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La Mesa (Spanish: For ‘The Table’) is a city in San Diego County, located nine
miles (14 kilometers) east of Downtown San Diego in Southern
California. The population was 61,121 at the 2020 census, up from 57,065
at the 2010 census. Its civic motto is “the Jewel of the Hills.” La Mesa
is bordered by the city of San Diego on the west and
north, Spring Valley and Lemon Grove on the south,
and El Cajon on the east. It includes the neighborhood of Grossmont.
We love house cleaning in La Mesa. The homes here are very charming. Real estate
consists of mostly single family residences. The city is vibrant and makes a
statement.

According to
the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.1 square
miles (24 km
2).
9.1 square miles (24 km
2)
of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km
2)
of it (0.44%) is water.
 La Mesa was originally part of Rancho El Cajón, a
Mexican era rancho grant owned by the family of Don Miguel de
Pedrorena, a California ranchero and signer of the Californian
Constitution.

La Mesa in Spanish means
“the table”, or alternately “the plateau”, relating to its geography. La Mesa
was part of a larger tract, Mission San Diego de Alcalá, and was used by
Spanish missionaries.

La Mesa was founded in 1869
and The City of La Mesa was incorporated on February 16, 1912. It does not have
a city charter but operates under the laws of the state of California.
 Its
official flower is the bougainvillea .

In 2020, La Mesa
was the site of civil unrest in the wake of the murder of George
Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Two days after Floyd’s murder, an unarmed
black man was grabbed and shoved by a white La Mesa Police officer and arrested
at the Grossmont Trolley Station. The video of the incident went
viral and led to more than 1000 protesters converging on the city. An African
American grandmother was shot in the face with a bean bag round from
police. The officer in the trolley station incident was charged with
falsifying a police report in connection with the reason for the arrest but
acquitted in December 2021.

Every home — big, small, apartment or vacation
home — gets dirty. And while there’s not just one way to clean your living
space, there is a smarter way to get the job done. Take this guided tour of
your home — from the kitchen and bathroom to the bedroom and living areas — to
learn the basic rules of cleaning as well as some tips and short cuts that will
help you clean thoroughly and efficiently, starting now.
 

If your
toilet flushes slowly, the rinse holes under the rim may be clogged with
mineral deposits. (Get a 
refresher on the parts of a toilet.) Use a hand mirror to see the holes under the
rim of the toilet. Bend a coat hanger flat and probe the tip into the holes to
poke out any deposits. You can clean out those clogged holes without ever
getting your hands dirty.

 

Every home — big, small, apartment
or vacation home — gets dirty. And while there’s not just one way to clean your
living space, there is a smarter way to get the job done. Take this guided tour
of your home — from the kitchen and bathroom to the bedroom and living areas —
to learn the basic rules of cleaning as well as some tips and short cuts that
will help you clean thoroughly and efficiently, starting now.
 

Microfiber cloths excel at putting
the finishing touches on mirrors, countertops, and even tile and fixtures.
After cleaning surfaces with your favorite cleaning solution and drying them
off with a terry cloth rag or a separate microfiber cloth, polish them to a
mirror finish with a dry microfiber cloth. 
Microfiber cloths are perfect
for this
 because they pick up dust, wipe off smudges
and don’t shed any fibers. You’ll find microfiber cloths wherever cleaning
supplies are sold and they’ll help you know how to clean your bathroom better.
You can also buy them in bulk at wholesale clubs and use them throughout your
house for all kinds of other cleaning chores. They’re one of the best home
cleaning products you can get. 
If you have laminate
countertops, follow these steps for a perfectly clean surface.

If the grille on your bathroom exhaust fan is clogged with dust, try a trick that’s faster and
more effective than vacuuming. Here’s 
how to clean a bathroom fan: Turn on the fan and blast out the dust with “canned
air.” The fan will blow the dust outside. This works on the return air
grilles of your central heating/cooling system too. Run the system so that the
return airflow will carry the dust to the filter. You’ll find canned air at
home centers and hardware stores, usually in the electrical supplies aisle.
Caution: The cans contain chemical propellants, not just air. Don’t let
children play with them.

Vacuum large area rugs at least once a week. But also take
them outside three or four times a year for a more thorough cleaning and for how
to clean dust. 
Drape them over a fence or
clothesline and beat them with a broom or tennis racket
. A good beating removes much more dust than vacuuming. Take
smaller rugs outside to for a vigorous shaking every week.

An effective air cleaner removes large and small particles from the air in a
single room. Within that space, it can relieve allergy or asthma symptoms and
even reduce smoke and cooking odors. But don’t expect it to relieve you of
dusting duty. Air cleaners are sized to filter a small area, so only a small
portion of the airborne dust in your home will ever reach the unit. For air
cleaners to have a real effect on overall dust levels, you would need one unit
in every room. 
Buy an air cleaner on Amazon. While you’re debating the value of an air cleaner, take care of cleaning your air conditioner, it’s
easier than you think
.

In most homes, carpet is by far the biggest dust reservoir.
It’s a huge source of fibers and absorbs dust like a giant sponge. Even the
padding underneath holds dust, which goes airborne with each footstep. Although
ripping out your wall-to-wall carpet may sound radical, it’s the best thing you
can do if you suffer from serious allergies. For how to remove dust from air
the best thing you can do is to replace carpeting with hard floorings like
laminate, wood or tile, and wet mop it regularly (with a microfiber cloth)
instead of sweeping. Sweeping is more likely to stir up dust than to remove it.
Keeping it?

