughly, reload the bullet casings to the bullets.

Before reloading, makes sure it is properly clean, use a soft cloth to remove any residue in the casings. You can also check for defects and keep the deformed casings in a separate container.

Apply lubricant to the casings, thin-coat the lubricant with a lube pad on the casings.

  1. After cleaning the bullet casing that does not contain any primer, use a loading press to install the primer.
  2. Reload the casing with powder that has the caliber you want to load.
  3. Next, seat the bullet with the help of the loading press. Once the bullet is seated, put some gun oil on it.
  4. Keep it stored in a box and use it when required.

To follow step-by-step rules on how to reload a bullet casing, follow this article. It talks in-depth about reloading bullet casings. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do One Time Used Casing Needs Cleaning?

You don’t need to clean the casing after every use, although it is a good practice to clean the casing after every use. When you clean it after every use, you increase the loading time of the bullet.

The casing burns out, gets dirty, or soiled; cleaning it after every use enhances its longevity.

Should I Remove Primer Before Cleaning?

Yes, remove the primer from the casing before cleaning. The dirt and debris can get stuck in the hole of the casing. Also, removing the primer before cleaning in the tumbler ensures it gets cleaned thoroughly.

How Long Does It Take To Clean The Brass In Tumbler?

4-6 hours approximately. Depending upon the structure of the tumbler and its mechanism, the tumbler takes time to clean brass. A rotator tumbler takes more time than a sonic tumbler. Another factor that influences the cleaning time is the media that you put inside the tumbler. Corn hog takes lesser time in comparison to walnut shells.

Is Cleaning Brass Casings Expensive?

Yes, brass casings require equipment like a rotator tumbler or ultrasonic tumbler, which are expensive tools. However, there is an inexpensive method like using a vinegar mixture to clean the brass casings. This procedure is less effective than a tumbler.

Conclusion

If you like hunting or shooting, then you must have too many unwashed bullet casings. Instead of throwing them away, you can reuse the casings by cleaning them properly. In addition, cleaning them improves the durability of the casing, which profits your pocket; you don’t have to invest too much money on buying casings again and again.

How To Clean Brushes With Lice

Hairbrush with a lock of hair

The hairbrush untangles the threads of hair along with increasing the blood circulation to the scalp. But dirty brushes can damage the hair. Moreover, lice can be transmitted from one scalp to other if not cleaned properly. Here is an article on how to clean brushes with lice.

How To Clean Brushes With Lice

After combing hair with lice and nits can fill the comb with nits. When you use the uncleaned brush, it gets all back to your hair. If you have lice in your hair, you must clean the brush without delay. 

Materials Required

  • A bowl of warm water
  • Shampoo
  • Borax
  • Old toothbrush
  • Scissors
Three brushes rolled into a woman's hair

Step 1: Remove Hair From The Brush

Before you begin, remove the tangled hair from the brush.

  1. It is evident that if you have lice, you must have hair-fall. Take out the hair from the brushes.
  2. Use scissors and cut the hair which is stuck in between the fine bristle of the hairbrush.
  3. If there is still hair between the brushes, use a rat tail comb to remove hair from the base of the hairbrush.
  4. If you do not have a rat-tail brush, then use any pointed object like a pencil or toothpick to remove the hairs from the brush’s bristle.

This helps in removing the lice from the brush. The lice can get stuck between the base of the brush; when you remove the hairs, the lice come out of the brush.

Step 2: Clean The Lice Stuck In The Brush

If you can still see crawling lice over the brush, then tap it once or twice till it falls off.

  1. Tap the lice brush on a newspaper, or you can do it near the sink.
  2. Take a plastic cup, or use gloves to kill the louse that falls off.
  3. Make sure you have gloves. Otherwise, your hands would be filled with louse blood.

When you comb your hair, the louse gets stuck on the comb, and it is essential that you tap it down. Otherwise, the louse can crawl back to your hair.

Step 3: Sterilize The Comb

It is a simple method of cleaning brushes when you have head lice.

  1. Take a bowl of water and bring it to a boil.
  2. Turn off the gas, and put the metal brushes in warm water.
  3. Keep it for 15 minutes, and then wash it in normal water. It kills the live lice which you get on after brushing the hair.

This helps in sterilizing the comb; it kills the lice and makes it ready for next use. Do not boil the brush; submerge it in warm water.

Step 4: Use Shampoo 

Take some shampoo that you use with permethrin or any prescribed shampoo and dilute it with water.

  1. Soak the nit hair comb/ brush in the shampoo solution for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Use a regular toothbrush, or you can use a battery-operated toothbrush to clean the gunk and nic from the brush.
  3. The battery-operated toothbrush is better as it breaks the gunk and allows the nit to come from the base of the comb.
  4. After that, wash it with water; make sure you hold the comb in a slanting position; it cleans any nic stuck between the comb.
Woman's hair finally free of lice

It is advisable to use lice treatment shampoo instead of regular shampoo; this helps clean and kill the lice stuck between the comb.

Step 4: Use Borax

  1. Use 1/4th cup of Borax and ¾ of water in a bowl. Add a little bit of soap to the solution and mix it well.
  2. Submerge the brushes with head lice in the solution
  3. Leave it for 40min and then rinse it off. Borax helps kill the lice and nit; washing it with Borax cleans the nic stuck in between the bristles.

Step 5: Tap The Brushes

It is an effective way to clean any residual nic from the brush. 

  1. Take the clean brushes and make a perpendicular with two brushes.
  2. Bang the brushes together and repeat it twice or thrice; it breaks the nit, which doesn’t come out after deep cleaning.
  3. Check it under strong light, and if you can see clearly through the brush, then the brush is thoroughly cleaned.

Here is a video guide that you can follow to keep the brush clean when you have lice. 

Step 7: Use Alcohol

After cleaning the brush, it is equally essential to disinfect the brush. It kills any residual eggs in the brush.

  1. Let the brush dry completely; when it is dry, put some alcohol and rub it all over the brush,
  2. It disinfects the bristles and makes them clean for the next use.

Treatment For Lice

If you have lice in your hair, then you must take measures to treat it. It can spread from one head to another if everyone in the family uses the same comb. You can treat lice at home with shampoos which are available off the counter.

The treatment includes shampoos, oil, cream, and lotions. These products are safe to use, and you need not have a prescription to buy.

Over-The-Counter Lice Treatment

The over-the-counter treatment for lice includes pesticides with active ingredients. For instance, Piperonyl butoxide with pyrethrins is aromatic shampoo used for the treatment of lice. It is made from chrysanthemum flowers. It is recommended to children and adults above the age of 2. 

This pesticide is not recommended to those who are allergic to ragweed or chrysanthemum.

The next over-the-counter product is Permethrin lotion, 1%(Nix.). It is a shampoo that is popular for treating lice in babies. It is recommended to children over the age of 2. 

Prescription Medication For Lice

Here are some of the medicines which doctors prescribe.

  • Benzyl Alcohol (Ulesfia)- This is an effective drug that kills lice and kills the eggs. It is safe to use in children and adults. Comb your hair first, apply the shampoo and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then rinse it off, use it once a week.
  • Ivermectin (Sklice)- Ivermectin is a popular drug prescribed by doctors all over the world. It kills the lice after one use.
Hairbrush with a lock of hair

Home Remedies

If you are not willing to put chemicals into your hair, you can try some home remedies.

Wet Combing

Wet combing is an effective method in cleaning lice from hair. First, wash your hair with shampoo and then comb off the lice with a hair comb with fine bristles. It does not take much time and cleans most of the lice from your hair.

Use Essential Oils

Several essential oils have shown positive results in cleaning lice from hair. Dilute the essential oil with your carrier oil. Apply it on your hair and leave for 12 hours. After that, comb the hair. The lice loosen up. You can quickly come off by combing it a couple of times.

If you or your child have lice, you may feel like going on a cleaning spree to decontaminate everything. 

Instead, you can use the following treatment methods and save yourself from a bunch of laundries and vacuuming around the house. Here are some methods you can look up you must tap for the treatment of lice. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Can Lice Live In A Brush?

24 hours. Adult lice can live up to 24 hours in a brush, while eggs can live upto7-10 days. If the brush isn’t washed and disinfected, it can travel from one head to another. The lice cling to the brush, and it needs a deep cleaning to get rid of lice from the brush.

Can Hairdryer Kill Lice?

