How to Care for Marble Surfaces

Marble is a beautiful surface for counters and tabletops. But because it is quite soft and porous, marble can easily be stained, scratched, and chipped. To help prevent staining, marble surfaces are often coated with protective sealers. Depending on use, these coatings should be reapplied every year or two. Regular cleanings should be as gentle…

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How to make your own Windex

This recipe is easy to do and is more economical than ready-made products. Ingredients 2 cups rubbing alcohol ½ cup ammonia 1 teaspoon dishwashing soap 1-gallon water Directions Mix all ingredients together, adding just enough water to reach the 1-gallon mark, and divide up into spray bottles for all bathrooms. Can also be used to…

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How to Clean Kitchen Backsplash Tiles

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Baking Soda for Kitchen Grease If your backsplash tiles have a lot of grease on them, mix baking soda with some water to form a paste that’s thick enough to stick to the tiles. Rub the mixture over the greasy spots and wait at least 10 minutes.  Go over the tiles with a clean, wet…

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How to winterize your grill

Before you begin winterizing, clean your grill so it’s spotless. This will prevent corrosion and make sure that is is not a desirable food source for mice or insects looking for a place to ride out the winter. Coat your grill grates with a light layer of cooking oil using a spray or a rag,…

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How to clean your outdoor furniture

How to clean your outdoor furniture

Remove loose debris and wipe the surface of the furniture using a soft-bristle brush or a soft, dry cloth. Be careful not to be too rough, as pushing loose debris into the surface may scratch your furniture. The safest thing to use on any outdoor furniture is water, so start with a simple rinse, using…

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How to clean ornaments

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 clean outdoor rugs

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 spot clean Crypton fabric

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

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

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

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

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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