Fire leaves mark on Rocky homes

PROFESSIONAL cleaner Kylie Rhule yesterday provided some timely tips to help North Rockhampton people get rid of the ash and dirt in their homes caused by this week's bushfires.

While hundreds of houses were directly impacted by the fires on the city's outskirts, the blazes have also left their mark on the homes of many more people.

So for those who haven't started cleaning up yet, Kylie, who runs B Amazed Cleaning, gave the following advice.

Kylie, who lives in the fire-affected Lakes Creek area, said the best place to start was with the outside of a home.

“Before you start washing an area down it's important to check the tracks of your windows,” she said.

“The bottom of these tracks allows water to escape and you need to make sure they are clear and not blocked ... you don't want bugs blocking them.

“Then wash the outside of the home.

“Soot and ash should come away easily enough with a soapy mixture, say dishwashing liquid, followed by a good hosing down.

“You can use a broom handle to give the outside a soaping before the rinse off.”

Moving inside, she said using a damp cloth or vacuum cleaner with a soft brush was the way to go.

Blinds, walls, furniture and most other things could be cleaned with these.

“Quite often blinds only get dirty on one side, that which is facing the window.

“Ideally if the blinds can be easily taken down, take them outside for a hosing.”

She said curtains could be taken down and washed, but people should be careful they didn't damage the material.

For the walls, Kylie suggested buying a floor mop, the ones with a yellow sponge on the end, so the job could be done quickly and easily. She said homeowners needed to be aware many walls these days were painted with water-based paints, which often didn't respond well to strong chemicals.

Carpets should be clean enough if vacuumed, however if the ash has been trampled in to the fabric it is best to call in a professional carpet cleaner.

But despite all the tips the one ingredient that had to be there to keep a clean home was good old-fashioned hard work, Kylie said.

“Like anything it's all about elbow grease and getting in and doing the job,” she said.



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