Yes, a blow dryer can kill 97.5% of eggs and lice from your hair with an effective method. First, blow-dry every seven days to break the hatching of eggs, and it kills the growth of new lice. Then, repeat the procedure for up to 4 weeks until the natural life cycle of lice ends. 

Conclusion

Cleaning your brushes ensures you do not get lice back to your hair from your brushes. But remember, the most important thing is not about cleaning the intimate object like combs but getting rid of lice. 

In this article, we have mentioned the treatment methods along with cleaning lice from combs. This will help you in finding the best method and getting rid of the itchy parasites. Keep your hair clean and healthy for a healthy scalp. 

How To Clean Brick Floors

Brick floors

A hollow brick serves as a natural coolant; not only that, it creates vibrations in one’s body that can heighten positivity. That’s why bricks are a timeless choice for flooring. However, they need timely maintenance for durability. 

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to clean brick floors that will help you retain the rustic vibe of your brick flooring for a long time.

How To Clean Brick Floors

Bricks are composed of clayey materials that trap air easily, which makes them porous. That’s why over time, the staining particles get trapped in the hollow spaces. To clean your brick floor, gather the following supplies, and let’s get started.

Material Required

  • Soft-bristled Broom or Vacuum Cleaner
  • Mop
  • Bucket
  • Vinegar
  • Lemon Juice
  • Baking Soda
  • Ammonia
  • Dish Soap
  • Borax 
  • Window Cleaner
Clean brick floor

Step #1: Everyday Cleaning

One should start with sweeping the brick flooring as it helps in getting rid of dirt and grit particles from the grouting and the brick floor.

Please don’t go with harsh brooming as it can scrape the brick flooring. Choose a broom that is gentle to your flooring, or go with a vacuum that works fine.

Lastly, proceed with mopping to sweep away the leftover dirt. If your flooring is new, then cleaning won’t be a challenging task. But, as time passes, the grout can level down due to several reasons, including cleaning.

Thus, one has to clean their floor daily depending upon the condition of the flooring.

Step #2: Make A Cleaning Solution

What is better than dry mopping? Mopping with disinfection! An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study reveals that disinfection can protect one from life-threatening bacteria and viruses.

There are various methods to disinfect the floor from contaminants; you can use a fragrant floor cleaner or make one on your own by following the listed methods.

White Vinegar Mix

Synthetic White Vinegar is an all-rounder cleaner everyone has in their homes. It not only kills the bacteria but also prevents any further contamination of the surface after cleaning.

To clean your brick floor using vinegar, mix ½ cup of white vinegar with one gallon of water in a bucket. Use a wet mop to clean the floor using this mixture.

Mopping With A Window Cleaner

You must be surprised to know that your window cleaner can serve as an excellent floor cleaner.

Use a window cleaner along with a few parts of water and see the magic. You will notice that stains and dirt marks are not there anymore.

Dish Soap Solution

Dish soaps are best suited to get rid of grease and stains. Apart from removing grime from utensils, they can also be used as a floor cleaner.

Just combine a few pints of dish soap with water and use this fragrant mixture to clean the floor.

Rubbing Alcohol Mop

Rubbing Alcohol has multiple disinfection properties. It not only serves as a good sanitizer but also acts as a good floor cleaner.

Take 2-3 cups of rubbing alcohol and rub vigorously on the floor before the alcohol evaporates. Wipe the floor using a wet mop and see the results.

Borax Cleansing Solution

Borax is a by-product of boric acid, which is used for cleaning purposes.

To use borax powder for cleaning, mix four teaspoons of borax powder in one gallon of water and sweep the floor using a wet mop thoroughly.

Ammonia Liquid As Cleaning Agent

Ammonia is a powerful cleaner (5-10% by weight) to use for cleaning. The alkaline nature of ammonia helps in getting rid of difficult oil and grease marks.

Asammonia is very strong thus, one should handle it with care.

To clean the brick floor using ammonia, mix a few parts of ammonia with water and use it as a disinfectant. 

Lemon Juice DIY Solution

An organic alternative to all floor cleaners is lemon. Lemon juice not only kills the germs on the floor but makes the flooring fragrant.

Just slice 4-5 big lemons and squeeze them well. Mix the lemon juice with ½ gallon of water and wipe the floor properly.

Person sweeping the pavement

Baking Soda Solution

Another floor disinfectant on the list is baking soda. You can either mix it with plain vinegar and water to make a strong concoction or use it just with water.

Beware while measuring; baking soda is abrasive. Thus, too much of it may spoil the flooring.

Mix a few teaspoons of baking soda with ½ -¾ cup of vinegar in one gallon of water to obtain a strong floor cleaner cum disinfectant. Use this solution to get rid of tough stains from your brick floor.

Step #3: Sweep The Floor Correctly

A good cleaning can increase the life of your brick flooring. But, it has been observed that the cleaning drive does not turn out to be much effective. Well, a prominent reason behind this could be improper methods of mopping and sweeping.

That’s why we have enlisted some quick tips to make your cleaning drive even better than before next time.

Few Tips To Make Your Cleaning Effective

  1. Don’t mop or sweep in circular motions on the grouting. The best way to mop or sweep is to clean directionally. Either move forward or backward while mopping to ensure that your efforts aren’t going wasted.
  2. Stop using harsh abrasives as a cleaner as they can damage the upper layer of the flooring.
  3. Dry your flooring immediately after cleaning. Air drying is the best way to dry your floor.
  4. You can use a steam cleaner to clean your brick floor. Steam cleaners reinforce deep cleaning and, thus, are beneficial to clean old floorings with low grouting.

Step #4: Additional Cleaning

Brick is a by-product of alumina, i.e., clay, and as you know, clay is very porous. This implies that water or any other fluid can penetrate through its surface very easily.

That’s the reason why mosses or lichens grow on brick flooring. Usually, these small living organisms breed on the corners of the brick or the grouting. Mosses breeding inside a brick tile are rare but not impossible. 

Therefore, even after a sophisticated cleaning, one needs to check that the flooring is immediately dried after cleaning, or else moisture can help these mosses breed.

If you have mosses or lichens between your brick tiles, you can carry out the following steps to get rid of them.

Process For Removing Lichen

Lichen can breed very easily, and once they grow, it takes a lot of efforts to remove all of them, but here are few things you should remember that,

  1. You may think of scraping them off using a sharp object, but this will damage the flooring badly. Thus, scrape them using any semi-sharp material that doesn’t damage the flooring.
  2. Once you are done with scrapping, make sure to disinfect the flooring, or otherwise, they would grow in no time.
  3. To make a strong disinfectant, use vinegar along with a strong detergent or washing liquid. Make a concoction and spray it on the flooring.
  4. Another method to remove lichen is to use chlorine bleach, mix bleach with water in a small quantity and spray on the flooring.
  5. Beware: don’t use chlorine bleach with bare hands. Also, don’t touch your face after using bleach.
  6. If nothing of the above works, contact lichen removal services.
Brick floors

Process For Removing Mosses

Just like lichen, mosses also grow very easily. Hence, to remove mosses from the brick flooring, you can use a mixture of water and chlorine bleach mixed in a ratio of 1:3.

  1. Take a floor cleaning brush and dip it in the mixture. Brush on the mosses in back and forth motion. Rub until the mosses are removed.
  2. Wipe using clean water and dry it immediately.

Here is a video guide that will help you get rid of moss from brick pavers laid outside your home.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is It Safe To Use Power Wash On Brick Floors?

No! A power wash is a high jet stream of water used to get rid of dirt and debris. Bricks are made from slurry and cannot withstand that much pressure from the power wash. That’s why it is not advised to power wash on brick floors.

Is Sealing My Brick Flooring A Good Idea?

Yes! Sealing the flooring protects it from getting stained and damaged. If you are looking forward to sealing your brick flooring, make sure to consult an expert for better supervision. 

How Can I Restore The Fading Red Color Of My Brick Floor?

With multiple cleaning, the contrasting red color of the floor may go. To restore the shine of your floor, apply clear-coat products on your floor. Here is a step-by-step guide on how you can fix the glow of your floor.

Conclusion

Bricks originated back in 7000 BCE in Turkey, and since then, they have been on everyone’s favorite list. The rustic finish of the brick flooring adds to the vibe of the space.

But, less maintenance and no regular cleaning can cause long-term harm to your flooring.

Apart from contaminants, mosses and lichens can breed on the corners or the grout of the brick floor. These tiny microorganisms make the floor slippery and spoil the overall look of the floor.

