THE BEAUTY OF CLEANLINESS ANSWERS

Gloves, yes or no? Is it a good idea to use gloves for washing dishes?

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Reinforced latex gloves help us to carry out many cleaning and maintenance tasks in the home, which could otherwise cause problems for the skin on our hands. Many people do not like them, but they are certainly a good compromise between doing the dishes and the health of our hands. Gloves give better grip and avoid dishes slipping, even when they are soapy. Using gloves for house cleaning or small domestic tasks is therefore a good habit, allowing us to look after our hands.

Sometimes you read recycled plastic, sometimes recyclable plastic. Is there a difference?

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Recyclable plastic is plastic that can be recycled by responsible citizens. Post-consumer recycled plastic, as used in Scala products, is plastic that has already been used at least once by consumers and therefore comes from differentiated waste collection.  To be re-used, the plastic has to be collected, washed and milled into new flakes (for subsequent industrial processing). This eliminates the phases which are needed for the production of raw recyclable plastic, i.e. distillation of oil. chemical reactions, fusion, crystallisation.

Washing dishes without waste, with zero impact. How to do it?

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If we need to wash dishes and pots by hand, the best method is to fill a basin or sink with hot water and add the correct quantity of detergent.  Leave the dishes to soak in the hot water for a few minutes, then remove stubborn food remains with an ordinary sponge and Scala washing-up liquid, with its de-greasing and odour-removing formula; the bottle is made of post-consumer recycled plastic, in other words plastic from differentiated waste collection.

Can washing-up liquid be used for other jobs?

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Washing-up liquid is a product that lends itself very well to other uses. It has powerful stain-removing properties, and can be used in small doses on garments, which are then scrubbed and machine washed.  Another useful tip is to use washing-up liquid to clean floors: fill a bucket with hot water, add a few drops of washing-up liquid and the results will be fantastic.

Number one enemy in the kitchen: smears on steel surfaces. How to avoid them?

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No matter how clean, steel surfaces lose their natural brightness with use, because of oxidation. With Scala Steel and Ceramic cleaner, steel surfaces return to their incomparable brilliance.  To complete the job, it is advisable to use a soft, dry cloth to give a perfect shine, and not to leave water lying on the surface.

Is newspaper really good for cleaning glass?

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Although newspaper is usually thrown away, pages from newspapers, bundled up, can be extremely effective for cleaning glass.  They should be wetted and wrung out to remove excess water, and elbow grease used to cover the whole surface with energetic circular movements.  Wash windows thoroughly with Scala Glass and Multi-purpose, and allow them to dry without using fabric cloths, which could leave tiny particles of fabric and give a less than perfect result. Brilliant results are guaranteed.

What cloths are most suitable for cleaning surfaces?

pannipulireCloths for cleaning surfaces can differ in size, fabric type and material. Microfiber cloths in particular are formed of extremely fine fibres obtained from the fractioning of polyester and polyamide fibres. These cloths have numerous advantages: they can pick up even the tiniest particles of dirt, and they last much longer than other cloths in natural fibres

Which substances should be avoided on parquet and wood floors?

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Parquet is a difficult floor to look after, and needs a lot of care and patience.  Exposure to light or damp can alter the colour or cause swelling; it is also sensitive to various substances which could damage or stain it.  Therefore, no to foam-causing products or anything containing alcohol or ammonia. Also to be avoided are substances used in the kitchen, such as oil, wine and milk. For gentle cleaning and a perfect finish, it is advisable to use Scala parquet and marble, which contains natural soap.

What are the stages for a clean and shiny floor?

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The war on dirty floors requires three essential stages: sweeping, washing and drying.  The first of these removes dust, waste and crumbs, using a broom or a vacuum cleaner. The second stage consists of using a cloth, mop or brush soaked in water and a special soap or detergent.  The final stage, to make the floor shine, involves drying with a soft, dry cloth.

How can I use the washing machine to save energy?

energiaIn the first place it’s a good idea to replace old appliances with new, low-energy versions.  The choice of a washing machine for a “perfect wash” means buying a class A model or higher (A+, A++, A+++). Further savings can be made by using the machine only when fully loaded, so as to save water and energy and obtain a more effective wash.  In addition, when choosing a machine you should ensure that it carries the IMQ quality mark or another recognised European mark

What’s the best way to remove stubborn stains of blood and coffee?

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Cold water is the cure-all for coloured garments, like red and orange, but also for stubborn blood and coffee stains.  Bloodstains can be tackled by immersing the garment in cold water and then scrubbing vigorously; if the stain is particularly old, it can be treated with Scala Marseilles Soap, Hand Wash Powder or Stain Remover.

How can I rescue a felted sweater?

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Unfortunately it often happens that the wash is not perfect, and garments become felted.  But all is not lost. One method for rescuing them is this: take a 10 l basin and fill with warm water with a little of your normal detergent, then add a spoonful of alcohol, a spoonful of turpentine and 3 spoonfuls of ammonia. Mix well and immerse the sweater, leaving it to soak for a whole day. Then wash as normal, using Scala wool and delicates liquid with anti-felting action.

Which garments need to be washed at 90° and which at 40°?

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Hot water at 90° is used for resistant fabrics or for sterilising a particularly dirty garment. Children’s white clothes, with food stains, are particularly dirty; the solution is to apply a stain remover or Marseilles soap on the stubborn stains, followed by a hot wash. But a cycle at 90° uses twice as much energy as one at 40°, and does not always give the best results. Scala laundry products are suitable for washing at 30 – 40°, giving equally satisfactory results.

What is the first step for a perfect wash?

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The first thing to do is read the label, so as to treat the garment in the correct way. The next step is to check pockets, removing any coins or documents. You should then sort the clothes, taking care not to mix colours. Finally, remember not to over-fill the machine.