Quirky Tip of the Month

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

How to remove wax from a wooden table

January 1, 2020

If you act carefully, you can remove the wax without scratching or gouging the table. Soften dried wax with a blow dryer on medium heat…. Blot up the softened wax with a soft, white cloth. Mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar into 1 cup of water. Dip the cloth into the vinegar mixture, and wipe away any leftover wax source: sfgate 

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How to clean ornaments

November 26, 2019

Holiday decorations become treasured family heirlooms, evoking memories. They can also become incredibly filthy after spending 11 months in storage. Ensure a happy holiday future with these tips for cleaning ornaments of every kind. Glass & Porcelain Spray regular glass cleaner onto a soft cloth and wipe gently.  Crystal    Don’t handle crystal decorations unless you wear…

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How to remove pumpkin stains from clothing

October 11, 2019

Step 1: Scrape off any excess pumpkin pulp or puree from the fabric. Step 2: Run the fabric, inside out, under the cold water to flush out as much of stain as possible. Step 3: Pretreat the stain with a laundry stain remover. Step 4: Launder the clothing in the hottest water the fabric will…

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How to clean a barbeque grill with regular household items

July 28, 2019

ONIONWhile there’s still some heat in your grill, attach an onion to a fork and rub over the hot bars. The water in the onion steam cleans them and removes any stuck-on food.  VINEGAR SPRAYMix 500ml of vinegar and the same amount of water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the grill and…

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from a Concord Carpenter

How to clean an outdoor patio

June 26, 2019

Hose off the patio and scrub stains using a detergent such as Dawn or Ajax dishwashing liquid.  To remove dark brown or black spots on patios in shady or damp areas, scrub them with a solution of bleach and water. This method will also help remove moss, mold and mildew.

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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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from ecoya

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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