By following this step-by-step guide, you can bring back the charisma of your brick flooring to life once again.

How To Clean A Coleman Roadtrip Grill

A backyard or roadtrip grill has its own charm because of its handy and portable nature. It is what you need to make excellent barbeque plans work out. Coleman is one of the best brands to buy road trip grills from. It is because of their affordability, ease, and quality.  

However, it is still prone to accumulate bacteria, grease, and other cooking debris with use over time. This, in turn, deteriorates the efficiency of the grill. Therefore, it is important to seek routine cleaning to increase the longevity of the Coleman Roadtrip Grill. 

How To Clean A Coleman Roadtrip Grill

Coleman company recommends cleaning the grills after every use. The more you delay, the greasier the grill will be to clean. In addition, dried-up grease textures, flare-ups, mold growth, and other debris will stick hard to the grill base, making it difficult to remove them. 

Therefore, learning how to clean the Coleman Roadtrip grill is not only important for hygienic purposes but also proper maintenance as well. This guide will be your go-to cleaning manual.

Method 1: Clean Before Grilling With Mild Soap & Water

You don’t use your grill regularly. Instead, you might be using your Coleman Roadtrip grill primarily for outdoor fun activities, camping, road trips, and tailgating. So, dust accumulation is possible while it remains in the storage for so long. Therefore, you cannot use the grill right after it is out of storage.

Thus, you need to clean different parts of the grill by following the below steps before you re-use it for grilling purposes.

Step 1: Arrange The Necessary Supplies

  1. Venturi brush
  2. Grill brush
  3. A spatula
  4. A plastic scraper
  5. Cooking Oil
  6. Vegetable Oil
  7. Clean cloth
  8. Mild soap
  9. Water

Step 2: Clean The Grill Housing

  1. Take off all the removable parts from the grill. (Cooking grates, warming racks, drip trays, and burners)
  2. Now, there is easy access to reach the grill housing.
  3. Use a plastic scraper to clean out the food debris or residue stuck around grill housing.
  4. Now, prepare the solution of water & mild soap to clean the insides.
  5. Use a brush to apply the solution only after solid residues are eradicated from the surface.
  6. Rinse the grill housing with plain water to wash the soap solution remnants.
  7. Use a clean and dry cloth to wipe the grill housing.
  8. Finally, use another clean cloth and submerge it in cooking oil.
  9. Now, use it to wipe the grill housing to restore the shine.

Step 3: Clean The Grill Burners

  1. Use a grill brush to clean the burner surface.
  2. Apply some force to remove the stubborn residues or debris from the surface.
  3. Clean the burner ports using a paper clip.
  4. Now, use a venturi brush to clean the interior surface of the burner.
  5. Use a cotton swab for cleaning the debris from the valve gas jets.
  6. After cleaning the burner, place it back to its position over the grill properly.

Step 4: Clean The Cooking Grates

  1. Use a grill brush yet again for removing debris and residues off the grates.
  2. Washing the grates becomes easy when solid residues are removed.
  3. Prepare a solution of soap & water.
  4. Apply it onto the cooking grates using a cloth or a toothbrush.
  5. Scrub with a little pressure over the stubborn stains or debris accumulations.
  6. Rinse the grates with clean water to wash off the soap solution.
  7. Now, use a clean cloth to dry the grates before you can re-use them.
  8. Now, wipe the cooking grates with a cloth submerged in vegetable oil.
  9. Thoroughly wipe all over the grates to maintain the luster.
  10. Now, heat the grates for around 20 minutes with a temperature of 275 to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.(Use grill or oven for the purpose)

Step 5: Clean The Exterior Of Coleman Roadtrip Grill

  1. Use the soap & water solution for wiping off the exterior.
  2. Use a clean cloth dipped in the cleaning solution for the purpose.

Warning!

Do not prefer to use any chlorine or detergent solution for cleaning. Moreover, avoid using any of the abrasive solutions as well. It will damage the exterior.

Method 2: Clean After Grilling With Dish Soap

It is good to clean the Coleman Roadtrip grill before use to ensure that the grilling efficiency is restored. However, it is also advisable to clean it after use before storing it back on its shelf. Leaving the grill untidy after use is one of the main reasons you have to put in a lot of effort to clean it before re-using it every time.

Therefore, it is important not to repeat these mistakes, which might hamper your health and damage the grill. Instead, follow these below steps to know the right approach to cleaning the grill after use.

Step 1: Arrange The Things You Need

  1. A scraper
  2. A grill brush
  3. Get a clean cloth
  4. Dish soap would do the work.

Step 2: Start With Cleaning The Cooking Grates

While cleaning the grill after use, you should start with cleaning the grates first.

  1. Wait for the grates to cool down to a warm temperature.
  2. Now, use a grill brush to scrape out all the food residues freshly stuck over the grates.
  3. Use a specific scraper to rip off any of the burnt foods stuck over the grates.
  4. Prepare dish soap and water solution for washing them.
  5. Use a clean cloth to apply this solution over the grates.
  6. Once over, rinse them with clean water to remove dish soap remnants.
  7. Use a clean and old towel to dry the grates.

Step 3: Proceed To Clean The Grill Housing

  1. After grates, housing should be the next area that you must clean.
  2. Use the scraper to remove any of the visible food residue or debris off the grill housing.
  3. Prepare a mixture of dish soap and water to clean the interior of the grill housing.
  4. Rinse it and dry it to ensure that no water sits on the housing for a long time.

Step 4: Clean The Burners

  1. After every grilling session, the burner takes up a lot of mess.
  2. You will need paper towels to wipe off the burner.
  3. As the burner is still warm, the food residues will easily come off.
  4. If you are cleaning it late and the food residues are somehow stuck over the burner, use a grill brush to remove them.

Step 5: Look Out For The Drip Tray

  1. The drip tray catches extra grease as it is beneath the burners.
  2. Prepare a mixture of mild soap & water.
  3. Use a cloth dipped in the solution to wipe the greasy oil texture off the drip tray.
  4. Clean it thoroughly, and then rinse it with clean water to remove the solution remnants.
  5. Ensure that your drip tray is completely dry before you can go ahead and insert it.

Tip!

Seek removal of the propane tank to take off the drip tray for proper cleaning. Remove the propane tank right at the beginning of this cleaning method.

Step 6: Clean The Exterior Of The Grill

You can use just a wet cloth with mild soap solution to clean the exterior surface. However, as mentioned above, prefer not to use any abrasive chemicals or cleaning agents over the exterior surface to avoid any damage. Furthermore, as major cleaning is required for the interior region, you will not need much time and effort to clean the exterior.

Get a better & brief idea of these steps represented in this video. Check it out, and you will be more proficient in learning how to clean your grills.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use A Pressure Washer For Cleaning My Coleman Roadtrip Grill?

Using a pressure washer is one of the right approaches for cleaning a Coleman Roadtrip grill. However, it is expensive and not readily available at your home. Therefore, this guide has only the DIY methods to help a huge amount of people do self-cleaning of their grills.

But, if you own a pressure washer, and want to do a thorough cleaning of your grill, then check out the process in this link.

What Will Happen If I Ignore Cleaning My Coleman Roadtrip Grill?

If you don’t prefer cleaning it right after use, the food residues might permanently stick to the grill’s surface. Eventually, this will deteriorate the grill, and you might experience a funky taste in your food.

Conclusion

As everyone says, apart from eating good food, even maintaining the cooking appliances is essential for ensuring good health. Hence, the concluding fact is that a roadtrip grill needs proper maintenance, right after or before use. It is not just for maintaining the life of the product, but it also raises self-health concerns.

Therefore, make sure that you learn the process and implement it on a routine basis.

How To Clean Snorkel Gear

Complete snorkel gear laid out in the beach rocks

Snorkeling is the practice or activity that allows you to go underwater and explore the beauty of the sea. Scuba divers, who dive into the deep water bodies, prefer using ideal snorkel gear for the purpose. A snorkeling gear consists of 3 major components: a snorkel mask, a breathing tube, and snorkeling fins.

The components’ names describe their functionalities and are the most crucial essentials for professionals or rookies to go snorkeling. Now, let’s check out the cleaning methods of snorkel gear.

How To Clean Snorkel Gear

The use of Snorkeling gear might seem very simple, but the cleaning process is complex and important. You cannot ignore the cleaning aspects, as it will deteriorate the efficiency or functionality of the gear, which in turn will trouble the diver underwater. Therefore, it is essential for you to learn how to clean snorkel gear to ensure that you do not invite adverse health effects. 

