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Quirky Tip of the Month

Here are some Quirky Tips published by kellydesigns, an interior design and decorating firm in Fairfield, Connecticut.

How to clean outdoor rugs

May 24, 2019

To get rid of dirt, mix a solution of dish soap and water in a bucket. Then, scrub the rug using a large nylon brush. Make sure to clean both sides of the rug to get all the dirt off. After you’ve scrubbed it, rinse the rug with a hose. Source: Overstock

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How to remove candle wax from 5 common surfaces

May 2, 2019

Here’s how to get wax off any surface for good, without scratching up your furniture or staining your walls in the process.  Wood – When removing wax from wood, first harden the wax with an ice cube, then carefully scrape it off with an expired credit card or a plastic ruler. Rub away residue with cream…

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How to spot clean Crypton fabric

March 25, 2019

Most liquids simply roll off of Crypton fabrics, or they can be quickly blotted off the surface with a dry towel or sponge. The spot cleaning method of stain removal can be used for most light to medium stains, such as coffee, red wine, crayon, and ketchup. Be careful to brush lightly since fibers can…

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How to clean screen doors and windows

How to clean screen doors and windows

March 5, 2019

It’s so easy….. Just use a lint roller to remove debris such as pet hair and cobwebs from your screens. Try attaching the lint roller to a pole if the screen door or window is tall or hard to reach.                                   …

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How to make your dishwasher sparkle

February 9, 2019

It may seem strange, but your dishwasher needs a good cleaning every once in a while. Despite all the water and soap that churn through the machine as it washes dishes and flatware, the working parts in your dishwasher don’t manage to get clean. That’s where a packet of Kool-Aid comes in handy (yes, really).…

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How to clean your microwave without scrubbing

December 22, 2018

With company coming and going during the holiday your microwave may get a lot of use and dirty too. You know that some ovens are self-cleaning, but what’s this about microwaves? It’s true – you can let your microwave do the job for you by heating up some water and lemon juice or vinegar in a microwave-safe…

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How to freshen up your Christmas Stockings

November 28, 2018

Velvet stockings should be professionally dry cleaned and only steamed to get wrinkles out. Do not iron them. Needlepoint can be vacuumed with an upholstery brush. to brighten them up but if they are stained, take them to a dry cleaner. Felt should go to the dry cleaner. Knit should be hand washed just like…

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How to remove chocolate stains from your sofa

October 29, 2018

Removing a chocolate Halloween treat squished into the sofa can be tricky. Start by scraping it off the fabric with a dull knife or plastic spoon. Use 1 tablespoon of liquid dish detergent mixed with 2 cups of cold water to gently wash the area. Change out your cleaning cloth as it becomes dirty. It…

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How to Clean a Mattress

How to clean your mattress

October 4, 2018

While it’s impossible to wash your mattress, this cleaning trick will have it smelling and feeling fresh in no time! You will need Baking soda, Essential oil (optional) and a vacuum cleaner. Strip the mattress of all bedding. Put a cup of baking soda into a container with a tight-fitting lid, add 4-5 drops of…

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