Quirky Tip of the Month

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

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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Set ceiling fans for winter

January 28, 2018

Set fan blades to move clockwise in winter, and run fans slowly. The idea is to lift cool air to the ceiling and push heated air down where you can enjoy it. Some fans have a remote control or remote switch. Otherwise, use a ladder and manually adjust the small toggle switch on the fan…

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How to clean champagne flutes

December 21, 2017

Before cleaning the glassware, place it on a soft towel by the kitchen sink (to help avoid breakage if dropped). Then, fill the glass with warm water and add in an Alka-Seltzer tablet. Allow the tablet to dissolve. Next, rinse the glass with warm water. Dry with a microfiber cloth for a streak-free shine. source:…

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How to ripen fruit faster

November 22, 2017

Need fruit to ripen faster before making your signature pies? Simply stick it in a paper bag a couple of days in advance. To speed up the process even further, add a banana to the bag along with your unripe produce. This will speed it up even more, but don’t let it stay too long!!…

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How to make Mums last longer

November 6, 2017

Make sure your mum in a sunny area and keep the soil moist, but do not saturate. Giving your plants too much water will result in rotting stems and mushy, decaying blooms. Deadhead as needed by removing any dead or damaged flowers, leaves, and stems when necessary to keep your mum looking fresh and healthy.…

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Restaurant Tips on Removing Red Wine Stains

September 17, 2017

According to restauranteurs, these ingredients will get nasty red wine stains out of your carpet or upholstery. Remember that it is very important to dab not rub, as rubbing will only spread the stain and possibly damage the material. Be sure to use a generous amount of whichever substance you choose.┬áPlain club soda or a…

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