Person snorkeling under water

In addition to that, unclean snorkel gear will also ruin your underwater experience. So, follow this guide to learn the cleaning approach for snorkel gear.

Method 1: Cleaning The Snorkel Mask With Toothpaste

While you pick a snorkel mask, the crucial advice is to opt for glass masks for diving. The plastic ones are cheaper and easily available as well. But they are more prone to scratches that will compromise the visibility in the long run. Not just that, but even the small scratches will result in damaging the snorkel mask permanently. 

You must seek cleaning of the snorkel mask before and after the snorkeling activity. It is to ensure its longevity and durability. Also, while undergoing the manufacturing process, the glass snorkel masks are given a shiny silicone coat. It is to bring an appealing and bright look to the glasses.

But this coating is somehow responsible for fogging your view when you are under the water. The view will turn out to be hazy, and your experience will become unpleasant. 

Toothpaste is used for cleaning various items such as cymbals. Therefore, you need to seek cleaning of the glass snorkel mask with the use of toothpaste. Steps To carry Out This Method.

  1. Take a little toothpaste on your finger. I prefer to use normal toothpaste and avoid using gel-based ones. 
  2. Rinse off the paste from the glass surface by putting the mask under running water. A little pressure is enough to wash the paste from the entire surface of the mask, including the corners. 
  3. Now, you need to dry out the mask with the use of a soft towel. 
  4. Get an anti-fog solution from the online or offline stores that sell snorkeling gear components. Apply this solution over the mask to make it ready for use underwater. 

Remember that this process is important for you to carry out whenever you go snorkeling. If you intend to know more about defogging of the snorkel mask, then you can check out this article for the same

You can consider replacing the toothpaste with its alternatives, like dish-washing detergent & water/bleach or shampoo & water. Rest all the steps will be the same for cleaning off the snorkel mask. Also, after you finish your snorkeling activity, you need to clean the mask again. Rinse the mask under clean and normal running water to wash out all debris.

This is a complete video on how you can clean your snorkel mask. So, take some time out and watch this video demonstration for a better understanding of the same.

Complete snorkel gear laid out in the beach rocks

Method 2: Cleaning Snorkel Mouthpiece With Dishwashing Detergent

The snorkel mouthpiece is also an important part of the complete mask gear. It is the breathing tube that is mandatory for you to clean over time. The steps that you should follow to clean the breathing tube or snorkel mouthpiece are:

  1. You will need a large bucket or utensil for cleaning the breathing tube. 
  2. Now, fill the bucket or utensil with a mixture solution of dish detergent and water. 
  3. Dip the breathing tube in that solution, and let it settle down for around 5 minutes. 
  4. Now, take out the breathing tube and rinse it in clean water properly to remove the detergent solution remnants. 

The mouthpiece and the breathing tube are part of a snorkel mask that can be cleaned with any less-alkaline soap solution. Once you are done cleaning, you need to use a sponge or soft towel to wipe the mask. You must clean your breathing tube and mouthpiece after every snorkeling activity. 

Method 3: Cleaning The Snorkel Fins With Soap

Snorkel Fins are yet another crucial gear among all the others. Snorkel gear gives you momentum while you are underwater. To know more about the purpose of snorkel fins, you can go through this article!

But, along with understanding the importance of snorkel fin, it is also critical for you to prioritize its cleaning. The steps for carrying out the cleaning method for snorkel fins include:

  1. You will need a large bucket or utensil for cleaning these fins. 
  2. Fill the utensil with a less-alkaline soap solution. 
  3. Wipe all the dirt and sand off the fins by using your hands. Dust them off with any soft duster, but do not prefer to use a brush or scrubbing tool, as it might damage the fins. Minor scratches can result in damaging the fins in no time. 
  4. Let the fins settle in the soap solution for some time.
  5. Now, take them out and rinse them off under clean running water. Clean all the edges to remove the solution remnants. 
  6. Use a dry sponge or soft towel for drying the fins, and store them until the next snorkeling activity. 

Method 4: Cleaning Mold From The Snorkel Gear

Mold is yet another big problem for the snorkel gear components. In fact, mold affects their efficiency and longevity. The fungal growth or mold growth over the snorkel fins, tube or mask, will adversely affect your underwater experience and hamper your health.

Therefore, it is essential for individuals to treat the snorkel gear and keep it free from mold and fungal growth. 

One of the best cleaning techniques to eradicate mold and fungus from the snorkeling gear components is bleaching. Here are the uniform steps that you can follow for any of the snorkeling components:

Diving fins and mouth piece
  1. Put the fins, breathing tube, or mask (whichever is affected by mold) into the bucket.
  2. The bucket should have a bleaching solution. (Equal amount of bleach & water)
  3. Let the gear settle down for around 5 minutes within that solution. 
  4. The utensil should be large enough to cover the complete gear component. Not even a small part should be left unclean, as it might affect the apparatus and diver’s health. 
  5. You need to rub the moldy area gently with the use of fingers to clean it thoroughly. Keep in mind to cut your fingernails before this process, as you might scratch or damage the components.
  6. Take out the snorkel gear components, and rinse them off in running tap water. Rinse all the corners and nooks to wash away the bleaching components. 
  7. Use a soft towel or a dry sponge to dry the snorkel gear properly before you can store it! 

Frequently Asked Question 

What Should I Consider While Buying Snorkel Gear?

Snorkel gear will help you with all the water activities. Snorkeling is itself an underwater activity that demands the use of masks, tubes, and fins on priority. But, you need to choose the right quality products to ensure their longevity.

Also, you will need to consider the time of the year when you decide to go snorkeling because in winter months or at low-temperature conditions, you will need wet suits along with other gears. To know more about what you should consider while buying snorkel gear, explore this article!

How Can I Properly Store The Snorkel Gear?

You need to store the equipment properly when not in frequent use, especially the mask. Ensure that you let the snorkel gears dry out properly after you are done with the cleaning process. Also, you need to treat the gear with utmost care and ensure that the fins, tubes, and masks are not together within a bag.

It might give rise to scratches. It is better to store them in different mesh bags and place them in dry, dark, and cool places. This, in turn, will prevent the snorkel gear from damaging due to moisture and exposure to the sun. 

Conclusion

Now that you are aware of the methods and steps of cleaning your snorkel gear, you can ensure its longevity and durability. It is a must for you to keep the gear and its components clean. You do not want your health to face adversity while you are excited about exploring underwater beauties.

Hence, in conclusion, you must know that cleaning snorkel gear ensures quality & safety within the sport. Clean out the equipment or components, both before and after snorkeling. 

How To Clean Dirt Bike Air Filter

Man riding his dirt bike in a cloud of soil

The air filter in a dirt bike is a crucial component responsible for maintaining engine life. It prevents sand, pebbles, or dirt from entering the engine. A dirt bike mostly runs on off-roads with many foul air intakes.

This is taken care of by the air filter inside the bike. So, a dirty air filter is responsible for suppressing the airflow to your engine for cooling it down.

How To Clean Dirt Bike Air Filter

A dirty air filter will also fail to prevent debris or dirt from entering the engine. Therefore, cleaning it is crucial, and there are techniques for you to do the same. Remember that the air filter doesn’t need cleaning after every ride. However, it is better to do regular cleaning after completing your ride in sandy areas.

Close up of a dirt bike engine

Keep a check on the air filter of your dirt bike as part of your maintenance routine. Following that, learn how to clean dirt bike air filter on your own.

Method 1: Clean With Washing Powder & Warm Water

Surely you will get washing powder and warm water in your home easily, so this method is very convenient too.  It is the best proficient way to revive the airflow to your bike’s engine by cleaning the air filter. Go through the steps to make a rightful approach and start cleaning. 

Step 1: Clean Around Air Box & Take out the Air Filter

  1. Wear latex gloves on priority before commencing with the cleaning process.
  2. First, clean the area around the airbox.
  3. Take the air filter out gently without letting any robust muck falling into the air intake chamber.
  4. Place a clean rag around the air intake chamber when it is exposed without the filter on.

Step 2: Prepare Warm Water & Washing Powder Solution

  1. Make a mixture of washing powder and warm water.
  2. Then, dip the air filter and rinse it directly in that solution.
  3. In case you have used a specific type of oil over the filter, you will need to dissolve that oil in mineral turpentine solution first. And then, you can clean it in the prepared washing powder and warm water solution.

