If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if you actually stopped cleaning your home, just watch a few episodes of A&E’s Hoarders and you’ll realize how atrocious things could become. Hopefully, this show will encourage people to never stop their pursuit of staying organized!
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Are you tired of having to clean out your paint roller trays after using them? You could always use paint tray liners, sold at almost all home improvement stores. However, paint tray liners can be a costly option if you’re doing many projects.
A cleaner and cheaper alternative is to line your trays using aluminum foil. Be sure to use more than enough foil to cover the entire tray to avoid tearing it and having the paint leak through. The best part is that when you’re done, simply crumple up the foil and throw it out. If you have with excess paint remaining, it’s easy to shape one end of the foil and pour it back into the can for future use.
The way they are constructed, makes double hung windows very popular. Cleaning double hung windows are easier than windows based on a spiral or string system because they won’t allow the sash to drop out when you are cleaning them. Double hung windows tilt in a way that uses a flush fitting tilt release which is more attractive than screwed in tilt release systems that are more commonly used. You may find that choosing a quality window is difficult because of the overwhelming number of options. A solid warranty offered by a quality manufacturer as well as your budget should be important factors in the window decision you make. Windows are a large investment and if you pick wisely you can save money over the long run by improving your energy efficiency. In order to save money in the future you may be wise to spend a little more on your windows now.
Quality doors add to the curb appeal of a home and also enhance your home’s security. Block the noise outside from entering your home with a well built door which will provide a sound barrier. Energy efficiency is the most important door feature to have. Well built doors provide tight, long-lasting barriers by using effective weather seals to improve energy efficiency. The function of door (patio, garage, front or interior door) will certainly be a factor in your decision. When you install a door ensure it is up to code and meets the safety features in your area. There are a number of design options you can choose from when it comes to doors, such as whether you would like to use coloured, textured or wrought iron glass. There are many types of materials that hand formed bevels come in like black chrome, lead, brass, copper, zinc and antique black. Breaking a door by force in order to enter your home is more difficult when you have well built security plates in your door.
When installing doors and windows in your house don’t forget to factor in window coverings into the price. New technology has improved the quality of shutters and blinds now available. The decision of using a shutter or blind will come down to personal preference because there are so many benefits to both. Blinds are sometimes preferred because of the flexibility they offer for installation and the variety of colours and types you can choose from. Common types of blinds include roman, roller, sheers, pleated shades or cellular shades. The fact that shutters offer home owners privacy, durability and versatility are key benefits. Shutters are designed to allow you to control the amount of privacy and light in your home. The features of light and privacy control offered by shutters makes them a popular choice. Shutters don’t shrink, fade, peel or crack, which makes them a great investment for home owners. Shutters can be cleaned easily, making them a popular choice. The ability to easily remove shutters that have a hinge-release panel makes cleaning them very accessible. Whether you want to install shutters inside the window frame or not is up to you. If you find a reliable manufacturer they will usually offer a solid warranty, perhaps even up to 25 years. The quality, type or size of window coverings you choose will impact the price.
The stain resistant quality of today’s carpet makes is much easier to clean. Spots on carpet can be removed quickly if you work on them immediately. When spots remain on the carpet for a while, they get absorbed into the carpet, making them difficult to get out. Eventually these stains will become impossible to remove. You can get spots on your carpet from stains that set in, even if your carpet is stain resistant. As soon as something spills on the carpet, you should hurry to get a towel to soak it up right away. Use a clean, dry cloth to gently blot the stain. Rubbing the spill could cause it to spread throughout the carpet. Blot the edges first to prevent the liquid from spreading and then keep blotting until all the liquid is out of the carpet.
Food and dry particles can be picked up and vacuumed away. Brushes made for hard scrubbing may damage your carpet fibers so it is not advisable to use them. To ease the removal of a spot, prior treatment of the spot or stain in your carpet is a good idea. There are several products available that will help clean soiled carpets. Read the directions before starting a cleaning project. Work the cleaner gently into the carpet using a blotting method during application. Continue doing this until the stain is no longer there. A set-in or heavily soiled carpet stain may require more than one attempt to remove it, but only use the directed amount of cleaner when attempting to remove stains from your carpet.
If you don’t have carpet cleaner on hand and don’t want to run to the store, try making a homemade stain remover. Try removing the spot with water first. Water may be all you need if a stain has not set. A small amount of clear dish detergent with warm water may work if water alone does not work to remove the stain. This really works, as long as you don’t use a detergent that contains bleach. Another carpet stain treatment is a mixture of white vinegar and water. First test the solution on another scrap of carpet before using it on the stain. This is done to ensure that there will be no carpet discoloration.
The stains pets leave on rugs can be very difficult to get rid of. Those of us who have pets are quite familiar with carpet stains. Pet stains should be removed with a spot cleaner as soon as possible. Ignoring a stain for a length of time allows it to set in, making it more difficult to remove later. It can also cause unwanted odors.