Cleaning and Maintenance Tips for a Beautiful Bathroom

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Care Tips, How To's, Repairs and Maintenance | 0 comments

Keeping the house clean is important in protecting the health of family members. Two main areas in the house that require special attention are the kitchen and bathroom. Kitchens are kept clean on a daily basis to prevent germs and bacteria from contaminating our food. Unfortunately, the bathroom doesn’t get as much attention as the kitchen when it comes to cleanliness. With personal hygiene being an important component of one’s health and well being, people should start paying attention to their bathroom. Here are a few ideas on how you can keep a clean and beautiful bathroom in your home.

1. Rinse and Clean as You Go. Molds, mildew, scum, and stains have no place in a beautiful bathroom. To prevent dirt and germs build-up in your bathroom, encourage family members to do a bit of cleaning after use. Simply rinse off soap scum in the tub or shower stall by spraying water in the walls and floor after taking a bath. Check floor, sink, and counter for spittle or spills and wipe it off immediately before leaving the bathroom.

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2. Keep it Dry and Bright. Molds and mildew thrive in dank and dark places so make sure that drains are working properly to prevent water build up. Open windows to facilitate proper air circulation and let some natural light in as well. This will help you air-dry the bathroom after every shower. You may also want to turn on fans or dehumidifiers for a few minutes to speed up the process. Don’t forget to dry shower curtains, doors or stalls, and towels. This can be done by keeping wet shower curtains closed until it dries, spreading towels in rods or rack, and removing water from glass surfaces with the help of a squeegee.

3. Give it a thorough clean once a week. Wiping and rinsing will not keep your bathroom germ and bacteria free. Clean surfaces and hidden nooks with warm soapy water, sponge, and disinfectant to get the job done properly. Don’t forget to wash accessories like shower curtains, bathroom mats, hand towels etc. You may also keep drains clean and clog-free by pouring home solutions like baking soda, white vinegar, and boiling water down the drain at least once a month.

4. Schedule maintenance check-up at least once a year. Water build-up and leaks can damage you property and cost you a lot in repairs. Keep an eye out for cracks and holes in caulks and grouts as well as leaks in fixture sealants and toilet base so you can address problems immediately. Have a professional check on plumbing and electrical features of your bathroom to keep them running efficiently.

5. De-clutter and Decorate. Just like any room in the house, the bathroom can also accumulate some clutter over time. Organize your bathroom with stylish racks, caddies, or storage and remove everything that doesn’t have a place in your bathroom. Change décor motifs as the season change and create a trendy and beautiful bathroom for family and house guests.

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Avoid a Bad Air Day by Checking Your Air Quality

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Care Tips, Earth Friendly Activities, green living, Repairs and Maintenance | 0 comments

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Many people already realize that certain parts of the country suffer from poor air quality at specific times of the year. People are so concerned about the air outside that many fail to consider the quality of the air inside their homes. In some cases, the air inside a house can be exponentially worse than what’s outside. Don’t have a bad air day; check the air quality inside your home and take action to make it better. 

What Causes Bad Air Indoors?

The air inside your home is directly affected by the quality of air outside the home. In addition to the regular pollutants found in the air outside, indoor air can be laden with cleaning solvents, viruses, fungi, formaldehyde, and all kinds of other pollutants. Pollen and dander can come in from windows and doors. Pets carry hair and saliva, in addition to airborne fecal matter. Paints, perfumes, and even chemicals on a new piece of furniture affect the quality of air inside your home. This may be even more noticeable if you have family members who suffer from allergies or respiratory problems. How can you combat the bad air?

Change Your Filters

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The ductwork in your home should have filters connected to it. These filters are supposed to help keep contaminants out. Over time, however, the filters become dirty from all of the contaminants they catch. This means that they need to be changed regularly in order to be most effective. Filters should be changed at least every six months, and your AC should be tuned up one to two times per year. Dust around the duct registers or settling on furniture around your home is a clear sign that not only your filters need changing, but you should probably also have your ducts examined and cleaned.