Step 3: Squeezing & Cleaning The Air Filter

  1. Squeeze out the excess water off the air filter.
  2. Dry it properly in a clean concrete under direct sunlight.
  3. In the meanwhile, clean the airbox.
  4. Clean dirt & dust stuck in that chamber as well.
  5. Use a brush to take out the solid debris off the airbox.

Step 4: Apply Oil & Grease To The Air Filter

  1. Buy the filter oil that you think is best for your bike.
  2. Squirt the oil in a plastic bag.
  3. Now, chuck in the filter to give it a good massage and squeeze.
  4. Once it is soaked, wring out all the excess oil in the plastic bag.
  5. When there are no heavy patches of oil anymore, let it dry for around 30 minutes.
  6. Apply some grease around the air filter rim, which will act as a good sealant.

Step 5: Place The Filter Back To Its Position

  1. Screw back the filter to its plastic cage.
  2. Check for the positions of the screw holes and place the screws accordingly.
  3. Run your hands or fingers alongside the filter circumference to ensure that there is a complete seal.
  4. Now, ensure that you properly set back the air filter to ensure that its functionality is not hampered.
Man cleaning his dirt bike

Tip!

While cleaning the air filter manually, it is also advisable to check for tears or holes. In case you observe any damage, then it is better to replace the filter right away. However, do not take the risk of damaging the bike engine just for the sake of saving few bucks on a new filter.

Get a better idea of how to implement the above steps through this YouTube video. Moreover, this video explains how to open up your motocross bike, take off the filter and clean it efficiently.

Method 2: Clean With Commercial Cleaner

Prefer to check the owner’s manual of your bike before you go ahead and clean the air filter. There might be some specific instructions to help you with better cleaning & maintenance.

Sometimes these manuals give details of chemicals that you need to avoid for the cleaning purpose. Therefore, before opting for any specific commercial cleaners, go through the manual.  Get one as per your requirements on any online or offline store and then follow the steps:

Step 1: Remove The Air Filter From The Bike

You need to remove the air filter from its chamber safely. Now, cover the air intake box with a clean rag to avoid exposure to open-air while the filter is out. For removing the filter, you might have to remove the housing and wing nuts over it. Now, take off the plastic cage that is holding the air filter for easier cleaning.

Step 2: Apply The Commercial Cleaner Solution

  1. Buy a commercial cleaner that is explicitly meant for dirt bike air filter cleaning.
  2. It is better to get a solution that works both as a cleaner and degreaser.
  3. Spray the entire air filter surface with this solution.
  4. Keep spraying until the air filter is drenched with it.
  5. Let the solution soak into the filter for few minutes.

Step 3: Rinse The Air Filter With A Garden Hose Or Faucet

  1. When the solution has soaked in, you must rinse it thoroughly now.
  2. Use a garden hose to rinse the air filter inside out.
  3. Rinsing from the inside out will prevent the pushing of dirt further into filter fibers.
  4. Continue rinsing the filter with a hose until you see clean water flowing through the filter.
  5. Repeat the spraying process, if necessary.
  6. Do not prefer stretching the filter, as it might tear off easily.
  7. Shake off any loose water from the dirt bike air filter, and set it to dry.
  8. Please wait for it to be completely dry before moving onto the next step.

Step 4: Spray Oil Over The Air Filter

  1. When dry, you can now spray filter oil on each pleat of the filter.
  2. Let the oil soak in for around 20 minutes.
  3. Squeeze out excess oil off the surface.
  4. Connect the filter back to its plastic cage and housing.
Man riding his dirt bike in a cloud of soil

Frequently Asked Question

How Often Should I Seek Cleaning Of My Dirt Bike Air Filter?

The riding conditions and levels are responsible for determining how often you should clean the air filter in your dirt bike. For example, if you are constantly riding on muddy tracks, then you need to clean the air filter every single time after a ride. If there is mud on the track, there is mud on your air filter too. So, go ahead and clean it.

Furthermore, if you are a professional rider who needs to go on bigger spins on muddy tracks every day, regular cleaning and possible replacements must be done. On the other hand, if you are a leisure biker who takes the dirt bike only for short spins on off-road tracks, cleaning once every three days is enough. For more knowledge about it, refer to this article.

What Are The Things That I Should Keep In Mind While Cleaning Dirt Bike Air Filters?

There are dos and don’ts for cleaning air filters. However, among all of the important things to consider while cleaning dirt bike air filters, there is a crucial one. It is that you should not use gasoline to clean these air filters ever.

This strips down the air filter foam, which will lead you to replace it over time. Keep it in mind, and for other such considering factors or things, check out this blog on air filter maintenance.

How Much Does A New Dirt Bike Air Filter Costs?

A new dirt bike air filter costs around $20 to $30, depending upon the model and brand of the bike. You can check out the exact price on the website of the companies.

Conclusion

Bikers do understand the importance of air filters in their bikes. While air filters are not just preventers of sands, pebbles, and dirt, but they also offer assistance for internal combustion. For instance, oxygen is an essential element for internal engine combustion, and an air filter feeds the engine with it.

Therefore, keeping the filter clean is a priority, and the above methods can help you do it all by yourself.

How To Clean A Fireplace Insert

Fireplace being used

Fireplace inserts became popular back in the 1970s, during the oil crisis in the US. Wood being readily available in those days, homeowners were asked to promote wood-burning insert in the fireplace to save some money. And since then, the popularity of such inserts is unstoppable.

However, people have raised concerns that the maintenance and cleaning of a fireplace insert require too much effort.

How To Clean A Fireplace Insert

Cleaning the fireplace insert might seem tiring with the traditional methods. But, when you master the techniques, you realize the convenience. It is because poor maintenance can lead to house fires and even worse scenarios. Therefore, you need to learn how to clean a fireplace insert.

Living room with a fireplace in need of cleaning

Method 1: Cleaning With Liquid Dishwashing Soap & Baking Soda

The more often you clean your fireplace insert, the easier it will be for you to maintain it over time. So, it would be best to keep in mind that you can’t ignore the cleaning process because it is a dirty job. It’s been noticed that many people do not wish to put their hands into it.

But, professional fireplace insert cleaning comes at a high price. Hence, get your hands dirty and do it yourself to save some bucks.

Step 1: Prepare The Area To Limit The Cleaning Mess

  1. You will need newspapers or a plastic tarp for this purpose.
  2. Spread either several layers of newspapers or a plastic tarp on the fireplace front.
  3. It is to keep the floor neat while executing the cleaning process.
  4. Now, clear out all the grates, tools, and woods from the area before proceeding further.

Step 2: Scoop Out The Debris Or Ash

  1. You will need a small shovel for this purpose.
  2. Use it for scooping out any of the debris or ash within the fireplace.
  3. Check for large piles of dust & dirt. (Regular cleaning will eliminate the piling of debris or dust)
  4. Now, use a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment for cleaning the surroundings and inside area of the fireplace.
  5. The goal of this step is to remove all the loose debris from the fireplace.

Step 3: Scrub Inside Area of The Fireplace Insert

  1. You will need one heavy-duty brush with wires and a small wire brush for the purpose.
  2. Preferably, use a heavy-duty brush for scrubbing the inside region of the fireplace.
  3. Pay a little more attention to remove all the baked debris or creosote from inside.
  4. Now, use a smaller wire brush for removing debris and dirt off the insert door & hinges.
  5. Loosen all the debris or dirt stuck around the exterior.
  6. Now, use a vacuum cleaner to suck out all of the loosened dirt, debris, and creosote.

Step 4: Prepare Soap & Baking Soda Solution

  1. Take one gallon of water in a large container
  2. Add a teaspoon of dishwashing soap to it.
  3. Now, add a half-cup of baking soda into the mixture.
  4. Mix the solution well.

Step 5: Clean Fireplace Insert with The Solution

  1. You will need a rag for this.
  2. Submerge the rag into the cleaning solution.
  3. Now, use it to scrub inside and outside of the fireplace insert.
  4. Do the scrubbing thoroughly, and concentrate while scrubbing the vents and grates.
  5. Keep repeating the process by changing rags when one gets too dirty.
  6. Remove all the gunk from in and around the fireplace insert using the solution.
Fireplace being used

Step 6: Rinse With Clean Water

  1. Keep another bucket full of clean water right beside you.
  2. Use clean rags to rinse the fireplace insert with the help of water. 
  3. Rinse the surface thoroughly to remove remnants of baking soda and dishwashing soap solution.
  4. Use a clean cloth to dry the fireplace insert afterward.
  5. It would be best if you used multiple clean and dry cloths to soak out all moisture thoroughly from the fireplace insert.

