How to deep clean the guest room

Preparing for holiday visitors forces us to address chores and projects we kept postponing when the weather was warmer and the days were longer. Even during this busy time of year, it’s possible to get things checked off “the list” whether routine maintenance or improvement project. But it’s important to start early, so it can all happen before the [...]

How to clean table linens

October marks the start of the entertaining season. Nothing makes entertaining easier than having all your tablecloths, table runners and cloth napkins cleaned and ready for use.  Knowing how to clean table linens and store them correctly is the key.

Washing

Start by knowing exactly what material your table linens are. Fifty years ago you could assume your table cloth [...]

Deep Cleaning the Kitchen – Part 2

Deep cleaning the kitchen is a large undertaking with many smaller projects that need your attention.  Try to break down this deep cleaning project in to smaller bites so you don’t become overwhelmed.  That’s why we used two blogs to cover how to deep clean the kitchen and everything in it. If you missed Part 1, click here.

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How to disinfect high touch surfaces

When we use the phrase “high traffic area” when talking about our home, we usually think of places that get a lot of foot traffic. But there are also “high touch” surface areas, ones that get touched a lot.

Surveys have shown that many people don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom, working around food or after coughing.  A [...]

How to clean tile grout in the bathroom

Tile on the walls of your shower can have a very dramatic look. I love how the Fixer Upper Show uses the different colored Subway tiles in all their renovations.  But when I’m watching them install it, I have a little voice reminding me that the grout is going to be a real job to keep clean.  Grout is [...]

How to clean and control mold

Almost every house has a little mold in it somewhere. Mold grows when you mix moisture and darkness. Mold actually uses your home’s plaster, drywall or wood as it’s food. And it destroys its food source as it grows. Address mold early, when tiny spots just appear, and remove it as soon as you find it so it doesn’t [...]

How to clean the garage

Summer is a great time to swim, grill and clean the garage. That’s right – summer is the best time to clean out and organize your garage. If you wait until the fall, you’ll be fighting with bad weather and falling leaves. So look at your calendar and set aside one afternoon in the next seven weeks which will [...]

Cleaning and conditioning wood furniture and floors

When was the last time you “fed” the wood in your home? In reality, we can’t feed any wood unless it’s still living as a tree. But the term refers to adding moisture to the finish of a piece of furniture. Your home’s climate, along with the amount of light, can dry out and damage the finish on your [...]

How to care for a swimsuit

With the official start of summer outdoor pools are starting to warm up enough to enjoy splashing around in the water.  It also means a look at how to care for your swimsuit so it will last through this season and beyond.  Without the right care, even a high quality swimsuit may not make it through one swimming season.  [...]

How to clean pillows and bedding

Don’t you just love the feeling of clean sheets?  Crawling into a nice clean bed after a long day can be so relaxing.  When I was little, my mother ALWAYS washed our bedding on Mondays and Monday night was so much fun. I used to crawl into to bed and tell my mom the sheets felt “sugary”.  I’m not [...]