Go Green—Literally

Changing out your filters can dramatically improve your indoor air quality, but don’t underestimate the power of plants. There are many indoor plants such as spider plants, snake plants, English ivy, pothos, philodendrons and more that help to pull formaldehyde and a variety of other pollutants out of the air, replacing them with oxygen. If your home is lacking a little bit of green, then invest in some air-purifying plants strategically placed around your home.

Turn Bad Air Good

It’s possible to avoid a bad air day with proper air filter replacement and duct cleaning. Air-purifying plants are also beneficial if anyone in your family suffers from allergies or other respiratory issues. If you notice an inordinate amount of dust around your home or family members who are sneezing and coughing more than normal, then it’s time to take action.

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Proper Care for Wood Furniture

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in Care Tips, Home Furniture | 0 comments

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Many of our homes have some wooden furniture. We have to face the fact, we love wood. Despite the price and the convenience of plastic furniture, nothing beats wooden furniture if you are thinking about aesthetics.

But in order for wooden furniture to serve us well, there are certain things that we need to do in order to keep them in tip-top shape. There are such things that are called preventable damage.

For one, you know that their surface is easily scratched so when you use them, you do not use sharp objects on it. Otherwise, they will get scratched and it will take a lot of effort to restore it. It may be a small scratch, but you will have to retouch the whole thing to make it even.

You also need to be careful in handling them. They should not be tossed around or applied with lots of force because most furniture uses nails and wood glue. These can easily break with strong force.

Use chairs and tables for their purpose. Do not stand or jump on them because these can break.

If you want to maintain the color of your furniture, you may have to use dim lighting. Bright lights are strong and can react with wood. Eventually, the color will change.

Since wood is food for termites, one of its greatest enemies is this pest. Your furniture should be appropriately treated against termite infestation. If you notice a termite hill near your home, it is best to destroy the colony so that the termites will not invade your house and eat the wood furniture.

Clean wooden furniture using recommended products only. It is best not to get them wet with water so that they will not get soaked. Water seeps through the porous surface of wood and destroys it.

Wooden furniture is nice. If you take good care of them, they will last you for generations.

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Proper Care for your Tableware

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Care Tips | 0 comments

Thanksgiving dinner, wedding anniversaries, fancy dinner parties- these are all occasions when you might bring out your most elegant tableware. But what about a weeknight dinner or a random “just because” dinner? Chances are you shy away from using your best tableware on a regular basis because you’re not confident in caring for it properly. In this guide, we’ll remedy that by spelling out how to care for each type of tableware so that you can set and clear your table with confidence.

Sterling silver tableware can be washed in the dishwasher with just a small amount of detergent, but when you store your sterling silver, keep it separate from rubber and wool. Rubber and wool contain sulfur, which will cause to silver to have a chemical reaction. Gold vermeil and gold plate tableware should only be hand washed with mild soap; because gold is soft and can scratch easily, store gold vermeil and gold plate tableware in a soft-lined flatware case.

Silver plate tableware is dishwasher safe with a small amount of citric-acid free detergent, but it shouldn’t be washed next to stainless steel in the dishwasher because the metals will react and discolor the silver. Stainless steel tableware is also dishwasher safe; avoid hand washing stainless steel with hard-bristled brushes or scouring pads, which can wear away the chromium oxide film.

White porcelain and decal or underglaze porcelain are generally dishwasher and microwave safe, but check the manufacturer recommendations just to be safe. Hand painted porcelain and metallic porcelain, meanwhile, should be hand washed with mild soap and are not microwave safe.

Glassware is usually dishwasher safe, unless it’s blown glass, which is fragile; crystal, on the other hand, should be hand washed unless you have a dishwasher with a crystal setting. Both glassware and crystal can be used to remove the film that forms with regular washing.

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No matter what kind of tableware you have, taking care of it is easy once you know what works and what doesn’t. With this guide, you can learn how to take care of your best tableware so that you can begin using it regularly instead of letting it gather dust in your cabinets.