Step 7: Clean Glass Features With White Vinegar

Glass features of the fireplace insert need separate cleaning as they are delicate to handle. Here’s what you need to do for cleaning them:

  1. Fill white vinegar solution in a spray bottle.
  2. Spray it over the glass features of a fireplace insert.
  3. Use a microfiber cloth to remove dirt, dust, debris, and grime off the surfaces.
  4. If the debris is caked, you need to brush it out before using cloth and its solution.

After this cleaning method is complete, you can discard all the newspapers or the plastic tarp. Now, you can place back the tools, logs, and grates to their original spots. Do a final vacuuming around the fireplace insert to suck out any leftover mess.

Tip!

Check for the warranty on your fireplace insert. In case your warranty still exists, you do not need to attempt any cleaning measures. The company will do it as per warranty rules.

Get a better idea of the cleaning steps by taking a closer look at this video which describes the thorough process.

Method 2: Cleaning With Soap, Salt & Water

If you wish to carry out an even easier cleaning method, then soap, salt & water will do the job. Check out the below steps:

  1. Spread newspapers on the fireplace insert front.
  2. Mix equal parts of soap and salt into the water in a container.
  3. Stir it well until it forms a creamy cleaning solution.
  4. Ensure that the mixture is not watery and is a paste.
  5. Use a towel to coat this paste on the bricks.
  6. Let the paste soak for around 10 minutes.
  7. Use a brush with firm bristles for scrubbing the bricks.
  8. It will clean off the dirt, dust, and caked debris off the fireplace insert.
  9. Now, rinse the surface with clean water and a clean rag.
  10. Rinse it thoroughly to remove remnants of the cleaning mixture.
  11. Use a clean towel to dry the insert.
  12. Throw away the newspapers after the cleaning process.

Method 3: Cleaning An Electric Fireplace Insert

Nowadays, electric fireplace inserts are also in trend. Also, the cleaning process is different from that of wooden inserts. Electric fireplace inserts are vent-less, as they do not need any outside ventilation.

Electric fireplace

They run on a power supply and are pretty easy to install & maintain. And, if you have an electric one, then this guide has got you covered as well. Here are the steps for cleaning:

Step 1: Disconnect It From The Power Supply

  1. Ensure that you have disconnected the electric fireplace insert, few hours before the cleaning session.
  2. It is to allow the insert to cool down, thereby making it easy for you to clean.
  3. It is better to remove the plug from the sockets, to avoid any risk of shocks.

Step 2: Cleaning Of The Heater or Insert

  1. Start cleaning with the inside of the electric heater.
  2. Use a clean & dry cloth. (Preferably cotton).
  3. Wipe the surface wall of the fireplace insert.
  4. Keep the wiping motion a bit gentle.
  5. Now, use a soft brush for cleaning the outlet of the electric insert.
  6. Remove all the carbon residues and robust debris from the surface.

Step 3: Cleaning Of The Glass Features

  1. Check the user manual to remove glass panels from the insert.
  2. Now use a soft cotton cloth to wipe both sides of the glass.
  3. Avoid using abrasive wipers or strong cleaners on the glass body.
  4. Use a soft duster to dust off the dirt and dust.

There isn’t much necessity of any cleaning solution for maintaining the electric fireplace inserts. It is because they do not accumulate caked debris like the wooden ones. Therefore, simple and routine cleaning is sufficient for the purpose.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use Water To Get Rid Of Running Fire Right Before Cleaning The Insert?

No, you should not douse the fire with any liquid until it’s an emergency. If you are extinguishing fire with water, it will turn the ashes into a paste that will be very difficult to clean. For more such tips on cleaning the fireplace insert, you can check out this link.

How Frequently Should The Fireplace Insert Be Cleaned?

You must clean the fireplace insert thoroughly, at least once every year, if you are using it only in winters. However, if you live in a cold region where you need a fireplace insert throughout the year, you might have to clean it more than once in 365 days. But in most cases, it is better to get the fireplace insert clean before the burning season.

Conclusion

Take up the opportunity to save money on hiring professionals by carrying out the cleaning process of the fireplace insert all by yourself. Don’t wait and start the cleaning process! This guide will help you keep the fireplace insert clean to avoid any fire hazards due to creosote glaze or soot build-up.

How To Clean A Lasko Blower Fan

A Lasko blower fan comes in different shapes, sizes, and features; thus, the cleaning process also changes depending on the fan we are dealing with. If the fan is not maintained daily, the dust accumulates to create debris inside, and one starts to wonder how to clean a Lasko blower fan with such a compact structure.

How To Clean A Lasko Blower Fan

Lasko fans usually come in enclosed and compact designs; thus, cleaning them has always been challenging. We are here to the rescue; in this article, we will be covering every type of Lasko blower fan to make your cleaning process easy and comfortable.

Materials Required

  • A set of flexible brushes, if you are not up to disassembling the fan.
  • Duster
  • A disinfectant spray or disinfectant wipes for keeping the air passing through the fan completely germ-free. 
  • Screwdriver
  • Vacuum cleaner (Electronic)
  • A small bowl to keep all the small pieces of hardware safe in one place.
  • An air compressor
  • A soft cloth
  • Multipurpose oil
  • Vinegar or rubbing alcohol

Cleaning A Lasko Tower Blower Fan

A Lasko tower fan was designed to provide air at a massive velocity in a compact structure.

However, cleaning a Lasko tower blower fan is not the easiest task as the design is compact. Thus, it might need some extra attention when it comes to cleaning.

  1. Begin with unplugging the fan and plug the brush cleaner into your vacuum cleaner; if you do not have a vacuum cleaner, you can move forward with using a brush set to remove the dust from the fan.
  2. Start with vacuuming or brushing the intake grill and remove the dirt from the grill.
  3. Now take any soft cloth (microfiber is highly preferred) and clean the outer fan housing. 
  4. If you see any stains or spots, put some vinegar or rubbing alcohol on the soft cloth and gently rub on the stained area. 
  5. Keep rubbing until the stain is completely gone.

The method of cleaning the Lasko tower mentioned above is preferred if you want to avoid disassembling the fan.

If you want to deep clean and move forward with disassembling the fan, here is the link to the video guide to help you in the cleaning process.

Cleaning A Lasko Pedestal Blower Fan

Pedestal fans are really popular in the hot regions of the country, as they are a pocket-friendly option and are easy to maintain. Thus cleaning a Lasko pedestal blower fan is an essential task because of its extensive usage.

Here are the steps you need to follow.

  1. Since a Lasko pedestal fan is a bit larger than a tower fan, it will need disassembling. Start with opening the rear and front grills; if you need assistance, please refer to the product’s manual for disassembling.
  2. Once the disassembling is done, start with cleaning the blades and grill. Add some water and some liquid soap to the bowl and dip the blades in it.
  3. For the other parts of the fan, use the damp microfiber cloth for cleaning. Use some vinegar or rubbing alcohol for the stained parts of the fan.
  4. Now take the grill and blades of the fan and start rubbing with a flexible brush to remove the dirt and debris.
  5. Once the scrubbing is done, wash the grill and blades and leaves them to air dry before you start to reassemble. 
  6. Ensure you do not touch the motor during the cleaning process, as the water will undoubtedly ruin the motor.

In most of the cleaning processes, we usually suggest using a microfiber cloth to remove dust and dirt.

The cloth has several pros when it comes to cleaning; here is the link to a study highlighting the cleaning properties of the microfiber cloth.

Cleaning A Lasko Box Blower Fan

A Lasko box fan is a lower-cost option than a Lasko pedestal fan. It is a high-efficiency fan, primarily used at home because of its easy-to-use design.

Since the fan is a high-performance fan, it is time to move forward with cleaning a Lasko box blower fan to keep it in the best shape at home.

  1. Cleaning a box fan is nearly impossible without disassembling; thus, begin with opening the four screws of the box present at the perimeter of the front grill.
  2. Since the grill is completely removed, now you can remove the blades by gently rocking the side of the blade to side and pulling up.
  3. Fill a bowl with some water and add a few drops of soap to it.
  4. Now dip the microfiber cloth into the bowl and start cleaning the blades and the grills. You won’t need a brush this time.
  5. After cleaning, give a quick wash with clean water and let it dry.
  6. Once the fan is completely dried, start to reassemble the fan.