Blankets, pillows, slipcovers, drapes and other textiles not
only trap household dust, but they create it as they shed and disintegrate.
Curtains and drapes, in particular, get dusty because they absorb moisture and
dirt from the outside and act as a landing pad for dust from ceiling fans and air
vents. The best idea for how to clean dust is to buy machine-washable
items and launder them twice a year (OK, at least once). For
non-machine-washable textiles, throw them in the dryer on the air-fluff setting
(no heat) for 20 minutes with a damp towel. The damp towel will attract pet
hair, and the tumbling movement and airflow will remove the smaller particles
for you.

If you have glass shower doors in your bathroom and don’t
keep on top of the cleaning, you can end up with soap scum so tough that it’s
nearly impossible to remove. Here’s how to 
clean your bathroom better — bring out the heavy equipment. Pick up some
polishing compound at a home center or an auto parts store and use an auto
buffer to polish off the offending scum. If you don’t own a buffer, you can buy
one for as little as $20 or borrow one from a gearhead friend. If possible,
remove the doors and take them out to the garage to avoid messing up the
bathroom.

Whether it’s built-up soap scum on the shower walls,
ground-in dirt on the floor tile or dried toothpaste on the vanity top, a Magic
Eraser sponge (or other brands) will make short work of it. Just dampen it and
rub it on the offending mess. In most cases, the mess will come right off.
These sponges are especially useful for removing ground-in dirt from porous
floor tile and getting those pesky nonslip strips in the bottom of your tub
clean. Magic Eraser sponges clean bathroom showers well and are available at
grocery stores, hardware stores and wherever cleaning supplies are sold. Unlike
regular sponges, they wear out pretty fast, so stock up.

Feather dusters and dry rags pick up some of the dust they
disturb, but most of it just settles elsewhere. Damp rags or disposable cloths
that attract and hold dust with an electrostatic charge (like 
Swiffer or Grab-it) work much better. Cloths that
attract dust with oils or waxes also work well but can leave residue on
furniture. Use vacuum attachments only on surfaces that are hard to dust with a
cloth, such as rough surfaces and intricate woodwork, because the exhaust stream
from a vacuum whips up a dust storm. 
Buy Swiffer Cloths on Amazon. Tried of trying to think up a way to clean a
chandelier? 

More than half of household dust enters your home
through windows, doors, vents and on the soles of your shoes
. Think about where you walk all day long (restrooms, city
streets, construction sites, etc.) and all the bacteria and debris your shoes
collect. Do you really want to track that inside? An EPA study of homes where a
doormat was added at the entrance and shoes were banned indoors showed a 60
percent reduction of lead dust and other contaminants in the home, as well as a
significant reduction of allergens and bacteria. Your first line of defense
for how to remove dust from air should be a 
coarse-fiber heavy-duty doormat placed outside exterior doors. Inside, have everyone
remove shoes at the door. Keep a bench, a shoe rack and a basket of cheap
slippers available so no one has to walk around in their stocking feet on
chilly floors.

Clean those narrow-necked jars and vases with small gravel
(aquarium gravel works the best). Fill one-third of the jar with water. Add a
handful of gravel, and then stir and shake the jar. The gravel will scour the
inside of the jar clean. Dump the gravel into a strainer, give it a quick rinse
(so it doesn’t stink!) and save it for next time. You’ll wonder 
why you didn’t think of that yourself!

Do you ever find yourself chasing strands of wet hair or
running into dust balls in the corners with your sponge or cleaning rag? You
can learn how to clean your bathroom better and eliminate this nuisance by
vacuuming the bathroom before you get out your cleaning solutions. For a really
thorough cleaning, start at the top, vacuuming the dust from light fixtures and
the top of window casings. Then work your way down. And finally, vacuum the
floor methodically so you cover every inch. You don’t want to leave any stray
hair or dust bunnies to muck up your cleaning water. A soft-bristle upholstery
brush works best for this type of vacuuming
.

When the beads of water left on your glass shower door dry
out, they leave minerals behind that are at best unsightly, and at worst can be
tough as nails to remove if you let them build up (see first tip). You can
avoid beading water altogether by coating the glass with an auto-glass
treatment. We’re using 
Aquapel, but Rain-X will also work to clean bathroom showers. Both are available through our affiliation with amazon.com. Follow the instructions on the package to apply
the treatment to your shower door glass. You can buy Aquapel online or at local
dealers. You’ll find Rain-X at any auto parts store. 
Try these tips to clean your bathroom better and
faster.

When dusting or cleaning just about any
vertical surface, 
start at the top and work your way down. As the soil is removed, any
loose particles or 
drips, if you’re using water, can be caught by the next cleaning
movement. No need to backtrack and have to reclean a freshly cleaned area.

The sofa takes lots of action, but can
easily be 
cleaned and refreshed by vacuuming it well. Remove all of the throw pillows
and cushions and use your vacuum tools to clean every surface and crevice. The
upholstery brush does a great job of loosening dust so it can be suctioned
away. If you have a sleeper sofa, don’t forget to unfold the mattress and
vacuum it on both sides.

Don’t forget to keep your pet’s bed clean for their health and to reduce odors in your home.
Start by vacuuming a pet’s bed before washing it. Use a free/clear,
hypoallergenic detergent like 
all free clear and add an extra rinse cycle to ensure all detergent
has been removed from the fabric. House cleaning in La Mesa is always a pleasure. The homes here are unique. We love to house clean in la mesa very much.