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How to Remove Concrete Stains

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in Care Tips, How To's | 0 comments

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One practical option for your flooring material is concrete. There are modern concrete flooring designs in different colors and textures that complement your interiors. This material is considered to be cost-effective because of its durability and low maintenance features. But just like any floor they can be subjected to stains and scratches. Not to worry though as there are ways to remove concrete stains on your floors.

The garage, basement, and outdoor walkways are more prone to stains compared to indoor concrete flooring. Oil and grease, rust, molds, mildew, and old paint are common culprits in staining the flooring. These stains are easier to remove when they are still fresh. One can tackle oil and grease stains using water and dish soap. Just cover fresh spill with absorbent material like towels or cat litter to remove oil or grease, and then spray water and soap on the affected area. Scrub the stained area with the use of a nylon scrub brush until you are able to work up a thick lather. Never use brushes with wire bristles to remove concrete stains as they may cause more damage to your floors. Rinse the soap with warm water after scrubbing. Strong cleansing solutions may be used for removing stubborn stains. Cleansers with Trisodium Phospate or TSP are recommended for hard to remove oil and grease stains.

Rust is another stain culprit that homeowners often encounter. There are homemade and commercial options for removing rust stains on your concrete. Vinegar or lemon juice is quite effective in stain removal. Pour a sufficient amount to cover the affected area and let it sit on the surface for a few minutes to help loosen the stain. Scrub surface with nylon brush until stain is removed. Acid solutions may be required for the removal of difficult stains. Cleansers with oxalic acid work well in removing rust stains.

Other culprits are molds, mildew, paint, and other chemicals that can stain your concrete floor. Each type of stain would require a different treatment option. It doesn’t hurt to have specially formulated cleansers around to help remove concrete stains in the house. The best way to protect concrete floors from stains is to have them properly sealed and treated with a coat of wax once in a while.

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Pest Removal and Prevention

Posted by on Nov 2, 2014 in Care Tips, How To's | 0 comments

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Keeping the home free of pests can be worrisome for some people. People live in climates that are more likely to have particular pests. For instance, those who live close to wooded-areas may encounter a higher number of squirrels taking up residence in the attic; while people in drier climates may have more field mice frequenting the garage. One thing is for sure: Proper home cleaning and maintenance is the best defense against pests. Once pests take up residence in a home, they are hard to get rid of, and they are more likely to attract other pests due to the odor caused by their urine and fecal matter they leave behind.

Bed bugs are especially problematic. Bed bugs are difficult to see. They hide in the crevices of mattresses and pillows. They keep out of site and venture out at night time to bite humans and animals. They are difficult to find—even with a flashlight. People find out they have bed bugs after they wake up with numerous itchy bites. Bed bugs can be difficult to kill as well. Despite numerous washings of bedding, bed bugs are hard to get rid of. The number one way people end up with bed bugs is by bringing them back after going on a trip. The best and cleanest of hotels often have bed bugs, and the bed bugs hitch a ride in luggage to the visitors’ homes. It’s best to use products designed on ridding of the problem. For instance, visit this site for ideas on products that help prevent the issue: http://www.bedbug.com/bed-bug-home-protection-smart-buy.html.

Cockroaches are another pest problem. The cleanest of homes can have them. Any place that they are likely to frequent—from the neighborhood to the right conditions—can cause a home to have them. Laying down bait and making efforts to seal off their entry points is a good way to avoid the problem. Cockroaches like damp, cool places with a supply of food. Keep the kitchen, restrooms and the garage area clean and dry. Try to wipe down countertops frequently. It’s a good idea to use an anti-bacterial solution as well to get rid of any germs cockroaches track through the home. Contacting a professional can help to take care of the problem as well.

Pests can cause sickness and allergies. Although allergies are less problematic, they can make the body feel ill and make the body more susceptible to sickness. It’s important for each home occupant to live in an environment that is without pests for optimal health.

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