Cleaning Of A Lasko Window Blower Fan

A Lasko window fan is one of the finest creations, as it has multiple features, but it does not create any extra noise along with those features.

The fan is extremely quiet in terms of use; thus, you must never miss the regular cleaning of a Lasko window blower fan to maintain this quality.

  1. The fan needs disassembling; thus, make good use of your screwdrivers, remove the fan from the window, and place it up on the floor.
  2. Now remove the screws and lift the grill cover from the main body of the fan.
  3. Take the microfiber cloth and remove the dust and debris from the grill and the blades.
  4. Add some water to the bowl along with a few drops of liquid soap and dip the microfiber cloth in it.
  5. Now use the damp cloth to clean the fan’s internal parts, including the panels, knobs, grates, and blades.
  6. Once the cleaning is done, leave them to dry and then reassemble.

A Lasko window fan needs much more regular cleaning than the other fans, as they accommodate a comparatively larger amount of debris as they are placed on the window.

Cleaning A Lasko Wind Machine Blower Fan

A Lasko wind machine fan comes in different shapes and sizes, but this fan also demands disassembling when cleaning.

In addition, it might be tough to maintain these fans regularly considering the structure; that is why we are discussing an in-depth process of cleaning a Lasko wind machine blower fan, as it will be done once in a while.

  1. Take the fan and place it on the floor. Now start removing the screws by using a screwdriver, and do not forget to remove the knobs.
  2. Once the screws and knobs are removed, take out the grill and give the blades a good wipe with the microfiber cloth to remove the dust and debris.
  3. Add some water to a bowl and put a few drops of liquid soap.
  4. Now dip the cloth into the bowel and start scrubbing the fan to remove stains and extra dirt.
  5. Now wipe it clean and let the blades and grill air dry.
  6. Once the parts are completely dried, start to assemble them.

Lubricating The Motor When It Squeaks

In the above paragraphs, we have talked about cleaning the blades, grills and maintaining the quality of the fan, but what about the motor.

When the motor starts to squeak, it needs some lubrication, and thus in this section, we will discuss lubricating the motor when it squeaks.

  1. First of all, start with turning off the fan to block the electricity flow.
  2. Unscrew the fan and remove the cage.
  3. Unscrew the lock bolt and remove the blades from the metal shaft.
  4. Now spray the oil around the holes in the shaft using a fine tube.
  5. Now wipe off any extra oil and put the blades back on.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Lasko Fans Produce Cool Air?

Lasko fans do not have any type of cooling mechanism installed in them. Thus, they do not produce any type of cool air. If the fan is placed in front of an air conditioner, it might be possible, but otherwise, it is entirely impossible.

How Can I Reset My Lasko Fan?

To reset a Lasko fan, try switching off the main power of the fan and leave it like this for at least 15 minutes. Now take the fan into a new room and a new power outlet and see if the issue gets resolved. If not, please call customer service.

Conclusion 

The first and foremost thing to remember about cleaning a Lasko fan is that the process changes depending on the type of fan you are cleaning. Regular cleaning of the fan provides you and your family a good air quality and saves you from any extra manual work. Always be careful while cleaning; make sure the fan is switched off.

How To Clean A Leather Purse from A Thrift Store

Perfume, notebook, wallet, ballpen and a sunglass are spilling out of a leather purse

Fast fashion is on the rise, and it is deteriorating our planet day by day. Thrift stores are a boon in this time of environmental crisis. Thrift stores are sustainable and affordable but not always clean.

And cleaning them can be a task, more when its leather. Solet’s discuss how to clean a leather purse from a thrift store.

How To Clean A Leather Purse From A Thrift Store

Thrift stores are a blessing, especially when you want to stay in trend and do not want to spend much money to buy those fashionable items. Cleaning a leather purse might sound a bit scary, as leather is one of the most sensitive materials to work with, but we can assure you it is an easy and quick process to go through.

Leather purse placed on the grass

Pick Up A Good Quality Bag From A Thrift Store

If you want to do a successful clean-up for the leather bag you bought, you have to make sure that it is in the best condition when you buy it from the thrift store.

Here are some pointers that you can look out for:

  • First, look out for stains on the leather of the purse.
  • Second, make sure the leather is in good condition; keep an eye on the torn pieces of the bag.
  • Finally, make sure all the zippers are functioning correctly.

You need to look out for the points mentioned above, as if you buy a highly damaged bag, it will be really difficult to get good results even after cleaning the bag.

Also, once the payment is made for the bag, there is no chance of returning it at any cost.

Materials Required

Before moving on to the cleaning process, let us get the ingredients required to keep the cleaning process seamless and easy.

Here is the list of materials required for cleaning your leather bag from a thrift store:

  • Some clean water in a bowl: water and leather are not a very good combination for cleaning, but we can use the water sparingly while cleaning the purse.
  • A few clean pieces of rag: You can source this item from your old clothing or towels. The fluffier the cloth, the better are the results; make sure the clothes are colorless, as they might leave the color while cleaning.
  • Leather Shampoo: Well, we can not clean leather with ordinary shampoo. Since leather is sensitive material, a good quality leather shampoo will work well during the process.
  • A good disinfectant: We do not know where the bag came from and where it was initially stored; thus, to ensure that it is bacteria-free, buy a good disinfectant spray or liquid.
  • Leather recoloring balm: Since it is a second-hand purse, there may be some discoloration on the bag; thus, to restore the color of the bag, you will need a good quality leather recoloring balm.
  • Leather Conditioner: Now, to make the leather feel soft and tender after the cleaning, you will need a leather conditioner to make your bag last longer and make the leather firm.
  • Leather protecting finish: After the cleaning process, you might want to protect the leather from water or any damp environment; that is where leather protecting finishing comes into the picture.
Perfume, notebook, wallet, ballpen and a sunglass are spilling out of a leather purse

Step 1: Get Rid Of The Stuff From The Previous Owner

Before you begin the cleaning, you might not want anything that belonged to the previous owner with you.

Thus, the first step is to get rid of the stuff from the previous owner.

  • Typically, the thrift stores make sure that there are no items in the bag from the previous owners but double-check to make sure.
  • There can be cards, wooden combs, receipts, or other small items in the bag, so pour them out in the trash compartment.
  • You might need to unstick some items from the bag by hitting them.

Step 2: Wiping Off The Dust

Once you are done with getting rid of the stuff from the previous owner, it is time to start working on the bag. Start with wiping off the dust from the leather bag.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Take a small piece of rag and start wiping the outer and inner surface of the leather bag.
  2. Always shake the bag after cleaning one compartment of the bag. Make sure all the compartments of the bag are cleaned properly.

Step 3: Cleaning With An Anti-Germ Wipe And A Damp Cloth

Once you have wiped off the dust, it is time to get rid of the germs from your beloved leather purse. Now you have to move on with cleaning the purse with an anti-germ wipe and a damp cloth.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Take a clean anti-germ wipe and clean the inside and outside of the leather bag. One wipe will be enough to cover the whole bag.
  2. Now take a small piece of rag and dip it into water. Now squeeze it to remove extra water from the rag. 
  3. Now concentrate your efforts on the stained areas; make sure you do not apply a lot of pressure while you go about this step.
  4. Now put the purse into a ventilated area to let it dry.

If you can remove the stains in this step, you can apply leather conditioner; if not, you need to follow the next step.

Step 4: Cleaning The Purse With A Leather Shampoo

If you cannot remove the stains from the purse in the previous step, it is time to upgrade our cleaning tools.

Now you need to start cleaning the purse with a leather shampoo to get rid of those stubborn stains from the leather bag.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Take a small amount of leather shampoo and apply it to the outer surface of the bag. Now take an old toothbrush and concentrate your efforts on the stained area.
  2. You will observe lather coming from the scrubbing action, and it will pull out the dirt. Make sure you do not scrub too hard.
  3. You can spend about 30 seconds on each spot, and you will observe a smooth surface emerging on the bag.
  4. Once the scrubbing is done, take a damp cloth and clean the purse.
  5. Now keep the purse in a ventilated area and let it dry.

Here is a link to a study concentrating on the qualities of leather and its cleaning.

Step 5: Removing Scratches From A Leather Purse

Since the stains are being removed, the surface of the leather will become pretty smooth, as any loose strands of leather are being removed by scrubbing action.

Man taking a photo of the landscape while carrying his thrifted leather purse

If you observe any kind of scratches on the purse, this step is a must.

