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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 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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wood cutting boards

How to clean wood cutting boards

August 20, 2018

Give your cutting board a spa treatment¬†with this all natural solution. Sprinkle the cutting board with coarse salt. Using a lemon half with the cut side down, scour the surface, squeezing slightly to release the lemon juice as you go. Let sit for 5 minutes. Scrape the gray, dirty liquid into a small bowl using…

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How to clean a chandelier on a high ceiling

How to clean a chandelier on a high ceiling

July 12, 2018

Find a ladder that will allow you to easily reach the chandelier. First, use a duster to dust your chandelier. Next, use a spray bottle with water and a bit of dish soap to spray and wipe down the chandelier. If you’re unable or unwilling to take the chandelier down, this is as much cleaning…

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How to get rid of mildew on decks and patio furniture

June 22, 2018

Remove mildew from wood decks and wood patio furniture by sponging them off with a solution of 1 cup ammonia, 1/2 cup white vinegar, and 1/4 cup baking soda mixed in 1 gallon (3.7 liters) water. Keep an old toothbrush on hand to work the solution into corners and other tight spaces. Source: Readers Digest

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How to Clean A Lightbulb

May 15, 2018

If you’re taking the time to clean fixtures, you may as well clean the bulbs. They only add a few minutes to the task, and all you need is a dry microfiber cloth and some water. First, unscrew the light bulb fixture Second wipe the dust away with a damp microfiber cloth. A dry cloth…

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How to Clean Wallpaper

April 10, 2018

Use a natural sponge lightly dampened with a solution of warm water and a small amount of liquid dishwashing detergent. Before cleaning, test the solution in an inconspicuous corner to be sure it won’t remove paper or coating. Don’t scrub too hard or allow the paper to get too wet to avoid damage. Always check…

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How to Clean Outdoor Cushions

February 26, 2018

Brush off loose dirt. Spray on a cleaning solution of water and mild soap. Use a soft bristle brush to clean. Allow cleaning solution to soak into the fabric. Rinse thoroughly until all soap residue is removed. Air dry. Source: Sunbrella If the cushions zip off, wash in machine in cold water then let them…

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