Here are the steps for removing scratches from a leather purse:

  1. Take the purse and observe for any discoloration and scratches on the surface.
  2. You can move forward with using a spatula to remove a little amount of leather recoloring balm and apply it to the respective area.
  3. Ensure the recoloring balm is applied evenly on all the areas, and more pressure should be applied on the scratched ones.

You can move forward with applying a few coats of the recoloring balm to make sure you get your desired look.

Step 6: Applying The Conditioner And The Protector Finish

Since the discoloration and the cracks have been taken care of by the balm, it is time to move forward with the final step, applying the conditioner and the protector finish.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Take a clean piece of white rug and put some conditioner on it. Now apply the conditioner evenly on the surface of the bag.
  2. Wait for at least ten minutes and then take another clean piece of rag and move forward with applying the protector finish on the outer surface of the leather bag.
  3. Now your leather bag is good for use.

This step will protect the bag from water and other damp environments and give that shiny look you desire.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is It Safe To Buy A Leather Bag From A Thrift Store?

Yes, it is completely safe and healthy to buy a leather bag from the thrift store; just check the bag thoroughly before buying it and clean it before using it.

Can I Get Good Quality Items From A Thrift Store?

Yes, you can buy good quality products from a thrift store, as they check it thoroughly before selling.

Conclusion 

Thrift stores are a blessing, especially if you are going through a financial crunch. However, it is not about class all the time; sometimes, you need to be mindful while shopping, think about the clothes that are dying in your closet, and creating unnecessary waste on the planet. It is time to take responsibility and go thrift shopping.

How To Clean A Drum Set

Close up of a drum set

Everybody desires an excellent shiny drum set, as it gives you a different type of environment and motivates you to play your best tunes. But cleaning a drum set might seem like a challenge as it is massive and has a complex composition. Thus, the question arises of how to clean a drum set in the best way possible.

How To Clean A Drum Set

A shiny drum set is attractive to the audience; thus, keeping it clean is the drummer’s responsibility as it shows that you respect your instrument. Likewise, if you appreciate your instrument, the music will respect you. Hence here are the steps you need to follow to keep your drums in the best shape possible.

Materials Required

Wiping off the dust might take a few seconds, but dealing with the debris is not that easy.

Person playing drums

You will need your cleaning ammunition to get the best results. Here is the list:

  • A microfiber cloth or a terry
  • A one-inch brush
  • A 0.5-inch brush
  • A wood conditioner or polish (lemon oil)
  • A non-abrasive chrome polish
  • A mild lubricant for the moving parts
  • Some masking tape
  • Petroleum jelly

Step 1: Disassembling Your Drum Set

The first and the primary step to deep cleaning is disassembling your drum set. It will give you a proper space, and each inch of the drum set will be thoroughly cleaned.

  1. Start with loosening up each part of the drum set and group them accordingly so that none of the parts get lost.
  2. Make sure you separate the metal and the wood parts, as a different method is used to clean depending upon the nature of the material of the parts.

Here is the link to a video guide showcasing how to disassemble a drum set and reassemble it after cleaning.

If you avoid this step, the shine that you desire might not be achieved. 

Step 2: Brushing Off The Rims

Once you are done with disassembling the drum set, you need to move forward with the next step, brushing off the rims. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Take your one-inch brush and start removing the chipped wood pieces from the rims of the drum set.
  2. Go for a 0.5-inch brush if there are nasty pieces of debris stuck around the rims, as they won’t go off easy with a 1-inch brush.
  3. You need to follow this step with your toms and the snare drum.

Here is the link to the study about snare drum written by Vic Firth; it concentrates on the methodology followed in the classical and modern form of music, keeping in perspective the usage of the snare drum.

Step 3: Polishing The Rims, Cymbals, And Hardware

After brushing off the dust from the rims, it is time to move forward with polishing the rims, cymbals, and hardware.

Again, avoid using any type of non-abrasive polish on the wooden parts, as it might compromise the quality of the wood on the drum set.

  1. Cover the wooden parts with masking tape, take some non-abrasive chrome polish, and dispense a little amount on the terry or microfiber cloth.
  2. Now take the microfiber cloth and start spreading the polish gently on the metal parts of the drum set.
  3. Make sure the polish is spread evenly, and use an extra amount if needed. Once you are done spreading, clean the polish with a clean terry or microfiber cloth, it will give the metal parts a good shine.
  4. Follow the steps mentioned above for the top rims, bottom rims, cymbals, and other drum set hardware. Do not use this method on the snares.
  5. Keep an eye on the tight spaces and make sure the polishing cream does not get assembled in the tight spaces and leave nasty stains.
Disassembled drum set beside a potted plant and guitar

Here is the link to a study highlighting the features of microfiber cloth and why it is best for cleaning various materials such a the surface of a tinted window and titanium rings.

Step 4: Polishing Your Toms, Snares, And Bass Drum

Once you are done polishing the rims, cymbals, and hardware of the drum, it is time to put your focus on polishing your toms, snares, and bass drum.

Here are the steps that you need to follow:

  1. Since a non-abrasive polish cannot be used on the wooden parts, take a different microfiber cloth for the wooden parts of the drum set.
  2. Now remove the masking tape that you used to cover the wooden parts of the drum set.
  3. You can use any wooden conditioner or a lemon oil polish that gives the wood a good protective layer for the wooden parts. Lemon oil is a better option, as it does not leave any uneven stains.
  4. Dispense a little oil on the microfiber cloth and start spreading on the wooden parts of the drum set.
  5. Once the oil is evenly spread, take clean terry or microfiber cloth and remove the excess oil from the surface. You will see that good lustrous look after the clean wipe.

Wooden parts are a bit sensitive to deal with; make sure you use mild products and a good brand.

A wrong product can compromise the quality of the wooden parts that, in short, deteriorates the quality of the whole drum set.

Step 5: Reassembling Your Drum Set

Once the cleaning and polishing are done, it is time to move forward with reassembling your drum set.

After cleaning, it is more of a challenging part to build the whole drum set back.

Here are the tips and tricks that you need to follow before reassembling the drum set:

  1. Make sure you use some petroleum jelly on the lug screws. It will help in preventing any cross-threading while reassembling.
  2. While reassembling the drum set, make sure each part is carefully tightened to make it fit correctly. Each screw should be finger-tight.
  3. Next, gather some appropriate tools to reassemble the hardware of the drum set.
  4. Once you are done with the tightening and assembling, make sure you do not leave any fingerprints on the drum set. Give a quick clean with a microfiber or terry to ensure the quality.

Step 6: Tuning Your Drums

During the cleaning process, you might have detuned your drum set. Hence, make sure that you properly tune your drum set before playing.

Also, do not forget to take a selfie with your drum set after such hard work.

Close up of a drum set

Pro Tips and Tricks For Maintaining A Clean Drum Set

Cleaning a drum set is an exhausting process. Thus it is impossible to clean it now and then.

Thus, maintenance is the key; here are some pro tips and tricks for maintaining a clean drum set:

  • Make sure to add a packet of dehumidifiers inside the toms, bass drums, and the snare when you change the drum skin.
  • If you are using steel wool to clean your hardware, use a polishing grade like #0000, as more course grades will result in scratches and might throw a bit of debris.
  • Place your drum sets in dry and cool areas to avoid mold and mildew, as they form at a thriving rate in moist environments.
  • Make sure the inside of your drum is arid. Otherwise, an organism might start living in your drum set, and nobody wants that.

Drum sets expect a lot of physical effort when cleaning and maintaining the quality of the instrument, but it is all worth it, as a lustrous and shiny instrument can produce the best music.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Can One Know If The Drum Set Is Good?

Here are few points to look out for a while buying a good drum set. First, find a balance between the cost and the quality of the drum set. Keep a good eye on the hardware of the drum set, make sure it is solid, and prefer buying a bundled hardware.

How To Take Care Of An Electronic Drum Set?

Taking care of an electronic drum set is pretty easy. Always clean with a soft cloth. In case of stains, use a damp microfiber cloth for cleaning. Do not use alcohol-based products on the module. Avoid placing any vinyl products on the module.

Conclusion 

A deep clean of the drum set might take a huge chunk of your day, but it is necessary to clean your drum set at least once a month to maintain its quality. If you cannot afford a monthly cleaning session, make sure you follow the steps in parts. It will ease up your cleaning hours and maintain the quality of the instrument as well.

In addition, a regular cleaning session can save you from that long day of physical effort.